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Art is all around this spring in Walthamstow The monthly guide brought to you by


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As spring arrives, everywhere you look art is blossoming on our streets. 1. Local artist Kirsten Schmidt designed these murals which were painted by Esther Neslen on the newly refurbished exterior of the offices at the corner of Church Hill and Stainforth Road. Sponsored by Hiltongrove and the E17 Art House. 2. & 6. These are two of the railway bridges decorated by the pupils of Stoneydown Park Primary School. They and others can be seen on Pretoria Avenue, Suffolk Park Road, Ritchings Avenue and Stoneybridge Avenue. 3. Aligned to the Walthamstow Shop Front Improvements scheme, STREET GALLERY is commissioning an ongoing series of innovative, temporary artworks for the façade of the 99p Store on Cleveland Park Avenue. The current work shown here is by Zana Wood and Maggie Rose. 4. & 5. Murals have been appearing over the last few months on the sides of shops at the top of the High Street. All created as part of the council’s street improvements. 7. The Walthamstow Wall on St James Street was initiated by Katja Rosenberg, who joined artists Ellie Curtis, Jessica Akerman and Emma Scutt together with local residents. The mural grew from a single flower previously painted on the wall by an unknown person.

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This month’s cover story photos were specially taken by local professional photographer Simon Warren. Simon spends his working life shooting architecture and interiors and also teaches photography. He has an ongoing personal project, “I love…” capturing the unique details unique to different areas of London. The first of these “I love Walthamstow” is available from his website www.ilovewalthamstow.com and further details of his work are to be found at www.simonwarren.com


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at the Tokarska Gallery on Forest Road and following the private view, I and 10 other hungry souls headed for the Windmill Tapas at the bottom of the High Street for a feast. The Windmill is a little bit of Portugal transplanted to the heart of Walthamstow, if you sit with your back to the market you could almost be in Porto. For those who like good rustic tasty food washed down with Sagres or carafes of good Portuguese wine I urge you to pop along. If, however, you like food with a truly local flavour then I recommend the Hornbeam on Hoe Street. For several years I have often bought locally grown fruit and veg from the market stall that appears outside every Saturday. Past favourites have included Walthamstow honey and if available the wild mushrooms from Epping Forest. A couple of weeks ago I ventured into the café itself for a bowl of good hearty freshly made soup accompanied with crusts of homebaked bread, the perfect antidote to the biting March winds. The café prides itself on the fact that everything is seasonal and where possible very, very local, and has recently launched a veggie Supper Club called Fork to Fork (last Saturday of the month) to celebrate this. Even though I am very partial to the odd steak I do love good vegetarian cooking, so I definitely will be going along. Supper clubs are springing up all over it seems, as in addition to the Curry Club also at the Hornbeam, I have also recently discovered feast17. Set up 5 years ago it comprises a bunch of foodie locals who take it in turns to arrange special meals in some of Walthamstow’s lesser known eateries. So this evening we’re off to Rodi’s Café on Blackhorse Lane for the promise of true comfort food, lasagna and chips in their amazing 1930’s dining room complete with original fittings. For many years it was quite hard to find decent pub grub in Walthamstow, but this year the competition between the local hostelries seems to be hotting up. April will see food finally arrive at The Bell and at the newly re-vamped Chequers. Elsewhere the new landlords at the Village Pub are working hard to add new and interesting dishes to their traditional menu, but hopefully not at the expense of a good pub sandwich. Which leads me nicely to Appetite, the new food and drink festival for Walthamstow, which comes to you from the people who gave us the E17 Art Trail. It’s happening here in June, so see page 5 for details of how to take part.

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In This Issue Public art around Walthamstow Local Hero: Auntie Maureen Property View with Neil Collins of Estates17 Cover picture: The Walthamstow Mural on Wood Street by Clerkenwell based Vic Lee. Vic mixes local stories of horse thieves, wandering cows on motorways and baby Superman in with some fabrications of his own in a piece commissioned by Waltham Forest Council. Photo by Simon Warren.

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Monday 1 SPIN-A-DISC Bank Holiday Social Nag’s Head Pub, 9 Orford Road E17 9JP Tea, coffee, cakes, new ales and lagers, boardgames and your own records on 78-45-33rpm for Auntie Maureen and Spinnin’ Jim to share. 5-11pm. Free. Up-to-date information on Facebook www.facebook.com/events/21883708 8250381/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Wednesday 3 Free motion machine embroidery cheekyhandmades Set your inner artist free! Learn this cool but simple skill. 7-9pm www.bookwhen.com/cheekyhandmades for more details, cost and bookings

Thursday 4 Circle Dancing to World Music Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Refreshments included. No need for a partner, just turn up. 2-4pm. £4. For more info Pat on 020 8556 3508 or e-mail jean.duggleby@virgin.net Easter Holiday Workshop: Drawing Nature William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Artist-led drawing workshops for children aged 5 and over. Experiment with techniques and materials and try observational drawing in the William Morris Garden (dependent on the weather). 10-11am, repeated at 1.302.30pm. Free, but booking is essential. 020 8496 4390 or email wmg.bookings@walthamforest.gov.uk On the Move: Rhythm, Rap & Rhyme, with comedy poet Neal Zetter Walthamstow Library, High Street E17 7JN Join us for this fun, family session with top comedy poet Neal Zetter performing his inter-active poems on transport themes and many more. 3-4pm. Free - Suitable for children ages 6-12. Go to www.wflibraries.eventbrite.com to reserve your place, visit the library or phone 020 8496 3000. Seeking for INNER-SELF Tokarska Gallery, 163 Forest Road E17 6HE Photographs by French artist Christophe Lenoble and paintings by Canal Jagerroos from Finland. Free. Private View 6pm - 9pm. www.tokarskagallery.co.uk

