Up Your Street. Issue 20

                                                         Up Your Street Issue 20

We are in Adult Learners’ Week 2013

knittinKnitters at the Mill E17, Sharing skills.

Mon 2oth May free noon -2pm Up Your Street hosts a free social get-together at Lea Bridge Library Leyton. Tea, raffles, friendship. At 1pm Mary Fahey mary in her element

demonstrates the benefits of meditation. Book via gillianamuir@aol.co.uk and Eventbrite. She presents a magazine programme at Streetlife Radio, by the way.

                              free 12.15pm Bruce Castle Museum, Haringay

Walk: Around All Hallows Graveyard

Join Deborah Hedgecock, Curator of Bruce Castle Museum, as she takes a tour around the ancient graveyard of the original parish church for Tottenham. (Meet at the museum)

(If wet, the walk will become an illustrated talk on the graveyard at the museum)

Tues 21st May free Museum of London. Some Up Your Street subscribers receive their Awards certificates at Adult Learners Week 2013 event . Breakfast time. Congrats!

                              free  2-4pm Hamara Project 1b Priory Avenue E17 (by Walthamstow tube station ).Finding out about Dementia.

                             free but book 2-5pm Dalston Eastern Curve Garden (Dalston Junction, Hackney)
Making patchwork lavender pillows
Learn how to make patchwork pattern by cutting up old clothing, so you can feel confident about making use of any textile fragments you have at home. Then make a patchwork pillow to fill with therapeutic lavender from the Garden to take home!019

                           free 10-12.30 Workshop; the importance of maths for young children, a community workshop in Hackney Community Voluntary Services, Tyssen St Hackney. Phone 020 72758577.

                         free  2-4pm  Tell Me About It!

Reminiscence Café at the Bruce Castle  Museum.Remember the Lunch Hour? 

Join us and share memories (or photos and objects) about your life experiences ..and your lunch hour! What was it like at school? How long did you get for lunch at work? Did you have special arrangements, a work canteen, or take your own lunch?

All ages welcome!

Thurs 23rd May free noon-3pm. Dementia care information at Infinite Oasis Care 807 High St Leyton E10.

                                  free 7-9pm Bonnie Kemske talks about ceramics at Tokarska Gallery, Forest Rd (Opp. Tesco). Book with Eventbrite.

Sun 26th May free 11 am from  The Mill Coppermill Lane E17 “Poetry in Motion: The Market Walk” . Book through Eventbrite or phone Walthamstow Library The walk is followed by a poetry reading starting at 1.15pm in Walthamstow library E17.

Fri 31st May free 11-1pm or 2.30-4.30pm. Local History Open Day upstairs so arrange special access by phoning Vestry House Museum in E17 and/or book through Eventbrite.

Sat June 1st      Appetite begins. A celebration of food and tastes in Waltham Forest.

From a blog visitor:-

Adult Learners’ Week (18-24 May) is when our thoughts turn to learning skills – whether for work or just for the fun of it. The Esperanto Association of Britain is offering a free postal or email course in the international language – marked by a network of voluntary tutors.

The free course is suitable for those who would like a quick taster, and gives an overview of the language in twelve bite-sized portions. Once the learner has received the first lesson, they simply return their answers. Then the tutor replies with guidance and the next lesson.

For details of the work of the Esperanto Association and the free course, contact: eab@esperanto-gb.org

Peer Arts , 99 Hoxton St E1 art exhibition free

Karin Ruggaber: An outside of a house
Until Saturday 29 June

Argall Industrial Estate

It’s ten days now since I’ve waited and rung the environmental lot in Waltham Forest four times for a single now single soaking wet mattress to be removed from my front yard. The last I was told by the office supervisor was that she would send an email, send an email! ( Garlic bread?) to escalate the job. That meant there was a note allegedly and not in pencil saying that the job should be done within 24 hours. Oh do me a favour! Should? The word “would” is juggling for position.

