Issue 17 Up Your Street

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Wed 1st May     free 10 am -June. Art exhibition at The Mill e17 “Walthamstow Marshes”.

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Sat 4th May            10-3pm   Plants for sale. Hornbeam Centre e17
Organiclea has hand-raised seedlings to help you get ahead in the garden this late-arriving Spring, at the market stall.

                                     noon-4pm Plants for sale
At Hawkwood Nursery (Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford).

Sun 5th May       free   5am-7am Lloyd Park dawn walk Dawn Chorus Walk and Breakfast. Meeting at the Forest Road gate entrance.

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“Enjoy a magical early morning stroll in the park and hear the birds singing their dawn chorus. Learn how to identify different bird calls then enjoy a light breakfast. Meet 5:00am at Forest Road Gate, we know it is an early start but specialist Peter Beckenham assures us it’s the best time. It will be an hour’s walk followed by a relaxing breakfast with plenty of time for questions.”

                                 free   2.15-4.30pm Beating the Bounds    
“Walk around the ancient bounds of Leyton Marsh former Lammas Lands; meet at the Ice Centre Car Park, Lea Bridge Road. Free event organised by the New Lammas Lands Defence Committee. For more information contact,”

Tues 7th May   free to join in. 9-11am.Queens Road Cemetery Wildflower meadow planting
Waltham Forest Friends of the Earth and Friends of Queens Road Cemetery are teaming up to plant a wildflower meadow. Walthamstow (Queens Road) Cemetery, Queens Road, Walthamstow, E17 8QP Contact Tom on or 020 7566 1673, or just turn up on the day.

free  12.30-2pm. Age  55 and over taster dance classes . Whittington Park Community Centre,  Yerbury Road, Upper Holloway, London N19 4RS. Nurture to Health Dance Project
Wed 8th May  £3 Haringey Independent Cinema at West Green Learning Centre Tottenham, Screening of Ken Loach’s “The Spirit of 45”.
Thurs 9th May £2.50  1pm  Hackney PictureHouse Reminiscence screening “This Sporting Life”.
NB.Currently the movers and shakers in the London Borough of Waltham Forest are the folk in Walthamstow.

Rosetta Arts Centre

What a glorious day to go along to the Rosetta Arts Centre. It’s in Newham and actually by West Ham Station. The 276 goes every 6 minutes from Stratford opposite The Old Town Hall and outside  McDonalds.

The shiny Centre is on top of the Gainsborough Primary School. Remember those old 1950 schools with granite steps and green tiled walls? That’s it.

I was submitting an oil painting to go into a Canary Wharf foyer exhibition via The Rosetta Arts Centre. The judges will be the judge of that. Along the corridor I espied sitting very quietly for their art and history class to begin, some Up Your Street ladies. How I applaud those students; no formal post- secondary school education yet established on and committed to a pre- degree arts course. Envy. The course is run by Birkbeck University and is “free” (T&C apply) and a bursary was available.

Looking on the walls, I saw great art, vibrant  paintings and there was an atmosphere of welcome and respect. The web-site is very lovely.

The Centre is surrounded by council estates, abandoned gardens and mattresses, quietness and a DLR railway track. I love it there after the bustle of Stratford. The bus journey back was slow and packed with mums and buggies. But I love Stratford too.

It was a nice day to go out, see.

Thought I’d be clever and buy a nutty seedy bar for 99p with its twin for a penny at Holland and Barrett. Predictably that penny for a second item promotion has T&Cs and  restrictions. Me? I won’t pay 60p for a Mars Bar so I’m sure not gonna throw over a pound for seeds in glue. (That’s how pensioners became ‘wealthy’ then have to surrender their Freedom Pass!)

Mick Hucknall

Mick Hucknall

Easy journey by tube as the Victoria Line had a good service as I went up to Hammersmith Apollo with a complimentary £50 ticket to watch the last show of Mick Hucknall’s “Soul” tour 2013.  The Apollo is shabby, shabby, scabby but I liked it. The punters were mostly middle-aged and older white folk with a fair smattering of thirty somethings. The bar was doing well.

Songstress Moya warmed us up with effort put into her singing but very little into her stage dress. I expected sequins. She missed an opportunity to work the stage. Maybe I’m too in love with “The Voice UK” that I forget singers don’t always dress like celebrities.

