Issue 3. Up Your Street

Mon 20th Jan free 5-6.30pm  Stratford networking in the community. Stratford Library, 3 The Grove.  Monday’s event will feature Well London, Technopop (an 8 week science and technology festival on the Olympic Park) and the introduction of ‘Echo’ – a timeback for Newham. This in addition to the usual refreshments and networking.

Tues 21 Jan free 5- 7pm
Free cook and taste course. Want to learn about eating well for better mental health. Learn to make delicious healthy meals. Find out more about healthy eating. Meet people and have fun cooking. To join contact Manny at Helping Hackney Health on 07885 629384. Age group: Adults. Well Street Surgery, SHORE ROAD, London, Hackney, E9 7TA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Manny Epton. Email: manny_epton@helpinghackneyhealth.or Telephone: 07885 629384

Wed 22nd Jan  free 12-2pm as above cooking course.

                      free for over 60s after you’ve paid £6.90 for year card, there’s  swimming for over 50 years young. 0930-10.30am. Leyton Leisure Centre. E10.

Thurs 23rd Jan free 6-8.30pm  E17 Community Kitchen  at Waltham Forest College E17

                               free  6.15-7.45pm.Best to book.Tanya  Harris at Hackney Museum . Launch evening. “Side by Side” Living in Cazenove exhibition.

Sun 26 Jan  free 2.00  – 4.30 p.m. St Augustine’s Tower Open Day
Hackney’s oldest building will be open to the public. Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney. Disabled access to ground floor. Admission free. . Age group: All ages. Mare Street, Hackney E8 1HR. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Laurie Elks. Email: view website

Wed 29  Jan  £3 Tea Dance 1–4pm Chingford Assembly Hall  Station Road  Chingford , E4 7EN

                          free 6-7.30pm Poetry share at The Centre for Better Health 1a Darnley Rd Hackney. Hosted by Cirillo

Thurs 30th Jan £3 7.15pm Haringey Independent Cinema. West Green Learning Centre Tottenham. Screening of “Parade”

Free events in Clapton, Hackney (ALW 2013)

Adult Learners’ Week

with Hackney Historic Buildings Trust


A programme of entertaining and informative talks about Hackney to celebrate Adult Learners’ Week 2013

                       Iain Sinclair: Celebrating Unbuilt Utopias and other Notable Follies

Monday 20th May 2013 – The Round Chapel AuditoriumThe Round Chapel on 240111

Iain Sinclair has written numerous works on Hackney and the East End including Hackney: That Rose Red Empire.  In this talk he will look at some of the consequences of imposing grand-project parks and computer-generated palaces of vanities on East London. He outlines a few absurdist strategies for countering such ruinously expensive activity from the attractive but untenable position: that there is nothing wrong with any extravagant plan or proposition, so long as it is not actually constructed.



Matthew Green: Hackney in the 18th Century

Tuesday 21st May 2013 – St Augustine’s Tower

In the 18th century, the villages of Hackney were mini utopias for the City bourgeois, yet beneath their picture-postcard surface festered deadly whirlpools of depravity and despair. In this dramatized talk, London historian and broadcaster Dr Matthew Green evokes a world of pig swinging, deathly bowling greens, hot-air balloon launches, philosophical reflection, brutal murder and inquisitions of insanity. Featuring vivid, eye-witness accounts from previously unpublished Hackney diarists and a cameo by Dick Turpin.



Jerry White: Zeppelin Nights – London and Hackney in the First World War

Wednesday 22nd May 2013 – St Augustine’s Tower

Jerry White is a distinguished historian of London and a former Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hackney. Following major works on 19th and 20th century London, his last book London in the Eighteenth Century, A Great and Monstrous Thing was published in 2012. He is working on a book on London in the First World War, and this talk will convey the experience of the Great War for the people of London.



Kate Colquhoun on Mr Briggs’ Hackney and the impact of the Railway

Thursday 23rd May 2013 – St Augustine’s Tower

Critically acclaimed, Mr Briggs’ Hat was the No 1 selling real-crime hardback of 2012. A BBC2 adaptation of the book – Murder on the Victorian Railway – aired in February 2013. Kate Colquhoun will talk about tracing Thomas Briggs – the first victim of murder on the British railway in 1864 – life in Hackney, the impact of the railway on Victorian life and why this crime caused such a sensation in its day. Kate writes widely for the national press and appears regularly on TV and radio.


*Although all events are free, booking is essential. Due to the size of St Augustine’s Tower, places for these talks are limited to 40 per evening.

For Iain Sinclair’s talk at The Round Chapel we can offer 500 places, but booking is still essential. For this talk only we are asking for a minimum donation of £2 per head to cover expenses.

All bookings can be made with Lisa Pressland, Venue Manager for Hackney Historic Buildings Trust. Please email or call 02089860029 to reserve a place.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, with the exception of Kate Colquhoun’s talk on Thursday 23rd May, for which doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Full addresses for both venues as follows:

St Augustine’s Tower

St John’s Churchyard

Behind 354 Mare  Street

E8 1HR


The Round Chapel Auditorium

1d Glenarm Road


E5 0LY

Up Your Street next week

Wed Mar 21st           free     1-7pm  for 10 days  Art2View at The Original Gallery
                                 Hornsey Library Crouch End. N8. Art work mainly by members                        
                                                                                of Friends of Tottenham Marshes.
                                      free 1-8pm  for 10days RAGWORKS art exhibition. Stratford East PictureHouse
Thurs  Mar 22nd          £6     7pm  Strings Concert.   St Mary’s Church ,Walthamstow Village
Fri       Mar  23rd         free to watch.  Kayaks on the River Lee/Lea. Between Nazeing Rd and Carthegena Lock. Tesco Sport Relief Canoe Races.
Sun    Mar   25th       NO REST DAY!  free 2-4.30pm  Tour of St Augustine’s Tower in Narrow Way Mare St. Hackney.
                                  free but £1 for reservoir entry 2.30pm another fab walk with David of Waltham Forest Walks   . meet opp. Ferry Boat Inn on Forest Rd e17 at the entrance to the Walthamstow Reservoir. No need to book. Just turn up and you’ll be welcomed well!
                       £5 10.30-5.30pm Asian Stone carving garden gnomes book on 07708205623  at 50 Pearson St E2
Tues   Mar 27th        free but register to BOOK . Canal Museum trip with Stuart Low Trust Islington.
                                    £2.50     2.30-4.30pm Leyton Community Action.Tea dance at Plumtree Centre,
                                                                                                             Leyton Green. E10
Wed Mar 28th            free 10.30-12.30pm. Dementia workshop. Morley Centre Billet Rd E17
                                              Excellent workshop by Loretta Martin of Waltham Forest Council.
SKY ARTS2      So much coming up:- “A Streetcar Named Desire” 
                   Beethoven’s “Fidelio” 
 Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” .            Verdi’s “Aida” Live from
                                                             The Royal Albert Hall.
Hockney on photography.         Haydn’s “The Creation”
                                                with John Nelson conducting , and “Coronation Street.”
Saturday, 17 March 2012 – Saturday, 31st March 2012 1pm – 8pm Free art exhibition. Hand-made wall-hangings depicting world wide folk-lore characters. All made from refreshed and recycled discarded textiles. Age group: all. Stratford East Picture House Salway Road Disabled access: yes.