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Welcome to your local magazine

Dear neighbours

It's been almost a year since the amazing Angie

Gough (aka TheArtsCrusader) began her quest

to seek out the unsung artskicking heroes in our

community.

She's been writing about it on these pages

for many months now and we've learnt about

some of the great people who are inspiring

communities to engage with art. They're our local

heroes – our #Artskickers.

We live in a climate where the gap between those

who get to benefit from exposure to the arts and

those who don't is getting wider every day. So

I'm proud to announce that TheArtsCrusader,

in association with LoveEast, has set up the

#Artskickers Awards.

We're inviting you, dear readers, to nominate a

person or organisation you think deserves a huge

thank you for the work they do to bring art into

people's lives.

Interested? Head over to p12 to find out more

and for details on how to send in a nomination.

Oh, and do get in touch if you'd like to donate a

prize, or even become one of our sponsors.

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C O N T E N T S

6

The story of the

Whitechapel Bell

foundry

12

Let's celebrate our

artskicking heroes

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East life

Image: The Gentle Author

The toll of the bells

fascination to me over all these

years. Every time I walked past

the ancient foundry walls (the

oldest manufacturing company

in the land – founded in 1570), I

wondered about the alchemical

mystery of bellfounding taking

place inside. One day as I

passed, walking down from

Spitalfields to the Thames, the

steel doors at the rear were

open and, peeking in from the

harsh sunlight outside, I was

afforded a tantalising glimpse of

huge bells glinting in the gloom

of the engineering shop.

Image: sarahainslie.com

Master bellfounder Alan Hughes

The Gentle Author meets the master

bellfounder of the soon-to-close

Whitechapel Bell Foundry

I had the pleasure of interviewing

Alan Hughes recently, and before

the sad news came that the

Whitechapel Bell Foundry is to

close. Alan is the last in a line of

bellfounders stretching back to

1420 . He will retire this year at

68 years old when the foundry

closes in May and the building is

sold – meanwhile, negotiations

for the future ownership of the

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business are underway. Here is

my interview with Alan, which I

woud like to share with LoveEast

readers.

..........

If I confide that my favourite

sound in all the world is

that of bells pealing, you

will understand why the

Whitechapel Bell Foundry

became such a source of

So you can imagine my

excitement when I received the

invitation to meet the current

master bellfounder. Stepping

inside, I found myself in the

foundry reception lined with old

photographs and compelling

artefacts, like the wooden

template (displayed over the

entrance as if it were the jaws

of a whale) that was used when

Big Ben was manufactured

here. Among all the black and

white photos, my eye was

drawn by some recent colour

pictures of a royal visit, with

Her Majesty in a vivid shade of

plum and Prince Philip looking

uncharacteristically animated.

I was thinking that the bell

foundry must work a powerful

magic upon its visitors, when a

figure emerged from the office

and I turned to shake the hand

of Alan Hughes, the master

bellfounder. Alan’s greatgrandfather

Arthur Hughes

bought the business in 1884,

which makes Alan a fourth

generation bellfounder.

A sense of awe filled me

as I shook hands with this

unassuming man in a natty blue

suit but I composed myself as

best I could, while he led me


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through a modest office where

two people worked behind

neat desks and one of those

fake cats dozed eternally in

front of the stove, to arrive in

the boardroom where a long

table with a red cloth upon it

occupied the centre of a modest

but elegantly proportioned

Georgian dining room.

Alan wears his role with the

greatest of ease, as only

someone born into the fourth

generation of an arcane

profession could do, and I

wondered if the royal visit might

have been an occasion for

mutual recognition between

those born into long-standing

family businesses.

Up above, I could hear music.

It was Alan’s daughter and her

friend, both music students,

practising the piano and

the trumpet. The prevailing

atmosphere was that of a work

place yet it was domestic, too.

When Alan’s predecessors set

up the business on this site,

before the industrial revolution,

they attached the factory to

the house so they could walk

from the dining room into the

foundry at their convenience.

The feeling today is akin to

that of the quiet living quarters

of an old college or liturgical

institution.

Alan has worked here over

50 years and, describing the

changes he has seen, he

glanced over my shoulder to

the window several times, as

if each time he glanced upon

a different memory of the

Whitechapel Road. The East

End was a busy place in the

1950s as Alan first recalled it,

not only because of the docks

but because of all the factories

and the manufacturing that

happened here. “Whichever

way it was blowing, you got this

lovely smell of beer on the wind

– from Trumans or Watneys

or Charringtons or Courage

or Whitbread…” Alan told me,

explaining the locations of the

breweries at each point of the

compass. In the '70s and '80s

when the docks and factories

closed, Alan found the place

desolate, he peered from the

window and there was no-one

in the street. “And then things

started getting trendy. Instead

of closing they started opening

– and now, suddenly, it’s ok to

be in Whitechapel!” said Alan,

clasping his hands thoughtfully

on the table and looking around

the room with a philosophical

grin. “But this place hasn’t

changed at all. I always find it

vaguely amusing.”

Tentatively, I asked Alan what

it meant to him, being part of

this long line of bellfounders.

Alan searched his mind and

then said, “I don’t think about it

very often. I would like to meet

some of those people, Thomas

Mears (master bellfounder

from 1787) who would know

the place today and Thomas

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Image: johnclaridgephotographer.com


East life

Lester (master bellfounder

from 1738) who had this part

built. It would be nice to have

a conversation with him. He

would recognise most of it.”

