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Welcome to the first St. Margaret’s House newsletter of 2013. We hope you all had a wonderful festive period and that you’re just as excited as we are about the year ahead. This year we aim to bring you more varied community events and to involve more local people than ever. We’re a platform for creative expression and we’ve got the space if you’ve got the ideas. If there’s a particular creative or community oriented project or event that you’d like to see realised in 2013, then we may be able to help. Just get in touch!

Music and Words Booked and It's All Happening are getting together to bring you a night of two of life's finest things - music and words. There will be acoustic music, melodic bands, poetry performances, readings and all combinations of music and words, words and music. Taking place on Saturday 19th January, the event will be the perfect antidote to January blues, with performances from Eliza Shaddad, actors from Liars' League, Anthony Anaxagorou and Drew Worthley to name just a few. Booked aim to work with various charitable organisations to foster a culture of community spirit and encouragement to those with literary talent, to get their voices heard and create a celebration out of their work. Venue selection will be based on the style of event content and the target community, to get people exploring London and its vast array of cultures and communities. The Gallery Cafe has been specifically selected for these reasons. For more information visit Booked Literary Events

Hen Parties Why not have a crafty hen party with your friends and family at The Create Place? We have seating for up to 14 guests and will provide a delicious afternoon tea of cake and sandwiches to go with the craft workshop of your choice. Feel free to bring your own bubbly to get the creativity flowing! You can choose from a variety of workshops including patchwork quilting, vintage glamour headpieces, lino printing, cupcake decorating and crochet or knitted blanket making. The hen parties last for four hours which includes exclusive use of The Create Place venue with all materials provided, and your afternoon tea of sandwiches and cake. It costs between £30 – £45 per person. Contact for further details.

The future is bright Have you got an interesting idea that might serve to bring the community together? Whether it’s a creative project, a workshop or something else entirely, we’re here to listen to your ideas and to support you. We’ll be looking to expand our after-school programme in 2013 and to work more closely with local women’s and mental health care centres to provide more activities for their service users. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the coming year so if either you or someone you know is thinking of volunteering please do get in touch with us at

Ayoka Did you receive some Christmas gifts that you know you’ll never use? Or perhaps you received so many great new things that you need to get rid of some of the older things that are clogging up your home. Why not declutter and bring the excess over to Ayoka? Read about Ayoka here

Quaker Social Action (QSA) has received a Guardian Charity of the Year award for Down to Earth, its work against funeral poverty. Down to Earth is a mentor-led project that supports people living on a low income, and often already struggling with debt, to arrange an affordable funeral for their dearly departed. QSA has been working in east London since 1867 and has created a series of innovative services including a rent guarantee scheme and a financial literacy programme. Current projects range from life coaching for vulnerable people to working with east end estates to organise street parties so residents can meet their neighbours. For further info please visit:

BPCA (The Bangladeshi Parents and Carers Association) is a voluntary organisation that works with people with multiple disabilities from ethnic minorities. It is a family led project which provides day care facilities for high dependency users. It is also the largest user group in residence at St. Margaret’s House. 2013 is set to be a year of hard graft for the BPCA since they’ve taken major cuts to their budget. It’s crucial that organisations like the BPCA are kept running in order to equip disadvantaged sectors of the community with the necessary options for a better quality of life. Click here if you’d like to donate.

Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service Why not start the New Year by developing your professional skills? THCVS have two practical business courses coming up.

Budget Setting Thursday 31st January Do you need to cost a project or prepare a budget for a funding application? Covering the key elements of costing and budgeting in voluntary organisations, this course will give you the tools to present a sound financial case to funders and to make the best use of the resources you have. £40 (£30 for full THCVS Members) For more details click here • To book click here

Finance Essentials Thursday 28th February 2013 Is your organisation managing money for the first time? Do you feel daunted by the word 'finances'? After this jargon-free introduction you will be able to identify areas of risk and to set up relevant financial controls. £40 (£30 for full THCVS Members) For more details click here • To book click here

U3A U3A membership is gradually increasing and activities expanding with a well attended Tai Chi class taking place every Monday, Jazz appreciation in the chapel and guitar and ukulele classes happening in the Create Place. It costs just ÂŁ7.50 per year to join. For more information including how to join please visit the U3A website or contact Jil Cove on 02072474283

Thank you! We would like to thank you for your continued support of St Margaret's House. Donations are always very much appreciated, and if you would like to contribute in any way please get in touch. If you are a community, charity or voluntary organisation or group and are interested in using our facilities please contact

Please see our website for more information on St Margaret's House.

St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL 020 8980 2092 Registered Charity No. 211321. Member of the British Association of Settlement





Droner Loners present: Weird music played by nice people 19:00 – 22:30 £4








Maggie’s Mic 19:00 – 22:30 FREE






The best open mic night in Bethnal Green. Sign-up from 19:00

Film in the Chapel “The Shining” (1980) 142mins







Chapel Cinema 18:30 – 21:00 FREE

Eyes & Ears 18:30 – 21:00 FREE

Bethnal Green Transitions Screening 19:00 – 21:00 FREE

(2009) 144mins

Film in the Chapel Anima Mundi 77mins



Indigo Wednesday ≠2 19:00 – 22:00 FREE




The Litmus



18:30 – 21:00 FREE

19:00 – 22:30 FREE

The Piano Teacher (2001) 133mins. A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.

SPOKEN WORD - a science themed open mic night


Folklore 19:30 – 22:30 £5


Tabarnak! 19:30 – 22:30 £5 MUSIC: acts TBA

MUSIC: Rotait, Abbey Bowden, more TBA

Alt-folk quintet Indigo Earth unplugged show in the beautiful little chapel.


Music & Words (It’s All Happening) 19:00 – 22:30 £5/£4 Acoustic music, melodic bands, poetry performances etc.


London based experimental musicians.




“The White Ribbon”





Scrumptious Comedy & Curry


18:30 – 22:30 £10

19:30 – 22:30 FREE

Hilarious pro comedians of the international circuit perform at The Gallery Cafe, a not-forprofit vegetarian/vegan bar & cafe. We are offering an optional curry and show deal.

Short films and food to launch the new Christian Aid Collective.

Christian Aid Collective Launch

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