AbPhab at The People’s Museum E15

Today at the Museum opposite  Stratford’s Gala Bingo and shortly to be no more cos there’s no more money for the rent I was treated to a film-showing by AbPhab, the film crew made up of energetic folk, all young and all living with their disability. What positive attitudes, what reality, what truth.

After the film and the biscuits we the guests were invited to ask the crew questions and off we fired. How did newbee film makers get together and organise all their shoots? How did they do such great shots and how come they’re never shy? These are youth who have to overcome ignorance from all quarters: They are the ones who have the right to get help. They are the same charmers who rise in confidence and strength through community projects. I applaud them.

They are not daft when it comes to their rights and what really goes on with the lack of training opportunities and people making noises but doing nothing.  One mantra repeats “How do you know that you can’t do it until you try?”

Bravo. I learnt loads today.

Did you ever know that the AbPhab youth have worked on their music history film, and work with other youth in clubs? Did you realise they have ambition and want to work?

The People’s Museum E15

I  was at The People’s Museum  in Stratford opposite Gala Bingo for the debate about regeneration after the Olympic and Paralympic Games. What a nice evening; hardly a debate though. Three speakers and about 5 questions from the floor. But the speakers opened my eyes because they said so much of what is being said on the street, that is that the pushing ahead and upgrading of Newham just might be leaving people and heritage treasures behind. Who is it all for really?

issue 12 Up Your Street


                                                  Issue 12. Up Your Street

Sunday Oct 7th is Grandparents’ Day in UK

Sun Oct 7th free Meet 10am Liverpool Street station for a gentle walk around the churches of Shoreditch arranged by the East End Family History Group, Wanstead.

free  11-5pm  Rich Mix at  Bethnal Green. “Hair” joining the celebration of Black History Month .

Mon Oct 8th free  4pm The People’s Museum E15  East End social history talk.

free   6.30-8pm Newham residents talk about the Legacy at Chandos east Community Centre, 90 Chandos Rd e15. All welcome.

Tues Oct 9th free 1.45-2.45 pm St Joseph’s Hospice Mare Street. Informal string quartet recital by London Sinfonia. Just turn up.

Wed Oct 10th free 6.30-8pm  Stour Space, Fish Island . Newham residents debate the Legacy. All welcome.

free  11-4pm and ongoing, RAGWORKS exhibition at the Hornbeam Café Hoe st E17. (discarded textiles rescued and handmade into wall hangings)


                              free  12-2pm  Centre for Better Health 1a Darnley Rd, Hackney “Mental Health Day” topic about depression being a global thing with an invited speaker.  Phone to book.

Thurs Oct 11th free 10-noon “Making a will ” advice session at Finding Space The Hospice in Mare Street.

free   2-4.45  Advice session at St Joseph’s Hospice on the power of attorneys. Just turn up

free            6.30pm  Chandos Community Centre E15 .Community action meeting. All welcome.

free 12.30-3.30pm City and Hackney Carers Centre, 5 Tyssen St E8 , The Black and Ethnic Minority Working Group launch their new book”Take Control of Yourself/ Health” . Lunch provided generously.

Fri Oct 12th free  11-12.30pm Finding Space at St Joseph’s Hospice Mare St, Live music and a quiz or two .

free 2-5pm Open event at St Joseph’s Hospice .

Sat Oct 13th  free 7.30 for 8pm. Epicentre West St E11 The News from Nowhere Club buffet and talk about Quakers and peace. (Bring a dish to share).

Mon Oct 15th  free 11.30-4.30pm Beckton Community Centre . sporting action for seniors “Bring A Friend”.

Tues Oct 16th free 2-4pm St Andrew’s Church  Colworth Rd E11. Neighbourhood club. St John’s Ambulance demo about First Aid in the home

Wed Oct 17             free 6.30pm The People’s Museum e15 debate about The Legacy. Book at Eastside.

Thurs Oct 18        free  noon-4pm at Fields  Community Centre. Sport activities for seniors “Bring A Friend”.

Fr Oct 19th   £4  10-4pm Wellness Games at Brixton Leisure Centre arranged by Better, Get your participant or spectator place and lift to Brixton  through your leisure centre . All sports ie darts, bowls, swimminng and a picnic lunch, I believe.

free  2pm. The People’s Museum. E15. Talk on West Ham Speedway,

Sat Oct 20th  free 2,30-3,30pm   The People’s Museum E15 which closes down end of October. Talk: People with disabilities talk about that.

