Issue 14 Up Your Street

Monday 24th April free 2-3pm. Teachers event at Active Change Foundation, Lea Bridge Road next to the Mosque above Tesco’s learning about emotions and pupils. Teachers? Up your Street curious ones are joining in via Eventbrite.

free. Last chance to see the Wetlands installation at the Mill E17

Fri 28th April free 2.30-4 at Leytonstone Library “Mystery and art” with Artkeys. Bring old photos.

free 5.30pm Stratford Library screening “The Birth Of a Nation”

Sat 29th April free register at Eventbrite for a free screening of “Moonlight” at Canning Town Library 5pm

Churches and outreach.

All happening my way. A cavalcade of hooting cars just passed by. Hope they’re protesting about the closing of estate roads hereby. Earlier in the day during the Corrie Omnibus I saw a whole gaggle of people slowly passing up the adjacent road and guessed by their hats that the Jehovah Witnesses were abroad. I decided I’d invite them in because Trump had said something vile about Jehovahs and I wanted to show my mercy.
I forgot about all of that as Tracey and her family came to blows. The doorbell rang and I said to myself that that must be the postie with my buttons from China. Caught I was as three devout Christians stood at my door with Sunday smiles on a Saturday and clipboards. I dreaded the call to prayer but stopped my nastiness and said I’s answer their doorstep questions. These visitors at my threshold were not Jehovah’s people but folk from the nearby singing church who were finding out about the community and would soon discover a high Moslem content. I know that soon I will get another call as they have my name and address. Bovvered? Not. I went into full swing with a captive heads bowed audience and stated that as a non-believer I saw the community value of the Church as a meeting point for everyone to come out of the cold and push away their loneliness and isolation and that a little singing with gusto and clapping brings joy.
Many seniors find company at their church and a couple of senior Moslems who join in Up Your Street activities delight in the joy of communal curry laden lunches at their mosques. Most church people I know enjoy finger-licking chicken peppered by their African congregations on a Sunday regularly. As long as people are brought together then communities have a chance to protect their own when the day arrives.
Churches accommodate craft fairs and art exhibitions and candle-making and sometimes meditative navel watching. They are usually huge halls with smaller rooms and corridors about. I went to dance expression at St John at Hackney and there we were stretching our calves on stone-cold floors in a tiled corridor. Crazy. The nest week I went to creative writing around a table in the same corridor. I was the only participant. Luckily I drowned my shock by visiting Sainsbury’s opposite to buy fig rolls for the bus journey back to sanity.
Last night seniors got together to taste Jerk Chicken, Pork, and the rest at Butler’s Bakery in Cann Hall Road. We turned out to be a group of twelve from all areas: Some came from Ilford and Romford, one from Walthamstow, a few from Leyton and Leytonstone and then those from Hoxton area and beyond. What a smashing time we had. One queen sent back her fish because it wasn’t big enough for her. Imagine. But nothing was really soured for the joy of coming together clouded everything else. Some of us stuffed ourselves to the brim. The food was that good at what is really a small bakery corner-shop. On the pavement outside the owner was dishing up Jerk Chicken and salads to punters coming back from work. Someone’s daughter came by on her bike just to wave hello to a group of women who don’t usually eat out together let alone empty their purses…but they will now. Some of the group are practising artists so were doing sales across the tiny tables measured for nine people only. Port and rum punch heightened the spirits.

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Ladies Who Jerky

It’s hard to get together sometimes. People are busy and always want to meet but it’s difficult always what with people fasting, observing prayers, lacking cash, having to sort out them indoors, being tired so it’s all glory when we can get together and when we find a homely place which is welcoming and ready to accommodate seniors with respect. So we’re doing it.
Still obstacles in the way like people not being able to access a menu online to peruse what’s on offer and those who don’t use their diary and confuse the dates. Ah, but it all works out.
Here’s a potato print just celebrating an achievement.
It’s great to support local businesses when they support us. Our eatery is Butler’s Bakers aka Chef’s Corner up Cann Hall Road, an up and coming road lined with Victorian terraces sitting on dark and damp cellars selling at three quarters of a million now.

