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Cody Dock, 11C South Crescent, Cody Road, Canning Town, London E16 4TL

NEWSLETTER Issue 2 December 2016

GASWORKS DOCK PARTNERSHIP GDP is proud to be a Leaway strategic delivery partner Cody Dock, 11c South Crescent, Cody Road, Canning Town London E16 4TL Office: 020 74 73 04 29 Charity Registration No. 1141523 Company Registration No. 7135282 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Board of Trustees Peter Ellis – Chair Chris Westwood - Vice Chair David Asuni - Treasurer Secretary – Vacancy Bianca Mawani - Trustee – HR Lead Julia Briscoe – Trustee – Engagement Lead Marcus McKenzie – Trustee – Legal and Planning Lea Suzanne Rankin – Trustee - Arts Lead Committees & Specialist Advisors Celia Cummings – Communications Tom Randel-Page – Architect and Planning Committee Sandra Fryer – Planning Consultant

Acknowledgments Simon Stone – Trustee, Company Secretary, Legal and Property Lead 2009-2015 Steve Rattray – Trustee, Treasurer 2009 -2014 Clive Dutton – Trustee, Regeneration and Planning Lead 2011-2015 Simon Myers – Founder, former Trustee 2008–2015 and current CEO Contact us Volunteer Programs Corporate engagement

WELCOME TO CODY DOCK Marcus McKenzie, Trustee Although I have worked my whole career, so far, in law (I am a partner at a firm called Freshfields based in London), I have always harboured a desire to get involved in a business project away from the law. Freshfields was the official legal sponsor to the London Olympics and as part of its commitment to the ‘Olympic legacy’, it invited employees to sign up to ARC – a programme which seeks to match people from firms involved in the programme (including Freshfields) with social enterprises in need of support to assist with their business growth. And so through a ‘speed dating’ process I was paired with Simon Myers in 2012 to support him in his initial work with the trustees of GDP to get the Cody Dock project up and running. Initially my role was as mentor to Simon. But over the last four years my role, and the role of my firm, has developed and diversified. Teams from my firm have assisted with a range of issues - property and planning matters, disputes which have arisen from time to time, and GDP’s financing arrangements; and more recently I became a trustee – a really exciting step in terms of getting more involved in the development of Cody Dock and the GDP business. I, and my firm, are very much behind the project – providing volunteers to assist with specific projects like building the Gallery, as well as providing legal and business support. For me, the highlight so far has been the news received in May this year of the award of the Reaching Communities grant from Big Lottery Fund which, together with other fundraising from Thames Water and Big Issuer Invest, has transformed the financial position of GDP and make it now possible to fund the next phases of the project, particularly development of the master plan to obtain planning permission to restore the dock and build the various buildings to really bring Cody Dock to life. The Cody Dock project is a shining beacon of what can be done with sheer perseverance and the cooperation of countless volunteers – to help bring about the transformation of this historical site from abandoned tip to a vibrant arts and community hub is truly exciting. All who spend time there cannot help but get inspired by both the story and the effort which so many people have made to get it this far, especially the hard work of Simon and Julia, to whom the community will owe a huge debt of gratitude for driving on with the creation of this wonderful space.

THE RIVER PRINCESS (aka GDP’s DOCKLANDS COMMUNITY BOAT) Simon Myers, CEO Gasworks Dock Partnership

Right from the beginning of GDP’s inception in 2009, our charity recognised the importance of actually getting people to not just experience the Lower Lea River from its forgotten footpaths but get people on its waters. Observing the Lea’s tidal force and immersing one’s self within its diverse ecology provides a unique perspective that can easily be over looked from the land. It is perhaps because I first discovered Cody Dock by boat that it’s potential shone through and our long-term vision to reactivate the Lower Lea seemed to me entirely possible. It was with this purpose in mind that we started to think about what a GDP community boat service would look like and began researching who its users would be, what services we would provide and what kind of boat we would need. After much research and time spent volunteering for other community boat projects, we decided that something larger than a narrow boat was needed. We wanted a vessel that could not only manage with the strong tidal flows of the Lower Lea and Thames but would also enable whole school classes to take a trip at the same time. We also wanted a boat that had plenty of large windows to enable good views and an open top deck so that passengers could properly feel close to the water’s environment.

