Up Your Street issue 38


25th Sept
    free  6pm Rich Mix    Errol Linton, harmonica and vocals.

free 12-6pm until 9th Oct. Photos by
Connolly and Pink “Hackney Revisited 1985-2011”.
Chats Palace, Brooksby’s Walk E5

Tues 27th Sept

Spring into Autumn at St John at Hackney!
Adrenalin Dance Classes 

1.15-2.15pm Over 55’s dance
class (free) all welcome
7 – 8.15 pm Adult movement class, all welcome

free    until end Nov . Geffrye Museum, 136
Kingsland Rd E2  Alexandra Blum’s
drawings of the regeneration of Dalston E8.
10-5pm. Sun noon-5. Shut Mondays.

Wed 28th Sept
£5 .6.30-8.30pm  Rivington Place EC2.Emory Douglas, Culture
Sec Black Panthers talks about his life and work  02077491240

                           free 6.30pm Walthamstow Library . Meet east London poets, part of East London Libraries Festival (ignore the line through typing)

                         free 10.30-11.30am Hackney Central
Library . Coffee, cake and book club discussing Steinbeck’s “East Of Eden”.

7.45pm  ‘The blue plaques of
Loughton’. St John’s Church, Leytonstone.E11 (Leyton and Leytonstone History

1.10-1.40pm Organ recital by Losq. St John’s Church Stratford E15

Thurs 29th Sept to 2nd Oct. Stow Music
Festival 2011  E17. Ye Olde Rose and
Crown and other venues.

Fri 30th Sept   free 10-3pm. Newham Leisure Centre Older Person’s Day. Sports, get
fit, and stalls.

free 10-8pm Art displays by local professional artists “Hackney Utopians” highlighting the community project in Abney park last Summer at Stoke Newington Library

1-3pm   Spitalfields tea dance.
Crispin St.

Sat 1st Oct
free   12-4pm Apple Day at
The Mill E17  Bring  pies in apple shapes. Yum

free   until 31/10 Exhibition by Alix Edwards called “Tradewinds” part of Black History Month at Hackney Central Library.

free 1.30 or 4pm guided 2 hour walk of the Lower Lea Valley. Book with Graham of ‘Walk East’  on  07919221806.

                        free 10-5pm Older Person’s Day Kelmscott
Leisure Centre E17

Sun 2nd Oct    £1 noon-5pm  Stow Vintage
Lifestyle Fair at The Ballroom Orford
House Social Club E17

Thurs 6th Oct free     6-9pm (until 26th from 9am -7pm) Black and White Photographer of the Year 2011 at 74 Kingsland Rd E28DL

8th Oct
    free  11-4pm Apple Day , Vestry House Museum garden

Sat  Oct 8th 7pm free

                  From “News From Nowhere Club” which meets at The Epicentre , E11 at 7pm on Saturday 8th October 2011. Refreshments too. All welcome.

Performing arts, the church & the community: an

Speaker: Kathryn Robinson

Kathryn Robinson is a priest in the Church of England. She
lives in Walthamstow & serves at St John’s Church, Leytonstone, as
associate minister. She also serves as part of the Bishop of Barking’s team as
his adviser for the performing arts. This is a pioneering new post established
in 2009 by the Bishop of Barking, the Right Reverend David Hawkins. The Barking
area, set within the Anglican diocese of Chelmsford, covers five east London
boroughs – Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge & Waltham
Forest, plus a small part of Essex. The main focus of Kathryn’s work is to
promote, encourage, support & develop good practice in the performing arts
within the churches in the Barking Episcopal Area & to encourage the church
& individuals to engage with their local communities & their local arts
scene. This evening Kathryn will speak about her experiences as performing arts
adviser & how she combines a passion for the arts with her calling to be a
priest in the Church of England.


First Leyton Temple Mills free introductory
day guest pass. Try the gym.

Chat’s Palace and Chatsworth Road, ‘Ackney, east London

Well, it was absolutely freezing but I did my planned walk up Chatsworth Road from Lea Bridge Road. Long time since I’ve done that. For the first part one might say “What, people actually live on the road?” Pretty scummy with dirty fronts and boarded up shops. I suppose I expected more because I heard the road’s getting an overhaul in time for the big games. Hurry up then ! There is some interesting  architecture if you look hard. There was hardly anyone about because of the cold I suppose.

Chat’s Palace was warm and welcoming.  Colin O’Brien’s free photographic exhibition of the last real high street (Chatsworth Road)  is perfect, extremely well displayed and a unique story from ordinary shopkeepers trying to keep going in difficult economic times. It’s colourful and there’s plenty of descriptive labels to chuckle over. O’Brien’s older photgraphs are on display too so,  a double treat of professional art work. I did feel priveleged catching the last days of a very local exhibition in a beautifully refurbished “palace”. One person said about Chatsworth Road that you never need to leave there once you’re born there: You get born at one end, go to school in the middle and end up at the undertaker’s at the other end. The road is totally multi-national, relaxed and modest. Move over Stokey, it’s arrived.

Straight onto the Hackney Museum for three temporary exhibitions, one all about the nature of Dalston using people’s memories and archive photos. Very good. There’s another display of photos and words all about people from ethnic minorities ‘coming out ‘and the joy and problems of that in our society. Could only ‘appen in ‘Ackney. The Museum is building up for LGBT month, another celebration of our diversity. I just love good photos, me.

The third special exhibition is all about east end boxers as they were. Didn’t get it until the link to the big games was made. How Hackney Museum puts on such fabulous exhibitions in a welcoming and buzzing place is a wonderful achievement! We the clients are the lucky ones.

On to The Round Chapel to learn some gypsy dancing from Polish gypsies. The ‘ learn gypsy music’ was going on; very serious and lots of violins. I’ll try again next week. I was looking for colour and swirling skirts.

Meanwhile in Egypt people, which evidently by all news footage means ‘men’ ,  are just protesting to get a better life and here’s me swannin’ around  parts of London which London Greeters might show off to visitors. “Hang on! We not ready yet.”