New Squatted Social Centre in Hackney Needs Your Help

195_Mare_StA new squatted social space has been created in Hackney – 195 Mare St. The space aims to be an active and inspiring hub for local individuals and community groups.

The current projects we are working on are a language school, bicycle workshop, library, free shop, screenings, hack lab and a vegan cafe. There will also be workshops and info nights. Everything will be either free or for donations.

However, there is scope for so much more. If you have any ideas or projects that would suit the space please get in touch.

There are many ways to get involved, and people are very welcome to contribute. If you are able to donate materials, the following would be very useful:

  • building / decorating tools and equipment
  • kitchen equipment (especially cookers and large pots)
  • computer parts
  • bike parts
  • clothing for the free shop
  • heaters
  • books for library
  • art equipment

Please email us or feel free to drop by between the hours of 3-6pm on Sun – Tues and Thurs.

The 11th October will be our official opening night, with live music and other entertainment. Well worth a visit!


195 Mare Street – Bringing Back Social Centres

Official Opening Night: 11th October

By yourinfiltrator

After 6 weeks of repairing, cleaning, and imagining The 195 is now, almost, fully functioning and ready to go. To reiterate this point, we invite everyone to a showcase of the space; where we will come together to enjoy live music, vegan food, and general merriment.

The event will take place on Friday 11th october (one for the diary) and will run from 7pm-late; donations towards running costs, paying bills etc greatly appreciated.

In the mean time, The 195 Freeshop is open Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday 3pm-6pm, we have comedy Improv on Tuesdays from 7pm, and film screenings every Thursday from 7pm; we are also running a language school which currently boasts lessons in Italian, French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Portuguese, Japanese, English, and Russian (for full details of classes and times see Language school Post). Volunteers to help with the general organisation, cleaning, and bringing new ideas/projects to the space will be greatly received.

More details of the opening event including list of performers etc to be posted soon on our blog; see you on the 11th!

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