Up Your Street. Issue 8

 Sun 16th Feb free 10.00am – 2.30pm
Learn about tree pruning, woodland ecology and specimen trees. Wear warm clothes and strong footware. Maximum 12 people. Booking essential. . Stamford Hill Gates Abney Park Nature Reserve Contact: Russell Miller . Email: workshops@km551818.demon.co.uk Telephone: 07758 326530 pruning

Wed 19th Feb free 10-5pm (until 23rd Feb).Vestry House Museum .

“Waltham Forest has enjoyed a long association with the manufacture of toys. Our new exhibition looks at local toy factories – Wells Brimtoy, famous for their range of tin-plate toys and Britains Ltd, who ran a factory on Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow E17.IMAG010210

Visit this hands-on, family friendly exhibition to see the museum’s fantastic toys and games collection and find out more about these important local factories and the people who worked there.

There’ll be dolls, teddies, model train sets, boats, planes and more. Replica toys and games will be available for visitors to try.

Thurs 20th Feb free 7pm. Adult Drama Group. Improve your skills. Meet new people. Build confidence. Express yourself. Have FUN. Age group: 20-65. Round Chapel, Lower Clapton Road. Hackney Contact: Adele. Email: hackneydrama@yahoo.com Telephone: 07950 526 443sara words
Fri 21st Feb free 1.30-3.30pm For adult informal carers – Relationships & Communication.  St. Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, Hackney E8 4SA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Rachael Yearwood. Email: r.yearwood@sjth.org.uk Telephone: 0208 525 3140.




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).


issue 12 Up Your Street


                                                  Issue 12. Up Your Street

Sunday Oct 7th is Grandparents’ Day in UK

Sun Oct 7th free Meet 10am Liverpool Street station for a gentle walk around the churches of Shoreditch arranged by the East End Family History Group, Wanstead.

free  11-5pm  Rich Mix at  Bethnal Green. “Hair” joining the celebration of Black History Month .

Mon Oct 8th free  4pm The People’s Museum E15  East End social history talk.

free   6.30-8pm Newham residents talk about the Legacy at Chandos east Community Centre, 90 Chandos Rd e15. All welcome.

Tues Oct 9th free 1.45-2.45 pm St Joseph’s Hospice Mare Street. Informal string quartet recital by London Sinfonia. Just turn up.

Wed Oct 10th free 6.30-8pm  Stour Space, Fish Island . Newham residents debate the Legacy. All welcome.

free  11-4pm and ongoing, RAGWORKS exhibition at the Hornbeam Café Hoe st E17. (discarded textiles rescued and handmade into wall hangings)


                              free  12-2pm  Centre for Better Health 1a Darnley Rd, Hackney “Mental Health Day” topic about depression being a global thing with an invited speaker.  Phone to book.

Thurs Oct 11th free 10-noon “Making a will ” advice session at Finding Space The Hospice in Mare Street.

free   2-4.45  Advice session at St Joseph’s Hospice on the power of attorneys. Just turn up

free            6.30pm  Chandos Community Centre E15 .Community action meeting. All welcome.

free 12.30-3.30pm City and Hackney Carers Centre, 5 Tyssen St E8 , The Black and Ethnic Minority Working Group launch their new book”Take Control of Yourself/ Health” . Lunch provided generously.

Fri Oct 12th free  11-12.30pm Finding Space at St Joseph’s Hospice Mare St, Live music and a quiz or two .

free 2-5pm Open event at St Joseph’s Hospice .

Sat Oct 13th  free 7.30 for 8pm. Epicentre West St E11 The News from Nowhere Club buffet and talk about Quakers and peace. (Bring a dish to share).

Mon Oct 15th  free 11.30-4.30pm Beckton Community Centre . sporting action for seniors “Bring A Friend”.

Tues Oct 16th free 2-4pm St Andrew’s Church  Colworth Rd E11. Neighbourhood club. St John’s Ambulance demo about First Aid in the home

Wed Oct 17             free 6.30pm The People’s Museum e15 debate about The Legacy. Book at Eastside.

Thurs Oct 18        free  noon-4pm at Fields  Community Centre. Sport activities for seniors “Bring A Friend”.

Fr Oct 19th   £4  10-4pm Wellness Games at Brixton Leisure Centre arranged by Better, Get your participant or spectator place and lift to Brixton  through your leisure centre . All sports ie darts, bowls, swimminng and a picnic lunch, I believe.

free  2pm. The People’s Museum. E15. Talk on West Ham Speedway,

Sat Oct 20th  free 2,30-3,30pm   The People’s Museum E15 which closes down end of October. Talk: People with disabilities talk about that.

Sun Oct 21st  free noon-5pm no need to book The William Morris Gallery,Forest Rd E17. A walk and talk about art and poetry.

