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They came from all corners of east London. Jan had her knitting out and her chuckles too and in came Glenys from Ilford. Sylvia sprouted in her glory from Stratford and three friends from different parts of Leyton presented thamselves. Radha flowed in from Leytonstone and we supped tea, munched biscuits and felt good settled in our old age and company ready for “Old Women Talking” at Hackney Museum for Anti-University 2017.
It was an unstructured, unrehearsed event and after a little interview with Emma Winch we got our mouths and fingers busy. We naturally fell into conversation and were a team together sporting crochet brooches and sticking bits of material onto a bigger fabric to make a wall-hanging to leave in our wake just to show we were there and did what we said we’d do and that we were seniors including ourselves in the wave of events weird and wonderful around Hackney this week.
We particularly enjoyed Radha’s puberty stories from Mauritius and her longing for the genteelness of Bath. Paddy Pat entertained us with stories of late night capers but all the merriment was after a great discussion about the way seniors are targeted by scammers and how loneliness affects every generation. Sylvia had attended the Alzheimer’s Show in Olympia yesterday so was freshly pressed as an alert older woman. We were a busy bunch, writing our names, passing around flapjack, peeling satsumas, dipping into the glue, getting to know each other. When we go out to museums and art galleries, work shops and performances. installations and singing, pottery, drama, and all the rest we rarely sit and talk. Our average age was seventy. Yesterday some of us went to a Chinese Restaurant so were sharing reviews and laughing about how we time household chores because someone has to do them.
Why weren’t there any men? Well, we hardly know the men that do join in Up Your Street and also one of the aims of today was to squash any stereotypes about the interests of older women (who sometimes allow guys to dominate conversations). It was hard enough getting a panel as it was. People aren’t that ofay with the principles let alone the history of Anti-Uni. And we needed to trust each other which meant we’d shared spaces together before and managed and tolerated, even enjoyed that.
The high of my day was spoilt when in Roma Traveller Month, a ten year old Roma boy from Roma Corner was ready to punch me after he misunderstood something I said. It was such a playful remark I made, not one bit offensive but he stood in an aggressive stance. My worry was getting across my little something I said in a way he’d understand. In a grasped timely moment, I smiled and turned on my heel. Wouldn’t mind but I’m the only one up this road who even acknowledges the blighter’s parents by saying hello when I pass. Do the travellers and Roma know it’s their month. Does the Pope know it’s Ramadan?
After the day, I’m listening to and watching Chuck Berry and then I hope on some channel somewhere wotsisname is on talking with intelligence not heard in theses parts for a long time; Owen Jones.

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Thurs  Dec1st    free. Red ribbon day. Aids quilt exhibition happens over the coming weekend with a trail too.
Sat     Dec 3rd    free 11-4pm Leytonstone Library E11  Leyton & Stone Designers Xmas Market

                           free 10-6pm. Redbridge Central Library and Museum. The UK Aids Quilt goes on display at many other venues in London . Not seen for 20 years.
Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1EA (Thanks to Ian Visits for the info).
Tues Dec 6th      £1   10-12 Coffee and a  biscuit at The Mill.(fundraising)
Wed Dec 7th      free Up Your Street Community Group off to see Medieval embroidery at the V&A.
                           free 10.30-noon North Chingford Library ARTKEYS puppet workshop with artist Megan. Hosted by Hassan Vawda.
Thurs Dec 8th    free Mary Katherine Presents at East London Radio her magazine show for seniors. You can request music from 1950s-1990s. Good fun.
Fri     Dec 9th     free  Slippers For Shelter Day. Wear your pom-pom ones with gusto.
What’s at Hackney Museum

People Power: Black British arts and activism in Hackney 1960s-2000s

4 October – 21 January
Aspects of Black British arts and activism developed in Hackney since the 1960s.
Please note: the exhibition will be very busy until 3pm every day during October and November with visiting schools.

Sharing Our Stories: Jewish Stamford Hill 1930s-1950s

13 September – 17 January
A display of local people’s stories by Teen Action, a Chassidic Orthodox Jewish organisation for young women, and Hackney Museum.

