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Location: London Fields Arches, 369-370 Helmsley Place, London, E8 3SB
Date and Time: Friday 19 July from 5-11pm, Saturday 20 July at 12-5pm and 6-11pm or Sunday 21 July from 12-5pm.
Description: Kicking off on Friday 19 July, the festival will see 30 breweries from all over the globe, offering up a selection of brews to raise money for Hackney Winter Night Shelter. All proceeds are going to the East London charity. Entry cost entitles guests to sample up to five servings of beer by the half-pint. Beers will be priced according to ABV, with stronger beers costing more tokens, and additional tokens will be available for purchase within the festival itself.
Minimum age: 18
Pic: Craft Beer Cares
Hackney Fashion Festival
Location: Bohemia Place in London. Bohemia Place, London, E8 1DU
Date and Time: 20-21 Jul, 11:00 – 18:00
Description: Discover over 50 sustainable fashion vendors at this fun fashion-focused festival at Bohemia Place Markets. Bohemia Place continues its ‘Summer Series’ by bringing some very exciting vintage, retro and bespoke upcycling designers to Hackney Central. Come and grab a big-brand bargain or delight in some local handmade wares on offer from over 50 vendors! With delicious food and drink on offer all weekend long, you’ll be set to shop until you drop.
Minimum age: 18
Saturday Morning Meds - Inner peace meditations in the presence of nature
Description: Namaste, Need to release the stresses of the week? Want to reconnect with nature? Love silent sitting and meditations? Try Morning Meds - aka Peace in the Park - for some seated meditations in nature. Contact Jane@peaceloveheal.co.uk for further information - there is an 8am "weather check"
Pic: Wiki Commons
Space Chase Craft at Lewisham Library
Location: Lewisham Library, 199-201 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, SE13 6LG
Date and Time: Multiple dates beginning Saturday 20 Jul, 14:00 – 15:00
Description: Calling all space tyrants, budding astronauts, and stargazers. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the lunar landing by creating your own moon and taking part in a host of other activities in Lewisham Library.
Suitable for ages 5 – 10
Pic: NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins.
Beckenham Place Park relaunch
Location: Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham Hill Road BR3 1SY
Date and Time: Saturday 20 July 2019, 12:00
Description: Come and celebrate the relaunch of Lewisham's biggest park and enjoy its new features, facilities and activities. There will be various activities on offer. Please note: the car park will be closed all day except to Blue Badge holders, so please travel by foot, bike or public transport.
Cost: Mostly Free
Suitable for all ages
Pic: Yersinia park
Swing East Festival
Location: Chrisp Street Market, Market Square, Poplar, London, E14 6AQ
Date and Time: Sunday 21 July, 12pm-7:30pm
Description: Poplar will show off its Killer Diller Thrills with live music, dancing, vintage cars, a vintage market, food, and drinks. Boogie the afternoon away at Chrisp Street Market as it flies back in time to its 1950’s Festival of Britain roots. There will also be face painting fun for the little ones.
Pic: Roman Road London
Nocturnal Creatures: late-night contemporary art festival.
Description: For one night only, local galleries and a host of extraordinary east-end spaces are transformed by an exciting programme of installations, performances, music, film and culinary experiences. Highlights include a performance by Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost, a specially-commissioned multi-media installation from Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom and a food intervention by Fourth Plinth artist Michael Rakowitz, plus more.
Pic: Liza Fior, muf architecture/art; Adam Khan, Adam Khan Architects; Motty Friesel, Hatzola; Andy Fancy, Countryside. Hackney council
Hackney Council has begun building 132 properties in Stamford Hill.
The project was one of 16 winners at the Housing Design Awards 2017 and will replace previous homes on the Tower Court site, alongside a new base for volunteer-led ambulance service Hatzola.
The site, overlooking Clapton Common, will include 33 homes for social rent, 19 for shared ownership and 80 properties for private sale. According to Hackney Council, this is to help finance the development in lieu of government funding.
The Stamford Hill area is populated by Europe’s largest Orthodox Jewish community. The new homes were designed by Adam Khan Architects in collaboration with muf architecture/art, who worked closely with the community.
