Council funding for festivals and fairs

Tue 10 September 2019, 2:10 pm

New festivals and fairs to encourage visitors into the borough's high streets will come to life with funding from Southwark Council.

Seven successful applicants have been announced for the High Street Challenge Fund that offers help to community groups and organisations.

One of the projects announced earlier this year as part of the Peckham Is Open campaign will support businesses along Rye Lane during roadworks by gas company SGN.

Another project awarded funding was Rotherhithe’s Time & Talents to organise community events at Surrey Quays shopping centre. There will be business workshops, monthly events celebrating diversity and inclusivity, and themed events on health.

Jemma Bicknell, communities programme manager at Time & Talents (T&T2), said: “The High Street Challenge funding has enabled us to add even more activities to our exciting monthly kids and families event, Fizzy Family Fun, and also given us the resources to run four health-focused events for the whole community.

“These have enabled us to offer information, activities and introductions to other helpful organisations for the community around dementia, diabetes, stroke and mental health.”

Councillor Stephanie Cryan, cabinet member for jobs, business and innovation, said: “The High Street Challenge projects are designed to make a positive contribution to helping our local small businesses thrive and make our high streets more inclusive.

“In each round we are always impressed with the imagination, commitment and range of ideas that are put forward to encourage people down to shop and spend money in their local High Streets.”