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The winning garden selfie for this week's Facebook competition. Eva's beautiful roses planted in memory of her husband
Hope you are all keeping safe & following Government guidelines to protect each other at the present time.
Sunflowers all over Plaistow South - can you help us?
We have so far given out 10 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. 
Facebook competition week 4 -  Plaistow community spirit photo
For this week's competition we want to see Plastownians taking photos of ‘Community Spirit’ - anything from getting dressed up for ‘bin day’ to making scones for neighbours! 

Post your photo showing community spirit to our Facebook page, and the winner  with the most ‘likes’ will be announced next week on Thursday 4th at 7pm.  The winner will be able to choose either £ 25 voucher from Newham Bookshop, or £20 voucher of your choice.

We are looking forward to seeing ‘Plaistow Community Spirit!’
 Find the competition post on our Facebook page with the pic above this article, and then add your photos as comments :

Connecting Grandparents and Grandchildren during Lockdown with Caribu!

Here's an innovative app that lets grandparents stay in touch with their grandchildren. Caribu lets both parties share an activity on the screen, so they can see and talk to each other, as well as draw pictures, play games or read more than 1,000 books in eight languages together. Caribu has announced FREE and UNLIMITED access for Parents and Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles.This has been recommended to us by Grandparents using it.

Lockdown coffee morning every Thursday - theme this week 'community spirit'

Hope you can join us on Thursday for a spot of socialising!
Join the meeting through this link or via the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 956 4920 7084. Password: 047508.  If you want help to get on Zoom, contact Ros 07957 534908 /
Inspirational Newham key worker video shorts from Theatre Royal Stratford
We recommend these portraits of key workers giving their own account of the Covid-19 lockdown and the challenges it poses to their work practices - quite sweet and uplifting to watch!  See Jeremy, the occupational therapist who works in Plaistow!
11 gardening activity ideas for kids with Netmums
Whether you have a large garden, a roof terrace, yard or a windowsill, there are plenty of ways to get your kids involved with gardening. They'll learn all about how things grow, develop new skills and get thoroughly mucky, too. How many of these gardening with kids ideas will you try? Follow this link.
Plaistow active citizens and opportunities to green up Plaistow
Although the Green Gym has been closed during Lockdown, the volunteers have been watering and repairing in teams of one! Love the newly painted letters for the Greenway Orchard done by Clive! 
We are also delighted with the tree pit mini community gardens in Tunmarsh Lane which are looking lovely. Both these spaces would welcome anyone willing to walk by and water the plants growing in raised beds, the trees and the tree pits. 

If you have some spare time and would love to connect with nature, please contact Milena at PSBL on for further info and guidance.
Stretching for health -Yoga with Adriene
We are being encouraged to take up exercise for our mental and physical wellbeing- but what if we cannot leave the house? Or maybe we’re not used to strenuous Joe Wicks-style workouts?!  Gentle yoga in the morning will help stretch stiff muscles, get the circulation going and allow you to start the day refreshed and invigorated. There’s loads of instructors on You Tube, but do try Adriene.
Get creative on a shoe-string - with a string!
Here is an easy, entertaining way to get creative with a satisfying result- making a macramé plant pot hanger! There are plenty of ways you can make a macrame plant hanger but some tutorials are complicated and time-consuming to follow. To make something quick and easy, these macrame plant hanger patterns for beginners are a great place to start.  Click here.
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.

Notice Board :

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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