Saturday 14th July saw Lockner’s tenth annual Big Lockner Lunch. Our very first Big Lunch started in 2009 with a few neighbours and a home-made picnic on some estate greenspace, talking and sharing together for the first time. The Big Lunch has grown every year since and is now the event of the year that we all look forward to the most. Our lunches have been used many times as a National Case study by the Eden Project who started the Big Lunch Initiative eleven years ago, last year ending up as a 3D model of the Lockner Big Lunch at their Westfields Pop up event. The perfect example of a thriving, strong community in action.
This year we celebrated in the Red Park of Lockner, and had over 100 residents laughing, eating and drinking, playing and dancing together in the sunshine.
Food took centre stage this year, with delicious tastes from all around the world being tasted and enjoyed.
Lorenzo stole the show again with his infamous jerk chicken, the smell of the BBQ coals and spices warming the air; this year we managed to get through over 80 kilos of chicken, I kid you not. Happy people were pictured all day, plate in hand eagerly awaiting another serving. Pat welcomed everyone warmly into her garden where she had rice, curry, plantain, coleslaw, macaroni and Southern fried chicken, and some of our newest neighbours Marcos and his beautiful family from Brazil spoiled us with Churrasco de curacao and steak fresh off the grill on his doorstep.
Talented baker Katie at @cakeordeathldn treated us all to vegan baked delights that literally disappeared within ten minutes of us opening the boxes; Lemon and passion fruit curd cake, carrot cake with vanilla icing, the best sea salt chocolate brownies I have ever eaten in my life, and peanut and chocolate cookies. Pip served us a spinach and feta bake (to balance out all that MEAT!), and the Wonderlings kept us all cool with salads and ice pops.
For the children we had Nathan @theonlywayismarbz who thrilled the little ones with superhero, unicorn and creature face paints and Abi and her sister made schldren and adults alike sparkle all afternoon with glitter tattoos. Tony at Commander Fit Kids was literally the Bouncer at the Bouncy castle giving Lockners little ones the perfect place to burn off some energy under his watchful eye.
Dan Rosen from DeBeauvoir ran a fantastic Dr Bike Clinic, fixing and sprucing up everyone’s bikes and didn’t stop all afternoon in the playground as DJ Juba charmed us all with his tunes, neighbours from every demographic wiggling their hips and smiling along with the music long after the event officially ended, and into the night.
There were more Lockner merchandise giveaways this year and we splashed out on some very hipster organic and ethically sourced cotton aprons and deluxe tote bags from @bagitdontbinit meaning everyone went home with a gift to remember the day by, we can enjoy bumping into neighbours sporting the bags around Hackney in the days to come.
Our friendly neighbourhood policing team popped in to enjoy some community spirit and some delicious food and could be seen laughing with residents and swaying to the music; plate of well-deserved Jerk in their hands!
Irie Feather @zuzatehanu and her Fire Show took centre stage in the playground with her daring fire eating (screams from Lockner’s children, don’t try that at home, kids) and fire breathing.
The Big Lockner Lunch makes us all feel so lucky to live here on Lockner, it’s a rare gem in London, a place where community is strong, and people look out for each other and friendships flourish. A place where our children can play out, under the watchful eyes of parents nursing mugs of tea (or wine!) together.
A big thank you to the Resident participation team at Hackney Council who provide us with a grant to fund not just our Big Lunch, for to estates throughout Hackney to do the same.
And a huge thank you to everyone who came to celebrate life on Lockner yesterday and making it feel so warm and special.
See you all next year!
We are funding 15 places for residents to attend a Basic Life support and First Aid for adults and children.
The course will cover life support for adults and children, as well as common emergencies and basic first aid.
This will be held from 9am – 12.30pm on 22nd June 2019, venue TBC. Residents who attend will be British Red Cross certified first aiders by the end of the day (certificates provided on the day and are valid for 3 years).
Having first aid qualified neighbours who can help in an emergency makes Lockner a safer place to live. If you would like a place on the course please email us at email@example.com – places are first
come first served and for Lockner residents only.
Apologies, the wrong email address was put on teh recent newsletter, the correct one is above.
