Mixed race and highlights

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Bussed out yesterday having done a session at Eastside Community Heritage all about interviewing for oral history archives. Any course by Eastside is organised and worth it.

On then towards Upminster for Valence House Museum. Hmm. Cheap hot chocolate £1.Ticked that off our lists. The people of Becontree (so that’s how you spell it!) are as friendly as pie. Proper chatty east enders.

Back then to the best museum for miles, Hackney Museum, where young Patrick Vernon was ruminating about Slave Routes and his adventures in Kenya to follow the route of the slaves from east Africa. The time slot was too thin. It was a rushed affair. We sat enveloped by beautiful NHS nurses smiling in their photographs. The Hackney Museum always has great temporary exhibitions and of course magnificent permanent ones. The welcome is warm for one and all.

I knew Patrick from way back when as a participant in his Routes project at Pages in Clapton and at Hackney Museum. I love words of passion shared.

Canning Town has been in my head since joining the Eastside Community Heritage and researching about shipbuilding in east London back in the day. I was always curious about the Mixed Race population of Canning Town in 1933 as an acquaintance of mine was born there in 1933. We had her all lined up to be interviewed a couple of years ago but the funding for another reminiscence project never came through. Now there’s NDP in Newham up and running doing its mixed race exhibition from research in the area. Iroko Theatre Company in Stratford had already done and recorded a tribute to the African genes in Canning Town in the thirties. (See what I mean about ‘another reminiscence project’?)

All links in nicely with Up Your Streeters having participated in Dr Massey’s “Tangled Roots” which raises and records the force of the increasing mixed race population in the UK.

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Up Your Street issue 5

Up Your Street issue 5

Sat 9th Feb free Forest Recycling Project at Lauriston School, E8 12-3pm. Take your goods along at 11 am.

free noon-5pm  Launch of communities coming together at Elise Centre (old CLR Library at Dalston Junction)  Whole programme of events and activities: Stalls, Hackney Stream Radio, advice, African drumming.

Sun 10th Feb free 1.30-4.30pm Rich Mix E1 “From Bengal to Bethnal Green”.  Music, refreshments, discussions, family activities and fun. Grand Union Orchestra hosting.

Chinese New Year 2013. Year of The Snakesnake

    free 10-3pm Farmers Market at Station Road, Chingford E4

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Tues 12th Feb  Shrove Tuesday

Wed 13th Feb   £2.50  Stratford east PictureHouse London On Screen event 6pm.”Bronco Buffalo”. described as “Mod Poetry” and depicting Stratford east London in the 1970s.

£6 Bishopsgate Institute screening of “Under The Cranes”. a film accompanied by Michael Rosen’s poetry.

Thurs 14th Feb £5  11-5pm Valentine’s Mansion Ilford. Family activities around Valentine’s Day.

£2.50 1.30-4.30pm Valentine’s Tea-Dance just for seniors. Old Stratford Town Hall. E15. Raffle, tea and cake  included and jolly good company.

Fri 15th Feb free 2-4pm Hackney Archives, 24 Dalston Lane E8 Patrick Vernon. Info and booking:- enisuoha@tssa.org.uk This is a generous workshop using the finding of your own heritage as being the history of Hackney. It will be great.

Sat 16th Feb free 10-noon Mary Katherine Presents at www.streetliferadio.com. This is Mary Katherine’s regular Saturday magazine radio show where she lifts you up to good living using golden oldies, silver sounds and interviews with her guests. Listen for the tinkling of bells.

free Body Shop Launch in E17 TBC

free 11-1pm “Love Food, Hate Waste” workshop and become a Food Champion by attending! Volunteer Centre Hackney 5 Tyssen Street E8: Book in advance at info@vchackney.org

Mon 18th Feb free Poetry at Freeword, 60 Farrington Rd EC1 celebrating the launch of poetry by Laabi. Eventbrite have places via the Poetry Tranlastion Centre.

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Tickets for The One Taste Choir and other artists at St John At Hackney , Mare Street on March 2nd are for sale at www.wegottickets.com. They’re £10 or £20 for a bubbly VIP seat! This is a Sound:Check production for Music for Childhope charity.

Hackney Stream is a great place/internet radio to keep up to date with projects for seniors in Hackney. Use a search engine to get into the site then you are helped to navigate and enjoy.

Beydagi Food Centre 221 Lea Bridge Road E10. (formerly Koza). Excellent service, very popular, great veg. and fruit, meat and cheeses. Free on road parking outside; (almost a rarity). Up the road a bit towards Markhouse Rd is Dennis Chippy. Again great service and gorgeous cod on a china plate.

Next week Hackney Central Library reading groups provide some great community getting together via books.

It will be time for the Community Breakfast at The Mill.

BOOK now for a 5 week art course at £10 the course  with a different concessions fee at The Centre For Better Health 1a Darnley Rd Hackney. Email admin@ centreforbetterhealth.org.uk

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Patrick Vernon

“Jamaica has a firmament of national heroes including Nanny, Sam Sharpe, Marcus Garvey, George William Gordon, Paul Bogle, Alex Bustamante, and Norman Manley. This presentation will make the case for J. A. Rogers to be recognised as another candidate worthy of such recognition. Rogers was one of the most interesting and dynamic Black historians and social commentators of modern times. He spent over fifty years researching and publishing the contribution of Black people to world history.”
On November 15th at Hackney Museum, Cllr Patrick Vernon OBE will give a presentation and talk. This is a free event in a welcoming venue. 6-7.30pm