Shop safe, shop local from 12 April and save lives by telling others #Ihadmyjab

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Save lives by telling others #Ihadmyjab

We have launched a new #Ihadmyjab campaign, in collaboration with the NHS, which asks residents to take a photo when they receive their Covid-19 vaccine and share it on social media using #Ihadmyjab. We know that word of mouth and personal stories are strong motivators for people to take up the vaccine, so we’re asking residents to help us keep the community safe by sharing theirs.

We know not everyone uses social media, but word of mouth is just as important, so also tell your friends, family and wider community. We can all play a part in keeping Tower Hamlets safe, so if you have had the jab, tell others.

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Shop safe, shop local

Our high streets and markets are reopening on Monday 12 April and we are delighted to welcome them back. Lockdown restrictions hit non-essential shops and businesses hard and we’ve been working to support and help them re-open safely next week.

When shopping, please follow the latest government guidance, including wearing a mask when indoors, or in crowded outside spaces, and use hand sanitiser regularly. Let’s help our high streets and markets get back to business - your support matters. 

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Sending our best wishes to faith communities

We have come together with the Inter Faith Forum to issue a joint statement for the borough’s faith communities at a time when so many have celebrated, or are about to celebrate religious festivals.

With the holy month of Ramadan approaching, communities are being urged to stay safe during fasting and reminded that the Covid-19 vaccine does not invalidate the fast.

It is important to recognise we are all still subject to restrictions on social gatherings, and it is everyone’s duty to follow the rules during faith and worship, including Iftars, Ramadan night prayers and the celebration of Eid al Fitr. 

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Insight 71 - local organisations share memories of the fight for independence

Wednesday 14 April marks Bengali New Year. As part of our celebration of Bangladesh to mark 50 years of independence, we have commissioned three organisations to provide unique insights into 1971.

The results cover the nine month duration of the Liberation War of Bangladesh and include local testimonies, essays and media coverage of events to provide an overview of this important era. Discover images, photographs, press cuttings, first-hand accounts and more.

Discover Insight 71  >

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Singing with Nightingales this St George’s Day

We invite you to contribute short, recorded poems, speeches, and stories that you feel speak about the story of the nightingale and its place in the natural world. 

We want to hear about your love of nature and those special corners of Tower Hamlets that are important to you. We also want to hear your stories of migration and community.

We are working with Sam Lee, a Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, conservationist, song collector and activist and folk music artists from the Nest Collective to create a 30-minute YouTube programme to be broadcast on St George’s Day (23 April) that will celebrate the music and words of our community. The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on Monday 12 April.

Take part >

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Visit a new garden installation at Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Group has unveiled its latest installation at Crossrail Place Roof Garden, entitled Crossorelle.

Created by artists Baker & Borowski, and produced by Anne Lomax and Produce UK, the design is inspired by the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech and fuses the Moroccan garden’s rich palette and art deco shapes with the exotic flora found at Crossrail Place Roof Garden. It's free to visit, runs until Saturday 19 June 2021 and can be enjoyed in a socially distanced way, outdoors.

More information >

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Share your views in our Liveable Streets Brick Lane consultation

It’s your last chance to have your say on proposals to restrict traffic in parts of Brick Lane on weekday evenings and weekends.

The consultation closes just before 12 midnight on Wednesday 14 April.

Have your say >

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