Holden Point

one of the other residential towers in Stratford

Last week I grabbed a ticket for Newham residents to view the Olympic and Paralympic Games  site from the heights of Holden Point in Waddington Street, all part of Newham Fun Day. From the start, Steve, the security, at the sheltered housing, welcomed us 20 people including kiddies very well with a beaming smile. Don’t it make a difference? (Been to Hackney Museum lately?). We took the lift up 21 floors and then the steps to the roof. I guess a wheelchair would be lifted over the steps. It’s all built in properly, like a portacabin to me, and the Queen’s been there too! The wind was just howling through the open window so I shut it!

 Jean J, was our volunteer guide and she was absolutely brilliant; clear, slick, professional and knowledgeable. Newham is just on the case all the time promoting and doing all it can for one of the most deprived boroughs ever. Only now billions is being granted to Canning Town and Custom House to clean up their acts, two extremely deprived areas. Makes you wonder why no-one cared before.

Whatever is said about legacy, it’s still the fact that the Site will be E20 so it won’t smack of the connotations of Stratford as it was. Stratford as we know and avoid it ,in most cases, is E15. Me? I love Stratford. I’m always shocked when people in Leyton haven’t been there and as for those types up in Walthamstow, well!  There are markets and shops everywhere but Stratford has  The Theatre Royal called TRSE, The Picture House and Stratford Circus besides eateries. Connections to everywhere by public transport are very good and hopefully sense will prevail and the Eurostar will let passengers on and off at Stratford International. The German Rail lot want a bit of the action so it will happen..

The best part of the day was coming home to a cup of tea though. No energy to get to Spitalfields for the weaver’s house at 19 Princelet St. Next opportunity will do.

for today May 29th

19 Princelet Street is open today to the public n00n to 5pm FREE. This is an ancient delapidated Hugeunot weavers’ house in Spitalfields hardly open to the public.  They need donations. £3 million in fact. Other viewings are coming up in June. Ian Visits tweeted the info so credit to him.

Today free street acts , music,bingo and tea dance (4-6pm) in Stratford east London. Noon to 6pm

The Pamper Shop June 2011

Wed June 1st  free 6.30-8.30pm Walthamstow Central Library, High Street E17 .Talk and workshop with Esther all about whether forgiving is good for us

Tues 14th June. free for carers 11am-4pm: Pampering and Sharing Day;

      To book a place call: 0208 525 3140  3140 . St Joseph’s Hospice Mare  Street, Hackney, London, E8

Sun 26 June     Free 2pm – 5pm 12 Bushberry Road Hackney Wick E9   Visit a private small garden  and enjoy!  National Garden Scheme Open Day. 









Up Your Street5 Bank Holiday issue. Part 1

                                                    Up Your Street5     Bank Holiday issue Part 1
Wed  1st June          free      1-5pm Wed-Sun up to 19th June   Bruce Castle Museum display “2020 Vision for Lee Valley” 

                                     free      6.30-8.30pm  Walthamstow Central Library. Talk and workshop: Esther Austin “The Power of Forgiveness”

                                     free    7-9pm  St Mary’s Neighbourhood Centre, Upper St, Islington. Opera in English “La Traviata”

                                     £5      and he’s worth it! John Arthur’s gig   7.30pm The Camden Head.100 Camden High Rd
Thurs 2nd June       free    11-1pm Jewellery making with beads at The Victoria, Queensbridge Rd, Hackney
                                     free   10-4pm   St  Katherine Dock by Tower Bridge  ” Amity 11″ fishing vessel and crew
                                               (trawler from “Trawlermen” TV series)  moored for tours/look about for a few days. 
                                             Book signing by skipper Jimmy and donations to charity please. (credit to IanVisits)
                                     £2   2-4pm   Ceramics at The Centre for Better Health. 1a Darnley Rd Hackney

                                                (opp HackneyTown Hall)  5 week course requiring £5 first session. 
 Fri June 3rd             free  10-noon  50+ senior people. Making paper flowers the Gypsy way. Stamford Hill Library
Sun  5th June                        11-2pm  Station approach, Highams Park
                                                Community Market  www.googlemaps.com
                                                          “The community market is Highams Park’s alternative to a Farmers’ Market.
                                                           Goods are reasonably priced, money from pitch rental (£10) goes to a local
                                                           youth project and the event is one that we feel is socially inclusive

