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on the clapton commons map

on the clapton commons map

This week High Vis jackets started appearing on Clapton Common as the hoardings went up around the long abandoned toilet block.

This will now be hidden behind timber for six months and reappear at the end of the summer as, well, Liberty Hall.

Meanwhile over in the Common Room our own “community builder” Marcus Duran donned his Carhartt workwear and pitched up around our new “community map” with designer Nick Bell and other active Clapton Commoners.

This map is to help us imagine a new future together, to identify those assets – people, places, projects – we already know but may ignore because, like our long suffering toilet block, they have been overlooked.

Typically political action is driven by what we lack. But here in Hackney we’re starting from another place – a place of give and take, of being in it together, of get up and go: an old idea of the Commons.

It’s an act of faith in a borough that sits pretty high up every index of deprivation. But we also know that we’re rich in imagination and in kick-ass initiative. And we have neighbours who actually know what’s going on in their neighbourhood.

 

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THE PREACHER'S PRAYER

The Word that we preach speaks unto us through the Texts of Scripture and yet also through the Texts of Nature: from the Wick of the East to the new turf of Clissold in the West; from the Marina of the North at Springfield, where the canal boats winter like packed cigars, to the edge territories of the South, where the City of London and her strange enticements mock our ancient dissenting streets in Shoreditch, Hoxton and Haggerston.

Help us, O Lord, hearken unto thy Word unto thy Word, help us hearken unto thy Word.