Seamus Heaney

Sad about Seamus dying and not even old.
I once had a poem published and a university lecturer said it did remind her of Seamus Heaney’s poetry. Arrogant daring I sent my poem to the great man at Faber & Faber.
The master actually replied in handwriting and appraised my work positively. Fortunate me.
Today I read in The Independent obituary that Seamus had sacksful of mail every day. He took time out for me.

issue 36 of Up Your Street

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Issue 36

Sun 1st Sep. free  noon. Charity Table Top Sale behind Iceland at Bakers Arms E10 in their yard.

Mon 2nd Sep free noon-2pm Older People’s social gathering at Lea Bridge Library E10. The Mill, Coppermill Lane E17 hosts the event.

Wed 4th Sep  free  10-noon Lloyd Park Sharing heritage weekly meet-

Sun 8th Sep      free  3-7pm

The Floating Cinema, The Canals Project and Number 90 invite you to…
Sunday 8 September 2013 , 3-7pm Number 90 Main Yard Wallis Road, Hackney Wick E9 5LN Rail: Hakney Wick; Buses: 26, 388


Join us on and off the Floating Cinema for a day of print & clay workshops, screenings, floating Street Art spotting and music hosted at Number 90 in Hackney Wick and suitable for all ages.Programme: 3-7pm Drop-in Screen printing workshop with Ian Dawson and Andy Reaney and clay workshop with artist Ulli Knall 3-7pm Screenings on-board the Floating Cinema (whilst not on a tour) 4pm & 5pm Street art tours led by artist, author and curator of The Canals Project Cedar Lewishon (Booked out but return tickets may be availble on the day)

Book at The Floating Cinema website.


Thurs 12th Sep £2.50 for Silver Screen members (just join on door for free).1pm “Stepford Wives” at Hackney PictureHouse,  Reminiscence screenings. No need to book.



Two Mondays in a row.

Last Spring Up Your Street hosted weekly sessions at Lea Bridge Library bringing in guest speakers, raffles, tea and cake all for free for seniors every Monday.
           Up Your Street  paved the way for more seniors’ gatherings .
          Starting on Monday 2nd September at noon for a couple of hours The Mill in E17 invites seniors to share jolly good company and fun in the library’s community room which is clean and spacious.
Feel welcome!

Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage

Wednesday’s Tree Day
            Sheltering beneath the mottled shade
            We gathered  under the willow by the moat
            Squirrel came down to see
            Who stood on parade
            Inspecting the weeping tree
            On we went
            Underneath the speckled shelter of Oak
            Magnificent, tall, grandfather tree
            Heaven bound limbs
            Reaching upward towards the sun
            Thick arms curved to natural arcs
            Onward to London Plane
            Splendid in khaki camouflage bark
            Where we tried to evidence
            The age of this time witness
            So we measured circumference
            Did the sums and concluded
            This was indeed an ancient entity
            Then our attention turned
            To the toxic Yew
            All the while Miss Elegance
            Kept us in a trance
            With facts and figures that I never knew
            Down to Horse Chestnut
            Bringing back memories of conkers
            And days of  play
            That had faded long from memory
            Until today
            We saw the silver Birch
            Slim youth of growth
            And after we learned about the Lime
            It was time
            For socialising reflection and to partake
            In conversation
            With tea and succulent honeycombed cake
            Fitzroy Johnson  29/08/2013`

Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage. Trees

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2013-08-31 13.09.18Although Lloyd Park’s renovation project  included the removal of 131 trees, 192 new mature trees and 400 whips have been planted in their place. Lloyd Park maintenance team are keen to maintain a large and healthy population of both structured amenity trees and trees that provide mixed habitats for wildlife. There are Yew, Willow, London Plane, Oak, Silver Birch, Lime, and Horse Chestnut giants.

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There are squirrels tamer than the tribes at Valentine Park, Ilford.

Another good place to see total greenery and trees in Waltham Forest is the approach from Whipps Cross Roundabout down Lea Bridge Road onto Knotts Green. Trees and greens. In fact more trees have been planted on the piece of grass adjacent to Essex Road but the benches have been removed. Boo. Then the top of Barclay Road where you can see from the hill into the valley. There are trees galore, probably all slapped with conservation orders. Just boo’iful. Course the houses are delicately beautiful too and they’re definitely protected. Tis the Village. William Morris used to hang about up there a bit away from The Water House but he would have had a carriage.

Fitzroy Johnson’s poem follows. See blog entry 29th August 2013

Issue 35. Up Your Street

Hornbeam  Café shut for the week. Re-opens 31st Aug2013-08-05 11.00.50Advertising the Paint Shop at The Hornbeam. Ragworks_Logo (1)View at The Hornbeam an homage to a Victorian Sampler in E17. There are wood-turned items for sale too. Very reasonably priced. And home-made bread!

Wed 28th Aug free. Screening of “Lincoln” . 7-9pm North Chingford Lib. Book with Waltham Forest Libraries.

Sat 31st Aug                       free Linda Green . The artist is holding an ‘Open Studio’ on Sat.31st August and Sun 1st September from 10am-6pm at

48A PEMBROKE ROAD E17.  Ceramics, photos, paintings

info@lindagreenarts. (Promoted by The Mill E17).

Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage…….

Wed 4th Sept                    free LPSH  10-noon . Tree walk.lloyd park 2

Fri 6th Sept           free  1.10-2pm Christ Church, Spitalfields. Vintage America songs with piano, guitar,and classical singers. Gershwin, Foster, Copland.

