Up Your Street Issue 22

Wed 18th June free 6-9pm  East London in Flux promotes their tour of William Morris Gallery. Book at Eventbrite

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Thurs 19th June £25 (for the 10 sessions) 11-1pm Subscribers to the art course at Centre For Better Health in Hackney embark on session 8 painting still life.


Sat 21st June free 10-4pm House Mill tour with East London in Flux. Fantastic day for seniors. Book at Eventbrite. It’s more than a tour.leo's logo


  free  11-5pm Wapping Police Station Museum. Two minutes from the station. However am editing to say that there is no East line from Dalston this weekend. No step-free access at the station platform. Much more to see along the road too. take a picnic or visit great pubs.from the bus to Wapping

Coming soon….


Tues 1st July.    free events. Launch of London’s Capital Age Festival 2014.

DSCF8442This is the View Tube, Greenway,  ready for Capital Age Festival 2014.


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Tues 8th Nov   free  11 am walk with David Boote
‘across Leytonstone heath’, at 11am.

repeated 2.30pm on Sunday 13th November, starting at
the Whipps Cross roundabout bus
terminus, and ending at Davies Lane.  This
is to be the first in a series of
local walks over the winter, revisiting
our open spaces, pointing out a bit
of history occasionally, in a relaxed

Wed Nov 9th    £3      3pm Tour of Sutton House, Homerton Rd, Hackney. The £3 is house entry and the tour is free and excellent. Cafe with hot chocolate and marshmallows too!

£2     10.30-12.30pm    Coffee Morning in aid of The Stuart Low Trust at 63 Theberton Street, Islington N1 0QY.

Thurs Nov 10th free      and 17 November,    10am-3pm Magical Meadows at Markfield Park.Completing the pond restoration and cutting meadows in the woodland and beds of the community nature garden, alongside preparing soil for community bulb planting and possible planting to create a new healing garden. No experience necessary. Tea, gloves tools provided. Meet: Outside Markfield Park cafe, N15

Fri Nov 11th     £2.50  1.30-4.30pm Tea dance at Stratford Old Town Hall. Old favourites for old soldiers.

free 2.15- 4.14pm     Gardening at The View Tube on The Greenway. And take home produce!

£9 (need to book) 7.30-10.00pm Grand Union Orchestra 11/11/11 Armistice concert and choirs @ Hackney Empire.

Sat Nov 12th  free but book with Eventbrite or call Whitechapel Idea Store. 2pm Guided walk with David Rosenberg re Cable Street history. Meet 2pm Idea Store, Whitechapel E1.

free 7.30pm Bring food to share “The Modern Olympics; A Troubled History”. Talk by D. Porter. The Epicentre,Cathall Rd E11 (257, W14 buses).

£5  7.30pm “Six Centuries of Song”, Classical concert at St George In the East, The Highway E1

Tues Nov 15th free 9,30am “A Taste Of Hackney” senior participants meet Colvestone School, Dalston see www.upyourstreet.wordpress.com

free 8pm film ( to be announced)at Open The Gate, N16. Free film every Tuesday.

free 8pm Reading Group at The Mill E17. Potok’s “Chosen”

Wed Nov 16th £1.50 7.45pm Leyton and Leytonstone History Society. Talk entitled “Dubbin. Boots and Shin-pads” by D. Chapman and C. Kerringan about Leyton Orient at the Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club (fabulous bar), Oliver Road. E10

Thurs Nov 17th £4 Siver Screen at Hackney PH. Any screening before 5pm

free 6-7.30pm. “The African Diaspora approach to Family History.” Insights with Patrick Vernon of Hackney Routes project . Hackney Museum.

Sun Nov 20th free Stratford Lantern Parade (details soon)

free 12-3pm Community Planting day in Lloyds Park E17. Nothing heavy, whips.

£1      12-5pm Vintage Fair at Orford Rd Social Club, E17 £3 2-5pm Tea Dance at Finsbury Town Hall near Angel, Islington. £1 for tea and cake.

———————————————————————————————————— Mon Nov 21st free 11-1pm Games for seniors. Weekly sessions at Kelmscott Leisure Centre E17 ————————————————————————————————————

Jamrach’s Menagerie

Today ‘ Book Brunchers’ in Sutton House, Homerton, Hackney are discussing Carol Birch’s “Jamrach’s Menagerie”!

Last night ‘The Reading Lane’ booksters at Hackney Central Library discussed “Room” by Emma Donoghue. Next month, Balzac

At The Mill E17 it’s “The Chosen” by Potok.

You sure it’s Black History Month, y’all?

