September 2016




September 2016 ISSUE 31


An actor's life

Denise Gough's people, places and things

Plus: neon glitz at God's Own Junkyard,

what's on, food, drink, expert advice

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Welcome to your local magazine

Dear neighbours

It's not often you get to experience something

really special. A friend had commented on

Facebook that she'd seen the extraordinary

People, Places and Things, starring Denise Gough.

I managed to get tickets a few days before the

show ended and I'm so glad I did. I've seen a lot

of theatre over the years and Denise's intense

portrayal of an addict fighting her addiction was

one of the best stage performances I have seen.

I'm thrilled, therefore, to give you the chance to

find out a little more about her here in LoveEast.

Her interview (p7), conducted by her young niece

Edie, is a delight and I hope you enjoy it as much

I did.

Staying with glitz and glamour we also feature

Gods Own Junkyard who make neon art and

signage that will dazzle your eyes and blow your

mind (p10).

Plus, there's also food, wine, history, rescue dog

tales and a wealth of advice from experts in

fitness, law, money and wellness.

I hope you enjoy this month's offerings.




Meet Olivier Awardwinning


Denise Gough


Glowing in the dark at

Gods Own Junkyard


Rescue me: a shaggy

dog tale


The good work of

Elizabeth Fry

Julie Daniels

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East life

A class actress

Denise Gough talks to LoveEast Arts Crusaders Angie and

Edie about acting, Hackney... and vegetables

As mum to three privileged kids in a borough

where 41 per cent of children live in poverty, my

arts crusade was born out of a passionate belief

in the power of education, the arts and culture to

create opportunities and brighten futures, writes

Angie Gough.

According to Arts Council England, participation in

cultural activities can "raise self-esteem, increase

life chances and raise aspirations".

My totally #artskicking sister, Olivier awardwinning

actress Denise Gough, is a case in point

and this month she’s given an exclusive interview

to Edie (8) for the readers of LoveEast magazine.


In our massive family (11 siblings, two parents,

one income, many bunkbeds…) there was much

competition for attention and the amateur

dramatics seemed to increase in direct proportion

to the expanding number of kids in the

household. There were endless fights over who

got the pick of the fancy dress box, our favourite

being a full length white dress with a petticoat and

teeny blue flowers that had belonged to our aunty

Shelley. There was a fabulous red floral number

too, but Zita (the eldest girl) had dibs on it, so we

knew better than to argue ;)

Later, when Aideen, Kelly and Ciara were tiddlers,

I remember coming home from uni and Dad and

Denise would have them putting on “concerts”.

They’d appear down the stairs and we all had to

watch as one or other of the brothers obliged as

some type of male lead, usually in a musical. It

wasn’t exactly The Sound of Music in our semi-d in

the west of Ireland but even then the girls got the

best roles and the family troupe paved the way

for not just Denise’s acting career but Kelly’s, too.

At school, Denise was up on the stage every

chance she got and her passion for acting got

her through some challenging times. When she

landed her scholarship to ALRA (The Academy of

Live and Recorded Arts) it was testament to her

grit, determination and talent. She says she’d be

a teacher if she wasn’t an actress, but really, there

is no other career for D, she’s a thespian to the

core, always has been.

She’s proof of how a #KickUpTheArts is good for

you and I’m dead proud to be knocking around

this brilliant borough with her.

Over to you Edie…

Edie: Good morning dahling, shall we begin?

Denise: Why certainly dahling, let’s do this thing

(eats muesli).

E: Did you always want to be an actress?

D: Yes I did. Always, even when I was younger

than you (see above ;)).


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E: What’s been your biggest challenge?

D: Doing People Places and Things (Duncan

McMillan’s award-winning play about addiction

and recovery, directed by Jeremy Herrin) eight

times a week for almost three months at the


E: Describe yourself in three words.

D: Funny… No, you do it!

E: OK. Definitely funny. Beautiful. Kind. Clever.

Very good at acting. And cleaning. This is hard,

let’s move on to the next question!

E: Talent or ambition, which matters more?

D: To me, talent is what matters most.

E: Were you surprised at people’s reaction to

People Places and Things?

D: Yes I was, to the extent of their reaction. I

mean, I knew I had had a very strong reaction to

the play, I just didn't think everybody would have

that reaction. But I’m so glad they did.

E: What’s been your career highlight?

D: People Places and Things.

E: What about the Olivier award? And all those

gorgeous McQueen dresses?

D: Yeah, that was all fun, but doing the job was

more the prize for me. The Olivier was brilliant to

win, but the job was the best thing. Without the

job, I wouldn't have got the Olivier.

E: What are you up to now and next?

D: Right now, I am having my breakfast.

My favourite vegetable?

Carrots. Definitely carrots

After this, I’m going to work to film Guerrilla. It’s a

new TV series about the black power movement

in London in the ‘70s – it’s the most diverse cast

and crew that I have ever worked with -– which is

fantastic and should be the norm really.

After that, I’m playing Paula in Irish playwright

Conor McPherson’s first TV series.

Then it’s back to the National for Angels in America

early next year.

E: Busy, busy, busy!

So, you’ve lived in Hackney for ages, what do you

love about it?

D: Well firstly, I love that my family are here.

Secondly, I love the cafés and the feeling of

community here. It’s like a village.

E: Got any favourite shops 'n' things?

D: Loads! But, Bunch, the flower shop on Dalston

Lane (across from Hackney Downs station) is a

new favourite. They do great flowers. Hash E8,

also on Dalston Lane, is the biz and OKKO the

Japanese place on Broadway Market is fab.

E: Any good theatre happening in London right

now dahling?

D: Well I want to go see Billie Piper at the Young

Vic – I’ve heard great things. And Jeremy Herrin’s

Plough & The Stars at The National is on the list

too. Locally, The Arcola is a gem for new plays and


The intensity of People, Places and Things


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E: What’s it like to be famous?

D: Well, I wouldn’t say I’m famous, but I’m

definitely getting more attention these days.

People are nice to you, which is lovely, but it can

also be a bit weird… coz they think they know you

and they don’t.

E: What are your top tips for aspiring actors and


D: Go to the theatre. A lot.

Watch lots of plays and films and telly and find out

what you want to do.

Get into community groups, do classes, have

training if you can afford it. Just get involved and

be doing it as much as you can.

E: What’s your favourite vegetable?

D: Carrots. Definitely carrots.

