Sounds of past London. Oct 4th 2016

An evening of London curiosities in sound and on film in the historic Limehouse Town Hall.

London’s Lost Worlds of Sound

Hear the long-lost sounds of London – from Smithfield meat auctions to buskers in Stratford East and the clatter of crockery in Soho coffee bars. Ian Rawes of The London Sound Survey presents highlights from his legendary sound archive, sonic traces of a century of London life.

Film screening: City of Ships (1940)

Transport yourself back to the 1930s when Limehouse was at the heart of the busiest port in the world. This captivating and poetic documentary shows London’s dockers and the many strange goods that came through the city port. A masterpiece by Basil Wright, who co-directed Night Mail (1936) with Harry Watt.

Plus music and readings

Hear an excerpt from Rachel Lichtenstein’s new book Estuary: Out from London to the Sea, read by Buffy Davis, and a live preview of Ealing Feeder – Sarah Angliss’ forthcoming album inspired by London folklore, past and present.


Tickets £5
Doors open 7:30pm
Performance starts 8:00pm
Licensed bar at the venue

Host: Sarah Angliss

This evening is part of a series of events at Limehouse Town Hall, marking the eightieth anniversary of The Battle of Cable Street, when London dockworkers and others prevented Mosley’s British Union of Fascists from marching into the East End of London. Proceeds from this not-for-profit event will help to fund future community activities in Limehouse and organisations working against hate crime in London. Other events in the series include an evening of drama (Thurs 6 Oct), and a big knees-up with Jewdas. Their anti-racist benefit plus Yom Kippur Ball is on Saturday 8 Oct:

Thanks to the Port of London Authority and the Museum of London for allowing us to screen City of Ships (1940).

Wetlands in Walthamstow

wetlands wed 21st Sep.pngWhat a day for a meander along reed beds and fishers’ cubby-holes. Up Your Street walked on the wild side today. We as a group had booked into Thames Water’s grounds, long since overlooked by Jill Public, through Wild London for our special guided tour of the wild and wet side of Ferry Lane, just down the road from Matalan and Burger King at Tottenham Hale, past Bream Close and into the building site costing millions and set to become Europe’s loveliest Wetlands.

We were greeted very well. The sun was out and Steve, Ellie and Rachel were raring to go. How special were we and in our group we had artists, travellers and historians.

The walk is a fair old stretch and we were advised to wear walking shoes. Remember most of us have been in sandals and now we were moving into Autumn. The herons were there all right and the cormorants were in full view on an island bereft of leaves.

The visitors’ centre is under construction and hedgerows with berries and flowers had been recently planted. We saw the difference between the oft called ‘man-made’ but preferably ‘constructed’ sunken reservoirs and the ones at ground level. The ones surrounded by artificial banks are huge lakes six metres deep and pretty dangerous with swirling currents as water flows down from Luton. They’re named after big bods from way back when. The other more natural-looking reservoirs are beautiful with the sun’s light on open bits and old steps poking into the shaded dragon-fly inhabited secretive patches.

The paths are mostly uneven and hard and we discussed the ways in which those with restricted walking ability could enjoy the way.

It all needs to be seen to be appreciated as a site glorious. We were all in awe at what is and what will be and marvelled at our guides’ knowledge about all aspects from the joined on tower and cress beds at Coppermill and the origins of the music hall song as sung by our grans, “Daisy, Daisy. Give me your answer do….”

Issue 31. Up Your Street

Sat 18th Sept free 2-7pm John Arthur, the Walthamstow Bard, entertains us at Walthamstow Cricket Club by Wood Street Station.. This is a charity fund raising event.

Thurs 29th Sept free.11-1pm. ” Curious Curators” at Tate Modern. By seniors for seniors all about how we manage our environment and fill spaces.All welcome,  all valued.Switch House Level 3.

Fri 30th Sept free 6-9pm Stratford Library screening “Le Revenant”. Book at Eventbrite.

Mon Oct 3rd free Hackney Central Library a month long exhibition curated by Gillian Lawrence entitled “1950 Scarf Art ” made by 
Up Your Street Art and Craft members.

                        free  Stratford Picture House for one month Art exhibition “At The Swim” depicting all shapes and sizes at the pool.

Sat Oct 8th free 1-4pm A celebration of French-speaking African culture . Gillette Square, Dalston.
Dulwich Picture Gallery “Good Times” programme starts from 6th October.

There are workshops all about Rembrandt. We’d go as a community group booked in especially so if a group want to come in together, let me know  Max 10 and you’d need a community pass.Ask me.

Dates are either Oct 20th and 10th Nov 2-4pm

or 1st Nov or 22nd Nov 2-4pm.

Wanstead Art Trail

Art TrailWanstead 2016 will run from September 10 to 25th. 
Shops, pubs, businesses, community centres, churches, restaurants and clubs will display work by local artists and craftsmakers.
Taking part gives you a chance to reach a wider audience for your work, find new friends and make the area a more exciting place to live and visit.

Don’t miss this great opportunity.
Our  theme for this year’s trail is inspired by the lyrics of David Bowie,

C-C-Changes: Turn and Face the Strange….