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Your cultural life in and around Walthamstow, Leytonstone, Leyton and Wanstead No.48 • April 2017

Fellowship is Life

COVER STAR Kally Laurence

Inspired by a trip to India Walthamstow artist Kally Laurence sees her world with fresh eyes. In my most recent work I have gone back to my roots as a printmaker and have engaged in making large scale monotypes, using a combination of screen print, block print and painting. I want the work to be beautiful but at the same time hold an energy and spontaneity. I love the making - the processes and the physical actions and experiments of layering and deleting elements, over painting and playing with colour and density. I declare a work to be finished when it says back to me all that I felt at that point of time and the place it is depicting. During a trip to India I became interested in the detail of everyday life. I realised that it is noticing, enjoying and celebrating the mundane and its infinite detail that is far more important to me than the grand events. This was highlighted in an environment that was so visual and so far

from my norm, that I vowed to take more notice of my daily surroundings on my return home. Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in what seems like a hundred years ago, I have spent the last few years bringing up my children, teaching and co-running Queenie and Ted, an up-cycled fashion business. Having worked in the world of fashion and textiles I find myself drawn to pattern and repetition, both common features in the world I inhabit in my daily life - a bus seat pattern on a train to Southend that is just slightly different to the pattern of the flooring; mismatched fabric seat covers in a bar in Greece; a fridge decorated with patterned sticky-back-plastic dumped at Hollow Ponds. I am constantly taking photos, always keeping an open mind for the accidental ‘art’ and beauty that surround us and that we can so easily miss while rushing through life as we do. The imminence of my children leaving home makes the beauty of the mundane even more relevant. Ultimately to live more in the present, to slow down the pace.

So upon arriving home from India I started to take notice of the nuances and hidden beauty in my corner of East London. I use my work as a way of seeing and living in my world, a way of making it special, noticing both the external visual elements as well as the internal emotions and responses it evokes, and quite honestly I use it as an excuse for wandering the streets or staring out the window of a train, being open to the world around me. This is particularly important in a world where it is so easy to disappear, head down, into technology and miss so much. It’s the accidental sights and emotions that interest me - why do we notice what we do ? In the right frame of mind we can be aware of the most pleasing and inspiring things in the most unexpected of places - the pale yellow tiles, with a few gaps at Barbican station, the interior of a frequently visited local cafe on Walthamstow Market where the cafe owner has juxtapositioned Turkish artefacts with fluorescent signs and tourist posters on a jade background, driving home from work I was interested in seeing the

familiar streets differently through a veil of blossom. The normal becomes special when observed from a different perspective.

New paintings by Kally Laurence at the Walthamstow Village Window Gallery

The E17 Art Trail is an amazing time in Walthamstow, it epitomises the area in a very tangible way, all the creativity and sense of community that permanently simmers below the surface is brought to the forefront with an amazing impact. For me the Art Trail has always provided a deadline and a reason to make a piece of work, when making work hasn’t always been at the forefront of my life. For a few years we actually made pieces that involved our children - for example, giant greyhounds on the front of our house the year the dog track closed. Ultimately the Art Trail makes art accessible to both makers and viewers, and is obviously a great way to nose round people’s houses and gardens. This year I am planning to open my house and studio and exhibit locally-inspired works. After all, we do live in the best place.

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Cover. Kitchen By The Sea (detail). Facing page. Left: Hollow Ponds. Right: Mad Boy Bar. This page. Top: Walthamstow Market. Right: First stop Cafe.

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. As I write this in late March, Spring is definitely starting to spring. Green shoots are everywhere. First thing on Saturday I had a meeting in Walthamstow’s Lloyd Park. I was early. I waited surrounded by daffodils, skipping infants and the sound of tennis balls bouncing back and fourth, serenaded by bird song and the surreal tweets of parakeets. It was the kind of day weekends are made for. Joggers and cyclists were everywhere and I thought back to the previous night’s pub conversation when my friend Mark had sung the praises of the Park Run scheme. He was trying to balance his alcohol intake with his early morning commitment to the Park Run on Wanstead Flats (see the Park Run listing on page 33). Walthamstow has one too at the Peter May Sports Ground on Wadham Road. There are Park Runs every Saturday all across the country and they are run by volunteers, free, and open to everyone of every ability. They provide a system that records your personal time over 5K. You can do what you like with your times, boast about it, keep it to yourself or use it to set your own goals. Mark, a novice, enjoys the sociability. Sticking with running, but upping the ante somewhat, Walthamstow resident Graham Law is soon to embark on a run with the slightly ominous nickname of the ‘Toughest Footrace On Earth’. Set in the Sahara the six day event is the equivalent of six marathons and in 50C heat! Graham is running to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Charity so please show your support by sponsoring him (details on page 32). Finally back in February I ran a feature on the photographs of Tim Reder, of Leyton Orient and West Ham Football Clubs in the late 80s. Sadly the ‘O’s have been making the headlines these last few weeks as the club’s future is threatened by serious debts. As the second oldest League team in London and our foremost local team its demise would be a devastating loss to the area and its fans. The Leyton Orient Football Trust also run lots of great activities to improve the fitness and lives of locals of all ages (see their Family Cycle Training in the listings on page 33). This month sees various fundraising events to try and save the club including a Red Imp Comedy Club night at Walthamstow’s Rose & Crown with the brilliant Romesh Ranganathan on 10 April (details on page 42) Paul Lindt, Editor


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32 Running the Sahara

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Inside this issue… All things Beatles at the Walthamstow Rock‘n’Roll Book Club


Local Hero – Carefree Kids and volunteer Jill Lovell


A Gentleman’s Relish COVE17


Graham Law runs the Sahara for Brain Tumour Charity


An untitled Poem by Emma Hammond


E-VOLVE: Health and Fitness Directory


MIRI - Sound Vibrations


Perculiar Times: Leytonstone High Road


Print maker Rebecca Salter RA discusses the Japanese influence 10

Walthamstow Diary


Metal diecast toys made in Walthamstow


Held at Hucks: Acoustic


The Magpie seeking out the shiniest, funniest remarks from local social media


E~DEN: The Home Directory




House Doctor – An unorthodox way with tiles


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The Beatles in five minute bites To celebrate the Beatles’ first (of two) appearances at Walthamstow’s Granada Cinema in May 1963, Walthamstow Rock‘n’Roll Book Club have a special event next month with leading Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn and they need your help.

Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club invites YOU to bring along a Beatles or Beatles-related artefact which Mark Lewisohn will talk about for a timed five minutes, explaining the Beatles’ vast history through that specific prism. The item can be anything at all – a photo, a record, a document, a press cutting or magazine cover, a piece of memorabilia, a book – just grab any kind of souvenir that grabs you, and bring it along. Mark won’t know the items in advance and will illuminate them spontaneously, informatively and fascinatingly before moving on to the next.

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Mark Lewisohn is the acknowledged world authority on the Beatles. He was consultant and researcher on the Beatles’ own Anthology and has been involved in a number of other projects for them, as well as many independent works. His books include the bestselling and influential Recording Sessions (1988), The Complete Beatles Chronicle (1992), The Beatles’ London (1994 and 2008) and, most recently, Tune In (2013) – the first volume in his comprehensive history of the Beatles and their times, a trilogy of books under the umbrella title The Beatles: All These Years. Volumes 2 and 3 are due out over the next decade . . . or thereabouts . . .

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COVE17 is the vision of a band of local brothers, born and bred in Waltham Forest. From a domestic germ of an idea, to a distinctive fixture on Hoe Street, the business has gone from handcrafting beard oil in a spare room to the heart of the Walthamstow. It is an establishment that has its roots in the golden age of barbering and male grooming, with an atmosphere that goes beyond mere homage. It is nothing less than a fully immersive experience and one I can personally attest to.

The retail space of the store proudly displays a range of products by local designers and craftspeople including bespoke aprons by Backyard Denim; jewellery by Lyndon Mayadore; solid cologne by Solid Cologne UK; pots by Blue Guy Pottery; hand roasted coffee by Perky Blenders and cold brew coffee by Sandows. In this sense, COVE17 is in synergy with local artisans and supportive of their output. Hospitality is at the core of the establishment, an oasis of calm in a street

where the river of traffic flows constantly. And don’t be surprised, if you’re passing after hours, to find the lights dimmed and Cove17 full of the sounds of live music and poetry. Push the door and come in; everyone’s welcome. COVE17 has made a big impression on Hoe Street in its maiden six months and I must say the vision, commitment and passion of the team have convinced me that they have heralded a new golden age of barbering in Walthamstow. It’s more than just a gentleman’s relish.

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I was warmly welcomed to the shop, mellifluous jazz soothing my tired Friday night ears. The first thing that struck me was just how much effort had gone into designing the premises; uncluttered elegance and a genuine recreation of a bygone era, but with very modern styling. The COVE17 experience is neither

rushed nor cursory, Kane, my barber of the evening, took his time and the results were impressive. I relaxed into the full beard service, an impressive and precision hand-trimming from deft fingers. With the application of aromatic beard oil, my weekend had started in quite some style; I would return such was the luxurious and attentive nature of the service.

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by Emma Hammond Waterstones frog with a golden crown. Remember that deep pool, the flaxen ball scattered by a Princess? Like a tinderbox that held all the evil in the world, but gooder. Apple-right. Easy for it to slip from her powdery hands into the gravy-black pond, now

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lost. That froggy in the cold murk flipped it up with his webbed fingers from the sticky mud, the gore, and swam to greet her blue strange planets of thanks, the lashes that cradled the trinket. He was neither frog nor pipe but after a kiss a shining boy called Prince. Now in a carrier bag, hidden, the first belonging of an unborn sprite. I carry him careful past the playground where chalk crackles like a radio. I love you Mum it says, October broadcast. I love you. A golden thought that waits to surface- for all this open space.

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Songwriter and independent solo artist MIRI speaks to Kirsty McNeil-O’Connor about her varied career, her music and all matters of the heart. Photo by Paula Smith. MIRI writes about love and life experience and is politically minded too, “I have been since I was young, I don’t like injustice and being able to write a song in response to that is empowering,” says East London based MIRI. “In my own songwriting I want anything I write politically to be expressed in the best possible way, because that’s an art form in itself, knowing how to write that stuff

without being patronising or self-righteous can be tricky. I’ve always written some political songs and honed my writing when expressing political topics.” “My song ‘The Plight’ (on recent EP, Sound Vibrations) “has an undertone of a political idea, of not allowing external forces to crush your personal light, whatever that may be; gender, sexuality or even just being an honest individual, truthful to oneself. We live in a

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society that often criminalises people; many feel like they’re being treated as guilty or under suspicion. So I write about everything, the human condition, but political events and attitudes definitely inspire my songwriting.” MIRI describes her music as soulful indie pop. Many artists inspire her from Bob Marley to Patti Smith. MIRI’s voice is clearly a local one; her singing voice has that rare quality of matching her spoken one. She

By 22, MIRI was signed to a management company and put through her paces. “I was burnt out for a while after that, it was character building though, I became more resilient. But I hadn’t dealt with my sexuality then, so I was in pain. I had felt gay from about 4 years old but I didn’t really know what it was. It was a different time then, there was no one in the public eye or personally that I could relate to really. There’s a great quote: ‘What you resist, persists’, that was true for me. I was throwing myself into my music.” MIRI started to explore the gay scene and became happier and more hopeful. “That was a very important point in my

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MIRI – Sound Vibrations

MIRI had a childhood passion for entertainment. “I was 8 when I wrote my first song, about the Garbage Pale Kids. I collected their chewing gum stickers and thought; I’m gonna start a band!” Writing poetry from age 11 fed into her songwriting, “I enjoyed songwriting, but I didn’t think I was good enough.” It was her singing teacher, Howard who spotted something in MIRI. “He sent a tape of my songs on to an A&R guy who was interested. I was into filmmaking at the time; I was a runner while learning the ropes in film around Soho. I was working on a student film, trying to secure rights to use various artists for the soundtrack, but that was too expensive. I thought, well I write songs - so I did it myself. After getting some development studio time, John the A&R (from Peer Music) went to LA so that relationship fizzled out.”

music - if you don’t know who you are as a person then you can’t really know who you are as an artist.” She skillfully weaves true feeling through her songs; Blue Skies beautifully and mournfully describes unrequited, lost love or an idea, or dream that is out of reach. Compass (another from EP Sound Vibrations) is joyfully hopeful, suggesting the endless possibilities of life. “It was a bit of a gamble to do one EP with different producers but it worked, with the whole Sound Vibrations concept, it really flowed.” MIRI crowd funded to make her EP and learned a great deal from the whole process. “My track Electric Vibes received airplay on BBC6 Music, Tom Robinson’s Fresh On The Net Mix-tape Show and he included Compass as one of his top 5 favourites.” MIRI, like most selfemployed artists, diversifies. “I do keep busy, I run a monthly live music night with musician RoseRed called Blue Monday, a night created for an audience of LBQT women whilst endeavouring to bring people from all communities together.“ This is now in its

7th year, at The Boogaloo in Highgate. They’ve since been approached by award winning venue Green Note in Camden where they have held two sell-out nights, bringing female musicians to the forefront. Her own gigs are predominantly solo, “I just play keyboards but sometimes I’ll have a guitarist or drummer.” She’s played all over, including Amsterdam and Spain, and locally at Huck’s Cafe and The Bell in Walthamstow.

