150 year old market comes alive!

Posted by on Friday, December 12th, 2014         

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THE Well Street Community Christmas Market kicks off on Saturday December 13 with the 150 year old market street fully closed off for the first time in 30 years and more than 36 stalls on both sides of the street from valentine Road to Morning Lane.

Cllr Sharon Patrick, Speaker of Hackney, will be present to snip the ribbon and declare the market open at 11am.

“There has been a market here for nearly 200 years and the Christmas Market is about encouraging that to grow again with a new exciting market with local residents selling items,” said Ian Rathbone, Secretary of the Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA).

As well as traditional seasonal features like Mulled wine, home-made traditional cakes and Father Christmas, the Festival offers food, clothes, jewellery – and entertainments including face painting, the Albion Kids show boat, jugglers, and local musicians playing live on stage.

Local charity Hackney Quest – which the market is also supporting – will have some of their young people performing dance routines on stage at 1pm.

And the local Post office will be re-launched by the Speaker – it now offers all the services previously only available at main branches.

Jo Price, WESTRA Co-chair, whose family have run a florists shop in the area for more than 60 years, added: “A market is a community hub and we want to see it as a lively place where everyone from our diverse community can get together. There’s several cafes and a lively pub under new ownership, where people can sit down, have a cup of tea or coffee or other drink and relax for a chat.”

Terry O’Mahoney, WESTRA Co-Chair, emphasised: “We also have a full complement of shops here in Well Street market, with everything from greengrocers to hair stylists, from DIY to flowers, from health foods to opticians and dentists, two chemists and a Post Office which now does everything. In fact, everything you could want from a shopping experience is here. Come and find out more.”

Festival Organiser Kevin Jones said: “It’s brilliant – Well St Christmas community market was a fabulous event last year with kids, dance, music, families, bakers, jewellers, designers, food, juices, fashion, flowers, choirs, kids entertainment and the best of enterprising entrepreneurial Hackney. Don’t miss it!”

Other stalls will be selling sewn and cross stitched items, handmade Christmas cards and decorations, and stalls reflecting the growing local artist community in the area.

Thanks to the Chatham Ward Community First Fund, and Community Links for helping to fund part of the Festival, and for all the help from Hackney Council in closing the street for the day.

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Email us at ian.rathbone@tiscali.co.uk



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Come to Well Street Community Christmas Market on Saturday December 13, 11am to 5pm

Posted by on Saturday, November 29th, 2014         

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ALL are welcome to come to the Well Street Community Christmas Market, Saturday December 13, from 11am to 5pm, organised by Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA).(Photo of last year’s festival market)

If you want to run a stall – please email ian.rathbone@tiscali.co.uk with your details and what you are selling. The cost will be £20 a stall which is being subsidised in various ways. Thanks to sponsors: Chatham Ward Community First Fund, Community Links, Hackney Council, Barclays bank, WESTRA.

The whole street will be closed off from Valentine Road to Morning Lane to help the market be safe and secure. We look forward to an even bigger market and more folk coming this year. As well as stalls there will be live music, hot food, entertainment for children including facepainting and Santa, mulled wine and carol singing and lots more.
Come and support your local economy!



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Last day for bids to the ward Community First Panel

Posted by on Monday, September 8th, 2014         

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It’s the last day for community projects or groups based or active in Homerton Ward to make bids for their projects to the Chatham Ward Community First Panel. Although there has been a name change for the ward, the old ward name is being used for this year!

“We would like to encourage bids typically around £500 although bids can be made up to around £2,500,” said a spokesperson.

The final deadline is today September 8, 2014. An application form can be found attached to this post on the Well Street Market website. This is a different form from previous years.

Check out

http://www.wellstreetmarket.co.uk/wellstreetmarket/bids-invited-funding-local-community-first-panel/

If you want to contact the Panel, then please write to:

Chathamward.London@wellstreetmarket.co.uk



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Look out for a special event celebrating Well Street Market on September 20

Posted by on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014         

Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA) is supporting an event being planned by traders for Saturday, September 20 from 12noon to 9pm in Well Street market E9.

