Issue 2 Up Your Street



Mon 16th Jan    £5 or £3 if Newham resident 1.30-4.30pm Tea dance Stratford Old Town Hall E15

Tues   17th Jan free 1.15-1.45pm  Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. Crochet pots and a talk by the artist.

£8 7.30-9pm  Hatha Yoga   The Good Shepherd Main Hall, Pastures Youth Centre, Davies Lane, Leytonstone, E11 3DR
Stretch, strengthen and relax into the evening in a Hatha flow yoga class. Focus in your mind, comfort your body and settle your soul. Open to all abilities, bodies and budgets!

Highly recommended by Up Your Street and Jessica is a great tutor.

Wed  18th Jan    free 11-6pm at Autograph Gallery in Rivington Street. Ongoing exhibition. Tours available. “an alternative portrait of the Calais ‘Jungle’

Gideon Mendel: Dzhangal Free exhibition | Until 11 February Autograph ABP, London

Thurs 19th Jan   free 6-8pm Film about “Wonder Woman” (1970) at same place as crochet pots, (see above).

free 6-8.30pm Launch of Exhibition. “The Silvertown Explosion” with Graham Hill at St Luke’s Community Centre, Canning Town, E16.

Fri    20th Jan     free Hand in your print art to The Mill E17 (Fiver for a submission). You need to be resident or working/volunteering/caring in Walthamstow.

Sat   21st Jan    free 11-2pm at Hale End Library. CreativiTEA . Mindfulness with painting. Booked up but try your luck because always there are spare seats.

Sun   22nd Jan  free  12.30-3pm. Made In Hackney .Cooking up 15 minute meals

Made In Hackney Local Food Kitchen, Food For All Basement, 3 Cazenove Rd, London, N16 6PA.(106 bus).

Booked up but try by emailing

You eat what you make and sometimes take surplus home.



One step forward, two steps back.

wp-1471727482316.jpegUp Your Street has been active for a mere seven years. There is a withdrawal of interest and motivation going on amongst a chunk of its subscribed seniors and they are the ones who enrolled at its inception. This is because on the whole, in the bigger picture, there is no true engagement by hub staff or lone artists or interns masquerading as interested beings with the client market, the seniors. There are exceptions and Art For All and CreativiTEA are two of the good ones: These are honest joes who really are passionate about what they impart and are genuinely interested in their workshop participants. We seniors know that the vast majority of egoists don’t care if we turn up or not. Recently a group of seniors turned up at a function and know very well that they were there as part of the funders’ tick-sheet header “Engages with local community.”

To combat isolation seniors will know all of that and still go along. There’s always a chance of a free linen tote bag or a hot cup of tea.

We’ve had a year of ageing population and creativity and on and on it goes until those white articulate septuagenarians have all had their say. We’ve done the memory lane and moved into mindfulness to the point where we need to analyse and cuddle introspective thoughts. There is very little development or moving forward and much sucking of eggs so it’s more sensible to stay home out of the freeze and finish off the Christmas Milk Tray.

Up Your Street will have none of that and seeks out activities which could empower seniors from all parts of the six boroughs. Those that did screen=printing for free in 2011 can move faster with the ink and take home more linen bags in 2017. Those who joined in a debate for the first time can flex their tongues and be more confident the second time.

If the one step forward makes us laugh together then we will catch each other in our aged bosoms when we fall two steps backwards.


Issue 20. Up Your Street

Sat 11th June free 2-3pm Dalston Square Family show. Acrobats and performers.(Thanks to Lucy at Hackney Circle for the share)

Sun 12th June free Noon-4pm all around the ‘ouses.
E17 Village Jumble Trail.

Mon13th June free Thanks to Carrie for sharing.”The exhibition is called “Call me by my name: stories from Calais and beyond”.

It’s at 28 Redchurch St, E2 7DP.  The nearest station is Shoreditch High St (2 min walk), or Liverpool St Station is a 10 min walk.

It’s free and runs from 2 – 22 June, 12-8pm daily with early closing on 14 and 21 June for events.”

Tues 14th June free The Mill E17. 10-1pm Hilary’s Sociable Sewing.

Fri 17th June free 1pm Geffrye Museum, Hoxton (67 bus) .Guided curator’s tour about servants.

free 8.30-9.30pm. Live orchestral music in Dalston Square.

Sat 18th June free 11-2pm CreativiTEA at Hale End Library, E4. Book via Eventbrite.