E: Last question, but definitely not the least… Who

inspires you?

D: You and your brother (Oisin, 5).

Oh! And that Arts Crusader lady. You really should

follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for

a jolly good #KickUpTheArts ;)


Denise’s perfect Hackney day

In disguise: Edie, Oison and Denise

Farm to Columbia Road. Have a mooch and a

coffee or two en route and pick up some flowers

before heading back up Kingsland Road. Dinner

at a noodle place or Gujarati Rasoi, then a play at

The Arcola or a movie at the Rio, followed by an

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Make it a Sunday. Start with a swim at the Lido,

then walk through London Fields, down Broadway

Market, over the canal and past Hackney City

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East London makers

Picture: Christine Preisig

Christine Preisig meets the leading lights of the

Walthamstow arts scene at Gods Own Junkyard

Hidden inside an unremarkable industrial

building in Walthamstow is one of the largest

neon collections in the world. It’s called

Gods Own Junkyard, a family firm that’s been

supplying neon signs to Londoners and the

rest of the world for decades.

Entering the space packed with light sculptures,

movie props and original fairground

and circus lights is like walking into a warm

sea of glowing light. It’s a candy land for the

eyes, a mini Las Vegas.

From the classic “Girls, Girls, Girls” to enormous

light-bulb typography, the place

echoes a bygone era - one filled with the

American dream, tattoo culture, sex, glamour

but most of all, with a whole lot of fun.

Gods Own Junkyard is the life’s work of its

founder, Chris Bracey, who passed away in

2014. He learnt the trade at an early age

from his father who made lights for fairgrounds

and circuses. What started as a simple

sign-maker business quickly grew into

the go-to place for original, new and vintage

light art and signage of all kinds.

The business took off for Chris in the '70s

and '80s, when he moved into making neon

signage for the notorious Soho strip joints.

Besides that, he started salvaging light signs

and other objects which he refashioned, repaired

and resurrected.

Following a chance encounter with a film

director he began making neon props for

movie sets. His work can be seen in films

such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,

Eyes Wide Shut and Batman.

Two to three days a week, the space is


East London makers

rented out for photo and film shoots and other

private events.

Gods Own Junkyard’s neon lights grace the

homes of many celebrities and demand for

custom-made works for artists and architects is

high. Prices for pieces range between £350 and


Towards the end of Chris’s illness, the family – his

wife Linda and sons Marcus and Matt – began to

take over the running of the business. The children

were well prepared. Like Chris, Matt and Marcus

learnt their skills from their father.

The signs are not all easy glitziness. Many of the

pieces are complex and require a huge amount

of manual labour.

Apart from the fact that there are more colours

available today, neon manufacturing hasn’t

changed since it was invented about 100

years ago. Neon signs are made of glass

tubes that are cut and then bent over

an open flame into a desired shape or


The most interesting thing, scientifically,

is that the gas inside the tubes needs to

be ionised (energised) in order to light up.

That process is called bombarding. On a big table,

called the bombarder, the ends of gas-filled signs

are attached to positive and negative terminals.

Then the bombarder hits it with 10,000 volts.

“You have to keep your distance otherwise your

hair will go sideways,” explains John, a long-term

employee. After a while, like lightning in the

clouds, a neon flicker appears and then the light

Marcus Bracey at work in the studio

comes on. When it’s ready to be put to work a

neon sign lasts for about 40 years.

Set up in the 1950s, Gods Own Junkyard is firmly

established in Walthamstow but people come

from all over to admire the wittily showcased

neon works before taking a load

off in its Rolling Scones café. It’s definitely

never a rainy day in there.

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London Fields. They take traditional Eritrean flavours

and re-imagine them as London street food.

What's important to you?

Family, friends and freedom of expression.

What do you love about the East End?

There is so much creativity here that you can't help but

be inspired – you never know what new people or ideas

you'll encounter.

James Bentley is, he says, "a bit

of nonsense". He's part of The Village

Butty which is an open barge continuously

cruising London's canals and beyond,

holding workshops and social events, like

the Jam Butty.

What's important to you? Reasons

to smile, that's what matters. We want

to foster wellbeing in the community,

engage and educate a diverse range of

people, integrate transient and residential

communities, preserve and revive skills,

and traditions, protect and nurture natural

surroundings and canal infrastructures.

What do you love about the East End?

I love the people and the variety. It really

isn't like the rest of England.

Interviews & portraits by Lady Ray


Business focus

Tommee O'Hara has run Bridge

Flooring since 2011. Based just

up the road in Woodford Green,

LoveEast asked him what makes

his business special.


Who is Bridge Flooring? We're

a family business and are all

about being local. We started

business in1980 and I took

over in 2011. We have our own

installers who have been with

us for many years and are highly

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area well and always have an

eye on upcoming trends.

What's important to you?

Making sure the final product is

to our satisfaction, not just the

client's. We want the best for

our customers and give good

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What about customer service?

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Once a customer has chosen

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Only then will full payment be

asked for. We offer a two-year

warranty on installation, plus

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How about value for money?

We aim to be roughly 20% less

expensive than the larger chain

carpet shops. We use our own

installers for domestic work,

which keeps prices down. Our

prices have no hidden charges.

What you see is what you get.

What makes you different?

Having our own installers,

rather than casual labour. Our

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customer services is second to

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Restoration work (doors,

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Rescue me

Zapper playing peek-a-boo

Documentary photographer

Lauren Sheldon talks about

her work with rescue dogs

and their owners

As a child I was a little scared of dogs. I’m

embarrassed to say that I had the typical

misconception that dogs from shelters had

behavioural problems. I couldn’t have been more

wrong. Shelter dogs are no different to any other

dog; it's just that they have had a less fortunate

life than others.

families and their animals, as well as hearing

some of the moving stories about the lives of

these dogs before they were rescued.

By catching a glimpse of the happy hounds

in their home environment, I hope to raise

awareness about dog adoption and highlight the

benefits for the families, as well as the dogs.

Our society is to blame for the plight of many of

the dogs who are in desperate need of rehoming,

I wanted to combine a love of dogs and my

passion for photography to show the special bond

between rescue dogs and their owners. The result

is Rescue Me, which explores the many benefits of

adopting dogs from rescue centres.

The book documents my time spent with many

people in North and East London who have

adopted dogs, and I have had the privilege of

capturing images showing the love between these

Pages from Lauren's book Rescue Me


Rescue me

whether it's because of a lack of education about

choosing the right dog, or the poor controls

surrounding puppy farming.

