Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Lizzie Treip - 1958-2017


I am very sad to report that Lizzie Treip, a long-time supporter of the Park, has died after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

As soon as MS forced Lizzie to give up her career, she offered her time and energy to Mile End Park as a leading member of the Friends of the park in the years after its regeneration and re-opening around 2000. She initiated and helped organise sports and arts events and started a series of annual summer events by organising a remarkable day of tasters of physical activities and sporting games throughout the length of the whole park. These were what later became known as Park Life. She had gathered a team of helpers who met in her home to plan these events. She continued to organise and support this and subsequent successful, well attended annual summer events for years until her health declined too much to continue.  

Lizzie received an award from Tower Hamlets council in recognition of her outstanding service to the park and its community. 

A memorial service to Lizzie will take place this Thursday 3.30PM at the Eco Pavilion. All her friends from the park are warmly welcome.



Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Art Pavilion Exhibition: Decorating Dissidence (Thur 2 Nov-Sat 4th Nov)

This Thursday sees the start of a short exhibition at the Art Pavilion exploring dissident craft & decorative work.

Bringing together contemporary artists across the globe, ‘Decorating Dissidence’ takes craft, decorative arts & design as a starting point to explore how dissident action has been woven into artistic practices often associated with the home & in opposition to the ‘fine arts’.

Can the decorative be political? Is craft a civic duty? Is the archive activist? Can anyone craft?

Spanning the early twentieth century to today, this exhibition will place contemporary craftmakers and artists in conversation with archival pieces. Alongside a conference held at Queen Mary, University of London, we will be curating an exhibition that showcases artists whose work engages with the decorative and the political.

The exhibition will take ‘craft’ as a broad term: the body, stitches in time, fashion, DIY zines, graphics, protest objects, ceramics, space, identity and more.

Thurs: 5pm-10pm | Fri: 9am-11pm | Sat: 9am-6pm
The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, E3 4AQ

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Art Pavilion: Summer of Art (15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23rd August)


There are lots of activities for ALL AGES on various dates this and next week at the Art Pavilion. All the details are in the above poster. Booking is recommended via www.artcatcher.co.uk 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Litter Pick this Sunday 10am by the Art Pavilion


Every month the Friends run a two-hour litter pick of the Park. Folk are welcome to come for half an hour or so if they prefer. It is a very friendly affair, and afterwards we go to the Coffee Room in Grove Road for a free drink and cakes.

This month we will be looking out for and noting where we find nitro canisters and feeding this info back to the council.

Time 10-12 noon
Location: Meet by the Art Pavilion
All equipment provided
Wear sturdy footwear and clothes appropriate to the weather. More info: info@fomep.org.uk

No Laughing Matter



No Laughing Matter is the name of a campaign by Tower Hamlets Council, Tower Hamlets Police and Tower Hamlets Homes to help tackle some of the problems caused by nitrous oxide. It follows complaints from residents that antisocial behaviour linked to the taking of nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, has become a significant concern within the borough.

Groups of people taking it cause noise nuisance and it also causes a litter problem because small metal canisters containing it are often left discarded. The police have also received reports of people taking it while behind the wheel of a car. Indeed the Love Wapping website has documented several car crashes where the use of nitrous oxide has been implicated.

The issues and actions are detailed in this leaflet.

 If you see canisters are in streets or parks please use the Fix My Street app/website as this will help FOMEP see hotspots and nudge the powers that be to target these. Alternatively, you can report them to the council’s street cleaning team on 020 7364 5004. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Summer Activities in Tower Hamlets


This Summer Tower Hamlets Council has a wide range of activities taking place in our Parks - take a look at their PDF Booklet.

Quite a few of the activities take place in Mile End Park and I have grouped these below. To book a place or for more information please call 020 7364 4147 or email mileendpark@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Monday 7th August | 12-3PM | Parent and Child
Baking Session. Location: Mile End Park Play Pavilion, Locksley Street
"Come along and bake some biscuits with us. Add some decoration and then you can either take them home or enjoy your park made biscuits in the sun. Book your little baker for in for a 30 minute session. Four sessions with 6–8 children per session. Booking is essential. Spaces are limited – to book a place please call 020 7364 4147 or email mileendpark@towerhamlets.gov.uk "

Wednesday 9th August | 12-3PM | All ages welcome
Cardboard City. Location: Mile End Park Play Pavilion, Locksley Street
"Come and help build Mile End Park’s very own Cardboard city. You provide the imagination we provide the materials. Make your own den, house or castle- or any other building you like."

Friday 11th August | 12-3PM | All ages welcome
Ecology Workshop Location: Mile End Ecology Pavilion, Grove Road E3 5RP 
"Come along and join the park rangers in a range of activity such as Pond Dipping, Sweep Netting and Bug Hunting. Mile End Ecology Pavilion. Come along and build your very own bird box or bird feeder that you can take home and hang in in your garden or balcony. We’ll provide the materials." Spaces are limited. Booking advised.

