It’s here! This year’s Plaistow Festival is a week-long celebration of the best of Plaistow.
Events will run across Plaistow culminating in the big one in Plaistow Park on Saturday 23rd June.
Our latest newsletter
…which includes lots on June’s Plaistow Festival 2018 events and activities, how to nominate for the Bloomin’ Plaistow 2018 awards, our Supporting Isolated Older People feasibility study now underway, our greening initiatives recent & upcoming, arts/recycling workshops, WAF cafe re-opening, info about Money Management support and training, along with a summary of progress on our 3-year Plan. Click on the front page to download the pdf
Last year’s Plaistow Summer Market Place Festival was held in Plaistow Park on Saturday 22nd July 2017 and attended by around 1900 people. The usual Plaistow Youth Market was matched by three further elements – a collection of community information and activity stalls, a performance stage showcasing local talent, and a range of fun activities including Sumo Suits and pedal carts in the centre of the park.
The event was organised and funded jointly by Plaistow South Big Local and LBN Plaistow Community Neighbourhood, with further contributions from Park Lives, West Ham United Foundation, and Tesco.
Community stalls included health, social care and employment information and support, recycling and fly-tipping advice, the Green Gym (TCV), REIN and VYG youth services, Friends of Queens Market coconut shy, face-painting and henna, local sports and activity providers, and, of course, Plaistow Community Neighbourhood.
The packed performance schedule was compered and tied together by singer-guitarist Zac Vincent, performing pop and rock songs from the 60s to the present day. Performers included traditionally-costumed Lithuanian dance troupe Versme which meets at the Mix, powerful young singer Charlotte (a former Tollgate Primary School pupil), Quadrille dancers from Newham African Caribbean Centre, and young musicians from Lister School, UCKG’s Victory Youth Group, and The Mix Youth Centre. There was also a touch of drama and community choir singing from Plaistow-based Applecart Arts and two “flash Zumba” sessions led by SalsaPam’s Cristina – rapidly turned into Zumberella by the onset of rain!
The event incorporated this year’s PSBL “Bloomin’ Plaistow” competition awards, an exhibition of PSBL’s projects, and an arts activities tent also organised by PSBL.
Visitors to the event included the Mayor of Newham and 6 local Councillors, along with an engine and crew from Plaistow Fire Station!
The hope is to make next year’s event part of a week-long “Plaistow Festival” – if you would like to be part of the planning group for this, get in touch with Simon now at email@example.com.
We had 34 nominations for 2017’s “Bloomin’ Plaistow” awards. With such an amazing collection of nominees the judging was a lively and challenging session for our Steering Group The award winners were announced at the Plaistow Summer Market Place Festival in July 2017 in Plaistow Park.
Congratulations to Mechelle Duffy of Palmer Road (Gold), Saher Arzoo of Kingsland Road (Silver) and Carlos Gonzales also of Kingsland Road (Bronze) – winning Westfield/B&Q vouchers worth £150, £100 and £50 respectively. There was also a special Chair’s Award for one of the best runners-up, Bill Veness of St.Quintin Road. All runners-up received a certificate and token gift too!
Go to https://www.plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk/initiatives/celebrating-people-places/ for runners-up photos.
Our first PSBL members’ litter-picking session was a great success – 20 bags of rubbish collected from Prince Regent Lane westwards along the Newham Way, on Saturday 24th June 2017. Do YOU want to nominate a south Plaistow area for a future exercise? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Click on the CALENDAR menu tab or the link on the right of this page to see what else is going on in/near the PSBL area.
We have launched our 3-year Plan taking us from 2017 into 2020. Click on the front page below to download a copy:
We joined LBN and the Green Gym on a freezing day at the end of January for the launch of the Greenway Orchard Project (at the Boundary Lane junction of the Greenway) – taking along the models created by Brampton Manor School students and Library users, created to represent ideas for public art on the Greenway.
We launched our “Growing Up In Plaistow” exhibition, resulting from a year long oral history project with Eastside Community Heritage, at the re-opening of Plaistow Library on 26th October. The exhibition was at the Library until Wednesday 9th November, when it moved to Barking Road Community Centre for 10th to 30th November. It is now touring other local venues and schools for the foreseeable future. There is a lot more content from the project available on a dedicated website Growing Up In Plaistow, and also shortly an app to locate some of the ‘stories’ around south Plaistow:
Together anything Is PoSsiBLe!