Late Bloom Arts Festival in Canary Wharf – 10th to 13th August 2017

Over the Summer months, the public spaces around Canary Wharf come to life with a large number of events. One event that provides a platform for local artists is the Late Bloom Arts Festival which returns to the Crossrail Place Roof Garden performance space.

The festival is a weekend of family fun and performances by artists featuring theatre, dance, music and spoken word.

All the family-friendly performances are free to attend.

Programme

10th August

7pm – Sunday Jazz Assembly: Enjoy toe tapping tunes from crowd pleasers like Girl from Ipanema and Why Don’t You Do Right to forgotten classics like Cherokee

11th August

6.30pm – Band for Life: Come experience music therapy with Band for Life, an innovative project based on the therapeutic effects of music run by Tower Hamlets Methodist circuit

7.30pm – Urban Interface Dance: Hip-hop and theatre combined through Urban Interface Dance

7.40pm – Jessica Mance & Samantha Flemming: Of Seagulls and Men – A vibrant and tongue-in-cheek parody of Homer’s Iliad in which the men battle a family of seagulls for control of a seaside town

8pm – Swati Seshdarig: Bharathanatyam, classical South Indian dance – The performance takes the audience on a resplendent journey through the wonders of Indian culture

12th August

1.45pm – Piedad Seiquer: Ellas, a solo dance performance, is a work in progress investigating the figure of a woman. It’s not only the story of one woman but many women

2pm – Blooming Ludus: Salt & Vinegar DIY Summer Extravaganza – Light-hearted and just a bit cheeky, the song repertoire of Salt & Vinegar follows these fun-loving fish as they attempt to navigate the changing world around them

2.30pm – Jessica Mance & Samantha Flemming: Of Seagulls and Men – A vibrant and tongue-in-cheek parody of Homer’s Iliad in which the men battle a family of seagulls for control of a seaside town

3pm – Tango E14: Performance and workshop

4pm – Piedad Seiquer: Ellas, a solo dance performance, is a work in progress investigating the figure of a woman. It’s not only the story of one woman but many women

5pm – Un:Hurd: Live musical showcase involving local artists from East and Central London, each performing 4 of their own original tracks

13th August

10am – And So My Garden Grows: A family workshop – Cast your eye on the strawberry trees, ferns and other plants brought on ships to London’s Docklands from faraway lands then, create your own mini garden with real seeds that will sprout and grow

12.30pm – Nylah: I use my songs to move and inspire people with words and melodies that are uplifting. I make positive music for people to enjoy and relate to

1.15pm – Genio: People are people; a song about being one among all. We all are together in our world, no matter colours and creed etc

1.45pm – Piedad Seiquer: Ellas, a solo dance performance, is a work in progress investigating the figure of a woman. It’s not only the story of one woman but many women

2.15pm – RedBeard: Human beatboxer with more than five years professional performance experience

3pm – Grace Mason: Grace will be performing a range of songs

4pm – Piedad Seiquer: Ellas, a solo dance performance, is a work in progress investigating the figure of a woman. It’s not only the story of one woman but many women.

Other events to  look out for are a fun packed photography workshop on the 11th August and the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival on the 19th and 20th August 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering Wharf Road and St John’s Church

College View on Wharf Road

Regular readers will know that Eric Pemberton often sends photographs and postcards which often illustrate little known aspects of the Island. Recently he sent an interesting photograph of College View and a postcard of the interior of St John’s Church which was damaged by bombs in the Second World War and eventually demolished in the 1950s.

Wharf Road in the 1860s with College view  ( inset Island Gardens after 1937 )

College View was on Wharf Road which had been a feature on the Island from the 1850s, there was little housebuilding in this area till the 1860s when the small amount of development was quickly bought to a standstill by the depression on the Island due to financial problems of many of the shipbuilding yards. Wharf Road ran parallel with Manchester road from Ferry Street to near Pier Street.

Wharf Road 1880s with Station built.

Just off Wharf Road, three cross streets were formed: Barque Street, Ship (later Schooner) Street, and Brig Street.

In the 1880s,two rows of two storey houses with basements were put up in Wharf Road. These were No. 5–8 Wharf Road and No. 1–10 College Row were built. By this time, some of the area near Wharf Road was sold to build North Greenwich Station.

As the photograph shows, the railway cut across Wharf Road and a subway was built to allow people access.

So the question is, what happened to Wharf Road ? in 1937 it was renamed Saunders Ness Road which it remains today. As time moved on, Wharf Road has been forgotten but it is amazing that an old photograph can remind us of these little piece of Island History.

A walk down Saunders Ness Road today shows very little has survived of the past, the George Green School occupies much of the site near Island Gardens.

St John’s Church was consecrated in 1872 was designed by (Sir) A. W. Blomfield. The church was one of most active of the Island parishes where attendances at the church exceeded those at Christ Church and St Luke’s in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was estimated that the annual attendance figures for St John’s had reached 6,000. Unfortunately the church was a victim of the extensive bombing in the area in 1941 and became abandoned. Other churches on the Island lost the vast majority of its worshippers during the war and the three Island parishes were merged in 1952.

The postcard appears to be from someone associated with the church in 1904. Once again many thanks to Eric for providing such interesting information about the Island’s history.

 

On board the Peruvian Navy BAP Unión Tall Ship in West India Dock

One of the delights of living near West India Dock is that you can often go on board some of the visiting ships.

Today was the first open day for the impressive Peruvian BAP Unión tall ship which is a training ship of the Peruvian Navy. Climbing on board, you immediately notice the newness of the ship, it was built between 2012–2015 by Shipyard Marine Industrial Services of Peru.