.Mon 6th June       free    12-2pm  Ballroom dance classes with Malcolm at The Round Chapel, Lower Clapton E5
                                    free     noon  for about an hour  Agewell Walks walk to Newington Green .Meet CLR James Library by Dalston Junction .
                                                            Go 10 mins early to register with Louise and take your Freedom Pass just in case! 
                                    free     9pm  High Street Seniors meet at The Waltham Oak, Lea Bridge Rd E10 (www.googlemaps.com)
                                                             If it’s raining we won’t go. The pub is nice for hot meals at cheap prices. They do 2 meals for £9.
Tues   7th June     free    11-1pm   Jewellery making with beads at The Victoria, Queensbridge Rd, Hackney
Wed    8th June     free    11-1pm   Songololo  textiles making newspaper furniture.
                                   free    (up to  Wednesday, 13 July 2011) 11am – 12noon
                                                                   Dance Aerobics session with a GLL coach. Hackney Downs (Hub building),
                                                                                               Downs Park Road, E5 8NP. Disabled access: yes. 
Thurs 9th June.   free  7 – 8.30pm Bruce Castle Museum talk called “A London Classic” all about how the Lee Valley
                                                      is being transformed to a world class visitor destination
Fri      10th June   free    2.30-3.30pm  231 Stoke Newington High Street near Abney Park Cemetery
                                                                                                      Seniors over 60 dance lessons. every Friday.
(Sometimes events get cancelled. It hasn’t happened yet) 

High Street Seniors 6th and 20th June


Monday June 6th  free 9pm Balmy evening walk at dusk around Walthamstow. Meet 9pm at
The Waltham Oak, Lea Bridge Rd, E10  (Check http://www.tfl.gov.uk and http://www.googlemaps.com Bus 56 comes along from Hackney towards Whipps Cross Hospital. Nearest station; Walthamstow Central ). 

Monday  June 20th   free  either meet 6.30pm at Homerton Library, Homerton High St E9 

                                    and join in the Hackney Gypsy Roma Month* at the reading group in Homerton 

Gypsy Roma Traveller themed book group

Monday 20 June, 6.30pm-8pm. Come and join us to discuss
                          “Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and their Journey” by Isabel Fonseca.
To pick up your copy of the book in advance or for more information please ask at Homerton Library. Informal and friendly adult book groups meet once a month in all Hackney Libraries. 02083561690
By the way Waltham Forest library cards are valid in Hackney Libraries. For reading groups you don’t need your card though.
                         or meet at 8.15pm at the Homerton Library door. W15 bus.
*launching at Hackney Central Library  June 9th 4pm-6pm.  Food, entertainment, fun ..all free


Walkabout in the dark

                              Well, that was just fine. The day had been hot and sunny so the evening for our High Street Seniors walk was ace; dark blue skies and a warm breeze. None of us in our small group had ever walked around the back of Leyton Station so it was great to go together and see at dusk through the railings of the cemetery of St Patricks. Up past Cathall Leisure Centre and the Epicentre and  not forgetting the new Waltham Forest construction trades training building (“Where it all happens”) we quickened our pace with the exhilaration of it all and got to the Thatched House. What a dump now!

Some of us wore our luminous yellow jackets to be seen in the dark. Much of our time was in roads where buses never go and the myth is that the back roads  in Leyton and Leytonstone are pretty rough. We felt good together. There was Langthorne  Park and the hospital to pass, kebab shops and the fabulous looking Plough and Harrow down Leytonstone High Road. We passed the Sahara Grill with its odoriferous seared lamb and rice.

Worn out by 10,30pm as most of us had been to Songololo textiles in Dalston. All go for seniors!

More lovely stuff

beading and jewel making workshops

For the over 50s Come one and all. What a welcome! With the beautiful shiny beads and buttons, the generous beautiful teachers and helpers we joined in and made necklaces and earrings, bracelets and fun on our first day!

HIGHLY recommended. Go to The Victoria 451 Queensbridge Rd Dalston 11-1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free. learn, be active, socialise, laugh.

Precious Lives… Pulling Out The Stops.


High Street Seniors


High Street Seniors   walking at dusk Wed 25th May.


                         Meet Leyton Station 9pm for a walk


up by St Patrick’s Cemetery and the Epicentre. We keep together and see our neighbourhood


in a different light. Jolly good company. All welcome. Wheelchairs too.

Agewell Singers on Thursdays at Stratford Circus. 11.30-1.15pm. Drop in, join in; see if you like us!


Bath as in Roman

CircleAnglia arranged the luxury coach trip for ’55 Alive Club’  through Priory Court Communty Centre in Walthamstow, E 17 for seniors to have a free day trip to Bath.

How generous. What more can be said? That people in an office in Holloway decided to take old-uns out for the day to a beautiful historical leafy green place for no hit on their meagre state pensions. Thank you is the word.

In Waltham Forest,  Priory Court Community Centre and Cyberlink via Leyton Community Action have always and do cater for seniors in the Borough. Bravo. Thank you.

Amazing projects take place at the centre in Priory Court. Bees Knees is a sewing and textiles workshop which was free until May but even now is a small £2 a session. The tapestries and hanging banners which emerge from the women’s work is excellent. There is a thriving IT community for seniors  and plenty of Pilates and line-dancing, floristry and so much more.

Priory Court Community Centre was refurbished some years ago and is still sparkling, neat and tidy, and well-furnished. Keyholder, Mrs Lily Evans, has a lot to do with that. Thanks, Lil!