Up Your Street’s Bonus list featuring Stuart Low Trust and The Claremont Project in Islington

  Up Your Street finding free activities for seniors around
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.                  
Tues 25th June free 11-noon Tap dancing performance at the  Claremont Project in The Angel Islington. (Become a member).
Thurs 27th June free 2.30-4.30pm. Film “Life In A Day” (94 mins)at Claremont.(Members only. Join up).The film made in 2011 is a documentary based on You Tube clips.
Tues 2nd July free Join Stuart Low Trust and go on a free trip to The Ragged School Museum. Meet 11 am Angel underground station entrance. Lunch generously given freely. Book in advance.
                     free 11-2pm With Claremont, visiting new exhibition at The Estorick Gallery in posh Islington. Book in advance.02078373402
                      free 3-5pm Strawberry tea in Culpeper Gardens by The Angel Islington. Ask Claremont to reserve you a place.
Fri 28th June free 6.30-9pm. Stuart Low Trust  at St Mary’s Community Centre in Upper Street. Free supper too. Islington “Buildings Exploratory for seniors'”  speaker to talk about Clerkenwell.
Fri 5th July free        2-3pm Claremont, White Lion Street for members (join up anyway: it’s free) Flamenco dancing and music.
Wed 10th July free  2.30pm “Life of Pi” at Rio Cinema, Dalston. Free cake and tea too. Long film.
Sat 13th July free 10am film screening at the Tate Modern “Art Is…”. Book your place at Tokarska Gallery in Forest Road E17.
Sat 20th July  Free? Creative writing at The Mill E17.
Senior VOLUNTEERS needed.
1) The Kids Kitchen in the Hornbeam Centre e17 can train you on 18th July for free to run a kids kitchen. Ask at The Hornbeam.
2) Women seniors needed to assist at NANA’s in Chatsworth Road.E5.

Up Your Street issue 26

Mon 24th June free noon-2pm. Up Your Street hosts “Lea Bridge Seniors” at Lea Bridge Library E107PH.  Rasheeqa  of HedgeHerbs  guests.

                               £3 for Silver Screen members (£6 otherwise. Join on the spot! Membership is free.) Noon. Hackney PictureHouse “The Pink Panther”.

                               free noon-2pm Wood Street Library Forest Road, E17 “Learn to use charcoal to draw”.

                              free beginning today at KPMG building 15 Canada Square in Canary Wharf, exhibition of art works from Rosetta Art Centre, Stratford E15 until 30th August 2013. Gillian Lawrence has an oil painting on view from the foyer bridge! There is no public access to the actual ‘gallery’ site…. yet.

Thurs 27th June £3 7pm “Beasts Of the Southern Wild” (93 mins) screening by Haringey Independent Cinema at West Green Learning Centre, Philip Lane N17.

Fri 28th June free 7pm Leyton Gallery artists meeting at William IVth Pub opp. Tesco E10 to discuss future plans. All welcome.

Sat 29th June free  2pm Hoxton Hall Shoreditch  Launch of “Audio History Tour of Shoreditch”. Other festivities and no need to book.

Sun 30th June free but bring some shares 11.15-1.30pm Community Breakfast at The Mill E17

                           free noon-4pm Vestry House Museum E17 Annual Garden Party incl. Hedge Herbs & Wholistic Apothecary Stall .

Mon 1st July  £3 members of Silver Screen. Noon. Hackney PictureHouse noon. “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.


Wed 3rd July free 6-7.30pm . Written work reading and poetry-sharing at The Centre for  Better Health 1a Darnley Rd E5. Tea money required.

                           free noon Art Café at Whitechapel Art Gallery  E1 (and on 24th July at 2pm) to learn about the free art course for seniors at Birkbeck University in Stratford E15. book through Eventbrite. Great venues, great course.

Thurs 4th July free 10am “Soft” textiles and materials exhibition at the Mill E17. RAGWORKS  is on display.

Sat 6th July free Fete at St John at Hackney by Narrow Way Hackney

Down Lea Bridge Road, towards B&Q.

I wrote about my disgust about Staffa Road. I talked to some residents of Overton Road who have lived in what was the Burwell Residential Estate for years and years. All said that if they put so much as a sweet wrapper out their front they’d be prosecuted. The recklessly abandoned white goods are an eyesore and those long-term residents feel powerless to improve their neighbourhoods.

