2013 Archive material

Arts Auction report.

The arts auction on Monday was a lot of work. If I had known how much I might not have been so keen to take it on!! However, it was wroth it in the end. We raised £3,472.90 which was excellent and there are lots of items still not sold that we will keep for the celebrity lunch (hopefully in late September or early October), or maybe we will be brave enough to organise another arts auction.

My sincere thanks to all the artists that donated work to it, they were very generous and very helpful and of course without them we could not have had such a brilliant cross section of art of all kinds to offer. Special thanks go to everyone who came along on the day and bought items, especially Tommy Walsh and all his friends. Rich Mix and their staff were wonderful to us, giving us the venue for free and providing the support staff and food (which was delicious). Tesco’s and Iceland provided some of the drinks. Chris & Lee donated the rest. Derek did a lot of running around and on the day Jan, Lee, Derek, Chris & I hung all the paintings and cards, forms, etc. from early morning. Plus all our extra evening helpers Barbara, Edna, Frances & Jo. Our feet were aching like mad by the end of the evening, especially as we didn’t get home until 1am, but it was a great atmosphere and a really exciting evening.

The most amazing help came from Chris Foley (our new committee member) who basically stored, catalogued and did all the paperwork for the auction (weeks of work) and Laura Healy who produced the catalogue. They worked so hard to get everything right and the three of us were exchanging e-mails until the early hours of the morning most days leading up to it. The other super player was the auctioneer, Lord Shoreditch (Steve Edge), who is a real character and really made the auction. Hopefully there will be some photos on the website soon.

Arts Auction report, part 2.

The final phase of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial moved a step closer after a fun evening on 29th May at the spectacular Forman’s Fish Island Smokehouse Gallery for our charity arts auction. It was initially conducted by Mayor Boris Johnson, aided by Eastenders actress Patsy Palmer and comedian John Ryan.

Mayor Boris Johnson opened the proceedings in his own inimitable way. He
started the ball rolling with a Stephen Davids painting of Miss Singh
followed by the iconic Duffy limited edition photo of David Bowie from his
Aladdin Sane album cover, which is at present on show at the V&A Bowie


Patsy Palmer brought along the ˜Albert Square™ street sign that
had been signed by all the cast and helped her brother, Harry Harris (one of
our Patrons), to auction it to one lucky supporter.

Comedian John Ryan did most of the auctioneering, non stop for about 4
hours, and was magnificent at keeping everyone amused, at the same time as
encouraging people to bid for the items on offer. Certainly without his
skills and sense of fun we would not have raised so much money. Artwork by
Ben EINE, Joel Chernin, Stephen Davids, Rupert Goldsworthy, Michael Sales,
James Skipton, Emily Gray, Mary Swan, Pouka, Sara Neman, Maria Bragoli, East
End Prints and many East end artists were up for sale.

Some historical black and white photos of the old Easy End by Mike Pattison
brought some keen bidding, as did a limited edition print of Norman Wisdom
by the late Terence Donovan. A variety of other items completed the evening
when they were sold off. These included vouchers for Absolute Vintage near
Brick Lane, De Vere Venue restaurants (The Brigade and West One in Oxford
Circus), the Comedy Backyard Club and a make-over with photographic session
from Jodie Lynn’s The Boudoir, were all hotly contested.

This incredible gallery overlooks the Olympic stadium and the Regents Canal
and has to be seen to be believed. Our sincere thanks go to Lance Forman and
Forman’s Fish Island staff for all their help and support and especially to
Lance for helping so much and donating the venue for the exhibition and
auction night.


Survivor Babs Clark was present at the auction event and is seen in the
group picture in the orange jumper with Mayor Boris Johnson, plus MP
Rushanara Ali, our incredibly supportive Pearly Kings & Queens (who
presented Boris Johnson with a mocked-up photo of himself in a pearly
outfit) and members of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial charity committee. In
another photo Mayor Boris Johnson can be seen with June Cray, holding the
Bowie Picture. June lost two aunts in the disaster. Patsy Palmer can be
seen in the picture with Mayor Boris Johnson and also in one picture with
the ˜Bethnal Green tube sign™ painting which she successful bid for. The
work by Mizan ur-Rahman has tiny letters in the background in Arabic quoting
from the Koran ˜From God we come and to God we return™.

The exhibition is open until 16th June, with free entry, on Thursdays &
Fridays 5pm until 9pm, and Saturdays & Sundays 12noon until 5pm. There are
61 photos of the old East End that have never been seen before. They show
some great old characters and many places that are no longer there. They
will take you down memory lane and should not be missed. They are also on
sale, framed and delivered by hand. So, go along to have a look as they will
become a talking point on anyone’s wall. Don’t miss it.