Folly & Frill and Anja Jane & Coffee Opening Penny Fieldings, 34 Orford Road, E17 9NJ Opening night for a new shop stocking antique/vintage maps/memorabilia featuring Walthamstow and London with the promise of gourmet coffee at the weekends. 5-7pm. Free. At Home with Morris Penny Fieldings, 34 Orford Road, E17 9NJ A new exhibition by photographer Katherine Green. Few other designers inspire such dedication and passion. For the majority of the homes photographed, decorating with Morris designs is an extension of personal and political beliefs. Free. Private View 6.30-9.30pm www.pennyfielding.com Launch evening – Showcase of Young Startups The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, E17 7HA Come along and meet the young people who have started up their businesses with the support of Raise Your Game’s Lottery funded project. 6-9pm. Free. To book your place 020 8521 3211. For press enquiries/further info contact Raise Your Game on 07938 734871 or email nicky@rygmail.org.uk The Guffaw Comedy Club Ye Olde Rose Theatre, Hoe Street E17 4SA Phill Jupitus will do a very early Edinburgh preview of his comedy poetry supported by superb rising star and resident of E17 Paul McCaffrey who is also doing a preview. Doors 8.30pm, show 9pm. Tickets are £15 at www.wegottickets.com/event/214853 Music in the Village St. Mary’s Church, Church End, E17 9RJ The Fitzwilliam String Quartet perform the beautiful Capriccio by Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky’s captivating Souvenir de Florence and this season’s Music in the Village audience commission. 7.30pm. £12 (£6 concessions) on the door. Enquiries 020 8223 0772 www.walthamSoft.com/Villagemusic

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Easter Holiday Workshop: Puppetry Making and Performance “Sigurd the Viking” William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Make your own puppet and help us perform stories about heroes, dragons, knights and wizards at our very own children’s puppet theatre. For children aged 5 and over. 11am (repeated at 1.30pm and 2.30pm) Sessions last 40 mins. Free. Places are allocated by the Gallery from 10am on the day. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Children must be accompanied by an adult. www.wmgallery.org.uk

Stow Kids’ Film Lounge presents Paranorman (2012, Cert PG) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Doors open 10.30am, story stowaways, Film 11.00am, Close 1pm. Tickets: £5.50 child inc story stowaways, £4 acc adult, under 2’s free. All tickets are available online at www.stowfilmlounge.com with any remaining tickets on the door. 07910 643987

Sci-fi, Fantasy & Supernatural Fiction Group The Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Discussion group for people interested in fantastic fiction... the focus is broad and the discussion tends to be wide ranging. New members welcome, just turn up. 7.30-10pm. Free. www.hornbeam.org.uk A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story Ye Olde Rose Theatre, Hoe Street E17 4SA A participatory exploration using ideas, words, music, poetry and food, exploring the relationships between local food and global justice. Including practical advice, seed swaps, expert analysis and delicious dinners we hope to draw together the diverse communities working on issues of food, land and social change. 7pm. Free. Stow Film Lounge presents The Sapphires (2012, Cert PG) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Inspired by a true story, the film follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls The Sapphires, billed as Australia’s answer to The Supremes, from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war - Vietnam style. Doors open 7.45pm, Film 8.30pm, Late Bar & DJ Harry Palmer, close midnight. Tickets: £8/£6 conc, Ticket & Pizza from £13.50. All tickets are available online at www.stowfilmlounge.com with any remaining tickets on the door. 07910 643987 TOTALLY OLD HAT! Part 2 The Bell 617 Forest Road E17 4NE Awesome antique beats by Auntie Maureen to drink and dance to. Please wear a hat! 8-12am. Free. Up-to-date information on Facebook www.facebook.com/events/15805399 7683285/?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Beginners sewing class cheekyhandmades Learn from scratch in friendly local and fun class! 10am-1pm. www.bookwhen.com/cheekyhandmades for more details, cost and bookings Making kids clothes cheekyhandmades Make simple trousers or a dress in this small class. 1.30-4pm. www.bookwhen.com/cheekyhandmades for more details, cost and bookings Magic Potions Drama & Making 3-7yrs The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, E17 7HA Mix your own magic potion and see what happens when you (pretend) to drink it! With Sarah from Grow Your Own Theatre. 10 and 11am. £6 or £10 for two children. Booking essential. www.gyot.org.uk for more info and booking or call Sarah on 07541 082 552 Walthamstow Village Monthly Gardening Group Meet at the Village Square (on the corner of Eden and Orford Roads) To tend the Village Square and to plant out Lavender Corner. 10.30am1.30pm. Free. Helen Lerner 0781 404 2499 or helen@walthamstowvillage.net The Saturday Social The Trades Hall, 17 Hoe Street E17 4SB (entrance in Tower Hamlets Road) Jive & Lindy Hop Taster class 1212.45pm (no partner required). Social dancing from 12.45-3pm Class & Social £8, social only £5. More info and tickets www.jeromelanderson.com

