Weir Estate was once again buzzing with activity on Saturday 16th June, when local residents from across the community descended on the annual Weir Community Day. The event was co-organised by the Weir Estate Residents Association, and The Weir Link, as part of the strong working relationship between the two organisations.
Both organisations work hard to improve the area, and embrace the community. This has been achieved by building strong partnerships, and helps to ensure crime is low, residents have an opportunity to raise issues and concerns, and the green spaces and properties are maintained regularly.
The event had music provided by local radio station Generation Radio from Clapham Park and the iconic steel band beating out their old and new tunes.
Visitors to the event were brought together to enjoy an afternoon of fun and knowledge provided by a large number of service providers who brought along their own exhibits. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s Community Services team were on hand to offer practical advice about eating more healthily and quitting smoking, as well as sexual health promotion. Local residents also came along to sell their homemade cakes and jewellery.
Our estate contractors once again were on hand to offer practical advice about their services, as well as freebies. Morrison Facilities Services had a range of freebies, and this provided an excellent opportunity for residents to interact with those people providing their repairs service. Pinnacle PSG had organised a fantastic activity for all ages of painting plant pots and then planting seeds.
Thames Water were on hand to offer advice on how to use water more efficiently and showed off some free products which you can order to be more water efficient.
Lambeth College came to give out their prospectus’ and offer course advice.
Local housing organisations, Lambeth Living, Metropolitan Clapham Park and Wandle Housing Association were brought together to offer housing advice; whilst Lambeth Living held a free raffle to win tickets to the London 2012 Olympics!
Children were able to enjoy activities ranging from a large bouncy castle, and the new jungle run inflatable assault course, with face painting and activities by Lambeth Play Association.
The event was assisted by a team of volunteers who helped set up the event from across the community.
Refreshments were on offer and children were able to enjoy the many other fun activities while adults could get lots of great advice and information.
The event also recognised four years of the successful Weir Link Centre which opened its doors in June 2009.
The new Mayor of Lambeth, Cllr Clive Bennett came along and said “Fittingly, with all the effort of preparation in place the sun appear on cue for the community day arranged by Weir Estate Residents Association. As Mayor of Lambeth I was pleased to enjoy the day and experience the immense commitment of the Weir Link and WERA to tenants and be introduced to the staff at the Children’s Centre, a most commendable provision of early years learning, that is able to foster trust and build relationships that will allow people of different cultures and beliefs to share the benefits of social belonging.”
Full List of Exhibitors
Thornton Ward Councillors
Clapham Park Project
Clapham Park Neighbourhood Forum
Friends of Agnes Riley Gardens
Clapham Park Time Bank
Home Made Knitwear
Wraps & Fruit Kebabs
Wandle Housing Association
Weir Estate Residents Association
Cecilia’s Bread & Cakes
Morrison Facilities Services
T. Brown Group
Thornton Safer Neighbourhood Team (Police)
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Community Services
Bowel Cancer U.K
Guys & St Thomas’ Community Nutrition
London Fire Brigade
Inflatables (Bouncy Castle & Jungle Run)
Power of Living Word – Toy Stall
The Weir Link Polish Group
St Stephens Youth Club
The Weir Link