What's happening in Limehouse?
LIMEfest2019 was enjoyed by over 3,500 residents, businesses and visitors at Ropemaker's Field last Sunday, 7 July. After a cloudy start the sun came out and everybody got to enjoy this annual event for a day of fun, food, games and entertainment for the whole family.
There were many highlights at this year's celebration. The Raffle Tickets were a popular item largely due to the generous items donated by our sponsors. The Ice Cream VanMan did a roaring business in part because of the free ice cream vouchers that were offered to many children. Screams of "I LOVE LIMEHOUSE" was heard all afternoon as youngsters and adults alike claimed their free Limehouse T-Shirts. As always Canary Woof - our celebrated dog show - saw worthy winners in a number of doggie categories. The Food Court experienced significant queues with super tasty but affordable offerings and the LIMEgreen Free Apple Cart gave new meaning to the slogan "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away".
The Gin Palace was new this year and its popularity, in the warm, sunny afternoon, saw us run out of tonic water! The Carrot Cars' Bucking Bronco was also new with many cowboys "biting the dust". There were many more new things to see at Limefest2019 too numerous to mention. Make sure you attend next year's Festival to get the full story.
Limehouse is populated by wonderful people. Sarah de Souza-Eremita and George Norteye - our local Metro Police Safe Neighbourhood Team (SNT) - were on hand but had nothing to do since everyone was so well behaved. Two special visitors also turned in lost handbags which were gratefully reunited with their owners.
All in all a spectacular day! Thank you for attending!
For pictures visit the LIMEfest 2019 photo gallery.
For over thirty years, our community has celebrated the summer of every year with a get- together. It's been known by various names over the years - the Limehouse Festival, the Narrow Street Fete and, for the last five years, LIMEfest. Whatever it was called, its purpose was to get each of us to open our front doors, step out into the sunshine, meet our neighbours, and celebrate our community with music and dance and fun for young and old. This certainly was the case this year.
Whatever it was called it was always put on by "us", the people of Limehouse - not the Local Authority, not some traveling road show, but us.
LIMEfest continues to grow in popularity with each passing year. It's a day that is totally organised by volunteers. It is self funding and if there is any money left over, it is put straight back into our community by supporting the many Limehouse Community Forum (LCF) projects ongoing at any time. Its hard to believe but this year's event cost topped £15,000.00!
We raise this money without subscription cost to LCF members. We solicit donations and offer sponsorship to worthy local businesses. It's clear that this year, our local business community is suffering from instability with trade becoming more difficult and costs increasing dramatically. It's not easy for anyone anymore. Over the years, many of our biggest local businesses have been financially supportive of our community activities. We all "think locally" when parting with our money and patronise our many local shops and professionals but this year, these businesses were unable to support LIMEfest to the levels of previous years.
Each year LIMEfest ends with the volunteers exhausted, tired and partly swearing,"never again". But then, over a well deserved drink, we recall the sights of the day, older residents swaying and bobbing to the music, families on blankets sharing a meal and a laugh. and the astonished, adorable faces of the little kids as they lick their free ice cream cone.
This is our festival, put on by us, for us, and about us, so we now ask all of us to pull together and support us. Donating Five Pounds, Ten Pounds, Twenty Pound would make a real difference. If you think you can help please visit Help LIMEfest 2019. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity>
WHO IS THE LIMEHOUSE COMMUNITY FORUM (LCF)?
The LCF was established in the Spring of 2005 to address three concerns that residents had; crime, poor street lighting and CCTV along Narrow Street. The founding members of the forum were representatives of some of our local housing estates and residential blocks. Our constitution was agreed in July 2005 and membership was redefined and opened to any "development" - an expansion which would grant admission to businesses, institutions and other local bodies.
Since that time the forum has successfully worked to increase membership and has reached out to form partnerships with a wide range of associated organisations and groups. This has allowed our Limehouse community to have a rather loud voice within and beyond our local authority. Activities have included expanding the local heath facilities, preserving neighbourhood youth services, mediating disputes, growing local amenities such as the Basin Market & PopUp Cinema and improving the quality of life in Limehouse.
In 2012 the LCF successfully lobbied the Boundary Commission to alter the size of our ward, matching those as defined in the LCF constitution. In 2013, the LCF applied to become a Neighbourhood Planning Forum and has now been so designated. The Limehouse Neighbourhood Planning Forum has the responsibility to produce a local plan which will have the strength of planning law, within our community
The LCF reaches out and interacts with our wider community of residents and businesses by hosting public events. Each year the LCF funds and organises a History Night, where we can all learn about our past and help shape our future. The formal adoption of our constitute is commemorated on the first Sunday in July with what is one of the premier local festivals: LIMEfest.
Please explore our website and have a look at what we do. Come to one of our meetings where you can identify local issues, ask questions and suggest answers. The value of a community is based upon our choosing to take part in that community. Limehouse matters. We can all add value making things better for ourselves and our neighbours. Take part today by registering. You will find a registration line at the top right corner of this page
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