“The Green” will meet next Wednesday 21st March, bringing together businesses, residents, organisations and representatives from the Tower Hamlets Town Centre Team.
At this meeting, we’ll be reflecting on points covered last month, looking at the East End Trades Guild “Affordable Workspace Manifesto”, and discussing what’s missing from the Bethnal Green events calendar in 2018.
We are joined this month by John Ryan, CEO at Oxford House, who will update us on the up and coming heritage project including the building works and the community activity programme. He’ll also give us a whistle stop history of Oxford House since 1884.
To bring any discussion points to the table this month, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Agenda for “The Green”
- John Ryan – Oxford House, guest speaker
- Actions from “The Green” in February
- Market development work summary
- Window decorations and animating our town centres
- East End Trades Guild, Affordable Workspace Manifesto update
- Update on Stars of Bethnal Green // Phytology // Falmouth Photo briefs
- Events in Bethnal Green > where can we take this?
These meetings are gathering good momentum and they feel positive. It’d be great if we could all take the chance to encourage new people to attend, and actively participate in the conversations we’re having.
Any questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line – email@example.com
We caught up with Project Officer Amber Plumbly from the aptly named ‘Volunteering Matters’, to hear about the mutual benefit that their programme ‘Positive Futures’ can bring to our community.
Hi Amber, thanks for stopping by. So tell us about ‘Positive Futures’?
Hi! It is a Lottery Funded project that works in Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. It aims to match meaningful volunteering opportunities with young people, so that they can develop their skills whilst giving back to their local community.
We also have another aspect that allows young people to create and deliver their own social action project, which could be something they are passionate about or a local issue that’s affecting the area.
Nice. & what are the overall aims of the project?
To create more intergenerational interactions between people, to build relationships and community build, to enable people to make a positive difference within their communities, to allow people to know more about their communities and feel like they can discuss important matters that affect the local area, and to increase the development of life skills for young people, to enhance the organisation by providing diversity and new ideas.
Who are the opportunities for?
Young people aged 13 – 25 from any occupation, but we are also looking for businesses and organisations that would welcome a young volunteer.
What will a young person gain from the programme?
- Skills to help them in their future in education and/or employment.
- Develop life skills and feel better prepared for adulthood.
- Leading a positive change with their community.
- Connection with their community.
- Make positive friendship with their peers.
- Increase confidence and self-worth.
& what might a business/organisation gain?
- The chance to empower and teach a young person.
- New skills, ideas and experience from the young person.
- Connection with their community.
- Increases diversity.
- Improves reputation and supports the local area.
- Makes a positive difference and build relationships with young people and the community.
How much support will the volunteer get along the way?
Volunteers are supported by the project officer throughout, with inductions, training, placements and further volunteering, employment or social action projects.
Does the young person have to complete much paperwork?
The young person has to complete a simple application form which can be done with the project officer or sent via email. Afterwards the young person will complete an induction with the project officer, once completed the volunteer is ready to be placed.
& what about the business/organisation? What do you need from them?
The business will have to complete a risk assessment check list form that will be sent via email and can be completed online.
For more information you can contact Amber Plumbly at firstname.lastname@example.org
020 3780 5915
Spring’s basically peeping her head out from under the duvet – she’s not far off, trust us! So when you’re not hoarding daffodils, we’ve got you covered – with some choice bits and pieces to keep busy with in E2 this month.
The Hot Red Chilli Peppers – Saturday 17th March – York Hall
As far as tribute acts go, this lot know what they’re doing! Playing all the jams from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ extensive back catalogue of hits and albums featuring Californication, By The Way, Blood Sugar Sex Magic, Suck My Kiss, Under The Bridge … the list goes on and on. All in the iconic surroundings of York Hall. Ding Ding!
Event: doors at 8:00pm
5 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ
The Doctor’s Orders Presents Tim Westwood – Saturday 17 March – Oval Space
Tim Westwood is one of London’s most loved Disc Jockeys, with over 30 years experience in the hip-hop, radio, TV and making your night scene. Westwood is one of the most outrageous charaters on the scene and is already a legend having interviewed everyone, from Biggie to Drake to Kanye. Westwood will be right here in Bethnal Green to deliver a 3 hour set guaranteed to get your knees juicy baby. Oh my gosh!
