The E List - July/August 2017

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No 51 July/August 2017

the Your FrEE Magazine featuring 220+ things to do locally

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ISSN 2058-2196


Your cultural life in and around Walthamstow, Leytonstone, Leyton and Wanstead

Cover art: French bulldog by ros Shiers Leytonstone Arts Trail Walthamstow Garden Party CrEATE Waltham Forest Parks Festival with the Soho Theatre Wood Street Market

Fellowship is Life


Hi Ros. This month’s E list cover features your portrait of Frank the French Bulldog. I can see you and your husband Mike are big dog fans. Yes we love dogs, Bailey joined the family 6 years ago. He is a Puggle (half Pug/half Beagle). He’s a lovely dog with a great spirit, quite mad at times but lots of fun and full of energy. Bailey inspired me to start drawing dogs. Frank the French Bulldog is one of my most popular illustrations and a favourite of ours. We hope to get another dog one day and Mike would love a Frenchie, I’m a big fan of Border

Terriers, I love their characters.

designs (a Pug, a Border Terrier, a Bulldog, a Whippet, a Boston Terrier and a Beagle) but has since increased to over 45 inspired by customer requests to include more breeds.

You draw many other animals including cats but what is it about dogs. I was brought up with dogs and have always loved them. I think cats are beautiful animals but personally I find there is something about dog’s characters in their eyes, expressive faces and personalities which I find really interesting to try and capture.

Each portrait is hand drawn and I then design products from these such as art prints, stationery, greetings cards and wrapping paper etc. I would really love to work on a range of wallpaper at some point and also expand the range.

Tell us how your passion became a business. The dogs and animals have become the signature of a brand ( created by Mike and I. The dog collection began with just 6

I have an online shop on my website and also sell through Notonthehighstreet, Etsy, Hard to Find etc. together with sales through shops around the UK and have stockists worldwide.

Cover: Frank the French Bulldog Facing page: Left: Freida the Greyhound Right: Charlie the Cat This page: Left: Albert the Pug Right: Darcy the Deer All prints available from

Mike runs the events side of the business and you’ll find him at fairs and markets most weekends across London. Finally I offer a bespoke dog portrait service which is very popular and a side of the business that I love. What’s your creative background? I always loved drawing as a child and art classes at school. I had a wonderful art teacher Mr Howard who encouraged me. I gained a First in Illustration from Brighton University where I was lucky to be tutored by the artist Ian Wright who became a great inspiration to me.

After graduation I moved to London to live with my twin sister who had studied fashion design. We set up a small clothing label together where I was print designer. Following this I worked as a freelance illustrator and got to work for big name clients including Stella McCartney and Nokia. Whilst freelancing I added a small shop to my website selling a handful of art prints, which proved popular and has steadily grown to where we are now. What have you got planned next? To continue adding new designs to the collection, I’d like to increase the other

animals I have in the range, and perhaps start doing some portraits of people. I’d also like to set aside some time to just experiment with some new ideas/work and maybe have an exhibition. We’ve got lots of weekend events planned across London in the next few months, Highgate and Hampstead summer fairs and the Walthamstow Garden Party. Finally we’ll be exhibiting at Stylist Live and Spirit of Christmas in November so it’s all very exciting. Instagram: @rosshiers 1

As I’m writing this, summer’s well and truly arrived. Our studio is nudging 30C and the sound of fans is deafening. I am attempting to drown them out with Blur’s ‘Parklife’, a classic album ubiquitous to the early 90s and featuring an iconic cover photo taken at Walthamstow Dog Track. There are many reasons for this particular choice to accompany the putting to bed of this particular issue. Not least because I’ve learnt that lead singer Damon Albarn’s dad Keith was a tutor at the Walthamstow School of Art and is back this month to run one of the classes as part of the Summer Art School organised by Create (see p11 and see 13 July of the listings).


Also the title song brilliantly evokes the sounds and atmosphere of a city park where – through children and the love of outdoor space – whole communities gather to enjoy the summer. Over the next few months Soho Theatre and Waltham Forest Council have worked together to create a Park Festival using exciting and innovative ways to involve local people in these urban spaces through theatre and storytelling (see page 9). July has the fantastic Walthamstow Garden Party (see p6) happening over the weekend of the 15/16 with all sorts of things to do including art, theatre and crafts but also featuring an extraordinary musical line up, bringing artists from around the world but also celebrating local talent.


As a kid I remember endless weeks of fun at the local outdoor swimming pool. Sadly it like the majority of lidos has long since been filled in and grassed over. Perculiar Times (see p33) this month recalls the two enormous lidos that existed in the borough until as recently as the 1990s. The Larkswood Lido in Chingford attracted an incredible 290,400 visitors in one year in its heyday. On a day like today I wish a developer out there would just jump in and build us a new one. Time for a lido renaissance! Finally Leytonstone has not just one but two festivals happening in July. All your senses can be sated by art, music and culture through the Leytonstone Arts Trail (see p3) and the Leytonstone Festival (see p37). Time to hit the streets.

Leytonstone Arts Trail

Waltham Forest Parks Festival


Wood Street Market E17


Walthamstow Garden Party



Be Magnificent Summer Art School


Anyway I wish you all a very happy and safe summer. Paul Lindt, Editor


The E List

inside this issue… Leytonstone Arts Trail 2017


House Doctor – Kitchen Units


Walthamstow Garden Party


Local Hero – Saira Mir and PL84U AL-SUFFA


Waltham Forest Parks Festival


E-VOLVE: Health and Fitness Directory


Tom Gaul’s A Spotter’s Guide to Local Streetlife


Perculiar Times: Waltham Forest Lidos


Create and Summer Art School and Youth Programme


Walthamstow Diary


Reflections of Perfection, a poem by Eithne Cullen


The Magpie seeking out the shiniest, funniest remarks

The Shit Fork, a poem by Emma Bell


from local social media


Wood Street Market


Walthamstow Folk Festival


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Trailblazers The Leytonstone Arts Trail is back this July. Karen Dunn takes a wander round E11 to find some gems by local artists and emerging creative talents, both young and old…

Squash Post Brownies. Photograph by Hannah Slaney. See Hannah’s exhibition Time Warp at Laura Lea Design, 1 Church Lane, E11 1HE.

It’s ten years since the Leytonstone Arts Trail first rounded up some of the areas most creative residents to bring art to everyone. This year’s offering is bigger and better than before, but remains true to the original vision of experimentation and inclusivity, so you can navigate the neighbourhood in a new way. With the first ever trail kicking off in 2008, the community event run by local volunteers

has celebrated the artistic heritage of the area from David Bailey to Grayson Perry. But you don’t have to be a fully-fledged artist to take part. Everyone from toddlers to pensioners are encouraged to share their skills across the borough - and all get equal billing. The great thing about Art Trails is they are not all about stuffy art galleries. Churches, cafes, pubs and even people’s gardens are venues on this year’s trail, so you can combine

taking in the exhibitions with a cheeky pint or nose around someone’s creative space. With over 100 artists taking part in 40 locations there are too many exciting exhibitions to mention. Several venues are showing multiple artists so you can get your creative fix in one place. Norlington Studios is one of these with shows including the Big Little Art Fair, which is raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Artist Carne Griffiths is showing a variety of

works including ink and tea on paper curiosities not to mention a virtual reality doodling experience as well as Willie Nash’s surreal photographs. Hit the pubs for some great shows including Jeff Moore and Andy White’s People of Leytonstone at The Northcote, Veronica LindsayAddy’s paintings at Leyton Technical and Sue McQueen’s imaginative drawings and paintings inspired by aspects of landscape at the North Star. Or,

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Above: Mr Hathi and Elizabeth photograph by Andy White. Right: Tuesday and her Queens photograph by Jeff Moore. Both from People of Leytonstone at the The Northcote, 1aa Francis Road, Leyton, E11 4EL

Old Bracelets. Acrylic & mixed media on paper, 2017 by Sue McQueen. From Landscape And The Imagination at The North Star, 24 Browning Road, E11 3AR.

if you prefer a coffee and some cake, head to the Wild Goose Bakery to check out illustrations and typography by Helen Storm. Claire Brett’s unique location is a tiny shed in a garden on Beacontree Road showing a collection of mixed media art and photographs. You can also weave your own Ojo de Dios. Her unusual venue gives more than a nod to The Leytonstone School Of Contemporary Art, which was actually a shed in the back garden of artist Bob and Roberta Smith’s home in Leytonstone. Not only did the flat-packed gallery have an international reputation, but it once went on a tour to the Serpentine Gallery! 4

Carl Brewster’s show at Chef’s Corner embraces local language using visuals to get you to say what you see, while Sean Worrall’s #43artdrop shows how the cumulative effect of daily repetition of one simple form adds up to something more. It’s not too late to get involved too. Let’s Fill Leytonstone With Art is running again this year so children – and adults – can put their own art works up in their windows for everyone to see. Not only can you show off your talents, it also makes the area even more vibrant than usual. With events aimed at giving people tasters of different types of creative thinking and making. Dis[tinct], an Arts Council

SHED mixed media on canvas by Claire Brett. Purple side gate at 31 Beacontree Road, E11 3AX.

funded community project at Jenny Hammond Primary School, are also doing a free family drawing workshop at Cann Hall Baptist church. Katja Rosenberg, curator and founder of Art Catcher, is inviting people to join her and other artists creating large flowers from recycled materials at St John’s Church, and there are free art workshops at Leytonstone Library running throughout the day on Saturday 8 July. There will also be lots of other events running in tandem with the Trail. There’s the opportunity to buy locally made items from designer/makers at Stones Throw Market on the first day of the Trail at St John’s Church. Also not to be

missed are the Chingford Morris Men giving a performance outside the Tube on 3 July. For live poetry and storytelling, head to the Quaker Meeting House where there are events around their exhibition When Imagination Wakens. So hit the streets and get creative!

Leytonstone Arts Trail 1 - 9 July For details of the trail and to download your map visit You can also support the Trail by donating via the website.

Leytonstone Festival 2017 Coinciding with this year’s Leytonstone Arts Trial (see page 3) the Leytonstone Festival returns and this year promises to be another fantastic fortnight of events, many of which are free! Last year the Festival saw an eclectic mix of music (jazz, soul, hiphop, classical guitar and more), dance, films, theatre and Shakespeare, a cider and ale festival, history talks, graffiti artists and paper lantern-making. Combining all that already goes on in venues across Leytonstone with exciting new events and acts we have a fun fortnight planned which guarantees something for everyone! Everyone is welcome to come along to our Opening Event which will be held at St John’s Church High Road Leytonstone on Saturday, 1 July from 1pm. The afternoon will be busy with The Stones Throw market, live music, art and drama. You can also help decorate Leytonstone with our bunting making stall. A comprehensive printed programme of the festival fortnight will be available to collect and also in local shops, venues and libraries to help you plan your two weeks of enjoyment and fun!

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Be Magnificent Craft Trail.

Party in the Park Lloyd Park will once again showcase Walthamstow’s vibrant community spirit at the annual Walthamstow Garden Party. Ideal for the entire family, the festival will include craft workshops, world music and much more. Franki Black takes a closer look. It’s almost time for the much-anticipated Walthamstow Garden Party, which has seen over 30 000 people attending every year since 2014. Hosted in Lloyd Park on the 15th and 16th of July, this year’s event is presented by the Barbican and Create in partnership with the Walthamstow Forest Council and a variety of local organizations. There will be something for every member of the family, including music, theatre, dance, film, spoken word, arts, crafts, family activities and plenty of farm-to-fork goodness. Reminiscent of Victorian-era garden parties, this free local celebration of the arts will welcome local and international talents to its stages and tents. Performers include Janka Nabay (Sierra Leonean folk musician), The Heliocentrics (a Walthamstow-based collective focused on funk, jazz and psychedelia) and the Ska Vengers (a New 6

Delhi band blending ska rhythms with dub, jazz, punk and rap). The weekend festival forms part of the Beyond Barbican offsite programme and reflects the Barbican’s long-standing history with east London. “Last year over 70 local arts organisations, businesses and community groups were involved in the event and over 1,000 local performers,” explains Louise Jeffreys, Director of Arts at the Barbican during a recent interview with the E List. “We are incredibly proud to help provide a platform for such a wide range of local talent and creating unforgettable memories for the Walthamstow community.” From a festive bar area to niche tents dedicated to a variety of cultural endeavors, this year’s festival will not disappoint. The News From Nowhere stage will play host

to dance and circus acts with Boy Blue Entertainment presenting performances and workshops for adults and young people, while MovE17 will delight visitors with a dazzling community-driven flashmob. Nearby, the Earthly Paradise tent will see performances by the Barbican Young Poets, Barbican Junior Poets and Young Songwriters, while the Glittering Plains dance tent is ideal for those in search of pulse-racing dance and music. Crafty types will once again have the chance to join the Be Magnificent Craft Trail, which is a family-friendly programme focused on practical craft-making skills such as ceramics, embroidery, wallpaper design, woodwork, printmaking and more. Standing outside the William Morris Gallery will be artist Gayle Chong Kwan’s sculpture: The People’s Forest. Here visitors can learn about tree management and ancient woodlands, such as Epping Forest, and create miniature sculptures to add to the ‘growing’ tree. The final version will be installed in the Barbican Foyers in autumn. There will also be plenty of action to keep the kids entertained throughout the festival. Grow Wild, Lloyd Park Skate Jam, sporting groups and Drumworks will all host kidfocused activities and workshops, while the Stow Film Lounge will present Kids on

The Heliocentrics. First appearing on DJ Shadow’s The Outsider and bringing his intricate music to life, the band then went on to tour with the Ethiopian Jazz superstar Mulatu Astatke and work with the producer Gaslamp Killer. They’re a group for whom genres are meaningless and boundaries invisible, with their music floating through jazz, hip-hop and psychedelic genres to create an ethereal and hypnotic sound.

Screen and the Kids’ Film Lounge, complete with interactive mini exhibitions. Finally, hungry (and thirsty!) visitors are invited to Fellowship Island, where a wide range of food vendors will be selling delicious local brews and homegrown meals. As a passionate Waltham Forest local, Louise Jeffreys is particularly excited about seeing the imagination of her local community on display at the festival. “The vibrancy and diversity of Walthamstow’s burgeoning arts scene has made this festival truly special,” she says. “Our aim is to make the arts available to all and we’re passionate about ensuring the festival continues to be a catalyst for new ideas, ambitious thinking and innovative collaborations - it promises to be a fantastic day out for all ages in the heart of Walthamstow.”

Photos © Parisa Taghizadeh

Walthamstow Garden Party Lloyds Park, Forest Road E17 12-9.30pm Saturday 15 July 12-8pm Sunday 16 July

Reggae and Ska founding fathers Toots and the Maytals bring the summer spirit with a performance of classics from across their back catalogue. Releasing their first album in the early 60s, Toots and the Maytals quickly established themselves as leading purveyors of the Reggae sound, and were pivotal in popularising the genre beyond Jamaica. Their take on the style, drawing on Funk, Rock, Soul and even Country revolutionised not only Reggae, but influenced countless others – indeed, their instantly recognisable songs, such as ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘Monkey Man’ and ‘54-46 Was My Number’, have been covered by artists like The Clash, The Specials and Amy Winehouse.

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After months of whispers and speculation about Soho Theatre being involved in Waltham Forest’s cultural life somehow, Waltham Forest Council and the creative team at Soho Theatre have teamed up to celebrate the borough’s wonderful parks. Kirsty McNeil O’Connor discovers more about the Waltham Forest Parks Festival. “We at Soho Theatre are working with Waltham Forest Council to deliver a series of free events and creative activities across the borough from June right through to October. It’s all about getting out there and using the parks, getting more active - with a wide range of engagement for ALL ages,” says Soho Theatre’s Community Producer Rasheeda Nalumoso. She is keen to emphasise that it is just as important to turn up and enjoy the events as an audience as it is to take part. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in these wonderful events and it’s still not too late to get involved! 8

The Festival will span the borough; Ridgeway Park in Chingford, Highams Park, Coronation Gardens and Jubilee Park in Leyton, Langthorne Park in Leytonstone and Lloyd Park in Walthamstow. “There’s a lot going on,” continues Rasheeda, “There’s an epic community play: a new commission by playwright Ollie Birch a London based actor, writer and composer who is creating the play from scratch and working with the ensemble.” This includes weekly drop in classes in theatre skills for all at Gnome House on Monday evenings (for full details of how to be involved visit

“Then there’s monthly ‘Picnics in the Park’ across the whole borough. The entire community is invited to come along,” she explains. You only need to bring your own food and drink to enjoy these events, held on Sunday afternoons and hosted by Soho Theatre to include great performances, interactive events, craft afternoons, etc. “In Leytonstone, there’s a chance to join a choir, the Waltham Voices, (you don’t continues on page 10

Photos courtesy Soho Theatre. © Jawad Saleem

Park Life

forest-parks-project/community-play). The drop-ins include workshops led by theatre industry professionals for anyone (16+) who wishes to attend. “This is an open call out, we’ve been working to get as many different people involved, all ages and abilities and we don’t just want or need those who will perform but those who want to work back stage, gain some experience in any area of theatre, we will encourage that.” explains Rasheeda. The final play will be performed in Lloyd Park on August Bank Holiday Monday. “It will also include a promenade so hopefully it will engage a large audience as it moves through the paths of Lloyd Park.”

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Saturday, 7th October 2017 Workshop: 10.30am - 5.00pm Performance: 6.00pm St Mary’s Church, 8 Church End, Walthamstow E17 9RJ £15 (Early Bird Rate: – valid until 31st August: £10 or 2 for £15) Email or phone 07954 740745 Love singing Fauré’s Requiem or always wanted to give it a go? Waltham Forest Community Choir is offering you the opportunity to learn or revise and then perform one of the most popular works in the choral repertoire in one day Invite your family and friends to the performance at 6.00 pm

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need to live in Leytonstone for this) with the amazing Byron Gold from BBC’s The Naked Choir, leading weekly choir sessions from the Luna Lounge (13+) on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm – and it’s all free” she says. The whole festival including the Picnic Parties in the Park, weekly storytelling park tours, the community play and the community choir will culminate with a light festival in October. This is a fantastic and fun opportunity for residents of all ages, experience and ability to do something they’ve always wanted to try – so contact Rasheeda if you’re interested in participating in any of the listed events. waltham-forest-parks-project To be part of the festival contact Rasheeda 07776 230 515

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See Soho Theatre’s website for full details and listings.

