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