Agenda – TRA meeting, Wednesday 27th March 2019, 7pm
Emmanuel Malm – Hackney Homes
Lisa Linpower, Chair – Dorchester Court
Maria Savito, Treasurer – Dorset Court
Fran Bennett, Secretary – Dorset Court
Cordelia Harwood – Blandford Court
Natalie Moss – Portland Court
Raymond Subratie – Dorset Court
Alasdair O’Hare – Portland Court
Simeon Bennett – Dorset Court
David Turton – Blandford Court
Pat Turton – Blandford Court
Maria Sanchez – Stratton Court
Linda Toigo – Stratton Court
AGM part of the meeting:
The Minutes of the last meeting were approved
Lisa delivered the Chairs report, and Maria delivered the Treasurers report
The new committee were proposed and elected:
Lisa re-elected as Chair
Maria re-elected as Treasurer. She highlighted that we have £7000+ in the bank account so we have a lot of opportunity to hold community events over the next year.
Nikki re-elected as Vice-Chair
Fran re-elected as Secretary
Natalie volunteered as Panel Representative
Others present all agreed to be co-opted as Members of the TRA
General part of the meeting:
Check for any update on superhostel application (EM)
If you can’t attend the walkabout, send any specific estate improvement ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org (all)
Advise on whether/how we could get a survey translated into Turkish (EM)
Get resident events survey sent round to whole estate (FB)
Arrange jet wash for drains on upstairs balcony esp outside 30 Dorset Court (EM)
Review whether more helpful signage on which block is which could be done, during walkabout (EM/FB)
Look into fixing unlatched trapdoor above 59 Blandford Court (EM)
1. Update on actions from last meeting. Actions were:
Chase communal repair team again, and investigate other solutions, re bin doors on Blandford and between Dorset/Stratton (EM) – This has been raised and should be fixed in April.
Chase Sean re meeting about funding application (EM) – Meeting completed.
Chase mirror on stairs which was supposed to be installed after the last walkabout (EM) – Hackney Homes want to review this at the walkabout in April to decide where and whether to put this.
Check whether pram shed doors coming loose from brickwork is users’ or council’s responsibility (EM) – This is users’ responsibility.
Contact Katie Cross re community cooking event (FB) – Done.
Draft a survey/update/advert for community events (NM) – Done. Copy below, which was discussed at the meeting
2. Any other updates from Hackney Homes (EM)
Hackney are becoming increasingly strict and concerned about flammable items on balconies – they may start to say that we can’t have plastic flowerpots on balconies or outside front doors.
It was suggested that if this happens, the TRA could use some of its spare funds to offer to replace existing plastic pots with non-flammable alternatives.
There will be a walkabout on 24th April at 11.15am where residents can suggest estate improvements to Hackney Homes staff.
All the pramsheds have now been reviewed and properly allocated by Emmanuel, there is only one without a known owner now.
3. Comments on residents’ survey (NM / LL)
We discussed the draft residents’ survey and agreed we’d be happy to send it round for paper or online completion. Thanks to Natalie for drafting. We would like to translate it into Turkish as well in order to include more residents.
4. Big Lunch planning (TO / LL)
This is coming up in a few months – Lisa will send an email round to start getting people together to arrange it.
5. Any other business (All)
The drain on the walkway outside 30 Dorset Court (and probably other similar drains) is blocking frequently and needs a proper clean with a jet wash
A fence on the back of a Blandford Court garden has completely fallen down. EM says he is aware and dealing withit.
The trapdoor above 59 Blandford has been left open and is banging in the wind. EM will investigate.
Having frequent problems with poor signage on the estate and lost delivery people – the only map is at the corner of St Peters Way which is not a common route into the estate. To review at walkabout.
We have access to a budget from the council to improve communal spaces on Lockner; playgrounds, stairwells, trees… anything you think would be nice could be considered.
The budget is called the Resident Led Community Improvement Budget (RLIB). It is accessed by a “walk about” on the estate with managers. While walking about the estate you can point out problems; things that need sprucing up, or new ideas.
The RLIB will be on Wednesday 24th April at 11.15am – meeting out side the community flat, 23 Blandford Court.
If you are unable to make it but have ideas, needs or suggestions, feel free to get in touch with us and we can pass these on. Either email email@example.com, or pop a note through the letterbox of the community flat.
We’d hugely recommend this lovely, local company who will come to your car to professionally clean it for you. Prices start from £20. You can book online or text James on 07453 309 333.
Our AGM is next Wednesday in the community flat.
This is an anual meeting that has to be held to enable us to carry on as an association; and get funding for our lovely events through the cancel. We have to have a minimum number of people attend this meeting in order to keep going, so if you choose one meeting to attend this year, please choose this one (and drag a neighbour or two along!).
