NEWS ARCHIVE 2017-2018


Saturday 16th June 2018 Labour Live event, at White Hart Lane Recreation Ground, a brand new one-day festival of music, art and politics that bringing together socialist politics with a great line up of bands, speakers from across literature and politics, campaign training, food and drink, kids' entertainment – and hopefully a bit of sunshine too. • Fri 29th, Sat 30th and Sun 1st July 2018, at Finsbury Park, London. Liam Gallagher, Queens of The Stone Age and The Community Festival • Fri 13th July, Sat 14th July and Sun 15th July 2018 - Lovebox/ Citadel, – Gunnersby Park, London.

RESTART PARTIES: Restart helps you learn how to fix and take back control of your electricals: Slow or damaged laptops, smartphones, radios and many of your other favourite devices eg coffee grinders, lamps, kettles, vacuums and many othersbcan often be put right so "don't despair, just repair". Some sessions also include clothes mending:
Tue June 5th 2018: 6:30-9:30pm: Kentish Town Restart Party, Kentish Town Community Centre, 17 Busby Place, (off Toriano Avenue), CamdenThu June 7th 2018: 6-9pm: Remakery Brixton Restart Party, at The Remakery, 51 Lilford Road, London SE5 9HYSun 1st July 2018: Brentford - 12noon-4pm: Brentford Recycling Action GroupSat 7th July 2018: 11-2pm Party in the Park (London Fields)Sun 8th July 2018: 1-4pm Crystal Palace Library of ThingsSat 21st July 2018: 11-2pm LeytonstoneSat 21st July 2018: 3-6pm Kingsgate Community Centre

Friday 1st June 2018: Invitation to AIKI-LAB: Members are invited to share an introductory evening to a special form of Aikido offered by visiting presenter Corky Quakenbush at the Highgate Library Hall, Chester Road, from 6.30 for 7pm to 9.30pm - see Flyer: AIKILAB-180601.pdf.

Sat May 12th 2018: 3pm: Kilburn Restart Party at Kingsgate Community Centre, 107 Kingsgate Road, West Hampstead, NW6 2JH: Details/Booking. • Sun May 13th 2018: 2-5pm: Tooting Restart Party, Mushkil Aasaan, 222 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7EW: Details/Booking. • Sat May 19th 2018: 12noon-3pm: Hackney Fixers Restart Party @ The Loop @ Pembury, 16 Tolsford Road, London E5 8HG: Details/Booking

Friday 9th March 2018:- 6-8pm: Hackney Fixing Fridays - Rosie the Restarter Skillshare, at Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square, London, E8 3BQ Dalston Square, London, E8 3BQ. Having identified gender balance as a challenge in our pool of volunteers, we organise skillshares run by/for women and non-binary people. They create a space to share, boost confidence and get technical together. These are designed to be a fun way of boosting confidence to increase volunteer gender diversity our community Restart Parties. Click HERE to read more, and say you're going.

Monday 5th March 2018 7-9pm: Food Bank As It Is: by former food bank manager Tara Osman tells real life stories about the growing number of people in the UK who are reliant on food banks and the way that low pay, benefit sanctions and delays have a catastrophic effect on individual lives. We have run 9 sell-out performances across London and have performed at the Houses of Parliament, at Bangor University and at Oxfam HQ in Oxford. The show will be followed by a panel discussion and a chance for the audience to ask questions and join the debate. Follow us on Twitter @foodbankasitis and Facebook at Audio feature on BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour. • Chelsea Theatre, World's End Place, 7 King's Road, London, SW10 0DR: Details/Booking.

Thursday 22nd February 2018 - Belsize Park Restart Party: Restart Parties are free and fun events giving practical help to fix your broken or tired gadgets. Slow laptops, broken printers, coffee grinders, lamps, kettles, vacuums and many other small electrical items! We’ll help you figure out the problem and give help and advice on how to fix it. Restart Parties promote the repair and maintenance of electronics that may otherwise be thrown away. Our volunteers will help you learn to fix, we're not simply a free repair service and we can’t guarantee to fix everything. Repairs will start at 18:30. If you're new to Restart and interested in helping host or fix, please aim to arrive at 18:00 for a brief introduction session. Further information and Booking

Saturday 3rd February 2018 12-3pm: Hackney Fixers Restart Party, at The Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue,London N4 2HF - hosted by James Diamond. This will be our fourth time at the popular Redmond Centre and we’ll be holding a Restart Party alongside a “Give and Take” event. There will be clothing and bike repair available too. So bring along your Tired Toasters, Poorly Printers, Morbid Mobiles and Lazy Laptops. Our volunteer Restarters will help you diagnose the fault, give you tips on repairing and help you to repair your own stuff!. Click HERE to say you're going

Wednesday October 11th 2017 - 11am-2pm - Kingston Restart Party, 164 Richmond Rd, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 5HD. Click HERE to say you're going.

Fri/Sat/Sun: 7/8/9th October 2017 Restart Fixfest: LSE New Academic Building, Wolfson Theatre, starting 7pm with speakers on three themes of Curiosity, Fairness, and Earth: Fixfest will bring together volunteer repairers and tinkerers, activists, policy-makers, thinkers, and companies from all over the world in the name of taking greater care of the things we own – and better products. Join us for 3 days of talks, workshops, skillshares and exchange. Details/Booking

Saturday September 30th 2017 - 11am-2pm - Westminster Restart Party, Church Street Library, 67 Church St, Westminster, London, NW8 8EU. Click HERE to say you're going.

Sunday 24th Sept 2017 - Harvest Stomp Festival, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: This year there'll be live music, barn dancing, farm animals and so much more! Activities will take place throughout the day, with a packed programme of workshops, demonstrations and entertainment - and of course, there will be a whole host of stalls showcasing locally produced food and drink at the festival! You can look forward to: Interactive mobile farm with sheep, goats, rabbits and more • Live bands, choirs and music - including performances from Licence to Ceilidh, Theo Bard and Forest of Fools • Delicious food stalls • Craft beers • Barn, African, Folk and Morris dancing - including performances from the Belles of London City and IROKO Theatre Company • Loads of traditional games • Comedy shows from the Liver Cottage Comedy Chefs. This event will be taking place in the north of the Park near the Timber Lodge Cafe. Simply turn up on the day and enjoy a fun, free day out with your family and friends! Full details.

Saturday Sept 16th 2017 - 11am-2pm - Leytonstone Restart Party at St John the Baptist Church, High Road Leytonstone, E11 1HH, alongside Traid (repairing clothes), Shed Homewares (furniture) and Dr Bike - so plenty of fixing going on. Click HERE to say you're going.

Sunday 30th July 2017:  from 1pm:  LETSlink London - - welcomes members and visitors to a regular end of month gathering.  Our aim is to welcome new members, encourage existing members to connect face-to-face, we also provide support to update their profile on the website.  The aim of Londonwide LETS to facilitate mutual support via "links".  London has some independent LETS groups, but members and groups can all connect up via the Londonwide website:  To encourage members to attend, we host visiting speakers.  Our theme for this meeting is Understanding the Deep State, and to explore this, we welcome Robin Upton of, Peter Presland, founder of Wikispooks - - and Robert Stuart who has been writing and speaking about the 2013 BBC Panorama documentary Saving Syria's Children - see: and   After the presentations and Q&A, we will use "OpenSpace" to encourage members to discuss topics both relating to the presentations and their own topics they might wish to bring to the meeting,  in small groups, and to report back at a final session.  We also hope to encourage performers, if time allows.  Please feel free to bring any leaflets or items you wish to display, and food to share - there is a kitchen where we can prepare food and drinks. Our venue for this session is the Highgate Library Hall, Croftdown Road, London NW5 1HB, a short walk from Archway tube, and Highate Road, and on the C11 bus route - see map. Attendance by donation (to meet room hire costs (suggested amount £5). To book please go to:

