Horrible weather outside, but it’s always sunny inside Whitmore Community Centre on Friday afternoon — so we were full. Special thanks for a great afternoon — to volunteers Paul, Chris, Adam and Ashraf from Financial Conduct Authority via Benefacto – plus regular volunteers Gene, Margaret, Stephen and Tom.
Reported in Hackney Today 28 January 2019 — Over 100 Hackney women were nominated for making a difference to the borough — two of the front-runners are drop-in stalwarts Irene Lewington and Patricia Sim, who both make a massive difference to our Friday afternoons.
Hyacinth — a prominent Hackney wonder woman in her own right — investigates. Watch this hastily-made instant video, shot on an old iPad, handheld by a one-eyed camera person, in an echoey room at Whitmore Community Centre, surrounded by other people banging and coughing.
A woman who lives in sheltered accommodation spends several nights every week riding on London’s night buses in order to meet people. Carol says nobody speaks to her when she is at home so she goes looking for company on public transport.
This is the link to the BBC video – The woman who spends her nights on a London bus
A heavily-edited conversation that started with Andreas’ life as a shoemaker.
Voices: Andreas, Brian, Janette, Rick, Sallie and Walter.
Recorded 19 November 2018 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF, UK
Brian tells us about his early life: growing up in Romford, his first job, National Service in Egypt, St Martin’s School of Art.
This is an outtake from a longer group discussion. The background crackling sounds are from the Pineapple House log fire.
Recorded 19 November 2018 in the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London E8 3DF