Monday 14th August | 12-3PM | All ages welcome
Bird Feeders and Boxes Location: Mile End Park Play Pavilion, Locksley Street
"Come along and build your very own bird box or bird feeder to take home and hang in your garden or balcony. We'll provide the materials. "

Wednesday 16th August | 11-4PM | All ages welcome
A Day by the Seaside Location: Mile End Park, Burdett Road, E3
"Bringing the seaside to the city! Attractions on the day will include donkey rides, arts and crafts, Punch and Judy, children’s rides, sports, sand and water play, face painting, helter skelter, trampolining and much, much more. "

Thursday 17th August | 12-3PM | All ages welcome
Art Workshop. Location: Mile End Arts Pavilion, Grove Road, E3 4QY
"Join us for a creative afternoon of arts and crafts in an open ‘drop in’ session with 10–12 children at a time. We’ll keep it rotating so everyone gets a turn. Get cutting, get sticking, get painting, and then glitter it all up!" Spaces are limited. Booking advised.

Monday 21st August | 12-3PM | Parent and child
Pizza Making Workshop Location: Mile End Park Play Pavilion, Locksley Street
"Join us for an afternoon of pizza making. Book your little cook in for a 30 minute session where our chefs will be getting messy rolling out dough, decorating and cooking some delicious little pizzas. Four sessions with 6–8 children per session." Spaces are limited. Booking advised.

Friday 24th August | 12-3PM | All ages welcome
Ecology Workshop  Location: Mile End Ecology Pavilion, Grove Road, E3 5RP
"Come along and join the Community Park Rangers in a range of ecology based activities such as pond dipping, sweep netting and bug hunts." Spaces are limited. Booking advised.

The booklet also contains details of activities throughout the borough including canoeing, climbing and other outdoor activities run by the Urban Adventure Base; as well as activities in Victoria Park. 



Friday, 21 July 2017

Art Pavilion hosts Stitches in Time: Tapestries for the Millennium (21-26th July. 11am-7pm)



This week the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park hosts an exhibition celebrating the life and work of Diana England, whose work in the East End of London has made an immeasurable impact on so many.

Starting in 1993, artist Diana England united over 3,000 people in the creation of The Millennium Tapestries. This project brought together Tower Hamlets residents to make 50 large textile art pieces, each hanging richly illustrating East London's social history. Over seven years, a mixture of ages, cultures and religions met at community locations to embroider, silk paint, screen print, dye and embellish. With titles like River Traffic Today, Rocque Map & Jewish Wedding, these pieces combine local history, textiles and community arts at its highest quality.

As part of the exhibition, there will be a series of free, creative workshops which are open to all. 


Friday 21 July, 10am – 12.30pm - Sewing Social 
English for Sewing has been part of Stitches in Time’s core community outreach programme for over 15 years. Join us to learn English in a friendly and inspiring environment, and take part in sewing activities. 

Saturday 22 July, 11am – 2pm – Mapping Stepney 
Families are invited to take part in the current project by adding to Stitches in Time’s newest tapestry, The Mercers’ Map of Stepney. This is supported by ‘The Mercers Company’ and involves superimposing contemporary Stepney onto a historical map of the area. 

Sunday 23 July, 11am – 2pm – Animate and Create 
This stop-frame animation workshop for kids will help them bring the Mercers’ Map to life in a hands-on activity session using various materials. Booking required, ages 8+ 

Tuesday 25 July, 11am – 1pm – Mapping Stepney 
Something old, something new! Adults are welcome to drop in and add to the historically layered Mercers’ Map of Stepney. 

Tuesday 25 July, 5 – 7pm – Mercers for Workers 
Ease those work-day blues! Come along and de-stress with some therapeutic embroidery. 

Wednesday 26 July, 11am – 1pm – Mapping Stepney 
Something old, something new! Adults are welcome to drop in and add to the historically layered Mercers’ Map of Stepney. 

Wednesday 26 July, 5 – 7pm – Mercers for Workers 
Ease those work-day blues! Come along and de-stress with some therapeutic embroidery. 

Contact for booking: paul@stitchesintime.org.uk or tel: 0207 987 6164 

Twitter- @Stitchesintime_ 
Facebook- StitchesinTimeLondon 





Friday, 14 July 2017

Art Pavilion - PAINT WORKS: The Summer Exhibition of the Essential School Of Painting

Somerset Beech Tree by Rosy Marshall

This weekend sees the end of the delightful Summer Exhibition from the Essential School of Painting which has been running at the Art Pavilion this week. It is well worth a look and has some really beautiful paintings, which look great in the Art Pavilion setting.

Pop in if you are wandering the Park. I have only had a quick gander, but look forward to spending some more time over the weekend.

The exhibition runs from 10:00 to 6:30pm this Saturday and 10:00 to 5:00pm on Sunday. 



Friday, 2 June 2017

Fancy helping litter-pick the Park this Sunday (10am by the Art Pavilion)?

This Sunday is the Friends' monthly litter-pick of the Park. We meet at 10am by the Art Pavilion and litter-pick the park for a couple of hours (or less if you want to!) and then slope off to the Coffee Room for complimentary refreshments. Litter pickers, gloves and refuse bags are supplied. Just make sure you wear clothing suitable for our variable weather.

The park is full of contrasts at the moment - trees are being threatened by youths stripping the bark away; the water level in the Eco Pavilion is higher than it has been for years aided by the odd Boris Bike that has been added to the soup; and amid this vandalism a pair of swans have built a nest and are rearing an octet of signets. 

Please do come along and join us this Sunday. As MC I promise to let you enjoy the park providing you lift the odd bit of litter.