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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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Job vacancy

COMMUNICATIONS & ADMIN OFFICER. Are you an experienced Communications Officer with traditional and digital communication skills, stakeholder engagement and administration expertise? Do you want to support a vibrant community-led partnership that improves people’s lives and the area they live in through innovative projects and exciting programmes?

(Project Lead Gabriel Edwards alongside Partnership member Rezia Wahid and her daughter Halima at the Walthamstow Garden Party)

We are seeking a new member of staff to join us as we scale up the delivery of our exciting plans. Our new staff member will work alongside a committee of volunteers (the ‘Partnership’) and our Project Lead. S/he will lead on delivering projects as well as supporting the core operations and leading the communications work at William Morris Big Local.

The role will actively develop our communications work, outreach and raise the profile of WMBL thereby encouraging more residents to participate in the programme. The role will also provide administrative support to ensure smooth operation of WMBL. The role is ideally suited for anyone who enjoys a balanced and varied job that combines traditional office related work and being out and about in the community.

For the full job description and details on what we need from your application please click on the below link:

CommsAdminOfficer_JobRole_Sept19

Please submit applications or questions about the role to: jobswmbl@crestwf.org.uk. You can also contact Chrys Christy, Chair of William Morris Big Local to find out more about the role by email at chrysc@live.co.uk

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Get Together Time!

  • When: 6.30pm – 7.30pm on Thursday 19th September
  • Where: Creative Works, 7 Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS

An exciting evening of talks, performances, music and food celebrating the past 12 months of Big Local projects and looking to the year ahead. This event is open to anyone wanting to find out more about the Big Local programme or that would like to be a part of helping us improve the William Morris area of Walthamstow no matter how big or small. Information about our Community Chest and Multicultural grants will be launched on the night and we will be seeking your views on some of our more ambitious plans for open space improvements, social isolation projects and developing our youth offer. We will also be welcoming local residents who have put themselves forward to be on the Partnership for the year ahead and carry the programme forward. All of this topped off with food and refreshments and taking place within the awesome event space at Creative Works!

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