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).


Welcome to Leyton

Hello. Welcome to Leyton. Did you come far today? Oh you thought you’d try and see what’s on the other side of Stratford. Oops, careful. Mind that on the floor. Must’ve been from a seagull. Oh yes! The seagulls come in all the time. No, not really. Well, they don’t go  to the River Lea. No, well, there’s a landfill behind Orient Football Ground. Oh yes you’ve heard of Orient. Yes, sometimes it’s spelt “Lea” and sometimes “Lee”. Yes, in Leyton we say “The Lea” spelt “e a”: Well the people who have lived here all their lives. Okay, this is now Leyton Village. Oh yes , very colourful. We like to say a “pallette of paint”. Well mostly private businesses, perhaps family-run. Wel, there is one English shop down the road still left. Oh! You’re from Derby. No there isn’t a bank. Oh there used to be a NatWest and that was a Barclays over there.  That’s Coronation Gardens. Look though and you’ll see the bandstand. We have some concerts there. Oh yes, the park is used all the time. Oops, careful, that’s glass! Well often the post box is still there but no real post office. Ooh, there used to be a postbox here as well. Wow, it’s gone!  What? Would you like me to take you back to the station? No problem. Well that way goes to Leytonstone; there’s a tube station there and trains back to London, St Paul’s etc. Yes, a W15 bus, very regular. That way takes you to Hackney. No it’s not that bad at all now.  Yes, the children are indeed on holiday but we don’t think they’ll be rioting this summer. Hope not anyway. Ok, safe journey and thank you.

5 of many projects for everyone which are free and linking to the Olympic and Paralympic Games a-coming.

5 free major projects we need to know about. There are more to highlight. Meanwhile…No formal qualifications required. Contact details following but of course by that time you may have used a search engine to find out more!

Mapping The Change, starting September. A journalism course highlighting the changes in Waltham Forest in the lead up to the Games. Based in The Vestry House Museum E17.
Film -making at The Cyberlink, E10 . Recording changing Leyton. Introduction  3pm 25th July.
Mapping Your Manor, an arts project recording memories etc around the Olympic and Paralympic Games site perimeter.
Taste Of Hackney, starting September. an intergenerational Caribbean project involving film-making, recording of events, culinary memories in the Ridley Road market.
Imagine You Are Everyone, a performance with 139 citizens as the cast at The Yard, Hackney Wick beginning with an introduction on August 3rd.

The Sahara Grill and Leyton

Re Riding Hood was jam-packed this afternoon. I met many people with views on what they want next year through my volunteering with Open Stage 2012. The whole place was buzzing and the bar and restaurant were rammed. The workers are always welcoming and smiley….adds a lot.

I am doing my best to highlight Leyton as the place to come to for shopping and eating, entertainment and wotnot. Can be an uphill task when everywhere building works are in place especially towards the Site  (Olympic and Paralympic Games). New restaurants are springing up too but if you read the reviews you’d hesitate, I am about to try The Sahara Grill with a review rating of 6/10. It’s a 5 minute walk from Leyton Station and looks beautiful from outside. But look at what’s around it? Even after the cuts, Waltham Forest council promised to clean up the High Street leading to the Site. I see many shuttered hovels. Of course shop owners can do something but do they? Go on the bus from Drapers (doomed) Park opposite the Sahara Grill and as you get towards the mecca that is Bakers’ Arms, count the betting shops. William Hill is obviously too too rich! Love that man.

Anyway guess what? Yes I saw it. I did. A tree in blossom, small but visible behind the road in front of the construction work going on where the Working Men’s Club stood like only yesterday.

On that warming note I won’t go on about the Lego advert on telly. Just watch it and listen with mother. No worse than the Fairy advert or Nisa. All about the role play, eh? I was on a film course and after watching a film we were asked why we thought the main guy was angry with his wife  (it was all about the grieving for a dead child…am I allowed to say that in the light of the Eastenders furore?) so we all put forward our arty farty filmy suggestions involving fade outs and time viewer perceptions then up sparks one of us women. “It’s because his wife hadn’t put his dinner on the table.” Joy to the teacher who got out of that one in a PC manner. I just fell into the pit that was the fifties.