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Schools to get mascot visits, promise LOCOG

Schools to get mascot visits, promise LOCOG

Olympic organisers have promised that the official mascots will soon appear in Hackney schools, after it was disclosed that the Games borough had yet to receive any visits from the pair.…

Festive fundraiser to save Old St Mary’s Church

Festive fundraiser to save Old St Mary’s Church

A local group of famous actors and musicians will perform on Saturday at Old St Mary’s Church to help save the 400-year-old church from closing.…

Company recognised for community contribution

Company recognised for community contribution

Accountancy firm KPMG received the Community Award at the British Accountancy Awards 2011 in recognition of its successful co-sponsorship of the new City Academy in Hackney.…

Hackney cafe culture under threat from council

Hackney cafe culture under threat from council

Eateries in Hackney have reported that police have asked them to remove chairs and tables from their outdoor seating areas.…

Pineapple greenhouse for Dalston public garden

Pineapple greenhouse for Dalston public garden

The management of Dalston Eastern Curve community Garden announced today that it is planning to build a glasshouse this winter, where it will grow pineapples.…

Dogs Trust teaches city youths about dog training

Dogs Trust teaches city youths about dog training

A Hackney scheme to teach young people about responsible dog ownership is now being introduced to other London boroughs. City Dogs was set up by Dogs Trust in June last year and following its success, it now operates in eight other boroughs, including Lewisham, Newham, and Barking and Dagenham.…

Lorry drivers to get bike awareness training

Lorry drivers to get bike awareness training

Lorry drivers in Hackney are being offered free training to help reduce accidents involving cyclists. Hackney is the first local authority to provide the accredited and free “Safe Urban Driving Course” for all HGV drivers employed by the council. The course includes a practical module in which drivers are invited…

Business as usual despite crime rate drop

Business as usual despite crime rate drop

Crime rates in Dalston have dropped by over a third since a gang of drug dealers was taken off the streets in July, police statistics revealed this week. Yet traders on Ridley Road fear it could be too little too late.…

Harrods heiress helps Hackney police cadets

Harrods heiress helps Hackney police cadets

The daughter of former Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed has donated money to a local police project sending bikes to Gambia.…

Newington Green traders rescue Christmas lights

Newington Green traders rescue Christmas lights

Newington Green residents and traders celebrated on Monday night after saving their high street’s Christmas lights. Traders discovered the Christmas lights budget had been slashed by Islington Council (the Green lies on the borough border) in early November. However, Newington Green Traders Association, with help from Newington Green Action Group,…