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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Harper (Chair)
Sarah has lived in Plumstead for the majority of her life, and joined the team in 2007 as Chair after attending the festival for many years.
Her primary responsibilities are entertainment 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 area.
Sarah is a mum of one, and a multidisciplinary artist, formerly working as a successful Event Manager organising large-scale conferences, exhibitions and music events.
Adam Boal (Vice-Chair)
Adam grew up in Eltham and now lives locally, he and many of his local friends remember the Make Merry fondly. His friends are delighted he’s gotten involved in running the event and have even promised to volunteer some time themselves in future years! Professionally Adam is a community engagement and physics outreach specialist, designing and delivering exciting science-y events and opportunities for all.
On the day of the festival you will find Adam making himself useful across the site and keeping an eye on logistics, volunteers and making sure everyone is having a lovely time!
Deborah O’Boyle (Secretary)
Deborah was born in Plumstead 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.
Daniel Torbett (Treasurer)
Daniel lives locally and is a long-time attendee of the Plumstead Make Merry. He 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.
For the 2021 festival Daniel continues as our Treasurer, and will also be managing the stalls applications.
Sally started attending the Make Merry festival when she moved the Plumstead area several years ago. In 2017, she ran a face painting stall and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere. Her children love attending the festival each year and love the family atmosphere. Sally volunteered as a steward in 2019 and immediately joined the Committee as the whole experience was so enjoyable. She is the lead in recruiting volunteers.
Volunteering is a big part of Sally’s life. As well as her role within the Plumstead Make Merry Committee, she also runs Rainbow and Brownie units in Kent. Balancing these exciting commitments with full-time employment and being a mum to two gorgeous boys can be a challenge but she says the rewards far outweigh the pressures!
I’m Hayley, having worked in retail for nearly 20 years and lived in Plumstead and the surrounding areas, I have developed a strong sense of community and was always actively involved in community work. More recently with my two daughters I have shown them the areas I grew up in and the joy and fun I used to have every year at the Plumstead Make Merry when I was their age.
For the next festival Hayley is taking a lead on promotion and marketing, with a particular focus on our social media pages.
MC lives locally having grown up in a little village in the South West of England. She joined the Make Merry Team in early 2020 keen to get involved in the community, in her new home, in this little pocket of London. The 2021 Make Merry will be her first and she is excited to see it all come together.
Charlotte has lived in Plumstead on and off for over forty years, attended Plumcroft Primary School, and was a chorister for many years at St. Mark with St. Margaret Church, Plumstead Common. She has enjoyed being a patron of the Plumstead Make Merry since a child, and answered the 2019 plea for Make Merry team members. She has over twenty years of experience working within the hospitality and leisure industry, including event management in several of London’s key tourist attractions. This year Charlotte is co-treasurer, and is excited to not only learn the ropes from Dan, but for the Make Merry to go ahead and put smiles on people’s faces after such a challenging year.
Lucinda has spent a lot of her life in Plumstead, and last year decided to join our Merry team. She has been working as part of the Stalls team for our 2021 event.
Desiree says, ‘I’ve always heard about the Plumstead Make Merry festival however I never really had the the chance to attend on the day, despite living in the area for nearly 9 years. When Covid happened and I was not able to travel to work or visit my friends, I realised I actually didn’t know anyone in the area. I decided I wanted to do something about it. I got in touch with the group of volunteers looking after the festival, thinking it would be a good way to meet new people that are part of the local community, help out and learn new things in the process. I was not wrong. Everyone has been very helpful and supportive and I cannot wait for the actual day to come and see the result of the hard work that everyone has put in behind the scene.’
Kathy has been a volunteer steward for the Make Merry since 2005/2006, and has joined the organising team for the 2021 festival.
Kathy says, ‘Having been a Plumstead Make Merry steward since 2007 my experience has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I love meeting the diverse community that Plumstead has, there are so many different cultures all coming together to enjoy, what for me is ,a day to remember for the rest of my life. I also want to pay homage to the extremely wonderful team that put the whole thing together. I would highly recommend anyone to start becoming a Plumstead Make Merry volunteer steward’.
Details to follow soon.