From a series by Walthamstow resident, illustrator Tom Gaul. instagram account tomgaul_doodles

Spectrum Light Show 1970 © John Smith

Create… Opportunities for all Hadrian Garrard, director of Create London talks to Kirsty McNeil-O’Connor about the forthcoming Summer Art School and Youth Programme – in conjunction with the outstanding exhibition Be Magnificent: Walthamstow School of Art 1957-1967 currently at the William Morris Gallery. You may have heard of Create, not least because of their pivotal role locally with the Walthamstow Garden Party and Blackhorse Workshops. Create aim to engage artists with the local communities in the towns and cities where they live and work. “There are so many artists in East London but often the creative community doesn’t really have a proper connection with the wider public, “ Hadrian explains. “I really felt there was a link missing, that we needed to prove why it is so good for towns to have artists but also how important it is that the rest of the community benefit from the situation too.” Formed in 2009, Create work across North East London, from Haringey to Barking & Dagenham and became a

charity in 2012. They were involved in many London Olympics events and the Open East Festival in 2013. Their projects vary but always with community engagement at the heart. (For their latest projects see This month Create have organised a very special series of free events. The series of workshops, talks and screenings are all part of Be Magnificent – Walthamstow School of Art 1957-1967, the major exhibition currently showing at the William Morris Gallery (and featured in last month’s E-List magazine). Hadrian explains how he became involved in the exhibition “I was driving with my mum Sofiah and she pointed out Waltham Forest College, telling me that was where she had studied art

Hadran Garrard, Director of Create © Create

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Reflections of Perfection by Eithne Cullen

Students modelling in clay 1958 © Local Studies Library, London Borough of Waltham Forest

at 18. She did textiles and I had no idea about it. Her teacher was (now famous) fashion designer, Celia Birtwell.” Other teachers and alumni include Peter Blake, Ian Dury, Ken Russell and many more. Walthamstow School of Art had been an important place in the 1950s and 1960s. “The college had very little in the way of an archive so it was a very exciting research project.” Hadrian explains, “we found some really funny coverage by a local newspaper in Chingford about the goings on at the art college in the 60s. They certainly didn’t approve! So Walthamstow’s spirit of independence and creativity goes back a long way and those people’s footprints can still be seen and felt here today.” “These local art schools were such an important place for young people to experiment and develop their talent. So many of our great artists and pop bands started here and they should still be in every town today. So, we’ve now created a Be Magnificent Summer Art School to run alongside the exhibition.” The screenings, workshops and talks are with Walthamstow School of Art alumni and leading contemporary artists. and offer local people of all ages the opportunity to come and try out different disciplines and all for free.

“When it comes to young people, there are so few opportunities for 17 to 20 year olds to experiment, to try things out, so the school includes a ‘Be Magnificent Youth Programme’ which offer exclusive versions of the classes and workshops for school groups and under 21s hosted at the Waltham Forest College. Please contact us at Create to discover more about the programme and if you or your school would like to take part” “So, for two weeks this summer, the Walthamstow Art School will be resurrected with some of the tutors and students from the original school teaching or hosting events,” he says. “We are also taking this concept to this year’s Walthamstow Garden Party. We have all sorts of making areas planned for the ‘Be Magnificent Craft Trail’. People can do ceramics, wallpaper design, embroidery and more. And it’s the 50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’ this year, so it’s going to be great!” Hadrian concludes.

The full programme of events runs 5–16 July 2017 so check the website for what’s on and booking information as the classes will be popular.

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This is the place where William Morris lived, and posed for photos in its walled park; it fills with vibrant life when the sun shines. Daffodils shrink and tulips stride out in their place, heads heavy, colourful orbs of pink and white. Coppiced beech in symmetry among roses. A ribbon of water rushes past the path, and stirs and swirls with movement of the birds, deft ducks buoyed upon its rippling surface. Children run and swing, spinning to dizzying heights; skate through half-pipes and steer bikes over ramps. Prams and buggies glide along the paths, the youngsters tearing on to have some fun, voices rising in cheery, trilling chatter, at the adventure waiting round the bend. Beautiful objects grace the Water House, reflections of perfection in its grounds. Eithne Cullen has lived and worked in Waltham Forest for many years, she writes stories and poems and is a member of Forest Poets.

The shit fork by Emma Bell The shit fork comes to work with me. There she is in the bottom of my handbag, A silver treasure on the ocean floor. We stand together at the lunchtime coalface, Where office workers poke plastic prongs At al dente broccoli. My utilitarian utensil: In our colourless marriage We are masters of the essential, Adept at the everyday. The nice forks remain Rapunzels in my drawer, Lest they become ruined or misplaced. Me and the shit fork: Ruined or misplaced is OK for us. Emma is a social entrepreneur, claiming quiet space for Londoners to listen to our own thoughts and bring inner worlds out into the open:

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The Great Indoors

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Part of the Walthamstow firmament, Wood Street Market is a virtual miscellany of delights. The casual browser is likely to discover captivating items and services one wouldn’t normally find on the high street. Sean Urquhart visited and was captivated by its contents. Photographs by Simon Goodwin.

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I must confess to being a less than avid shopper, shopping to me is usually a last resort, as far as activities go. Wood Street is different. From its long history in the area, to its colourful and unique shops, it is a living embodiment of the very character of Walthamstow. From vintage toy shops, to vinyl and DVD stores, it is a labyrinth of earthly delights. The tenants themselves have interesting histories and there is a living and thriving community of businesses that one couldn’t find elsewhere.

Lovers of vinyl and film will delight in Mike’s Records. Mike has been at Wood Street for 16 years and was an avid collector and lover of music long before he opened his shop. “Music is eternal, like great books, and I’ve seen a real

resurgence in the last five years. Prog and Bowie always sell well, though I like to cater for a broad range of customers”. This is evident in his large country and electronic music collections. “I like meeting people and for me the joy is in passing on music”. A visit to Wood Street Market is an uplifting and life-affirming experience. Like the Art Trail and the myriad of great community pubs in the area, it is a vivid and essential part of Walthamstow culture. It is to be celebrated and supported. Pay a visit and pick up a piece of living history.

Wood Street Indoor Market 98-100 Wood Street, Walthamstow E17 3HX Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5.30pm and first Sunday of every month

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I started at Mrs Tinsley’s Emporium a retro and vintage store packed to the gunwales with a smorgasbord of wares. Trudie, who has been a tenant here for fourteen months describes her shop as being akin to a ‘parlour bar’ with authentic Victoriana within. She describes her ‘love of vintage’ products as a starting point and sees her store as being an extension of her own home ‘my house is very like this inside’. It is a marvellously curated space with many original items from chest expanders to beautiful corsetry. A worthy starting point as you enter the market.

Gigi’s Dressing Room is a veritable museum of fashion and couture. Lovingly curated by Galina Sherri, her shop represents a unique offer, a styling service which provides an astonishing range of contemporary outfits that Galina has personally built up over the years. One of her most recent additions is the paradigm shifting Dior New Look dress, a 1950s creation which can be hired. As Galina explained. ‘I’d rather people could hire out this dress at a reasonable price than sell it to a fashion museum for a fortune’. It’s not often such noble sentiments are expressed and Galina’s shop oozes elegance and good taste. The New Look dress is but one example of a wondrous range of couture found in her shop. From Bowie replica jackets to Westwood heels, you’d be hard pressed not to find an outfit to suit the most capricious of customers.

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The kitchen is the heart of the home and probably the most multifunctional room in the house so if you are planning a new one there’s usually a long wish list and never quite enough space to fulfill it, so it’s important that you make the most of what you have. Following on from last month’s column where I offered some tips on the kitchen layout, here are some insights into kitchen units. Most kitchen units are made up of an MDF carcass with the door being made of anything from laminated MDF to solid wood. A hand built kitchen will have a solid wood interior – gorgeous but on the expensive side. You can put your own units together by buying the carcass (IKEA do a very good one), and adding your own bespoke door, which you can have sprayed in any colour you like. The right handle can make a big style difference too. Fit the units with pull-out everything. It’s much easier to access your food, china and pans when you can pull them out on internal wire baskets. This keeps everything visible and is a really good use of the storage space. No bending and scrabbling around in the back of a cupboard, no large stacks of plates/pans that you have to un-stack to get to the item you want, and much easier to keep clean. Again, walk the space. How easy is it to get to the pan/plate I want. Think about ease and the ergonomic use of the storage. I’m a big fan of large fat drawer units where everything is really easy to see and get to, so have lots of these. You have the choice of having your appliances, fridge, dishwasher etc, “Integral” to the other kitchen units for a seamless look, but if you go for this bear in mind that you lose some space due to the depth of the door and these are slightly more expensive too. To be continued…. 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 17

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We aren’t often lost for words but with this house we admit we are struggling. What can we possibly say about it that the photographs don’t convey a thousand times better than any words? To try to do so would merely be gilding the lily, for once you see the photos there can be no doubt that our words will be lost upon you as you fall in love with this amazing house...

Maynard Road E17 3 bed terraced house for sale Offers in excess of £815,000

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Grove Road, Leytonstone E11 3 bed terraced house for sale Offers in excess of £700,000 High Road, Leyton E10 2 bed flat for sale Offers in excess of £450,000

The kitchen diner to the rear of this house is the perfect spot for entertaining family and friends alike, and we think would probably end up being the most popular room in the whole house. Upstairs, the property boasts three bedrooms and a beautiful family bathroom, complete with separate shower cubicle. Outside, there is a wonderful secluded garden, complete with decking area for relaxing in the summer months, and framed by palms to hint at even more tropical climes. Morley Road, Leyton E10 3 bed flat for sale Offers in excess of £435,000 Capworth Street, Leyton E10 3 bed terraced house for sale Offers in excess of £550,000

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Warren Road E10 2 bed flat to rent (let agreed) £1,200 pcm £277pw Original features, bay windows and stripped floors give this flat plenty of character. The lounge is a good size with a large bay window and feature fireplace.

Seymour Road E10 2 bed flat to rent (let agreed) £1,300 pcm £300pw Having recently undergone a full internal refurbishment, the property is offered in immaculate condition and features a modern fitted kitchen and bathroom suite.

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Saira Mir Named ‘Muslim Woman of the Year’ in 2014 by Waltham Forest Council of Mosques, Saira Mir works tirelessly in our community. And now her charity, PL84U AL-SUFFA, has won an international award for its inter-faith work with our borough’s vulnerable and homeless. Saira talks to Silvana Gambini about her work. Photograph by Sanah Begum. Tell me a little bit about your background and how long you’ve lived in Walthamstow. My heritage is Pakistani but my grandparents moved to East Africa; I was the second generation in the family to be born there. In 1968, we moved to the UK and finally settled in Bradford (my Yorkshire accent still comes through!). My husband’s family also came to the UK in 1968, settling in East London, and I moved to Walthamstow when we got married in 1985 – firstly in Leyton and then here. What do you like about the Stow? I much prefer living here than my time up north – people are much friendlier in Walthamstow! I loved living in Bradford when I was there, but the pace of life is like a sleepy Sunday afternoon; so much more is going on here. Walthamstow’s diversity is marvellous, with so many different people and cultures to learn from. After 32 years here, I feel deeply rooted in this community and would like to thank everyone who has helped us with our charity work.

