Oh my giddy aunt.@duckielondon

Moan, moan, moan. It’s £3 when it would have been £23 in 1998. POSH Club is priceless in terms of quantity and quality of grub and the professional variety acts.

I asked for some feedback to see how people enjoyed themselves in Upper Hackney. Selfish some.

“Oh the sandwiches were full of mayonnaise. Can’t stand that.”

“I’m diabetic so I don’t want loads of cake”.

“I’m bringing my own food next time.”

What? what?  what? This is the fickle older generation, those who in 1953 when they were scoffing ham on the bone and real tasty beef sausages, ‘never had it so good’. Remember Chris Rock making us hoot going on about fussy eaters and lactose intolerance being a fashion like fluffy doggies in handbags? It seems seniors lost their manners when they found a voice. Diabetes, mayonnaise allergy, being old gives you no excuse to be ungrateful.

Bring your own food, pay out your three quid which is less than the taxi you took, but leave your negativity at home.

For many people the afternoon out is a treat. Any event for seniors where a cup of tea is on offer in a proper cup is on to a winner.

auntie Joan

I was never happy about the Club being advertised as for the poor of the borough and then amused when another ‘ad’ described POSH Club as being for the working class of Hackney. Ooh did a Hipster get a dig there ? On the BBC Radio 4 interview there was a tickle of patronising going on whereas the seniors were just saying it like it is.

“I go to tea dances, museums, keep myself active”.

“I don’t mind settling down again”.

“I have every video of Elvis in Las Vegas. I am Indian, brought up in Israel and came here in 1960 when trolley buses were about.”

People want to talk and be visible. Jean described how her mother relished the POSH Club as an afternoon outing instead of being indoors all day. She said there wasn’t anything for older people.

I beg to differ. Hackney? Hackney’s got it sewn up for oldies and always has. There’s loads going on admittedly not so much in these freezing days. Whereas Waltham Forest is right down there in the doldrums. Priory Court Community Centre securely bolted up in the heart of massive Priory Court itself, by Blackhorse Road E17, is the only outfit reaching out to its older community members. It always has. Leyton Community Action was stirred for a while but is defunct even though it does tea dances but you have to be in the know to know. Does anyone even know there’s an AgeUK in Upper (and I mean ‘Upper’) Walthamstow?

The Mill in Coppermill Lane E17,  a wannabe beacon for the emerging resettled community from outwith the borough down  what wants to be fashionable James’ Street Village or whatever name fills someone’s  boots, bottom of the market to you and me and always a poor looking nasty dirty bend in the road filled with chickens and kebabs, has made great efforts to attract seniors. The problem is that it’s seen as “posh” by many, a vestige of a posh library and hardly a hub for the working class. I always remember a brilliant talk by Houghton regarding local history and he saying that “the end of the market (in 1800s ) was a chicken breeding place. Where there’s chicken there’s poverty”. He added under his breath not wanting to offend: “And it’s the same today”. Yep. Look at Leyton.

So what I see in the POSH Club is a template for somebody to crack it in Waltham Forest. A dinner a year where fifty per cent gorge and fifty per cent can’t even get through on the phones to get a ticket to the table holds no sway.


Issue 14 Up Your Street Oct 17th – Nov 6th 2012


Theatre Royal Stratford East /please wait in the foyer area.

Sat Oct 20th free 3-5pm

Community 0pening Event

 at St Ann’s Community Hall, 37 Hemsworth St, London N1 5LF        For all ages…Activities:

  • Informal micro performance of LGO
  • Micro singing workshop
  • Body percussion

The Magic of Making Making Music project
with a music celebration party for the whole family
The London Gypsy Orchestra would like to invite you for music and socialising, there will be tea, coffee and cakes 🙂

Sun Oct 21st free 11-3.30pm  Valentines Mansion Wedding Fair. Ilford

Mon Oct 22nd free 7pm John Arthur sings and plays guitar    Spoonful  Of  Poison session at the Stag`s Head   55 Orsman Road  Hoxton N1 5RA               nearest station  Haggerston

 Wed Oct 24th free (but membership is sought £12 p.a.) 7pm. At Wanstead Library (W14 bus) The East Of London History Society’s. talk on the  Port of London Archive. All welcome. Refreshments.

Thurs Oct 25th  £3.7pm West Green Learning Centre N15.. HIC presents the Spike Lee film DO  THE RIGHT THING.

Sat Oct 27th free 7-11pm Priory Court Community Centre E17 Celebration of Black History Month with the Home of Opulence. Free food, stalls and fun.

Sun Oct 28th free 9.30-1pm St Saviour’s Priory, 18, Queensbridge Rd E2 Hackney. Table top sale and each Sunday in November,. Visit the cloisters and the Chapel too. Wonderful

Fri Nov 2nd £1  1-2.15pm St John’s At Hackney, Mare St by Narrow Way. over 55’s writing group all about memories of dance and singing. Refreshments too.

Tues Nov 6th free 7.30pm The ClaptonHart, Lea Bridge Toundabout, E5 . The ByteThe Book reading group chatting informally about  Muriel Sparks’ “In The Driving Seat”.  The new community pub does good meals.

issue 7 Up Your Street

Wed   July 4th free (or dead cheap) all day course 9.30-3pm. Basic sewing at Priory Court Community Centre (and on 11th July) Phone  the Centre  and mention Up Your Street pls.

free              10-4pm      Last day of Steve Lewis  London as it was photography exhibition at Stratford Circus  E15.

free 11.30am but book info@apollomusicprojects.org       venue  The Hackney Empire

E5 Schools chamber music concert.Donations accepted.

Thur July 5th  free 10 am digital training at CLR Library, Dalston Junction  Hackney

                               free 2pm book at Hackney Picturehouse for a free seniors afternoon of films and a blockbuster and  tea , biscuits and a swing dance band. Arranged for us by Capital of Age Festival. Phone Hackney Picturehouse for your place.

Fri July 6th  free 11 am at Rosetta Arts Centre (West Ham Station) for informal introduction to “Understanding Visual Awarenes” a funded art appreciation course starting in October with Birkbeck University.

Sat July 7th free   2-3.30pm Mapping Your Manor walk around the Olympic site. Meet Lucy 2.00pm at Hackney Wick station. She will provide MP3s to listen to the podcasts.

Bath as in Roman

CircleAnglia arranged the luxury coach trip for ’55 Alive Club’  through Priory Court Communty Centre in Walthamstow, E 17 for seniors to have a free day trip to Bath.

How generous. What more can be said? That people in an office in Holloway decided to take old-uns out for the day to a beautiful historical leafy green place for no hit on their meagre state pensions. Thank you is the word.

In Waltham Forest,  Priory Court Community Centre and Cyberlink via Leyton Community Action have always and do cater for seniors in the Borough. Bravo. Thank you.

Amazing projects take place at the centre in Priory Court. Bees Knees is a sewing and textiles workshop which was free until May but even now is a small £2 a session. The tapestries and hanging banners which emerge from the women’s work is excellent. There is a thriving IT community for seniors  and plenty of Pilates and line-dancing, floristry and so much more.

Priory Court Community Centre was refurbished some years ago and is still sparkling, neat and tidy, and well-furnished. Keyholder, Mrs Lily Evans, has a lot to do with that. Thanks, Lil!