Tues Nov 1st £4 Silver Screen begins
and on Thursdays at Hackney Picture House, Mare St. Any film before
Thurs Nov 3rd free 6-7.30pm Hackney
Museum, Mare St. Africa Today with ref. to Ghana. A discussion.
Book on 02083562509
Fri Nov 4th free 10-noon British Bee Keepers
talk. Stamford Hill Library N16
Sat Nov 5th free
10-12.30pm. Ainslee Wood look about. Meet Normanshire Drive
Larkswood Playing Field, Chingford . Contact 020 8524
prices 3pm Film Africa season 2011 begins
at Hackney Picture House
4 screens, 4 different
Ongoing events:- Monday..Ballroom
lessons at Round Chapel, Tuesdays exercise dance at St John’s at
Hackney,Wednesdays…cake decorating, and Songololo (Different times and venue.
Ask me), A Taste Of Hackney (Ask me), Stratford East Singers.
Recently Up Your Street has had
more reason to whoop…..
This past week seniors have
received free tickets to watch Paul
O’Grady at The Hackney Empire,
got their tickets for Diwali celebrations in Walthamstow
had places reserved for free films at BFI South
had their bookings confirmed for free Christmas
heard that Mary of “Mary
Katherine Presents”, our very own Silver Sounds community radio
presenter, and senior herself, will feature @ the Sound Women Website as
an inspiring woman in
************Well done Mary @ Streetlife Radio!***********
and have been glad that a GLL Leisure Centre approached Up Your Street to rally the troops for
more social sessions starting end November.
All this and more through Gillian Lawrence of
Your Street an information-sharing service for seniors listing free events and activities in the 6 London 2012 boroughs. Keep in
Mary is a volunteer radio
presenter/dj at Streetlife
After High Street Seniors I raced up to Dalston Junction to the new CLR James Library. Those of us who booked with Joy Francis, Managing Director of Words Of Colour were the lucky ones to get into the venue before the masses. Tonight’s presentation as part of Black History Month celebrations in Hackney Libraries and, let’s remember it’s UN Year of People Of African Descent (which means all of humankind), was a debate chaired by Joy. The pertinent issue debated or rather discussed by the panel of eminent writers, editors and entrepeneurs is the fact that African fashion designs, black designers and black models in UK 2011 are not achieving equality of opportunity.
The room was packed. The session was serious and really the speakers wanted we the audience to get the message that when they support each other as black business people they will have the power to make others (mainstream white businesses and media) realise that they, black designers and black houses of fashion, will have definitely and without compromise equal and solid shares in the business hierarchy. Often the word African was used such that one listener asked whether the panel saw themselves as Africans designing fashionable attire or black fashion experts creating all that is marketable based on African designs.
There was much to ponder in less than 90 minutes. There are many people from many backgrounds who are surprised at the British Gas’s advert which reflects the diversity in London, at least, with a cartoon using what could be a Sikh guy, then a woman technician/engineer, a black guy and a laughing cat. There are many people of many hues asking “Where are the black people in the adverts?” Age UK had their token black guys and that was noticed and I mean that it was not enough.
Media keeps the world spinning and so is powerful. That lightweight Dyson still belongs to a woman. We all have miles to go yet. Tonight at CLR James Library was a step more towards demolishing complacency about the status quo.
Went along yesterday for 3 hours of singing; bit of soul and some harmonised soul/pop too. We assemble in our eagerness at Theatre Royal Stratford east where Shawab of the TRSE and Openstage2012 is our host. We sing to express our connection to the song and not to perform or entertain or be X Factorites. We do that.
Many subscribers to Up Your Street are involved and all the three groups of singers, and I have heard the word “choir” bandied about, represent a good mix of ages.
Our tutor is ace; disciplined and passionate.
What more can you want from a freebie?
Come on down. Monday and Wednesday evenings. Phone Shawab at TRSE for more info.
We don’t walk in the rain, but to remind folk that Pierre Vannoni
is showing his Africa Photos at Hackney Museum 5-7.30pm tonight despite the
are allowed up to 5 free Diwali tickets for Nov 4th if you prove you are
resident in Waltham Forest. Collect from library staff.
“If it wasn’t for Up Your Street we’d be in a cocoon: we’d be stuck indoors”, said an Openstage volunteer just today.
