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A fundraising night has been planned to “make a difference to the quality of life” of the five Syrian refugee families who have now been housed in Hackney.

The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting new businesses in Hackney. This week we speak to Charlie Wright who helps artists affected by homelessness and mental illness through his social enterprise.

Yesterday, 15:56

The cyclist who was left fighting for his life after being hit by a lorry is still in hospital with “potentially life-changing” injuries.

Yesterday, 11:13

“Pinball Geoff” Harvey has been dealing in pinball machines for decades – and when he’s not doing that he’s drumming around Hackney with Mexican surf group the Bikini Beach Band.

Yesterday, 10:16

CCTV has been released of the moment a prisoner made his escape from Homerton Hospital in his socks, being chased by a medic and the police officer who was supposed to be guarding him.

Yesterday, 09:52

An ensemble of young singers from across Hackney is looking to swell its membership following a stellar performance at the Music for Youth National Festival in Birmingham.

Tue, 17:47

It’s just as likely that you know Rev Sue Makin from social media as from St Mary of Eton in Hackney Wick. She tells Emma Bartholomew how the church can be an ‘unshockable’ listening ear

Tue, 11:58

Bike tracks could be installed along Wick Road as part of Hackney Council’s plans to make the borough safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Tue, 10:24

A controversial late-night levy for traders selling booze after midnight is set to be voted on tomorrow night by Hackney councillors.

Sport

12:00

Clapton manager Jonny Fowell is confident ahead of his side kick starting their Essex Senior League campaign this weekend.

12:00

Middlesex host Essex at Lord’s on Thursday

Australian returns home after leaving Brisbane Road in the summer

09:00

Lee Valley Lions have announced the re-signings of forwards Sam Awoyemi and Ben Gillingham for the 2017/18 season.

Yesterday, 18:31

The Ham & High have teamed up with the Arsenal to offer a lucky reader a pair of VIP tickets to the first day of the tournament, in Club Level at Emirates Stadium.

Yesterday, 23:41

Young Arsenal starlet Dominic Thompson says the experience he gained from playing against battle-hardened older players from Southern League Premier side Hitchin Town on Wednesday evening will stand him in good stead as he aims to progress his career.

Yesterday, 22:50

Arsenal Under 18 coach Kwame Ampadu has been pleased with the experience his young players gained during their 2-1 defeat by Hitchin Town at Top Field on Wednesday evening.

Yesterday, 17:59

The Hackney Gazette have teamed up with the Arsenal to offer a lucky reader a pair of VIP tickets to the first day of the tournament, in Club Level at Emirates Stadium.

Yesterday, 17:00

Urchins boss pleased with fitness of his players and praises O’s for bringing a strong squad to Bridge Avenue

Hidden Homeless Campaign

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Homeless people have taken over the Barry’s Biscuits building in Stoke Newington High Street to protest against gentrification and the pricing out of working-class people from Hackney.

Hackney Council wants to splash out £36million on a 148-room hostel in Seven Sisters Road so it can stop housing homeless people outside the borough.

London’s deputy mayor for housing reveals City Hall’s plans to tackle the housing crisis in Hackney – and admits rising homelessness ‘really shames London’ in an exclusive interview with EMMA YOULE

Entertainment

08:00

Brooke Dennis tells ZOE PASKETT about setting up The London Loom in Hackney Downs

Cressida Bonas stars as Sonia Brownell in Mrs Orwell, the story of George Orwell’s second and last marriage, at Islington’s Old Red Lion Theatre in August

Shoreditch High Street will be projecting messages such as “Overturn the ideology of hetero male supremacy” and “sexual revolutionaries demand freedom from sexist gender roles” on July 27

James Dawson founded Humble Grape on the philosophy that everyone should have access to good wine. Zoe Paskett finds out just how good.

Hackney local Rebeckah Kemi Apara founded Embellished Talk when she started interviewing people about how they got jobs in the industry

A warm but disturbing story of a dysfunctional family over half a century of social and legal change – a homage to the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offenses Act.

Queer Season returns to the King’s Head and Zoe Paskett talks LGBTQI+ theatre with Adam Spreadbury-Maher and playwright Bertie Darrell

His sister, Leonie Orton says: “Over the years, young men I’ve never met have come up to say they were closeted until they read Joe’s diary, that’s part of his legacy.”

Inspired by Kim Kardashian’s 72 day marriage, this take on a Mozart’s comic opera creates a musical hybrid that features classical, electronic, and pop

Potter, Past and Present is a literary conference with added oak matured mead

FIVE STARS for Dunkirk, which stars Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden and Aneurin Barnard

Enjoy a Michael Jackson zombie or Bruce Springsteen IPA at the Jones Family Project

A buzzing, broad and exciting ‘debut’ from a multi-talented, blues-inspired musician for our times

Joe Markovitch lived in east London for 86 and a half years. Leah Donaldson talks to Martin Usborne, who has documented his friendship with Joe in pictures

Bridget Galton talks to a husband and wife team bringing Lewis Carroll’s anarchic and bonkers poem to the West End stage

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