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Plaistow South Big Local Community E-News
Hello from the team at PSBL!
We hope that you are all keeping well and enjoying the month of August.

It's so very important that we continue to follow guidance to allow ourselves and others to stay safe. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please refer to the COVID postcard for details.  The Government has issued lists of places where face-coverings must now be worn, for more information please click here.  If you want to have a go at making your own face coverings (re-usable of course) click here.
Free Bike health check!  Friday 14th & Saturday 15th at The Mix - Must book!
One of our lovely Steering group members from 'See a need, fill a need' has organised this FREE bike health check.
During Lockdown, there has been an increase in people cycling and hopefully this will continue. We want to help the community to keep safe and support this great event with funding from PSBL and thanks to REIN who are allowing the use of the venue.
Booking is essential - not many places left!
To take advantage of this FREE offer, please text (preferably) or ring to reserve your 15min time slot (Daniell 07737 446459 /Ros 07957 534908). You will also get a free high viz vest, bike lights & puncture repair kit!  The Mix, 1A Cumberland Road, E13 8LH
Nature lovers - the Green Gym is open again - Thursdays 11-2 in the Greenway Orchard
 At the peak of summer, Green Gym has resumed its Thursday sessions at The Orchard on the Greenway.  Excitement is palpable amongst the long-standing members as the final preparations are taking place for the delivery of the gifted container, which will become the Green Gym's new base and much needed safe storage space on site.
The Green Gym volunteers have separately been busy cutting the grass, watering the trees and growing beds and collecting apples, which will be turned into something tasty, no doubt.  Now it is formally open after Lockdown. If you were thinking of joining, things have changed in line with Covid-19 safety guidelines and you must register in advance.  This coming week the contact is Eleanor: 07837 077150 and from then on Lucy: 07543 519174 /
Become a COVID-19 Health Champion

COVID-19, and the measures taken in response, continue to impact everyone in Newham.  COVID-19 Health Champions can be anyone in the community. You might be the person that everyone knows and trusts or want to help in whatever way you can- even if this is your first time. Champions are given the latest information about COVID-19.   Information sessions are held every Wednesday at 7pm on Zoom.  For more information click here.

Programme of youth activities & training in the Mix (Cumberland Road) over the summer 
There's a wide range of activities for 11-19 year olds and 16-25 year olds in Plaistow South:  training, mentoring, self defence, plus music, art and more.  More info:  T @reincharity, F @reinukorg, I @reinukorg

Get fit in Plaistow Park - lots of opportunities!

Pop into Plaistow Park this summer to take advantage of the new outdoor gym and other free fitness activities going on. All activities will be socially distanced in accordance with UK government guidance. You will need to book a place before attending.  The Meeting Point is the grass area near the playground. There’s gym sessions for over 50’s with instructor on Fridays 10-11 (click this link to book) and a fantastically wide range of fitness classes for all ages. The adult sessions in August are:  Tuesdays, 11am-12noon: Yoga & 3-4pm Zumba, Wednesdays, 10.30-11.30am: HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Fridays, 2.30-3.30pm: Tai Chi  More information here
Plaistow Library is open - time limited browsing times available
Revised opening times: Monday to Friday: 10am-12.30pm then 2-5pm.
Plaistow Library is now open for time limited browsing of up to 15 minutes. The library will have a one way system in place and a reduced number of customers will be allowed in the building. You may need to wait in a queue to enter. Customers will be asked to sanitise hands at the door and before they touch books.

You will need to take your library card and know your PIN number to access our services. For more information or to reset your PIN number please visit or call the Library on 020 3373 0859.
All physical library items borrowed after the 9th of March are now due back on the 1st September.
 Part-time Job with local Plaistow business
Local hairdressers 'Hair Elite' at 598 Barking Road, E13 9JY are back open following the lockdown and are busy re-styling the residents of Newham! They currently have a P/T Job vacancy so get in touch with them if you are interested.
Tree pit community gardens
Following a grant from PSBL, our Green Spaces Community Worker, Milena, ran a gardening session at the Tree Pit Community Gardens on Tunmarsh Lane this week, replenishing the stock of plants to keep the Tree Pits looking lush and appealing for the residents to enjoy. Despite the hot weather, local green-fingered residents came out to help, enjoying a bit of socialising and connecting as theiy worked with skill and enthusiasm. More plants will be arriving in the coming weeks, with more sessions to be subsequently scheduled.
An update on the Community Resilience Fund applications!
Thank you to all who applied to the Plaistow South Big Local Community Resilience Fund. We received a fantastic response, with a diverse range of applications- from people wanting to run activities for their local community, to proposals for improving the public spaces in the area. The PSBL Steering Group has approved recommendations for funding at the Steering Group meeting last week, and we will be in touch with applicants to let them know the outcome in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space!
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