November 2017

Bow School International Day of the Girl takeover of the London Eye

Bow School students from Year 9 attended the 6th International Day of the Girl celebration held at the Southbank Centre, joining hundreds of other girls from schools across London and beyond.

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Thu 23 November 2017 6.30pm at Queen Mary University

The Media and Politics
Kevin Maguire (associate editor, Daily Mirror)

The George Lansbury Memorial Trust was founded in 2012 to commemorate the life, work and legacy of George Lansbury (1859–1940). A pioneering campaigner for peace, women’s rights, local democracy and improvements in labour conditions, Lansbury was an adopted East Ender who made a great contribution to local as well as national life.

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Sunday Assembly: Home

In November Sunday Assembly East End will be exploring a theme which in one way or another is deeply relevant to everyone – Home.

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Organisations come together to tackle homelessness in Tower Hamlets

Charities, ex-residents and housing professionals, including Cllr Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor for Housing, attended a homelessness workshop at Poplar Union in September to explore issues facing people in temporary accommodation in Tower Hamlets.

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St Paul’s Way Foundation Primary School Open Days

Thursday 2nd November, 9:30am

Every Thursday, 9:30am – 10:30am, for Nursery, Reception and In-Year admissions.

Contact: or call:  020 7987 1883

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Poplar Singers

New members welcome at Poplar’s first community choir – no singing experience needed. Join them on Monday’s 6.30pm-8.30pm at The Cabin. £5/week or £30 for 10 week term. Please contact Hannah for further information: / 0207 510 0848.

Hear them in action on their Facebook page

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Ladies into Business incubator

Saturday 4th November, 1:00pm

Find out how to turn your business ideas into a reality! The next 20 attendees will also receive a Complimentary Discovery Session with a Certified Personal/Business Coach. Saturday 4 November, 1.00pm – 4.00pm at Utswo Centre, 62 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ.

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Money worries? Help is at hand!

Are you finding it hard coping with your finances? Maybe you’ve moved onto Universal Credit and are finding things tough, or your living costs are going up, but your income is still the same. Contact the Bromley by Bow Centre’s Getting on with Money team to book a one-to-one appointment with a money management advisor. Appointments are available across Tower Hamlets including at Poplar HARCA’s Chrisp Street offices. Contact or call 0208 709 9745.

For more information, click here.

National Stress Awareness Day – 1 November

The first Wednesday in November each year is National Stress Awareness Day. Find out Tips for dealing with stress on the Mind website.

Resident Training Programme 2017-18

Want to learn new skills? Build your confidence? Find out more about living in your home? There’s a range of courses available, including Paediatric First Aid training and Public Speaking & Presentation skills.

See the full training programme here >

Artwork themed on the future of Somalia on display at Bow Brew

Bow Brew is showcasing various works from a long standing showing at P21 Gallery in London, featuring artists from Dogsaunt Art. Huge thanks to Olli Group, who earlier this year were contracted to transform the reception at St Paul’s Way Centre into a co-working space. Olli Group sourced the artwork and put it all up for nothing, and we love it!

The theme of the exhibition was the future of Somalia as seen through the eyes of the artists. The art works were part of an interactive structure where you could look through portals to see a futuristic cityscape.

Take a look next time you’re there or passing by: Bow Brew, 83 St Paul’s Way, E3 4AJ

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Magic Me at Poplar Union

This autumn, Magic Me will be partnering with Poplar Union to offer free open workshops on the theme of decorum. If you identify as female, are over 55, live in East London and have an opinion and something to say – get involved!

In these workshops, we will share the behaviour we have been taught, what we have inherited and the rules we either obey or refuse to follow.

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What’s on at Bow Arts

The Nunnery Gallery at 181 Bow Road (E3 2SJ) is open from Tuesday to Sunday – from 10am to 5pm. It looks like on-site Carmelite Café does a tasty apple cake.

Pop in Tuesday to Friday 10am till 4pm, Saturday 9am till 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. Nearest public transport: Bow Road (tube) & Bow Church (DLR). Bus nos. 8, 25, 108, 276, 425, 488, D8.

