Apples are Coming….


Just two weeks to go to APPLE DAY. Sunday October 16th  in and around The Hut

Come and meet neighbours, old and new – all welcome

This year Smoothie bikes are back – pedal yourself to health. St Hilda’s East will run workshops where you can make your own Sushi – veggie and halal all available.  You can buy organic veg, and sample natural healing balm from the Phytology project.

Kids can bounce on the Bouncy Castle, grow pea shoots with WEN (Women’s  Environmental Network), get their faces painted by our regular amazing facepainter, Antonia, and run the fabulous one and only SWEET APPLE CAFE. ..

Watch out for your special bag of apples outside your door. Make something to eat or bring something to give to the Sweet Apple Cafe. All proceeds will go to ClicSargent, the charity that supports children wth cancer.

Finally – do you have any broken bits of jewellery? That necklace that’s lost its hook? The ear-ring that doesn’t have its pair? Bring it to APPLE DAY. The Alzheimers Society mends and sells jewellery and uses the money to support people dealing with Alzheimers and dementia.

Finally finally — if you can lend a hand setting up Apple Day, we’d love to hear from you! 077 48 49 0114


Sad but Beautiful


There could hardly have been another wake like it. Crowds flocked into the Tab Centre on Monday – family, extended family, friends, Raheem’s schoolfriends from Columbia Primary and Haggerston and their parents, and more and more. A number also came from the Gascoigne Estate. People might not have known young Raheem –  his family moved into Dunmore Point only a few months’ ago – but everyone was shocked when he fell to his death from the building and came to show support and respect.

“Poran’s” parents – Arifa and Burt Caesar – had organised a wonderful few hours with music and reminiscences in an occasion that excelled in its dignity, beauty, sadness and generosity of spirit.

Crime in Gascoigne

We have gone back forty years here. The yellow no-parking lines are being painted out


Old Fords and vintage Cadillacs have taken the place of our normal 2016 motors


Surrounding them is a small army of filmmakers going about the lengthy business of shooting a few shots for ‘Guerilla’, a TV crime movie set in the 1970s.  Later today, a criminal is due to leap out of an upper window at the back of Leopold Buildings’ Tower 1 and land on a padded platform that’s hidden to view. Police with guns will give chase.

Quite apart from the fun of having a front seat view of all this, there is an added bonus. The film company has undertaken to make a contribution to the Gascoigne Neighbourhood Association, and that’ll will definitely help us fund this year’s Apple Day.

Apple Day is Sunday October 16th. SAVE THE DATE.




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