Charity offers help to make local streets be more playful and neighbourly

The children’s charity London Play is supporting residents in Waltham Forest to turn their street into a play street. Play streets provide residents with the opportunity to temporarily close off their street to through traffic so that children can get out and play, and adults can have a chat and get to know each other better. Sessions normally take place after school or at weekends and last for a couple of hours.

Children playing in Brooke Rd

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New creative force makes its mark, shares its vision, and asks for your support

News of a new creative force in our area: Wood Street Walls. The group is working to bring street artists and the local community together. In this guest post (our first – and we are always happy to receive more) Mark Clack, one of the group’s founders, shares his plans.

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Plaza redevelopment team to set out their wares at Christmas Fayre

The team taking forward the Marlowe Road and Wood Street Plaza redevelopment will be at this Saturday’s Christmas Fayre to share their latest plans for the estate and the Plaza, and to hear your concerns and views.

Developers Countryside and Stitch Architects were recently appointed to take forward the project. As well as the phased demolition and rebuilding of the Marlowe Road estate, it will also lead to new buildings nearby and a new footprint, layout and design for the Plaza and the space around Northwood Tower. Following an approach from Wood Street First, supported by the local Business Forum, representatives from the development team and the Council and Ascham Homes will be staffing a stall at the event.Plaza aerial sketch

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Ye Olde Christmas Fayre: line-up, stallholders’ competition and more

Lots to share on Ye Olde upcoming Christmas Fayre, coming to a Plaza near you on Saturday 13 Dec from around about 11:30 until 4 pm (note earlier start time than previously announced). We have news of the line-up, an exciting competition for stallholders, and a last call for the chance to book a stall.

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Buy it Local comes to Wood Street on 15 Nov

news-bumblebeeNews from Waltham Forest Council that ‘Buy it Local’ – a campaign to promote local retailers – is coming to Wood Street next weekend on Saturday 15 Nov. The event will include a Pop Up Market in the Plaza, with opportunities for local businesses and traders.

Please note that this is a separate event from our upcoming Christmas Fayre on 13 Dec. It is being organised by the Council, not Wood Street First.

Update 13 Nov: The event is from 11 am – 4 pm. Wood Street First will have a stall – so why not come along and meet some of the panel?

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Wood Street Christmas Fayre: note the date, book your stall

Festive Plaza sceneWe are pleased to announce that Ye Olde Christmas Fayre will take place in the Wood Street Plaza on Saturday 13th December from 12 noon – 4 pm. Do make a note in your diary, and read on if you are interested in having a stall on the day.

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Wood Street shortlisted for nationwide High Street award

Wood Street is in the running for a share of £50,000 prize money, in a Government scheme to boost the prospects of the country’s high streets.

Gable End painting: Wood Street survey of retail trade

Photo taken from the We Are Wood Street website

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