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Olympic Park to be turned into culture and education hub

Olympic Park to be turned into culture and education hub

More than £140 million will drive plans to transform the site of the 2012 Olympics into a “cultural hub,” creating upwards of 3,000 jobs, the Treasury announced this week. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which straddles Hackney and Tower Hamlets, will become home to cultural and educational centre “Olympicopolis.” The project…

Call to bring festive magic to deprived children

Call to bring festive magic to deprived children

  A Stoke Newington parenting website is on a mission to make sure ‘Santa visits every child in Hackney’ this Christmas. StokeyParents has teamed up with local estate agent Location Location to launch the Winter Toy and Food Appeal, collecting festive donations for the Ivy Street Family Centre and Hackney…

Coldplay ‘Ghost Stories’ in Shoreditch

Coldplay ‘Ghost Stories’ in Shoreditch

Members of Coldplay will today be opening an exhibition in Shoreditch of artwork created for the cover of their latest album, “Ghost Stories” by artist Mula Fürstová. The band will visit the Stolen Space Art Gallery for a private viewing today in Osborne Street, Shoreditch. Created by Fürstová the album…

Diane Abbot Labour candidate for mayor?

Diane Abbot Labour candidate for mayor?

Diane Abbott has joined a list of Labour candidates running for London Mayoralty in 2016. The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington had previously been reluctant to declare her candidacy but on Sunday broke her silence. Notable Labour figures running for mayor include Tottenham MP David Lammy and journalist…

New Era protest in Downing Street

New Era protest in Downing Street

Residents of the New Era estate and activist Russell Brand led 400 people on a protest from Mayfair to Downing Street as they took to the streets. The protestors congregated outside the offices of the estate’s American owners Westbrook Partners, who have threatened to triple rents in 2015, at 12:30pm. Two…

Former cabaret pub converted into pocket flats

Former cabaret pub converted into pocket flats

An award-winning property developer has been given the green light to convert a derelict pub into compact “pocket flats” in Hackney, the second such development scheme in the borough to be granted permission. Pocket Living is converting a former cabaret pub, The Deuragon Arms, into a 29-flat development specifically targeted…

ELL boroughs mark the 26th annual World Aids Day with pop-up clinics, mobile testing buses and red ribbons

ELL boroughs mark the 26th annual World Aids Day with pop-up clinics, mobile testing buses and red ribbons

Today is the 26th annual World Aids Day, marked by the World Health Organisation and the UN. More people than ever are living with HIV in the UK according to the Terrence Higgins Trust who put the current figure at 107,800. Of this number, 24 per cent are not yet…

Ofsted ‘lenient’ of Jewish school say Secular groups

Ofsted ‘lenient’ of Jewish school say Secular groups

An official compaint has been made to Ofsted by secular organisations for showing “leniency” to a Jewish school in Hackney, which has a curriculum and behaviour code that strictly adhere to Orthodox Judaism. The teaching at Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School, which excludes human evolution, sexual education and the use of the internet and social media has…

SATs results at two primary schools scrapped

SATs results at two primary schools scrapped

Test results have been annulled due to maladministration at two Hackney primary schools. Inquiries at Southwold and De Beauvoir primary schools have revealed suspicious anomalies in the marking system. A source told the Hackney Gazette that answers to mental arithmetic papers had been altered. The source said: “From what I…

“Bogus replicas” replace Dalston Georgian houses

“Bogus replicas” replace Dalston Georgian houses

A row of Georgian houses in Dalston is to be replaced with “bogus replicas”, after a campaign group lost their high court battle on Monday. OPEN Dalston have been fighting the demolition of 17 Georgian terraces on Dalston Lane, Hackney, since developers Murphy Homes were given permission to build on…