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Hackney’s first women run market celebrates Women's Day - YouTube
Well Street Market celebrated International Woman’s Day with a women’s themed market -most stalls run by women.
The market, on March 3, featured clothing, food stalls, crafts and live music. A large number of local residents attended the event to support the cause.
The initiative was backed by Hackney Council, which is supporting 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage by funding a number of other projects throughout the borough which focus on helping women.
In addition, every stall had purple, white and green rosettes to show support for the suffragettes who wore the same colours in their campaign to get the vote for women.
Stalls had rosettes of purple, white and green to honour the suffragettes. Pic:Roza Andreou
Minda Burgos-Lukes, of NuDawn and Well Street Traders Alliance, co-ordinated the event. “This month’s market presents a great opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day and recognise the invaluable contribution women make to business and the community. We want to see the market as a thriving place, where the community as a whole can come together and enjoy themselves.”
Rebecca Lammers, from the Women’s Equality Party, said: “We don’t want to wait another hundred years for equality – that’s why we’re here.”
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Small creative businesses which are being forced to move out because of redevelopment in the Hackney Wick area are to be re-housed in former Council properties.
Hackney Council plans to refurbish and let two buildings – the Old Baths on Eastway and the Trowbridge Centre on Trowbridge Road.
Phillip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney said: “The creative community is the heart of Hackney Wick, and it’s important that we do all we can to protect the industries, makers and artists who make the area the unique and exciting place it is.”
The Council has appointed affordable workspace experts Stour Space and Arbeit, who already manage similar schemes in the area, to manage the new workspaces on its behalf, with some of existing traders given the opportunity to remain.
Stour Space. Pic: Stour Space
Directors from Stour Space said: “We are so excited to win this tender for The Old Baths, delivering what we think is a groundbreaking project involving many local partnerships.
“It’s massively encouraging that Hackney Council has prioritised the important role that grassroots cultural facilities like Stour Space have in sustaining communities and London’s cultural offering.
“With the security of another seven years in Hackney Wick, Stour Space is delighted to continue to support our community and promote the value of arts, culture and enterprise as a catalyst for socio-economic development in this rapidly changing city.”
Stour Space Interior. Pic: Stour Space
Hajni Semsei , from the Arbeit Project said: “The council have selected Arbeit Project as the organisation to manage the Trowbridge Centre. It is a great opportunity and we are very proud to be part of it. In the last 1-2 years we mostly experienced the closing of studio and gallery sites in the area, and with these new sites we are excited that there is a long term thinking and solution.
“The Centre will provide workshops, work experience and artistic events along with the studios so it will be more than just a physical space, hopefully it will become and a meeting point and a creative island in Hackney Wick.”
Mayor Glanville said: “While regeneration will bring new opportunities, it’s vital that long-established small traders are given the chance to take advantage of them. We also want to ensure that this new partnership increases the real opportunities available to existing Hackney Wick residents.”
The Council’s plan aims to allow the existing creative businesses to remain in Hackney Wick whilst works are ongoing and move back into new affordable workspaces built as part of regeneration plans once they are ready.
Glanville said: “Opening up our own cut-price workspace in the meantime will mean more businesses can stay and grow in the area they call home – creating new jobs and contributing to our local economy.”
Hackney Council and the London Legacy Development Corporation set up rigid rules last year to safeguard affordable workspace and cap rent increases in new largely private developments around Hackney Wick Station.
The rules will protect around 8,500sqm of existing creative workspace in new developments, alongside hundreds of new homes, modern retail and community facilities, and better public spaces.
But as some existing buildings are demolished, existing traders have raised concerns that they will be forced to leave the area before the replacement workspace is completed.
Refurbishment work will take place over the summer, with spaces expected to be available later this year.
Left to right: Fabia Begum, Mayor John Biggs, Dritan Nura and Tahmid Rashid at the new WorkPath hub in Watney Market. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council
A former Santander bank in Tower Hamlets has been turned into a new centre to help tackle youth unemployment – a month after relaunching the ‘Young WorkPath’ programme.
The disused bank at Shadwell’s Watney Market, off the Commercial Road, reopened as a careers centre for ‘Young WorkPath’, a new council programme aimed specifically at those aged between 16 and 24 – the first of its kind in the borough.
Specific tailored support will be given to those particularly in need of extra assistance such as the borough’s looked-after children, care leavers and those young people with education health and care plans.
Deputy Young Mayor Sadia Ahmed told the Tower Hamlets Partnership Summit that in the past, higher education and prestigious careers had felt like “far-fetched concepts” for her peers.
Although, according to Ahmed, times were changing and young people demonstrate higher aspirations and a determination to break through old boundaries to dream bigger and “smash the glass ceiling into a million pieces.”
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said: “Our inspiring young people are one of our greatest assets and we are committed to doing everything we can to offer them the opportunities they need to succeed.
“Our borough is home to an incredible array of businesses and our young residents should feel that they can aspire to have a successful career at any one of them.
“Young WorkPath will be the first programme of its kind. By adopting a joined up approach to the work journey of young people, I am confident that we can make a real difference to the next generation in Tower Hamlets.”
Watney Market, where the disused Santander Bank became Tower Hamlets Council’s new WorkPath hub. Pic: Google
Councillor Joshua Peck, Cabinet Member for Work and Economic Growth, said: “Young WorkPath will build on a strong record that has seen council teams successfully supporting our residents into work and training in ever-growing numbers.
“Through our existing WorkPath programme, we are already working closely with business and education partners to raise aspirations and achievements among those who need that extra help and motivation to get a foot on the employment ladder.”
The youth programme is based on the council’s adult WorkPath programme which has already helped 700 people into jobs in the past 12 months.
Bailiffs and council enforcement officers bust into illegal shack under Fenchurch Street railway. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council
A shack under Fenchurch Street railway station used to roast and store peanuts by unlicensed street traders half-a-mile from the Tower of London was shut down successfully by bailiffs and local officers.
Tower Hamlets Council enforcement officers raided the lock-up after fumes from nuts being roasted with a gas cylinder were detected in Mill Yard, off Cable Street, under the Fenchurch Street mainline.
There were concerns that the gas cylinder used to keep the peanuts warm were posing a fire risk and public safety hazard.
They seized containers, a nut trolley and box of neon light sabres used for street trading. In the next two weeks, the shack will be pulled down and removed.
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs, said: “We are clamping down on this illegal trading.
We want to ensure the public is protected from the activity by those who care more about making money than the impact they’re causing.”
The council began enforcement work against the occupiers when electricity to cook the nuts on Network Rail property was found to be taken from a nearby car-repair garage.
Shopkeepers along Cable Street and nearby households also complained about pollution and rubbish on the street.
Police said that in the past, peanut traders taken to court in the morning are fined and have their trollies confiscated can still be back selling in the afternoon. Therefore, the council moved in to close down their operating base instead.
Officers move in the illegal traders’ shack after detecting smell of peanuts being roasted. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council
Councillor Asma Begum, a member of the Council cabinet, said: “Illegal traders are putting people at risk of food poisoning by their activities and could be preying on vulnerable people who are just trying to earn a living.”
Authorities are concerned that illegal traders employ vulnerable workers below minimum wage and without employment rights; the activity could also involve trafficking.
Police and officials from Tower Hamlets, City of London and Southwark are now looking at a tougher legal approach to deal with illicit trading around Tower Bridge and The Tower.
They are focusing on the historical heritage area along the Thames. The council says the pollution caused by illegal trading could affect the listed buildings along the river.
Gas cylinder found inside the illegally-built shack under the railway arches that posed a fire hazard. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council
Tower Hamlets Trading Standard officers are appealing for the public to contact them over any breaches of consumer laws. For consumer complaints and enquiries telephone: 020 7364 6767 or Consumer Direct (national helpline): 08454 040506
Mayor Biggs (right) with apprentice Louie Legon and one of the sheep at Mudchute farm. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council
Once, apprenticeships in the East End would have meant working in the vast docks or a grimy factory. Now, its about feeding sheep in the wide open spaces of Europe’s largest urban farm in Tower Hamlets.
Tower Hamlets Council is funding three new apprentices at Mudchute City Farm, which lies in the middle of the Isle of Dogs, once the centre of one of the largest docklands areas in the world. The apprentices work in accounts, childcare and animal care and are training for NVQ qualifications.
