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The centre was buzzing with activity and excitement during October half-term and saw a lot of ‘firsts’ including a Q&A session with Natasha O'keeffe (Abby) and Karla Crome (Jess) from E4’s award winning TV show Misfits; a streetomedy class with Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, Ashley Glazebrook (Twist) from Twist and Pulse; a musical and a Community Voice meeting chaired by Erith & Thamesmead MP, Teresa Pearce.
The Link’s Centre Manager, Mark Blundell said: “It was especially wonderful to see lots of people accessing the myriad of activities in all the different arches and to be able to offer such a varied programme, including the chance for young people and the wider community to experience activities and opportunities they may not otherwise have access to. The musical was one example, with many young people never having seen one before and it was fantastic to see Thamesmead Youth Voice’s hard-work pay off during their Open Mic Night.
“The task now is to build upon this week and sustain people’s involvement in the centre so that it belongs more and more to the residents of Thamesmead.”
Speaking about The Link’s first ever Community Voice meeting, Trust Thamesmead’s Head of Partnership and Engagement, Lucy Webb said: “It was fantastic to see so many of Thamesmead’s residents at the meeting to hear about the all the amazing things already underway within the community and the passion and drive for so much more to happen. We hope it was the first of quarterly meetings and that collectively we can help meet Erith & Thamesmead MP, Teresa Pearce’s ambition to give Thamesmead a voice.”
Ashley Glazebrook from Twist & Pulse who grew up in Thamesmead said: “Speaking as someone who absolutely loved growing up in Thamesmead I am proud and honoured to have delivered a streetomedy dance workshop at The Link. We didn’t have facilities like this I was growing up; we used to practice on carpet in socks and in garages, whereas The Link with its sprung floor would’ve helped us to progress quicker. It is a fantastic place and an amazing use of space.”
Natasha O’Keeffe from Misfits said: “Thamesmead is a fantastic location. We spent hours in the area filming, sometimes from five in the morning ‘til eight at night. It feels like home from home. I will really miss the place, especially looking out over Southmere Lake and popping in to The Link for a cup of tea.”
Natasha later tweeted: “Also inspiring to see a great sense of community at @LinkThamesmead - good goings on!!
Tori Massey on Facebook messaged the following about The Link’s Q&A with Misfits: “It was really good, thank you so much for holding it.”
Whilst theatre company, Theatre Coop tweeted the following about their fantastic musical, Tomorrow Morning: "What a great audience tonight for #tomorrowmorning @LinkThamesmead. A fantastic show by @laurencemwythe a great privilege to perform!!”