What an honour to participate in the main symposium of the UK country visit of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent organised by fellow barrister and UN Fellow Priscellia Robinson on Saturday 21st January 2023.
Over the course of the afternoon and evening, Ms Barbara Reynolds and her UN colleagues listened to heartfelt evidence and testimony from a wide range of Black British voices, spanning civil society, on issues concerning education, health, housing, the environment, data, culture, youth, criminal justice and more.
The symposium, held at the University of West London, was just one of a series of events the working group is holding as part of its UK visit.
Long time readers of this blog will remember that, back in May 2006, just after I was elected to Waltham Forest council, I wrote a little post about a clean up and litter picking session I was involved in with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), and one of my Labour councillor colleagues, at the Marsh Lane fields in nearby Lea Bridge ward (the pic above is from that session – you can re-read that post HERE).
Mark Blaxall (pictured above next to me on the left) who worked for BTCV at the time, but has since moved back to Australia, emailed me this morning to ask if any of this blog’s readers were aware of a new set of Greater London Authority (GLA) grants worth £400,000, being made available to clean up local parks.
The GLA is asking residents all over London to vote for which park they would like to see get some help.
As a loyal, life long and permanent resident of Leyton, I obviously want our potentially very beautiful Marsh Lane fields to win, so I therefore hope that everyone reading this post will visit the voting website and vote for Marsh Lane fields!!!!!
If Mark can take the time to be voting for Marsh Lane fields all the way from Australia, I hope residents currently living in Leyton will do their patriotic duty and do the same!!!!
You can vote for Marsh Lane by clicking HERE.
Happy voting and please spread the word about Marsh Lane!!!! 🙂
Helen Porter, from Waltham Forest Friends Of The Earth, has sent me details of the Art Exhibition FoE is hosting on Sunday 22nd July 2007, at the Lloyd Park Theatre, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17.
The exhibition will be held on the same day as the borough’s annual ‘Green Fayre’ and Helen is inviting submissions from local artists, community groups and individuals, who’d like to take up this great opportunity to display their work.
If you’re interested or know someone who may be, click here to download a submission application form.
The HEET Project, a brilliant local not-for-profit organisation, which helps households and businesses to save money on fuel bills, stay warm and healthy at home, avoid becoming a victim of burglary or fire, and to save energy and cut carbon emissions has got a sparkly new website.
The HEET Project hopes its new website will help it reach more people and alert more Waltham Forest residents to the excellent services it provides Continue reading “The HEET Project goes online”
Who says being a local councillor means a life full of glamour? One of the biggest issues filling my mail bag and surgeries over recent months has been that hot topic of conversation, that riveting subject of many a town hall meeting, that burning national question on the tip of every local resident’s tongue: yes, you’ve guessed it: DRAINS! Continue reading “Drains!”