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Plaistow South Big Local Community E-News
Hope you are all keeping safe & following Government guidelines to protect each other at the present time.
Heartwarming - more residents are creating mini gardens in tree pits
Following our call last week for volunteers to help with watering the Tunmarsh Lane Tree Pit gardens watering, we now have an established rota for watering three times a week.  Residents are donating plants, and many people stopping by to admire the mini gardens. The good vibe is spreading, with Clare in Patrick Rd adopting two small tree pits outside her house. Three more mini gardens have sprung up this week!  Read more about it on our latest blog.
Free ‘Beauty and the Beast’ theatre show online
You may think you know the story of Beauty and the Beast but director Dale Rooks has a few surprises in store in this brand new version adapted from the original fairy tale by Anna Ledwich, with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor. Set designer Simon Higlett and costume designer Ryan Dawson Laight deliver a visually spectacular production. Suitable for viewing from ages 7+
Caring for our mental health
This lovely image by Charlie Mackesy has an important message - never be ashamed of what you feel.  The Lockdown is lifting a bit and this can set up a lot of new worries and issues.  Just a reminder that there is an excellent resource for our mental health during Coronavirus on the Mind website. 
Green Gym takes over the Lockdown coffee mornings - join them Thursdays
Join local residents and volunteers for a cuppa and chat about growing and gardening on Thursdays at 11 until the Green Gym re-opens. This online event has been running for many weeks, and now the Green Gym is taking it over.  Turn up for some of all of it and you will receive a warm welcome. Join the zoom meeting using this link or go to and use these details: Meeting ID: 884 6387 0467. Password: 478227

Free creative mentoring for 16-18 year olds in Newham with Rosetta Arts

Do you enjoy being creative? Have you been developing your creative skills in lockdown? Would you like to think about where your creativity could take you? Writing. Art. Design. Music. Performing. Making. Fashion. Video, film and photography. Social media. Events. Advertising. Broadcasting. Ever thought this could be your career? If you are 16 to 18 years old living in Newham you can join a free programme I Design My Future and find out more about a creative career.
It's Newham Heritage month with a full programme despite Coronavirus
This is really worth joining - a month long, live heritage festival with videos, photographs, sounds, writings and a walking trail. New content will be published every day!
Free Nature and Environment Courses from Open University
Explore our shared home and get to know the species you're sharing it with. Open University has over 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas. You can now start learning about nature and the environment, creative climate, energy and natural history, to name a few. In your own time, at your own pace, educate and explore your knowledge without it affecting your wallet.Follow the link provided for more info and to register:
Beginners guide to foraging with recipes
Foraging is the act of gathering wild food for free. Although it's gained far greater popularity in recent years, for our distant ancestors foraging would simply have been a way of life – a necessity in fact. One of the most enjoyable things about foraging is the way it compels a greater awareness of one's surroundings – the need to slow down, pause and look. So why not check out this BBC Beginners Guide and discover the joy of getting food whilst having a walk in nature-you will be able to find most of the plants locally.
Flower suncatcher tutorial
Follow this simple tutorial to make a stunning suncatcher to capture a piece of nature, and brighten up your home.
Sunflowers must be planted by June  - can we create a big display in Plaistow South?
We have so far given out 12 sunflower seed packs to local residents, and hope to give out more.  We would love it if this summer South Plaistow explodes with sunflower blooms in people's front gardens, to symbolise hope, solidarity and togetherness. Can you help?  Send your name and address to Green Spaces Community Worker Milena on 07388406-499, and she will drop of a few sunflower seeds for you to grow through your letterbox. 
Financial telephone support from Money A & E

‘We are pleased to help fund Money A&E who are continuing to support our community with financial advice during this time of difficulty.  

The Money Coach service will continue to offer one-to-one (telephone only) support with money, debt and benefits. As our team are now working remotely, we are offering telephone appointments. Please call or email using the contact details below to book.

Rosie – 07936 005774. Jeredine – 07753 439551. 

Please be aware that demand for the service is unpredictable at this time, and wait times for an appointment are therefore uncertain. We are grateful for your patience and understanding.

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Read the London Borough of Newham's latest update with Covid 19 and Newham news & services. Click here.  If you need shopping and help, Bonny Downs can deliver to E13 poscodes. Click here 
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