The 2015 Plumstead Make Merry has been granted £2665 from the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Community Arts Fund.
This grant is to pay for workshop providers, and half venue costs for workshop space at the festival, this amounts to half the cost of the hire of a Workshop Tent, and also space in St. Mark’s Church Hall.
It means that we can hire equipment for workshops to be run by Art Plumstead and Plumstead Harmonies, and also contract specific workshop providers such as Folk Dance Remixed and The Cowfoot Prince, amongst others.
Local people be will able to try a variety of art-related activities, including water colouring, African drumming, maypole dancing (with a modern twist!) and much more. This is the first grant the festival has received from the Royal Borough of Greenwich, since cut-backs in 2010.
Skipton Building Society has also donated £500 and the group has been busy fundraising at grassroots level by running activities for tots, raffles and bring & buy sales. “We are also extremely grateful for the support we have been receiving from Art Plumstead, the History Mill, Greenwich Rugby Football Club, the Old Mill public house, Hop Stuff, Aperture Woolwich Photographic Society, the Royal Greenwich Scout Association and countless local people,” said Deborah O’Boyle, the committee’s fundraiser. “Without them, the event just could not happen.”
However, fundraising does not stop here. In order to top up funds needed for this year and to help secure the festival’s future, the group has set up a crowdfunding project with a target of £5,000. Visit the BuzzBnk website for further details (https://buzzbnk.org/plumsteadmakemerry) or donate using PayPal via the Plumstead Make Merry website (https://plumsteadmakemerry.co.uk/donate/).