Set in 32 acres Mudchute is a community charity and Europe’s largest urban farm. It includes a working farm, stables, a children’s nursery and a wide range of education activities.
Tanjima Khanam, 21, from Poplar, was already volunteering at the farm when this opportunity came up. “It’s been quite a journey to get here,” she said, “I want to stay here for as long as possible.”
Louie Legon, 19, also from London, who originally wanted to be a zookeeper, said: “I get assessed every couple of months and am learning something new every day.”
Mayor Biggs meets the animals of Mudchute farm for National Apprenticeship Week. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council
The money to fund their training comes from levies on developers for planning consent on major schemes to benefit the community.
Mayor Biggs said: “I’ve committed through my Mayoral Apprenticeship programme to broker 1,000 new apprenticeships. We have record employment in the borough and I want our young people to be able to share in these benefits through access to decent jobs.
“I am proud that fantastic community organisations like the East End Community Foundation are delivering apprenticeships from the proceeds of growth. During my visit to Mudchute I saw first-hand what a transformative and positive impact the new apprenticeship places are having on these hard-working young people.”
The apprentice scheme is being run in conjunction with the East End Community Foundation, which channels money into community based schemes. In 2015, the council agreed a 17-year deal with the Foundation worth £993,284.
The apprenticeship scheme has already led to 150 new jobs created while the council’s ‘Work Path’ programme, a unique employment service for all Tower Hamlets residents, has helped 2,600 people into training and employment since its launch a year ago.
Animal care apprentice Louie Legon (left) with Mayor John Biggs and Mudchute farm manager Tom Davis (right). Pic: Tower Hamlets Council
Catford is about to welcome parkruns in Mountsfield Park after years of effort from volunteers.
Parkruns are held across London and the UK, where people come together in local parks for free, timed five-kilometre runs, in order to help create a community feel.
Hilly Fields and Beckenham host parkruns, but the members of the community in Catford wanted one closer to their homes.
“I was doing a lot of training in my local park and felt it would be a lovely venue for a parkrun and a nice thing to share with the community,” said David Rose, an archive researcher who has spent the past two years campaigning for a parkrun in Mountsfield Park.
Rose himself has been involved with parkruns since 2010.
In order for the parkrun to take place in Mountsfield Park and for parkrun headquarters to contribute to the funding, volunteers had to show that there was interest in the community to take part in a parkrun.
Rose decided to set up a voting campaign on Aviva Community Fund back in summer of 2017 to see whether people were interested in having a parkrun in Catford. It was a successful campaign and many people came out in favour of the proposed parkrun.
A date for the first parkrun has been set, but according to Rose the parkrun headquarters want to keep this under wraps so the event can have a soft launch.
“We don’t want to overwhelm the volunteer team, other park users of the council by having 500 people turn up on the first weekend, but if you come to the park at 9am on a Saturday in eight weeks or so there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon a parkrun,” said Rose.
He has a message to anyone thinking of joining in: “Just come along. Everyone is welcome at parkrun and the mere fact that you want to participate is the very best outcome for all of us.”
Police appeal for witnesses after a fight in Beckenham leaves a man with stab wounds.
The fight broke out on March 10, involving a large number of people in the High Street, Beckenham.
Officers arrived at the scene, but found no trace of injured people or suspects.
A 23-year-old man then admitted himself to hospital with stab wounds, following the fight. His condition is serious but stable.
The Metropolitan’s Trident and Area Crime Command are investigating the assault, and are looking to identify a number of people believed to be involved in the fight.
Detective Inspector Edward Facer of Trident said: “This was a very serious assault that took place on the High Street which would have been busy with people frequenting bars, restaurants and cinema on a Saturday evening.”
The incident happened in the area between Sainsbury’s and the Odeon cinema.
A 24-year-old man is currently in custody, having been charged in connection.
The Metropolitan Police said: “Anyone with any information should contact the investigation team on 020 8247 4863. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Kate Poland, the project leader, said: “’What You See is NOT What You Get’ is an exhibition that came from work made by children in Hackney responding to the ways the advertising industry targets them and persuades them to eat food that is high in fat, sugar and salt.