The new properties are designed to accommodate larger families and will have kitchens that can be adapted to meet Kosher requirements, including balconies that allow for the traditional tent-like structure, or sukkah to be built for those celebrating the Jewish festival of Sukkot.
An artist’s impression of the regeneration of Tower Court Pic: Hackney Council
According to Hackney Council, the new “genuinely affordable” Council residences will be prioritised for families who lived in Tower Court prior to its demolition in 2014, with the remainder allocated to those who need it most on the Council’s waiting list.
The mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, joined members of the Stamford Hill community and the Council’s contractor, Countryside to mark the commencement of the construction.
Diane Abbott MP and Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney. Pic: Hackney Council
The redevelopment is one of more than 20 sites on which Hackney plan to build 2,000 new homes by 2022.
Mayor Glanville said: “Just as importantly, by working hard to understand the needs of local people here in Stamford Hill, our plans for Tower Court show that the homes we build are firmly rooted in their communities and available and accessible to everyone who might need them.”
He added: “With Hackney facing a severe housing crisis and over 13,000 people waiting for a Council home, this milestone is further proof that we’re doing everything we can to deliver the genuinely affordable housing we need to help families who need it most.”
Sir John McDougall gardens have been recognised as one of the UK’s greenest spaces.
The park on the Isle of Dogs has been acknowledged by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the country’s leading parks.
The park dates from the middle of the 20th Century but was redesigned in the late eighties by the London Docklands Development Corporation.
Sir John McDougall gardens joins 11 other green spaces in Tower Hamlets which have previously been awarded Green Flag status, taking the total to 12. This is a record number for the borough.
The gardens are among 1,970 green spaces in the UK and a further 131 globally to receive a “prestigious” Green Flag.
Delighted Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said: “We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Sir John McDougall Gardens to such a high standard.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd said: “Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”
Cllr Sabina Akhtar (second from the right), Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit celebrates the award with parks officers. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council
London Fields Brewery will once again host its charity beer festival Craft Beer Cares.
The annual event runs from 19 to 21 July, and sees 30 breweries from over seven countries come together to raise money for a local charity. Beatnikz Republic, Big Drop, Brew By Numbers, BrewDog, Brixton Brewery, and Brooklyn Brewery are among the many breweries that will be on offer during the festival.
This year the homelessness charity, Hackney Winter Night Shelter (HWNS) will be the recipient of the event’s donation. Last year over £10,000 was raised for London-based anti-violence charity, Art Against Knives.
On hosting the third annual Craft Beer Cares, London Fields Brewery’s Brand Ambassador Gabriele Bertucci said: “We are delighted to host 2019’s Craft Beer Cares and cannot wait to see the amount of money we raise for one of the most worthwhile local charities.”
Pic: Craft Beer Cares
Tickets, which are priced at £10 per person, entitle guests to a Craft Beer Cares branded glass and 10 beer tokens, which can be used to purchase up to five servings of beer by the half pint. Beers will be priced according to ABV, with stronger beers costing more tokens, and additional tokens will be available for purchase within the festival itself.
Alex Micu attended last year’s event, he spoke to East London Lines about his experiences: “Besides the wonderful beers on offer, I very much enjoyed the overall atmosphere and vibe – loads of friendly people, pleasant conversations and all for such a good cause. I was personally more interested in the charity aspect rather than the breweries. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a craft beer but luckily, the London beer revolution has meant that it is pretty much widely available at all times”.
Christina Ball, Acting Director at Hackney Winter Night Shelter told East London Lines: “As a local charity we were delighted that Hackney Winter Night Shelter has been chosen as the charity that Craft Beer Cares will support this year. Although this is a social event, and people are there to enjoy themselves, we do hope that people are also able to take time to think about the Charity that is being supported. All the money that is raised will go towards operating the night shelter this coming year, and will make a huge difference to our homeless guests”.
