December 2018

Best Sellers – bye-bye and thank you

Chrisp Street Market favourite (Steve’s) Best Sellers will be celebrating their last Christmas in the market this year, ahead of owner Carle Wootton’s tough decision to retire. Steve’s Best Sellers’ last day of trading is Saturday 19th January 2019.

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Mayor of London visit: Behind the Scenes

There’s no such thing as a quiet day at Spotlight! Spotlight hit the news last month when the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, visited the Lansbury Centre to announce a new £13 million fund created to be invested in local community projects helping young people fulfil their potential and build a better future.

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More Bee’s please

Leaders in Community wants to expand the current apiary in Brownfield community garden and run a training course which will teach volunteers in maintaining a beehive. They are crowdfunding the project on Spacehive.

Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish

Author event at Chrisp Street Idea Store, Saturday 1 December 2.00-3.00pm

Beginning from Poplar, Bob explores our relationship with the trees that have helped to shape London.

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Manorfield School: London to Brighton cycle

Cyclists raised over £3000 for Manorfield Nursery in charity ride. The Manorfield team, comprised of staff, partners, friends, family and trustees all cycled 55 miles to raise money for Manorfield’s plans for a new and much needed nursery.

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Chrisp Street: Continuity of Trade

Chrisp Street Market has been a lively and vibrant centre of trade since the 1850’s. Week in, week out, rain or shine the traders have served the people of Poplar well for 170 years. Throughout the regeneration you will be able to shop with all your favourite traders.

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Deafplus in Tower Hamlets

Free activities and talks for deaf or hard of hearing adults from Tower Hamlets.

Indoor Climbing – Wed 12th December >

Talk: About Gardening – Thurs 13th December >

Winter Wonder @ Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Join Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park for a guided walk to admire ivy, holly, red berries and robins on our annual winter walk. Enjoy mulled wine/apple juice and festive food with the whole Friends staff team. No need to book, donations always welcomed.

Sun 16 December, 2.00-4.00pm
The Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, E3 4PX.

December at Stepney City Farm

There’s lots of fun and festive activities happening at Stepney City Farm this month, including a Christmas Market and a Salvation Army Nativity Parade with donkeys!

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The Beehive Bow

There have been a wide variety of loud-quiet-experimental-crazy-classic performances at the Beehive throughout the year. A late highlight of the year will be Tom Holliston doing his Solo acoustic set on 1st December.

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Visible Voices – all welcome

Take part in an art project to produce work for an exhibition in Stroudley Walk. Free workshops to make local women’s and girl’s voices visible in the community.

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Teviot’s Christmas Fayre

Including Santa’s Grotto, stalls, a raffle and more.

Wednesday 12 December, 3.15pm – 5.30pm
Teviot Neighbourhood Centre, Wyvis Street, E14 6QD

Visions in the Nunnery | P3 Bedwyr Williams

Runs until 16 December (Gallery closed on Mondays), 10am – 5pm
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Visions in the Nunnery is back – the Nunnery Gallery’s renowned showcase of recent moving image and performance.

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Join The Cabin for the last Hot Spots of 2018!

Hot Spotsis a free monthly meet up for all women interested in or experiencing peri/menopause. If you’d like further information, please call 0203 069 7401.

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Community Parents volunteers

Could you make a difference by supporting someone through pregnancy and early parenthood? Community Parents is looking for people with experience of being a parent/carer or of working with families.

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Play PEN at Bow Brew

Playpen combines Ofsted registered crèche facilities with a friendly social enterprise cafe to create the perfect ‘pop up’ parent-friendly workspace.

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Say IT Autumn competition winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the Autumn competition. Congratulations to our winner Kwan Tai Loh, who correctly guessed the picture was taken in Victoria Park.


Winter Competition – win a £50 voucher

What’s the name of this former church in E14?

Send your answer and full name to or text/Whatsapp: 07983 576501

Dates for your diary


Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish

Author event at Chrisp Street Idea Store, 2-3PM

Hot Spots

The Cabin, 12:30 - 2PM

Stepney Christmas Market 2018

Stepney Farm, 10AM - 4PM

Teviot’s Christmas Fayre

Teviot Neighbourhood Centre, 3:15 - 5:30PM
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