“Nearly half of 11 year-olds in Hackney are obese or overweight and junk food is, of course, part of the problem.
“Our project doesn’t tell children how to eat healthily. Instead, we look at how powerful advertising is in persuading children to make unhealthy choices – through branding, packaging, product placement, games, cartoon characters and so on.
“We’re not saying everyone is going to stop eating crisps or chocolate, but that if they can recognise the subtleties and subterfuge of advertising strategies – they will be better equipped to decide what to eat.”
Artwork by Chyna from The Urswich School. Pic: Kate Poland
There will be an ‘anti-junk walk’ on the afternoon of the opening led by a group of children holding placards in protest of ‘false’ advertising.
The walk will begin at The Urswick School, on Paragon Road, and finish at the gallery site.
The Urswick School is a small secondary school based in the heart of Hackney. Hackney Quest is an organisation which provides positive activities for young people in the borough.
Concorde Youth Club is a youth club located near to the Olympic Park and Hackney Marshes. They have regular activities including track cycling and BMX. The club is also host to the Barry Mcguigan Boxing Academy.
A borough-wide poster campaign displaying the children’s work will also be rolled out in May.
Visualisation of Stik’s upcoming ‘Holding Hands’ sculpture in Hoxton Square Pic: Hackney Council
A major piece of public art, created by “world-renowned” graffiti artist Stik, has secured planning permission and will be unveiled later this year in Hoxton Square.
The four-metre tall statue, called ‘Holding Hands’, will “symbolise the love expressed between two people, regardless of gender, sexuality, religion, or ethnicity”.
Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville said: ”[The work] will act as a permanent reminder of Hackney’s long history of celebrating creativity and diversity and will ensure our values of inclusivity are shared with future generations.”
He added: ”Hackney is very lucky that Stik has created this beautiful artwork for both residents and visitors to enjoy”.
Stik is funding both the creation and installation of the sculpture, which is being made in collaboration with local Shoreditch based company: ‘The Sculpture Factory’.
According to the council, the statue is based on Stik’s previous work “Hackney Pride”, created by the artist in 2016 to represent the borough at the London Pride parade.
‘Hackney Pride’ banner, designed by Stik Pic: Hackney Council
The image proved incredibly popular and, in addition to going on sale as a “hand-stitched” banner to fund an exhibition of work by an LGBTQI+ youth group, was printed as a souvenir poster in the council’s publication: ‘Hackney Today’.
Speaking after the planning permission for the project was secured, Stik said: “I am grateful to the local community who have supported this project from the very beginning.
“The sculpture represents love and respect between people whoever they are”.
About the artist
Stik is a Hackney based artist who started painting what the council now calls “unofficial murals”, on East London streets in the early 2000s.
Stik graffiti on a shopfront in Shoreditch Pic: Wikimedia Commons
His art, which features stick figure-like people, has since received international recognition, and he now creates “monumental public artworks” across the world.
A Hackney resident since 2010, Stik works from a studio in Hoxton, and has “close, personal connections to the area”.
Having overcome “long-term homelessness”, the artist frequently gives back to the community, donating tens of thousands of pounds a year to local charities, including Homerton hospital and, most recently, Project Indigo, Hackney’s LGBTQI+ youth group.
Stik Graffiti on a water tower in lower Manhattan, NYC, Pic: Wikimedia Commons
A man shot by armed police in Hackney last night was in a “critical condition” today as an investigation was launched into the incident
Officers were called to reports of an “armed robbery of a vehicle” on Mandeville Street in Lower Clapton last night at 10:50pm.
Firearms officers were among those to respond. Scotland Yard confirmed a “police firearm was discharged” and a man was shot. No one else was injured.
We’re investigating a @metpoliceuk shooting in which a man has been injured in Hackney, London in the early hours of this morning. The man was taken to the Royal London Hospital. Our investigators are at the scene and post-incident procedure making initial enquiries.
— Independent Office for Police Conduct (@policeconduct) March 20, 2018
The man was taken by ambulance to Royal London Hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
The IOPC released a statement saying: We’re investigating a Met Police UK shooting in which a man has been injured in Hackney, London in the early hours of this morning.
“The man was taken to the Royal London Hospital. Our investigators are at the scene and post-incident procedure making initial enquiries.”