Issue 43. Up Your Street


Sun 13th Dec    free  7pm. Classical concert at St John at Jerusalem Hackney. Retiring collection of course.        Turn up.
                            free  6.30pm Hackney Singers (Thanks to Wendy for sharing). de Beauvoir St Pater’s Church. Concert for Hackney & Islington Winter Night Shelters Turn up.
Tues 15th Dec  free 6.45pm Chapel Cinema Bethnal Green St Margaret’s screening ” Elf Cinema”.                                   Turn up
Wed 16th Dec   free 11-noon Seated Zumba at Disability Hub 90 Crownfield rd E15                                                Turn  up
Thurs 17th Dec free 10.15-11.15 am Coffee and cake book group at Hackney Central Library discussing Lawrenson’s ” The Lantern “.Turn up
Sat 19th Dec    free  11 am Spitalfields Old Market Pop up Vintage Fair.
Wed 23rd Dec            The Mill @ Coppermill Lane E17 says
We will be closed from Weds 23 Dec 2015 to Mon 4 Jan 2016 inclusive “.
At various Up Your Street promoted events, Up Your Street’s Patricia volunteers and does the refreshments.
                                                                                    Pat's Caribbean Fare.jpg
She represented High Street Seniors at MUSEFest, a charity gig in Hackney  organised by women musicians . We’ll see her behind her Caribbean sandwiches in February.  Coming soon..
                                                           Merry Christmas

Issue 41. Up Your Street

                                                                 Issue 41  Up Your Street
Wed Nov 25th      free  10-5pm at Vestry House Museum E17.  Sba Shaikh’s commissioned exhibition for 50 years of Waltham Forest.
                            free  noon. Up Your Street Community Group off to V&A for Bejewelled
                            £7   6.45pm Panto with Hackney Circle at Hackney Empire behind you. (Up Your Street subscribers were kindly invited. Oh yes they were).
Thurs Nov 26th free   10.10am for an hour  Coffee and cake reading group with Lydia at Hackney Central Library. Come and see.
                                    Email me if you want to know the book
                                    plus there’s a month long exhibition by Caribbean Elders: crafts, crochet and paintings. Super.
Fri Nov 27th        free      2-4pm Hassan hosts for Rosetta Art Centre a tour and workshop of Fabric of India at V&A.
                                 Phone /email RAC. Up Your Street subscribers were kindly invited.
                            free     2-4pm British Museum and a Tea ceremony exposé for seniors only.
                            free     2-5pm         Making talismans at Kentish Town. Check Eventbrite for tickets
                          £16.50 7pm  LCV and Mahogany at St John At Hackney, by  Narrow Way, Lower Clapton, Hackney.     
                                  A performance by a 100 strong choir including local singer/songwriter Neech . 
Tues Dec 1st      free 1-5pm drop in.UCL University College London Museum free drawing workshop (Goodge Street)
Wed Dec 2nd    £4 noon-3pm The Posh Club St Paul’s Church Stoke Newington. Tea food entertainment  phone H on 07938985644
                             for a place. No point going early as you wait in the cold.
Fri Dec 4th        free  5pm. Swapping begins at 6 ish. Art Swap Rosetta Art Centre. Hamilton Road  West Ham. Fun, art, tales.
                             Take along a piece of your talent and swap it.

Silver today

Hackney Museum was just busy and buzzing all morning. The one mistake about the African Threads Hackney Style exhibition  is that it is crammed into a small space.  I know Hackney people,- Gawd bless ’em,  gov- like to live on top of each other but the exhibition space is a danger area what with kiddies on the floor copying Adinkra and people getting in front of others viewing the video. There is too too much to internalise on one visit. It’s all free too. So repeat the visit.

Fashion and textiles design entrepreneur, Honey, guided us around the white area, the whatever area and we saw cotton looking like wool and bark being transformed into cloth and a nod to The East India Shipping Company. We are allowed as adults to feel the cloth, (V& A faint, ) and know we are amongst the history of people of colour with a thousand references to the nasty slave owners but a great emphasis on how Hackney was “back in the day”. Well, it was green fields and rich owners of mansions who wore wigs and employed servants and where did they go to the toilet?

We were at a textiles workshop where some mums came an hour late with their offspring. The advertising had been diverse and so no-one could be blamed but I did leave way ahead of time to give space to the little ones.

Out into the sunshine but only after I’d checked the well-presented exhibition in Hackney Central Library. And after I’d been issued with my coffee and cake reading club current book.