We have cross-bred them and domesticated them.

We now need to save them. Hopefully my work will

help to get this message across.

To find out more about Lauren's Rescue Me project

go to

A pleading look from Reggie

You lookin' at me? Louis and owner, Sarah


What's on in September



AthleFIT fitness session,

6.30-7.30pm, starting

on Albion Drive.


Drop-in army boot

camp, 7pm. £5, with

London Fields Fitness


Marshes ladies running

group, 7-8pm, meet at

The Elderfield pub in


Dynamic yoga, 7-8am,

with Annie at St

Margaret's House,

Old Ford Road, E2.

donations welcome


Muay-Thai for under

14s, 5-6pm, at KO

Bloodline Gym, 152

Lower Clapton Road


Judo for 8-17 yrs,

5-6 & 6-7pm, £3,

The Urswick School,

Paragon Road

Wellbeing, £5. Book for

massage, manicure,

pedicure. Vicky Park

Community Centre,

5 Gore Road, E9. Call

Rose, 0208 533 1860


Make Good:

Terrariums, 7-9pm.

£25, The Book Club

Leonard Street, 100-

106 Leonard St, EC2


Storytime for under 5s

and their parents/carers,

10-11.30am, Vicky Park

community centre, 5

Gore Road, E9

Woodburner music

night, 7-11pm, FREE,

Dalston Curve Garden,

13 Dalston Lane, E8

Mums on the run,

10-11am, FREE, meet

at Hackney Downs

Pavilion, runwithholly.

Volunteer in the garden,

2-4pm, Hackney City

Farm. hackneycityfarm.

Classic movies, 7pm.

FREE. St Margeret's

House, Old Ford Road,

London E2.


Summer screen,

10am (CineKids) &

8pm, Canalside, check

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Pilgrims, 8pm. £15/ £12

conc, new production,

The Yard Theatre,

Shakespeare, 7.30pm,

£25, Watch SpyMonkey

perform all 75 of

his on-stage deaths,

Shoreditch Town Hall,


Run club, 9.20-10.30am,

meet outside Springfield

Mansions, Clapton

Baby music class,

10-10.45am & 11-

11.45am. Hackney

City Farm, 1a

Goldsmiths Row, E2.


Teddy bears' picnic,

12-3pm, Vicky Park,

meet at the Hub


King Creosote, 7.30pm,

Performing material

from his new album

Astronaut meets

Appleman. Hoxton

Hall, 020 7638 8891

7, 21

Learn to make sourdough

pizza, 6-9pm, £60, E5



Catch up with coffee &

cake, 10.30am-12pm,

Vicky Park community

centre, 5 Gore Road, E9


Line dancing, 5-6pm,

£2.50, Sundial

Community Centre, 11

Shipton Street

Yoga, 6.30pm,

Haggerston Park,

meet at the multi-use



The Deep Blue Sea,

7pm. £14-18, National

Theatre screening,

Hackney Picturehouse,

Walthamstow Empire

Get Creative,

2-4pm, Art Smarts

at the Museum of


Information with Sarah

Cook, 11am-6pm,

£9.50. Whitechapel


Wine tasting, 7.30pm,

£35, Shane's,

Canalside, Olympic

Village, E20


One More Time With

Feeling, 9pm, Rio



Yeast In The East,

6.30-10pm, £35-60,

sourdough breadmaking,


Tempessst, 7.30-

11.30pm. £6.50,

Moth Club


Continued on p26

Culture corner

Dance, puppets, crafts and

mouse masks provided

Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival at the V&A

Museum of Childhood on 17 September with

traditional and modern instrumental and dance

performances as well as craft activities.

For any Bagpuss and Clangers enthusiasts, there’s

an animation study day on 24 September. Hear

from academics on its history, meet leading

puppet makers, see gems from the museum

stores and quiz the curators.

Have a go at creating "moving" images

yourself with zoetropes and magic

lanterns inspired by the wonderful

early childhood entertainments from the

Museum collection. It costs £55 per person.

Pic: Small Films

Chilnese crafts and, below left, animating the Clangers

On September 25 children can join

Sandra Kerr, creator of the music from

Bagpuss, to sing and play some of

the best-loved music from children’s

animation classics. Mouse masks

provided! £4 per person.

V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge

Heath Road, E2 9PA.

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Canal & River Trust

In a quiet corner along

the Regent's Canal...

The east side of Kingsland Road

bridge on the Regent's Canal

was once a sad, overgrown, fly

tipped space, regularly used by

drug-users or rough sleepers.

That was until the Canal &

River Trust offered local charity

SkyWay the chance to adopt

this overlooked stretch of the


The transformation couldn’t

have happened without the

help of local young people

who, under the guidance of the

SkyWay team, cleared, designed

and planted the garden. It was

a chance for them to learn

about how their food grows and

to feel a sense of ownership

and involvement in their


The overall sense of this

beautiful retreat is a place

where the community can come

together and enjoy the canal

and all that this special garden

has to offer.

Julie Daniels

To learn more about the SkyWay

community garden visit:


It has since been turned into

a beautiful quiet space where

locals and commuters can find

some peace and wellbeing

during their lunch breaks. It's

a perfect antidote to the noise

and bustle of the city.



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Ballet with Love

Mafalda Rodrigues

is inspiring people

with ballet


Ballet and love are words that

often come together in stories

of princes and princesses. Well,

this time the story is happening

on your doorstep.

I'm Mafalda, a ballet teacher

in Victoria Park village and

Shoreditch. I teach children

from 2½ years as well as adults,

and I just love what I do.

Mafalda, above and below, with some of her younger students

I moved to London five years

ago and have always lived in

Hackney. It's given me much

pleasure to work in the place I

live. I love to see familiar faces

and be part of a community. I'm

originally from Portugal, where

community is of the utmost


The school where I learnt my

first ballet steps and did most of

my training was an example of

that. It was Parnaso, and Cezar,

the teacher.

Cezar made possible a place

where students felt cared and

belonged. He was funny, full

of stories. He used to give us

nicknames. From the age of 5

I was Marquesa (Marchioness)

because of my posture.

More than a teacher, he was

a friend and most students

danced because of him. I'm

grateful Cezar gave me this life

experience – he added human

value to ballet.

Today, as a ballet teacher

myself, I apply the same


principle. I offer ballet with

love. It is a fun and enjoyable

approach that encourages a

sense of belonging.

