Grans Doing Grand: Clapton’s New Community Cafe

Hackney Tours is excited to announce the first Clapton history walk (10.30am Fri 15th Feb) leaving/returning from/to We Are Nana. See below for details of  this great new intergenerational initiative here: “I met these people who were 80 or older and still smashing it every day!” says Katie Harris, founder of a new Clapton community…

Good Gym: Extreme Shovel Action In Stoke Newington

Hackney is a hotbed of history and October’s first trot for the Good Gym community volunteer crew took 15 keen runners to a corner of Stoke Newington that has seen plenty of action even before we arrived. On our 7.2km round trip we ran up from the usual Arch Gallery start – via Regent’s Canal,…

Vampires, Vegetables and Vitality: Another Morning at Ministry of Stories

I steeled myself yesterday for a heavy morning at Ministry of Stories, volunteering as a writing mentor for 8-year-old inner city kids in Hoxton, the southern end of Hackney that almost meets the City. I needn’t have bothered; the children of Whitmore School were wonderful. Ministry of Stories follows in the same mould as San…

Sport suffers by the Lee as Olympic security zone expands

It’s reasonable to suggest that to make a global spectacle omelette, you need to crack a few eggs. The London 2012 Olympics will be one mightily large dish, presented on a multimedia platter and sampled by some 4bn across the world. But when the Games mean the loss of your own amenities, it leaves a…

NEXT ‘NEVER MIND THE ‘LIMPIKS HERE’S HACKNEY’ WALKING TOUR

“NEVER MIND THE ‘LIMPIKS HERE’S HACKNEY” WALKING TOUR, AS SEEN IN GUARDIAN ONLINE: Sat 21 & 28 Apr; 5 May 2.30pm Hackney Wick Rail 2hrs; ends at Olympic Park View Tube (Pudding Mill Lane DLR) £10 (£8 concs) in advance (book here) or £12/£10 on the day. It’s huge, it’s in Hackney

Good Gym: Mission Possible 2

On Monday I got another chance to lead a Good Gym mission, this time on my own turf in Hackney where I lead my walking/running/cycling tours. With 12 volunteers we headed north from Bethnal Green and up to N16

Hackney Tours Makes Guardian Newspaper Again

We’re in the Guardian again, this time leading a Good Gym mission. If you don’t know them, it’s two guys with a fantastic community initiative pairing runners with the vulnerable and isolated. And once a month, we run somewhere and do a good deed in the community. It’s great fun and very rewarding. Find out…