Your cultural life in Walthamstow No.17 â€˘ June 2014
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Alex Bell, Esther Simpson and Julia Spicer The Eat or Heat Community Lounge opened in 2013 providing a friendly venue where those in need of emergency food aid can collect food parcels, get advice and have a cup of tea and a chat. In June, it will host its first E17 Art Trail exhibition, ‘Eat or Heat Presents...’ featuring photography from local artists Esther Simpson, Julia Spicer and Alex Bell.
Untitled Abstract by Alex Bell
Probable Cityscape (Copper Skyscrapper) by Julia Spicer
‘Eat or Heat Presents...’ Alex Bell, Esther Simpson and Julia Spicer at the Eat or Heat Community Lounge, Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Rd, Walthamstow E17 4QU. Sat 14 and Sun 15 June from 12-5pm Refreshments will be available. Donations of tinned food for the Eat or Heat food bank will be gratefully received.
Alex Bell was invited to work with Eat or Heat in 2013 as their first ‘Artist in Resistance’ to produce the photo series ‘E17 Under My Skin’, portraits featuring tattoos inspired by Walthamstow and William Morris. Seventeen limited edition prints of 8 images are available to purchase with all proceeds going to Eat or Heat. ‘E17 Under My Skin’ will be on display at various locations throughout this year’s Art Trail.
A self-taught photographer Alex moved to Walthamstow in 2001 and finds the town an endless source of inspiration for her work. Usually favouring portraiture, recent work explores more abstract imagery. With a nod to the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi, ‘Beautiful Dilapidation’ finds the beauty in the old, weathered and run down elements of the space we inhabit.
The city in Julia’s images actually exists but cannot be entered. Although its industrial and commercial skyline looks extremely familiar it will not be found on any map nor has it any inhabitants. This is the cyber-city constructed to house the invisible, electronic networks underpinning both the physical and virtual worlds in which we live.
Julia graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2001
hIS issue sees Walthamstow in the full swing of the E17 Art Trail, which this year celebrates its 10th birthday. It has grown enormously over that time, now boasting the involvement of some 4,000 people! I am delighted that Artillery, the organisers, have chosen the E List to be their media partner and we are pleased to list all the Art Trail events on our website, www.theelist.co.uk, as well as in our brand new free E List App for iPhone and Android. Hope you find both site and app useful as you make your way round the Trail. The scale of the Art Trail guide makes it impossible to relist every event here in the printed magazine, so I have asked Artillery to choose a broad selection for us. Hopefully it will give a taster as to the kind of things you can expect to see and will encourage you to seek out more. In the end the Art Trail is always a good excuse to get out and explore Walthamstow. It’s amazing what you find whether it’s in a studio at the end of someone’s garden, a local master craftsman or discovering talented neighbours on your own street. Have fun!
Even excluding the E17 Art Trail this is a particularly packed edition, including an interview with successful local author, Helen Chandler; a feature on our most magnificent musical collective, Walthamstow Acoustic Massive; and the Mall telling us about their plans for Walthamstow’s only shopping centre. I am also thrilled to have film director, Barry Bliss, write a feature on how some of the formative days of UK film production took place right here in Walthamstow. E17 always seems to have been the home of innovation, and with film it was no different, the UK’s first purpose built film studio was constructed on Wood Street and the UK’s most successful film ever was produced on Hoe Street! Barry is currently campaigning for a fitting memorial to these incredible firsts. Finally it was a real pleasure to interview Nicole Whitelaw for this month’s Local Hero and hear about the incredible Whitefield School. I dedicate the piece to the memory of my brother David, in the hope that he had a teacher like Nicole. My parents had to largely find their own way with an autistic son in the mid-sixties. Nicole talks about how attitudes and approaches to the conditions such as his have changed in recent years, and how this is in no small way down to the work and teaching of places like Walthamstow’s Whitefield School. Paul Lindt, Editor email@example.com
Untitled by Esther Simpson
Esther Simpson Esther was born in Thorpe Coombe Hospital on Forest Road, and although brought up in E18, escaped back to E17 as soon as she was able. She has been taking photographs since digital technology meant not having to do all that tedious mucking about at Boots, and mainly enjoys sharing the peculiarities of people she spots out and about in London.
2014 E17 Art Trail: Inhabit Hibo Wardere “My mother, my daughters” Morning Commute a poem by Jack Houston Walthamstow Acoustic Massive Walthamstow – The English Hollywood The Walthamstow International Film Festival Helen Chandler, Novelist All change at The Mall Wilcumstowe Times: The Goose FarmDrop a click-and-collect farmers’ market Local Heroes: Nicole Whitelaw and the Whitefield School Walthamstow Diary Spotted Walthamstow
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2014 E17 Art Trail: Inhabit When we announced that this year’s E17 Art Trail would have the theme ‘inhabit’ we knew we were setting a tough task. ‘Inhabit’ is about the now, the present moment, as much as it is about the where. We hoped it would spark conversation and debate not just on how we decide to make our home or shape our community but also about why we choose one particular place over another. Why here? Why now? Why Walthamstow? Watercress beds to one-way streets: 120 years of a north London neighbourhood. Structured around recording of local residents’ oral histories and research into the stories of houses and of individuals, the Art Trail programme will include a performance retelling some of those stories as well as some much-needed new planting for Queen’s Road cemetery. There is plenty of opportunity for involvement in this project, from a day’s stewarding at an event to oral history training to taking on a research topic. Contact the company for more details. www.clioscompany.co.uk
The responses – well, what did we really expect. They are a dizzying invocation of change presented in the uniquely challenging and inspiring way we have come to expect from E17 Art Trail contributors. Taken together these exhibitions, walks and events provide an exciting evocation of local life, set against a backdrop of social, political, economic change that we will all recognise, and not just from recent Olympic-driven years. If you choose to follow the Inhabit Art Trail you’ll experience as many different points of view and experiences as we would expect from a community as diverse as ours – and in this respect it is uniquely about being a Londoner. Make bold choices and we believe you will be rewarded with a fresh perspective on your neighbourhood as well as your neighbours. With around 4,000 artists presenting work this year, we have chosen a few who have used the ‘inhabit’ theme to inform and inspire their 2014 E17 Art Trail presentation. We recommend starting here and venturing further as inspiration and opportunity guides you.
Local History Taking up residence at Orford House (Venue 117:The Village Trail), local theatre company, Clio’s Company, have curated a weekend programme exploring some of Walthamstow’s past lives. From an installation inspired by the Chestnuts to talks about oral history and local sculptures to a rare opportunity to discover more about the Georgian splendours of Orford House itself and guided walks to find out some of the secrets of the local area. There will be a series of demonstrations of dance from different centuries, and the chance to draw the dancers. In a parallel presentation based at nearby Queen’s Road area, Clio’s Company share the initial stages of a new 2-year project:
This year’s Art Trail shares dates with the London Festival of Architecture. Our contribution focuses firmly on the humble family home, with domestic architecture and the planning of new communities a hot topic. With the E17 Bus of Buildings (Venue 44: Chapel End Trail) architectsE17 invite us on a bus tour of residential projects in Walthamstow and beyond. Organised with the support of the Royal Institute of British Architects, passengers climb on board the specially chartered Routemaster and take to the streets of East London for an entertaining and inspiring tour, with commentary from specialists, architects and others directly involved with the buildings visited. With the aim of considering just how new high quality, high density development can be successfully integrated into existing and historic urban environments, strengthening existing communities and creating exciting new places – we can’t see how this tour could be more relevant to East Londoners. There are 2 tours planned on Saturday 8 June and as places are limited, do book in advance via http://architectse17.wordpress.com. No conversation on the subject of E17 living would be possible without considering the way Walthamstow was shaped by the Warner family and how they chose to develop their land for housing. Artists Lucy Harrison and Katherine Green have come together with local writer Kirstin Sibley and Walthamstow Historical Society, on W.E.: The Ex-Warner Project, surveying the former Warner Estates in Waltham Forest. This is the first extensive survey of how these properties are currently being used and the project forms a photography and oral history exhibition, presented in the evocative surroundings of the Former Warner Rent Office (Venue 12: Higham Hill Trail). There will also be guided walks around E17 to look at Warner properties and to talk to the project contributors. www.exwarnerproject.co.uk Don’t miss: Sunday 1 June at 3pm. ‘An Iron Fist in a Red-Brick Glove:The Warner Family and Walthamstow’ - Dr Neil Houghton of Walthamstow Historical Society giving an illustrated talk in the historic surroundings of St Peter’s in-the-Forest Church (Venue 164: Wood Street Trail) .
Completed your 2014 Inhabit Art Trail journey? We’d love to know if it made you see Walthamstow with fresh eyes. After all, every artist wants to change the world - and where better place to start than E17. Tweet us @E17ArtTrail using #inhabitE17. 2
Photo credit: Do You Really Know Where You Are? Audio guided tour, Epping Forest. www.corinneprice.com
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This month in Walthamstow
Sunday 1 Arts & Crafts Fair Wadham Bowling Club (next to Match Day Football Club), Kitchener Road E17 4LL Arts, Crafts and Vintage home wares from local creators and makers. Photography, upholstery, felled lights, artisan wood work, owl cushions, refreshing sorrel drinks and much much more. 10am-4pm. FREE. marita keremezo 07710986173 www.facebook.com/ChapelEndArtsandCr aftsAssociation?ref=hl The Big Lunch with The Friends of St James Park St James Park, Essex Road E17 8AX Bring a picnic and a dish to share. Activities will include The Great St James Bake Off judged by Edd Kimber, free family bike confidence training from Dr Bike, and great prizes to be won. 11am-3pm. FREE. Come watch Hannah paint her iconic foxes! 215 Coppermill Lane (opposite reservoir) E17 7HG Hannah Adamaszek will be recreating her foxes which are a part of the commission for Mural on the Marsh. Pick up a map here on the way to Walthamstow Marshes to see the full mural. Step-free access 12-5pm. FREE. The Allure of Leaves 25 West Avenue Road E17 9SE Three artists: Valeria Bateson, Julie Caves, and H Locke. Painting and drawing. 10.30-6.30pm. FREE. www.juliecaves.com
Sharon Drew Paintings – Open Studio 15 Upper Walthamstow Road E17 3QG. Entrance via narrow side access to studio at rear. Artist studio showing abstract-colour paintings and sketchbook drawings inspired by visits to St Ives. Cornwall is renowned for its extraordinary light and colour, a major influence on the work. Enter free print prize-draw, see www. sharondrew.com. FREE. 12-6pm. Sharon Drew 07986772178 firstname.lastname@example.org http://sharondrew.com/
Walthamstow Wild Inky Cuttlefish Studios, 5 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Carol Zilla’s handcrafted jewellery is influenced by the flowing lines of animal and bird silhouettes. Her Walthamstow Wild exhibition showcases new pieces from her Urban Wild collection, all ethically produced using recycled silver and hallmarked. 1.30-5pm. FREE. www.carolzilla.net
Walthamstow International Film Festival Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Join us for a free, family-friendly afternoon of short films made by professionals and amateurs from the Walthamstow area and around the globe. 2-5-pm. FREE. Anna Mason 020 8496 4391 email@example.com http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/ pages/services/vhm.aspx Jeff Warner at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose Theatre, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA A magical singer, guitarist and banjo player with a peerless repertoire of old time American material, which connect 21st century audiences with the lives of 19th century Americans. 7.3010.30pm. £7. Advance tickets available online, more info at www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk
Monday 2 The Allure of Leaves 25 West Avenue Road E17 9SE
Details as Sunday 1 except for opening hours. 2pm-6.30pm.
