Beware of Scams

Any of us can be targeted by scams. They can be very distressing, and the impact is often emotional as well as financial. If you’ve been the victim of a scam, remember that you’re not alone. Scams are increasingly common, and many people from all walks of society are caught out.

The good news is that there are ways to avoid being taken in by scams if you know what to look for, if you click the button below it will take you to Age UK website there is information that can help you spot the warning signs that someone might be trying to scam you, including:

• the ways scammers might try to approach you

• what you can do if you think you’re being scammed

 • how to avoid being deceived by scams in the future.


Thursday 24th December 2020 – Christmas Eve: 9am – 2.30pm

Friday 25th December 2020 – Christmas Day:  CLOSED

Saturday 26th December 2020 – Boxing Day: CLOSED

Sunday 27th December 2020: CLOSED

Bank Holiday Monday 28th December 2020: CLOSED

Tuesday 29th December 2020: 9.00am – 2.30pm

Wednesday 30th December 2020: 9.00am – 2.30pm

Thursday 31st December 2020: 9.00am – 2.30pm

Friday 1st January 2021: CLOSED


Help Shape the future of Tower Hamlets’ library service

Until now, Tower Hamlets has kept all its libraries and Idea Stores open in the face of continued government cuts which have seen 778 libraries close nationally since austerity was introduced a decade ago.

Continued government changes to council funding and the Covid-19 crisis mean the council has to save £30m by 2024. This is on top of £200m already saved since 2010. You can find out more in Tower Hamlets’ budget consultation.

To do this, savings have to be made across the council including reducing the cost of the library service, which is £4.4 million a year. The savings proposed will deliver savings of £1.6 million. Tower Hamlets’ are suggesting two options:

Option 1

Deliver savings by:

  • closing Cubitt Town Library
  • reducing opening hours at Bethnal Green Library from 50 to 15 a week
  • reducing the space and opening hours at Idea Store Watney Market to one floor and from 65 to 30 hours a week
  • reducing Sunday opening hours at our four main sites from six hours to four hours
  • reducing evening staffing levels at our four main sites.

Option 2

Deliver savings by:

  • Closing Cubitt Town and Bethnal Green Libraries and Idea Store Watney Market
  • but keeping service levels at our four main sites unchanged (Idea Store Whitechapel, Idea Store Bow, Idea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Canary Wharf)

Help shape the future of Tower Hamlets’ library service | Let’s Talk Tower Hamlets

Two focus groups are planned, where residents, community, voluntary groups and other interested parties will be invited to discuss the two options put forward.

  • Thursday 17 December 2pm-3pm (details tbc)
  • Wednesday 13 January 6pm-7pm (details tbc)

For more information and to take part in a survey (which will remain open until 5pm, Friday 29 January 2021) please click the button below

Testing Times

Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum (THIFF) would like to invite you to an online 2020 Inter Faith Week Event, ‘Testing Times’ – an information giving event for all faiths and communities in the borough. We are pleased to announce that we will be joined by Janet Daby MP, Shadow Minister for Faith, Women & Equalities.

Testing Times
Time: 12-2pm
Date: Thursday 12 November
Place: Online, via Zoom.

This Inter Faith Week will be very different to the ones that we are used to, although we cannot meet together in person, we can still mark Inter Faith Week online. Nobody could have predicted how much life would change due to the Covid-19 pandemic and this year we will be focusing on the importance of keeping Tower Hamlets communities informed and up to date on important issues such as health, funding and resources, along with recognising the fantastic support that is offered by faith communities themselves.
Come along and find out:

• What resources are available to faith and community groups?
• What is the coronavirus guidance for Tower Hamlets right now?
• How are the police working to ensure communities are safe?
• What are local faith groups doing to offer support to the community?

Confirmed speakers
• Janet Daby MP, Shadow Minister for Faith, Women & Equalities
• Peter Okali, CEO of THCVS (Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Services)
• Chief Inspector Pete Shaw, HQ & Covid Lead Central East BCU (Hackney & Tower Hamlets)
• Polly Ashmore, Public Health Speciality Registrar, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
• Local faith leaders (more tbc) Dilowar Khan, Executive Director, East London Mosque.

Faith continues to be a vital part of the borough’s response to the coronavirus, so please come along and stand together with us for Inter Faith Week 2020 – you can register your free spaces(s) by clicking the button below: