Junk the Old – Bring in the New

What a pleasure –  the useless 67 bollards all along a very short stretch of Virginia Road have gone ! A cycle path, new paving and three car spaces have come in their place.

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The Council plans to upgrade Gascoigne Place at a later date, with trees, a planter instead of the ugly barrier and reshaping the pavement near the Concierge’s hut to make it easier for cars to turn.

Come to the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Monday evening May 23rd and find out more about this, about what the Gascoigne Neighbourhood Association has done in the past year and what’s come. You can also vote at the AGM. But if you can’t come, you can either give permission for someone to come and vote in your name or say that whoever chairs the meeting can vote in your name. If you want to do that, you will need to fill in a Proxy Form.  We will leave some in the Concierge’s hut – to be returned to 1 Gascoigne Place by 5pm May 21st.

Monday May 23rd 7.60 – 8pm, in The Hut.  Refreshments.





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at the Dunmore Hut on Monday, 23rd May 2016 at 6.50 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the following business:


1 Minutes of AGM, May 16th 2015

2 Matters arising

3 Chair’s report

And, if thought fit, passing the following formal resolutions, each of which will be proposed as ordinary resolutions:


(a)   To receive and adopt the accounts of the Company for the financial period ended 31 August 2015.

(b)   To re-elect Irene Grindell as a director of the Company.

(c)   To re-elect Deborah Maya as a director of the Company.

(d)   To re-elect James Green as a director of the Company.

By order of the Board



Dated: 27th April 2016

Registered office: 9 Gascoigne Place, London E2 7LY

Registered number: 08312478

Charity Number: 1155767


1.               A member of the Company is entitled to appoint another person as his proxy to exercise all or any of his rights to attend and to speak and vote at the meeting.  A proxy does not need to be a member of the Company.

2.               A member may appoint more than one proxy in relation to the meeting provided that each proxy is appointed to exercise rights attached to different shares.  A member may not appoint more than one proxy to exercise rights attached to any one share.


Now you see it, now you don’t..

Have a look at the veg beds at the head of our estate, and see what has appeared there.


What a pleasure… Jimmy Wheale and friends from the OneLove Community Gardens off Brick Lane have transformed them for us. They’ve built good-looking sturdy structures that will withstand storms and worse, and will support hudu and other plants that need to grow tall.

Time for you to start thinking about spring growing…?  There’s nothing like fresh vegetables pulled straight from the soil. If you want to put your name on the list for a veg bed, contact Sarah on 07736 431532.


And how about something that ISN’T there…?Harris fence Got it? The “temporary” Harris fencing that has been there for around two years has finally GONE! And what a sense of space now that the ricketty wire fence has gone. But why did it take Genesis so long to remove it though? It didn’t feel like the act of the ‘good neighbours’ they say they want to be…



The Apples are Coming !

Watch out for this year’s Apple Day

Watch out for the arrival of apples on your doorstep!

apple_day_21Music, games, the Sweet Apple Cafe run by our very own children

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and Benny’s Marvellous Machines will make a return visit.

BRING FOOD TO SHARE (made out of apples, if you can) !


S U N D A Y    OCTOBER  18th   2.30 – 5.30pm

Be Safe

The playground that we funded at the back of The Hut was inspected for safety when it was first created. But in the aftermath of the sad accident to a child in Mile End Park, we decided we should have it re-inspected. That way parents and carers can be sure that our children are safe.

Play consultant, Rob Whewell – recommended by PATH – did the original assesment. He returned a few weeks ago to see how the playground and the equipment is shaping up.

Is there any rot? Is it safe?

Is there any rot? Is it safe?

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His report gives us a clean bill of health, while detailing items like the springing frog that is showing signs of wear and tear, and needs attention. He tells us how long the climbing tree and bit of equipment are likely to last, and helpfully identifies things that we should just keep an eye on.

Mickey Mouse comes to Gascoigne


We had an excellent Summer Party on Sunday, with a mega cake, and surprise visitors….Mickey:HutDSC_0150DSC_0184~2

But the centrepiece of it all were the wonderful objects created by Benny Banks and his son Chris. Kids even shunned the bouncy castle in order to be pulled round the estate in his decorated vintage cart and to ride on the seesaw and play on the mini-train.IMG_20150817_081658IMG_20150817_080812


Many thanks to him and the people who all helped to make the day a succcess.

[And Benny promises to come back with his machines on Apple Day on October 18th…]

Summer Time…

Gascoigne’s SUMMER PARTY is coming up, with bouncy castle, face-painting, food and fun.


