The Hackney One carnival returns on Sunday 11 September with spectacular costumes, energetic dance, sound systems and live music from around the world.
More than 20 carnival and community groups will join residents in celebration of Hackney’s thriving cultures and outstanding creativity in a procession weaving its way throughout the borough, the carnival will feature Hackney’s best young musicians, an all-day play area in Gillett Square and a carnival party at Ridley Road with global food, arts and crafts.
Sunday, 28 August 2016 2pm – 4.30pm – St Augustine’s Tower open day
Hackney’s oldest building will be open to the public. Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney. Disabled access to ground floor. Admission free. . Age group: All ages. St Augustine’s Tower, Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HR.
You may have noticed that we have been making improvements to the way fly-tipping is tackled on estates as we try to beat dumping in communal areas and improve the look and feel of where you live.
Bulky waste that has been discarded on estates – such as furniture and old electrical items – will now be logged and monitored in more detail to try to identify offenders and take action against them.
Inspections and collections have now begun to take place at weekends and there is also an increased weekday service. This is in order to target the days when offenders are most active. At the same time, larger vehicles and smarter ways of working means clearance and removal is getting quicker and better.
The changes are part of the Council’s aim to create a cleaner, more pleasant outdoor environment on blocks and estates through integrating the external cleaning service, which is responsible for communal outdoor areas, with the borough’s well-regarded street cleaning service.
As part of this new integrated service, which will be introduced gradually over the coming months, weeds on estates have also been targeted and treated, and once they have died off, they will be removed by cleaners.
Bulky waste, which you can arrange for us remove for you for free, has been a problem on estates for years and we’re determined to crack it and target those few who are making communal areas unpleasant for everyone else.
This improved removal service forms part of a programme of change to bring our housing environment up to the same standard as street cleanliness, and ensure our estates and blocks are cleaner, greener, safer and more attractive for everyone who lives, works and visits them.
Hackney Council’s new health initiative of £1 fitness classes and other free activities, will encourage residents to take control of their health for benefits now and in later life.
This is a great opportunity for residents to get active and get healthy so get involved in ONE YOU Hackney today.
ONE YOU Hackney will help residents – from seven to over 70 – to move more, eat well, drink less and lead healthier lifestyles. Across the borough there are estate-based fitness classes for only £1, free fitness classes in parks and free healthy cooking and eating courses.
By taking an online health quiz called ‘How Are You’. This provides personal recommendations based on individual results. It directs people to tools and advice to help them take action where it’s most needed and it also provides a link to the Council’s Public Health webpage which lists fitness class and healthy cooking dates, times and locations as well as other healthy living support, advice and information.
Universal Board Games hosts 10 chess playing events in Springfield Park this summer. They will have a giant chess board plus plenty of table chess games. From 11.30-2.30 in Springfield Park beside the Spark cafe.
Dates: 26th June, 3rd July, 7th August, 14th August and 21st August.
A fun, free game for the communities of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Park visitors to see how far you can walk, cycle and run around your area!
Score points and win prizes by walking, cycling or running from point to point and tapping a registered and activated Beat the Street RFID (Radio Frequency ID) card on the Beat Box sensors which are placed on lamp posts around the Park and East London.
Pick up your card and a map from the information point on the Park, open daily from 10am – 3pm, with a map with all of the beat box locations from the four local boroughs.
Register your card online via the link below and get exploring!
Drop the Knife – Free Event – Monday 6th June 2016 at 18:00
Drop the Knife: You Only Live Once – a event that will get communities talking about knife crime and how to work together to help prevent more lives being lost.
If you have an opinion, this is your chance to be heard. Talk about your personal experiences and ask any questions you may have to a panel of representatives from police, local charities, campaigners and government.
The events takes Place on : June 6 at Dunraven School, Streatham.
The Vitality Run Hackney half marathon is taking place this Sunday bringing over 12,500 runners to the Borough.
The race will start at 9.00 am from the Southern end of Hackney Marshes.
See Below for a Route Map. Support the Runners, Lots of Fun and Entertainment along the Route.
Vitality Run Hackney 5K, Saturday 7th May
The 5k launches the weekend’s events, with 2,000 free places available for local runners. This run starts and finishes at Hackney Marshes, taking in a flat route across the park in between. The straightforward approach contributes to the fun atmosphere as runners can enjoy the experience on the day without feeling daunted by the effort of a marathon distance. It’s the perfect opportunity for new runners to try the race experience. All finishers will receive a medal to commemorate their achievement – as well as a bottle of water and a banana by way of instant reward!
This is a flat, fast half marathon that shows off Hackney and its many green spaces as well as the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Vitality Run Hackney Half Marathon has firmly marked its position as one of the top ten half marathons in the UK.