Children and adults not only

learn the practical skills of

ballet, but also feel revitalised

and positively stimulated every


“Emma loved her ballet class

and wants to go today again.

She's been in her costume and

shoes all night!, ” says mum,


Our school offers weekly

classes and family workshops

throughout the year. We

organise trips to see ballet

performances, visit major

ballet companies, and the year

culminates in a creative show.

After seeing pictures of our last

show Cezar, now in his 80s,

said: “Your students are happy

– it's a sign you are a good

teacher.” However much I sign

myself Mafalda on our emails,

I will always be his Marquesa. I

will always do ballet with love.

Mafalda trained with the Royal

Opera House and The Royal Ballet

School and has worked with the

English National Ballet among

other schools.

For more info about classes, visit,

call her on 07550 722 693 or


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Deep Blue Sea,


Line dancing, ,


Yoga, p16


Fitness, p16

Running group, p16

Wellbeing, p16

Judo, p16


Music night, p16

Story time, p16

Summer screen, p16

Mums' run, p16

Gardening, p16


Run Club, p16

Baby music class, p16

Teddy bears' picnic,


King Creosote, p16


One More Time

With Feeling,


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Yoga, p16


Fitness, p16

Running group, p16

Boot camp, p16

Yoga, p16

Muay-Thai, p16


Music night, p16

Story time, p16

Classic movies, p16

Mums' run, p16

Gardening, p16


Run Club, p16

Baby music class, p16

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Muay-Thai, p16


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Gardening, p16


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Baby music class, p16

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Story time, p16

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Night feast, p26

Pop-up playground, p26

Beer tasting, p26

Swing dance, p26


Boot camp, p26

Phytology, p26

Yoga, p26

Street food market, ,p26


Vintage Sundays,


Canal walk, p26,

Beachfest. p26

Open House, p26


Night feast, p26

Pop-up playground, p26

New artist fair, p26


Chats Fest, p26

Capoeira, p26

Yoga, p26

Bird Barmy Army, ,p26

Soil Assoc pop-up, p26


Vintage Sundays, p26

Race for Life, p26,

Sailing. p26

Carnival, p26

Flower show, p26


Night feast, p26

Pop-up playground, p26

Stowfest, p26


Walking tour,, p26

Wildlife club, p26

Bric a brac, p26

Open house, p26

Street food market, ,p26


Vintage Sundays, p26

Canal walk, p26,

Sailing. p26


Night feast, p26

Pop-up playground, p26

Complex Problems, Simple

Solutions, p26


Boot camp, p26

Design fair, p26

Yoga, p26

Coney Island party, p26

Street food market, ,p26


Vintage Sundays, p26

Canal walk, p26,

Sailing. p26

London Chilli Festival,



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Did You Hear That?, p26

Art events

General events

Outdoor events


What to do


On Sundays: Weekly drop-in children's pottery

at Hackney City Farm. There's no need to book.

11am-1pm and 2-4pm. £5. Goldsmith's Row, E2.

Hand-throwing classes at Wonderland Ceramics

every Friday evening,


Pop down to Vicky Park boating lake for various

regattas and sailing. 11am every Sunday.

Tumbling & Climbing

Don't forget the wonderful Olympic Park on our

doorstep. There's the Tumbling Bay playground

in the north of the park, with rock pools, tree

houses, wobbly bridges and more. To the south

of the park there's gigantic red rocks to climb,

oversized swings to try and giant sandpits to

keep your little ones happy all day. When you're

finished, why not walk over to Here East canalside

for some light refreshments at The Breakfast Club

or any of the other great eateries springing up



Free drop-in activities every day at The Museum

of Childhood, including arts and crafts, tours, trails

and storytelling. For ages 3-12 years. Cambridge

Heath Road, E2. .


Catch a Disney classic on a sunday afternoon at

Hackney Picturehouse. 3pm.

Storytime for the under 5s at Victoria Park

Community Centre every Tuesday from 10am to

11.30am. 5 Gore Road, E9. FREE.

Join Cbeebies actor Samantha Seager

(Bobby, Me Too!) and her team

for fun filled, interactive drama

and storytelling sessions

for 2-5 year olds at one of our

classes in Stoke Newington,

Clapton or Victoria Park

Has your little

one got the

acting bug?

Third Tuesday of the month: 4-5pm. .

Chatterbooks reading group (ages 8-12) at

Clapton library. Call 020 8356 7480 for more info


Beginners' classes at Chats Palace. First class free.

Book 07789 961674

Free Mini Builders at Shoreditch Library for under

5s and parents.

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and to book a free taster class


London Fields Lido offer swimming lessons and

they’ve started giving stages 3-8 swimming classes

again. Go to for details and

booking. Plus of course, there's Mile End Leisure

Centre, York Hall in Bethnal Green and the

gorgeous Aquatics Centre, QE Olympic Park.


with the kids

Children's Centres

Wentworth on Cassland Road (wentworth., Gainsborough on Berkshire Road


and Morningside on Chatham Place (morningside. Meath Gardens

Children's Centre, 1 Smart Street, E2; Mile End

Leisure Centre, The One O'Clock Club (Vicky Park

near boating lake); Overland Children's Centre, 60

Parnell Road, E3.

Yoga for babies...

Baby-focused classes using massage, classical

yoga postures, stretches and balances adapted

to their stage of growth. Fridays, Royal Inn on the

Park, E9.10.45am-11.45am. £6.50. Karen:,

07902 227 669.

...and their mums

Yoga for Mums and Babies, every Tuesday

at 10.15am with tea and biscuits afterwards.

Hackney Forge, E9. 07958 645 978 or email


There are plenty of centres around here.

From Lee Valley Riding Centre on Lea Bridge

Road, to, where the children can

go on a 'riding picnick' in Wanstead Flats. The

Docklands Equestrian Centre in Beckton is also a

great place


Diddy Bugs. Try Hackney Forge on a Wednesday

morning. Cbeebies actress Samantha Seager runs

acting classes for little tots.

Piccolo music for babies and toddlers, Mondays,

Wednesdays and Fridays in the V&A building

in Victoria Park. Toddler class 10am, baby class

11am. Just drop in. Stefanie, 07708 451 314.

Baby Music Class in the Straw Bale building at

Hackney City Farm. 10-10.45am and 11-11.45am.


Try some ballet and contemporary dance

classes with the East London Dance School

at the Chisenhale Dance Space in Bow.