At the time of writing we are still sorting out the finances for the event
but expect the auction to have raised at least £7,200. Our sincere thanks to
all the wonderful artists and companies that donated items for the auction
and also to Lance Forman for his generosity and to everyone that bought
paintings and goods on the night.

Jack the Ripper walk

Saturday 31st August 2013.

Two Jack the Ripper guided walks took place on 31st August conducted by
Ripperologist, Edward Stow. It was a fascinating tour and talk which seemed
to prove exactly who the Ripper was and why he was connected to the Bethnal
Green tube disaster. With the help of Sue & Ruby a re-enactment of the first
officially accredited murder (that had taken place that very evening 125
years earlier) was explained in the exact location of Bucks Row which has
now been renamed and largely obscured by the Cross Rail workings. Other
points of interest on the walk were pointed out, including the history of
Bethnal Green library. It was hard going to organise the two walks in one
day as they ended at Spitafields so time between the two was very short.
However, our grateful thanks to Edward, Sue & Ruby for undertaking such a
fascinating event and a special thanks to them for raising over £640 for the







If you know what school any of the disaster victims attended could you
please let us now? We are trying to locate all the schools they went to as
quickly as possible and need your help to do so.

Please let Derek Spicer know on 07722 162 168 or contact the charity office
on 077324 60 444.

East London Sunday Football League Tournament.

8th September 2013

The East London Sunday Football League played a superb tournament of matches
on Sunday 8th September in aid of our charity. Twenty teams competed
throughout the day, finishing with a thrilling penalty shoot-out final.

Organised into 4 groups of 5 teams and each playing the other sides once, we
eventually had the placings for the top two teams from each group. These
teams were then drawn into 4 games and played for a place in the semi
finals. Once these games had ended the 2 semi finals paired ARBOUR
proceeded to the final with a convincing 2-0 win, while ARBOUR held their
nerves under a late bombardment to win 1-0.


The final began under the late afternoon sun and BYRON put ARBOUR under a
good deal of pressure but resolute defending combined with a good display
from the ARBOUR keeper kept the game all square. Late in the second half
ARBOUR nearly settled the tie but an excellent save from the BYRON keeper
kept his side in the hunt for the cup. The final whistle blew with the game
still tied and we moved to one end of the pitch for a penalty shoot out.

Here BYRON had the advantage with ARBOUR hitting the post and the BYRON
keeper making 2 good saves and finally after a long hard day BYRON were

The match officials and players from both sides were presented with
individual awards by TV’s DIY expert, TOMMY WALSH, who is also patron of the
charity, and both teams received a cup to keep provided by the League. :
On a personal note I would like to thank GLL for providing the pitches and
facilities on the South Marsh free of charge, and the match officials for
providing their services free of charge, and also all the secretaries and
players of all the teams for helping to make it such a good day.
By Chairman of the League, Brian Hannon

Tommy Walsh, spent the day watching the matches and supporting the teams. He
is a long-time resident in East London and a passionate supporter of local
football. Tommy thanked the teams and officials and the East London Sunday
League for a thrilling day of football and for raising just over £1000 for
the charity. Tommy has been helping the charity to reduce the costs of the
Bethnal Green tube disaster memorial, which is two thirds built, next to
Bethnal Green underground station. The charity still needs to raise a
further £82k to be able to complete the teak ˜stairway™ that will have the
surnames of all the victims carved in large letters around the sides. It
will also have 173 conicals in the roof to allow sunlight to shine through,
representing the victims who died on 3rd March 1943. Derek Spicer, Treasurer
of the charity also watched the tournament and said how proud he was of the
teams and of what the East London Sunday football League had done to
organise the day. He thanked everyone involved for raising so much money for
the charity and said that the money would be put towards completing the
final part of the Memorial as soon as possible.

Photographic Exhibition

The photographic exhibition is now on show at Bethnal Green library until
16th November.


The photos are all in black and white and show places and
characters from the East End in the 1960s and 70s by professional
photographer Mike Pattison.


Entry is free and the exhibition is open when the library is open 10am until
6pm Mondays to Saturdays.

All the photographs are for sale and copies can be ordered and delivered in
good time for Christmas. They are being sold in aid of our charity to help
towards the final section of the Bethnal Green tube disaster Memorial which
is partially built in Bethnal Green Gardens.

There will also be an auction and sale of some of the photographs (framed)
and several paintings and hand-painted china at the library on Thursday 14th
November from 6pm until 8pm. Tickets are free and refreshments will be
available. The auctioneer will be comedian John Ryan. To order tickets
please ring Derek Spicer on 07722 162 168 or the Stairway to Heaven Memorial
charity office on 077324 60444.

posted: 1st December 2013

Gatehouse School cheque.


Gatehouse School in Sewardstone display a cheque for the funds they had raised on 13th November

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