Then the gentle reverie was

gone and Alan returned to

the present moment, adding,

“It’s a business,” in phlegmatic

summation.

“Our business runs counter

to the national economy,” he

continued. “If the economy goes

down and unemployment rises,

we start to get busy. Last year

was our busiest in 30 years, an

increase of 27% on the previous

year. Similarly, the 1920s were

very busy.” I was mystified by

this equation, but Alan has a

plausible theory.

“Bell projects take a long time,

so churches commit to new

bells when the economy is

strong and then there is no

turning back. We are just

commencing work on a new

peal of bells for St Albans after

43 years of negotiation. That’s

an example of the time scale

we are working on – at least

ten years between order and

delivery is normal. My greatgrandfather

visited the church

in Langley in the 1890s and

told them the bells needed

rehanging in a new frame. They

patched them. My grandfather

said the same thing in the

1920s. They patched them. My

father told them again in the

1950s and I quoted for the job

in the 1970s. We completed the

order in 1998.”

Alan broke into a huge smile of

wonderment at the nature of

his world and it made me realise

how important the continuity

between the generations must

be, so I asked him if there was

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pressure exerted between

father and son to keep the

foundry going.

“My great-grandfather never

expected the business would

outlive him. He had three sons

and the sale of the business was

arranged, but my grandfather

refused to sign the contract,

so the other brothers left and

he took over. My grandfather

ensured his sons had good

jobs and even my father wasn’t

convinced the business could

succeed, so he studied foundry

technology for four years at

every foundry in the south –

thinking he could work for them

– but every single one of those

has now closed.” Then Alan

looked out the window again,

gazing forward into time. “As a

master bellfounder, you never

retire. We go on until we die. My

grandfather, my father and my

uncle all died of a heart attack

at 80.”

The implications of Alan’s

conclusion are startling for him

personally, even though he has

many years to go before 80.

“You’re a very eloquent man,” I

said in sober recognition, “No,

I’m not!” he retorted cheekily.

“You have such interesting

things to say,” I replied lamely,

“No, I don’t!” he persisted

gamely, obstinately raising his

eyebrows.

Nevertheless, Alan’s life as a

bellfounder is remarkable to

me and maybe to you too.

Seeing his life in comparison

to his predecessors, Alan

embraces the patterns that

prescribe his existence, for

better or worse, and his

personal mindset is the result

of particular circumstances, the

outcome of four generations

of bellfounding. Alan has

my greatest respect for his

immodest devotion to bells.

LoveEast thanks the Gentle

Author, creator and writer of

spitalfieldslife.com, for kindly

sharing this interview with us.

The beautiful photos of the bells

are courtesy of John Claridge,

johnclaridgephotographer.

com and are reproduced from

his book EAST END published by

Spitalfields Life Books.

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The Artskickers Awards

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Calling all

#artskickers

Do you know any unsung artskicking heroes? It could be

you... it could be someone you know. Tell us, so we can say

a huge thank you, writes Angie Gough

It’s almost a year since I started my Arts Crusade,

my mission to give myself and the kids I love a

#KickUpTheArts.

Spurred on by the revelation that 41per cent of

Hackney kids live in poverty (yes, really), and Arts

Council England’s research showing a persistent

disconnect between those who get to benefit

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from arts participation and those who don’t, I

wanted to act, to get up off my ar(t)se, to make

sure my kids got exposure to the arts in a way

that I didn’t.

To paraphrase Ghandi, “change starts with

yourself”. So that’s where I started. It’s been quite

a year.


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I’ve come across so many inspiring, passionate

people who are working hard to bridge the gap in

opportunity that’s caused by economic insecurity,

a depressing lack of arts education in our schools

and other stuff I’m not eloquent enough to voice

here.

Zabou, multitalented musician Rennell Shaw and

John Mulholland, editor of The Observer.

And if getting in front of this glittering gang wasn’t

enough, shortlisted nominees will join them at a

very special ceremony in Hackney on 29 March.

From Dalston to Stratford,

Hackney Wick to Hoxton I’ve met

teachers going out of their way to

spark creativity in their students,

space explorers and street artists

brightening up blank spaces. I’ve

visited venues across the city

welcoming all-comers to free arts

events, some with funding, others

battling to make ends meet. I’ve made Facebook

friends with organisations matching young people

from deprived backgrounds to creative mentors,

started Instagram love affairs with creative

entrepreneurs, engaged in tweetchats with artists

and campaigners doing their best to make their

communities better places. I’ve even discovered

landlords keeping rents low to keep artists afloat

(yes, they do exist!)…

I call these people #Artskickers. YOU know who

I’m talking about.

Tell us who you love

and why they're so

artskicking

Oh! Did I mention the prizes? As

well as featuring nominees here

in LoveEast and on social media,

we’ve got some amazing treats

in store for the winners. Prizes

have all been donated by local

businesses and artists who love

East London and want to do their

bit to thank some local heroes.

What are you waiting for? We all know an

Artskicker, do tell us yours!

Swoosh!