Sun Oct 21st  free noon-5pm no need to book The William Morris Gallery,Forest Rd E17. A walk and talk about art and poetry.

Tues 23rd Oct free  11am (repeated the Sunday at 2.30pm) .A David Boote Waltham Forest muddy walk entitled “an old road, three windmills and a boundary” going up to Chingford Hatch (bus back). Meet at Whipps Cross bus stand.

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Mon Sept 17th free  12.30-2pm  Malcolm’s Ballroom Classes, Kidzmania, 28 Powell Rd, Clapton,Hackney. E5 8DJ (each Monday , this week it’s Foxtrot and Jive)

free    6.30pm ” Over the Borders” , oral histories East End talk at People’s Museum Stratford E15 (opp Gala Bingo)

Tues Sept 18th free  11-1pm jewellery making for seniors with speakers and other events hosted by Preciouslives  at  Aspland and Marcon Estate  Community Hall ,Amhurst Rd E8 (repeats on Thursdays )(mention Up Your Street)

free 24pm Harvest and Navratri St Andrew’s Church Colworth Rd E11Tuesday, 18
free   12.30 -8pm September 2012 12.30am – 8pm 7 Broadway Market
A special taster day hosted by Fabrications and
Brother. Test drive a range of domestic sewing machines, get guidance on buying
a machine, gain inspiration, creative tips and make yourself a personalised
small sewing kit bag. 1hr making slots available. Booking Required. Materials
and refreshments provided. Fabrications, 7 Broadway Market.
Hackney, E8 4PH. Disabled access: no. Contact: Barley Massey. Email:

Wed Sept 19th free  5pm onwards in E16 area Jan hosts The Big Stitch making lavender bags etc for Children’s charity. email her for a place on jansemke@yahoo.co.uk Refreshments.

Issue 8. Up Your Street

Tues Sep 11th free Ride on the 210 bus celebrating 60 years. From Golders Green to Finsbury Park  from  11 am to 3.15pm . No need to book . the timetable can be found at IanVisits.

Thurs Sep 13th £4   1pm Reminiscence Screenings Hackney PictureHouse ” The Spirit of the Beehive” (Spanish setting 1940s) Free tea coffee biscuits of course! Followed by discussion. £4 is the over 60s concession..

Fri  Sep 14th free gentle exercise at The Mill E17  with Disability E17 (St James Street end of market E17) 1.30-3.30pm

Mon Sep 17th free 6.30pm  “The River Lea” talk at The People’s Museum Stratford (opp Gala Bingo)

Tues Sep 18th free    2-4pm St Andrew’s Church Colworth Rd E11 .Harvest Festival and Navratri

issue 7 Up Your Street

Wed Sept 5th free    7pm  Bruce Castle Museum Haringey.Ben Long will give a talk about his scaffold sculpture series and the nine metre lion sculpture created for PARK ART in Haringey  at Bruce Castle Park, along with a short introduction to PARK ART by UP Projects curators Emma Underhill and Laura Harford. This is a free event and drinks will be served, to book email laura@upprojects.com.  

Thurs Sept 6th free 10-noon Centre For Better Health 1a Darnley Rd hackney (opp, Town hall) Coffee and cake morning

free 10.30-11.30am. Walking tour. Part of Molten Festival in Barking,(see flyer below)

free 6-9pm The Mill E17 first year Anniversary and meet “The Gifted”  artists. Bring nibbles to share please.

Sat Sept 8th free 7 for 7.30pm Vegetarian Quiz Night St Andrews Church, Colworth Rd E11. Neighbours Faith Club

                                        free “News from Nowhere Club” E11 at the Epicentre (West St). Talk and shared buffet 7.30pm  “The Artist As Craftsperson”.

Sun Sept 9th free 1.30-3.30pm.  Ruth Calder Murphy’s art at the Blackhorse Rd Baptist Church, Blackhorse Road E17

  free 11.30-noon and  2.30-3pm. William Morris Gallery Poetry Tours. Just turn up.

Mon Sept 10th free 2pm The People’s Museum E15 (opp Gala Bingo) Talk, The History of Brick Lane by Judith Garfield. book on 02085534343

Tues Sept 11th £2 7.30pm The Birkbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Rd E11 (byLeyton Station) Radical History Group of Walthamstow hosts Speaker: Bob Light

Forty years ago: Five dockworkers in Pentonville


Coming up in October. 12th October midnight until 7pm the next day an Hymathon at St Andrews Church E11 to save the organ! Roll up!


Walking Tours this week

Walking Tours until Sunday in Barking. The Molten Festival 2012