There’s ballet for children at the Hackney Forge

on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call Mafalda

on 07550 722 693 for details and check out

Activity times may change, so please do check on

times/availability via the websites or phone numbers

provided after each entry.

Wonderland Ceramics

is a great place to hold

your child's party.

Prices are from £10 per

child with a choice of

animal, figurine, small trinkets box and

short mugs; £13 a head for a wider

choice of ceramics. For £16 each child

will have an extended range of ceramics

to choose from: large money boxes

and trinkets boxes, trophy cups, etc. A

signing plate for the birthday child is

available to create a memento.

Optional party food at £4.50 per guest

includes fresh vegetables, pizza slice,

jelly or ice cream and fresh fruits.

020 8985 1214


What's on in September



Night feast, from 5pm,

FREE, Walthamstow

Town Square

Pop-up playground,

3.30-6.30pm, FREE,

Gillette Sq, Dalston


Beer tasting and brewery

tour, 6-8pm, £15, Crate

Brewery, cratebrewery.


Swing dance party,

7.30pm, Genesis



New artist fair, 5.30pm,

The Old Truman

Brewery, Brick Lane


Stowfest: An evening of

music, 7.30pm, FREE,

William Morris Gallery,



Complex Problems,

Simple Solutions, 11am-

7pm, last day, Tom

Esam's exhibit, 69

Roman Road


Shh, Did You Hear That?,

12-5pm, a Borrowerthemed

event, Sutton

House, Homerton High



Leyton street food

market, 9am-5pm,

Coronation Gardens

Bootcamp, 10am,

London Fields, meet

by the tennis courts,

Capoeira, 9.45-

10.45am, £5 per family,

workshops for parents

& kids, Haggerston Park

Good life yoga, 10-11am.

£10, drop-in or group

options, The Proud



Yoga, 12pm, Vicky Park,

meet near Hub café.

Phytology, 11am, FREE,

Bethnal Green nature

reserve, Middleton


Trekfest, £35-60

registration fee, run by

St Joseph's Hospice on

Mare Street, in the Peak

District this year


Chats Festival, allday

street party,

Chatsworth Road. Live

music, street food and

so much more!

Bird Barmy Army,

10am-12.30pm, Vicky

Park. Meet at the V&A


Soil Association pop-up,

10am-4pm, as part of

Organic September, Yard

Market, Roman Road, E3.

Play, 5-11pm, by Justin

Carter and Eamon

Harkin, St John at

Hackney Church


Walking tour, 2-5pm. £5,

Whitechapel Gallery,

Bric-a-brac, 10.30am-

4pm. Vicky Park

community centre, 5

Gore Road, E9

Bow Beasties wildlife

club, 10.30am-12.30pm,

Tower Hamlets cemetery


Open house, the capital's

largest annual festival

of architecture &

design, also Sunday,

Chinese Moon Festival

Museum of Childhood

(see p 17)


Coney Island party,

9pm-2am. Bethnal

Green Working Men's

Club, 42 Pollard Row, E2.

London Design Fair,

£10-12, Old Truman

Brewery, Brick Lane, also

Sunday trumanbrewery.



Discover the Regent's

Canal walk, 10-12.30pm,

FREE, Meet at Angel


Regattas and sailing,

11am, Vicky Park

Vintage Sundays, 3pm.

see a Disney classic,

Hackney Picturehouse

Summer bandstand,

Vicky Park


Open house, 2-5pm,

Ragged School

Museum, all ages can

attend a Victorian class

Beachfest, 10am, £2,

(£1 kids), last day, QE

Olympic Park


Hackey One Carnival,

from 12pm, FREE,

De Beavoir Flower

& Produce Show,

2-5.30pm, FREE, in The

Crypt and outside of St

Peter’s Church

Pretty Muddy 5k Race for

Life, 12.45-1.30pm. £20/

£13, 13-15 yrs, Olympic



London Chilli Festival,

11am-6pm. Red

Market, Old Street

Songs at the MOC, Music

from animations, see



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History hangout

Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) was

born into a wealthy banking

family, the Gurney’s of Norwich.

Despite her comfortable

background she became

one of the greatest Quaker


Prompted by a family friend,

Stephen Grellet, she was

inspired to visit Newgate Prison

and found the conditions for

the women inmates appalling.

Despite this, she stayed

overnight to learn what it was

like to sleep on straw over the

stone floors.

She encouraged many of her

contemporary notables to do

the same, which set up a wave

of reaction including teaching

sewing to prisoners and Bible


The activists became the first

nationwide organisation of

women in the UK, The British

Ladies Society for Promoting

the Reformation of Female


In 1818, through her MP

brother-in-law Tom Buxton, she

was the first woman ever

to address a House of

Commons committee.

The following year she

opened a night shelter

for the homeless and

in 1824 opened District

Visiting Societies.These

were to arrange visits

to help the poor in

their own homes.

Prime Minister Robert

Peel’s subsequent Gaols’

Act in 1823 didn’t live up

to Fry's expectations and she

had several audiences with

You might recognise the inspirational Fry as she's the face on the £5 note

Elizabeth Fry deserves better than her

Mare Street building's derelict fate,

writes Stephen Selby

Queen Victoria, who became a

benefactor to the cause.

The refuge at 195 Mare

Street is still standing

but sadly in a sorry

state. It was founded

after her death as "an

asylum to perpetuate

the memory of Elizabeth Fry

and her good work".

Fry’s foresight in setting

up a school for training

nurses in 1840 was

endorsed by Florence

Nightingale who enlisted

many of these nurses to

help soldiers wounded in the

Crimean War.

Pictures: David McCairley

After her death in 1845 many

memorials were put up in

her name. Perhaps most

fitting is the terracotta bust at

Wormwood Scrubs.

Next Month: Edith Cavell

The Mare Street refuge and left, plaque


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Secret East

Tour guide Rachel Kolsky

points out the grand, red

building in Dalston

As you walk in and around Dalston Lane and

Graham Road you catch tantalising glimpses of

an ornate Victorian red brick building nestling at

the end of Ritson Road and Clifton Grove. From

Fassett Square you can see a 1930s art deco

building. Both of them were once part of the

German Hospital.

London’s German community established itself

with the arrival of the Hanoverian monarchs.

By the late 19th Century it was centred in

Whitechapel and community initiatives included

schools, dispensaries and churches.

