All posts by Gabriel Edwards

Wishing You all a very merry (different) Christmas

The WM Big Local team are taking a break for Christmas from Monday 21st December to Monday 4th January when we will return to what we hope to be a much more positive new year in 2021. 

Here are a few words from  WM Big Local chair Chrys Christy to see out our year:

“I am so proud to live in an area that has so much community spirit and I
wanted to thank everyone who has stepped up and volunteered during
these challenging times from checking in with your neighbours to delivering food parcels, shopping and setting up activities during lockdown and keeping people active and entertained – a big thank you for your hard work. Here at WM Big Local we have been privileged to play our part in supporting the community achieve all of this.  From all at WM Big Local, may we wish you a warm festive season and a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. Looking forward to all the exciting things that will happen in 2021″

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Come and work at William Morris Big Local

***The deadline to apply for this role has now passed and we look forward to welcoming our newest member of the team soon.***

We’re looking for a new Project Engagement Officer. Do you have traditional and digital communication skills, as well as 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?


We’re looking for 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, our Project Lead, and our Youth Opportunities Co-ordinator.


As our Project Engagement Officer you would be leading our communications work, and developing our outreach – encouraging more local people to get involved with William Morris Big Local. The job combines office-based work with being out and about in the community. 

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William Morris Design Line: happening now

From a striking new piece of public art on the steps of Waltham Forest College, to events at Blackhorse Workshop exploring activism and open-source design, the William Morris Design Line is forging a creative route through our area this week. 

The route follows the main roads of Wood Street, Forest Road and Blackhorse Lane, with small deviations on side roads to find new street art from Wood Street Walls, as well as other surprises. One exhibit opens a window into the social history of craft and reveals a local connection to a world-famous family known for 20th Century furniture making. Children and families are invited to go on a ‘Morris Hunt’ along the route, ending with an exhibition of Mini-Morris artworks, created during lockdown by local artist Sean Rodrigo along with local children.

Motivated by William Morris’s statement ‘art from the people, for the people’, the Design Line has been produced by William Morris Big Local and Wood Street Walls, through our Urban by Nature partnership, with the aim of bringing the community together to celebrate creativity and resilience, and to inspire future young designers.

For more details, a map of the route, and a programme of events, go to

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