by The Plumstead Make Merry Association

About the project


Tipping Point £40
Van and a man £140
The Bandstand £1,640
Sound System £3,440
Marquee £4,140
Public Liability Insurance £4,500
Toilets £5,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

Can you give us some statistics on this problem?

Plumstead is a very diverse community, in terms of affluence, age, opportunity, beliefs and ethnicity.  It is physically diverse, too: the area contains high-density built areas but is also rich in woodland and open spaces.  Some areas are classified as being within the top 5% most income-deprived nationally.  Over 100 languages are spoken within the borough, with typically 35 – 40 at any one school in Plumstead.  The ethnic composition of the population changes radically over the years, reflecting world events.  For example, at over 10% the current, second most-spoken language is Nepalese.  Over 7,000 people (from a population of about 48,000) attended the Plumstead Make Merry last year – this has grown from a typical attendance figure of 5,000+.  The Mayor for London has just announced that Plumstead will be one of nine focus areas in London for building new homes – this is on top of those already planned for neighbouring Woolwich, Abbey Wood and Thamesmead.  A community event, such as the Make Merry, will therefore continue to play a crucial role in supporting community cohesion and promoting talents, skills, businesses and opportunities in Plumstead, whilst simultaneously providing an entertaining, affordable day out for the whole family.

What is your solution?

The Plumstead Make Merry has been a very popular event since 1975 and feedback informs us

that local people are keen to see the festival continue, believe it supports and promotes community cohesion and that it provides an opportunity for people to come together to share and showcase their talents, culture and heritage.  Furthermore, the event provides an opportunity for local voluntary groups and small businesses to promote themselves, recruit and raise vital funds for the coming year. 

This is your festival and we need YOU!


How will you deliver this?

We have a good track record, dating back 40 years and have evolved in response to feedback, to reflect changes in attitudes and tastes.  So long as we can raise enough funds for the infra-structure of the event and for public liability insurance, we can stage a good quality, well-organised event.  As it will be the Ruby Anniversary this year, we have been asked to include some more traditional activities (which, due to reduced funding, have been lacking in recent years); we would like to work with other organisations to offer workshops in a variety of activities, in the lead-up to the event and on the day; we need to move into the future on a stronger financial base.


Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Pledge a donation, be it small or large.
  • 5 minutes
    Share this page: the more people who can help or come along on the day, the better.
  • 15 minutes
    Join us on social media: Facebook, website and Twitter. Find out about our other activities and join the conversation. https://www.facebook.com/PlumsteadMakeMerry http://plumsteadmakemerry.co.uk @PlumMakeMerry
  • 30 minutes
    Write to your local paper or include us in your blog. Apply to perform or book a stall pitch. http://plumsteadmakemerry.co.uk/get-involved/perform/ http://plumsteadmakemerry.co.uk/get-involved/run-a-stall/
  • A few hours
    Volunteer. We are always on the look-out for stewards and other volunteers at the festival. This need not be all day. Not only will you be part of a great community event, you can include this activity in a CV, university application and also for International Baccalaureate and Duke of Edinburgh Award points. http://plumsteadmakemerry.co.uk/get-involved/volunteer/
  • Regular time commitment
    Why not join the committee? http://plumsteadmakemerry.co.uk/contact-us/

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

The aims of the Plumstead Make Merry are to: a) Promote harmony within the whole community by means of an annual festival. b) Promote the diversity and community spirit of Plumstead and what it has to offer. c) Promote understanding within the whole community among people of different cultures, races, ages, ability and sexual orientation. d) Ensure that all members of the community are encouraged to participate.

Geographical coverage

Within local community (including local council)

Our track record

Corporately, the association has forty years’ experience in organising this annual community festival on Plumstead Common. Current committee members have experience in: event, stage and conference management; finance; voluntary and committee work in various sectors; accounting; retail management; broadcasting; sound management; communications; IT; performance; publicity; environment; education. All have worked, or have experience, in the private, public and third sectors.

Who do we help?

Local people from Plumstead and surrounding areas - whatever their background or experiences.