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Drop-in on Rainbow Wednesday Rainbow Hamlets will be hosting a regular Wednesday drop-in giving advice about hate crime, domestic abuse and housing at the John Scurr Centre in Limehouse. rainbowhamlets.wordpress.com On your bike on DLR Cyclists, including those with non-folding bikes, are now permitted on DLR trains during off-peak hours. see below News News in brief FEEL mental health MENTAL health issues will be discussed at an event taking place on Friday, February 7 at 7pm at Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, Bromley-by-Bow. Hosted by FEEL, a community group which campaigns for wider understanding of mental health problems, the evening will feature speakers as well as music, poetry and refreshments. For details email f.e.e.l. campaign@google mail.com Syria charity dinner A CHARITY, which works to alleviate poverty and suffering, is holding a fundraising dinner in aid of a project in Syria. Global Aid Project will hold the event, including a threecourse meal and talks, at The Waterlily, Mile End, on Saturday, February 1, from 5pm. Visit www.globalaidproject.org.uk The Rainbow connection LGBT forum relaunches with programme of advice and cultural events BY LARAINE CLAY A FORUM for the borough’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people is launching in to the New Year with a wideranging new programme offering support – and cultural events. Founded in 2009, Rainbow Hamlets achieved charitable status last year and it is now recruiting its first staff, launching its new phase this week. From on January 29, the group will be holding Rainbow Wednesdays, a drop-in service giving advice about hate crime, domestic abuse and housing at the John Scurr Centre in Limehouse. Jack Gilbert, chair of Rainbow Hamlets, said: “Working to build LGBT life in one of the most diverse and challenging boroughs in London is nothing if not varied, but over the years we have developed real expertise. “If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans and live, work or have strong associations with Tower Hamlets, we would like to cordially invite you to join us on this journey.” He said he was grateful for the funding support received from the council: “Without their support since our inception in 2009, we could not have reached this point, and we are grateful for that.” A special Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony will be held to mark the launch, with Jewish, LGBT, Muslim and African personal testimonies on this year’s HMD theme of Journeys. It starts at 6.30pm on Wednesday at the centre, The Vinyl Closet perform songs from the pre-liberation era for LGBT History Month What’s on in LGBT history month From Tues, Feb 5. 7-9pm: Rose Collis in Trouser- Wearing Characters. The stories of four ‘masculine women and feminine men’. Also, Fri-Sun, Feb 14-16. 7-9pm. Tickets £6, £5 concs. The Gallery Café, 21 Old Ford Road, E2. www.rosecollis.com Thurs, Feb 13. 6.30-7.30pm: What’s inside the local archives? Explore LGBT history in Tower Hamlets. Free. Local History Library & Archives, 277 Bancroft Road, E1. Sat, Feb 22. 7.30-9.30pm: The Vinyl Closet – Pink, Black & Blues 1a Bekesbourne Street, E14. An evening of entertainment follows on Friday, January 31 to kick off February’s LGBT History Month. The gala opening night will see drag singer Dave Lynn in conversation with Mr Gilbert followed by music, jokes and Evening of entertainment from the musical closet of the pre-gay liberation era. Free. Joiners Arms, 116-118 Hackney Road, E2. performance plus LGBT anthems from the last 40 years. Dave Lynn Reveals All is at the White Swan, 556 Commercial Road, E14 from 9pm, with free entry until 10.30pm. For more information about Rainbow Hamlets email hello@ rainbowhamlets.org or call 7364 7003. Off-peak bikers welcome on DLR CYCLISTS, including those with nonfolding bicycles, are now permitted on Docklands Light Railway (DLR) trains during off-peak hours, following a successful trial. More than 5,000 cyclists travelled with their bikes on the DLR during a pilot period that started last July. DLR director Rory O’Neill said: “All cyclists are now welcome to use DLR services during off-peak hours and at all times on weekends and bank holidays.” Ashok Sinha, chief executive of the London Cycling Campaign, which provided advice and assistance during the six-month period, said: “This measure will open up new areas of the city to the many Londoners who ride bicycles and provide valuable cross-river links, encouraging more daily cycle journeys.” For details visit www.tfl.gov.uk/cyclingvision 27 JANUARY – 2 FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 9


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