February 2018

Happy 4th Birthday Spotlight!

Saturday 13th January saw Spotlight grow one year older, and celebrate its fourth birthday! Though still young, the organisation has seen many changes over the last year, with the opening of five new centres across the borough. Spotlight’s membership is growing fast, and the service has now engaged over 3,000 young people. Spotlight staff and young people celebrated Spotlight’s birthday with a birthday cake.

Find out what’s on at Spotlight and see pictures of the celebrations >

Join V&A Museum of Childhood to celebrate Chinese New Year 2018, the Year of the Dog!

On Saturday 10 February, there will be Chinese mask making, dressing up, calligraphy, basic Chinese language and abacus along with performances by traditional and modern instrumentalists, singers, dancers, Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstrations and the highlight of the day, the spectacular Lion Dance.

Saturday 10 February, 11.30–16.30, Drop in, All Ages
V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA

A collaborative event with Mothers’ Bridge of Love

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Save up to £3,000 on your bills

Struggling to pay your bills? Suffering from a cold home? You may be eligible for our free energy and financial advice programme (LEAP).

  1. Give us a call on 0207 510 0500 and ask to find out more about LEAP
  2. You will be contacted by a specialist energy adviser to arrange a home visit
  3. At the home visit, our adviser can help you change your energy provider, install energy saving measures and even refer you to an income maximisation service

Don’t put up with a cold home this winter.

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Poplar Union’s Love season

What’s love got to do with it? See what’s on at Poplar Union in February, including comedy nights and the Swing East Valentine’s ball. Poplar Union celebrated its 1st birthday in January!

Poplar Union listings >

Free play sessions in Lincoln for 5 to 13 year olds

Play Association Tower Hamlets (PATH) currently has after school play sessions based at Linc Community Centre, Fern Street, E3 on Wednesdays and Fridays during term time from 3.30pm – 5.30pm.

Sessions are free to attend, experienced playworkers plan creative indoor and outdoor activities for children age 5-13. Younger children are welcome if a parent stays with them. PATH also delivers play based and other training and would like to work with local people to plan playful events in the summer months.

For more information about PATH play sessions see the PATH web site www.playtowerhamlets.org.uk or call Majeda or Eleanor on 07966 396 115.

Bromley by Bow CEO awarded British Empire Medal

Rob Trimble, Chief Executive of pioneering east London charity the Bromley by Bow Centre, has been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for services to the economy. Alongside an extensive range of grassroots community projects, the Bromley by Bow Centre houses one of the most dynamic social business incubation projects in the country.

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Home Office Community Roundtable – Prevent Strategy

On the 19th February, 6.00pm-8.00pm at the Osmani Centre, the Home Office are coming to Tower Hamlets to hold a community round table event and meet with local residents to discuss the Prevent strategy. It is an opportunity to meet with senior officials face to face, ask questions and discuss the agenda, share local community experiences and air any concerns.

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Vital signs East London research report

East End Community Foundation have recently published the Vital Signs report, which is a health-check of our communities on important social issues. 10 social themes including healthy living, housing and homelessness and education were researched. Over 770 surveys were completed by people living or working in Tower Hamlets, Hackney or Newham.

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Join the Youth Empowerment Board

Get involved with projects, debates, campaigns and influencing what happens in your local area. For ages 16 to 25 years in Tower Hamlets. Monthly meetings at Spotlight – 1st Wednesday of the month 6.30-7.30pm. For further information, please email/text/Whatsapp/call: Wei Du wei.du@poplarharca.co.uk / 07507 552307

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School for Scoundrels at The Cabin Classic Cinema Club

Thursday 1 February – free, light supper available for a donation. Please call Jayne in advance: 0203 069 7401. Doors 6.30pm screening 7.00pm. The Cabin, 82 St Leonards Road London E14 0QU.

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Book Groups at Ideas Stores

Discuss books with fellow readers at free, friendly and informal Book Group meetings at Ideas Stores.

Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood 

Set in the 1930s, Goodbye to Berlin evokes the glamour and sleaze, excess and repression of Berlin society.
Monday 12 February, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street >

Waterline by Ross Raisin

From Ross Raisin, the highly acclaimed author of Out Backward, comes the moving and story of an ex-shipyard worker’s journey of grief and reclamation in the wake of his wife’s death.
eBook copies available
Wednesday 7 February, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow >

Short story competition for 6 to 10 year olds

Bow Brew book fest has lots of fun in store on Sat 7 April, get your tickets in advance at St Paul’s Way Centre. A short story writing competition for 6 to 10 year olds is open to entries until Tues 27 March. Categories are:

  • Best Imagination
  • Animal Story
  • Sports Story
  • Best Illustrated/Comic
  • Pick your own theme

Name, Age, School and Theme to be clearly stated on Title Page – No more than 1 double sided A4 page.

Short story entry form >

Illustrated /Comic book entry form >

Bow Brew Book Fest >

Book donations wanted for Bow Brew Bookfest

Do you have any unwanted books that you could donate for Bow Brew Bookfest? Please donate them to St Paul’s Way Centre

Bow Brew Bookfest on 7 April will be hosting Little Red Riding Hood and Friends – a comical mixture of fairytales, wolf auditions and dancing a conga with Cinderella.

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This Way UP – life coaching and mindfulness

This way up could help you move towards your goals like improving your work situation, getting into training, improving relationships, or taking up new activities. You would get 1 to 1 life coaching session and group mindfulness classes. Free places available 17 April to 22 May 2018.

Find out more and how to apply >

Winter Gathering

Talks, Stalls and fun gardening workshopsWomen’s Environmental Network and St Katherine’s Precinct present the THFGN Winter Gathering: Growing Communities in Underused spaces.

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Poplar Singers – give it a go!

Come and try out Poplar’s first community choir on Monday 12th February. New members welcome! Contact Hannah poplarchoir@gmail.com / 07815 536 273

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What’s on at The Cabin

This month, join The Men’s Cabin and Bluebird Care to gain more understanding of dementia and look at how we can develop dementia friendly communities. Other activities at The Cabin this month include Hotspots, the monthly menopause and wellbeing group, free counselling, gentle exercise classes, boxercise and the Cabin Classic cinema club….

82 St Leonards Road, E14 0QU. Tel: 020 3069 7401

See The Cabin listings >

What’s on at Bow Arts

The Art for the Environment exhibition is now open. See the listings for an interactive and hands-on workshop that aims to increase our awareness of plastics, and a panel discussion on how art and design can creatively contribute towards a cleaner and more sustainable society.

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Messy Lent in Aberfeldy

Fun for all the family, all are welcome at Messy Lent at St Nicholas Church, Aberfeldy, Thursday 22 Feb 4.00-6.00pm

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Get Your Skates On

Wednesday 14th February, 11:00am

Back again for February half term is Get Your Skates On. Ice skating, fairground rides, sports tasters, and much more.

Wednesday 14th February, 11am to 3pm

Bethnal Green Gardens, Braintree Gardens, E2

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Events at the BEEHIVE – FEBRUARY 2018

Live music from synth pop punk to electronica at The Beehive Bow, plus their monthly comedy night on first Friday of the month.

See what’s on in February at The Beehive >

Winter competition – win £50 voucher

Take your guess on where this photo was taken, and email/text/Whatsapp your answer and full name to: sayit@poplarharca.co.uk / 07983 576501. Here’s a clue… it’s on a street that begins with P.

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