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or to donate a prize, please don’t be shy. Email

julie@nutshellpublications.com and feel the joy

These people are the unsung heroes of this

culturally resplendent community of ours. It’s high

time someone thanked them for their efforts, got

them some publicity and gave them a good night

out, so… I’m teaming up with Julie from LoveEast

magazine and a load of absolutely brilliant local

sponsors to do just that.

The #Artskickers Awards will recognise and

reward individuals and organisations whose hard

work, dedication, passion, slog and effort inspires

communities to engage in and with the arts in

East London.

The #Artskickers couldn’t be easier to enter, just

go to www.artskickersawards.com, tell us who you

love and why they’re so artskicking. You can even

nominate yourself!

The website opens for entries from 4 February.

Deadline for entries: 9.30am, 6 March.

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To hear from our judges, find out about prizes

and keep in touch with the #Artskickers, follow

@TheArtsCrusader on Instagram, Facebook and

Twitter.

Image credit: Angie Gough, Art by Bob & Roberta Smith at

the William Morris Gallery

Entries will be judged by an experienced panel

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Christine Preisig watches beautiful jewellery

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East London makers

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radiates confidence but is also

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What to do

Museums

ABC Photography opens at the Museum of

Childhood on 11 February. Each letter of the

alphabet introduces an image alongside a key

word from the field of photography. Plus, on the

same day, Children's Book Swap.

Free drop-in activities at Museum of Childhood,

including arts 'n' crafts, tours, trails & storytelling.

For ages 3-12 years. Cambridge Heath Road, E2.

From 1 Feb: teenage bedroom exhibition,

Geoffrye Museum.

Music and Drama

Piccolo singing, music & dancing for babies and

toddlers runs every Wednesday and Friday, V&A

building, Victoria Park. Toddler class 10am, baby

class 11am. Drop-in. Stefanie 07708 451314.

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?

Baby Music Class in the Straw Bale building at

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

babymusicclass.co.uk

Diddy Bugs. Try Hackney Forge on a Wednesday

morning. Cbeebies actress Samantha Seager runs

acting classes for little tots. actingbugs.co.uk

Music with Maddy at the Hackney Museum every

from 10am-11am. Reading Lane, E8.

Dancing

Try some ballet and contemporary dance

classes with the East London Dance School

at the Chisenhale Dance Space in Bow.

eastlondondanceschool.co.uk

Get those little ones moving through winter in

Chisenhale Dance Space's Creative Movement

Classes. Get those kids hopping, skipping and

jumping at chisenhaledancespace.co.uk/creativemovement/

There’s ballet for children at the Hackney Forge

on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call Mafalda

on 07550 722 693 for details and check out

mafaldaballetblog.blogspot.com

Pottery

Every Sunday there are drop-in children's pottery

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

book, just come along ready to get messy.11am-

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

Hand-throwing classes at Wonderland

Ceramics every Friday evening. The classes are

suitable for ages 12+. 6-9pm, £20 per session.

wonderlandceramics.com

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Tumbling & Climbing

Tumbling Bay playground, north of the Olympic

Park: rock pools, tree houses, wobbly bridges.

To the south there's the gigantic red rocks to

climb, oversized swings and giant sandpits. Then

walk over to Here East canalside for some light

refreshments at The Breakfast Club or any of the

other great eateries springing up there.

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with the kids

Stories

Storytime for the under 5s at Victoria Park

Community Centre every Tuesday from 10am to

11.30am. 5 Gore Road, E9. FREE.

Swimming

London Fields Lido offer swimming lessons and

stages 3-8 swimming classes. Go to betterlessons.

org.uk for details and booking.

Plus Mile End Leisure Centre, York Hall or the

gorgeous Aquatics Centre, QE Olympic Park.

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: firsttouchmassage@hotmail.co.uk,

07902 227 669.

...and their mums

Yoga for Mums and Babies, every Monday

at 10.30am with tea and biscuits afterwards.

Hackney Forge, E9. 07958 645 978 or email

clare@clareday-yoga.co.uk

Riding

There are plenty of centres around here.

From Lee Valley Riding Centre on Lea Bridge

Road leevalleypark.org.uk/go/horseriding/, to

aldersbrookriding.co.uk, where the children can

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

Docklands Equestrian Centre in Beckton is also a

great place docklandsequestriancentre.com

Activity times may change, so please do check on

times/availability via the websites or phone numbers

provided after each entry.

Wonderland Ceramics

Time to be Creative

Ballet Classes

for boys & girls

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ages 2½-10 years

Victoria Park Village

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Contact Mafalda on: 07550 722 693

