Issue 30

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Mon 29th July free 12.15pm. Meet at Bruce Castle Museum in Haringey for a guided walk to Tottenham Cemetery with David Cottridge from Friends of Tottenham Marshes. Today’s “Munch and Listen ” session is all about the birds and the bees, flowers and the trees. Bring your picnic.

2013-07-28 08.29.38Leyton flowers.

Wed 31st July free 10-12noon Community Room, Bowling Green in Lloyd Park Forest Road E17.  Join the Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage group. Informal and relaxed sessions with a free cuppa.

                            free but not the tea! 6-7.30pm. Centre For Better Health 1 a Darnley Road Hackney. Fortnightly sharing poems and reading poems sessions. Informal. All welcome. Hosted by Cirillo.

                           free 7.30pm Bruce Castle talk about salvaged and restored samplers. “Historical Threads”. Refreshments available.

Thurs 1st Aug  free 12-1pm launch with refreshments of the  Claremont Project “Portraits” exhibition curated by Bojana Jancovic.             Claremont House at The Angel Islington. Exhibition runs until November 2013.

Up Your Street finds events for seniors 55+ and better in the old 6 London 2012 boroughs now the perimeter of The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sometimes in come special events for Islington because there for seniors is the Claremont Project and there’s the Stuart Low Trust for all too. The Stuart Low Trust has excellent activities all free with a courtesy lunch too! Gillian has portraits to view at the Claremont Exhibition. (Trumpets must be blown!)

free 6.30pm Local art launch at Beautiful Interiors, Orford Road. E17. Proceeds to fund an E17 Arts Trail project worker.

Leyton QuiltRAGWORKS project in process.


Up Your Street. Issue 24

                                                                      Issue 24 Up Your Street.
Mon 10th June free 1-1.45pm At Lea Bridge Library Community Room at Lea Bridge Seniors which starts at noon with a cuppa, Norman Minter will tell stories about his building works in Palestine with slides. Book with or through Eventbrite.
                               free 11-4pm At the Hornbeam Café by Bakers Arms, Leyton.  RAGWORKS displays embellished linen bags. All recycled textiles.
Tues 11th June free  11am, Meet Leyton Midland Railway Station  for Walking Free in Waltham Forest. The finishing point of a walk about well-known people who lived in the area is Leytonstone Station.
Wed 12th June free 2.30pm  “Hello Dolly” Rio Cinema, Dalston. Hackney. Free beverage and cake.
Thurs 13th June  £2.50   1pm.  for Silver Screen members at Hackney Picturehouse”. Reminiscence screening of  “The Best Years Of Our Lives”.
Fri     14th June £3 donation for materials. 10.30-12.30pm. Elders Crafting at Lea Bridge Library Community Room. Stories and quilts. ( 13th June 2013 CANCELLED)
Sat 15th June     free noon-4pm Wood Street Love Festival. Rang Arts work with Mehraj Textiles E17.
Mon 17th June  free noon until 2pm Up Your Street hosts Lea Bridge Seniors at Lea Bridge Library Community Room. “Sierra Leone memories, textiles and artefacts”. Raffle, tea, fun.
Tues 18th June  free 4-7pm Eastside Community Heritage invites us to an evening with dance, workshops and fun . ” The Luo Community in east London” at  Redbridge Library’s York Room . Part of Ramfel’s Refugee Week.
Wed 19th June  free  6-7.30pm. Come and enjoy reading poetry and sharing your writing. Centre for Better Health 1a Darnley Road Hackney. Donations always welcome. There’s free refreshments. A fortnightly event.

The Pamper Shop in November 2012

Finding free and cheap pampering sessions for seniors from massage to herbal scents in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (2013).

Tues. 13th Nov £2  1.30-2.10pm Gentle Seated Yoga at the Centre for Better Health Hackney

 £2    2.30-4.30pm Open Art sessions to further your interests practically.  The Centre for Better Health Hackney.

Fri 16th Nov £2 2-4pm Open Art session at The Centre for Better Health.

£2.50 12-2pm  ongoing HergeHerbs course at the Mill E17.

The Centre for Better Health has Aromatherapy sessions (Wed) , Sivanda Yoga (Wed)  and creative dance too.

RAGWORKS comes to town

In the spacious gallery that is Stratford east Picturehouse amidst the smell of pop corn  and within the echoes of staff chatting by the hot dog machine downstairs, you will be amazed to find RAGWORKS. Under sympathetic lighting,  wall-hangings depicting Grimm and Anderson fairy tale characters,  West African humanised animals and other flights of an artist’s fancy are  displayed on recycled bamboo hangers.

These art works have been lovingly hand-made and crafted from abandoned refreshed textiles begged from local manufacturers.

Come and see The Palm Oil Daughter, how pretty she is as she melts by the river or Red Riding Hood covered in blood.

Gillian, the artist, (that’s me) studied art at Hornsey Art College and  West African literature in Leicester way back in the seventies before the word ‘multi-cultural’ met Carol Vordermann’s vowel-tray and has exhibited batiks both in east London and Orkney. Over the past two years whilst forging ahead with Up Your Street Gillian has attended many art and craft workshops in the 6 London 2012 boroughs., notably ceramics at The Centre For Better Health in Hackney.  Thirsty to revisit techniques from university days she has joined and completed felt-making classes, patchwork curtain ones, screen -printing workshops, courtesy of Songololo-Feet, and a host of other courses which appeared as freebies to engage seniors with the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012. All to the good. Can’t stop learning.

Issue 7 Up Your Street

Wed    Feb 15th free 10-11 am Armchair exercise. Senior Citizen’s Hall, Pembury Estate. E5
                           free 6.30-8pm Vicarage Lane Com.Centre. E15 Action Community Trust
                                          volunteer meeting. Lovers of Stratford E15, come on down!
Thurs Feb 16th free  11-noon Book Brunchers reading group at Sutton House,
                             Homerton Rd Hackney E5. “The Wimbledon Poisoner” by Williams.
                          free  3.30-5pm MI Intergenerational digital project for 60+seniors. Clapton Girls Technology
                                   College, Lower Clapton E5. Learn on a computer with Year 12 students.
Sat      Feb 18th free 11-5pm Haringey History Fair:  theme 1912. Bruce Castle Museum
                                                                                      Tottenham, North London.
                           free 11-3pm Build a bird box. Mayville Centre Hackney N16 07734599286
                          free  10.30-noon and 1-2.30pm Art workshop at The View Tube,
                                                                             The Greenway E15
                            £1   11.30-2.30pm Rag-rugging at Time2Craft in Rokeby Centre E15
Sun     Feb 19th free 1pm Gabie, the artist’s film at The View Tube E15
Mon    Feb 20th  £2    2-4pm Creative writing session. Centre For Better Health
                          1a Darnley Rd Hackney (opp. Hackney Museum)
                          5 week programme @ £2 per session.
Tues   Feb 21st  £2.50 Silver screening of blockbusters at Stratford Picture
                                House E15 usually 1pm onwards. Repeated on Wednesday.
Wed    Feb 22nd free  10-noon Volunteer gardening at The View Tube, The Greenway E15
                           free Gabie’s exhibition upstairs at The View Tube.
Sat      Feb  25th £5  8-11.30pm Chats palace, Brooksby’s Walk, Hackney.
                                                    Ceilidh band and entertainment.
                             £8 or a pledge of garden volunteering for 1 day. 11-3pm.
                         Learning to graft at Edible Landscapes
                                                          Finsbury Park, N4 07733330379
                              free noon -1pm  Craft Club UK family knit day at Stratford Picture House E15
                                                         Book through Eventbrite.
                             £1  Time2Craft handicrafts at Rokeby Community Centre. E15
Sun Feb 26th         free 11-5pm first workshop of the week for “Babel”.* Bus/tube fares and dinner provided free.
                            free  12.30-4.30pm Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Rd “A Taste Of Spice” Asian influenced
                                family day. Book for workshops 30 mins in advance on the day in person!
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*Babel London  is a multi-arts project in an open space in London working with community singers and actors. Rehearsals are mainly in Caledonian Road, North London . Stratford East Singers led by Byron Gold, and other London arts groups are rehearsing for Babel but you can go along without being part of a choir or drama group. It’s all ages, all abilities.  Good fun and great results! Contact Shawab at

Ceramics, nibbling fish and Fora

1a Darnley Road, Hackney is where it’s all happening. It’s the Centre for Better Health, welcoming, smart, clean, full of courses and centrally located almost opposite the Hackney Town Hall.

Maria is the ceramics teacher and today the first class went ahead. Excellent.

In Hanlon Rd off Brick Lane is City Beach, a parlour for massage and body treatments and Garra Ruffa fish -nibbling. You get your feet de-scaled by small fish in a large tank. £18 approx but £9 through Groupon for 15 mins aand £10 for the same at Boom City in Bakers Arms, Leyton High Road, E10.   Nice!

Fora Restaurant in Houndsditch. Just great. Massive tasty Turkish portions.