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Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Local activists will be joining a rally at Westminster on Saturday as part of a Europe wide protest against a treaty that would effectively open up publicly owned institutions to take-over by American private sector giants. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership) is a new trade deal between the…

London Childcare Report indicates that places are insufficient across all East London Line boroughs

London Childcare Report indicates that places are insufficient across all East London Line boroughs

East London Line boroughs have insufficient childcare for young children and struggling parents according to the Family and Childcare Trust. In the London Childcare report 2014 released by the Trust, statistics point out that the problem is particularly acute in Hackney, where the borough has insufficient childcare in 7 out…

Chesham Arms saved from being turned into flats

Chesham Arms saved from being turned into flats

A landmark ruling last week by a planning inspector saw the Chesham Arms pub in Hackney saved from being turned into flats, but the owner will continue to use the former pub space as “offices”. The ruling comes two years after owner Mukund Patel turned the ground floor pub into…

Rudimental remix hit song ‘Le Freak’

Rudimental remix hit song ‘Le Freak’

Classic seventies hit Le Freak, remixed by Hackney group  Rudimental, will be streamed live from 7pm here. Rudimental joined forces with Nile Rodgers and the O2’s GoThinkBig work experience initiative to offer a group of young people the opportunity to remix Rodgers’ hit song Le Freak. The classic seventies track,…

Abney Park Cemetery Chapel in dire need of rejuvenation

Abney Park Cemetery Chapel in dire need of rejuvenation

Europe’s oldest non-denominational Chapel, in Hackney, has been revealed as one of the most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales by The Victorian Society. The mortuary chapel in Abney Park is currently in ruin, and The Victorian Society is urging the council to work with the local…

Hackney Fashion Lab to open for aspiring designers

Hackney Fashion Lab to open for aspiring designers

A new ‘Fashion Lab’ in Hackney will give budding designers access to top-of-the-line industrial equipment, along with support and training from on-hand skilled technicians. The Fashion Lab will offer graduates and young designers the opportunity to rent work spaces fitted with quality design technologies at an affordable price, a hopeful…

Petition calls on Hackney to tackle dangerous towpath

Petition calls on Hackney to tackle dangerous towpath

Campaigners are asking the council to tackle the danger of aggressive cycling on the Regent’s Canal towpath. Susan Laker, 26, accountant, said: “I haven’t used that path in a very long time because I’d rather make a detour than get squashed by cyclists.” An anonymous petition, currently circulating online, calls…

‘Winterville’ Christmas Festival coming to Victoria Park

‘Winterville’ Christmas Festival coming to Victoria Park

This December, Tower Hamlets’ Victoria Park will become “London’s one-stop destination for the festive season” as it hosts the Christmas festival, ‘Winterville’. Victoria Park will become home of the festival from December 2 to the end of the year, with Winterville offering a wide range of activities and events from…

15 year old guilty of Shereka Marsh manslaughter

15  year old guilty of Shereka Marsh manslaughter

A 15-year-old Hackney Schoolboy has been found guilty of manslaughter after accidentally shooting his girlfriend in March. Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh, also 15, died from a single gunshot wound after visiting her boyfriend to give him a birthday present. When officers turned up to the house following a 999 call, the…

RnB star Mary J Blige spotted shooting video in Hackney

RnB star Mary J Blige spotted shooting video in Hackney

RnB star My J Blige was spotted shooting a music video in Hackney this weekend, ahead of the release of a new album, The London Sessions. The Grammy-award winning singer was seen filming near Mare Street. On Twitter, Becky Thomas said: “Mary J Blige is shooting a video literally outside…