Further north in Dalston they built this hospital,

affectionately known as "The German". Opened

in 1845 for London’s Deutsch-speaking residents,

its first site was a converted orphan asylum. New

premises were built in 1863 and a large G, H and

1863, written in black bricks, remain.

The hospital gradually grew, providing 192 beds

by the outbreak of WW2. By then a new wing with

maternity and children’s wards and a roof garden

had been opened. Many of the patients were

Jewish, representing the growing community in

Hackney from the late 19th Century.

Curiously, during WW1 the German staff

remained at the hospital but during WW2, the

German staff were arrested and interned.

In 1948, designated in the new National Health

Service it became a general hospital. It later

specialised in psychiatric care but closed in 1987.

Listed grade II, the buildings survived and have

been redeveloped as affordable housing.

The Hamburg Lutheran Church, built alongside

the hospital in 1875/6, was the hospital chapel. Its

pastor, Rev Schonberger, a Nazi sympathiser, fled

England in 1939 and the church closed.

Also listed Grade II, it reopened in 1982 as the

Pentecostal Faith Tabernacle Church.

Tour guide and historian Rachel is always

seeking the human stories behind the buildings.

You will spot her all over London carrying a

large colourful fluffy flower, with a group of

people following behind. Upcoming tours in the

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Food heroes

Picture: Rhowena MacCuish

income – and also that their fish is spanking fresh,

has been caught using methods which are nondestructive

to the environment as well as catching

only their intended targets.

"With backgrounds in marine conservation, we

wanted to develop a model of supplying fish that

had sustainability at its

very core," explains Jack.

"Our seas are in desperate

need of action to save them

from depletion and that's exactly what

SoleShare is trying to do.

"After working with various charities, Theresa

and I both wanted to do something else more

sustainable, to change the status quo and to see

if people would be interested in buying straight

from the fishermen."

Customers get to try the whole range of seafood

caught around our coasts, from bass and brill to

squid and turbot.

Rhowena MacCuish meets

a couple taking sustainable

foods into their own hands

Sustainability may be something of a buzzword

in the food world but it has real meaning to Jack

Clarke and Theresa Douthwright, the team behind


Jack and Theresa know that cooking whole fish

can be a new thing for many people and trying

new kinds, such as gurnard, can be a little scary.

To offer a helping hand they give preparation

advice and provide recipes with the week’s catch.

They also run educational workshops where

people can get some hands-on training in how to

gut, fillet and pocket whole fish as well as learn

about good pairing ingredients for different types

of fish.

So while the bureaucrats talk over sustainable

fishing, SoleShare is giving Londoners the chance

to make an impact right now.

Customers sign up to the service online, decide

how much fish they want and how often.

Members then receive the catch of the day – a

selection that changes with the seasons – straight

from the fisherman who caught it.

Collection points are available throughout E2, E5,

and E8 as well as some North London postcodes.

Jack says SoleShare customers can be assured

the fishermen are getting a fair deal and a stable


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Eating in

your meat. Remove from the

oven and allow the meat to rest.

Wash the butter beans with

water and add to the chorizo

chilli stew, bring back to boil for

2mins. Portion into four bowls.

Take your lamb rumps, cut

them diagonally in half. Place

the meat on top of the stew,

sprinkle with a bit of parsley and

serve. Season to taste.

To enhance the flavours of the

dish, pair with a full-bodied Rioja

or a Pinot Noir.

Roast lamb and

butter bean stew

Jason Rowlands, exec chef at The Victoria, shares

the recipe for one of his special dishes

She’s a thing of beauty, Lady

Vic. A new (old) pub with a huge

garden, perfect for tanning,

three themed dining rooms, a

speakeasy cocktail bar in the

basement (push the mirrors to

enter) and a converted cocktail

caravan at the back. This is on

top of the yummy British pub

grub and an excellent range of

drinks (craft, cask – you name it).

As for the food, try this yourself.


Turn the oven up to 180C. Place

a medium-sized saucepan over

medium heat, add the olive oil,

garlic, carrot, onion and celery,

sauté to a golden colour.

Turn the heat up, add the

chopped chorizo and keep

on the heat until the contents

become a light brown colour

Add the tomato passata and the

red wine, bring to a boil. Once

boiling, reduce the heat and

let simmer for 20-30 min. The

liquid will develop into a thicker

sauce - that’s your stew sorted!

Place a frying pan over hot

heat, add oil and once the pan

is smoking, seal off the lamb

rump. Season lightly with salt

and pepper. Once coloured,

add to a roast tray, place in the

oven and leave for 15-18min,

depending on how rare you like

Alternatively, the dish will be

available on my specials menu

until September 9.

The Victoria, 110 Grove Road,

E3 5TH


Ingredients (for 4)

Prep: 10mins

Cook: 30mins

4 x 160g Lamb rump (you’ll

get these at any good butcher)

50g carrots (finely diced)

50g white onion (finely diced)

1 celery stick (finely diced)

400g chorizo (diced into 1cm


10g garlic (crushed)

200g tomato passata

100ml red wine

300g butter beans

10g curly parsley

2tsp olive oil


Eating out


daily and they can run out of

dishes too.

I don’t need to "puff up" the

food. Of course it’s good. Well

cooked, simple, homemade,

tasty and nourishing. Roast

lamb chop, cumin, aubergine,

chickpeas and yoghurt;

beetroot, watercress, walnuts

and soft egg and grilled cheese

sandwiches with quince jam

were all devoured.

Dishes are simple, home-cooked and always tasty

It's not just the canal outside Towpath that

reminds Susan Birtwistle of Venice

I’m just back from the jungle.

This is not a euphemism. It was

a holiday and I'm keen to get

away again. The Towpath has a

touch of the Venice about it so

let’s go there. Beware the bikes.

The Towpath is a place I’ve

been to now and then since

it opened. It’s owned by food

writer Lori de Mori and her

photographer husband Jason


It’s romantic and charismatic,

and like Venice a little worn at

the edges.

Dishes £3.50-12.50

Towpath, Regents Canal (between

Whitmore Bridge and Kingsland


Tuesday –Wednesday 8am-dusk

Thursday-Friday 8am-dusk

Saturday & Sunday 9am-dusk

It’s a modest venue. There’s

no phone, no website and it’s

cash only. You sit in front of

once derelict, tiny little storage

units facing the canal and you’ll

need to get up to order and pay

before you eat.