DANCE McGuffins Film and TV Quiz Night Ye Olde Rose Theatre, Hoe Street E17 4SA Test your knowledge of the film and TV greats at this popular monthly quiz night in aid of the campaign to save Walthamstow’s EMD Cinema. Doors open 8.30pm. £1.50 per person. www.mcguffin.info

Sunday 7 LETS Paint The Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH A LETS still life painting workshop led by artist Eleni. Suitable for all levels, whether you’ve not painted since school or you’re a more accomplished artist. 1.30-4.30pm. Cost 15 Beams. Advance booking essential; non-LETS members can join just before the workshop starts. For more information, or to book, email info@wflets.org Walthamstow Folk Club Ye Olde Rose Theatre, Hoe Street E17 4SA Doc Rowe & Pete Morton - An oral history of the Folk Club scene from the 1950’s to today. With film and archive material from world renowned folk historian Doc Rowe and music from our pal Pete Morton. 7.30pm. £8. Tickets on door or in advance see www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk

Monday 8 SPIN-A-DISC Nag’s Head Pub, 9 Orford Road E17 9JP You bring the discs, Auntie Maureen or Spinnin’ Jim plays them. Instant musical fun! 8-11pm. Free. Up-to-date information on Facebook www.facebook.com/events/21883708 8250381/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Tuesday 9 Mind the Gap! – Canvas Collage Walthamstow Library, High Street E17 7JN Create your own collage artwork to take home based on the London Underground map and the places it represents. Tubetastic! 2-3.30pm. Free Suitable for children ages 6-12. Go to www.wflibraries.eventbrite.com to reserve your place, visit the library or phone 020 8496 3000.

Thursday 11 Creative Kids: Spring Wishes William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Help us to create a tree of life to mark the start of spring. Creative Kids is a regular session for children under five to enjoy with parents and carers. 1011.30am, repeated at 1-2.30pm. Free, but booking is essential. Tel 020 8496 4390 or email wmg. bookings@walthamforest.gov.uk

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Easter Holiday Workshop: Drawing Nature See Thursday 4 for details. Charleston Workshop The Trades Hall, 17 Hoe Street E17 4SB (entrance in Tower Hamlets Road) This fun workshop will run through basic Charleston moves, such as the Black Bottom, Granny’s Kneecaps and On The Spot Charleston. You do not need a partner to attend, just bring your dancing shoes! 7.30pm-9pm. £15 per person More info and tickets www.jeromelanderson.com

Friday 12 London Calling – Family arts and crafts Wood Street Library, Forest Road E17 4AA Celebrate our capital city with themed arts and crafts that you’ll be able to take away and loads more ideas to try at home! 2-4pm. Free - children must be accompanied by an adult to attend this session. Go to www.wflibraries.eventbrite.com to reserve your place, visit the library or phone 020 8496 3000. Easter Holiday Workshop: Puppetry Making and Performance “King Arthur” William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Make your own puppet and help us perform stories about heroes, dragons, knights and wizards at our very own children’s puppet theatre. For children aged 5 and over. Free. Places are allocated by the Gallery from 10am on the day. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Children must be accompanied by an adult. www.wmgallery.org.uk 17Blues Club Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis & Squash Club, 48A Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Tonebrokers (Phil and Owen return with their eclectic mix of southern blues and soul, great resonator guitar and fabulous harmonica with Phil’s sweet voice). DJ from 8.30. Band on approx. 9.30. Free but please show your appreciation by contributing to our blues bucket, as this keeps us going. 0794 657 4129

Saturday 13 WVRA Great Village Plant, Pot and Seed Swap Meet at the Village Square (on the corner of Eden and Orford Roads) Bring your spare plants and seedlings, pots and seeds and swap them. Free children’s seed planting workshop Grow and Eat! 11am-2pm. Free. Helen Lerner 0781 404 2499 or helen@walthamstowvillage.net

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A night of Caberet to raise funds for the E17 food bank “eat or heat.” The Victoria Bar, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Please come along and help us raise funds and have an amazing time. Caberet, buffet & DJ. Raffle: night for 2 in a 5 star hotel. meals for 2, theatre tkts, cinema tkts, signed photo of Tom Daley plus lots more. 8pm-3am. Tickets enquires available at 7days4stow meeting, twitter @ natdimaggio or @eatorheat Email e17london@sky.com

Sunday 14 Walthamstow Folk Club Ye Olde Rose Theatre, Hoe Street E17 4SA Jim Woodland - By popular demand! A very rare opportunity to see this highly regarded songwriter. One of the best kept secrets in songwriting Jim has a history in rock music, cabaret, theatre and the contemporary folk circuit. And he’s a huge favorite amongst some of our most clued-up friends! 7.30pm. £8. Tickets on door or in advance see www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk

Monday 15 A Week in December: The Reading Group Experience Wood Street Library, Forest Road E17 4AA Read ‘A Week in December’ by Sebastian Faulks and participate in the city-wide discussion right here in our part of London. 2-3pm. Free. Go to www.wflibraries.eventbrite.com to reserve your place, visit the library or phone 020 8496 3000.

