More about Beecholme

Beecholme is also the first postwar "mixed development" housing scheme in Hackney, with a mixture of houses and flats with the taller block having five storeys and containing one-bedroom and bedsit accommodation. It is featured in Volume 15 of Hackney History and was the site of Beecholme House, the family home of Maj. John André (d. 1780), who was executed as a British spy in the American War of Independence.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Clapton Art Trust new website launched

CAT's long awaited website is live..
...with updates about the Old Tram Depot, the White Hart Pub & the Clapton Cinematograph Theatre...
...and the announcement it hopes and intends
to restore the Old Schoolhouse on Lea Bridge Road
for educational & recreational community use.

Hackney Gazette online story
Thur 2nd Feb, by Emma Bartholemew

The Old Schoolhouse: something for everyone
The trust plans to hold a variety of activities and events from exhibitions, Open Days & short heritage walks to evening & weekend adult ed. art, craft & music workshops (many with a "heritage" theme), but the main schoolroom's primary use would be a "living" Victorian classroom, with teachers in period costume.

Schools and colleges would send students for the day to experience Victorian teaching methods and mores and learn about local and river heritage within multi-disciplinary classes.

 The trust is applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funds to both restore the picturesque Victorian gothic featured building and run the various activities.
A percentage (so-called "match funding") of the restoration & activity costs need to found elsewhere so the trust will be applying to other granting bodies as well.

The trust will also be looking for volunteers to help develop & eventually take some of the proposed activities and will have more info up on their website in the coming weeks and months.

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