Monday, 16 April 2018

Safety - community leader consultation meeting

Last Thursday evening an urgent, community leader consultation meeting was held. It was called for by Hackney Council in response to the tragic loss of life of a young resident that occurred recently in central Hackney, an incident that has had an impact on all of us. I was in attendance to represent CC Hackney & Interlinkx CiC along with so many youth club leaders, councilors, parents, religious leaders, educationalists and council officers. Also there were the Mayors of Hackney and London; Philip Glanville and Sadiq Khan. At the start a minutes silence took place to remember young Israel Ogunsola, the latest victim to pass away on a road in London.
We were told that this is part of an on going programme and conversation to bring on change to make Hackney safer for everyone. The arrangements were for those present to sit at round tables in assorted groupings to discuss the effect, causes and possible solutions to the resulting climate of fear after rising violent incidents in the borough. By the end, each table would present their main outcomes for the facilitators to record. For my part I contributed by stating that reports of gun and knife crime has caused lower attendance at our youth sessions and that parents are expressing anxiety over their children when they are out of sight. As for the causes I offered my belief that there has been too much of a disconnect between adults and young people in general for too long and that social divisions in Hackney make for a loss of community feeling, guidance and protection for our most vulnerable people. This has exasperated the sense in some youngsters, that there is little hope for them to find a prosperous and successful future. None of this is helped by the austerity policies that are being implemented by central government. Such as the 20% cut in police funding and successive enforced local government spending cuts that have inevitably impaired services, including youth work provisions and structured, inclusive sporting practices.
During the final presentations a young man stood up and quoted the old African saying 'it takes a village to raise a child' and followed up to say that his table had agreed that committed community leaders and role models should be viewed in high regard and especially those who are from, live in and serve the area. Hackney Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement Caroline Selman was supportive and pleased to know that ICiC and CC Hackney's young adult outreach staff fitted this description. That's Henry Boateng, Kevin Cabey, Michael Anuyagu, Sulaymaan Altamash, Ceasar Bryan and returning original Fawcett leading boy, Sean St Louis. Before leaving I spoke with Mayor Philip Glanville saying that as if it's not hard enough a problem we have already thanks to the spending cuts from powers in Westminster. He said (words to the effect) that Hackney will act smart despite this, and do everything possible to make society changes for the better.

Keir Apperley - let's stay safe and look after people.
Dir. Interlinx CiC & CC Hackney's lead coach/manager.

Members day 2018

Just to say big thanks to everyone who came down to Elsdale Hall last Saturday for our members day. Also much respect and appreciation to the Elsdale Gardening Club for making the space out the back so pleasant and enjoyable. It did become very busy and we were too preoccupied to take any truly representing pictures at the height of the session.

For the record here's the only images we have so far:


Friday, 13 April 2018

Membership day reminder - Satuday morning 14th April 9-12

Membership Day
Our Annual get together will be at Elsdale Hall starting 10am

Kit Sale with reduced prices for club members (9am -12pm)
Bike Jumble - bring along bits and kit you don't want anymore. 

Cake bakers welcome!
 All at Elsdale Community Hall, Elsdale Street, London, E9 6PW

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

New youth session starting at Elsdale Hall

CC Hackney, Interlinks CiC & local youth club Hackney Quest are coming together to deliver a new youth training session, starting at Elsdale Hall on Tuesday 24th April. 

Hackney Housing are funding this provision. This project is aimed at those new to cycling and group riding, also young people who'd otherwise not get to ride good cycles with qualified coaches.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Young volunteers wash Concord's youth & community bikes

Volunteer help for others makes the world go around! 
Last Wednesday Interlinkx CiC and CC Hackney's estate based bike club aspect (at Kingsmead Concorde Centre E9) had plenty of help and good will from youngsters, some of whom don't even go out on the winter rides. It was the time to get down and wash the bikes regularly used on loan to members who do not have their own cycles.

Three down - twenty two to go.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Members & associates reminder - forthcoming awards evening

Dear CC Hackney members and associates,
CCH is looking forward to holding the forthcoming awards evening and have trophies ready to recognise our 2017-18 champions. There will be awards too for members who have achieved locally, regionally and nationally, also for those who have volunteered to make positive contributions to the club or have simply overcome challenges to participate by cycling with CC Hackney.