We will go over anual reports and hold votes for officer positions (Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary and Treasurer). If you would be interested in getting involved as a new Chair, Secretary or Treasurer or anything else, that would be great. You could put your name forward on the day. If you wouldd like to know anymore then drop us a line and we can let you know whats involved.
This is followed by a ‘normal’ meeting where we discuss issues, needs and news on Lockner.
TRA meeting – June 2018
Lisa Linpower (Chair)
Francine Bennett (Secretary)
Maria Savito (Treasurer)
Emmanuel Malm (Hackney Homes)
Tom Oakley (Swanage Court)
Natalie Moss (Portland Court)
Abi Bobyi (Blandford Court)
Chase communal repair team again, and investigate other solutions, re bin doors on Blandford and between Dorset/Stratton (EM)
Chase Sean re meeting about funding application (EM)
Chase mirror on stairs which was supposed to be installed after the last walkabout (EM)
Check whether pram shed doors coming loose from brickwork is users’ or council’s responsibility (EM)
Contact Katie Cross re community cooking event (FB)
Put Big Lunch on the agenda for March meeting (FB)
Draft a survey/update/advert for community events (NM)
Update on actions from last meeting
Actions from last meeting and updates were:
Abi to provide Maria with community kitchen contact details/quote – discussed in item 3
MG and LL to meet with Sean from LB Hackney, for funding application before 30 September – Sean has not been reachable. EM to chase.
EM to contact communal repairs team re Blandford court bin doors – he’s contacted them but no action seen, EM to chase again
Report on panto
The panto went well. We spent £1482 on tickets, and all tickets sold out again. LL said thanks to Sammy for stepping in to distribute the tickets and help get it all organised. Next year we might buy some more tickets, we still had more demand than we had tickets to give out.
Ideas for next social event
We have quite a lot of money available in the account – there’s currently £7000 in the account, and we’d like to do some kind of extra community event with it, maybe plus some council funding.
Favourite during discussion would be some kind of community kitchen event – we’ve submitted a quote to the council for that. In Whitmore Hall there is a community kitchen available for use, we could run a session in February half term to include families. We’re not sure how to structure or facilitate it. FB to contact Katie Cross (ex resident who’s now a professional cook) to see if she can help or recommend contacts. NM to draft a survey to distribute on paper to all residents to advertise the event if we can, and also to find out what other kinds of things would be popular and to advertise the big lunch.
Any other business
There was a mattress set on fire this week outside Blandford Court. Not clear how it happened, but thanks to the Hackney cleaning team for clearing up the superficial mess very quickly.
Cordelia Harwood couldn’t make it today but is looking into lease extensions for leaseholders, if others want to do the same then please contact FB and you can share research.
Bin chamber doors on Blandford and between Dorset and Stratton are still a nuisance – low on hinges, frequently left open and making a mess. EM to investigate whether signage or mechanical solutions might help.
EM is still doing Pram Shed reviews. He has a few still to follow up as 5 are unclaimed, but anyone who’s already sent him a message should be fine.
MG mentioned that one of the sheds on Dorset Court has a metal gate coming away from the brick wall – EM to check whether this is the user’s or the council’s job to rectify.
TO mentioned Big Lunch preparations – we agreed to put this on the agenda for the March AGM.
It’s that time of Year again!
Hackney Empire Thursday 13th December 2018; evening show
Get your tickets Friday 23rd from 7pm at the Community flat, 18 Blandford Court
Tickets £5 each and limited to 4 per household
Get there early to avoid disappointment , tickets are limited.
First refusal given to residents who are involved with organising and running the Big Lunch – so get involved next year if you don’t want to queue!
Sorry for the delay in posting this, but better late than never! Since writing this, Lockners Big Lunch has been used as a case study (again) for the National Lottery: Project Big Lunch 2018. You can see more information, and some pictures from Lockner on their website here.
Thank you to everyone who came to share food and neighbourly love yesterday. The sun shone and the Jerk just kept coming! A huge thank you to everyone who made this day possible, particularly Lorenzo, who spent days tirelessly preparing and hours cooking his amazing Jerk, bream and rice and peas for us all. Neighbours all contributed to our lunch table and we sat, talked, shared and laughed together well into the evening.
We are all so lucky to live here in this little bubble in the middle of the city, with such a strong and friendly community.
All of this is possible because of our residents association – so please get involved if you haven’t before.