Meet the Team

The Plumstead Make Merry is run by a team of big-hearted volunteers who are passionate about the area and its local community. Forming the Plumstead Make Merry Team, they work hard to ensure the festival takes place every year, meeting regularly in the run up to the next event.

To contact any member of the Team or to find out how you can join, please email


Sarah Harper (Chair)

Sarah has lived in Plumstead for over thirty years, and joined the team in 2007 as Chair.

Sarah HarperHer primary responsibilities for the 2019 festival are entertainment bookings for The Bandstand and arena area, and the Acoustic Cafe, activities, and also the event licensing, Health & Safety, and logistics. On the day of the festival, Sarah is usually found as the Stage Manager for The Bandstand and arena area.

Sarah is a mum of one, and a mixed media artist, formerly working as a successful Event Manager organising large-scale conferences, exhibitions and music events.


Deborah O’Boyle (Secretary)

Deborah was born in Plumstead in 1961 and was educated at Timbercroft, Plumstead Manor and Avery Hill College (now part of the University of Greenwich). Deborah has been a manager in a Japanese international bank, engaged in a variety of local voluntary activities and is still raising a family. She spends most her time these days cramming mathematics into young brains, fundraising and coordinating gardening at a local primary school, researching local history and grumbling. Photo - Deborah O'Boyle

Having attended the Make Merry festivals since 1975, Deborah eventually answered a plea for committee members in 2013. From 2016 Deborah has held the post of Secretary and has led on fundraising, spending much of her time in the run-up to the festival bidding for grants and shamelessly begging for money, this will continue for the 2019 event.


Ebru Ogun (Vice-Chair)

Ebru has lived in Plumstead on and off for more than 20 years and has attended the Make Merry for most of those years.


Ebru has a keen interest in the welfare of the residents of Plumstead and feels the Make Merry plays a vital role in contributing to the community.

Her responsibilities for the 2019 festival include organising the stallholders which make up the varied, diverse and exciting stalls.


Daniel Torbett (Treasurer)

Daniel lives locally and is a long-time attendee of the Plumstead Make Merry, now bringing his own son to enjoy the festivities.

Daniel has a background in sales and event management at iconic London venues and works with the other volunteer committee members to bring about an affordable Make Merry for the whole community.



Dee Godwin 

Dee has been a Plumstead resident for over 40 years.

For the past three years she has volunteered for the Make Merry, with the last two of those managing the Information Tent.

Dee is a member of Art Plumstead and helps to run their events. These include helping to organise the annual pickle competition, the annual poetry competition and many other events for the local community. Dee also helps to run the monthly Plumstead Community Market at St. Marks’ Hall. She helps with Christmas and Summer fetes at a couple of local schools, and also writes the occasional quiz for the Friends of Shrewsbury House and Friends of Shrewsbury Park.

This has all given her a lot of experience of helping the public to enjoy an event, and just as importantly, Dee says that she enjoys volunteering, she gets back as least as much as she puts in.

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