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.

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 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 Merry as a very happy resident during this time. Her responsibilities for the 2019 festival include organising the stallholders which make up the varied, diverse and exciting stalls.


Daniel Torbett (Treasurer)

Details to follow shortly.


Alison White

Details to follow shortly.


Dee Godwin 

Details to follow shortly.


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