Straight into the Hackney Picture House with ten minutes to go before “SPECTRE” Well. last week I’d endured “Suffragette” but today there was that proper cinematic experience with LOUD music and trembling seats. For a fiver on my Silver Screen ancient membership I got to see the film, drink a hot chocolate and eat their biscuits. Well bargain as a London hot chocolate costs more than the tin. The staff are just welcoming and lovely, I’d say. Spectre is amazing to quote the world but it is in  the old fashioned meaning of the word. It is nastily violent so I wonder why it’s a 12 A film. I mean I watched FGM videos so am used to huge violent scenes but a 12 year old except in a war zone or trekking through the Balkans is still innocent. I loved it all, came home  fried my own delicious chips then sold a painting.

Exhausted but  still kicking.

Strange how it’s kinda acceptable for grey James Bond to have a meaningful fling with a twenty something pouter. Talking of pouts my niece packed out of the world of Uni after two days (a record) and is about to have her self-esteem dragged to the ground as she flicks her locks at one modelling interview after another. Her mum and I have our wrinkly hands ready to catch her as she falls. Skyfall.

Issue 16. Up Your Street

issue 16

Up Your Street looking for free workshops, courses and outings, gatherings and activities to share with seniors around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

up_your_street_2[1] (2) St Joseph’s Hospice, Waltham Forest Walks,  films.

Fri 26th April  £6. 8pm “Growing Old Disgracefully” play at Redbridge Drama Centre and 29th April,

good life

Sat 27th April free  10.30 am Rich Mix Bethnal Green. “The History of Bangladesh” with The Brick Lane Circle group.

Tues 30th April free 2-5pm Hackney Museum ” Creativity for well-being workshop”,

Wed 1st May free The Mill Coppermill Lane E17 art exhibition (all media) and celebration:”Walthamstow Marshes” exhibiting into June.

                                         free 6-7.30pm Hackney Central Library. Meet author Louise Millar.

Thurs 2nd May free  10.30am – 2.30pm  with The Conservation Volunteers Haringey

Wonderful Woodlands at Lordship Rec

Continuing our work to create drainage to help alleviate flooding along the woodland footpath, this is an opportunity to learn the technique of building French drains that involves digging a ditch and filling it with recycled rubble and stones.

Meet: Downhills Park Rd. entrance of park, Tottenham N17


free 2.30-5pm Hackney Museum

Explore Your Own Creativity

and Ideas about Happiness

and Well-being

Choose to use art, sound, personal storytelling or theatre games as stimulants to explore and uncover your own creativity and happiness.

For People Who Access

Support Services:

free  6-7.30pm  Hackney Museum. Round table discussion on Arts and well-being.

With Health Service Commissioners, Health Practitioners and Service Users


Tues 7th May free 11am. Meet at the former cinema /Gala Bingo corner of Lea Bridge Rd and  Markhouse Road E17 for a walk into Leyton streets with Waltham Forest Walks. These walks are excellent and informal.


Coming soon…..

13th-17th May  free at St Joseph’s Hospice Mare Street, Hackney  is “Dying Matters Week”: A  programme of events outlining will-making and funeral arrangements, (details in Issue 17).



Went to Hackney Central Library at 6pm for a reading group treat, the showing by DVD of “Waterland”  based loosely on Graham Swift’s book. I was in agony, bored out of my head and had to decide whether to last out another hour after the first in order to look well-mannered. I was ready to climb over my chair and pull out my hair. I left.

The Attic over the road in the Hackney PictureHouse was presenting a contemporary music school’s show case evening. The venue is ace and the evening rounded off well.

Yes yes yes!

Started reading the set poems and short stories for my new course at The London Irish Women’s Centre. Just analysed the position of exiles and women in two male authors’ works. Hey, all good! We get to the girlies next session.

Really love the course already.  It is extremely well-structured, led by a university lecturer,  and already we know what is expected of us and what we can enjoy and reach in the next 10 weeks.

I’m looking forward to meeting real-life celebrated authors, to hearing how exiled Irish women feel about the other women they meet both in fiction and across London, and to listening to their and published stories. Mmmm.

Meanwhile whilst I awaited the launch of “Our African Roots” at The Hackney Museum last Thirsday, I went upstairs into Hackney Central Library and bought for 10p each 3 withdrawn books. One is “Novelty Cake-Decorating”, then Emma Donoghue’s “Room” (totally delapidated but it’ll do me) and Dreda Say Mitchell’s “Running Hot”. The Mill E17 reading group comes up next week and it’s Ballard’s “KIngdom Come”.(Just threw that in to show off).

I’m desperate for a very cheap copy of “Striking A Light” by Louise Raw. I keep checking Ebay because this weekend it’s no insertion fees for sellers and there’s a glut of new stuff up. Amazon is selling the book cheaper than Ebay. I’ll be lucky.