ImagineUREvery1 Hackney Wick

Mapping Your Manor, Lucy Harrison’s project making podcasts for the Olympic and Paralympic Games site perimeter was at The Yard Theatre in Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick yesterday evening to record performed tweets and to interview actors, most of whom are volunteers who responded to writer Stewart Melton’s call to join in. The performance is enjoying very good attention and reviews.  The London Riots only prevented the opening night and that was a safety measure as everything else in the area was shut down.

Mapping Your Manor will be promoting its work at the Stratford Summer Festival on August 2oth. Here you have the chance to share and record memories of Stratford and if you’re new in the area you’ll have an interactive chance to shape its future too.

Last night I watched on Sky Vintage TV  “Donovan in Conversation” with Mike Read. This is a well-put together and edited (editor, Zeb Achonu) refreshing  story of Donovan as told by him as he is now and with some good archive material. Donovan certainly creates great images of exactly how it was in the old hippy days. He was greatly influenced by Scottish ballad poets and folk songs in the parlour, which was a nice touch as we remember pre-non-stop radio called ‘wireless’ and way before multi-channel telly.

Finished reading “Bombsites and Lollipops” which I downloaded from Amazon Kindle books to my PC for 99p! Not that interested in another memory of post war London but persevered with respect to Jacky Hyams whom I’ll meet on August 18th at Sutton House, Homerton, Hackney “Book Brunchers”.

Coincidentally Hyams the name  turned up in the programme on BBC1  “Who Do You Think You Are? featuring June off East Enders. That format  has had its day. It was interesting but edited to the degree that we see the same ole pictures all through out. Fillers.

Wasn’t High Street Seniors right to feel it is time to reclaim the streets from youth? Increasingly seniors are not visible on our streets after dusk. It’ll take a massive group effort to get High Street Seniors running post Riots. People do not believe the Riots are over.

 High Street Seniors are walking groups for seniors. The seniors walk together, some with sticks, in a group at dusk . They end up at a cafe or a pub for a cuppa. More often than not the tea is given freely with a lovely welcome. When they walked in Wapping they attended the launch of Madge Darby’s new book about the history of  Wapping and a fine evening they had. They now await an invitation from the Hermitage Community Moorings (many of the High Street Seniors belong to the volunteer group) to enjoy a river trip on the ‘Cabby’.

All things Wapping and watery

Attended Guildhall Library for the free talk and exposition about The Thames Lightermen and Watermen. Brilliant. Only extraordinary mortals are allowed to touch the records and ledgers of those canny men and women of the 17th Century onwards, otherwise you have to go via microfiche so I was privleged and over the moon touching Wapping , Hermitage Community Moorings and London social history. Very very good. Last week it was the records of mariners. Then lighthouses on telly, and the River Lea with The Floating Cinema at the weekend. All things watery indeed.

No time to lub….off to the Hackney Museum for a talk and slides about Haggerston in Hackney.

Tango and fun, free

The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden will be the venue for  freeTango dance tasters and fun for all. Register at  www.thekindest.org  , an outfit which puts on great stuff in the Dalston Garden. They are Sunday afternoon Tango sessions starting 5th June. See the ‘Peace Mural’ opposite new Dalston Junction Station? Well, under there is a door into the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. What an haven!

Easy peasy from Wapping…… straight to Dalston Junction ; 15 mins max.

Smith’s Restaurant, Wapping.

Did it , got there. Earned £40 doing volunteer stuff for major charities then spent it willingly at Smith’s new fishy restaurant in Wapping by the River. Walked past it because there’s no neon crazy lights in our back yard but the smell of fish ‘n’chips gave the game away. The place is SMART, buzzing with table staff and their masters. Loved it. Non-stop attention.
Gave up trying to juggle my money and decided to choose what I wanted from the very very expensive fare and not what I could afford because it was all too much.

The cheese on beetroot salad, my huge starter, was superb: presented like dishes on telly chef shows.It was scrumptious. I ate slowly, pacing myself and refusing to fill up on the traditional tempting fish ‘n’chip caff roll and butter. Polished off that full plateful  and a tenner then along came my main dish. All the while the smartly uniformed attendants were filling my tap water glass and topping up the rapidly melting ice cube reserve. I felt special and that was the winning ticket.

The Norwegian (really?) halibut was enough for two labourers. It was a block, 4 ” cubed, of hot battered not grilled (my choice) juicy meaty white fish. But come on ! £22 ! The chips, Smith’s special ones, four quid, were ace; crisp and clean and more than 5 in the bowl.
What an eating- out experience! What a bill! There’s no way you can’t tip those table attendants. They were a major part of good old -fashioned classy restaurant ways
                  Fabulous views, smart restaurant, good for a massive treat. There are set meals in the week for £19.50 at certain times. I’d go in just for a pudding because I know it will be fabulous,  well-presented and put in front of me properly. 