By 2011 our charity was already working closely with Cody Dock’s primary land owner Thames Water, Newham Council’s head of Planning and Regeneration and the regional regeneration authority London Thames Gateway Development Corporation on the development of our plans for revitalising the dock. In order for our project to succeed, we now felt that we really needed to start actually doing something on the ground and properly engage with the local people, schools and businesses that would eventually become our stakeholders. We had spent two years in negotiations for Cody Dock and had still not actually stepped foot on the property, the dock was still full of millions of pounds of waste and ownership of the site was still very much in dispute. It was at this moment that we spoke to the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales and he asked us ‘why don’t you bring a part of your project to the Royal Docks’. We identified the community boat project as being the best fit for large scale participation and the least site specific component of our business plan. So, despite the fact that we were still focussed on Cody Dock and opening up the Lower Lea River we decided to run a small community boat pilot study within the Royal Docks that would allow us to meet local people and share our ideas for the community boat and Cody Dock.

River Princess in Royal Victoria Dock, 2012

View from inside River Princess taken during the launch of The Line sculpture trail in May 2015 We successfully applied for a small Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery and the search for a suitable boat for our pilot project began in the spring of 2011. The River Princess was built by Dobsons of Shardlow in 1985 as Class V passenger cruiser for operation on the River Thames but was in fact sold to Bill at Weaver Valley Cruises, who lovingly ran her as a pleasure craft from their base at Acton Bridge in Cheshire. Bill took groups all along the River Weaver and up to the Liverpool Shipping Canal beside the Mersey right up until when our charity purchased her in 2011. We immediately fell in love with the River Princess at first site and had originally asked to rent the boat for the duration of the pilot study, with the hope that if the project was successful, we could have the opportunity to potentially extend the period of hire or even purchase the vessel. Bill and his now ageing crew were taking out fewer and fewer groups on boat trips and despite a clear attachment to their boat, were happy to see her travel down south to be operated within the Royal Docks for our pilot project.

GDP’s community boat project in the Royal Docks ran for a year and in that time; we recruited 15 volunteers to manage the service, took over 4,000 people on heritage tours within the docks, worked with hundreds of school children, provided private tours for many of the Royal Docks prospective investors, provided professional boat handling training for volunteers and engaged 1,000 local residents with our development plans for Cody Dock. The pilot project was deemed to be a great success and culminated in the development of a robust business plan for a community boat service. 12 of our volunteers and the River Princess flew the flag for Newham as one of the 1,000 ships that took part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012. Autumn of 2011 also saw us agree terms on an interim licence agreement that allowed us to move into Cody Dock and start the massive job of clearing the site of waste and decades of neglect. By the spring of 2012 with the Olympics almost upon us, it was clear that there was sufficient demand for our community boat service and the River Princess was the right boat for our needs. With an increasing level of activity now taking place at Cody Dock it had also become clear that we badly needed to refocus all our energy on the restoration of the dock and that by the autumn, we were going to need covered space for volunteers to shelter and despite still being building site we were already thinking about the need for an interim visitor centre.

Jamie Wildman, volunteer at the pageant dipping the ensign as we passed the Queen

Music concert at the River Princess The board unanimously approved the decision to purchase the boat, believing in the potential to create a sustainably managed service and so with the very generous support of two of our trustees, GDP borrowed the funds necessary to purchase the River Princess and relocate her to Cody Dock so that she could serve as an interim visitor shelter and we could begin to fundraise and develop our plans for the launch of a Community Boat for the Lower Lea River. Fast forwarding to the winter of 2015 and the now dry docked River Princess had become an iconic emblem for Cody Dock, hosting 3,500 volunteers, countless school visits and had helped to made Cody Dock a visitor destination for over 14,000 people in 2015 alone. With the main phase of Cody Dock’s clean up now complete and the river path now open, it was time to think about getting the Princess back in the water and her operating as we had always intended. We were really lucky to have a visit from local Newham councillors, Forhad Hassain and Clive Furness, who were both supportive of our aims and suggested we approach Thames Water’s community grant scheme for further support. In August 2016 we managed to secure a 50% loan from the Big Issue Invest and were successful in our application to Thames Water for a further £100,000 grant to enable us to fit out the River Princess, return her to the water and launch our Docklands Community Boat service from Cody Dock.

Work started in earnest in September 2016 and we have a target of completing the restoration and refit by the summer of 2017, with the aim launching the service in the Autumn of 2017. There is a huge amount of work to be done, not least the entire refit of the boat’s electrics, repairs to the metal work and wooden panelling, the development of a new training program, staff and volunteer recruitment, a planning application for the pontoon access and a complete repaint inside and out. As with all our projects, this project is all about the people and the place and as such, much of the work is being carried out by local volunteers and the generosity of local authorities and businesses in recognition that this service is for the betterment of the area and will be accessible to everyone.

