The “Poetry In Motion” walk.

What a lovely Sunday morning:  Into the Mill in Coppermill Lane for 11 am,  hung around for the Eventbrite bookers, watched a black cat cross our path then set off with Peter and John leading us into an empty Walthamstow Market.

2013-05-26 11.45.06The Market Walk

We checked out the Warner mansion and the symbols above dirty pre-loved architecture then listened to the second poem read by a Coppermill poet.

Say it like it isWords making images.

Upwards and onwards to Walthamstow historical landmarks which had seen a better glory.

Outside the Chequers pub Maureen of The Mill read her poem about the watercress seller. Walthamstow Marshes were fertile grounds for the growing of watercress for the London markets. Who was eating the stuff? Waitrose has re-fashioned it since last week. Theirs is from Hampshire so as we urbanites feel impressed.

Further up the market I felt I were in a foreign place as aluminium chairs and tables spilled onto the pavement from Sunday morning hipster coffee shops. The crowds looked  tourists but hey, this is Walthamstow and we are a changing multi-ethnic population. We have been since the 1970s (and before on a smaller scale)  such that now ‘ethnic minority’ could refer to indigenous white British residents. I digress. Isn’t the spelling of “licence” as in “Off-Licence” wrong on the Chequers pub?

Chequers Pub e17Poetic Licence ?

Mo of The MillMo in her Paisley pashmina reading her poem about sexy water-melons as seen in Ridley Road Market on the Turkish stalls.

Some of the poems from John were about his kith and kin as known down the Market of yore and others about visitors to the Market. Some were about street markets internationally. One poem was about Churchill’s unwanted motorised visit to the High Street in 1926. It was at the time of the General Strike.

Back to today, there was the usual slagging off about supermarkets taking over and dwellings replacing picture-houses.

Up Manze's alleyUp “Manze’s Jellied Hot Eels” alley.

At the end of the well-paced walk in the sun it was refreshing to stand under the slim green- leafed trees in the Market Square and hear Peter tell us about the old public baths provided by municipalities for the great unwashed, and Passmore’s generosity in providing books for the masses.

end of the walkThere’s Peter Ashan.

John read a finale poem in the vernacular of the working street traders who are no more.

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The Walthamstow Central Library was behind us and that’s from where the refreshments beckoned us.

Fantastic combination of local history with a touch of the history of people from the Caribbean too and the market-inspired poetry from a local poetry lovers’ group: Fact and fiction.

Stiff Upper Lip Curling.

Today I went back to where I used to live. On the turning from Lea Bridge Road into the last residential street in Waltham Forest before Hackney someone has built badly a construction resembling dwelling quarters, nay a duplex, on the back of the last abandoned shop. It looks like rooms are joined onto the main yellow brick wall which must be at least eighty years old. The whole side has then been smothered with plaster. This, whatever it is, was built long before the relaxation in building applications and permission and is a complete eyesore. I doubt if any building inspectors ever examined the site before or after. The Council knows about it because I told them. There’s a side door which is often ajar but not inviting.  All in all a botch job but people live there and someone’s getting rent from the shambles.

Every day there is rubbish outside; I mean Tesco bags full of clothes, food leftovers, old amplifiers and it ain’t the wind blowing in the rubbish. The local businesses also leave their cardboard cartons and stale bread, oil drums and plastic waste on the same corner. I complained to the Council before and lo and behold two red bins have arrived. Those same bins now hold old clothes, broken chairs, plastic bags of food waste and etcetera.

It is all disgusting especially as this area is still billed by estate agents as a “desirable residential estate”. Today I passed the insult to the building trade in the UK and standing in the doorway was the Romanian woman who is the area’s efficient smiling scavenger of household bulk waste. She wears a rubber glove to sift through the bins and the black bags left by them. She always leaves the spoils tidy so she’s okay.  Today, looking ugly in her thinness, the woman was guarding her washing horses parked on the pavement outside. The road corner was a veritable laundry. We greeted each other and she dangled one bare foot onto her front door mat which is actually a crudely painted square on the paving stone. You couldn’t make it up, could you?

