#Free#Sunday Social at Millman Street Centre#Sunday 28th July, 2019

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Luurve is in the, erm, arts…

The latest Sunday Social event to be held at Millman Street Community Centre will take place on, erm, Sunday (obvs), 28th July.  Our members will be able to explore the world of embroidery in the latest workshop.

This reporter couldn’t easily find a photo of embroidery, so opted to add a pic of his own veggie stock cube (above; variations below), which crumbled into a love heart shape of its own accord.  Well, it’s artsy.  Sort of.  And there are ceramics and photography workshops included in the Sunday Social classes.

Ahem.  The Sunday Social Embroidery workshop will take place between 12pm to 3pm,  and is free.


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#Summer Fun at Mary Ward Centre#20th July 2019

Once again, our friends the Mary Ward Centre Players are putting on a show for the discerning Holborn public.

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Like the poster says, The Summer Seaside Music Hall! will take place on Saturday, 20th July at the Mary Ward.  It begins at 3pm, and a mere £3 donation on the door will assure you of a seat. So get yourself along for a sing-along.

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#Queen Square Fair 2019#Millman Street Community Centre


QSF 2019

Last Saturday (6th July) saw Millman Street Community Centre represented at the annual Queen Square Fair, just up the road in, erm, you know, Queen Square.

There was no HCA bric-a-brac stall this year, but the food stall was manned – and indeed womanned – by Ruma, Mawish, Operations Manager Saira, Mktg Co-ord Elly and caretaker John.

Hazel from 1A Arts had a stall in the green bit of the Square, where your roving, raving, rotten reporter also discovered HCA Director, Paul, and ruthlessly interrogated him in the manner of a proper journalist/cold war KGB information obtainer, extracting all of his personal and the charity’s secrets.

Ahem.  Paul may remember it differently, and to spare readers tedious comparisons between rival versions of events, let’s just say your HCA hack will not reveal what was vouchsafed to him on that slightly overcast July afternoon.  Paul did, however, agree to be photographed next to a weird thingummy:


Director Paul and, erm, exotic display

Anyhoo.  What can be revealed is that there was Line Dancing in the Square, and a succession of musical acts, including the Northern Celts.  Later, HCA members sang along with some of the Mary Ward Centre players.

Earlier, the Latino-influenced Bahareque Band played, and their harpist, journalist Colin Gordon, graciously allowed your HCA hack to take a blurry snap of him with said instrument:


Isn’t the very name Colin Gordon evocative of Latin America…?

Steve and Sarah were also in attendance, helping members around the displays and stalls, and HCA‘s Activities Coordinator, Carmen, had her own stall, offering face-painting.

HCA Chairperson Crispin was also to be seen (and indeed badly photographed), as was former Millman Street Centre manager, Sue, snapped chatting with Bridie, Lilly and Sevilla.

This reporter also ran into Millman Street member Sheku who, in her capacity as local resident, was manning another stall.  She alerted him to the Football For Freedom cause, designed to inspire girls in Palestine to come to Britain and play the beautiful game with their counterparts here.

Time for a pictorial.  It’s as good a way as any to get shot of the other photos that couldn’t be crowbarred into the main article:

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6th July was also International Kissing Day, and our Older Peoples’ Services manager, Andrew, was persuaded to snog his missus, Joss, for the occasion, egged on by Carmen and this reporter.  Aww…

Your HCA word-mangler also enjoyed a slice of strawberry cake, sold for only a quid by ladies from Uganda who have a shop in Camden Town.  Fancying himself as something of a connossieur of the strawberry, he would recommend said shop to anyone – if he could recall it’s name, that is….


Strawberries and cakes: scoffed by HCA hack…


Holborn Community Association would like to thank everyone who supported us and other charities at this year’s Queen Square Fair.  Special thanks to those who gave up their time to man the food stall, and to cook the food sold from it of course.


Contact: Bahareque Band: baraharequeband@hotmail.com (You Tube also).

Donate to Football For Freedom via: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/football4freedom and for more info: camdenabudis@btinternet.com


QSF wouldn’t be QSF without a bizarre sight or two.  Aside from the always disquieting sight of this reporter in the square, 2019 featured this:


Funny place, Holborn…

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#Free Seated Exercise at Millman Street Community Centre

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Seated exercise, sliding camera work

It’s important to keep healthy, they tell this HCA reporter, and exercise is crucial for that sort of, erm, thing.  With that in mind, Millman Street Community Centre offers HCA members a virtual cornucopia of keep fit-ery

F’rinstance, today and indeed every Thursday at the Centre, there is a Seated Exercise Class.  Hosted by Eleanor from the Mary Ward Centre, the sessions run between 2 and 3pm and are absolutely free.