If you would like to find out more about the project or discuss how you may be able to help out and get involved please contact us on or visit our community boat project page on

A group of volunteers working on the restoration of the River Princess

View of Lower Lea valley walk at Bow Locks from Twelvetrees Bridge, 2012


Chapter 2 The rediscovery The previous article looked at how and why Cody Dock was founded, and its history up until it became redundant after the closure of Bromleyby-Bow gasworks in 1966. Here we look at how I came across Cody Dock and, more importantly, how the dock was re-discovered and the events that have lead up to the formation of our charity, Gasworks Dock Partnership. It has been a source of annoyance that although it was possible to walk the Lee Navigation from as far away as Hertford, from Bow Lock the only river or canal -side route to the Thames was by way of the Limehouse Cut. Then, from the vantage point of the tow-path bridge over the lock, I spotted a tree-and-lamppost lined pathway on the Newham bank of the river that I hadn’t realised was there and determined to find out how accessible it was and how far Thamesward it went. Access to the pathway from Bow Lock proved to be by means of a circuitous route adjacent to the Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach road, past a somewhat daunting security gate, then across Twelvetrees Crescent bridge. It was somewhat late in the afternoon on a quiet Sunday early in 2012 and there was nobody else using this wide and new-looking path. Set between a business park and the river, the path looked promising, heading south towards the Thames and pleasant enough with trees and shrubs on the Newham bank and some very interesting businesses on the Tower Hamlets side. Oh, and a few barking guard dogs that side, too.

The Lea is a tidal river here, and the expanse of exposed mud on either side showed a considerable tidal range. I passed, or was passed by, a variety of duck species, a few herons, an occasional cormorant and a sandpiper or two. There were increasing reed-beds as well, complete with reed-warblers. A maritime feel was becoming more evident, with gulls even feeding on flat-fish they’d found. Then I reached a fence. A fence, that is, across the path rather than beside it. The business-park aspect was being left behind, and a more industrial aspect was beginning to creep towards the river on this bank. The reason for the fence was evident – there was the mouth of a dock, with no apparent way to cross but with the lovely new path continuing in the distance beyond.

Leaway and Cody Wilds footpath to Cody Dock, 2013 That was a bit of a nuisance, as it meant re-tracing my route back towards Bromley-by-Bow, it getting increasingly more twilit and the prospect of a wide, lonely path back the way I had come. I enjoy trying to find walking-routes through otherwise built-up areas. These routes may involve streets and alleyways, but it is always nice to use parks and gardens, and canal and river-sides. Canal tow-paths make excellent walking routes and riversides should too, but so often industrial sites – and even when these are no longer used the subsequent housing development – make access to our town rivers at the very least ‘bitty’. Fences, and lack of bridges, make it even more difficult. This new path, I learned, had been built to help complete a pedestrian and cycle route along the Lea from its source in Luton to its mouth at the Thames. It was later – somewhat sadly, and quite badly – called the Fat Walk, and the path just hadn’t been completed. I decided to lead a walk for members of the Epping Forest Outdoor Group (EFOG) from Pudding Mill Lane, via Three Mills and Bow Locks, to the mouth of the Lea at Trinity Buoy Wharf. Part of my purpose was to demonstrate that some town footpaths are just as nonsensical as those unnecessarily obstructed in the countryside. On a sunny Sunday in May 2012, thirteen of us walked across Twelvetrees Crescent Bridge and onto the Fat Walk. I was somewhat apprehensive of what the group would say – or at least think – when we reached the barrier-fence and would have to turn back.

We reached the fence at the entrance to the dock and I’d just started to relate to the group something of the history of the general area, and this ridiculous access situation, when a gate in the fence opened and we were approached by a friendly-looking person from within, whom I guessed would know more about the place than I did. Thus, I met Simon Myers for the first time. He gave us a concise history of the area, of Cody Dock and the Gasworks Dock Partnership, and what the plans were for it and the missing bridge. He’d arranged to meet another group who were just arriving but allowed us to cross the temporary private bridge within the dock itself and leave by way of the main gate, saving us having to retrace our steps. On subsequent visits, I had the opportunity to talk with Simon and his wife Julia and began to learn more about the dock and the project. It seemed to me that the dock’s history, and particularly its more recent rediscovery, warranted documenting. I did some initial research into the history for the first Cody Dock Newsletter article (September 2016), and spoke to Simon and Julia to find out more about how it was rediscovered. Their story, I found, was a most interesting one in itself.