Thursday 18 Poetry in Motion - Workshops Walthamstow Library, High Street E17 7JN Workshop 1 of 2 (second on Thurs May 2. Nb. Sign up will require attendance at both workshops) Building a Character from Scratch - John Hudson looks at how you can make the people you create in your poems larger than life. 7.30-9.30pm. Free. Go to www.wflibraries.eventbrite.com to reserve your place, visit the library or phone 020 8496 3000.

Friday 19 Kids’ Kitchen The Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH We all cook a fresh healthy lunch together for our children, while singing songs, playing and washing up. Lovely café food (including cake!) available for us bigger kids too at lunchtime. Under 5s. 10-12pm. Free. To book or to volunteer to help out visit: kidskitchenlondon.wordpress.com The Saturday Social See Saturday 6 for details.

MUSIC David Bailey’s East End Faces: Guided tour William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Join one of the Gallery’s curators for a tour of David Bailey’s photography exhibition. 3pm. Tour last 30 mins. Free. No booking necessary. www.wmgallery.org.uk Stow Baby Film Lounge presents The Sapphires (2012, Cert PG) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Inspired by a true story, the film follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls The Sapphires, billed as Australia’s answer to The Supremes, from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war - Vietnam style. Doors open 11.15am, Film 11.45am, Close 1.45pm. Tickets: £6.50/£5 conc, Babies up to 1yr only - Free. All tickets are available online at www.stowfilmlounge.com with any remaining tickets on the door. 07910 643987 Stow Film Lounge presents Sightseers (2012, Cert 15) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Winner of the Best Screenplay at last year’s British Independent Film Awards the film tells the story of Chris who wants to show his girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn. Doors open 7.45pm, Film 8.30pm, Late Bar & DJ Harry Palmer, close midnight. Tickets: £8/£6 conc, Ticket & Pizza from £13.50. All tickets are available online at www.stowfilmlounge.com with any remaining tickets on the door. 07910 643987

Saturday 20 Stow Kids’ Film Lounge presents The Pirates! In an adventure with scientists. (2012, Cert U) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR After years of humiliation and failed attempts to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award, Pirate Captain and his oddball crew take on the cream of the pirating crop - Black Bellamy, Peg Leg Hastings and Cutlass Liz - in a race to pillage the most booty. Doors open 10.30am, Scribble & Smudge craft session, Film 11.00am, Close 1pm. Tickets: £5.50 child inc S&S session, £4 acc adult, under 2’s free. All tickets are available online at www.stowfilmlounge.com with any remaining tickets on the door. 07910 643987

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Between Two Places Wood Street Library, Forest Road E17 4AA What is it like to be on your way to a new country? Explore the experiences of London’s vibrant, multicultural population through poetry, drawing and collage. 2.30-4.30pm. Free. Go to www.wflibraries.eventbrite.com to reserve your place, visit the library or phone 020 8496 3000. Walthamstow Folk Club Ye Olde Rose Theatre, Hoe Street E17 4SA Dead Belgian play the songs of Jacques Brel - Jacques Brel is widely regarded as one of the finest songwriters of the twentieth century. A chance to see the magnificent Brel Tribute band Dead Belgian. They always blow us away with a stunning performance of power, beauty and finesse. Don’t miss this! 7.30pm. £8. Tickets on door or in advance see www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk

Sunday 21 Walthamstow Folk Club Ye Olde Rose Theatre, Hoe Street E17 4SA Jim Causley - Devon based singer Jim has established himself as one of the most highly regarded singers in the country. With a formidable repertoire, a fine voice and a great sense of humour his visits are always a blast. 7.30pm. £8. Tickets on door or in advance see www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk

Monday 22 SPIN-A-DISC See Monday 8 for details.

Tuesday 23 World Book Night celebrations! Book Gifting Walthamstow Library, High Street E17 7JN World Book Night is for all who love reading to share that joy and inspire others to read by gifting copies of favourite books. 6.30-8pm. Free.

Wednesday 24 E17 Jazz Orford Road Social Club, Orford Road E17 Mandorla plus support from the e17 workshop band. ‘Gorgeously lyrical and infectiously rhythmic’ All About Jazz. e17 jazz’s founder Carlos LopezReal’s electro-acoustic quartet with an emphasis on strong melodies and grooves that draw you in. The music is very accessible and the tunes are varied and exciting. Tonight will feature material from the first album. 8.30pm. £10 (concessions £7). e17jazz.com/whatson/

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World Book Night celebrations! E17 Puppet Project ‘The Shadow Who Lost His Boy’ Walthamstow Library, High Street E17 7JN Join us for shadow puppet fun as E17 Puppet Project unveil their amazing new show; a tale spanning London and Paris written specially for Cityread London 2013! 8pm. Free – Show taking place outside – please wrap up warm! Go to www.wflibraries.eventbrite.com to reserve your place, visit the library or phone 020 8496 3000.