Pic: Craft Beer Cares
Attendees can visit Craft Beer Cares over a selection of sessions on Friday from 5-11pm, Saturday at 12-5pm and 6-11pm or Sunday from 12-5pm. For more details and tickets, visit the Craft Beer Cares events page.
Inner London boroughs have been commended for having the “healthiest streets” in the capital. Whilst London’s suburbs were accused of prioritising cars over people.
The royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea ranked the lowest of the inner London boroughs.
last month the borough blocked TFLs plans for a £42 million segregated cycle lane in Holland Park Avenue and Notting Hill Gate. It would have been the first of its kind in the borough.
Dr. Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner told the Evening Standard that he was “disappointed” by the decision
The rankings were created by transport campaigners London Living Streets, London Cycling Campaign, CPRE London, RoadPeace, Sustrans and Campaign for Better Transport London.
Official data from the capital’s 33 boroughs was used to monitor progress in reducing car use and road danger, improving air quality and encouraging the use of public transport, walking and cycling.
The City of London came out on top, followed by Tower Hamlets, Camden, Hackney, and Islington.
Havering and Redbridge were deemed worst, followed by Bexley and Bromley.
Despite having the capital’s busiest roads, Tower Hamlets ranked second due to low rates of car use and high use of public transport.
Capital’s top 10 ‘healthy’ boroughs
1 City of London 2 Tower Hamlets 3 Camden 4 Hackney 5 Islington 6 Hammersmith & Fulham 7 Southwark 8 Westminster 9 Lambeth 10 Haringey
Borough councils control 95 % of the capital’s roads. In 2016 Tower Hamlets council introduced its cycle strategy to lower emissions and improve the health of residents.
The strategy pledged To double the volume of cyclists in the borough by 2025, increase the proportion of residents cycling to work to 12%, reduce the risk of cycle accidents by 40 % and to increase the number of children cycling to school by 25%.
Smiles all round for the Pathway Homeless team Pic: Pathways.
An NHS Trust organisation which offers support to vulnerable homeless people in Tower Hamlets has received national recognition for its work at the NHS Parliamentary Awards.
The awards allow the NHS and MPs to collectively acknowledge and honour some of the greatest achievements in health and social care, from across the country.
The Pathway Homeless team, led by local GP Dr. Peter Buchman, were nominated for the Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award by Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse.
Fitzpatrick said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Pathway Homeless Team are the national winners in the NHS Parliamentary Awards.
“This is well-deserved and a great example of joint working between ELFT, Barts Health, and the Clinical Commissioning Group to truly support homeless people.”
According to The East London NHS Trust, those that are homeless often experience a multitude of complex physical and mental health problems. Issues of addiction are also often a hinderance.
The Pathway work to combat these issues by working to prevent the homeless from being discharged from hospital back on to the street. Instead, they look to find other options for housing, healthcare and ongoing support in the community for rough sleepers.
The team also encourage homeless people and those in temporary housing to register with a doctor at Health E1 Homeless Medical Centre in Brick Lane in Aldgate.
Despite efforts by organisations such as the Pathway Homeless team and the local council, Tower Hamlets retains some of the highest rates of homelessness across the capital.
According to homeless charity Shelter, 1 in 44 people in Tower Hamlets are without a fixed abode. This ranks the borough as the 9th worst in the country for rates of homelessness.
Concerned parents and the local community held a peaceful vigil outside the Shapla primary school in east London today.
It was held in protest of the redundancies of 8 Bangladeshi teaching assistants, 7 of whom are female members of staff.
The vigil was organised in just a few days by aggrieved parents and members of the wider community, who felt the school did very little to consult them on the cuts, announcing them just 6 weeks before the summer holidays.
Many of those who attended felt that having bi-lingual TAs is important as they help to prepare students for both British and Bangladeshi communities.
The school’s population is over 90% Bangladeshi and has been a longstanding institution in the community since its inception in 1987.
Protesters gathered in support Pic: Astra Mckenzie
There are some who fear that the redundancies may be at the root, an issue of inequality.
Rabina Khan, former Cabinet Member for Housing in Tower Hamlets Council had a hand in organising the vigil. She told East London Lines: “A lot of women will be losing their jobs, that to me is a concern. (First of all) they’re women from ethnic minority backgrounds”.