Come and bring food to share and get together with your neighbours

Plus this year – a special item…!

Benny from Leopold Buildings, with his son Chris, has been quietly restoring wonderful old Victorian artefacts, working on them in a local garage. When they open the doors of the garage, you are looking into an Aladdin’s Cave full of wonders.

The centrepiece is an 1870 barrel-organ that plays a selection of tunes –  the only one in existence outside of a museum, complete with space for a cat…

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Kids will be able to ride on a mini-train, Train_0083

be pulled in a colourful little cart, and play on a fantastic see-saw rocking-horse invented by Benny and Chris.

The pair use them to raise money for children’s charities, and are happy to bring them to our Summer Party this year – for adults to wonder at and kids to enjoy.

Loo for a Day

The Hut changed the other day. If you’d have gone into it, there in front of you would have seen a sparkling new kitchen, bath and toilet.


And the next day, they were gone again !

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What was going on?? The reason for the one-day house is simple.

Tower Hamlets Homes had rented the Hut for a few hours for a Drop-In, in order to show tenants what their new kitchens and bathrooms would look like in real life. Much better than a leaflet through the door.

We were pleased to have them there – rental money all goes to community events on our estate, planting flowers and to pay for the Hut. We need more bookings! So please pass the word around.

The Hut is a great place for children’s parties, small meetings, receptions, workshops and so on. And dont forget – there’s a special price too for residents.

Contact Debbie for details – 07931 712276

The Mystery of the Moving Table (and the non-moving rubbish)

Once there was a ping pong table here

Now you see it….


Now you don’t…


After it had been wrenched off its screws, it kept moving around – for one stupid time it was in the lobby of Dunmore Point where residents were – not surprisingly – not pleased.  Then it was to be found at the side of The Hut where kids were playing on it. And then it vanished again. Early last Saturday morning there was no sign of it, not in the playground, nowhere at the back, front or side of The Hut.

Stolen, it seemed.

And then it came back again. People got in touch and reported seeing it at the back of The Hut.

We have a magic ping-pong table with a mind of its own.

But what a shame the rubbish around the playground and The Hut can’t do the same trick.

Right now, it looks really bad. This picture is only the half of it…

How nasty for kids to play here and for any of us to sit out here. So…

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….this is an appeal for people to come and help clear up the playground and the sandpit, on this Saturday at 11am. Bring plastic bags, and gloves.

Unlike the ping-pong table, the rubbish isn’t going to move itself.

Finally – come back at 2.30pm for a slice of cake and then the Annual General Meeting of the Gascoigne Neighbourhood Association and hear what we’ve done in the past year.

More on Pollution

We knew it before the Evening Standard used the Freedom of Information Act and discovered, “Levels of toxicity are up to three-and-a-half times the EU legal limit – and all of the country’s worst blackspots for dirty air are in the capital.”

But where’s our proof?

Some weeks ago, a team of local residents looked at maps and discussed which bits we feel suffer most from traffic fumes. IMG_3393

Then we went and placed small diffusion tubes around Bethnal Green Road, Hackney Road/Columbia Road,  Redchurch Street, Arnold Circus and Club Row. The tubes measure the levels of nitrogen dioxide – the toxic gas that is closely linked to asthma and other respiratory problems, and causes such grief to many local people. IMG_3398

We left the tubes there and then collected them after one week.  The London Sustainability Exchange is currently analysing the data. Watch this space for their results.

But don’t breathe too deeply…..

Cut the Pollution !

Have you noticed, when you are near a main road, the way your chest tightens up? It’s pollution – caused by traffic fumes. And it is deadly. London Sustainability Exchange (LSE) reckons 100 people die a year in the borough because of air pollution. But at a lesser level, it is also responsible for bronchitis, asthma and heart disease.

East London has long been heavily polluted by industry but Tower Hamlets has some of the busiest roads in Britain passing close to large high-density housing estates. Nowhere in the borough is further than 500 metres from a busy road and new housing developments targeted at young families are popping up right by main roads.

This Saturday morning (January 31st) we are going to be shown how to measure air pollution in our area, and be given kits to take out to parts we reckon could be trouble spots.  We are gathering in The Hut at 10am, for a short lesson, and then going out with the kit for around an hour.

Come and join us. Have a hand in protecting our families and cutting pollution.

The data that we collect will be entered on a map and given to the Council and also be part of the East Shoreditch Neighbourhood Plan.