Home Life, Where Do You Think You Live?

Home Life, Where Do You Think You Live? Is a photographic documentation by Marie Sleigh of the interiors and residents of the Victorian properties that make up the Jesus Hospital Estate in the East End of London.

The project is about the here and now and, freezing a moment in time, a celebration of those residents who currently live on the estate. The aim is for this body of work to be added to London’s East End archive reflecting a part of the East End’s landscape in terms of it’s interiors, objects and people.

The inspiration for the project came from an exhibition at the Geffrye Museum in 2009. The Exhibition was called ‘Ethelburga Tower: At Home in a high-rise’ by Mark Cowper. Cowper had the idea for the project in 1976 when he was a child and was interested in knowing how the interiors of the houses in his road would be different depending on the people that lived in them.

Call for participation
Marie aims to photograph as many houses on the estate as possible. It doesn’t matter if you own the property you are living in it or renting it, or if you have been here years or just moved in or even if you are just passing through, Marie would like to photograph you.

If you would like to take part in the project and be photographed in a room of your choice in your home, please contact Marie at 2 Elwin Street or contact her via our contact page, as she needs your support to make the project work.

Bethnal Green Health Centre – Garden Project

In autumn of 2017, Rex Thornborough got to hear about the wild patch of land at the back of the local GP surgery. He could see there was potential to turn it into a garden for enjoyment of staff and patients and he drew a plan to create a small scale physic garden. At JHERA’s AGM in 2017 he described the project, asked for a show of hands as to how many JHERA members are patients at BGHC – big majority – and then proposed that, as a way of appreciating the good care that so many of us get, JHERA could make a donation towards the costs of getting it going. A donation of up to £600 was unanimously agreed.

Unfortunately pressure of other big projects prevented Rex from directly working on the garden. But with help of an experienced gardener from Hackney City Farm (Rita A) and a few patient volunteers, the garden is taking shape. Up to now progress has relied on loaned or donated tools, hardware and plants. But its now at a stage where JHERA’s donation is needed to buy essential hardware and plants.

It would save money for future use if any JHERA members could donate anything on the garden shopping list (below). Please leave a comment below of email [email protected] if you have any offers – or if you are interested in getting involved on the ground.

BGHC Garden Shopping list April 2018
The list shows what is needed to progress work now. It’s based on ideas from Rex’s original plans + input from Rita from Hackney City Farm, taking account of soil conditions and the way the sun and light falls. Further ideas have come from patient volunteers.

    Seccateurs x 2
    Hand trowel &fork set
    2 watering cans with 2 rose head sizes
    Yard brush for cleaning up hard areas, leaves etc.
    Leaf grabber. (with handles to minimise bending)
    Water butt already sourced but pipe and fittings still needed.
    Replacement fitting for existing hose.
    MJ Relam panic bolt replacement fittings to make both gates secure x 2.
    Plastic membrane (approx 4 c m. to put down in cleared area under trees.)
    Woodchip for newly cleared area.
    Soil & compost for filling planters, starting seeds, cuttings, re-potting. 6 – 8 bags multi purpose
    . Wild flower & grass seed. Medium package
    More herbs inc. Sage, lemon balm, marjoram Rosemary etc? To fill in existing beds and alongside left hand fence (incorporating ideas from Rex’s plan)
    Various seasonal flowering bulbs inc bluebells to go under trees.
    Various seasonal bedding plants for planters and beds. (some already donated)
    Budddleia & Rosa Galicia to go along back wall. (Rex suggestions) (metal fence already in place to support them.) Suggestions for other climbers to fill in space along back wall & left hand fence
    *** clematis montana.. (Not evergreen) good in shade, grows fast..
    *** Jasmine Nudiflorum. Flowers through the winter…
    *** Honeysuckle L. henryi (evergreen) fast growing or Lonicera Japonica
    Bird feeder. Bird boxes (hoping someone will make them, Bird Food.
    Worms for wormery. (already set up in donated wormery!)

A number of tools, planters, woodchip, 2 compost bins, wormery,and variety of plants have already been donated. Anything else donated will save money for future plants and shrubs.

Tower Hamlets “Ask the Mayor” on 14 Nov

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, is inviting residents to the next ‘Ask the Mayor’ question and answer event on Tuesday 14 November at St Hilda’s East Community Centre, 18 Club Row, E2 7EY from 7.30pm – 9pm.