Christ Church first Friday of the month free concerts!

Sat 7th Sept           free  noon-4pm Cathall Green family arts event.   Theme: Sustainability                      

                                  free  12-3pm Hornbeam event; Buskers’ Brunch.

Thurs 12th Sept   free  7.30-10.30pm screening of ” Django Unchained” (18). Walthamstow Library. Book in advance with Waltham Forest Libraries.


Fitz does LPSH

                      Hedgerows and Honeycombs

On such a bright sunlit day

We gladly made our way

To the park

house and garden

For expert commentary

and social talk

And accompanying nature walk.


We studied hedge and wildlife

Without any fuss or strife



Afterward  we refreshed

With tea and honeycombed cake

Thanks to Sue who did bake


Such moistness to lips- succulence to taste

(My slice eaten with indecent haste)


Indeed a beautiful day

We left with the warmth of memories

And returned to the glowing afternoon sun.


by Fitzroy Johnson @ Lloyd  Park Sharing Heritage. Aug 2013

Up Your Street issue 34

Fri 23rd Aug free 6-9pm at Walthamstow Library but book with Waltham Forest Libraries “Eid Milan” celebration.

Wed 28th Aug free 10-noon Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage E17 meet for their weekly session refreshed by bread pudding (nay, honey-cake from Sue!), tea and jolly good company. All places reserved.

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free  6-7.30 Poets, listeners, readers. It’s all happening at 1a Darnley Rd Hackney when Cirillo hosts ” poetry evening” every fortnight. Read out your own. Share some laughs and stories.



Coming in September  screening of Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” at St Margaret’s hard-pewed Church in E11. £5.50 for WF residents, plus a self-guided walkabout taking in E11 Underground Station. Booking required.

IMAG001428Madge Gill’s work.


Cathall Green Arts on Sept 7th

Free classical concerts at Christ Church Spitalfields (Thanks to Jan of Spitalfields for  sharing that info.)

Hedgerows and Heritage at Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage.

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One of the jobs for the “Green Gym” volunteers to do before 2019 is to plant new hedges in Lloyd Park. Hedges provide habitats for birds and insects and running mammals.

From Friends of Lloyd Park.

“It is proposed that tenders will be sought from environmental conservation charities to operate a programme of ‘Green Gym’ type practical nature conservation projects in Lloyd Park that engages the voluntary participation of the local community.  These projects will help volunteers to improve their physical health, gain new skills/experience, new friends, improved social skills, improved mental health and well-being.  The contract period will be from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2019.

The Coach House will be upgraded to provide an operational base for the successful charity to store materials, provide a small office/mess facility for charity staff and volunteers.

Examples of activities to be held in Lloyd Park are likely to be:

Habitat creation

Tree/hedge/shrub/bulb planting.
Creation of mini-beast homes e.g. stag beetle loggery, mini-beast hotel.
Construction of bat boxes and bird boxes.
Planting up the moat and wetland scrape areas.

Wed 21st Aug 2013 “Hedges”. Enjoy free activities exploring the heritage of Lloyd Park.  Heritage   of Hedges Do a biodiversity survey of the park’s hedges .”

Do you remember back in the day, if you were in London then, that Privet hedges were everywhere making boundaries between properties and the streets. “Biodiversity” was not a word then! In the Northern Isles of Scotland I had a Fuchsia hedge and it was high and dripping with red flowers in August. The postman hated it because he couldn’t see around the corner in his red van and kept making remarks about it being cut down. Flowers were rare there so I was not going to give up colour for him. It’s very presence was a photographer’s delight.

                                                              dripping fuchsiaCharcoal drawing of a Fuchsia bloom by Gillian Lawrence.

dripping fuchsia in College Rd e10 Fuchsia in College Road E10 July.2013

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Hawthorn Hedges                          hawthorn


Up Your Street Issue 33

Sat 17th Aug  free noon-4pm Stratford & West Ham Summer Festival   A FREE fun festival for all the family, live music, sports, arts and crafts. Stratford Park West Ham E15


                            free 11-1pm Leytonstone  Library E11  Screening “Life Of Pi”. Booked places but you never know. Might be some empty chairs.

Sun 18th Aug  free 8-10pm Floating Cinema at Lea Rowing Club Clapton by Springfield Park Hackney. Screening of “Mystery River”, all about the River Lea, by Michael Smith (The Culture Show). This is for interest only as last ticket just went.

Mon 19th Aug  Is it free? 10am Walthamstow Borough Bowls Club, Lloyd Park. Call for recruits especially women

·         Practice Mondays 10am. Club matches Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday afternoons.

·         Enjoy social or competitive bowling. New members, including beginners and all ages, are very welcome. Join our friendly club to meet new people, improve your health & wellbeing and get outdoors. We play on a synthetic green, which is easier to bowl if you have mobility restrictions.  Everyone welcome. For further information: 02089231148 or

Thanks to Fitz for the info.

                                free Butterfly Walk at Larkswood. see issue 32

Tues 20th Aug.  free Leyton Flats walk  see issue 32

Wed 21st Aug    free  10-noon.Bruce Castle Museum, Haringey. Book  for artist’s embroidery workshop.

                               free  Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage. Seniors meet 10-noon at the Community building in the Park. Programme of activities for participants aged 50+.


Teasels. the craft shop in Bakers Arms E10 is closing down after the Summer Holidays. Massive reductions on yarns and threads, wool and other sundries.