Khan went on to say: “The problem with Shapla is we are not talking enough, I think the headteacher should have been more proactive. Today’s vigil was very peaceful, just standing there not saying anything sends a really strong message”
According to a press release from the organisers John Musgrave Bolanos headteacher of Shapla Primary justified the cuts by suggesting that there has been a fall in the number of pupils at the school.
Mr. Bolanos who has been in his post since 2018 was approached by East London Lines to comment on the vigil and the redundancies, but no comments were offered.
Cllr Shah Suhel Ameen for Whitechapel spoke to East London Lines to express his concerns about the underfunding schools like Shapla primary is experiencing: “No school wants to have to lose valued members of staff or reduce support for children in (their) classrooms. Unfortunately, the scale of cuts by this Tory government, means schools are being forced to make difficult decisions”
Tower Hamlets has the highest rate of child poverty in London. In January the borough experienced a £24m government funding switch away from inner-city education.
‘Shapla’ is Bengali for ‘water lily’, the name is a reflection of the shifts in local demography when the school was first established.
Dog discovers illegal tobacco Pic: Hackney Council
Hackney council confiscated 13,700 cigarettes in a raid on a Hoxton shop last month. The raid was a part of an ongoing crackdown on the sale of illegal tobacco in the borough.
Trading standards officers stumbled across the contraband with the help of sniffer dog Pippa, who discovered the cigarettes alongside 129 illegal packets of loose tobacco hidden away in a sink unit and under a chocolate bar stand.
The owner of the shop faces prosecution for the sale of illegal tobacco.
As part of its campaign against illegal tobacco, the Council will be hosting an illegal tobacco roadshow at 10am-4pm on Tuesday 16 July at Tesco, Morning Lane, where residents can find out more about illegal tobacco, why it’s a problem and how to report premises that sell it.
At least 20 boroughs across the capital will be participating in this year’s London Illegal Tobacco Campaign, now in its third year.
Illegal tobacco is completely unregulated and is often sold much cheaper than legal tobacco. According to findings by Hackney council, many smokers say that being able to buy illegal tobacco cheaply makes it harder for them to quit.
Cllr Feryal Clark, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Transport and Parks said: “The sale of illegal tobacco has a huge impact on people’s health, making it easier for children to get hooked on tobacco and harder for people to quit. The roadshow is a great opportunity to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco, and for people to get advice on how to stop smoking”
Pic: Trading Standards
There are three types of illegal tobacco:
Smuggled, non-duty paid or bootlegged tobacco, which often includes packets with foreign language health warnings and no health warning pictures. They often cost between £5 – £7 per pack of 20
Counterfeit or fake tobacco, which looks like well-known tobacco brands but is manufactured illegally. These can be produced in the UK but more often are smuggled into the country. They can cost from £5 per packet.
‘Cheap’ whites, which are foreign brands lawfully produced in one country but intended for smuggling into another. They are illegally sold in the UK. The most well-known brand is Jin Ling and can be as cheap as £3.50 per packet.
It is also illegal to sell single cigarettes, the cost of which is much lower than buying a full pack, making it harder for people to give up smoking and easier for children to start.
It is estimated that 1 in every 10 cigarettes and tobacco products consumed globally is illicit, according to the World Health Organisation.
Holly Power and her son, Joe Power Pic: Holly Power
Holly Power was frustrated. Yet another talented teacher she knew left work because they could not juggle childcare and the demands of a full-time teaching job. Power’s disappointment prompted the mother of two, 36, to set up her own recruitment company tailored to the teaching profession nationwide.
Power – who is an assistant principal at Chelsea Academy in south-west London – says the creation of Return to Teach was driven by her own experience of flexible working after the birth of her first child. She negotiated a late start on Mondays and a 0.8 contract, but realised others were not doing this.
Power told Eastlondonlines: “When I returned to work after having my first child, three things were really frustrating me. Firstly, how much schools were having to spend on recruitment agencies and expensive advertising.”
