Ready for the bank holiday? Bin collections, jubilee activities and more.

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Queen’s Jubilee Collections

Waste Services will be collecting waste as normal on the Queen’s Jubilee bank holidays.

Thursday 2 June – Collections as normal

Friday 3 June – Collections as normal

If you are holding a street party we ask that you do this after 12pm to allow our crews make scheduled collections. Please bag up your waste after your party and place it in one accessible location on your street corner. Our staff will be making supplementary collections after the festivities have ended.

View collection times

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Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

As communities come together across the borough to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this bank holiday weekend, we’re flying the flag at the Town Hall, Mulberry Place to honour the historic occasion.

The site of the new town hall building in Whitechapel has also been lit in purple, and historic photos of the Queen have been posted on the hoardings.

Find out more >

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The Festival of Communities is back

The Festival of Communities is returning to Tower Hamlets on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June, bigger than ever before. Exploring living and learning, it’s a fantastic weekend of free family fun with lots of activities, games and demonstrations for all ages.

Hosted by Queen Mary University working with local partners - hands-on activities and workshops will showcase local research, creativity and community initiatives. There will also be food stalls, free face painting, henna, balloon modelling and inflatables.

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Discover hidden green spaces

London Square Open Gardens Weekend will unlock the doors to over 100 unique and hidden green spaces, not normally open to the public, on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June.

A number of gardens across Tower Hamlets are taking part in this year’s event including Approach Garden, the multi-award-winning East End community food garden and Providence Row Rooftop Garden. For the first time, Rocky Park Community Garden is also joining the list of green spaces.

Book your place >

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NHS care advice for the Jubilee bank holiday weekend

Hospital emergency departments and ambulance services remain under immense pressure, and may not always be required. Many people can be treated safely and comfortably elsewhere, meaning those who need life-saving care can be seen quicker.

Your best routes to urgent care include visiting your local pharmacy for advice, booking an out-of-hours appointment with your GP or contacting NHS 111.

Find out more >

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Revenue and benefits service survey

We're improving our revenues and benefits services, which cover council tax, housing benefits and business rates. Most households in the borough will reach out to us for at least one of these three services, and as online contact continues to grow and be a preferred option for some residents, we need to make sure our website and online forms are fit for purpose.

By completing this survey, you can have your say on your recent experience of using our website for revenues and benefits services, and help us build a clear picture of what it is like for you as a resident

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Food, Beverage and Hospitality Jobs Fair

After the success of last year’s event, we’re hosting another jobs fair in partnership with The Canary Wharf Group and New City College. All are welcome to join the event, where over 40 food, beverage and hospitality employers will be attending (including Ibérica Restaurants, Six by Nico and Hawksmoor) and there will be live vacancies, apprenticeships and free training opportunities on offer.

The fair will be held at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, on the 15 of June from 10am – 2pm. To register your interest, or find out more, please follow the link below

Find out more >

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Sponsor a tree in your local area

The council has partnered with Trees for Streets to help residents plant trees in their streets and parks. This is alongside council commitments to plant more trees and make our borough cleaner and greener, absorb carbon as part of responding to the climate emergency, and beautify our borough for everyone to enjoy

Sponsor a tree >

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Free activities for carers this Carers Week

A free programme of activities has been put together to mark Carers Week 6 – 12 June, an annual event to help make caring visible, valued and supported. The activities have been put together in partnership with Carers Centre Tower Hamlets, which provides support, information and social activities for unpaid carers in the borough.

This year, activities include a pamper day, yoga and a day trip to Kensington Palace as well as coaching and support groups. Find the full calendar of events by following the link below.

View event timetable >

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Get your favourite recipes in our community cookbook

DLR is creating a community recipe book and is looking for you to share your best recipes!

Whether you've got a family recipe that has been passed down by generations or a quick yet delicious 10-minute meal, the DLR would love to know how you make your favourite food. Submit your recipe below including the following information:

  • Name of recipe
  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • Cooking time
  • How many people does the dish serve?
  • A photo of your dish
  • A short summary of what this recipe means to you

A collection of the recipes submitted to the DLR will be chosen to form a recipe pack to be shared with passengers, local schools, and community groups for all to share and enjoy.

Submit your recipe >

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