The Lighthouse & Gardens

A meanwhile use community garden and wellbeing space Celebration Avenue – Stratford E20

Welcome

The LightHouse and Gardens is an exciting new community centre and gardens in Stratford E20 created to provide indoor and outdoor spaces to promote health and wellbeing opportunities for the local area and beyond.

The LightHouse offers classes, events, workshops and a variety of projects to support mind, body and soul whilst also being available to hire by practitioners, charities, businesses and individuals.  Sitting alongside is the Gardens, a community-focused food growing and garden space with art, workshops and green areas for relaxation and calm.

We envisage these spaces becoming a place to support the local community through a variety of offerings, somewhere for people to congregate, learn, grow and build new connections.

The LightHouse is situated on Celebration Avenue, just one minute walk from Stratford International Station and 10 minutes from Stratford Station via Westfield.  The community gardens are accessed via gates on International Way and Penny Brookes Street.

About

The LightHouse and Gardens are designed to be a community empowerment space, where local residents have access to a range of facilities and resources that can act as an incubator for ideas, an activator for meaningful engagement or a place to simply be. 

The spaces form part of a meanwhile project which The Heart to Heart Collective and Nomadic Gardens are delivering on behalf of Hadley Property Group. Hadley, which owns the site, is in the early stages of working up proposals for a mixed-use development on this site in Stratford to be delivered over the coming few years.

The LightHouse and Gardens exist to make full use of the site prior to its redevelopment and to provide support, collaboration and facilities to the community during the planning and development process. As such, what you will find on site will be constantly evolving and changing – so get involved, and tell us what else you would like to see!

Based on the premise that ‘we are the sum of our relationships’ to one another, ourselves, our environment, our food, jobs, sleep, everything, we aim to create spaces that encourage people to commune, converse and congregate and re-establish vital human connection.

So this is an invitation to join us and share your experience and energy in a space that’s about co-creation and empowerment, unity and community 

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

Meet the Team

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The LightHouse

Su Winsbury and Gabby Briscoe, of The Heart to Heart Collective, are the joint managers and co-curators of the LightHouse community and wellbeing centre.

With around 40 years of combined experience in the fields of health, wellness, coaching and empowerment, they are bringing their wisdom, insight and passion into creating a space for the community that is encompassing, welcoming and nurturing.  With a broad perspective of wellness that includes fun, laughter and creativity as much as physical and emotional health, they aim to bring a diverse range of opportunities, workshops, classes and facilities to appeal across the local and wider communities.

The LightHouse is also a space for people to hire for private or community use by groups and individuals ensuring that we provide a wide range of activities for you to experience, experiment and enjoy.

We aim for this to be a place to inspire, spark new ideas and connections, bring people together and to support personal development, growth and wellbeing on many levels.

hello@thelighthouseandgardens.com 

The Gardens

James Wheale, known as Jimmy, was the conduit that gave rise to the Nomadic Gardens in Shoreditch and Queens Park and is now curating our gardens at The LightHouse. Jimmy has been a community organiser, activist and landscaper shaping the urban and cultural landscape of his hometown London in his small way for many years now. He is a social entrepreneur that believes one of the ways we can combat the alienation and atomisation we feel in the city is by having access to open spaces that provide meaningful activities for local residents and visitors to get involved in.

He is a passionate advocate for community led startups and grassroots activism which encouraged him to brokering the access to brownfield sites awaiting development and turning them into meanwhile use community garden spaces.

If you would like to know more about reserving a planting bed, please complete this form. Priority will be given to people living in E20 and E15 postcodes.

We would like this space to encourage a sense of ownership and responsibility for local residents who see it as their own and who use it to build the relationships so crucial to our quality of life.

 gardens@thelighthouseandgardens.com

Hadley Property Group

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Hadley Property Group, which owns the IQL North development site on which The LightHouse is situated, is a progressive, sustainable and inclusive development company committed to the curation and delivery of mixed-use neighbourhoods in London.

The LightHouse and Gardens is the first phase of a number of purpose-driven meanwhile uses which will operate from the site across the next 1-2 years.

The Lighthouse and Gardens will also be incorporated into the final proposals for the site and rehoused in the completed development, continuing to be available for everyone to use.

For more information on this and Hadley’s other projects, please visit their website.

Hiring The LightHouse

The LightHouse is available to hire for regular or one-off events.  There are two rooms available, a relaxed cosy space which is ideal for therapists and wellness practitioners, and the main room which is perfect for movement classes, workshops, rehearsals, meetings, children’s parties or any kind of group event. 