Saturday 29 July 2017: 10am-5pm: Health Creation & Food Commons, From Land to Fork – a complex web of relationships: Free Event, open to all, at the Claremont Project Islington, 24 White Lion Street - London N1 9PD, Speakers include: Jamie Harvie: Institute for a Sustainable Future, The Food Commons, Commons Health Network - Jamie employs a systems approach to build relationships and facilitate improved human, community and ecological resilience, and will share from his lived experience, what works and what doesn't - he also coordinated the national phase out of mercury medical devices in the US • Helen Cooke: Nutrition Lead for the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine "Kitchen on Prescription" project • OrganicLea: A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley - access to land, growing organic food and linking with Mental Health Services • Alex Laird: Living Medicine: People and Plants for Health • Anna Betz: NHS Brainfood: Using lifestyle and nutrition to address cognitive decline & dementia • Lambeth GP Food Co-op: presenter tba • Dan Hopewell: Bromley by Bow Centre: BBBC works with over 2,000 people each month, supports people to overcome chronic illness and unhealthy lifestyles and enables people to learn new skills and to find work. See Flyer. Further details/booking: HERE.

Tuesday 18 July 2017: The Ware Society of Cogers will be meeting in its popular new venue, The Brewery Tap in Ware High Street, starting at 8pm, about a 2 minute walk from Ware train station.

Wednesday 12 July 2017: What is Our Way Ahead? Let's build stronger communities/ Look beyond existing policy frameworks/ Respond with greater community voice and agency. An OPEN (free) event to build voice, agency and grassroots infrastructure at a time of crisis and division. Aiming to network and contribute to a wider movement that is democratic, sustainable and genuinely supportive of each other. Includes storytelling, open space, testimonies and presentations from community organisations. Time to reflect and plan action: Brexit, Austerity, Grenfell... so many more. Let's share our experiences, agree common purpose and plan for collective action. Venue: The Great Hall TR1-04, Holloway Campus, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DP, 1pm-8.30pm. To book a place go: HERE

Monday 10 July 2017: The City of London Society of Cogers will be holding its regular meeting, starting at 7pm. Following our June meeting which had to be held in a different venue (viz. the Counting House pub), the City of London Cogers will return to its normal venue, the Old Bank of England pub in Fleet Street, next to the Law Courts. Please come along. Everyone attending will be able to speak.

Sunday 9th July 2017: LETS Socials are for members to connect up and for prospective members to find out what LETS is all about. Our wonderful musician member Mardi has invited Sylvia Reich of Voisoulution, who is visiting London for a fortnight to meet members of Camden LETS and we are extending this invitation to members of Londonwide LETS. Please arrive at 3pm to welcome Sylvia, who will be giving taster sessions of various aspects of her work, which looks as if might be about the Voice, the Soul and Solutions! see: To find out more, please come on Sunday - feel free to bring snacks to share! RSVP for venue via Contact Us or by phone. Mary Fee: 020 7607 7852 - 07966 216891.

Tuesday 4th July 2017 2-4pm: Restart Party at Archer Academy Upper School, 3 Beaumont Cl, London N2 0GA. Ten enrichment sessions at Archer Academy will culminate with a Restart Party open to the public at the school! This will be a first for us. Please come and learn with the Year 10 Restarters. PLEASE RSVP if you are planning on attending. Arrive before 3pm if you would like help and remember: we're happy to help for you to learn how to repair. We are not repair professionals - we do not bring spare parts - and Restart Parties are a community space. Attending means that you take responsibility for your own gadget, your own data, so please do not forget to back-up your data. And bring all relevant cables and leads. Nearest tube: the site is right next to East Finchley Tube station: Book HERE.

Monday 3 July 2017: Meeting of the Sylvan Debating Club: 6.45pm for a 7pm start, in our usual venue The Old Bank of England , 194 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2LT. Nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane and Temple. The debate will be on the subject of the NHS and its future. The wording remains to be finalised, as do the Proposer and Opposer. Meanwhile please note that everyone attending will be able to speak in this debate.