Why are people putting up with it? Why was such a dwelling not pulled down? There are children living in the hole. Where are the safe guarders of children, those who put a child’s right to a good home and education? Why do we in Leyton tolerate the washing on the street? If it were Chelsea or Notting Hill , Muswell Hill, or East Finchley there’d be uproar. It’s like ‘Davlavs’, those urine-stinking Tardis look-alikes rooted outside Tottenham’s Peabody estate residents’ windows. As if the Hamsteaders would even allow Dav to have his lav.

Wake up people! Maintain standards.  Fine if you’ve just arrived and don’t know that you shouldn’t bag up your baby nappies and snail shells and chuck them over the balcony to land in the ground floor tenant’s postage-stamp sized garden. After two weeks you’ll have seen the error of your ways. Mrs Romania, do you see your neighbour put out her sheets flat on the pavement out front?

We are all scared to say owt for fear of a knifing or looking intolerant of our island guests.

So I left the place that will probably always be home and felt sickened at the sight of the blue police vehicle lights on the next turning, the sea of blood in the road and the man -crowd congregated outside the eastern-European corner supermarket. Eeeh, Leyton! Eeeh, murdered.

Someone opened their front door, adjusted their pyjama bottoms, and spat out their orange pips.


Up Your Street issue 22

                          Up Your Street Issue 22

Mon 27th May free 9-5pm The View Tube, Marshgate Lane E15. Keith Wilson “Steles (Waterworks)” exhibition until end June. Enjoy the café too

Thurs 30th May £3 7.15pm “Man With A Movie Camera” (1929. 63 mins) Haringey Independent Cinema, West Green Learning Centre N15. Plus live music!!!!! See description below.

Directed by Dziga Vertov / USSR, 1929 / 68  Mins
With live musical accompaniment from Giles Leaman on  percussion and various other instruments, and the string trio ‘Barrel’: Alison  Blunt, Hannah Marshall and Ivor Kallin.
The  recent popularity of the film The Artist  has shown how enjoyable it can be  to watch a film with music and no dialogue. HIC decided to take things a stage  further by screening this 1929 Russian classic to the accompaniment of live  improvised music. Man with a Movie Camera is a real piece of  cinema history, one of the most radical and unique films to come out of the  early experimental phase of Soviet cinema. Vertov was a pioneer member of the  revolutionary avant garde; he felt film was locked into the tradition of stage  plays and it was time to discover a new, specifically cinematic, style. Films  could move with the speed of our minds as we free-associate or the speed of a  musical composition, they did not need any dialogue. Indeed, at the opening of  the film Vertov pointed out that it had no scenario, intertitles or characters.  It was a series of images, and his notes specified a fast-moving musical score. 

Set over 24 hours in the life of a city, it is famous for the range of  cinematic techniques Vertov invents, deploys or develops, such as double  exposure, fast and slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch  angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, and stop  motion animations. There are no characters, only the un-named cameraman and  editor. Man with a Movie Camera is not a conventional  film in any sense of the word. It is a hymn of praise to the life of the city  and the transformative power of  film.” From HIC web site.

Sat 1st June £2.50 1.30pm-3.30pm Fun dance afternoon for all.
St Edmund’s Halls (Ryan Hall) 216 Chingford Mount Road South Chingford London E4 8JL (south of Chingford Mount crossroads),

Sun 2nd June free  11am – 3pm”Memories of Barking Park” Launch Event:
at the Barking Park Centre.

Mon 3rd June free  12-2pm art course/mixed  media for 5 weeks at Wood Street Library with Waltham Forest Libraries. Book with the Library service or through Eventbrite/

                            free  12.2pm Lea Bridge Seniors with Up Your Street at the Community  Room in Lea Bridge Library E10 7PU. 1pm Guest speaker, Jan, entertains with all about Spitalfields. Book a place at Eventbrite or email

                              free 7pm Leyton Community Action meet at Saint Mary’s Church Hall, Lindley Road, London E10 6QT. Cancelled

Tues 4 June     free 6-7pm Redbridge Central Library Clements Rd Ilford.Photography with Leanne Benson
Leanne studied Editorial Photography, has worked in New York as a photography intern and as an in-house photographer for a London Borough. Her passion lies in social documentary photography. This event is for anyone interested in photography.