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At first sight, your charity seems to have an unusual name – could you explain it for me? PL84U is simply ‘Plate for You’ in text-speak, because that is exactly what we are providing for our guests, a plate of hot, wholesome food (and they are guests to us, not ‘service users’). We are open to everyone in need in the borough, regardless of race, religion, colour, gender etc. The ‘AL-SUFFA’ part of the name acknowledges our family’s identity as Muslims. It means ‘verandah’ in Arabic and echoes the hospitality, food and lodgings which the Prophet Mohammed – peace be upon Him – provided for people who came to study under Him.

So how did PL84U AL-SUFFA get started? Many religions have charity at their core and giving to charity is one of the five pillars of Islam. As a family, we saw that there seemed to be a gap in provision on Sundays, with people in need not necessarily having a place to go on the one day of the week that a lot of people traditionally spend with family over a meal, so we decided to try and address that. In 2013, we secured six months’ start-up funding from ‘Near Neighbours’ (the Church Urban Fund) and then persuaded Muslim Aid, who were looking for a UK project, to continue funding us. We also get a lot of support from our local mosque, Faizan-e-Islam. All the family helps out, alongside our amazing team of volunteers, and my husband Farouk is a great support to me. We have a family joke “Mum’s the Chair - but Dad’s the stool!” Tell me about how PL84U AL-SUFFA operates and what services it provides. We offer a bi-monthly service – the first Sunday of the month at St Gabriel’s Family Centre and the third Sunday of the month at the Scout Hut on Wood Street. We open around 9.30-10am and close at 3.30pm. We’ve developed in stages - initially we were just able to offer a hot meal, then our service expanded to include a food and clothing bank as we get donations of tinned food

and clothing from our very generous local community. We also get food kindly donated from Leyton and Leytonstone Tescos thanks Jason and Stacey! – and Fairshare at Highams Park. We progressed to also offering ‘pampering’ sessions – a volunteer made contact with the Haircuts4Homeless charity ( who provide haircuts and manicures. The next service I’d like to be able to offer would be counselling sessions provided by professional volunteers, as the need is great. We’re also offering companionship and guests say it’s a safe and friendly environment and they feel like part of a family when they’re with us. We have lots of activities for them - board games, chess, makeshift table tennis – or they can just chat or have a nap. You speak of your guests very warmly… Of course! We’re all human beings. Everyone can be guilty of stereotyping others and those are the barriers I want to break down, so our homeless people feel part of society rather than excluded from it. We could all find ourselves in their position – a childhood trauma, an accident or illness, losing a job, a relationship breakdown, bereavement – anything could have the potential to derail our lives. Social isolation is also a big problem for the elderly and we’d like our Sunday sessions to give them a new lease of life too.

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Our volunteers are all ages, from 18 upwards, and it’s lovely to see an elderly person talking to a young volunteer, sharing their life experiences and anecdotes. We are all about mixing the generations and building bridges. What kind of food is on offer? When we open, we offer teas and coffees and a light breakfast. Lunch is served around 12.30-1pm and I make the vegetarian dish but most of the food is bought in from ‘People’s Choice’ Punjab Caterers who do a great job for us. Health and safety regulations made our intention to cook and eat together with the guests too difficult but, with the bulk of the cooking taken care of, we have more time to socialise. Our initial idea was to serve a diverse menu to our diverse community and we served all manner of things – jerk chicken, pasta, chilli - as well as Asian dishes. But our guests told us that they preferred to have all Asian dishes to make it a special event for them! So now we serve curries, dhal and rice dishes, rolls, salads, ground rice pudding and fresh fruit and everyone gets a good meal. I see that the PL84U website paraphrases the words of murdered MP Jo Cox’s maiden speech to parliament... Tragic what happened to her – God rest her soul. Yes we say “we have far more in common with each

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other than things that divide us”. The Koran teaches us to treat all people even-handedly and with respect and kindness and that’s our charity’s ethos, as you don’t know what people have been through in their life. People are like flowers in a garden: such a huge range of shapes, sizes and colours and, when they are planted together, they’re a thing of beauty.

Collecting your award must have been quite an adventure! Our family of five was invited to Jordan with flights, accommodation, food, excursions etc all laid on by the Jordanian government. It was such an honour to meet the Jordanian Royal Family and have King Abdullah present me with the bronze medal and US$5,000 to help our work. It was a privilege to win it for Walthamstow and the UK and my parents are really proud - my mum tells her dialysis nurses all about me!

What was it like when the charity won a World Interfaith Harmony Week prize? More than a dream come true! I can’t remember who suggested we enter, but I’m so grateful they did. We organised a multifaith event with a wide variety of speakers: faith leaders, lots of youth involvement, councillors, the Mayor of Waltham Forest. My daughter Sanah videoed the event and we had two other photographers snapping away too, as we had to provide a lot of evidence and documentation to support our entry. Despite receiving an email confirming that we’d won third prize (Canada came first and Bosnia second), I wouldn’t believe it or tell anyone outside the family until it actually appeared on their website – I didn’t want a repeat of this year’s Oscars fiasco! Normally large formal organisations enter and win, but we were told that Princess Areej Ghazi, one of the judging panel, really lobbied hard for us,

And finally – what would you like to see in Walthamstow’s future? We’d love to see Waltham Forest Council officially promote World Interfaith Harmony Week in the first week of February. With all the misconceptions around religion (particularly Islam) in today’s world, their backing of this initiative would help promote understanding and community cohesion locally. For more information on PL84U AL-SUFFA and to donate food and clothing or to volunteer, please go to or phone 07539 364 110


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Saturdays Kids Squash (ages 3-6) Walthamstow Sports Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Mini-squash adapted for tiny kids. Agility, balance, coordination, movement and racket skills. With qualified DBS England squash coaches. 9.30-10.30am, £5. Vicky te Velde 07538 574058 Saturdays Kids Squash: All levels Walthamstow Sports Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Fun Active Squash Academy are looking for new local kids to learn to play squash at this friendly sports club off Wood Street. 10.30-11.30am, £5. Vicky te Velde 07538 574058

Thurs & Fri, 15 June-14 July NEW Cycling is My Goal (over 50s) Leyton Orient, SCORE Centre, 100 Saturdays Oliver Road, Leyton E10 5JY Parkrun Wanstead Flats Playing Sessions will focus on the basics, riding Fields, Harrow Road E11 3QD and on the road under instruction and bike Peter May Sports Ground, Wadham maintenance workshops all followed by Road, Walthamstow E17 4HR a 30min football session held at SCORE. 5 minutes fromyour Lloyd Weekly 5km run against own clock Sessions will also include ‘Explore PT studio, your area rides’ building on the new with an optional post-run coffee. 9am. Park infrastructure improvements that MiniFREE, but first-timers please register to Holland is bringing to the Borough. get your barcode. Thurs AND Fri 10-11am for 5 weeks. FREE. Book via the website.

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Tuesdays Box & Core Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ Combining technique drills and core strengthening exercises to appeal to both the novice looking for fun and a release of tension; as well as the amateur boxer wanting to improve their skills and stamina. Gloves provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. 8.15-9.15pm. £6 each or £55 for 10.

Yoga, Pilates & Tai Chi Fridays Vinyasa Flow with Louise Host of Leyton, 658 High Road Leyton E10 6JP In Vinyasa Flow, breath is synchronised to the movement of your body throughout the class, creating a moving meditation. Classes will include dynamic and fun sequences to build strength, balance, and flexibility. All levels are welcome! 7-8am. £10 each Book 10 classes and get one FREE!.

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Mondays Post Natal Yoga with Yoga Me Happy Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU This one’s for you mums, but babies are welcome to join you on the mat (or nap in the buggy). This practice is to build your strength for the road ahead as a new mum. Suitable from 6weeks following a normal birth, please consult your doctor if you had complications through birth or if you had a cesarean. 10.30-11.30am. £10 each or £36 for 4. 10th lesson FREE. Eliza Murphy 07710 621268 Thursdays Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Leyton Yoga, First Floor (above USSR), 691 High Road, Leyton E10 6RA An intermediate/advanced class of this challenging traditional yoga whose lineage is the root of all modern dynamic yoga. Instructor Ben Lawley holds a Level II Teaching Authorisation from Sharath Jois, with whom he regularly practices in Mysore, India. No need to pre-book. Drop-ins welcome. 7-8.15pm. £11, or £90 for 10.

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Rider hazard With cycling increasing in popularity and the volume of traffic also rising, cyclists face greater risk of being injured on our roads. Like any other area of personal injury law, the key is to ascertain whether another party was at fault, either wholly or in part. This might be fairly simple if, for example, a cyclist is knocked off their bike by a car which failed to stop at a red light. It’s important to start any claim as quickly as possible. Although court proceedings must be started within three years of an incident, the sooner you contact a solicitor the better. Your memory, and that of any witnesses to the accident, will be clearer. There also needs to be evidence of injury. If you are injured, it’s vital to be assessed by a medical professional. If you did not attend Accident and Emergency, you should, as a minimum, make a swift appointment with your own GP. For advice on all Personal Injury matters please contact Wiseman Lee on 020 8215 1000.

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Saturdays Yoga Glow God’s Own Junkyard, Unit 12 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ All levels Vinyasa Flow classes, surrounded by the neon lights. Expect fun teachers, uplifting playlists, creative and energising vinyasa flow, easy to follow instruction and good vibes. Classes at 10-11am and 11.10am12.10pm. £10. Saturdays Yoga for Everyone St. Emmanuel Church Hall, 149 Hitcham Rd E17 8HL Community yoga class for all levels. A well rounded class focusing on breath and movement, leaving you feeling released of tension and relaxed. Some mats provided. 10.30-11.30am. Suggested donation £8. Yolande 07730 986338 Wednesdays Pregnancy Yoga Host of Leyton, 658 High Road Leyton E10 6JP Class suitable for mums to be from 12 weeks to term and welcomes women of all levels, whether you’re completely new to yoga or a practiced yogi. 6.458pm. £12, or book 10 get one FREE.

