MEETINGS COMMENCE AT 2.30. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 2.00.
Leigh Wesley Methodist Church
Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1SJ.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DOORS ARE NOT OPEN UNTIL 2.00PM. AS SPACE FOR QUEUING IS LIMITED, PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE TOO EARLY (especially when cold or wet!)
Meetings will usually start with notices and items of group news, followed by a guest speaker. Refreshments are available afterwards so members can chat to friends or maybe the speaker.
There is no charge for attendance and not only that but you can get a cuppa at the end all free of charge; so pretty good value.
Please note that we are not permitted to use the car park attached to the church; however, there are small pay-and-display car parks in Elm Road (at rear of Leigh Community Centre/Police Station) and off North Street (east of the Wesley Methodist Church) but these do fill quickly. Parking on nearby streets is limited so please check local parking restrictions.
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The Robin Hood Gardens Estate – Kois Miah and Nick Thoburn
February 20 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Since its completion in 1972, Robin Hood Gardens Estate in east London has garnered much attention, due to its monumental brutalist form and, latterly, to its dilapidated condition. Dismayed by the absence of residents’ views in any coverage of the estate – which is due to be demolished after English Heritage declared that it “fails as a place for humans to live” – photographer Kois Miah and sociologist Nick Thoburn embarked on a project to capture the views of its last inhabitants. Kois Miah is a British Bangladeshi photographer. Kois and Nick photographed and interviewed the residents of this iconic and much maligned building development. The resulting work gave rise to an exhibition in Spitalfields and an article in the Sunday Times magazine. A portion of the Robin Hood estate is now part of an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Kois says “I know that the estate generated a lot of negativity but it was nothing like its reputation. Of course, it had its problems but people loved their time there.