Where will you be This Time Next Year?

With the rise in popularity in flexible coworking spaces, it was only a matter of time before a creative hot-spot such as Leyton had its very own. But rather than a franchisee of the larger coworking spaces you’ll find in the city, what Leyton has is its own independently run space which looks to further enrich an already thriving community.

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The very concept of this creative space is about seizing the opportunities to make an idea come to life, and encouraging people to come together to collaborate, learn and grow. It’s this ethos that has been appealing to the boroughs most creative residents and they are already feeling the benefits of using this innovative workspace, with one member sharing about the space on Instagram, ‘It’s high spec, high tech & creative. It includes bespoke furnishings, breakout spaces, swings and Perspex dome hammocks. Today is my 4th day here and my productivity has definitely increased. Now when I’m at work I just work. If I need a change of scenery I can go to another space and carry on working. And when I get home, I am fully present with the family after having a productive day. I don’t feel guilty and I’m not thinking about the work that needs doing upstairs. It’s been a win win for me.’.

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On its surface Leyton’s new workspace is flexible, airy and filled with natural light. The interior is designed to help you get inspired, get creative and get productive, and the facilities on offer have been well thought out to make your working day flow seamlessly; including breakout spaces, meeting rooms and phone booths to keep private conversations private.

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This Time Next Year believes that for a business to truly thrive, you need more than just a great space. You need to be around great people too. Since its opening in May, This Time Next Year has played host to a plethora of interesting and enriching events. Regular yoga and mindfulness classes look after the minds and bodies of members, while one-off events are member-ledgiving the community space to share their passions and projects. Previous events being She Says London and Stories On Our Plates: Recipes and Conversations, and Author Elaine Kasket is set to deliver an debutant book talk for her upcoming publication, All the Ghosts in the Machine. The events space has also served a great purpose for the Leyton community to find out more about Waltham Forests’ London Borough of Culture activities, with funding surgeries and launch events. Behind the scenes, the team continues to work to develop the space’s wellness programme to encourage its members to enjoy a better work/life balance.

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Visit us online at www.thistimenextyear.co.uk to find out more about the community of member, upcoming events and the spaces on offer.

 

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Get in the Midler some Hocus Pocus facts.

It’s fun and camp, with a trio of wicked witted witches, so it’s no wonder Hocus Pocus has made a fierce comeback for its Silver Halloween Anniversary. To celebrate of 25 years of the Sanderson sisters on screen we look at some of the fun facts from the film.

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The cast could have looked very different…

The role of Max Dennison was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio. He turned it down to appear in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape which was also released 1993 and earned him his first Oscar nomination. Omri Katz, who eventually took the part of Max, was unwell at the time of his first audition and was initially rejected for the part. The Sanderson sisters could have been very different too as the role of Mary Sanderson was originally offered to Rosie O’Donnell and Jennifer Lopez auditioned for the role of Sarah Sanderson.

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Bette LOVES the film, like, really loves it…

During a February 10, 2008 interview on the BBC show ‘Breakfast’, Bette Midler stated that this was her favourite of all of her films. Her other favourite film role, according to her autobiography was voicing the poodle Georgette in Oliver & Company. If, like us, you follow Bette Midler on Instagram; you’ll have seen this affect first hand as she has been sharing pictures of the Sanderson sisters throughout October. Sarah Jessica Parker has also shared her love for the film saying that she enjoyed being in the flying harness so much that she would stash a copy of the New York Times on her person and read in the air between takes.

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References to Bette Midlers other work…

When Bette Midler takes the stage at the town Halloween Party, she says “Hello Salem, my name is Winifred. What’s yours?”. This is a take-off of the famous line, “Hello world, my name is Rose, what’s yours?” spoken by Mama Rose in the musical “Gypsy”. Midler played Mama Rose in the television version of Gypsy the same year this film was released.

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Real insects were used (and eaten!)…

At the end of the film, Billy Butcherson pries open his mouth and coughs out dust and moths. Doug Jones who played Bill revealed the moths that come out of his mouth in the scene are real. Sarah Jessica Parker also gets a mouthful of creepy crawlies as when Sarah Sanderson puts a spider in her mouth to seemingly eat it. Parker recently revealed that she actually ate the spider.

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You may not recognise everything in the film’s trailer…

Several scenes appear in the original trailer that are not included in any theatrical, VHS, or DVD version of the film. They include the kids attempting to push the witches into a pool, the witches being surrounded by trick-or-treaters holding out their hands, and Mary snacking in a grocery store only to be dragged out by Winifred.

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s witchy past…

In the film, Sarah Jessica Parker plays a witch who was executed during the Salem Witch Trials. While researching her family history for the show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ In 2004, Parker was shocked to discover that her 10th great-grandmother, Esther Elwell, was arrested in Salem in the late 1600s for committing ‘sundry acts of witchcraft’ and choking a neighbour to death. Esther’s case never went to court, she escaped with her life and the accusation ended the Salem Witch Trials. Parker said, ‘It has changed everything about who I thought I was.’

