Festive Fete programme announced

Festive Fete posterWe are pleased to announce the programme for the Wood Street First Festive Fete.

This year the Fete will take place on Saturday 5 December at the St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Havant Road E17 – just a few steps from Wood Street itself. But you know that already. Here’s what you don’t know –

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Mini-Holland in our area: a statement

Waltham Forest Mini Holland document coverWood Street First has been asked about the Council’s Mini Holland project, especially as some aspects of the scheme that will affect our area are still in the pipeline. At last week’s committee meeting the following statement was agreed:

Wood Street First supports and encourages the principle to encourage more people to walk and cycle in our area. However, we appreciate that the Mini Holland Scheme has aroused strong views from both those who are delighted with it and those who are opposed to it or part of it.  There are those who are strongly in favour of the scheme but have identified serious issues in the current design which they feel should be addressed.

Wood Street First believes the majority of the concerns about the project could be resolved if the Council is prepared to listen and act positively to resolve them. We would encourage all those experiencing problems or who have issues or ideas for improvement to raise them with the Council in order that they can be investigated. Wood Street First believes that leading up to the 6 month review of the Mini Holland Scheme all those interested should take the opportunity to raise both the positive and negative issues of what is working and what is not so that a balance, which allows the majority of people to be happy, can be achieved.

Click here for more information on the Council’s plans.

Save the date for a winter celebration on 5 December

This quick post shares the date and venue of our next family fete, a celebration of winter. It will be on Saturday 5th December, and will take place in and around the St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Havant Road E17 (near the Wood Street end).

Date saver poster

We plan to put on all the usual attractions including stalls, a puppet show, entertainment, and of course Santa’s grotto.

Please take note of the date, especially if you may be interested in a pitch or stall. We will be sending out more information and asking for expressions of interest from stallholders in the near future. So watch this space. Thanks!

Buskers and musicians, your Plaza needs you

Café Bonito on the Wood Street Plaza announces a “Day of Spontaneous Music and Joy” this Sunday 20 Sept from 2 – 6 pm.

All interested musicians are invited to pre-register with the Café Bonito E17 Social Club by emailing cafebonitoevents@gmail.com. And all performers will receive a free delicious meal! (It says here).

See the poster below for a bit more detail – and feel free to click on it to download it, print it off, and spread the news of spontaneous music and joy.

Hope to see you in the Plaza this Sunday.

Poster for Bonitos event 20 Sept 2015

The Summer Fayre: all you need to know

event posterWe are pleased to announce two of the great acts who will be performing at the Wood Street Summer Fayre on the Bank Holiday Saturday.

Tina T – who is Wood Street born and bred – will be joining us, following her appearance at last weekend’s Chingford Big Weekender.

And rocker Ronnie King will also be taking the stage.

Alongside the music, song and dance, there will also be giant inflatables (again!), a funfair ride, market, food and refreshment stalls, and a basketball shootout. And we are hearing rumours of something rather special at one point in the afternoon.

As already announced, Wood Street Walls will be working with local people to create an amazing artistic tribute to a local hero. And of course the late summer sun is guaranteed to shine on us all afternoon.

Saturday 29 August 2015
2 – 6pm
at the Wood Street Plaza

We do hope you will join us.

Feel free to download the event poster (A4 size, pdf format) to print out and share with friends/post on your front door.

We are grateful to East Thames HomesCentral Estate Agents and Waltham Forest Council for their support for this event.

Your community needs YOU… to join a flash mob!

Flash mob photoDo you want to take part in a flash mob to surprise and delight your neighbours, as part of a Wood Street event? Now’s your chance to join the first ever Wood Street Flash Dance Mob!

On Saturday 29 August 2015, E17 Flash Mob will be leading a community dance flash mob to entertain members of the Wood Street local community. We will learn a simple, fun Michael Jackson routine and then perform it in a secret Wood Street location!

Open to all ages & abilities. Limited capacity, places reserved on a first come first served basis.

Date: Saturday 29 AugustPoster: Keep calm and joint the flash mob

Time: 3.30pm – 5.15pm

Location: The rehearsal and Flash Mob are in a secret Wood Street location.

Contact: To register and for an information sheet, please contact Clare Farrow , 07939 125014 or clarefarrow2@gmail.com

Twitter: @E17FlashMob

A final request: please help spread the word by sharing, emailing, liking and tweeting this post.

Do you know a hero of Wood Street?

Exciting news: at the Wood Street Summer Fayre on the 29th August, local community artists Wood Street Walls will be holding an interactive workshop. Part of this workshop will include artists producing large portraits of local heroes to brighten up the Plaza until the development works starts.

This is your chance to nominate your chosen local hero for one of these portraits. All you need to do is go here to make your nominations.

William Morris portrait by Wood St Walls

Mr Morris, hero of Walthamstow and perhaps Wood St, as rendered by Wood St Walls.

So put your thinking cap on, submit your nomination and who knows, it could be you – or someone you know – featuring in Wood Street’s very own urban art!