Our 50th Celebrations
We had a golden night on 22 October when we took over Old Stratford Town Hall to celebrate our 50th celebrations.
Since the Renewal Programme was set up in 1971, we have inspired efforts to support marginalised people and to empower communities to sustain themselves independently in the future.
“This aim remains at the heart of the Renewal Programme’s vision A golden night for Renewal Programme and will take us forward through the next half century,” said Peter Laing, Chief Executive Officer.
The anniversary celebrations saw the launch of our strategic plan and the showing of their short film, ‘Dear Newham’ – an open letter to the Borough, produced by Neck of the Woods Films, which highlights our achievements as well as some of the challenges we have overcome.
Some 200 Newham faces turned up to celebrate our milestone. Hosted by Trevor Blackman, the Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, and Stephen Timms MP gave speeches detailing how important the work we do is for the community; the event also saw entertainment from Stephen Dappah, Sammie-Jo, Drum Works and Seby Ntege, as well as DJ’ing from Daniele from local Maryland joint, Kotch Pizza.
Food and drink were supplied by Traditions Catering. Local photographer, Sylvie Belbouab, who also doubles as a volunteer for us, was also on hand to capture our event on camera.
You can read more about our 50 celebrations over at Newham Voices.