Almost 1000 people attended the Gnome House launch on May 2nd. They enjoyed a wide range of activities including dance workshops, performances, African Drumming, bands, face-painting, a bar-b-que & hog roast, a bouncy castle, t-shirt making, afternoon tea and a bar with locally brewed craft beer.
The ribbon was cut by three local children Isabella (10), Lana (9) and James (2). They were assisted by the Mayor Terry Wheeler and Aisling Fahey, Young Poet Laureate for London.
‘It was really special seeing so many friends, families, children & neighbours coming out to support and celebrate the launch of Gnome House,’ said Anna Alcock, ‘it’s future as a community and creative hub is tremendously exciting.’
Through out the day volunteers helped run the event – this is Kalleen, Kuldip and Sujay who managed the bar and cafe.
Victoria Shulungu held a street dance workshop for children. Victoria will also be running a series of Saturday workshops at Gnome House beginning the 16th May. They will be for children aged 5-7 and 8-12. More information here.
There was classical Indian dancing from Abirama Eswar.
There were lots of arts based activities for children.
Families of all ages came along to enjoy the event. ‘This is an amazing community event,’ said Ian Duffy. ‘There are people of all ages and backgrounds here having a wonderful time. The atmosphere is just lovely.’ The whole event was part-funded by ward forum money – so a big thank-you to Cllrs Grace, Stuart and Nadeem.
Seneke Sillah, of Mbilla Arts led a series of African drumming workshops. These were high energy (and noisy!) sessions. Seneke will be running a series of African Drumming Workshops beginning Tuesday 12th May – more information here.
‘My kids had a fantastic time,’ said James Hobbs. ‘They loved the face painting and the prices on the food were very reasonable so we’ve all had something to eat & drink!’
Prior to the ribbon cutting, it was a great honour that Aisling Fahey, Young Poet Laureate for London (and Waltham Forest resident) performed one of her latest works.
At 6.33pm on May 2nd 2015 the ribbon opening Gnome House was cut. All the Directors would like to say a special thank you to:
Laura Kemp, Debbie Young, Edward Ilenotuma, Guy Bolongaro, Harry Loughlin, Danny Michaux, Seneke Sillah, Bronwyn Goodwin, Dotan Cohen, Caroline Hilder, Phil Gazley, Martin Adams, Lorraine Ward, Laura Alcock, Andrew Reeve, John Edwards, Marcus Linney, Charles Dean, Tim Roberts, Seema Rampersad, Raj Rampersad, Kalleen Knowles, Claire Slack, Steve Michaux, Diana Furlong, Wendy Stone, Sarah Chase, Jeanette Scull, Anna Skobo, Adam Bullock, Jonathan O’Dea, Kirsten Schmidt, Catherin Brogan, Remi Odetoyinbo, Jane Thompson and Roma Roma Roma dancers and students from Rushcroft Foundation School and Oun, Fatima, Ema and Nadia from WFAEN’s Creating A Buzz Project.