The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles

21 November – 28 January
A selection of rare portraits portraying people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent in Britain during the Victorian era. In partnership with Autograph ABP and part of The Missing Chapter project.
PS. Autograph ABP in Rivington Street by Liverpool Street is selling its massive photographic books at half price. BARGAIN.
PPS Met other familiar seniors and some Up Your Streeters at La Bella Vita by Tesco up in Leytonstone. Rate that highly. Great food and service. It was a busy popular place indeed. I had a bacon and mozzarella toasted granary bread sandwich with mustard sauce on rocket and posh tomatoes for £4. Now I am the one who will say” £4 for a sarni!”  Not this time. Delicious. I was having a project planning meeting with Mary Katherine at East London Radio. All will be revealed in the New Year. Just to say we are doing it for ourselves.
Keep warm.

 

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Issue 37 Up Your Street

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At the PictureHouses this week there’s Spectre out. Become a member of

Silver Screen

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Tues 27th Oct free  6.30pm Chapel Cinema in St Margarets Bethnal Green.”West Side Story”

African Threads – Hackney Style

Tues 27 Oct free , 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm

Create textile designs, patterns and prints with a professional textile artist. Supported by Hackney Learning Trust.

BHM

“Hackney Fashion

Wed 28 Oct free 2pm-4pm

Design fabulous fabrics and fashions inspired by Hackney and Africa.

Music of African and Caribbean Memories

Wed 28 Oct   free 11am-1pm. all ages

Come and enjoy music of African and Caribbean roots from the past 50 years; song-sheets and percussion will be provided and participation is encouraged. The Spitz Charitable Trust brings music workshops to older people in care homes and links them with young people to reduce isolation, improve well-being and create a positive impact on the lives of everyone involved. Free entry. ” (from Hackney Museum website)

Wed 28th Oct free 2-4pm Leyton Library E10. Henna Workshop. Book at Eventbrite

                              £5 1.30-4pm Chingford Assembly Hall/E4. Tea Dance

Thurs 29th Oct free  Coffee cake and book group 10.30-11.30am Hackney Library with Lydia.

“At our cake and reading  meeting, we’ll be discussing The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale. Please note you’ll now need to reserve this title from our library catalogue. Reserve online or pop into one of our libraries around the borough. Contact adrian.morris@hackney.gov.uk for further details “.

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The Wordlovers Society Clapton library

Second Tuesday and last Thursday of each month, 5.30pm-7.45pm

A group for anyone interested in poetry and creative writing. Bring your own work to read or perform to the group. All abilities welcome. Facilitated by writer KG Lester. For more information email tyaxx@hotmail.com.

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                          free 6.30-7.45pm African Threads exhibition with a connected talk-time at Hackney Museum called  The Textile Trade

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Fri 30th Oct free 6.30-9.30 QEOP Timber lodge Pop Up Arts festival via Univ College London Book at Eventbrite and dress for the cold windy open space that is QEOP. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Sat 31st Oct free 11-1pm Chinford Library “Black Superheroes” animation fest with Tony Warner  Eventbrite for tickets.

Loads of events coming up in November at Hackney Picture House and Open School East in De Beauvoir posh Hackney  and all over. You will be informed. There’s my Facebook Page too Up Your Street which is way ahead. And then Whitechapel for the November Writing Festival. And Bangla Drama Season at Brady Arts. E1.

Local Roots and Global Routes. Hackney mais oui.

Well, on and on we go. Aren’t we there yet?

What I learnt today. I learnt that what I said years ago is confirmed by the learned. That is , that you cannot describe and share an heritage unless you touch on everything; the art, the stories, the language, the this, the that,  and that’s why all those community projects are recruiting artists and archivists to raise self-esteem in battered and abandoned communities by making those communities’ histories visible and comfortable. So you can’t teach about Black History in any month if you haven’t Kindled some black authors and got under their skins, if you haven’t boiled some grits, if you haven’t followed some threads like tie-dye techniques and batik-bashing. The once Niger-dwelling slave didn’t grow into her shackles. She had a life with her clan, a place in her hierarchal society, words of a language, and was just getting on with life like every ancient did. Her DNA travelled everywhere not just to cotton plantations. Her bone-dust blew into every continent and rested with penguins on ice.

As Black History Month’s been around for ages, then it must be that teachers were teaching only about slaves, numbers. numbers, slaves or the students this evening at Hackney Museum’s launch of their educational pack about enslavement and its connection to Hackney wouldn’t have been adamant that they’d never heard about so much of what was in the pack and that their own history was a negative one always about Africans as slaves. Or the fact is that they and their teachers needed skills in research methods. A quaint example was the fact that those kids who could write journals in the nineteenth century and ate from posh  china plates went on sugar strike to support the Abolition  of Slavery Bill.  That’s a bit like people not drinking Nescafe coffee because of the link with babies dying from cholera-saturated water in their formula milk. Global awareness is old aged.