If it’s coffee, cake or their proper

custard-based Mr Whippy you

want, it’ll be served to you there

and then.

For food, hand your ticket in at

the kitchen (the next door unit)

and it’ll come to your table a bit

later. I like all that.

I heard about it originally from

a good friend. I liked it being off

the beaten track but actually it

was her description of Lori that

made me want to go.

She seems to be a woman who’s

lived a varied and interesting life

on her own terms, apparently

without compromise or some

worked-out life plan. I’ve always

been a sucker for that.

Usually I’m here for the morning

but this time it’s lunch. There’s

not a huge choice but certainly

enough. The menu changes

Mind the bikes at the canalside setting


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seven teenagers, whose lives change forever when their school friend and her asylumseeking

family are forcibly taken from their home to be deported. This highly charged

musical will play at Theatre Royal Stratford East from Tuesday 20 September - Saturday

1 October following rave reviews from audiences and critics at this year’s Edinburgh

Fringe Festival.


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The wine guide

Can there be any grape as Italian as Sangiovese?

As well as being Italy’s most planted variety,

it also forms the backbone of arguably the

country’s greatest wines. Simply put, understand

Sangiovese and you understand Italian wines.


Despite being quite the chameleon, the best

expressions of Sangiovese most definitely are to

be found in Tuscany. Having spent most of my

childhood in the southern hills of the region, for

me it can be difficult sometimes to think of wine

without thinking of Sangiovese.

Tuscany is the grape’s ancestral home – where

the earliest specimens were bred at some point

in the 18th century. And it was here where two

historic figures – Bettino Ricasoli and Clemente

Santi – propelled Sangiovese to the forefront of

the Italian wine landscape for good.

The former began blending Sangiovese with

other grapes within the Tuscan sub-region

of Chianti, which stretches from Florence in

the north to Siena in the south. Ricasoli used

Canaiolo Nero and Malvasia Bianca to create

his famous Chianti Blend, although the list of

permitted grapes has since expanded.

Today, wines labelled Chianti can come from

just about anywhere in Tuscany. So as a helpful

guideline, look out for wines from Chianti

Classico. It tends to be more reliable and

comprises the original zone of production.

Meanwhile, following in the footsteps of the

family now known as Biondi-Santi, a separate

tradition in the more southerly Tuscan village

Jack Suckling explains why

Sangiovese is Italian wine

of Montalcino favours the use of 100 per cent

Sangiovese. Brunello di Montalcino wines can be

very expensive due to scant availability and cult

status, though a savvy tip is to opt for Rosso di

Montalcino, which are aged for only one year (as

opposed to five) and can be real bargains.

At Vinarius we proudly have both main schools

of Sangiovese winemaking represented. Our

Brunello is expectedly rich with ripe fruit, while the

Chianti is also typically delicious while focussing

more on herbs and sour cherries. Come in and try

them for yourselves at Vinarius any time.

Jack Suckling is wine adviser and Italian wine

specialist at Vinarius.

Vinarius is a wine merchant and enoteca located at

536 Roman Road, London, E3.



Up until about eight years ago, I was

experiencing daily life through a

veil of anxiety. I always felt slightly

overwhelmed by life and I carried a

nagging sense of "too-muchness".

We could all benefit from seeing

things more for what they are

instead of the often amplified

sense we often give situations.

Where we can't avoid stress, we

can learn to control how we react

in situations which cause us anxiety.

My breakthrough came when a friend

introduced me to the practice of mindfulness

in 2008.

Through greater self-awareness, I’ve learnt to

recognise and "catch" patterns of behaviour, such

as my reaction to anxiety.

For example, when I feel anxious and then

stressed, a narrative flows in my head: "It’s too

much. I can’t cope, I won’t be able to do it all."

This triggers my mind’s alarm system, creating

tension in my body, making my breath shallow

and inhibited, which in turn impacts on the

choices I make – what I say to my colleagues,

friends and family , and how I say it.

Mindfulness helps me

regain control of how I

react to life's events

Yes, I have work to do, and deadlines might

be challenging or unpleasant but they are just

deadlines and work is just work.

This is our primary experience. It is how we

interpret, judge or analyse these primary

experiences that can cause anxiety or stress.

Karen Liebenguth explains

how we can change our

behaviour when stressed

My mindfulness practice has helped me to regain

control of how I react to life’s events. Perhaps it

could help you too.

Karen offers mindfulness training to individuals and

organisations, team building and life coaching while

walking in London’s green spaces.Get in touch to

book a FREE coaching-while-walking taster session in

Victoria Park. 07815 591279

Five-week Mindfulness for Stress Course

North London Buddhist Centre

72 Holloway Road, London N7 8JG

Saturday, September 17 to October 5, 3pm to

5.30pm (with a practise day, Sunday, October 30,

10am to 5pm)

£155 waged, £115 low income, £70 on benefits



Roger Love, a

local personal

trainer, continues

our A-Z of fitness

with... R


Feeling nice and rested after the

summer holidays and ready to

get fit - or want to feel and look

better on your big break next

year? Maybe, it's time to get into


It’s great for losing weight,

toning legs, strengthening

bones, improving your cardiovascular

fitness and helping to

focus your mind. You may well

sleep better, too.

Starting out can feel intimidating

but - subject to being healthy

and getting the right shoes - our

part of London, with its huge

green spaces, is ideal for you to

get started. Of course, running

is free, too, and flexible to every


Four ways to get started

Your rules: Get out into the park

and start with a walk to warmup,

then break into a run. When

you need to walk, walk! When

you are ready to run, run! There

are no rules about how long to

run and walk for - you just listen

to your body. Aim to do 10-20


Get an app: There are plenty

of apps to record your run

and coach you. Record your

runs and you'll see your

progress. The Nike+ Running

app looks handsome and is

straightforward to use. To

get you up from beginner to

running 5km, the NHS’s free

One You Couch to 5K app is

super. You can pick your in-app

trainer (options include Sarah

Millican and Jo Wiley) and you

start with intervals of a minute

of running and 90 seconds of

walking for a total 20 minutes.

Join ParkRun: They organise

weekly, 5km timed runs across

the UK. They are open to

everyone and are FREE. You

just need to register online.

