issue 31 Up Your Street

 

Tues 9th Sept free 9.30am. Supposed to book. Tech EE  Tea Party at EE shops all about the joy of tablets. Free cuppa.

 

                          free 11-2pm St Joseph’s Hospice Finding Space. Hackney Empire Elders invite newcomers to join in friendly afternoon meet-ups.

                          free 1-3pm Doodle time at St Joseph’s Hospice Finding Space.

Evening from 6.30pm at Brady Arts Centre Hanbury St  E1 for Benefit Gaza night.

Wed 10th Sept free Shiatsu taster sessions at The Centre for Better Health. Book at Eventbrite. The Centre for Better Health has some cheap and interesting courses. There is a strict code of conduct adhered to the courses on offer making it that all participants feel valued and get value for money. Very good too. For example besides being rude turning up thirty minutes late, it’s disruptive so you won’t get your seat. QED

free 1-4pm Happy Crafters at St Joseph’s Hospice Finding Space. No need to book.up_your_street_2[1] (2)

Thurs 11th Sept free 11-1pm Stratford Library 11am community chat with Rosetta Arts Centre. Join a project uncovering the forgotten history of the Harland & Wolff shipbuilders yard, active in the Royal Docks from the 1920s to the 1970s.They constructed the ill-fated Titanic.

 Contact office@ech.org.uk for more information . Eastside Community Heritage.

                                free 10-11.30am Canning Town Library (every second Thursday)Rosetta Arts Hub. Find out what the local creative community are doing in Newham and how to get involved!

                                   free 2pm The Mill E17  “Memory Catching” reminiscence sessions for seniors. You will be recorded!

 

                                     

 

Sun 14th Sept free  11am and 2pm tea at Valentine’s Mansion, Gants Hill .Book with Judith at office@ech.org.uk This is a reminiscence 90 minute session about WW1

Wed 17th Sept free  6-9pm Refreshments too. “East End In Flux” at Birkbeck Uni E15, What’s it all about this legacy in E20? Book at Eventbrite. One of the best meet-ups in the world.

Thurs 18th Sept £3 6.30pm 127 Stoke Newington High St n16.Monthly Knit Night

Join Maya for a social evening of knitting and fun. Bring your wool and needles, and let us knit together. All skill levels welcome! We’ll provide wine and snacks, and we’ll offer 10% off all yarns on the evening.
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Been to “More Soft” textiles exhibition yet at The Mill E17? Free. Super.
 
Advance notice  16th October is Anti-slavery Day. There’ll be a massive free art exhibition illuminating slavery and human trafficking in Plaistow. More information at Twitter @Breaking The Chains
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Hanging words out to dry AGAIN

Another washing line; this time an indoor rotary one on the fourth floor of the new Birkbeck Uni campus in E15. About thirty of us go-getter curious types assembled for discussion and debate with architecture experts from Birkbeck, and the locally based Fundamental  Architectural Inclusion.

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Who’d ever know that we meet let alone continue to do so in order to thrash out  our feelings and voice our observations about the London 2012 Legacy? The washing line was where we hung out our scribbled group offerings about regenerated areas. We had personal stories to tell about crime and heritage, history and economics. Not just sandwich-munching community peeps, we! Many of us were state pension age. We represented many walks of life and ethnicity. Well, it is Stratford.2013-09-01 11.26.43Colourful pineapple eh?

This was “East End in Flux” hosted by Leslie Topp and Nick Edwards and attended by subscribers to Up Your Street, mature university students and local east enders. It was extremely well organised as per and we were warmly welcomed. Cuppa tea? Yes please.

Learnt very little myself but enjoyed the experience. After lunch there was a (rescheduled)  walk around Stratford.

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I could not be asked. Those pavements have my carbon footprint echoing in them as I’ve walked the walk many times, pre Olympics and Paralympics, post Olympics and Paralympics and smack into the mystery of The Legacy.

Walthamstow, Hackney Wick, The International Quarter E15 and bake-house hot-house Hoxton were mentioned in corners of the room in terms of their arty incomers: Get me?

The major question was “Was the coming of The Olympics good for the east end?”

The responses were mixed veering towards guilty negative and enthusiastic positive. Mainly we defined ‘east end’ as Stratford and repeated how much of the rest of London apart from Hackney vehemently denied interest in The Games and hadn’t a googling clue about this Legacy thing. The transient nature of Stratford’s incoming residents was seen as an opportunity to shape the Borough to the needs of everyone and stop the outward movement of short-stayers. Participants were amazed at the new build rapid progress in Stratford and the sentimentalists wanted to save old buildings which at least give Stratford and Newham its identity.

All in all residents are not informed about the architectural so therefore permanent constructions in their neighbourhoods, less so those interested in the Legacy and living  outwith Newham. The Council it seems allows property developers to inform the neighbours. That’s crazy but usual as the same thing is happening in the regeneration programmes in Waltham Forest. Often people say “What’s that going to be then?” when a skyscraper hits the clouds. Even the local papers aren’t clear enough and more often what was a plan is reality overnight.

Rapid change can be depressing or rejuvenating to an invisible long-term east end council- tax payer, pensioner and resident. Meanwhile we all wait to see if the answer to the question is a resounding “Yes!” as we learn the language of the ‘engaged’, dip our feet into the many  pop-up restaurants, pop-up art galleries and pop-up theatres, look around for sister-cynics and repeat a positive mantra, “It’s good to talk”.