Thursday 25 The Baby Bell Social The Bell, 617 Forest Road E17 4NE A monthly social for parents/carers and their babies/pre-toddlers. Get some light relief from the baby activities circuit: grown up music and chat in a great venue. 2-4pm. £2. babybellsocial@gmail.com A Mural for Church Hill by Kirsten Schmidt and New Sculpture by Esther Neslen E17 Art House, 6-10 Church Hill, Stainforth Rd entrance E17 3RY To celebrate the new mural these two local artists exhibit new prints and sculpture. Free. Reception 6-9pm. www.e17arthouse.com Photographic Works Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP Exhibition of works by three local photographers: Lisbon Walls by Dave Barette; The Quickening Maze by Peter Tomlinson; Stow Marsh Tales by Ian Capes. Free. Private View 7-9pm.

Friday 26 Bakers Arms Book Group 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH We are an informal and friendly group (sometimes some of us haven’t even read the book!). This month’s book is Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay. Tea, coffee, wine available. New members welcome, just turn up. 7.30pm. www.hornbeam.org.uk

Saturday 27 Fork to Fork: Seasonal Supper Club 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH The Hornbeam Cafe invites you to a feast with delicious healthy tasty food – locally sown, grown, picked and cooked! The supper club is open from 6.3010.30pm so you can choose your time to book a table (latest 9pm). Advance booking is essential. The café can cater for all special dietary requirements. All 3 courses for just £15! www.hornbeam.org.uk

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Etching One Day Workshop Inky Cuttlefish Studios, 5 Blackhorse Lane (through the archway) E17 6DS Learn the basics of etching, work on your own little etching and learn how to print it. Take your prints and plate home. £65 all inclusive. 12-6pm. anna@inky-cuttlefish.co.uk 0775 3686331

Walthamstow Folk Club Ye Olde Rose Theatre, Hoe Street E17 4SA Sara Grey and Kieron Means - Fine old time music from this mother and son duo. Beautiful guitar and banjo playing, amazing traditional songs from the States and a two brilliant personalities. 7.30pm. £7. Tickets on door or in advance see www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk

Waltham Forest Bilingual Group Drop-in Session The Limes Children Centre, 6 Somers Road, E17 6RX We are a small voluntary organisation run by parents who want to share experiences and offer advice on raising children bilingually. 3.30-5.30pm. Free. www.wfbilingual.org.uk Claire 07770 860038 Family Day: World of Books William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Celebrate CityReads Festival and make hand-made books for all your favourite stories. 1pm – 4pm. Free, drop-in event for families of all ages. www.wmgallery.org.uk Club Mellow Family Days Walthamstow Toy Library, Comely Bank Community Clinic, 46 Ravenswood Road E17 9LY A get together for all LGBT parents and their children with games and activities for the little ones and a chance for parents to socialise. 2.30-4.30pm. £2.50 for adults, free for children. 020 8509 3898 info@elop.org www.elop.org WVRA Spring Tea Party for older residents Welcome Centre, 8 Church End E17 9RJ Meet your neighbours, conversation, entertainment, bingo, tea, sandwiches and cakes. 2-5pm. Free. Please contact Lorna Downing 0776 525 0884 or lornajdowning@yahoo.co.uk Circle Dance Day The Welcome Centre, 8 Church End E17 9RJ Pat Norwood, Jean Duggleby and Sheila Robertson. Bring food to share. All welcome. 11am-4pm. £14/£12 concs. For details/booking Pat on 020 8556 3508 or e-mail jean.duggleby@virgin.net Spring Music Soiree St John’s Church, 18 Brookscroft Road E17 4LH Members of Forest Philharmonic strings, wind and brass present a selection of short chamber music from Bach to Bernstein. 7.30pm. £5 (includes a free interval drink). Under 16’s free. Tickets on the door or email tickets@ forestphilharmonic.org.uk www.forestphilharmonic.org.uk

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Tuesday 30 Theatremakers & Youth Theatre The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Make your own show from scratch in just ten weeks. Drama for 8-11yrs & 11-15yrs with Grow Your Own Theatre. 4-5.15pm and 5.30-7pm. Www.gyot.org.uk for more info and booking or call Sarah 07541 082 552 £80/£75 per term. Concessions available.

Every week/Whole month Bleedin’ Beginners, specifically designed for ‘people with two left feet’ KNI Studios, Second Floor, Landmark House, Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse Lane E17 5QJ All the essentials for improved posture and body alignment, co-ordination, travelling steps, rhythm… and also learn some super dance routines, in a fun and friendly environment to dance and have a laugh. Wear comfortable clothing e.g. leggings, yoga pants, tracksuit bottoms, even pyjamas…?! It’s warm work so bring a bottle of water! Tues 7-8pm. Contribution towards studio hire of £3 or £4 per session 07958 523431 vanessa@dancexplosion.co.uk Every Wednesday from April 17 Ukulele classes for adults Studio Office, Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Learn the ukulele or improve your skills with an experienced, professional musician in a fun and relaxed environment. Instruments not provided! Weds: 7.30 -8.30pm – Easy/improvers. For further info call Dick Smith 07903 419 691 or email dickbanjosmith@ gmail.com www.banjosmith.co.uk Every Monday from April 15 Five string banjo Studio Office, Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Bluegrass style three-finger picking classes. 6.30-7.30pm – basic/beginners 7.30-8.30pm easy/improvers For further info call Dick Smith 07903 419 691 or email dickbanjosmith@ gmail.com www.banjosmith.co.uk