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Chair-based fun, good for all ages…

The mind’s a muscle, too, apparently.  They say writing a blog is good for brain activity, but there’s no scientific evidence to support this.  Merely supposition from a hack who, evidently, can’t be bothered to undertake the minutes of research which might determine whether it’s true.  Or not…

Ahem.  Anyhoo, if you fancy keeping fit, nip down to the Centre of a Thursday for Seated Exercise.

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Some exercise classes resemble hostage situations. But not at HCA…


Holborn Community Association would like to thank Eleanor for providing the Seated Exercise classes at Millman Street Centre.


Report by HCA’s health-free zone: Notes Smudger



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#Mosaic Classes at Millman Street Community Centre#Fridays


Mosaic at Millman Street Centre

Millman Street Community Centre offers a variety of classes and workshops to members, including the Mosaic Class of a Friday afternoon.  Between 1pm and 3pm, for a small fee (to be negotiated) for materials, you could be creating a mosaic of your very own.

Now, as for the photos featured here, this reporter tried to find one of a Roman mosaic floor, but – wouldn’t you know it? – despite said tiles being a couple of millenia old, he discovered that copyright on ancient Roman images lasts ad infinitum.

HCA can’t afford the lira and/or sesterces demanded by the emperor’s descendents, so you’ll have to make do with the snaps snapped by your HCA hack:


Horrendous HCA hack: too mean to pay Roman copyright fee

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#Free Event: Open Studios at 1A Arts, 18th July, 2019


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Creative?  Why not join us for an afternoon of celebration of the last year of creative activities at HCA’s 1A Arts Centre?

We’ll be displaying exhibitions of work by children, young people and adults, running some fun creative workshops suitable for all ages, as well as screening our summer film project film and various animations made by local young people.

You could have a go yourself.  Maybe even redesign the Holborn Community Association logo, like wot HCA’s enfant terrible d’art (i.e: this reporter) has done (see top and following).

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The redesign – Mk II

Anyhoo.  The event is free and runs from 4pm – 7pm, on Thursday18th July, 2019

Venue: 1A Arts, 1A Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4SR

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#Workers’ Educational Association at Millman Street Centre


Birdhouses under construction

Today, Tracey from the Workers’ Education Association visited Millman Street Community Centre.  She helped our members fashion bird feeders from old drinks cartons – killing two, erm, birds with one stone if you’ll excuse the cliche, by both recycling packaging and helping feed our feathered friends, the, erm, birds.

Ahem.  Originally formed in 1903 as An Association To Promote The Higher Education of Working Men Tracey’s organisation was, mercifully, renamed the Workers’ Education Association in 1905. Today, it is the biggest provider of adult education in Britain.

Assisted by HCA volunteers, Tracey oversaw some of our members as they created and decorated their bird feeders.  So what did the Millman Street regulars think?

“It’s alright, ” said Pat.  Originally from Glasgow, he enjoyed the activity.

As did fellow Scot, George.  “It’s crazy, isn’t it?” he said wryly, adding: “It’s better than doing nothing, isn’t it?” in the same dry tones.

Creativity of this sort is calming, absorbing and good for well-being.  Thelma, Rose and Helena were engrossed in making their own feeders.  Margaret enjoyed herself.  “It’s nice,” she said.  “I join in most of the things [at the Centre],” she added.


You’ve got this far into the article without your HCA scribbler inserting a playlist of songs apt to the given subject.  However, he’s done it again:

Birdhouse In Your Soul – They Might Be Giants

The Birdie Song – The Tweets

Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons – The Pixies

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers

Birds of a Feather – Killing Joke


Holborn Community Association would like to thank Tracey and the Workers’ Education Association for providing today’s craft workshop for our members.  We hope to see her again with another creative workshop.


Not to be confused with WEA Record Company (as your HCA hack was), you can find out more about Workers’ Education Association via WEA.Org.uk


Tracey checks out Killing Joke…

Feathered photos and bird-brained banter from Notes Smudger

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