Search

Organisers of Ilford ‘festival of colour’ appealing for help fundraising

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 June 2014

Rachel Stovold, right, and Sumeet Dhamu, of charity Basti Ram, aim to host a

Rachel Stovold, right, and Sumeet Dhamu, of charity Basti Ram, aim to host a "festival of colour" in Ilford

Archant

A charity is fundraising for a cultural attraction in Redbridge.

Basti Ram is organising a “festival of colour,” which it hopes to stage in Melbourne Field, Ilford.

The group has received a Comic Relief grant, but is still a way off the total amount of money needed.

Fundraising officer Rachel Stovold, 24, said: “It is looking quite exciting. It is an Indian celebration where coloured powders get thrown around.

“It is a celebration at the end of winter and the start of spring.”

A key aspect of the attraction will be the involvement of young people.

Twelve will be selected to help organise it, attending workshops and sessions so they can gain event management skills.

It is hoped the participants will work towards an award and business mentors may be introduced to aid them further.

Rachel said: “The young people will be from a disengaged or disadvantaged background; they may be NEETS [not in education, employment or training] or in care or leaving care.”

The branch of the charity, which is now based in Hackney, has a special connection to Redbridge as it started here.

Rachel said: “We were based in Ilford up until last year and then we had to move – we got our first office.

“We had to move out of the area, which was sad.

“We wanted to do this within Redbridge because it is the home of the charity.”

The young organisers will be coached for several months, before the festival finally takes place in March.

Workspace to organise the attraction, which will include Indian traditional music, local performers and stalls, is being sought near Melbourne Field.

If you can rent out a room or are interested in volunteering, email rachel.bastiram@gmail.com or call 020 3714 5549.

Latest Ilford Stories

Yesterday, 22:04

Dagenham & Redbridge slipped to a second straight defeat in the Vanarama National League with a 2-0 loss away to Solihull Moors.

National League: Braintree Town 1 Leyton Orient 5

Yesterday, 19:28

Centuries from Simon Harmer and Tom Westley put Essex in complete command against Surrey at the Kia Oval, where the champions ended day two facing their first defeat of a triumphant season.

Yesterday, 22:48

Firefighters are battling a blaze at a home in Chadwell Heath.

Yesterday, 17:00

Justin Edinburgh’s team could break a club record this evening

Yesterday, 16:00

Peter Taylor has urged his Dagenham & Redbridge midfielders to start finding more space for themselves on the pitch ahead of visiting Solihull Moors in the Vanarama National League on Tuesday.

Yesterday, 15:00

Dee Safer’s men will visit Sporting Bengal United on Wednesday and then travel to Redbridge two days later

Yesterday, 14:21

A Hainault man who stabbed his 94-year-old grandmother to death in a care home smiled as he told a nurse, “I just killed my nan”, a court heard.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now