Get the party started
issue 272 // 12 â€“ 26 April 2013
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12 April 2013 // issue 272
O Once again we are focussing on tthe legacy of the 2012 Games. In the last issue we celebrated tthe landmark news that a deal had been struck for the Olympic h Stadium. In this issue we see S boxing legend Barry McGuigan b bring his academy to Newham b (p9), ( 9) while hil in i the th Mayor’s M pages Canning Town’s own gold medal Olympian Terry Spinks MBE is remembered (p6). If you want to bring residents together you can find out about this year’s Let’s Get The Party Started grants (p10). Also in this issue, we roll out the barrel with Vincent Hayes of the Brick Lane Music Hall (p12) and find out about his MBE.
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Regulars 04 NEWS – two pages of news from across the borough 06 MAYOR’S VIEW – news from Sir Robin Wales 12 WORKING LIVES – Any old iron? Vincent Hayes gets a gong 14 CAUGHT ON CAMERA – tell us who these people are 16 NEWHAM IN PICTURES – your fortnight in photos 22 OUR NEWHAM – community news from across the borough 23 YOUR SPACE – Nasrin Akhtar and Aouda Tesnime Ketrouci from Plashet School find out how to restart a heart 24 KIDS’ CORNER – poems, pictures and puzzles for our younger readers
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2012 was an amazing and historic year for Newham. With the council’s support almost 190,000 residents attended some 1,041 community events and activities across the borough. These events ranged from street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, to 2012 Games themed fun days. Thanks to last year’s LGtPS grants, so many people had such a great time that Newham Council is bringing them back for another year. We are encouraging all our residents to restart the party during 2013. LGtPS is here to help you organise your own events and bring residents together to form lasting bonds and networks. You could organise an event to promote pride in your street or neighbourhood, or launch a community garden or volunteering in your area. You could also arrange a food festival to share ﬂavours from around the world, or maybe a sports or a music event. The type of event you organise is up to you. As long as it is open to everyone in the community we can help make it happen. LGtPS grants fund one-off events. If you are organising an ongoing programme of activity, such as a tennis club or a weekly lunchtime club, you may be eligible for a Go For It grant. Email email@example.com to ﬁnd out more. LGtPS grants of up to £250 (or up to £500 in exceptional circumstances) are available now. This is what some of the people who held events last year had to say about LGtPS:
We are still active and play football on Tuesdays. Some of the people who came to the event still attend so that is good. I will deﬁnitely think about applying again this year.”
Annabelle De Freitas – Cotswold Gardens Committee “We had already held an event for the royal wedding so thought we’d hold another for the Diamond Jubilee. We leaﬂeted the street and got together donations. Then we applied to Newham for a Let’s Get the Party Started grant. It was not that hard, pretty simple in fact. We would have gone ahead anyway, but the grant helped secure things like the public liability insurance and expenses. The event went really well. More than 500 people came and we are looking forward to doing it again this year.”
Who can apply? > You must be aged 16 or over > Your event must be held in Newham > Only one grant can be approved per event > Your organisation or group can apply for up to two grants each calendar year > Your event must be open to the whole community and help to bring people from different backgrounds together > Your event must beneﬁt the residents of Newham > You should apply at least eight weeks before your event takes place > If funded you will be expected to provide receipts of your event’s expenditure, monitoring and feedback forms.
Below: Las Leonas Bottom: Cotswold Gardens
Denisa Szaboova – Las Leonas “I ﬁrst heard about Let’s Get the Party Started in the Newham Mag, I thought that it sounded like a good idea and decided to organise a football tournament for the Olympics. It was quite easy to ﬁll in the form – it came with a booklet, and that helped. It was a successful day. About 20 girls turned up and everyone enjoyed the mini tournament. The grant money helped with football equipment and was handy for paying for a professional referee.
How to apply > Visit www.newham.gov.uk/party and ﬁll in an online form > Email communitygrants@ newham.gov.uk to request an application form or ask for more information.
