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Why not run an event in 2018 Plaistow festival week? Funding available!

Be part of the week-long festival in Plaistow

It’s not too late if you’ve got an idea for an event or activity or street party during the week of the Plaistow Festival, 18th-23rd June 2018.   You will need to send in the form and return to PSBL ASAP!

You will see that up to £250 may be available to help with the costs of an event/activity you run on the Monday-Friday.  This may be available direct from PSBL, or it may require a separate application for an LBN ‘Let’s Get The Party Started’ grant.

All events/activities registered as part of the Festival week will be publicised by LBN and PSBL through a variety of methods, including a dedicated leaflet with details of each event.  We will be circulating a registration pack during early May which will include text and logos required from the Festival for your own publicity material.

If you need more  information or advice before completing the form, please get in touch with Simon or Andrew De Heer of Plaistow Community Neighbourhood: simon@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk / andrew.deheer@newham.gov.uk

Event form (word)     Event form (pdf)

Or do you want to run a stall at the big Plaistow Park festival event on Saturday 23rd June?   Contact Lora (lora@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk) or Andrew (andrew.deheer@newham.gov.uk).

 

 

Simon Vincent

 

 

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Notes from the Orchard

Wednesday, 18th April

Gloriously sunny and warm this morning, hardly anyone passing the Orchard on the Greenway. I sit on the bench, preparing today’s session and sipping a cup of tea from the flask I brought. The birds are singing on the nearby apple tree, just showing its first tender blossom. Am I still in London? I feel so far removed from the hustle and bustle of nearby Regents Lane, the sound of cars, busses and people waiting at the bust top drowned in greenery of the Greenway.

I have a look at the planter.Radishes have come up, being sown two weeks ago…so small, just two leaves each..but hardy. Tomato seedlings did not survive, must plant new ones. Strawberries and nasturtium look healthy and are sprouting new leaves. I wage a war on sycamore seedlings, few passers by wave ‘good morning’, looking with interest at what am I up to- I invite them to join me, but they have other plans.

Time for another cup of tea. My regular companions are not here this morning, and I miss their animated chatter, but the peace and serenity of the place soon overwhelm me. I wonder, would anyone else feel the same sense of belonging and joy amongst the Orchard trees? Until next time, hope you can join me on the 2nd of May. 🙂

PS. I made a decision to come back to the Orchard later on today, after work and do some yoga and writing. This not- so-secret spot is drawing me back with its simplicity and calm.

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Join us to plant sunflowers on the Greenway on Market Day

Wouldn’t sunflowers on the Greenway look lovely!

We are glad to announce that on the day of the first Plaistow Youth Market in 2018, you are welcome to join our Green Spaces community workers in a community planting activity.   We’ll have some happy sunflower seedlings ready to set their roots into their new home on the Greenway.   We will provide gloves and spades/trowels/watering cans – but we do need more.

Saturday 28 April @ Plaistow Youth Market, Greenway (Barking Road to Prince Regent Lane) 11.30-2ish

  • Bring wellies, trowels, spades and watering cans if you have them and maybe a deckchair. 🙂
  • Jobs to do: digging, preparing the soil, planting the seedlings, watering, staking out the area, put up the sign.  We need to find a nearby home to fill up the watering cans.
  • Refreshments will be on sale at the Market.

We’ve got the permissions and support from Thames Water and Newham Council and an agreement they won’t be mowed over when they are still small and  vulnerable.

Meet at the PSBL stall at the Barking Road end.  Children are very welcome with parent/carers.  There will be activities for all abilities/ages. For more information email: Ros@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk or ring/text 07957 534908.

For information on the Plaistow Youth Market and if you want a stall or to help email lora@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk or ring/text 07405 611338

With thanks to Thames Water, Newham Council and the Green Gym

The Plaistow Youth Market will be running on the 4th Saturday of the month from April to September from 11-3. 🙂

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Why not run an event in 2018 Plaistow festival week? Funding available!

Be part of the week-long festival in Plaistow

Got an idea for an event or activity or street party during the week of the Plaistow Festival, 16th-23rd June 2018?  Great!  You will need to send in the form and return to PSBL by 5pm on Monday 23rd April.

You will see that up to £250 may be available to help with the costs of an event/activity you run as part of the Festival.  This may be available direct from PSBL, or it may require a separate application for an LBN ‘Let’s Get The Party Started’ grant.

All events/activities registered as part of the Festival week will be publicised by LBN and PSBL through a variety of methods, including a dedicated leaflet with details of each event.  We will be circulating a registration pack during early May which will include text and logos required from the Festival for your own publicity material.

If you need more  information or advice before completing the form, please get in touch with me or Andrew De Heer of Plaistow Community Neighbourhood: simon@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk / andrew.deheer@newham.gov.uk

PSBL application form in Word   PSBL application form in PDF

Simon Vincent

 

 

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Barbers Alley look out! Friends of Barbers Alley have plans for you

From small acorns, mighty oaks do grow – Report from the Barbers Alley community meeting 22nd March

With six local people, we came up with some AMAZING IDEAS FOR BARBERS ALLEY. 🙂 To get things rolling, it was agreed thebest step would be to establish a ‘Friends of Barbers Alley’ group. This is under way, it’s an informal group and open anyone willing to get involved. So far it’s members are Michelle, Shaun, Antoinette, Rose and Fred but we know it will grow, and if you look at the video you will see that Mark (who couldn’t make the meeting) wants to get involved too.

Some of the ideas:

  • Plants: evergreen, colourful, flowers, bulbs, herbs, unusual grasses (big hair shaped plants – ‘barbers alley!’), themed by continents,
  • painting the ground: different shades of green, colours, cat paw prints (for alley cats),
  • strings of lights/light bulbs criss-crossing above, park railings painted,
  • events: such as markets, farmers market, night market, street food,
  • arts events and cartoonists, more murals including Fred’s alley cats.

We knew that some of these ideas may not work out, may need to raise funds/get permissions, and some may not work for the people living next to the alley – but, hey, what vision for a funky, busy, community space!  You will see on the video that earlier residents meetings had similar ideas and a vision for the space.

The wooden planters work-day being organised by PSBL will be the first focus (probably in May), and helping to choose plants, get people to help on the day, watering/maintenance of the plants.

However the group felt that there is nothing stopping them organising a small event before then, just to try something out and learn from it – maybe an exercise class, an arts session, a children’s play event.

As a community worker, its always uplifting to see the ideas and enthusiasm for people wanting to make positive change, although they lead busy lives. The enthusiasm was sky high! Our job now is to make sure that something happens quickly enough so that the energy does not dissolve which is an easy thing to happen. The group were right about trying something small, even before our planter work-day, so that words are turned to actions. Milena and I will be delighted to help support this.” Ros Southern

Next step – if you want to join Friends of Barbers Alley, get in touch. The next meeting will decide on what simple mini event to try out soon.  We will also be looking at choosing plants for the planters.

For more info on our recent meeting see the video  that includes a short update on some of events that have already taken place leading up to our first formal community meeting last week. 

 

 

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We’ve discovered a secret garden! A beautiful space for gardening and growing

We’ve discovered a secret garden!  A beautiful space for gardening and growing at the front of NewVic College.

Over the past few months, we’ve been meeting with NewVic students on the ‘My World My Home’ course run by Friends of the Earth. The students have been working on a project to create greener spaces in the college for relaxation, mental wellbeing and growing.  All this led to a fabulous meeting facilitated by the students, with Eddie Playfair the College Principal and other staff members to look at the potential to use the lovely space and empty raised beds at the back of the College for growing.

One very exciting outcome of the meeting was that the Principal revealed that there is a secret garden area that can quite easily be made available for community use!  It’s in the front, so is better for community access, it’s a large area, it’s behind bushes (secret!) and it would be quite easy to just get growing there.

We’ve had another meeting this week and the ‘secret garden’ project is going ahead.  The students are applying for £2500 from our Supporting Local Action Fund and the college will match fund if it is successful.  We are hoping that planters, trees, benches will be in place during the Spring and, fingers crossed,  the garden formally opened during Plaistow Festival week.

We have already identified 3 keen gardeners in nearby Brock Road who would soooo love to garden there!  If you are interested to join in, please get in touch.

“The students are all part of My World My Home, an exciting project between Friends of the Earth and the National Union of Students, which is training young people to be the next generation of environmental leaders. My World My Home is part of Our Bright Future, a programme of 31 projects across the UK funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Each project has received around £1million of funding to help young people step up and create what is rightfully theirs: a healthy planet, a thriving economy and a better future.” Holly Templar, FOE

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Community meeting – giving Barbers Alley a new look!

Community meeting – giving Barbers Alley a new look

Thursday 22 March 6.15-7.45 in Plaistow library

 

Barbers Alley hosted it’s first community event and market during the Newham Alleyways Festival last year.  See the pics!  Since then, there’s been a second mural as part of Newham Word Festival.

We’ve had some conversations with residents about the alley.  Locals see Barbers Alley as a space for arts, community events, markets, children’s play and a space for plants and flowers.

Barbers Alley ‘make-over’ stage 1 – greening it up

Meeting Agenda: Spring planter building day, choosing plants, care & maintenance, troubleshooting, what’s next?

A particpatory meeting for all ages

Plaistow South Big Local is planning a spring community action day to erect some bigger wooden planters to join the 3 planters recently delivered by Plaistow Community Neighbourhoods.

Local knowledge and ideas needed – what will and won’t work?  An opportunity for you to join a community project that will run all year – re-visioning Barbers Alley.

Please do book in with the library if you plan to attend or book on this link or contact Ros at Plaistow South Big Local Ros@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk / 07957 534908

This is partnership project with Plaistow Community Neighbourhoods

 

 

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Easter Hols coffee morning about outdoor, wild and nature play in Plaistow

We were so pleased with our Wassailing event in the Greenway Orchard on a drizzly, cold Saturday in February (click here to see)  that we want to find more ways for the children of Plaistow South to play outdoors, experience nature, and to be on the wild side!

  • Coffee, Thinking and Playing morning
  • Thursday 12 April 10.30 – 12.00
  • The Mix Courtyard, 1A Cumberland Road, E16 8LH

Bring toys, trikes, and things to do in our mini open space and courtyard.

This will be an event for people of all ages including the elderly who will have lots of experience of playing outside. The children are most welcome to join in our discussions.

One of the ideas we want to discuss is Plaistow’s first event for National Play Day on Wednesday 1st August.  Maybe we could have an outdoor event in…..  Greenway Orchard….. Barbers Alley….. your street….. somewhere else?

Please RSVP so help with our planning.

Ros@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk / 07957 534908

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Egham Rd residents half term working party to show the plants some love

In just a couple of hours, Egham Road residents transformed their planter from overgrown and a bit scruffy to tidy, beautiful, healthy and ready for more plants.  Six families helped out including the children of course.

“I was involved when the planter was put in.  I really wanted to get some of the scruffy and overgrown plants out.  I think some small rose bushes will look nice.  We can keep an eye and make sure it is well kept from now on“.  Joanita

The main team of 4 putting in the hard work on 15th February were Joanita and Mary who had both been involved when PSBL and partners built the planters in 2016, joined by Saman and Franco (both newer families) with help from the children.

It was good to hear that the grass is regularly cut to keep the green under control – a task shared by Saman and Ben.  It was also good to hear that resident Kenisha organises a children’s event each summer on the green and everyone nearby is invited.

It’s great to see the children playing together on the green!” Kenisha

Not wanting to waste an opportunity, while the planter was being tidied up, topped up with compost and beautiful spring flower planted, the children were able to chalk, paint, play badminton and run aroundNeighbours were able to meet each other for the first time and to realise that they all want the planter and their shared green to be beautiful and well kept.  

“This was a successful day.  We can always support Egham Road residents with resources and help but success for us, is residents taking it over. This seems to have been achieved today…. To other residents of Plaistow South – if you have a space for plants or planters, do get in touch and we can help you make your patch beautiful.”  (To see the planning and when the planter was installed, click here)

Ros and Milena, Green Spaces Community Workers

07957 534908 / ros@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk / milena@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk

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PSBL’s first green spaces make-over in Egham Road

Take a look below to see what it took to build a beautiful 28 meter wooden planter in Egham Road in August 2016. 🙂

We hope that many more will follow.  With this in mind we have recruited 2 Green Spaces community workers to work with residents in Plaistow South to support all sorts of ideas for making our area more beautiful and green, including of course putting in more planters, boxes etc.  Contact Milena@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk or Ros@plaistowsouthbiglocal.org.uk / 07957 534908 if you want to find out more.

Egham Rd make-over report