December 2017

Tense: Merry Christmas Scroodge

Wednesday 13th December, 7:00pm

Come along to the Christmas play by HighRise Theatre in partnership with Spotlight. This event is open to the general public on Wednesday 13 December, 7.00pm at Lansbury Spotlight. Expect some knockout performances from Spotlight’s young members, plenty of laughs, and Christmas cheer.

To book, please call Lansbury Spotlight on: 020 30 111 333.

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Hind Grove – Gateway Tots places

Gateway Tots is a sessional playgroup providing high quality preschool education for children aged 2 – 4, where they can access a rich, stimulating programme of activities that are carefully designed and planned around their individual needs and interests.

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16 days of action in Tower Hamlets

The ‘16 Days of Action’ runs from 25th November, UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day. The campaign spans these 16 Days in order to highlight the link between violence against women and human rights. Today, women and girls are subjected to many forms of human rights violations solely on the basis of their gender.

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See the 16 Days of Action schedule >

Dream of Life London Exhibition

Lansbury Spotlight recently hosted Dream of Life London’s art exhibition ‘The Sky’s the Limit’. The project worked with a number of young women from Tower Hamlets to create artwork based on their hopes and aspirations for the future.

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Do you have toys in good condition that you don’t use anymore?

We are collecting unused toys or gifts for local families. Bring your donation to any Poplar Harca community centre or head office by 17 December. For more info or to volunteer to help, call Thom: 020 7536 8862

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Bow Brew café review

Cristian, who has recently moved to London from Chile, describes how Bow Brew is much more than just a café.

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PlayPen (Cowork & Creche Pop-Up) Bow Brew cafe @ St Pauls Way Centre

All working parents know just how crucial it is to get a few precious hours to make some calls, do some admin, or just generally get time for themselves.

That’s where PlayPen comes in: combining Ofsted registered creche facilities with a friendly social enterprise cafe to create the perfect ‘pop-up’ parent-friendly workspace.

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Do you want to help people learn?

Are you unemployed and looking to get back into work? Or maybe you are considering becoming a teaching assistant? Gain a CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning (QFC) which includes 12 week capacity building course and volunteer placement.

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Autumn in the garden

There is always something to do in the garden, even when temperature drops and trees start shedding their leaves. Last month, Limborough Community Garden has happily hosted the St Paul’s Way Medical Centre Health Champions’ group for their volunteering activities.

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Relax massage at Teviot Centre

Wednesday’s 11.30am to 1.30pm

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Football for women and girl’s

With almost three million active female players, football is the biggest women’s team sport in England – but there is plenty of room for more people to get involved. There are so many ways for girls and women to join in.  Whether you just want to have a kick about with your mates or whether you want to be the next Steph Houghtoge.

Let’s get together and create the next dream team!!

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St Paul’s Way Coffee morning

Come along and share a cuppa with new and old friends from your local community. 10am to 12pm every Friday at St Paul’s Way Centre.

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Knitting & Crochet Classes

What: Weekly informal knitting classes for anyone keen to learn, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits! A great way to learn a new skill and start making your own creations…

Where: Aberfeldy Community Centre, Aberfeldy Street

When: Thursdays 11am-12pm

Find Out More: If you’re interested, contact Heather on 07543054216

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Unique Handmade Cards by arteKatie

ArteKatie now has an online shop at

Please come in to see them at this year Chrispmas Market on Saturday 9th Dec.

Lots of Christmas gifts ideas! Prices between £2 – £5

Chrispmas Lights Switch-On and Lantern Parade

Friday 1st December, 3:30pm

It’s time to celebrate the festive season in Poplar as we turn on the lights in Chrisp Street Market. With mystery Christmas characters, guests from Frozen and a giant snow globe photo booth, this lights switch-on promises to be the most magical evening.

1 December, starting at 3.30pm

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Local festive events calendar

From Santa’s grottos to Christmas markets, find out what’s on near you!

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Poplar Harca Employment and training team

The Poplar Harca employment team offers a range of training and support into employment, including Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance and Certificate in Principles of Business Administration.  Find out more here about training dates > 

Contact the team on: 0207 510 9770 or apply online >

The employment team at Poplar Harca has just won an award for their Future Moves programme. It’s a flexible, tailor made programme that works one-to-one with young people at risk of unemployment. Read more about the Future Moves award >

What’s on at Aberfeldy

From arts and craft sessions to Zumba, find out what’s on at Aberfeldy Centre.

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Domestic abuse, no excuse

For further information about domestic abuse and how to report it, visit:

Bow School recognised as a Young Enterprise Centre

Bow School was successfully reaccredited with the Young Enterprise Centre of Excellence Award in November – one of only two secondary schools across the country to be reaccredited with this prestigious award.

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December at Bow Arts

The East London Group exhibition runs until 17 December and Michael Rosen is doing a reading of his memoir.

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What’s on at The Beehive

Get some live music and comedy in at The Beehive this December.

See December Beehive listings >

Christmas and New Year opening hours

All Poplar Harca neighbourhood centres are closing on Friday 22nd at 2pm and will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January at 9am. Spotlight closes for Christmas on 15th December.

GIFs of the month

Dates for your diary


Santa’s Grotto at St Paul’s Way

Book in advance, 50p each 2-5pm Tues 5 & 7 Dec

Tense: Merry Christmas Scroodge

7.00pm at Lansbury Spotlight

Santa’s Grotto at Teviot

Book in advance, 50p each 3-5pm Tues 12 Dec & Thurs 14 Dec

Christmas Tea Dance at York Hall

Tuesday 12th December 12pm-3pm. £3
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