The Mill, Coppermill Lane. E17

“The trouble with The Mill is that it’s too posh.”(Middle-aged Leyton resident. 2014)

I like posh myself and have always rated highly The Mill in Coppermill Lane. Anyone remember my story about the day I first went to The Mill in Coppermill Lane just after it opened for I was on the case at the first announcement about its inception as I’d been looking for it all my retired life.

Cleverly walked The Black Path (only knew that rat alley had such a name from walker and local historian David Boote!) then walked swiftly past the houses down by now deteriorating  St James’ Park with its smelly roses to die for and along the pee-ridden railway tunnel up into Coppermill Lane and turned left making my way for Coppermill which belongs to Walthamstow Wetlands now. Well, not belongs but is looked after by Wild London and Thames Water and is set to become a feature and a half in the European and British scheme of things watery.*

Saw swans on the way and the stationary W12 bus and thought it looked a bit empty and deserted but I was well away. After a while I asked a human on a bicycle and she said “Go the other way”, pointing towards the Market. Silly me.

The Mill is a place where we can go, read a newspaper, enjoy an art exhibition, peruse all the notices, step over escapees from the crèche area and be ignored unless the receptionist is looking up. I make a point of saying hello to a lone woman using a laptop or a group of men playing dice for those may be the only ones I talk to all day, being a lonely widow like.

The Mill has regular art exhibitions and workshops attached. The workshops are usually pennies and submitting work for exhibiting is a tenner a time or a fiver for the unwaged and poor. You see that’s another hub which makes you stick to deadlines and get art work done and finished. Professional and amateur and less than that art offerings are hung on the same walls. My postcard drawing in the past rubbed edges with Grayson Perry’s treasure. I was big-headed then. He never came to see.

There is always a launch night full of grub and drink and Mo welcoming in her own generous way ladling out Mill Punch. There is no membership to go to either the workshops, to present art for submission or to get into the crowded launch nights.

This February 2nd is the launch of “Ink Press Go!” an exhibition about printing by local printers and those having a go at getting down and dirty. It’s also the date of all things India at the William Morris Gallery. Oooh. Choices especially as frequent guests and visitors to The Mill, artist and volunteer Hassan and textile artist Sba, are doin’ their thin’ at WMG.

Want to see real posh? Then William Morris Gallery may be your niche.

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*Here is Wetlands Steve post at Facebook just now.

A peek inside the 1864 Coppermill Tower at Walthamstow Wetlands, which is currently being renovated and converted into a viewing platform, which will offer visitors spectacular panoramic vistas across Walthamstow Wetlands, the Marshes and the Lea Valley. Accessible via lift, the viewing platform will also provide a viewpoint with a wide unbroken field of view from which to spot birds at great distance. Inside the entrance to the viewing platform, there will also be a display about the history of the building and the watermills that have been on that site for over 1000 years.

In 1864, the East London Waterworks Company, added the tower to the rest of the Coppermill building which was built in 1806. The tower which is built in the arcaded Italianate style, is an elaborate chimney for the venting of steam from a Cornish Bull Engine which was housed in the tower to pump water.

The building is called the Coppermill because it was owned by the British Copper Company and used to roll copper from 1808-1859.

It is just the tower that is being opened to the public in the Autumn of 2017, the rest of the Coppermill building will continue to be used by Thames Water for training and storage.

issue 48 Up Your Street

Sat 23rd Nov  free 11-3pm Community health event at  Asian Centre, Orford Road E17

                             £1.50  10.30am – 4.30pm Bruce Castle Museum Vintage Fayre.

Sun 24th Nov free 11am members screening of “Saving Mr Banks” at Stratford and Hackney Picturehouses

                              free 11-3pm Pump House Museum, South Access Rd E17 . Car-less boot sale. Free entry to museum too,

Mon 25th Nov   £3 2-3.30pm.Stratford Circus. Age Well actors.

Tues 26th Nov free 2-4pm  Carer support
  • Chingford Assembly Rooms, Station Road, E4

Thurs 28th Nov £2  7.15pm Haringey Independent Cinema, West Green Learning Centre. ” Cathy Come Home” screening.

     free  6-8.30pm free cooking workshop Waltham Forest College E17

Sun 1st Dec          free Open Day at Three Mills Bromley By Bow with guided tours.

