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The Isle of Dogs ‘Big Weekend’

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Photograph by L Katiyo

Last weekend saw the Island’s Big Weekend, a free event organised by six churches on the Island: the Barge, Christ Church, City of Peace, Great Light Connections, Quaystone and St Luke’s.

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Although the Big Weekend event has only been running for three years, it follows a much older tradition of events organised by the various churches on the Island .

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Over 80 volunteers from the churches put on the event that attracts thousands to Millwall Park.

It is also supported by sponsors that include Isle of Dogs Community Foundation (IDCF),
London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Canary Wharf Group, Mustard Seed Foundation
Waitrose Plc, Docklands Settlements.

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There were free burgers and hotdogs for everyone, fun and games for children including bouncy castles.

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The event organisers believe its a great way for  Islanders got to know each other, sitting around in the marquee or on the grass at Millwall Park.

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As in previous years, it ended on Sunday with worship service in the morning and another barbecue after the service.

This event is a good illustration of whilst  the Islands population has increased dramatically in the last few years , there are many organisations and individuals who work hard to foster a community spirit for Islanders old and new.