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Experience Tower Hamlets at the 2019 Festival of Communities

  The annual Festival of Communities celebrates the culture and diversity of the extraordinary borough that is Tower Hamlets. Hosted by Queen Mary University of London and Tower Hamlets’ organisations, the festival is returning for its fourth year to showcase living and learning across the borough. The festival provides a weekend of family friendly activities, giving visitors the opportunity to ...

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LONDON PRIMARY SCHOOL PIONEERS NEW TEACHING KITCHEN FOR PUPILS AND PARENTS

  Teaching Kitchen to join chef-in-residence programme and pupil-run garden as part of Manorfield School’s bid to shake up food education Manorfield Primary School is currently fundraising for a pioneering new ‘teaching kitchen’ that will seek to tackle poor health, reduce levels of obesity and impact positively on a lack of education around nutrition amongst students, parents and the wider ...

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Activist James Swapan Peris passed away

Ansar Ahmed Ullah: Well known activist James Swapan Peris passed away on Monday 27 May in a West London hospital. He died of kidney failure and brain haemorrhage though he had been ill for a while. He was a cultural, secular, human rights & community activist involved with various organisations including the Nirmul Committee, Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, ...

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Labour to Make Climate Change Core Part of School Curriculum

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has welcomed the announcement from the national Labour Party that climate change should be a core part of the school curriculum. Under plans set out by Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner, the next Labour government will ensure all young people are educated about the ecological and social impact of climate change. A review of ...

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Lived Brutalism: Major new exhibition at Four Corners

Ansar Ahmed Ullah: A photography exhibition has opened at Four Corners, Roman Road, Bethnal Green this month, chronicling the lives of Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar, East London, residents in the estate’s last years before demolition. An iconic ‘Streets in the Sky’ housing scheme, Robin Hood Gardens had been celebrated as a masterpiece of modernism and reviled as a ‘concrete ...

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Liberal Democrats celebrate European election breakthrough

Labour and Conservative votes collapse across the capital Liberal Democrat campaigners in London and across the country were celebrating this week as the party enjoyed a surge in public support, electing 3 MEPs in London for the first time ever and making large gains across the country. The election was widely viewed as a final chance for voters to make ...

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Commonwealth leaders visit Children’s House Nursery School

Senior leaders from all over the Commonwealth visited Children’s House Nursery School in Tower Hamlets to see how the borough is narrowing the attainment gap and building resilience in children. The delegation of 15 senior figures from Ghana, Egypt, Australia, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Zambia, Singapore and Trinidad and Tobago visited the ‘outstanding’ nursery school in Bow. They saw the ...

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Sajid Javid joins race for UK prime minister

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid. File photo London, May 27 : British Home Secretary Sajid Javid is joining the race to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May. Javid said in a video posted Monday on Twitter that his goal is to restore trust and create new opportunities. He says “first and foremost, we must deliver Brexit,”noting the Conservative Party’s poor ...

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Ramadan charity event Celebration of Love, Peace & Harmony

A charity event during Ramadan, titled “Celebration of Love, Peace & Harmony” was held on Saturday 25th May at Beech Grove, Hainault, Ilford. The organiser of the event Pushpita Gupta of Secular Bangladesh Movement UK (SBMUK) said, ‘The recent attacks in New Zealand and Sri Lanka is driving divisions in the community. Which makes it even more important that we ...

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Mayor Biggs warns ‘choices are getting tougher’ as Fair Funding Review looms

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has written to the Prime Minister urging her to rethink the so-called ‘Fair Funding’ review which could see millions in council funding diverted away from disadvantaged areas like Tower Hamlets to more affluent shire areas. The ‘Fair Funding’ review, which will change the way local councils are funded, is planned to be introduced from 2020/21. ...

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