Thinking across the spectrum World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated in Newham as people with autism, their families and carers came together to share their stories, talents and experiences. Autism affects people differently, including how someone communicates with or relates to other people and the world around them. It is a spectrum condition which means that, while all people with autism share certain areas of difﬁculty, their condition will affect them in different ways. Because people with autism struggle to understand the world they sometimes impose a ﬁxed routine onto their lives. Breaking that routine can be very stressful for them. On the other hand, many people with autism have intense special interests
- like art, music or maths - many of which were showcased at the World Autism Awareness Day event. Opening the day, Councillor Clive Furness, executive member for health, said: “We are 100 per cent committed to making services better. That’s why we want to hear about people’s experiences. “If people with autism tell us what works and what doesn’t work for them we will listen and make the services better.” Forest Gate author Dulcie Hall spoke candidly about how autism had affected her. She was born with Asperger’s
syndrome, which is a form of autism. People affected by Asperger’s syndrome may ﬁnd it difﬁcult to understand the intentions of others and take language very literally. Dulcie said: “When I was born in 1940, Asperger’s wasn’t known. The ﬁrst paper on it was published at the end of the War. I was never diagnosed and my parents never received any help. “My greatest difﬁculty is relating to other people because I can’t pick up hints, body language or non-verbal signs. I can hold a conversation but
I tend not to see when somebody is implying something rather than saying it. I repeat something exactly as I’ve heard it and this sometimes gets me a bit of a reputation as a troublemaker, which I don’t think I deserve.” How society reacts to autism is also an issue. Dulcie explained: “I was targeted by bullies, both at school and in the work place, which made life very difﬁcult for me.” Thankfully, things have changed. Patrick May, 25, of Plaistow said: “I was diagnosed aged 11 and received one-toone support throughout secondary school. During lunch breaks I was also able to go to the resource area, which was a quiet place with not too many people. That helped me stay calm during school.”
“ My children and I have developed unique skills, quirkinesses if you like, that make us very strong characters, strong individuals.” Sean Hurley is Newham’s branch ofﬁcer for the National Autistic Society.
He and his family are all autistic. He said: “The word autism has come into people’s vocabulary. The next task is understanding just how broad the spectrum is so that society can accept people with autism. “Autism can mean different things to different people. For each individual person on the spectrum the experience will be different, although there will be similar traits that run through almost every diagnosis. “My children and I have developed unique skills, quirkinesses if you like, that make us very strong characters and strong individuals. “Local services have improved and I think that the fact that an autism plan is being developed is really encouraging.” How autism can affect people People with autism can: > have difﬁculty with verbal and nonverbal language and tend to take language very literally. Often they fail to understand common phrases such as ‘being cool’
> have trouble interpreting facial expressions, tone of voice or jokes > ﬁnd it difﬁcult to understand other people’s emotions and feelings, and express their own > have difﬁculty understanding social conventions. This can lead to them being perceived as behaving inappropriately. As a result, people with autism are often socially excluded or choose to spend time on their own > be hypersensitive or under-sensitive to sound, touch, light, smells, or tastes. For instance, background noise can severely disrupt concentration. Someone with autism may not be able to feel extremes of temperatures.
For further information about shaping autism services, or volunteering with the National Autistic Society in Newham, email Gerry.Okello@newham.gov.uk or call 020 3373 1275.
