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Council upholds Joiners Arms community asset status

Council upholds Joiners Arms community asset status

The Joiners Arms looks to continue to play its part in the London gay scene after Tower Hamlets Council announced it will uphold its status as a community asset. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) pub on Hackney Road closed in January and its current owners,…

Protest against NHS funding cuts at Limehouse Practice

Protest against NHS funding cuts at Limehouse Practice

Patients and GPs have taken to the streets in protest against NHS funding cuts that could lead to the closure of The Limehouse Practice in Tower Hamlets. About 20 patients turned up to the demonstration with banners on the busy A13 traffic island at Limehouse, following a spate of protests…

Community order for barbershop flasher

Community order for barbershop flasher

A Bulgarian man has been sentenced to a 12-month community order after exposing himself and attacking a hairdresser at a barbershop in Whitechapel. Filip Trifononov, 41, from Llandrindod Wells in Wales, entered the shop during a private event on the evening of April 20 and assaulted the owner, Mark Mason.…

Jamie Oliver teaches parents how to cook

Jamie Oliver teaches parents how to cook

Tower Hamlets council has teamed up with Jamie Oliver to help improve parents’ skills in the kitchen. The aim is to train parents to deliver cooking courses to other parents, as part of Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food campaign. The partnership was formally launched during the council’s annual parenting conference…

Unite campaign against benefit sanctions

Unite campaign against benefit sanctions

Only two protesters attended a demonstration outside Poplar Jobcentre plus as part of Unite’s national campaign against benefit sanctions last Thursday. Currently an unemployed person’s benefits can be cut if they arrive late at a job centre, miss an appointment to go to a funeral, or even fail to apply…

Music night to support Spitalfields Crypt Trust

Music night to support Spitalfields Crypt Trust

A Brick Lane music venue will host a night of music to raise money for homeless people in east London. The East London Music Night, on April 9, will raise funds for the Shoreditch-based Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT), a charity that supports people who have been homeless and suffer from…

Patients offered more choice on personal care budget

Patients offered more choice on personal care budget

Vulnerable people will be offered greater choice on how money is spent for their care as Tower Hamlets was selected as one of eight places in the UK to pilot a new health care programme. The Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme will start on April 1 and aims to provide…

Whitechapel High Street gets £1 million funding boost

Whitechapel High Street gets £1 million funding boost

Whitechapel High Street has been given £1 million in funding to help boost business in the area. The Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund will invest £500,000 into the Whitechapel area, which will be used to support local businesses, bring empty buildings back into…

Takeaway given late licence despite alleged links to crime

Takeaway given late licence despite alleged links to crime

A takeaway on Mile End Road has been granted a late night licence extension despite police objections due to anti-social behaviour and drug related crime. The Spice Hut has been permitted to increase their opening hours from 1:00am to 2:00am following a meeting held on March 3. Tower Hamlets Licensing…

Limehouse surgery to become “unviable” in a few months

Limehouse surgery to become “unviable” in a few months

A health centre is set to lose more than £638,000 of funding, despite the borough already being one of the most financially deprived in the country. A 21,000-signature petition had been handed to 10 Downing Street over East End GP cuts in August 2014 and the Limehouse practice will be…