Protest cakes went down a treat

Beccy McCray, Hannah Elbourne and Scarlett Lassoff
Beccy McCray, Hannah Elbourne and Scarlett Lassoff

THERE was no shortage of inspiration in Stade Hall as dozens of messages of protest and friendship adorned cakes at the Stade Saturdays event, in which more than 500 people were involved.

The Protest Cakes and Friendship Bakes session drew an enthusiastic crowd of all ages, with pinnys at the ready, and plenty of ideas.

Protest cakes and Friendship Bakes

Protest cakes and Friendship Bakes

At the event organised by Crafternoon Tea Club, cakes supplied by the Wonky Women’s Institute, as well as by participants, were adorned with messages of political protest (“Cake not cuts”, “Riots not diets”), and those of friendship (“I love the woods”, “You make my heart melt”).

The finished cakes were then delivered to recipients including fishermen, passersby, and Hastings MP Amber Rudd, who was the recipient of “cake not cuts”, and got into the spirit by decorating a cake herself.

Organiser Beccy McCray said: “Our Stade Saturday happenings this weekend were truly inspiring!

The message cakes from the daytime activities surpassed all our expectations.

Hastings MP Amber Rudd being presented with "Cake not cuts" at the Protest Cakes and Friendship Bakes event at The Stade

Hastings MP Amber Rudd being presented with "Cake not cuts" at the Protest Cakes and Friendship Bakes event at The Stade

There were some real works of art there and we helped to share some very important messages with the world!”

Music was provided by DJs Zeroh.

The second part of the event was the Share Blanket Unplugged session, an evening of storytelling and acoustic music, which took place in a yurt in The Stade Open Space.

Acts included Django Jazz, Bernie the Flute, Steve the Squeeze, Section 5, The Binnie Sisters, Blair Mackichan, and storyteller Ben Fairlight

Share Blanket Unplugged at The Stade

Share Blanket Unplugged at The Stade

Beccy said: “The evening events were equally as inspiring - together we created an amazing human moment (without the use of any power except our own energy!) - Hastings really blew us away!

“We are all about creating participatory art experiences, for both audience and artist, blurring lines between the two.

“Our aim is to make a positive difference by bringing people together through creativity, so we sincerely hope all the participants felt part of this and enjoyed it just as much as we did.”

For more photos from the event visit www.facebook.com/groups/crafternoon.tea.club or www.crafternoonteaclub.com.

Blair Mackichan performing at the Share Blanket Unplugged event at The Stade

Blair Mackichan performing at the Share Blanket Unplugged event at The Stade