Thursday 23 June 2016

East End Canal Festival: This Sunday 11-5PM at the Art Pavilion

The East End Canal Festival at Mile End Parks Art Pavilion

This Sunday sees the "East End Canal Festival" which takes place in and around the Art Pavilion (behind the Texaco Garage in Grove Road). It promises to have something for everyone, whatever your age and has a varied program of activities:

ALL DAY: Stalls, Exhibitions, Children’s Activities, Food
BOAT TRIPS: Book at the Information Desk
To the Ragged School Museum: 12.00, 1.00, 2.00, 3.00, 4.00
To Victoria Park Bandstand Concert: 1.00, 2.00, 4.00

WORKSHOPS: 11.00-1.00, 2.00-4.00
Canal Art Painting
Mahogany Carnival Costumes

Throughout the Day Canalside
- The Village Butty
- The Record Deck
- Story-telling

Performances on the Island
12.00-12.45 Shkembe Soup
2.00-2.45 Shkembe Soup



2.30-3.00:"How the Canals were Constructed", Bob Philpotts, author
of ‘When London Became an Island’.

Sunday 19 June 2016

Park Life: Dog Show & Community Fair (Sunday 3rd July 12-5PM)

Park Life Flyer - Thanks to Jude Davis for updating it!

This year's Park Life is only two weeks away and is going to be jam-packed with something for everyone.

Activities Galore
Face Painting | Newspaper Stixx Sculpturing | Wire & Tape Sculpturing
Juggling Workshops and Show | Bobby Bubbles & His Amazing World of Bubbles
Coconut Shy | Fair Rides | Bouncy Castle | Inflatable Mid Dragon Slide
Climbing Wall | T-shirt Printing | Inflatable 5-a-side Football Pitch | Jewellery Making

Dr Bike will be there so bring your bikes along.

For Your Entertainment
Capoeira Display
Shkembe Soup (Arabic/Turkish/Roma Gypsy Music & Dance)

Bric-a-Brac | PDSA Advice Stall | Tutor Doctor 
Local Councillors | Veolia Recycling Team | Local Artists  

East End WI with Cakes galore and teas and drinks | Smoothie Bike
 Ice Cream Van | Burger Van | Waffle Stall 

And of Course The Dog Show with the following categories:

            1. Waggiest Tail
            2. Most Endearing Rescue Dog
            3. Most Courageous Golden Oldie (7 and over)
            4. Most Fabulous Fella
            5. Loveliest Lady
            6. Most Stunning Big Dog
            7. Best Trick

This year we will also be running Dog Agility demos and try-outs. So bring fido and see how he likes our agility course.
Photomontage of activities at this year's Dog Show and Community Fair

Monday 13 June 2016

Roman Road Neighbourhood Plan Meeting - Wed 15th June

"Neighbourhood planning allows local residents and businesses to have their own planning policies in a neighbourhood plan that reflect their priorities, deliver tangible local benefits and have real weight in planning decisions. "

This Wednesday 6.30-8.30 PM at the Caxton Hall Community Centre off Malmsbury Road (close to the PDSA Centre) is the third meeting of the Roman Road Neighbourhood Forum. Light refreshments will be available.

So what has this to do with MEOTRA residents? Well take a look at the boundary these guys are defining as the area they aim to develop planning policies for:

A map annotated with resident comments on priorities for Bow

Yep. That's right. The boundary includes the whole of the MEOTRA area.

Personally, I have concerns the plan will be too Roman Road-centric and "swallow up" Meotra. Ask yourself: How come I didn't know the meeting was taking place?

But have I got it wrong? Is this a great opportunity to solve some of the ongoing issues in our area, bring a greater sense of community, make it a better place to live and/or work in?

The meeting starts with a presentation explaining the whole "Neighbourhood Plan" concept. I hope to see some of you there and maybe you'd like to join me in The Lord Tredegar after for a beer to let me know what you think. I'm easy to spot - I'll be the one mentioning Meotra every couple of minutes :)