26 WHAT’S ON – five pages of activities and events for you to try – most of them free
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Features 09 BOXING AT BECKTON – The Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy comes to Newham 10 RESTART THE PARTY – community grants make a come back 15 WELFARE REFORM – Government cuts start to bite 18 ACROSS THE SPECTRUM – local residents tell us what it’s like to be autistic 22 ELDERLY CARE – the Cazaubon Unit helps independent living
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IN BRIEF // Have your say on fire safety plans The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) is consulting on the Draft Fifth London Safety Plan, which includes the proposed closure of Silvertown fire station. The consultation runs until 28 May. As part of the consultation process a public meeting has been arranged for Newham residents on Wednesday, 8 May, 7pm-9pm at Newham Town Hall, Barking Road, E6. To find out more on the plan go to www.london-fire.gov.uk/LSP5.asp Centre sale a success Volunteers at Chargeable Lane Resource Centre are celebrating following the success of their first table top sale. Despite the efforts of petty thieves, who shamelessly stole a banner advertising the event, almost 20 stalls raised £185 for the centre in Plaistow. The money will be used to fund activities for older people. The banner, which was stolen last month, was replaced by Councillor Neil Wilson, executive member for equalities and social inclusion. The table top sale is a regular event at the Resource Centre. The next sale takes on 4 May. Tables cost £5. For more information call 020 3373 2211. Tea for St George If you’re over 50, celebrate St George’s Day in style at the Old Town Hall, Broadway, Stratford. On 23 April from 1.30-4.30pm enjoy a special St George’s Day tea dance. Admission, which is £3, includes light refreshments and a free raffle.
Number’s up for car crooks Newham residents are being urged to report vehicles that change registration numbers in their neighbourhood. Car cloning involves thieves stealing the registration number from an identical Look out for doppelganger plates vehicle to the one they intend to use, so that they can commit crimes. Councillor Unmesh Desai, executive member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “It might seem like a small crime, but if it happens to you it could mean the inconvenience and cost of getting your number plate replaced. You may have to spend years fending off fines and prosecutions for crimes that you did not commit. “If you are involved in an accident with someone with cloned plates it can be difficult for you to track them, get a prosecution or insurance. At the end of the day we all end up paying more on our insurance and for petrol. “Residents can do their bit by reporting cars in their street if the number plate changes. We are doing everything they can to catch these offenders but this is a crime that we can best crack by working together.” To report a vehicle to Metropolitan Police dial 101 or go online to the council enforcement team’s untaxed vehicles unit at www.newham.gov.uk/clonedcars
Government warned over private landlords Voluntary schemes for private landlords do not work, the Government has been warned. Mayor Sir Robin Wales told the Communities and Local Government Select Committee that light touch regulation will not solve chronic housing problems. Newham is the first council in the country to implement a pioneering scheme to licence all private properties. About 15,000 landlords have so far signed up to the mandatory scheme, submitting around 28,500 applications for properties. Before this scheme was introduced, the council ran a successful pilot scheme in Little Ilford ward. Landlords who have not licensed their properties face a possible fine of up to £20,000 per property. Sir Robin said: “Our mandatory scheme shows that Newham is leading the country when it comes to tackling bad landlords who flout the law. “We will never accept tenants being directly exploited by landlords who force them to live in dangerous and unacceptable conditions. All the evidence is that voluntary accreditation simply does not work.” For more information visit www.newham.gov.uk/propertylicensing
Tell us about CCTV on your estate Council residents who live in high rise blocks with a concierge are being urged to take part in a consultation about CCTV. The council wants to expand the CCTV network and develop a centralised security service. If the proposals are approved they will be a blueprint for security and CCTV services on all our estates. CCTV cameras on estates alow us to monitor and target known hotspots and tackle incidents quickly and efficiently. The new arrangements, would include: • 24/7 centrally monitored CCTV cameras • emergency call points to the central security control room in every council-owned high rise block • increased emergency security • an expanded cleaning service • savings for most residents. Complete the survey at www.newham.gov.uk/housingsecurity or email email@example.com
Newham demands action on bookies Newham Council has demanded the Gambling Commission carries out a “full and comprehensive investigation” into the clustering of betting shops in Newham. The council is calling on the Commission to investigate betting shops and support its stance so that the borough’s high streets are not swamped with bookmakers. Councillor Ian Corbett, executive member for infrastructure and environment, said: “We believe the clustering of betting shops is because the primary profits for betting operators is now from gaming machines. It is running down our high streets, causing anti-social behaviour and exploiting vulnerable people. “There is clearly a problem and we have a regulator tasked with overseeing the industry. If the Gambling Commission is unable to carry out such an investigation, we want to know the reasons why.”