The evening was brilliant in its welcome, its programme and in its staging. I support Hackney Museum because it has always been aware of its community a bit like Tesco being the first supermarket to sell okra in 1971. The community education officer is good down-to-earthiness. That job’s cut as from March 2015. The film was short enough. The poetry, the singing and the unscripted exposes about their classroom experiences by school and college students were ace.   “A Raisin In The Sun” is on telly as I write.

I’m going to read through the pack with an eye out for teaching outcomes and the provision of learning strategies for children with special needs.

In the seventies Gus John toured the large urban UK cities inciting teachers to force their employers, the local authorities with tremendous responsibility for education, to  recognise the black child in the classroom. He’s seventy this year and there are events to celebrate that and his tireless work to equalise our society. I have never seen him smile, never.

Updating that I’ve perused the pack and am NOT happy.I am going to challenge myself to get to grips with a critique. How to make enemies and lose friends. On it.

Mixed race and highlights

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Bussed out yesterday having done a session at Eastside Community Heritage all about interviewing for oral history archives. Any course by Eastside is organised and worth it.

On then towards Upminster for Valence House Museum. Hmm. Cheap hot chocolate £1.Ticked that off our lists. The people of Becontree (so that’s how you spell it!) are as friendly as pie. Proper chatty east enders.

Back then to the best museum for miles, Hackney Museum, where young Patrick Vernon was ruminating about Slave Routes and his adventures in Kenya to follow the route of the slaves from east Africa. The time slot was too thin. It was a rushed affair. We sat enveloped by beautiful NHS nurses smiling in their photographs. The Hackney Museum always has great temporary exhibitions and of course magnificent permanent ones. The welcome is warm for one and all.

I knew Patrick from way back when as a participant in his Routes project at Pages in Clapton and at Hackney Museum. I love words of passion shared.

Canning Town has been in my head since joining the Eastside Community Heritage and researching about shipbuilding in east London back in the day. I was always curious about the Mixed Race population of Canning Town in 1933 as an acquaintance of mine was born there in 1933. We had her all lined up to be interviewed a couple of years ago but the funding for another reminiscence project never came through. Now there’s NDP in Newham up and running doing its mixed race exhibition from research in the area. Iroko Theatre Company in Stratford had already done and recorded a tribute to the African genes in Canning Town in the thirties. (See what I mean about ‘another reminiscence project’?)

All links in nicely with Up Your Streeters having participated in Dr Massey’s “Tangled Roots” which raises and records the force of the increasing mixed race population in the UK.

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                          Gypsy and Roma Month in Hackney . Up Your Street presents Issue 23.

Mon 3rd June  free noon -2pm Lea Bridge Seniors with Up Your Street at Lea Bridge Library E10. Guest speaker Jan talks about Spitalfields and its recent tourism. We have a  raffle, free refreshments and provide jolly good company

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Wed 5th June    free 7.30pm. Rich Mix in Bethnal Green. Presenting Ukrainian Literature.(Thanks to Derek Prince for the info.) No need to book.

                                free 10-4pm The Mill E17. Sprout There! Sale of herbs, cosmetics and more.

Thurs 6th June free 6-9pm. Boxpark in Shoreditch. A Photographic exhibition aimed at bringing social positive change through images. No need to book .

                               free 4.30pm Hackney Central Library launches  GYPSY ROMA MONTH: Explore the history, culture and languages of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Hackney this month. The London Gypsy Orchestra plays. Always an excellent evening showcasing Irish dancing and etc. Free refreshments.

Fri 7th June       £3 10.30-12.30pm Lea Bridge Library Community Room. Elders’ Story telling workshop and quilting with Sara. No experience necessary.

                              free 2-3pm New Hall at Claremont Project in White Lion St, Islington.. For members. Just join on the spot! See and enjoy Oh La La! a French jazz band . Cuppa and cake for 20p. Marvellous.

                              free 6.30-9pm St Mary’s Community Centre in Upper Street with the  Stuart Low Trust hosting an evening of  Quilts and poetry.IMAG002416A RAGWORKS Quilt

Sat 8th June     free noon -2.30pm History n Herbs. Walking the Marshes with HedgeHerbs

                                 free  7.30pm. The Epicentre E11.  Bring a dish or snacks to share.  “News from Nowhere” presents a life of “Hancock”.

