Up Your Street Issue 12


Wed 3rd April  free  6.30-8pm Knitting drop in at the Mill e17

Thurs 4th April £5     9pm John Arthur, the Walthamstow Bard, sings and plays acoustic guitar at The Camden Head near Camden Tube Station. http://www.john-arthur.co.uk/

Sat 6th April free       noon-3pm “Let’s Get Growing”. First Avenue Community Garden,First Avenue, Plaistow, E13 Activities include:

  • Herbal medicine workshops with Living Medicine


Later in the month

Circle 33 is running a workshop for over 65s at The Mill on 23 April, between 11am and 3pm. This is open to all – not just Circle 33 tenants – so you are very welcome if you would like to attend, or if you know someone who would benefit.

  • The workshop will include:

    • Health checks
    • Fuel poverty & energy advice
    • Benefit advice session
    • Food bank project
    • Massage
    • Gardening advice
    • Soup-tasting
    • Free refreshments
    • … and much more!
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Yesterday’s bees’ knees.

A fortnight ago I fell in love with Freecycle.org. I offered something  of antique value for free and after an awkward night of the taker changing collection times to suit herself then at ten pm the item was taken away. It was an huge item so I was happy to see the back of it and if I’d wanted some money for it it could have been collection only on Ebay which is sometimes a nightmare. It went to another home for free. Job done.

This week I offered up to four items at a time , dealt with all the ensuing emails as people showed interest, kept extremely polite and tolerant, generous and community-loving and logged people’s user names against their requests so I’d keep on top, gave myself anxiety heart-beats beating traffic to reach home in time for punters to collect at the times they desired. One guy used my email to send me his business details and a couple of other time-wasters said they were interested and that was that.

What a waste of my time and energy. So far out of six  “takers”,  only one has collected as promised.

Some of my items are antiques. 2013-03-24 20.07.20 Here is a “Verona”  plate.

I have tried to sell them on Ebay but the bidding prices don’t warrant the drag of finding a post office to do the parcelling up and sending out. I don’t want them and can’t be asked dragging stuff to the charity shops. My love of humanity prevents me chucking stuff in the refuse bin. So all the items that weren’t collected tonight are left on my front yard. There’s nothing for the metal-scavengers and I hope the Romanian trolley-trundler doesn’t open and send askew all the green bag contents in her search for that size 18 blouse or winkle-pickers for her husband.

Who will pick up the Delft ceramic and know its worth? What will attract anyone to a real leather 1970’s handbag?2013-03-24 20.06.12

Years ago I made a silly mistake and sent my aged mother beautiful display plates showing Lancaster Bombers and Churchill. I’d packaged them up in old round biscuit tins. Her carer saw only old tins and,  inside them, newspaper packaging. In her efficiency, she then left the supposed rubbish out for the refuse collectors. I paid good cash for those plates as you can imagine. The dustbin man would have been happy.

I got rid of my upright iron piano. The refuse lot won’t take pianos so I went to the services via Kier of a re-homing outfit in Tottenham. What an experience that was. The collection staff were untrained and un-motivated. That piano suffered before it left my house and the guys even damaged my door. When I said something the bossman threatened to bring the piano back in. I ran to my neighbour.

Monkey business,

So what I thought last month was the bees’ knees is merely an hedgehog’s arse.

Up Your Street. Issue 11

Tues 26th Mar   free 8pm Hackney Harmony singing show at Hackney City Farm. Donations to MERU charity. Bring food and refreshments to share.

                                free 6pm screening of “The Goddess”  then 8.30pm “Company Limited” at Wilton’s Music Hall, Celebrating the 42nd year of Bangladesh Independence.

Wed 27th Mar    free 6pm “The Goddess” and then at 8.30pm.”Two Daughters”  Wilton’s Music Hall by Cable Street E1.

Fri 29th Mar      free 3.15 for 4 pm. Bach’s “The People’s Passion” Union Chapel, Highbury.

Sat 30th Mar      free 10-5pm Geffrye Museum walled garden opens again. Beautiful.

                                 free 8pm Bonfire and fireworks Easter-eve vigil. St John At Hackney, Mare Street Hackney.

Sun 31st Mar       free 12noon -12 midnight. Open The Gate at The African Market i e stalls, family events and interests etc. until 7pm and then £7 in advance a  live gig, including Reggae, for Gambia. Happening at  The Rich Mix, Bethnal Green.


APRIL Looking forward to Holding Time dance and the Huguenot Festival. Geffrye Museum Kingsland Rd Almshouse tours coming up free and £2.50. and Reminiscence Screenings at Hackney PictureHouse and the Ritzy for £2.50 and £1. See issue 12 of Up Your Street soon.


Up Your Street. Issue 10


Up Your Street issue 10

Tues 19th Mar. free. 2-4pm Reminiscence Cafe at Bruce Castle Museum  in North London. Sharing memories about “Ballroom to Rock  N Roll”.

Wed 20th Mar.  free    1.30pm outside Highbury & Islington Station

Mr Luks Meeme walk, Underground to St. Paul’s. All welcome. Bring a packed lunch and water/juice.

See and talk about St. Mary Le Bow Church and Bow Bells!
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Millenium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and much more.