 Thurs 6th June £5 + donation 9-5pm  Lens Think Exhibition: until 20th June 2013

Just Add Red, 81 Leonard Street
Shoreditch, London

Fri 7th June    £3 donation. 10.30-12.30pm. Craft along with Sara and make a quilt of shared community memories. ‘Elders Crafting Group’.”This could be the quilt to represent Leyton as is now and  has been over the last 40 years with a different population to what was in the 1960s, Exciting.” says Up Your Street. Cuppa included.

Sat 8th June  £6 7.30 pm  “Palestine Social” St John Vianney Church, West Green Rd N15. Jazz and Arab music and food all hosted by Haringey Palestine Solidarity Group.



Leyton Community Event for Seniors.

Elders Crafting Group


Come and enjoy a chat and a cup of tea and create a piece of community art for display!049



6 Weekly sessions on Fridays from 10.30-12.30 in the Community Room at Lea Bridge Library.


With the aim of creating a community quilt representing personal stories of individuals living in the local area.


Each session will include time for chat and tea and time for designing and creating. 


The main focus of the sessions will be sharing stories so don’t let a lack of creativity put you off.  If you are not much of a sewer, glue will be available. 


Contact Sara on 07904 343 257 or by email if you have any questions.


Starting Friday 7th June at 10.30 at Lea Bridge Library, 382 Lea Bridge Road


Donations of £3 requested to cover mat

“The Benefits of Meditation” as demonstrated by Mary Fahey

Before the raffle and after the tea and Club biscuits; after the jokes from Daniel and his match-stick trick with his accomplice, I mean, lovely assistant, Jeanette;  after the to-do about believing in a god and reminiscing about The Holy Land trip and after Sara arrived in her red sequined beret then along came Mary Fahey and sent us into states of deep relaxation. Eric fell asleep.

Our Mary is professional and wise. She introduced herself and we were off, breathing and sighing, sitting still and peaceful concentrating on pink energy balls and inward breaths . Everyone experienced the goodness.

You can tell…

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Alison of The Mill E17 was quietly getting on with the washing up and staffing the front door waiting for those who’d booked through Eventbrite because today’s session was part of Adult Learners’ Week 2013.

Twas an after lunch- time well spent. Next meet-up is 3rd June.

We are the Lea Bridge Seniors managed by Up Your Street. We meet on Mondays from noon-2pm up at Lea Bridge Library, Leyton. E10. Up Your Street advertises as an information-sharing business. We shared today and events will be listed in issue 22 of Up Your Street. That’s the way to do it!

detail carnegie lea bridge LibraryDetail of the glorious tile decoration at Lea Bridge Library E10, a Carnegie Library.

Today’s raffle prizes included a whole DVD brand new box set “WW1”, a Crackerjack, I mean, Up Your Street designer pen, a luxury candle-holder, a set of Eid cards, shampoo and so on.

Jolly good company.

Free events in Clapton, Hackney (ALW 2013)

Adult Learners’ Week

with Hackney Historic Buildings Trust


A programme of entertaining and informative talks about Hackney to celebrate Adult Learners’ Week 2013

                       Iain Sinclair: Celebrating Unbuilt Utopias and other Notable Follies

Monday 20th May 2013 – The Round Chapel AuditoriumThe Round Chapel on 240111

Iain Sinclair has written numerous works on Hackney and the East End including Hackney: That Rose Red Empire.  In this talk he will look at some of the consequences of imposing grand-project parks and computer-generated palaces of vanities on East London. He outlines a few absurdist strategies for countering such ruinously expensive activity from the attractive but untenable position: that there is nothing wrong with any extravagant plan or proposition, so long as it is not actually constructed.



