April 2018

Celebration of Bengali New Year at Poplar Union

শুভ নব বর্ষ or Śubha naba barṣa or Happy New Year! Enjoy two days of celebratory activities to welcome in Bengali New Year at Poplar Union!

Sat 14 April 6.30pm – 10.00pm
Colourful rituals, dazzling dance, traditional Bangla music and poetry from prominent musicians, singers, dancers, acclaimed poets and elocutionists.
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Sun 15 April 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Music, dance, food stalls and family events. Come along and get involved as together we design and build a beautiful peacock installation which will then tour community centres, schools and libraries throughout Poplar!
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Free cooking lessons in Bethnal Green

If you’re looking to cook easy, tasty recipes for under £1 per portion, you might like to join Bags of Taste. Over four free weekly lessons, we’ll demonstrate two recipes and then you have a chance to try them yourself. Classes are fun and informal and you can enjoy a free lunch together afterwards.

Afterwards, there’s an opportunity to purchase ingredients to practice at home for only £3 – enough for 4 meals.

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Bow School competes in Formula 1 STEM Challenge

Bow School entered the F1 in Schools STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Challenge for the first time. Students competed in the regional final, with the challenge to design and build a model F1 car to be raced down a 20 metre track, propelled by a shot of compressed CO2.

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Bow Brew Book Fest is here with a free book for every child

The day will entail various activities such as story writing, competitions, word based games, a book swap shop and a theatre performance. Booster Cushion theatre is back with ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ play – Celebrating all the popular children’s fairy-tales and stories.

There’s a free book for every child thanks to the Book Trust. Please book early to avoid disappointment as there’s limited tickets.

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Living with Hearing Loss Course

For Tower Hamlets residents who have a hearing loss. Every Wednesday 18 April to 30 May, 10am to 12pm at DeafPLUS, Trinity Centre, Key Close, Whitechapel, E1 4HG

For further details, please contact Sumita.Baines@deafplus.org or call 020 790 9227 and leave a message.

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The Parity Project aims to support young black men into professional careers via access to networking, mentoring, and employment opportunities.

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Recruitment support for Somali graduates

The East London Business Alliance, in partnership with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has developed a programme offering recruitment expertise for Somali graduates who graduated in or after 2010.

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What’s on at Bow Arts

Raw Materials: Textiles will examine the rich and little-known history of textiles along the Nunnery Gallery’s local River Lea Valley.

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Popular Projects at Poplar Union

Popular Projects is a three-stranded series of events funded by the Big Lottery Fund with the aim of improving the social lives and mental and physical wellbeing of our local community.

Spearheaded by local artist and community practitioner, Madhumita Bose, Popular Projects features an array of community workshops and activities for all ages and backgrounds.

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LBTH falling behind with recycling waste collections

Recycling waste, in particular, the pink wheelie bins are not being collected on schedule. Poplar HARCA’s Estate Services Team are working hard to contain the overflow of waste in white sacks.

We urge you to report refuse issues such as this or ANY refuse issues onto London Borough of Tower Hamlets via phone or email (streetline@towerhamlets.gov.uk or 0207 364 5004). The more reports the better.

Sunday Assembly 8 April

On April 8th, Sunday Assembly East End will be celebrating Bengali New Year, and learning about the rich culture of one of London’s largest diasporas. They’ll also be singing some celebratory classic pop, building community over tea and coffee (and hopefully some Bengali treats…) , and reflecting together on how we can help each other bloom with the bluebells!

What is Sunday Assembly East End, and why do people attend? Find out more in this short film about the community, filmed at their December assembly.

Wellone website

Stuck for things to do? Fear not, because to go alongside their vast array of fitness activities in the area, Wellone now also provide a guide to all the social and healthy eating activities. With art clubs, singing, gardening, cooking classes and many more, there really is something for everyone. There’s no excuse to be bored in Poplar!

Check out the website to find out more information: wellone.co.uk

You can also follow them on Twitter: wellonepb

Or like them on Facebook: wellonepb

London Calligraphy at Wilton’s Music Hall

Local resident Katie Noakes set up London Calligraphy with the help and support of The Princes Trust. They create handwritten designs for many luxury brands, weddings and special events worldwide.

London Calligraphy also offer a range of workshops at Wilton’s Music Hall teaching the art of calligraphy and helping people discover their own journey and handwriting style with ink.

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Feel Good Friday

Exercise and relaxation, tips and techniques for every day life. Women Only.
Starts Friday 13 April for 6 weeks.

The Cabin 10.00-11.30am

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Experiencing menopause?

…so are 13 million women worldwide. Hot Spots is a hub for all things menopause, first Friday of the month, 12.30pm – 2.00pm at The Cabin.

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Community Parents – supporting new and expecting parents

Are you a mum or do you have experience working with families? Would you like to train to become a Community Parent volunteer and make a difference in Poplar, Limehouse and the Isle of Dogs?

Find out more >

The Cabin Classic Cinema Club

The Day the Earth Caught Fire will be screened by The Cabin Classic Cinema Club on Thursday 5 April, 6.30pm doors, starts 7pm. Free tickets in advance only, call Jayne on 0203 069 7401. A light supper is available for donation.

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Spotlight Sounds

Spotlight Sounds Season 2 launches this summer. The record label will work with emerging young artists to create new music to soundtrack your 2018. Come and celebrate at their launch show for an unforgettable evening of live music.

Friday 13 April 6.00pm-8.00pm at Spotlight
Free tickets to the launch– all ages event/ open to public

What’s on at Beehive Bow

The Beehive pub has everything from danceable post punk to garage lofi surfpop this month and the monthly comedy night every first Friday.

April Beehive listings >

Boxercise with Jason Challis

Fun, medium intensity full body workout. Improve co-ordination, mobility and cardiovascular mobility. Adaptable to suit all levels.

Saturdays at The Cabin 10.30am-11.30pm £3 per class
Call Dyane 0794 779 8685 or Jayne: 0203 069 7401

Poplar HARCA Bank Outreach and Development Workers vacancy

Poplar HARCA is currently looking to recruit a number of Bank Outreach and Development Workers.

As a bank worker, you will join our existing pool of Bank Outreach and Development Workers who will, as and when the need arises, be invited to fulfil the below duties and responsibilities on behalf of Poplar HARCA.

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Spring Competition – win a £50 voucher

This area is known as the Limehouse _ _ _?

Guess the missing word. Send your answer and full name to sally.anthony@poplarharca.co.uk or text/Whatsapp: 07983 576501

GIFs of the Month

21 April is National Tea Day

Dates for your diary


Sunday Assembly

11AM Poplar Union. Celebrating Bengali New Year

Bengali New Year at Poplar Union

6.30PM–10PM. Colourful rituals, dazzling dance

Bengali New Year at Poplar Union

12.00PM–4.00PM. Music, dance, food stalls and family events.

Free cooking lessons in Bethnal Green

18TH & 25TH April, 11AM–1PM at The Brownfield Cabin
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