issue 3 Up Your Street

Mon June 11th free  4-11.30pm.  Rich Mix, Bethnal Green. Taste of Poland art, food, culture.

Wed  June 13th  £2.50 4pm. Stratford east Picturehouse. film “Dorian Gray”

Thurs June 14th  free    6-8.30 pm Chandos Centre E15. Network and fun with Newham Council community engagement team.

free    7pm  Chats Community Palace launch of photo music exhibition. Brooksby’s Walk e5

Sat June 16th  free 9.30-5pm Ridley Road Market. “A Taste Of Hackney” project

by a Different Drum Productions which involved many

subscribers to Up Your Street shows off its wares and App.

free 10.30-3.30pm Book with Cheryl Bown at Hackney Museum, How to be aware of conserving your artifacts.

                            free   2-4pm Homerton Library .Gypsy music and Come Dancing experience!

free   7.30pm News From Nowhere Club @Epicentre E11 “The Poetry of Poverty” (bring a dish to share).

Free courses and workshops, up and down.

All happening!  The last of the cake-decorating classes in Holden Point passed yesterday with a fanfare of photography and certificates for those who were there at the right time.

Singing sessions with Stratford East Singers phased into its new time yesterday : Intense Wednesday from 7-9.30pm. Bit of Africa medley,  a la Lady Smith Black Mambazo*,  going on with some R&B stepped up and in. Nothing to complain about there as we have a teacher who is passionate about his work , is the TRSE Creative Music Director,  and  makes sure we are all engaged and on the note.  Observers came from another big event in its planning stage and clapped for us vigorously. All coincidental isn’t it that projects are busy involving the community ready in time for the Games?  That’s what I like about the Olympics and Paralympics on their way, that there are opportunities galore for seniors and others but I am, through Up Your Street, on the look out for free events and activities for those above 55.

Ballroom dance lessons close for the term soon at Round Chapel, Lower Clapton, Hackney and will go out with a sequinned flurry and a party. The Claremont Project in Islington will teach seniors ballroom dancing for £2 a go. Membership is free, smiles still being priced up.

“Still Alive And Kicking” with Songololo moved back to The Sharp End in Dalston after moving to Manor House and losing participants on the way. Live and learn!

GLL’s seniors’ sessions on Mondays at Kelmscott E17 satisfied the crowd and will get stronger as the weeks go by. 50p and lots to do.

Stratford Picture House continues to draw in seniors. Added to their viewing pleasure is a free archive exhibition all about Murray Melvin, the actor and archivist at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Murray will be in Leytonstone in March with the “News from Nowhere Club”. There’s also a season of London on Film happening at Stratford PH. That’s watching clips, eating popcorn and joining in discussions. The last one when “Bullet Boy” was screened was hot and contentious. Good to talk. I would have liked to see Openstage 2012 volunteers at Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) go into discussion groups to review the free shows they get to watch. Good to air opinions and be visible contributors.

“A Taste Of Hackney” , a Ridley Road intergenerational project, had teething problems and still needs Bonjela. It is being evaluated continuously but who knows if that is a a police thing where the only people who evaluate the actions of the police are in fact the biased police. Come now! At The Lawns in Daltson there is an Hackney Healthy Eating Project where yam is king.

So so much to dip into, enjoy and learn from. I waited years to join a free and comfortable singing group. Bingo.

*By the way, SkyArts  1 is showing Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Shabalala’s Zulu choir, in their 2011 concert at Hay.  Timely! Ugh, no eye-candy.

Issue 44 Up Your Street

( All correct at time of uploading)                             

Tues 8th Nov   free  11 am walk with David Boote
‘across Leytonstone heath’, at 11am.

repeated 2.30pm on Sunday 13th November, starting at
the Whipps Cross roundabout bus
terminus, and ending at Davies Lane.  This
is to be the first in a series of
local walks over the winter, revisiting
our open spaces, pointing out a bit
of history occasionally, in a relaxed

Wed Nov 9th    £3      3pm Tour of Sutton House, Homerton Rd, Hackney. The £3 is house entry and the tour is free and excellent. Cafe with hot chocolate and marshmallows too!