It is hoped to have a performance stage once again with some bands playing during the day into the evening, some stalls and a variety of food available for sale.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact WESTRA Secretary Ian Rathbone on 07890 654 068 or email: ian.rathbone@tiscali.co.uk .



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Bids invited for funding from the local Community First Panel

Posted by on Saturday, June 28th, 2014         

10 – Chatham Ward Community Plan Final January 2014

1 – template to be filled in 09-CF-Funding-Proposal-Template-2014_15 29 may 14

COMMUNITY PROJECTS groups based or active in Homerton Ward are being invited to make bids for their projects to the Chatham Ward Community First Panel. Although there has been a name change for the ward, the old ward name is being used for this year!

“We would like to encourage bids typically around £500 although bids can be made up to around £2,500,” said a spokesperson.

The final deadline is noon, September 8, 2014. An application form can be found attached to this post on the Well Street Market website. This is a different form from previous years.

The priorities for funding for this year are taken from the Chatham Ward Community First Panel Community Plan (attached to this post) which can also be found on the Well Street Market website. Your application must fit with at least one of these:
Needs
1. Build greater community cohesion by holding community events
2. Provision of more recreational activity for many older people who live on their own
3. Learning opportunities for young people who might otherwise perpetrate or fall victim to anti-social behaviour
4. Projects that address issues of exclusion, for example support for children living in deprived households and those unable to access key services
5. Mount special events that stimulate the local economy, generate jobs

Community Aspirations include:
1. Addressing public health issues, such as healthy eating
2. Projects from the community that confront the gang culture
3. More activities and facilities for young people
4. Spaces that allow for social interaction between residents
5. Encourage businesses to invest to take advantage of economic opportunities
6. Addressing the empty shops and supporting local people to start new enterprises
7. Develop ways of delivering more community housing
8. Making open and green spaces more available for play
9. Projects that encourage more cycling and walking people’s preferred transport modes

Please send your completed form to: Chathamward.London@wellstreetmarket.co.uk. We can’t accept any posted forms at the moment. You can email us for information at Chathamward.London@wellstreetmarket.co.uk. Those bids that the panel will be recommending to the CDF will be notified by September 15. The final decision on awarding the grant will be made by the Community Development Foundation (CDF).

All last year’s bids have been approved by the Community Development Foundation (CDF) and the funding distributed.

The Chatham Ward Community First Panel is:
Doreka Anderson
Ian Rathbone
Paul Monks
Terry O’Mahoney
Robert Chapman
Joanne Price

The Panel Partner is Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA).

The programme can:
• Support local projects that improve the quality of life for local people
• Promote a sense of ownership not only of problems but of local opportunities and resources
• Start more neighbourhood groups and revitalise existing groups
• Introduce a new approach to funding projects – leveraging time, money and other resources – helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area

It can result in:
• Communities being able to help themselves and others
• Neighbourhood groups that are better able to express their needs and influence decisions made about that community
• Neighbourhood groups that are better able to take control of resources needed to make a difference – enhancing confidence, capability and partnership
Nearly £50,000 is available to be given out over four years in small grants for organisations based or working in Chatham ward.

Community First aims to encourage people in Homerton ward to:
• Support the social action projects they need, improving the quality of life for themselves and others in their neighbourhood.
• Participate in relevant local decision making, promoting a sense of ownership not only of problems but of local opportunities and resources.
• Start more neighbourhood groups and revitalise existing groups.
• Work with businesses, charities and public authorities, encouraging people to help others and themselves to improve the quality of life locally.
• Introduce a new approach to funding projects – leveraging time, money and other resources – helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area.

To receive Community First funding any group or organisation must:
• be a not-for-profit, third sector voluntary or community group
• be connected with and/or meeting the needs of the local community
• have a bank account with 2 signatories OR nominate an organisation which has a bank account with 2 signatories to hold funds on its behalf
• have a governing document that has as a minimum the name, aim/purpose, objects, a dissolution clause for the organisation, a list of Trustees/Committee members, and Trustees/Committee member signatures. New groups are not required to have this in place, but should agree to develop one.
• provide evidence of significant community participation in their application through the group’s matched element to the project
• show that their project is in line with the priorities identified for the ward

Examples of what can be funded are:
• the purchase of equipment, like a computer, oven, furniture
• the costs of putting on a local event or workshop
• training for volunteers
• additional activities to expand an existing funded project
• activities that support community activity
• activities that meet an identified need in the local community
• funding to support an organisation to achieve a quality or other standard relevant to their activities.