Thurs 21st Mar free noon-3pm The Big Dig. Chandos Community Centre E11. Starting the community garden. Refreshments provided.

Sat 23rd Mar  free 10-noon Mary Katherine Presents silver sounds and golden oldies at Streetlife Radio. Mary fahey Mary enjoying her local.

                          free  noon-4pm  Spring Extravaganza. Vicarage Rd Community Centre E15 Family event with workshops and displays.

                       free 10.30-4.30pm. Bruce Castle in Haringey. Mad March Vintage Fair. Thirty stalls and a Vintage Cafe.

***************************************** Up Your Street likes Freecycle.org Waltham Forest and Hackney.

Hornbeam Cafe in Hoe Street E17 has its own eco-friendly champion mugs for sale at a fiver each.

The Mill E17 is about to host another exhibition. This time it will be about the Walthamstow Marshes.


Up Your Street issue 9

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Thurs 14th Mar £2.50      1pm. Hackney PictureHouse Reminiscence screening   “The 400 Blows” (1959 French  film with subtitles).

Fri 15th Mar      £3.00      1.30-4.30pm Tea Dance Stratford Old Town Hall E15. Raffles and sequins.

                              £5.00           films  3.15pm. Stow Lounge 74, Orford Road Social Club E17

“Friends with Kids”

7.45pm   “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ”

                            free  In Old Spitalfields Market E1. Book a table and try Le Drunch for free over both weekends at  www.visit maille.co.uk, or just pop into the market where alongside serving Le Drunch, visitors will have the opportunity to sample and buy Maille’s extensive range of mustards, condiments and sauces. (until 24th March).

Wed 20th Mar free   5.30-7.30pm Find out about the Marie Curie Helpers at Finding Space, St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare St., Hackney.

                             free 6-7pm Geffrye Museum , Kingsland Rd. Planning meeting for future activities. Go along!


The Paperboy

Yep, excellent nasty violent sex film with a conscience thread running through it: “This is about the wrongful taking of the life of a convicted man”. Macy Gray is very good as narrator and actress. The film covers all the latest angts, US Civil Rights, homo-erotic stories, pond-life, predator sex and state murder. Jolly for a Sunday members’ freebie  at Hackney PicturHouse. The film is over-loaded with sex in all its beasty ways and … more later

Nuffield Health Chingford E4

  1. Nuffield Health formerly the prestigious Greens in dry ole Chingford is ace. From the smiling recepton staff to the non-stop cleaners, to the beautiful layout to the complimentary gel in the showers the place gets a massive thumbs up for providing a memorable and good experience. This weekend was on offer a free day pass advertised as 2 days free pass. On reaching the centre it turned out that another offer was available to celebrate Mother’s Day. Never saw that advertised! It was for members to bring a friend along for a day.
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A tour was available and that included a look at the gym areas with one for women only, a peek into the studio where all manner of keep-fit takes place, and a birds’ eye view of the swimming pool decorated with hot tubs and a sauna and steam room on the side. The changing areas are communal with not very private cubicles and are gender-specific.. The sauna and steam room are both unisex and there is no baby pool. There is no need for a women only gym: Root out the men who make anyone feel uncomfortable. It is 2013 UK after all. In any gym there are the odd types who bully others off the machines. You pay, you play.2013-03-09 17.32.30

The cleaning staff never stop. All smudges are swiftly sprayed away. The reception staff are as cheery and as glad as Gamesmakers  and the personal trainers about the place have beady eyes everywhere.

The W16 and the 357 buses pass the front door. Whoopee!  And there is ample parking space and a Costas Café joined to the Nuffield Health Centre. The clients are in the main white English and Chingford and a majority of seniors abound. I heard only English spoken all day and conversations about tea time.

good life

The hot tub is heaven. The pool is all one shallow depth. The poolside attendants are professional and keen. “Better” has much to copy. Excellent meet and greet, Billy.

Up Your Street issue 8

                               Up Your Street Issue 8

Tues 5th Mar free  7.30-9pm Meditation techniques at 1a Jewel Rd E17

Fri 8th Mar free With The Claremont Project a trip to the British Museum for the Currency exhibition. Join Claremont for free and get a bargain social trip.

Sat 9th Mar free 7.30 News from Nowhere Club Epicentre,West St E11. Entertainment from Racker Donnelly. Be nice and bring some food to share at the buffet before the event starts at 8pm

Sun 10th Mar £5 4-5pm Klezmer Club at London Jewish Museum by Chalk Farm NW1. Delve into the Yiddish London society of 1910 and be entertained. Book in advance

The Pamper Shop week beginning 4th March 2013


Mon 4th Mar Nuffield Health is offering 2 day free passes for you to be introduced to your local gym/ leisure centre . Phone 020 8523 7474

Tues 5th Mar free . 7:30- 9:00 pm Meditation techniques at 1a Jewel Rd E17 020 89250820

Wed 6th Mar   £10 or less* noon-1.30pm  Aromatherapy course. 5 week course began 27th Feb at the Centre for Better Health. (See Thursday)

Thurs 7th Mar £10 or less  for 5 weeks  5.30-7.30pm  Art as Exploration in a chosen medium at the Centre for Better Health 1a Darnley Rd hackney. Book in advance.

*concession available