That’s why Waltham Forest is a mattress borough. It isn’t a mattress borough  entirely because there’s a transient society here: There’s actually an huge stagnant society doing the right thing.

On the corner of my road is a built corner protector, a piece of ‘street furniture’ (I know!) which is used daily as a prop for people’s bags of rubbish, broken umbrellas, old cots and mattresses, strewn and ripped clothes previously left out for AgeUK collectors and whoever trades in rags. One day the council truck came a-collecting and I asked why fly-tippers were being excused and money spent sending out trucks and men to gather and dispose of people’s domestic rubbish. Answer “Oh, it’s the foreigners, see. They don’t know about how to dispose of rubbish.”  Well, not on my and their back yards then! By that logic only white British-born, you know the new ethnic minority, know how to get rid of rubbish.

Behind what was the Burwell Residential Estate off Lea Bridge Road on the border of Waltham Forest and Hackney is the disgusting mess that is Argall Industrial Village. Its name changes like the weather but I like “industrial village” because it is so not that.

                 There are Argall Estate patrol cars checking out that all is well on the land, so I was told. The single decker bus W19 actually travels into it but ignores its own timetable so that’s not much use to residents. The place is nasty. Litter swirls around in any whiff of wind. Abandoned stinking mattresses provide hiding places for feral cats and the Black Path is known as Rats’ Alley by locals who know too well the stench of yeast and bread from Kingsmill. Hoo Hing Supermarket is a neon-lit beacon for those who lose their way or who fear being accosted by underage vagabonds. Only the mini-industry workers aka Eastern Europeans and nervous dog-walkers walk the walk.
          In 1986 Argall Industrial Village was dire and on the brink of going under. It went under and post Olympics it is doubly dire. Like Hackney Wick it provides recyclable buildings for weekend churches where the white-robed congregations are not fussed about what they step in. Unlike in Hackney Wick, where established artists mix oils with Forman fish whiffs, other creative types safe in E17’s Tokarska  Gallery and The Mill would only evaporate    remotely in Argall.         
          I’ve yet to see what’s good about it. I try.
“Where there’s muck, there’s brass”, I mutter.
             My lovely neighbour over the back fence who is long dead told me how in the thirties on a Thursday morning you could hear each door shut on the Burwell Estate as each housewife in her scarf and carrying her shopping basket or wheeling her wicker trolley made her way across the factories ( now the Argall Industrial  Estate) and through the rat-ridden pathway (now The Black Path) up into St James’ Park and onto Coppermill Lane for the market day. Love that story.  Her brother’s still at the back of me. He served in the army up in the Orkneys during WW2. Great geezer.

Tower Lifeboat Station


On The Thames by Waterloo Bridge. Fabulous visit and a great reception from Andrew Stewart, the visitor guide.Image

I went to The Tokarska Gallery newly opened in Forest Rd E17 by Blackhorse Rd StationImage. The stench of damp hits you as you enter a very pleasant bright gallery. Kate Green’s exhibition is ace because it is professional and has universally understood relevance and meaning. There are photographs of aged seniors all with past glories, all having been unpaid, passionate athletes and Olympic Games contenders in the twenties and thirties of last century.

Well worth a look and free.

I went to “Capture Waltham Forest” at The Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow Village, This is another photography exhibition with submitted photos by people in the borough who had snapped and shared.. Good good good. Some negative comments included that there was no history in the photos. I take that as racist really because there is obviously an archive coming which highlights unconsciously the diversity in Waltham forest. The Halal meat Shop history is our history just as the history of the dog stadium belongs to us all.. My photos weren’t included but I’m over that. I am a photographing prize winner elswehere.

Just as I am an exhibiting artist at the Mill E17 this week. See how it is great that local people get a chance to show off what they can do. ImageThere is a fantastic art exhibition there composed of textile design and pattern. Very lovely and actually one just wants to roll in some of that comforting fleece and softness. Another free exhibition as well. Soak up the culture!ImageElephants at The Mill by RAGWORKS