View of the tidal Lea river from Cody Dock, 2015

They and their family live on a Dutch barge that is presently moored on the Lea by Cody Dock. They met in 1996 and lived in Hackney, and the idea of living on a narrow-boat appealed to them, but narrow-boats have their limitations. Narrowness is one, and although whole families would have lived in a tiny part of their boats back in the heydays of the canals, it isn’t really a feasible option for them. Simon’s job at the time required the use of a workshop – again not very practical on a narrow-boat. What was required was something wider, and indeed larger as a whole.

Julia and Tom the first day they arrived at Cody Dock on board the Alain on the 18th of November 2011 A Dutch-barge or something similar looked a possibility, and in 2002 they took a week-long holiday driving around the Netherlands looking for a suitable boat. Just before they were due to return to England they got a call from a ship-handler (a broker) who said that he had got them a ship. They drove from Amsterdam down to Roermond in the south of Holland to take a look. The one that they were shown was the kind of boat that normally would be kept in the family, but the skipper had retired and didn't have children. He really wanted it to go to a family that would look after it rather than it end up in a scrap yard. The boat – Alain – had been built in 1954, his father had bought it in 1964, he had inherited it in 1974. It suited their needs and when Simon and Julia bought it in 2002 they were the third family to have it.

To begin with Alain was moored at Trinity Buoy Wharf at the mouth of the River Lea, but they had been looking for other possible moorings in the London area and Simon had spotted – on Google Maps – what looked like a dock on the Lea, just upstream at Canning Town. In September 2005, he and a friend took a small boat and peered into the dock entrance, to find that in there were vehicles, shipping containers and, most of all, was piled high with rubbish. They discovered – as I had done – that you could come along the path from Bow Locks as far as the dock entrance for a different view. They peered through the fence but couldn't get in, and there were guard-dogs living in there as well. Few people, it seemed, even knew about this site, but despite the atrocious conditions there, Simon saw a potential to this site. His visionary idea was to open up the dock for public benefit, to give public access so that local communities could enjoy the river again, and to use the area for community activities with studios, moorings and a dry dock. Research showed that the main land owner was Thames Water, with some being owned by the London Borough of Newham. However initial approaches to both of these organisations to discuss possibilities indicated that there were a lot of difficulties that would need to be overcome, not least that the site seemed to be used – although nominally by a particular company – as an unofficial dumping ground. There were a huge variety of materials – amounting to thousands of tons – already dumped there. Even if the present occupiers were to be moved out, clearing that material would probably take years. However, it is evident that Simon was prepared to contemplate proceeding with the idea, and in 2008 he again made approaches to Thames Water and to Newham Council, and in both cases this time there was a more positive attitude to his requests. The occupiers of the site for the past eleven and a half years had been moved out, and the site obviously needed to be cleared and used in some more appropriate way. Simon’s plan for the area, and his belief that he could find the means to succeed in this, convinced both of the land-owners that they should allow this to happen and in 2009 a not-for-profit limited company was formed, together with a board of trustees. Gasworks Dock Partnership then went on to become a charitable company in 2011. Following the removal of the occupiers, Newham Council gave them the keys to the gated entrance to the site. The vehicles and many of the containers on the site had been removed and some resurfacing had been done, but most of the waste material still remained, and in their spare time they began the immense task of dealing with this. This involved sifting through what had been left, working out what had to be disposed of, what could be sold and what could be re-used. This included pallets, bricks, marble and glass, some of which has been used to make Cody Dock what it is today.

A guided tour in Cody Dock With a gradual understanding by local people, interested people, authorities, businesses and local companies of what was going on and what was hoped to be achieved, help and assistance in the form of labour and finances started to come in. As the site became more accessible and useable it became possible to encourage artists and performers to put on exhibits and shows from time to time. There was still the problem of the dock entrance being a missing link in the Lea Valley Walk, as it was now being called, but the temporary bridge was there and was useable. As long as the Cody Dock site was open, people could now walk or cycle from Bow Locks and pass through the dock and out into the public roads near Star Lane DLR station. When I reached the dock with members of the Outdoor Group, the site wasn’t yet open to the public on a regular basis. Since May 2015 it has been, during the day. There is a cafe there now, and always a warm welcome. You can walk or cycle the riverside path from Bromley-by-Bow, then through Cody Dock and out onto Cody Road for Star Lane Station or on to Canning Town. There still isn’t access to the riverside path leading south from Cody Dock – that remains stubbornly out-of-bounds for complex reasons which Gasworks Dock Partnership are optimistic will be resolved soon. There are plans for a lovely new-design of swing bridge to be installed at the dock entrance to connect with that path, so that one of the few remaining breaks in the Lea Valley Walk will at last be bridged. In the meantime, the immense amount of work and effort by Simon, Julia and many others have rewarded us all with a lovely place to visit, whether just to walk around looking at the plants and birds hereabouts, to sit by the river, to think on the history or to have a drink or snack at Nadia’s Cody Dock Cafe.

