After two and half years of publishing news, features, events and photos, What’s in Wapping is taking a break from new year.
Since starting the site in Autumn 2010 it has tried to keep readers informed about what’s happening in E1W, covering many local events and helping to bring information from the offline communities online.
Many local news stories and issues first covered by What’s in Wapping have later been picked up by the national press and blogs across the world.
Coverage of a proposed Town Council two years ago, led by Geoff Juden with an elected Mayor of Wapping is possibly the most memorable. It brought the website to a grinding halt a few times, as the ‘Mayor of Wapping’ was repeatedly linked to by national news sites, but there have been many others too.
What’s in Wapping on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr
The website is closed for news, new events and features, but we will continue to share local information via Twitter and Facebook and hope to keep building these rapidly growing communities.
Some people choose not to use social media sites, which of course is up to them. Organisations and public figures, from the Police to the Mayor of Tower Hamlets and London now share their latest news via Twitter and Facebook – it’s almost always where news and updates are first reported.
The results speak for themselves, time and time again that social media is the fastest way to share information about anything – from planning and consultation leaflets not being delivered to finding more lost cats than we can remember – or that the whole of Wapping has been wiped out by yet another power cut.
Most community and interest groups in Wapping now either have their own websites up and running, or are planning one for early in 2013.
During the next few weeks, we’ll be putting together some static pages on What’s in Wapping with links to the many local community and charity websites. This will include Wapping bloggers and our two favourites from residents in 2012, Love Wapping by Mark Baynes and Pootling around by Paul Kellaway.
So if you have or plan a blog we don’t know about and you write about Wapping, please let us have the link so it can be added.
Researching and sharing information about the local community needs to be a community effort if it’s going to be effective.
Finally, everyone loves looking at photos of Wapping, so please consider sharing yours in the What’s in Wapping Flickr Pool which now has over 1,000 local pictures from 72 members. Today’s photos are history for the next generation.
Recent Wapping Woods stabbings
Many residents have now contacted our local councilors and MP Jim Fitzpatrick about how they think safety should be improved for ordinary residents in Wapping Woods following the recent violent attacks. They have been in touch with Tower Hamlets Council and the Police and are taking action.
Cllr Denise Jones is in the process of setting up a meeting for residents with the Safer Neighborhood Police and relevant departments from the Council. Given the seriousness of the problem and immediate need to share information with residents who may not yet be on social media, or have read this update, we will post details here on the website as soon as they are available this week which also needs to be shared with neighbours who do not use the Internet.
Thank you for your support
A huge thank you to everyone who has helped What’s in Wapping since it started.
Extra special thanks to What’s in Wapping’s local sponsors: DAA Residential, Gawor & Co Solicitors, Flow Studio and Hermitage Clinic who have made an invaluable contribution towards the cost of running the site over the last couple of years.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved, best wishes and have a very Happy and safe New Year,