24th November 2012

Christmas Craft Fayre 2012

A wonderful afternoon of craft organised by The Stonehouse Time Bank with the help of Friends of Wyndham Square.

With thanks to the Community First Development Fund whose grant paid for the hire of St Peters Church community room on this occasion. The grant will also fund the hire of the Church rooms for many further activities in the future.


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22nd November 2012

Three beautiful, Big Tree Plant funded, Field Maple trees, planted today in Neswick Playground. Just part of a mornings work, putting in taller tree guards and new planting. Many thanks, to Andrew Young, Chair of The Plymouth Tree Partnership for his work to enable this and for giving up yet more of his personal time to help with the planting. Also a very big thank you to Steve and his great team from Parks Services.


Event at St Peters Church 24th November 2012

Christmas Fayre in St Peters Church on Saturday the 24th of November, 3-6 pm.

Come and enjoy learning a craft or come along and help. You can earn Time Bank credits for every hour you give: teach a craft, help set up and tidy up, distribute leaflets, take photos etc…. You can then get help in return for things you need eg: gardening, tidying, shopping, dog walking etc…. See poster and info sheet in the Events page for more details. 

23rd September 2012

Neswick Street Talent Competition Winners Perform at the annual, Stonehouse Action, Union Street Party.

A very wet but fun packed day as children from the Neswick Street X Factor talent competition perform on the stage alongside: The Land of Giants, The Cuckoo Collective and Dubclass.  Several of the children who play in Neswick Playground also performed alongside The Land of Giants, showing off African Masks they had made at St Peters School.See more photos from the Union Street Party

30th August 2012

Under 10s Party in Neswick Playground organised by parents living in Stoke Road Flats.

This was an opportunity for parents living in the flats overlooking the playground, to get together to organise a small outdoor event for some of the younger children in the neighbourhood. Jeremy provided a picnic and the mums organised games and competitions. Prizes consisted of sand play toys provided through the Community Spaces sustainability grant. Most of the children in the area left the party with at least one sand play item which they could then bring back to the playground when they came to play. Photo taken by Matthew Pontin Fotonow  of children playing in the sand at Neswick Playground during the 23rd of July Event.

23rd July, 2012

Neswick Playground Fun Day and Local Talent Competition 

This was an event that was designed to showcase the versatility of the newly regenerated shared space of Neswick Playground and its suitability as an outdoor performance space. It provided a much-welcomed platform for local talent attracting over 300 local residents. See the Trailer for DVD of the Neswick Street Playground Talent Competition. The full DVD is available on request.

Also more photos of the event taken by Matthew Pontin

A very big thanks to all of those who supported the event and helped to make it such a success! 
Community Spaces,Groundwork UK, Big Lottery and their wonderful team for providing the funds to regenerate the playground and the additional funds to make this event happen.
Plymouth City Council Neighbourhood Managers and Wardens,Sue Rouse, Ian Smith and Maria Sibson for all their support before and during the event.
The Neighbourhood Police Team for all their support during and prior to the event.
Plymouth City Council Parks Department for all their support throughout the regeneration process and for regularly cleaning the playground.
Plymouth City Council, Stepping Stones Team for including the event in the Love Parks Week timetable and providing the funds to finance the events public liability insurance.
The Plymouth Tree Partnership for all their work in providing the lime trees through The Big Tree Plant initiative and also for their ongoing help in caring for the tree planting in the park.
The Big Greenspace Challenge, South Hams District Council for providing the funds to plant all the fruit trees in the park.
The Community Payback Team for helping dig the holes to plant the trees.
Andy Blackwell, Mirror Theatre Company for publicising the event at local schools and nurseries, for raising the profile of the value of trees in the play park and also for his compering on the day.
The Emerge Plymouth Community Circus for their circus skills activities during the event.
Beth Richards for running her Rinkomania hobby-horse making workshop during the event.
• Paul Marten Lindy Lou and Missy for judging our talent competition.
All our sponsors for the raffleKings Fry, Cecil Street who donated a Fish and Chip Dinner for Two. Cody and Co Hair, Union Street who donated A Ladies Hair Cut. A.M Bence Butchers King Street who donated A joint of meat. Star Design Hairdressers, Molesworth Rd who donated A Patterned Designer Head Shave. Mike Phillips @ Plymouth University who donated 30 seats to the edge of the Universe (An immersive vision experience )
The PRS Team who provided a100% discount for the music licence for the day.
Earth Wrights for building this wonderful playground and for support us with a sand sculpture workshop, a den building activity and a mini beast habitat workshop
Sky Minds Studio for providing the PA and filming the event.
Lesely Peat from the Stonehouse Time Bank and Zitta Moyse for running the tree adoption stall.
St Peters School for lending us the stage.
•All the wonderful Members of Friends of Wyndham Square who worked together to make the X factor and fun day happen:  Fritzi Marler for providing the paint for the playground wall, the tabletop items and the tubes of Pringles. Jeremy Johnston for preparing and distributing all the cakes, jellies and ice creams. Mary Wood for serving the refreshments. Rhona and Raymond Hitchcock for running the table top sale and selling raffle tickets. Mathew Pontin and Fotonow for taking all the great photos and bringing Camper Obscura. Max Phillips for taking photos for the community art project. Mrs Nicholson and daughter for helping with the stalls. Soraya Phillips for securing funding and project managing the event.

Last but not least. Thanks to  All the supportive residents and wonderfully talented participants who entered the talent competition.

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6th of June 2012

Protecting Plymouths Historic Environment

Warspite Room, The Council House, Plymouth

This meeting hosted by the Plymouth Civic Society brought together representatives from conservation areas across the city together with representatives from English Heritage and Plymouth City Councils Planning Department to discuss ways forward to afford greater  protection for the historic environment in Plymouths Conservation Areas.

During this Soraya Phillips gave an illustrated talk identifying particular concerns about the historic environment in the North Stonehouse Conservation Area.

Further details of the meeting can be found in the Civic Society Notes below. Those interested in actively working to help to protect Plymouths Conservation Areas please contact Peter Towey Chair of the Plymouth Civic Society info@plymouthcivicsociety.co.uk. Alternatively if you’re specifically only interested in working to protect any of the Stonehouse Conservation areas please contact Soraya Phillips (Chair of Friends of Wyndham Square and committee member of Stonehouse Action) at info@friendsofwyndhamsquare.co.uk

Photographs accompanying Soraya’s Illustrated talk about the North Stonehouse Conservation Area 6th June

Plymouth Civic Society  Notes-Protecting Conservation Areas-06 Jun 2012 

14th April 2012

Wyndham Square, Through the Ages by Soraya Phillips

Friends of Devon Archives Plymouth Spring Conference. Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University.

A talk  based on Soraya’s first hand research uncovering lost details about the history of the Square, including; photographs of the non conformist chapel that originally stood at the centre of the square, information about the origins of the name of the square, stories about the people who lived here and realms of intriguing newspaper articles about the churches activities in the square.

Details and photographs will be posted in due course on the dedicated history page at the top of this blog.