All posts by Gabriel Edwards

Multi Cultural Event in Celebration of Eid

Join us on the evening of Saturday 17th August at Harmony Hall, where we will present a programme of dance, music, singing and poetry in celebration of our culturally rich community. Local acts will be performing a combination of traditional and contemporary pieces that represent their heritage, beliefs and cultures. We will have performers from the Asian Community, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Albanian, Portuguese and even a good old fashion English song or two for good measure! The event is free and refreshments will be served at half time. We are making the first half family friendly and accessible to younger audiences with the second half being more suitable for older children and adults.

We believe that by learning about each others beliefs and heritage and celebrating who we are as human beings we can break down the barriers of fear and distrust that ultimately lead to hate in our community. Join us for an evening of inspiration, learning and good times! Book your tickets now as there will be limited availability on the night!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/multicultural-event-in-celebration-of-eid-tickets-68127692763

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A day of Wild inspiration

On Saturday 27th July over 300 people joined us at Lloyd Park for our Greener Together – Live event, a day of talks, stalls and all things green, wild and healthy! The wet weather couldn’t dampen the mood as we celebrated our vital open spaces and explored the fun ways in which we can use and interact with them.

We had some incredible speakers sharing their “what if……” vision for a Greener, Wilder and Healthier Walthamstow. Our speakers spoke of green walls, healthy walks, re-wilding our country, educational programmes, giving up plastic, making skater friendly landscapes and designing in ways we can interact more with our urban jungle. For a full list of the speakers and the topics they spoke of click here.

To help inspire the crowd even further we had hands on planting demonstrations, seed bomb making as well as nature inspired arts n crafts. We were blown away by the positive response people gave us about the event and this has convinced us to bring back a regular green event to Lloyd Park.

We must thank our fantastic volunteers who helped on the day without whom we wouldn’t have been able to put on such a great event. And a huge thanks also goes out to all of the organisations and speakers who made our Greener Together event a really special day. If you would like to get in touch about our plans for a greener William Morris Ward don’t hesitate to get in touch! We are always looking for people to help us turn vision into reality!

Our amazing young volunteers who helped on the day! (from left; Ellie-Mae, Vicky Peet (TCV), Grace, Leon, Dom and Gabby)

Greener Together Live was part of the London National Park Festival Week helping to mark London becoming a National Park City

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Greener together – live!

Join us for a day of talks, stalls and hands-on activities in and around the Winns Gallery in beautiful Lloyd Park. Be inspired to interact more with your outdoor spaces and celebrate London becoming the world’s first National Park City.

The day will see a collection of stalls showcasing outdoor activities for people to get involved in and there will be an array of fast-paced talks to inspire people to take a different view of London’s urban environment and get out and about more. There will be opportunities to create artworks and, if you’re game, to get your hands muddy! National Park City Makers will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you have about the National Park City.

Our speakers will be imagining a greener, healthier and wilder London. Each talk will ask ‘What if?’ For example, what if the Town Hall fountain was a wildlife pond? What if offices only had outdoor walk-and-talk meetings? What if we had more indoor jungles? What if mini-Holland was maxi-Holland? And what if these ideas weren’t just in our imagination but just around the corner?

Leave the event with a new view of London and knowing how to get more involved in the outdoors and make a difference!

It is a free event. Just turn up on the day to take part or book free tickets for the talks in advance here as there will be a limited amount available on the day.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @wmbiglocal for more event updates or email devwmbl@gmail.com for further information or to apply to be a stallholder or speaker.

When: 11.00am – 4.15pm, Saturday 27th July

Where: Winns Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow

What: A day of inspirational talks, stalls and activities to mark London becoming a National Park City

The event is run by William Morris Big Local, a resident-led, Lottery-funded project that aims to make our ward an even better place to live. One of the residents’ priorities was to make our outdoor spaces and external environment both more useful and beautiful for the benefit of all who live, work and play here to increase their usage. It is with this in mind that we have created this event.

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Urban by nature

Introducing our sister project, a three year programme with arts at its core, to implement community-led change in the Wood Street and William Morris neighbourhoods. In our consultation process, we asked YOU what you wanted and based on the feedback we received, the following ideas were curated :

A Pop-up programme to enable young people to connect with peers, develop skills and have new creative experiences through takeovers, schools partnerships and creative enterprise development

Creative Courts – a programme to turn basketball courts into giant works of art to help promote grassroots basketball and fund basketball sessions for local residents

A new Urban by Nature studio space run by Wood Street Walls CIC, with 5 new maker-spaces, co-working desks and food prep areas for local street food operators and creatives to provide much needed creative infrastructure for the borough.

Crowdfunding hub on civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive, with drop in support and development sessions for people to help realise their own ideas for creative events and activities for the area with both in kind and financial support.

Street Art Tours – local residents will be trained to take people on local tours. Funds raised will enable the project to pay a London Living Wage to the newly trained tour guides and raise further funds for the Urban by Nature project.

An International Arts Exchange Program – starting with partnerships with Art House Jersey (video below) and Waterford Walls in Ireland, that will see local creatives visit areas overseas and lay on exchange trips for young people to visit emerging destinations.

An ambitious part of the project is forming business partnerships to help give people new pathways into the creative industries. Working with local businesses, Urban by Nature plans to develop new products in collaboration with these businesses to generate new revenue for the project, long after the three year programme completes, with a view to creating a sustainable model for creative programming locally. Watch this space for more updates on the project!

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Green Grants Open!

Is there an unloved space near to you that is just screaming out for some love? Are you sick of the grey and wish there was more green around you? Well our Green Grants are back and can provide up to £1000 of funds to help transform a ‘grot-spot’ into a ‘beauty spot’

Our Green Grant is a funding pot that supports individuals, local groups and organisations wishing to make small scale improvements to one or more outdoor spaces in the William Morris Ward of Walthamstow. Its primary aim is to enhance local people’s experience of their urban environment through community-led improvements that make the area look and feel better. Ultimately this can help improve wellbeing, connectivity and make people feel better about the area they live.

For more information and the application form click here or contact Gabriel on 07947 766 251 and devwmbl@gmail.com

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