Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Our 2016 AGM (27-04-2016) and Other Diary Dates

The 2016 Friends of Mile End Park AGM is Wednesday 27th April at 7.15PM in the Art Pavilion. Please do come and join us if you can.

As well as the short formal proceedings outlined below, it is also a good opportunity to meet and socialise with fellow park users over wine and nibbles and meet some of those who look after and manage our park.

1. Apologies for Absence  (to our secretary Kerrin in advance)
2. Minutes of last AGM
3. Matters Arising
4. Election of Officers
5. Chair’s Report on Activities & Developments
6. Treasurer’s Report on Finance: Annual Accounts
7. Update on Future Events:
a) Dog Show &  Fair
b) Our monthly litter picking get-togethers
c) Suggestions invited
9. Any Other Business

Wine, nibbles and light refreshments provided.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

St George's Day Tea Dance - Wed 20th April 2-4.30PM

The Art Pavilion will rock and roll, twist and shout on Wednesday 20th April when it hosts the St George's Day Tea Dance from 2-4.30PM

This annual Tea Dance for Tower Hamlets residents over 50, has live music from The Sunshine Kings, dance host Tony Lane and refreshments to help you dance the afternoon away, and raise a teacup to the Queen in celebration of her 90th Birthday!

The event is free of charge but advance booking is essential. 

Booking opens on Monday 4th April
Please reserve your place by calling 020 7364 7900 between 9.30am and 1pm, Monday to Friday or by emailing festivalsandevents@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Art Pavilion Exhibition: A New Home (1-23 Feb)

Leather and silicone 18cm x 26cm x 3cm
Lidija Antanasijevic — In Transit
Leather and silicone 18cm x 26cm x 3cm

This mixed media exhibition features works by members of the East London Printmakers print studio and guest artists. The theme is ‘belonging’, and it explores issues around identity, migration and a sense of home. As East London has been a gateway for centuries for those who have crossed continents to make a new home in the UK, it is a very apt time and place to display thought-provoking and adept creative responses to this theme. There will be a series of accompanying workshops and events.

There are also a series of workshops to accompany this exhibition - details here for the 'Traditional Pub Games session - www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk and here -www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk for the 'Build a Dragon' Workshop. 


Safer Neighbourhood Meeting 22nd February

Park users may wish to attend the above meeting.

Over the past few months an increase in anti-social behaviour in Mile End Park has led police to increase patrols there. In December two were arrested after they were found with a stolen moped that had been linked with a number of robberies in the vicinity. In January another two were arrested: one for drug offences and another for public order offences. Weapon sweeps have also been used to great effect in the area.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Flats Proposed to replace Texaco Garage in Grove Road

A planning application has just been submitted by Sherrygreen Homes Ltd to build flats on the site of the existing Texaco Garage in Grove Road. The application proposes 17 new dwellings (4 x 3 bed town houses with roof top terraces and 13 flats (5 x 1 bed, 7 x 2 and 1 x 3 bed) together with associated amenity space, refuse store and cycle store.

FOMEP have looked at the plans in some detail, but would greatly welcome your views on them. Certainly the flats are higher than anything in the vicinity and seem to, metaphorically at least, encroach upon the park.

With some of the southern parts of the park being given over to CrossRail, and the northern end of Wennington Green dissected by huge wooden boardings whilst flats are built at Bow Wharf, it seems we may also have this middle section turned into a building site for at least 18 months.

Please do let us know what you think. 

Monday, 19 October 2015

Small but perfectly formed litter-team

Well our last litter-picking session was a bit of a poor show, which was a pity as it was wonderful weather. Even so Team Coffee Room led by Pamela and myself assisted by Princess Fendi of Grand Union Place ,managed to fill 5 bags from the area bordering Copperfield Road.

There wasn't a single litter bin in this area and so I'm going to put in a request for one to be sited there. Most of the litter seems to originate from drivers parking-up and throwing litter out of their cars and there was also a large number of small resealable poly bags discarded by drug users.