Question. How long will Wapping residents along the river stretch put up with the common wafting  smell of  fish ‘n’ chips? By the way meat is served too. Take an empty belly for the portion of duck breast. How big was that bird?

10/10 Smith’s of Wapping.  Bravo, the chefs. You cracked it in time for London’s next big event.

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Thurs May 5th Smith’s Restaurant in Wapping has opened . 22 Wapping High Street. E1
Mon May 9th free 12.30 -2.30pm Round Chapel Lower Clapton Hackney.Ballroom lessons and fun for seniors.
free 5.30pm Wapping Station. High Street Seniors meet, walk then go to Raine’s Hall for 7pm
for Madge Darby’s book launch and signing.
Wed May 11th free and must be booked. all day. Digital Champions at Old Billingsgate building by London Bridge.
free 1.00-1.40pm St John’s CHurch, Stratford E15. free music recital. retiring collection.
free 7pm “Three Crowns” Stoke Newinton. John Arthur’s gig.
Thurs May 12th £2 per session 2-4pm 1a Darnley Rd Hackney Ceramics course. repeats in June.

Fri       May   13th      free  10-6pm  part of the Spring Online Campaign via Silver Surfers, The Lawns, Hackney
                   join in open days at the new  Piccadilly Community Centre  at 196a PIccadilly  next to St James’ Church.
 Sat     May 14th   . free  10-6pm Spring Online Campaign (as above)

Sat May 14th free but book . 12-3pm Hackney Central Library “Henna; designs and learning” Part of Adult Learners Week Hackney.
£7 (concession price) Global Village Dance “The Roaring ’40s”

197 East Ferry Road, Isle of Dogs , E14 3BA.
( just south of DLR Mudchute station )

Saturday 14th May 2011
7pm – 11pm
DJ : Gary Malden

Ballroom, Argentine Tango, Latin, Swing, Jive, Salsa, Line, Sequence, Disco and Party Music.

Free tea and coffee. Supper. Please bring a plate of food to share.


Dress up theme : ” 1940’s “.

Note that 14th May is the anniversary of the Home Guard ,butyou don’t have to look like Dad’s Army unless you want to. There are many stylish possibilities, or just come as you are anyway.

In Stratford, Have a look at how hard people are working at http://www.openstage2012.com

Walking Proud in East London

Yes yes yes! There it was loud and proud, a fantastic exhibition from River Cultures showing the diverse appearances and reactions from LGBT members of our communities. Just to get that exhibition up would have been a mammoth task and then to centralise it in the Stratford Cultural Quarter was a great and valuable achievement. If we’re talking tagging, Wapping , Walthamstow and Barking were prominent as preferred places for communities to tolerate, celebrate and recognize differences and similarities. London’s predominantly multi-cultural  make-up is seen as a good place to feel comfortable and that is an historical fact too.  

The exhibition is quietly sitting in the ice-cream foyer at Theatre Royal Stratford east. Cheers TRSE! There’s a great exhibition on too at Hackney Museum with close-up photographs of Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bisexual people coming out and narrating their experiences. Just inspirational!

And cheers Open stage 2012 at TRSE. You buy your tickets to “The Graft”. I’ll not say too much. My thanks to the cast for allowing me a preview of what is a fucking good drama. All great elements happening in that play. Bring ear-plugs if your ears have never heard Essex-speke but never you miss out on a smashing take on the criminal world because of good old fashioned swearing. There is colour, movement, ah, the movement, spangly dresses, fabulous lighting, sets to die for  and a magical screen. It is pure class in Stratford epitomised by the gorgeous chandelier.  Only the interval ice-cream was missing. (I’ve told you about the ginger and honey flavour.)

The production is full of violence in action, words, gestures but who hasn’t watched “Reservoir Dogs”? Every character is memorable which is the essence of the play really. I rate this play highly and be careful because it is selling out fast.

Wapping Police Museum

Find out all about this event on http://www.whatsinwapping.com Today I arrived in Wapping after a mere 30 minute journey from Leyton. Crazy cos yesterday the roads were chokka. I explored in the freezing cold and damp, ending up in the friendliness of “The White Swan and Cuckoo”, 97 Wapping Lane. What a nice place. Christine was on duty and what a mine of information. Before my dinner arrived I had a cuppa for 50p. 50p? Wapping? And a slice of old fashioned proper bread from the Bakery up the road spread with real butter. Loved it all. On my full belly I was met by Rob at the Maritime Police Museum and boy he was generous with his knowledge and time. Well-recommended. he opened the back door and all I saw were lights on the Thames and loveliness and river police touching base.

Left and took the 100 bus to the Gauguin exhibition. Not all that, especially as I’d seen the BBC Gauguin programmes about 3 weeks ago. Learnt and saw all I needed from tv.

Hermitage Community Moorings coffee morning tomorrow. Excitement……