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Yesterday was the last lunch from Pips Dish for our group cooked by Bruno, a brilliant cook who has been creating delicious and inspiring food for us using his own voluntary time every Wednesday over the last 9 months or so.

We are very pleased for Bruno as he has found a new job – so congratulations and thank you again for all your brilliant meals!

Pips Dish free lunch will continue until the end of July, every Wednesday from 12.30 – 2pm, now run by the Kitchenettes. 

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

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Join us next Wednesday at The Arc Centre for a brand new Get Together with professional knitting tutor Lydia Storan.

Bring along your primary school aged grandchildren to teach and pass on your knitting skills – and learn new ones along the way!

Knit with your grandchildren!
3.45 – 5pm Every Wednesday at The Arc Centre until 17th July.

Bring needles and wool if you have them – some  materials will be provided.

Refreshments and tea and coffee will also be available.

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman to book your FREE place on 0207 281 6018
(or just pop by on the day!).


TEMPLATE for Grandparents Knitting Flyers



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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Our Get Together group at Whittington Park Community Association had a great time on Saturday at The Big Day Out in Whittington Park as part of the brilliant Holloway Festival.

The sun was shining and the atmosphere was vibrant as everyone enjoyed ice cream, music, dog shows, crafts, art, games and more. Our Get Together group, who meet at Whittington Park Community Association every Wednesday from 2 – 3.30pm gathered together their beautiful creations and set up their stall. We had some good sales, with the handmade toys proving popular as well as the cushions and baby clothes. All proceeds went back into the group to go towards more materials.

Everyone had a lovely time – so huge thanks to Katia from Whittington Park Community Association and Holloway Festival.






Yesterday we were lucky enough to enjoy a fantastic tour from the Estorick Collection around their new exhibition on Italian photographer Giorgio Casali. With an expert on hand to show us round we learnt a lot about the iconic photographer – from his playfulness with light and dark, to weight and design.

With a beautiful collection of Casali’s photographs, as well as magazine covers from the famous style magazine Domus, to furniture from the time including a book shaped chair and iconic lamp this exhibition gave a real flavour of 1960s/70s Italy – and the legacy of the style and innovation it left in its wake.

Our group had a brilliant time, enjoying the accessible and friendly tour and viewing the works on display. We even got to soak up some sunshine in the café garden afterwards. A perfect morning.

One attendee said:

I’d often walked past the Estorick Collection museum but had never visited it so I was keen to join the group yesterday.  It was very helpful to have an introduction to the exhibition which helped me to understand the works on display and made the visit interesting and enjoyable.  The café and garden area were pleasant to sit in and  have a coffee.

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This week is Islington Giving week – a week to celebrate the community projects supported by our funders – Islington Giving.

Islington Giving have been welcomed in to our Get Togethers for a first hand account of what we get up to – and have kindly written up their thoughts on our Get Together at Sobell Leisure Centre in a blog post you can read here.

The rest of the week continues with lots more exciting activities across the borough. You can see the full programme on their blog.

You can join us at our Get Togethers:

TOMORROW – Wednesday 7th June

– Pips Dish – free lunch, 133B Upper St, 12.30 – 2pm tomorrow CALL TO BOOK!

– The Arc Centre, 98B St Paul Street – painting and knitting afternoon (with copious amounts of cake!), 2 – 4pm

– Whittington Park Art, The Room Café, Yerbury Rd, textiles, crafts, toy making, sewing – 2 – 3.30pm

Friday 9th June

– An Afternoon at the British Museum – 2.30 – 4.30pm – Handling musical intruments from the collections through the ages. CALL TO BOOK!

Sunday 11th June

– Sobell Leisure Centre – FREE table tennis, hoops, skipping, cards, board games and more! 4 – 6pm

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman to book on 0207 281 6018.

See you there!


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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!

Join us tomorrow for our last lunch in the Get Togethers we have been running with Pips Dish.

Local people over 55 join us for a delicious meal lovingly handmade by Bruno and the gang.

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Our clients have had the most wonderful time over the past few months. One summed it up this morning saying:

Thank you – it’s been brilliant – absolutely superb! I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people – and the delicious food of course!

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman to book your FREE place tomorrow – 12.30 – 2pm – on 0207 281 6018

Hope to see you there!


Click here to see our new profile on Creative Islington – a great site to find out all the creative goings-on in the local area.

Check out the creative classes happening over at Drovers Centre too –


Age UK Islington Get Togethers

Inspiring Get Togethers for over 50s from Age UK Islington

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