West Ham Women’s Newsletter
Wednesday 21 June 

Let’s Get Political, Baby!

Hello West Ham Women’s Forum 
We hope you’re having a good week. Thank you again to everyone that helped out campaigning over GE2017. It is great to see so many gains across the country, in Ilford North, Westminster North and an increase here at home in West Ham. You all worked so so hard! The first quick thing you can do to get more involved is to join our West Ham Labour Women Facebook group.

Below are key dates for your lovely diaries and important information

West Ham Thank You

Don’t forget West Ham Labour are throwing a social to thank members and to celebrate majorities here and in many constituencies we helped during the election campaign. Hope you can join us Friday 30th
Time: 7-10 pm Friday 30 June
Location: Eat16, St Lukes, 89 Tarling Rd, E16 1HN

Seyi is happy to give lift from Stratford at 6:45pm – get contact directly with her. Or you can meet Gen at Canning Town Station at 6:15 pm. Click on the picture for more information.
West Ham Labour AGM  – Tonight!

Tonight is West Ham Labour’s AGM. The AGM is where we review how our year has gone, our delegates elect officers of the party for the year and we discuss West Ham’s Standing Orders (policy). If your a new female delegate for your branch or if you would like to observe the meeting, our GC delegate Jane and Seyi would love to meet you beforehand.
We will be outside  Harold Road Community Centre from 6:45 pm and then we can all go together.

Observers (non-delegates) are welcome just a warning AGMs, our AGM isn’t as interesting as our normal GC meetings but it is an opportunity to meet people and see how the local party works. We will be regularly meeting before GC meetings to hopefully make it seem less daunting

Location: 170 Harold Road E13 0SE
Time: 6:45 pm, Thursday 22 June
Contact: Seyi via westhamlabour@gmail.com

 
Continue Canvassing…

We are really keen to continue canvassing regularly and keep up our Labour presence on the the doorstep. We have local elections in 11 months and we could have another General Election later this year. Our next session will be a Street Stall outside Stratford Station. Those only able to join us for a short period of time for whatever the reason are welcome. If you have any accessibility concerns please let us know.
Location: Stratford Station
Time: 6 – 7:45 pm
Contact: Seyi or Gen via westhamlabour@gmail.com
How you can get more involved in the party or your community.

Our next meeting is designed for women who are keen to get more involved politically whether that is standing as a Cllr, standing for a position in the party or getting more involved in local campaigns and community groups. If you’ve been a member for a while and would like to progress further this session is for you too.
Some of our lovely Councillors and members will talk you through different pathways and activities you can get involved.

Location: Gerry’s Kitchen Gerry Raffles Square then dinner at Stratford Meridian Square​
Time: 7:00 pm 11 July 2017
Contact: Seyi or Seyi via westhamlabour@gmail.com
Councillor Buddies 🙂 

Standing to be a Councillor is very exciting and rewarding but can also be confusing. We don’t want good candidates to be overwhelmed and wanted to set up a system to link you up with a female Councillor to act as a ‘buddy’.  We want to facilitate an informal buddy system so that aspiring Councillors have someone to call upon with questions, someone to meet for coffee, even someone whose surgeries or meetings you could shadow, or do a mock interview with.
If you are interested in being linked up with a buddy, please email Rachel via
via westhamlabour@gmail.com
Summer Social – SAVE THE DATE! 
 
Another important date for your lovely diaries, we are having a Summer Social BBQ. Children and Babies are welcome and encouraged!  Please bring your own meats and drinks. Those who RSVP Yes by 1st August will be sent the location address.
Let’s get political (baby)!

We were thinking about how to make our activities even more inclusive and wondered you wanted us to hold a small canvassing session that was especially for women who wanted to bring along their babies or small children. Rachel would be happy to bring her youngest, who is 4 and although not a baby does love delivering leaflets.  We would leaflet outside a playgroup or canvass a road for an hour or so, then move somewhere together to feed or entertain the children. It would be great to get our children out and involved in political life, and also to show all our Labour sisters that you are very welcome to get involved whilst you have small children and that we’re happy to include everyone. If anyone is interested, please drop Rachel a line on
via westhamlabour@gmail.com
 In Sisterhood,

Seyi Akiwowo West Ham Women’s Officer
&
West Ham Women’s Forum Exec

Election Day 2017

Please help to fund Lyn Brown’s election campaign
We will spend thousand of pounds on Leaflets, Letters, Posters and Street Stalls in West Ham over the next few weeks. Please help if you can.
A. Click here [DONATION]  OR
B. Send a cheque made payable to West Ham Labour Party, to John Gray, Election Agent, West Ham CLP, 306 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 1AJ
All donations go to West Ham Labour Party and will be used for Lyn’s campaign in West Ham.

