Cockney Sparrow Count

Our friends at London Wildlife Trust need your help counting sparrow’s in London.  Here’s what they say: “One of London’s favourite birds is in huge decline and we’re asking Londoners to step-up for nature by taking part in our ‘Cockney Sparrow Count’.

Everyone is welcome to take part. You don’t have to be a bird expert! Simply fill in this form anytime between 18 June and 12 July 2012 telling us if you see house sparrows in Greater London. It can be done anywhere in an hour; at home, along your street or on a lunch break at work. It’s just as important to tell us if you don’t see any house sparrows, as we want to know where they are missing too! You will help us gain valuable information about where these birds are surviving.”

This is what they look like:  

If you spot a sparrow fill out this form and mail it in: Cockney Sparrow count postcard


Experience what it’s like to be a firefighter!

Peabody and London Fire Brigade are offering an intensive five-day firefighting course to young people aged 13 to 17.  You’ll learn about many aspects of fire safety and prevention, including casuality rescue techniques, breathing apparatus, first aid equipment and how to use ladders. 

The course is run by local firefighters.

Find out about the award-winning LIFE programme on Saturday 30 June from noon to 3pm at the Senior Citizens’ Hall, Pembury estate, 103 Hindrey Road, London E5 8HQ.

Ring or text Sharon Barbour on 07768 536 725.  You can also email her at

Pembury Knitting Club

Free Learn to knit group Mondays (term time) 7-9pm, Senior Citizens’ Hall, Hindrey Road, Hackney, London E5 8HQ

Learn how to:

  • Read patterns
  • Choose yarns and needles
  • Cast on and off
  • Knit and purl
  • Decrease and increase
  • Deal with dropped stitches and tension problems
  • Sew up finish knitted items
  • Knit a variety of different stitches and patterns

Beginners: Bring along a pair of 4mm needles and 4 x 50g or x 2 100g balls of double knitting (DK) wool. We will be starting with a simple baby cardigan (the pattern will be given at the first meeting). The post office and Mermaid Fabrics on the Narrow Way in Mare St have some reasonably priced wool and needles. If you have any queries on what to bring before the class starts please email Jill on

Existing knitters: Bring your present knitting project. Perhaps it’s been a while and you want to refresh your memory, or you just like the idea of meeting other knitters in the area.

Free blog training

Want to learn how to create, update, and grow a local community blog?  Want to contribute to this blog?  There will be a free training session on using the WordPress online blogging programme to make and use a blog at 2pm on May 30th at the Pembury Learning Centre 183 Dalston Lane E8 1HL. Snacks, tea and coffee will be served. Spaces are limited, so please email to book your spot!

Read about our most recent training session: 

Well Met Befriending Scheme

 Volunteer befriending schemes for the elderly and vulnerable in our community are familiar all over the world these days. There are many advantages for the person who is befriended and for the volunteer befriender.

Peabody have been running a successful befriending scheme in the London Borough of Wandsworth for the last three years. We have now decided to extend this scheme to the Hackney area and will initially focus our energy on the Pembury estate.

Befrienders provide good company and can assist in useful everyday support. As well as a cup of tea and a chat this might involve escorting someone to the end of the road to buy a newspaper. You might give them some help to get round the supermarket. Some people might even need occasional help and support to go to the hospital or to the doctors.

 Volunteers for this scheme will receive induction training and further free training in a variety of subjects such as ‘Working with Vulnerable Adults, Introduction to Mental Health or Communication skills.

 They will be given help with job applications and with job searches and successful volunteers can be provided with suitable references.

 Befrienders can also be encouraged to improve their IT skills and their literacy skills.

 All travel and meals expenses for Well Met volunteers will be reimbursed with receipts.

 For further details call Joseph Crilly on 07930 570 412 or email me on