Sadly, the Plumstead Make Merry Festival has succumbed to the cuts – at least for this year.
It is with great disappointment and regret that the organising committee for the Plumstead Make Merry have to announce that there will not be a Make Merry on Plumstead Common this year. Due to central government cuts in local authority funding, Greenwich Council have been forced to cut the funding on which the Make Merry has depended on for its infrastructure. The committee is made up of local people who all volunteer their time and efforts for free, we do not make a profit, and proceeds from our tea tent and stalls are spent on staging, marquees, sound equipment and on providing free activities for children.
The Plumstead Make Merry has been held on Plumstead Common every year for the last 32 years. It is the most eagerly awaited local event, and the longest running event in the borough. Last year, over 6,000 people visited the festival. We, the Plumstead Make Merry Committee are devastated that there will not be a festival this year, and we know that we are not alone in this feeling.
A benefit bash for 2012’s festival will held on 16 April at the Greenwich Rugby Club pavillion on Old Mill Road, Plumstead – more details on the Make Merry site.
It’s worth recalling that Greenwich’s grant to PMM was just £2,000. I do wonder if the Plumstead Make Merry is being punished for being a small and relatively low-profile event compared with some of the other things the council is pushing at the moment.