Election Day!
We’re asking all members to head to a nearby marginal on polling day. Info below is for Ilford North (where Labour won by 589 votes in 2015) and Westminster North

Ilford North – Click here for info and to sign up to help in Ilford North

Westminster North – Click here for info and to sign up to help in Westminster North

And if you’re really keen – Ilford North is asking for volunteers to deliver leaflets at 5.30am(click here)

Every vote really does count!

 

3 weeks to go…

Please help to fund Lyn Brown’s election campaign
We will spend thousand of pounds on Leaflets, Letters, Posters and Street Stalls in West Ham over the next few weeks. Please help if you can.
A. Click here [DONATION]  OR
B. Send a cheque made payable to West Ham Labour Party, to John Gray, Election Agent, West Ham CLP, 306 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 1AJ
All donations go to West Ham Labour Party and will be used for Lyn’s campaign in West Ham.

We’re out canvassing in West Ham and nearby marginals most days. Come and join us…

ILFORD NORTH – 11am, 2pm and 6pm every day.

Meeting 12a High View Parade, Woodford Av, IG4 5EP (a 12 min walk from Gants Hill stn on the Central Line – exit 1). Turn up and say you’re from West Ham (and they’ll look after you if you haven’t campaigned before).

Join West Ham members this Sat meeting 1.15pm, Stratford stn (bus stn side) to travel together. Meet Julianne there or at Ilford North office at 2pm.

WEST HAM
Thurs 18 May

  • STREET STALL – Under Canning Town Flyover, 5 to 7pm. All welcome. Contact: Shabs 07958024188

Sat 20 May

  • Forest Gate North, Coffee7, 11am 10 Sebert Road, E7 0NQ contact John 07432 150 530
  • Custom House, 11.30am, Custom House Library, Prince Regents Lane, E16 3JJ. Contact: Rokhsana 07930 444253 or Momodou 07958 709584
  • Women’s Forum (women only) 11:45 am outside McDonald’s (Stratford Centre), E15 1XA Contact Genevieve on 07961585065 or Seyi on 07940743811
  • Canning Town North, 12pm, Moka Coffee Shop, 126 Barking Rd, E16 1EN, Contact: Shabs 07958024188

ILFORD NORTH – meet 1.15pm at Stratford stn or in Ilford North at 2pm

Sun 21 May

  • Canning Town South, 11.30pm, Keir Hardie Church, 14 Plymouth Road, E16 1PA contact Rohit 07926 890936
  • Forest Gate North, 2pm, Hibiscus Centre, Buckingham Road, E15 1SE contact John 07432 150 530

Mon 22 May

  • Plaistow South, 6pm, NewVIC, Prince Regent Lane, E13 8SG. Contact Neil on 0789 653 9001
  • West Ham, 6:30pm, ATL Cafe, 125 Plaistow Road, E15 3ET.  Contact David on 07917 681728 or John on 07763 651131.

Tues 23 May

  • Forest Gate North, 6pm, Coffee7, 10 Sebert Road, E7 0NQ contact John 07432 150 530
  • Custom House, 6.30pm, outside Nisa Local, 53 Freemasons Rd, E16 3PJ. Contact: Rokhsana 07930 444253 or Momodou 07958 709584
  • Stratford, 6.30pm, Old Town Hall (Stratford), 29 Broadway, E15 4BQ. Contact: Karl 07857 622 647.

Weds 24 May

  • Canning Town South, 6.30pm, Keir Hardie Methodist Church, 14 Plymouth Road E16 1PA
  • West Ham, 6:30pm, ATL Cafe, 125 Plaistow Road, E15 3ET.  Contact David on 07917 681728 or John on 07763 651131.

