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On Monday we welcomed Toby from the North London Waste Authority to our longest running Get Together at The Duke of Cambridge to speak about how to waste less food and save more money as part of the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign.

It was another brilliant talk, really opening our eyes to the facts and figures around food waste – such as 37 million slices of bread being thrown away by UK households every day!

We guessed at best portion sizes, using the helpful measuring cups and spaghetti measurers Toby provided, as well as sharing our own advise on how to store fresh food and tell when something is going off.

It was a great afternoon, and we all learnt something new!

Thank you Toby!

Join us at more interesting talks, or just pop in for a cuppa and a chat! We meet at The Duke of Cambridge pub, 33 St Peters St, Angel, every Monday (except Bank Hols) from 12 – 2pm. 

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman for more information on 0207 281 6018.

See you there!

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We can’t wait until this Thursday 4th July for our next trip to The British Museum for a talk and tour around the Japan Gallery!

These tours are free and open for all – s0 join us this Thursday at 10.30am (meet at Meeting Point 2 near the Information Desk in the main foyer) for an 11.00 tour (in the Japan Gallery, Level 5, Room 92). No booking necessary, but do call us for more information on 0207 281 6018.

See more information about the beautiful Japanese galleries here.

Yesterday we were joined at The Arc Centre by Gemma from Wise Up To Waste at The North London Waste Authority to share some helpful tips and insights into how we can waste less food and save more money.

Some great tips and facts included:

– You can freeze all sorts of food – from yoghurt, to eggs (not whole though!) to making your own frozen banana ice lollies! (One of our group popped home to prove it – bringing back a pot of frozen grapes to share!)
– Don’t shop when you’re hungry!
– Go by the best before dates but also use your own intuition
– 74% of cereal is thrown away because too much has been poured!

The talk provided a great platform for some heated debate amongst the group, from discussions around supermarkets to organic veg to packaging – everyone had something to contribute and their own reasons for their food habits.

We were also shown portion measurers, and given some free recipes with advice on using up leftovers.

It was an informative and insightful afternoon, and we all came away having learnt something new.

Thank you Gemma and the North London Waste Authority!

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Looking forward to welcoming Gemma from Wise Up to Waste tomorrow to teach us about how we can save money through wasting less food.

As part of the Wise Up to Waste campaign, North London Waste Authority are giving talks on reducing food waste in the household. The session, lasting about an hour, will give key ways on how to avoid wasting food. Topics covered include portion sizes, food storage, date labels and using up leftovers.  Some freebies such as portion measurers and recipes will also be provided.

This FREE talk is at The Arc Centre, 98B ST Paul Street, N1 7DF, tomorrow afternoon from 2 – 4pm.

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman for more information on 0207 281 6018 and see the Wise Up to Waste website here: www.wiseuptowaste.org.uk

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Yesterday we were treated to a brilliant urban photography walk led by photographer Peter Kyte. We met at Café Cucina 327 for a delicious Italian coffee and mint tea before heading off with our cameras to observe the local area.

Briefed by Peter, we looked at pattern, colour and shape in the detail of our urban surroundings, using our zoom, macro settings, or simply our bodies to get closer to the subject to abstract it more.

With a range of abilities on board, the session was a great opportunity for those learning the basics of photography to others more experienced with a camera to explore Caledonian Road in all its urban glory.

A great day out!

Join us at Café Cucina 327 next Monday where we will be looking at the images we took and learning how to edit them. Or just pop in for a coffee! 3.30 – 5pm, Café Cucina 327 Caledonian Road, on the corner of Lyon Street. Bus Stop L, Caledonian Road and Barnsbury.

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman for more information on 0207 281 6018.

 

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On Friday we headed off to The British Museum to enjoy a fantastic afternoon of handling unusual, weird and wonderful musical instruments. From contemporary Maori-inspired Conch shell trumpets, to carved wooden flutes, simple yet satisfying rhythmic stones and African wire ‘pianos’; we played our melodic (and not so…) way through the session.

Exploring materials, textures, sounds and shapes we were spoken through the inspiration, myth and legend behind the instruments by Harvinder and her brilliant colleagues from The British Museum’s Community Partnerships team.

We then headed up into the ‘Living and Dying’ exhibition space to see other similar exhibits to what we had been handling moments before. The opportunity to touch, smell and play the instruments really brought to life the objects behind the glass – and subsequently provided an informative and vivid glimpse into the lives and cultures of those who invented and played them.

Thank you British Museum!

Join us on more tours and workshops – call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman to book your place on 0207 281 6018.

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[Above – Our hosts enjoying an Afternoon Tea and training session recently]

Our voluntary Get Together hosts are a brilliant gang. A whole range of different backgrounds and ages, each individual is with us for a different reason but all with the same aim – to help us continue to reduce social isolation is Islington’s over 55s.

Our Get Together hosts meet and greet people at our Get Togethers, build brilliant and lasting relationships with our  clients and make new friends themselves. They get the chance to explore Islington, with trips on the Angel Boats, to wandering nature parks, trying experimental food, playing table tennis, cards and more!

Our clients really value our volunteer hosts, as they get to know them over the weeks, months and years of regular contact creating a very special Age UK Islington.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman on 0207 281 6018.

 

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There is such a thing as a free lunch! And it is carrying on until July!

Join us every Wednesday from 12.30 – 2pm for a FREE homemade lunch from brilliant cook Bruno at Pips Dish.

Share your food memories and meet new local people over a delicious homemade feast – for free! One of our clients said:

Pips Dish has brought colour into my diet and improved the quality of what I eat. I have made new friends and even bumped into an old one who I hadn’t seen in years!

Call Activities Manager Ellie to book your place on 0207 281 6018.

Booking essential as places are limited.

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Wednesday saw another lovely afternoon Get Together at The Arc Centre in Angel. Our regulars put on Bingo and brought in homemade cakes to share with the group. It all got rather competitive and one lady won all three rounds! Everyone had a good natter and even signed up to the lunch at Pips Dish next week. Looking forward to introducing fellow Islingtonians together next Wednesday!

Are you a local person over 55? Come and join us at The Arc Centre next week from 2 – 4pm.

98B St Pauls Street – end of Packington Street, Angel N1

Call Activities Manager Ellie  Shipman for more information on 0207 281 6018.

See you there!

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This morning we enjoyed some lively debate at Yve’s Morning Book Club as we discussed the pros and cons of Jonas Jonasson’s ‘The Hundred-Year- Old Man’ – a surreal and fascinating novel reflecting the political history of the last century through it’s rather neutral protagonist Allan – the hundred-year-old man.

Join us next time on Thurs 9th May from 10.30 – 11.30am at Bill’s Cafe, 9 White Lion St (near Angel tube), where we will be discussing The Daughter of Time, by Jospehine Tey.

Call Ellie for more information on 0207 281 6018, or just drop in!

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