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For the first time, masses of glorious sunflowers have been gracing the streets and front gardens of residents, symbolising resilience and hope in this time of COVID anxiety. They are growing in the Tunmarsh Lane tree pits, outside the Fire Station, along Kingsland Rd and in neighbouring gardens.  Do pass along if you can whilst they are still in bloom - some of them are over 8 feet tall!
As always, please stay safe and follow the Government's guidelines regarding the face covering in shops and public transport.'
Download test and trace app and help stop virus
Newham residents are at the heart of a pilot study into a new national Test and Trace mobile phone app, which aims to defeat Covid-19. Residents will be receiving unique quick response (QR) codes by email and post to download the app. By downloading it you can help protect your family, friends, your community as well as yourself. The quicker we stop the spread of the virus, the sooner we can return to a more normal life. Click below for information and answers to questions you might have.  Download App for Apple >  Download App for Android >
An update on our Community Resilience Fund
In July PSBL opened a funding opportunity for local people/organisations to apply for the ‘Community Resilience Funding’ as a response to the Covid- 19 crisis.
We are happy to say that offers have been made to successful candidates. Very soon we will be reporting on some exciting new projects on offer in Plaistow South to include green spaces, hot meal provision, performances and community baking to name a few.
Bike MOT event was a success – 50 bikers with lights, a high-viz and a working bike!
With big thanks to Daniell Hambrook of ‘See A Need, Fill a Need’ for leading on a community event to help make cyclists safer on the roads of Plaistow and beyond.  The August Bike health check event was a success!  It was held at the Mix, and supported by PSBL, REIN and Newham Cyclists. To read more about it click here
Cornerstone Café is in need of support
20-year-old Cornerstone café is fundraising to continue as a community Hub and Cafe to enable it to continue serving the community in the heart of Plaistow.  More info here

Get fit in Plaistow Park - lots of opportunities!

Container delivered!  A solution to a Greenway Orchard Green Gym problem
The Green Gym conservation volunteers are absolutely delighted, as well as relieved, that a secure container has been delivered to the Greenway Orchard.  This is a much-loved Container that means tools can be held on site as well as chairs and tables and other equipment. It solves a problem of vandalism that has threatened the project.  The Green Gym has re-opened since Covid-19 with some updated procedures, and it is open every Thursday 11-2. To read more click here
Newham Voices – a new Newham newspaper
Newham Voices is a new newspaper and website, written by local people for local people. The pilot issue was published on August 28th with the aim of providing news with a difference, a voice for all Newham’s people that is not-for-profit, but funded by advertising, donations and membership subscriptions. The team brings together professional and citizen journalists to create a newspaper that represents the diverse and vibrant community. They also run free training courses for those who want to improve their writing skills. For further details visit the website at A launch event is being held via Zoom on Saturday 19 September 11am-12.30pm
The tree pit gardens have had some more love this week
Great to have 4 local growers helping this week with the tree pits, to tend, water, weed and plant more flowers.  If you would like to know more or get involved, please e-mail our Green Spaces and Streets Community Worker Milena on
Space to Talk (S2T) - a local online community
Space To Talk (S2T) London is a place where you should feel totally safe, online direct from Ivona’s home in Plaistow. You can offload any of your concerns you may have around love, life and relationships knowing that you will not be judged. You will not be ridiculed or belittled but supported and treated with respect and understanding. A space to address loneliness and to openly discuss any emotional issues in a safe environment.

"My vision is to help build genuine connections and generate a sense of togetherness and compassion for all" Ivona

The next S2T is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 9 September at 6.30pm.  The following one is on Wednesday 7 October again at 6.30pm. These are hosted online for the moment.  More details here
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