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It may never have made to the cinema screen…

Disney bought the script way back in 1984, then sat on the project for eight years. The original title was ‘Disney’s Halloween House’ and was intended to be much darker and scarier. Rumours that Disney considered turning it into a made-for-TV movie at one point have spread over the Internet but have not been confirmed by the cast and crew.

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It was originally released in Summer…

The film was released in America in July of 1993, this was so it wouldn’t compete with The Nightmare Before Christmas, Disney’s other Halloween release that year. However, for us in the UK we had a release date of  29th October which made a lot more seasonal sense. It has became increasingly more popular over the years, now appearing on television regularly during the month of October.

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We screen this Halloween classic here for free on Wednesday 31st October at 6.30pm. Email hello@thistimenextyear.co.uk to book your free place.

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Be a part of Waltham Forest’s London Borough of Culture 2019

The London Borough of Culture 2019 has announced an open call to artists from across the world to take part in a major new series of seven projects and be part of the creative programme that will be delivered across Waltham Forest.

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In 2019, Waltham Forest will be the first ever London Borough of Culture. The award from the Mayor of London will ensure arts and culture is placed at the heart of our communities. The year will explore the themes ‘Radicals’, ‘Makers’ and ‘Fellowship’ in a collaboration between local residents, artists and creatives creating a once in a life time celebration of the place we call ‘home’. 

Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019 will shine a light on the character, diversity and cultures of the borough, the things we have in common and the things that make us different, a year-long celebration of the real cultures of London by the people who live here. 

The exciting initiative for artists announced is open to creatives across all disciplines – from the visual arts to theatre, dance to poetry  – and will offer people the chance to work with Waltham Forest’s local communities, helping shape the first ever London Borough of Culture.  

Each project will explore how culture informs identity in one of seven wards of Waltham Forest. One opportunity partners with Waltham Forest’s award-winning William Morris Gallery to offer a visual artist the opportunity to be Artist in Residence, exploring new responses to William Morris’s legacy and to the gallery.

The remaining six opportunities will be open to artists of any discipline. Three will be offered to artists based in East London and three to those based anywhere worldwide.  Successful proposals will work with our residents to co-create projects over the course of six weeks to three months, and receive an artist fee, project budget and full support from the London Borough of Culture’s creative and marketing teams.

London Borough of Culture 2019 would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, and people are invited to apply as individuals or in collaboration with other artists.

Sam Hunt, Creative Director of London Borough of Culture 2019, said: “We are excited to be launching this open call for artists to help define the first London Borough of Culture.  We have not restricted this open call to art form but are really interested in working with individuals and groups who share our ethos of ensuring everything we do is in some way co-created with the communities of the borough.

“For us this is an opportunity to help shift how arts and culture is seen in London. This really is a once in lifetime opportunity for the borough, an opportunity to celebrate the diverse communities of Waltham Forest and to create an artistic programme that gives voice to this communities, the artist projects and residencies announced today are critical in that ambition”

Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “This is an incredible opportunity to tell the stories of Waltham Forest. If you have a bold, ambitious, imaginative idea for the London Borough of Culture programme, we want to hear from you.

“Whether you’re a choreographer, theatre maker, writer or musician, be a part of this epic celebration.”

Rowan Bain, Senior Curator of William Morris Gallery & Vestry House Museum, commented: “The team at the Gallery are looking for proposals that approach Morris and his legacy in new ways. The successful artist could take inspiration from any aspect of Morris’s life and work, from his approach to craft and design to his ideas about the environment and social equality. Resident artists are always encouraged to experiment and take risks – the bolder the better!”

The deadline for submitting all proposals is 11.30pm on Sunday 14 October and a selection panel will take place on 2 November.

Artists can find full details and apply at https://walthamforest.gov.uk/ArtistOpenCall

The artist projects are one of many initiatives London Borough of Culture 2019 is offering to enable organisations and individuals to tell Waltham Forest’s stories. Earlier this month, Waltham Forest opened the Fellowship Funding scheme, offering £500,000 to ensure London Borough of Culture 2019’s lasting legacy, and help the next generation of local talent find their feet and make their mark.

For more information on the call out for musicians, Fellowship Funding scheme and volunteering opportunities visit wfculture19.co.uk

Blogging that’s good for your Health…

On Saturday the 15th of September we hosted News & Trends Live x Health Blog Awards Ceremony.

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A collaboration between That Protein and the Health Blogging Community.

Bloggers, vloggers and social media influencers were celebrated for their achievements, this alongside the showcasing of health conscious brands such as:

The event consisted of talks and workshops in which topics such as marketing, social media, blogging and various health related subjects were discussed. The starting topics and the wide variety of experience within the panellists made for some interesting and important discussion about the current state of the ‘online’ world. Issues such as authenticity and the lean towards health and self consciousness were raised.

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Take a look at the Health Bloggers Community Website to find out more about what they do and their next events.

Meet Our Members: Jack Fleming

Our regular Meet Our Members spot introduces you to the brilliant and creative people that have taken up residence here at This Time Next Year.

