St Hilda's East News 2018



We have an attractive selection of cards in stock, with artwork from local primary school children in the East End of London and designed with the help of Cheltenham Ladies' College. Cards contain a mixture of lovely Christmas and Seasonal greetings. Cards can be bought individually or we very much welcome larger orders. Individual cards cost £1.50 or a pack of 5 (with five different designs) costs £6, with postage included. To order, please contact Taslima Begum at St Hilda's East Community Centre by email at or on 020 77398066. 


Could you be the MC for our 130th birthday party? Established by former pupils of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, St Hilda’s East will be celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2019. A programme of anniversary activities will culminate in a special celebration at the prestigious Mercers’ Hall on Tuesday 1st October – kindly made available for the evening by the Mercers’ Company. CLC Principal Eve Jardine-Young will be present – along with Guild members, supporters, Mercers, funders and corporates. St Hilda’s East is looking for a high profile MC to help the event go with a swing and maximise fundraising support for the charity on the night. If you might be that person or know someone who could fit the bill, please contact Rupert Williams on

A Fun Palace for all the community will take place at St Hilda’s East Community Centre, 18 Club Row, E2 7EY, on Saturday 6th October. Guild members are very welcome to drop in between 11.00am and 5.00pm. The motto of the day is ‘Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist’. Entrance is free with activities for all. ‘The London Euphonia Orchestra will create a community orchestra performance from scratch in a day(!), the Royal College of Pathologists will be providing a fun and rather gruesome interactive digestive system activity, while history offerings include London Metropolitan Archives as well as talks and a guided tour by authors about the history of the East End. For more info follow #FunPalaces and #BoundaryFunPalace on Twitter. 


Please sponsor brave Guild member Harriet Edwards (1999-2004, Farnley Lodge) who will be competing in the London Triathlon for St Hilda’s East on August 4th. Harriet will undertake an Olympic 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Please support her! All funds raised will go towards helping the much needed work of St Hilda’s East Community Centre in the East End of London, from running a local food co-op, providing a lunch club every day to otherwise isolated older people, organising a free legal advice centre and offering masses of fun activities for children and young adults. Harriet’s Just Giving sponsorship page can be found at:


St Hilda’s East is delighted to welcome Malini McCauley (Basuthakur, 1985-1992, St Helen's) as a new Guild nominated Trustee of the charity. Malini’s nomination took place at the Guild AGM in May. She is looking forward to being involved in the life of St Hilda’s East and brings extensive experience of the finance, banking and educational sectors to her role. Malini will join Harriet Edwards as one of two Guild nominees among St Hilda’s East trustees. She replaces Nandini Basuthakur who has kindly agreed to remain as a member of St Hilda’s East Community Centre’s Management Board.

Guild member Harriet Edwards will be competing in the London Triathlon for St Hilda’s East on August 4th. Very bravely, Harriet will undertake an Olympic 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run. Please support Harriet by sponsoring her! Please tell friends, relatives and colleagues! All funds raised will go towards helping the much needed work of St Hilda’s East Community Centre in the East End of London.
Harriet’s Just Giving sponsorship page can be found at:


Thanks to everyone who walked on Monday in the London Legal Support Trust Sponsored Walk, the team from St Hilda's have raised £4,761.62 for our much-needed advice services at St Hilda’s East Community Centre. We will use these funds to keep our essential services open, allowing us to continue to provide quality advice and support to those who so urgently need it.

We are extremely grateful for your time and dedication in helping us to raise this amount. If you haven't donated, but would like to, the page is still open for donations:


A team from St Hilda’s East, with friends, will be walking in the London Legal Support Trust Sponsored Walk on May 21st, to raise money for our free Advice service. The Advice service is a lifeline to many in our community who cannot afford expert help with their legal problems or welfare benefits difficulties. To help support our service, please consider sponsoring our team – contact or online at are also always happy to welcome new walkers to the team! Just get in touch with us if you’re interested.’


The London Legal Walk is an annual 10K walk co-ordinated by the London Legal Support Trust, taking place on Monday 21st May. St Hilda’s East has been taking part over the last couple of years to raise money for our much needed Advice Services, which provide local residents with assistance on welfare rights, housing, debt issues and legal advice. The services are busy, well used and much needed, providing a lifeline to many local people.

We would be delighted if any Guild members would like to join the team on the day and get sponsored by friends and family to take part. The event itself is great fun, with our team walking a lovely route from Lincoln's Inn Fields through central London's green spaces.

Please get in touch with to find out more. Alternatively, you can donate here to support our vital advice services:


On March 6th we will be having our International Women’s Day event, from 11am to 2pm, featuring art exhibitions from our women’s project, women’s history information and talks. This is open to all! 

(St Hilda’s East Community Centre, 18 Club Row, London E2 7EY. Tel: 020 7739 8066 Fax: 020 7729 5172

We have recently appointed a new trustee, Guild member Fawziyah Rahman (CLC 2009-2011, St Hilda's). She volunteered at St Hilda’s during her time in College and we’re delighted to have her on board as a member of our trustee committee.