Young skinny Mick made his entrance and the crowd was ready and willing to have him. That man can sing. He took old soul tunes from New Orleans and gave them his flavour which we relished. He sang a tribute to Etta James by mastering that “Rather Go Blind” song and covered some Dylan too. The lighting was fantastic and of course the band was as tight as always.michael

I have always highly rated ole big head and that is because he is a proper artiste, a full-bodied craftsperson of the stage, able to involve his paying audience, interact sincerely and lovingly with them and he knows how to sing. He articulates all the words so the lyrics are never lost. That is important because Hucknall only chooses songs and writes those which use the vocabulary of his fans. There are many clichés which we all use and understand. Hucknall incorporates them all into his hackneyed poetry. “Money, money, money” is cleverly topical and I did feel there was an huge nod to the Tory-imposed austerity in our country at the present. Stupid as the seats were £50! But it kept us all united and illuminated in the surreal setting where lights were turned on us or jigged to represent a mirror to show us how our beauty is within us. Clever Michael.

SkyArts always shows Simply Red concerts and I always watch them again and again. I love Hucknall the perfectionist.

Issue 16. Up Your Street

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Up Your Street looking for free workshops, courses and outings, gatherings and activities to share with seniors around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

up_your_street_2[1] (2) St Joseph’s Hospice, Waltham Forest Walks,  films.

Fri 26th April  £6. 8pm “Growing Old Disgracefully” play at Redbridge Drama Centre and 29th April,

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Sat 27th April free  10.30 am Rich Mix Bethnal Green. “The History of Bangladesh” with The Brick Lane Circle group.

Tues 30th April free 2-5pm Hackney Museum ” Creativity for well-being workshop”,

Wed 1st May free The Mill Coppermill Lane E17 art exhibition (all media) and celebration:”Walthamstow Marshes” exhibiting into June.

                                         free 6-7.30pm Hackney Central Library. Meet author Louise Millar.

Thurs 2nd May free  10.30am – 2.30pm  with The Conservation Volunteers Haringey

Wonderful Woodlands at Lordship Rec

Continuing our work to create drainage to help alleviate flooding along the woodland footpath, this is an opportunity to learn the technique of building French drains that involves digging a ditch and filling it with recycled rubble and stones.

Meet: Downhills Park Rd. entrance of park, Tottenham N17


free 2.30-5pm Hackney Museum

Explore Your Own Creativity

and Ideas about Happiness

and Well-being

Choose to use art, sound, personal storytelling or theatre games as stimulants to explore and uncover your own creativity and happiness.

For People Who Access

Support Services:

free  6-7.30pm  Hackney Museum. Round table discussion on Arts and well-being.

With Health Service Commissioners, Health Practitioners and Service Users


Tues 7th May free 11am. Meet at the former cinema /Gala Bingo corner of Lea Bridge Rd and  Markhouse Road E17 for a walk into Leyton streets with Waltham Forest Walks. These walks are excellent and informal.


Coming soon…..

13th-17th May  free at St Joseph’s Hospice Mare Street, Hackney  is “Dying Matters Week”: A  programme of events outlining will-making and funeral arrangements, (details in Issue 17).


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This is like a rough draft as my modem is going away in 2 mins. Sorry. Will edit soon.

Sun 21st April free herbal walk with Hedge Herbs. meet at The Mill  E17 at noon. Bring a trug or lookalike.

Tues 23rd April free The Mill  E17 “65+ day” with Circle 33 for seniors.

free 6.30pm plus refreshments Hackney Central Library. Dreda Say Mitchell talking about her books.

free 7pm “Sylvia Pankhurst” film at Quaker House Jewel RD E17

Wed 24th April free Priory Court Community Centre Seniors club. Books give away as part of World Book Night  12.30-1.30pm

free St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare St Hackney. Benefits online workshop

(tea dance change of date  see May 1st)

free  7pm All Saints Church E10 Leyton Community Action meeting. All welcome.

Thurs 25th April free  Haringey Film 7.15pm “Nostalgia For The Night

Tues 30th April £1 Join us on Tuesday 30 April at 11am at The Ritzy for a special screening of 2012’s smash hit THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL presented by Age UK Lambeth!

Tickets are only £1 and will be available online, in person at the box office or via the phone booking line very soon!

