Let’s Go . UYS HSS BHM


High Street Seniors ready to
venture out again


Thurs Oct

meet Round Chapel, Lower Clapton.


at     4pm


ending at the Hackney Museum 5pm to meet the artist, Pierre
Vannoni ‘The history and mapping of African cultures in Hackney’ 5-7.30pm and
have your say too. Refreshments



Thurs Dec


meet 4.00pm


at      Chats Palace, Brooksby’s Walk .Homerton


ending at the Hackney Museum 6pm to join an event with Patrick
Vernon. Documentary about the slave trade in East Africa. 6-7.30pm.



Essential to wear Hi-Viz vests as we move into
darker nights. If you are joining us for the first time, I’ll have one for you
courtesy of Clancy Docwra who generously donated Hi-Viz vests to High Street Seniors.

High Street Seniors today part 2

What a fabulous evening. We High Street Seniors looked like we meant business in our yellow Hi -Viz jackets , carrying red rucksacks and walking with intention through the streets of Walthamstow Village at orange streaked sunset in jolly good company. Most of the seniors had not been to Walthamstow Village before so we stopped as dusk came down to check out the Ancient House, Vestry House Museum, St Mary’s Church, The Welcome Centre, the Almshouses, on and on. Total white people’s history to our multi ethnic High Street Seniors. (Well it is Black History Month). We all enjoyed looking and learning, then went around to Orford Road to qawp at Beautiful Interiors and The Asian Centre before a little sit-down in Beulah Road. Years ago I found out that my cousin owned the butcher shop in Beulah Road. I went along to see her and lo and behold she’d moved away the day before. The day before. That was when the village was nothing. Nothing to show off about, well before Asian centres and beautiful interiors. Aah and I see the music and theatre house is sold. High Street Seniors passed the warm lights of the pubs and Spar and went to Orford Social Club.  I love the entrance and I love the wooden shutters on the window insides. There we listened to Louise’s talk about The Matchwomen’s Strike. Absolutely worth the walk and the visit.

High Street Seniors today

Listing of events on a special issue for today’s walkers.

Showing activities needing pre-booking


Fri 14th Oct        free      Ridley Rd market Hackney .Meet the
leaders. Laura and Victoria from Different Drum Productions of an oral
project entitled
“A Taste Of Hackney” for seniors with stories of Ridley Rd Market.

Sat Oct 15th       free  as above

Mon Oct 17th  £2    tea dance 1.30-4.30pm Stratford Old Town Hall

                               Narrow boat trip but £15 excellent trip to Little Venice from Angel basin with The Stuart Low Trust.  Islington.

Tues Oct 18th  free noon at The Lawns, Matthias Rd. Hackney Confirm your interest in the “A Taste Of Hackney” project.

Wed Oct  19th  free  6.30-7.30pm. Reading group at Hackney Central Library “Room” by Emma Donoghue


“Hornbeam Centre”


Oct 23rd

8-11pm Women in Jazz at Open The Gate Stoke Newington

Oct 26th

Ceramics with Maria at 1a Darnley Rd Hackney.

                                           5 week course in clay work including printing
and glazing

                               . Highly
recommended by Up Your Street former participants. 6-8pm

                         5 weeks beginning 26th Oct.
£25 phone 02089853570 Ceramics course with Maria at The Centre For Better Health Hackney ,1 a Darnley Rd

free 10.30-11.30
am. Reading group with

cake and coffee at Hackney Central Library
“Money” by Martin Amis.

Mon  Nov 21st
Ceramics with Maria as above.

@Centre for Better Health. 5 week course
£10 for 5weeks .Excellent.


High Street Seniors welcomes Autumn evenings

High Street Seniors

                    Walking at Dusk  . Wear your hi-viz vest.
Collect off me if you want one,

courtesy of Clancy Docwra who donated the jackets to us..

                    Meet     The Lamb’s Cafe, Lea  Bridge Road (Whipps
Cross end. 56, 230, W15, 257 buses)    

                    Time     6.15pm
                    Date     Tuesday Oct 11th
                    Relax    7.15pm at  Orford Road Social
Club  in Walthamstow Village
                                for 7.30pm book launch. “Striking A Light”
by Louise Raw.
                    Cost      £1.50 concession entrance fee to book
                    After the event there is a  W12 bus going by or a 10
minute walk back into Lea Bridge Road
                    with its flock of buses and bright lights will see you
home safely.
                    Always good to carry a mobile phone with you. Emergency
numbers 999, 101 are free
                    and you don’t even need credit on your phone.
Remember you’re in jolly good company and there’s safety in numbers.
Licensed bar at venue. Possible cuppa too. The event in Orford Road is run
by the Waltham Forest Radical History Workshop.