Friday 30th June 2017: at 7.00 pm: Musicians for Peace & Disarmament: Summer Concert for Peace in memory of Ruth Underwood, with Wissam Boustany on FLUTE & Aleksander Szram on PIANO, interval speaker: Bruce Kent, to be held at Hinde Street Methodist Church 19 Thayer Street London W1U 2QJ. Tickets £15 (£10 concessions):

Saturday 24th June 2017: Hackney Fixers Restart Party in the Park, London Fields, Hackney - - 11am to 3pm. This event is organised by Hackney Fixers** The popular Restart Party in the Park is back! Enjoy fixing in the leafy surroundings of London Fields park for the fourth time since this annual event started in 2014. Details/booking

Saturday 17th June 2017 11am Leytonstone Restart Party, at St John the Baptist Church, High Road Leystonstone, courtesy of support from Waltham Forest Council. We will be there alongside Traid (repairing clothes), Shed Homewares (furniture) and Dr Bike - so plenty of fixing going on. Click here to say you're going.

Saturday 17th June, 11am to 5pm: Kentish Town Road. Come and join Transition Kentish Town for an inspiring tour of our new green spaces off Kentish Town Road. The 'Well Beeing Garden' at the James Wigg practice will open from 11am-12:30 for a FREE LAUGHTER YOGA session. Stop for live music at the Platform 1 Cottage Garden at KT overground station between 1:00-2:30pm. Stop off at our pop up Camden Air Action stall and find out how green spaces help counter pollution. The day will finish at 'The Listening Space' at The Caversham Group Practice between 3 - 5pm where FREE TEA AND HERB SCONES will be served! See latest newsletter for further details and other events: May 2017 Newsletter. For more info:

Monday 12th June 2017, 6:30 to 9:30pm: RESTART PARTY at Kentish Town Community Centre, 17 Busby Place, (off Toriano Avenue), Camden Town map - details/booking -

Sunday 4th June 2017 2pm: Prepare to Repair - AKA Bankside Restart Party, at the The Goodlife Centre, 49 Great Guildford St, London SE1 0ES - Details/Booking.

Saturday 20th May 2017: Leytonstone Restart Party: 11am to 2pm: St John the Baptist Church, High Road Leystonstone, London, E11 1HH. We are delighted to be bringing Restart Parties to Leytonstone, courtesy of support from Waltham Forest Council..... Read More and Book

TRIP to CRYSTAL PALACE to HELP with RAKESH'S MOVE: Saturday 27th May 2017

Wednesday 24th May 2017 - 6-9pm: Restart Party: Abbey Community Centre, 222c Belsize Road, Kilburn, NW6 4DJ - Details/Booking

Saturday 20th May 2017: Leytonstone Restart Party: 11am to 2pm: St John the Baptist Church, High Road Leystonstone, London, E11 1HH. We are delighted to be bringing Restart Parties to Leytonstone, courtesy of support from Waltham Forest Council..... Read More and Book

Tuesday May 9, 2017, Brixton Restart Party: 6-9pm at Brixton Pound Cafe, 77 Atlantic Rd, London SW9 8PU - Details/Booking

Sat 22nd April 2017: Leytonstone Restart Party- 11-2pm: The Restart Project will be fixing electronics and will be alongside other groups repairing cloths, bicycles and furniture. You will be able to get refreshments from the cafe on site. This is a part of a series of six events, on the 3rd Saturday of the month, organised by Waltham Forest Council. The event is in the St John the Baptist church hall, which you can get to from the High Street, down the path behind the church and next to Matalan. Details.

