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What's On

All our sessions are run using Zoom, so download the app on your phone, tablet or computer and join in!

prime time online

Are you over 60 and want to chat with other people your age? Then join our weekly Prime Time session every Monday, 10am - 11am

Email Sotiris.Kyriacou@towerhamlets.gov.uk and we will send you an invite to the next session
 

20 September
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the setting up of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp outside the RAF military base in Berkshire. Clare Smith, a Tower Hamlets resident who took part, talks about her experience and the significance of this campaign.

27 September 
Join us for Tea and Chat, when we will be discussing lifelong learning opportunities and the joys of continuing education.
 

Reading Friends

Reading Friends brings people together to read, share stories, meet new friends, and have fun. We use reading – whether books, magazines, newspapers, or anything else – to start everyone chatting. 

See the Reading Friends page for more information on how to join.

 

online conversation club

Is English your second language and you want to practise speaking it with others? Then join our weekly Conversation Club. We have two sessions:

Wednesdays, 11am - 12noon.
Email Arif.Ahmed@towerhamlets.gov.uk and we will send you an invite to the next session

Fridays, 11am - 12noon..
Email Sumon.Miah@towerhamlets.gov.uk and we will send you an invite to the next session

 

book break online

Would you like to share stories and poetry to lift the mood? Possibly take a turn of reading out loud? Join our weekly Book Break group every Tuesday from 2 - 3pm.

Please email George.Gratton@towerhamlets.gov.uk who will send you an invite to the next session.

 

book group online Talk about what you’re reading and make friends with other readers. We have two online books groups and you’re welcome to join either – or both

 

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Wednesday 15 September, 6:15pm

Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. An intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward – with hope and pain – into the future. 

It is available as an eBook and audiobook

 

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Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Thursday 14 October, 6:00pm 

Where The Crawdads Sing is about a young woman named Kya, who's left to raise herself in the marshes of North Carolina when her family abandons her at a young age. There is much to this story: romance, mystery, and a murder… and it takes place in the breath taking backdrop of the Southern States.
 

You are welcome to join both groups. Staff involved will be able to guide you as to how to login

 

community navigators

Idea Store Community Navigator health advice sessions have moved online to give one to one support. Community Navigators can help with:

•    Advice on keeping safe and healthy
•    Information about how the Council can help you
•    Information about other services and groups that can give support, including foodbanks, voluntary groups, financial advice services

They are also able to give extra support to vulnerable or isolated residents, for example making phone calls or emailing on their behalf.

If you would like to contact a Community Navigator email: navigators@towerhamlets.gov.uk

 

local history library and archives

Bangladesh 50 Years
Identity and belonging in the East End before and after the Libreration War of 1971

2021 marks 50 years since the independence of Bangladesh. To mark the significance of this, Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives (THLHLA) and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) are leading Bangladesh 50 Years, one of four projects that forms a part of the National Portrait Gallery’s offsite programme; Citizen UK, during its temporary closure to transform the gallery. 

Citizen UK is an exciting research and creative engagement project involving the borough archive services, local communities and contemporary artists. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The project will conclude with a Bangladesh 50 Festival taking place February - March 2021, marking Bangladesh Independence Day (26 March) and the related anniversary UN International Mother Language Day (21 February),  kicked off by the launch of a creative commission which will sit in the public realm in Tower Hamlets as well as a exhibition curated by Citizen Researchers, informed by historical materials from Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives and the National Portrait Gallery. See more information

Online exhibition

From Town Hall to Local History Library & Archives: new online exhibition is now available.
A short history of our service and premises, 1861-2015 is based on research undertaken for last year's 50th anniversary celebrations of the borough.

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