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Rebecca Salter RA Finnola D’Albert talks to the renowned printmaker about her work and involvement with the ongoing Sheer Pleasure exhibition celebrating the work of Frank Brangwyn and Yoshijiro Urushibara at the William Morris Gallery. Rebecca Salter’s relationship with the Sato Woodblock Workshop in Japan mirrors that of Frank Brangwyn and Yoshijiro Urushibara in many ways. This mutually beneficial artistic dialogue has influenced the way in which she works. In woodblock printing, an image is drawn or painted onto thin washi (paper), then glued onto a plank of close-grained wood. An incision is made along both sides of each line in the image and the wood is chiseled away, based on the drawing. The block is then inked and a baren (a flat tool) presses paper against the inked woodblock to transfer the ink. The artist and the woodblock carver and printer work together, but separately, to create the final artwork.

Spending six years in Japan, Rebecca was introduced to many people working in traditional Japanese crafts, including those at the workshop that still interprets her drawings and paintings today. There are people in Japan still using these techniques, but despite Japan’s propensity to (wisely) preserve its traditions, their ‘market’ has almost completely disappeared. More often than not, their phenomenal levels of skill are often reduced to making reproductions and souvenirs, something that Rebecca described as ‘heartbreaking’. When Rebecca was elected to the Royal Academy two years ago, she decided to produce a series of prints with the Sato Woodblock Workshop every year. It

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gives them contemporary work for their portfolio, rather than endlessly recreating classics. They have an appetite for this contemporary work and enjoy the technical challenge of interpreting Rebecca’s ideas on an often tiny budget. Rebecca also attempts to highlight a different technical skill each year. Whether it’s a carving skill or a painting skill, the bigger idea is that over the years their partnership will have showcased all of the various skills they use; something that might not be immediately obvious until you take a step back. Rebecca has a deep understanding of the techniques the workshop uses and has written two books on Japanese woodblock printing since her time studying at Kyoto City University of Arts. It’s this deeper

Far left: Quadra 2. 2010 Rebecca Salter RA Middle: Celest 1 2015 Rebecca Salter RA Right: Spindrift 1 2015 Rebecca Salter RA All prints wood block on torinoko paper Quadra 2 and Celest 1 were printed by Sato Woodblock workshop, Kyoto. Spindrift 1 was printed by Rebecca Salter. Work photographed by FXP Photography

knowledge that allows her to push the pieces of work and the workshop printing them into different areas. They have an understanding of each other, an ongoing relationship that puts them on the same wavelength. Therein lies the intrinsic similarity to the collaboration between Brangwyn and Urushibara. Because Brangwyn understood the actual making of the work to a greater extent it wasn’t just a medium, but acted as a guiding influence on the work itself. That similarity is why Rebecca is currently being exhibited alongside Brangwyn in the William Morris Gallery. And, as with Urushibara, one of her own prints (in addition to those by the Sato Woodblock Workshop) is also exhibited.

We’ve all seen the most famous prints, Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ for example, but we almost never know the names of the incredibly talented craftsmen that produced them. As an Academician (someone elected to the Royal Academy) artists are expected to exhibit work in every Summer Exhibition, and so Rebecca hopes that she can use this ongoing opportunity as a platform to highlight the incredible work of Sato’s Woodblock Workshop, thereby increasing their involvement with contemporary work rather than just prints from the past.

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The exhibition Sheer Pleasure continues until 14 May at the William Morris Gallery 11

Mini Gems Whenever we think of toy cars, we think of Dinky Toys or Matchbox. But in the 1950s and 60s, Walthamstow had its very own diecast metal toy manufacturer. The E List talks to Richie Humphrey, an avid collector and expert on Walthamstow’s answer to Dinky.

In the 1940s and early 50s under the Benson name, they produced moulded hollow cast toy figures, including soldiers, cowboys & Indians, and farm animals.

In 1951, after the name change the diecast toys were made at two other factories in Walthamstow, Sutherland Road and Oatland Rise, but Gosport Road was the head office where outworkers would bring assembled and painted toys.

How didyou started collecting? StocktonOn-Tees is the reason my Benbros addiction/collection started.

Not long after, the toys were renamed ‘Mighty Midgets’ and the cardboard boxes were redesigned (see the top right photo on this page). In 1954 they produced the first diecast metal models under the name “T.V. Series”, packed in a box resembling a 1950s television set with an artist’s impression of the contained toy on the screen.

I have lived in the town since I was five. Stockton is famous for two things: Firstly, in about 1827, John Walker a local chemist, invented the friction match as we know it today. Secondly, and more relevant to my story, on 27 September 1825, the Stockton & Darlington Railway line was opened. It was first used when George Stephenson drove the Locomotion along the ninemile stretch from Darlington to Stockton, reaching speeds of up to 15 mph.

In 1965, with competition from larger toy manufacturers and the introduction of cheaper plastic toys from the Far East, Benbros ceased production and they were taken over by Unerman Greenman Berger Ltd.

And the Benbros connection? Well, one of their early toys was that of Stephenson’s Rocket, which was the first locomotive to carry passengers at the rip-roaring speed of up to 30 mph.

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So Richie, tell us a bit about this company. What was their name and when did they exist? They were called Benbros (London) Ltd, a British toy company that existed between 1951 and 1965. It was originally founded in the 1940s by two brothers, Jack and Nathan Benenson of Golders Green, North London. They originally called themselves ‘Benson Bros’, a contraction of Beneson Brothers however in 1951, they became ‘Benbros (London) Ltd’, and started using the trademark ‘Qualitoy’. They were based at 145 Gosport Road, Walthamstow. It is also believed that the brothers also had a condom factory in North London at the same time!

When I retired after a long police career, I started working for Vectis Toy Auctions at Thornaby in the North East. During my first auction I came across the Stephenson’s Rocket toy in an auction lot (far left, top). In the same lot was couple of Benbros Mighty Midgets, an Army Scout Car and a Vespa Scooter with rider (above). I was fascinated by the crudeness of their castings and how toys have changed over the 50 years. I started to search for other Benbros toys, both in our auctions, at other auction houses and online. Although they were very few and far between I found a number of TV Series and Mighty Midget versions. My research found there were 51 of these miniature toys made in the late 50s to the early 60s by the Benenson Brothers of Walthamstow. I bought more and more trying to get everyone.

Jack and Nathan Benenson employed salesmen to travel the country and show samples of their toys to toy shop owners. They had salesman’s sets, which contained various examples of the miniature toys, a must for any collector of these little vehicles. I am pleased to say I got the opportunity to buy two (see opposite). I believe these vehicles were influenced by Dinky Toys, which had become well established and I came across others under the guise of Qualitoy and Zebra. I bought other toys made by Benbros, such as the WWll soldiers, Cowboys and Indians, farm animals and figures.

Did you, a member of your family or someone you know, work for Jack or Nathan in the 40s, 50s or 60s either in their office or at one of their London factories? If so Richie would love to hear from anyone who may have memories, photos or even toys from this little known company. Please don’t hesitate to email him at

Thanks for talking to the E List Richie and for sharing your passion for Benbros. Richie’s book Benbros - a Collectors Guide is available from Amazon. 13

Held at Hucks Ian and Hucks’ other manager Mark knew when it first opened in 2015 that they wanted it to be a regular home for live music events. And when the first Held At Hucks: Acoustic took place and musician Marc Oliver performed, a partnership formed. Marc put himself forward to keep the events going, and has now taken charge of curating the lineup, booking the acts and organising the events. This was partially for selfish reasons. Marc hadn’t lived in Walthamstow for long, but from experience, he knew that the best way to meet new people and get to know local fellow artists was to put on a gig. After a friend who lives near Hucks recommended he drop in, he spoke to Mark and Ian, setting up a trial gig initially to see what it was like as an event space. It went well so that they put more dates in the diary, booked more acts and have continued to go from strength to strength. They’ve just had their eleventh event, and the crowd that turned out was great. The trio want Held At Hucks: Acoustic to be open to everybody and to keep it accessible, each event takes place in the afternoon. There are a lot of families with children in the area, so ‘normal’ show-time wasn’t an option and the guys are very keen to get kids into

gigs and have them experiencing live music. Doing it on Sunday afternoon seemed to make the most sense to Marc, Mark and Ian, and has proven to be the most successful way to get the performers in front of the widest audience. The shows are also free entry, with an optional whip round for the artists after they’ve played. In terms of the kind of acts you’ll see, Marc is keen for variation and refers to the performers as ‘singer-songwriters of London’, but that basically means anything goes as long as it’s performed acoustically. For both vibe and volume reasons, they don’t offer any amplification, but if an artist can recreate their music acoustically, then they can almost certainly come and play. Each event tends to have at least one performer from Walthamstow (or as locally as possible) and then others from further afield. Their first international artist booking, Martin Dee from Holland, came earlier this year and more enquiries have started rolling in. Marc couldn’t be more proud. The Hucks crowd is full of local and loyal customers. Ian goes as far as to say they’re blessed to have such an amazing customer base. As the cafe is a little bit off the beaten

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track, their passing trade isn’t huge, so their reputation is as important as their regulars. And it’s a reputation that’s flourishing. Free gigs are rare, but free gigs that are family friendly, held in the afternoon, and endeavour to promote the artists involved are almost unheard of. Mark and Ian have created a lovely space, and Marc has crafted an incredible vibe. The events are monthly, and usually on one of the last Sundays of the month. Although the dates aren’t ever set in stone, both their Facebook and Twitter accounts are updated regularly with upcoming artists and dates. The team are also very keen for musicians and performers to get in touch.

Hucks, 81 Grove Road E17 9BU. @heldathucks on Twitter.

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Photos © Artists featured clockwise from top left: Trevor Kaneswaran; MIRI; Martin Dee and Marc Oliver.

Original live music in Walthamstow can be rare, but the brains behind Hucks cafe on Grove Road are changing that, and keeping it family friendly. Finn D’Albert spoke to manager Ian and musician Marc to hear more. Photographs by Simon Goodwin.

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Myrtle Road E17 2 bed terraced house for sale Offers in excess of £495,000 Keith Road E17 3 bed end terrace house for sale Offers in excess of £550,000

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... utilises every inch or room on each floor, providing a number of wonderful entertaining spaces, yet also privacy for those who seek a little tranquillity... The ground floor is occupied by the spacious lounge (perfect for relaxing with a good book) and the simply wonderful kitchen diner, which offers uninterrupted views of the rear garden through the full height sliding doors ...