Mapping Your Manor

High Street Seniors will be walking the walk around the perimeter of the Olympic and Paralympic Games site led by Lucy Harrison of Mapping Your Manor and Paula Peaty with Newham Striders.    Sunday 10th July

It’s a 3 hour leisurely walk taking in the sights and the site through Hackney Wick, Fish Island, Wick Woodland and stopping for events such as readings and memories. There are drop off points because it is a long stretch of time. End point is Stratford where we start.

Free and meet at 1pm at Theatre Royal Square i.e. in the Cultural Quarter in Stratford E15. (158,69, and many buses). Might be good just to let Lucy know numbers so call her on  07964878315 if you’re coming along. It’ll be good

All repeats next Sunday 17th July

Lucky me…got a place on the Floating Cinema Tours to check out more of the Games site, end of July.

London by Night

Some High Street Seniors were given the chance tonight to hop on a See London by Night yellow bus tour of London and Westminster by night. The tickets came via Groupon so instead of £15 cost a mere £6 per head. Of course it wasn’t a walk and was excellent.We sat in the open end of the upper deck and saw everything with the help of the guide. It was a bit chilly especially whilst on London Bridge with the winds coming up river so still cardi weather. Really good. The tour was from The Ritz at Green Park starting at 10.35pm for 90 minutes so a late night tube home together.

Highly recommended bus company.

Twas a fine night

Twas a fine night we had of it walking with High Street Seniors joined by a contingent from All Seasons, the hotel in Bakers Arms Leyton. That hotel was called something else before and lots more besides from the local residents. It got cleaned up. Well the Games are a-comin’.

By 10.15pm the sky was a light indigo blue. I could be seen a mile off in my hi-viz vest. Waiting for vests to come for one and all from generous Clancy Dowcra engineering firm, the ones involved in up- rooting the Victorian mains-pipes.

Another lottery for tickets. The BBC Radio 2 lot are  recording on June 17th a tribute gala to Mario Lanza at the gorgeous Hackney Empire. Go and try for free tickets. It’ll be a long summer evening and a great experience. You can apply for 2 tickets and there is a group ticket number . All free,all on the Freedom Pass bus routes (30, 48, 55, W15, 106 etc etc.. check www.googlemaps.com

More rain to fall. Off to beading and jewelley -making at The Victoria in Queensbridge Rd, Hackney. Now that is something good and free with lovely people and a cuppa too. All the participants come via Up Your street5 so once again, jolly good company!! Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-1pm.

Have you watched Vintage TV yet on Sky and elsewhere? Some excellent interviews and archive footage. There’s some very recommendable programmes coming up on many channels. I will inform you soon.

High Street Seniors June 6th

On Monday we meet at  9pm for 9.15pm at the front entrance to The Waltham Oak on Lea Bridge Road, E10       www.googlemaps.com     Buses 56, 257, W15 going towards Whipps Cross stop 2 mins away. Just a gentle walk for seniors at dusk through Walthamstow Village and environs. All  welcome. If it’s raining it’s off.

Jolly good company!

High Street Seniors 6th and 20th June


Monday June 6th  free 9pm Balmy evening walk at dusk around Walthamstow. Meet 9pm at
The Waltham Oak, Lea Bridge Rd, E10  (Check http://www.tfl.gov.uk and http://www.googlemaps.com Bus 56 comes along from Hackney towards Whipps Cross Hospital. Nearest station; Walthamstow Central ). 

Monday  June 20th   free  either meet 6.30pm at Homerton Library, Homerton High St E9 

                                    and join in the Hackney Gypsy Roma Month* at the reading group in Homerton 

Gypsy Roma Traveller themed book group

Monday 20 June, 6.30pm-8pm. Come and join us to discuss
                          “Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and their Journey” by Isabel Fonseca.
To pick up your copy of the book in advance or for more information please ask at Homerton Library. Informal and friendly adult book groups meet once a month in all Hackney Libraries. 02083561690
By the way Waltham Forest library cards are valid in Hackney Libraries. For reading groups you don’t need your card though.
                         or meet at 8.15pm at the Homerton Library door. W15 bus.
*launching at Hackney Central Library  June 9th 4pm-6pm.  Food, entertainment, fun ..all free