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New initiative to make Hackney inclusive for seniors

New initiative to make Hackney inclusive for seniors

Hackney Circle, a social initiative for the over 60s, launched in Dalston Square today in an attempt to make the borough more inclusive for older residents. Large crowds gathered for the launch of the nine-week pilot scheme, which is free for all Hackney residents aged 60 and over. Hackney Circle will…

Installation brings Deptford’s history to the foreground

Installation brings Deptford’s history to the foreground

The Intertidal Cinema took over a disused space in Deptford this week, exposing the history of the neighbourhood as part of the London Design Festival on September 13-15. The site specific art installation, which featured a short film along with a series of photographs, was put on by Hannah Fasching, a…

Restoration of iconic Dalston mural complete

Restoration of iconic Dalston mural complete

  The Dalston Peace Carnival Mural has been restored after several months of work and extensive planning. The mural, originally designed in 1983 by Ray Walker, had been gradually coming away from the brick building at 15 Dalston Lane. Holes were carefully drilled in the brickwork before mortar was pumped…

London Fields Lido to extend opening hours

London Fields Lido to extend opening hours

The London Fields Lido is being refurbished with increased lighting facilities in order to extend opening hours in the upcoming winter months. The heated outdoor pool will be outfitted with new floodlight columns to grant swimmers year-round access between the hours of 6:30am and 9pm beginning in December. Councillor Jonathan McShane,…

Housing demonstrators call on public to join them

Housing demonstrators call on public to join them

A Tower Hamlets pressure group will lead a demonstration outside the town hall this evening, to draw attention to the plight of private tenants in the borough. Tower Hamlets Renters will be protesting to put pressure on the council, in the hope that the local authority will take action against…

Dawn raids: Lewisham child traffickers and drug dealers

Dawn raids: Lewisham child traffickers and drug dealers

Police arrested eight members of a Lewisham-based criminal network this morning, as dawn raids took place across London, Kent and Hampshire. The operation ­– code named Operation Pibera – targeted a gang who are believed to have trafficked young girls and boys from south-east London to Hampshire and Kent, in order…

Fun day raises hospice funds in young teacher’s memory

Fun day raises hospice funds in young teacher’s memory

The parents of a young teacher raised thousands of pounds in his memory when they organised a third annual football tournament for the hospice which cared for him. Craig Muir, of Castle Hill Avenue, New Addington died aged 22 in March 2012, just six days after being told his cancer…

Lights, camera, action: the silver screens in Deptford

Lights, camera, action: the silver screens in Deptford

Plans are underway for not one, but two cinematic additions to Deptford, a permanent place on Deptford Broadway – being funded through Kickstarter – and a temporary screen in the unlikely location of Deptford Creek. EastLondonLines speaks to the proprietors about their grand plans. The Deptford Cinema at 39 Deptford…

Crowds celebrate second Chatsworth Road Festival

Crowds celebrate second Chatsworth Road Festival

Over a 500 people and 25 of their canine companions attended the second annual Chatsworth Road Festival in Hackney at the weekend, aimed at celebrating the area’s diverse community. The one-day event on Saturday, organised by the Chatsworth Road Traders’ & Residents’ Association, kicked off with a football match to raise…

Thousands of protesters prepare to march through east London in final leg of the People’s March for the NHS

Thousands of protesters prepare to march through east London in final leg of the People’s March for the NHS

  The final leg of the 300 mile long ’999 Call for the NHS’ march reaches Hackney tomorrow as thousands of demonstrators pass through the borough on their way to the climax of the protest. The march, coordinated by a group of mothers known as “the Darlo mums”, set off from…

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