237 Victoria Park

Road

E9 7HD

Ph 020 8985 1214

Ceramic Café,

Pottery Painting,

unique gifts, Children's

Birthday Parties, team

building, and lots of fun

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MON TUE WED THU

Art events

General events

Outdoor events

1

Mums on the run, p16

Yoga, p16

Teenage bedrooms, p16

Morning Gloryville rave, p16

80-Artist Exhib, p16

2

Dinerama, p16

UK Americana

Awards, p16

I, Daniel Blake, p16

Wanstead Walk

p16

6

Zumba p16

Diary Days, p16

Comedy night, p16

Wellness, p16

Dancing, p16

Pilates, p16

7

Tea Dance, p16

Zumba, p16

Drawing classes, p16

Under 5s stories, p16

Magic Box stories, p16

8

Mums on the run, p16

Yoga, p16

9

BYO steak, p16

Dinerama, p16

An evening with

Christopher Biggins,

p16

13

Kids' workshops, p16

Zumba, p16

Pilates, p16

14

Zumba, p16

Drawing classes, p16

Love heart quest, p16

Magic Box stories, p16

15

Mums on the run, p16

Yoga, p16

Dirty Dancing movie, p16

Build a birdbox, p16

Manis/pedis, p16

Ragged School Mus, p16

16

Dinerama, p16

BYO steak night,

p16

Ragged School

Museum, p16

20

Zumba, p16

21

Zumba, p16

Drawing classes, p16

Magic Box stories, p16

22

Mums on the run, p16

Yoga, p16

New parents social dropin,

p16

23

Dinerama, p16

Wanstead Walk,

p16

BYO steak night, p16

Craft Beer Fest, p16

27

Zumba, p16

Shake the Chains, p16

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28

Great Spitalfields Pancake

Race, p16

Plays, St John of Bethnal

Green, p16


FRI SAT SUN

3

Under5s storytime, p24

Dance: fiver fridays, p24

London Remixed Fest, p24

Ceramics painting, p24

10

Under5s storytime, p24

Dance: fiver fridays, p24

Ceramics painting, p24

4

Junior wildlife club, p24

#artskickers awards website

launch, p24

Gardening day, p24

Well Street market, p24

Kids' storytime, p24

11

Turnpike Troubadors, p24

Leyton&Stone craft mkt, p24

Duvet Day, p24

Kids' book swap, p24

5

Clowns' Grimaldi service,

p24

Arab Quarterly, Hoxton

Hall, p24

12

DIY Art Market, p24

Family bike club ride, p24

Running club, E17, p24

17

Under5s storytime, p24

Dance: fiver fridays, p24

Gin Festival, p24

Ceramics painting, p2

Django, Django, Moth Club

p24

18

Opera, Wilton's MH, p24

Bright Sparks at Half Moon

theatre, p24

19

Records & Roasts, p24

Running club, E17, p24

24

Dance: fiver fridays, p24

Under5s storytime, p24

Ceramics painting, p2

25

Japanese Art, family day, p24

Family Pancake Party, p24

26

Big Fish Little Fish rave,

p24

Mini marathon trials, p24

February

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What's on in February

FRI SAT SAT

SUN

Weekly

Late night ceramics

painting, 6-10pm,

£12, Wonderland

Ceramics, Vicky Park

Yoga, 10-11.30am,

£4, Christ Church,

Wanstead, 020 8708

0951

Under 5s story time,

11am-12pm, FREE,

Hackney Central

Library

Networx computer

classes, 2-4pm.

Suitable for beginners

or those more

experienced who

need some help.

Vicky Park Community

Centre, 5 Gore Rd, E9

Fiver Fridays at

Chisenhale Dance

Space, Three £5

performance

events in February.

chisenhaledancespace.

co.uk/tag/fiver-friday

3-5 Feb

London Remixed

Festival, from 7pm,

Rich Mix cinema

17 Feb

Django Django,

10.30pm-1am, £7/8,

DJ set, Moth Club

17-19 Feb

Gin festival, £15,

Tobacco Dock,

ginfestival.com

Weekly

Explorer workshop,

for ages 3-11, 12.30-

4.30pm, The Geffrye

Museum. geffryemuseum.org.uk

Pilates,12-1pm, £5,

Physicals Fitness, 327

High Road, Woodford

Green

4 Feb

The #artskickers

awards website

launches today.

We all know some

amazing #artskickers,

so let's nominate

them here:

artskickersawards.com

10km, 9.30am, from

£5, Queen Elizabeth

Olympic Park,

theraceorganiser.com

Junior Wildlife Club,

10.30am-12.30pm,

make your own

wormery, Vicky Park,

020 7364 7968

Storytime for 3-11yrs,

2-4pm, with snacks,

Harrow Green

Community Library

Well Street Market,

10am-4pm, London's

first market run by

teens

Gardening day,

10.30am-12.30pm,

Walthamstow Village,

0781 404 2499

4-5 Feb

Fare Healthy show,

9.30am, £25, Old

Truman Brewery,

farehealthy.com

11 Feb

Turnpike Troubadours,

7pm, £16.50, folk

band, Oslo Hackney

11 Feb.

London children's book

swap, 12-4pm, FREE,

Hackney Empire

Duvet day for

0-18mths, 10am,

11.30am, 2.30pm,

30mins, £7, Half

Moon Theatre.

halfmoon.org.uk

Leyton & Stone craft

market, FREE, The

Northcote, Leyton

18 Feb

The Depraved Appetite

of Tarrare the Freak,

5.30pm. £10/20,

opera, Wilton's Music

Hall. wiltons.org.uk

Bright Sparks at Half

Moon, young people's

theatre for ages

3-7, 11am-2pm, £7.

halfmoon.org.uk

25 Feb

Family day: Japanese

art, 1-4pm, William

Morris Gallery,

wmgallery.org.uk

Family pancake party,

12-3pm. Fry, flip and

build a stack of your

very own pancakes.