                                  free 2.30pm David Boote leads a walk

A reminder that our next walk , starting and finishing in front of the Library on Chingford  Green E4 7EN (cafes and shops nearby; a good choice of bus routes and 10  minutes from Chingford Station). is on 1st Dec.  Some rough surfaces and some soft muddy  surfaces (not too bad today); unsuitable for baby buggies and  wheelchairs.
David Boote Walking Free in Waltham  Forest

Wed 4th Dec        free 6-7.30pm Poetry sharing group at the Centre For Better Health, 1a Darnley Road Hackney.

Thurs 5th Dec      free 5.30-8.30pm Hackney Museum Poetry evening with The Wordlovers Society hosted by K G Lester. Refreshments too.

Mon 9th Dec         free First day to view  the  RAGWORKS exhibition at the Centre for Better Health Hackney.

                                  £3 Old Town Hall E15. Tea dance 1.30-4.30pm

Thurs 12th Dec   £2.50  1pm Hackney Picture House “Reminiscence Screening” “The Bishop’s Wife”.

Sat 14th Dec        free  7.30 for 8pm News From Nowhere Club. The Epicentre West St E11. Bring a dish to share on a cold winter’s night. Poetry & Place: Reading Poetry Through Maps Speaker: David Amery

                                free 1.30-2.30pm Showcase for Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage. Aveling Park Community Centre in Lloyd Park E17.

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Over 80s at Lea Bridge Library

Well a lovely crowd  of seniors came to the Lea Bridge Library social with Up Your Street, an event managed by 4Diversity: Together As One. good life

We had the Mauritian ladies from Sara’s tea club which meets every Thursday at the  Noor Ul Islamic Trust E10, Hackney tea-dancers, some people from a local church and a local synagogue, octogenarians, a young 59 year old, and a director from Age UK.  Couldn’t have been better. Free raffle, free tea and biscuits, and jolly good company and then along came our first ever guest, Mr David Boote of Waltham Forest Walks.

The topic was ‘Local History’ kicked off by people volunteering their own descriptions of where they live and what’s to know. Actually it was the “United Dairies” painted and faded block capitals on the opposite wall from where we sat which sparked off the talk.from lea bridge libray

It was great to hear stories of characters and buildings just up the street. Of course much of the history doesn’t belong to all the group members we welcomed today and believe me, we’re working on that. Cllr.Patrick Vernon OBE initiated a programme called “Routes” which gives everyone a sense of where they came from and where they are in their community now, who left a mark and who is leaving an heritage to celebrate. Brilliant workshops if ever you get a chance.  At today’s meeting three of the people had actually attended Patrick’s workshops in Hackney.

David Boote holds a wealth of information in his head and shares it in his booklets. Try to go on one of his Waltham Forest walks. Free and healthy.

The community room is nice and big, clean and airy and newly carpeted. People liked it today. The raffle prizes were “Silver Screen” dvds, perfume, necklaces, notelets, candles and such like.

Lea bridge library staircaseLibrary staircase.

Ebony responded to my “Wanted” post on Freecycle.org and brought up brand new mugs for the seniors. Biscuits too. Sorted!

the history of Walthamstow

Thursday evenings at Ye Olde Rose and Crown in Hoe Street E17 is a cheap workshop given by Radical History Group with Neil Houghton presenting all about what went down in E17. It is fantastic because us 50 + group of interested residents and locals have to be hands on . On Thursday we researched census returns and learnt to smash all our assumptions and to reference and record. Love it. What a history! Next week is all about the poor.

It’s not as you imagine in any which way. Neil surprises us always and we are a good bunch of people not diverse culturally (by looking) but diverse in our reasons for attending. David Boote from Walthamstow (free) Walks comes too and what with Roger Huddle there we get to know what’s coming up and what we can join.

The pub is great. Every Thursday there’s a vintage dress sale. I just like to touch; it’s like going through my mum’s sparse wardrobe in the fifties.The dresses are reasonably priced (forty quid and lowering weekly) and some are even bigger than size nothing!

Opposite the Ye Olde Rose and Crown is La Delice a favourite eaterie for many Dalstonion look alikes . Yeah I said it. It is clean and busy. Mind you I waited ten minutes for a hot chocolate. The food is great looking but I hate to open my purse sometimes and time was against me on that occasion.