Facilities:

The building is fully accessible and all on the ground floor.  It is a bright airy space with plenty of natural lighting and roller blinds for privacy.  There is direct access to a private patio and garden area at the rear of the building which is separate to the community gardens.

Main Room (11.85m x 7.21m)

  • Wifi
  • Sound system – connect via Bluetooth
  • Projector and screen
  • Flipchart Stands x 2
  • 2 large tables 
  • 1 folding table 
  • Adjustable lighting with dimmers
  • Adjustable heating/cooling
  • Accessible toilet with baby change mat
  • Kitchen with microwave, under counter fridge, dishwasher, kettle, cafetiere (x2), vacuum flasks (x2), cutlery, cups, large serving plates
  • Yoga mats

Back Terrace

  • Secluded and secure back terrace exclusively for the LightHouse users
  • Secure gate with an accessible internal path to the Gardens

The Glade

  • Partially shaded seating area for users of both the LightHouse and the Gardens

Hire The LightHouse

What’s On

Featured Event

30/01/2023 | HAIR STORY with Leslie Ann Saunders | 7pm-8pm - FREE

A Hair Story is inside all of us.

Join Hairstorian Leslie-Ann Saunders who connects her past, present and future hair journey in one hair story.

Born in Trinidad and currently residing in the UK, Leslie-Ann Saunders is a self-titled Hairstorian with over 20 years experience in natural hair. Her purpose is to celebrate all the dimensions of natural hair. Hair Story is her current project, started in 2020 in the midst of the global shift aims to create a unique collection of individual stories merging the past, present and future hair journey into one story.

L.A Saunders Ltd also offers a natural hair consultancy service to individuals who want to transition to natural hair, salons who want to pivot into natural hair care, and holistic hair health. For private clients in film, TV or theatre Leslie-Ann offers a bespoke Hair Artiste service capturing the energy of your soul in one hairstyle.

Clients include Vidal Montgomery, Emma Dabiri, Andi Oliver, Rena Kydd Williams, Empress Thandi Wise, Berhan Tensae Holly Bass to name a few.

Tickets are free but please reserve your space by booking here.

Leslie Ann Saunders Instagram

January 2023

29/01/2023 | Opareshoni You! - Reflect, Reframe & Reposition | 2pm-4pm - FREE

29/01/2023 | Opareshoni You! – Reflect, Reframe & Reposition | 2pm-4pm – FREE

Welcome to Opareshoni You!

A workshop that gives you a series of opportunities to allow you to Reflect Reframe & Reposition.

  • REFLECT – Where are you now? What do you long to do or be?
  • REFRAME your circumstances – What do you need to do to make change?
  • REPOSITION to your preferred future – What skills and formulas will you need to reach your end goal?

Having a life vision gives clarity and once you keep moving you will always be one step closer on your journey towards your dreams and aspirations.

Be ready to be inspired and empowered by Opareshoni You and all that we have to offer. The workshop will help you to see where you can make impactful changes in a safe space where you will feel supported by like-minded women to share ideas and viewpoints.

If you feel aligned and want to make a big difference to 2023 and beyond now is your time to come and join us you certainly won’t be disappointed. Grab your tickets and begin to make a change for you with you.

This opportunity is for You to allow You to explore You if you ever thought You was ever missing!

Peace Love & Light.

Book your tickets here.

30/01/2023 | HAIR STORY with Leslie Ann Saunders | 7pm-8pm - FREE

30/01/2023 | HAIR STORY with Leslie Ann Saunders | 7pm-8pm – FREE

A Hair Story is inside all of us.

Join Hairstorian Leslie-Ann Saunders who connects her past, present and future hair journey in one hair story.

Born in Trinidad and currently residing in UK, Leslie-Ann Saunders is a self titled Hairstorian with over 20 years experience in natural hair. Her purpose is to celebrate all the dimensions of natural hair. Hair Story is her current project, started in 2020 in the midst of the global shift aims to create a unique collection of individual stories merging the past, present and future hair journey into one story.

L.A Saunders Ltd also offers a natural hair consultancy service to individuals who want to transition to natural hair, salons who want to pivot into natural hair care, and holistic hair health. For private clients in film, TV or theatre Leslie-Ann offers a bespoke Hair Artiste service capturing the energy of your soul in one hairstyle.

Clients include Vidal Montgomery, Emma Dabiri, Andi Oliver, Rena Kydd Williams, Empress Thandi Wise, Berhan Tensae Holly Bass to name a few.

Tickets are free but please reserve your space by booking here.