Thurs 25 May

  • Women’s Forum (women only). Meet Westminster tube station (Westminster Bridge exit) where we’ll walk together to Labour HQ, Ergon House, Horseferry Rd, SW1P 2AL for phone canvassing for women candidates in marginal seats. Cakes and snacks welcome! Contact Gen (07961585075) or Seyi (07940 743811).
  • Plaistow South, 6pm, NewVIC, Prince Regent Lane, E13 8SG. Contact Neil on 0789 653 9001

PHONE CANVASSING – 4pm to 8pm weekdays at Labour HQ, Ergon House, Horseferry Rd, SW1P 2AL 

Polling Day – let us know if you can help – there will be loads to do from 5am (yes!) leaflets to deliver in Ilford North to help here in West Ham

Leaflets – please let me know (if you haven’t already) if you would be happy to deliver leaflets (and I’ll pass your details onto you ward organiser). Leaflets are now available!

4 weeks to go…

FUNDRAISING for General Election 2017 – if you’re not able to help us speak to voters can you help fund the leaflets, balloons and posters we need to campaign? (click here) 

If you joined Labour because you want a Labour government it’s time to act. Join us and Lyn Brown talk to voters at our street stalls or knocking on doors here in West Ham and in two key marginals: Ilford North and Westminster North. 

ILFORD NORTH

11am, 2pm and 6pm every day.

Meeting 12a High View Parade, Woodford Av, IG4 5EP (a 12 min walk from Gants Hill stn on the Central Line – exit 1). Turn up and say you’re from West Ham (and they’ll look after you if you haven’t campaigned before).

A West Ham contingent will head to Ilford North for 2pm on Saturday. Meet there or meet Karl at 1.15pm outside Stratford Station (bus stn side) to travel together. 

WESTMINSTER NORTH
Wed 10 May
14.30 – Meeting outside Royal Oak Tube Station W2 6ET, Contact: Danny 07956 976 136
18.30 – Meet outside Maida Vale Tube Station W9 1JS, Contact: Danny 07956 976 136 Continue reading

5 weeks to go…

General Election 2017 – if you’re not able to help us speak to voters can you help fund the leaflets, balloons and posters we need to campaign? (click here) 

There’s only 5 weeks left to tell Theresa May we want teachers and police officers for the many, not grammar schools and cuts to capital gains tax cuts for the few. Please come and join our street stalls or knocking on doors to talk to voters here in West Ham and in two key marginals: Ilford North and Westminster North. It’s more fun than you think – honest!

ILFORD NORTH
11am, 2pm and 6pm every day.
Meeting 12a High View Parade, Woodford Av, IG4 5EP (a 12 min walk from Gants Hill stn on the Central Line – exit 1). Turn up and say you’re from West Ham (and they’ll look after you if you haven’t campaigned before).

A West Ham contingent will head to Ilford North for 2pm on Saturday. Meet there or at Stratford station (old Stratford side, not Westfield) at 1.15pm to travel together. 

WESTMINSTER NORTH
Weds 3 May

2.30pm Meeting outside Waitrose, Porchester Road W2 6ES, junction with Bishop’s Bridge Road.
Contact: Danny Sweeney 07956 976 136 or organiser@westminsterlabour.org
6.30pm Meet at the junction of Randolph Avenue & Carlton Vale NW6 5EN
Contact: Rita Begum 07988 887144
Thursday 27 April
2.30pm Meet at the junction of Lisson Grove and Frampton Street, outside Council Officers NW8 8LF
Contact: Andy Whitley 07715 637 475
6.30pm Meet outside Crockers Folly Pub, 24 Aberdeen Place NW8 8JR
Contact: Danny Sweeney 07956 976 136 or organiser@westminsterlabour.org
Friday 28 April
2.30pm Meet at the Labour Party Office, 4G Shirland Mews W9 3DY
Contact: Margaret Lynch 07732 702 954 or secretary@westminsterlabour.org

WEST HAM
Weds 3 May
Canning Town South, 6.31pm, corner of Chandler Avenue and Alexander Road E16 4DU. Contact Terry Paul 07957 22 73 72 or Alan Griffiths 0777388 4339
West Ham, 6.30pm, Sawmill, 51 West Ham Lane E15 4PH. Contact John on 07763 651131

