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


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.

Happy 150th Birthday Peabody!


Today is the 150th Birthday of the Peabody Trust.  To celebrate, Peabody has created a special website, where you can find out about Peabody history, upcoming events, and share your stories about living in Peabody homes.  Check it out at 

The Londonist also has a nice slide show of Peabody estates throughout the ages.  See the pictures here: