THE LICENCE ISSUE
It is thirty-eight years since Hibiscus Caribbean Elderly Association (Hibiscus) was founded, and twenty-eight years since it acquired the lease from Newham Council for Hibiscus Community Centre and its associated Premises Licence. Over the years true to its objectives, Hibiscus has forged a new pathway in the development and delivery of care and leisure services, informed by the culture and needs of African and Caribbean people, this is the LEGACY, the right to free cultural expression: now threatened by Newham Council' action to revoke Hibiscus Premises Licence. This is an act of cultural imperialism, and a refusal to acknowledge the culturally pluralistic nature of today's society, and which must be reflected in the administration of its laws. The narrow spectrum of cultural values that informed the Council' action: noise pollution and public nuisance; in this instance nine complaints from four households over a four-year period, is seen to outweigh the needs of an entire community. In response Hibiscus has launched DEFEND THE LEGACY a campaign the objective of which is to retain its Premises Licence. There are three elements to the campaign: a) petition the Court to retain its licence, b) appeal to the general public for support, to this end a petition was launched on the 28 March which has thus far attracted 30,506 signatures, please do click and sign if you have not already done so, and c) fund raise to support the cost of the appeal. Here Lets Come Together - Hibiscus Members and Guest Monthly Social has morphed into DEFEND THE LEGACY a cultural fundraising extravaganza. DEFEND THE LEGACY a evening of community solidarity, with an update on the appeal from Clifford Headley and contribution from Stafford Scott on Premises & Black Community Organisations. DEFEND THE LEGACY an evening of high culture with performances from some of the finest exponents of the art: reggae music; artists with whom Hibiscus has been privileged to work and who are unstintingly donating their talent and time to defend the LEGACY, with a collection of original works of art donated by artist and craftpersons who have exhibited their work at Hibiscus Gallery and on its virtual platform will be auctioned on the night, Fine dining, Hibiscus style alongside a licensed bar and Prize Raffle will ensure that the evening is upfull and live long in the community' memory.
SIGN THE PETITION
In addition to petitioning the Court Hibiscus is seeking the support of the public, to this end a petition was launched on the 28 March calling for support in in helping to retain its licence. The Petition which has thus far attracted 30,441 signatures, please do click to view and sign the petition if you have not already done so.
FREE VITAMIN D click image for details
DAY CENTRE click image for details
Caribbean Couture - Hibiscus Virtual Gallery Spring-Autumn Programme
Hibiscus Gallery & Dance Studio can accommodate 150 persons standing and 100 seated, the Gallery and Dance Studio allows for a variety of seating styles ranging from Banqueting to Conference.
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