Tower Lifeboat Station


On The Thames by Waterloo Bridge. Fabulous visit and a great reception from Andrew Stewart, the visitor guide.Image

I went to The Tokarska Gallery newly opened in Forest Rd E17 by Blackhorse Rd StationImage. The stench of damp hits you as you enter a very pleasant bright gallery. Kate Green’s exhibition is ace because it is professional and has universally understood relevance and meaning. There are photographs of aged seniors all with past glories, all having been unpaid, passionate athletes and Olympic Games contenders in the twenties and thirties of last century.

Well worth a look and free.

I went to “Capture Waltham Forest” at The Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow Village, This is another photography exhibition with submitted photos by people in the borough who had snapped and shared.. Good good good. Some negative comments included that there was no history in the photos. I take that as racist really because there is obviously an archive coming which highlights unconsciously the diversity in Waltham forest. The Halal meat Shop history is our history just as the history of the dog stadium belongs to us all.. My photos weren’t included but I’m over that. I am a photographing prize winner elswehere.

Just as I am an exhibiting artist at the Mill E17 this week. See how it is great that local people get a chance to show off what they can do. ImageThere is a fantastic art exhibition there composed of textile design and pattern. Very lovely and actually one just wants to roll in some of that comforting fleece and softness. Another free exhibition as well. Soak up the culture!ImageElephants at The Mill by RAGWORKS


From Sunday July 1st : Inclusive and aged

Capital Age Festival until July 15th. Getting seniors out and about and part of the great arts scene in London. Oh hello Up Your Street! As we speak Up Your Street subscribers are rehearsing frantically for “The Harder they Come” at TRSE Theatre Royal Stratford east being volunteers for Openstage2012 and singers with Stratford east Singers.

Capital Age Festival kicks off at The Albany in Deptford London with some excellent performances by seniors. Cheap cheap tickets, my dears!

On Thursday 5th July Up Your Street seniors are going to enjoy a free film courtesy of Capital Age Festival and the gorgeous Hackney Picturehouse.

Bomber Command Memorial… putting the record straight

It was my father Mr Henry Robert Pitcher and my mother Euphemia Hill Drever who began the registering of Bomber Command personnel with true passion. They spent loads of their own very limited money on stamps, reproducing and printing newsletters by hand, typing and telephoning to get hold of Bomber Command personnel and their families and widows in order to honour the men and to have an archive. My father was a  Lancaster rear gunner.

RAF at Hendon allegedly took over all my parents’ hard work when my father died at an early age and we the family had no clout to deal with such an authority as the RAF. As young adults we knew that our parents became invisible in the memorial-making. I salute my parents.

Issue 6. less than a month to go to The Olympics and Paralympics Games.

Thursday June  28th    £5 Phone 08442485136    for fiver tickets to The Olympic Park in first week of Games. Phone lines open until 6th July First come first served. Pay with VISA only. Postage is £6.

free (not confirmed) noon-7pm (Thurs to Sat) Tokarska Gallery 163 Forest Rd E17. Kate Green’s photographic exhibition showcasing 1948 Olympics.

£10  Greek Theatre E17 back of Walthamstow Girls School E17 until 30th June. “Richard 111” Annual open air performance by The Greek Players. Inside if it rains.

Sat  30th June   10-noon Mary Katherine Presents on StreetlifeRadio from Waltham forest College. Golden oldies, modern hits and silver sounds “Lifting yourself up to good living”.

£3  1-5pm. Interview and film course for archives in Rivington Place (second Saturday) all about the changes the Olympics brings. Book on 02077299616 with INIVA.

Sun 1st July  free. 2pm Support the British Cyclist Sky ride n Haringey.Leaves Finsbury Park at 2pm and goes to Bruce Castle and back.

Tues  July  3rd  free    6pm  Canary Wharf  at 1, Churchill Place. NME’s  Pat  Long talks about his years at NME.

free SOFT at the Mill e17. Exhibition of textiles. RAGWORKS features.

Thursday  July 5th   £2  6-8.30pm  Book for workshop on scripts  “Understanding Text” with Theatre Royal Stratford’s Jan Starkey-Dodds. Recommended.

