£5 for a bacon roll? Booked for Open House @Olympic Park too!

I had a first class experience at the Basketball Arena hosted by London Prepares. Watched the match between Australia and China. Whoever knew the ticket allowed us to stay all day but never mind. The whole event was happy, like a McDonalds advert. Even the security guards, bag-checkers and ushers were smiling and everything was laid on perfectly from Alma Road in Stratford right into the auditorium.

On the way in there were eateries with platters of Chinese snacks, French crusty bread take-aways, coffee stalls, right good chips, and bacon rolls for a fiver.

I thought it was all along the lines of the O2

In the break along came a group of street-dancers onto the court. Lucky them. They certainly entertained us. Bravo boys!

The place was about a fifteenth full . The crowd hardly reflected the multi-cultural society  in which we live especially around Newham and Waltham Forest. People of all ages had come along. There were even babes in arms. I was just behind Hackney London 2012 Youth Ambassadors marked out by their emblazoned logos. What an opportunity for those youngsters. And an unforgettable experience too.

The match was ace; well we are talking top sportspeople. Just great. For a tenner I had a nice afternoon out. That was the concession price.


With dogged persistence, Up Your Street obtained 6 …   6!   places  for the Open House Olympic Tours Weekend 10 th and 11th  September 2011 for Up Your Street subscribers. The phone- lines were jammed solid as well on Monday. Phew! 








Up Your Street issue 33 on its way. Loads to get to and the Stratford Summer Festival is already in your diaries for Saturday. 






Last week some Up Your Street subscribers went along to Valentine’s Mansion in Ilford for the jewellery-making with recycled wrapping paper. Wow! Lovely results.

Some people took part in the 3 week cake-decorating taster course at The Vicarage Road Community Centre in Stratford. That was ace. Part of going along is not just to learn new skills or refresh them but to mix in with other residents, to get to know each other and to go on to other things. At the last workshop we learnt that Newham has fat grants to give out if people get together and arrange a workshop. And a Newham Residents Group is getting off the ground. All positive. On Saturday August 20th  at The Stratford Summer Festival, Stratford Park, the cake- decorating taster tutor will demonstrate easy to learn skills. Be prepared to carry home sugar- laden fairy cakes for tea.

Me? I’m waiting for the women only visit to a famous football pitch as it is the season. The “Get men healthy brigade” gave out trips to men… aah bless..Well, equality then. We women are waiting. Last week the Irish Women’s reading group in Church Street, Stokey, folded . No more funding see.  Put the word ‘recycled’ at top of your bid and see money fall into your lap. “Recycled” is the new “Urban”. There’s a load of programmes (timely) on Mainstream TV presently all about “Urban Culture”. Hmm. Who is the target audience? The Hip Hop beginnings programme was excellent. it all repeats so I’ll advertise it on my listings.

Spent anxious moments on the phone trying to get Open House tickets for tours around the Games Park E20. Continually engaged. Even BT had to leave a recorded message to say the network is having problems. You’re tellin’ me! Keep smiling. The sun doth shine.

healing tea

Tea on Clarence Road today at 5pm one week on in Hackney. Meet 4.30pm at
St John At Hackney Church in Lower Clapton Rd Hackney. E5 to help carry tables.
Supported by Marks and Spencers and other excellent businesses in Hackney.

Up Your Street Issue 32

Mon Aug 15th     Phone  0300  2012550 at 9am to grab a tour of The Olympic and Paralympic
                          Games site, E.20 during Open Weekend 10 and 11th September 2011.
                          free 2-4pm Bruce Castle Museum , Tottenham.”Nitter Natter” chat,
                                       knit and remember 1951.
                           from St John at Hackney, Mare Street.
  Dear FriendsJoin us for an afternoon tea on Clarence Road this Monday 15th August at 5pm. We
will be meeting at 4.30 pm at St John at Hackney to move tables, please come and
help if you are free.The tea is happening on Monday to coincide with the moment the riots started
last week, this is a community event to reclaim the streets.
Tues Aug 16th     free   6.30pm Bryant Community Centre E15 Final ACT planning meeting
                           before the Stratford Summer Festival. Feel welcome at a lovely
                                     community centre and meet friendly as ever Stratford residents.
Wed Aug  17th    free  1.10-1.40pm St John’s Church Stratford, E15, Saxophone session.
Thurs Aug 18th   free   noon. Meet Jacky Hyams at Sutton House, Homerton High Road, 
                          author of “Bombsites and Lollipops”. Buy your 99p Ebook by Jacky
                          at Amazon Kindle offers.
Fri Aug 19th        free   (for residents of Bow primarily) Walking and photography
                           course for 5 weeks. Email Graham for details at graham@walkeast.org 
                          It’s possible the places are filled as it is a very popular Friday afternoon course.
Sat Aug 20th       free  noon-4pm The Stratford Summer Festival, Stratford Park. Meet
                                                     Up Your Street. 
                                                     Open Stage TRSE 2012
                                                     Mapping Your Manor
                                                     Action Community and Stratford residents.
Sun Aug 21st     11.30pm -0700h. free to watch The largest crane in Europe arrives in Stratford to erect a bridge
                                    over Stratford High Street …. all part of The Games.
Wed  Aug 24th   free  7.15-9.30pm Poetry in The Park, Coronation Gardens E10
               That Old Black Magic… tea dances on the horizon
 Stratford Old Town Hall £2 tea dances 1.30-4pm on  12th Sept, 17th october.
 Leyton Community Action £2.50 tea dances happen monthly at The Plum Tree Centre, Leyton Green, E10 
Go to London Transport photographs (IanVisits alerted me to this) to see  wonderful photographs of Wapping Station as it was.
Book at Floating Cinema for the free boat trip with eco-green films  and Harvest Festival at Abbey Gardens, Newham.
                    (no wheelchair access.) There is so much more to enjoy at Floating Cinema. www.floatingcinema.info
Check issue 33 for

activities resuming soon after the Summer Break “Still Alive and Kicking” (Songololo-Feet)

                                                                            Hackney Harmony Singers 
                                                                            Agewell Singers
Stocking up for Eid, BBQs, parties, larder? Go to Tesco. Bargains on savouries and 241 offers on those expensive Patak pickles.
Streetlife Radio is live on internet. Our very own Mary Katherine Presents plays marvellous music from golden times and chats , reads poetry and generally lifts us up for daily life. Other shows keep you on the music pulse as does Tony Regan at The Olde Rose and Crowne theatre pub in Hoe Street E17. 
Vintage TV on Sky is excellent for music and archive film from 1950 to 1980.
Up Your Street   an information-sharing service for seniors listing free events and activities in the 6 London 2012 boroughs.