Seymour Road Leyton E10 2 bed flat to rent £1,400 pcm / £323 pw Quaker’s Place Manor Park E7 2 bed terraced house for sale Sstc £375,000

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If you are planning full height tiles, say in a bathroom or shower area, a good tip is to not take them all the way to the ceiling. Ceilings are rarely straight and you can avoid awkward cuts at the top by finishing with a whole tile a good few inches from the ceiling to get a perfectly straight line. Talking of cuts (that is when you have to cut the tile to fill the space) plan these ahead. When tiling a floor for example, the grid of the tile should be symmetrical to the space and this can be difficult if the room is an odd shape. A good tiler will understand this problem but it’s worth flagging up if you think it’s going to be an issue. There are now many different coloured grouts on the market so you have a choice. If you have a black tile with a white grout it’s a very different look than a black tile with a grey grout so give this consideration, it will really affect the finished look. A little bit of something gorgeous goes a long way so mix in a vintage or Victorian tiled panel with modern, plain tiles. Most modern tiles come in imperial sizes so you can mix match and be happy! What niggles you about your home? Email with your thoughts. To book a session with the House Doctor please email: or call 07725 645 359. To advertise your business contact 21

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Residential developments and the role of private developers With the continuing growth of cities, the need to meet housing targets puts pressure upon the government and local authorities to facilitate the construction of more housing. Whilst a good portion of new housing is built by Housing Associations in conjunction with local authorities, much of the remainder is built by private developers. With a shortage of available “greenfield” sites (new land not previously used for building) within cities and urban areas, more development is taking place on “brownfield sites” (sites previously built on or used for commercial purposes). By nature, Brownfield sites in urban areas can be challenging. They tend to be smaller and so the proximity of adjacent buildings and the relationship of any proposal to them is a consideration. There may be issues of land contamination, archaeology, trees, structures etc. to be dealt with. When looking at new developments there are many areas for consideration before the architecture of the buildings. At an early stage, it is important to understand the planning constraints, allowable density of development, amenity space requirements etc. to assess the number of units possible and hence the viability of the site.

Who can help? Architects with experience in residential developments are an asset to a developer. Their knowledge of relevant planning legislation enables them to assess the capacity of the site and hence the viability, at a very early stage. Experience in the design of residential developments will result in proposals which are in tune with the aspirations of the Local Plan whilst maximising the development potential of a site.

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Your Digital Estate Sat on the tube the other day what struck me was that every single person within my field of vision was glued to a digital device – phone, iPad, Kindle or whatever. It got me thinking about Digital Assets. A few years ago I opened an account with Kent Reliance Building Society. Because it is an online account, there is no paper trail to show that the account even exists. I think I get an e-mail from them maybe once a year, but if I were to die tomorrow my executors would really struggle to find this account even if they were able to access my e-mails, and as far as I know no-one else knows my e-mail passwords. You need to be aware of all your online accounts - your email, banking, investment and social networking sites so that if you were to shuffle off this mortal coil tomorrow any family members are left with clear instructions on what to deactivate and what is being left behind as part of your digital legacy. For advice on Wills including the setting up of a Personal Assets log please contact Wiseman Lee on 020 8215 1000.

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Carefree Kids In this era of box ticking Carefree Kids offers much needed emotional support to local children in schools and their parents too. Paul Lindt talks to volunteer Jill Lovell about the charity, the power of play and why she feels Carefree Kids’ approach makes such a difference. Photograph by Paul Tucker. Are you local? I was born at Thorpe Coombe Maternity Hospital, as it was then, and started school at Thorpe Hall School. I remember the original Charlie Brown’s Transport café before the roundabout was named after it! I remember Matalan in Leytonstone as Bearman’s department store and visiting Father Christmas there after having a sleigh ride. The local cinema was next door! Before I give my age away completely… You’re a volunteer at Carefree Kids. Tell me about the charity. Carefree Kids is a fantastic charity that really offers something different to local children and families. They work mainly in Waltham Forest but are branching into neighbouring boroughs. As volunteers, we visit local schools to support children in one-to-one play sessions that are totally non-directive. This play space enable children to develop their self-esteem and emotional resilience.

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How did you get involved? As an ex Waltham Forest teacher Carefree Kids had been part of my school for as long as I could remember although I hadn’t had any direct contact. Wondering what lay next for me after I left my school I went for an interview for a job in Newham. As I waited I spied a Carefree Kids leaflet. On a whim I popped it into my bag. I kept it safe for 9 months! Fortunately I didn’t get the job and now Carefree Kids combine my two passions of children and play so what better charity to get involved in. I haven’t looked back since I went to my introductory morning in September 2015. I was so sure I wanted to be part of Carefree Kids but didn’t want to look too eager so waited for two long days before I rang and asked to be considered to go further!

Tell us how the charity started and who does it aim to help? Ros Kane is a local psychotherapist who founded Carefree Kids back in 2004 when she noticed a lack of long term emotional support for local children. The charity helps children in primary and secondary schools across Waltham Forest and neighbouring boroughs, also offering individual support to parents and families. Most children are referred by their school. A more play-based support is offered to primary aged children whilst with secondary aged children an art therapy or talking based approach might be used. What are some of the ways Carefree Kids can help them? Carefree Kids can offer oneto-one non-directive play sessions to individual children, counselling support for parents and tailored support for groups of children, for example drama, movement and art therapy. Tell us about the ‘Before Becoming a Parent’ course. ‘Before Becoming a Parent’ is a school-based course for teenage boys and girls with the aim of preparing them for the challenges of parenthood through role play and visits from local mothers. The charity also provides help targeted at parents. We offer individual support sessions with trainee counsellors and therapists, to

support parents with any difficulties they may be experiencing. They can also advise parents on how to play more therapeutically with their own children at home. What do you particularly enjoy about working with the kids through the charity? Honestly what don’t I enjoy!? I love being part of a school where I feel most at home. I love a new role in school that isn’t teaching but still having contact with children. I love having the privilege of sharing a child’s life and a chance to help them through some difficulties. As an early years teacher for most of my life I know the value of play for children in their development. One of the books we are asked to read is by Play Therapist Garry Landreth. He says “Toys are used like words; play is the language.” I have enjoyed meeting all the different people that are involved in Carefree Kids. I have surprised myself by my eagerness to read around the subject and how I look forward to the study days and watching the training DVDs. Within the weekly Supervision groups that volunteers attend to talk about their children I have gained so much knowledge from everyone else and really benefitted from the input I receive there. I had to look at my own feelings and reactions and learnt rather a lot about myself too! 31

I am so grateful that Carefree Kids is my local charity and that I have had the opportunity to be part of it. When it comes to fundraising the charity has created some great events. Yes! Last summer, Carefree Kids organised a fantastic event featuring local musicians and performance poetry. The event took place upstairs at Ye Olde Rose & Crown, a wonderful Walthamstow venue who are really supportive of local causes. This month they are kindly letting us use the upstairs room again for a quiz night I have organised to raise money for Carefree Kids. Guests can test their quizzing prowess whilst raising money for this wonderful cause! Visit carefreequiznight for more information. This month you have a special campaign called ‘Local Hero’. Great title! Local hero is a fun campaign running for the whole month of April, set up by the fantastic online fundraising platform Local Giving. The idea of the campaign is for charity supporters to compete with other local heroes to win cash prizes for their good causes. The quiz night I am running is all part of my Local Hero crusade – a chance to thank people for their generous donations and meet other Carefree

Kids supporters. Anyone can join in with Local Hero – just visit campaigns/localhero and set up a fundraising page for your own favourite charity. Last year, the activities ranged from taking a bath in baked beans to cycling around South Wales! Apart from the fundraising how is CareFree funded? It’s funded by a number of grant makers such as The Big Lottery, the Mercers Company and the Henry Smith charity. They are also lucky to benefit from the generosity of individual supporters giving monthly and oneoff donations. We receive generous ongoing support from Stow Brothers, Ye Olde Rose & Crown, The Forest School and local branches of TSB, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. If people want to get involved, how should they go about it? Carefree Kids are always keen to talk to new supporters and volunteers who wish to work with children, fundraise, or join the committee. In fact, they are currently looking for a new Chair of Trustees to join the board. For volunteers interested in working with children, Carefree Kids run introductory sessions each half term, to give prospective volunteers a flavour of the work they do. These sessions are informative and interactive – for me it was the first step in my Carefree Kids journey. Interested volunteers should contact Carefree Kids by phone, by email, or via the website.

What do you have planned for the future? Carefree Kids wants to go from strength to strength reaching ever more children in need of some support. The charity is currently fundraising for some exciting new initiatives – watch this space! What are the challenges? To keep our service thriving and supporting local kids we constantly need to fundraise – especially in the current economic climate. And some of the work with the children can be emotional at times due to the difficulties they may be facing, but luckily we have great support with our regular training and supervision meetings run by fully trained therapists. Personally what would you love to see one day for our kids in Waltham Forest? I would like to see more provision for every child’s health and wellbeing and a more holistic approach to children’s development in schools – particularly with all the current emphasis on academic targets and testing. 0208 558 7799 Community Place, 806 High Road E10 6AE Jill’s event page carefreequiznight

April sees Walthamstow resident Graham Law heading out to the Sahara desert to take part in the Marathon des Stables in support of the Brain Tumour Charity. Dubbed the Toughest Footrace On Earth, the race is a six-day ultra marathon covering over 150 miles, the equivalent of approximately six regular marathons. If that weren’t enough, to make things even tougher Graham will have to carry all his own food, clothes and bedding for the week on his back. Fortunately water will be supplied! Graham will be running in temperatures up to 50 degrees, across sand dunes, salt plains, dry river beds and jebels and to train he has spent the last 5 months running around the admittedly more temperate Epping Forest and Walthamstow Marshes.

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E~VOLVE a Directory for a Healthy Mind & Body Fitness Wednesdays & Fridays NEW HIIT E17 Quaker Meeting House, 1A Jewel Road E17 4QU High-intensity interval training is a technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. Getting and keeping your heart rate up, burning more fat in less time. Weds 7.30-8.15pm, £10. Fridays 10-10.45am, £8. Fridays NEW HIIT E17: Parent & Baby Quaker Meeting House, 1A Jewel Rd E17 4QU As above except babies welcome (no crawlers or walkers please). 1111.50am. £10.

Mondays HIIT E17 Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18A Orford Road E17 9LN As previous column except different venue and time. 7.30-8.15pm. £10. Saturdays Zumba Fitness Forest YMCA, 642 Forest Road E17 3EF Wear low tread, supportive trainers and bring a bottle of water to enjoy this exhilarating dance fitness class in a low pressure atmosphere! 10-11am. £6. 07903 629636 Tuesdays Zumba Fitness Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ As Saturdays above except different venue and time 7-8pm. £6.

What’s your fitness goal? Whether toning up, losing weight, or getting back into exercise, it can be tough to know where to start, with so many diets and programmes available. Truth be told, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how you can start.

