Thirty four years ago, as crumbling canal side terraces were being cleared in Westbourne Park, a local sculptor named Jamie McCullough wondered if some of the derelict wasteland that was left after the demolition could become a community garden. He asked the local authority (Westminster at the time) for permission to turn the rubble into a park. Westminster gave temporary permission – hence the name, Meanwhile. The name stuck and the Gardens prospered. Meanwhile Gardens is still there today and is still a nice day out.
The ‘idiot picnics’ which were held four times a year at Meanwhile Gardens from the summer of 1977 to the last events in 1988 were organised by the Lancaster Music Co Op and the Street Level studios folk (notibly Kif Kif and Grant Showbiz) with the additonal help of Protag. The Meanwhile Gardens events which I attended and jumped around in the sand pit with a bottle of Merrydown cider in hand, were enjoyable affairs with a real mix up bands and performers turning up to play, or to perform for free in the summer sun.
Enjoy the set, it’s an absolute blinder, a nice bit of Grant Showbiz at the end and of course plenty of Raymond!
The other Meanwhile Gardens performance by The Mob recorded earlier on in that summer of 1983 is posted on this site right HERE.
Thanks to Mark Vegas Palmer for the photographs of The Mob in action at Meanwhile Gardens.
View some other random photographs of Meanwhile Gardens HERE if you so wish.
Tom Vague’s apology to The Mob in Vague vol 15 above may be read HERE. Tom Vague had coated the band off pretty bad (along with most of the other ‘Crass’ type bands) in Vague vol 14.
Tom going to one of The Mob’s Meanwhile Gardens gigs in the summer of 1983 turned his view of the band around, which was great to read!