We Love Stoke Newington is for residents living in the local area providing updates about local meetings, campaigns and useful information. This site is maintained by your local Labour team for Stoke Newington.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Mayor of Hackney's Business Awards

Nominations are now open for the Mayor of Hackney's Business Awards 2010.

The awards are now in their fifth year and celebrate and champion businesses in Hackney, showcasing the best of our entrepreneurial spirit.

There are nine categories:

1. Best New Business
2. Best New Business Idea (14 to 19 years old)
3. Best Green Business
4. Best Leisure or Entertainment Business
5. Best Creative or Media Business
6. Best Social Enterprise
7. Best Business for Disabled People
8. Best Employer
9. Best in the Business

The deadline to submit entries is 5pm on Friday 9th July.

More information here.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Parks for Life

Don't forget there are free Parks for Life activities in local parks all through the summer. Some of the events nearby are:
  • Every Thursday 6.30 - 7.30pm - Kick Aerobics at Clissold Park
  • Every Saturday 9.30-10.30 – Bootcamp at Hackney Downs
  • Every Saturday 11.30-12.30 – Bootcamp at Millfields Park
  • Every Saturday 9am - Park run at Hackney Downs
For further details see www.hackney.gov.uk/parksforlife

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Funding for voluntary and community organisations

Hackney's grants programme for voluntary and community organisations is being launched for 2011/12.

The voluntary sector grants are worth a total of £2.49m and are administered by the Community Partnerships Team at the Council.

On Wednesday 30th June between 10am-12noon in the Town Hall Assembly Rooms the grants programme will be launched, and council officers will provide more information on eligibility criteria, funding that is available, and the timetable.

For more information contact the Community Partnerships Team on 020 8356 4066 or email communitypartnerships@hackney.gov.uk

Monday, 14 June 2010

Public meeting on the one way system

The Leswin Area Residents Association have arranged a special one off public meeting to discuss the one-way system and road safety issues in Stoke Newington.

As this is a complicated issue with many different views and interests, LARA are inviting any interested residents and other local stakeholders, including residents’ and business associations and the local police to have an open discussion on the issues. 

The meeting is taking place this Thursday 17th June at 7.00pm at St Paul’s Church Hall. More details here.

We will be attending too – and have also invited council officers along. There will be a formal consultation on the one way system later in the year.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Total Play Days in Gillett Square

Throughout June, there are free Total Play Days taking place in Gillett Square, every Saturday afternoon throughout June: from 1pm - 4pm.

These are free events for the whole community, and everyone is welcome to come along and play. There are board games from around the world, including giant chess and ping pong.

The Total Play days also mark the launch of the 'Snug' play equipment in the Square - an innovative form of play for young children in urban areas.

More details in this flyer.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Update on Kynaston Gardens

As we've previously reported, Groundwork held consultation with local residents and have drawn up a suggested plan for Kynaston Gardens. This was discussed at a local meeting at the Old Fire Station last week and a group of residents have now formed a user group to finalise the designs, and start applying for funding. If you are interested in joining the user group, please email the Parks Development Officer: Eleanor.johnson@hackney.gov.uk

At the meeting, we picked up a number of issues around the maintenance of the Gardens in the interim, the ongoing street drinking and the problems with cyclists along the Avenue.

In response to these, we’ve asked for parks maintenance to help clear the Gardens and the local police are also looking into whether Community Payback volunteers could be involved. We’ve chased the Council about improving the signage telling cyclists to dismount, and have confirmation that these signs will now be put in.

The controlled drinking area has just been introduced which means the local police can confiscate alcohol, but residents felt that a complete ban would be more effective – we’ve asked whether this could be implemented in the Gardens. We will continue to work with residents, the Council, and the police to resolve these issues.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Kynaston Gardens meeting - tonight

We've been working hard to secure improvements for Kynaston Gardens.

Groundwork held a consultation with local residents and have drawn up a suggested plan for the Gardens.

There is a meeting tonight - at 7pm at the Old Fire Station on Leswin Road to discuss the designs and ideas further before finalising them.

There are a number of issues that need resolving regarding the ongoing street drinking in the Gardens and cycling along Kynaston Avenue. Please do come along and have your say as it's important that we end up with an improved Kynaston Gardens that local residents want to use.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Dalston Connected Street Party

Another exciting event this weekend in our area - the Dalston Connected Street Party tomorrow Sunday 6th June from 12 noon on Ashwin Street.

There will be live performances, a tea dance and food throughout the afternoon, information stands about the investment going into Dalston Town Centre, opportunities for local residents to find out more about jobs and training around the Olympics, and a preview of the Dalston Square development.

The event is marking the opening of the East London Line - come along for a good old fashioned East End street party! More information here.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Hackney Unites

One of many events taking place this weekend in Stoke Newington - community groups, voluntary organisations, campaigners and artists are coming together tomorrow - June 5th - for a one day event organised by Hackney Unites to showcase the diversity of Hackney.

The Celebrate Hackney event is taking place at Stoke Newington School, Clissold Road from 10.30am onwards.

There will be workshops addressing key issues that affect Hackney, stalls from various organisations, children’s activities, dance and performance, food, and massage!

A range of speakers are on the line up - and the full details are

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Stoke Newington's First Literary Festival

There's been a lot of publicity about this locally, but in case you've missed it - don't forget that this weekend is Stoke Newington's FIRST EVER literary festival.

There is a packed programme of events all over the weekend - from talks on feminism; to comedy; to book readings and much more. You can find all the details and book online here.

We'll be popping into some of the events and wish the organisers the best of luck for the festival.

Community Safety Roadshow

There is a community safety event being held tomorrow - Thursday, June 3rd from 11am to 5pm at Clissold Leisure Centre, 63 Clissold Road, N16 9EX.

Local residents will get the chance to meet officers from Hackney Police, Hackney Council and the Fire Service to find out what is being done to keep the community safe, reduce anti-social behaviour and drive down crime.

Met Police statistics show that crime is at its lowest in Hackney since 1999, with over 1,000 fewer victims of crime last year than in 2008. However, as we have seen from recent incidents, people are concerned about gang activity in our area and want to know what is being done to help prevent this.

Come along to the roadshow and find out more information and practical advice on community safety. The Council and the local police want to hear from as many people as possible about their priorities for a safer Hackney and provide answers to your concerns.

More information here.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Hackney's Green Festival

BeReCreative is taking place this Saturday 5th June in London Fields between 12pm and 6pm. This is a free family event which includes:
  • live music performed on a solar powered stage
  • a bike doctor
  • a "give or take" area – bring unwanted items and take items, all for free!
  • free face painting and bouncy castle
  • knitting lessons
  • free compost advice from Doctor Compost
  • the smoothie bike - create your own organic drink
  • a licensed bar and a variety of food stalls.

The event is being hosted jointly by Hackney Council’s Recycling Team and Green Champion network, as part of National Recycle Week and the Love London festival.

It is designed to raise awareness of recycling issues, provide information and encourage residents to come together to take responsibility for protecting the environment.