8 Weeks To Go – Our Plans

Our Fun Palace will be taking place on 1st October across the historic Boundary Estate’s courtyards and in St. Hilda’s East Community Centre. There will be a Community Knowledge courtyard where community groups can share their local knowledge and skills from a market style area, and where talks and workshops will be held beside a venerable old tree, a Growers Space will have stalls, talks and workshops on flower, fruits and vegetable growing. In the Games Zone there’ll be a chance to play and learn carrom, chess and draughts, share traditional outdoor and playground games, listen to stories and watch a puppet show. Vallance FC will be organising various trials and matches in the sports court. In St. Hilda’s there will be wide range of talks and activities ranging from learning about local history and science, singing, workshops with a trained pastry chef and crafts experts, there’ll be two food areas serving refreshments, lunches and tea and cakes, and a stall selling all manner of books based on the east end.

We are still looking for people to help us make the Fun Palace so if you are, or you know, computer coders, musicians, storytellers or puppeteers who would be prepared to give some time to us please get in touch. We would also like to borrow gazebos, trestle tables, deckchairs, folding tables and folding chairs for chess, draughts and carrom. If you can help with any of this, or you’d like help make the Boundary Estate Fun Palace, please email boundaryfunpalace@gmail.com

Illustration: Emily Medley

Don’t forget that we’re showing Wendy Richardson’s documentary ‘In the Company of Joan’ at Rich Mix on Monday 12 September to help raise funds for our Fun Palace and the East End Women’s Museum. Find out more here.

We’re still in the process of planning for 1st October, we’ve got meetings pencilled in to finalise some plans and are waiting to hear from some possible participants, but here’s the line up so far…

Individual Participants:

Polly George – Pottery Workshops

Dan Jones – Art Workshop

Roger Mills – Writing Workshop

Heather Ridley-Moran – Fabric & Wool Crafts Workshop

Deb Scott – Print Making

Nadia Valman – ‘A Child of the Jago’ Walk & Talk

Tower Hamlets Wheelers – Cycle advice, maintenance and fun.

Vallance FC – Sports trials and matches

Women’s Environmental Network – Vegetable and flower growing workshops and advice.

Libraries, Museums and Universities:

Bishopsgate Institute – Event to be confirmed

East-End Women’s Museum – East-End Suffragettes Talk

London Metropolitan Archives – Event to be confirmed

Queen Mary University of London – Event to be confirmed

Community Supporters:

Boundary Estate Community Launderette

Film Office

London Borough of Tower Hamlets – Community Payback & Volunteering

Rich Mix

Tower Hamlets Homes

Local Business Supporters:

Albion & Boundary

Brick Lane Bookshop


Illustration: Emily Medley



What Would YOU Like?

Fun Palaces is not just about what will be happening in October, it’s about coming together to create, to celebrate who we are, what we do, the unique Boundary Estate and the brilliant community who lives here. There will events throughout the year leading up to 1st October and we really want you to be involved in deciding what sort of things will be in our Fun Palace; what will fill the courtyards, the playground and sports court; the cafes, halls and meeting rooms of St. Hilda’s East. Below are some ideas to whet your appetite with some photos of our wonderful estate. Tell us what sort of things you’d like to see and do.

We’ll turn the estate into a place full of interest and fun for all ages and all tastes.

We now have a small steering group of four local residents – Sabreen Ahmed, Holly Bremner, Philip Green and Kamal Uddin – plus Maya Kumagai-Jones of St. Hilda’s East and Cllr. John Pierce. We hope more residents will join in and help make our Fun Palace, so whatever your interests, skills or experience if you’re interested in helping please get in touch. It’s going to be a community organised and run event, and at Fun Palaces everyone’s an artist, everyone’s a scientist!

Take a little time to daydream, ponder the possibilities and think what you’d like to see, do or find out about…
…gardening advice, a plant and seed swap in the courtyard of Shiplake House ?
…an arts, crafts & handmade market village in the courtyard of Abingdon & Benson Houses?
…hopscotch, grandma’s footsteps & puppets in Hedsor & Laleham courtyard?
…Robotics in Cookham Courtyard?
…volcano making in Sunbury & Taplow courtyard?
…sports of all sorts in the sports court?
…history workshops, computer coding, carom games, chess tournaments, planet-making, pottery throwing, drawing classes, a world food cafe and an English Tearoom in St. Hilda’s?
…Boundary Estate history walks?
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…and quiet spaces to just be.

It’s all possible at the Boundary Estate Fun Palace!

It’s Official!

Fun Palaces registration opened on Monday and the Boundary Fun Palace was one of the first to be registered, so we’re now on the Fun Palaces map and have our own page on the official Fun Palaces website. The Boundary Estate Fun Palace is on the way!

A small steering committee has been set up to get our Fun Palace off the ground and we’ll introduce them to you all very soon. If you want to help us make the Fun Palace we’d love to have you on board so please email boundaryfunpalace@gmail.com – whatever your skills, interests or experience. Remember at Fun Palaces everyone’s an artist, everyone’s a scientist!

Although we’ve only been officially part of the Fun Palaces family for less than a week we’ve been really busy. We’re working very closely with St. Hilda’s who are going to open their doors to Boundary Estate’s Fun Palace, which means that we’ll be holding fun events, fundraising and holding meetings there in the run up to the main event in October. Rich Mix is supporting the Boundary Fun Palace too, and have kindly and generously offered us use if the main space and and exhibition space later in the year. We’re planning to hold a fundraising event for the Fun Palace and, in conjunction with the Bishopsgate Library, an exhibition about the Boundary Estate. The well known local artist and human human rights activist Dan Jones will be helping us too, he’s a great banner maker, mask maker and collector of rhymes and stories, amongst many things, so it will be exciting to see what he brings to our Fun Palace. We’re also in touch with the City of London Libraries, Queen Mary College sciences faculty, Stemettes, local organisations, community groups and schools. Our Fun Palace looks very exciting already and it’s very early days! If you have any ideas, are involved in the arts, sciences or sports, local groups or schools and are interested in getting involved then please get in touch with us, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re starting to make contact with local businesses too and already have been offered support by Peter Prescott and the team at Boundary & Albion. As ever the Boundary Estate Community Launderette has stepped up to the plate and met the cost of leaflet printing. If you run business or organisation on or near the Boundary Estate and would like to offer us support please let us know.

You won’t have to wait until October before getting a taste of  what Fun Palaces are. We’re looking at holding an event in May – we’re on Facebook and Twitter  @palace_fun – as well as here and the Fun Palace site so there are lots of ways to stay connected with us.

Finally we once again want to say a huge thank you to Maya and the team at St. Hilda’s and Councillor John Pierce  for their confidence and keen interest in the Fun Palaces idea, we couldn’t have done this without them. Huge thanks too to Susmita Sen, Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Homes, in agreeing to trust residents to organise and run a Fun Palace in the courtyards and public spaces of the Boundary Estate.