Monday, 28 July 2014

Young Hackney Summer Events 2014

There is a full calendar of events for young people up to age 19 taking place across the borough of Hackney this summer.
Hackney Council's Youth Service has produced a guide to all the events taking place.
There is information on sports, arts and culture, technology and literature along with play schemes and activities taking place in libraries, children's centres and museums.

To download a pdf of the guide go to this link.

The Young Hackney website has a continually updated What's On Guide for news on the latest events.

For reminders about activities and more ideas follow @younghackney and @hackneylabour on Twitter.

Friday, 11 July 2014

The Hackney Volpone at the Rose Lipman Building


NYLon Projects in collaboration with The Mill Co Project retell a classic comedy about obsessive greed and a hoax which threatens to spin out of control:

The Hackney Volpone, or The Fox

by Ben Jonson

Directed by Anna Jones

Across one day, three years of deception finally catch up with nobleman Volpone and his faithful servant Mosca, leading to a series of ever more unfortunate events.

First performed in 1605, Ben Jonson’s play is as relevant as it was then with its central theme of how greed and desire still drive us to utter stupidity, selfishness and sin. NYLon Projects’ bold and irreverent production uses a new cut and involved a supporting cast of local people, helping to make the play accessible and immersive to London in 2014.

Tickets available by following this link:

23 July - 9 August 2014
Weds-Sat, 7.30pm;
Sat 2.30pm


The Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road
N1 5SQ

Monday, 30 June 2014


Local resident and Vice Chair of De Beauvoir Labour Fran Pearson is taking part in the British 10K London Run on Sunday 13th July, start time 9.35.

The run is staged along a route of famous London landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral.

Fran is running for Skyway, a Hackney based charity which works with young 'at risk' people from ages 8 to 25. The charity works in youth clubs, sports centres and parks as well as on the streets of our borough delivering a wide range of activities, all of which are free. The charity's aim is to help young individuals achieve personal goals and realise their potential through positive community action.

To sponsor Fran please visit her fundraising page at Virgin Money Giving or email for information and details on donating.
If you would like to cheer for Fran and the other runners on the day a route map is available here.

Go Fran!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

De Beauvoir Meet Up

The De Beauvoir Association is holding an informal evening for any new residents to our neighbourhood.

If you are a new arrival to De Beauvoir Town and wish to meet some of your neighbours and find out about the local area please feel free to drop by. Long-standing residents are of course more than welcome as well.

The evening is taking place at the De Beauvoir Arms, 113 Southgate road on Monday June the 9th at 19.30. This will be informal event and members of the De Beauvoir Association will be present.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Canalival 2014

An unauthorised party event nicknamed Canalival took place last year in June on the Regents Canal on the eastern border of De Beauvoir.

The unorganised party created anti-social behaviour, litter and noise. The particular stretch where the event took place is home to many species of wildlife including the family of swans whose presence is a source of great pride to many local residents.

After the party goers had left, it took 12 hours for council contractors to clear up the five tonnes of rubbish left behind, which included broken glass and human excrement, from the towpath.

We are of course fully in favour of people enjoying the canal. However Canalival was an unsupervised and dangerous event which prevented everybody taking enjoyment by the waterway for two days.

Rumours have started to circulate on social media this week of another party being held on the canal this weekend. The Canal and River Trust, Hackney Council and Metropolitan Police Hackney have stated that any attempt to re-stage this event will not be tolerated.

Fences will be erected and dedicated Police patrols will be in place to prevent further wilful destruction of a valuable public resource.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

De Beauvoir has two new Labour councillors

We are grateful to the people of De Beauvoir for voting us the newly elected Labour Councillors for our ward.

It is an honour to serve the people of this fast-changing and diverse inner-city area and we will strive to give all of our residents the representation they need and deserve.

Details of our new surgery arrangements will be posted here in the coming days. If you need to contact us now please use the links at the top of this page.

Thank you and see you soon.

Councillor Laura Bunt and Councillor James Peters.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Mayor Jules Pipe's Local Election Address

If you are still undecided on which party to vote for in the local elections on the 22nd May you can view the Election Address from Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe below.

Jules Pipe Election Address 2014 from Hackney Labour on Vimeo.

Friday, 18 April 2014

How do you know which party to vote for next month?

On 22 May, De Beauvoir's residents will have the chance to vote in 3 elections, voting for your choice from amongst the candidates who have put themselves forward for these roles:

1.  De Beauvoir's 2 councillors
2.  The Mayor of Hackney
3.  London's 8 MEPs

So, how do you choose?  Well, the Hackney Labour Party and Hackney's Mayor, Jules Pipe, have taken a step to help you in picking your favourite candidates standing for the council and to be mayor because they've published the Hackney Labour manifesto for the 2014 local elections.  You can download it from this page.

You can also find a list of Labour's MEP candidates here.

If you're resident in Hackney and you're from another member state of the EU, you can still vote in all three of the elections mentioned above, even if you're not British.  Your right to vote in those elections comes directly from the document that creates the EU (Article 22 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, in case you're interested).  You just won't be able to vote in next year's general election.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Do you have an opinion about changes in De Beauvoir?

NYLon Projects is looking for people who live in Hackney, particularly in De Beauvoir and neighbouring areas, to come and take part in an active conversation about the changes the ward and borough is going through.

They are offering two events (you can come to one or both):

Sunday 20 April, 3-5.30pm
The workshop will be held in the Community Hall at The Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, London N1 5SQ.

Sunday 27 April, 11.30am-1pm
The workshop will be held at St Peter's Church, De Beauvoir Square in Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA.


NYLon Projects will invite a dialogue about changes happening in Hackney, explore different points of view and ideas people have about building better understanding and connections between local people.

The workshops will be documented and key findings will be shared with borough decision-makers. In addition to having a conversation, we will work with professional theatre-makers to use forum theatre techniques to explore ideas about change. How you take part is up to you.

Contact: to guarantee a space or show up on the day.

Otherwise, you can visit NYLon website:

Sunday, 16 March 2014

De Beauvoir Ward Forum: De Beauvoir Community First – Monday March 24th 7pm

Thank you to everyone who managed to make it along to our ward forums focusing on the Regents Canal. Our next De Beauvoir Ward Forum is fast approaching and will focus on De Beauvoir Community First and how we can make sure it has the greatest possible positive impact on our area - please do come along and join the discussion.

Community First is a Cabinet Office funded grant scheme focused on the poorest areas in the UK. In De Beauvoir, we've been awarded £30,000 to distribute to residents and community groups to make our community better and stronger.

Over the past two years De Beauvoir's Community First Panel has awarded more than £10,000 to projects in our local area, including a slalom course in Kingsland Basin, a herb garden on Hobbs Place Estate and a computer training scheme on Whitmore Estate. You can find out more about the work done so far here.

We now want to ensure that the next two years build on this success. Please join us to ensure you're part of shaping how we invest the final £20,000 in our community.

We'll be meeting at 7pm on March 24th at the Rose Lipman Centre on Downham Road. We'll be joined by Community First Panel members and local community groups, and together we'll work to shape where we head over the next two years.

If you'd like to come along, to allow us to gauge numbers it would be great if you could sign up here to let us know.

The De Beauvoir Ward Forum is open to anyone who lives or works in De Beauvoir so please do pass on this invite to anyone you think may be interested.