The BAP Unión is the second largest sailing vessel in the world. It is a four-masted class “A” barque with a total length (including bowsprit) of 115.50 m (378 ft 11 in); a beam of 13.50 m (44 ft 3 in) and a draft of 6.50 m (21 ft 4 in).

As you wander around the ship, the scale becomes more apparent, the enormous sail rig is composed of 34 sails with a total sail area of approximately 3,402 m2 (36,620 sq ft).

The ship has a crew of 250 officers and trainees and plenty were at hand to show visitors around the ship. Like a number of similar tall ships, Bap Unión is not only for training purposes, but also to be a sailing ambassador for its home country. The ship’s figurehead is made by Peruvian sculptor Pilar Martinez Woodman and features several symbols of the Inca culture.

These type of ships are considered important symbols for their country and there is plenty of Peruvian goods on display to give some idea of Peruvian culture.

It is not everyday that you can  go on board the second largest sailing vessel in the world and the good news is that the ship will be open for four days..

The ship will be open to the public at the following times

10.00-16.00 on 25th July

10.00-15.00. on 26th 27th July

10.00-16.00 on 29th July

BAP Unión Tall Ship in West India Dock

 

On a grey miserable day, we welcome the impressive BAP Unión tall ship which is a training ship of the Peruvian Navy built between 2012–2015 by Shipyard Marine Industrial Services of Peru, It is a four-masted class “A” barque with a total length (including bowsprit) of 115.50 m (378 ft 11 in); a beam of 13.50 m (44 ft 3 in) and a draft of 6.50 m (21 ft 4 in).

 

The ship has a crew of 250 officers and trainees and is named after a Peruvian ship that took part in the 1879–1883 War of the Pacific.

 

Like a number of similar tall ships, Unión is not only for training purposes, but also to be a sailing ambassador for its home country. The ship is considered one of the largest sailing vessel in Latin America.

 

These type of ships are considered important symbols for their country and this relatively new ship is one of the most impressive tall ships to visit West India Dock.

While the ship was under construction, the Peruvian government arranged training for the future Unión’s crew to serve on training ships of other countries including the Mexican sailing ship ARM Cuauhtémoc and Colombian sailing ship ARC Gloria, both which have visited West India Dock in recent years.

The ship will be open to the public at the following times

10.00-16.00 on 25th July

10.00-15.00. on 26th 27th July

10.00-16.00 on 29th July

Belgian Navy Ships – Godetia (A960) and Bellis (M916) in West India Dock

After a visit from the French Navy ship last week, we welcome the arrival of two Belgian Navy Ships,  BNS Godetia (A960) and the BNS Bellis (M916) in West India Dock.

The Godetia last visited the West India Dock in 2015 with a number of other NATO ships. The ship is a command and logistical support vessel of the Belgian Navy and was launched in 1965 at the Boelwerf in Temse. Godetia has a length of 91.30 m (299.5 ft) with a beam of 14.00 m (45.93 ft) with a crew complement of around 95; 8 officers, 29 NCO’s and 55 sailors.

The Godetia undertakes fishery protection, humanitarian aid, support and supply ship for minesweepers, and acting as a command ship for NATO mine countermeasure operations.

The BNS Bellis is a Tripartite-class minehunter of the Belgian Navy which was launched in 1986 at the Mercantile-Belyard shipyard in Rupelmonde. The ship was the second of the Belgian Tripartite-class minehunters.

In 1987, the ship participated the rescue of the survivors of ferry MS Herald of Free Enterprise which capsized outside the port of Zeebrugge.

The Ship has a length of 51.5 m (169 ft 0 in) and beam of 8.96 m (29 ft 5 in), it carries a crew complement of 4 officers, 15 non-commissioned officers, 17 sailors.

It is not known how long the ships will remain in dock at this time.

Summer Birthday Garden Party in Island Gardens – 5th August 2017

It is shaping up to being a summer of community events with a number of events planned for August.

One event not to miss is the Summer Birthday Garden Party in Island Gardens which celebrates the 122nd year of the park being opened and its continual attraction for Islanders and visitors.

The event will include a number of attractions including Face painting, a Magician, Balloon artist, the Pearlies, Police and Fire Brigade, Pimm’s and Prosecco Lounge, Food and Drink, Games and Live Music.

The free event is organised by the Friends of Island Gardens who work tirelessly to improve and maintain the famous gardens and play a major role in protecting the park from developments that would impinge on its special character.

In recent years, the development of Calders Wharf which is located next to the park has raised a number of concerns about the impact to the park. If you would to find out more, find a link to the FOIG’s petition here

The Garden Party takes place on the 5th August between 12 and 5 pm.

 

Super Yacht ‘Gene Machine’ in West India Dock

After a relatively quiet period in the dock, we welcome the Super Yacht Gene Machine to West India Dock.

The 179.99ft yacht ‘Gene Machine’ was built by Amels in Netherlands at their Vlissingen shipyard and was delivered to her owner in 2013. Her exterior design was by Tim Heywood Design and the luxurious interior was designed by Laura Sessa Romboli.

Like many super yachts, the Gene Machine’s interior has been designed for the greatest comfort and can accommodate up to 10 guests overnight in 5 cabins including a master suite, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and 4 Pullman beds. The yacht is also capable of carrying up to 15 crew onboard in 8 cabins.

The yacht is equipped with an ultra-modern stabilization system which reduces roll motion effect and anchor stabilisers.

Amenities on board include Helicopter Landing Pad, Swimming Platform, Jacuzzi (on deck), Air Conditioning, and Owners Balcony.

In the secret world of super yachts, information about ownership and how long the ship will be in dock is often hard to come by. However this yacht and the French Navy ship add a lot of interest to the dock.

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