Weds and Thurs from 19 April NEW Cycling is my Goal SCORE, 100 Oliver Road E10 5JY Children and Families (Age 7+, all children must be accompanied by an adult). Improve cycling confidence, have fun and explore your local area with your family. Sessions focus on cycling basics, bike maintenance and riding on the road under instruction to improve confidence, all followed by a 30 minute fun family football session held at SCORE. Bikes are available to borrow for free if you don’t own one too. FREE. Wednesdays 5.30pm to 7.00pm (April 19th to May 17th) - Group 1 Thursdays 5.00pm to 6.30pm (April 20th to May 18th) - Group 2 To book contact Phill Smith on 020 8556 5973 /

Saturdays NEW Parkrun Wanstead Flats Playing Fields, Harrow Road E11 3QD and Peter May Sports Ground, Wadham Road, Walthamstow E17 4HR Weekly 5km run against your own clock with an optional post-run coffee. 9am. FREE, but first-timers please register to get your barcode. Tuesdays Sazzercise Leyton Youth Centre, Crawley Road E10 6PY Suitable for anyone looking to improve their fitness whilst having a good time. We cover traditional aerobics, dance as well as body conditioning. 7-8pm. £8, bring a friend and pay just £4 each, group discounts

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01227 637129 07874848531 Thursdays Seated Exercise Class Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre, 90 Crownfield Road E15 2BG An excellent workout for people who want to exercise sitting down, including older people and disabled people. Use the Centre’s entrance in Amethyst Road. 2.30-3.30pm. £3. Peri 020 8534 1589

First Tuesday of the month, 4 April Waltham Forest Reiki Project Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Reiki works with the life force energy that flows through all living things. These are one to one drop in sessions by donation. 7-9pm. FREE, but donations welcome. Yoko 07940 579055

Saturdays Legs, Bums & Tums Forest YMCA, 642 Forest Road E17 3EF A fantastic way to tone your entire body focussing on your legs, glutes and abdominal muscles. Combining conditioning and aerobic exercises to reduce fat whilst shaping and lifting your legs, bum and tum! Bring a bottle of water and wear clothes you’re comfortable to move in. 11.15am12.15pm. £6. 07903 629 636

Wednesdays NEW Vespers St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow, 8 Church End/Church Hill E17 9RJ Find your calm. Forty minutes of mindfulness and reflection with a selection of prayer, poetry or music, as appropriate. 7.30-8.10pm. FREE. Parish Office 020 8520 1430

Yoga, Meditation & Tai Chi Wednesdays Flow Yoga: Mixed Ability East of Eden, Studio 1, The Tramworks, Hatherley Mews E17 4QP Circular Flow Yoga is a Flow/Vinyasa style Yoga where the physical practice combines postures to create a flowuniting the movement, the breath and the mind. 9.15-10.15am. £10, drop in.

Tuesdays NEW Pregnancy Yoga Quaker Meeting House Wanstead, Bush Road E11 3AU For pregnant ladies - to connect to their bodies and their babies. Learn how to breathe and focus the mind for your upcoming labour. A chance to meet other pregnant ladies. Beginners welcome. 6.45-8pm. £12. 07956 807675

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Tuesdays Tai Chi Principles & Mindfulness Training through Movement & Martial Arts St Stephen’s Church Hall, 1 Copeland Road E17 9DB Want to improve your health, develop better mental focus, and learn tools for self defence? Learn the art of I Liq Chuan and train your body/ mind to use this Zen philosophy, Tai Chi principles and martial arts. For beginners and advanced; please let us know you’re coming. 7.30-8.30pm. £10, first class FREE. Mark 07824 395814

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Definition: things that are strange; queer; odd; uncommon; unusual; distinctive in nature or character from others; characteristic of; belonging exclusively to an area. Architectural historian, Karen Averby seeks out such things from this corner of London’s rich and varied past

Leytonstone High Road Leytonstone High Road has been a dominant thoroughfare for centuries, as part of the main highway from Epping to London, from the Green Man inn to Stratford. Until the mid-19th century Leytonstone was just a hamlet on the High Road, with houses straggling south from the Green Man. Not only was the High Road used to transport goods to London markets, it was also on the main turnpike to Norwich via Woodford. As a result the road had some of the oldest inns along its route, providing beds and stabling from at least the 17th century, amongst them the Green Man, The Harrow, and Robin Hood, which became the Red Lion.

Red Lion on Leytonstone High Road in the 60s.

Several large grand residences were built along the road in the 18th century, including Leytonstone House near the Green Man, which is now within Hanbury Drive and was converted for use as a hospital. Most have been demolished, however, including Park House near Granleigh Road in 1968 after being used as a library, and Sycamore House, demolished in 1958 to make way for the Welsh Church. The character of the wider area was hugely changed following the coming of the railway in the mid-19th century, and Leytonstone was transformed from a rural settlement to an urban area, with residential streets

such as cinemas, tea rooms and public houses were also a draw. The fortunes of Leytonstone High Road as a shopping centre perhaps reached its zenith in the 1950s and 1960s, when the street was jammed with shoppers, especially on Saturdays. In time, however, it was unable to compete with the big shopping centres of the later 20th century and a decline in shoppers led to the closure of many long-established shops and businesses.

Leytonstone High Road

springing up all around the High Road. Shops to supply the newly expanding population were built along its length and together with the installation of tram routes in the 1870s, its appearance was forever transformed. Service businesses including tailors, garages and a cycle repair shop were established, and every shopping need was seemingly catered for, with shops for quality clothing and furniture as well as an array of independent shops, amongst them fishmongers, butchers, greengrocers and bakers. Bucks Bakery at No. 568 became famous for its spectacular building and fairy tale themed Christmas cakes. High street names such as Woolworths and British Home Stores had premises here, and the renowned independent department store of Bearmans was hugely popular, its enchanting Christmas displays in particular being fondly remembered. The High Road was not only used by locals; good transport links to Stratford and Epping bolstered the numbers who shopped here, and amenities

Some establishments have endured, however, most notably the Red Lion, and there has been a renaissance in independent eateries, with cafes, patisseries and restaurants as well as a bookshopcafĂŠ-bar near the Green Man roundabout which shares its premises with East London Radio.

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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 Church bells, the quintessential sound of the British countryside, a sound that not many outside of London would associate with our city. A sound that probably isn’t widely thought of to be part of the East London soundscape, but of course, it is. Church bells are just as much a part of Walthamstow as the sound of creaking buses, screeching parakeets, and inhabitants complaining about house prices. The air here is often thick with the sound of clapper striking ancient metal, and there are two main culprits that create this magnificent sound, St Saviours and St Marys. St Saviours, the grey stone giant of Markhouse Road, is the nearest church to me. I can hear its bells when they are rung on Sunday mornings. If I have had a few too many sweet sherries the night before and I’m still in bed, the sound of the bells drifts in through the bedroom window and fills the room. The volume rising and falling as the breeze catches the sound and moves it around the streets of E17. Some of my best Sunday mornings have started with a cuppa in the back garden listening to sound of the bells ringing out from the mighty spire down the road. I don’t often hear the bells of St Marys ring as it’s further away from home, but I was lucky enough to hear the newly restored bells peal a few weeks ago. A peal is when bells are rung continuously in at least 5000 different sequences or ‘changes’, and a performance typically lasts over three hours. It was pretty magical to stand by those ancient walls for a while and listen to the bells ringing out across the village. Surrounded by the ivy clad churchyard, with nothing but the sound of the ten bells for company, it was easy to forget that central London is just a few miles down the road. Church bells, a sound from the countryside that has been enveloped by the city. A sound that sings of roast dinners and afternoon pints in the pub. A sound that says, relax, it’s Sunday, take things easy. 36

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The Magpie’s beady eyes are on the look-out for the shiniest, funniest remarks, witty retorts and bizarre sightings to share and retweet from the borough’s social media channels.

Photographs: Atm Bird Mural Photo by Stow Brothers; Mark Mcclure Mural/Nail Art photo by Instagram @Sarahkategraham; Wheelie Bins by Melanie Briggs; Workwear by Stow Diary; Wf Logo by Walthamstow Toss

Thanks this month to Twitter, Greater Leyton Tourism Board, Walthamstow Toss, Leytonstone Life and Walthamstow Life.

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Highlight of my weekend? Seeing someone’s nail job inspired by my #Walthamstow #mural from last year with @woodstreetwalls


We’ve been quietly preparing for the upcoming Leytonstone Festival. The Leytonstone Arts Trail will be joining up, as will the Leytonstone Mattress trail and Leytonstone Half-Eaten-Chicken-Box trail. Greater Leyton Tourism Board #stormdoris Widespread devastation in Walthamstow Village. PRAY FOR US JA: You laugh now but we’ve got it big time in Chingford! GW: According to the BBC Doris Stokes is about to blow us all to Armageddon!

A car skidded off the road in Scotland! Only 400 miles away! And Blackpool had some white waves and that’s... only up north. MB: These are END DAYS. GO: My thoughts are with your recycling at this sad time PH: There’s probably a support group in Orford Road handing out tofu to victims SB: There’s a plastic bag in a tree near my house, who should I call? MB: Ghostbusters. RR: Will the EU send us some foreign aid? JA: Oh it’s over. Must’ve been a storm in a teacup. KS: #neverforget RC: Best quote I saw today was that it’s ‘wheelie bin windy!’ Walthamstow Life Don’t all rush at once but this unique handcarved wooden statue is available from Remar on the High Road for a bargain £100. SL: You can hardly have that standing on your mantelpiece can you. CW: Here’s hoping it IS unique. Can you imagine if there were more than one?! RO: Let’s all chip in, buy it and burn it. Moral of the story: money goes to charity and we relieve Leytonstonians of this horrid piece of art. JS: I would buy it, but I haven’t got enough room at home with all the wooden lions I’ve been buying from there. JK: I might be wrong but it looks like £1,100 RO: OK, this is ruining our bonfire. FQ: Those abs though! DD: Even the horse behind is trying to get away LA: It certainly is... umm unique.. looks like he’s holding his willy. RT: Has he got a woody? PA: I wouldn’t diss it too much... These creepy wooden statues can be very vengeful... Leytonstone Life

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Please everyone, stop bloody moaning. Spring is on the way. Just enjoy your life. We’re not here for long xx SS: Don’t tell me those bloody awful daffodils are on their way again?! KT: Yes, spoiling our lives with their joyfulness. SS: Yeah, ganging up with their crocus friends. KT: Don’t even mention the snowdrops. Eeww! GW: Never mind snowdrops, bluebells are rampant killers! Poisoning all other plants around them. JM: The swines! Coming round here, spreading their joy - what a liberty! AW: Surely we’ll have tulips now we are in mini holland…? Walthamstow Life If the shop keeper from Mr Benn ran a market stall it would be this one. Might buy a boiler suit and pretend to be a mechanic for the day @StowDiary Have u lost your goat? It’s on Hale End Road ML: “A child has become lodged in the tunnel of goats.” PB: I ain’t afraid of no goats Walthamstow Life

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Exhibitions & weekly events Arts & Crafts 5 April-21 May NEW Plant Works: A Factory As It Might Be William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Exhibiting cardboard plant-machines and 2D counterparts by artist Clare Mitten. A reimagining of A Factory As it Might Be - William Morris’s vision for how beautiful factories would act as centres of education and creativity. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. 4-29 April NEW Wonder: Alan Craxford Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP Paper cuts, drawings and photographs. Private view 6 April. Tues-Sat 9-5.30pm. FREE. Until 16 April Side by Side Buhler and Co, 8 Chingford Road E17 4PJ Side by Side presents pairs of silkscreen prints by Kate Banazi, Frea Buckler, Giuseppe D’Innella, Nounua and Sophie Smallhorn. The first in a series of Look Up exhibitions at Buhler and Co. Open cafe hours Tues-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm, closed Mon. FREE. & 7-30 April NEW Kally Laurence Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9NJ See this month’s E List cover feature. A selection of large-scale, colourful work from RCA printmaker Kally Laurence’s recent show at Winns Gallery. Beautiful monotypes combining screen and block printing and painting. Preview drinks Friday 7 April 7-9pm. Child, dog and cyclefriendly outdoor venue. Open daylight hours, lit until midnight. FREE 6-30 April NEW Juan Carlos Meana: Strategic Plan The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG An installation using rulers, set-squares and shell casings. Part of a broader work which deals with identity tensions between the individual and society. Private view 6 April. Thurs-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. Events marked 38

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Until 13 April ICON Wynwood Art District Cafe, 2A Chingford Road E17 4PJ Group exhibition of thought-provoking artwork on this month’s ‘Icon’ theme. Open cafe hours 8am-6pm daily. FREE. 14-28 April NEW Town & Country: Images Familiar and Strange? Wynwood Art District Cafe, 2A Chingford Road E17 4PJ A must see exhibition of original watercolour and oil paintings by Rodger Winn and Andrew Stokes. Open cafe hours 7am-6pm daily. FREE. Until 14 May Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP See our feature on page 10. A rare chance to view Frank Brangwyn’s collection of Japanese art at the William Morris Gallery, including prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige. Marking the 150th anniversary of Brangwyn’s birth. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. Until 30 June Meow! Walthamstow Library, High Street E17 7JN Meow used to be a stray, now he has a fantastic home and an art show in Walthamstow library. Art and poetry exhibition with free colouring-in sheets for young visitors. Open during normal library hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm. FREE. Until 2 April Rose Parker: Scenes from a Virtual Journal The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Visual representations of words and phrases relating to a traveller’s experiences. Thurs-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 125pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. 27 April-27 May NEW Wonderful Wetlands 2017 Exhibition The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA See works by local artists, learn from historical artefacts and look out for swifts overhead. Learn about local wildlife and this amazing new resource. A celebration of the wildlife, history and development of the amazing Walthamstow Wetlands. Open during normal Mill hours: Tues-Fri 9.30am6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. FREE.