Event: 18+, begins at 10.00pm
29–32 The Oval, London E2 9DT
‘The Green’ – Wednesday 21 March – Oxford House
Come and take part in the monthly Green meeting to see how the re-generation plan is developing. If you are a business owner, come and represent your business at the meeting and share your ideas with us and members of the council. If you’re a resident, come and have your say on the issues that are important to you.
This month’s guest speaker will be John Ryan, who will update on the up and coming heritage project at Oxford House, including the building works and the community activity programme. He’ll also give you a whistle stop history of Oxford House since 1884. All of this in 10 minutes!
To get involved in the meeting and to add an agenda point you feel needs addressing please email: email@example.com
The strength of these meetings is in the guest list, so please do share this opportunity far and wide; businesses, residents, organisations – all welcome.
Oxford House, Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG, United Kingdom
Nerd Nite London – Wednesday 21st March – Backyard Comedy Club
Nerd Nite is like a series of TED talks, but with chips and drinks. 3 speakers on the night come and educate you on a topic they know way too much about, whilst you sit back, relax and cram some more detail into that tiny mind of yours. Evidence based entertainment, in a bar. Pharrell would surely approve.
Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 0EL
By Thufayel Ahmed
In the 2nd of our features from London College of Communication students, Amy Clarke meets black and grey tattoo royalty at Bethnal Green ink institution Lowerider Tattoo
The buzz of the needles at Lowrider Tattoo are a welcome noise to any ink lover. Situated on Bethnal Green Road, the studio boasts four talented artists; JP, Ken Carlos, Kingsley Hayward and Lux, as well as guest artists, and is open 7 days a week, 11.30 ‘til late, which is a rarity in London meaning you can have that tattoo done straight after leaving work. Pretty cool, huh?
With the founding Lowrider Tattoo shop in Los Angeles, East Londoners and those further afield in the UK can get a taste of the talent on offer right here in Bethnal Green. With superbly detailed fine black and grey work on offer, the artists are – not surprisingly – booked up well in advance, but do still offer walk-ins if there is something available. The area itself is seeing a rise in the demand for tattoos, and shops like this are producing quality work. Tattoo artist of eight years, JP, is a looming figure with his black and grey inked muscular arms, but the confident demeanor he portrays in his swagger is down to the fact he is a professional and has produced well executed work to be proud of. “A lot of people are seeing the potential of how good a tattoo can actually look, and there’s quite a few good shops in East London too. So as long as everyone keeps pushing out the quality work, the tattoo culture around here is gonna keep growing.” But has anybody ever asked for a Bethnal Green related tattoo? “Yeah, me and Lux have both done gangster tattoos of the Kray twins. Old School Bethnal Green!”
The shop is known for its relaxed, welcoming and ‘social club’ atmosphere – from friends and people popping into the studio, to the music and films playing in the background. JP knows only too well how lucky he is to be working in such a down-to-earth tattoo shop. “To be offered a spot in a shop that’s known for its luxury black and grey tattoo style, and also to work under one of the main pioneers of this sacred art, Jose Lopez, it was pretty much a no brainer for me [to join Lowrider Tattoo]. And I get to work with some of my best friends that I’ve known for six plus years. It was literally an offer I couldn’t refuse.” Most people who enter the industry take up an apprenticeship, spending months inking on anything but real skin, but it wasn’t the same for JP and his friend and fellow tattoo artist at the shop, Carlos, who found it hard to get their feet in the door. They spent days jumping from different tattoo shops, meeting and connecting with great artists. “None of the older guys wanted us youngsters getting into the game. Ken Carlos got his first tattoo machine passed onto him from a family friend [and] he did his first tattoo on me. I did mine on him and the rest is history.”
With Bethnal Green changing all the time, with its bars, cool shopping areas and local, independent businesses so close to ‘hipster’ areas like Shoreditch, and a short tube ride away from central London, it’s nice to find an area where local support thrives from business to business. “At the end of the day we’re all like neighbours so we all look after each other. We support them, they support us. It creates a better atmosphere on Bethnal Green Road.” But have they asked for a tattoo? “Of course!” JP laughs. “Some serious, and some joke about it. It’s all love.”
Lowrider Tattoo is at 311 Bethnal Green Road
Check out their instagram here