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Students threatened with deportation to Afghanistan

Students threatened with deportation to Afghanistan

More than 270 people have signed a petition calling on Theresa May to stop the deportation of two Afghan students. Sherdil, 18, and Shafiq, 24, both left Afghanistan as children to seek asylum in the UK. The pair have been living in Croydon care homes since their early teens and…

Supermarket collects over £1000 for stroke charity

Supermarket collects over £1000 for stroke charity

With only one collection tin, a supermarket in Hither Green has raised £1000 for a stroke charity. It took the supermarket just under two years to raise a grand for the Stroke Association, receiving donations from customers and staff. Biramakumar Arulanantham, 34, manager of Hither Green Supermarket said: “I come…

Project giving “free, independent play” to children

Project giving “free, independent play” to children

Parts of Hackney are being turned into safe play areas for children, reverting to a time when local streets were safe for children to play games and run around without being in danger from cars. Parents are now able to close residential streets for a few hours to allow safe…

MP Meg Hillier visits launch of new Food Cycle hub

MP Meg Hillier visits launch of new Food Cycle hub

A charity serving hot meals has opened a new hub on Ainsworth Street, with the help of the Council and a supermarket’s donations. The new FoodCycle hub collects donated surplus food from Sainsbury’s supermarkets and local independent retailers. The food is prepared by a staff of volunteers, offering around 40…

Hackney Unites leads the march against anti-Semitism

Hackney Unites leads the march against anti-Semitism

Stamford Hill residents have shown their support to back a campaign led by Hackney Unites to tackle an upcoming rally that is set to target the area’s Jewish population. The campaign ‘We Choose HOPE’ responds to a proposed anti-Semitic rally, which is set to take place on March 22 and…

Linguistic diversity celebrated through charity project

Linguistic diversity celebrated through charity project

The Hackney Empire thaeatre has launched a digital storytelling project to help educate children about community and culture. 100 Stories is a project started by Hackney Empire where local residents are encouraged to submit their stories written for children aged ten and under which represent a specific culture or heritage that…

Public debate on budget cuts at Lewisham council meeting

Public debate on budget cuts at Lewisham council meeting

The possibility of further budget cuts for Lewisham was discussed yesterday in a council meeting. The council have yet to agree on a balanced budget as financial assumptions are still being deliberated for years 2015-16. Lewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock and his cabinet discussed the cuts with the public who expressed concern…

LGBT protesters fight to save The Joiners Arms

LGBT protesters fight to save The Joiners Arms

  Protesters gathered outside Tower Hamlets town hall yesterday to fight the planned demolition of the famous Hackney Road gay club, The Joiners Arms. The club closed down last month after the council refused to renew the lease. The current owners are now looking to sell it to a property…

Cuts to “baby cafés” met with resistance from supporters

Cuts to “baby cafés” met with resistance from supporters

Reductions in funding for local breastfeeding cafés will be “extremely damaging” to young mothers, Lewisham Council has heard. Lewisham Council confirmed proposals to reduce the budget for “baby cafés” in Lewisham by almost 40 per cent at a Mayor and Cabinet meeting earlier this month. The cafés provide essential post-natal support…

Green party vote in favour of Lutfur Rahman’s “civic hub”

Green party vote in favour of Lutfur Rahman’s “civic hub”

Members of the Tower Hamlets Green Party have voted “tentatively” for the Old London Hospital to be transformed into a new town hall as proposed by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman. The party agreed that the move would make “effective use” of a listed building and prevent it…

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