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Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Out of the Box, a new local history arts project is looking for creative or artistic disabled Tower Hamlets residents to create artwork for an exhibition that will be launched later this year. Participants will take part in a series of workshops this summer using archive materials such as photographs…

Bow woman wins Cockney rhyming slang competition

Bow woman wins Cockney rhyming slang competition

A woman from Bow has won a Cockney Rhyming Slang competition at Roman Road Market last Saturday. Winner June Bishop beat the other contestants with her 30-second monologue ‘in the lingo’. The event was organised by photography student Anne Clement, from the University of Westminster, to raise money in aid…

Exhibition explores local history using everyday items

Exhibition explores local history using everyday items

An exhibition to celebrate Lewisham’s history will open in New Cross today, exploring cultural changes over time by celebrating objects from people’s lives – from shopping bags to takeaway pizza menus. The Yesterday is Now History show is curated by two Goldsmiths university’s graduates, artist Eleanor Davies and anthropologist/historian Sophie…

Window cleaner to be honoured with bravery award

Window cleaner to be honoured with bravery award

A courageous window cleaner who prevented an armed robbery at Lloyds Bank on Brighton Road in Croydon last November is to be honoured with a Police Public Bravery Award. James Rowley, 34, from Caterham, Surrey, will receive the award at the annual Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) awards ceremony on…

Protest at bar that tweeted about stabbing victim

Protest at bar that tweeted about stabbing victim

A group of angry residents gathered outside newly opened bar The Bonneville last night calling for the pub to be shut down after it posted tweets about a man who went there looking for help after being stabbed at the weekend. Bar owner Ruairi Gilles spoke to the protesters who…

Slow Progress – Stokey vs Sainsbury’s review postponed

Slow Progress – Stokey vs Sainsbury’s review postponed

  The long-running battle over the proposed opening of a new supermarket in Stoke Newington – which has been covered extensively on East London Lines – is no closer to being resolved. Community response group ‘Stokey Local’s’ bid to take Sainsbury’s to the High Court has been delayed in order…

May 22 – the importance of ‘Operation Black Vote’

May 22 – the importance of ‘Operation Black Vote’

Simon Woolley is the founder of Operation Black Vote. He  discusses with East London Lines the importance of engaging with voting and politics in order to get better representation for the black community. Video by Hajeera Blagg and Taku Dzimwasha…

Firefighters begin strike over pensions – three days of action starting Saturday ending Monday

Firefighters begin strike over pensions – three days of action starting Saturday ending Monday

Members of the Fire Brigades Union across the country are staging a walk out for five hours today (from 12 till 5pm) over a pensions dispute. It marks the beginning of a three day strike action. Firefighters have to pay higher pension contributions, work into their late 50′s before retiring and…

New plannning restrictions on betting shops agreed

New plannning restrictions on betting shops agreed

From this week (30th April), betting shops will be considered in their own category of planning regulations, meaning local councils will be able to limit the number of betting shops in each area. After a lengthy campaign against the high-density of bookmakers in the East London Lines boroughs, many residents…

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Two years ago, Georgia Franklin-Pierce, then a 22-year-old graduate, found herself in “a bit of a pickle”. She wanted to live in London but thought: “How am I going to afford it?” In 2012, the average price of rent in London for a single household was hovering around £1,000 per month.…