Summer Events in the Common Room

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During Summer 2019, the doors to the Common Room will be thrown open for local people to enjoy a range of events, workshops, and happenings in the heart of Roman Road.

The Common Room is the outside structure next to Roman Road Car Park on the corner of St Stephen’s Road. The address is on Ford Road, E3 5NS, just behind the Santander bike rack.

Most famously, the Common Room has been used for Santa’s Grotto at the Roman Road Christmas Fair. The Common Room was built as part of a collaboration between Roman Road Trust, Public Works, and architecture students from Cass School of Architecture. Read more about how the Common Room was created.

Roman Road Trust and Public Works have organised for local community groups and individuals to hold a range of events for free in the Common Room from May to October.

See below for full events listing.


Open Day

Saturday 18th May, 11am – 1pm

Chat to Roman Road Trust and Public Works about your ideas for how you would like to use the Common Room in the future.

The Common Room Open Day is your chance to connect with like-minded organisations or residents and gain top-tips and advice on how to get funding for your idea.

See Facebook event.


School for Civic Action

Friday 31st May, 1.00 – 2:30pm : Collaborative management & governance
Friday 14th June, 1.00 – 2:30pm : Fundraising for beginners
Friday 19th July, 1.00 – 2:30pm : Collaboration and not competition

The School for Civic Action program for The Common Room aims to support communities wanting to work with community related agendas and initiatives. Although a beginners course, this program needs some experience in either management or in having had involvement in community projects.

This free course is ideal for community groups or projects looking for tips and advice on how to grow and develop.

School for Civic Action will be facilitated by Torange Khonsari from Public Works.

Classes are limited to 15 students. Please book in advance by emailing Torange: 

See Facebook event.


Creative Writing Workshop for Beginners

Saturday 1st June, 11.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 22nd June, 11.30am – 1.30pm


More dates TBC

The Creative Writing Workshops are intended for anyone thinking about writing, or getting back to writing. The workshops will be focused on creating a piece of short fiction with a friendly and supportive group of like-minded people.

You will be using simple techniques to stimulate your creativity, and there will be writing exercises, readings and feedback. At the end of the workshop, you will have a better understanding of how you can shape a story, and of how everyday life can inspire you.

There are a limited number of spaces available. To book your space, please email Fabrizio:

F. Ghiandai first collection of short stories is currently crowdfunding on


Tools for The Terrified

Wednesday 5th June, 2.00 – 4.00pm
Saturday 8th June, 2.00 – 4.00pm

Want to learn how to put something up on the wall? Petrified or mystified by your drill?

Learn how this ultimate power tool works in a fun workshop. Once you understand how your drill works the world of DIY will start to open up for you.

Tools for The Terrified will be facilitated by Jo Behari:

Please book in advance by emailing Jo:

See Facebook event.


Jumble Sale

Saturday 8th June, 11.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 13th July, 11.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 31st August, 11.30am – 1.30pm

Bring and buy sale in the heart of Roman Road. Sell your secondhand items to Saturday shoppers.

If you would like to reserve a pitch, please email Irene de Lorenzis:

See Facebook event.


Beginners Yoga

Saturday 15th June, 10.00 – 11.00am
Saturday 22nd June, 10.00 – 11.00am
Saturday 13th July, 10.00 – 11.00am
Suggested cash donation: £5

Come along to learn the foundations of yoga. During these gentle sessions you will learn strategies for calming and strengthening the mind, breath and body. Suitable for absolute beginners. Mats are provided, and the classes will be run on a donation basis.

Spaces are limited to five people per class. Please reserve a place by emailing Becca Bletcher:

See Facebook event.


Roman Road Park Festival

Saturday 27th July, 11.00am – 4.00pm

During the week of the London National Park City Festival, Roman Road Trust will be holding its very own Roman Road Park Festival. The event will feature:

  • Talks & workshops in the Common Room from Better Streets and Roman Road Trust
  • Plastic-free workshops with Plastic-free Roman Road
  • Dr Bike with Tower Hamlets Wheelers
  • Community stalls showcasing local environmental initiatives
  • Performances from Morpeth’s Drumworks and other local musicians
  • Visits to surrounding community gardens, orchards, and green spaces

Join us for the Roman Road Park Festival to meet the groups and projects and learn how to get involved with the Roman Road Common Vision.

Click ‘Going’ on the Facebook event to receive regular updates.

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