Street Party 2017 planning meeting 5-7-17- notes.

A few of us managed to get together after the Swifts meeting yesterday to have a chat about this year’s Street Party. I managed to get down some notes and here’s a summary of what was discussed (let me know if I’ve missed anything if you were there).

David (9) will be contacting the council to apply for the road to be closed.

Outline plan for the day:-

  • 10am get the roof on the structure!
  • 11am start decorating
  • 2pm games start, food coming out, music on, party starts 🙂
  • 5-6-ish awards/bake-off etc?
  • 7pn raffle?
  • 8pm TBC (see below)
  • 9pm Bex (DJ)

Above times may need to be adjusted as we go along.

The aim this year (as ever) is to get the roof on the structure and the street decorated as early as possible. To that end, marquee construction will begin the day before (at least) and any help will be welcome. Some decoration will also start the day before, help welcome. We need to check if we have enough bunting or need to buy (make?) more. Any creative ideas for decorations we can put up around the street or in the marquee welcome. We hope to get some solar lights to add to the bunting and to put in the trees as it’ll be dark earlier this year with it being September so could look really good.

Hopefully Nicola will be able to do face painting for a couple of hours in the afternoon but if anyone is willing to volunteer some time to help with face painting have a chat beforehand (or on the day).
Anyone willing to help out with the running of the games have a chat to Laurence or Gordon.

Games are likely to include:

  • All the old favourites as usual, sack race, 3-legged race etc – hopefully Laurence can get hold of the props: let us know if we need to add anything.
  • We’ll also be having the ‘beer goggles’ games, space hoppers and we’re exploring if it’s feasible to add a ‘pantomime horse race’ … watch this space!
  • Tug of War: Margaret’s offered to buy a replacement to the one we broke last year! That’ll be the street tug of war rope.
  • Possible obstacle course?

We’ll probably need to buy more medals for the awards ceremony.

Do we need to track down the best garden and bake off trophies?

We can make space for people to set up tables if they want to sell any of their crafts or want to promote a charity/local organisation – just have a chat to us on the day (but bring your own table).

We do need some people to volunteer to help make sure the awards run smoothly (Debbie and Dave again?)

There’ll be a raffle and we think £1 a ticket £4 for 5 is reasonable. We will be asking for donated gifts. If there is a big disparity between the values of the donations we’re pondering if we could auction off a few items – not sure how this might work so that’s still something to ponder.

We are looking into the possibility of a band BUT still very early days – depends on logistics of setting up a full band, how much they might want paying, availability.

We are in the process of convincing a surprise guest DJ from the street to perform a set on the night – again watch this space for details.

We all thought a Dressing Up Box could be a lot of fun, especially for the guest DJ set. If anyone can donate any old ridiculous cloths, wigs etc just bring them out on the day. Maybe we can buy in some cheap wigs etc? Maybe if you’re out in charity shops and spot something you could imagine going down well pick it up and keep it until the day?

DJ Bex is playing again. She is happy for “guilty pleasures” requests BUT please keep it to a maximum of three suggestions. If you use the Subject Line Elmfield Guilty Pleasures it might help her to keep track of the emails. Remember we’ll be trying to dance to your suggestions so please no Gregorian chanting, industrial soundscapes, operatic ventures etc

we’re pondering setting up an ‘honesty’ cocktail bar for the evening time. Would need to be staffed and set up.

Possible space for stalls where residents can sell craft items or promote local organisations?



AHEAD Charity Bike Ride / Walk this Sunday

Reminder: This Sunday our green space will be the location for the start and end of the annual AHEAD charity walk and bike ride. Our neighbour Roy explains “A small charity I’m involved in is again running a charity bike ride from our green in early July. All are welcome to join and take part. It’s a relatively small event and is mainly off-road across the marshes and into Victoria and Mile End park before returning to the green.”

AHEAD say “The event aims to  raise funds to build a hostel for disadvantaged girls in Oromia, Ethiopia, who otherwise would be unable to access secondary school education. Enjoy a great day out across the new and old of North East London; keep fit and support a great cause!”

For more information and details on how to register go to The AHEAD site.


Street Party planning begins.

Coots update (the birds formerly known as Moorhens).

After three attempts to build nests and incubate eggs, only to have all their hard work washed away following massive rainfall, we are cautiously optimistic about the fourth attempt. It is in a huge branch that has become lodged in the channel and built quite high up. They’ve been there for a couple of weeks now.

The Great Walthamstow Get Together

In celebration of Jo Cox, MP,  murdered last year.

Cygnet rescued.

Some of you will be aware that a Cygnet somehow became seperated from its parents recently and has been hanging around the flood relief. Tonight, thanks to Claire around the corner, it was rescued and is heading for a sanctuary.

Elmfield Swifts