£2     10.30-12.30pm    Coffee Morning in aid of The Stuart Low Trust at 63 Theberton Street, Islington N1 0QY.

Thurs Nov 10th free      and 17 November,    10am-3pm Magical Meadows at Markfield Park.Completing the pond restoration and cutting meadows in the woodland and beds of the community nature garden, alongside preparing soil for community bulb planting and possible planting to create a new healing garden. No experience necessary. Tea, gloves tools provided. Meet: Outside Markfield Park cafe, N15

Fri Nov 11th     £2.50  1.30-4.30pm Tea dance at Stratford Old Town Hall. Old favourites for old soldiers.

free 2.15- 4.14pm     Gardening at The View Tube on The Greenway. And take home produce!

£9 (need to book) 7.30-10.00pm Grand Union Orchestra 11/11/11 Armistice concert and choirs @ Hackney Empire.

Sat Nov 12th  free but book with Eventbrite or call Whitechapel Idea Store. 2pm Guided walk with David Rosenberg re Cable Street history. Meet 2pm Idea Store, Whitechapel E1.

free 7.30pm Bring food to share “The Modern Olympics; A Troubled History”. Talk by D. Porter. The Epicentre,Cathall Rd E11 (257, W14 buses).

£5  7.30pm “Six Centuries of Song”, Classical concert at St George In the East, The Highway E1

Tues Nov 15th free 9,30am “A Taste Of Hackney” senior participants meet Colvestone School, Dalston see

free 8pm film ( to be announced)at Open The Gate, N16. Free film every Tuesday.

free 8pm Reading Group at The Mill E17. Potok’s “Chosen”

Wed Nov 16th £1.50 7.45pm Leyton and Leytonstone History Society. Talk entitled “Dubbin. Boots and Shin-pads” by D. Chapman and C. Kerringan about Leyton Orient at the Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club (fabulous bar), Oliver Road. E10

Thurs Nov 17th £4 Siver Screen at Hackney PH. Any screening before 5pm

free 6-7.30pm. “The African Diaspora approach to Family History.” Insights with Patrick Vernon of Hackney Routes project . Hackney Museum.

Sun Nov 20th free Stratford Lantern Parade (details soon)

free 12-3pm Community Planting day in Lloyds Park E17. Nothing heavy, whips.

£1      12-5pm Vintage Fair at Orford Rd Social Club, E17 £3 2-5pm Tea Dance at Finsbury Town Hall near Angel, Islington. £1 for tea and cake.

———————————————————————————————————— Mon Nov 21st free 11-1pm Games for seniors. Weekly sessions at Kelmscott Leisure Centre E17 ————————————————————————————————————

High Street Seniors today

Listing of events on a special issue for today’s walkers.

Showing activities needing pre-booking


Fri 14th Oct        free      Ridley Rd market Hackney .Meet the
leaders. Laura and Victoria from Different Drum Productions of an oral
project entitled
“A Taste Of Hackney” for seniors with stories of Ridley Rd Market.

Sat Oct 15th       free  as above

Mon Oct 17th  £2    tea dance 1.30-4.30pm Stratford Old Town Hall

                               Narrow boat trip but £15 excellent trip to Little Venice from Angel basin with The Stuart Low Trust.  Islington.

Tues Oct 18th  free noon at The Lawns, Matthias Rd. Hackney Confirm your interest in the “A Taste Of Hackney” project.

Wed Oct  19th  free  6.30-7.30pm. Reading group at Hackney Central Library “Room” by Emma Donoghue


“Hornbeam Centre”


Oct 23rd

8-11pm Women in Jazz at Open The Gate Stoke Newington

Oct 26th

Ceramics with Maria at 1a Darnley Rd Hackney.

                                           5 week course in clay work including printing
and glazing

                               . Highly
recommended by Up Your Street former participants. 6-8pm

                         5 weeks beginning 26th Oct.
£25 phone 02089853570 Ceramics course with Maria at The Centre For Better Health Hackney ,1 a Darnley Rd

free 10.30-11.30
am. Reading group with

cake and coffee at Hackney Central Library
“Money” by Martin Amis.

Mon  Nov 21st
Ceramics with Maria as above.

@Centre for Better Health. 5 week course
£10 for 5weeks .Excellent.