Over 80s at Lea Bridge Library

Well a lovely crowd  of seniors came to the Lea Bridge Library social with Up Your Street, an event managed by 4Diversity: Together As One. good life

We had the Mauritian ladies from Sara’s tea club which meets every Thursday at the  Noor Ul Islamic Trust E10, Hackney tea-dancers, some people from a local church and a local synagogue, octogenarians, a young 59 year old, and a director from Age UK.  Couldn’t have been better. Free raffle, free tea and biscuits, and jolly good company and then along came our first ever guest, Mr David Boote of Waltham Forest Walks.

The topic was ‘Local History’ kicked off by people volunteering their own descriptions of where they live and what’s to know. Actually it was the “United Dairies” painted and faded block capitals on the opposite wall from where we sat which sparked off the talk.from lea bridge libray

It was great to hear stories of characters and buildings just up the street. Of course much of the history doesn’t belong to all the group members we welcomed today and believe me, we’re working on that. Cllr.Patrick Vernon OBE initiated a programme called “Routes” which gives everyone a sense of where they came from and where they are in their community now, who left a mark and who is leaving an heritage to celebrate. Brilliant workshops if ever you get a chance.  At today’s meeting three of the people had actually attended Patrick’s workshops in Hackney.

David Boote holds a wealth of information in his head and shares it in his booklets. Try to go on one of his Waltham Forest walks. Free and healthy.

The community room is nice and big, clean and airy and newly carpeted. People liked it today. The raffle prizes were “Silver Screen” dvds, perfume, necklaces, notelets, candles and such like.

Lea bridge library staircaseLibrary staircase.

Ebony responded to my “Wanted” post on Freecycle.org and brought up brand new mugs for the seniors. Biscuits too. Sorted!

Issue 18. Up Your Street


                                                                      Issue 18

Fri 10th May free 1-3pm Lea Bridge Library Community Room E10. Information only:-

Up Your Street through Stroll London  hosts “LB Baby Social”. Not for seniors unless accompanying a babe in arms as the carer!!

Sat 11th May       free noon-4pm Three Mills Green. Activities for everyone to celebrate developments at the venue at Three Mills by Tesco Bromley by Bow. Disabled access yes. Boat trips to The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then return as no embarking allowed.

Sun 12th May free 2.30pm  Meet Waltham Forest Walks at Gala Bingo corner of Lea Bridge Road and Church Road E10  to go west to Rigg Approach for a local history walk with host David. Flat terrain.

Mon 13th May free noon-2pm Lea Bridge Library Up Your Street invitation to use the community room to meet up. 1-3pm free David Boote of Waltham Forest walks takes us through some local history. Refreshments and lift .LEA bRIDGE LIBRARY

Tues 14th May free  11.30 am. Meet at The Angel North London tube station after booking with the office for the Stuart Low Trust trip to the Wellcome Collection for outsider art from Japan. Lunch provided as standard.

                                free  2-4pm  Up Your Street subscribers to Whitechapel Gallery group tour with artist Rebecca .Cancelled.

                              free  5.30-7.45pm Clapton Library E5 The Wordlovers Society.A group for anyone interested in poetry and creative writing. Please bring some of your own written work to read out or perform to the group. All levels very welcome. Facilitated by writer KG Lester. For more information email tyaxx@hotmail.com.

Thurs 16th May free 10-noon “Hospice Information for Muslims” St Joseph’s Hospice ,Mare Street Hackney

Fri 17th May free 11-2pm Living and Dying Well roadshow with complimentary therapy taster sessions, nibbles, exhibitors and a warm welcome. St Joseph’s Hospice Mare Street Hackney. Music too by “Sinfonia”.

                               £2    7-10pm “E17 Designers” Spring Fair and exhibition at the Asian Centre Orford Road, the Village e17. Free drink on entry.

Sun 19th May free Stratford and West Ham Fair.  Stratford Centre E15.

£3   1.30-3.30pm Stratford Old Town Hall.  Newham tea dance with raffles, dancing shoes, tea, juice and jolly good company.


                               free 1-5pm Bruce Castle Museum Haringey. Weds to Sundays Charles Henry Holman – Haringey in Paint

An intimate collection of paintings, sketches and illustrations by

Charles Holman (1919-2008) capturing figures and familiar views from around Haringey. Holman’s work dates from the 1950s. He trained at Hornsey College of Art, and later taught in Crouch End. 12 April – 30 June, Coleraine Gallery


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Free cook and taste course at Gaby’s Kitchen

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 – Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12pm – 2pm Want to: Learn to make delicious healthy meals. Find out more about nutrition, Learn to shop on a budget and how to read food labels, Meet people and have fun cooking. Then come along to our free cook and taste course at Gaby’s Kitchen . Age group: All ages. 28, SHORE ROAD, London, Hackney, E9 7TA. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Siobhan Mannion. Email: siobhan@manorgardenscentre.org Telephone: 0207 561 5281.