Fridays Pregnancy Yoga Leyton Yoga, First Floor (above USSR), 691 High Road, Leyton E10 6RA Join our community of local mums. Prepare for a calm birth and ease discomfort in this pre-natal yoga class with former East of Eden director and local mum Naomi Costantino. No prebooking required. Ladies only. 2-3pm. £10, or £90 for 10. 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

The perfect way to cool off Waltham Forest was once home to two of the country’s leading outdoor pools, with Chingford’s Larkswood Lido smashing the UK record for lido visitors in a single day in 1976.

Opening of the new lido at Whipps Cross 1932.

Now that the long--awaited sunshine-filled days and soaring temperatures are here, the idea of cooling down by taking a dip in a local outdoor public pool is but a dream. Not so very long ago the borough had two such pools where local residents flocked in the summer months: Whipps Cross Lido, to the north of Hollow Ponds in grassland by Whipps Cross Roundabout, and the other at Larkshall, New Road in Chingford. The Whipps Cross Lido began life in 1905 as an artificial bathing pool supplied by natural springs, dug out at the same time as Hollow Ponds by a team of local unemployed men. The pool was immediately popular as a place to swim, but suffered from a copious and unpleasant mud and silt build-up. It was redeveloped in 1932, and in 1937 Walthamstow and Leyton Borough Councils transformed it into a state-of-the-art lido. It was roughly oval in shape with an additional small stretch for racing lanes, as well as a twenty foot-high diving board, and a paddling area. With over a 1,300,000 gallon capacity, it was one of the largest in the country at the time, and in the summer months it attracted hundreds of swimmers every day from east London and Essex. It was Chingford’s Larkswood Lido, however, which was the country’s first open air lido, opened just a year before that at Whipps

Cross, by the Minister of Health, Sir Kingsley Wood. Unusually the Larkswood pool had a cruciform design, as well as the usual slides and diving boards. There was also a shop selling tea and ice creams and a popular grassy picnic area surrounding Chingford’s Larkswood Lido the pool itself. It was perennially popular, with a record 290,400 people visiting the pool in 1959, and it holds the record for the highest number of lido visitors in a single day, a whopping 17,000 during the summer of 1976. Larkswood was nationally famous as a venue for the weekly television series It’s a Knockout and also featured in a toothpaste advert in the 1960s.

However, despite continued popularity, both lidos ultimately proved too expensive to maintain. Whipps Cross closed in 1983 and was filled in, although with a careful eye, its location can still be detected today. Larkswood survived a little longer, closing towards the end of the decade, although in 1990 it was given a new lease of life as an indoor water fun park, Fantasea. Unfortunately, several serious accidents and increasing debts were factors which led to its untimely closure in 1992. The site remained derelict for almost a decade before Larkswood Leisure Centre was opened on the site in 2001, better known as Chingford Leisure Centre. Today’s residents of Waltham Forest have to travel outside of the Borough for outside pool action, but the heady days of the local lidos can be glimpsed through historic photographs at Vestry House Museumsome of which are online: http://borough

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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 For the past few years we’ve been saying that it would be great to have a street party on our road. We’ve been saying it, but doing absolutely nothing about it. You know how it is, you have a great idea, get really excited about it, and then life just gets in the way. This year however, is different, we have done something about it, and finally Springfield Road is having a street party. It’s really thanks to Jon and Hannah at the top of our road that things got moving. They got hold of all the forms that we needed to fill in, submitted an application to the council so that we can close the road, and got the rest of us around to theirs for meetings. It’s been great fun so far, so I’m really so pleased they got us organised and kicked us all in to action. There is a perception about London that we all storm around with our heads down and don’t talk to our neighbours. My experience of Walthamstow has never been like that. We know most of our immediate neighbours and get on really well with them. But there are lots of other people on the road we don’t know. Working on the street party is putting us in to contact with lots more of the people we share Springfield Road with, and I really like that. And when the day of the street party arrives, we’ll meet even more of our fellow Springfield roaders. We are keeping things pretty small this year. Face painting, a bouncy castle, picnic, games and a DJ. Being honest though, what actually happens on the day probably doesn’t matter. What really matters, and why I’m so excited about this happening, is that the street party is a great way to bring us all together, and give us an opportunity to say hello to each other. Come rain or shine, I know we are going to have a great day on the 2nd July, and afterwards, I think our little street will be even friendlier than it is already. 34

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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. Thanks this month to Twitter, Greater Leyton Tourism Board, Walthamstow Residents News, Walthamstow Life and Walthamstow (unofficial) Tourist Board

Photographs with kind permission of @pennyrutterford for The Scream painted by Adam Graff; @uncalmitalian; @CuriosE17; & Walthamstow (Unofficial) Tourist Board. With thanks to Jane Duran

Bought posh beer from @ClaptonCraftE17. Topped it up with R Whites lemonade. And @CuriosE17 what? #HipsterSacrilege According to the ghost sign on the old Chilli‘n’Spice [corner of First Ave] we used to have a Walthamstow Building Society! Bring it back, I say... in order to make us completely self sufficient - if we were ever to decide to break away from the Union and form our own republic that is!

Hr: I remember that Building Society. It was opposite the chemist with the spinning clock above its door. IV: It had a big premises where Willow House on Forest Road is now. Sharon Davies opened it JD: They had a branch in an estate agency in Francis Rd E10. I still have my old passbook! YB: Would our own currency be possible? ‘How much you say? A couple of Awesomes for margarita pizza? Splendid! AT: What is the new shop going to be? TB: It’s going to be a coffee and gelato place SD: Also there’ll be an indian breakfast place inside as well rA: Walthamstow Building Society’s 70s/80s slogan was apparently ‘Don’t Blow It - Stow It’. SG: Wow! That’s made my day - thanks! :D Walthamstow residents News

Idea for a TV show, based on the guessing of prices you have to do in Leytonstone B&M. Like Supermarket Sweep, but with very long @teninchwheels queues... Spotted on the counter at the Deli Cafe on orford road LoL! Do these mock complaint charges seem fair or anything you would add? rP: I see mini holland has gone right down the list since the elections! EM: I would charge a lot more for listening to complaints about Mini Holland, but could listen to complaints about Theresa May all day. DA: It’s not very current; where’s Michael Gove? SM: I get around it by giving them different names. Awful Day is Theresa May and Large Island is Mini Holland. DUP is mud pudding. Makes for an interesting conversation. I’ve given a few people aliases (I’ll tell you sometime lol) LH: Does this mean you can pay in advance and then have a good old rant? Walthamstow Life Apparently North Korea has positioned its latest intercontinental ballistic missiles on the @CuriosE17 border of Walthamstow

How Walthamstow’s Art Trail has changed: Overheard as it began to rain at venue 145: “Mum, the Canaletto!” @DannyCoope

Out on @E17ArtTrail preview night and look who I found @E17ArtHouse @Pennyrutterford At this year’s Leytonstone Festival we’d like to celebrate the following themes: - crap things closing to become great things - great things closing to become crap things - something to do with exposed brick Please support us. We need your help to make this process of re-de-re-gentrification Greater Leyton Tourism Board It’s raining, I’m sitting in a car park drinking beer, and I’m enjoying it. Slap me with some sour dough and call me a hipster. @StowDiary Just saw ross Kemp eating out of a bin. Walthamstow (unofficial) Tourist Board 35

The day folk comes to town Tim Chipping tells the E List about what he (and we) hope will be the first of many Walthamstow Folk Festivals where he’s lined up some truly impressive names for our entertainment. Having a folk festival in Walthamstow has been a long held dream of mine, because I like going to folk festivals but I also like to sleep in my own bed. Because I write for fRoots magazine and have worked in various roles at the historic Sidmouth Folk Week I’m able to punch above my weight in terms of who I book to play. So, for the first, potentially annual, Walthamstow Folk Festival we’ve got BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, who normally play venues far bigger than this one. We’ve also got multiple award nominees and end-of-year best-of winners Stick In The Wheel, with the added bonus that they’re based in E17. World renowned Gaelic singer and star of BBC4’s Transatlantic Sessions Kathleen MacInnes is coming all the way from Scotland, as is

BBC Young Folk Award winner and bagpipe genius Brìghde Chaimbeul. And from a small village in County Cork we have Nell Ní Chróinín, the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Corn Uí Riada sean nós singing competition. The other artists haven’t won any awards but they will soon. Especially Khiyo who play Bengali folk rock. They’re probably the best Bengali folk rock band in London.

of Walthamstow Folk Club tucked away in one of the corners, with their own musical guests, tune sessions and sing-a-rounds. And it all ends with a late-night ceilidh with music from an all-star band. Mirth is hosting a cider and cheese festival to coincide.

There’ll be free folk-based entertainment in Mirth throughout the day and night in addition to the ticketed concerts. Stroud’s all-female Boss Morris will be coming down to dance and show off their extraordinary beasts (not a euphemism). Alongside the Morris we’ll have rapper sword dancing too, which has to be seen to be believed. In addition there’ll be a pop-up version

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July & August

Exhibitions & weekly events Arts & Crafts Leytonstone Arts Trail 1-9 July Various venues, Leytonstone E11 The 10th Leytonstone Arts Trail provides an eclectic mix of art in various venues around Leytonstone. The Trail guide is available from the Library and the Stone Space gallery E11. Various opening hours. FREE 1-23 July Sebastian Muscio: In what way was I unique? The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Muscio is an Argentinian artist concerned with the idea of originality and has developed a personal method of working, in which he re-considers the use of traditional ‘hierarchical’ composition. Thurs-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 125pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. 1-9 July If You Go Down To The Woods Today Leyton Technical, 265b High Road, Leyton E10 5QN Three bears went down to the woods one day only to discover crushed cans, crumpled crisp bags and cartons seeded across landscape. Three paintings, acrylic on canvas. Pub opening hours. FREE. 1-9 July Rebecca Lindsay–Addy: I Am Stranded (Ophelia) Leyton Technical, 265b High Road, Leyton E10 5QN Collection of digital prints, combining text and visuals that deal with personal identity, originally inspied by the painting, and character ‘Ophelia.’ Rebecca’s practice asks questions about the boundaries between subject, artist, and self. Pub opening hours. FREE.