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Name

Jack Fleming

Company

Soop Stories – Stories On Our Plate

How do you take your tea or coffee?

Good solid builder’s tea, splash of milk, strong brew, no sugar.

What’s your favourite Waltham Forest Hangout?

I live and grew up in Snaresbrook, so I know Waltham Forest relatively well and seeing the area grow over the years is a joy. I absolutely love the Hornbeam café in Walthamstow, they do some work that is similar to ours, and of course, Deeney’s down the road for the Haggis toasties.

Tell us how SOOP came about

I’m one of two directors of Stories on Our Plate, we started nearly three years ago building on the foundation of celebrating people’s culinary identity through food. We primarily train home cooks to run their own pop up restaurants around London. We began life as a monthly supper club series which was all about celebrating the home cook, their food, their influences, their narration and helping them share that with paying customers. We take cooks through a mentoring programme over two or three months leading up to a collaboration and offer varying support around tasting, practising and storytelling. It’s all about trying to get out of them what they want to share with people, having them think about what they want their diners to leave the room having experienced. For example, an Egyptian cook we recently worked with is challenging the stereotype of middle eastern cuisine as a region and showcase the difference of Egyptian cuisine to neighbouring countries. She wanted to engage with the Egyptian diaspora that had not been back to their home towns and may have forgotten how to cook traditional Egyptian recipes; doing her own pop ups in London has been a way for her to reach those people. Previously we’ve ran training programmes for migrant refugee cooks, which tailored more to teaching them food hygiene and culinary skills.

We’ve just finished our first book, which is called Stories on Our Plate: Recipes and Conversations, featuring twelve home cooks that worked on the supper club series. We’re taking the book on tour in September and October and our second edition will be coming out the following October. It has been a fascinating eight-month project, working with two anthropologists and my co-director, who is a food anthropologist as well. Our aim was to strike a balance between having a conversation in a kitchen and cooking to recipes. Each recipe shoot was a two-hour long informal session with the cook; having a natural conversation with them brought up themes such as moving to London, sense of belonging, preserving recipes that have been handed down and taste memory. Allowing them to lead the conversation has built a portrait of each of them; twelve cooks, each with three brilliant recipes along with an understanding of who they are and why they’re doing what they’re what doing.

The idea behind taking the book around the country is to encourage local cooks and local initiatives in other towns to take up a similar project with support from us where needed. We’re looking to do three or four editions of this book because this approach of stepping away from a traditional cookbook has got so much potential.

What led you to setting up SOOP?

I spent five years in community conflict resolution in Bradford, working with people on conflict, relationships and day-to-day life. Food always played a role, there’s custom having tea and snacks first before tackling conflict that takes place across different cultures. Personally, I’ve always had a good relationship with food and been a good home cook, but what I saw at that time was an emerging conversation of how we see food as a restorative communal activity. I moved back to London and joined a small NGO in Amsterdam which was working on a project in the south west Balkans, using food to resolve post-conflict reconciliation. Essentially setting up communal meals between local communities and business leaders to re-establishing scarred, fractured relationships. After spending a year there, I came back and during my master’s programme I did a research project on culinary citizen cooperation; looking at projects across Europe and North American that use food as a bridging gap between fracture communities and communicating that to public administration and government. My world was gastro-nationalism, hummus wars and nationalism through food. And that’s when SOOP was born, my earliest thought to focus on people’s food identity whilst providing a social and economic opportunity. I reached out to the food anthropology community; the second or third person that responded became my co director, she has the same approach to food but being a food consultant and anthropologist, she brings a different perspective, so a perfect match.

In the beginning we looked at who would be best served from this kind of project within London, and we really wanted to work with people who might not being getting the same opportunities to express their food identity, so we focused on engaging with those from migrant and refugee backgrounds and introducing the idea of pop ups to them. The organisation has evolved naturally since then. In the last, eight or nine months about 90% of cooks that get in touch with us are everyday home cooks with all sorts of stories. We’ve responded to the demand, and it’s made us realise that this is for everyone from all backgrounds.

Where will you be this time next year?

Over the next year, we’ll be doing a lot more on the book project. The pop-up series continues to thrive, we do that once a month, primarily across south London and we’re now taking that out of London as well. My co-director is relocating to Canada with her family so she’s starting up a series in Toronto with a slightly different twist to it; working in schools and doing early age food story-telling programmes.

We want to keep going and enrich the foundation blocks of what we do. You won’t see a change in direction in the next year, but you’ll see a more of what already exists. There will always be limitations on what we do in a business sense, but we don’t want to be steered by things we feel we ought to do, we’ll continue to do what comes naturally to us – not just for us personally but for what we feel is right for SOOP. We’re a community interest organisation and so will remain true to the name. We continue to strengthen relationships with the cooks that have been part of the series and out of that are able to share more opportunities for them. They’re not employed by us, however, we’re able to signpost them to opportunities such as private party and corporate event catering requests, this makes us more of a network organisation and speaks true of our organic approach to the business.

Take a look at the Stories On Our Plate website and keep up to date with what they do on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.