As I write a New Orleans Restaurant in which I dined and which was then flattened by Hurricane Katrina is being given the four-letter once-over by wotsisname Ramsay on telly. Aah, Mississippi grub.
ladies who jerky

On Later Years

This getting old malarkey is hard. Up Your Street is ten years old now. Many of the original seniors at Up Your Street are no longer out and about or joining in group activities. They are no longer interested in volunteering or going along anymore to workshops about collages or memories because what’s on offer saturates their brains: One hub does an art workshop; all the others follow. They have been talked to for years in a most patronising way and have known for ages that their presence as representing seniors in the community at the meeting places does not make them more visible. They are never re-engaged. Their turning up gives relief to the organisers who in turn satisfy the funders. The community has then been served and the Big Society goes from strength to strength.

Arthritis prevents these ageing seniors from museum trawling and tea-dancing.
People get older and in the main, tired. No longer is a one hour activity increased to three hours because of travel become part of the day. That one experience is a day out. Sapped energy prevents a mooch around the shops and spending nearly three pounds on a coffee is not an option. Home in those four walls with TV for company is not so bad and who is anyone to judge?

People’s dietary habits change. Diabetes takes away the joy of a cuppa and cake at a local hub. Vegetarians and gluten-free followers club in with vegans so social outings to local cafés turn into sessions where participants quiz each other with suspicion about their choice of food and that pulls people apart. Differences are highlighted rather than the nicer light of bringing people closer to each other in conversation. The cafés catering for all dietary needs are expensive and probably for the young. It’s difficult to chose a venue.

Those missed Up Your Streeters who ten years ago subscribed to receiving emails about activities and events no longer use email. They in the main never use a mobile phone and have not expanded their use of digital technology or changed their negative opinions about social media. It is obvious that in another era a young intern helped them to set up an email account and that was that. Added to that many seniors pick up emails once in a blue moon and then at a public place such as a community centre.

Unwittingly by moving away from Up Your Street those original subscribers have isolated themselves from the wider community. Up Your Street is less exciting without them.
Of course just like playground habits, people move away from others they just don’t like. Experience has taught me to be aware of who shares an event with whom if everyone is to have a positive lasting experience.

People are very good at keeping inside their comfort zone. They dipped into the weird and wonderful but came back to what they knew for fifty years. I know from over the years who prefers poetry to plasticene installations, tea dances to classical concerts.

And I cannot forget to mention about how seniors become grandparents so go off the social scene for a worthwhile while. Child minding is exhausting.

Those who cannot access Up Your Street activities and became older and less fit will not return. They will cease to use their Freedom Passes. They are over seventy and entering another chapter in their lives. What fun they had though. Some went to “You Me Bum Bum Train”, unwanted and invisible by the way; some became market researchers during London 2012 and some navigated locks in Little Venice. So much they did.

Naively, I thought they were hibernating. Not so.
I include them by using emails still until they tell me not to or occasionally landline them and even post details to them because never say never.

I Love Telly

It’s a cold Good Friday. Last week someone on Facebook said rudely that I should not watch television but should go outside and be in the flippin’ community. Cheek. That brigade of white middle class wannabee teachers put me off life. So today I am enjoying the mastery that is Hitchcock at London Live Channel watching “The Lodger”. Reading the http://www.sfu.ca/~gmccarro/The_Lodger.html
write-up is like doing a PH D in filmography and if I lived again, I would do that. A great review there.
Firstly I tuned into the film because I was settled enough to watch a film and then it is silent, so I have to watch. Then I like to see all the scenery, props and costumes. I do have a degree in drama. I want to see my grandmother as she dressed up like the chorus girls (?) in 1926 fashion and ways. Lo and behold when Daisy receives her dress in the post it is just similar to my old Auntie’s 1920s dress now owned by her miserable daughter.
My daughter’s just moved into a Victorian terraced house (Is there any other?)in Hitchcock country and many of the features in any old film can be seen in her house, you know the dado (pl) and the door surrounds, the mantelpiece, the mirrors, the banisters, the dividing doors, the fireplace and much more too. I do wonder if Hitchcock made a set in The Lodger or used an Essex or Leytonstone house as he comes from there.

Issue 13 of Up Your Street, now ten years old. Whoop!

Easter Holidays are on so many community centres are closed whilst planning post-Easter events.

The Mill in Coppermill Lane E17 and The Claremont Project in White Lion Street, Islington are always putting on events for everyone and usually for free so just check their websites.

Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage for over 50s has produced a booklet about the free to join group’s activities and events. Fitzroy Johnson’s poems are well worth a read. Some of us have met him at projects at The Mill and at Artillery mounted events to do with creative writing. All success to him, a marvellous local sharing poet.

Fri April 21st Some Up Your Streeters have booked themselves to enjoy a Jamaican inspired feast at Butler’s Bakery in Leytonstone.

Next stop may be the restaurant above Hoo Hing wholesalers in Argall Industrial Estate. There is a spacious place where I presume you can ask for a crab to be cooked after you’ve chosen it from a tank in the store. Maybe we’ll do that after we’ve attended a workshop at the new pottery studio around the corner.

Reminder that on May 4th some have signed up for the workshop at Whitechapel Gallery. I’ll send out a reminder.

Well ahead……
There is a great creative and well-being festival coming up in June with bookings taking place now. Advertised are free textile exhibitions in Hackney and workshops. Just put the festival title into your search engine and see what pops up. Many events such as demonstrations, discussions, sing-alongs and etc.

In June too there’s the Anti-University event-laden jamboree with many many free events in ten days. Mostly around Hackney and Old Street area there are exhibitions, discussions, performances and everything in between.

Our local sewing lady, Hilary at Tuesday’s Sociable Sewing at The Mill, will be running more sessions at Claremont. Sylvia and BN will be presenting a topic at Soapbox next month. It is a fact too that Soapbox will not be monthly come to Autumn and beyond.

Up Your Street is ten years old.

Lloyd Park Heritage Group.

12noon in the Community Bowls Pavilion Welcoming all Waltham Forest Residents aged 50 plus
Tea & cake provided! Includes a variety of activities, from nature poetry to building bird boxes to Tai Chi…
FREE Over 50s’ Group
Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest
Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest
What our members say: ’sdneirf wen edam evah I ‘ ’suolubaf si esitrepxe eht fo ytilauq ehT‘ ‘I have grown to love Lloyd Park even more’ ’.erutan dna yrotsih fo evol ym sretsof tI‘ ‘A chance to do something I’ve never done before and never imagined I could do.’
Lloyd Park, off Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17

Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage is a weekly group for over-50s.
Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage Group
2 A Celebration of Lloyd Park
Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage Group (LPSH) Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage is a welcoming and diverse group for residents of Waltham Forest who are over 50. Since July 2013 we have met weekly on Wednesday mornings in the community bowls pavilion in the park. Our inspiring leader is Ellie Mortimer who works for Waltham Forest Council as the Lloyd Park Community Project Co-ordinator. Over the last three years Ellie has produced a programme of activities which have taught us about the heritage of Lloyd Park and allowed us to participate in creative projects which reflected both its social and natural history. This booklet records some of what we have learned and the variety of art and craft projects which we have enjoyed. We also enjoy good company, make friends and share refreshments. New members are always very welcome. To find out more contact Ellie on 020 8496 2822 ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/lloyd-park Contents Map 3 Introduction to the park and its history 4 Poem: Halcyon Days 6 Our ‘Then and Now’ exhibition 7 Poem: Cockney Sparrow Tweets 14 Natural history of the park 16 Tree Trail 28 Details of activities and other organisations in the park 32
LPSH group was initially funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund jointly with the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Waltham Forest Council continues to support us.
A Celebration of Lloyd Park 3
Brettenham Road
Carr Road
Aveling Park Road
Winns Terrace
Winns Avenue
Forrest Road
Bedford Road
Bedford Road
Chingford Road
Community Bowls Pavilion and synthetic bowls green
Grass bowls green
Aveling Park Centre with artist’s studios, park keepers office, Winns Gallery, community room, Le Delice café and children’s playground
Tennis court
Tennis court Tennis court
Stables
William Morris Gallery
William Morris garden
Island
Moat
Outdoor gym and basketball court
4 A Celebration of Lloyd Park
Lloyd Park In 1898 Water House and its gardens were donated to Walthamstow Urban District Council, for the benefit of local people, by the Lloyd family. When the park opened in July 1900 there were terrace gardens, a fountain, a refreshment kiosk, a sports pavilion and a bandstand on the island. In 1905 a further bandstand was placed on the lower field and Walthamstow Avenue Football Club had a pitch in the park. In 1912 Aveling Fields were purchased and tennis courts and a bowling green were added. In August 1917 a bomb was dropped on Lloyd park in one of the first Zeppelin attacks. In the 1930s a children’s playground and the much loved concert pavilion on the island were installed. From 1947–1960 prefabs stood on the right hand side of the lower fields to house people whose homes were bombed during the war. After being used as offices and a clinic, the house was opened as the William Morris Gallery in 1950. The pavilion on the island was improved and it became the Theatre in 1972. In 2012 it was removed as part of the restoration 2010–2012 park restoration Bids for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to improve the park and gallery were successful and work took place in 2011/2012. A revitalised park has emerged with an award winning museum in the house. Lloyd Park now has terraced gardens, a William Morris inspired garden, a large children’s play area, a café, two bowling greens, an outdoor gym, tennis courts and new trees planted in conservation areas. The park is cared for by a very busy team of gardeners and has won a Green Flag Award annually since the restoration. Details of volunteering opportunities and organisations operating in the park are given on the back cover.
A Celebration of Lloyd Park 5
The History of the House and Gardens It is probable, but not confirmed, that the moat and island were originally the site of a medieval house. References to the Wynnes as a property in Walthamstow begin to appear in local documents in 1580. The property later became known as the Winns. The current house, named as Water House on a map in 1777, was probably built around 1750 and extended and altered since. It was one of many country houses that stood along Clay Street, which is now Forest Road. Its most famous resident was William Morris (1834–1896). He lived there as child, with his widowed mother and family, between 1848 and 1856. He loved observing the wildlife, playing knights on the island and boating on the moat. In 1857 Edward Lloyd bought the estate and he lived there with his family of 18 children. He was a successful publisher, building his own paper mills and producing newspapers. He was also famous for publishing stories in weekly instalments, costing only a penny, to be affordable for all. Joy Vick, great, great grandchild, descended from Edward’s youngest son Percy Lloyd, spoke to us about her family. In Victorian times Walthamstow changed rapidly, with the opening of the first railway in 1870, and housing development. The population grew from 7,137 in 1861 to 96,720 in 1901. The house was no longer a quiet country property. In 1898, after Edward Lloyd’s death, his son Frank generously offered the house and gardens to Walthamstow Urban District Council as a gift for the benefit of local residents. The Council purchased additional adjoining land and the remainder was sold to Sir Thomas Courtney Warner who built the Warner Estate. Map dated 1864 Edward Lloyd

Promoting Blues

Well, I spend much time promoting community hubs when in fact I’m actually watching them to see whether they genuinely want people to come along or whether they’re just building their own reputation in the Big Society and not bothered if seniors come or not. Community hubs are great first steps for ambitious types who want to get into corporates and charity-director posts. Ah, the cynic arrives.
I’m a bit bothered too about enterprises who post up stock pictures or their own interns’ efforts to show the happy happy people who join in the adventure and then those pictures look like they’ve been taken behind Welsh hills. Around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which is where Up Your Street looks for activities and events for local seniors is actually pretty diverse ethnically and all pictures need to reflect that if local and funded enterprises are really trying to reach out to their communities. I am put off by some pictures.
Lately I’ve bumped into two long events where it’s obvious that each is a party to which not everyone is invited. Or rather to which not all local artists are invited. How hard is this to write stumbling over PC and not calling a spade a spade.
of course the inverse is that I will doggedly advertise something to Up Your Street subscribers when it’s clear that the promoters want a certain target audience but they are not allowed to discriminate.
Ah heavy stuff and moving along.
I was wondering where and when an online catalogue was coming out so that I could relish in seeing my own name next to my art. Turns out the sole organiser of the exhibition wanted we the paint-brushers and installation-makers to perfect a digitally enhanced entry for the catalogue. Ooh could I be asked? The effort needed to change the format on a photo when I’m used to Vistaprint making the low pixels work on postcards for me was too much when Question Time was about to start and trying to make a PDF to export was way beyond my black-eye pea peeling intellect at that moment. Not wanting to miss that passing ship I sent up what I could do and wait now for the ‘disappointed in you’ email. Bovvered? That’s when an intern would have been handy whether they were on the rise or not.
Just seen that 3 Million quid has been shared with 16 UK cultural organisations to uplift the lonely souls of those people aged 75 and above. Now there was great opportunity to show photographed ethnic diversity across the hills and vales of this green and pleasant land.