Music quiz with Tricky Ric The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP Let’s get quizzical with this fabulous music quiz. 7.30pm. Entry is £1 and the winners take the pot. Sam Baker What’s Cookin’ @ Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Critically acclaimed country/blues singer/songwriter from Texas performs rare solo show. 8-11pm. £15. Stephen Ferguson 07904 210218 firstname.lastname@example.org http://whatscookin.co.uk Events marked
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The World in Walthamstow is a celebration of E17 diversity, each photo containing someone I have met here from one of 205 nationalities. With 125 so far, missing nations can be found at www. walthamstowmigrantsaction.org.uk/8.html. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join in. All welcome to view the photos at St Barnabas Church, E17 8JZ during this year’s Art Trail. Canon Steven Saxby ART
Tuesday 3 Ignite Night E17 Walthamstow Central Library, High Street E17 7JN This fast paced event, coordinated by Street Gallery, responds to the neon artwork ‘I’M IN LOVE WITH THE MODERN WORLD’ by DJ Roberts. Our speakers have 5 minutes each to share passions and ignite action. 7-8.30pm. Free ticketed event, book via www. ignitenighte17.eventbrite.co.uk
New Club Mellow Social Supper Club for 50+ lesbian and bisexual women ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road Walthamstow E17 9BN Come and have supper at ELOP and take the opportunity to meet new people. A space to meet each other, share experiences and socialise in a safe and welcoming environment. 7-9pm. £2. 02085093898 or e-mail email@example.com
Wednesday 4 Watercress, Riot and Laundry Outside Queens Court, Corner of Hoe Street and Queens Road E17 9PT Free guided walk led by members of the Walthamstow Historical Society to discover the changing fortunes of one of Walthamstow’s medieval Commons and hear about Chartist meetings, insurrection, a murder and food. 11am-12.30pm. FREE. Walthamstow Historical Society firstname.lastname@example.org www.walthamstowhistoricalsociety.org.uk
Under 5’s Nature Explorers Meet in the Community Room in the Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park E17 4PP Adventures and activities in Lloyd Park for under 5s and their parents/carers. We start with a fun ramble around the park searching for items around our monthly theme. There will then be activities and story time until 1pm. Food warming facilities and hot drinks available during and after the activities. 10am-1pm. FREE but booking is recommend to avoid disappointment. Contact Rachel on 07787193981 or e-mail email@example.com The Corn Potato String Band / Hubert Murray What’s Cookin’ @ Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB The Corn Potato String Band play Appalachian folk music with many different antiquated styles including ballads, ho-downs, country rags and southern gospel. 8.30-11pm. FREE – voluntary collection taken. 07904 210218 firstname.lastname@example.org http://whatscookin.co.uk Red Imp Comedy Club – Josh Widdecombe and Tom Craine Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, 55 Hoe Street E17 4SA Star of Last Leg, Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You. Work in progress 1 hour each act. Doors 8.30pm. Show 9pm. £13 + booking fee. Viv 0208 509 3880 email@example.com http://www.wegottickets.com/ event/273263
Thursday 5 Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening Meet at the William Morris Garden (near the Forest Road gate) Get outdoors, meet new people, get new skills & knowledge, improve your health & well-being, be part of your community and help keep the new William Morris Garden looking lovely with Lloyd Park’s Head Gardener. 10am-1pm. FREE. 020 8496 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. An evening at Abstract! Abstract, 54 Beulah Road E17 9LQ Come and join us for a chill-out evening with DJ HYPSTRZ and his rare tunes and delicious BBQ Jerk Chicken from “Amazing Tastes”. FREE. 5-9pm. email@example.com Mob: 07971 255 705 An Evening of Poetry @ Prose Penny Fielding Gallery & Interiors, 34 Orford Road E17 9NJ Readings from Bren Gosling, and Forest Poets members Hassan Vawda, Mike Sims, Mo Gallaccio, Paul McGrane and Ruth Wiggins. 7.30pm. FREE. Penny Fielding 07725 645 359 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.pennyfielding.com
Friday 6 Room39 Sample Sale The Bell, 617 Forest Road E17 4NE Cushions, bedding, ceramics samples, slight seconds and discontinued lines plus a special 20% discount on current range! FREE. 5-10pm. http://www.room39.co.uk/ No. 39’s Art Trail Mingle 39 Orford Road, E17 9NL Revive your Art Trail fatigue with a gathering at Orford Road’s newest creative hub! ‘Queenie and Ted’, the customised clothing gals, will be unveiling some new art work around the themes of leisure and growing up. ‘Little Mashers’ children’s wear company will be displaying the T shirts that were hand printed during recent school holiday workshops and liquid beverages will be available from our very own ‘Wood St. Coffee’. You can even have a sit down for a bit! 6-9pm. FREE. 02085093334 for more info.
Walthamstow Gay Meetup The Nag’s Head, Orford Road, E17 9LP A relaxed gay network to exchange ideas, tips, referrals, have a drink and meet monthly with like minded people in Walthamstow. From 6pm. FREE to attend. Register on http://www.meetup.com/ Walthamstow-Gay-Meetup/ Walthamstow International Film Festival & Stow Film Lounge present Blancanieves (Pablo Berger, 2013, Cert PG) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Based on the Snow White fairy tale set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter. This sumptuous film is a tribute to European silent cinema. Plus intro by Pam Hutchinson of Silent London. 7.45-12.00am. £8/£6 (conc), ticket + food from £13.50 Stow Film Lounge 07910 643987 email@example.com http://www.stowfilmlounge.com
Saturday 7 We Love Lego 65 Farnan Avenue E17 4NQ Come and see creations made out of LEGO in our back garden. Our family, friends, and local children will be showing off variety of home made models including castles, space ships, vehicles, houses and abstract creations. 10am-6pm. FREE.
WVRA Gardening Day Meet at Village Square on corner of Orford and Eden Roads Wear sturdy shoes/boots and if you have them bring gardening gloves, handtools and a kneeler; all other equipment will be provided. 10.30am12.30pm. FREE. Helen Lerner 0781 404 2499 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Village Pre-school Summer Fair St Mary’s Welcome Centre, Church Hill E17 9RJ Fun for all the family with games and crafts, bouncy castle, face painting, international food, toy stall, BBQ, chocolate tombola, home-made cakes, fantastic raffle prizes and lots, lots more! Have a go at Zumba and Belly Dancing and meet Fireman Sam and a Minion. 11am-3pm. 50p. Under 2’s free. 020 85217170 email@example.com
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Stow Kids’ Film Lounge presents Kirikou and The Sorceress (1998, Cert U) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR An animated feature based on a popular folk tale from West Africa of a little village where a boy named Kirikou is born and soon realises he must save his village from an evil sorceress. Doors open 10.30am, Activity session, Film 11.00am, Close 1pm. Tickets: £5.50 child, £4 acc adult, Under 2’s free. Tickets available online at www. stowfilmlounge.com or on the door. Sharon Drew Paintings – Open Studio 15 Upper Walthamstow Road E17 3QG. Details as Sunday 1. Walthamstow Wild Inky Cuttlefish Studios, 5 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Details as Sunday 1 except new opening hours. 1.30-7pm. FREE. www.carolzilla.net
Creating Fear in Films Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH This workshop goes deep into human psychology, showing how film makers give audiences the dark thrills they crave. Entertaining and informative for film makers and a general audience. An E17 Film Festival event. 2-5pm. £5. Booking essential. https://www. eventbrite.co.uk/e/walthamstowinternational-film-festival-workshop-1tickets-9182792981 Liza Fletcher 07941 000 541 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.e17films.com/workshops/ The Fast Camels / The Hanging Stars What’s Cookin’ @ Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Promoting new album ‘Deadrooms & Butterfly Dreams’, The Fast Camels play an explosive blend of 60’s influenced psychedelia, freakbeat and classic power-pop. FREE. Voluntary collection taken. 8pm-11pm 07904 210218 email@example.com http://whatscookin.co.uk An evening at Abstract! Abstract, 54 Beulah Road E17 9LQ See Thursday 5 for details.
Waltham Forest Bilingual Group The Limes Children Centre, 6 Somers Road E17 6 RX Workshop “The Teenage Years” for bilingual families, and drop-in advice and play session for families bringing up their children with more than one language. 3.30-5.30pm. FREE. www.wfbilingual.org.uk Claire 07770 860038 What’s it like to be ‘mixed race’? Bygga Bo, 8 Chingford Road E17 4PJ Photographer Fabien Ho will be holding a Q&A session with participants from his MixedRace17 exhibition. The talk will be about the context of this project, including personal anecdotes, some poignant, sometimes shocking, others funny! Not step-free and unsuitable for children. 7.30. FREE with Scandi food & drinks available.
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Room39 Sample Sale The Bell, 617 Forest Road E17 4NE See Friday 6 for details.
Sunday 8 The E17 BoB (Bus of Buildings) Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF The architectsE17 bus tour of residential projects in Walthamstow and beyond. A chartered Routemaster takes us on an entertaining, inspiring tour, with commentary from specialists, architects and others involved with the buildings we visit. 2 tours: 10am and 2pm. FREE, can be booked in advance www.e17arttrail.co.uk Kids Kitchen presents: Family Feast! Peterhouse Community Centre, 122 Forest Rise A delicious vegetarian meal in a beautiful setting for under 5s and adult accomplices. The best part is that you and your kids will be making it - they won’t even notice how much they are learning! 11am and 2pm. Book via www.tiny.cc/familyfeaste17 Sharon Drew Paintings – Open Studio 15 Upper Walthamstow Road E17 3QG. Details as Sunday 1. Events marked
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ART Art & Appetite The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Join Deborah Nash for a thoughtprovoking slide show introduction to the representation of food in painting and art installation. Finish with something sweet from our tea and cake stall. 2.30 -3.30pm. £6. Early Bird £5. Book on https://art-appetite.eventbrite. co.uk. Deborah Nash 07780 654546 email@example.com Walthamstow Family Bike Club Meet 1pm outside the Ancient House Orford Rd/Church Lane junction, E17. A relaxed and sociable ride around open spaces and cafes in and around Waltham Forest. 1-5pm. FREE. Paul 020 8520 0648, firstname.lastname@example.org The Young’uns at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose Theatre, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Having established their reputation in the folk world with sublime a cappella harmonies, the Teesside trio are an unlikely force of nature on stage, beguiling audiences with humour, bold vocals, gripping storylines and innate musicality. 7.30-10.30pm. £8. Advance tickets available online, more info at www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk
Monday 9 Waltham Forest Carers Association Men’s Day Waltham Forest Resource Hub (Central), 1 Russell Road, Leyton E10 7ES If you are a man, and provide unpaid support to an ill relative or friend, come and enjoy food and activities on Men’s Day. We’re recognising and celebrating male carers as part of Carers Week. 11am-3pm. FREE. Waltham Forest Carers Association 020 8556 0857 email@example.com http://www.walthamforestcarers.com Spin-a-Disc The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP With our very own Auntie Maureen. You bring the records Auntie will spin them. From 5pm. FREE.