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7 July-3 Sept NEW Summer Show Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9JN An enticingly eclectic show for the summer of contemporary paintings, photographs and prints hung salon style. A street-facing gallery, visible during daylight hours and lit until midnight. Open daily. FREE. Until 10 September Be Magnificent: Walthamstow School of Art 1957-1967 William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Walthamstow School of Art cultivated some of the most influential creative talent of the 1950s and 60s. Be Magnificent explores this radical era at the School, where these seminal artists explored their creative imagination. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. 4-29 July NEW Micheal W Ralph: Selected Works (1968-2017) Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP Local and lifelong photographer Micheal Ralph shows selected photographic works from the last forty years. Based around his travels and the ever-changing landscape of London. Open Tues-Sat 9am-5.30pm. FREE. 4 July-16 Sept NEW Fabrications The Mill , 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Fabrications is an exhibition exploring the possibility of using textile and other unconventional materials in every imaginative, amazing and traditional way possible. Tues-Fri: 9.30am-6pm. Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm. FREE. Wednesdays NEW The Nag’s Head Knitting Club The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Rd E17 9LP For all levels of knitters, Everyone welcome for a chat and a knit. Over 18s only. 7-9pm. FREE. Rebecca Hayes 020 8520 9709

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Music, theatre & singing Every Weds 26 July-30 Aug NEW Wind in the Willows: Read Aloud Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH To coincide with the development of Walthamstow Wetlands, hear this classic tale read in six parts by local actors. Link each episode with museum objects with a trail and colouring activities. Just drop in, no booking required. 11-11.40am. FREE. Fridays 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. Wednesdays Probably the Best Open Mic in Town Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Bring your talent to our stage: music lovers, singers, songwriters, poets. 8pmmidnight, registration from 7pm. FREE. 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 East Side Jazz Club Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road, 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. 7.30-9.30pm. First rehearsal FREE, then £10, £8 conc. Virginia Firnberg 07813 116505



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Wednesdays The Rose & Crown Singers Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Friendly community choir singing a musical mix of folk, drinking songs and more modern material. Try us out, no audition or experience needed. 7.309.30pm. £5.

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. A different genre each week including a Hitchcock movie on July 4. Fully stocked bar and free popcorn too! Doors 7.30pm, film 8pm. FREE.

Gardening & Environment 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 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.

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Thursdays William Morris Garden: Volunteer Gardening Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Help keep the garden looking beautiful by joining our welcoming group, no gardening experience necessary. Improve your health and wellbeing, be part of your community, meet new people, gain skills and get outdoors. Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Free tea and cake. 10am-1pm. FREE. 0208 496 2822 Saturdays & Wednesdays Open Garden Church Lane Community Garden, Harold Road, Leytonstone E11 4QX Visit Transition Leytonstone’s awardwinning community garden with its organic fruit and veg, plants to buy, gardening tools to borrow, growing tips, regular workshops and volunteering opportunities too. Sat 10am-4pm, Weds 11am-4pm. FREE. Shannon 07450474538

Family & Young People 14-18 August NEW Dyemaking and the Ecology of Craft with Significant Seams Frederick Bremer School, Siddeley Road E17 4EY This free, week long programme for 1119 year olds engages young people in activities creating and extracting colour from the world around us. Booking via the LBWF Holiday Activity Programme. 10am-3pm. FREE. Monday-Friday 7-25 August NEW Grow, Draw and Play: Summer Activity for Kids, Aged 5+ Buxton School, 19 Terling Close, Leytonstone E11 3NT 3 weeks of active projects for local kids aged 5 and upwards. Your children will be cared for by a qualified team who will offer a relaxing, stimulating, educational, safe and fun packed activity programme. 11am-4pm. £9. Carol Moloney 020 8534 3425 x247 Thursdays until August 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

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Mondays (term-time only) Woodcraft Folk: Woodside Elfins Venue varies, Epping Forest or Higham Hill Hub, E17 4BT Outdoorsy, crafty, cooperative, fun, parent-led group for children age 6-9 (younger siblings welcome). 6-7pm. £20 per term, £10 low income/unwaged.

Saturdays Community Local Produce Stall St John’s Church, Church Lane E11 1HG Delicious, locally grown organic fruit and vegetables, and other local produce for sale. A partnership between Organiclea and Transition Leytonstone. 10.30am-3pm.

Tues, Weds & Thurs 25 July-10 Aug Bongalong’s Summer Sessions St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Havant Road E17 3JF Music, movement and make believe for children under 5 and their carers. Fun, creative music-based sessions for you and your child/ren to enjoy together using singing, dancing, let’s pretend and amazing percussion instruments. Booking essential. 10-10.45am and 11-11.45am. £6, siblings under 5 £10, siblings under 6 months FREE. 07811 460282

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

Thursdays 25 July-10 Aug Under 1s Bongalong’s Summer Sessions St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Havant Road E17 3JF Details as above except for Under 1s. 1.30-2.30pm and 2.30-3.30pm. £6, £8 for twins.

Food, markets & shopping Saturdays NEW Hornbeam’s Saturday Supper Clubs The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Saturday night veggie pop-up supper club. Previous nights have included vegan Japanese ramen and vegan pie, mash and liquor. Check website for this week’s menu. 10.30am-3.30pm. 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. 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.

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Stones Throw Market St John’s Church, Leytonstone, High Road/ Church Lane E11 1HH Stones Throw forms part of the Arts Trail this month. We’re outside in the church grounds with over 20 stalls selling prints, jewellery, honey and flowers plus interesting mix of retro vintage and homemade cakes. 11am4pm. FREE. Holy Family & Sixth Form Summer Fair Walthamstow House site, 1 Shernhall Street (next to Thorpe Coombe Hospital) E17 3EA An afternoon of family fun with games, food stalls, bar, bouncy castle, football shoot-outs, table top, Irish dancing, Holy Family’s Got Talent and much more! Limited table top stalls available. No parking on site. 12-4pm. Entry 50p, children/concessions 20p. Tabletop stalls £10 in advance. School Office 020 8520 0482

Leyton Carnival Leyton Cricket Ground, Crawley Road E10 6RJ East London’s biggest street party fills the streets of Leyton with Caribbean colours, music and flavours. Elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers, steel bands and calypso music. Tempting food stalls, funfair rides, cinema, music and even our first teddy bears around the world picnic. 1-7pm. FREE.

Forest Philharmonic present A Sea Symphony Chingford Parish Church, The Green E4 7EN South West Essex Choir with Forest Philharmonic Orchestra perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. Come and enjoy this masterpiece for choir, orchestra and soloists. 7.3010pm. £14 in adv, £16 on the door, children £3. Info & tickets via

Summer Fete at Greenleaf Primary School 80 Greenleaf Road E17 6QW Everybody is welcome to a fun-filled day of great activities, live music and stalls including gladiator duelling, bouncy castle, toys and books, plant stall, tombola, arts & crafts, face painting, great food and much more. 11am-2pm. £1, children under 12 FREE.

Chaos UK (London) / The Outbursts / Sarah Pink’s Gravediggers Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Day 1 of Leytonstone Festival with reformed 77 Punks, Chaos UK plus garage-punk and sugar-coated agitpunk support! 8-11.30pm. FREE entry.

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 Low Hall Nursery School Summer Fair Low Hall Nursery School, Low Hall Lane E17 8BE Family fun day with bouncy castle, fabulous raffle, cakes, face painting, henna tattoos, arts and crafts, retro games for all the family and the best summer fair barbecue in Walthamstow! 11am-2pm. £1, children FREE but games tickets cost £1 for 4.

Kelly Wilde at the Victoria The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH DJ Matt will be on the decks all night but gets a break when cabaret star Kelly Wilde takes to the stage at midnight. 9pm-3am. FREE. 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.

Sunday 2 Musical Aquarium Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Come and join Jerome and Lindsay who will be diving into the tank, and playing their own eclectic brand of music for your Sunday lunchtime listening pleasure. 1.30-4.30pm. FREE.



Thuso Garden Party 37 Grosvenor Park Road E17 9PD There’ll be excellent food and entertainment including the Whittington Steel Band, speakers and good company. All funds raised enable the charity Waltham Forest Thuso in South Africa to continue its important work supporting South African AIDS Orphans and other educational initiatives. Free parking. 1-5pm. £10, children £3, under 5s FREE. Price includes lunch and a drink. 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.

Monday 3 Waltham Forest Music Festival 2017 Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF Join us for a celebration of musical achievement that will entertain and inspire you. Over 1000 children from local schools will perform at six concerts over three days in our annual music festival. Everyone welcome. Tonight it’s Secondary School Choirs & Music School Groups. 6.30-7.30pm. Suggested donation on the door £3, u16s FREE. Tomorrow (Demain) – A French Film for the Future Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane E11 1HG In the search for solutions to the crisis humanity faces, the life-affirming and inspirational Demain has boosted the formation of many new community projects. The perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency. Booking on Eventbrite essential. 6.309.30pm. FREE, donations welcome. Search ‘Demain’ on Red Imp presents Andrew Maxwell & Mandy Knight Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Not for the faint-hearted this show. Two brilliant performers do works in progress. Not to be missed. 8.30-10.30pm. £10. Book via

Tuesday 4 Waltham Forest Music Festival 2017 Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF Details as Monday 3. Today it’s Primary School Choirs and Ensembles 10.3011.15am; Primary & Secondary School Choirs and Ensembles 2-3pm; Music School Beginner Tea Time Concert 5-6pm. Suggested donation on the door £3, u16s FREE.