Victoria Park. Book

via 020 7364 7968

or victoriapark@

towerhamlets.gov.uk

Weekly

Records & Roasts,

12-6pm, The Owl and

Pussycat, Redchurch

Street

Running club, 9am, FREE,

meet at Wynwood Art

District, E17 4PJ

5 Feb

Clowns arrive for

Grimaldi service, 3pm,

All Saints Church,

Haggerston

The Arab Quarterly,

7.30pm, £24, live

Hoxton Hall

12 Feb

DIY art market, 11am,

FREE, Epic Dalston

Walthamstow

Family Bike Club

ride, 1-6pm, FREE,

enjoywalthamforest.co.uk

26 Feb

Mini marathon trials,

ages 11-17, 8.30-11am,

Mile End Stadium, 0207

364 2437

Big Fish Little Fish family

rave, 2pm - 4.30pm

Techno special.

Perfect for families

with 0-8 year-olds.

The Mangle, Sidworth

Street London Fields

E8. bigfishlittlefishevents.

co.uk

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Culture corner

What's on at

the Museum of

Childhood this

month

ABC Photography opens on

11 February. Each letter of

the alphabet introduces an

image alongside a key word

from the field of photography.

The display brings together a

collection of international photo

heroes and younger acclaimed

photographers. Also on 11th,

Children’s Book Swap returns.

Drop-in session is for all ages.

This half term, children can

experience the museum like a

giant board game. A series of

workshops and free activities

will invite youngsters to view the

collection and building playfully

and differently.

In the Toy Generator Card

Game Workshop from 13-17

February, kids can join artist

Amy Brown to become a toy

designer. And from 13-15

February, children aged five and

above can design and create

their own board game. £5/child.

Watch talk think film season

continues with Ivan’s Childhood,

12A on 9 February, a Holocaust

Memorial day Event. Doors

6.30pm, programme begins

at 7pm, £7pp.

Test your East London history

at a quiz night hosted by Matt

Brown author of Everything You

Know About London is Wrong.

An image from Kids' Wear magazine

for the MoC's ABC photography

exhibition

Thursday 23 February Bar

opens at 18.30, Quiz 7-9pm,

£7pp.

V&A Museum of Childhood

Cambridge Heath Road

London E2 9PA vam.ac.uk/moc/

whatson

Image: Achim Lippoth

Please come to our meet the maker opening party for drinks, cake and 3d printing demonstrations

Saturday 11 February 2 - 5pm

Urban Makers

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Secret East

Changing rooms

Rachel Kolsky points out a

striking architectural feature

on the Dalston skyline

At the western end of Shacklewell Lane a

magnificent building topped by a large dome

dominates the landscape.

A mosque for the Turkish-Cypriot community

since 1977, the building dates back to 1903

when it was built as Hackney's

grandest Jewish place of

worship, the Shacklewell Lane

Synagogue.

It provided well for

Hackney’s rapidly growing

Jewish community – earlier

settlers who were escaping

overcrowded Whitechapel.

Being near the Kingsland Road,

it was on a perfect route with good transport links

back to the East End for work.

The building was designed by eminent architect

Lewis Solomon and had seating for 750

worshippers. The foundation stone laid in 1903 by

the Hon N Charles Rothschild is still visible on the

front of the building.

By the 1950s, Hackney’s Jewish community had

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grown to more than100,000. The local Hackney

Downs School was once 50 per-cent Jewish; its

alumni including the Nobel prize-winning author

Harold Pinter. Ridley Road market was then as

Jewish as Petticoat Lane.

Over the years, and as the Jewish community

moved north to Southgate and Cockfosters,

synagogues closed or merged with others.

The local growing Turkish-Cypriot community

needed larger premises and they raised funds to

buy the Shacklewell Lane Synagogue. It become

the first Turkish-Cypriot mosque

in the UK.

In 1983 the dome was added to

the original flat roof and such

is the clever remodelling that

Dalston residents and visitors

alike would never think that the

dome was a recent addition.

Inside, most of the original

fixtures and fittings remain

and the building continues to remind us of the

different immigrant communities of Dalston, past

and present.

Tour guide and historian Rachel is always

seeking the human stories behind the buildings.

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Education

We also promote the

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Wentworth Nursery School and

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Why not come along and see for

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of the school's exciting activities

come to our open morning on

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Our outstanding nursery and

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services to the local community,

including stay and play, adult

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The nursery school is currently

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a highly skilled staff working in

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vegetables, as well as learning

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They go on educational visits to

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to a wealth of rich and exciting

literature, in addition to creating

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own interests.

To arrange a visit to our

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For further information,

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Education

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Eating in

Prepare a brownie or baking tin

by lining it with baking paper

and then pour in the mix. Bake

for 20 minutes and leave to cool

on a roasting tray.

For the cream, blitz the soaked

dates, coffee shot, walnuts and

maple syrup. Spread onto the

brownie before serving.

Enjoy and happy Valentines day.

Diana Warrings is a qualified

nutritional therapist cooking

delicious & healthy food, shared

on irmagreen.com

Nutritional therapist Diana Warrings gives her

recipe for love on Valentine's Day

Not only do these delicious

brownies taste good, the coffee

and dark chocolate are rich in

antioxidants and the walnuts

and ground almonds give some

extra fibre and omega oils

as well as some vitamins and

minerals.

