Liverpool Slavery Museum

Last minute notice for a good trip on Sunday 28th October.

Was £40 now £25 for 1 night in Liverpool in B&B with breakfast and one evening meal.
Meet 11 am Waterfront Studios, 1 Dock Rd, E16 1AH tomorrow to visit the
                                   Liverpool Slavery Museum.
The booking number is 02070050808
Organised by Care In Mind, a Newham based charity.

Issue 15. Up Your Street

Sat  3rd Nov   £5 and free begins the Season of Bangla Drama. Brady Arts Centre. E1. Please check my blog

Wed  7th Nov.  £5   (concessions available) 8.30pm “Mysteries Of London” film

“From Hell” 2001. Screening at Stratford PictureHouse.

Fri 9th Nov. £5 per session (concessions for seniors).Noon-2pm (4 Fridays)

Hedge Herbs workshops at The Mill E17

                          free 1-3pm EKTA Durnley Rd Community Centre,Earlham Grove,E7 .

Music and Movement for seniors.

Sat 10th Nov. free 7.30pm News from Nowhere Club at The Epicentre West Street E11. Martin Spafford and students past and present  from George Mitchell School in Leyton talk about their projects and film.

Ongoing free photographic exhibition in Vestry House Museum E17. “Out Of the Box” all about “Ensign” camera times.

at The Mill E17

Credit where it’s due.

The Mill is warm, welcoming, has cheap cups of tea, displays great art and has activities galore. W12 bus stops outside, buses 158 and 230 drop you two minutes away.

There’s a crowded Oxfam shop and a great Turkish fruiterer just sitting nearby at the end of Walthamstow Market. What more?!

Promotions and advertisements on the local Tesco community noticeboard:-


RAGWORKS a wall-hangings collection made entirely by hand from discarded textiles is back at
                                the Hornbeam Café in Bakers Arms E17.
The works depict world folk-lore and nursery rhyme characters. During Black History Month hanging proudly are Anansi, Leo, The Palm-Oil Daughter and gorgeous in her harem trousers, young Cinderella.
The Hornbeam vegan Café is always buzzing with workshops, meetings, music and good cheer. They sell a wickedly delicious hot chocolate in a mug as tall as The Orbit and vegan sausages in posh bread. On Wednesdays it’s a sight to see the organic veg being packed up for delivery and the collection of useful items in the recycling bays ready to be re-homed.
All in all a good space in a good place, I’d say.
Regards, Gillian Lawrence
RAGWORKS hand-made by Gillian Lawrence is a 30 piece art collection previously on exhibition at Stratford PictureHouse E15, Hornsey Library N8, The Centre For Better Health in Hackney, The Mill, E17, the Hornbeam Café E17  and at other community venues across 4 London boroughs.

AbPhab at The People’s Museum E15

Today at the Museum opposite  Stratford’s Gala Bingo and shortly to be no more cos there’s no more money for the rent I was treated to a film-showing by AbPhab, the film crew made up of energetic folk, all young and all living with their disability. What positive attitudes, what reality, what truth.

After the film and the biscuits we the guests were invited to ask the crew questions and off we fired. How did newbee film makers get together and organise all their shoots? How did they do such great shots and how come they’re never shy? These are youth who have to overcome ignorance from all quarters: They are the ones who have the right to get help. They are the same charmers who rise in confidence and strength through community projects. I applaud them.

They are not daft when it comes to their rights and what really goes on with the lack of training opportunities and people making noises but doing nothing.  One mantra repeats “How do you know that you can’t do it until you try?”

Bravo. I learnt loads today.

Did you ever know that the AbPhab youth have worked on their music history film, and work with other youth in clubs? Did you realise they have ambition and want to work?

“The histories we’ve dug for”.

Sun Nov 4th free 9-5pm
Celebrating family history in East London
Come and celebrate Every Generation Media’s 10th birthday with our East London Routes family history day. …

EGM is based in east London and has been at the forefront of developing websites, publications, workshops and films around family learning and cultural heritage, particularly among people from minority ethnic heritage. As 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of independence for Trinidad and Jamaica, we play tribute to: The stories we know.  The histories we’ve dug for. The generations we’ve learnt from.  The heroes and heroines we applaud.  We’ll have children’s arts activities, author readings and debates on family values, preserving our history and choosing our heroes and heroines.  National Archives will throw open their treasure trove of old photos of the Caribbean and we’ll be running a workshop on tracing Jamaican, African and English family histories by people who have done it. Contributors include: authors Patrice Lawrence, Jacqueline Walker (‘Pilgrim State’) and Kerry Young (‘Pao’), Hackney campaigners Ian Levy and Pauline ‘Hackney Heroine’ Pearce, equality campaigner Simon Woolley, cultural campaigners and historians Arthur Torrington CBE, Stephen Bourne, Oku Ekpenyon MBE, Angelina Osborne, National Archives outreach team  Sandra Shakespeare and Sara Griffiths, Cllr Michael Jones one of the youngest politicians in London, Guardian journalist Hugh Muir and Patrick Vernon OBE founder of Every Generation. To attend this free events please RSVP
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The People’s Museum E15

I  was at The People’s Museum  in Stratford opposite Gala Bingo for the debate about regeneration after the Olympic and Paralympic Games. What a nice evening; hardly a debate though. Three speakers and about 5 questions from the floor. But the speakers opened my eyes because they said so much of what is being said on the street, that is that the pushing ahead and upgrading of Newham just might be leaving people and heritage treasures behind. Who is it all for really?

Hoo Hing store in Leyton E10

In Hoo Hing Supermarket you can see whole caramelised roasted duck, beaks and all,  then walk along and look in the water tanks: Proper real live eels, black fish , lobsters and crabs. Not a vegetarian delight but turn around and there’s a whole line of vegetarian foods, sauces, tins and packets, pretend prawns and cassava strips. For presents there are gorgeous crockery sets and incense burners, chop stick presentation sets and a trove of lovely stuff.

The staff are efficient and welcoming and I’m looking out for the usual food-tasting days.

Unfortunately the area around the Dorma Trading Estate is dire, derelict and dirty. On a weekend it’s deserted except for the ministry churches. There’s muck on the pavements and overgrown weeds. Still not as bad as Hackney Wick though.

Where there’s muck, there’s brass!