Next time let's see if fok from Grand Union Place and Mile End Residents Associations can  join us.

Halloween Adventure: Zombie invasion

Monday, 5 October 2015

Our 3rd Litter Pick - Sunday October 11th 10-12 midday

The Friends of Mile End Park's 3rd Litter Pick will be next Sunday 11th October 10-12 midday. Meeting by the Ragged School Museum we will make our way northwards, litter-picking as we go, and hope to "deep clean" the park all the way to the Green Bridge. We'll then swap litter for lattés as we relax for a coffee [and cake!] courtesy of Pamela and the crew at The Coffee Room.

If you'd like to join us then please drop me an email or just turn up. Litter pickers, bin bags and gloves are supplied. Please dress appropriate for the weather and I'd suggest wearing sturdy boots rather than heels or flip flops.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Eureka! Art Pavilion

Eureka! Art Pavilion is the final group exhibition of the Osmosis Machine tour which is a kinetic glooping tower installation which evolves and grows into colourful patterns and stalactite formations. The critically acclaimed art work received the visitors choice award for "The Neo Art Prize 2013" and since then "Osmosis Machine" has toured extensively from the Newcastle "Centre for Life Museum" to "The Newlyn & Exchange Gallery" Cornwall.

The exhibition should be especially appealing to young people and families with its exciting use of colour, motion and sound to stimulate interest in science, discovery and the Arts and includes free gloop-making workshops (see below).

The exhibition runs 10-5 daily from the 21-31st October in the Art Pavilion, which encompasses Tower Hamlets' half term.

Eureka! Art Pavilion is a coming together of many arts and science enthusiasts. All the artists’ works are inspired by science and discovery in some way and between them deal with or suggest fundamental physics, liquids, kinetic energy, sound frequencies and light waves. 

The Exhibition will have a festival feel with a focus on making the arts and sciences more accessible to families and encouraging young people into science, engineering and the arts. 

The work comes from diverse backgrounds and disciplines and includes award winning artists Grenville Davey winner of the 1992 Turner Prize and Virginia Verran winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010. The show also celebrates up and coming artists like Zoe Schoenherr the Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-Residence 2015 based at UCL engineering. Other cross disciplinary engineering based artists include Tom Wilkinson, Samuel Zealey and Tine Bech. 

2015 also sees the UNESCO International year of Light which is a global initiative which highlights the importance of light and optical technologies in the lives and futures of developed societies. As part of this celebration Eureka! has invited David Medalla to make a new version of his famous interactive piece entitled 'THE COSMIC TYPEWRITER : homage to dsh', 

A launch event will contain music and projections followed by two days worth of workshops and an open discussion debate with Physicists from Queen Mary School of Physics and Astronomy. 

Participating artists: 
Adrian Pritchard, Dr Jasmine Pradissitto, Grenville Davey, Michael Ward, Tine Bech, David Medalla, Robert Moore, Tom Wilkinson, Samuel Zealey, Zoe Schoenherr, Andrew Stahl, Virginia Verran, Clare Chapman 

Scientists Talks
29th October 6pm-8pm Dr Kostya Trachenko. Open discussions Physics - Lazy Liquids 

24th & 31st October Free Gloop Making Workshops 

The workshops are free and are specifically aimed at encouraging younger audiences into physics and the arts. The workshops are run on a first come first serve basis and are designed specifically for younger audiences ages 7 upwards who must also be accompanied by an adult. Class sizes can accommodate up to 30 people and are performed twice daily on Saturdays 24th and 31st of October. The workshops are at set times only 10.30am-12pm & 2pm-3.30pm 

The exhibition and workshops will be held at "The Art Pavilion" which is a deluxe arts centre set amongst a green park close to Mile End tube station and which is owned and managed by Tower Hamlets Council. 

This event is brought to you by Osmosis Projects Supported by Tower Hamlets Council and Arts Council England