Social Dances in Leyton The Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road E10 5JY Supported by Waltham Forest Culture and led by Akademi, these monthly dances 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 Leyton Mixed Choir: Just For Fun! Upstairs at the Leyton Star, 116 High Rd Leyton E15 2BX A monthly, term-time choir session. Stress free, performance free. Just rock up and sing your heart out. 7.30-9pm. £10 or £8 for block bookings. Red Imp presents Paul Sinha & Bethany Black Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Star of ITV’s The Chase Paul tries out new material for the Edinburgh Festival. Star of Russell T Davies’ Banana Beth will be doing the same. One to watch. 8.30-10.30pm. £10. Book via

Wednesday 5 Waltham Forest Music Festival 2017 Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF Details as Monday 3. Today it’s Primary & Secondary School Choirs and Ensembles 1-2pm; Music School Groups and Ensembles 7-8.30pm. Suggested donation on the door £3, u16s FREE. *Sculpture Sensorium with Gayle Chong Kwan William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Join Gayle to explore how physical senses other than vision can be used to enhance sculptural artworks. Participants will be encouraged to use their sensory registers; taste, touch, smell and sound. Materials provided, no experience necessary. 7am-8.30pm. FREE but please book via the website as space is limited. Under 5s, Lloyd Park Nature Explorers: African Animals and Camouflage Meet in the Community Room, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Forest Road 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 going back inside for stories and a healthy snack. 10am-12pm. FREE, but donations welcome. Vicky Peet 07870 678571



Experimental Life Drawing with Geoff Brunell Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Brunell, an original Walthamstow School of Art student will lead a practical workshop combining traditional life drawing practices with experimental drawing ideas, mediums and techniques. Materials provided, no experience necessary. 2-5pm. FREE but please book via the website as space is limited. The Roamin’ Jasmine / Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd E11 3DB Formed on the streets of New Orleans, The Roamin’ Jasmine transport you to various New Orleans music worlds of the past re-imagined into the present. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection.

Thursday 6 *Anatomy Lab with Rabbits Road Press William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Rabbits Road Press have devised an alternative anatomy drawing class. Using collage packs specially produced at the printing press, participants will explore the emotional anatomy and physical anatomy of human and nonhuman subjects. Materials provided, no experience necessary. 7-8.30pm. FREE but please book via the website as space is limited. Observation and Imagination with Terry Day Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Original Walthamstow School of Art student (1958–1962) Terry Day, will lead a drawing workshop covering the aspects of observation, line, form, shape, movement and gesture. Materials provided, no experience necessary. 7-8.30pm. FREE but please book via the website as space is limited. Jazz Evening with Martin Speake & his Quartet: Thelonious Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane E11 1HG Celebrating the music of Thelonious Monk. 7-9pm. FREE. Open Mic Night: Raising Money for Sue Ryder The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH It’s open mic night at the Victoria bar, and we are also doing a tombola and clothing and cake sale to raise money for the Sue Ryder charity who provide compassionate care to people with end of life and long term needs. 8pmmidnight. FREE.


Red Imp presents Mark Thomas & Angela Barnes Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Sorry, this gig sold out to those on the mailing list. To join the list please sign up via the website. 8.30-10.30pm. £10. Book via

Friday 7 Night Feast Walthamstow Town Square, High Street E17 Walthamstow’s summer night food and drinks market returns to brighten up the town square, with entertainment and a kids’ zone. Food is offered at different price points and includes halal and vegan options. 5-10pm. Chris 07533 648225 Hornbeam Monthly Film Night The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH First Friday is Film Night at the Hornbeam, all about community and positive change. Check website/ Facebook for details and the focus of the month’s film. 6-9.30pm. FREE. St Mary’s Music Hall presents: She’koyokh / Owl Parliament St Mary’s Church, Church End E17 9RJ Showcasing innovative and exciting contemporary, folk, jazz, and world music in a beautiful 11th century church. Tonight it’s She’koyokh, hailed as “one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain.” (Evening Standard), 7.30-10.30pm. £12 plus booking fee or on the door. Limited early bird tickets available. Sham’s Kitchen Pop Up St Mary’s Church, Church End E17 9RJ Bar and food stall serving curries and snacks in conjunction with St Mary’s Music Hall gig. 6-9pm. Dish prices vary. While stocks last. Roots and Shoots: Whittingham Gardening Club Unity Hall, 144 Bramley Close E17 6EG A monthly meeting of this Higham Hill-based gardening club that benefits from guest speakers, demonstrations on aspects of horticulture, a monthly newsletter, expert help with your gardening projects, outings to nurseries and other places of gardening interest, and an annual flower show. See July 15. 8-10pm. Annual membership £8, and £2 per meeting, £4 for guests. www.whittinghamgardeningclub.

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Friday 7 continued Opening night drinks for Walthamstow Village Window Gallery’s Summer Show Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9NJ Preview summer drinks for this eclectic show of small and affordable artwork. Continues daily until Sept 3. Child, dog and cycle-friendly outdoor venue. 7-9pm. Refreshments by donation. Gingo! Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ After their dazzling post-election performance as a twin-souled entity called May our fearless duo are back, calling the numbers, drinking the gin and awarding s**t prizes Expect profanity and hilarity. 7-11pm. FREE entry. *An introduction to Portraiture with Eamon Everall William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Original Walthamstow School of Art student Eamon Everall will lead a session and introduce participants to the joys and challenges of making a portrait from a live model, in either tone or line. Materials provided, no experience necessary. 7-8.30pm. FREE but please book via the website as space is limited. Rush Job The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Steve Rushton and John Garner are back. Many more will be joining in, improvising and generally making it up as they go along. Classic hits, a few original songs, lots of singing along! 8.30-11pm. FREE. Red Imp presents Richard Herring & Eleanor Tiernan Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Edinburgh Festival works in progress from Red Imp stalwart Richard Herring and rising star Eleanor Tiernan. 8.3010.30pm. £13.50. Book via


Marshland Medicine: July Herb Walk Meet at Coppermill Car Park, Coppermill Lane E17 7HG Monthly herb walk on the Marshes with herbalist Siobhan O’Leary. Sharing knowledge about seasonal medicine, plant allies, responsible harvesting and preparation practices plus history and folklore. 12-2pm. £10, £8 conc. Summer Pizza Party Church Lane Community Garden, Harold Road, Leytonstone E11 4QX The cob oven is hot and ready. Come and try our delicious veggie pizzas, using vegetables grown on site. Help make pizzas, toppings are provided, but you can bring your own too. Children welcome! 12-3pm. Shannon Thaden 07450 474538 How Does this Country Work? with Rosalie Schweiker William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP What is proportional representation and how do you go about getting a tier-2 visa? Join artist Rosalie Schweiker to answer these questions and many more. Materials provided, no experience necessary. 12-4pm. FREE but please book via the website as space is limited. 3D Life Drawing Workshop Blackhorse Workshop, 1-2 Sutherland Road Path E17 6BX In conjunction with the William Morris Gallery’s Walthamstow School of Art exhibition Be Magnificent; this life drawing workshop will teach you to create a wire sculpture instead of a drawing. NB there will be a nude model present. Ages 16+. 1-3.30pm. FREE. Mhairi 020 8531 1612

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The Warner Estate: ‘Choice Dwellings at Reasonable Rents’ St James Street Station, St James Street E17 7PJ Unlike other landowners the Warner family chose to develop their Walthamstow estate themselves. Join this walk led by Walthamstow Historical Society to look at the building and the operation of the estate. 2-3.30pm. FREE.

Tool Turning Workshop Blackhorse Workshop, 1-2 Sutherland Road Path E17 6BX In conjunction with the William Morris Gallery’s Walthamstow School of Art exhibition Be Magnificent; this free workshop for beginners will teach you to make your own woodturned tool. Ages 16+. 10am-12.30pm. FREE. Mhairi 020 8531 1612 tool-turning

Touch Wood or Sense & Scupltability Blackhorse Workshop, 1-2 Sutherland Road Path E17 6BX In conjunction with the William Morris Gallery’s Walthamstow School of Art exhibition Be Magnificent; this life sculpture workshop will teach you to create without the sense of sight working in pairs. Ages 16+. 4-6pm. FREE. Mhairi 020 8531 1612 sense-and-sculptability

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DANCE/FITNESS Soft Sale The Mill , 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Soft sale of knitting yarns, fabrics and all kinds of haberdashery. Craft books and magazines. All at ridiculously low prices! 11am-2pm. FREE entry. A Day at the Fair Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ A summer celebration featuring London Forest Choir with music on the theme of fairs including Rathbone’s A Day at the Fair, Scarborough Fair and much more. 7.30-9.30pm. £10 in adv, £12 on the door. Children £2. Concs available. Metal Warriors present Sonic Rebellion – Rock & Metal Party! Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Monthly night of rock and metal anthems from London’s top DJs with two live bands; Red Hook with dark, heavy metal and Colt 48 with their drop tuned riffs, slamming drums and huge choruses. 8pm-1am. FREE entry. Mingus Elastic Band Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Tony Mingus and his excellent band make their debut appearance at The Coppermill and it’s sure to be a great night. Fine songsmiths themselves but great covers too. 8.30-11pm. FREE. Red Imp presents Shappi Khorsandi & Mary Bourke Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Two of Red Imp’s absolute favourites trying out their Edinburgh Festival material. 8.30-10.30pm. £12. Book via Leyton Orient Fans Trust Fundraiser What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Exservicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Featuring Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee; The Dog Roses; Steve White... C’mon the O’s! 8.30-11.30pm. FREE but suggested donation £10. Walthamstow’s Got Pride Party The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH To celebrate London Pride, Pixie Presents... is holding a pride party at the Victoria bar, hosted by Victoria Sponge with special guests. 9pm-3am. FREE.

Sunday 9 Martin Carthy / MarisaJack&Davy / MG Boulterr What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Folk music legend... no introduction necessary! 7-10pm. £10, advance booking only.