“Secondly, how it was becoming more difficult to recruit experienced teachers, particularly for my A-Level students, and finally, how many of my friends and colleagues who left teaching following having a child as they couldn’t make childcare work around the early starts or didn’t want to be working six-day weeks which can be so common in teaching.”
In light of recent coverage in the media about the growing concern about work-life balance and how more needs to be done to combat a lack of flexibility, long working hours, and more part-time opportunities for employees with children, Return to Teach offers a useful approach to tackling these issues.
According to the Political Economy Research Institute, reducing working hours on a mass scale would not only benefit employees, it would also be good for the environment. If populations spent 10 per cent less time working, carbon footprints would reduce by 14.6 per cent.
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) released a report detailing a rising and unmet demand from secondary teachers to reduce or change their working hours. Following this, the government has said they want to support schools in their efforts to implement flexibility for teachers.
Power was keen to speak about why improving flexibility for teachers with children is important to her in both a personal and professional capacity. With two children herself, Power told Eastlondonlines a story about the impact her business has had for both teachers with children and schools.
Power said: “We matched Sophia Saunders, who was returning to work after having her first child, with Hillhouse primary school. Saunders said being a teacher and returning to work after having a child is hard enough, finding part-time work can be even harder! Return to Teach made the recruitment process fuss-free and easy.”
“For me, the most important thing is ensuring all students have experienced teachers in front of them so they have access to the high-quality education they deserve. Also enabling teachers to stay in the profession they love is very important to me.”
Joanne Wilcox, Headteacher of Hillhouse Primary School, said to Power: “Thank you for helping me find an outstanding member of staff. Would definitely use again.”
A short summary of a really productive meeting with the Dfe today. Thank you for your questions @mtptproject @teachfirstuk @bex_bowden @jumpnjivetots_liz @hrbagness @helenrebecca27 @pregnant_then_screwed @mother_pukka and everyone else!
Adel Bereksi, Operations Director of Return to Teach, and Holly Power Video: Holly Power
According to the NFER, teachers experience more stress than other working professionals in the United Kingdom, with an increasing number of teachers wanting to leave the profession. Power’s efforts to combat the pressures of a full-time position for parents who teach through founding and operating Return to Teach is a step in the right direction.
Friends Hana Khan and Hasmita Hirani have a stall at Brick Lane Pic: Melania Valeri.
Based in Brick Lane, one of the most artistic and creative markets in London, the brand Hana + Hasmita sells handcrafted jewellery and accessories.
Founded by friends Hana Khan and Hasmita Hirani, both 29, the business started in 2012 making rolled paper pencils, made of coloured papers tightly rolled around high-quality graphite lead.
The idea came after the pair got involved with a project to create the UK’s first design pound shop – dubbed the Poundshop.
Hirani explained: “We made so many pencils at the time and we had so much of the paper leftovers. We didn’t know what to do with it, but they were too pretty to throw them away.”
The pair went into business together in 2012 Pic: Hana + Hasmita website.
“So we got the idea of setting it in the resin, adding gold leaves and nail bits, to make rings, earrings, necklaces and other accessories”.
Hirani studied illustration, at Camberwell College of Art, and Khan studied Architecture in Sheffield University. After graduating in 2012, they decided to start working together, making use of their artistic skills and made their jewellery making the business their full-time job.
Khan said: “We started being here in Brick Lane since Christmas in 2017 on Sundays and we have recently started working here on Saturdays too, due to customers’ demands.
“We try to make versatile jewellery and accessories to keep up with customers’ requests and the rapidly changing market. We make our handcrafted items at Hana’s home studio and we have now started making customised greeting cards to introduce something new for our loyal customers”.
The duo say than can make customised items Pic: Hana + Hasmita Instagram.
The aim of the brand is to produce unique items, using recycled and natural materials. Each piece produced is distinctive and different from the others. They said: “Each one of our products is designed and produced by us, but we can accommodate customers request to produced customised items.”
Hana Khan and Hasmita Hirani products can be browsed and purchased online on their website.