Strung Out violin group for adults Studio Office, Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU A fun violin group for adult enthusiasts of all levels, with a professional musician whose work spans from the West End to WOMAD. All styles of music covered. Absolute beginners – Tues 7.308.30pm. Elemental easy – Tues 6.30-7.30pm. Thurs 6.30-8.00pm Easy - intermediary. Visit www.shapeshifter-productions. com for prices and availability of places. Wood Street Indoor Market 98-100 Wood Street E17 3HX There’s nothing like finding something new and unique in a great market. From gifts to music, art to food, retro and vintage there’s plenty of bargain hunting to be found at Wood Street Indoor Market. Come on over and discover it all for yourself! 10am-5.30pm, Mon-Sat The Curry Club The Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Delicious, authentic curries from locally grown organic produce. Every Thursday 7.30pm – one sitting. 2 courses for £10. Please book: cafe@hornbeam.org.uk Walthamstow Farmers’ Market Top of the High St by town square Fresh vegetables & salads, fruit in season, unpasteurised milk, cheese & dairy, artisan bread & cakes, juice, free range eggs, meat & poultry, herbs, locally made preserves & honey, plants and lots more. Every Sunday 10am-2pm www.lfm.org.uk Club Mellow parent and toddler group ELOP centre, 56-60 Grove Road E17 9BN A chance for LGBT parents and their pre-school children to meet and network in a safe environment with plenty of toys, games and activities for the little ones. Thursdays 10.3012.30pm. £2.50 for adults, free for children. 020 8509 3898 info@elop.org www.elop.org Walthamstow Woodchips Please contact for location Parent-led Woodcraft Folk group for 4 to 7 year olds. We meet in term time, usually in the forest. Outdoorsy, friendly, crafty, co-operative, fun. Mondays 5.45-6.45pm e17woodchips@gmail.com Coppermill Poets The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Come and join our new local poetry group to discuss poems and ideas and workshop your own writing! We have a friendly atmosphere and biscuits! Every Thurs, 7.30-9pm £5 drop-in or £15 for monthly membership.

Until 12 May Walthamstow High Street Exhibition Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Discover the colourful history of life on our High Street and the 19th century origins of its famous street market. Wed-Sun, 10am–5pm. Free. www.walthamforest.gov.uk/pages/ services/vhm Until 26 May David Bailey’s East End Faces William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Bailey’s iconic photographs immortalised 1960s London. Born in Leytonstone, he photographed the ever changing face of London’s East End and the people who live there. WedSun 10am-5pm. Free. www.wmgallery.org.uk Children’s Art Lessons Tokarska Gallery, 163 Forest Road E17 6HE The lessons are conducted in the safe and stimulating environment of the gallery with each lesson focusing on different materials, techniques and characteristics of drawing. Every Thurs 4.30-6pm and Sat 1-2.30pm. £6. Materials provided. www.tokarskagallery.co.uk Until 26 May Exhibition – Showcase of Young Startups The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, E17 7HA Young people who have started up their businesses with the support of Raise Your Game’s Lottery funded project will be showcasing their work in words and pictures. Tues-Thurs 10-7pm, Fri-Sat 10-6pm, Sun 11-2pm. FREE. www.themill-coppermill.org From 1-30 April Discovering Dreams - Exhibition by Ruth Calder Murphy Le Delice Café, 114 Hoe Street E17 4QR “Discovering Dreams” is a collection of Ruth’s distinctive, highly-textured oil paintings that represent the multilayered nature of life. Free. Mon-Sat: 7.30am-11pm. Sun 8am-11pm. www.ledelice.co.uk 020 8521 0606 From 4 April At Home with Morris Penny Fieldings, 34 Orford Road, E17 9NJ A new exhibition by photographer Katherine Green. Few other designers inspire such dedication and passion. For the majority of the homes photographed, decorating with Morris designs is an extension of personal and political beliefs. Free. Visit website for opening hours. www.pennyfielding.com

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From 4 April At Home with Morris Penny Fieldings, 34 Orford Road, E17 9NJ A new exhibition by photographer Katherine Green. Few other designers inspire such dedication and passion. For the majority of the homes photographed, decorating with Morris designs is an extension of personal and political beliefs. Free. Visit website for opening hours. www.pennyfielding.com 4-27 April Seeking for INNER-SELF Tokarska Gallery, 163 Forest Road E17 6HE Photographs by French artist Christophe Lenoble and paintings by Canal Jagerroos from Finland. Thur Saturday, 12-7pm. www.tokarskagallery.co.uk From 23 April Photographic Works Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP Exhibition of works by three local photographers: Lisbon Walls by Dave Barette; The Quickening Maze by Peter Tomlinson; Stow Marsh Tales by Ian Capes. Free. Tues - Sat 9am-5.30pm From 24 April A Mural for Church Hill by Kirsten Schmidt and New Sculpture by Esther Neslen E17 Art House, 6-10 Church Hill, Stainforth Rd entrance E17 3RY To celebrate the new mural these two local artists exhibit new prints and sculpture. Free. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9.30am-5.30pm. www.e17arthouse.com Until 31 December Highlights from the fine art collection Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH A new display will show highlights from the Museum’s collection of oil paintings, including scenes of the local area. Organised to coincide with the BBC Your Paintings launch. Weds-Sun, 10am-5pm. Free. www.walthamforest.gov.uk/pages services/vhm Life Drawing Class with Frank Gambino Tokarska Gallery, 163 Forest Road E17 6HE (Note no under 16s). Drawing live nude model “short” poses The model holds one hour pose for the final drawing of the class. Tuesdays. £12. Materials and refreshments provided. To book email: info@tokarskagallery. co.uk ref: Life Drawing Class www.tokarskagallery.co.uk Life Drawing with Esther Neslen Walden Studios, 95a Lynmouth Road, E17 8AG Relaxed drawing session in a creative space on the West Side. Everyone is welcome, and materials will be available at cost price. £7. 7.30-10pm. Every Tues. es.nes@which.net 07773 769 379

