Plumstead Make Merry


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Plumstead Make Merry: a community festival, organised by community volunteers, for the community.

Group introduction

Organised by a handful of local residents, the Plumstead Make Merry is an annual event that has taken place on Plumstead Common, in South East London, every year since 1975 - making it the longest-running community festival in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Celebrating the history, heritage and diversity of Plumstead, around 7,000 people attend each year. Local talent is showcased on and around the Bandstand and in the Acoustic Café; a great variety of stalls are run by community, voluntary and interest groups, charities and small businesses; palates are tempted by cuisine from near and far; families can indulge in an assortment of activities - including workshops - plus there is all the fun of a traditional fair.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

Analysis of feedback and surveys tells us that local people believe that the Plumstead Make Merry: is an affordable, family, fun day out; plays an integral role in community cohesion; is important for raising both awareness and funds for local groups and businesses. Around 7,000 visitors, (representing a fair cross-section of our diverse local population) attend and participate each year. We would like to use £500 towards funding free activities, so that all visitors have opportunities to participate, regardless of income.

"I absolutely love the atmosphere of the Plumstead Make Merry – the whole community comes together in a fantastic day for the whole family. Everyone is in good spirits, and it makes me proud to feel that I am part of a greater SE18 family. Emma Bath."

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