HALLOWEEN AT CODY DOCK Julia Briscoe and Belle Tidswell Our annual Halloween event at Cody Dock is becoming the stuff of legends! This year, 450 people came to join us and it was wonderful to see families enjoying the site. This was an event celebrated by all ages and from so many different backgrounds and it was a great opportunity for people who have just moved into the area to come and meet people who have lived here all of their lives. There are too many people to thank in making this event happen and bring in the activities but let’s give it a go! Thank you to: London Borough of Newham for the Let’s Get the Party Started Grant. Rach, Belle, Simon, Julia and Suzanne for being the planning committee. Emma, Jake and John for all the hard work in the kids’ juice bar. Nadia, Connie and Vicky for the wonderful food in the café. Rach and Grant for stewarding. Dominique and the incredible dancing, cackling witches flash mob. Amber, Grant, Rach and Leigh for the unlucky dip. Harriet for the fantastic décor. The Stamford Hillbillies for all the music. Caesar and The Busking Theatre for the beautiful puppet show. Jules Shapter for the lighting, the smoke machine and the creation of the shadow puppet theatre. Ellen and Shaun and the Forest School group for making the temple and fire sculpture burned on the fire. John for donating this year’s dedication and wishing tree. Jane, Nic and Tracey for the shadow puppet making workshop, décor and walkabout performances. Madam Destiny for her cards of destiny and pearls of wisdom. Suzanne, Alioune and Omar for manning the jazzification station. Silva for face painting. Robert from Arch 1 for being the compare and master of ceremony with the raffle and pumpkin carving competition. John and the APE crew for all their support. Matt and Leo for helping to make it happen (as always). Active Newham for sending over the most fantastic volunteers to help keep the party running.

CODY DOCKERS Daniel Dressel I was born in 1985. My two brothers and me grew up on the German country side next to the Czech border. Hof, the biggest town in the area, used to be the last train stop before the Iron Curtain. After high school I went to India to do a Voluntary Social Year, during which I worked with mentally disabled people, followed by one and a half years of Philosophy at the ‘Freie Universität’ in Berlin and an internship with ‘Restaurierung am Oberbaum’, where I was involved in the restoration of David Chipperfields ‘Neues Museum’ in Berlin. In 2013, I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. When I decided to come to London to do a Masters degree at Goldsmiths University, I realized that it was almost impossible for me to afford the rent, the fees, the cost of living and to focus on my studies at the same time without making debts, even though I managed to get a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

AK9 exhibition, Alternativa Gdansk Poland, installation view

I had to find an alternative, a coping strategy, a means to enter the city. My solution was to buy a cheap old van in Germany. I restored it and I converted it into a mobile live/work studio. In August 2014, I drove it to London. With the help of friends I found Cody Dock in the London Borough of Newham, where I could safely park. Officially I am Cody Dock’s first artist in residence. To take a stance in the world means to get involved on a personal level: to lift one’s thought to the level of frustration and one’s anger to the level of a task: to denounce what causes this frustration with as much calm and intelligence as possible.If the system is too rigid to be broken, the only viable option is to find gaps that can be exploited. For example I had to ensure that my van was affordable but still met London’s Low Emission Standards to avoid excessive fines. One needs to know the rules first in order to navigate them. Yet perhaps even more important than knowing those rules is a network of allies and friends.

AK9, exhibition, Interim Show, Goldsmiths

This search for new encounters, complicities and alliances describes an attitude which foregrounds an artistic practice that is not defined or limited by a specific medium. It can be seen as a negotiation perhaps, or a spark that interferes with the structure of the world and that in turn allows others to interact with its complexities and its contradictions: an interplay of action, reaction and reflection. Formally it can deal with the elements of a video or an installation, thematically it might be rooted in the experience of boxing in London’s East End, but its material could also be the mechanics of a car or the code behind a website. To understand the material we work with gives us an immediate increase in power: the world becomes a place that we can shape. In September 2016 I graduated with distinction from Goldsmiths University (MFA Fine Art).