Workshops at Significant Seams 131 Wood Street Join us to learn new skills including patchwork for upholstery, stitching a wall sampler and re-covering lampshades. All workshops are donations based. For a full list of workshops and programmes, go to https://bookwhen.com/ significantseams E17 Film Workshop Red Room at Ye Olde Rose Theatre, Hoe Street E17 4SA Our objectives are to network, show and improve our films, study film technique and film appreciation. Bring your projects (DVD) and enjoy positive criticism from our group. £5 on the door. Date tbc, visit www.e17films. com/workshops/ From 6 April Pilates Classes Vestry School of Dance, Church Hill Studios, Stainforth Rd E17 3RY We learn precise movement combined with specific breathing to improve posture, strength and muscular balance, helping to prevent injury in sport as well as everyday life. Saturdays 9-10am. £10 per class. adele.craciun@gmail.com Donation Based Yoga United Reform Church Hall, Orford Rd (Entrance actually on West Ave) A Vinyasa flow community yoga class, open to all with E17 based yoga teacher Hayley Johns. Every Mon 7pm. Donations, no booking required. First come, first served. www.hayleyyoga.com for more details or call 07842 149 119 Saturday Morning Yoga The Walthamstow Yoga Studio, Vestry School of Dance, Church Hill Studios on Stainforth Rd E17 3RY The energy boost you’ll get from this 75 minute Hatha Flow class with Adele Craciun will leave you feeling energised, brighter and more focused. Sat 1011.15am. £10 drop in. goodtoknowyoga@gmail.com or call 07853 285669. Zumba® Fitness with Chloe! Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ Wear low tread supportive trainers and bring a bottle of water to enjoy this exhilarating dance fitness class in a low pressure atmosphere! Every Tues, 7pm. £5 or £3 for WSFG staff www.DanceChloe.com

Appetite Appetite is a new food and drink festival for Waltham Forest with an accompanying programme of art. Developed by Artillery, also responsible for delivering the E17 Art Trail, Appetite will celebrate local food enterprises, individuals and businesses involved in food and drink throughout June this year. Organisers are keen to hear from local restaurants and cafés, food producers and growers, food retailers, bars, food shops, chefs, artists, performers and writers. There are a number of different ways to get involved in Appetite and contribute to the festival programme. Get in touch with festival organisers to propose an event and find out more events@artillery.org.uk Be sure to submit your event details by Monday 8 April via the website to be included in the programme www.appetitefestival.co.uk

Review of the new weekly Curry Club at the Hornbeam cafe Sampling every curry on offer in Walthamstow could take a long time. A lifetime even. The market’s as satisfyingly saturated as a chapatti in dhal. And yet, someone has thought it wise to launch a weekly event dedicated to the stuff. Ever fickle, we thought we’d better check it out. The ‘club’ idea feels right at the Hornbeam. This cafe couldn’t seat more than 25 at most and for the evening event everyone sits together. Dinner is served at 8 with drinks from 7.30pm. If you shy from the Vegan Vampire (a predatory gin, apple and beetroot combo) there’s always Crone’s Norfolk cider to whet your appetite for what’s to come. And at £10 for 2 substantial courses, it’s terrifyingly good value. As a joint venture with OrganicLea, all dishes are created from seasonal, organic and local produce. A starter of sweet potato and leek pakoras served with 4 fresh, pungent chutneys soon disappeared to the accompaniment of squeals of delight from one diner, alongside more demure but equally appreciative mutterings the length of the table. After seconds of starters (yes!), the goodness continued with chana dhal, a root vegetable korma, brown rice and greens with ginger. Everything about the Hornbeam is wholesome, honest and earnest: a labour of love from volunteer staff. You’ll leave with a warm glow. Geraldine Turvey The Curry Club is every Thursday at The Hornbeam 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH

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Meet Auntie Maureen This month the E List is granted a rare audience with Walthamstow’s favourite Auntie. Instantly recognisable around town by her sharp vintage fashion and jaunty hats, she has her heart set on making sure Walthamstow’s men folk get in touch with their more elegant side through her boutique closet in Penny Fielding’s shop on Orford Road. She is an enigma wrapped in the warm sounds of analogue but ultimately she’s a woman full of ideas to make our lives less drab. Here she gives us an insight into the wonderful and unique world of Auntie Maureen.

