The Pamper Shop. Scents and aesthetics. February workshops.

Floristry – 5 week courseIMAG00648

27 February 2014  in Arts, entertainment, and theatre and Libraries and Talks and courses
Date27 February 2014


Location Lea Bridge Library, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London, E10 7HU AdmissionFree

Learn simple floristry techniques and leave with a finished arrangement to beautify your home.

Who is this course for?

This course will be suitable for those who wish to develop more skills in floristry or even progress to a longer floristry course to achieve City and Guilds Level 1

Classes will run every Thursday from 1pm-3pm
Starting date: 27 February 2014

Last session: 27 March 2014

What will you need for the class?
Flowers will be provided in the first week for everyone registered for a place, so if you are no longer able to attend, please cancel your place to avoid any waste.032

You may be required to bring along a small, cost effective bunch of flowers to further classes. Your tutor will advise.

How to book

Go to to reserve your place.
If you have any enquiries, please visit your nearest library, or phone 020 8496 3000


NEW HERBAL MEDICINE WORKSHOPS at Lea Bridge Library, Leyton! DSC_0520

With Rasheeqa Ahmad (Hedge Herbs) & Charm Elakil (Wholistic Medicine) and a sprinkling of other local herbalists. These workshop sessions at Lea Bridge Library follow on from our successful series last autumn in association with The Mill’s inspiring project there. The workshops are aimed at residents in Lea Bridge Ward, and are open in particular to families, parents & carers in the area. The charge is minimal to reflect the project’s aim of creating community activity groups for those on low incomes. When: Fridays from 7th February for 5 weeks: 10am-12noon Where: Lea Bridge Library Community Space, 382 Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7HU What: An exploration of whole connected health with plants, people, medicine-making & herbalists Who: Lea Bridge Ward residents in particular but all are welcome How much: £3 per week to cover materials We would prefer that you book in advance for the whole series, but if you are unable to commit we can have you at individual sessions! If you’d like any more info get in touch with Rasheeqa on 07784 506 494.



Today in the Community Room, Lea Bridge Library was held the last of six planned sessions for seniors brought together by Up Your Street networking. The finale was indeed wonderful as predicted because we had our very own Waltham Forest medicinal herbalist from her enterprise Hedge Herbs, Rasheeqa Ahmad.

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Her entry was magnificent as she sauntered in carrying boxes and jars behind her intern, Sara. Two beautiful women lit up the room and we in the greedy audience were ready to learn about her magic or the benefits of herbs. The kettle was boiled and the cups washed because we knew we’d be getting an infusion after the talk. Have you ever smelt Meadowsweet along country verges?  It is just gorgeous but short-lived. The dried stuff smells like dried stuff then looks like embroidery.

We sniffed, we smelt, we oohed, we questioned. We learnt about nettles and dandelions, tumeric , alfa alfa  (and I thought of “Of Mice And Men”), drank Hawthorn tea with mint, I think,  then listened as women in hijabs pleaded for help with their digestive systems or bruised elbows. Norman talked of Hops.


Rasheeqa’s visit was a resounding success as everyone was involved. The community had been engaged, been “pleasured” as the current insurance advert robot says.

Yasmin from NANAs kindly dropped by dragging in one other on her heels, an uninvited drunk, a drop-in, a cuckoo in the nest. She was great too, drumming up interest in voluntary work and something special at The Rose Lipman Building in Haggerston. “Where’s that?” said the Leytonites and the man from Hackney Wick.

Marcella’s Toblerone bar was scoffed. Penguins took away the herbal taste. The raffle prizes included Tesco slatted spoons (It was a job lot!), jewellery from bead-making class, dvds, nail varnish… and nothing second-hand here.

It was fun. Jolly good company. We’re done.

An hour later someone special emailed to tell me about a local project asking if any seniors might be interested. Hold them back!

Issue 25 of Up Your Street

                                          Up Your Street issue 25.

 Thurs 20th June   free 2-5pm The Stuart Low Trust** invites us to tea at The Culpeper Gardens hosted by Robin King in The Tea Hut, Culpeper Community

Garden, 1 Cloudesley Rd, Islington N1 0EG (weekly)

                                      £3  1.30-4.30pm East Ham Town Hall ( a Grade 11 listed building in Barking Road). Seniors tea dance

                                      free  7-8.30pm Gallery talk at Tokarska Gallery, Forest Road, E17 with Sharon Drew. Book via Eventbrite..

                                      free 6.30-8pm Chandos Hub, 90 Chandos St E15 Newham Community networking night. All welcome.

Fri 21st June             £3 donation for materials. 10.30-12.30pm “Elders Crafting” with Sara at Lea Bridge Library. Stories made into quilts!  

Sat 22nd June           free 2pm Medicinal Herbal Walk Coldfall Wood, North London. Ask Rasheeqa for details.

                                       £15 for 3 courses. 6.30 open for “Fork to Fork” at Hornbeam Café E17.(latest booking 9pm).
Advance booking is essential – email

Go along and see the RAGWORKS recycled textiles exhibition of bags at the Hornbeam Café!

Sun 23rd June           free     10 am Waterworks Walk about herbs. Book in advance at Lee Valley Parks. That’s the Waterworks Centre opp. Greyhound Pub on Lea bridge Road going west.

                                        free  2-4pm No need to book.
The penultimate film in the Border Film Series In This World (2002, 15) all about The Silk Road showing Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and London. Museum of Docklands.

Mon 24th June          free 1-145pm Rasheeqa Ahmad from Hedgherbs comes along to talk to Lea Bridge Seniors with Up Your Street at the Community Room, Lea Bridge Road Library. Book at Eventbrite or Come at noon for a free cuppa, free raffle and jolly good company.

                                     Final session of Lea Bridge Seniors with Up Your Street at the Library.

Tues 25th June   free      1.15-1.55pm. No need to book.  Museum of London( by Moorgate.) Talk “Hidden no longer: community history-making in London”

Dr Andrew Flinn will examine the origins and motivations behind community history-making, some of the changes and controversies that have occurred and how mainstream history may be challenged in the digital age.”



**The Stuart Low Trust in White Lion Street, Angel, Islington says generously, ” All our activities are either free or low cost. We welcome participants regardless of their circumstances or area of residence.

No formal arrangements are required to attend our events – just come along and check us out!”

Up Your Street subscribers  from Leyton, Leytonstone, Hackney, Islington and Haringey do go along. Join us!


Wed 26th June free