CCH 2017-18  Club Champions
Judith Philip - adult women,
Logan de Monchaux-Irons - adult men.
Sam Rowell - U16 boys
Charlie Dash - U16 girls
Robbie de Monchaux-Irons - U14
Serafino Sella - U12
Laila Grace McKenzie - U10
Harris McGrandle - U8 

Michael Anuyagu, Jakob Ukote & more TBC - volunteering & services to the club
Michael Ukote - most determined rider

James Taggert - FG Winter Track League
Ewan Crallen - LVV Tuesday 10TT Series
Anoushka Minale - National Cyclo Cross
Haben Gebrehiwet - ECCA RR Championships
Frank Moore - Easter Region RR Championships

CCH annual awards evening at Elsdale Hall Friday 23rd March 7-11pm
Elsdale Community Hall, Elsdale Street, London, E9 6PW 

Your event MC - Jessica Feaney 7-730pm - arrival
7.30-8.15pm London Youth Games & Club Championships
8.15-9pm - refreshments
9pm-9.30 - individual awards
9.30-10 - special sporting achievements
10- 11pm - social & closing

Thank you for all your support during 2017-18. Please contact the event organisers Jessica & Keir if you are able to help with preparing for this social occasion that is happening next Friday 23rd March:, 

2018/19 Membership Subscriptions

CC Hackney's 2018/19 membership subscriptions are due on or before 31st March 2018.
Here is the link to our on-line membership page where payment options can be found.
More about CCH membership here:
It is a requirement for CC Hackney members to be insured. British Cycling provides this and many more advantages within their membership offers:-
Other suitable cycling insurance policies are available via alternative oganisations.

More event news:
CCH Primavera Races
Our annual spring circuit races are set and ready to start. As ever support to help deliver key events is expected as part of being in the club. Racing or not, the CCH Primavera Races are good fun and exciting occasions, also a chance to learn about race management and socialise. It's important to ensure that these races go ahead well without putting to much stress on our events team due to a lack of CCH volunteers.
Please contact to register your interest here.
CCH Membership day at Elsdale Hall - Saturday 14th April 12.30 - 4.30pm
Kit sale, bike jumble, refreshments, travel club, projections, sounds, event planning & networking.
The 2018 CCH Ronde Chelmsford  - Our annual guided 160km ride round the lanes of Essex will take place on Sunday May 6th. A great leg stretcher for those who want to put the miles in -  we meet 8am at the Lea Valley Ice Rink to leave at 8.30am. The ride settles in to groups of differing speed once we pass High Beech, meeting up for lunch at the White Swan in Bicknacre. Route sheets are handed out on the day.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

CCH Primavera Circuit Races 2018

Members - our spring circuit races are set and ready to start. As ever support to help deliver these events is expected as part of being in the club. Racing or not, the CCH Primavera Races are good fun and exciting occasions, also a chance to learn about race management and socialise. It's important to ensure that these races go ahead well without putting to much stress on our events team due to a shortage of CCH volunteers. 
Please contact to register for this. 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Weather warning - stay safe out there!

No slip ups OK:)

Friday, 16 February 2018

Young volunteers apply themselves - Youth Oportunities Fund

Fawcett and Concorde bike club regulars Ahmed, Hasbi and Nihatcan have come together to work on Young Hackney's (Hackney Council) Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) They are looking to win local government grant aid in order to carry out much needed repairs and servicing on all of CC Hackney's community loan bikes. These are stored in several locations around the borough and used regularly by young residents and school children who'd otherwise not get to ride good cycles with qualified coaches.   
Interlinkx CIC and CC Hackney staff wish this project well and are hoping for the best with their application.

Ahmed, Hasbi & Nihatcan

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Schools Streets Hackney 2018

New trial for selected schools - Hackney Council in 2018:

"School streets is a pilot scheme where the road outside a number of schools is closed to traffic at the schools' opening and closing times. Closing the street to school traffic and through traffic helps to make a safer, more pleasant environment for everyone while ensuring residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists can still use the road."

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