January seems to have lasted an eternity. 5 Monday’s in one month, with freezing weather to match. Long live February! To make sure you start the month off right, we’ve compiled a list of highlights as usual, picking the best bits Bethnal Green has to offer so you don’t have to!
Tower Hamlets Labour Party Winter Jumble Sale -3rd February – St Margaret’s House
Whether you enjoy politics or not, everyone loves a bargain and that’s exactly what you can expect to find at the Labour Party Winter Jumble Sale. With a range of gadgets, toys, books and kitchenware all on sale at rock bottom prices, pop down to St Margaret’s House for some austerity essentials. You can also donate items that are cluttering up your life – drop them off at 11am on the day.
Entrance is 50p for Labour members, £1, for others
12pm – 4pm, St. Margaret’s House 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL
Super Bowl Party – 4th February – The Star of Bethnal Green
Touchdown at The Star for the screening of the 52nd Super Bowl. With special Super Bowl themed food, special drinks promotion and pre-game entertainment; there will be nowhere better to watch the game and soak up the atmosphere. All tickets come with a free beer and a bag of popcorn to kick things off. What better way to check out the banging refurbishment at one of Bethnal Green’s smoothest venues?
£5 ticket – complimentary beer and popcorn
£17 ticket – complimentary beer and super bowl platter (Smoked BBQ Rib Chunks, Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings, Deep Fried Pickles and a Homemade Potato Salad)
10pm – 3am, The Star of Bethnal Green 359 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6LG
New Acts of the Year 2018 Comedy Selection – 6th February – Rich Mix
Comedy nights can often be extremely expensive, especially in and around East London. However Rich Mix are showcasing new, exciting young comedians battling it out to be chosen in the heats for their New Acts of the Year series, where 12 will eventually feature in the showcase final. With free entry, go have a laugh on the cheap!
18+, 7.30pm Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
and from the team at Oxford House….
“The Green” – 20th February – Oxford House – Tuesday 20th Febraury
“The Green”, our monthly meeting, will meet once again at 6pm, Oxford House, on Tuesday 20th February, to discuss ourlatest business support news as well as taking a look at the issues that are affecting residents in the area.
This month, our guest speaker is Michael Smythe, project lead at Phytology and the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. Michael explores mental and physical well being in our increasingly cramped urban environments. We’re looking forward to hearing how access to nature and complex ecosystems is really important for this.
To get involved in the meeting and to add an agenda point you feel needs addressing please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The strength of these meetings is in the guestlist, 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
Compiled by Thufayel Ahmed
Photo is from Museum of London and shows an evicted matchbox maker, circa 1910, in Bethnal Green.
Funded by Tower Hamlets Council
Supporting our High Streets and Town Centres
Sunday 29 October 2017 / 10am – 3pm / Ravenscroft Park, Columbia Road, E2 7QG
Come along to the launch of our new Sunday market!
A fun-filled family day out with a spooky Halloween theme – delicious foods, yummy treats and fabulous FREE children’s fairground rides and activities.
For more details email email@example.com
❉ Artisan foods and refreshments (every Sunday)
❉ Hand crafted goods (every Sunday)
For our launch day there will also be:
❉ Music and entertainment
❉ Fairground rides and giant inflatables
❉ Face painting and balloon modelling
❉ Arts and crafts
‘IN THE PARK’ MARKET 9AM – 3PM EVERY SUNDAY
Are you a fan of Spanish food ? If yes, this post will make your day. In approximately two weeks time, a brand new Spanish deli and restaurant called Padron will open on Bethnal Green Road. Padron will take over the retail space left by The Décor Store.
The owners of Padron also own the Japanese Canteen chain. They are hoping Padron heralds the arrival of a Spanish success story.
Padron , 341-343 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AH
-By Helen Taupin
David Bowell perches in a tiny workshop paradise, where every wall, floor and bench space is crammed with tools, furniture and rescued pieces of oak. Here he turns tyres and bicycle inner tubes into EcoPouffes: firm enough to be a coffee table or seat, or to put your feet up on at the end of a hard day.
He is also committed to re-engaging another resource that society wastes, namely “people who are the off-cuts of society”. His motivation is to “extend the ladder down to those with mental health problems or additions, with creativity being the key”. The training he gives helps people into careers with respected furniture companies having been transformed “from not knowing one end of a chisel from another to restoring quality furniture”.
With a team, David can make ten EcoPouffes a week. Keeping the business small lets him focus on the hands-on work and training he enjoys. At 16, his mum suggested he went to the local upholstery factory, and he loved it. Now, as a skilled antique furniture restore, cabinet maker and French polisher, his work for wealthy clients sustains his social enterprise.
-By Heather Qualtrough
This article can be found in the East2 Insider’s Guide to Bethnal Green Magazine 2015. – See more at: http://issuu.com/walkeast/docs/east_2_2015_issuu_2
Dear Bethnal Greeners, have you ever thought of visiting Berlin?
Stay here for now, Berlin is coming to us!
Catch Berlin’s spirit from 5th to 11th October at the pop-up store to discover twenty Berlin-based creative companies, labels and start-ups. Listen to various types of music while discovering products in the field of fashion, design, technology, furniture, food and drinks.
Discover Tom Shot jewellery specialised in handmade quality items with innovative colours or more classical one with silver, gold and even Swarovski crystal. If you are more a tech person, you could be interested in Panomo which created a 360° panoramic ball camera with 108 megapixels. Or you can even experience the smallest disco in the world – Teledisko.
The Berlin pop-up store is touring in five cities of Europe for only one week. Don’t miss it!
Where? 133-135 Bethnal Green Road, London E2
Monday 2pm – 9pm
Tuesday 11am – 4.30pm
Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm
With a new school year just around the corner, we’re bringing you Bethnal Green’s very own back-to-school action plan on essential must-haves with the perfect go-to stores. Whether you need long-lasting, custom uniforms from Khalsa Schoolwear, a pair of sturdy, hardwearing shoes from Marc Jason’s Shoeworld, or a huge selection of colourful stationeries for those boring college notes from Newmans Stationery (who, as it so happens, have a great offer going; spend over £20 on stationery and you’ll get a free 4GB USB stick), you’ll find it all right here!
With all that we have to offer in Bethnal Green, rest assured school-goers will look adorably smart and be super organised for the school year to come!
Khalsa Schoolwear is on 388-390 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AH
Marc Jason’s Shoeworld is on 356-358 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AH
Newmans Stationery is on 324 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AG
– By Khaleda Khatun