Wed 1st May £2.50 1.30-4pm Orient Brisbane Rd Mayor’s  Tea Dance for over 55’s



If you can say the word you’re in!

Yes Darnley Road Gallery was ace today. In the adjoining room was an art workshop taking place. You just have to go in the front door, sign in at reception, go downstairs then compose yourself for the big jump. I just loved the music through headphones and staring at a square of colour and seeing with my ears. Even one of the artists came in on his way to France. Imagine. There are interactive pieces of work too so I interacted.2013-04-15 11.36.37 2013-04-15 11.23.38 2013-04-15 11.41.552013-04-15 11.35.59

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Then I went to Tesco passing the beautiful ghost bike which is no longer sweet.

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Adult Learners’ Week

“Adult Learners’ Week was established to help and support people from all learning backgrounds and to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning. The organisations and individuals who take part in Adult Learners’ Week are central to its impact and as a nominator you have already contributed a great amount to this influential initiative.”

Some Up Your Street subscribers who are following courses in art, photography, screen- printing and much more have certificates of achievement in the post. Well done!



Hackney Museum

Rain, rain, rain and into Hackney Museum which was swamped by buggies and babies as Maddy was doing her Friday sessions of Sing-along-with-Maddy (see Stroll London listings http://www, If ever there were a museum which reached out to the community and has relevant exhibitions, this is the one . Things are set to get even better as a re-vamp and re think are underway to trawl out the nets and haul in the punters . Museums are businesses.

I’d wended my way from Walthamstow to visit two exhibitions and to sign up for the many workshops on offer. (Who knew?) Firstly there was The Core Arts exhibition of art work by people who are diagnosed as having a mentally ill status and then the collection of Hackney’s oldest photographs, photos of the rich and influential e. g Booth of Abney Park Cemetery  and Sally Army fame

.2013-04-12 10.31.50  There’s a video playing in the corner of the artist Jacqueline Chin dancing to her own music against a background of her own paintings. Jah Rastafari!

The whole exhibition is well-presented with interactive elements and lots to smile at. Each artist describes herself/himself in terms of mental states and where they are now.

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There’s an excellent display of visual information about how east London did not care for their insane fellows and how drugs took the edge off whippings. I come from a childhood near Colney Hatch Lane and children and adults regularly taunted each other with “You’ll end up in Colney Hatch” a well-known North London suburbs lunatic asylum. Goodness knows what was going on in there in the fifties.

Ghostly was the photographic display. I too have hundreds of 1800’s sepia photos all un-named and maybe useful one day. Doubt it. It was hard to read all the information with mummies reading aloud stories to Tarquins in the same space but hey, that’s a community museum.

Well worth the 48 bus ride.

Jumble sale at Hackney’s Hospice in Mare Street on Saturday 13th April. Is it that time already?

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Sat 13th April free 10-3pm Organiclea Market Stall outside Hornbeam Café Hoe Street E17                                                                                              .breakfast home made bread

                       50p  10-2pm Hackney St Joseph’s Hospice Mare Street. Major event, Jumble sale. Refreshments, nearly new, proper jumble and great community fun.

mary in her is having a major site renovation so Mary Katherine Presents on Saturday mornings is off Cyberspace for a while.

Mon 15th April free 11-5pm “Synethesia” art exhibition at the Centre For Better Health. 1a Darnley Rd opp. Hackney Museum. Fine art from students at the Uni of East London Docklands. In and out of form multi-media exhibition. Jump in.

Tues 16 April. free. 2-4pm Hackney Museum

“Creative Maps Draw” and print locations past and present, and journeys that hold personal meaning for you, on top of current and historic maps of Hackney with inspiration from artists.

Thurs 18th April  free 11-12noon . Friendly book group discussing Nabokov’s “Lolita” Book Brunchers at Sutton House, Homerton.

                                   £2.50 for Silver Screen Members “Sofia Turns 100”. Hackney PictureHouse. Everyone welcome but seniors get a special rate as a member (Join Silver Screen for free).

                                      free 6-7.30pm Hackney Museum . Round table discussion about arts and well being. (Moved to May)

                                    free 6-7.30pm Poetry performance by Core artists.


Next week World Book Night giveaway and Leyton Orient tea dance for over 55s plus a film special screening at £1 in Greenwich.