Tues 23rd Oct free  11am (repeated the Sunday at 2.30pm) .A David Boote Waltham Forest muddy walk entitled “an old road, three windmills and a boundary” going up to Chingford Hatch (bus back). Meet at Whipps Cross bus stand.

RAGWORKS @Hackney art launch/social

People banging on the front door, mobile phones going off, people coming in out of the rain, pottery students banging away in the next studio,,,,Aah the scene was set for the RAGWORKS launch. The thunder had been rolling all afternoon and Darnley Gallery’s manager had put on the radiators knowing guests may be wet, wet, wet.The serving wenches, well schoolgirls, were unable to make it through the storms in time for 4pm as school detentions took precedence so it was up to I the artist to polish up the glasses. Happiness was mine when I checked the Centre fridge to see the manager, Mr Wonderful, had placed in there all the wine from the Co-op so it was nicely chilled. .All good stuff at half price. Quids in. The tea trolley was all ready too.  All I had to do was arrange the kosher biscuits, the halal kebabs and non-animal gelatine sweets flavoured by carrots and soak in my art in a darkened Gallery before the lights signalled a launch on the hour. Peace, sitting in a refurbished Hackney basement on a garden level loving Red Riding Hood and Dr Foster and checking all bamboo canes were level. The manager had hung Roar, The Girl With The Pearl Earring and Jemima Puddle-Duck from the rafters which enhanced the installation giving the room a mystical curtained effect. Bravo!

Guests trickled in, some experiencing art exhibitions and galleries for the first time and the camera man, Leopold Naessens, with an accent on the first ‘e’, mais oui, came in laden with equipment at 5pm. One guest left to go on to The Royal Festival Hall; overloaded with culture I’d say! Someone kindly put the received flowers in vases and people sat down to tuck into good wine and nibbles.

The meat of the evening was people talking freely about art and they interviewing me almost formally on how I was inspired to create RAGWORKS. The joy was explaining my techniques and my passion.

Everything about RAGWORKS began in November 2011 with my seeing sumptuous material unbagged in a huge overflowing recycle bin outside Applejack, a textile manufacturer near to my house.  I thought ,”I could do something with that”. It was winter and even on snowy Tuesday mornings, the times when the borough recycle lorry carted away materials and cardboard boxes, I schlepped over to the factory gates way before the arrival of the lorry, and in the name of art, rummaged. What beautiful stuff. Twice I showed myself to the guy in charge  and begged material. Twice I believed I was a smell under his nose.  One morning he beckoned me to a lock-up and there inside were cartons of material he’d kept just for me. Enough to make an ole gal swoon, I tell you. It was heaven. That morning without dignity and for the sake of art, I carried bundles on my back , along the pavement, and in plastic bags which were ripping my wrists into redness.

I’ll explain the pattern- making in the RAGWORKS blog under “jackrags” as in Applejack .

The launch was a hoot. Everyone loved RAGWORKS and chose their favourite fairy-story character. There are 31 wall-hangings and only 13 on display at any one time in The Darnley Gallery. One guest had seen “Song-bird” based on Neech (www.neechmusic.com) at the Stratford east PictureHouse exhibition and was disappointed not to see it again. I directed her to the website/blogsite but knew that was a wasted affort. She remembered also “Tar-Baby” and we discussed how the title was deemed racist by some back in the day. (We don’t know who!). In March, I had mulled over whether to rename my design but went along the path of that that was how I knew the story in the 1970s when I was studying West African literature and repeating it to children in the 1980s. Tar -Baby it is and that design is mostly alien in form weighted heavily by a massive black fur hat.

Artist Debra Cadet-Wallace was a very welcome guest. I knew about her work through FaceBook and through visiting her web-site. She is familiar to many through posters promoting the force that is Stratford east Singers. The pair of us had to put our singing on the back burner because of art commitments. It was great to chat openly to another artist about the spirit, the soul and our passion embedded in our  work.

How lovely to come out of a lovely space, warmed with friendship and wine, into a still light and freshly washed Hackney evening . Thank you one and all.  Exhibition there until 27th April. Where did that month go? Part of RAGWORKS is at the Mill E17 for another week too. Hooray for wall spaces!

Leopold Naessens has some editing work to do! He reminded me that I have learnt, graduated, and enjoyed film -editing with the Documentary Film Group (DFG) and at The Learning Spaces in St Joseph’s Hospice. Hackney and sound -editing with Streetlife Radio. To me editing takes mega-patience. He is a patient guy. Leo did well for us and I am grateful that he did everything and  gave up his time generously. Camera work is his passion. Actually he also designed and produced the RAGWORKS logo. Tres bien!