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Tower Hamlets weekly fitness listings

See the weekly timetable for November on the Tower Hamlets website. You can also find more free and low cost fitness and wellbeing activities on the Well One website.

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Winchester Christmas Market Trip

Saturday 2nd December, 8:30am

Come and do your Christmas shopping with us!!

Pick up from Linc Centre at 8.30am
Leave Winchester at 4.30pm
£11.50 per person
For more information please call: 0207 538 5748

Body, Wellness, Imagination – Dance As medicine


A creative space for people living with chronic health issues. This is a pilot project exploring the idea of Dance as Medicine through movement, breath, partner-work, guided imagery, writing and drawing. Starting Sunday 19th November at Chisenhale Dance Space, E3 5QZ.

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Join, book, unplug, explore

Join E-Car Club today and hire a car from as little as £5.50 per hour including insurance, fuel and London Congestion Charge.

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Reclaiming the Streets campaign

The first “Reclaiming the Streets” campaign meeting was held at Bow Brew café in October. The group came up with a great diversity of ideas on how to reduce Air Pollution , redesign the urban space and create a stronger community in Tower Hamlets. What’s your dream for Tower Hamlets? Let them know your vision on Facebook.

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Muvvahood at Poplar Union

Saturday 11th November, 2:00pm

£7 / £5 conc

On Saturday 11 November, 2.00pm- 3.00pm join Poplar Union for the funny, frank and authentic, Muvvahood. Muvvahood is a one woman show, created from the voices of real single mothers living in London today.

In the UK, 1 in 4 families are headed by a single parent. That’s 2 million single parents in the UK alone. 91% of single parents are mothers. This will be a relaxed performance so babies and young children are welcome to attend.

For Poplar Union’s full Winter programme, please visit their website –

Muvvahood tickets and further information >

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What’s on at The Beehive Bow

See what live music and events are on at The Beehive, including Marv Radio, an award winning beatboxer, rapper, singer and producer. In the EP, Marv intertwines the worlds of spirituality and hip hop, navigating such topics as gentrification, levels of consciousness, lost love and finding a balance in it all.

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What’s on at The Cabin

Find out what’s on at The Cabin, including a free counselling service, hotspots Menopause and Wellbeing group and the Poplar Clothes Swap.

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25th anniversary of health promotion activities at Bromley by Bow Centre

Supporting Personal Development for Health and Wellbeing – person-centred and group support.

Self-care Awareness Day on Tues 14th November

Everyone is welcome to attend the session or just to have a chat from inspirational people, who followed the programme as a way of coping better with the effects of their complex health conditions, alongside their conventional medical treatment.

Referrals to Healthy Lifestyles are currently made by Social Prescribers, but anyone living in Tower Hamlets could self-refer to the programme, just by coming in. Personalised consultation would be arranged afterwards.

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Befriending Matters: volunteers aged 50+ wanted

Becoming a befriender can be a rewarding experience. You can make a difference to the quality of life of older people by committing to 2-3 hours a week. To find out more or to apply, please contact Sangeeta Bhatt on 07436 159857 or email:

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Cumin & Coriander Cookery Volunteer

This is a lovely new opportunity for local people to share their knowledge of fresh Asian ingredients and cookery with others who need a bit of help identifying the more unusual produce available in Chrisp Street Market. We are looking for two confident and personable home cooks to lead a group of learners around Chrisp Street Market. You will have a good knowledge of all the Asian produce on sale in the market and be able to explain what’s what.

See more volunteer roles at Poplar Harca >

Children’s workshop creates striking upholstery at Bow Brew

Wow! These newly upholstered chairs were upcycled in a workshop with young people, led by Fussilat Ibrahim, Operations Officer at Spotlight. Take a look at the before and after shots, these chairs would cost a pretty penny in a shop. The noticeboard has certainly been brightened up too!

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Gifs of the month

Dates for your diary


First Thursday Late with The Gentle Author

6-9pm, Nunnery Gallery, £3 / £5

Ladies into Business incubator

1.00pm – 4.00pm at Utswo Centre


6.30pm at Queen Mary University

Winchester Christmas Market Trip

Come and do your Christmas shopping with us!!
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