Our Place, our story

wednesdays | 4.30-6.30pm | Free

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We are excited to announce that we’ll be supporting Teesdale and Hollybush estate to stage “Our Place, Our Story”

This community showcase will be devised, written and performed by residents of all ages from this estate, celebrating their lives, the estate’s diverse cultural backgrounds, community cohesion, and hopes for their future.

The idea all started when Teesdale and Hollybush Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) said they wanted to have more fun and creative activities in their hall and to do something that brings the whole community together – and we’re thrilled with how this project has developed so far!

"Our Place, Our Story" is coming to life during weekly workshops that take place at both Kedleston Walk Community Centre, based on the estate, and also here at St. Margaret’s House.

Director Jessica Amery is leading the sessions, who has trained at Royal Central on the BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course and has been forever committed to using the Arts to support and uplift various communities. Jessica works across the fields of Dementia, LGBTQIA+, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Community Cohesion.

What we’ve been up to far...

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Taking part in "Our Place, Our Story" is truly uplifting for all involved and we’re thrilled at the response to our call-outs so far. The love of Bethnal Green and all it has to offer is visible in the sessions as is the participants' pride from those who live on Teesdale & Hollybush estate.

We have shared intriguing stories of Tower Hamlets past, present, and hopes for its future and all with an air of celebration of our borough. Throughout our discussions, there has been the running theme of Nature and its green spaces as the Teesdale & Hollybush Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) have created pockets of paradise with their own stunning community garden and nearby Nature Reserve.

Our project space at Kedleston Walk Centre is home to a wide range of groups including Irish Dancing, Arabic School, Life-Drawing & the Brownies. Furthermore, our project participants have diverse skills including craft, movement, singing, writing, cooking and a passion for the eating part too! This led our group to discuss how there are fantastically diverse communities working side by side in the local area; however, how often do we get to see each other's talents and creative work?

Local dance groups have joined us as well, including Ruggieri Dance Academy; Shag Pile Swing Dance School and Salsa-Tropical Dance Company- with more to be announced!

What we’re looking forward to in the next weeks...

Roll Up Roll Up local creatives! We’ve decided the strongest representation of "Our Place, Our Story" would be a Summer Showcase!

If you are an individual or part of a group that Sings, Dances, Does Comedy, Martial Arts, Plays Music, Sews, Cooks... please get in contact to find out how we can weave your work into the community showcase! It will also serve as a brilliant platform to promote your work and for locals to learn what social and well-being opportunities they can access.

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We are also committed to sharing the stories of members of the community who might be less visible. We understand that there might be friends or loved ones at home or possibly in care homes, who have a colourful and profound life narrative. Please do get in contact and we can arrange comfortable meetings that suit the individuals and then pour a brew and listen to their stories.

Just pop in on Wednesdays at Keddleston Community Centre E2 9QT from 4.30 to 6.30pm.

For more details feel free to get in touch with Jessica, the project leader at community@stmargaretshouse.org.uk.

The Summer Showcase is going to spark every sense- including the smell and taste of delicious food from local cooking superstars!