May 2018

Bow Brew Book Fest

Over 200 local parents and children were engaged and inspired by books at Bow Brew Book Fest on 7 April. The event had musical performances, story telling, playing in the outdoors, a theatre show and bundles of book giveaways and swaps.

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Construction Careers Fair

Find out about the huge variety of jobs available in the Construction sector, from Technical, Trade and Business Apprenticeships to working as a Community Liaison Officer. The Annual Construction Fair is Wed 2 May, 11am-3pm at New City College.

Find out more and register for a free place >

Spotlight launch a new Youth Empowerment Programme for 15-19 year olds

30 young people from across London will come together and form a new group of likeminded individuals; all wanting to broaden their horizons, improve their skills and develop their understanding of key issues affecting young people today. The programme will run from May to December 2018, apply by 6 May.

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George Lansbury Walk

Adopted East Ender George Lansbury (1859-1940) had a distinguished career in Labour politics which included his early championing of women’s suffrage. Led by Malcolm Barr-Hamilton (Tower Hamlets archivist), the annual Lansbury walk will take in many of the sites associated with George and other East End radicals he knew and worked with. The walk starts from St Mary’s Bow, where George long served as church warden, and returns there for refreshments afterwards.

Free 2.00pm – 5.00pm Sat 12 May

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The Altab Ali Story

Commorating the 40thanniversary of the death of local London Bengali garment factory worker Altab Ali, murdered on the night of the local elections. The Cabin Cinema Club screening Thursday 3 May, doors 6.30pm. Followed by Q&A with writer Julie Begum. Light supper available for donation.

Free tickets in advance only, contact Jayne: 0203 069 7401

Evelyn’s Cards in Chrisp Street Market

Check out the handmade cards by Evelyn’s Cards – positioned at Unit 23, Chrisp St Market, Poplar, E14 6AQ – under the Clock Tower. Open Tues – Sat 9am-5pm.

Handmade personalised greeting cards/picture frames, fridge magnets, buttons, ribbon and more. There is plenty to choose from at Evelyn’s Cards, including seasonal cards like Communion, Eid and Chinese New Year.

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MyHARCA – online resident portal

Poplar HARCA has launched its new online resident portal. MyHARCA launched in Jan 2018 gives residents the opportunity to access our services on the go.

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Carers coffee mornings at Bromley by Bow Centre

Are you a parent or carer of someone with a disability or health condition? Come along to a monthly coffee morning run for and by local carers.

Every 2ndFriday of the month
Garden Room, Bromley by Bow Centre, 10.30am-12.00pm

To find out more, contact Mandy:

Reuse and recycling centre (RRC)

Residents can bring a wide range of materials to the Reuse and Recycling Centre on Yabsley Street.

Tower Hamlets Reuse and Recycling Centre
Yabsley Street
London E14 9RG

Tower Hamlets Council is no longer operating the waste transfer station at Northumberland Wharf.

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Limehouse Cut Canal monthly clean ups

Tired of looking at a filthy canal and towpath? Now’s your chance to make a difference and get stuck in with Poplar Union’s monthly litterpicks! Working in partnership with Moo Canoes and the Friends of the Cut, these events aim to tackle litter both on and off the water. With canoes and litter-picking equipment freely available at every event, the only thing missing is you!

Mon 28 May, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

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Over 50’s tea dance at Poplar Union

Dust off your dancing shoes and have a fun filled afternoon with teas, cakes and lots of finger food. Entertainment and raffle on the day.

Thursday 10 May 1pm-4pm. Tickets are £3.50 and available from all the Poplar HARCA community centres. For more information, please call: 020 7987 5764

Spotlight Sounds record launch

On Friday 13thApril Spotlight hosted the Spotlight Sounds Season 2 Launch Night. A total of 16 acts performed, all aged 11-19. The group performed an eclectic mix of genres, from alternative rock, to grime, R&B, and spoken word. The night was hosted by Rellik Tha Don, radio host and DJ for Reprezent Radio, London’s most popular youth-led radio station.

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Celebrating 20 years of Poplar HARCA

This film shows the special friendship Dave from Poplar HARCA has with Irene, a local resident. Other stories have been gathered to give a snapshot of all that we’ve achieved together, from the people who made it all happen.

Self Evident app

Whether you are a victim or witness, the Self Evident app is a way to report crime and provide evidence to the police.

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Tragic death on the Lincoln Estate in 1973

Did you or anyone you know live in Gayton or Sleaford House in the Lincoln Estate in 1973? Do you remember a tragic death that happened there at the time? Maria is trying to find anyone who has any memories of this for a book she is writing.

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Tennis Club for ages 6+

A free 10 week Tennis Club for children aged 6+ started at Teviot Centre on Thurs 26 April. For more information, please call 0207 987 5764. Thursdays 3.30pm – 4.30pm.

Poplar HARCA employment and training courses

Principles of Business Administration, Understanding Behaviour that Challenges and Information, Advice and Guidance certificates are just some of the training and support that is offered at Trussler Hall.

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Veras Academy – Karate Do

Martial arts fitness for all ages at the Linc Centre. Build your confidence, self -discipline, mobility and motivation.

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Community Friday at The Cabin

Join The Cabin to give the Cabin Garden some love and help with weeding, painting and tidying. Refreshments provided.

Friday 11 May, 12-2pm
For further details, contact Jayne: 0203 069 7401 /

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Dance exercise and IT support on Tuesdays at Burcham Street Centre

Get energised and enjoy the challenge of learning dance combinations to music. Pop into Val’s IT café for 1 to 1 IT support and enjoy a cuppa and chat (for a small donation).

Tuesdays 11am-12pm
Burcham Street Centre, 96 Burcham Street, E14 0SH
Call Dyane: 0794 779 8685

Beehive Bow

There’s lots going on at The Beehive Bow this month, including Man Shaped Wolf on Sat 5thMay. Don’t forget their monthly comedy night – First Friday of the month.

Beehive May listings >

Spring Competition – win a £50 voucher

This area is known as the Limehouse _____?

Guess the missing word. Send your answer and full name to or text/Whatsapp: 07983 576501

Dates for your diary


Construction Careers Fair

11am-3pm at New City College

The Altab Ali Story

Free tickets in advance only, contact Jayne: 0203 069 7401

Community Friday at The Cabin

12–2pm, contact Jayne: 0203 069 7401

George Lansbury Walk

2–5pm, the walk starts from St Mary's Bow
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