Sat 1st April 2017: Tooting Restart Party: 2-5pm - Mushkill Aasaan, at 222 Upper Tooting Rd, London SW17 7EW: Join us for another great event with Transition Town Tooting, who have also invited clothes menders. (So bring clothes to mend too!) We help you learn how to fix all kinds of devices, starting with troubleshooting, advising on spare parts if necessary and more. Take back control of your e-stuff, never feel victim to obsolescence again. Slow laptops, broken printers, smartphones, coffee grinders, you name it. We will have drinks and snacks, including from the amazing Pooja Sweets, and be in this vibrant community space. Please arrive before 4:00pm if you would like help and remember: we're happy to help for you to learn how to repair. We are not repair professionals, and Restart Parties are a community self-repair space. RSVP

Friday 31st March 2017: Camden LETS Social 4.30-7.30pm in the Cafe (or Corridor), Friends House, opposite Euston Station. For members to connect up - visitors wanting to join, very welcome. If you can't find us, text 07966 216891.

Mon 27th March 2017: Rosie the Restarter #13: Privacy and security online Part 2: 6:30pm @3Space, Keeton's and Collett, Keeton's Rd, London RSVP

Sat 25 March 2017: 1:00pm - 5:00pm: Coin Street is holding an Open Day to give local people the opportunity to have a look round and see some of the activities on offer: at Coin Street neighbourhood centre, 108 Stamford Street, South Bank London SE1 9NH

Monday 20th March 2017 - 7-9pm (followed by a drink in the pub). Positive Money Hackney at Café Z Bar, 58 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7PB. "Bitcoin and Crypto-Currencies" with Duncan McCann , of the New Economics Foundation . Duncan will give us an overview of research he has conducted with a team at the New Economics Foundation into *seigniorage*, the profit created by issuing currency. Duncan will touch on topics introduced at last month’s meeting on digital cash, however this is a standalone sesion and you do not need to have attended last month. Please Like / Join PM Hackney on Facebook .

Sun Mar 19th 2017: Prepare to Repair - AKA Bankside Restart Party: 2pm: at the Goodlife Centre, 49 Great Guildford St, London SE1 - RSVP

Sat 18th March 2017 2-4pm: London Futurists presents: The age of technology has arrived. Now what? With Azeem Azhar at Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London. £7.00 per person. The age of technology has arrived. Now what? It is impossible to escape technology because as humans we are inextricably linked to it. What are the implications as the pace of technology increases? What are the most important things to understand, in... Click here to say you're going.

Sat 18th March 2017: Ickenham Restart Party: 12-3pm @Swakeleys Home Guard Association Club, behind Ickenham Village Hall, Swakeleys Road, Ickenham UB10 8DG: RSVP

Sat 18th March 2017: Hackney Fixers Restart Party plus:12-3pm @Shoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton St, London N1 6LP RSVP.

Wednesday 15th March 2017 8pm: Beckenham and Penge Changemakers Meetup: " Encouraging co-operative working in our community" at the Goldsmiths Arms, 3 Croydon Road, London SE20 7TJ. People always say we're better when we work together, so why do we find it so hard in practice? In this session we will be discussing the reasons why co-operative working is so hard to achieve, how it benefits our community, what initiatives are going on and how we might be involved. Click here to say you're going

Wednesday, 15th March 2017 8pm: Greenwich Positive Living Group: at The Prince of Greenwich (upper room), 72 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT. "Why central banks are out of ideas, and what we need to do about it." For this meeting we are delighted to welcome David Clarke, Advocacy and Policy Adviser at Positive Money. His task is to influence the key actors here in the UK; at Westminster, the Treasury and the Bank of England, and elsewhere in Europe, to take the issues of monetary reform to the top of the agenda. As his title ~ 'Why central banks are out of ideas and what we need to do about it' ~ indicates, there is much to be done and David will lead a discussion of ways and means of advancing our campaign. All are welcome to what sounds like a very interesting and informative evening. Come along and bring a friend: Details/Booking

Wednesday, 15th March 2017 7pm: Hammersmith Positive Money Group: Upstairs Hall @ Grove Neighbourhood Centre, 7 Bradmore Park Road, Hammersmith, London W6 0DT. If it's your first time then you're very welcome to come along as we have a friendly group of regulars and most likely some first timers too. At this meeting we will take the time to reflect on highlights and missed opportunities for the Hammersmith group, as well as to plan for the future. It will be an interactive session and your input is welcome! We will be joined by Rachel Oliver, Lead Organiser for Positive Money, so this is a great chance for us to work with Rachel on a strategy for PM Hammersmith, as well as a chance to learn about the wider Positive Money network. Wednesday, 15th March 2017 8pm: Greenwich Positive Living Group: at The Prince of Greenwich (upper room), 72 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT. Come along and bring a friend: Details/booking.