Music workshop with Forest Philharmonic Explorers The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Open access class for anyone who sings or plays ANY instrument to ANY standard. Dust off your instrument and come and play. The theme is “Dance to the Death” inspired by Bernstein’s West Side Story. 6-8pm. £5. Rachel Duncombe-Anderson 07983678090 firstname.lastname@example.org http://forestphilharmonic.org.uk/ explorers/
E17 Art Trail Walking Tour Meet at Walthamstow Central Library entrance Open to all, our walking tours are a social, relaxed way to visit a host of Art Trail exhibitions. Accompanied by local artists, each walk explores a different route and aims to visit 10 venues. 1pm. FREE, no booking required. www.e17arttrail.co.uk
18 – 30 GBT Men’s Social Network ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road Walthamstow E17 9BN A space for all gay, bi, trans or questioning men to meet each other, share experiences and socialise in a safe and welcoming environment away from the scene! 7-9.30pm. £2. 02085093898 or e-mail email@example.com
Wednesday 11 Poetry at the Vestry Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Featuring prize winning poets Kayo Chingonyi and Michael McKimm, plus readings from Forest Poets and poetry open mic. 7pm. FREE. Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881 or firstname.lastname@example.org Ramshackle Union Band / Dennis Ellsworth What’s Cookin’ @ Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Ramshackle Union Band are a harmony driven folk & blues 4-piece playing foot-stomping bluegrass tinged folk described as woozy bluegrass for weary hearts and bleeding minds. FREE. Voluntary collection taken. 8.30pm-11pm 07904 210218 email@example.com http://whatscookin.co.uk
An evening at Abstract! Abstract, 54 Beulah Road E17 9LQ See Thursday 5 for details. Los Otros at The Vic The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Enjoy mellow music and a quiet conversation or get up and dance with Los Otros and guests at The Victoria. 9-11pm. FREE. 07801756863 firstname.lastname@example.org https://sites.google.com/site/ losotrosjazz/home
Friday 13 Kids Kitchen The Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH We all cook a fresh healthy lunch together with our children (under 5s), while singing songs, playing and washing up, and there is also lovely café food (including cake!) available for us bigger kids too at lunchtime. 10-12am. £6 (£4 concession) Includes lunch for your child. Reserving a place is essential, but you can pay on the day. www.kidskitchenlondon.wordpress.com/ Robb Johnson & the Irregulars Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Welcome return gig by highly-rated songwriter - songs about love, death, politics, beer, football etc, delivered with the punch of the E Street Band! 8.30pm. FREE. Open Mic night The Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Experience local & talented performers, a supportive audience, drinks and snacks. Anyone is welcome to grace our intimate stage. Doors open at 7.30pm and music starts at 8.15. FREE, though donations appreciated. Andy 07940260558, andythemirror@ gmail.com
Saturday 14 Eat or Heat/The Great East End Art Market St Mary’s Welcome Centre, Church Hill, Walthamstow Village E17 9RJ An exciting mix of local art, food, drink, live music & dj. Plus the famous £5 art raffle. Art activities all day. Help re stock the food bank. 12-6pm. Adults £1, kids free with a tin of food. http://www.eatorheat.org/index.html
NCT nearly new sale Trinity Church, Orford Road E17 9QL Sale of nearly new items. Children’s and babies clothes (aged 0-7), toys and equipment. NCT members can shop early from 9.45. 10-11.30am. £2.50. £2.00 for NCT members. Wfnctnearlynewsale@yahoo.co.uk Trail Lunchboxes pick up from The Mill, Coppermill Lane or Walthamstow Central Library Bestowed Kitchen will be providing lunchboxes made with fresh ingredients from local suppliers with a side order of limited edition artwork. Pick up your box and eat the Art Trail! 10am-4pm. £6.80 per box – book in advance via www.edibleexperiences.com/ bestowedkitchen. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Church Hill Nursery Summer Fair Church Hill Nursery & Children’s Centre, 47 Woodbury Road E17 9SB A free community event with bouncy castle, hot dogs, face painting, arts and crafts and games for all the family. 11am-2pm. FREE. Church Hill Nursery 020 8520 4919 http://www.churchhillchildren.org Fun Day Greenleaf Road Baptist Church, 4 Greenleaf Road E17 6QQ BBQ, bouncy castle, crafts sale, cake sale, children’s games and gift stalls, family photo shoot. A warm welcome to all. 12-3pm. FREE. Experimental Film Workshop Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH A brief look at the history, ideas and techniques behind the most prominent auteurs in this genre. For those with an interest in cinema or some film-making experience. An E17 Film Festival event. 2-5pm. £5. Booking essential http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ walthamstow-international-filmfestival-workshop-2-experimental-filmtickets-10146990923 Liza Fletcher 07941 000 541 email@example.com http://www.e17films.com/workshops/ An evening at Abstract! Abstract, 54 Beulah Road E17 9LQ See Thursday 5 for details. Wine Festival The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP Come and try some wines from around the world. Times Tbc. FREE. The Spangle Gang The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG A lively set is guaranteed at this month’s Higham Hill Country Club from the local denizens of country and bluegrass. 9-11pm. FREE. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.the-wo.co.uk
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Hibo Wardere “My mother, my daughters” Tuesday 17 June, 8-9.30pm, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF Hibo was born in Mogadishu in the 1960s and fled to Kenya with her mother and sisters following the outbreak of widespread civil conflict. Her father remained behind to protect the family’s home but subsequently died. Before he lost contact with his family, he gave his daughters the opportunity to go ‘anywhere you want in the world’. Hibo chose Britain. Arriving in London as an 18 year old speaking no English was tough. But Hibo seized the opportunity to build a life for herself and to begin a journey that would start with a doctor liberating her from some of the physical trauma she suffered as a result of female genital mutilation (FGM) to becoming a mother, beginning a career and dedicating herself to educating people – men and women of all backgrounds – about the impact of FGM and what we can all do to protect girls today and in the future. An extraordinary public speaker, Hibo lives in Walthamstow with her husband and children.
Photo of Hibo ©Katherine Green
Waltham Forest Rising is proud to host an evening with Hibo to raise the profile of this issue and for people – men and women – to hear her story. This event is FREE OF CHARGE. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP Walthamforestrising@hotmail.co.uk Donations to Waltham Forest Rising welcomed. NB Some of the issues that will be discussed relate to serious physical injury and consequently this is not an event that we recommend that young people under 16 attend.
www.walthamforestrising.wordpress.com @WF_Rising The Jam Junkies Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Wide-ranging good-rockin’ West London covers band - rock, blues, country, classics, obscurities and surprises. 8.30pm. FREE.
Sunday 15 Fathers Day Survival Trail Meet in the Community Room in the Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park E17 4PP To celebrate Father’s Day, join our Lloyd Park survival trail. Learn how to start a fire, identify useful plants and tie knots. Activities will be run by Forest Knights bushcraft specialists. 10am1pm. FREE but booking is recommend to avoid disappointment. Contact Rachel on 07787193981 or e-mail email@example.com Jazz At The Bell The Bell, 617 Forest Rd E17 4NE Live jazz and grooves featuring some of London’s finest jazz musicians. A relaxed atmosphere with excellent music perfect for a Sunday evening. 8pm. Twitter @JazzatTheBell Events marked
A Midsummer Morning Herb Walk Meet outside The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Come explore the Marshes with Walthamstow community herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad, and find the healing flower power of the season. We’ll walk & sit with the plants & discover how to find and use them. 10.30am12.30pm. £6.50. £5 concessions. Rasheeqa Ahmad 07784 506 494 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.hedgeherbs.org.uk New Words, Old Things Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Join the free guided poetry trails around Vestry House Museum. The poems are by members of Forest Poets, based in Walthamstow, and inspired by some of the most treasured objects in the museum’s collection. The trail will include special readings of the poems. 11am and 2.30pm. FREE. Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881 or email@example.com
Dancing and Drawing Through Time Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Waltham Forest Arts Club invites you to come draw dancers from different historical periods – capture the figure in motion and gorgeous costumes. Materials kindly provided by Jackson’s Art Supplies or bring your own. 11am4pm. FREE. firstname.lastname@example.org http://artsclub.org.uk Cycle Tour Meet at Walthamstow Central Library entrance Arguably the best way to get around the Art Trail: Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign have led cycling tours for 4 years and know the best routes and hidden gems to make the most of your time. 1pm. FREE, no booking required. www.e17arttrail.co.uk
Rainbow Families Various venues Monthly LGBT family activity taking place at various venues and locations. 2.30-4.30pm. 02085093898 or e-mail email@example.com
Songs of Praise Central Baptist Church, 101a Orford Road E17 9QR Join us at our Songs of Praise service as we celebrate our Centenary. All Welcome - bring your friends!! 5.30-6.45pm. FREE Pastor Robert Jeffery 020 8503 7577 Central101@btconect.com www.central-baptist-church.org.uk Dónal Maguire at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose Theatre, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Massively respected Irish Traditional singer on a rare visit to London. “If you haven’t heard this man yet then why the hell not?” - Dick Gaughan 7.3010.30pm. £7. Advance tickets available online, more info at www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk
Tuesday 17 Hibo Wardere: My Mother, My Daughters Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF Waltham Forest Rising hosts an evening with anti-FGM (female genital mutilation) campaigner and local resident, Hibo Wardere. Come and hear this local woman tell her extraordinary story. 8-9.30pm. FREE. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stow Film Lounge presents Dallas Buyers Club (2013, Cert 15) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof, Oscar-winning Matthew McConaughey, works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease. Doors open 7.45pm, Film 8.30pm, Late Bar, close midnight. Tickets: £8/£6 conc, ticket + food £13.50 (pre-book only) Tickets: www.stowfilmlounge.com or on the door. 07910 643987
Saturday 21 Stow Kids’ Film Lounge presents Up (2009, Cert U) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl sets out to fulfil his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years younger, inadvertently becomes a stowaway. Doors open 10.30am, Activity session, Film 11.00am, Close 1pm. Tickets: £5.50 child, £4 acc adult, Under 2’s free. Tickets available online at www. stowfilmlounge.com or on the door.
Co-operative for the Arts funding meeting The Chequers, 145 High Street E17 7BX An informal group would like to create a venue for groundbreaking performing arts. The envisioned venue doesn’t exist. It must be built. If you’re interested join us for the first meeting. 7-9pm. FREE. http://www.arts-walthamstow.org.uk/ 30 plus GBT Men’s Social Network ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road Walthamstow E17 9BN Details as Tuesday 3 Music quiz with Tricky Ric The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP Let’s get quizzical with this fabulous music quiz. 7.30pm. Entry is £1 and the winners take the pot.
Wednesday 18 Dan Beaulaurier / Davey James What’s Cookin’ @ Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Californian Dan Beaulaurier performs songs about sun and surf, colours, love and long-forgotten cowboys. His music is best filed under americana brooding space rock psyched anticipation indie. FREE. Voluntary collection taken. 8pm-11pm 07904 210218 firstname.lastname@example.org http://whatscookin.co.uk Events marked
Thursday 19 Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening Meet at the William Morris Garden (near the Forest Road gate) Details as Thursday 5. Opening Doors at ELOP ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road Walthamstow E17 9BN Monthly social group for LGB&T community members aged 50+. If you’re a 50-something LGB or T person who’s interested in something social happening right here on your doorstep then please come along & join us on the day. Opening Doors staff will be facilitating the session and are a consistent face at meet ups. 3-5pm. £2. 02085093898 or e-mail email@example.com
Friday 20 Stoneydown Park Primary School Summer Fete Stoneydown Park Primary School, Pretoria Avenue E17 6JY Activities include bouncy castle, international food, teddy & toy tombola, arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, obstacle course, coconut shy, a treasure hunt, face painting and lots more! 3.45-6.30pm. £1 Adults/11+. Under 11s FREE. http://webfronter.com/waltham-forest/ stoneydown
Hillyfield Academy Summer Fair Hillyfield Academy School, 99-101 Higham Hill Road E17 6ED Fun for all the family at our summer fair! Activities, food, football and a chance to win the World Cup! 11am-2pm Wide World Music presents Simo Lagnawi, Moroccan music master of the guembri Walthamstow Sports Clubhouse, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Wide World Music brings family friendly, all age events and music from around the world. Live moroccan music and African Night Fever DJ. 7.30-11.30pm. FREE. £7.50 adults, £6.00 OAP’s, £3.00 children. For more info https://www.facebook.com/ groups/215742865126584/ or email Liz_Fenton@hotmail.com DJ Jerome Anderson Ye Olde Rose Theatre, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Join Jerome for an eclectic mix of tunes, from Swing to Ska and everything in between! 9pm-1am. FREE. Jerome Anderson 07931507760 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.jeromelanderson.com/ The Escape Committee The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG Maximum pub rock from local legend Graham Larkbey and the gang. What can I say that hasn’t been said. If you haven’t seen them yet - where have you been? 9-11pm. FREE. email@example.com http://www.the-wo.co.uk
Sunday 22 Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign Monthly Ride Meet outside Walthamstow Library, High Street E17 7JN at 10am for a 10.15am start. We have a few routes lined up and usually decide distance and destination on the day according to what people prefer. We ride leisurely suited to the wishes of participants. We usually stay within 30 miles and sometimes considerably shorter. We tend to be back by 3pm and always have a snack stop somewhere. 10am-3pm. Free. Robert Robert@wfcycling.org.uk A Stroll down Walthamstow High Street Outside Walthamstow Central Library, Town Square, Walthamstow High Street E17 7JN Guided walk organised by Walthamstow Historical Society looking at the history of Walthamstow High Street tracing its transition from residential road to urban centre and shopping destination. 2-3.30pm. FREE . Walthamstow Historical Society firstname.lastname@example.org www.walthamstowhistoricalsociety.org.uk Herbal Walk The WaterWorks Centre, Lammas Rd, Greater London E10 7NU Celebrate the start of Herbal Medicine Awareness Week with a walk in WaterWorks Nature Reserve to discover what herbs plants are grown locally and how they would have been traditionally used. There will then be an opportunity to ask local herbalists your questions and sample remedies and teas. 2.30-4pm. FREE. Booking required. Book online or call 08456 770 600 for more information. Paintings of House & Home The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Deborah Nash explores changing fashions in domestic architecture as reflected in a variety of paintings, offering fascinating glimpses into family life and social trends. The slide presentation complements the exhibition At Home at The Mill. 2.303.30pm. £6. Early Bird £5. Book on https://house-homepaintings.eventbrite.co.uk Deborah Nash 07780 654546 email@example.com New Club Mellow Over 50’s LGB&T Tea Group ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road Walthamstow E17 9BN New afternoon tea group for 50+ lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans people. A space to meet each other, share experiences and socialise in a safe and welcoming environment. 2.30-4.30pm. £2. 02085093898 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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John Conolly at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose Theatre, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA John Conolly is an internationallyrespected songwriter who has based his style firmly in the folk tradition. His finely-crafted songs are performed with warmth, good humour and lilting accompaniments on guitar and melodeon. 7.30-10.30pm. £7. Advance tickets available online, more info at www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk
Monday 23 A Stroll down Walthamstow High Street Outside Walthamstow Central Library, Town Square, Walthamstow High Street E17 7JN Detaiks as Sunday 22, but different time, 11am-12.30pm. Spin-a-Disc The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP With our very own Auntie Maureen. You bring the records Auntie will spin them. From 5pm. FREE.