Community First cannot fund the following:
• statutory organisations, such as Local Authorities, schools and the Police Force
• arms length public sector organisations that are controlled wholly or in part by, for example, a Local Authority, a Primary Care Trust or agencies of these
• any party political activity
• commercial ventures
• organisations working in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, or those that primarily benefit communities overseas in Europe or elsewhere. The grants must be used for activity within local communities in England.
• certain types of activities that support Asylum Seeker groups. Further information can be found at: http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk

Match Funding
• Groups funded by the CF programme will need to demonstrate match funding. The matched element should principally be in volunteer time but can also be donated cash, goods and services.
• As grants awarded will be small and volunteering opportunities in some cases may be limited, many groups will, nonetheless, be dependent on volunteers to help deliver projects. CDF are recommending groups use an hourly rate of £11.09 to calculate the value of volunteer match time.
• In order to greater reflect current labour market costs, CDF is using the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) and within this the Median gross hourly earnings rate. From the current survey (December 2010) CDF are therefore recommending groups use an hourly rate of £11.09 to calculate the value of volunteer match time. The ASHE is the ONS principal source for earnings estimates collected in April and uses data on 181,000 employees. The statistics (drawn from current HM Revenue & Customs PAYE records) although higher, are based on current labour market costs and give a more realistic indication of how much it might cost a group to employ a full or part time member of staff in the (volunteer) role. CDF are opting for this median value as it represents the middle ground used to calculate the pay rate for a typical worker within a homogeneous group and will be adjusted annually to reflect changes in labour costs.

If you want to contact the Panel, then please write to:

Chathamward.London@wellstreetmarket.co.uk

Please leave a few days for any reply as we do not have admin staff! It would also help if you gave a phone number to contact you on.

If you need to contact the Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA):
ian.rathbone@tiscali.co.uk This is not the contact email for the Panel.



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Chatham Ward Community First panel decides on community bids

Posted by on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014         

THE Chatham Ward Community First panel met on 5 March 2014 to discuss and decide on bids made by this year’s deadline of 1 March 2014.

The sum of £12,000 was available in this year. We looked at the bids and discussed them in terms of the criteria outlined in the Chatham Ward Community First Plan, which had been agreed by the Panel with the approval of the Community Development Foundation (CDF) and published on this website, along with the Plan itself. There were eight bids, totalling £16,753. One bid was deferred for more checking.

The successful bids are:

* Morningside Estate Junior Youth Group
* Albion Kids Show Well Street Club
* Parent and Child Photography Workshops, Berger School/WESTRA Project
* Well Street Neighbourhood Plan Community Planning Day
* Learning Support for Young People, organised by VITAL EET at Homerton Library

Those bids that the panel are recommending to the Community Development Foundation (CDF) have been notified, and successful awards will be paid out from April 2014.

The final decision on awarding grants is made by the Community Development Foundation.

It was agreed to fund from next year’s allocation the Law Centre bid for local advice sessions and Chats Palace bid for some photographic kit.

It was agreed to speed up the bidding process timing for year 4, the final year, to meet the deadline of December 2014 with all projects spending their funding and returning a monitoring form by the end of February 2015.

It was noted that £1302 was to be paid to Plan Projects for completing work on the Chatham Ward Community First Panel Community Plan.

It was agreed the next meeting of the Panel would be in June or July 2014 with a bidding deadline of Sept/Oct.

The Chatham Ward Community First Panel is:

Doreka Anderson
Ian Rathbone
Paul Monks
Terry O’Mahoney

The Panel Partner is Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA).

You can email us for information at Chathamward.London@wellstreetmarket.co.uk



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Bids invited for funding from Chatham Ward Community First Fund

Posted by on Friday, January 31st, 2014         

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10 – Chatham Ward Community Plan Final January 2014


COMMUNITY PROJECTS groups based or active in Chatham Ward are being invited to make bids for their projects to the Chatham Ward Community First Panel.

