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Make It Happen !

What do we want for our area, East Shoreditch – grime or beauty? Polluted streets or green spaces? Over-stretched facilities or opportunities for young people?

Sunday October 11th is the chance to make your voice heard !

The East Shoreditch Neighbourhood Planning Forum is organising a community Fun Day at Rochelle School that aims to have something for everyone -

* clear explanation of the proposals the ESNPF has put together for the final Plan, after a year of consultation. (Bengali-Sylheti translators available if necessary.)
* raffle with fabulous prizes
* BBQ, bouncy castle and facepainting
* display of the game Boccia by St Hilda’s elders – and maybe an invitation to join in
* three crates of Lego for younger people to build models of their perfect houses
* Bubbles galore….!

Read the details of the 6 main proposals in the Comment Sheet attached, and if you can download and bring it with your own comments, get a ticket for free BBQ and Raffle.

Rochelle School, Arnold Circus/Club Row E2 7ES 11 – 4pm Sunday October 11th

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More Chalk and Talk, and Getting Down to It

We’ve been on another Talk and Chalk mission today – this time visiting our friends and small businesses based at Rich Mix.
Rich Mix Oct 14-68
You can see the full photo set at our Face book page
Meanwhile, people at St Hilda’s East Community Centre and in the parents’ coffee morning at Virginia Primary School have been adding their wishes to the big Weavers map.
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Come and read the wishes and add your own on Sunday Novemeber 2nd, at St Hilda’s East Community Centre – drop-in, between 10.30am and 4.30pm
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Make & Talk – come and join in

It’s been a while since we updated you on the progress of developing the East Shoreditch Neighbourhood Plan – but we’ve not been idle. we have received official designation from Tower Hamlets, and are moving ahead to the next phase.

It widens the process out through community engagement.  Come and help us make and plan in our ‘Make and Do’ event.

We are running it on two days.  Come for the whole day or even for a few hours.

Friday 1 August 11.00 – 17.00 at Rich Mix (mezzanine level)

Sunday 10 August 11.00 – 17.00 at The Hut, Gascoigne Estate, Gascoigne Place

The Hut,

The Hut, Gascoigne Estate

We’ll be preparing some of the ‘tools’ we’re going to need in order to collect people’s thoughts on what should go into the Plan. And we’ll also be getting out on the road to start using our ‘tools’.

You don’t have to know about neighbourhood planning or be particularly adept at stitching, cutting and painting. We’ll be working on the website and social media too and there will be a number of activities to chose from.

It’s a chance to find out more about this important initiative, to get together with others from the area and to compare notes about what needs to change.

Meanwhile, you can follow our progress here and on:

Facebook – search for East Shoreditch Forum

Twitter @eastshoreditch

And continue to comment on the area at



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WANTED – Unsung Heroes and Heroines

Local activities have often been developed and maintained by committed local people who have worked quietly with dedication for years.

Tower Hamlets has launched a new award to recognise and celebrate these people.

Why not nominate people who have helped to improve life in the area for a Civic Award?

The deadline for nominations is December 31st 2013 and you can get further information from Tower Hamlets.

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How Would You Spend £10,000 Here?

Tower Hamlets’ new community scheme allocates £10,000 to each ward. Local people will choose how it should be spent. Should it be on more greening? Better cycle paths? Play areas? Ways of dealing with dog waste?

Ways of dealing with dog waste

A Weavers Ward forum to allocate the grant will meet on Tuesday December 10th at 6.30, St Peter’s Mission Hall, 56 Warner Place, London E2 7AE.

Our Neighbourhood Forum is located in Weavers Ward.

People who come to this first meeting will decide the first priorities that will be worked up for meeting number two, and how and where to allocate these funds.

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The Happiness Factor

Commonplace: Is this area noisy or quiet?
Where’s the greatest feel-good place in our area? Or the worst feel-bad place?

On Sunday 17th November, we are going to start an exercise to find out. The digital organisation, CommonPlace, have developed a special app for our Neighbourhood Forum. Use it and you can register what you feel – and why – about different corners of our locality.

An early trial run turned up some surprising results, and helped us look at our area with fresh eyes.

Go along and have a try at Rich Mix on Sunday between 11am and 7pm.

But at the same time, we will also be moving around the streets in the vicinity, inviting anyone local to try out this visionary and extraordinary device – a totally new way of recording how people who live here feel about the place.

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An Amazing AGM

Photograph of three people discussing the map of the neighbourhood

Almost 40 local residents and local business representatives crammed in to the meeting room at St Hilda’s Community Centre for our first AGM.

Given the important of local voices in the new planning processes, we were thrilled by the number of people who turned out to hear about our progress to date.

The AGM voted to approve the proposed boundaries for the neighbourhood area – these now need to be submitted to the local authorities for public consultation; and a new management committee was elected. The minutes and papers from the AGM can be found in the Meetings section of the website.

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We’ve submitted!

Photo of neighbourhood planning pamphlets

East Shoreditch Neighbourhood Planning Forum’s designation documents have been submitted to the London Borough’s of Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

Since the AGM approved the proposed boundaries for the neighbourhood area, the forum has been busy finalising all the necessary papers for each of the local authorities. Watch this space for the next steps!

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    I’d like more green spaces, more places to relax

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    I’d like to see more community growing spaces

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