Tuesday 24 18 – 30 GBT Men’s Social Network ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road Walthamstow E17 9BN Details as Tuesday 10 Events marked
Wednesday 25 The Greek Theatre Players present Measure for Measure in the Open Air Theatre, Walthamstow School for Girls (Woodbury Road Entrance) Church Hill, E17 9RZ Justice, passion, power and punishment are examined in equal measure in Shakespeare’s intriguing dark comedy. Bring a cushion and blanket for extra comfort. £8 and £6 (concs). Full-time students £2. 7.30pm. Tickets at the gate. For more information ring 020 8551 2958. Delaney Davidson What’s Cookin’ @ Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB From New Zealand, part man, part wheel, former Dead Brother, Delaney Davidson is part wandering minstrel, part travelling salesman. With his show he is the drummer, singer, guitarist and sometimes harmonica player. FREE. Voluntary collection taken. 8.30pm-11pm 07904 210218 email@example.com http://whatscookin.co.uk
Forgotten Street Names of Walthamstow Where would you find?
Clue: Much of this road shadows the North Circular. For answer see foot of page. www.archangelheritage.co.uk
Morning Commute a poem by Jack Houston Satellite eyes, casting an intense spell to concentrate and magnify a patch of broad marsh grass, search for the slightest tickle. Speckled wings
Walthamstow’s Independent Cinema
holding a place in wait to scratch a life from this sometime teeming earth. Framed in the window of the 8:09, she’s blu-tacked to the sky – the wetland twisting under. We roll over the canal and she drops down to her work.
Regular Grown-Up, Kids’ & Baby screenings. Also available for private hire. For more details, head to www.stowfilmlounge.com Also follow us here: / Stowfilmlounge
This poem is based on the kestrels that you sometimes see hunting on the marshes along the railway line between Walthamstow and Liverpool Street. Jack Houston works for Hackney Libraries and is co-poetry editor of Nutshell Magazine. He can often be found in and around Walthamstow walking his dog Ralph. Find Forest Poets on Facebook and Twitter @ForestPoets
Stowfilmlounge Answer: Became Wadham Road c1888.
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Dave Manington’s Riff Raff at E17 Jazz Orford Road Social Club, Orford Road E17 Music written by Dave with some fine lyrics from Brigitte Beraha. The music avoids the tune-solos-tune format in favour of more group improvisation. It draws on as wide a range of styles as possible; folk, electronic music and contemporary classical influences mixed with jazz harmonies and rhythms. 8.3010.30pm. £10 (concessions £7). e17jazz.com/whatson/
Thursday 26 Wine tasting Upstairs in Madam La Zongas at The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP Tasting wines from around the world with Sean Pines. 7.30pm. Prices vary £12-14. For booking and prices please contact sean on email@example.com The Greek Theatre Players present Measure for Measure in the Open Air Theatre, Walthamstow School for Girls (Woodbury Road Entrance) Church Hill, E17 9RZ Details as Wednesday 25.
Friday 27 BeBop Baby The Trades Hall, 17 Hoe Street E17 4SB (entrance in Tower Hamlets Road) Great music from a live band and world class DJ’s spinning classic soul, funk, Afrobeat, jazz and more. Music, cocktails, dancing, nobody puts baby in a corner... 1pm-4pm. £4. Hannah, Mandy, Ben 07813156140 firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.bebop-baby.co.uk Bakers Arms Book Group The Hornbeam Café, 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 The Clothes on their Backs by Linda Grant. Tea, coffee, wine available. New members welcome 7.30pm. www.hornbeam.org.uk Events marked
The Greek Theatre Players present Measure for Measure in the Open Air Theatre, Walthamstow School for Girls (Woodbury Road Entrance) Church Hill, E17 9RZ Details as Wednesday 25.
Saturday 28 Friends Of Holy Family Catholic School Summer Fair 1 Shernhall Street, E17 3EA An afternoon of family fun, with driving school, stocks, coconut shy, foodie treats, BBQ, showcasing students technical projects and the Holy Family Has Talent final! 12am-4pm. 50p Adults, 20p children/concessions. To book a table email t.friends@ holyfamily.waltham.sch.uk or tel 0208 520 0482. Cost of outdoor table £15 (£10 if paid before the day) The Greek Theatre Players present Measure for Measure in the Open Air Theatre, Walthamstow School for Girls (Woodbury Road Entrance) Church Hill, E17 9RZ Details as Wednesday 25 but also with Saturday matinee at 3pm. Fork to Fork: Seasonal Supper Club 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH The Hornbeam Cafe invites you to a vegetarian feast with delicious healthy tasty food – locally sown, grown, picked and cooked! The supper club is open from 6.30-10.30pm 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 The Higham Hill Flyers The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG The covers band that plays the numbers other covers bands tend to ignore and plays them with raw energy. Rediscover some old favourites. 9-11pm. FREE. email@example.com http://www.the-wo.co.uk
Sunday 29 4th Annual Walthamstow Folk Festival Stoneydown Park, Pretoria Avenue E17 6JY Join us for an afternoon of live folk music, delicious food and drink, craft stalls and fun, family activities in a lovely park setting. Organised by The Friends of Stoneydown Park, in partnership with Walthamstow Folk Club. 2-6pm. FREE. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.the-wo.co.uk Craft Fair at The Mall The Mall Walthamstow , 45 Selborne Walk E17 7JR FREE. 11am-5pm. Craig Higgins 020 8509 0016 email@example.com Musical Aquarium The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG Jerome Anderson will be diving into the depths of good music from soul, country, jazz, rock n roll and all that’s in between! So why not come down and enjoy some great music, and a Sunday roast with us. 1-5pm. FREE. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.the-wo.co.uk
Until 4 June HNC/HND Fashion at Waltham Forest College Winns Gallery, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Winns Terrace E17 5EQ Fresh and dynamic mix from Waltham Forest College HNC/HND Art & Design students. Exhibition of drawing, print, design, photography and 3-D. Come and view the up-and-coming talent of the artists and designers of tomorrow. Wheelchair access. FREE. 10am-4pm. email@example.com http://www.waltham.ac.uk/ 7 – 15 June Art & Fashion Adult Learners Exhibition Winns Gallery, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Winns Terrace E17 5EQ An exciting exhibition of sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics CAD, photographs, fashion, textiles by adult students. Creative Industry courses at Waltham Forest College: HNC Art & Design, HNC Fashion, NCFE Portfolio Preparation. Wheelchair access. FREE. 10am-4pm. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.waltham.ac.uk/
Until 21 June Between Ingurgitate and Inhale Pictorem Gallery 383 Hoe Street , London E17 9AP 12 members of the Waltham Forest Arts Club will inhabit Pictorem Gallery with painting, printmaking, photography, illustration and sculpture. FREE. Tues-Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 12-4pm. www.artsclub.org.uk/network
11 – 15 June Waltham Forest College Student Summer Art Exhibition Waltham Forest College, 707 Forest Road E17 4JB Exhibition of student work including sculpture, painting, drawing, print, CAD, textiles, ceramics by students 16-19 yrs on National Art & Design programmes. Come and view the talent of artists and designers of tomorrow. Wheelchair access. FREE. 10am-4pm. email@example.com http://www.waltham.ac.uk/
Until 8 June Shirley Pountney Enchanted Garden 3 Church End E17 9RJ Enchanted Garden and other paintings in acrylic and mixed media. 26th year Open House Exhibition and E17 Art Trail. FREE. 12-6pm. www.e17arttrail.co.uk
Until 15 June Chalky Dog Comics Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Wannabe circus strongmen, voluntary redundancy, loneliness and cats: tales from Tim Reedy’s Chalky Dog Comics. Mon-Thurs 10am-11pm, Fri/Sat 10am-12pm. Sun 12am-11pm. FREE.
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Until 20 September Nadiya Tokarska / Paintings of London Tokarska Gallery, 163 Forest Road E17 6HE In her work, Nadiya sees London as a soulful essence that takes on different dimensions and identities, expressed through the subtle balance of intensity, vibrancy and dynamics of her paintings. FREE. Thurs-Sat, 12-7pm. www.tokarskagallery.co.uk Until 5 July At Home at The Mill The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA A group exhibition by local artists to celebrate the 10th E17 Art Trail. Pop in and see it - make yourself at home! FREE. Tues-Thurs 10am-7pm. Fri-Sat 10am-6pm. Sun 11am-2pm www.themill-coppermill.org firstname.lastname@example.org Until 15 June Of Heroes and Home – print show The Ruby Stables, Ruby Road (off Hoe St) E17 4RB Come and see Carole’s dramatic prints featuring mythical creatures, familiar faces and local architecture, alongside Ellie’s incredibly detailed drawings of imaginary buildings and their curious inhabitants. Prints will be on sale. FREE. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm. Sun 12-6pm. email@example.com https://twitter.com/thisiscleo Until 15 June Artists Open House: Howard Road House 22 Howard Road E17 4SJ We started with our knitted display of the Royal Family but are most famous for our knitted Olympics display. Since 2012 we have grown into a garden that all residents can enjoy. FREE. Daylight hours. Until 15 June St James Workshop Brunner Road E17 7NW A group of furniture makers and designers from varied backgrounds including Claire Darwent, Phil Lardner, Nathalie De Leval and Jennifer Low . The makers work independently and collaboratively on a wide variety of projects. Fri and Sun 12am-4pm. Sat 10am-4pm. FREE. www.cldarwent.co.uk
Until 15 June 15 Day Forest 56 Café, 56 St. James’s Street E17 7PE Andy Macgregor and Alex Cunningham invite visitors to add to a paper leaf sculpture so that a forest begins to grow. Constantly evolving and growing over the art trail, all ages can contribute their own leaves. Wed-Fri 8am-6pm. Sat and Sun 10am-6pm. FREE. Events marked
Until 15 June Do You Really Know Where You Are? Epping Forest audio tour Corinne Price is drawn towards the point of tension between the natural world and constructed environment. Her work questions society’s ideas of nature, permanence, our effect on the environment and our time on the planet. This new work can be downloaded free-of-charge as a mp3 file and forms the narrative for a guided tour that begins in Epping Forest. www.corinneprice.com Until 15 June W.E.: The Ex-Warner Project 2a Rushbrook Crescent E17 5BZ Lucy Harrison and Katherine Green’s project surveys the former Warner Estates in Waltham Forest. The research has been shaped to form a photography and oral history exhibition, presented in the Former Warner Rent Office. Thurs-Sun. 2-4pm. FREE. The accompanying event programme includes guided walks around E17 to look at Warner properties and to talk to the project contributors. www.exwarnerproject.co.uk Until 15 June Exploring Muslim Heritage Through Islamic Home Décor Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH This new exhibition offers an intriguing insight into Muslim home decor over the past decades. An investigation into the significance of artefacts in Muslim homes the exhibition will include artefacts drawn from local residents’ homes. Weds-Sun. 10am-5pm. FREE. www.everydaymuslim.org Until 15 June Belgrave Furniture Works 56-58 Boundary Road E17 8JU Celebrating the best in locally made contemporary craft furniture, this is a chance to look around the workshop and meet the makers. The studio is dedicated to producing work by hand using sustainable sourced materials. Thurs-Sun. 10am-5pm. FREE. www.gavincoyle.co.uk Until 15 June Cindy & Biscuit in ‘The Comic Strip Cafe’ Arts & Crusts, Victoria Road, E17 4JT Dan White has been chronicling the adventures of Cindy, the world’s toughest little girl, & Biscuit, her devoted dog, for the past few years. This is a comic strip adventure created especially for the cafe. Mon-Fri 9am4.30pm. Sat and Sun 10am-4.30pm. FREE.
