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July 16, 2020

We often see the slogan "Shop Local" but what are the actual benefits of doing so? Here's what we think.

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1. BETTER FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY

For every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, an estimated 63p stays in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger b...

January 20, 2020

A popular magic café in Stoke Newington is expanding its programme of events.

The Twisted Fork, which launched on the High Street as the world’s first magic themed coffee bar in the summer of 2018, is shifting its focus to parties, workshops and shows.

The coffee bar will continue to trade on limited hours, offering cakes, coffee and magic between 10am and 6pm from Thursday through till Sunday, clos...

January 13, 2020

When Megan Adams started to cut down on single use plastics it became something of an obsession.

Faced with a big commute to her nearest zero waste shop, she decided to ditch her career as a management consultant and set one up. 

A year after it opened, Re:Store in Hackney Downs Studios is going from strength to strength and recently joined forces with plastic-free retailer Unwrpd to offer an online...

September 10, 2019

Six-year-old Pearse Coyne has just sold lots of his toys and donated half the profits to Hackney Food Bank.

He used the money to buy a trailer full of food for people experiencing poverty.

His mum Anne said: “We’d talked a lot about poverty and about how unfair it is that some families are struggling to afford food.  So, when it came to having a clear out of toys, he was keen to sell them and help o...

June 24, 2019

Extinction Rebellion is coming to East London with a mass protest from July 12 to 14.

The uprising, which is expected to draw large crowds, will include play, protest, and education and aims to raise awareness of the world's climate and ecological crisis and will include families, residents and climate activists from across East London.

The activity will focus around Hackney Central and London Field...

April 9, 2019

Volunteers are needed to help serve families at Hackney Food Bank’s lunch club this Easter Holidays. They are also appealing for food donations. 

School holidays are tough for families experiencing poverty who, without the help of free school lunches, are faced with an extra meal to provide each day.

So the Food Bank runs a lunch club at the Florence Bennett Centre on weekdays to make sure locals do...

March 28, 2019

 (Picture courtesy of Earlybird Cards)

We don’t buy this piffle that Mother’s Day is an over-commercialised day designed to get you spending!

What’s wrong with showing a little thanks for the love, the care and the constant work mums devote to us and a little appreciation for the havoc motherhood wreaks on bodies and minds! And if we can do that while keeping it local – all the better!

So with that i...

February 12, 2019

Left Valentine’s till the last minute? We bring you some top romantic ideas worth staying local for.

1. PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT

Top of the list is Earlybird Cards on Stoke Newington Church Street. Fabulous, off the wall cards, feature slogans like: ‘I love you, you big knobhead’ and ‘I love that when I’m with you I don’t have to pretend to be a nice person’ as well as some more conventionally romant...

February 11, 2019

A London café owner has built a unique alliance with a trader from Cameroon whose workers risk their lives to export coffee from their war-ravaged country.

Richard Clark of The Twisted Fork is one of just a handful of cafes to team up with Matti Foncha – a Cameroon coffee trader on a mission to get a fair price for his farmers and to share his community’s plight with the wider world.

The Twisted For...

February 5, 2019

Landlords demanding astronomical rent increases from small businesses are eroding East London’s communities and way of life.

That’s the claim by The East End Trades Guild, which represents more than 250 independent businesses in the area. They say one trader was driven to suicide, others have left town after decades in business here and many more have huge worries for the future.

One Bethnal Green b...

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