Family fun in the sun at 50th anniversary garden parties

28 July 2015 in Events and Mayor
Live music and dance performances, bouncy castles, street games, and giant birthday cakes were among the fun activities for the whole family at two garden parties on Saturday (25 July) to celebrate Newham’s 50th anniversary.
Nearly 1,500 people of all ages enjoyed the events at Priory Park and the First Avenue Urban Wilderness. The parties were organised by Newham Council’s Plaistow and Green Street Community Neighbourhood teams, with help from local residents and volunteers. These teams bring local people together through activities helping to build stronger and more resilient communities.

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, joined around 650 people at the First Avenue Urban Wilderness to enjoy entertainment including live music, face painting, balloon modelling, street games, Zumba workshop, and an historical exhibition of the area entitled Plaistow: Then and Now.

Over in Priory Park, more than 800 people enjoyed a host of activities including an egg and spoon race, face painting, cupcake and biscuit decorating, flower arranging, giant chess games and performances by local singers and dancers.

The West Ham United Foundation, part of the community outreach work carried by West Ham United, staged a number of games including a penalty shootout competition. The Metropolitan Police provided visitors with crime prevention advice and Newham’s Adult Learning Service also staged workshops including cupcake and biscuit decorating.

Other partners at the event included Tesco, Queens Market, and Chess in Schools and Communities - a charity which raises the profile of chess and highlight its educational and social benefits.

While there was no charge for attending the parties, residents were encouraged to bring food and games for others to share and enjoy.

Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning, said: “These 50th anniversary parties are proving to be a smash hit with local residents, who are not just coming together to enjoy the entertainment but are coming together as a community.

“These events show the strength of the community spirit across the borough and everyone who attended had a fantastic time.”

The next parties are:
  • Saturday 1 August, 1pm-4pm;  Garden Party - Jack Cornwell Community Centre, Manor Park (spaces are limited at this event)
  • Saturday 1 August, noon-4pm; Street Party - The Grove, Stratford
  • Sunday 2 August, noon-5pm; Street Party - International Quarter, Pathway to Olympic Stadium and Aquatic Centre.
The final garden party will be held on in Forest Gate on Saturday 5 September between noon and 4pm.