How long you have lived in Walthamstow? Auntie took up residence on April 1st 1932. It was a dull day. What do you like about living here? The geese are delightful, the pubs are half decent, sausages are handmade and have you noticed how local people have a veritable creative streak? Tell us about something or somewhere in Walthamstow we should know about, but maybe don’t. For quality Yardley hair brilliantine and quintessentially English Rose fragrances there is only one place to shop for a local lady. I send for all my beauty products from D. P. Marks near the Clock Tower on the High Street. Plus their moth balls work a treat! Name one thing you would like to see happen in the area in the next five years? I would like to see the re-introduction of horse-drawn carriages. Otherwise an art-deco inspired picture house would be delightful instead. Tell us about your shop? The menswear shoppe I keep inside Penny Fielding Gallery & Interiors is the ONLY emporium in Walthamstow devoted to our local discerning chaps. It stocks heritage clothing and accessories, scents, collectibles, handmade, bespoke products and other useful, quaint man thingies. It is called The Gentleman’s Closet, it is in a closet and it curates local makers and designers who champion quality materials and British manufacturing. Quite a proud, but small place. 6

You always wear fantastic vintage clothes, when and why did you start wearing them? I put them on first thing in the morning. Don’t you? It is best to cover up... What’s you’re favourite period for women and men’s fashion? The fashion houses currently are alive with the gorgeous drape of bias cut crepe-de-chine dresses, architectural hats, lovely silk seamed stockings. And chaps are looking dapper in the quality and comfort of their tweed jackets, plus fours and then calf socks. I mean calf socks! I predict 1937 is going to see a very steamy summer. Vintage is not just about looking backwards is it, how do you feel it relates to the modern world? Beauty really is a thing of the past. It is all about timeless style, quality and grace. Besides, who wants to have to deal with all this new-fangled modernity anyway? It is just too confusing. You are originally from The Netherlands, is the Vintage scene a distinctly English phenomena? And if not where else can it be found? I have heard there are a good many vintage vineyards in France as well, no? You are also a DJ, tell us what to expect when Auntie Maureen spins the disks? Should you chance upon Auntie the cranky spinster and her gramophone, expect to hear copious amounts of crackle, hiss and pop. On other occasions I am not to blame for any of the music played: at the Nag’s Head Pub at a SPIN-A-DISC social people dig their old records out of their sheds and attics for one more airing on real turntables. There are boardgames too. And that takes place every other Monday from the 1st April. At Halloween you organised a secret candle lit midnight supper at The Table on the marshes by Coppermill Lane. Have you got a future plans for similar events? There may well be more impromptu midnight suppers by candlelight at The Table this summer. Otherwise Auntie will feed the good people of Waltham Forest at her gourmet food fair during Appetite, our new local food trail taking place in June 2013. Finally if you could have lived through any year in the past 100 which would it be and why? 1932 was a very good year for ladies crossing the Atlantic. Like Amelia Earhart I would have willingly dare-devilled my way across the waters in a solo airplane. You see, I believe I look quite fetching in goggles!

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Every month Neil Collins of new local estate agent, Estates17, takes a look at a different aspect of Walthamstow’s diverse property market – this month he looks at what Walthamstow offers those looking to buy their first home.

First Time Buyer Focus: Part 1 With all the coverage about E17 in the press we thought it would be a good idea to look at the options available to first time buyers. With the steady influx of buyers to East London looking for more space for their buck there’s added pressure on first-timers, dreaming of their forever home to take the property plunge, any plunge. The big questions on everyone’s mind when buying their first (or second or third home come to that) is space, condition and location. Areas bordering popular locations usually offer better value and will be next in line to see a rise in demand. But there’s usually the trade-off of being further from major amenities and railway/tube stations. You may feel like you do not like the exact street or house, but with a little work you can improve it, and all areas will slowly start to improve. This effect is reassuringly universal so put your quest for grandeur on ice, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You might consider buying a flat with a shorter lease or a property that needs some renovation or look to rent out a room to supplement your mortgage repayments. The cheaper interest-only mortgage option has somewhat disappeared now, it demands larger deposits which is unfortunate, but it’s not an ideal long-term solution anyway as you still eventually need to pay the borrowed sum. First time buyers, remember this is just your first purchase, step one on the property ladder, but look at the long term. Sooner or later you’ll be interested in extra bedrooms, schools, maybe a garden. But for now the trick is simply to get as close as you can to an expensive area without paying the high price. OK, you may be walking 5 minutes more than you want to the tube but you’ll benefit from price rises by association. This is the ripple effect. Once you have built up more equity then interest rates and lending options on offer will improve. Next month I’ll talk about specific areas ideal for first time buyers. Can’t wait until then? Please do get in touch. Neil Collins, Estates17 020 8520 9300 A short message… I sincerely want Estates17 to be different, to go against the grain and become part of the community. I’m looking to provide a solid, reliable experience for sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants. I’ve got lots of ideas that you’ll see being implemented over the coming months, ideas and passion for local things that I’d like to invest in, once we can afford to do so. This wonderful magazine is just part of a bigger package (honestly I chase Paul for a sneaky peak every month!). If I may I’d like to thank Hayley and Jessica for their support (4 year old Jessica wanted to sell fairy cakes from my shop and paint it pink, maybe someday she will), Robin Whyler and Grace Wong (amazing people), Paul Lindt and John Norman (amazing men). Thank you for the inspiration to Peter Wheeler, Jacqui White, Chris Trussell, Larry Hunt, John Holden, and to my Mum and Dad for everything they have helped me with. Neil 8

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A monthly guide to the cultural life of Walthamstow, including a listing section for local events.

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