Until 22 April Memories of Shops and Shopping around St James Street The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Photographs from the 1860s and recorded voices to 2017 tell the story of Walthamstow’s first shopping centre and its buildings, in an exhibition linked to Waltham Forest Council’s Heritage Lottery funded Townscape Heritage Regeneration Project. Open during normal Mill hours: Tues-Fri 9.30am6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. FREE.

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Mondays Walthamstow & District Photographic Society Greenleaf Road Baptist Church, 4 Greenleaf Road E17 6QQ Enthusiastic mixed group meeting for lively talks, discussions, competitions and courses. 8-10pm. First 3 visits FREE.

19-21 April NEW Clementine’s Fabulous Roadshow Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Harking back to the good old 1970’s TV Variety Special. Clementine is a dolly diva (think the love child of Barbie and Pinocchio), the glamorous hostess with some very special puppet guests. 8pm. £12.50+fee. clementines-fabulous-roadshow

Leytonstone Arts Trail 1-9 July 2017 Call for Artists Find venue and register by 9 April Until 21 May WE: The Ex-Warner Estate in Waltham Forest Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Exploring the history of Warner Estate houses and the memories of people who lived in them. Artists Lucy Harrison and Katherine Green capture the stories of these unique homes through original photography, interviews and artefacts. Supported by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. Wednesdays NEW The Nag’s Head Knitting Club The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Rd E17 9LP Everyone welcome for a chat and a knit. For all levels of knitters. Over 18s only. 7-9pm. FREE, but donations welcome. Rebecca Hayes 020 8520 9709

5-9 April NEW The Story of Bart Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Beginning a UK tour, here’s the story of Lionel Bart, genius film score and songwriter behind classic musicals such as Oliver. West End Star John Barr takes on the role of Bart, telling his own story, and is joined by some very special guests and full band performing Bart’s most unforgettable hits. 8pm. £15+fee. the-story-of-bart

Fridays NEW Live Music at In Vino Veritas In Vino Veritas, 21 Orford Road E17 9NL Listen to great live jazz, blues and traditional standards while enjoying some fantastic wine and food. Who knows, there might even be a bit of a singalong. 7.30-10pm. FREE entry. Fortnightly, 7 & 21 April NEW Nag’s Head presents… Alternative Fridays The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP With Lemony F.K. spinning your fave tunes every other Friday. Over 18s only! 7-11pm. FREE. Fortnightly on Mondays and the last Thursday: 3, 17 & 27 April HarmonyE4 Winchester Road Methodist Church, Winchester Road, Highams Park E4 9JP A community choir for Highams Park. Join us as we rehearse an all-new Spring set. All abilities, ages and genders welcome. 7.45-9.30pm. £5. Kate Milner 07969 269107 Mondays Waltham Forest Community Choir St Mary’s Church, Church Hill E17 9RJ A friendly choir with a wide-ranging repertoire. No audition required. Open to all adults living or working in Waltham Forest but actively looking for tenors and basses. 7.30-9.30pm. £5 plus termly subscription. 07954 740745



Mondays Sing17 (formerly WO choir) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Join our thriving, all ability choir. Absolutely no auditions. Drop in and join in. Inclusive informal and fun. 7.30-9pm. £7, £6 in adv, FREE taster. Laura 07813 686980 Tuesdays The CommUnity Gospel Choir Wesleyan Christian Centre, 1 Harrow Green, Leytonstone E11 3HP All welcome with no audition, make new friends and sing uplifting, inspiring Gospel music! No experience or skill needed, just a willingness to join in and have fun singing with others. 7.159pm. £5, or £45 for all 10 in adv. Beverly Collins 07984 398271 Choir Tuesdays East Side Jazz Club Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Weekly modern jazz club hosted by drummer Clive Fenner features the UK’s best jazz musicians in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The Music Room has a bar with real ale. 8.30-11pm. £6 on the door, no membership required. Wednesdays WAVE Community Choir Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road E17 7BY We’re funky, jazzy and recruiting! All welcome, no auditions. Fresh from our performance with Cleo Laine and Jacqui Dankworth we’re raring to go. 7.30-9.30pm. First rehearsal FREE, then £10, £8 conc. Virginia Firnberg 07813 116505 Wednesdays (Term time only) Natural Voices: Walthamstow Mixed Choir for Men & Women Orford Road Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Taking the stuffiness out of choirs! It’s singing with a twist of fun. Beginners welcome, no auditions and no sightreading. We do glorious covers of pop, soul, rock, jazz and comedy songs. 7.309pm. Taster session FREE, £10 pay as you go, £8 when booked per term. Lizzy Renihan 07950 204338 Fridays Karaoke Night with CNN Karaoke The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Old songs, new songs, rock n’ roll and blues songs... something for everyone. Join us as you take the mic and become the star. 8.30pm-midnight. FREE entry. Events marked





Thursdays NEW Hornbeam Nights: Live Music The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Hornbeam Nights every Thursday are going from strength to strength and we’re loving having such a range of music transform our cafe into a buzzing evening music venue. Happy Hour 7.30-8.30pm, all drinks £3. Check website and Facebook for weekly details. 7.30-11pm. FREE. Tuesdays North East London Voices Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG The NELV collective is seeking new singers, songwriters and performers aged 11-18yrs. We sing a variety of songs from Emeli Sande to Michael Jackson as well as writing our own. Join us! 6.30-7.30pm. £2.80 per session, £28 per 10 or £14 for low income families 020 8496 1582

Film Tuesdays Free Cinema Night The Red Lion Ballroom, 640 High Road, Leytonstone E11 3AA Come and watch some classic films on our big screen for no charge at all. There’s a fully stocked bar open and we even throw in free popcorn too! Doors 7.30pm, film 8pm. FREE.

Quizzes & Games Saturdays NEW Plonk Crazy Golf The Chequers, 145 High Street/Storey Road E17 7BX Plonked down at The Old Stable’s Yard at The Chequers, Plonk’s new 9-hole course wraps around the newly opened yard. 12 noon-11pm. £9. Fortnightly on Tues 11 & 25 NEW Tuesday Board Games Evening Mirth, Marvel and Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH A fortnightly evening of games with a small and friendly group. Expect modern and traditional, strategy and party games, board, card, dice and tile games. Favouring competitive games over cooperative ones. Over 18s only. 7-11pm. 0208 926 6862 Fortnightly on Thurs 6, 20 NEW Thursday Board Games Evening Hoe Street Club (beside Pretorian Tattoo), 9a-11a Hoe Street E17 4SD As above except different dates & venue

Thursdays Neil’s Music Quiz The Flowerpot, 128 Wood Street E17 3HX Hosted by Neil’s Big Quiz this weekly music quiz includes picture and table rounds. How many bonus points will you get for the connection? Cash jackpot! 9-11pm. £1. Mondays The MMM Quiz Night Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH Weekly quiz night in the Mirth foyer bar. Includes £50 cash prize. From 8pm. £2 per person, no team size limit but penalties for teams over 6! Sundays Friendly Pub Quiz Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Free entry and top prize £50. 8.30-11pm. FREE. Nic 020 8520 3709 Sundays General Knowledge Quiz Night The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Weekly quiz night, with general knowledge and specialist rounds including an interval round. Cash jackpot £50 plus and Play Your Cards Right. 8.30-11pm. £1.50. Mondays Pop Quiz The Nags Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP An entertaining and fun evening, though prepare for the deadly earworm! Not the average music quiz. Food available courtesy of The Koop. Quiz starts 8pm. £2 each, max 8 per team. Tuesdays Quiz Night The Royal Oak Pub & Kitchen, 320 Hale End Road, Highams Park IG8 9LN A very enjoyable, fun-filled quiz night with prizes and more prizes. 8pm.

Tuesdays General Knowledge Quiz The Village Pub, 31 Orford Road E17 9NL Can you beat the cards? Will you be lucky 7 or will you be taking home the spoon? Quiz night with cash and wine to be won with Neil’s Big Quiz. 8.30-11pm. £1.50. Wednesdays Leyton Technical Quiz Night 265b High Road Leyton E10 5QN £50 cash prize for the winners, bottle of house wine for the runners up plus a cumulative bonus round rollover prize and spot prizes too. 8pm start. £2 per person. Sundays The Micro-Pub Quiz Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Every single Sunday join us in our micro-brewery for a micro-pub quiz. Cash prizes, free drinks and a packet of crisps are up for grabs! 5-7pm. £1 per person. Tash 07815 413942

Gardening & Environment Thursdays William Morris Garden: Volunteer Gardening Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Help keep the William Morris Garden looking beautiful. Join our welcoming group to improve your health and wellbeing, be part of your community, meet new people, gain skills and get outdoors. No gardening experience necessary. Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Free tea and cake provided. 10am-1pm. FREE. 0208 496 2822

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1st, 2nd & 3rd Tuesday & last Saturday Chingford Green Gym Ridgeway Park, The Ridgeway, Old Church Road E4 6XU Conservation volunteering is a cure for many of life’s ills, they say. There’s no better cure than being in the great outdoors and it enables volunteers to get physically active. All tools and refreshments provided. 10am-1pm. FREE. Gareth 0208 533 8022

Tuesdays Bongalong for under 5s Greenleaf Road Baptist Church, 4 Greenleaf Road E17 6QQ As above except different venue. 1.30pm.

Fridays Lloyd Park Green Gym Meet outside the Stables, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP As above except different day, time and location. 10.45am-2pm.

Fridays Bongalong for under 5s The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA As above. 2.15-3pm.

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Mon, Weds & Thurs Bongalong for under 1s St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF As above. Mondays 2.30pm, Wednesdays 10am and Thursdays 1.30 and 2.30pm.

Saturdays NEW Free Health and Social Walk Meet at Wanstead Place GP Surgery, 45 Wanstead Place E11 2SW Organised weekly walk visiting Leytonstone, Whipps Cross, Wanstead and South Woodford. No booking required, just turn up and enjoy the company! 10.30-11.30am. FREE. Michelle Wood 020 8708 0950

Saturdays E17 Village Market Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Indoor market brought to you by local residents and micro businesses, showcasing the best in artisan produce, international street food, homeware, clothing and gifts. 10.30am-3.30pm.

Thursdays until August NEW The B.R.E.A.K. Project Paradox Centre, 3 Ching Way, Chingford E4 8YD Exciting new project funded by the Big Lottery for young women and girls aged 14+. During the programme, you will gain insight into topics that affect women on a daily basis. 5-7pm. FREE. Kasima 07535 280467

Sundays Farmers’ Market Town Square, Walthamstow E17 4HU Stalls offering a changing, seasonal selection of meat, game and poultry, cheese, eggs, fruit, vegetables, cider, baked goods, honey, plants and herbs, seafood, pies, quiches and cakes. Please note, some stalls may take a week off without notice. 10am-2pm.

