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Love this Madge Gill artwork - find out about The Line below
We are now in full swing!
It has been a very busy but an exciting month with lots of things happening.  I want to particularly mention our social media platforms, we are in full swing promoting our work on social media and would like to encourage all to join #watchthisspace
Don’t forget to connect with us on LinkedIn
Like our photos and videos on Instagram
Follow us on Twitter @plaistowsouth
Send us a friend request on Facebook - plaistowsouthbiglocal
Please share on your socials and with your contacts - Thank You

Sheba Choudhury, PSBL Director
Take a wellbeing breather with us in nature on Mondays in July
Take a wellbeing breather with us in nature at the 🍏 *Plaistow Greenway Orchard* 🍏
July only, Mondays 12:30-1:30pm
Plaistow Greenway Orchard, 24 Boundary Lane, London E13 9PD
Google pin is here:
With thanks to the Greenway Orchard Green Gym volunteers for making the space so beautiful and for the use of their chairs!

Nearest Entrance, Boundary Road on the Greenway .   Contact - 07957534908 if you can't find us. 
People from all backgrounds and faiths welcome. All sessions are free.  Funded by PSBL and delivered by our partners at the Urban Mindfulness Foundation
And on Thursdays on Zoom 12.30-1.00
Short half an hour sessions whether you are at home, at work or outside you are welcome to join us!🌿
😤😌 Mindful Moments 😌😤
Time: 12:30-1pm
Zoom: / ID: 91280756448 / Password: 032826*
Humberstone Road Tree Pits bursting with greenery!
A Humberstone neighbour says: ‘Last Sunday a group of green-fingered neighbours on Humberstone Road got together to spruce up the neglected tree pits. The ferns, lavender and other flowers were selected by our local landscaper Jack for their low maintenance needs, and will hopefully keep the street looking lovely for years to come.  It was a great chance to get to know our neighbours (a few of us meeting face to face for the first time) as well as a wonderful opportunity to chat to the other residents as we were planting.’
If you are interested in transforming the tree pits on your street, please get in touch with Green Spaces and Streets Community worker Milena at PSBL -  We are proud to be have funded this project.
Rent a bike for a month on us!
PSBL has partnered up with Newham Council-backed bike provider to bring the residents of South Plaistow a chance to try a bike for free for a month- you just need to book and pay for the bike, send the proof of rental to us, and we will refund up to £30 for the first month’s rental – available to the first 30 applicants.

Bike delivered direct to your door with a free induction to improve your confidence.
See our website for more details.
The next networking cuppa for community groups is 26th July

So far about 25 community groups have joined our lively Zoom networking opportunity.  The theme in July is a focus on our Youth with a guest speaker from REIN.

Do come along and spend a productive and inspiring 75 minutes together!  Here is the direct link to the zoom meeting.

Welcome to our two new volunteers - Halima and Malaka!
Left pic: Malaka with Denny & Sheba
Right pic: Halima, Naomi and Ros on a digital inclusion walkabout
Welcome to our two new volunteers:  Malaka and Halima
Malaka and Halima enjoyed a Walkabout on our patch this month.
Malaka saysI had the pleasure of taking a walk around Plaistow South with the company of  lovely Denny and Sheba. I was given the opportunity to see all the hard work and the effort the volunteers have put into making a contribution to the community.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Denny and Sheba for taking me on this walk, it was a real eye opener as I was not aware that these projects were run by the people of the borough with so much love.
Halima says: As a long-standing member of our community, I think it’s our duty to help bring in positive changes to the community in order to establish a healthy atmosphere filled with unity, harmony and friendship.  The Walkabout was an eye opening experience and I was able to see firsthand how they interact and work with the community to bring about positive changes that will benefit the locals. Going forward, I’m looking forward to getting actively involved in future projects.
Free food at Helping Hands, Balaam Street – and stopping waste
Free food is available to be taken-away from the forecourt of Helping Hands at 42 Balaam  Street. E13.
Food is mainly past its ‘use by’ date, yet still edible: crates of sandwiches, bread, rolls, cakes, fruit, vegetables etc. The food is there from morning to late afternoon.
East Summer School 2021 at Queen Elizabeth Park
Fantastic opportunities for young people at the East Summer School from 26th July to 6th August.
The deadline to apply is Monday 12th July.  If you are aged 12-17, apply quickly!  Info here
 REIN’s Summer Showcase Event – register quickly!
If you would like to perform in the Summer 2021 showcase event this July, please complete REIN’s sign up form.  To participate in this event, you have to be aged 16-25. Limited spaces available
Madge Gill- world-renowned self-taught artist form East End colours up The Cody Dock in Newham
Madge Gill (1882-1961), who lived and worked in Newham 1920-1961, was a self-taught artist. She created meticulous small-scale and monumental works, skilfully exploring different techniques and formats including paints, inks and textiles. Gill’s life story is one of triumph over adversity.
Madge Gill: Nature in Mind, curated by The Line with Sophie Dutton, is an exhibition across five sites in Newham that celebrates the inspiration the artist found from natural surroundings, and will be launching in July.
The Line is a Public art walk from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the 02.  For more info click here and also more about Madge Gill on the Newham Unlocked website.  
Big Vaccine weekend and free 7 day Leisure Centre membership!
Big Vaccine weekend is happening at East Ham Leisure centre this weekend – 3rd & 4th July. It’s an opportunity for any local resident aged 18 or over to get vaccinated.
Anyone that gets vaccinated will get 7 days leisure membership FREE.
To take advantage of this offer, email your details to
Memorial Church offers a Community Remembrance event
Sunday 25th July.  A service at 10.30 and from 2-5pm an opportunity to hang a message on the Remembrance Tree at the Memorial Community Church on Barking Road, Plaistow.
And as it’s Plastic Free July -see this inspirational video of solar lighting with 2 cups of sea water
A very short video that must be watched!  No plastic, just natural ingredients including sea water to solve a big problem.   Take a look  
Hope you can all do something for Plastic free July.  Info here on how to take the challenge! 
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