On Saturday 15 June part of Wood Street will be given over to the Wood Street Family Fun Day, organised by local people with support from Waltham Forest Council. The Fun Day, part of a Borough-wide series of ‘Love Your High Street’ events, is set to attract hundreds of people to the area, with stalls, activities and entertainments, both on the Plaza and in Wood Street itself.
To ensure there is space for all the activities and to allow people to make the most of the event, an application has been made to close Wood Street to traffic from Vallentin Road to Linford Road.
Planned activities include a family party on the Plaza, stage shows, street entertainers, sports events, funfair, and a Wood Street Farmers’ and local traders’ market (with pitches free to local traders).
There will also be a sponsored walk retracing part of the route of the historic Wood Street Walk, an annual run that first took place in 1920 and was open to anyone living within a half mile radius of the street. This year’s event, however, will be open to all. Update 17 May 2013: sadly the walk has been postponed.
Why not get involved?
The event committee – which includes Wood Street First & Wood Street Safer Neighbourhoods Panel Chair Graham Hodgkiss, and local volunteers – are asking local people and businesses to get involved and make the day a big success. We are looking for:
- Dancers, performers, entertainers and signers from local groups, clubs and schools.
- Volunteers to organise side stalls at the event such as pop up stalls, food stands, puppet shows and a children’s activity tent.
- Expressions of interest for market pitches from local traders and stall holders.
- Sponsors from local businesses or other sources, to support the event financially.
If you can help with any of these, or have any other ideas or comments, please contact us. We cannot promise you will be selected or your ideas taken up – but we are keen to get as many local people as possible involved, and will do what we can to include you.
Update 2 May 2013: for more information on getting a pitch or stall at the event, please use this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And finally, if you want to find out more about the fascinating history of our local shopping street, go to Vestry House Museum and get hold of a copy of “Right Up Your Street: A short history of Wood Street,” written by A D Law, a former curator of the Museum, and published by the Walthamstow Historical Society.