“We would like to encourage bids typically around £500 although bids can be made up to around £2,500. The total available for next year’s projects is £12k for organisations based or working in Chatham ward,” said a spokesperson.

The final deadline is noon, 1 March 2014. An application form can be found on the Well Street Market website. This is a different form from previous years.

The priorities for funding for the year to March 2014 are taken from the Chatham Ward Community First Panel Community Plan which can also be found on the Well Street Market website. Your application must fit with at least one of these:
Needs
1. Build greater community cohesion by holding community events
2. Provision of more recreational activity for many older people who live on their own
3. Learning opportunities for young people who might otherwise perpetrate or fall victim to anti-social behaviour
4. Projects that address issues of exclusion, for example support for children living in deprived households and those unable to access key services
5. Mount special events that stimulate the local economy, generate jobs

Aspirations
1. Addressing public health issues, such as healthy eating
2. Projects from the community that confront the gang culture
3. More activities and facilities for young people
4. Spaces that allow for social interaction between residents
5. Encourage businesses to invest to take advantage of economic opportunities
6. Addressing the empty shops and supporting local people to start new enterprises
7. Develop ways of delivering more community housing
8. Making open and green spaces more available for play
9. Projects that encourage more cycling and walking people’s preferred transport modes

Please send your completed form to: Chathamward.London@wellstreetmarket.co.uk. We can’t accept any posted forms at the moment. You can email us for information at Chathamward.London@wellstreetmarket.co.uk. Those bids that the panel will be recommending to the CDF will be notified by March 10, 2014. The final decision on awarding the grant will be made by the Community Development Foundation (CDF).

All last year’s bids have been approved by the Community Development Foundation (CDF) and the funding distributed.
They were:
* The New Starz Performing Arts Academy. New Starz provides safe and positive after-school activities for local children aged 7-12. The weekly club offers dance, singing and drama workshops run by qualified and professional artists. It is run at St Luke’s Church, Hackney at the heart of the Morningside Estate, in partnership with The David Stinson Theatre School (International Performing Arts & Theatre).
* Educational support project to Black and Asian Minority Ethnic underachieving children and young people between ages, 14 to 16 years in: English, Maths and Science to help raise their attainment and improve their job prospects in the Chatham Ward neighbourhood.
* A photographic portrait project by children in years 5 & 6 (ages 10 -11) attending the after school photography club at Berger primary school, Hackney E9. The aim is to profile Well Street market traders by taking photos of them in their shops, and promoting the shopping street as well as showing the skills of local Primary school children, some of whom live in the street or have a family connection with a business.
* Educational support project to Black and Asian Minority Ethnic underachieving children and young people between ages, 8 to 10 years in: English and Maths to help raise their attainment levels in mainstream schools and improvement in behaviour within the Chatham Ward Community.
* Provide 48 aerobic sessions to 20 people in Chatham weekly at the Wayside Community Centre. Our aim is to help some of the poorest, most isolated local people living in Chatham Ward to come together in an activity that provides fun and interaction with each other. The opportunity given will help to bring about considerable improvement in the health conditions and overall well-being of socially isolated individuals. Help to prevent and manage chronic conditions including Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes.
* To run social events in Well Street market to increase footfall to help the shops which are struggling to survive and to bring more people together locally and encourage other events.

The Chatham Ward Community First Panel is:
Doreka Anderson
Ian Rathbone
Paul Monks
Terry O’Mahoney

The Panel Partner is Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA).

The most recent meeting of the Panel took place on 2 December 2013:

* It was agreed that a Community Plan is commissioned and produced in time for the bidding period in 2014, and the needs and aspirations of the plan be used as the basis for the criteria for bidding. The Plan would be submitted for approval by the CDF and then placed on the WESTRA website.

* It was agreed that the bid deadline run from February 1 to March 1, 2014.

* It was agreed the panel would meet on March 5, 2014, to consider bids and make decisions on them. Successful bids would be notified as soon as possible afterwards.