Friday 10th March 2017: National Council for Independent Action: One Year On - 'Witness Seminar' - 1-5pm at the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE. The event is free at the point of delivery! As usual we will have a bit of social time afterwards. Many of us in and around the NCIA are still around. There is a Facebook page. There is a 'Listeron' email discussion list. And the legacy NCIA website still fully operational for open free access to all the NCIA writings and materials. If you, colleagues or collaborators would like to come to the event, put the date in your diary now and drop an email here - saying 'yes I am coming' with your name, organisation/group'. We'll send you a full programme in the middle of February. Also if you would like to contribute (a) short slot (5 minutes) on your perspective on independent voluntary action' in March 2017 - also drop a line to the above email address. If you want a longer slot and you haven't already been in contact, let me know a title and three sentences. We'll have an opportunity to swap ideas like this on the day. Themes (from): Independence, voice, dissent, public space, insiders & outsiders, campaigning, civil society, volunteering, activism, citizen action, democracy, space between state and market , radical action, critical perspectives. etc. Issues (from): migrants and refugees, women, youth work, regeneration, welfare benefits, poverty, austerity, privatisation of public space, xenopobia, etc

Wed 8th March 2017: Euston Restart Party - 6-9pm @ Basil Jellicoe Hall, Drummond Crescent, London NW1 1LE. RSVP

Wednesday 15th February 2017: please join us for a KUTLETS evening of trading, meeting other members and eating. Bring items to trade and food for a pot luck shared supper. 6.45 - 9pm on at 4 Crescent Roa, Kingston on Thames, KT2 7QR. Hope to see you there, Lucy. Please get in touch if you need any more info about this evening Simone 07737 277470 • Lucy 07962 944 944

Wed 8th Feb 2017: 8pm: Beckenham & Penge Changemakers Meetup - Goldsmiths Arms, 3 Croydon Road, London SE20 7TJ. This is the formal kick-off meeting for the group where we will discuss what our aims are and how we will run the group. I want everyone to have a hand in shaping the group, so please come along with your ideas! Event Details.

Sun Feb 5th 2017, 2pm: Bankside Restart Party: Part of The Goodlife Centre's recurrent "Prepare to Repair" events - textile and furniture repairs included! at The Goodlife Centre, 49 Great Guildford St, London SE1 0HS, nearest tube(s): Borough and Southwark: RSVP - for details see:

Tue 31st January: You've Been Trumped! Green on the Screen, Transition Highbury's film season, returns on Tuesday 31 January with this award-winning documentary about Donald Trump's efforts to build a golf course on a Site of Special Scientific Interest on Scotland's northeast coast, and the locals' hilarious and heartbreaking efforts to resist. This was back when he was just a property developer. Who knew?? Or should we have guessed? Join us to find out more. 'It blew me away' - Michael Moore. Film starts 7pm, but come early for a drink and chat | Nanna's, 274B St Paul's Road, N1 2LJ * Entry: free – donations welcome * Running time: 79 minutes. Find out more about You've Been Trumped here.Sat Jan 28th 2017, 11am: Hackney Restart Party plus! at The Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, N4 2HF, the Hackney Fixers, with James Diamond, with Alison Buckland Elis Dave Lukes. RSVP - for details see:

Tue Jan 17th 2017: 6:30pm: Hampstead Restart Party, at Heath Street Baptist Church, 84 Heath Street, Hampstead, NW3 1DN, hosted by Janet and Ugo Vallauri, with Tim Shand, John Savita, and Mónica: RSVP - for details see:

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