Enough for me. Issue 43 on its loaded way.
Yesterday I went off to Theatre Royal Stratford east to join in the Stratford East Singers. Jan i/c Theatre and Education at TRSE had arranged it since 8th October and before and there was plenty of interest in free singing in the theatre. Agewell Singers happens every Thursday lunch-time at Stratford Circus but restricts its participants to over those 50 years old or better. Here was a place and a time for those just wanting to open their mouths and sing. Shawab, TRSE assistant director, welcomed us and introduced us to Byron Gold our tutor and the TRSE creative music director. Well, we had fun and scary bits too when we had to sing solo. Of course, we weren’t forced to but we like to get in the spirit if it all. GREAT. There was a good mix of ages, ethnicities and boldness. Charlotte i/c Openstage2012 TRSE joined in with volunteers who’d also come via Up Your Street. We were great.
Went over to Downhills Park in Tottenham for half term adults’ brooch-making with buttons and bows, rags and pins, sewing and Nina. Was an eye-opener. What you can do with scrap eh?
Ended the day with a guest pass to Hackney Picturehouse. All the founder members have their names in light and then on the screens in colour and in B&W. Watched Clooney’s “Ides Of March”, a tale of a man’s integrity, falls from grace, values of life bla bla. A brave thing to do another drama about the American presidency campaigns and their shenanigans. Clooney damn handsome as ever.
I love the fact that we can munch and rustle bags like rats in the dark cos it’s the flicks and not the theatre. The founder members look nothing like what I thought Hackney people are i. e. mixed up racially and deliciously diverse. And I saw very few people look like they aged more than 50 years.
I’m wondering who will come to show songs at TRSE tomorrow Wednesday because it finishes at 9.30pm. I’ll be there for sure. High Street Seniors exists to encourage seniors to be out in their neighbourhoods after dark. We walk on Thursday. See issue 42 of Up your Street.
Well there I was at noon and the first founder member of the new Hackney Picturehouse to go through its swanky doors. The staff are welcomimg, and the toilets are just beautiful. The main cinema screen is massive and I was shown a smaller one too. What a lovely visit on a Sunday morning! From the top window the Hackney Empire looks smart. Inside the Picturehouse there’s huge foyer space and settees to sit on in every nook. What can I say but well done Hackney Picturehouse.
Decided to patronise my new favourite venue and have some tasty teasers from the all-day menu in The Kitchen bar area. Cheap as chips for a £3.50 plate of ginger-stuffed spring-rolls with a good side sauce. Treated my palette to some special peppers too for £4.50. Felt full and happy. Members get discounts on wines at the bar. I was okay with my delicious hot chocolate which outshines the Stratford Picturehouse E15’s one by swirly creamy miles.
Getting quite excited about Hackney Picture House. At a book club I heard people groan at its name. Oh What! They be the same who moan about The Olympics. Well the two things are here and let’s use them. My nearest flicks is Stratford which I love and then the Vue E20 will damage it, you see. Nice to have a choice and as I love Hackney I shall be at
Silver Screen before 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. £4 though! Did Hackney people lose their ‘poor’ mantle? I suspect Stratford cinema charges will increase from £2.50 to £4 now. At Stratford we get tea and biscuits before the screening but at Hackney it’s afterwards. We’ll see about that. There’s still ole Rio though with its free monthly matinees with cake and tea. But their films are dragged screaming from the archives where they hide with the Lavender Hill Mob. We ain’t all war babies. However there’s going to be a Reminiscence club talking about and enjoying archive films and “old gems” (shiver) at Hackney PH once a month.
From Jan 2012 there will be workshops in film theory. See what that costs!
So that’s all good and on Tuesday coming I get to see a preview for free. I shall see how many Hackneyites turn up.
On November 8th at Hackney Empire the BBC is offering places to a free concert and a laugh with Paul O’Grady. You apply to BBC ticketing and wait to see if you’re lucky. That same evening the Hackney PH is putting on a satellite beamed screening with Mariella Frostrup and Tim Marlow talking about Leonardo da Vinci’s work at the National Gallery. Cheap as chips. £7 or £6 members. or there is a programme of beamed opera and ballet too at a speckle of the price of watching it all in the flesh.