Thurs 4 May
Stratford and New Town, 6.30pm, Maryland Station E15 1SA  Contact: Karl 07857622647

Sat 6 May
Street Stall – Canning Town North – 12pm to 1pm, outside John Bennet’s newsagent, 128 Barking Rd, E16 1EN contact Shabs on 07958 024188
Street Stall – Forest Gate North and South, 11am to 1pm, Outside Co-op, Woodgrange Road E7 0NF, Contact Joel or John 07432 150 530

Canvassing
Plaistow South, 11am Barking Road Community Centre, 627-633, Barking Rd, E13 9EZ
Plaistow North, 11am, Plaistow stn, E13 0DY. Contact Daniel on 07947891121 or Mehmood on 07916 344575
Custom House, 11.30am, Custom House Library, Prince Regents Lane, E16 3JJ. Contact Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz 07930 444253 or Momodou Sanyang 07958 709584

Sun 7 May
Forest Gate North, 2pm, Coffee7, 10 Sebert Road, E7 0NQ, Contact Seyi 07940 743 811

Tues 9 May
Women’s Forum and Plaistow South (women only), 6pm, Outside New Vic college, Prince Regents Lane, E13 8SG. Contact Veronica on 07968802494
Forest Gate North, 6pm, Odessa School, Wellington Road, E7 9BY, Contact John 07432 150 530
Custom House, 6.30pm, outside Ibis Styles London Excel Hotel, 272 Victoria Dock Rd, E16 3BY. Contact Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz 07930 444253 or Momodou Sanyang 07958 709584 (note Custom House stn closed, Royal Victoria DLR is 7 min walk).

Weds 10 May
Plaistow North, 6:30pm, Plaistow stn, E13 0DY. Contact Daniel on 07947891121 or Mehmood on 07916 344575
Plaistow South, 6.00pm outside NewVIC, Prince Regent Lane, E13 8SG. Contact Neil Wilson on 0789 653 9001

Phone canvassing 4pm to 8pm weekdays at Labour HQ, Ergon House, Horseferry Rd, SW1P 2AL

Leaflets Please let us know (if you haven’t already) if you would be happy to deliver leaflets (and I’ll pass your details onto you ward organiser).

General Election 2017

Here’s the campaigning we’ll be doing in Ilford North, Westminster North (both marginals) and here in West Ham over the next week or so:

Ilford North
11am, 2pm and 6pm every day.
Meeting 12a High View Parade, Woodford Avenue, IG4 5EP (a 12 min walk from Gants Hill stn on the Central Line). Turn up and say you’re from West Ham and they’ll be very pleased to see you (and look after you if you haven’t campaigned before).

A West Ham contingent will be head to Ilford North for 2pm on Saturday 29 April. Meet either there or at Stratford station (old Stratford side, not Westfield) at 1.15pm to travel together. Please do come and join us if you’re able to.

Westminster North
Thurs 27 April 14.30 – Canvassing in Queen’s Park Court. Meet at the junction of Ilbert Street and Sixth Avenue W10 4AF.
18.30 – Canvassing in Westbourne Ward. Meet outside Westbourne Park Station, Great Western Road W11 1AB. 

Fri 28 April 14.30 – Canvassing on the Lisson Green Estate. Meet at the entrance to the Estate – junction of Lisson Grove and Lilestone Street NW8 8ED

Sat 29 April 11.00 – Canvassing on the Amberley Estate, Westbourne Ward. Meet outside Waterway Pub, Formosa Street W9 2JU at the junction with Blomfield Road.
15.00 – Canvassing in Queen’s Park Ward. Meet outside the Jubilee Sports Centre, Caird Street W10 4RR. 

Sun 30 April 11.00 – Canvassing in Church Street Ward. Meet outside Tesco, 94 Church Street NW8 8EX near the junction with Edgware Road.