This is the Stow’s Hibiscus Flower Sorbet by Woodford & Warner
This exquisite sorbet is a delicious alternative to classic flavours and it is rich in antioxidants. It makes an exceptional palate cleanser and is extraordinary in mocktails, cocktails and sparkling wine. Come along to sample at the Eat or Heat Summer Fair and visit www.woodfordandwarner.com for dates of sampling sessions in the Stow! STockiSTS Spar E17 24-26 Orford Rd, Walthamstow Village, E17 9NJ Arts & crusts cafe 19 Victoria Road, E17 4JT
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07725869577 Until 15 June Underpass Distractions Victoria Line Tube Station Underpass. Walthamstow Central Distractions as you pass by, please do not walk too fast, make it last, looking at my past. The images are a brief selection of my photographic life. Aesthetics can be a social commentary too. 8am-11.30pm. FREE. Mondays and Thursdays Bridge Club night Quaker meeting House, 1a Jewel Rd E17 4QU We play duplicate bridge twice a week. A host is available on Monday nights. 7.30-10 pm. £3 for members, £4 for non-members Further info contact Peter Rogers on email@example.com or 07980712128 Mondays LGBT Women’s Night ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road Walthamstow E17 9BN A space for all lesbian, bi, trans or questioning women to meet each other, share experiences and socialise in a safe and welcoming environment away from the scene. The group meets every Monday night with different activities to choose from, discussion evenings, movie nights, as well as the usual pool table, LGBT library, music, and more. 7-9.30pm. £2. 02085093898 or firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesdays Youth Out East ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road Walthamstow E17 9BN LGB&T social group for people aged 13-21 who are LGBT or questioning their sexuality. A space for you to be yourself, meet new people and share experiences in a supportive environment. 6-9pm. £1. 02085093898 or e-mail email@example.com
Thursdays LGBT Social Support ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road Walthamstow E17 9BN Open to all LGBT people and those with support needs looking to socialise and share experiences in a relaxed environment away from the scene. Be yourself, talk about the issues relevant to you, and develop lasting friendships. With different activities to take part in such as art projects, discussion afternoons, quizzes & movies, through to stress buster workshops, relaxation sessions, self-esteem, confidence building & much more. 2.30-4pm. £2. 02085093898 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thursdays Acoustic Showcase at The Village The Village Pub, 31 Orford Road E17 9NL Come and enjoy performances from London-based musicians playing acoustic sets of original music and covers in the warm and friendly atmosphere of the Village Pub. FREE. 7.45pm. email@example.com for details or if interested in performing a set! Saturdays The Beulah Road Market 52/54 Beulah Road E17 9LQ Every Saturday we will showcase local makers and traders - everything from hand-made jewellery, original illustrations, retro vinyls to tasty hot food and live music.. 11am-4pm. Alessandra Rigillo 07971 255 705 firstname.lastname@example.org Saturdays (term time) Dads R Us Walthamstow West Children’s Centre, 215 Queens Road E17 8PJ Give Mum a break and enjoy some quality fun time with your child or children. Choice of structured and unstructured play including music, arts and crafts, woodwork, soft play and more… NB At least one child should be under 5. 10.30am-12.30 pm. £2 per family.
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Wednesdays Farmdrop E17 The Chequers, 145 High Street E17 7BX Click and collect online farmers market bringing together local independent producers for the good people of E17. A weekly ‘drop’ for your pre-ordered groceries and artisan produce, collected from the hands that made it. 6.30-8.30pm. Sian 07813240730 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.farmdrop.co.uk
Mondays Waltham Forest Community Choir St Mary’s Church, Church Hill E17 9RJ A friendly choir with a wide-ranging repertoire, from Faure to Folk via Gospel, African and Pop Classics. Open to those living or working in Waltham Forest. New members welcome anytime, particularly tenor voices. No audition required. Termly subscription payable. Summer Term commences 28th April. Email Info@singwithus.net or phone 07954 740745 for more information.
Saturdays OrganicLea market stall The Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH The market stall sells organic and local sustainably grown fruit and vegetables, homemade bread, jams and preserves. Healthy Start vouchers can be used. 10am-3pm. www.hornbeam.org.uk
Wednesdays Bell ringing for beginners St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, E17 9RJ Learn the ancient art of bell ringing at St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow Village - 10 years or older welcome. Practice night every Wednesday evening; come along and have a go! 7-8pm. FREE. David Baker 020 85215202 email@example.com
Sundays 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. 10am-2pm www.lfm.org.uk
Classes/Courses Sundays Drop-in crochet classes Abstract, 54 Beulah Road E17 9LQ Pop in to our cosy shop and learn the craft of crochet. A bit of patience is all that’s needed! 10-12pm. FREE. firstname.lastname@example.org Mondays and Wednesdays Banjo Classes Studio Office, Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Whether you are a complete beginner or have some banjo playing experience, you can join in Dick Smith’s banjo lessons. Dick has been teaching Bluegrass banjo lessons for more than 15 years. 6pm-7pm. £12.50. 20% discount for a term booked in advance. For further info call Dick Smith 07903 419 691 or email dickbanjosmith@ gmail.com www.banjosmith.co.uk Mondays 5 string banjo classes Studio Office, Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Bluegrass style three-finger picking classes. 7.30pm-8.30pm. £12.50. 20% discount for a term booked in advance. Violaine Bailleul 07745 052 525 email@example.com http://www.banosmith.co.uk
Thursdays E17Singers Choir for mums, dads, childminders to bring baby along St Michael and All Angels Church Hall, Northcote Road E17 6PQ Learn harmonies and rounds from around the world, enjoy the health benefits of singing. No experience necessary. 10.15-11.30am. £6. £50 for a 10 week term. Jo 07770807835 firstname.lastname@example.org Saturdays E17 Junior Guitar Club Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Guitar playing fun for children of all abilities. Ages 7 and upwards. Different levels & times. Pay £8 for a taster session, then £48 for a half-term of six lessons 30 minutes each. Christian Karlsson mob. 07958 471 083, email@example.com www.stunningmusic.com Saturdays 5 string banjo classes Studio Office, Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU If you are interested in learning the ukulele, Dick Smith runs a beginners ukulele class and two intermediate ukulele music classes in Walthamstow. 10-11am. £10. 20% discount for a term booked in advance. Dick Smith 07903 419691 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.banjosmith.co.uk Mondays Life drawing Upstairs in Madam La Zongas at The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP Come and join the lovely Walthamstow life drawing class. 7.30pm. £8.50. email@example.com
Tuesdays and Wednesdays Life Drawing Class with Frank Gambino Tokarska Gallery, 163 Forest Road E17 6HE (Note no under 16s ) Drawing from a live model. Beginners and accomplished artists are all welcome. Materials are provided and refreshments served during the class break. 6.30-9.30pm. £12. Materials provided. To book email: info@tokarskagallery. co.uk ref: Life Drawing Class www.tokarskagallery.co.uk Wednesday mornings (term time) Atty’s Musical Steps - Baby Band / Toddler Troupe Salvation Army, 434 Forest Road E17 4PY Fun-packed, educational and inspirational music classes for little ones - pick up some great ideas for songs, rhymes and activities to make music at home. Trial class Baby Band £4.50 (ages 4m-2y, 30 mins), Toddler Troupe £5.00 (ages 18m-3y, 40 mins).Price per class when enrolling £4.00 (BB) £4.50 (TT). Enrol termly or book a trial class. Contact Atty on 07950 526662 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place and for more info. Friday mornings (term time) Atty’s Musical Steps - Baby Band / Toddler Troupe St. Stephens Church, 1a Copeland Road E17 9DB Fun-packed, educational and inspirational music classes for little ones - pick up some great ideas for songs, rhymes and activities to make music at home. Trial class £5, ages 4m-3.5 years, 40 mins. Enrol termly or book a trial class. Contact Atty on 07950 526662 or email@example.com to book your place and for more info. Tuesday mornings (term time) Atty’s Musical Steps - Toddler Troupe The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Fun-packed, educational and inspirational music classes for little ones - pick up some great ideas for songs, rhymes and activities to make music at home. Trial class £5.00 / £4.50 per class when enrolling. Ages 18m-3y, 40 mins. Enrol termly or book a trial class. Contact Atty on 07950 526662 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place and for more info. Thursdays Drop in Art Club The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Have fun making pictures and collages for The Mill or to take home. 3.30-5pm. £2 donation welcome, reduction for families. www.themill-coppermill.org email@example.com
Thursdays Club Mellow Parent, baby & Toddler ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road Walthamstow E17 9BN Weekly social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans parents and carers with bumps, babies and toddlers. With plenty of activities for the little ones and a chance to share stories & build better networks for the adults. 10:30am12:30pm. £2.50 & Kids Free! 02085093898 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Fridays Bongalong Music Movement & Make Believe for Under 5s St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Havant Road E17 3JF Fun, imaginative music sessions for Under 5s and their carers using singing, dancing, percussion instruments and let’s pretend. 10am and 11am. Booking essential, trial session £5.50 email@example.com 07811460282 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays Children Art Class Tokarska Gallery, 163 Forest Road E17 6HE The classes are conducted in the safe environment of the gallery with each lesson focusing on different materials: painting, drawing, use of pastels and charcoals. Suitable for youngsters 8-15. £6. Materials provided. Thursday 4.15-5.45pm, Friday 5-6.30pm, Saturday 1-2.30pm. To book email: info@tokarskagallery. co.uk ref: Children Art Lessons www.tokarskagallery.co.uk Mondays (4 week course start 2 June) More Than Beginners – 4 Week Dance Practice The Trades Hall, 17 Hoe Street E17 4SB (entrance in Tower Hamlets Road) Do you have some 6 count partner dancing experience, and would like to develop your skills so you can use them on a social dance floor? Then this is the course for you! 8.30-9.30pm. £10. Jerome Anderson 07931507760 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.jeromelanderson.com/ Saturdays Mat-based Pilates Church Hill Studios, Stainforth Road 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. There are no classes on Bank Holiday weekends. 9.20 -10.20am. £10. £45 for a block of 5 lessons (valid 8 weeks). email@example.com http://facebook.com/ YogaAndPilatesWithAdele . Events marked
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Kate Moss Joanna Lumley Robbie Williams They’ve all had their hair done by the stylists at THE SALON on Beulah Road. After working in the ﬁlm and high fashion industry for 25 years, Paul Miller decided it was time to bring his salon concept into reality…
Poetry at the Deli The Deli is bringing back the much-loved Poetry night starting Thursday June 5th during this year’s Art Trail, then every first Thursday of the month. Join us for a relaxed informal evening of free style, open mic poetry from 7pm till late.
Paul and his team, who are all top London stylists, oﬀer an up-to-date professional service including cutting, colouring and hair up at our boutique hair salon in Walthamstow village.
