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Crowd of Hackney residents cutting the ribbon on the newly refurbished Loop at Pembury Estate

New-Look Upcycling Hub Launched at Pembury Estate

Posted on 26 September 2017

The Loop @ Pembury re-launched in its new digs last Thursday, 21st September. A good crowd of people came along to inspect the new shop and training facility for Pembury Estate, which will offer a space for residents to get involved in reducing waste and fly-tipping, promoting re-use and learning new skills.

The Loop @ Pembury is a community-led project in which volunteers collect unwanted furniture and make it ready for sale at affordable prices. Each sale of furniture from the project helps provide training for Hackney residents and reduces the amount of household goods sent to landfill. The shop has moved to a refurbished space in the garages opposite 16 Tolsford Road (E5 8HH), not far from its original location on the estate, but with better facilities for storing donations and running workshops, and more space to display refurbished furniture.

“I think that together we have created a fantastic new facility for Pembury. It was great to see so many familiar faces at the launch and meet some new people too,” said Steve Matthews, the Loop coordinator.

“Please do continue to call us with your furniture collection requests and stop by the new shop, to browse, volunteer or even just say hello. Your support and friendship really is what makes the Loop @ Pembury project so special.”

Those who attended the celebrations had a chance to get creative and try their hand at decoupaging some furniture, enjoying the extra space available for learning such skills. It’ll be a lot easier and roomier to host creative skills workshops and provide training in the new hub.

Two young boys concentrate on learning to decoupage a table, while two older adults look on

The Loop @ Pembury is part of the REPURPOSE project, piloted by Groundwork London in partnership with the London Community Resource Network (LCRN) across five housing estates in London, with funding from the European Commission’s LIFE+ Programme. The local partners in Hackney are Peabody, North London Waste Authority and blowUP media.

Ben Coles, Director of Communities and Environmental Services at Groundwork London, said: “The Loop at Pembury has been a huge success, reducing waste, providing affordable furniture and helping residents develop new skills. Now, thanks to the support of Peabody, blowUP media and North London Waste Authority with the new-look hub, we can build on the great work already being done to get even more of the community involved.” 

Steven Tokaya, Development Director at blowUP media, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Groundwork to deliver this worthwhile project in Hackney. To create a safe and desirable place to live and work, is an important aspect of our work across the UK & the rest of Europe. We are therefore very pleased to be in a position to help local communities where we can”.

Tessa Barraclough, Group Sustainability Manager at Peabody, said: “Peabody is pleased to be able to support Groundwork in providing this valuable facility for Pembury residents where they can find furniture bargains and help keep down the cost of clearing rubbish from the estate.  EU funding has allowed one of our garages to be refurbished to provide a space that will allow The Loop to offer more to local people. We hope that residents will take advantage of the opportunities to volunteer and to buy low cost furniture saved from landfill.”

Pembury Loop volunteer and Pembury Loop coordinator with representatives from blowupmedia

To find out more or get involved, contact Stephen Matthews on 07506 741 929 or email

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