Councillor Ebony Vincent is on the case of the abandoned fridges and other heavies. argall aveShe saw my Facebook status update and responded straightaway..

We cannot give up caring about our neighbourhoods. Our children grow up in them. One lady I know nagged and nagged her council until she got the huge mammoth bins moved from the Peabody Estate Buildings front doors. Imagine you’re a child coming home from bright primary school to see on your doorstep pee-ed on overflowing bins of plastic wrapped faeces and tins. Not all London Councils have imposed recycling sorting. The child would think that’s normal. It isn’t normal in England.

That same active woman, only thirty years young,  got the prostitutes moved on too. They’d have sex in the communal hallway amidst the waft of curried goat and Febreze coming out of family homes. Not on. I salute that community right-minded resident.

The Mill in Coppermill Lane E17  was busy yesterday with the front door continually opening with cyclists popping in, artists submitting their work for the forthcoming “Soft” exhibition, grandmothers and younger women arriving to knit, and Polish speaking babies going out in strollers having banged away on crèche drums. The Mill moves its neighbourhood down in St James Lane and by Blackhorse Road (W12 and W15 buses).

A few months ago, it decided to move in on Lea Bridge Road Library and agitate the surrounding neighbours into community mindedness. Good luck there. It’s difficult to feel a community in that part of Leyton because it is such a place where nothing except the poverty and dirt stay the same. Comings and goings. Who knew the library there only opened three out of five days in the week? What else besides the library  is there to feed the soul down that part of Lea Bridge Road ? The population is poor. Businesses fall after a week of optimism. There is a pub, not much interest to the Moslem mums and dads: The Bingo Hall just gave up. The lights on the Mosque in the winter months are lovely. A bit more westwards there’s The WaterWorks Nature Reserve if you’ve time on your hands to walk forever and have the energy to lift yourself from the lethargy of being unemployed. Dismal.

If Lea Bridge people wanted that library to be a hub they could have got it done. The past movers and shakers of E107PH  watched their kids get settled,  saw the neighbourhood change colour, and moved away or inwards. B&Q became the choice of venue for families during Bank Holidays. Banks and post offices closed and men sniffed out Paddy Power and his brothers. Restricted hours were imposed on the library and no-one blinked.

I once worked with a woman who moved into an area “to show the local people how to live properly”. Imagine!

Mad of The Mads

Minding my own business on the 48 bus having been to a great evening with other writers and poets at The Centre for Better Health in Darnley Road Hackney. The evening was warm and people were everywhere at 8pm. The Centre was cool and we were surrounded by ceramics and paintings from the many art classes that go on downstairs.

Onto the bus jumped a sweat bag of a guy full of jitterbug, wearing oversized headphones, using a shopping trolley as a dancing cane and preparing his spliff by spitting cardboard bits onto the luggage rack. Uncomfortable I was as he plonked his damp body too next to mine. I sat like a statue and thought of England.

At the fifth stop, crazy guy jumped down from the bus. I watched as he hi-five-d the man sitting on the bus stop shelf. Another nutter; Big M, a local who is known to everyone. These are the Mad of The Mads and we love them all.


Nana in Hackney E5 had their Open Day yesterday to inform locals all about what they’re about. I applaud the organisation which is reaching out to the community and recruiting grandmothers and older women , all described as “very lovely ladies” as volunteers. It’s all about a café culture where grans are on duty to supervise kiddies and share skills. So there’s crochet and crafts, recipes, tastings and story- sharing. There’s a Wednesday lunch club at £3 for soup and sandwiches. Money will come in from sold ‘comfort food’ dishes. (What’s that then? Hints of jerk chicken and dumplins).

elderfieldFrom  beautiful Elderfield Pub which is Nana’s temporary base to Argall Avenue (Avenue?) in Leyton…. Mind you I had to walk the unfashionable length of Chatsworth Road to get back to Lea Bridge Road.