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Mondays Tennis Coaching Walthamstow Tennis Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Adult (over 16) tennis coaching. 1011am. 8-9pm. FREE. email@example.com www.walthamstowsportsclub.co.uk/ Fridays Waltham Forest Green Gym Meet outside The Stables in Lloyd Park Want to improve your health and well-being but not too keen on running machines or lycra? Then why not take a look at our award-winning alternative... You could be helping the environment as well as yourself! We all know we should try to be healthier and fitter yet are aware of the importance of our natural resources and environment. Green Gym ticks all the boxes! Experienced leaders guide you through a range of practical projects giving you the opportunity to tackle physical jobs in the outdoors - improving your strength and stamina, boosting your practical skills and confidence and benefiting your local green spaces. FREE. 10.45am Gareth 02085338022 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mondays Jackys Fitsteps The Asian Centre, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Dance fitness to ballroom and latin music-no partner required. 7.308.30pm. £6. £20 for four sessions in advance. Jacky Logan 07715 421 349 email@example.com http://www.jackysjukebox.co.uk Tuesdays Swing Cats Corner Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Lindy Hop and Jitterbug Classes for beginners and above, followed by social dancing. No need to bring a partner. Licenced bar. 7-11pm. £9 . Claire Austin 020 8829 0919 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.londonswingcats.com Wednesdays Yoga Classes Walthamstow Toy Library, 46 Ravenswood Road E17 9LY YogaNess Hatha Yoga classes with an emphasis on the Therapeutic benefits of Yoga. Come and find a space for yourself! 7.30-9pm. £10 (trial visit only £5). Vanessa Brooks-Fisher 07919 595665 email@example.com http://www.yoganess.org
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Thursdays Circular Flow Yoga St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Havant Road E17 3JF Type of yoga where postures are linked together to connect the movement with the breath, mind and body. Give yourself permission to take time out of your busy life to find internal awareness and be present in your practice. Take the flexibility of the mind and body off the mat and into everyday life. 6.30-7.30pm. £10 drop-in or £35 for 5 lessons. www.circularflowyoga.co.uk for full class details or e-mail sherene@ circularflowyoga.co.uk Tuesdays Circular Flow Yoga Foster Hall, Wellesley Road E17 8JZ The physical practice combines postures to create a flow, uniting the movement, the breath and the mind. Yoga is about finding ourselves and giving ourselves permission to do so. 7.15-8.15pm. £10 drop-in or £35 for 5 lessons. Sherene 07956325888 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.circularflowyoga.co.uk Tuesdays Learn Belly dancing The Asian Centre, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN A great way to help you stay in shape and allow you to express your own personal creativity, enjoyed by many people around the world and for all ages. 7-8pm. £5. If you are interested please contact Sarah on 07735345635. Tuesdays Tai Chi Principles / Qi Gong / Meditation / Martial Arts St. Stephen’s Church Hall, 1 Copeland Road, E17 9DB For people who want to cultivate/ improve physical health, mental well-being, energy(qi) and awareness through the mindfulness practice of I Liq Chuan using Tai Qi and Zen principles. Training consists of Qi Gong, moving/ static-meditation, self-defense, single person/partner training. 7-8.30pm. £8. First class free. Please contact before attending, thank you. Mark 07983 338 523 email@example.com http://www.iliqchuan.com Sunday 22nd June 2014 until Sunday 22nd July 2014. Forest Fitness: HIT the Beach Meet outside the Peterhouse Centre, 122 Forest Rise, Upper Walthamstow E17 3PW Torch the fat and get into great shape for your summer holidays with this high intensity fitness programme. You’ll work harder and be fitter than you ever have before, all in the heart of Epping Forest. 10am. £30 for this 6 week fitness programme. Michael 07813 104 384 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursdays Yoga Me Happy – Walthamstow Wind Down Quaker Meeting House, 1a, Jewel Rd E17 4QU Hatha yoga for all abilities. This post-work wind down will stretch and tone the muscles, working through the joints, so you’ll feel flexible and fantastic, before a deep relaxation to re-energise you for the weekend. I have mats, so no need to bring anything but yourself :-) 6.30-8pm. £9. Pick up a loyalty card at your first class and you’ll get your 10th lesson absolutely FREE! www.yogamehappy.co.uk 07710 621 268 Fridays Jackys Fitsteps The Peterhouse Centre, 122 Forest Rise E17 3PW Dance to get fit, tone up, improve your posture. Drop in or contact Jacky for more details. 1.15-2.15pm. £6. £20 for four sessions in advance. Jacky Logan 07715 421 349 email@example.com http://www.jackysjukebox.co.uk Saturdays Tai Chi for the Over 50s Walthamstow Academy, Billet Road, Walthamstow E17 5DP A relaxed class 1.5 hour weekly class aimed at the over 50s, focusing on improving health. Beginners welcome. Bookings in advance via office, allocated on a first come, first served basis. 11am-12.30pm. £3. Price per lesson booked as a 5 week blocks in advance. Emma Tozer 0208 558 5512 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ageuk.org.uk/ walthamforest/ Fridays Tai Chi Lea Bridge Library, Lea Bridge Road E10 7HU Come and round off your week with a relaxing tai chi class. Taught by an experienced and dedicated tutor. 2.45 -4.15pm. £5.00 Danni 0207 263 0996 email@example.com Saturdays Iyengar yoga class St Andrew’s Church, St Andrew’s Road E17 6AR The practice of Iyengar yoga is suitable for all regardless of flexibility and age. It helps gain good health, improve posture, relieve tension, increase stamina and flexibility. This is a general class. Beginners are welcome. £7.50. 9-10am. Nicholette on 07962 424-460.
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A novel take on Village life In 2013 Walthamstow resident and author, Helen Chandler, had her first novel, Two For Joy, published. It proved an immediate hit, being both critically acclaimed and a commercial success. The novel draws heavily on Walthamstow Village as a setting. Katie Fforde, ‘queen’ of the chicklit genre, described it as ‘well written, with believable characters and a good plot’. The E-List sent Rupert Colley to interview Helen in the Village café where Helen does much of her writing. Photo by Goodwin Photography. Helen, I know you read English at Oxford, but have you always wanted to write? As a teenager, I wrote a fair amount of ‘angsty’ poetry but in studying English literature, I felt that if I wanted to write I had to write like these masters. It was only when I realised I could write the sort of novel I enjoyed, rather than studied, that I began. Reading Two for Joy, Walthamstow is almost like a character in itself. What is it about Walthamstow that drew you to use it as the setting for your novel? Having lived here for seven years, I felt that my characters were the type of people who would live in the area. And, instinctively, Walthamstow as a setting, felt right for the story.
The novel’s main character, Julia, works for the NHS, as indeed you did. How much is Julia based on yourself? Very much so, but a more dramatic version of myself! Like Julia, I hail from the north and we have followed a similar career path. We also have similar attitudes but she’s certainly not a carbon copy of me. Writing is like a leap into the unknown, so sometimes, as a writer, you need to cling onto what you’re comfortable with. Was it difficult writing while being a full time mother? I had / have a sympathetic and very supportive husband, so at weekends, he would take my daughter to the park to allow me a bit of time to write. Once a week, I also had my motherin-law who would babysit for a
couple of hours. Having limited time, meant that I had to be very focussed and use the time constructively. Do you find writing an easy process or are you one of these writers that uses distraction to delay having to crank up the computer? Of course, there are always difficult periods and distractions, or demands from the publisher, etc, but I find once I’m in the zone, writing comes easy to me, and then it’s a joyful experience. I read that you know your agent rather well? Yes, my agent is my mother-in-law! She was very supportive, and made a list of publishers to approach. We had some rejections, which is to be expected, but Hodder & Stoughton loved it. Being accepted by them was the best
day of my (professional) life. But getting a publisher really is only the start of the hard work. Yes, authors are always being told nowadays that they are responsible for playing their part in the publicity process. For some authors, this can be a daunting prospect. Is it something you’re comfortable with? You’re right. As a writer, I am essentially an observer, a watcher of people, not an active participant. But once the book is released, one finds oneself at the centre of attention, and one needs a different persona to deal with that. With the success of the first novel, did you feel sense of pressure in sitting down to start the second? Luckily, I was already half way through writing the second book when the first was published. But yes, sending a book out into the world, at the mercy of readers and reviewers, is a frightening experience. Tell us a bit about the new novel, To Have and to Hold. Is it also Walthamstow-based? It’s partly Walthamstow-based. The story, which is more issueled, is about three very different marriages, and what happens when ‘happily ever after’ doesn’t work out quite as you expected. And what then? Well, ‘Book 3’ is already a twinkle in my eye! But it’s too early to talk about it as yet. Finally, there are a lot of budding writers in Walthamstow. What advice can you give them in how to achieve literary success? Write what you’re comfortable with; don’t write for a market. Set yourself a routine and dedicate time to it. Pay particular attention in crafting a strong first chapter and especially the first paragraph and the first sentence – in order to draw the reader in. Helen Chandler’s second novel, To Have and To Hold, published by Hodder & Stoughton, is available as an ebook and will be available in paperback from 19 June 2014.
On set at British and Colonial Films, Walthamstow 1913
Walthamstow – The English Hollywood On the 10th June 1896 (just four months after the first ever commercial screening of a film in Britain) local entrepreneur and film pioneer Edward George Turner gave the first film show in Walthamstow at the Victoria Hall on Hoe Street, now the site of the defunct EMD cinema. Within a year Turner had gone into partnership with J.D. Turner and they began to hire out films, thereby becoming the first ever film renters in the UK. Turner also began to make his own short films shot in and around Walthamstow. Although no longer a rural idyll, Walthamstow at the beginning of the last century was still relatively untouched by industry, being predominantly residential, but with the bonus of being on the doorstep of Epping Forest. Filmmakers of the period favoured shooting outside as electric lighting was cumbersome and expensive and studio space at a premium. But because the air in London was so bad with fog and smog a constant problem, as well as problems with crowds and onlookers, they had to look for locations outside of the city but near enough for the actors, who were mainly from the theatre, to be able to return to town to give evening performances. Walthamstow, with it’s semi-rural atmosphere, and a tram line which 16
ran from the city along the Lea Bridge Road terminating at Whipps Cross, became an ideal location. So within a few short years of the first film showing Walthamstow became a treasured destination. This situation mirrored the industry in Hollywood where each morning filmmakers and their actors would take the first tram from Los Angeles out to its terminus at the orange groves in the village of Hollywood. It would be nice to think that like their American counterparts, bemused passengers would sit opposite young men and women with pancake white faces, red eye shadow and painted blue lips as they trundled along towards their morning’s work. The film crews and their accompanying actors and musicians soon became a familiar sight in the streets and surrounding areas (especially Wood Street and Whipps Cross) where they would simply “set up” their cameras and begin to film their scenes, and indeed many local people were finding employment as extras. But each night the professional film people returned to London and furthermore the film companies themselves remained steadfastly rooted to their city bases. However this too would change. Whether it was exhausted filmmakers who first decided to rent cottages or houses in the Wood Street area, saving themselves the
Images from ‘Walthamstow’ published by The History Press
Film director and local resident Barry Bliss describes a time when Walthamstow film studios produced almost a fifth of all the films made in Britain.
