Search

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

12:00 14 June 2014

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

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.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

Pritesh Pankhania places a ring on his fiance Pooja Rauji

Lessons in romance have been added to the curriculum after a former student proposed to his girlfriend in the form room where they first met.

10:00
Marian Temple working on some flowerbeds she is helping to transform outside of the Cornerhouse and opposite Wanstead Station

Guerrilla gardeners are transforming “sad” patches of soil into flowery delights all around the borough.

Yesterday, 12:00
Muslim leaders present the £2,500 raised to Allan McLaren, Barnardo’'s deputy director of fundraising. Picture: Barnardo's

Collections from 17 mosques have raised £2,500 for needy children.

Yesterday, 10:00
Patricia Barber MBE by John Kirkpatrick's grave in St Mary's cemetery

An amateur historian is appealing for help to trace the descendants of a British sailor, who died of his wounds following the Battle of Jutland 100 years ago.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe