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Join us at our socially-distanced event

For the first time since lockdown, we’re holding an event! Inside Out will be a socially-distanced, outdoor opportunity to enjoy our local green spaces with music, dancing and story telling.

The event is happening on Saturday 29 August, from 1 to 5pm. There will be stalls and activities spaced out along South Countess Road and Priory Court, forming a trail from the top of South Countess Road to Higham Hill Library.

The day will also mark the official opening of our new garden tool library – in partnership with Forest Recycling Project – and there will be opportunities to get your hands in the soil with some community gardening.

The Blair Academy will be hosting an outdoor living room, as well as hip hop activities, and there will be giant games, crafts, and an opportunity to get a free William Morris Big Local goody bag if you complete our stamp card by visiting everywhere on the trail.

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Walthamstow Tool Library: coming soon

We’re setting up a garden tool lending library with Forest Recycling Project. The tool library will be just off Priory Court, and we’re looking for donations of second hand tools. Do you have a neglected spade or an unloved trowel? Or even a mattock or a sickle? They could find a new lease of life at the tool library.

There’s a full list of the things we need on FRP’s website and if you have things to donate you can either drop them at the FRP workshop on Bakers Avenue on Tuesday or Friday mornings, or email to arrange another time. Donated tools need to be safe and in working order. Thank you!

Please also email if you’d like to find out about joining or volunteering with the tool library.

The space for the tool library is being provided by Waltham Forest Council’s housing services.

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Introducing the newest member of the Big Local team

This week we’re very excited to be welcoming Lara to the William Morris Big Local team. Lara is our brand new Youth Opportunities Coordinator and will be shaping our youth programme and getting young people involved in Big Local. Lara is a musician and a has a background in theatre and the arts, as well has having worked as a session leader for the Bristol Old Vic and a youth supporter at the Roundhouse. If you’ve got any brilliant plans that involve local young people, Lara is the person to speak to!

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