Was at AgeUK event today

Well-organised in a friendly venue the Age UK event went ahead and was buzzing, This was at The Epicentre in Leytonstone and Age UK Waltham Forest had arranged a morning packed with stalls and volunteers so that older people coming along with their carers and friends could find out how to help themselves. The event centred around “Falls” ( and how to cope with the inevitable accidents).

The event was successful and people went away into the freezing November air clutching their new linen hold-alls full of free slippers, blankets and fleeces. Yes!!!! Even free books full of advice and recipes. By noon the sun was bright. Outside the leaves were blowing back and forth around the fenced-off Cathall Leisure Centre.

There was a hot cup of tea served by men and a lovely welcome.

RAGWORKS “Leyton Reminiscence Quilt” looked proud and impressive as a visitor said. reminisecnce quilt

I would like to thank the people who knitted the colourful squares which were made up into cosy blankets and given away cheerily. Thank you.

Sara was cooking curry at the Ul Noor Trust today so that was the port of call after The Epicentre. Here at the “One Pound Club” women sit and share information, break chapattis and French bread together, share chocolates and enjoy themselves away from the sink or the editing desk or their caring roles. Someone in an hijab whispered to another grandmother that the Borough Christmas Dinner was not for them. I ate my tamarind sweet. We all commented on the fact that the Asian Well Woman’s workshop hired a male doctor. We joked about turning up to armchair exercise in lycra leotards as we polished off cooked swollen peanuts and a box of Milk Tray.

A jolly good day…….so far

Issue 15. Up Your Street

Sat  3rd Nov   £5 and free begins the Season of Bangla Drama. Brady Arts Centre. E1. Please check my blog www.dramabangla.wordpress.com

Wed  7th Nov.  £5   (concessions available) 8.30pm “Mysteries Of London” film

“From Hell” 2001. Screening at Stratford PictureHouse.

Fri 9th Nov. £5 per session (concessions for seniors).Noon-2pm (4 Fridays)

Hedge Herbs workshops at The Mill E17

                          free 1-3pm EKTA Durnley Rd Community Centre,Earlham Grove,E7 .

Music and Movement for seniors.

Sat 10th Nov. free 7.30pm News from Nowhere Club at The Epicentre West Street E11. Martin Spafford and students past and present  from George Mitchell School in Leyton talk about their projects and film.

Ongoing free photographic exhibition in Vestry House Museum E17. “Out Of the Box” all about “Ensign” camera times.

Up Your Street events listing issue 6

Sat        Feb 11th  £1  11.30-2.10pm Time2Craft card-making for Valentine’s day
                                                                      at Rokeby Community Link Hub E15.
                               free 7.30pm for 8. A talk and expose all about slave songs Epicentre
                                   E11 Buffet too. Bring a dish to share
Mon      Feb 13th   free 12.30-2.15pm Ballroom dancing lessons with Malcolm at St James’ Church Hall at Lea Bridge Roundabout E5. (entry via Powell Rd)
Tues      Feb 14th   £2  1.30-4.30pm Valentine’s tea dance. Old Stratford Town Hall
Wed      Feb 15th   £2.50 4pm “Vertigo” Hitchcock film at Stratford Picture House
Future      Stuart Low Trust trip to The Canal Museum . Book on March 6th.
               Coming up. Free narrowboat trip along River Lea on May 1st.
Gillian Lawrence                
Up Your Street an information-sharing service for seniors listing free events and activities in the 6 London 2012 boroughs.


In it to win it.

Went along to the  ‘News From Nowhere “Club’s talk and social last night at The Epicentre in Cathall Rd E11. That venue is lovely so that was a big pull for me. “X-Factor” v News from Nowhere. A local curate talked of her/the Bishop’s latest ambition to get the local churches (of England) engaging with the local community during the London 2012 events. What? 8 months to go and  still Harvest Festival, Crimbo and Easter to do. Evidently the lead up started in 2010. No, those free recitals were on at St John’s E11 to raise money through retiring collections for the Church’s new roof. Never were the Olympics and Paralympics mentioned. Same as the stance taken by the Waltham Forest lot. Meanwhile Newham is way ahead engaging with all of its community.

The free luchtime recitals at St John’s E11  and E15 which I promote and attend are ace by the way.

And sources close to the curate (sounds like Balzac’s ” Le Cure de Tours”) told her that transport will be a nightmare during London  2012 leaving ye olde hamlet of Leytonstone joined to Barking to look after its own. No ta. Next month’s meeting is going to be another airing about Olympics per se.

I won the raffle after the talk. That was enough for me and then I washed up like a good new girl in the Club.

Was so so ill on the 257 bus . Didn’t know what to do with myself. In a pan-faced ultra sweat I got down at The Hitchcock Hotel  (easier than getting off at secured Whipps X Hospital), went through into the warmth of the place and straight down to the clean toilets where I thought I’d die. Home to my own bathroom and Eddie Murphy on telly. Yeah..real world.                                                                               The Hitchcock Hotel E11

Now in the morning it’s bucketing down and I’m off to the Battle of Cable Street Mural tour arranged by The Whitechapel Gallery.