Search

Council stuffs controversial freesheet Hackney Today into time capsule – but ditches Gazette page due to ‘lack of space’

PUBLISHED: 17:37 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:18 14 July 2017

Speaker of Hackney Cllr Soraya Adejare and mayor Phil Glanville with (L-R) Gabriel Keegan-Stannard, Maariyah Mulla, Lara Silva Pedro, Zaima Bazzy and Eshaal Husain from Millfields Primary School. Picture: Hackney Council

Speaker of Hackney Cllr Soraya Adejare and mayor Phil Glanville with (L-R) Gabriel Keegan-Stannard, Maariyah Mulla, Lara Silva Pedro, Zaima Bazzy and Eshaal Husain from Millfields Primary School. Picture: Hackney Council

Archant

Hackney Council included pages from its controversial freesheet Hackney Today in a time capsule – but ditched a cutting from the Hackney Gazette at the last minute due to “lack of space”.

Mayor Glanville with Gabriel Keegan-Stannard and Lara Silva Pedro. Picture: Hackney Council Mayor Glanville with Gabriel Keegan-Stannard and Lara Silva Pedro. Picture: Hackney Council

It was buried last week to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the building of Hackney Town Hall in Mare Street. Alongside it was an original time capsule buried in 1937, unearthed during the Mare Street building’s £16million renovation works and opened by then mayor Jules Pipe.

The ceremony commemorated the end of the refurb, which went £3.4m over budget.

The council asked Gazette editor Ramzy Alwakeel in October if it was possible to include the front page of this newspaper from the last week of December in the capsule. He was enthusiastic about the idea and the issue went to press with a story about a council refuse worker being run over by an impatient driver.

But it has now emerged the front page was not included because there was “no space” for it. Despite this, there was room for the “front couple of pages” of Hackney Today as a “date marker”. The date is printed on every page of the Gazette.

A letter and drawing from Duygu Bay at the Petchey Academy that was included in the capsule for readers in 100 years' time. A letter and drawing from Duygu Bay at the Petchey Academy that was included in the capsule for readers in 100 years' time.

There was also room for seeds from the London Fields wildflower meadow, a letter from Hackney Mayor Phil Glanville to the future mayor of Hackney, and letters and drawings from school children at Petchey Academy and Millfields Primary School.

The council is three years into a legal wrangle with the Department for Communities and Local Government over publication of its fortnightly newspaper, which is distributed to 108,000 households. In January the DCLG once again warned the council it would take legal action if it did not start publishing less frequently.

Youngsters from Millfields joined the speaker of Hackney, Cllr Soraya Adejare, and Mr Glanville to set the time capsules behind two foundation stones in the lobby of the town hall. They will be opened in 100 years.

Eshall Husain, eight, said: “It was really fun. When someone important opens it in the future they can see what we wrote and it can help them to change the world and make it better.”

Cllr Adejare said: “It’s great to share a bit of what our borough was like in 2017 with residents in 100 years, while getting children to think about how the world can change in that time, and how they can be the ones to help change it for the better.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

17:52

North London Chorus continues its 40th anniversary season with Zurich’s Contrapunto Chor, who are currently celebrating their own 30th birthday.

14:18

Arsenal will be aiming to seal their position at the top of their UEFA Europa League group on Thursday when they visit rock-bottom Cologne.

19:01

Working to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds was the focus of Hackney MP Diane Abbott’s visit to Mossbourne Community Academy.

The 20-year-old didn’t feature in a competitive game under O’s former head coach, but enjoyed working with him

13:00

Spurs came from behind to win away at Borussia Dortmund and confirm their place as winners of Group H

17:19

Mayor Phil Glanville has slammed the budget for doing next to nothing to help cash-strapped councils like Hackney.

12:00

Boyhood Arsenal fan and NBA star OG Anunoby wants to inspire the next generation of young Great British basketball players.

Third outing for Noel and friends is surprising in a good way – even (whisper it) fun.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists