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Plaistow South Big Local Community E-News
Spring in 2021 brings us hope
Hello residents of Plaistow & beyond. How wonderful it's been to see the sun this month – it’s beginning to feel a lot like Spring! Like everyone else, we are looking forward to the clocks going forward on 25th March and the longer days. With the gradual lifting of Lockdown restrictions we hope that someday soon we can enjoy being together again!   

We wish a very Happy Easter to those that celebrate it. We also hope that school children, parents and teachers can enjoy the Easter holiday break, such a short time after the Schools have reopened!


Introducing our new Director, who lives round the corner!

My name is Sheba I have been appointed as the new Community Manager/ Director at PSBL. I am delighted to join the team here at Plaistow South. I am a local resident, thus the work PSBL do is so close to my heart.  I have extensive experience in working within the community whether it be at grass root level to leading on various projects.

 I really look forward to working with the team at PSBL and the Community to help shape the work and to make Plaistow South an even better place to live and work in future.

Plaistow community WIFI pilot
We are excited to announce that we are going to try something out to tackle the problem of so many people not being able to afford WIFI.  No connectivity means exclusion.   We are going to pilot a roving WIFI router to create community WIFi hot spots.  We plan to start by focussing on those people who are queuing for free food and resources, such as at Food Banks.  If you are interested to help, get in touch.

Further update next month!
A word from Cllr Joy Laguda MBE – please take the vaccine

I would encourage everybody to take the vaccine.  It's important that we don’t read the negative and false messages on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
We all have to listen to the professionals, who are working so hard to reduce the effects of this virus which affects everyone.

Take the vaccine and reduce this pandemic, so we can all go back to our normal lives. We have lost many lives, and we want to stop these deaths that have affected a lot of our family and friends
Involved in a community group?  Join our networking Cuppa
A fantastic opportunity to make new contacts and come up with creative ideas for co-working.  Each time we meet for a Cuppa, another fantastic partnership or idea is born!  We want to hear about your work and you need to know what other groups are up to!

Money A and E will be joining us on the 22nd March to share their work in helping people with financial problems and skills.
2nd and 4th Mondays at 2-3pm. This is the direct Zoom link or Meeting ID: 956 4920 7084
Passcode: 047508
Two upcoming workshops for creative young people, (or soon to be creative ) funded by PSBL!
Do spread the word about these two upcoming Seeds sessions, free to 12-18 year olds on Tuesday evenings in March. from 6.30-8.00 pm.  Applecart Arts also now offers 1-1 mentorship for those interested in exploring the world of theatre arts.
 HOW TO EFFECTIVELY TELL A STORY: Developing character and narrative - Tuesday 16 March.

SCRIPTED PERFORMANCE: Bringing ideas to life and exploring through performance - Tuesday 23 March.
.For further details follow this link and participants can register their interest in SEEDS by completing this short form.
Plaistow Residents Group – so many plans in place!
This new community group is growing in numbers. It is meeting every two weeks to build the civic life of Plaistow and care for our neighbourhood. The meetings get everyone involved in dialogue and involve community organiser training.  Local Councillors are part of it too.  Some local actions being planned: community litter picks, play streets, 'parklets' and cycle plant locks.

PSBL is delighted to be supporting the group alongside Newham Citizens, Newham Muslim Forum and Near Neighbours. 
Meeting dates for March are Friday 12th & Friday 26th 6.15-7.30  Register at
‘Newham Wellness’ Needs you
This is a call out for the amazingly active local community organisation Newham Wellness that needs more volunteers to continue its community work throughout Newham. A couple of the fab projects needing more help are the Caribbean Meals-On-Wheels and the children’s baking/cooking packs distributed through Food Banks – 250 so far!! 

Contact Daniell Hambrook 07737446459 or email
Cook Aerobics on Zoom with Plaistow Neighbourhood team!
Cooking club with a difference – cook a delicious meal whllst incorporating simple aerobic exercises.  Plaistow Neighbourhood Team is running this innovative class for free every Tuesday from 12-1 on Zoom.  Click here for the link.  Our very own Denny is enjoying this and the pics are of her Thai Salmon fish cakes and cucumber salad with dressing.  She says they were delicious!
Plum, Pear, Hazelnut and Sweet Chestnut trees in the Greenway Orchard

The Green Gym volunteers continue to be resourceful in their efforts to improve growing spaces in The Orchard on the Greenway. They have been repurposing old pallets by creating new plant boxes, painted with weatherproof paint, made by Alan, husband of one of the volunteers. They are bottomless so that the plants can root into the ground.
‘They look good even if I do say so myself. We would like some more pallets to make more plant boxes.’ (Eleanor)
The team, working individually at the moment, planted raspberry canes this morning and last week planted the new Plum, Pear, Hazelnut and Sweet Chestnut trees, bought from the PSBL Community Resilience Fund. 
Please email the Green Gym if you want to join the volunteer team once Lockdown ends –

Free Active Newham Online Exercise classes – an amazing range of things to try!
Active Newham is offering residents free fitness classes during Lockdown and beyond. You can choose to do Zumba, Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, HIIT sessions, over 60’s exercise, Pilates, Bhangra, Virtual Football and Street Dance for kids – so much to choose from!

Just follow this link to book a session and….. get moving! 
Queer culture club for 16-21s until 1st April
If the flyer is anything to go by, this looks fun!  Film, music, Lip Sync, Animation.  
A digital drop in on Thursdays 5.30-7.30pm until the 1st April.
Instagram: lbnyes  / email
Lockdown Art Walk in Newham extended until April!
Last month we featured Newham Lockdown Window Art, an exhibition by a group of local artists. Organised by sculptor Michael Nash, and with support from local councillor and artist Rachel Tripp, the group aims to give local people something fun and interesting to look at on their daily walks during the third national lockdown. We are pleased to announce that it has been extended for another month! For the interactive map click here and for more info

A Newham writing competition – win £100 voucher!
If you live in Newham, you’ve got 1500 words to write something about your background, culture or identity or for a fictional character.  Deadline 30th April. The competition is over split into under and over 18’s.  You could win £100 Newham Bookshop voucher, plus £25 for runners up.  
Give it a try!  Writing can be good for you – a time to lose yourself, to reflect, to be creative!  Info on this Facebook page  and applications can be emailed to
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