I woz community engaged.

Today I had faith restored in the phrase “community engagement”. I had booked a party into Eastside Community Heritage’s afternoon tea party. The event was planned to acknowledge WW1. We came together  at Valentine’s Mansion in Gant’s Hill. It’s easy enough to get to, just on the Central Line. The squirrels and Canada Geese never disappoint and came out in their Autumn colours today. The park isn’t too manicured and the Mansion is a treat and a half.

I took delight in seeing our hostess Judith Garfield turn away people because she had emphasised on the  promotion via social media that booking was a must.

The tea room for this programme was gorgeous, full of lilacs and mauves, green leafy wallpaper, pretty prettiness and twee crockery. The room was full as we launched into Victoria sponge, loose tea brewed and poured through a strainer, stories of family sit-down for your tea teas, stories of coming to UK shores, memories of stern fathers and a presentation from Gerrard of Redbridge Museum in which he produced an home-made “iron biscuit”.

 

afternoon teaPhoto :copywrite belongs to Eastside Community Heritage. 2014.

There were stories of servants, and Mauritian vanilla tea, Russian samovars and dumplings, Valentine’s Mansion as an infants’ clinic, a housing department and right back in time as having melons and orangeries. There was respect for parents during wars and poverty feeding families on very little, rations or not. We came from Kenya, from Mauritius, from L’ile de Reunion, Leyton, Whitechapel, Woodford and beyond.

We talked of fly cups, puckles of coffee, going without salt, recycling cooking oil, making cups from discarded bottles and tins.

We played games and were thus lulled into reminiscing, tears and laughing.

Now for my real tea.

Up Your Street issue 5

Up Your Street issue 5

Sat 9th Feb free Forest Recycling Project at Lauriston School, E8 12-3pm. Take your goods along at 11 am.

free noon-5pm  Launch of communities coming together at Elise Centre (old CLR Library at Dalston Junction)  Whole programme of events and activities: Stalls, Hackney Stream Radio, advice, African drumming.

Sun 10th Feb free 1.30-4.30pm Rich Mix E1 “From Bengal to Bethnal Green”.  Music, refreshments, discussions, family activities and fun. Grand Union Orchestra hosting.

Chinese New Year 2013. Year of The Snakesnake

    free 10-3pm Farmers Market at Station Road, Chingford E4

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Tues 12th Feb  Shrove Tuesday

Wed 13th Feb   £2.50  Stratford east PictureHouse London On Screen event 6pm.”Bronco Buffalo”. described as “Mod Poetry” and depicting Stratford east London in the 1970s.

£6 Bishopsgate Institute screening of “Under The Cranes”. a film accompanied by Michael Rosen’s poetry.

Thurs 14th Feb £5  11-5pm Valentine’s Mansion Ilford. Family activities around Valentine’s Day.

£2.50 1.30-4.30pm Valentine’s Tea-Dance just for seniors. Old Stratford Town Hall. E15. Raffle, tea and cake  included and jolly good company.

Fri 15th Feb free 2-4pm Hackney Archives, 24 Dalston Lane E8 Patrick Vernon. Info and booking:- enisuoha@tssa.org.uk This is a generous workshop using the finding of your own heritage as being the history of Hackney. It will be great.

Sat 16th Feb free 10-noon Mary Katherine Presents at www.streetliferadio.com. This is Mary Katherine’s regular Saturday magazine radio show where she lifts you up to good living using golden oldies, silver sounds and interviews with her guests. Listen for the tinkling of bells.

free Body Shop Launch in E17 TBC

free 11-1pm “Love Food, Hate Waste” workshop and become a Food Champion by attending! Volunteer Centre Hackney 5 Tyssen Street E8: Book in advance at info@vchackney.org

Mon 18th Feb free Poetry at Freeword, 60 Farrington Rd EC1 celebrating the launch of poetry by Laabi. Eventbrite have places via the Poetry Tranlastion Centre.

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Tickets for The One Taste Choir and other artists at St John At Hackney , Mare Street on March 2nd are for sale at www.wegottickets.com. They’re £10 or £20 for a bubbly VIP seat! This is a Sound:Check production for Music for Childhope charity.

Hackney Stream is a great place/internet radio to keep up to date with projects for seniors in Hackney. Use a search engine to get into the site then you are helped to navigate and enjoy.

Beydagi Food Centre 221 Lea Bridge Road E10. (formerly Koza). Excellent service, very popular, great veg. and fruit, meat and cheeses. Free on road parking outside; (almost a rarity). Up the road a bit towards Markhouse Rd is Dennis Chippy. Again great service and gorgeous cod on a china plate.

Next week Hackney Central Library reading groups provide some great community getting together via books.

It will be time for the Community Breakfast at The Mill.

BOOK now for a 5 week art course at £10 the course  with a different concessions fee at The Centre For Better Health 1a Darnley Rd Hackney. Email admin@ centreforbetterhealth.org.uk

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Issue 14 Up Your Street Oct 17th – Nov 6th 2012

Wed Oct 17th £3  7pm STRATFORD EAST SINGERS ARE BACK!

Theatre Royal Stratford East /please wait in the foyer area.

Sat Oct 20th free 3-5pm

Community 0pening Event

 at St Ann’s Community Hall, 37 Hemsworth St, London N1 5LF        For all ages…Activities:

  • Informal micro performance of LGO
  • Micro singing workshop
  • Body percussion

The Magic of Making Making Music project
with a music celebration party for the whole family
The London Gypsy Orchestra would like to invite you for music and socialising, there will be tea, coffee and cakes 🙂

Sun Oct 21st free 11-3.30pm  Valentines Mansion Wedding Fair. Ilford

Mon Oct 22nd free 7pm John Arthur sings and plays guitar    Spoonful  Of  Poison session at the Stag`s Head   55 Orsman Road  Hoxton N1 5RA               nearest station  Haggerston

 Wed Oct 24th free (but membership is sought £12 p.a.) 7pm. At Wanstead Library (W14 bus) The East Of London History Society’s. talk on the  Port of London Archive. All welcome. Refreshments.

Thurs Oct 25th  £3.7pm West Green Learning Centre N15.. HIC presents the Spike Lee film DO  THE RIGHT THING.

Sat Oct 27th free 7-11pm Priory Court Community Centre E17 Celebration of Black History Month with the Home of Opulence. Free food, stalls and fun.

Sun Oct 28th free 9.30-1pm St Saviour’s Priory, 18, Queensbridge Rd E2 Hackney. Table top sale and each Sunday in November,. Visit the cloisters and the Chapel too. Wonderful

Fri Nov 2nd £1  1-2.15pm St John’s At Hackney, Mare St by Narrow Way. over 55’s writing group all about memories of dance and singing. Refreshments too.

Tues Nov 6th free 7.30pm The ClaptonHart, Lea Bridge Toundabout, E5 . The ByteThe Book reading group chatting informally about  Muriel Sparks’ “In The Driving Seat”.  The new community pub does good meals.