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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The Wood Street Build reaches a climax on 11 Oct

Come see the results of Architects E17’s Wood Street project at their launch party on 11th October at 2pm in the Plaza.

Wood St project launch posterTo showcase and celebrate a local popular space, Architects E17 have been busy over the summer, running a mapping project and organising different workshops to help gather thoughts and ideas about Wood Street.

With input from local people of all ages, architecture students from the University of East London and pupils from Frederick Bremer School will develop and assemble a small temporary installation in the Wood Street plaza. This will be accompanied by an exhibition of the Wood Street Build Project.

Read what locals think about Wood Street and what they would like for the future, see the installation and join in the conversations. You never know: perhaps the judges for the High Street award that Wood Street has been shortlisted for will turn up. In any case, hope to see you there!

And if you would like to spread the word, click here to download a pdf of the poster.

Final round of funding opens for local groups

Pound sign in handWood Street First is inviting applications from local voluntary and community groups for funding to improve the lives of local people, in the last round of funding linked to the Government-funded Community First initiative. A total of around £11,309 is available, with a minimum of £250 and a maximum of £2,500 available for each project.

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Feedback and photos from the Fun Day festivities

We are pleased to share the joy with a few photos of the 30 August Family Fun Day held on the Wood Street Plaza.


East London Royals


Chloe gets the crowd moving

Roxy Cuff from Inspired Exotics, the Mayor - and a python

Roxy Cuff from Inspire Exotics, the Mayor – and a python

seaside photo

They do like to be beside the seaside

child on fairground ride

At the wheel and having fun

Dancers with flags

Flags and movement outside the Dukes

We also had volunteers on the day asking people for their thoughts about the Wood Street, the Plaza and the event. We got 25 responses – not a huge sample, but enough to give us some intriguing answers.

Views on the Fun Day

Over half of respondents (15) said it was the first event they had visited in the Plaza. Pleasingly, all but 3 said they would come to a similar event if one were run again. The same number said they were happy that the Council had helped to fund the event. Asked what they most enjoyed, 5 mentioned the snakes from Inspire Exotics, 4 the community atmosphere and 3 the activities for children. There were fewer complaints, but some were unhappy about the numbers and the queue for the climbing wall.

Views on Wood Street

Most were positive about their overall experience of their visits to Wood Street, and most thought that things have got better in the area over the last few years. Asked how important the Plaza and play park are to them, 17 chose “very important”, while 7 chose “not very important but I do like it”.

Asked what would make them visit Wood Street more, 19 chose “better shops and cafes” while 6 chose “cheaper parking”. A number spontaneously called for improvements to the train station, even though this was not an explicit choice on the form.

Over half of those asked did not live in the Wood Street Ward, and 5 of these said they did not live near the area, implying that the event is attracting significant number from quite far away.

Feel free to leave your views here – we are always keen to hear how we can make our events more successful, and also want to know what you think about our area.

Thanks to Philipp Ebeling and the GLA for allowing us to make use of most of these images.

Share your ideas about the temporary Plaza design project

As part of their Wood Street Build Project, Architects E17 are running an Ideas Day this weekend. It’s all happening at St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Havant Road E17 this Saturday (6 September) between 1 and 5pm.

Picture of Plaza with sign saying what goes here

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Family Fun Day line-up announced

Fun Day posterWe are pleased to announce the entertainment line-up on offer at the Family Fun Day. As we hope you know by now, the event takes place on Saturday 30 August 2014 12 – 4 pm in the Wood Street Plaza.

The schedule features a varied mix of performers at two venues: a main stage in the Plaza and – for the first time – a performance area outside the Dukes Head pub on Wood Street.


  • Steel Band
  • Footsteps dancers
  • Solo singer Kaylou
  • East London Royals Majorettes
  • Inspired Souls: a tribute to Michael Jackson
  • Zumba with Chloe
  • Classical Indian dancing with Sundaresan and Lazmi
  • Rock ‘n’ roll with Ronnie King

Events on the main stage will be hosted by Whipps Cross Radio DJs.

Thanks to the Soul Project for help with the programme outside the Dukes Head.

Stalls, bouncy castle, funfair rides and more

As well as the performances, the event will feature:

  • Bouncy castles
  • Popcorn
  • Candy floss
  • Funfair rides
  • Climbing wall
  • Toddlers’ soft play

Alongside a local traders’ market, food stalls and street entertainers.

Stop press (27 August): we are pleased to announce that Inspire Exotics will be bringing their exotic animals to the Plaza, at the invitation of Pets Corner.

In short: all you want for a great Summer afternoon!

Spread the word

We would love you to spread the word. Why not stick the event poster up in your window or workplace? Click on this link for a pdf version.

Looking forward to seeing you there for a great day!

Thank you

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the event sponsors: London Borough of Waltham Forest, Mayor of LondonMetropolitan Police and Riney Ltd. We would also like to thank everyone who has helped to put the event together. A special thanks to the Dukes Head for getting on board.