Matthew Green: Hackney in the 18th Century

Tuesday 21st May 2013 – St Augustine’s Tower

In the 18th century, the villages of Hackney were mini utopias for the City bourgeois, yet beneath their picture-postcard surface festered deadly whirlpools of depravity and despair. In this dramatized talk, London historian and broadcaster Dr Matthew Green evokes a world of pig swinging, deathly bowling greens, hot-air balloon launches, philosophical reflection, brutal murder and inquisitions of insanity. Featuring vivid, eye-witness accounts from previously unpublished Hackney diarists and a cameo by Dick Turpin.



Jerry White: Zeppelin Nights – London and Hackney in the First World War

Wednesday 22nd May 2013 – St Augustine’s Tower

Jerry White is a distinguished historian of London and a former Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hackney. Following major works on 19th and 20th century London, his last book London in the Eighteenth Century, A Great and Monstrous Thing was published in 2012. He is working on a book on London in the First World War, and this talk will convey the experience of the Great War for the people of London.



Kate Colquhoun on Mr Briggs’ Hackney and the impact of the Railway

Thursday 23rd May 2013 – St Augustine’s Tower

Critically acclaimed, Mr Briggs’ Hat was the No 1 selling real-crime hardback of 2012. A BBC2 adaptation of the book – Murder on the Victorian Railway – aired in February 2013. Kate Colquhoun will talk about tracing Thomas Briggs – the first victim of murder on the British railway in 1864 – life in Hackney, the impact of the railway on Victorian life and why this crime caused such a sensation in its day. Kate writes widely for the national press and appears regularly on TV and radio.


*Although all events are free, booking is essential. Due to the size of St Augustine’s Tower, places for these talks are limited to 40 per evening.

For Iain Sinclair’s talk at The Round Chapel we can offer 500 places, but booking is still essential. For this talk only we are asking for a minimum donation of £2 per head to cover expenses.

All bookings can be made with Lisa Pressland, Venue Manager for Hackney Historic Buildings Trust. Please email or call 02089860029 to reserve a place.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, with the exception of Kate Colquhoun’s talk on Thursday 23rd May, for which doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Full addresses for both venues as follows:

St Augustine’s Tower

St John’s Churchyard

Behind 354 Mare  Street

E8 1HR


The Round Chapel Auditorium

1d Glenarm Road


E5 0LY

Issue 21. Waltham Forest Walks and Walthamstow Historical Society’s walk.

Tues 21st May free 11am at the bus terminus at Whipps Cross roundabout.  It is through the Forest but that was  very dry this morning, and it will not be a historical walk.  We will set  off to where the Lea Bridge Road becomes Woodford New Road.
David Boote Walking Free in Waltham Forest

Wed 22nd May free 11-1pm Georgian Villas and Edwardian Terraces along Forest Road, Walthamstow.

Meet outside the William Morris Gallery, Forest Road, E17 4PP
Marianne Zierau
​Join this free guided tour organised by the Walthamstow Historical Society to look at some of the surviving 18th century houses along Forest Road and in Shernhall Street. We will also look at how the areas around the old houses have been transformed by later buildings including terraced houses built in the early 1900s.

Up Your Street. Issue 20

                                                         Up Your Street Issue 20

We are in Adult Learners’ Week 2013

knittinKnitters at the Mill E17, Sharing skills.

Mon 2oth May free noon -2pm Up Your Street hosts a free social get-together at Lea Bridge Library Leyton. Tea, raffles, friendship. At 1pm Mary Fahey mary in her element

demonstrates the benefits of meditation. Book via and Eventbrite. She presents a magazine programme at Streetlife Radio, by the way.

                              free 12.15pm Bruce Castle Museum, Haringay

Walk: Around All Hallows Graveyard

Join Deborah Hedgecock, Curator of Bruce Castle Museum, as she takes a tour around the ancient graveyard of the original parish church for Tottenham. (Meet at the museum)

(If wet, the walk will become an illustrated talk on the graveyard at the museum)

Tues 21st May free Museum of London. Some Up Your Street subscribers receive their Awards certificates at Adult Learners Week 2013 event . Breakfast time. Congrats!

                              free  2-4pm Hamara Project 1b Priory Avenue E17 (by Walthamstow tube station ).Finding out about Dementia.

