This year’s festival may be over but the hard work has only just begun as we launch our fundraising campaign to Save the Plumstead Make Merry, which can no longer afford to run because of funding cuts.
The Plumstead Make Merry is the longest running community festival in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and is run on an entirely voluntary basis by members of the local community. It was first started in 1975 but since losing its council funding in 2011 as a result of central government cuts, has struggled to raise enough money to keep running beyond 2014.
Over 7000 people turned out for this year’s festival which was held on 7 June 2014 on Plumstead Common. Spectators were treated to live music and dance performances, a fun fair, food, and up to 80 stalls from local groups and businesses. For the first time, there was also an area dedicated to activities for under 5’s.
Sarah Harper, Chair of the Plumstead Make Merry Association, said: “Every year the festival grows in size and popularity but since the cut in our funding, it has been increasingly hard to raise money to pay for it. A lot of work goes into the Plumstead Make Merry and it is all done by volunteers who are passionate about the local area and bringing the community together.
“It will be an incredible shame if we lose the Plumstead Make Merry. It is a unique festival and an important part of the history of Plumstead. We are hoping to find the funds for next year, which marks our 40th anniversary and will be doing everything we can to make sure the festival continues but we are completely reliant on the generosity of our supporters.”
“Now’s the time to show your support and help save your local festival. Please join our Save the Make Merry campaign and donate what you can.”
To join our campaign and make a donation, please visit our Save the Make Merry page on our website by using the following link: www.plumsteadmakemerry.co.uk/donate.