Sunday, 15 September 2013

Towpath Workshop - 19th September Mile End Park Art Pavilion

The canal towpaths of east London are an important resource and are becoming increasingly popular with walkers, fishermen, cyclists, joggers and boaters. In some places, and at peak times, this can lead to congestion. To help manage growing demand the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) are working to improve the streets surrounding the canal for cyclists and pedestrians.

The Canal & River Trust and Tower Hamlets Wheelers (the local London Cycling Campaign group who provided the Dr Bike at today's Dog Show and Community Fair) are inviting local people and community groups to contribute to finding solutions. Local knowledge is invaluable in doing this.

You are invited to an open Workshop during European Mobility Week: 
6.30pm-9pm on 19 September 2013 
Mile End Park Arts Pavilion
Mile End Park, Clinton Road, London E3 4QY

The aim of the workshop is to explore different ways in which residential roads can be made more attractive for pedestrians, cyclists and local communities. 

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided Please RSVP to or call 020 3204 4435


Well what a day. This year's Dog Show and Fair has been the hardest one yet to organise. Cancelled in July and almost again two weeks ago for reasons beyond our control and yet the PDSA stepped in at the last minute and rescued the event.

The weather really was horrid at times, although not as bad as last year. If it carries on like this next year we will have to hire a circus tent.

A big thank you to all the stallholders, both the volunteers and professionals; and the park rangers who went the extra mile helping out (as ever). It was good to see some new activities and stalls as well as the stalwarts such as the WI cake stall and the Wheelers.

Any feedback good or bad is welcome, or if you have any photos you can send over (I was too busy to take a single photo) then please email 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Dog Show & Fair - next Sunday (15th Sept)

Just a few days to go now until what looks like the best fair we have put together in years. Of course the Dog Show is our main event and this year it also includes a Dog Agility Course with a demonstration event followed by your chance to impress us with your best friend's skills. There will also be stalls providing treats and various affordable items for your dog. ParkPups will be providing Children's storytelling & games.

Dr Bike will be there courtesy of Tower Hamlets Wheelers 1-5PM to sort out any of your bike problems.

There will be Bobbie Bubbles; inflatable balloons; Face Painting; Arts & Crafts Workshop; Pony Rides;  T- Shirt Screening Printing Workshop; George Irvin is providing Fairground Rides; and the excellent Ale Douvan are running an African Drumming Performance with Workshop (4-5pm). A variety of stalls selling Greeting Cards & Gifts and the Tower Hamlets Recycle Team will be bringing Mr RecycleMore.

Lots of different refreshments will be on offer: W.I - Selling Cakes & Hot Beverages; Try My Thai; George Irvin's Burger Van; Ice Cream Van

You can download the flyer here

The fun will be followed at 5PM by the Friends of Mile End Park AGM (Here is the agenda and last year's minutes)