Tom Doig

This evening was a lecture from Tom Doig about “Birth and Baptism in the 1800s”. I expected that a certain audience would come, Christian indigenous white Brits at that who would be ofey with things like “Churching” and “aglab” for agricultural labourers. I was correct. The event was excellent. Tom had great slides and great humour. 2013-06-26 20.37.08

The library staff at Hale End Library in Hale End Highams Park (W16 bus) are the most welcoming people I’ve met for ages. Mind you, the library is small enough to think you’re going into their house. It is dead quiet around the place and outside they have customer parking set in an old neglected garden left over from a previous big house.2013-06-26 20.41.34

‘Red Hot Pokers’  are just at the end of their glory.

Waltham Forest Libraries have many free events now and coming up in July. Bravo.

David Boote of Waltham Forest Walks came along to Lea Bridge Seniors and put it out that it is time to get the history of Leyton from the experience of Black and Asian residents past and present. Wouldn’t you just know it? Peter Ashan is on the case waiting for Lottery money in order to go ahead with a project following the history of Black and Asian Waltham Forest people from 1940-1990. I’m in, are you?   Details to follow.

Event June 16th and hours of fun

June 16th is Bloomsday, an annual global celebration of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”. Never told you that at school, did they?

Lucy Harrison, artist i/c Mapping Your Manor is about to start more walkabouts. David Boote of Walthamstow Walks is out and about regularly too. High Street Seniors don’t want any more drenchings for a while. They’re the seniors sporting yellow and red Clancy Docwra hi-viz vests.

Gonna take the W12 to The MillE17 today to submit “SOFT” works for a major exhibition. That’s after Somerfield in Narrow Way E5 to spend my Co-op coupons. Every little helps.

New song for interactive grans and families:-

Where is Mummy?

Mummy’s gone to Iceland

Papa’s gone to Tesco

Baby’s gone to  Sainsbury’s

Where are you? (points to family member).


Grandma’s gone to Poundshop

Mummy’s gone to Budgen

Baby’s gone to Waitrose

Where are you?


Papa’s gone to the Co-op

Grandma’s gone to Koza

Baby’s gone to Primark

Where are you?


Hours of fun

Issue 3 Up Your Street

Up Your Street  issue 3

Sunday January 15th free  0830h  Friends of Tottenham Marshes

Meet at the Waterside Centre, Stonebridge Lock at 8.30am –

All those interested in the birdlife of the Marshes are welcome.

Tues Jan 17th free 0930h to noon at Colvestone School, Hackney.

“A Taste Of Hackney”

resumes and welcomes new members .Phone Sam on 07432736116

to reserve a place for this intergenerational community

project based in Ridley Road and for a chance to learn

digital skills.

£1 donation 7pm The Mill E17 reading club “Hard Times” Dickens

Wed   Jan 18th free 5pm Newham General Hosp.

Talk about diabetes management. All Invited. No need to book.

Sat  Jan  21st free         The Mill E17 Coppermill Lane E17 by St James Station.

1-4pm recycling swap shop


Tues  Jan 24th  free  11 am  Meet Walthamstow Underground sta.

Selborne Rd side. David Boote’s history walk. ”Pig Alley” E17.

No booking required.

10-1pm  – Tues Mar 20th. Low cost Ceramics course, ideal for anyone with some experience of ceramics who wants to take their idea and skills to the next level. Every Tuesday. . The Centre for Better Health, 1a Darnley Road, London, E9 6QH. Disabled access: no. Contact: Cirillo. Email:

Wed Jan  25th free  5.30-7.30pm’ Finding Spaces’ reunion

at St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare St, Hackney.

Phone Rachael on 02-085253140 for a ticket.

Thurs Jan 26th free 2pm BFI South Bank. A talk about Pal and Kapoor’s

film-making for seniors. Phone for a ticket on 02079283232

Tues Jan 31st  £2.50  2.30-4.30. Leyton tea dance @ Plumtree Centre

by Blockbusters  E10

Sat Feb 4th Ramblers to Mile End and West India Docks

Call  Paula Peaty @ L B Newham

Sun  Feb 5th £3 admission to Sutton House, Homerton High Rd,

Hackney with a free tour of the house.

(The café sells hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.

There are second hand books for sale, loads of them!)

Mon Feb 6th  free  2pm classic matinee film for over 60s at BFI,

Southbank. Book on 02079283232.



Tues  Feb 7th  free 11 am David Boote’s history walk “The Way To

Wanstead House” .   Meet Tesco E11 facing Leytonstone

High Rd side . No booking required

Wed 8 Feb  free 3-5pm Common Room, Education Centre,

Newham General Hospital

Proud to be Diverse: Celebration of Diversity – open to all

Sat 11th Feb   free 11.30am-3.30pm learn to create a blog- site

using WordPress. To reserve a place please email, or just pop in and sign up.

Mention Up Your Street please.

Asda doing tins of Heinz beans and all sorts for 50p this week. Stock up!