William Morris Birthday Party 2019

We had another wonderful get together in Lloyd Park celebrating what would have been the great mans birthday. Much fun was had by all and we met many new potential volunteers which is essential to the work we do. We are proudly run by residents for residents and cannot improve our corner of the community without this vital lifeblood.

Our baking competition allowed us to sample some pretty yummy cakes and the Under 13’s winners cake (pictured here) was truly outstanding. It was also an opportunity to inform residents about this years Big Lunch in June and our Community Chest Grant scheme which has just opened, as well as chat, drink tea, greet old friends and connect with new ones. The sun shone and a lot of happy children left the park that sunny Spring day with faces painted, hair braided and a special memories to treasure.

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New Staff Update – Read more!

We are delighted to welcome Catherine Bartram on board as our new Communications Officer/Operational Support Worker.  Catherine hit the ground running with our annual Tea Party in Lloyd Park.  She has produced a new Spring Newsletter and designed some eye catching posters.  Catch her updates on Facebook and Twitter too!

‘I love the varied role and the fact that we have so many vital ongoing initiatives. Similarly, meeting residents, partners, volunteers and affiliates who help push our vision forward has been great.  As a result, delivering our inspirational plan is a passion I take seriously.  We have some very exciting plans in the pipeline!’.

Catherine has a wealth of marketing and event experience and is looking forward to making great things happen.  Please do get in touch if you any enquiries: comms.wmbl@gmail.com

 

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Open Space Projects – Tender Opportunity

Our vision for Open Spaces at William Morris Big Local is to make the outdoor spaces and external environment in our local area both useful and beautiful for the benefit of all who live work and play here. We have been developing two projects from our Big Local plan that we see as great ways of helping make this vision a reality. The first is a Front Garden and Balcony Improvement Scheme, the second, a Tool Lending Library. We are on the search for organisations or individuals to come forward and pitch to us proposals to help deliver a pilot of one or both of these projects. The ideal organisation would be from the Waltham Forest area or nearby and have expertise, skills and passion for working on outdoor projects with communities

 

For full details of the project briefs and how to apply to one or both please check out the links below:

Front Garden Improvement Scheme –  FGIS-Brief_FINAL_Sept2018 

Tool Lending Library – ToolLendingLibraryTender_Sept18 

Closing date for receiving responses to these briefs is Monday 29th October at midday

If you have any questions regarding these projects or would like more information please contact Gabriel Edwards on 07947 766 251 or devwmbl@gmail.com 

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Happy Birthday William Morris

On Saturday 24th March we helped celebrate the birthday of William Morris, Walthamstow’s famous designer whose legacy still lives on strongly in the fabric of our local history and heritage.

The weather was kind, as were the lovely people that came out and celebrated with us by having tea, cake and friendly chat. Cakes were made by some seriously skilled volunteer bakers with an extra special centrepiece cake decorated with a William Morris inspired pattern. Thanks Trisha!  There were games for the kids as well as craft activities and we spent a lovely few hours talking to people about William Morris, our  programme and about the things that people most like about living in the area. We also asked people for their thoughts on future William Morris birthday celebrations with some great ideas like festivals, cake competitions, and our favourite idea, to do a world record of some kind!  

 

William Morris was born at Elm House, in Walthamstow on 24th March 1834. His childhood home, Water House, is now the William Morris Gallery and is devoted to his life and work as designer, craftsman, writer, conservationist and socialist.  http://www.wmgallery.org.uk 

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Time for a Get Together!

Tuesday 20th March 2018 at William Morris Community Centre, 6-8 Greenleaf Road, E17 6QQ

Our next community Get Together event is on Tuesday 20th March and is going to be a great evening filled with delicious food, presentations, performances, and a chance to meet with the people involved with William Morris Big Local and hear what’s going on. It’s been a little while since our last event and loads has happened since so that means it’s going to be absolutely jam packed full of interesting stuff.

On the night we will be unveiling our new plan for improving the local area with our key focus for it being; Strengthening the Community, Improving Outdoor Spaces and Supporting Enterprise.  These themes have been developed by local residents who sit on the partnership using information and feedback we’ve collected from the community since the beginning of the Big Local programme. We’ve got a host of activities and projects lined up for the next 3 years that local people and groups can get directly involved with to help us make the vision of improving our area a reality.

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