The rich and creamy coffee and

walnut flavour is divine, but

please remember that coffee

and chocolate may have a

stimulating effect and possibly

won’t make you want to go to

sleep too soon after, though on

Valentines Day this may not be

such a bad thing :)

Method

Preheat oven at 175C and melt

the chocolate in a bain-marie.

Once melted, set aside. Keeping

the bowl on top of the hot water

pot will assure it stays liquid.

While the chocolate is melting

away, blend the dates, the

content of the vanilla pod and

the maple syrup until you have

a smooth paste. Set aside.

Separate the egg yolks from the

egg whites and set both aside.

Next place the coconut oil and

the date-maple syrup paste in a

food processor and blend until

you have a smooth paste, then

add the chestnut flour, ground

almonds, egg yolks and salt and

blend until everything is well

combined.

Now the melted chocolate is

ready to go in, carefully blend

everything together until

smooth.

Whisk the egg whites until

white and fluffy, then fold into

the chocolate mix and add the

walnut pieces.

Ingredients (makes 10-12)

For the brownies:

250g of organic dairy free dark

chocolate 100g of organic walnuts

125g coconut oil

100g ground almonds

100g chestnut flour

75g organic dates

(soaked in warm water for

30-60minutes)

30ml organic maple syrup

4 organic eggs

1 pinch of salt

2 tsp finely ground espresso coffee

powder

Vanilla from one vanilla pod

For the coffee & walnut cream:

125g organic walnuts

75g organic dates (soaked in

warm water, 30-60minutes)

3 tsp organic maple syrup

1 double shot espresso

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Eating out

Bombetta

Susan Birtwistle couldn't resist the siren's call to a meatlovers

paradise in Snaresbrook

I’d never been to Snaresbrook before. To me,

it was all Snaresbrook Crown Court where

Boy George was convicted and jailed for false

imprisonment. But let’s move on.

Bombetta was the siren’s call that finally lured

me. It’s named after the meaty treats that farm

workers from Puglia in Italy would eat together.

Small pieces of meat rolled up into a bundle, held

together by another piece of cured meat and

cooked over a fire. Sounds pretty tasty.

If you’re not local you won’t get lost, it’s literally

next to Snaresbrook station in the building that

looks like it used to be the old mini cab office. I

like that. But once inside it’s all classy tan leather

seats and banquettes with diamond stitching, a

bit like sitting inside an expensive Italian car.

Bombetta is a comfortable place to sit, eat and

chat with family and friends. This is a lovely thing.

One of life’s simple pleasures. We ate and drank

well here. It’s not over fussy in either service or

food and I mean this as a compliment. But for a

restaurant famed for its meat, it’s ironic that the

food I enjoyed most here was meat free.

I went with a close friend and we ordered and ate

grilled Piemontese peppers, burratina, sea bass

carpaccio and for the bombette we had pork with

prosciutto, scamorza and oregano.

While it was all delicious and fresh, there’s a

couple of things to consider. The burrantina, as

recommended by our waiter, was exceptional.

The other is we forgot to order any sauce to go

with the bombette. Don’t do that as I think it will

make all the difference.

We didn’t forget to have pudding though – lovely

rich dark chocolate torte, topped with ice cream,

served with a jug of hot chocolate sauce. As Boy

George would say: ‘It’s a miracle."

£5.50-£16 per plate

bombettalondon.com, 1-5 Station Approach, E11.

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The wine guide

What's in

a name?

to extend the production area of the Prosecco

DOC, which now incorporates most of the north

east of Italy, and at the same time they created a

sub-appellation Prosecco Superiore Conegliano

Valdobbiadene DOCG in recognition of the quality

produced in what was its original area.

This intricate strategy was engineered to

safeguard a successful Italian brand and to

prevent other wine producers in Europe and

around the world from calling Prosecco a

sparkling wine made with the same grape variety

and using a similar method of production.

The plan technically worked and it also increased,

in just a few months, the volume of Prosecco

made as more and more big wineries from north

east of Italy could now start mass-producing it.

Consequently the price lowered, the export

boomed as many markets were now being

penetrating with even more effectiveness.

The only problem is that this was done with a

general detrimental effect on quality and carrying

the risk of uprooting the Prosecco from its original

and best quality area.

Eugenio Ciccerelli on how to

spot a good Prosecco

Prosecco is without a doubt the most famous

Italian sparkling wine.

While Champagne refers to a region in France

from which the appellation and wine take their

name, Prosecco originally was the name of the

grape grown for centuries in the hills between

the two towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene

in the Veneto region.

When Vinarius was looking for a Prosecco to

import in the UK, we did not compromise on the

quality and we chose Sommariva from a small

town (S. Pietro di Feletto) at the hearth of the

Conegliano-Valdobbiadene area, a small artisan

producer that can control the whole process,

from the vineyard to the bottle.

Vinarius is a wine merchant and enoteca located at

536 Roman Road, London, E3.

Not many people know that just a few years ago

and in a very astute move, the Italians were able

to reach an agreement inside the EU, modyfing

the appellation and taking the name not from the

grape variety but from a little unkwown village

called, incidentally, Prosecco, which is located

hundreds of kilometres away in the Friuli region.

The grape was officially renamed Glera: a much

less appealing brand. To do all this, they had

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Gardening

You’re looking to update your

outside space and want a

garden that fits your needs

and complements your house.

Where do you start?

Well, you can have a go yourself

but most people lack the

skills and time to really do it

justice. You could go directly

to a builder or landscaper but

will they take the time to really

understand what you want and

how best to achieve it for your

budget – or will they just go for

the easiest/cheapest/quickest

option?

A garden designer will ask the

right questions to help you

decide how you would like to

use your outside space and will

look for hints on your stylistic

preferences.

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outdoor life

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A garden designer will also

make recommendations based

on the aspect and shape of the

site. They will help you to create

the inviting and alluring space

which maximises the pros and

disguises the cons – and within

your budget.

As with most garden designers,

I can offer contractor

recommendations but am

not linked to any building

contractors and take no

referral fees.

I can therefore

offer a completely

independent

tender process

to find the most

appropriate

contractor/s for your

project.

I can also ensure that the build

stays true to the design and

that materials and build quality

Sarah Kay explains how a garden

designer could transform your space

is maintained with thorough

project management.

The most crucial part of a

garden is the planting, and a

garden designer will work with

you to produce a planting plan

which complements the

hard landscaping and

utilises different forms,

textures and colour

to provide all-year

interest.

In short, a designer

will work with all

parties to fulfil the brief,

helping to avoid costly

mistakes in material or plant

choice.

My service is also extremely

flexible to fit all budgets –

whether it's a full redesign/build

or a planting plan. It really is

money well spent.

As Valentine's Day is nearly upon

us, here’s my tip for a great

present for the green-fingered

love in your life – gift crates from

The Gluttonous Gardener from

£35 including a grow-your-own-

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crate. See glut.co.uk

Contact Sarah Kay Garden

Design for an initial

consultation.

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co.uk 07967 201333

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Legal eagle

Research shows that mediation

is often the best way for families

to resolve conflicts.

Family mediation can help you

to feel heard and to take control

of your own family’s future by

making constructive decisions

together rather than asking

someone else to decide about

your children or your finances.

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You might think that although

mediation sounds like a good

idea, it's not for you because

your ex partner is particularly

difficult.

Separating...?

It's good to talk

A split can mean difficulties with cash

and kids but Denise Ingamells can help

During Family Mediation

Awareness Week in January, TV

Edwards had a large number

of enquiries from separated

people who were struggling

with resolving difficult

problems about

finances and children.

Each year, families

are torn apart with

children caught up in the

middle of the breakdown in

communication between their

separating parents.

Unfortunately, angry disputes

can have far-reaching

consequences and the

emotional and financial cost can

be overwhelming.

It doesn't have to be

that way.

There is another

way, a way that

has helped many

separated parents build

a constructive future for their

family, by focusing on their

children and what is best for

them, without a court imposing

decisions on anyone.

This is quite common and is why

it's so important to choose a

mediator that is a highly trained,

very experienced and qualified

professional.

We want to help and support

separated people and to let

them know that mediation

is also an option for friends

or family members who are

separating and don’t know

where to go for help.

Mediation could be free to you if

you are eligible. We offer legally

aided mediation so even if only

one person is eligible; the other

person is then also eligible for

a free assessment meeting and

first joint session.

To find out more about

family mediation at TV

Edwards, and how it can

benefit you, contact Denise

Ingamells on 020 3440

8087 or denise.ingamells@

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Money matters

Advertorial

Small

change

corporation tax and income tax.

Then you will need to give

your old accountant written

permission to speak to your

newly appointed accountant,

which can be done via email.

Your new accountant will now

send your old accountant a

letter to obtain professional

clearance and get all the

relevant accounting and tax

records they will need to act

for you.

If your old accountant held your

company’s registered office and

correspondence address for

the directors then you will need

to change these at Companies

House. Your new accountant

can prepare the forms and file

these in your behalf.

How easy is it to change accountants?

Chris James has the answer

When you find that your current

accountant isn’t offering you the

kind of service you would like or

the value for money you deserve

then you are likely to need to find

a new accountant. What may not

be known by many people is what

this entails.

First, you will need to sign some

paperwork, including a letter

of engagement, with your new

accountant to outline what is

expected of both parties and to

formalise the agreement.

Lastly, if you have a standing

order set up with your former

accountant it is important

to cancel it... and if you have

prepaid fees for services not

received then you need to get

a refund.

Overall changing your

accountant can be done very

easily, so if you're unhappy with

the service you are receiving

it may be worth seeing if Alan

Patient & Co is right for you.

Remember, the first

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There are also some forms to tell

HMRC who your new accountants

are, so that they can deal with

them for your VAT, payroll,

020 8532 9843

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Wellbeing

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Start as you mean to go on

Is there anything holding you back from living your life as

you want to live it? Asks Karen Liebenguth

Some years ago, I read a great analogy that I often

use to help people understand life coaching. It

compared coaching to architecture – you are at

a point in your life where you are ready to move

forward and a coach draws from your wisdom

and insight to begin drafting the “blueprints” for

your future.

As a life coach, I never tire of witnessing the

journey of transformation, as I work with clients to

overcome various barriers preventing them from

getting to where they want to be in life.

Fear is a common barrier. Fear of uncertainty,

fear of not being good enough, fear of being

vulnerable and being with our difficulties, fear of

rejection, fear of our own potential.