                                 free  7.30pm John Arthur, the Walthamstow Bard, is playing in the closing evening party  event   at the Holloway Arts Festival   at the  Whittington Park. Community Centre  ,Yerbury Road, N19 4RS    near Upper Holloway  station.

Sun 9th June     free 2-5pm Dalston Eastern Curve Garden by Dalston Junction. Veggie taster session and sale of food grown in the Garden.

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Free exhibition at Chats Palace, Brooksby’s Walk Homerton. Exhibition of posters from the archive. You must email www.chatspalace.co.uk to find out when the Palace will be open for you.

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Coming soon

Sat 15th June  11-2pm. From The Children’s Centre, Cathall Road E11………

CLOTHESCYCLE We are having a nearly-new and second-hand clothes sale at Langthorne Park, Leytonstone E11″.

Please bring any clean women’s or children’s clothes you wish to donate before 14th June

Sat 15th June 8-6pm.  RANG is on its way. Art in Wood Street, E17.  The road will be closed for the major Walthamstow event.

Coming in a fortnight or so. free at The Centre For Better Health 1a Darnley Rd, Hackney. Come and share your poems and short stories. If you are an aspiring writer, well-spoken poet or like to write for fun; join us at the Centre from the 19th June 2013. Open Poetry…takes place every fortnight on Wednesdays. Refreshments too.

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Issue 16. Up Your Street

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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,

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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

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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

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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.

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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).

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Hackney Museum

Rain, rain, rain and into Hackney Museum which was swamped by buggies and babies as Maddy was doing her Friday sessions of Sing-along-with-Maddy (see Stroll London listings http://www,strolllondon.wordpress.com)). If ever there were a museum which reached out to the community and has relevant exhibitions, this is the one . Things are set to get even better as a re-vamp and re think are underway to trawl out the nets and haul in the punters . Museums are businesses.

I’d wended my way from Walthamstow to visit two exhibitions and to sign up for the many workshops on offer. (Who knew?) Firstly there was The Core Arts exhibition of art work by people who are diagnosed as having a mentally ill status and then the collection of Hackney’s oldest photographs, photos of the rich and influential e. g Booth of Abney Park Cemetery  and Sally Army fame

.2013-04-12 10.31.50  There’s a video playing in the corner of the artist Jacqueline Chin dancing to her own music against a background of her own paintings. Jah Rastafari!

The whole exhibition is well-presented with interactive elements and lots to smile at. Each artist describes herself/himself in terms of mental states and where they are now.

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There’s an excellent display of visual information about how east London did not care for their insane fellows and how drugs took the edge off whippings. I come from a childhood near Colney Hatch Lane and children and adults regularly taunted each other with “You’ll end up in Colney Hatch” a well-known North London suburbs lunatic asylum. Goodness knows what was going on in there in the fifties.

Ghostly was the photographic display. I too have hundreds of 1800’s sepia photos all un-named and maybe useful one day. Doubt it. It was hard to read all the information with mummies reading aloud stories to Tarquins in the same space but hey, that’s a community museum.

Well worth the 48 bus ride.

Jumble sale at Hackney’s Hospice in Mare Street on Saturday 13th April. Is it that time already?

Issue 20. Up Your Street. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

                                         Issue 20.  Up Your Street

Mon 3rd Dec   free 7-9pm Leyton Community Association meeting (LCA) Saint Mary’s Church Hall, Lindley Road, Leyton E10 6QT (near the junction with High Road Leyton)

 Tues 4th Dec            free  to invitees (phone Hackney Museum for a place) 10-4.30pm  A day conference with Mapping The Change to shape in our community the Legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Hackney PictureHouse and Museum.

Wed 5th Dec    free  6.30pm The Mill E17, Drop in to knit. Any level welcome.

                              free  5-7.30pm Choice in Hackney event…

Alex Rook, well known human rights lawyer, and Ellen Clifford of Disabled People Against Cuts will discuss accessing Community Care Support and disability benefits during times of austerity.  Refreshments   City and Hackney Carers Centre Conference Room. 5 TYSSEN STREET, Hackney, E8  Disabled access. Email: info@choiceinhackney.org

Sat 8th Dec       free  11am Craft Fayre at Sutton House Homerton Rd Hackney.

