Board Meeting 6/7/15

Dear Residents, Owners and Renters of DH,

Last night the board had a catch up on some of the current issues. The two most pressing are the Roof and the Railings.

Roof: Within the next two weeks we should be getting a cherry picker in to investigate the roof tiles that slipped off over last winter. Once we have inspected the problem we will make a decision as to what needs to be done.

Railings: In compliance with the Lease Agreement we have asked for quotes from two firms. As this is an open forum we can’t give a huge amount of detail but suffice to say one is cheaper than the other! We have invited both firms to give us more information so as to help us in our decision making and hope to make the final decision by the end of August. Work would hopefully start over the Autumn.

If you would like more detail about this then please grab one of the board members in the courtyard, or drop us an email. Also, please feel free to get in touch with any issues you have.

The Board xxx

1Gb Fibre Broadband Connection from Hyperoptic

Hyperoptic A5 flyer

We are delighted to inform you that Dunstan Houses will soon be connected to Hyperoptic’s 1Gb full fibre broadband. DH suffers from below average broadband speeds, but this direct full fibre connection will significantly upgrade current speeds and connectivity.

Hyperoptic provide download speeds of 20Mb, 100Mb and an incredible 1Gb. Better still, these speeds are consistent which means no slow downs, restrictions or limits. Just reliably fast speeds to all residents at all times.

There is no obligation to take service, however you can register to secure exclusive price deals including free standard installation. This is ideal if you are currently in a broadband contract, or simply would like to keep your options open. Either way there is no commitment to take service.

To register your interest, simply go to and enter your postcode and a few details.

Once Hyperoptic’s services are available, all those who registered will be offered an exclusive “early bird” offer specific to Dunstan Houses.


The DH Board

Summer BBQ!!!!

It’s that time of year again – the Dunstan Houses Summer BBQ1

Sunday 28th June from 1400.

Dunstan Houses will provide the food, you provide the booze!


The Board x

June 2013 Newsletter

Cleaning windows

Hello! A few weeks ago we used a cleaning contractor for the 2nd time to clean the stairwells and your windows. Please let us know what you thought via email ( A related note: if you smoke, we’d ask you don’t deposit cigarette butts out of your window or leave them on the stairwells. 

Water Tanks

The ancient water tanks at the tops of the staircases have now been replaced. Everything should be back to normal for those flats affected. Thanks for your cooperation if you were affected by the works.

Companies House Accounts and Service Charge

The financial accounts for Dunstan Houses are now all submitted to Companies House. You may have already received a request from Crabtree for a small sum (in addition to the service charge). We voted to reduce the service charge for 2013 as the major programme of works that has included the roof, stairwells and water tanks is now complete.

Bike Racks

We added another ‘post’ to the bike racks. Please do not chain your bikes to the downpipes in the courtyard.

Unwanted Visitors

Thank you to residents that have used the ASBO number we provided last month. We have had reports that community support officers have removed youths from the staircases. It is important to ensure people know that they cannot come and drink and smoke in the stairwells so please ring the ASBO team (the non-emergency police 101 number) if you see or hear this happening.


(from the previous site)

During the early twentieth century there was a large Russian and Polish population in Stepney, the majority of which were Jewish immigrants fleeing persecution in their homeland. Stepney was, in fact, the most intensely Russian-Polish area of London: according to the 1902 census four-fifths of London’s Russian-Polish population lived in Stepney.

East London also attracted a substantial number of Russian socialists and revolutionaries who used London as a base from which to write propaganda, organise and agitate in the relative safety of Britain (regardless, the Tsarist secret police pursued those they were particularly concerned about as far as Stepney itself). During the last decade of the nineteenth century Robert Spence Watson founded the Society of Friends of Russian Freedom, an organisation used to promote the cause of freedom and democracy in autocratic Russia by exposing the realities of life within the country.

Thanks to an appeal organised by Spence Watson’s Society of Friends, 32 crew members from the battleship Potemkin (the Russian cruiser whose crew rebelled during the 1905 Revolution and inspired the famous film of the same name) were granted asylum and relocated to Britain. The ship’s torpedo quartermaster, a man called Afanasy Matushenko (or Matochenko), later moved to Stepney – more specifically to Dunstan House.

You can read more here, or in Walter Kendall’s The Revolutionary Movement in Britain 1900-1921, or watch the movie Battleship Potemkin.

(Many thanks to Edward Parkinson)

East End Years

Childhood memories

(from the previous site)

Here’s a great book written by Fermin Rocker, son of the anarchist Rudolph Rocker, and former resident of Dunstan House. It’s a wonderful tale of a boy growing up in the East End of London in the early part of last century – and it’s all set in our building. There’s even a wonderful drawing of Dunstan House on the cover.

Support your local anarchists and buy the book at Freedom Press in Whitechapel (near the Whitechapel Gallery).