Up Your Street Issue 6

Sat Sept 1st free    noon to 6pm Africa day Royal Opera House. Tickets in advance from Royal Opera House. Events include drumming, music, lectures, and films. No seating in the auditorium so take a cushion or ask re access when you book.

The E17 Art Trail begins (free App available)

Thurs Sept 6th free  11 am at Rosetta Arts in Startford E15 introductory talk re a course in art appreciation

free 6pm-9 . Celebrate The Mill’s year anniversary and see “Gifted” the art exhibition and meet the artists. Bring nibbles to share. The Mill Coppermill Lane E17.

Sat Sept 8th free 11 am til 6pm “Brides Of Culture” at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Royal Docks area. Exhibtion of gowns and friendliness. Book at Eventbrite.

free 7pm Friends Of the Earth present a film “Queen of The Sun” about bees. Book through Eventbrite . FOTE at 1a Jewel rd e17

free 7.30pm News from Nowhere at Epicentre West Street E11 “Artist as Craftsman” talk with a shared donated by you buffet.

Coming soon

Hackney Archives Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives, Dalston Square E8 3BQ 2 – 4pm, Saturday 15 September 2012 Patrick Vernon hostsDalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives, Dalston Square E8 3BQ2 – 4pm, Saturday 15 September 2012

Family history can give an insight in to the story of Hackney and its rich cultural heritage. Come along to a special workshop run by Every Generation and Hackney Archives, with the support of Discover Hackney, to find out about how to explore your family history, and how it fits into the wider history of Hackney.

Book a place by contacting Hackney Archives

Email – archives@hackney.gov.uk]

Tel. 020 8356 8925 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              020 8356 8925

Patrick Vernon hosts

Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives, Dalston Square E8 3BQ

2 – 4pm, Saturday 15 September 2012

Family history can give an insight in to the story of Hackney and its rich cultural heritage. Come along to a special workshop run by Every Generation and Hackney Archives, with the support of Discover Hackney, to find out about how to explore your family history, and how it fits into the wider history of Hackney.

Book a place by contacting Hackney Archives

Email – archives@hackney.gov.uk]

Tel.              020 8356 8925

What’s to do? Up Your Street bulletin

Booking required now , or expression of interest
 The People’s Museum 306 High St E15 just by Stratford Station. 4 events
Mon 10th September, 2pm – Talk about living in the East End.
Mon 17th September, 6.30pm – Neil Fraser (Author, “Over the Border”).
Mon 1st October, 4pm – Talk about the Coloured Men’s Institute & Kamal Chunchie.
Wed 17th October, 6.30pm – Regeneration Debate.
All free Email claire@ech.org.uk
There is a nice cooking course re healthy living (Be interesting with the soaring cost of veg and fruit. Ah, sugar rules again)
5 weeks free in Hackney (Manor Gardens)  starting Wed 12th Sept 2pm -5pm Email siobhan@manorgardenscentre.org
£2.50 per session (I negotiated for this half price for OAPs!) HedgeHerbs 5 weeks  at 2 .30pm at The Mill E17 on Saturdays from 22nd Sept. Email hedgeherbs@gmail.com
 Radio course concentrating on healthy living for seniors on Tuesdays at 10.30 to 1.30pm free for 10 weeks starting Sept 25th. Waltham Forest College. Email who you are and why you want to join the course to info@ageukwalthamforest.org.uk
 Rosetta Arts and Birkbeck Uni art appreciation course.Free Prof.Lesley Topp. 6th Sept. 11am initial talk. Email to express interest
 East End Family History Society’s walk on Oct 7th meeting at Liverpool Street Station (exit 2 at 10am). Free. “Churches of Shoreditch”. Book with the society.
and same day last chance. Free. 4pm an art installation and drama at Poplar Business Centre E14 by Dennis Mcnulty. Book through Eventbrite
                                            

Don’t suit you madam!

I was on a walk yesterday arranged by a seniors’ project in Islington. We walked around posh Highbury with a young thirty something guide. There were 22 seniors with an average age of 72. Never mind “You’re gettin’ a good work out”, in response to breathless ladies gasping for a tea. Those oldies have worked out all their lives, mangling clothes, hauling bricks,  raising families.

I never knew Highbury had greenery let alone hills and valleys. Luckily I had on my BidUp trainers. The guide was just doing his job and actually showed no awareness that he was forging ahead in front of of a straggly bunch of septogenarians and the like. Any wall we saw we sat on because the hills were not what we expected. No-one would ever say outrightly that they found the walk unsuitable because they are mannered people and grateful for free bits and pieces. And no-one wants to lo0k weak.

After that stretch gawping at houses of past glories, with their servants’ bells and their courtyards we moved into the Olympic Stadium look- alike that is The Emirates Stadium. Loved the shower room , the hot tub, the massage room, the astro turf, the red RED RED.

Tons more walking about.

When we came out we landed in downtown boarded up Highbury: Memories of Hackney Wick. These places all share the underground Hackney Brook. Smells like it.

Dragged ourselves onto the overcrowded 393 bus out of the rain. Five bus stops along, it broke down. Ha ha  The worst bus in London! Found Diamond Geezer’s review of the area and was amazed at his honesty.

Emirates Stadium

Be jealous! Free tour (£17.50 usually), great guide, free museum, friendly volunteer gentlemen, lovely Jerry and Winston on the reception desk, Hackney Brook stinking in the bowels of Highbury, the free tickets to tomorrow’s Under 21’s match.Ha ha ha!.What more? Eh?

A Day of Galleries, Museums and Libraries

                                                          

Can Altay gave a talk at the William Morris Gallery about art in spaces and the public or users’  interaction with it. Or something along those lines. Fabulous talk and earnest. Can has travelled all over expressing his art and evaluating the impact of his visionary concepts and tangible visible work or constructions. About 21 of us had booked for free to enjoy the first talk in the newly refurbished William Morris Gallery in Lloyd Park Walthamstow. The place was packed today with coach loads of seniors although the coaches must have been hidden. The toilets are full of Morris organic art wallpaper.The place is buzzing. Before it was brown and quiet like an old fashioned library. I loved it more then. It belongs to everyone now with its noisy café and crowded foyer festooned with bundles for sale .Not cheap souvenirs either. I’ll get over it. Waltham Forest Council tarted up so many places but I rarely see the famous ethnically diverse resident population in any Gallery, Museum or place of interest, I’ll keep looking and I’ll be disappointed again and again.

The Stratford Library staff had not heard of Stratford Museum. It’s actually the People’s Museum of Newham and just across from Gala Bingo going towards Bow. There we enjoyed a welcome orange juice , choccy biscuits and a film about changing Stratford (yawn…overdone pre Olympics, I’d say) then we looked at the permanent exhibition. Again flog the history of the indigenous population but all good.

Off then to The Nunnery in case any Madge Gill work was up still.Nothing doing and so The Carmelite Café fed and watered us with green tea and miracles of nutty and syrupy flapjacks.

Straight into a no. 25 bus with our trusty Freedom Passes then the 308 to Wanstead Station to get to the Library for a Family History Open Forum evening. Brilliant. We were rewarded with a cuppa for transcribing baptism records from 1844. Wasn’t hard and we were in jolly good company.

Up Your Street issue 5 part 2 final

Wed Aug 22nd £2.50 noon onwards .Stratford east PictureHouse. Screenings of block busters for seniors plus tea and biscuits. Best staff ever.     

 Fri Aug  24th (and 31st ) free 10.30 am Walking for Health are part of Natural England’s programme (supported by Haringey). Meet Stonebridge Lock . Last approx 30 to 45 minutes. Leader Janice Fraser.
Sunday August 26th  free 8am  Meet at the Waterside  Centre, Stonebridge Lock . Investigating and viewing wild fowl and birds  on Tottenham Marsh
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from Aug 30th various venues in Waltham Forest will be holding Open Nights to kick off the E17 Arts Trail “Bestow” 2012.
  There’s Hornbeam Café at Bakers’ Arms E10 and Beautiful Interiors, Walthamstow Village E17 and more.
Find events to suit you by getting a brochure from public and community buildings in the Borough.There is an App available too.