Kids’ Community Christmas Disco

It’s that Christmas disco time of year with special guests **Santa** and **DJ Dan**

Saturday 8th December, St Peter’s Hall

This year, we’re organising something a little quieter for the younger ones earlier on; to be followed by pumping disco beats for the older ones (+ parents!).

Schedule as follows:
2.30 – Under 3’s festive music with real instruments
3.15 – Santa will meet the younger ones
3.30 – Older kids (but still primary school age) arrive to meet Santa
3.45 – 5.30 – DJ Dan!!

Drinks will be provided for kids. Please bring some food, savoury or sweet, for the sharing table. You are also welcome to bring wine.

Please note, this is not a drop off party.

PLEASE RSVP, giving the age of your child, so that Santa knows approximately how many goody bags to organise!
And if anyone has any ideas for low-price crowd-pleasing non-plastic items for the goody bags, please let us know and we will pass the message on to Santa.

Kids Halloween party – Saturday 2:30pm @ Sundial centre

Do join us for some Halloween fun this Saturday 2:30pm at the Sundial centre.
To enter the Spooky House competition – make one at home and bring it in, it needs to fit on a piece of paper no bigger than A3 – make it spooky!
There will be some pumpkins, so if you’d like to do some pumpkin carving please bring a parent and your own knives/tools to do this.
See you at the Sundial centre!

Update on Jesus Green Improvements

We met with the Council last year to see what they could do out of their budget. At the end of last year the Council added soil to level off the dips in the grass and reseeded the bare patches. We asked for and got some new planters at the paved area at the end of the Green to provide a bit more colour. We met with representatives from Tower Hamlets including their Prinicpal Arborist who has reviewed the trees on the Green. He identified that there was a degree of overplanting and crowding in the South side of the Green and has recommended removing some trees along Quilter Street side which are in poor health as a consequence of this. The Council made a start on painting the railings; we will continue to follow up to push for the job to be completed.

A few people had mentioned that the small garden on the end of Baxendale Street/Barnet Grove could do with a bit of attention. We asked the Council to put the gate back on and remove loose paving which has been done. We proposed that we create a small growing garden in this space for Columbia Primary School. This would involve fencing off a section which is currently plain grass. The school would create some raised beds there for the children to grow plants and flowers. The Council are happy with the proposal and have met with JHERA and the Headteacher to discuss. A letter will go out to surrounding streets about this although due to staff changes at the Council it seems to be taking longer than anticipated!

There is the potential of doing further work on the Green ourselves but we would need to pay for it and maintain it long term. As it stands, we are only responsible for maintaining the herb garden. We thought it would be a good idea to get that sorted out before we take on anything else…!


Monday 24th March 7.30pm
The Sundial Centre, Shipton Street
(Next to the Nelson’s Head pub)

This is the first of a series of free local history talks open to all residents, businesses and parents of children at Columbia Road School.

Where Do You Think You Live? looks back to the 19th Century, to the establishment of the Jesus Hospital Estate, now commonly known as ‘Jesus Green’.

Come and join us for a drink and an evening of enlightenment and fun, whilst getting to know your neighbours and discovering a little bit more about the ‘East End’ where you live.

Guest speakers for the evening are:

Simon Smith & Jane Porter from The Jesus Hospital Charity, who will give us a potted history of how the Jesus Hospital Estate came into being.

Linda Wilkinson, local resident, historian and author.
Linda’s family have lived on the Jesus Hospital Estate since it was established in the 19th century. Her grandparents met on Baxendale Street where their families were neighbours. Her grandfather William lived at number 34 and her grandmother Alice at number 14. Linda’s parents were bombed out of Baxendale Street in WWII, when they moved to Columbia Road. Linda will be talking about the history of the area and what it was like to grow up in one of the worst slums of the 1950s.

Linda will be selling and signing copies of her recent book Columbia Road.
Stefan Dickers, Library and Archives Manager at Bishopsgate Institute.
Stefan will be discussing the changing face of the East End as documented through the books, maps, archives and other items held in the Library at Bishopsgate Institute.

Stefan looks after the Institute’s extensive collection of books, pamphlets, maps, photographs and oral histories on London history, as well as the labour movement, protest, atheism and the co-op. He is passionate about history, the Institute and its historic collections, and West Ham United and will talk about them at length to anyone who will listen.

The event has been organised by local resident, Marie Sleigh, is supported by JHERA, Jesus Hospital Estate Residents’ Association.