* It was agreed to look for more panel members. Anyone interested can apply for consideration as a member at Chathamward.London@wellstreetmarket.co.uk

The programme is overall supervised by the Community Development Foundation. More information about the CDF can be found at the Community Development Foundation website.

The programme can:
• Support local projects that improve the quality of life for local people
• Promote a sense of ownership not only of problems but of local opportunities and resources
• Start more neighbourhood groups and revitalise existing groups
• Introduce a new approach to funding projects – leveraging time, money and other resources – helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area

It can result in:
• Communities being able to help themselves and others
• Neighbourhood groups that are better able to express their needs and influence decisions made about that community
• Neighbourhood groups that are better able to take control of resources needed to make a difference – enhancing confidence, capability and partnership
Nearly £50,000 is available to be given out over four years in small grants for organisations based or working in Chatham ward.

Community First aims to encourage people in Chatham ward to:
• Support the social action projects they need, improving the quality of life for themselves and others in their neighbourhood.
• Participate in relevant local decision making, promoting a sense of ownership not only of problems but of local opportunities and resources.
• Start more neighbourhood groups and revitalise existing groups.
• Work with businesses, charities and public authorities, encouraging people to help others and themselves to improve the quality of life locally.
• Introduce a new approach to funding projects – leveraging time, money and other resources – helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area.

To receive Community First funding any group or organisation must:
• be a not-for-profit, third sector voluntary or community group
• be connected with and/or meeting the needs of the local community
• have a bank account with 2 signatories OR nominate an organisation which has a bank account with 2 signatories to hold funds on its behalf
• have a governing document that has as a minimum the name, aim/purpose, objects, a dissolution clause for the organisation, a list of Trustees/Committee members, and Trustees/Committee member signatures. New groups are not required to have this in place, but should agree to develop one.
• provide evidence of significant community participation in their application through the group’s matched element to the project
• show that their project is in line with the priorities identified for the ward

Examples of what can be funded are:
• the purchase of equipment, like a computer, oven, furniture
• the costs of putting on a local event or workshop
• training for volunteers
• additional activities to expand an existing funded project
• activities that support community activity
• activities that meet an identified need in the local community
• funding to support an organisation to achieve a quality or other standard relevant to their activities.

Community First cannot fund the following:
• statutory organisations, such as Local Authorities, schools and the Police Force
• arms length public sector organisations that are controlled wholly or in part by, for example, a Local Authority, a Primary Care Trust or agencies of these
• any party political activity
• commercial ventures
• organisations working in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, or those that primarily benefit communities overseas in Europe or elsewhere. The grants must be used for activity within local communities in England.
• certain types of activities that support Asylum Seeker groups. Further information can be found at: http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk

Match Funding
• Groups funded by the CF programme will need to demonstrate match funding. The matched element should principally be in volunteer time but can also be donated cash, goods and services.
• As grants awarded will be small and volunteering opportunities in some cases may be limited, many groups will, nonetheless, be dependent on volunteers to help deliver projects. CDF are recommending groups use an hourly rate of £11.09 to calculate the value of volunteer match time.
• In order to greater reflect current labour market costs, CDF is using the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) and within this the Median gross hourly earnings rate. From the current survey (December 2010) CDF are therefore recommending groups use an hourly rate of £11.09 to calculate the value of volunteer match time. The ASHE is the ONS principal source for earnings estimates collected in April and uses data on 181,000 employees. The statistics (drawn from current HM Revenue & Customs PAYE records) although higher, are based on current labour market costs and give a more realistic indication of how much it might cost a group to employ a full or part time member of staff in the (volunteer) role. CDF are opting for this median value as it represents the middle ground used to calculate the pay rate for a typical worker within a homogeneous group and will be adjusted annually to reflect changes in labour costs.

If you want to contact the Panel, then please write to:

Chathamward.London@wellstreetmarket.co.uk

Please leave a few days for any reply as we do not have admin staff! It would also help if you gave a phone number to contact you on.

If you need to contact the Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA):
ian.rathbone@tiscali.co.uk
This is not the contact email for the Panel.



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