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An action packed Community Day at Toynbee Hall

Published: 4 Oct 2013


On Saturday 21st September, Toynbee Hall opened its doors to the residents living in and around the East End to host an action packed Community Day to entertain the whole family. The activities included a variety of games, dance lessons and live music spanning across genres. As part of Toynbee Hall’s involvement with the Open House weekend happening across London, there were also tours taking place.


Many of those who attended the Community Day had walked past the estate before on their way to school or work, without knowing much about the charity and the buildings, so enjoyed the opportunity to find out more about Toynbee Hall’s significant history. With tours taking place on the hour, there was a constant flow of guests arriving to find out about the history and future plans for Toynbee Hall, and who also got stuck in and enjoyed the community day.


In the Courtyard, the combination of activities and refreshments taking place led to a really vibrant and inviting atmosphere, aided by the back drop of the Grade II listed Hall. All who attended the day were treated to tea, coffee, home-made cakes and three varieties of delicious curry.


Chief Executive, Graham Fisher commented:

“The crowds of children, young people and adults who came along to our Open House community weekend really demonstrates how much people of all generations love Toynbee Hall and our heritage. It’s really magical to see people enjoy face painting, dancing and story-telling alongside our more traditional services of helping people with the practical problems of debt, housing and money worries”.

All the team were delighted to see the estate full with over 500 people attending the Community Day and Open House over the weekend. Plans for 2014 are already afoot. 

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