I recently asked some clients past and present

to share their experience of life coaching, and

in particular, my approach; life coaching while

walking in green space.

“I was struggling with life/work balance, and my work

life and relationships were suffering. I felt I could live

a healthier life, but wasn’t sure how best to start,"

said Jane.

"There is huge value in talking to an experienced and

empathic third party about issues that are personal,

and probably of no interest to anyone other than

oneself," said Kate.

“I can find it hard to express myself verbally, and

talking whilst walking took the pressure off and

helped me to process what was going on for me,”

said Sonya.

“A walk in a park is a great place to think through

issues. I now have peace of mind that I can overcome

long-standing hurdles and a new confidence to apply

to my business,” said Rebecca.

A coach can help you create a framework for the

design of your life going forward – supporting you

in processing issues, tapping into your dreams

and passions, setting goals and most importantly,

helping you to gain momentum where you feel

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Not sure? Book a free 30-minute taster coachingwhile-walking

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Fitness

Unstable

One of the coaches who trained

me as a personal trainer was

an old-school Royal Navy

instructor. He had a bee in his

bonnet about "core strength". It

was not enough to have strong

abs, he thundered, if you had

weak joints and a weak "sense

of balance".

He was, of course, correct. One

way to strengthen the brain's

ability to balance – as well as

joints and core muscles – is to

use an unstable base.

A good example is a Bosu, a

sort of half Swiss ball with a flat

platform. Squatting, lunging

or doing press-ups on it, for

example, will do you wonders.

Cheaper, and arguably even

more challenging alternatives,

are hedgehogs (domed spiky

rubber balance pods) and

wobble boards or pads.

Upside down

We spend a lot of our daily lives

with our backs bent forward,

for example, when working at a

computer. Being upside down

can help balance this out.

A good way to start would be

with a Beginner's Bridge. Lie on

your back, with your knees up

and feet flat, arms by your side.

Lift your hips as high as they

can go and puff up your chest.

Wiggle your shoulders together

and put your hands, palm to

palm, under your body to help

get the arch higher.

This is great for your

hamstrings, bum and back, and

is the stepping stone towards

more challenging versions and

more difficult inversions such as

handstands.

Core

values

Roger Love, a local personal trainer,

continues our A-Z of fitness with... U

Urban Escrima

A martial art, using sticks, that

is long-established in Hackney.

Based on the Filipino art of

arnis (also known as eskrima

and kali), it has been throughly

modernised.

Whatever you can do with a

stick, you should be able to do

unarmed, too.

Classes are run by Nigel

Daniel and Charlie Warren at

London Fields Fitness Studio

on Tuesdays and Thursdays

and Qmotion fitness centre

at Queen Mary University,

Mile End, on Mondays. If you

are looking for other martial

arts options, Fight Zone in

Pritchard’s Road, near Broadway

Market, is a great place to start.

Check out urbanescrima.

com and fightzonelondon.

co.uk for more details.

Roger Love is a personal trainer

based at Netil House, Westgate

Street, Hackney. hackneypt.com

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Business focus

What can a new patient expect?

Our initial consultation includes a full dental

and oral check with x-rays. After a thorough

consultation with the patient, a full written

treatment plan, including pricing, is given. We

are very aware of deals on the internet with

hidden costs, so we make sure that our plans

are transparent and patients know exactly how

much it's going to cost. Patients are given time to

go through the plan and are asked to come back

for another free consultation if they need to. We

also have a treatment co-ordinator who can go

through the treatments we offer. This has the

advantage of making patients more comfortable

in booking an appointment once they've visited

the practice and seen the surroundings.

Our prices are very reasonable and that’s

something I was very keen to keep under control.

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LoveEast meets Dr Veerusha

Diah, owner of Vdental Smile

Studio in Hackney Wick

Who is Vdental and how did it all start?

I opened Vdental Smile in 2015 by myself, having

worked as a dentist in Hackney for over 10 years. I

felt that I wasn't giving my patients the best quality

treatment that I was capable of because of time

constraints, and wanted to open a surgery and

have both general and specialist care under one

roof. Since opening Vdental I have quality time

with my patients and treat them in a modern,

calm environment.

What's important to you?

The most important thing is taking enough time

to understand what the patient needs and what

outcomes are expected from them. For instance,

some patients are not at all concerned about

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them back to good oral health. Others want both

aesthetics and function, so it’s important that

these issues are addressed at the beginning as

this affects the way the treatment is planned.

What services do you provide?

We provide all general and specialist dental

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general dentistry (including fillings, dentures,

crowns, etc), botox, fillers and other facial

treatments, adult clear braces and hygiene

sessions.

All patients who need specialist treatment are

treated here by one of our four specialists. This

includes oral surgery for impacted wisdom teeth

or other complicated extractions, dental implants,

sedation for nervous patients, complicated root

canal treatments, severe periodontal disease and

other gum and bone treatment, complex crown

and bridge treatment, and complex dentures.

We also accept referrals from other dental practices

in the area for specialist work.

The practice has grown over the last year and we

now have over 800 patients on our list. We also

have a monthly payment plan that many patients

take out with us, which gives them discounts on

general dental treatments

To book an appointment or to get in contact with

us, please ring Sam on 020 8533 5661 or email

info@vdentalsmile.co.uk

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