Thursdays 20 April-18 May Junior Art Club The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA For kids over 6 years; Five sessions on ‘dragons’ with David - paper, cardboard and clay. Sign up for all sessions if possible and create your own dragons! Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Can be messy. Limited places so please book. 4-5.30pm. £2. David Hughes 020 8521 3211

Mondays Pop-Up Pay-What-You-Feel Food Stall The Hornbeam, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH See locations for Best Before Project’s pop-up stalls which give away food that is near its sell by date or end of the line stock. We’re also looking for Food Rescuer volunteers and shop donors. 12-3pm. FREE. food-rescuers-wanted

Mon-Fri exc Tues (term-time only) Bongalong for under 5s St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF Fun, creative music, movement and make believe - a lively mix of singing, dancing, let’s pretend and fab percussion instruments. Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays 10am and 11am sessions plus 1.30pm on Mondays and 11am only on Wednesdays. £5.25 booked termly. 07811 460282

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Saturdays OrganicLea Market Stall The Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Organic and local sustainably grown fruit, vegetables, homemade bread, jams and preserves. Healthy Start vouchers can be used. 10am-3pm. our-market-stall

Saturdays Community Local Produce Market Stall with OrganicLea & Transition Leytonstone St John’s Church, Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG As above. 10am-3pm.

Calendar of events Saturday 1 Monthly Car Boot Sale Staff car park (near Accident & Emergency), Whipps Cross Hospital, Whipps Cross Road E11 1NR Car boot sale on the first Saturday of the month, presented by the Whipps Cross Hospital League of Friends. No food or drink sellers please. 7am12noon.FREE. To book a space call Mrs. B. Fone on 020 8556 3492 between 5-9pm Monday to Friday. Cars £10, vans £14. Spring Flower Arranging for Adults Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Learn to create your own beautiful spring flower arrangement, perfect for your Easter table. Flowers supplied, but bring your own spring ornaments if you wish. No children please. 10am-12pm. FREE, but donations welcome. Vicky Peet 07870 678571 Meadow Sowing, Plant & Seed Swap and BEE17 Honey Meadow by the Ancient House, Church End E17 9RW Help us re-sow the meadow with wildflower seeds. Bring your plants and seeds to swap and buy local BEE17 honey. 10.30am-2pm. FREE entry. Honey £5 with all profits towards Walthamstow Village In Bloom. 07814 042499 Spring Concert St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow, 8 Church End/Church Hill E17 9RJ Waltham Forest Community Choir perform Faure’s Requiem and other works. 7.30-9.30pm. £8, £5 conc. 07954 740745



Vintage Retro and More! Lister Hall, Leytonstone Methodist Church, High Road/Lister Road, Leytonstone E11 3DA Fab stalls loaded with interesting vintage and retro goods for you and your home plus homemade eats. Plus local DJ and performer. Family and pet friendly, and accessible venue. 11am5pm. £1, children FREE. Sandra 07956 221710 Saturday Stitching Club Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre, 90 Crownfield Road E15 2BG Our Club is open to beginners and more experienced sewers. We particularly welcome disabled sewers and sewers learning to cope with changes to their abilities. 11am-3pm. £6. Peri 020 8534 1589 Easter Table Top Sale Waltham Forest Resource Hub (North), 58 Hall Lane, Chingford E4 8EU Grab a bargain and help us raise funds for our work in Waltham Forest. 100s of books, DVDs and CDs on sale, bake sale, handcrafted blankets & cuddly toys. 11am-3pm. FREE. Emma Tozer 020 8558 5512 Pop-Up Pay-What-You-Feel Food Stall Outside Matalan, 829-837 Leytonstone High Road E11 1HH Pop-along to a pop up ‘Best Before’ stall and find out more about reducing food waste in your local area while picking up some low cost ‘pay-whatyou-feel’ food. 11am-3pm. FREE. food-rescuers-wanted Family Board Games St Mary’s Welcome Centre, Church Lane E17 9RJ Turn off the TV, mobile, tablet and desktop PC. Come and play board games. Only 90 different games to to choose from, and refreshments available. Proceeds to help towards a Girl Guides trip to Thailand in the Summer. 2-6.30pm. £2, children £1. Ossie 07921 648140 Stanza Da Tre, Emma Langford & Residence NonAme Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Stanza Da Tre is a trio playing Italian music in its various styles and genres at 5.30pm. Emma Langford singersongwriter - an Irish lilt with Latin beat, jazz and folk, is on at 8pm. Britrock/ folk band Residence NonAme from Germany (are on at 9.30pm). 5pmmidnight. FREE.

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Czech and Slovak Business Networking Event Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Meet Czechs and Slovaks, in business or starting a business in London, to share experiences, learn from each other and find new contacts! 5-10pm. £5. Refugee Stories & Supper Club: More Than a Meal Central Parade, 137 Hoe Street E17 4RT A culmination of months of training for our multi-national team of refugee volunteers who’ve been working in partnership to produce a 3-course vegetarian meal, with theatre and song, and personal stories of migration and movement. A memorable event! 7.30pm. £30 includes meal, welcome drink, live entertainment and a vital contribution towards chef & food safety training, language classes, venue hire and volunteer expenses. Leyton Orient Fans Trust Fundraising Gig Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Barnstorming punk poet/songwriter Attila the Stockbroker; political folk-punks Steve White & The Protest Family plus Walthamstow legend Graham Larkbey. Profits go to save Leyton Orient. 8pmmidnight. £10, £8 conc + booking fee. Cross the Tracks: DJ Andy Smith The Red Lion, 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA DJ Andy Smith’s adventure through the legend’s vault of 45s. On the first Saturday of the month. 335 Experience The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Excellent blues-rock 3-piece with a hard-edged rhythm and blues attitude. Went down a storm on their debut. 8.30-11pm. FREE. John Murry What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Critically acclaimed American singer/ songwriter John Murry was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi and currently resides in Kilkenny, Ireland. “Extraordinary, profound and moving” The Guardian. 8.30-11.30pm. FREE with collection.

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Play House Disco Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ Need a pint but need to entertain the kids? At the monthly Play House Disco you can do both! Featuring, thumping music, food, cheap bar, crafting, facepainting, baby area, massage and lots of crazy disco lighting! 1-4pm. Children £5, adults £8, early bird discount tickets available.

Kids’ Easter Sports Camp Walthamstow Sports Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN See Mon 3

Holiday Art Fun The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Make birds from recycled materials with local artist Michelle Reader. For children over 6. Under 8s must be accompanied. 2-4.30pm. FREE. Booking essential. Natasha McFadzean 0208 521 3211

Stow Film Lounge presents ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953, Cert U) Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH Audrey Hepburn at her luminous debut best, plays a bored and sheltered princess who escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman (Gregory Peck) in Rome. Winner of 3 Oscars, it’s as funny as it is beautiful. Doors 2pm, film 2.30pm, close 4.30pm. £7/£5 conc. Buy at the bar, on the door or online Sunday Family Club Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, Kings Road E4 7HR Taking place on the 1st and 3rd Sundays with activities from Kids’ Kitchen, Walk the Loop and Craft activities. Bring your wellington boots! Thanks to the Friday Hill Community Association for the support. 2-4pm. FREE. Sunday Sessions at The Bell The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE On the first Sunday of the month, some of the very best unsigned acoustic acts in London perform. Hosted by Trevor Kaneswaran. 7.30-10.30pm. FREE. Wizz Jones at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Legendary fingerpicking guitarist Wizz learned his craft in the Soho coffee bars of the 1950s. An inspirational performer and great songwriter. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £6 unwaged.

Monday 3 Kids’ Easter Sports Camp Walthamstow Sports Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN For kids aged 6-16. Indoor and outdoor sports including squash coaching. Fun and games and a bookish mystery guest. Bring packed lunch and trainers. DBS checked squash coaches. Repeated Tuesday and Wednesday. 9.30am5pm. £10 for each half day. Vicky te Velde 07538 574058

E17 Puppet Project: Vikings & Valkyries! William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP For families with children aged 6-13. Discover the Icelandic Volsung legends - thrilling tales of warriors, gods, heroes, dragons and magic which inspired William Morris. A brand new show, combining puppetry, live action and storytelling. 11am-12pm and 1.302.30pm. FREE, booking essential. 020 8496 4390 Social Dances in Leyton The Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road E10 5JY Supported by Waltham Forest Culture and led by Akademi, the social dances in Leyton will celebrate many different dance styles. Hit the dance floor to Quadrille, Bollywood, Salsa, Lindy Hop and much more! 1-4pm. £5 cash on the door or online from our website, carers FREE. Giulia Ghinelli 020 7691 3210

Wednesday 5 Kids’ Easter Sports Camp Walthamstow Sports Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN See Mon 3

Juan Carlos Meana: Strategic Plan The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Private view for Strategic Plan, an installation using rulers, set-squares and shell casings. Part of a broader work which deals with identity tensions between the individual and society. Until 30 April. 6.30-8.30pm. FREE. Wonder: Alan Craxford Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP Private view for Wonder, Alan Craxford’s exhibition of paper cuts, drawings and photographs. Until 29 April. 6.308.30pm. FREE. The Victoria’s Acoustic Moonshine The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Open mic night, on the first Thursday of the month, with house instruments available and live recordings. All music welcomed so come and make some magic. 8.30pm-midnight. FREE. Sam or Pixie 020 8521 7611

Under 5s, Lloyd Park Nature Explorers: Easter and Baby Animals Community Room, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Forest Rd E17 4PP We’ll begin inside with a simple craft related to our monthly theme, with books and toys available, followed by a ramble in the park before stories and a healthy snack inside. 10am-12pm. FREE, but donations appreciated. Vicky Peet 07870 678571

Late Night Larder Wanstead presents Meet the Brewer with ELB The Larder, Wanstead, 39 High Street E11 2AA ELB brewers Dave Rathborne and Hannah Davidson will provide an introduction to the company, some interesting insights into London brewing as well as a guided tasting of their core beers. 7-10pm. £12. Grace Sankey 07742 125741

Pixie presents: Cabaret at the William Morris Bar William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Road E17 4JD Tonight it’s cabaret from Carmen Dioxide and Dixie Delight, on stage from 9pm. Arrive before 8.30pm for jerk chicken and chips. 7pm-midnight. £5. Pixie 07415 295176

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Jazz Evening with Martin Speake & his quartet Thelonius Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent. 8-11pm. FREE.

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Kid’s Book Drop for charity Give A Book Tidy Books Offices, The Tramworks, 10 Hatherley Mews E17 4QP Drop off your pre-loved children’s books at Tidy Books HQ and we’ll donate them to registered charity Give A Book who distributes books to breakfast clubs and school book clubs around London. 10am-5pm. Three Step Manouevre feat. Georgia Van Etten Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG A classic organ trio playing the music of funk pioneers like James Brown and The Meters and jazz legends such as Jimmy Smith and John Scofield. Genre: Funk. 10pm-midnight. FREE.

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Friday 7 (continued) Kally Laurence Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9NJ See this month’s E List cover feature. Preview drinks for Kally Laurence’s show of beautiful monotypes combining screen and block printing and painting. Continues until 30 April. Child, dog and cycle-friendly outdoor venue. 7-9pm. Walthamstow Gay Meetup Email for venue details, E17 In its 3rd year this is a friendly, convivial evening of like-minded people having a great time around a drink or two with good conversations, fun and lots of laughter. 6.30-10pm. FREE, but membership £5 per year. Jean-Francois Woodford and Warner Trini Supper Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Delicious Caribbean food from the very talented Mrs Moore. Hot and good, with plenty of veggie options and cocktails to match. 6.30-10pm. Dish prices vary. Children’s portions available. Becky 07905 484711 Stow Film Lounge presents HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (2016, Cert 12) Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS An hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser; equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story. A boy and his foster father (Sam Neill) become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. Doors 7.45pm, film 8.30pm, close 11pm. £8/£6 conc. Pre-booked ticket & pizza deal £13.50. Buy on the door or online at The New Music Show on Shoreditch Radio Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Everything East: April Showcase. Acoustic and cabaret punky vibes featuring three new artists. 7.30-10pm. FREE. Ming City Rockers bring Riot & Ruination The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU An Alternative Gathering are pleased to present Immingham’s finest (and only) export Ming City Rockers plus support from The Blue Carpet Band, Starsha Lee and Inglourious Thunderc*nts. 8pm11.45pm. £6 or £8 on the door.

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Cool Late Night Jazz The William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Road E17 4JD Cool late night jazz from the Paul Kaufman quartet and guests. 8.3011.30pm. FREE. Rush Job The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF John Garner (Higham Flyers) teams up again with guest singers Sam Henwood, Arty Parker and members of the general public. Fancy a sing? Message the pub and we’ll see what we can do. 8.3011.30pm. FREE.

Saturday 8 Workshop: Growing Edible Mushrooms Indoors or Out Wood Street Scout Hall, 205 Wood Street E17 3NU Prepare different conventional and resourceful growing mediums to grow delicious oyster mushrooms. A workshop for adults and accompanied children. Bring food to share with neighbours for lunch. 10.45am2.30pm. £10 per household or FREE for Beans on Balconies residents & businesses. Contact for booking info. Morag 07899 904939 Marshland Medicine: Herb Walk Meet at Coppermill Field Car Park, Coppermill Lane E17 7HG Monthly guided plant walk exploring the seasonal rotations of food and medicine for our bodies and souls. Sharing knowledge of plant recognition, folklore, medicinal uses and responsible foraging practices. 12-2pm. £10, £8 conc. 07784 506494 Bach’s St Matthew Passion Chingford Parish Church, The Green E4 7EN London Forest Choir perform this towering choral work with the Sylvan Ensemble, outstanding soloists and Southend Boys and Girls choirs. There will be a long ‘supper’ interval. 5.3010pm. £13, £7.50 students/conc. Stow Kids’ Film Lounge presents MOANA (2017, Cert PG) Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Set in Ancient Polynesia this animated adventure sees a spirited teenager set sail on a daring mission to prove herself and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest to set right a terrible curse. Doors 11am, film 11.30am, close 1.30pm. £5.50 child (inc pre-film activity)/£4 accompanying adults. £12 party package. Buy on the door or online at

DANCE/FITNESS Mark Matthews / Dale Bennett & The Incidentals / Haripaul Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Line-up features Mark Matthews; original pop/indie from Dale Bennett & the Incidentals and Haripaul band with diverse influences - a fresh and original blend of rock, reggae and classic soul. 7.30-midnight. FREE. Sonic Rebellion & Metal Warriors present Dirty Falcon / Slave Steel Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Monthly night of rock and metal anthems from London’s top DJs. With live thrash/death-metal and raw rock’n’roll tonight. 8-11.45pm. FREE. Howlin’ Mojo Bones The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Local legend George Witter is back with a brand new band. If you love blues, you’ll love this. 8.30-11pm. FREE. Pixie presents: Movie Star Fancy Dress & Cabaret The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Cabaret from drag queen Electric Blue leads a movie star-themed fancy dress night with a prize for best dressed. 9pm-3am. FREE. Pixie 07415 295176

Sunday 9 Spring Blooms Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH It’s Palm Sunday so celebrate springtime by decorating a tile or flowerpot inspired by Vestry’s beautiful garden or William Morris’s flower designs. Plant a seedling and take your pot home with you. With artist Lucy Rainbow. 1.30-4pm. FREE drop in event for families. Donations towards costs appreciated. German Language Play & Activity Group Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, Kings Road E4 7HR A monthly group of indoor and outdoor family activities for those interested in the German language and culture. 2-4pm. FREE. St Barnabas Sunday Concerts: No Place Like Home St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Road E17 8JZ Soul searching music from far and wide; the heart’s journey to distant shores and home again. Gorgeous melodies from opera, song and film. 4-5pm. FREE but donations appreciated for a local charity. Concerts



Sing-Song Club Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Sing and play through some of the greatest songs ever written. Lyrics and chords will be projected on the screen. Join in whether you’re just singing along, playing your uke or shaking a maraca. 7-10pm. FREE. Ben Bedford at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA A very rare chance to see a young songwriter who is really going places. 8pm. £8, £6 unwaged.

Monday 10 Easter Creative Project for Kids Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS We’ll be delivering a series of four exciting sessions that explore printmaking and visual art alongside African and Caribbean rhythm and movement. 1-4pm. £12, £40 for all 4 Anna Alcock 07753 686331 Moving to Mars (2009) Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH A fascinating documentary which reveals the pain and joy of two Burmese refugee families as they are resettled in Sheffield. Plus Q&A with WF Council and The Refugee Council. Event organised by Walthamstow Migrants Action Group. 7.30-10pm. Suggested donation £5 to WMAG. Red Imp presents Leyton Orient Football Trust Benefit with Romesh Ranganathan Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe St E17 4SA Leyton Orient, one of the UKs oldest football clubs, is under threat so Red Imp Comedy’s Football Trust fundraiser present Bob Mills, Romesh Ranganathan, Nig Lovell and Red Imp favourite Ninia Benjamin. 8-10pm. £25. Book via

Tuesday 11 Easter Creative Project for Kids Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Details as Monday 10. Uncaged Burlesque present News Flash! Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU This week’s craziest headlines, Burlesque style. The stories they didn’t dare broadcast! ‘Sordid, salacious, distasteful. I liked it!’ T. May. 8-11pm. £15. Neil Lewis 07982 636522

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Pixie presents: Drag Idol Heat 1 The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Our first heat of Drag Idol. Contestants compete to go through to the heat final. 8pm-1am. FREE. Pixie 07415 295176

Wednesday 12 Easter Creative Project for Kids Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Details as Monday 10.

Thursday 13 Easter Creative Project for Kids Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Details as Monday 10. Creative Kids: Find your Voice William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Linking with the William Morris Gallery’s artist in residence Daniel Baker, come together to make a joyful noise using beat, rhyme and song. Creative Kids is a regular session for under 5s to enjoy with their parents and carers. 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm. FREE, booking essential. 020 8496 4390 Jazz Up Thursday: Jazz Jam Night Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Bring your instruments, voice , whatever… Leytonstone’s twicemonthly Jazz Funk Jam, showcasing some of London’s finest up’n’coming talent plus monthly special guests. 8-11.30pm. FREE.

Friday 14 Good Friday The Good Friday Walk of Witness Meet Oxfam, 2-4 High Street E17 7LD Put on comfy shoes and join the churches of Walthamstow as we walk up the High Street from Oxfam to the Town Square. Followed by music, song and prayer. All welcome. 12-1.30pm. FREE. Viper The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Local favourites Viper return. Always lots of fun. 8.30-11pm. FREE. TJ Johnson Quartet Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Widely considered to be one of the UK’s finest jazz and blues singers, TJ is also an accomplished piano player and a respected bandleader. 9pm-12am. FREE.

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London International Ska Festival Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH World exclusive and world famous all-valve soundclash starring Dr. Huxtable’s Axis valv-a-tron versus Phil Bush’s Sounds & Pressure lo-fi. Vintage ska, rocksteady and reggae sounds the way they were intended to be heard. 8pm. £7 or FREE entry for LISF2017 wristband holders. Pixie presents Cabaret with Victoria Sponge The Chequers, 145 High Street/Storey Road E17 7BX A LGBT night with live cabaret from the Stow’s favourite drag queen Victoria Sponge (at 9pm) and a DJ on the decks playing all your favourite pop and disco numbers. 8pm-midnight. FREE.

Saturday 15 Wanstead Makers Market Christchurch Hall, Wanstead E11 2SW Prints, ceramics, clothing, jewellery, art and a fantastic plant-based cafe at the event with soup, vegan cakes and our legendary vegan sausage rolls! 10am4pm. FREE. Whose Egg? Easter Trail Meet at the Stables next to the tennis courts, Lloyd Park, Forest Rd E17 4PP Follow a trail around the Park to discover what animals lay eggs and get a chocolatey treat if you find them all. Easter-themed crafts too. 10am-1pm, just drop-in. FREE, but donations welcome. Vicky 07870 678571 Easter Egg Trail Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Pick up our popular Easter trail to complete around the museum and then collect a free chocolate egg as your reward! 10am-5pm, just drop-in. FREE. CreativiTEA 11: My World Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park E4 9QD In the last session of this series of visual arts workshops for adults we will be ‘Mapping Connections and Celebrating Diversity’. The session includes time for making, refreshments and group reflection. 11am-2pm. FREE but booking essential as space is limited Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening Meet in the garden near Forest Road gate, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Help keep the William Morris Garden looking lovely and improve your health and well-being, be part of your community, get outdoors and learn about gardening. Adults only. No experience required. 1-3pm. FREE. 0208 496 2822



Hip Hop On Wax presents Cutmaster Swift Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Tonight DJ Andy Smith (ex-Portishead) and one of the original DMC World DJ Championships winners from ‘89 DJ Cutmaster Swift, another pioneer of the art of turntablism. 8pm. £5. The Warriors / The Angry Agenda Top Dog / Kilburn Bomb Squad Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Raw street punk and Oi! The Warriors have been around since 1981! 7.3011.30pm. £10. Dr Bird / The Mighty Shuffle Brothers Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Dr Bird are a five-piece combo playing soul-infused, new wave, post punk and britpop. The Shuffle Brothers are an established east end pop/rock covers band, playing a mixture of 60s, 70s and modern; blues, pop and rock material. 7.30pm-12am. FREE. Little Wolf Acoustic The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF A cut down version of the fabulous covers act ‘Little Wolf’. Expect a rich mix of old and new standards and a few indie classics. 9-11pm. FREE.

Easter Sunday 16 Easter Sunrise: 6am Holy Communion Walthamstow Central Library, High Street E17 7JN A bright and early start to your day before you crack open the Easter eggs! Enjoy Communion and the wonderful promise Easter brings. Expect a warm welcome from St Luke’s in the High St. Wear warm clothing. 6-7am. FREE. Parish Office 020 8520 1430 Mill Radio The Mill , 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Contribute to our ‘radio programme’ (podcast); recorded at The Mill on the third Sunday of every month. Informal drop-in recording sessions are edited and uploaded to, where they remain permanently available. Join in the chat, read your poem, play your music, whatever you like. Completely free and very relaxed. 10am-1pm. FREE. Easter Egg Trail Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Pick up our popular Easter trail to complete around the museum and then collect a free chocolate egg as your reward! 10am-5pm, just drop-in. FREE.


Sunday Family Club Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, Kings Road E4 7HR Details as Sunday 2. Taiacore / The Beta Project Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Taiacore is an electro-acoustic indie/folk band that knows no borders or creative limits. The Beta Project stretches to reach many different genres and styles, whilst keeping a strong and recognizable identity and sound. 8-11pm. FREE.

Easter Monday 17 Kids’ Kitchen The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Monthly session: preparing and eating fresh healthy food with under 5s while singing songs, playing and washing up. 10am-12pm. £4, £2.50 conc includes child’s lunch. Booking essential.

Tuesday 18 Pixie presents: Drag Idol Heat 2 The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Our second heat of Drag Idol. Contestants compete to go through to the heat final. 8pm-1am. FREE. Pixie 07415 295176

Wednesday 19 Chingford Tea Dance Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Road E4 7EN Are you looking for leisure time with health benefits? Would you like to meet new people? Look no further – attend a local tea dance with music from DJ Mr Wonderful. 1-4pm. £5 cash on the door, carers FREE. Giulia Ghinelli 020 7691 3210 Case Hardin / Ida Wenøe What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB Much-loved UK band Case Hardin, fronted by enigmatic songwriter and vocalist Pete Gow. “One of the UK’s most gripping and evocative singersongwriters” Classic Rock. With Danish acid-folk songbird Ida Wenøe. 8.3011pm. FREE with collection. General Echo’s Ska & Rocksteady Special The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Monthly reggae disco; April focuses on some 60s & 70s classics played on original 45s. 8pm-midnight. FREE.

