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Kingsley Hall Bow – 90th Anniversary Events

Kingsley Hall Community Centre

90th Anniversary - Free Events

Powis Road E3 3HJ

Friday 28th September 3-5pm: Bromley by Bow – In the Footsteps of Muriel and Doris Lester. Tour led by prize-winning Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky. Starts at Bromley by Bow Station. Followed by tour of Kingsley Hall. Book in advance at  (see below)

Friday 28th September 3-4.45pm: Bow Drama Group – Common Women

Staged reading of a play about the anti-nuclear protest camp at Greenham Common missile base, by Jill Truman, with songs

Saturday 29th September: Kingsley Strings: musice reflecting the commitment of Kingsley Hall’s founders to peace, freedom, social justice and the rights of women. Live music in the café 2.30-4pm. Illustrated talk 4-4.45pm

5-6pm Cookham Quartet: music by Walford Davies, supporter of Kingsley Hall

7-8.30pm Auralio String Quartet: quartet movements by suffragette composer Ethel Smyth, plus Bollywood Tunes, a Cockney singalong, and more…

Café open 2.30-9pm

Tuesday 2nd October

3-4.30pm Join us for the Inauguration of the World Peace Pathway in Kingsley Hall’s Peace Garden.


Bromley-by-Bow: In the Footsteps of Muriel & Doris Lester

Friday 28th September 15:00 – 17:00

Meet at Bromley-by-Bow Underground Station, St Leonard’s Street, E3 3JJ

Join Rachel Kolsky, prize-winning Blue Badge Guide and author of Women’s London, and explore the under-visited area of Bromley-by-Bow. Its fascinating history includes stories of a royal hunting lodge, the Blitz, the demolished Northumberland House and of course the Lester sisters, Muriel and Doris, who founded Children’s House Nursery School and Kingsley Hall, where the walk ends with an exclusive tour of the Grade II listed building designed by Charles Cowles-Voysey, including the ‘cell’ where Gandhi lodged during his visit to London in 1931 and the roof garden donated by Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne.

Rachel Kolsky’s book, Women’s London, will be for sale at Kingsley Hall on the day.

This tour is one of a series of free events arranged by Kingsley Hall Community Centre in Powis Road, Bromley-by-Bow E3 3HJ to celebrate the building’s 90th anniversary.

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