Fri         July 6th   free 6pm  Party to mark the glorious end of Openstage 2012. TRSE Phone to book if you belong to OpenStage on 02082791100

Available now. A Taste Of Hackney free App

Coming soon  Rio Cinema free film, free David Bailey talk at TRSE, free Ruskin’s Legacy talk with “News From Nowhere ” club E17/E11,  Mapping Your Manor Walk 11, Rosetta Arts course with Birkbeck Uni.

Issue 5 Up Your Street

Mon June 25th free     (To 9 September 2012)
Hidden London. “Nothing Is Set In Stone”  a monolithic installation by artist Mira Calix.  Venue: Fairlop Waters, Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HN (location to south of lake) Time: Dawn to dusk  ….

                                        free 12.15pm With friends of Bruce Castle. Around Tottenham Cemetery  The walk will leave Bruce Castle Museum at 12.15pm for the short walk to the cemetery.

 Wednesday 27th June. free 7.30pm Bruce Castle Museum Autobiography of Jack the Ripper …. and his connections with Tottenham ….from Alan Hicken (of the Montacute TV, Radio and Toy Museum)

                                        free            11-1pm drop in at All Saints Church, Church Rd E15

                                    free    6-7.15pm  Travellers’ lives’ films at Hackney Library

free   Big Reads “Ulysses” with N Quentin Woolf. Internet book group

 Sat June 30th (cost and time to be announced) Open weekend at Wilton’s Music Hall (credit to IanVisits for listing)

Other good stuff….

                   free app to be had called “A Taste Of Hackney” all about Ridley Rd Market. Check your App store online.

free  textiles exhibition “SOFT” at The Mill E17 .See some RAGWORKS there.

“Fed In Dagenham”

In 2004 I won  yes WON a car, a state of the art, new-smelling, automatic hatchback 5 door sports car. Silver perky girl she was. My daughter’s beloved Beetle old stylee had just died so a fresh brand new car from Docklands Mazda was manna from Japan, well… Germany.

Mazda girl died in all her sap-stained glory last week at a junction in the rush hour on a hot day just after I’d fixed a ceiling leak above the bath at home. Eeh, apply lipstick and keep calm.

Thanks to Ford at Dagenham because Mazda went or was bought and so Mazdas only get fixed there now, not sold or won, a deal was done. Thanks to the blue-eyed, cup of tea bringing, “I am a car salesman”, let’s sign the papers so we can all get home to watch England v. Ukraine nice young man in the Ford showroom. Whoever knew that remotes controlled side mirrors?

Wanna new car? See me.

Bravo to the office-workers who shifted from their desks so that my daughter who came down to test drive could relax for twenty minutes to nurse her son. “Fed in Dagenham”!

Come on England!

issue 4 Up Your Street

Long time coming……

Wed June 20th    11-1pm free WEST HAM CHURCH DROP-IN.

Everyone welcome to attend a Drop-In at All Saints’ Church, Church Street, Stratford E15 3HU, on Wednesdays from 11am – 1pm. Just behind Old Town Hall.

You will get a warm welcome and a light lunch, will meet friendly people, and it will get you out for an hour or two! No pressure at all – just come and sit and chat, or look round this historic church. No charge!

Wed June 20th free     

                                 free                  6.30-7.30pm Hackney Library Reading Lane book Group

                                                                                                   discusses ' Capital' by John Manchester

Thurs June 21st free   11-3pm DASL Open Day. Have you ever wondered how

‘treatment’ for substance misuse works?

                                           Come and find out what really happens in a community based drug

                                            and alcohol service.

Light lunch available

Please RSVP to:

free 1-5pm St Matthias Church Hall Wordsworth Rd. Dalston

AgeUK Hackney seniors Diamond Jubilee party.

                                          free    12-6pm         Chats Palace, Brooksby’s Walk E5

(and every Thurs to Sunday until October) .Music and photography exhibition

free   6.30pm.Launch of SOFT textiles art exhibition at The Mill E17

Please book via admin there. RAGWORKS revisits with elephants and a pram quilt!

Fri   June  22nd free  10-1pm New walking and photography course starts for over 60s in Tower Hamlets with Walkeast.