Spring has sprung for everyone The clocks have gone forward but there’s still time to enjoy Newham’s season of spring festivals. Hundreds of residents have already joined in the fun at Kingsford Community School in Beckton and Vicarage Primary School in East Ham with a range of free activities that included sports, health advice, music and dancing. They were both part of Newham’s nine community forum area events, which will host free community activities. The next events will be: Manor Park, Saturday 20 April, 12noon-4pm, Kensington Primary School, Kensington Avenue, E12 Custom House and Canning Town, Saturday 27 April, St Luke’s School, Tarling Road, E16 Green Street, Saturday 4 May, 12noon-4pm, Sandringham Primary School, Sandringham Road, E7. To find out more visit www.newham.gov.uk/springfestivals
Faces fo fun: vistiors at the Beckton Spring Festival
Past Olympic heroes will inspire next generation We now have certainty about the future of the Olympic Stadium so we can inspire the future generations who are going to use it. But is it is also important that we do not forget past heroes. Terry Spinks was an East End boxing idol whose successful career was highlighted by his gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. He received an MBE in 2002 for services to boxing and charity work and died a year ago this month at the age of 74. Terry was a great ambassador for his sport, for charity and for Canning Town, where he was raised. We are creating a fitting and
lasting memorial to him with Terry Spinks Place, a new community space in the regeneration area close to his former home that will open later this year. I hope it will inspire future generations of young Terry’s cousin Rosemary Ellmore and biographer Bob Lonkhurst people into sport. a list of names supporting a tribute to Terry to Sir Robin I was also saddened present and Cllr Ian Corbett by the recent death of Jean later married BBC sports Jean Pickering MBE. commentator Ron Pickering and Former athlete Jean, originally from Forest Gate, won a relay bronze medal at created a fund to raise money for talented athletes. We salute both her the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki under her and Terry Spinks. maiden name of Desforges.
Spring into action for 2013 With members of the British Deaf Association and Beckton councillors David Christie, Alec Kellaway and Ayesha Chowdhury
It looks as if spring is finally here. Fortunately, the Beckton Spring Festival was held inside at Kingsford School so everyone who joined in the fun was certainly warm for the latest of our nine Active Community Team events. It was a great start to our community events programme with everyone from Sea Cadets and cake decorators
to singers and dancers getting involved. I enjoyed meeting local residents who are members of the British Deaf Association who taught us a few phrases in sign language. Our festivals are great fun, but if you have an idea for an event of your own turn to page 10, and find out about our Let’s Get The Party Started grants.
Mayor’s view 06
New chapter for our libraries With the rise of e-books and the internet, some people say that libraries have had their day. I disagree and I’m delighted that, at a time when some councils are cutting their library services, we are modernising ours to make them more relevant. Times change and we as customers demand more from our services. Libraries have to move with the times too and the latest to be brought into the 21st Century is Manor Park Library. Staff showed me round a host of
brilliant services such as free internet access, computer courses and information points where you can carry out a whole range of selfservice transactions with the council. The new building in Romford Road is also a great learning resource for the community. A list of all your local library activities can be found in the What’s On section on page 26.
Seeing the new facilities at Manor Park Library
Back to school to face the cameras! Interviews for elected politicians can prove to be a minefield, as I am sure the Mayor of London will admit following his recent well-publicised
grilling by a television journalist. My inquisitors from Forest Gate Community School were determined to leave no stone unturned for their interview with me as part of the excellent BBC School Report project. They asked some great questions about my experiences as Mayor during the 2012 Games and the sort of things that inspire me. The Forest Gate Community School youngsters aim their questions
Doing these kinds of events is a real perk of the job. It’s a chance to show to young people what drives politicians to deliver the best services for residents. Sometimes it’s tough to get that point out there in the current media climate, so it’s good to get the chance to connect directly with our youngsters. I met some star pupils and there may well be a future Jeremy Paxman or Eddie Mair among them. It is a privilege to be elected to a position where I can help to make life easier and better for all of us and moments like this are always very special.
with Sir Robin Wales
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