The Pamper Shop

The Centre For Better Health 1a Darnley Road Hackney (opp. Town hall)  is offering for a fiver* 20 minute Shiatsu treatments on Wednesdays from next Wednesday 24th Sept
Absolutely super really as it’s a calm place with refreshments, no mobiles and peace.
You book at Eventbrite and pay on the day.
You can choose to book with a friend, go it alone, and whether you have a lady or a man practitioner.
To manage Eventbrite, go to Eventbrite, register and then write in “Shiatsu at Centre for Better Health” in the search column.
That’s an adventure.
Good luck
*concession rate

Holy Joe’s

Excellent times to be had at St Joseph’s Hospice Mare Street Hackney. There are art classes, Hackney Empire elders’ meet-ups, crafting, U3A discussions all for free AND some yoga for a fiver.

Today was carers’ and carers’ sympathisers “Feelings and Fitness” session with lots of laughs and groans and some self-loving chairobics. Again tea was coming out of our ears and the welcome from Helen and Rachael warmed us. Very good. Where does the Finding Space at Holy Joe’s advertise? In house it looks like.

The Centre For Better Health gave away sourdough sticks today. Missed that but did book people into the Centre’s free taster sessions in Shiatsu coming on a bed near you on 10th September.

issue 24 Up Your Street

                                         Up Your Streetissue 24
Fri 11th July free 6-8pm Oxford House Bethnal Green . (by station). Older people’s dance performance. Part of Capital Age Festival 2014.
Sat 12th July free 10 am onwards. Take a camera! St Katherine’s Dock Clipper race homecoming. “Music, drummers, dancing at St Katherine Docks and prize-giving ceremony from 1.30pm until 3pm. The procession of yachts are as follows: 10.19am at the QE2 Bridge at Dartford; 11.48am at the Thames Barrier; 12.01pm at 02 Arena – 12.12pm passing Greenwich; 12.30pm at Canary Wharf Pier; 12.45pm St Katherine Docks.
        12th July again  free 1-7pm St John at Hackney by the Narrow Way Hackney (opp McDonalds)
“Another glorious summer fete in London Town! Plenty of the traditional ingredients such as tug of war, cake stall and coconut shy but this also has live music, craft beer and a dogs fashion parade – there are some proud pooches in happening Hackney.The Voice winner, Jermain Jackson will be opening the fete – being a Hackney lad it’s the least he can do. Jermain will be competing with the Pearly Kings and Queens and probably won’t be able to distract kids from the Playbus, bell ringing and sculpture painting.”

Tues 15th July free 3pm at North Chingford Library E4. Screening of “Monsieur Verdaux” celebrating with Capital Age Festival older men and expression. (!)
Wed 16th July free with the Stuart Low Trust  A walk about in The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wear comfy shoes, bring an umbrella/parasol. (phone Stuart Low Trust to become a member and to book
a place) Lunch provided. Bring your own juice.
                       free 6-9pm “East London in Flux” at Birkbeck Uni in Stratford (opp Morrisons) films about the changing east London.
                            Refreshments too.
Wed 17th July  free 5-8pm Open Evening with art exhibition, gorgeous refreshments at the Centre for Better Health , 1a Darnley Rd (opp Town Hall Hackney)
                  with taster workshops too eg. tile -making. Phone to book by Mon 14th July.
Fri 18th July  free 1.30-3.30pm Hospice in Mare Street St Joseph’s. A lovely workshop for carers and those sympathetic all about colours and emotions.

City Of Light at The Centre for Better Health Hackney

Carlos Gonzalez Perez together with the light-bulb changing up the step-ladder no problem art gallery manager Cirillo gave us a wonderful treat on Thursday with his ravishing photographs, BakeHouse pizza and flowing pre-Christmas wine.

The photographs are Sunday Times supplement;  lavish, glossy and colourful and would fit quite at home on the screens of a catwalk fashion show. The photographs are full of layers of texture and comfortably surprising.

Really enjoyable event.

And of course there’s more to what’s up on the white walls. I was impressed by other photos in a folder. There was the Turneresque landscape and the one of The Greenway before it was fashionable.

The opening times are difficult to memorise. The exhibition is up until 6th December 2013 when RAGWORKS takes over. The Darnley Gallery opens on Mondays 9-5pm. then Tuesday from 2-8pm. Best bet it to go after noon and up until 8pm except Monday and Friday when 5pm is the closing time. The Gallery is down two flights of factory style steps. Parking is awful. Loads of buses almost touch the door.

Support your local free galleries, eh?

Issue 47 Up Your Street

Sun 17th Nov free 3-6pmUrdu and Punjabi poetry at the Great Hall E10

                            free   10-3pm Crafts Fair at The Education Centre Queens Road. E1717th Nov 2013

Mon 18th Nov free Last day to bid for a place at the Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner in Waltham Forest.

Wed 20th Nov  free 6-7.30pm poetry sharing fortnightly session at the Centre for Better Health 1a Darnley Rd, Hackney

                             free 10-noon Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage special event in the weekly programme.

Thurs 21st Nov free 10-1pm. A day for older people and their carers at the Epicentre West Road E11. Freebies, Tai Chi  and advice. Event opened by Cllr. Angie Bean.Alice petchRAGWORKS “Leyton Reminiscence Quilt” is on display with notes to explain some of the images. Do add your own.Ragworks_Logo (1)

Fri 22nd Nov free. 7 for 7.30pm Waltham Forest Diwali celebrations. No need for tickets. Fireworks will bang!


Coming up… Eastside Community Heritage day at Birkbeck University Stratford E15 for free. Tea dances in Chingford and Stratford E.15.


Check out in paper or online the dolly knitting patterns in the free Waltham Forest paper!


“Not I” with poetry too in Darnley Road Hackney.

Stayed up past bed-time to watch Beckett’s “Not I” on SkyArts. Load of chat for 45 minutes then it was all over in a flash. LOVED it. (It’ll be repeated.)

Every two weeks we poets meet at The Centre For Better Health in Darnley Road by Hackney Town Hall. What a comfortable meet-up, Our facilitator, Cirillo, makes it so. A little bit of Ezra Pound, some Neal Zetter and individual offerings makes the time whizz by. We read, we laugh, we tell stories. we even have opinions. Yahoo!
The Centre for Better Health offers much more than poetry: There are art exhibitions, pottery classes, regular Yoga sessions and etc etc. Most of the stuff is free or cheaper than a packet of fags. (Watch mi PCs!)