long and tedious journey from the city each morning, or a more enterprising and visionary person we may never know but certainly within the first decade of the new century people from the industry were settling in the area. The other great change was audience expectations – the paying public were becoming bored with the simple 10 minute films. They wanted more spectacle and more sophistication. Film shows had originally been in circus tents, music halls and various temporary sites, but this too was about to change. In 1907 the Victoria Theatre in Walthamstow became a dedicated cinema, and in 1910 the first purpose-built cinema in Walthamstow, The Prince’s Pavilion in the High Street, was opened. Meanwhile production continued apace in and around Wood Street and Whipps Cross, and it was at this location that cinematic history was about to be made. Early in 1910 the Gobbett brothers, who had formed The Precision Film Company in 1908 had a film studio built at 280 Wood Street, at the junction with Lea Bridge Road. This studio, The Precision Film Studio was the first purpose-built film studio in Britain. The twostorey building overlooked Epping Forest which Broadwest Studio c . 1915 came right up to the East of Wood Street in those days. The building was 100 feet by 40 feet and comprised of workshop/offices on the ground floor and a glass-roofed studio that took up the whole of the first floor. Little is known about Precision’s output although a noteworthy version of East Lynne was made by them in 1910 and in the same year, Anarchy in England. The latter gained some notoriety and much publicity because of its subject matter – it told the story of “The Tottenham Outrage” (recounted on page12 of May’s E List) in which Anarchist robbers hijacked a tram on Forest Road and were finally cornered, and although in reality they committed suicide, in Precision’s version they were both shot and killed by the police. The Goggett brother’s gamble soon enticed other filmmakers to create studios in the area, and so innovative was the studio’s design that other studios soon copied it, most notably Cunard Studios further down the road at 245 Wood Street (the site now occupied
by Rumble in the Jungle). No known image of The Precision Studio appears to exist but there are several of the Cunard studio after it came under the ownership of Broadwest Films in 1916, so we can imagine what this ground-breaking studio must have looked like. Unfortunately Precision did not fair well and by 1915 they had closed. The studio itself became a tool factory in 1919. Broadwest became one of the top studios in the country famous for their literary adaptations and notable future Hollywood stars such as Ronald Coleman and Anna Neagle got their start in film there. The next company to open a studio in Walthamstow were the already established British and Colonial Kinematograph Company, who by 1914 were one of the top six film companies in Britain. In the summer of 1913 they made what is considered the first ever British epic The Battle of Waterloo on Whipps Cross and by October of that year they moved into a former roller skating rink at 317-319 Hoe Street (now a post office telephone exchange building). In 1916 B&C as they were known went on to make the celebrated Battle of the Somme which with an audience of 20 million in just 6 weeks still remains the most successful British film ever made. The last studio to gain prominence during these early days of British cinema was I.B. Davidson who used a converted horse tram shed at 588 Lea Bridge Road (parts of the building remain although it is now a plumber’s merchant). Davidson’s studio seemed to specialize in spy stories (“Anarchists” running amok) and boxing films. Two of their original stars were the legendary “Bombardier” Billy Wells and Victor McLaglen. McLaglen went on to Hollywood stardom with John Ford (he won the Best Actor Oscar in 1935 for The Informer). And now, apart from a wall that demarked the Broadwest Studio boundary in Wood Street and part of I.B. Davidson’s tram shed nothing else remains. A footnote: Although he was a local boy and certainly visited cinemas in Walthamstow as a child Alfred Hitchcock never worked in any of the Walthamstow studios.
Keeping Walthamstow film on the map Walthamstow is still the home to filmmakers. Inspired by the borough’s rich history of the studios and the gamut of art on display on the Art Trail, Paul and Liza Fletcher co-founded The Walthamstow International Film Festival in 2010 to ensure that film was represented in the Art Trail. Supported by Boma Blackduke Ja-Ja, who hosted the event in his furniture emporium on Grove Road, this is an annual celebration of all things cinematic The raison d’etre for the festival is to launch new talent and provide a home for short films and groundbreaking, challenging cinema. The festival shows professional films alongside shorts from local schools, colleges and talented amateurs of all ages. Since its inception, the festival is supported by the growing number of local TV and cinema professionals; Keith Livingstone, a broadcast ident/gfx designer put together the iconic animated greyhound, the Festival’s logo; Matt Stoddart, DVD Screener and Editor, based in Coppermill Lane undertakes all the technical support and last year the festival joined with Nick Bertram and the Stow Film Lounge to bring unusual films to the borough - this year it’s Blancanieves, which will be introduced by Silent London’s Pam Hutchinson, another local. 17
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WAM WAM WAM WAM WAM WAM Forget George Michael we’re talking Walthamstow’s very own supergroup The music scene is peppered with some classic collaborations; Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Muppets with Elton John and yes Andrew Ridgely and George Michael. Following in this great tradition Waltham Forest see the formation of our very own marvellous musical supergroup emerging: “Walthamstow Acoustic Massive”. Born out of a grand extravaganza for the Stow Festival in 2012, Walthamstow Acoustic Massive (WAM) is the collective name for a combination of three local musical groups: Strung Out violins, run by Alison Jones; Natural Voices choirs, led by Lizzy Renihan, and Dick Smith’s banjos and ukeleles. Dick came up with the idea to join forces after the three performers met when rehearsing their individual groups at the Modern College of Music in the Village. Lizzy says: “It was clear straight away that we all had the same passion for sharing our professional experience and talent with our local community.” As well as all teaching musical skills to adults, they have impressive backgrounds in the industry: Alison has toured internationally with Morrissey and solo violinist with Spirit of the Dance; Lizzy’s been on Broadway and the West End, and was a soloist with the BBC concert
orchestra; while Dick’s performed with Spider Stacy (The Pogues), Lisa Knapp (BBC Radio 2 Folk Winner), Hayseed Dixie and countless major festivals. Together, this makes for a rather potent, home-spun creative cocktail. The WAM motto, “it’s never too late” reflects the range of ages and abilities who take part in this growing musical collaboration. There’s currently over 70 students aged from 18 to 80 involved. It’s an opportunity for anyone who wants to dust down their old instrument and have another go, learn a new skill for the first time, or just to get off Facebook and meet actual friends, in a real life social network. The collective’s most ambitious project yet takes place on July 13th at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, at an event commemorating the 100th Anniversary of World War One. Here they’ll be joined by local performing arts charity Shapeshifter Productions (founded by Alison), over 100 singers from Natural Voices, the E17 Jazz Collective and various west end stars, professional singers and musicians. Expect an exciting afternoon of songs on the theme of wartime, friendship and peace. Tickets are available from www.eventbrite.com/e/songs-of-war-and-peace-tickets-10972395731 Watch out for Walthamstow Acoustic Massive - they are evolving into a powerful musical community, and are slowly devising their plans for East End domination!
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Time to take a fresh look at The Mall It’s all change at The Mall Walthamstow which has revealed plans for a three million pound makeover.
The popular shopping centre is going to undergo a major transformation with work due to get begin this month. It will be business as usual and shoppers won’t be disrupted during the major works, which will take place out-of-hours. The refurbishment of The Mall Walthamstow includes an extensive interior revamp and is happening ahead of longer-term enlargement plans for the shopping centre. The refurbishment aims to create a more vibrant and visually exciting shopping experience. This will include the installation of new shop fronts, modern flooring and a new staircase, which will be placed in the Central Square. The current dated brickwork will also be replaced, creating a visually inspiring shopping centre. Additionally a bespoke ceiling feature will run through the shopping centre. The ‘ribbon’ will temper sunlight flooding into the building, and provide a backdrop onto which rays will be projected at night. Work begins in June this year and is set to be completed in March 2015. Work will stop temporarily over Christmas but trading hours will remain unaffected. Alasdair Currie, General Manager for The Mall Walthamstow, said: “The refurbishment is great news for Walthamstow and it’s a fantastic opportunity to modernise The Mall to meet customer needs. The revamp will refresh and revitalise the inside of The Mall and add colour and vibrancy. “We are eager to begin the renovation process and are excited to see the final results.” The revamp is only part of the new look Mall which has also successfully launched monthly Craft Fairs that are staged in the Mall on the last Sunday of every month and give the local arts and crafts community in Walthamstow the chance to showcase their talents.
The next Craft Fair will be on Sunday June 29th and anyone who is interested in booking a stall should visit the Ask Me Point in the Mall for more details. In a bid to act as a platform for other local talent The Mall Walthamstow is running a Busker of the Year competition which is open to local performers. The competition runs until November and the winner will win a day recording in the prestigious Cowshed Studios. This is just one of many ways The Mall are supporting the local community and encouraging local talent. We have also teamed up with The British Heart Foundation as The Mall’s partner charity for 2014 as part of its annual Mall Cares campaign. This month will also see The Mall stage its annual Enviromall Week when the Mall ‘goes green”. This includes a competition involving Walthamstow schools who were asked to create a “green themed” design with the winning creations being printed onto hundreds of cotton shopper bags for life. Shoppers will be able claim one of these bags featuring the unique design in exchange for ten plastic carrier bags. The Mall’s Great British Bag Swap will be taking place in the Mall from June 9th onwards at the Ask Me Point. Arty youngsters and their families are also invited to take part in an art master class taking place in the Mall on Sunday June 15th from 11.30 till 4.30pm. Children can create and customise their own cotton Bag for Life at The Mall. This free art activity is likely to prove popular and the Mall is encouraging anyone interested to pre-register by visiting the Ask Me Point at The Mall Walthamstow.
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Architectural historian, Karen Averby uncovers curiosities and stories from Walthamstow’s rich and varied past
DOWN THE OLD GOOSE Amidst the continuing development in and around Walthamstow Central, there are some buildings we pass each day which provide a welcome link with the past. One of these is The Goose pub, on the corner of Hoe Street and Selborne Road which has been a pub for well over a hundred years. It opened as the Tower Hotel in 1883, in a prime location, opposite Hoe Street Station (now Walthamstow Central), and despite local opposition preferring a temperance establishment, a full license was granted on the condition that it also functioned as a hotel. The lease was acquired by Warwickshire-born Joseph Day, whose family also ran The Ferry Boat on Ferry Lane. By 1891 Joseph was living at the Tower with his wife Ann, their children Joseph and Catherine, an elderly widowed housekeeper, Martha, and three young unmarried staff, Alice, Elizabeth and Maria. As well as being a licensee, Joseph also ran a successful property and building business, which undoubtedly helped enable the family to move to the grand Thorpe Combe House (now part of Thorpe Combe Hospital) on Forest Road by 1901. Perhaps more surprisingly for a licenced victualler, Joseph was also a churchwarden at St Mary’s Church. Joseph remained licensee of the Tower Hotel, employing live-in managers; and members of
the Day family were licensees into the 1930s, the last being Roland Day in 1935. The Tower Hotel was initially more than a pub and hotel, and was used in a variety of ways. In the later nineteenth century it was a venue for land and property auctions, with land plots sold off to crowded sale rooms, including the Belmont Park Estate, Leyton in 1894. Functions including concerts and dinners were also popular, with events often held by local businesses, sometimes railwaylinked. At a smoking concert in December 1897, George Alvin, a ticket collector based at Hoe Street Station was presented with £27 to commemorate 25 years of service. By the 1930s the Tower Hotel was no longer a hotel, although functions were still held, and local groups and societies regularly met here, including the Tower Folk Club in the 1960s and early 1970s. Its main use, however, was as a public house which evolved into a traditional local pub with darts, a pool table, bar food and a beer garden. In the 1970s it was renamed Flanagans Tower, with bed and breakfast accommodation above; soon after it became just Flanagans, and guest accommodation again ceased. It was renovated in 1994 as The Goose and Granite, becoming The Goose in 1997.
At a time of relatively rapid change, continuity in Walthamstow’s built heritage is an important factor. At The Goose, Walthamstowers continue to enjoy a swift half or few in this building, just as their Victorian counterparts did. www.archangelheritage.co.uk Sources: Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies, London Metropolitan Archives, Essex Record Office, British Library Newspaper Archive
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The UK’s first ever Click-and-Collect Farmers’ Market arrives in Walthamstow
FarmDrop has launched the first ever online shopping platform that allows people to establish their own click and collect local fresh food market, ordering produce straight from local producers, bakers and farmers. The initiative, that launched in Walthamstow in May is the first in London and is sweeping through the UK. It is proven to cut down on waste, build communities and the trust people have in their food supply and promises a major shift in shopping practices over the next 5 years. Founder Ben Pugh explains more; “If people increasingly want to shop for food on-line using click-and-collect, then why not make it possible for them to click-and-collect directly from local food producers who will gain from less waste and better pricing. This is the FarmDrop vision at any rate. With FarmDrop you are able to order directly from your local farmer... radically shortening the supply chain and giving you the reassurance you know exactly where your food has come from.” FarmDrop E17 ‘Keeper’, Sian, manages the online food marketplace for the local community, and has already got over 120 people in the borough signed up as ‘Members’. Weekly orders are sent through to the ‘Producers’, then all food is delivered to and collected from The Chequers pub on the High Street each Wednesday night. The total revenue is split according to a ratio of 80/10/10 between the Producers, Keepers and FarmDrop HQ. To find out how you can get involved visit the FarmDrop website at www.farmdrop.co.uk or contact Sian via firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us @farmdrope17
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Nicole Whitelaw and the Whitefield School
You were born in Australia and left when you were 16. What was it like being a kid there? Looking back through the haze of nostalgia, my childhood in suburban Sydney seems idyllic. Days spent on the beach, walking in the bush, enjoying the outdoor lifestyle. My biggest shock on arriving in the UK was the cold – we came in January, straight from Australian summer to British winter. In reality, my childhood was probably no different from most people’s – just warmer! You moved to Walthamstow about 9 years ago. What brought you here? I had been working as a secondary school English teacher in Woking and felt like I wanted to try something new. I saw a job advertised at Whitefields special needs school and thought I’d give it a try. After a few minutes in the school I knew I wanted to get the job more than anything, and luckily I did. We moved to Walthamstow so I could be close to work, and we haven’t looked back. Which is better, Woking or Walthamstow? Is this a serious question? Walthamstow of course! I never really felt any connection with Woking; it seemed like a place people commuted from rather than somewhere to really live. In Walthamstow, I really feel like part of a community. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in things like Eat or Heat and the night shelter – how fantastic to live in a place where there are so many people willing to help others. Walthamstow is also a brilliant place to bring up my son, who is five. He is really learning about being part of a diverse community, and his primary school (Mission Grove) is fantastic. We are 24
so lucky to be close to Epping Forest, and only a train ride away from all of London’s amazing museums. A lot of people aren’t aware of the Whitefield School, tell us more. Whitefield School is over 100 years old, and is the biggest special needs school in Europe, with an intake of 330 pupils aged from 3 to 19. It takes pupils from all over London who have a range of special needs and learning difficulties. It is an incredibly creative place; I love taking visitors around and seeing their amazement at what our pupils can achieve. The school is also important for the teacher training it provides. The school offers a vast range of training for teachers and support staff, both from Whitefield and other local schools. I was very fortunate to do both a post-graduate certificate and a Masters degree in autism at Whitefield. The school is now a teaching school, and this year started offering initial teacher training. When I did my teacher training in Nottingham, we had only one day learning about special needs – it’s brilliant to see how far things have come and that there is now a recognition that excellent training is essential for people working with children with special needs.