There are events on Saturday

mornings at 9am Mile End park,

Highbury Fields and Hackney

marshes. See

Find an event: When you are in

the groove, you can test yourself

in a timed raced. A 10k would

be a great event to try. If you

can run for an hour, you could

tackle one. If you are ready to

go now, check out the HemiHelp

run in Victoria Park on Sunday,

September 25. There is a

10k race and a 3k route for

families and under 16s. It

supports HemiHelp a charity

that provides information

and support for people with

hemiplegia, a condition that

can cause a variety of issues

including epilepsy and learning

difficulties. See victoriapark10k.


Roger Love is a personal trainer

based at Netil House, Westgate

Street, Hackney.


Legal eagle

One of society's greatest

achievements is the dramatic

increase in life expectancy

due to advances in medical

science. However, old age may

also mean that you experience

age-related illnesses, the most

common being Alzheimer's

disease which is one of the

causes of dementia.


Statistics from the Alzheimer's

Society reveal that by 2025

there will be one million people

with dementia in the UK.

Memory loss, difficulty with

thinking and understanding,

inability to reason or

communicate properly are

some of the symptoms. Imagine

being unable to pay your bills

and make day-to-day decisions!

You could also find yourself

without any control over your

life and affairs if you suffer from

other debilitating diseases that

do not affect the mind. For

example, being the victim of a

stroke or an accident can have

equally devastating effect on

your life.

Fortunately, you can take legal

steps to protect your interests

should your health deteriorate

at some point in the future.

By making your Lasting

Powers of Attorney

(LPA), you appoint

people you trust to

make decisions on

your behalf when

you are unable to do

so yourself or no longer

want to.

The Property and Financial

Affairs LPA enables your

attorneys to make decisions

about your financial interests.

Your attorneys will be able

Sangeeta Moore explains why you

need to be thinking about LPAs

to pays your bills and taxes,

manage your bank accounts,

and buy and sell property on

your behalf.

The Health and Welfare LPA

enables your attorneys to

make decisions about the kind

of treatment you receive and

where you live.

Your attorneys cannot

make decisions about

your finances if you

only have a Health

and Welfare LPA.

Similarly, they cannot

make decisions about

your health and care if

you only have a Property and

Financial Affairs LPA. It therefore

makes sense the make both


If you don't have LPAs and

you happen to lose the ability

to make your own decisions,

your family will have to make

a complicated and costly legal

application to manage your


We can help you draw up your

LPAs to protect your interests

and provide you with peace of


Sangeeta is an experienced

wills and probate solicitor at

TV Edwards. She will be happy

to discuss any requirements

you may have in this area with

no commitment.



35-37 Mile End Road, E1 4TP

0203 440 8161


Money matters

Holidays are over and it’s back

to work. You’ve shaken the

sand from your beach clothes

and got back into the swing of

things. What do you need to

think about next?


If you are self-employed or a

company director it’s now time

to start planning your tax affairs.

So what are the deadlines?

Most companies need to file

their accounts and tax returns

by 31 December with the tax

due the following day. The selfemployed

have a month longer.

You may think that’s months

away but forgetting it could

be a costly mistake as interest

and penalties are payable on

returns and tax paid late.

Accounts and returns cannot

be prepared overnight and

remember that Christmas

preparations tend to take over

November and December.

Also, if your return is prepared

at the last minute you will not

have time to save for the taxes

due. So to keep the tears and

the taxman away I suggest a


Some of the team: Chris James, Svitlana

Matviychuk and Alan Patient (right)

Set a tax timetable so you don't get a

nasty shock, advises Alan Patient

Start assembling the

information now and deliver it

to your accountant by the end

of September. If you have a

business you may need to bring

the book-keeping up to date


Allow your accountant the

month of October to process

the accounts and returns

and ask him to advise you of

the taxes due no later than 1

November. Remember that if

you are self-employed you will

need to pay an instalment for

the current tax year as well as

the balance due for last year –

another reason to know what is

payable early on.

Work out what monthly

instalments you need to be

putting aside to enable you to

pay your taxes on time.

Following this plan will give you

guilt and stress-free Christmas

and New Year shopping,

knowing that you have dealt

with your tax affairs and put

aside the money needed to pay

your taxes.

If you would like to talk to us,

why not give us a call? Tea and

cakes are waiting for you and

the first consultation is free.

Next month: It's not what you

earn, it's what you keep that


Alan Patient & Co

9 The Shrubberies

George Lane

South Woodford

E18 1BD

020 8532 9843


Useful numbers


Emergency 999

Non-emergency 101

Safer Neighbourhood 020 8721 2937


Gas - emergency 0800 111 999

Electrical - power loss 0800 404090

Thames Water 0872 435 5973


NHS Direct 111

Homerton Hospital 020 8510 5555

Royal London Hospital 020 7377 7000

Clockwork Pharmacy 020 8985 1717

Borno Pharmacy 020 8981 0600

Hackney Council numbers

General number 020 8356 3000

Council tax enquiries 020 8356 3154

Parking enquiries 020 8356 8877

Waste removal 020 8356 6688

Tower Hamlets Council numbers

General number 020 7364 5020

Council tax enquiries 020 7364 5002

Parking enquiries 020 7364 5003

Waste removal 020 7364 5004

Local councillors/MP

Local councillors (Victoria) 020 8356 3373

MP (Meg Hillier) 020 7219 5325


Hackney Central Library 020 8356 4358

Bethnal Green Library 020 7364 3492

Victoria Park

Park Services (24/7) 020 8985 5699

Victoria Park rangers 020 7364 4172


National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950

Congestion Charge 0343 222 2222

Transport for London 0343 222 1234


Goddard's, Well Street 020 8986 3918

PDSA, Bow 020 8980 5011

Wanstead Veterinary 020 8989 7744


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Established since 2009

September 2016 - July 2017


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At Alan Patient & Co, we pride

ourselves on being friendly

and helpful, but also extremely


Our first consultation is free,

giving us an opportunity to

explain exactly what we can do

for you.

We offer a full range of services,

but you can in effect “pick and

mix” the services which suit you


Whether you find accounting

daunting, expensive in terms of

your time, or just plain boring,

we can find a solution tailored

to your business needs.

Our clients vary from: artists

to antique dealers, bookmakers

to builders, hypnotherapists to

haulage contractors, plumbers to

publishers and trainers to types

of dancers. They all have their

own unique requirements and

we aim to make their lives

a little easier.

Alan Patient & Co

Chartered Accountants • Registered Auditors

9 The Shrubberies, George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1BD • Tel: 020 8532 9843 • Alan Patient & Co @alanpatientco Alan Patient & Co


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