“Not I” with poetry too in Darnley Road Hackney.

Stayed up past bed-time to watch Beckett’s “Not I” on SkyArts. Load of chat for 45 minutes then it was all over in a flash. LOVED it. (It’ll be repeated.)

Every two weeks we poets meet at The Centre For Better Health in Darnley Road by Hackney Town Hall. What a comfortable meet-up, Our facilitator, Cirillo, makes it so. A little bit of Ezra Pound, some Neal Zetter and individual offerings makes the time whizz by. We read, we laugh, we tell stories. we even have opinions. Yahoo!
The Centre for Better Health offers much more than poetry: There are art exhibitions, pottery classes, regular Yoga sessions and etc etc. Most of the stuff is free or cheaper than a packet of fags. (Watch mi PCs!)

Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage #2

house and gardenlloyd park 2lloyd #2Cooler weather and an interesting meet-up with Luke, the head gardener at Lloyd Park.
The gardens were put in place to provide a link between the Park and The William Morris House/Gallery. It’s true that when I’ve visited the place in the past I never did both venues but rather said “I’ll go to William Morris Gallery” or “We’ll go to the park”. Now, there’s a colourful carefully-planned and maintained, with Heritage Lottery money help, a garden for all the people all of the time. The ways in are many symbolising that the entrances and exits have no difference and are all equally good. Ah, William, always the socialist, always the rich socialist what with his dressing up as a knight and rushing over the moat to rescue his playmates.
Mainly the plants are herbaceous and rely on wood bark to keep them happy and settled, free from fungal infections and bugs. The BBC Website for landscapes and plants is currently number one for Lloyd Park gardening staff.

Canada geese flew overhead.
Luke talked of his preference for the return of the fish in the old moat. And some of us ‘sharers’ were relieved to know that the curved border beds in front of the House’s back steps would be returned. So they say.
The time whizzed by and we hurried back for bread pudding and tea.

Des Res

Turkish hit parade blaring out at mega off the scale decibels in local caff, police sirens every 20 mins with ambulances close behind, barbequed meat scent swirling into every breaking the fast or not neighbour’s back door. Where am I?

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White goods forsaken on urban backstreets, discarded stilettos amidst potato peelings and noodle wrappings strewn around litter bins, Ramadan Mubarek signs in-store, and washing spread on a pavement. Where am I?

Leyton undertakersUndertaker’s message.

Issue 30

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Mon 29th July free 12.15pm. Meet at Bruce Castle Museum in Haringey for a guided walk to Tottenham Cemetery with David Cottridge from Friends of Tottenham Marshes. Today’s “Munch and Listen ” session is all about the birds and the bees, flowers and the trees. Bring your picnic.

2013-07-28 08.29.38Leyton flowers.

Wed 31st July free 10-12noon Community Room, Bowling Green in Lloyd Park Forest Road E17.  Join the Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage group. Informal and relaxed sessions with a free cuppa.

                            free but not the tea! 6-7.30pm. Centre For Better Health 1 a Darnley Road Hackney. Fortnightly sharing poems and reading poems sessions. Informal. All welcome. Hosted by Cirillo.

                           free 7.30pm Bruce Castle talk about salvaged and restored samplers. “Historical Threads”. Refreshments available.

Thurs 1st Aug  free 12-1pm launch with refreshments of the  Claremont Project “Portraits” exhibition curated by Bojana Jancovic.             Claremont House at The Angel Islington. Exhibition runs until November 2013.

Up Your Street finds events for seniors 55+ and better in the old 6 London 2012 boroughs now the perimeter of The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sometimes in come special events for Islington because there for seniors is the Claremont Project and there’s the Stuart Low Trust for all too. The Stuart Low Trust has excellent activities all free with a courtesy lunch too! Gillian has portraits to view at the Claremont Exhibition. (Trumpets must be blown!)

free 6.30pm Local art launch at Beautiful Interiors, Orford Road. E17. Proceeds to fund an E17 Arts Trail project worker.

Leyton QuiltRAGWORKS project in process.


The heat is on.

Just about ready to embellish and quilt up  “The Leyton Reminiscence Quilt” by RAGWORKS.  As you were, son.

RAGWORKS uses completely recycled textiles.

Leyton Quilt

Here you will see chapel windows which serve as air-vents for a Turkish barber’s salon. Chimney pots and paraffin kiosks (remember them?) sit comfortably with public baths, church steeples and mosque domes. There’s Hollow Pond before the July burnings. And there’s more….. coming to an exhibition near you.

Even though it’s too hot to sew, the heat is on!

Look out for Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage RAGWORKS wall-hangings. Busy bees.

Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage

Lloyd pk 2  240713lloyd Park Sharing Heritage 240713lloyd park 240713Today was the very first meet-up for a very new project concerning the shared history of Lloyd Park. It began with a walk about in the grounds although I would have thought that if we were sharing history of the place we’d all be familiar with it all. A previous show of hands showed that in fact hardly anyone frequented Lloyd Park  in Forest Road Walthamstow E17 before and after its multi-million pound lottery drop renovation.

I have known the rats of the place and the stinking aviary of poo- dripping budgies. I have followed my 2007 Waltham Forest Camera Course in the grounds photographing over-photographed trees and spider-webs. I knew and loved the brown-ness of the entry to the William Morris Gallery.

So about fifteen people and some of those with their carers turned up which was more than I expected having been often the only participant at the point of entry for community projects. People found it hard to commit to the big 6 month programme let alone to sign the Waltham Forest monitoring form. How will we share? A task indeed. Some people were irritated that the project was weekday especially as the 50+ age group was invited to join and don’t fifty year olds still work?

Before and during the Lympics,  Waltham Forest was doing Nothing for its seniors: That’s why Up Your Street recommended events in Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. I am excited about Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage and I know others ain’t necessarily so. Waltham Forest came alive.


Issue 29. Up Your Street

Sun 21st July free 11 am


Alexandra Park 150th Birthday Party (Wood Green) The Park will be awash with free family activities,

Wed 24th July free 10-noon Lloyd Park Heritage for seniors only. Meet at the Bowling Green hut in Lloyd Park Walthamstow. This is the first session of weekly many. Up Your Street (volunteering as communicator and distinct from any Council news and views) will be blogging about it all and sending out communications to participants when we get  going.

Thurs 25th July  free  7pm An illustrated lecture of portraits from the pages of Spitalfields Life at the National Portrait Gallery .The gentle author , the host. says

“There is no booking but I advise you to come early to be sure of a seat”.


COCKNEY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2013 has launched. Many fantastic events. Bow Arts has a tea dance coming up! Find the website and check out the events!



2013-07-16 18.39.13It’s good to draw but better to get exhibition space for free. Tonight was not “Feed my Funny” but “Feed my Ego”! Cubitt arts and education in Islington pushed the boat out tonight to celebrate the seniors who had worked indoors to create art of worth. Wine flowed and a live classical music ensemble played in the background.

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Pictures were selling like hot cakes and aren’t we loving the clichés? It was a brilliant evening, a public launch of “Someday Is Today” at 8 Angel Mews off Pentonville Road. Some of the artists were pushing ninety and younger. 2013-07-16 18.38.12 2013-07-16 18.38.49

I wanted to buy “Learning To Walk” by Sally Dawson but was pipped to the post. You can see it on the Cubitt website. The exhibition has been extended until 28th July 2013.