Make Your Area Greener

Got a green project that you want to get off the ground? Our Green Grants have opened for 2020. You can apply for up to £1,000 to make improvements to outdoor spaces in the William Morris ward. We know that having more greenery around makes people feel better about themselves and the place they live in, so if you’ve got a green idea you’d like to make happen, check out how to apply – you need to do it by 3 April 2020.

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January at William Morris Big Local

Helen and Gabriel at the Big Local office in Creative Works.

We’ve got lots of exciting things planned for the year ahead, including some events this month. So why not brighten up your January by joining us?

January Jig
A free event for anyone 50+ (but we won’t ID you!)
Buffet lunch, dancing and games.
Thursday 23rd January from 12pm to 3pm at Priory Court Community Centre.

Women’s Group
Meet other local women for tea and friendship. Little ones welcome too.
Thursday 30th Jan, 10am to 12pm at Priory Court Community Centre.

Games Club
Board games and cards. Refreshments provided.
Every Tuesday, 2 to 5pm at Priory Court Community Centre

William Morris Ward Residents Association
Residents group meeting – all welcome.
Wednesday 29th January, Priory Court Community Centre from 7 to 9pm.

Our Multicultural Grants are also currently open for applications – and it’s a great time to start planning multi-faith and multicultural events for 2020.

Finally, we’ve got a new member of staff: Helen is our new communications and admin officer, joining Gabriel in the Big Local office. She’ll be out and about around William Morris ward meeting people and learning about what’s going on.

Do get in touch with us if you’re interested in finding out more or getting involved with the Big Local.

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Christmas Fun Day!

A fun free event for all ages. We’ll be taking over Priory Court with Santa’s Grotto, Christmas crafts, a Community Choir, live music, a Toy Swap, slime making, a photo booth and some yummy food and drink. Phew! Supported by some brilliant local organisations we’ll be bringing in the holiday season with style!

2.30pm – 5.00pm

Saturday 14th December, 

Priory Court Community Centre, 11 Priory Court,  E17 5NB

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Saving Harmony Hall

Harmony Hall is being sold and could be lost to the community if bought by private developers
Photo courtesy of https://walthamforestecho.co.uk/community-centre-sale-fears/

£150k of Big Local investment could help save Harmony Hall. Please tell us if you support this suggestion here: Harmony Hall survey

We want to know if we have the support of the local community, in particular William Morris Ward residents, to invest £150k of Big Local funds to try and save Harmony Hall being sold off to private developers. The key points are as follows;

  • The owners of Harmony Hall Community Centre, located just off Walthamstow High Street, want to sell the building and this means a valuable community resource could be lost forever.
  • Harmony Hall is situated on the doorstep of the William Morris Ward and has 1,500 local visitors per week and is home to 70 local groups.
  • Valuable children’s activities, mental health services and language classes are held there and it is also home to a wide range of faith groups.
  • The Big Local Partnership is in agreement that losing this resource would be detrimental to people living in the William Morris Ward as well as the wider community.
  • Harmony Hall can be saved if CREST, the tenants who have managed the centre for 20 years, can raise £1million to buy it. CRESThas been seeking to raise the necessary funds through grants, loans and donations but are short of the £1million needed to purchase the building.
  • An investment of £150k would make William Morris Big Local a co-owner and mean that we have a stake in shaping services, activities and programmes at Harmony Hall that can benefit people in the William Morris ward for years to come. 

£150k of Big Local investment could help save Harmony Hall. Please tell us if you support this suggestion here: Harmony Hall survey

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£500 Grants Schemes open

We are delighted to announce the launch of two grassroots funding pots following the return of our popular Community Chest fund as well as a brand new Multicultural Grant.

Multicultural Grants

Back in August we celebrated our richly diverse local population and hosted a Multicultural event packed full of singers, musicians, dancers and poets all topped off with delicious food in celebration of Eid. Now it’s your turn as we open up a funding scheme of up to £500 per applicant that will allow  local community groups, faith groups, residents and charities to put on their own celebrations, exhibitions and learning events.  Full details and application form can be found here!

Community Chest Round 5

Our Community Chest Grant is back and to date has funded over 50 local projects and activities that bring people together from community keep fit and dance sessions to art therapy and lunch clubs as well as numerous street parties. If you have not applied to the grant scheme before your application will be considered ahead of the rest so what are you waiting for?! Full details and the application form can be found here!

For more information about either grant scheme or if you would like to talk through a potential application please contact Gabriel on 07947 766 251 or devwmbl@gmail.com

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