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New Hackney Community Centre Seeking Residents Involvement

A new community centre financed by the Olympic legacy has just opened in Hackney Wick, using recycled cabins from the Olympic Park.

Hub 67 will be used as a focal point for local community residents and young people, offering a range of events and workshops. The centre, at 67 Rothbury Rd, is asking local residents for ideas for art, sport and fitness initiatives.

The Hub is to be governed by a local resident steering group and weekly drop-in will start from October 2.

If you are interested please visit their website

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A new dawn for cyclists in London

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Pic: Ve Perryman. Mary, a hairdresser from Hackney is enthusiastic about proposed development of cycle superhighway, but is upset that Hackney is again missed out.

That the planned cycle superhighway recently announced by Mayor Boris Johnson will not pass through Hackney was received by local residents with mixed responses according to a recent survey.

Public consultation for the project which involves the construction of a 21 mile route for the exclusive use of cyclist to run north-south from Elephant & Castle to Kings Cross and east-west from Barking to Acton starts today.  Continue reading

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Hackney Laces

Pic: Courtesy of Hackney Laces.

Pic: Courtesy of Hackney Laces.

You don’t have to be good at it – all ages and abilities are welcome. Enthusiasm is all they’re after. Hackney Laces is a football club for girls who just want to play football.

Every Tuesday evening at the Stoke Newington School and Thursday evenings at Haggerston Park Astro, dozens of young women meet to play the beautiful game. It started in 2011 as a place for girls and women in the community to come and play football; there just wasn’t enough opportunities for them. It now has teams for the under 14s, under 16s and the over 16s. Continue reading

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The People’s Kitchen @ Passing Clouds

Pic: Seb Taylor.

Pic: Seb Taylor.

Wash, peel, chop, simmer, whisk, stir, mix, fry, bake, talk, teach,  learn, invent, relax, share, taste, and connect…

Sound like a good way to spend your Sunday afternoons?

A project called the People’s Kitchen has come up with a recipe for successful social interaction in Dalston. Every Sunday a banquet created from surplus food donated by local suppliers is put on at Passing Clouds and other local venues. Continue reading


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A Very Different Cinema…

Pic: Declan Slattery

Pic: Declan Slattery

Hackney has a new kind of cinema that harks back to the past and surely provides more character than modern multiplexes. Hollywood Spring is genuinely different, rather than just being simply independent, and is situated behind Well Street in a disused factory space shared with other artistic ventures.

The cinema has the feel, if not the vibe, of a retro New York art warehouse and you almost expect to see two Beatniks hotly debating what the French call the Seventh Art – ‘le Film’. Its owner David Thompson (no relation to the famous film guide of a similar name), is a reluctant public face who prefers to stay out of the limelight.

The venture came about when Thompson visited a film event at the Hackney Picture House called ‘How to become a Cinema’ and a chance meeting with film host and programmer, Josh Saco, of Cigarette Burns. The result was an organising of a cinematic event that projected John Carpenters’ iconic and seminal film Assault on Precinct 13 on 16mm film, alongside a live band playing music from the director’s various soundtracks: Halloween, the Fog and Christine. The collaboration of art-forms is important to Hollywood Spring and in May the cinema presented Jazz music alongside ‘Let’s get lost’, the Chet Baker documentary, and a three-day film weekender with such ‘classics’ as Radio On, Feminine Carnivores, The Iron Giant and Dust Devil.

Asked how he chooses the films, Thompson replied: “I have collaborated with many film curators who come up with these incredible programmes. Old school picture houses have gone. We offer something different, a nicely stocked bar, a more relaxing atmosphere. We apply for temporary event licences and run a couple of nights of films. We call it ‘monthly cinema’ rather than say a film club. It will morph into something else and it’s been difficult these last few months just setting it up.”

Thompson, having been an actor, director of short films and documentaries, thus far said producing will likely be the next step. “I didn’t expect to be [setting up a cinema] at the beginning of the year. We kind of dared each other. I live in Hackney. I wanted to give something back to the community. I love Hackney, but for it to succeed it has to be a neighbourhood thing and that is how I see the future”.

Hollywood Spring has events coming up over the next few months and is keeping the spirit of the ‘Seventh Art’ alive in the neighbourhood. For more details visit Hollywoodspring.com


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Week 2: Portraits









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Week 2: The Old Dalston Police Station

Exterior of former Police Station on Dalston Lane Hackney currently a hostel.

Exterior of former Police Station on Dalston Lane Hackney currently a hostel.

Inside of the old Dalston Police Station now a homeless hostel

Inside of the old Dalston Police Station now a homeless hostel

A side view if the stairwell inside of the former Dalston Police Station. Hackney

A side view if the stairwell inside of the former Dalston Police Station. Hackney

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