As mentioned in previous posts, there was no Plumstead Make Merry this year. This is primarily due to central government cuts in local authority funding, which have meant that Greenwich Council have cut the funding on which the Make Merry has depended on for its infrastructure. So, instead of a festival this year, and to continue our fundraising efforts to ensure that we have a festival in 2012, there was a ‘Not the Plumstead Make Merry’ event on Saturday 11th June 2011 – the day the festival was due to take place.
It took place from 12 noon to 5pm, and was held in and around the Greenwich Rugby Club Pavilion on Plumstead Common (Old Mill Road, London, SE18).
We invited people to come along to the Common from 12 noon, during which time we had children’s entertainers on-hand to keep the spirits high in this celebration of our community, including ‘Run Fun Starz’ who were running Sports Day style events, the ‘West Kent Boys Brigade’ who had an inflatable battle zone, and Riverdale Sports who ran some 5-a-side football matches and fitness and training skills.
From 1pm the Plumstead Integration Project showed films in the Rugby Club and from 3pm was live music and entertainment in the Rugby Club, featuring local acts including ‘Adam Tunji’, ‘Sarcastic Fringehead’, ‘The Acapella Punk’, and ‘John Morum’.
In all, the event was a resounding success and we raised quite a bit of money for the 2012 Make Merry. Thank you to all who attended, performed and/or supported us. Photos from the event have now been uploaded to the ‘photos’ section of the the website.