                                 £5 donation 7pm Chats Palace Brooksby’s Walk, Homerton Rd Hackney. Unfinished Histories Christmas Quiz Night

“Unfinished Histories is a project recording British Alternative Theatre, 1968 -88, through interviews and the collecting of archive material. Companies involved were among some of the first Black, Asian, lesbian, gay, women’s, disabled, political, experimental, TIE and community-based theatre groups seen in Britain. Work ranged from experiments in physical and visual theatre or performance art, to vernacular drama, agit-prop and satire, championing a generation of artists whose work has influenced and shaped present day theatre.”

Sun 9th Dec     free   11 am Craft Fayre at Sutton House Homerton Rd Hackney

Mon 10th Dec  free   12.30-2pm .Christmas social for seniors with Malcolm’s Dance Classes at 28 Powell Rd E5

Tues 11th Dec   free 2-4pm Christmas Party  at St Andrew’s Church, Colworth Rd E11

Wed 12th Dec   free but book in advance.2-5pm Brady Arts Centre E1 Christmas tea dance for seniors.

Thur 13th Dec £2  7.15pm  West Green Learning Centre, Tottenham.  Coen Brothers  film “Burn After Reading” hosted by Haringey Independent Cinema. Another shorter film too. In the break to celebrate the season there will be mulled wine and samosas. Event all done by 9.50pm.

£2.50 1pm Hackney PictureHouse Reminiscence Screenings Charlie Chaplin in “The Gold Rush” Best seats in London! The Tower Hamlets U3A keeps the price down for us from the usual £4 a time. Cheers U3A!

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Vintage TV has started its “Simply Having A Wonderful Vintage Time” Christmas programmes. Interesting archive films and excellent editing.

Exhibitions.

Until  31 Dec. free  Photographic exhibition ” Art In The Community,”  The Salvation Army , 122-124 Lower Clapton Road E5

                         free.                   Hackney Museum (not Mondays) “Independence”. Excellent exhibition showcasing Jamaica and its tie-in to Hackney.

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Next Up Your Street listing will be for the festive season and the last of the year so if you have any events to share please email them to me at gillianamuir@aol.co.uk

Hackney on a freezing afternoon

032There’s a great art exhibition on at present at the Centre for Better Health. Hear me, put a chair or two out for spectators to sit and soak in what they are looking at. You can’t whizz through art which needs some translation in the ole brain. There’s a load of technology being used in the structures made with obvious passion by five students, Lea, Karoline, Claire, Tony and Carolyn in their final year at the University of East London, Docklands. 2012-11-30 14.18.57

I took a trip out to UEL when it was hotter weather having mooched around the Stratford site for ten minutes to get a feel of the place for some potential students. UEL Docklands is beautiful and 2 minutes from the DLR station, not even that.

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City Airport’s over the road and stinks of flight fuel. The reception and security staff were kind and customer aware. Just like the reception staff at BSix in Clapton Hackney. Take note Rich Mix staff.

So the art at the Centre for Better Health is just great………………2012-11-30 14.17.46Back in the day when I was asked at my interview at Hornsey Art College what I intended to do after graduation, it was very clear that careers education  and advice had not been implemented in grammar schools and I gave a feeble answer, The governor shouted at me “We want people to design, design phones and other practical things”. Yep he got his wish. Smart eh?

Hackney Museum has a fabulous exhibition about Jamaica and Independence.

2012-11-30 14.45.57It is very well presented and absorbing. The exhibition even goes on on the floor by means of a great big spongy mat showing a map of the West Indian islands. Great. Lots of history is clearly documented on a timeline and all is relevant to Hackney onlookers. It is very popular with local schools. Well done Hackney Museum.

The Hornbeam Café’s staff had to call in support as the place was buzzing. There was a smell of freshly chopped vegetables and home-made soup, local women chatting about charity and vintage shops in the area, a young couple discussing meet-ups over a laptop, a cyclist in from the cold, a father with his little boy, Organiclea workers in and out for their tea breaks and there was I up on a ladder hanging RAGWORKS characters in the form of The Pied Piper with furry rats and Simon’s jolly Pie-man with a leg-caressing kitty-cat.

IMAG000927More RAGWORKS goes upstairs for the enjoyment of working groups and children in creches.

A very busy day of culture.