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Our newsletter for June 2017 is out
The 2017 Party in the Park is on Saturday 8 July at 2pm in De Beauvoir Square.

DBA Young People’s Community Fund

Thanks to huge local support for the Party in the Park over a number of years, the DBA has managed to build up a fund of £5,000. Your DBA committee has agreed that this should be donated to one or more projects that will benefit the lives of our young people locally.  If you would like to apply to the DBA Young People’s Community Fund please click here for the application form and guidance notes.

Some of our past events ...
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We held an Autumn Nature Day with St Peter's Church on Saturday 17 October 2015. Pictures by Roger Till are here.
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Party in the Park 2015
The party on July 11 - our 11th - was another storming success. Many thanks to all who helped organise and run it and thank you to you if you came and supported the event. We hope you enjoyed it. Thanks too to the many local businesses who helped support the party including donating generous raffle prizes.

It's hard to single out organisations but the firefighters from Shoreditch who let children play with their hoses for hours - and showered many to help them cool off in the hot weather - were a great hit.
We are grateful to the Benyon Estate for financial support again this year too.
The Proud Archivist venue on the canal generously supported the Pimms stall.
As usual all the children's activities - including the bouncy castle and face painting (we had four wonderful face painters from Mush Arts) and book and toy stall - were free. The money spent on the raffle and tombola helps support future events as does as profit from sales at the Pimms, barbecue and cake stalls and the second hand book stall. (The cake stall was run by De Beauvoir Women's Institute.)

Special thanks too to De Beauvoir-based man with a van Davies Direct (07588 107140) for transporting gazebos, tables and chairs efficiently to and from the party.

There is some video from the party on Youtube
The photo album, from the 2015 party is here
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Some lovely photos of De Beauvoir in the snow by Stephen King are here.

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De Beauvoir's day in the torchlight

The Olympic torch was carried along Kingsland Road, a parade timed to meet it processed through De Beauvoir, and part of the Shoreditch Festival took place in the south of the area. Kirsty Norman, Stephen King and Paul Bolding tell the story in pictures here.

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DBA discussion

Energy saving homes in a conservation area

Listen to recordings of the discussion held on 23 November 2011
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A panorama from the tower of St Peter's Church looking east


Click for a bigger version

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Two local authors, John Turner and Paul Bolding, have contributed to the latest publication by the Hackney Society
Hackney - Modern, Restored, Forgotten, Ignored: 40 Buildings to Mark 40 Years of the Hackney Society.                                

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The Kingsland Conservation Area Advisory Committee, which has an official role to comment on planning applications and covers De Beauvoir, has its own website.  It publishes its comments on applications. Email them if you would like to get involved.

If you want to find details of a planning application, or see what has been proposed for your road, look at the Council's planning website. You can search by street or by individual application if you know the number. Then you can comment online on an application.

If you hear from the Council or some other way about an application in De Beauvoir, please let us know by email and we will spread the word.

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REMEMBER DE BEAVER, the area newsletter from the 1970s and 80s? We have scanned the whole set.

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News from Meg Hillier MP (June 2011)

Local Hackney councillors have a blog at

They are: 
James Peters
Laura Bunt

Click on the name to email or at or tel 020 8356 3350;

Postal address is

Town Hall, Mare Street, London E8 1EA

They tweet at @LoveDeBeauvoir

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