Monthly Archives: September 2014

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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