The Cody Dock Gallery will be showing “Polygon” exhibition by Daniel Dressen from 26th May to 4th June 2017.

AK9 exhibition, Alternativa Gdansk Poland, set-up

PEOPLE AND PLACES Vicky Maddox There are lots of things that make a place worth visiting, its aesthetics, atmosphere, facilities etc. What makes working at Cody Dock a joy is the people. The last few months have seen many volunteers pass through here and it is down to their hard work that the place in which we find ourselves has grown and managed to achieve the former list of qualities. This autumn, Eastlea School has provided us with three groups of youngsters that have embodied the spirit at Cody Dock. They are involved as part of the community and contribute to how this feels, have worked with passion and pride in what they have been asked to do and have added to the quality of the site. Children from East London Science School are now building upon this by volunteering their time and bringing ideas of their own which we will endeavour to accommodate. Our ‘Elderflowers’ group on a Saturday has bloomed with our first flower Myrtle, who has become a great help and local voice for Cody Dock. After living in the area for many years, she was surprised when she learned of our existence through Active Newham. Armed with flyers and newsletters, she has filled the local libraries with the news that we are here and have a little oasis here in East London for all to get involved with. I expect that there will be a lot more Blooms in the near future, now I have Myrtle to help keep things ship shape! The Winter will see jobs in the garden slow down, but not to a halt. Should you wish to get involved with any of the following, please contact us through email Volunteer days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 11am till 3pm. Our Volunteers are rewarded with 50% discount from our Cody Café. Plant Identification Weeding Pruning Mowing Sweeping Watering Habitat Creation Conservation Composting Maintenance Food growing

NADIA’S CAFÉ Nadia Mesbah Spice up your life this winter with a choice of warming dishes from the Cody Dock café. Choose from chilli con carne, Moroccan tagine and special dish of the day. Option to take away also available. Visit our Frost Fair on the 11 th December for a homemade festive gift hampers or buy one from the Cody Dock Café.

Yummy chocolate cookies recipe Ingredients 230 g softened butter 200 g caster sugar 230 g brown sugar 380 g plain flour 350 g dark chocolate chips 125 g chopped walnuts 2 eggs 1 tbsp vanilla essence 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tbsp hot water a pinch of salt Method Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celcius. Cream together the butter, caster sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at the time then stir in the vanilla. Add bicarbonate of soda along with the salt, stir in the flour, chocolate chips and nuts. Use a large spoon to drop mixture onto an ungreased baking tray. Bake for about 10 min. or until edges are nicely browned.


Healthy Sundays, Drum circle, 4 December 2016, 11am—1pm Connect with nature through the transformative power of the Drum. Two hours of Drumming attuning to the natural rhythms of life.

Frost Fair, 11 December 2016, 2pm—6pm Join us in our winter fair and discover our festive stalls. There’s a Café, a German bakery, mulled wine, hot cider, exhibitions, music, outdoor games and activities for all ages.

Have you Heard, 17 December 2016, 8pm We're hosting a DJ fundraiser night for Arch1 venue.

Burns’ Night, 21 January 2017, 6pm—12am A night in honour of Rabbie Burns featuring food, drink, poetry reading and a traditional Scottish ceilidh band to dance the night away.

Cody Dock Bird Watch, 29 January 2017, 8am—5pm (sunset to sunrise) Join us as part of the RSPB’s national Big Garden Birdwatch and help record the precious wildlife that currently resides along the Lower Lea River, helping to safeguard it for future generations.

Elder Flowers A Saturday volunteering opportunity for mature people to come and help with gardening. For more info, contact Vicky Maddox at

Renovate the River Princess! If you’re interested in volunteering to help us restore and renovate the River Princess Community Boat, please contact us at

Cody Dock Art School For bookings and enquiries, please contact Tim Beswick at Sculpture and Drawing Classes: Spring term starts 3 January, half term break between 9–21 February, end of term finishes 30 March Tuesdays Life Drawing, 11am-2pm. Wednesdays General sculpture workshop class, including mould making, carving and mixed media, 10am-4pm Thursdays Figurative modelling, 10am-4pm




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Cody Dock Newsletter #2 Winter 2016  

Gasworks Dock Partnership is a registered charity based in the London Borough of Newham. We are leading the regeneration and development of...

Cody Dock Newsletter #2 Winter 2016  

Gasworks Dock Partnership is a registered charity based in the London Borough of Newham. We are leading the regeneration and development of...