Your specialism is autism, and you are now using your experience to train adults to better recognise and deal with people with various degrees of the condition. Do you think the perception of the autism has changed over recent years? I think there is more and more in the media and popular culture about autism, with books like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, and blogs like My Son’s Not Rainman (which I can really recommend!) giving people more insight into how people with autism experience the world. What I would want people to know is that autism is a huge spectrum, and that while it is useful place to begin understanding someone else, it is more important to see the person rather than the diagnosis. All the pupils I have taught are affected by autism in different ways, and while there are some general principles about how best to teach them, it is more important to understand their individual learning styles and personalities to help them achieve their potential. At Whitefield we have pupils studying for entry level GCSEs, pupils working as interns at Whipps Cross, pupils who are learning how to live more independently, and some pupils who will need some level of support for the rest of their lives, representing the whole spectrum.
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During this year’s Art Trail I urge you to seek out the dazzling artwork from some of the kids at Walthamstow’s Whitefield School. It’s an amazing school and the largest of its kind in Europe. Here Paul Lindt talks to one of its former teachers who has used art to open up the children’s lives and Paul Tucker photographs her in one of her and the kids’ favourite places, Epping Forest.
You have used art and crafts extensively in your work with the children. How has this worked out? Using art and craft is so important for me. Many of our pupils need help understanding that they have the right to make choices, and being creative is the perfect way to develop this. When working with art, they are able to make choices which are always right, which then builds their confidence to make choices and communicate their wishes in other areas. They are also developing concentration, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, numeracy and literacy skills through enjoyable and purposeful activities. We are also increasing the employability of our pupils by developing work skills, such as following a sequence of tasks, working until something is finished, remaining focused and working alongside others. What has been fantastic is seeing the pupils’ pride in their work, and the recognition they have that they are getting better at certain skills. The kids’ creative craftwork at the Eat or Heat Spring Fair virtually sold out and I think the quality is amazing. How important is this to you and the kids? It is so important to me that we are making work that people genuinely want to buy. We want people to buy the works because they are fantastic, not out of a misplaced sense of sympathy. This has meant working hard to ensure our products can stand alongside all the fantastic art and craft going on in Walthamstow at the moment. We recognise that our pupils have a range of strengths and skills, and we really try to find projects for them which will let them use and develop these skills to make desirable objects. This is reflected in the range of products we have – from hand-drawn plates, to potted herbs, hand-sewn bags, printed bunting, E17 cushions and ‘Warhol-stow’ pictures. Some of our pupils have been to the fairs where our products are sold, and it is clear to see the amount of pride they take in seeing it for sale alongside work by people who do this for a living. Part of the reason for selling our work is to raise awareness of the school and our pupils, and to really shout about what they can do! A lot of materials you use are from a similar school in Ghana. You have visited a couple of times. What was it like? We are really lucky to be able to use the beautiful fabric printed by pupils at our partner special needs school in Ghana to make some of our products. The Benito Menni school is probably the most joyful and uplifting place I have ever been. There are 29 pupils, and every day they work on developing their enterprise skills, either by
making brooms, dyeing cloth, processing corn to make porridge or purifying water. Their products are then sold at the local market, with some money going to the school and some into bank accounts set up for the pupils. At various points throughout the day, one pupil will start singing and the whole place will suddenly erupt in song. Completely inspiring. Where can people see and buy the children’s work during the Art Trail. We have a stall at the Eat or Heat ‘Great East End Art Market’ on 14th June in the St Mary’s Welcome Centre. We will be doing craft activities at the stall, as well as selling cushions, bags, pictures and potted herbs. It is so inspiring to see how creative Nat and Gary from Eat or Heat have been in raising the profile of the foodbank, with amazing events like the Art Market – I’ve loved working with them. You can also see the children’s work at Venue 110 in the guide, EcoArt with Michelle Reader. What have been the stand out moment (or moments) in your time at Whitefields? It’s hard to pick, but one which particularly sticks in my mind was helping one young man communicate with the waiter in a local café. It took many weeks of training and repeating the same activity, but once he realised he was able to communicate his wishes without someone speaking on his behalf, there was no stopping him! In the end, he would rush into the café and give the waiter a high-five before ordering his food. He didn’t need me there at all, which was fantastic. It is difficult to express the satisfaction of helping someone realise their potential in this way; I have been very privileged to work with such amazing young people and have a stockpile of incredible moments like this. If people want to know more about the work of the school what should they do? People can find out more on the school website (www.whitefield.org.uk). The school is always keen for volunteers to get involved, either on a regular basis to help in classes, or to help with educational visits and one-off activities. What are you doing now? After eight years at Whitefield, I have recently moved on to work at the University of East London in Stratford. I am now teaching people who work in education how best to support learners with special needs; what a privilege! Part of my work involves going to schools to support teachers, and I’m really looking forward to learning more about all the amazing work going in in special needs schools around London.
A plasticine version of the Whitefield logo made by one of the pupils in the Primary School
Lino De Silva working on his design for his ceramic plate
Stall at the Eat or Heat Spring Fair
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Walthamstow Diary Between forest and marsh lies the glorious Stow. These are the tales and meanderings of a proud resident of E17 It’s Friday night and I’ve just spent much longer than I probably should trawling through the E17 Art Trail Guide. Planning what I’m going to do and see during the Art Trail has become a bit of a ritual for me. I go through the guide with a biro first marking the things I like the sound of, then highlight the events or exhibitions I know I can make it to. My other half tells me I look suspicious because I use a ruler when I’m highlighting, but then, no one wants messy lines do they? Messy lines don’t make anyone happy. This year I opened a beer and tackled the guide out in the garden, listening to the strange but familiar mix of birdsong and the rumble of traffic on Markhouse Road as I flicked through the 40 odd pages of listings. Having 40 pages of listings, makes deciding what to go to more difficult than it used to be
T.J.Ball & Co. in the early days, when the trail was smaller. Not that I’m complaining, I think it’s pretty amazing that the art trail has grown so much and now attracts so many local artists. So what am I going to visit? As I write this I haven’t yet reached the critical highlighting stage so no decisions have been made, but there are lots of things that have caught my eye. I’m a big fan of the ceramics that Steven Smith of Kiln Arts creates at venue 85 so that will be on the list for sure. I’m also intrigued by Breaking Bard at venue 130 in the Village which involves live arts, drama, music and performance. The ex Warner project is a must, as is the Marsh walk and the Big Lunch in St James park. I’m also really tempted by the Matisse inspired paper forest that is due to grow over a 15 day period at cafe 56 on St James Street. By the looks of it I’ll be burning some serious amounts of shoe leather as a wander around the trail this year, and I am thoroughly looking forward to it. www.walthamstowdiary.com 26
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Spotted Walthamstow Wish you’d said something at the time but now it’s too late?? Message thanks, rants and questions to the Spotted Walthamstow Facebook page and we’ll repost. 100%anonymous. Here are some edited highlights from the past few weeks.
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‘Dear 56 St James: I get it, you want to appeal to the new Walthamstow hipster population. Clearly, street art is popular amongst this young and edgy demographic. But what’s with the pineapple on the side of the shop?!’ Krystyna: Don’t be so neg! It’s a traditional symbol of hospitality, it’s a good piece of art (and not a billboard for Subway or payday loans), and pineapples are delicious. Michael: Pineapples, that’s Hawaii we roll around here! Curtis: Pineapples are so hot right now. Sarah: I think it looks lovely! Station Road needs the pineapple art! 23 10
‘Saw this advert in a shop window down Walthamstow High Street and had to share. Wonder if he’s had any responses?’ Rachel: I’m one bad date away from responding to this ad. Tracy: LOL at least he is honest. Can’t believe the shopkeeper let him put it up haha! Unless it was the Shopkeeper ;0) Richard: I wasn’t aware wifely duties existed anymore. I thought we lived in a world where the blokes go to work, look after the kids, do the cooking, do the cleaning and then have to listen to the woman moaning how tired she is! Steve: “all wifely dutys” include correcting the bad spelling? Ashton: If someone’s had their benefits sanctioned for being 1 minute late for an appointment and has a choice between this and starvation, It might be a life-saver. Kate: A little sinister don’t you think? !
Molly: If it wasn’t 2014 and I wasn’t in a same sex relationship I might just have given this a pop. There’s free food after-all. Jon: Love it. Go on Gerry, good luck to you. They must be queuing round the block! Claire . MY. GOD! Claire: At least he put gentleman :-)))) Tim: Wifely duties? Judging by the above comments that means moaning and being indignant. Poor poor Gerry. Stephanie: I’m just looking at April’s bill increases and thinking to myself that this might be a viable option, still. Martin: Wrong on so many levels! Joanne: Sounds like a dirty old man Matt: That’s a bloody great idea. Hannah: Ha ha ha ha thats funny Fletch: Gerry, I think I love you Daniel: Honesty is always the best policy.... Comic genius.... Penny: He sounds very desperate Rita: I’d think about applying if he was better at spelling. Tim: It’s a polite way of saying “I’m too old and decrepit to wipe my own arse” you have to give him that. 197 324 ‘Missing in Walthamstow. One by one, seven of these crocheted cuties have gone missing from the William Morris pub toilets. Someone somewhere must know something... We just hope they’re having a good time. If they want to come home, let them know they aren’t in trouble. Amnesty has been declared. No questions asked.’ Simon: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
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Deborah: Wow! I haven’t seen one of those in years. I want one!! Janet: Someone must be desperate to nick those. Gabriela: Nothing like a bit of ironic thievery. David: Are you sure people are not just throwing them away? Walthamstow - Greater London: Having grown up in pubs, anything not nailed down in a pub is an open invitation to those who become kleptomaniac after a shandy or 2 (that’s most law abiding people). Someone stole our pub cat in the 1990s. Perhaps they should hold a ‘knit and natter’ and get the knitters to create some new ones? Alessandra: Just to point it out! Those dolls are knitted and not crochet. I know my chickens! I’m the lady from the wool shop (in the Village) Ruth: I thought these dolls died out in the 50’s Tracy: Haha a new craze..taking over from Gnome stealing Cecily: Way too tempting not to swipe James: *GASP*. Nothing to do with me. I’ve already got one to put up with. 16 53 ‘Am I going mad? I’ve just seen Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine chugging along Grove Road!’
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Published on May 31, 2014
Published on May 31, 2014
A monthly guide to the cultural life of Walthamstow, North East London, including a listing section for local events. Featuring this month a...