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Thursday 20 Walthamstow Rock’n’Roll Book Club: David Keenan: ‘Memorial Device’ Waterstones, Selborne Walk E17 7JR In conversation with David Keenan, the author of this year’s most talked about novel This is Memorial Device: An Hallucinated Oral History of the Post-Punk Music Scene in Airdrie, Coatbridge and Environs 1978-1986. 6-11pm. £5. 07595 014890 Shell Shocked Britain Walthamstow Sports Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN A talk by Suzie Grogan based on her book, Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health. It was inspired by the story of her great uncle. 7.30-10pm. FREE, but £3 donation welcome. Western Front Association London East Branch: Neil Pearce 07956 541897 Thursday Board Games Evening Hoe Street Club (beside Pretorian Tattoo), 9a-11a Hoe Street E17 4SD Details as 6 April Baroque Chamber Music for a Spring Day St Mary’s Church Walthamstow, Church End E17 9RJ Music in the Village present music by Janitsch, Handel, Vivaldi and more. With Gail Hennessy on oboe, Catherine Martin and John Crockatt violins, Gavin Kibble cello, Silas Wollston harpsichord. 7.30-9pm. £13, £6.50 conc. All tickets on the door. Los Otros The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Enjoy the mellow sounds of jazz standards or get up and dance to swing and Bossa Nova in the Victoria’s cosy upstairs bar. 9-11.30pm. FREE.

Friday 21 E17 Baby Social Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ Grown up music, grown up chat. A monthly social for E17 parents/carers and their babies/toddlers. 2-4pm. £3. Big Buddha Thai Kitchen Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St E17 9HQ Absolutely gorgeous Thai food from chef Nat, popping up at Mother’s Ruin. Veggie options available. No need to book. 6.30-9.30pm. Prices vary.

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Nag’s Head presents… Alternative Fridays The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP With Lemony F.K. spinning your fave tunes every other Friday. Over 18s only! 7-11pm. FREE.

Walthamstow Floral Art Society Walthamstow Sports Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN A monthly meeting for flower arranging demos, fun and friendship. 7.30-10pm. £7.50, members £2. Ann Young 020 8531 8178

Dial M for Music Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, 147 Whipps Cross Rd E11 1NP Monthly music club hosted by The Persecuted featuring the finest local talent. With visuals and vintage items for sale. 7.45-11pm. FREE, with collection for the bands.

J.C. Quartet, Georgia & The Vintage Youth Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Georgia & The Vintage Youth have recently established themselves on the city circuit and are generating some interest on the music scene and BBC Radio 2. Expect jazz/swing and R’n’B. 7pm-midnight. FREE.

Jaya / Jonjan The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Coppermill debut for powerful singersongwriter Jaya, and Jonjan returns with his fabulous percussive guitar-work. Jawdroppingly good. 9-11pm. FREE.

Saturday 22 Leytonstone Market: Launch St Johns Churchyard, High Road Leytonstone E11 1HH New outdoor market in the lovely St. John’s churchyard in central Leytonstone. Arts and crafts, hot and cold food and drinks, handmade gifts, pottery, photography, prints, clothing and jewellery, live music, face painting. Tables £20, gazebos £25, early bird discounts. 12-4pm. FREE entry. Earth Day Plant Sale The Mill , 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Join us for our plant sale; seed and plant swap; Mill knitters childrenswear and toys; bring and buy sale; homemade cakes and savouries and fresh coffee. Children’s activity packs available. 11-2pm. FREE. Natasha 020 8521 3211 Love Hale End Library Day Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park E4 9QD A free family fun day includes a vintage market; music and performances; author readings and signings; a childrens’ book swap; science and technology displays; crafting and drawing; tea and cake and a Pimms tent! 11am-3pm. FREE. Anti-Folk – The Next Generation: Scallywag Moshpit Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JUA An afternoon mini-festival of live music, poetry, arts’n’crafts, theatre and skill sharing for families. A safe space for kids and parents to relax and socialise. Adults only admitted if accompanied by children! Bands performing include Paul Hawkins & the Awkward Silences, David Cronenberg’s Wife and Extradition Order. 12-5pm. FREE.

Chicken Shack Rock’n’Roll Party Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU A night of fun-filled jiving, bopping and strolling - with a live rockabilly band and DJs to keep you up and dancing between sets. 8pm-12.30am. FREE. 020 8493 0303 Whiskey Mick & Friends The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Mick, Neil and Wayne return with their intoxicating and irresistible blend of gospel, folk and bluegrass. The perfect fit for the intimacy of The Coppermill. Not to be missed!. 8.30-11pm. FREE.

Sunday 23 Held at Hucks #012: Ned Roberts, Jay Sunaway & Guests Hucks, 81 Grove Rd E17 9BU See feature on page 7. An afternoon of live singer-songwriters performing in the intimate setting of Hucks. This month sees Guardian approved folk artist Ned Roberts, acoustic space-folk duo Jay Sunaway and guests. Hosted by Marc Oliver. 2-5pm. FREE. Stow Film Lounge presents THE THIRD MAN (1949, Cert PG) Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH An out of work American writer arrives in post-war Vienna to visit his old friend Harry Lime. On arrival, he learns that his friend has been killed in a street accident, but also that Lime was a black marketer wanted by the police. This atmospheric thriller is one of the undisputed masterpieces of cinema, and boasts iconic performances from Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. Doors 2pm, film 2.30pm, close 4.30pm. £7/£5 conc. Buy at the bar, on the door or online



Warner Residents’ Tea Party Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Tea party for Warner Estate residents. 2.30-4.30pm. FREE but please RSVP. Lucy Harrison 07964 878315 Tyler Grant at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant is an internationally recognised guitar virtuoso, songwriter and vocalist. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £6 unwaged.

Monday 24 George Holyoake Bi-Centenary Talk Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road E11 2RQ Stefan Dickers, Bishopsgate Institute archivist, celebrates the life and times of freethinker Holyoake, founder of the National Secular Society, born April 1817.The Institute holds a treasure trove of material on Humanism and freethinking. 7.30-9pm. FREE. Paul 07801 429782

Tuesday 25 Infinitease: Quest for New Burlesque Stars Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Infinitease returns in its 4th fantastic season, once again bringing the UK’s best new burlesque performers together in the quest for new stars! 8-11pm. £15, early bird tickets £10. Neil Lewis 07982 636522

Wednesday 26 Games Night The Red Lion Ballroom, 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA Come and play with us on the last Wednesday of the month. Includes NES, SNES, Mega Drive, PS2, Xbox, Wii, chess, Scrabble, Jenga and Kerplunk! 7-11pm. £2 plus a £5 membership. 020 8988 2929 E17 Cook Book Club The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE ‘Clean & Dirty Cooking’ is the theme for this month’s foodie social evening where everyone brings their cook book inspiration and a dish to share with approx 10-15 people. All welcome, newbies, couples and singles. 8.3010.30pm. £3.

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Ted Russell Kamp / CALICO What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-Servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd E11 3DB Cosmic American music double-bill with Los Angeles’ singer/songwriter Ted Russell Kamp and CALICO, a Californian band in the deepest, most natural sense of the term. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection.

Thursday 27 Hornbeam Monthly Film Night The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH On the last Thursday of the month The Hornbeam shows a film on any subject that helps us think about the way we build communities, or live sustainably. Check website for the focus of the month’s film. 6-9.30pm. FREE. Launch of Wonderful Wetlands 2017 Exhibition The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Enjoy film clips, photos, archaeology, work by local artists, knitters and children. Meet Wetlands volunteers and celebrate the amazing Walthamstow Wetlands, right on our doorstep and soon to be open to all. Drop in, all welcome. 6-8.30pm. FREE. Highams Park Live The County Arms, 420 Hale End Road, Highams Park E4 9PB Presenting an acoustic evening of live performance with an eclectic programme of local songwriters, poets and storytellers. Drop Nigel a line if you’d like to perform at future events. 1.30-4.30pm. FREE. Nigel Mear 07730 985615

Friday 28 Sham’s Kitchen Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St E17 9HQ The divine Shams is back at the Gin Palace with her exceptional Pakistani street food pop up. Bloomin’ gorgeous food. 6.30-9.30pm. Dish prices vary. Dashing Dave’s Karaoke The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Come along and murder your favourite songs - or just watch in stunned admiration/embarrassment as your mates do it for you! 8-11pm. FREE. Jev & Ryan The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF This excellent duo regularly blow The Coppermill away so it’s great to have them back. 8.30-11pm. FREE. Events marked

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Battleacts: Improvised Comedy Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Award-winning comedy show that has performed to rave reviews around the country. Two teams of fearless improvisers are pitched against each other by a ball-busting compere. Over 18s only. 8pm. £6.

Czech & Slovak Karaoke The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Come and sing your favourite songs from the Czech-Slovak music scene! Excellent Slovak cuisine from Danube Regale, excellent Moravian wines and Staropramen on tap! 8pm-1am. £5.

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The Starclubbers The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF This Brazilian Beatles tribute band made their debut at the 2012 International Beatleweek and have been regularly touring the UK since. A one-off not to be missed! 9-11pm. FREE.

Family Day: Islamic Art William Morris Gallery, Forest Rd E17 4PP Explore the geometric patterns of Islamic art and discover how they were used by artist William De Morgan. 1-4pm. FREE, drop-in event for families with children of all ages. The Nag’s Head Spin-a-Disc Revived The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP Spin-a-disc is back on the last Saturday of the month. You bring the discs and our DJs will spin ‘em. Over 18s only. 8-11pm. FREE. Davis Lindley Mullan / Crayon Angels / The Mild East Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Former Stackridge and Korgis man Andrew Cresswell Davis with his smashing new acoustic trio DLM with support from local folk-pop-indie-progAmericana trio Crayon Angels and husband-and-wife-folksters The Mild East. 7.30-11pm. £10. Woolf Presents: Steve White & the Protest Family / The Big Faux Fibbers Forest Tavern, 173 Forest Lane E7 9BB Semi-acoustic singalong political folkpunk from Steve White & the Protest Family plus absurdist blues, space age pop and psychedelic delights from The Big Faux Fibbers. 8-11pm. FREE.

Sunday 30 Stow-a-Thon Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA The 4th edition of Walthamstow’s remarkable 24-hour party. Non-stop live music from our incredible community. All monies raised this year will go to CREST, supporting dementia sufferers across the borough. From 12 noon. FREE but donations encouraged. BeBop Baby The Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Rd E17 4RQ Glastonbabies live! A festival of music and fun, full-on interactive music, dance and storytelling where you join the band. Come dressed in your finest festival fashion or delve into the dressing up box. Buggy parking, baby changing, face painting and an all-important bar! 1-4pm. £5, £4 in advance, babes in arms FREE. Family discounts tickets too.

Classes/Courses Gardening & Environment Fridays Sunken Garden Community Orchard: Workshops Sunken Garden in front of Attlee Terrace Estate, Prospect Hill E17 3EQ Free gardening, landscape design, food growing and air pollution-busting workshops. 1-5pm. FREE.

Art & Crafts Wednesdays Sewing Workshop Cornerstone Church, 149 Canterbury Road (corner of Essex Road), Leyton E10 6EH Free event for all abilities, Make a bag, apron, dress and learn how to use a sewing machine in a fun and friendly environment. 12-2.30pm. FREE. Sabbir 0203 826 9600 Wednesdays Mosaic Making Workshop Cornerstone Church, 149 Canterbury Road (corner of Essex Road), Leyton E10 6EH A free workshop where you can learn how to make mosaics; a piece of art or image made from the assemblage of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, shells, beads or other materials. 123pm. FREE. Sabbir 07894 936205 Mondays Untutored Life Drawing Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU An unconventional drop-in untutored life drawing class. Poses vary from 5 to 45min. Different professional models each week, sociable and friendly. Art materials provided free of charge, tea and snacks available. 7.30-9.30pm. £10, members £5. 07792 892405

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