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!

Up Your Street. Issue 10


Up Your Street issue 10

Tues 19th Mar. free. 2-4pm Reminiscence Cafe at Bruce Castle Museum  in North London. Sharing memories about “Ballroom to Rock  N Roll”.

Wed 20th Mar.  free    1.30pm outside Highbury & Islington Station

Mr Luks Meeme walk, Underground to St. Paul’s. All welcome. Bring a packed lunch and water/juice.

See and talk about St. Mary Le Bow Church and Bow Bells!
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Millenium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and much more.

Thurs 21st Mar free noon-3pm The Big Dig. Chandos Community Centre E11. Starting the community garden. Refreshments provided.

Sat 23rd Mar  free 10-noon Mary Katherine Presents silver sounds and golden oldies at Streetlife Radio. Mary fahey Mary enjoying her local.

                          free  noon-4pm  Spring Extravaganza. Vicarage Rd Community Centre E15 Family event with workshops and displays.

                       free 10.30-4.30pm. Bruce Castle in Haringey. Mad March Vintage Fair. Thirty stalls and a Vintage Cafe.

***************************************** Up Your Street likes Freecycle.org Waltham Forest and Hackney.

Hornbeam Cafe in Hoe Street E17 has its own eco-friendly champion mugs for sale at a fiver each.

The Mill E17 is about to host another exhibition. This time it will be about the Walthamstow Marshes.