Leslie Ann Saunders Instagram

Fridays (from 20th January 2023) | Natural Hair Care, Braiding & Styling with Nurture Academy | 4.30pm-6.30pm

Fridays (from 20th January 2023) | Natural Hair Care, Braiding & Styling with Nurture Academy | 4.30pm-6.30pm

For children aged 8-17.

A practical and fun way to learn about the right tools to use, hand and parting techniques, hair designs, styles and hair prep.

To book email admin@nurtureacademy.org.uk or call 07956 162056

Tuesdays (from 17th January 2023) | Myoga London - All Things Yoga | 1pm-2pm

Tuesdays (from 17th January 2023) | Myoga London – All Things Yoga | 1pm-2pm

Elemental Vinyasa Flow.
All levels are welcome and babies under one are welcome to stay on their buggies unless being tended to.

Single class £12.50, 5x classes £55, 10x classes £99

www.myoga.london

Scan to book

Or email info@myoga.london 

Wednesdays (term time) | Drum Works Drumming Classes (for all ages) | 4.30pm-8.30pm

Drumming Class

Wednesdays (term time) | Drum Works Drumming Classes (for all ages) | 4.30pm-8.30pm

Drum Works uses drumming as a tool to inspire creativity, build social cohesion and empower people to direct their own futures. High-energy, engaging and creative sessions led by experienced professional musicians enable participants from all backgrounds, ages and all levels of musical experience to create something they enjoy and are proud of.

Through collaborative music-making we develop participants’ confidence, break down social barriers and build a supportive community where everyone can thrive.

Click here to find out more and book a taster session.

February 2023

Tuesdays | Myoga London - All Things Yoga | 1pm-2pm

Tuesdays | Myoga London – All Things Yoga | 1pm-2pm

Elemental Vinyasa Flow.
All levels are welcome and babies under one are welcome to stay on their buggies unless being tended to.

Single class £12.50, 5x classes £55, 10x classes £99

www.myoga.london

Scan to book

Or email info@myoga.london

Wednesdays (term time) | Drum Works Drumming Classes (for all ages) | 4.30pm-8.30pm

Drumming Class

Wednesdays (term time) | Drum Works Drumming Classes (for all ages) | 4.30pm-8.30pm

Drum Works uses drumming as a tool to inspire creativity, build social cohesion and empower people to direct their own futures. High-energy, engaging and creative sessions led by experienced professional musicians enable participants from all backgrounds, ages and all levels of musical experience to create something they enjoy and are proud of.

Through collaborative music-making we develop participants’ confidence, break down social barriers and build a supportive community where everyone can thrive.

Click here to find out more and book a taster session.

March 2023

5th-7th and 9th-11th March 2023 | Yin Yoga Teacher Training

5th-7th and 9th-11th March 2023 | 50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training

*EARLY BIRD PRICE UNTIL 4TH FEB 2023 – £600 (FULL PRICE £650)

50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with @lucyfosteperkins and @the_wholehealthproject at The LightHouse

5th-7th and 9th-11th March 2023.

BECOME A CONFIDENT, EMBODIED YIN YOGA TEACHER WITH OUR 50 HOUR YIN YOGA TEACHER TRAINING, ROOTED MODERN 5 ELEMENT THEORY FROM TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

This training is for those who want to dive deeper into the subtle practice of Yin Yoga for their own practice and to become a certified Yin Yoga teacher.

During the training you’ll be guided through reflective Yin Yoga, meditation and gentle breathwork practices to help you truly embody and have more “yin” in your life.

Whether you’re looking to teach others after the training or not, this training guides you to experience the effects of the practices first to empower you to speak from your own personal experience.

During our 50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training you’ll also gain the tools that will help you feel lighter and more energised, having opened the gateway to your inner landscape.

Yin Yoga targets the deep connective tissue – fascia – and the meridians that run through it (based on 5 element and meridian theory from Traditional Chinese Medicine). The work can be subtle, but the effects , in our experience, are profound – not only for your body but more so for your mind and overall health.

“We invite you to take this journey with us. With a common goal and love of sharing these practices, we have created this training to serve you from the inside out. We look forward to seeing you there.”

Lucy and The Whole Health Project

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Contact

 

Address
The LightHouse – 38 Celebration Avenue, Stratford, London E20 1DB
The Gardens – Accessed via gates on International Way and Penny Brookes Street

Opening Hours
The LightHouse: Monday-Saturday 8am – 10pm (depending on events)
The Gardens: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am – sundown

Email Us
The LightHouse – hello@thelighthouseandgardens.com
The Gardens – gardens@thelighthouseandgardens.com

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