West Ham
Sat 29 April
Street stalls – come and join us hand out leaflets and talk to shoppers – all welcome
* Stratford – 11am to 1pm, near McDonalds/Starbucks, E15 1XA (contact Karl on Karl 07857622647
* Canning Town North – 12pm to 1pm, outside John Bennet’s newsagent, 128 Barking Rd, E16 1EN contact Shabs on 

Canvassing – knocking on doors – all welcome
Forest Gate North, 11am, outside Forest Gate Station. Contact John on 07432 150530
Forest Gate South, 11.30am, The Gate Library 2-6 Woodgrange Road E7 0QH. Contact Joel on 07913546811 or Mas on 07957420567.
Plaistow North 11 am, Plaistow stn, E13 0DY Contact Mehmood on 07916344575
Plaistow South, 11.00 am Barking Road Community Centre, 627-633, Barking Road, E13 9EZ. Contact Neil 0789 653 9001
West Ham, 11:15am, ATL Cafe, 125 Plaistow Rd, E15 3ET. Contact David on 07917681728

Members travelling to Ilford North meeting either Stratford station at 1.15pm or in Ilford North at 2pm…

Sun 30 April
Custom House, 11.30am, Custom House Library, Prince Regents Lane, E16 3JJ. Contact Rokhsana 07930 444253 or Momodou 07958 709584
Plaistow South, 2.00pm.,Barking Road Community Centre, 627-633, Barking Road, E13 9EZ. Contact Neil 0789 653 9001

Monday 1 May
Ilford North is canvassing 11am, 2pm and 6pm

Tues 2 May
Custom House, 6.30pm, outside Ibis Styles London Excel Hotel, 272 Victoria Dock Rd, E16 3BY. Contact: Rokhsana 07930 444253 or Momodou 07958 709584 (note Custom House  stn closed, 7 min walk from Royal Victoria stn.

Weds 3 May
Canning Town South, 6.30pm, corner of Chandler Avenue and Alexander Road E16 4DU, contact Alan on 07773 884339

Phone canvassing – 4pm to 8pm weekdays at Labour HQ, Ergon House, Horseferry Rd, SW1P 2AL 

Please let us know if you would be happy to deliver leaflets (and I’ll pass your details onto you ward organiser).

Museum of London

Stratford and Newtown ward arranged a trip to the Museum of London for Good Friday. We went to see the Perspectives of Destruction exhibition and bumped into Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council.

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Brexit fundraising dinner

Over 120 West Ham members and friends joined us for our fundraising dinner on Thurs 30 March.

It was a great opportunity for West Ham members to catch-up and meet new friends, as well as hearing from our guest speaker, Keir Starmer MP, about Labour’s response to Brexit. Keir dealt with a wide range of questions, as well as speaking to lots of members before and during dinner.

Thanks to everyone who came and made it a both a relaxed and informative evening.

West Ham Women’s Forum Councillor Training and AGM

By Genevie Kitchen

IMG_20170306_224545.jpgOn Monday, West Ham women gathered to boost the sisterhood for the 2018 local government elections. It was so wonderful to see a group of women from all walks of life dedicated to making West Ham better. Despite Monday being match day, the West Ham Labour HQ was full of bright, bubbly and brave women who brought snacks and heaters for the evening.
The training and AGM was hosted by the amazing Councillor Seyi Imoleayo Akiwowo, who chaired the discussions and helped us understand what being a Local Councillor really meant. We were asked what we wanted to improve in Newham and why we should stand. Councillors from all over Newham (including Cllr Charlene Mclean, Cllr Rachel Tripp, Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz, Cllr Veronica Oakeshott, Cllr Aleen Alarice, Cllr Anne Easter and Cllr Julianne Marriott) all gave inspiring talks about their day to day work and getting through the selection process.
The network was really welcoming and supportive. The group was full of positive strong women who are focused on making a difference. If we learnt one thing it is that people are really passionate about parking, especially on Match day!
After the training Seyi chaired the AGM. As Seyi is stepping down from being Chair of West Ham Women’s Forum, the new team would like to thank her for all of her hard work. We look forward to picking up where she left off, and we hope to do a great job in the next year.
The new team is:
Vice Chair – Nareser Osei
Secretary – Genevieve Kitchen
Treasurer – Khadiza Naseem
Campaigns Fundraiser and Branch Organiser – Cllr Veronica Oakeshott
GC Delegates – Rachel Tripp and Jane Lofthouse
EC Delegate – Cllr Rachel Tripp