                             free but book 2-5pm Dalston Eastern Curve Garden (Dalston Junction, Hackney)
Making patchwork lavender pillows
Learn how to make patchwork pattern by cutting up old clothing, so you can feel confident about making use of any textile fragments you have at home. Then make a patchwork pillow to fill with therapeutic lavender from the Garden to take home!019

                           free 10-12.30 Workshop; the importance of maths for young children, a community workshop in Hackney Community Voluntary Services, Tyssen St Hackney. Phone 020 72758577.

                         free  2-4pm  Tell Me About It!

Reminiscence Café at the Bruce Castle  Museum.Remember the Lunch Hour? 

Join us and share memories (or photos and objects) about your life experiences ..and your lunch hour! What was it like at school? How long did you get for lunch at work? Did you have special arrangements, a work canteen, or take your own lunch?

All ages welcome!

Thurs 23rd May free noon-3pm. Dementia care information at Infinite Oasis Care 807 High St Leyton E10.

                                  free 7-9pm Bonnie Kemske talks about ceramics at Tokarska Gallery, Forest Rd (Opp. Tesco). Book with Eventbrite.

Sun 26th May free 11 am from  The Mill Coppermill Lane E17 “Poetry in Motion: The Market Walk” . Book through Eventbrite or phone Walthamstow Library The walk is followed by a poetry reading starting at 1.15pm in Walthamstow library E17.

Fri 31st May free 11-1pm or 2.30-4.30pm. Local History Open Day upstairs so arrange special access by phoning Vestry House Museum in E17 and/or book through Eventbrite.

Sat June 1st      Appetite begins. A celebration of food and tastes in Waltham Forest.

From a blog visitor:-

Adult Learners’ Week (18-24 May) is when our thoughts turn to learning skills – whether for work or just for the fun of it. The Esperanto Association of Britain is offering a free postal or email course in the international language – marked by a network of voluntary tutors.

The free course is suitable for those who would like a quick taster, and gives an overview of the language in twelve bite-sized portions. Once the learner has received the first lesson, they simply return their answers. Then the tutor replies with guidance and the next lesson.

For details of the work of the Esperanto Association and the free course, contact:

Peer Arts , 99 Hoxton St E1 art exhibition free

Karin Ruggaber: An outside of a house
Until Saturday 29 June

Issue 19

                              Up Your Street issue 19

Sat 18th May free Grazebrook Primary School, Lordship Road, London, N16 0QP. Giving 11-12 noon and Give or Take 12-3pm  

Hosted by Forest Recycling Project www.frponline

Sun 19th May free 2-5pm

WHEN:  19/05/2013 14:00–17:00
WHAT:  Walk
WHERE:  Biggs Square Central Court Yard, Felstead Street, London, E9 5DT

Hackney Wick and Fish Island Walk

Places are limited and RSVP is needed.


Mon 20th May   free noon -2pm Lea Bridge Library. 4Diversity: Together As One presents Up Your Street in the community room. All welcome. At 1pm Mary Fahey shows the merits of meditation. Book your place with .This is an Adult Learners’ Week 2013  Event.

Tues 21st May    £15 Islington event. Narrow Boat Trip. Stuart Low Trust.Phone Stuart Low Trust

Wed 22nd May  free 1.30- 4.30pm Hampstead Walk with Mr Meeme Luks.  Meeting at Highbury Corner outside Highbury & Islington Station at 1.30pm, then overland train to Hampstead Heath Station and walk through Vale of Health and on to Hampstead Village.  For more info contact Meeme on 07954 360 084. This is an Islington event promoted by the Stuart Low Trust. All welcome. Take a packed lunch.

Adult Learners.

Up Your Street promotes free activities for seniors around The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Seniors ranging from 60 to 85 years young received their personalised Adult Learners’ Award certificates today having been nominated by Up Your Street.image 4D TAOimage 4D TAOThree of the Award winners

 The awards went to seniors who alerted by Up Your Street enrolled on and completed digital photography and walking courses in Bethnal Green, learnt about community theatre with Open Stage 2012 in Stratford east, currently follow the ‘Visual art and Appreciation’ pre-degree course at Birkbeck University and so much more. Credit where it’s due.

Congratulations to one and all!