The ‘Ask the Mayor’ session gives local people the chance to put questions to Mayor Biggs, to quiz him about plans for the borough and tell him about issues that need resolving.

The Mayor recently returned Henry Moore’s statue, Old Flo to the borough and has allocated £3m of funding to increase the number of council funded police officers and keep the streets safe.

If you would like to raise questions or concerns with the Mayor, but you are unable to attend on the night, send your questions to [email protected] or call 020 7364 4389.

AGM Monday 6th November

We’ll be holding this year’s JHERA AGM Monday 6th November at 8:15PM. It’ll be held ‘Upstairs’ at The Royal Oak Pub, 73 Columbia Road.

The AGM will be followed by JHERA Drinks.

We are looking for more members on the committee. The committee tends to meet once every two months and meetings last about 1.5 hours. Discussions can be robust, but meetings are always followed by a friendly drink. Between meetings business is conducted via email, so email access is essential to being a fully functioning committee member but lack of access does not preclude membership to the committee. Other responsibilities are shared by the willing, including the organisation of social events. Non committee members get involved in helping out, so if you’re worried about your time commitment, then it’s really about 12 hours a year!

Any registered member of JHERA can lodge with the Secretary. Motions which must be lodged with the secretary 14 days before the AGM, i.e. Monday 23rd October.

o A motion should be a clear statement which needs a YES/NO response. It can be accompanied by a statement of background information.
o The motion may be amended by the AGM.
o The result of vote will be binding on the Committee.
o Members are advised to discuss their motions with the Chair, or a member of the committee before submitting it, but they do not have to do so.

Topics for the discussion must be lodged with the secretary 7 days before the AGM. Topics will be discussed as long as there is time at the AGM.

Protest Winterville at Haggerston Park


On the notice board there is a Green Flag Winner certificate, a well-deserved accolade for the amazing job that the Haggerston Park Rangers perform. On the Green Flag Award website (greenflagaward.org.uk), their first aim is given:

To ensure that everybody has access to quality green and other open spaces, irrespective of where they live. I strongly believe that if permission were granted to Winter South for this event, you would would be ensuring the opposite happens – access to this green space would be severely restricted, and its quality degraded.

Haggerston Park is a much loved green open space, which should not be wrested from the local community who use it, love and appreciate it all year round. If you go there regularly as I do, you will notice that it is a pleasurable space for people from various communities, for kids to play sport, for dog walkers, people with special needs, and elderly residents. In a densely populated area, where building seems ceaseless, it would be a travesty if this area of peace and quiet, where we can enjoy fresh air and nature, were taken away from us for a full fsix weeks (or 39 days). It is very well known that pollution levels in London are far too high, and that obesity is an issue – so please do not allow Winter South to rob us of our green open space.

It may be argued that if only part of the park is used for the event that this is a compromise; it is not. With the noise and the bustle of revellers over a four week period, the peace and quiet of the small park will be severely compromised. On the Winterville website (winterville.co.uk), they are touting bookings for office parties which will obviously add to the noise and general disturbance. I believe that some might find walking alongside the event, in the remaining space, intimidating; I particularly worry about elderly dog walkers.

There is no shortage of restaurants, bars, and venues to enjoy the festive season in our area. Shouldn’t we be encouraged to support local businesses rather than line the pockets of what has become a chain? Indeed – there is already a ‘Winterville’ just up the road in Victoria Park! As Victoria Park is so large, the event is not so much of an encroachment. Haggerston Park is far too small for such a venture.

So, space is a concern; so is noise. Winter South has applied to have recorded music, live music and so on from 11am until 10pm from Thursday – Sunday throughout the period. This would make a total of 39 days. Won’t the noise affect people trying to work in nearby workspaces? And what about Sebright nursery, Sebright Primary, and Haggerston School, all of which border the park? Haggerston School also uses the park for sports.

On their website, Winterville claim that a “magical town will spring up”; I do hope that I have expressed that the experience would not be at all magical for the local community. I sincerely hope that you will not grant permission to Winter South for this venture, and put the health and needs of the community first.

Consultation on proposed traffic improvements

Many of you will have seen the flyer posted through doors inviting feedback on proposed traffic improvements in our neighbourhood.

Map of  neighbourhood

We wanted to share the link and encourage participation. The proposed closure of Ravenscroft Road (3 on the map) in particular is something many have wanted in order to reduce speeding and other anti-social behaviour, so it would help a lot to show our continued support for this.

To provide feedback follow this link:

Weavers Area Traffic Improvements