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.

Art workshops for seniors.

A plethora of free and cheap art workshops currently sometimes led by professionals.

Leytonstone and Chingford Art for all with ArtKeysCIC using collage and music as springboards

Islington Claremont Project Islington art classes at £2 a time, art therapy, art making for in-house exhibitions

City and Hackney Studio Upstairs for Wellbeing. Art for Hackney and City people only and 60+ in age.

Kentish Town Free Space Gallery, St Bartholomews Road. Printing

art kicks are free


“Before 1950 roof tops” acrylic on cheap paper A3


Claremont Project for over 55s at The Angel in Islington’s putting on its new art exhibition next week until February . February!

I went to the workshop today where we participants were to create something about

“Cultures I identify With”.

In front of me were four acrylic squeezy bottles in mauve, dark green, brown and dark red: Choice eh?   A cup of tea appeared too so all was warm and good in the upstairs hall.

On the way to the Centre, I’d marvelled at the roofs above the streets, above the recently painted facades . I took photos and then using those four colours reproduced the loveliness of old London buildings. I was reminded of my childhood in North London.

Another guy was outside in another cubby hole wanting the quiet and wrote a poem about Christmas.


My second picture was all about hippies, the hippy culture, my friends.

A Nigerian asked me,

“What is that pot? Is it heroin? What is power?”

I replied smiling “Oh, you weren’t here in the sixties, were you?”

We laughed and took the last biscuits.  I was humbled when I said as we walked down the corridor that we are in a run-down building.  For he said “But it’s warm.”

What did I want him to say?

Thursday Nov 12th 5-6.30pm Launch of “Cultures I Indentify  With” Schloer, Doritos, art.

The Claremont Project, White Lion Street Angel Islington N1


Art Swap  Rosetta Art Centre West Ham E16  4th Dec 5pm onwards and swapping starts at 6.30pm. Just bring any size any value work of yours that you can part with and get another piece of art in  return > You have swapped!

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Wed 14th Oct free  noon Up Your Street Community Group off to Fabric of India at V&A
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Thurs 15th Oct free  noon onwards.Curator’s Tour at the Mill E17 (Just saw it on Twitter) That’s with Nat.
Fri  16th Oct free 11-1pm Camden Art Centre  workshop for seniors. Book at the venue beforehand.
                      free 2-4pm Rosetta Art Centre Up Your Street students off to Whitechapel Art Gallery
                      free  2-5pm Mental Spaghetti plaster sculpture workshop in Kentish Town . Book at Eventbrite
                      free  3.30-5pm Claremont Up Your Street members afternoon with The Craft Council
                                                 at Claremont in White Lion Street, Angel.
Sat 17th Oct free 3-5pm The Mill E17  Raffle
                         .   7pm. Our Jan of Spitalfields treads the boards with Theatre Royal Stratford east 
Mon 19th Oct free Hussain’s dance rehearsals begin for A Season Of Bangla Drama in November.
Thurs 22nd Oct free 6-8.30pm , Come one and all. Meet The Artists.Launch of “Transform” exhibition at The Mill E17
                         (Exhibition runs until Dec). Always a great evening with Mo hosting and feeding us.
The Mallinson Restaurant at Waltham Forest Collage Is offering a Caribbean menu to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month. It’s all prepared and served by students.
Fabulous venue.

Ah yes .The Cubitt Spring Ball

The venue was at historic  Islington Assembly Hall with its beautiful loos of polished wooden seats and golden chains. The great community engagement event, apparently annual, got under way with busy young women aka interns directing mainly Islington seniors to drawing displays, free tea in disposable cups, and seats at white clothed tables designed optimistically for social interaction. This was a ticketed affair.
Nonsense or seeing outside the box was a great theme for the entertainment heavily based on Lear’s writing. The word-stretched poems from Claremont’s creatives were excellent and well-read. The Claremont dance troupe were excellent too showing in their programme disco-moves for the plus sixties. Absolute fun under the Council’s twinkling disco ball high up in the rafters and out of place in the Art Deco ceiling.
On came a dance- drama group and wowed me with a clever staging of King Lear’s angst. It was very well performed and I spoke to Maria Rozou and her Yerousia Dancers over fruit juice afterwards. The performance was that. It was true theatre and tight. Excalibur of The Young Vic would be impressed.
There was more besides and all culminating in a tea dance as the Claremont lot took their usual partners for the seventy plus moves. This ballroom malarky eh? The sixty somethings watched. Classes for ballroom dancing are all about us. Malcolm in Hackney does it for free every Monday.
We exited the Spring Ball head on into hailstones.