What a dump is that Staffa Road. It’s a sheer disgrace. I shop at Hoo Hing and trolley around there to see the glazed dead ducks and fierce-some live fish in the tanks. The walk around is an health hazard. Lorries transport white goods and other junk to their resting places and lose tons on the sidewalks.argall ave 2

There’s glass and paper in the gutters. This is all where residents are supposed to be able to walk (it’s their back yard!), where dog walkers are lucky to find a tree with a rubbish-clear base and where workers tramp over mattresses to get to the W19 bus-stop by The Black Path.  As “Milling Around” online magazine points out, this is Grotsville. The Lea Bridge Station at a cost of billions is set to be re-worked and re-opened and one wonders if the Argall Estate, which is the station’s back garden, will get a nice clean-up.

Where there’s muck there’s brass.

Sierra Leone in a nutshell.

Lea Bridge Seniors with Up Your Street welcomed birthday girl, Marcella Kaikai, to the session at Lea Bridge Library today. As her time slot approached the pile of creamy fancy cakes went down and Alison from T’Mill E17 had to run out for more milk. The real treat was to come and Marcella came through the door like a wonderful whirlwind. Sierra leoneUp went her packed embroidered dresses to hang on the white board and onto the table went the artefacts including drums, leather bags and carved water-carriers figurines. This was no African market. This was Marcella linking arms with her audience as she went down memory lane into the village in Sierra Leone where a wedding was taking place. Her love for her homeland was evident. She was showing off in the nicest possible way as she enacted village characters and sang out their chants while she swept the ground with her robes flowing. Book her!sierra leone 2image 4D TAOup_your_street_2[1] (2)

The raffle followed and prizes included Tesco slatted kitchen spoons, craft books, jigsaws to ward off the Dementia and jelly cake decorations.

More Tirisamu cake followed, more tea and then it was done until next week.

Issue 25 of Up Your Street

                                          Up Your Street issue 25.

 Thurs 20th June   free 2-5pm The Stuart Low Trust** invites us to tea at The Culpeper Gardens hosted by Robin King in The Tea Hut, Culpeper Community

Garden, 1 Cloudesley Rd, Islington N1 0EG (weekly)

                                      £3  1.30-4.30pm East Ham Town Hall ( a Grade 11 listed building in Barking Road). Seniors tea dance

                                      free  7-8.30pm Gallery talk at Tokarska Gallery, Forest Road, E17 with Sharon Drew. Book via Eventbrite..

                                      free 6.30-8pm Chandos Hub, 90 Chandos St E15 Newham Community networking night. All welcome.

Fri 21st June             £3 donation for materials. 10.30-12.30pm “Elders Crafting” with Sara at Lea Bridge Library. Stories made into quilts!  

Sat 22nd June           free 2pm Medicinal Herbal Walk Coldfall Wood, North London. Ask Rasheeqa for details.

                                       £15 for 3 courses. 6.30 open for “Fork to Fork” at Hornbeam Café E17.(latest booking 9pm).
Advance booking is essential – email

Go along and see the RAGWORKS recycled textiles exhibition of bags at the Hornbeam Café!

Sun 23rd June           free     10 am Waterworks Walk about herbs. Book in advance at Lee Valley Parks. That’s the Waterworks Centre opp. Greyhound Pub on Lea bridge Road going west.

                                        free  2-4pm No need to book.
The penultimate film in the Border Film Series In This World (2002, 15) all about The Silk Road showing Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and London. Museum of Docklands.

Mon 24th June          free 1-145pm Rasheeqa Ahmad from Hedgherbs comes along to talk to Lea Bridge Seniors with Up Your Street at the Community Room, Lea Bridge Road Library. Book at Eventbrite or gillianamuir@aol.co.uk Come at noon for a free cuppa, free raffle and jolly good company.

                                     Final session of Lea Bridge Seniors with Up Your Street at the Library.

Tues 25th June   free      1.15-1.55pm. No need to book.  Museum of London( by Moorgate.) Talk “Hidden no longer: community history-making in London”

Dr Andrew Flinn will examine the origins and motivations behind community history-making, some of the changes and controversies that have occurred and how mainstream history may be challenged in the digital age.”



**The Stuart Low Trust in White Lion Street, Angel, Islington says generously, ” All our activities are either free or low cost. We welcome participants regardless of their circumstances or area of residence.

No formal arrangements are required to attend our events – just come along and check us out!”

Up Your Street subscribers  from Leyton, Leytonstone, Hackney, Islington and Haringey do go along. Join us!


Wed 26th June free