Claremont project film screening

In windy Angel it was all going on at the Claremont: Ballroom dancing, keep-fit and a film screening in a true pop-up cinema.


Some of Claremont Project’s dancing class women will be on the John Lewis floor in Westfield E20 on Monday to dance for our pleasure as part of Capital Age Festival 2013. This is a bookable treat through Capital Age Festival’s website.

Yes! Capital Age Festival 2013 has arrived with all sorts of entertainment and showing-off.

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Up Your Street. Final Issue for 2012. No. 23.

                                           Merry Christmas

Starting in the New Year  there are free walks coming up with “Footsteps“,

all sorts of uplifting courses nice and cheap at the Centre for Better Health in Darnley Road, Hackney

and almost opposite there has opened “Unpackaged” a shop where you can take along your container and buy the amount of pulses, wine and other commodities that you want.

There’s a major art exhibition scheduled for the new year at the Mill E17 and variety shows on Friday evenings with The Stuart Low Trust.

On Fridays there will be free classical recitals at Claremont.

Not forgetting Wednesdays at  Theatre Royal Stratford east (TRSE) For £3 sing along with Stratford East Singers (SES) with Byron Gold conducting.

I’ll be updating you in my regular listings.

Thurs 10th Jan £2.50      at Hackney PictureHouse  a screening of  “A Taste Of Honey” followed by actor Murray Melvin taking Q&A.


Next issue of Up Your Street Sat 19th Jan.  Issue 1. 2013

Issue 22. Up Your Street


Sun 16th Dec free 2-4pm. Carols and choirs. Hosted by Friends of Lloyd Park. Behind William Morris Gallery, Forest Rd E17.

Mon 17th Dec free 3.30-7pm Three Mills Craft Association event at The Hub, 123 Star Lane, Canning Town.  Mince pies, good company and bring a camera to take a photo with an Olympic/ Paralympic Torch

Tues 18th Dec  free between 11 and 4pm.Come on down and help Sainsbury’s staff at Liverpool Street Islington pack customers’ bags in Sainsbury’s. The Stuart Low Trust is Sainsbury’s nominated charity. Phone slt beforehand to let them know you’re helping.

You can contact slt at: Office 7, Claremont, 24-27 White Lion Street, Islington, N1 9PD

Telephone: 020 7713 9304 Fax: 020 7833 3484

Email: Website:

 Wed 19th Dec free  11-1pm and 6-8pm Adult Learners Open Day  Gainsborough Learning Centre.  Taster sessions in photography, paintng, textiles and fashion, cup cake decorating and more.

Sat 22nd Dec free noon-3pm Friends of Lloyd Park Festive Singalong. Meet at the Island in Lloyd Park for mulled wine.

Mon 24th Dec  free  11-noon Christmas Eve coffee morning for Claremont members in the New Hall, Claremont, White Lion Street by Angel, Islington.  Christmas crackers, pass the parcel, tea and mince pies!

                                          Advance Notice

Tues    15th Jan  free  11-1pm DeafBlindUK meeting of  at the Local Space Ltd, 58 Romford Road, London, E15 4BZ (11.00am – 1.00pm).   We undertake activities, socialising, speakers and day trips.  For more detail contact Tania

Sun  20th Jan. free  (for each Sunday for a month) 10-11am  Lloyd Park at the Community Bowling Green. Tai Chi for seniors 50+


Company of Elders as on BBC

Just watched BBC 4’s “The Company of Elders” as part of the modern dance programmes currently doing the rounds (and repeats). The dance troupe ranging in age from 60 to 84 was filmed as the men and women prepared to do their new show at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. I saw them about a year ago at the ‘Big Dance’ sessions in Islington  Town Hall and then again at the Claremont Project (for seniors) in Islington.

Besides dance there is so much out there for seniors to experiment with and enjoy e.g beading, pottery, ballroom dancing, web-site construction, film and photography and so on. That’s how I can distribute Up Your Street5.

There’s a waiting list for the Company of Elders. There’s free creative dance for seniors on Tuesdays at St John At Hackney, Mare Street and free ballroom dancing lessons on Mondays for  over 60s at The Round Chapel, Lower Clapton in Hackney with Malcolm at 12.30 for two hours.