The Upper Leytonstone Jumble Trail Leytonstone School, Colworth Road E11 1JD Meet your neighbours! Set up a stall outside your house selling bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes etc. Download the map to hunt for treasures. Extra stalls at Leytonstone school plus tea and art! 11am-3pm. upperleytonstone2017 Hoe St Market In the front car park of The Trades Hall, 17 Hoe Street E17 4SD A monthly outdoor market selling art, crafts, food, coffee, gifts and more. Bring your pennies to support local artists, small caterers and independent businesses. 12-5pm. FREE entry. Open School East Takeover William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Open School East (OSE) is an alternative space for artistic learning recently relocated from East London to Margate in Kent. OSE 2017 associate artists will take over the Gallery for a day-long series of public workshops. Materials provided, no experience necessary. 12-5pm. FREE but please book via the website as space is limited. Board Games & Card Games on Sundays The Hoe Street Club, 11 Hoe Street E17 4SD We play all sorts of games but we prefer modern games to traditional ones, strategy games to party ones, and competitive games over cooperative ones. Food and drinks available. Over 18s only. 12.30-7.30pm. FREE. Waltham Forest Bilingual Group Picnic Ridgeway Park, The Ridgeway, Old Church Road E4 Meet-up for families raising their children with more than one language. Joins us for a fun and relaxed afternoon in the park. Bring a dish to share! If the weather forecast looks unreliable, please ring to check it’s going ahead. 1-3pm. FREE. Claire 07770 860038 Red Imp Kidz presents Howard’s LOLtastic Yuk Fest Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Star of Little Howard brings his show for children and well-trained adults. May contain the word ELK (5-12yrs). 1-2pm. £7, family ticket £22. Book via

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The Magic Sewing Machine: Family Day Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH For families with children of all ages Khyal Arts & Ladders YPC bring you a magical event filled with Indian classical dance, storytelling and puppetry. With support from Central Estates. 30min workshop start times: 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm. FREE just drop in.

Red Imp presents Lucy Porter & Simon Munnery Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe St E17 4SA Edinburgh festival works in progress from two of Red Imps favourites. 8.3010.30pm £10. Book via

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The Warner Estate: ‘Choice Dwellings at Reasonable Rents’ St James Street Station, St James Street E17 7PJ Details as Saturday 8, except different time 11am-12.30pm. FREE.

Under 5s - WMBL Lloyd Park Nature Explorers: African Animals and Camouflage Meet in Community Room, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park E17 4PP We’ll begin inside with a craft related to our monthly theme with books & toys available followed by a ramble in the park before going back inside for stories & healthy snack. Funded by WMBL. 10am-12pm. FREE but donations welcome. Red Imp presents Robin Ince & Sally-Anne Hayward Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Edinburgh Festival works in progress from star of Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage Robin Ince and a welcome return for Sally too. 8.30-10.30pm. £10. Book via

Tuesday 11 How to Start a Social Enterprise: Seminar Legacy Business Centre, 2A Ruckholt Road E10 5NP Seminar covers Understanding social enterprise; Clarifying the change you want to make; The importance of your vision for change; Creating practical and appropriate solutions; Formulating your strategy; Demonstrating the value you create; How to deliver value and Creating successful business models. 9.30am12.30pm. FREE. Damaris 020 8443 5457 Start Right in Business for Women: Seminar Queens Road Learning Centre, 97 Queens Road E17 8QR Find out if you are ready to run your own business. What to include in your business plan. How much money you’ll need. About sources of finance. About legal requirements: business status, National Insurance, Tax & VAT etc. 10am-4pm. FREE. Damaris 020 8443 5457

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*A Study of Line: Self portraiture through Graphic Novels with David Blandy William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP In this workshop you will learn how to construct, draw and plan a comic strip and be introduced to the skills necessary to combine text and image in order to tell your stories. Materials provided, no experience necessary. 7-8.30pm. FREE but please book via the website as space is limited. Summer Ceilidh with Jig17 The Northcote Arms Pub, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL Part of the Leytonstone Festival; traditional Scottish and Irish ceilidh night. Jig17’s caller will guide you through the fun dances or you can sit back and let the band entertain you. Also food available. 7.30-10pm. FREE. George Parry, the Parachuting Parson St Johns Church Hall, High Road Leytonstone E11 1HH George Parry was Vicar of St. John’s Church from 1938 to 1940. He parachuted into France on D-Day and was killed at a medical post along with the doctors and patients. Part of the the Leytonstone Festival. 7.45-9.45pm. £2, FREE to Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society members. Red Imp presents Tiffany Stevenson & Sam Gore Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Star of Mock the Week, Russell Howard’s Good News and 8 Out of 10 Cats - Tiff comes back to the Stow. Sam is the man behind Facebook sensation “I See You”. 8.30-10.30pm £10. Book via



Massy Ferguson / Hymn For Her What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Exservicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Roadhouse country rock’n’roll blues with a slice of Hell’s Angels meets the Amish! US double-bill. 8.30-11pm. Entry by collection.

Thursday 13 *There’s More to Pattern than Meets the Eye! With Keith Albarn William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Explore the endless possibilities of pattern with original Walthamstow School of Art tutor Keith Albarn. Explore ideas around patterns in nature, interconnectedness and abstraction. Materials provided, no experience necessary. 7-8.30pm. FREE but please book via the website as space is limited. Creative Kids: Flower Hunt William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Outdoor games and play in the beauty of the William Morris Garden. A session for under 5s to enjoy with their parents and carers. 10-11.30am, repeated 1-2.30pm. FREE but booking essential 020 8496 4390 E17 Large Jazz Ensemble Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH The 13-piece contemporary jazz group’s debut at Maude will premiere a new suite commissioned by PRSF and written especially for the occasion. 8-11pm. £8, £5 conc. Mini Holland Film Night: A Conversation The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH This 30min film shines a spotlight on the Mini Holland project, examining the effects on the local environment and the community. This event will give local people the opportunity to explain their position - for and against - allowing the audience to draw their own conclusions. It is hoped it will contribute to a balanced and inclusive consideration of the issues. 6.30-9pm. FREE. Red Imp presents Greg Davies & Zoe Lyons Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Davies, star of Man Down, makes his Stow debut doing work-in-progress for his autumn tour. Please note this gig is already sold out to the Red Imp mailing list. Don’t miss out, join up via the website. 8.30-10.30pm £13.50. Book via


Friday 14 *Anatomy Class with Laurie Lewis William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Laurie Lewis, artist/photographer and original Walthamstow School of Art student, will introduce you to the basics of anatomy and costume-life drawing. Materials provided, no experience necessary. 7-8.30pm. FREE but please book via the website as space is limited. Dial M for Music Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, 147 Whipps Cross Rd E11 1NP Monthly music club hosted by local band The Persecuted. This month is a special tie in with Leytonstone Festival and features top Americana artist Danni Nicholls. 7.45pm-midnight. FREE, with collection for the bands. Horsemeat Sandwich: Cowboy Flying Saucer / The Tea Project / Silver Tears / Luiz Bruno Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Angular post-punk Fall-esque shapes, freeform Can-style grooves, psyched-out prog space-rock Acid Blues, avant-garde lo-fi Gonzo-jukebox weirdness and ambient dark/light pop. 8-11.30pm. FREE. Red Imp presents Stephen K Amos & Gordon Southern Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Star of Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You - Amos bring us his fantastic work in progress. He’s joined by the most excellent Gordon Southern, both Red Imp faves. 8.30-10.30pm £15. Book via

Saturday 15 Walthamstow Garden Party Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Two days of music, theatre, dance, film, spoken word, arts & crafts, food and family activity. Diverse entertainment includes Toots & the Maytals, the Britten Sinfonia Academy, Appetite Food Festival and Plonk Crazy Golf. See website or information boards on the day for running order. Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome. Only alcohol bought on site permitted. 12-9pm. FREE event, no ticket required, but try to arrive early to avoid the queues. Howlin’ Mojo Bones Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Local legend George Witter is back with a brand new blues band. 8.30-11pm.

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Saturday 15 continued E17 Designers’ Marquee at Walthamstow Garden Party Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Visit the marquee in front of the William Morris Gallery, with 50 makers over two days, new designers and E17 regulars: illustrations, jewellery, fashion and accessories at this popular fixture! 12-6pm. FREE entry, disabled access. Kids’ Wood Workshop at Walthamstow Garden Party Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Join us in making ‘Blackhorse Pegasus’ - a push-along kinetic toy, inspired by the mythical figure of Pegasus, a winged horse. Suitable for ages 8+, Under 8’s accompanied by an adult.. 12-5pm. £5. Cool Britannia 2.0 at The Walthamstow Garden Party Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Taking inspiration from the song ‘Cool Britannia’ by original Walthamstow School of Art student Vivian Stanshall and his Bonzo Dog Doh Dah Band, come and create your own version of the song. DashNDem in collaboration with William Morris Gallery Young Curators Group and Waltham Forest College students. 12-6pm. FREE but please book via the website as space is limited. Flower Show & Plant Sales Unity Hall, 144 Bramley Close E17 6EG Enjoy Whittingham Gardening Club’s flower show, floral art and plant displays, craft stalls, bonsai stand, great plant sales, bric-a-brac, gardening advice, home-made cakes, refreshments and raffles. 1-4.30pm. Entry 50p. whittinghamgardeningclub.blogspot. Leytonstone Green Drinks The Walnut Tree, 857-861 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HH Come along on the 15th of any month and enjoy good company, green conversations and great beer. Look for the table with the green tablecloth and 3 Green Tankards sign. 8-11pm. FREE. Diana 07747 014 35 Chris Cacavas (Green On Red) / Edward Abbiati & The Dirty Devils What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Exservicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Leytonstone Festival International rock’n’roll special! Plus The Lucky Strikes and Hakan ‘Hawk’ Soold. 7.3011.30pm. FREE with collection.

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The Chicken Shack 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-1am. FREE. Red Imp present Ed Byrne & Jenny Collier Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Star of Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo - Ed Byrne warms up for his Edinburgh festival show. Jenny is a rising star, definitely one to watch. 8.3010.30pm £13.50. Book via

Sunday 16 Walthamstow Garden Party Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Details as Saturday 15 except 12-8pm. See website or information boards on the day for running order. REE event, no ticket required, but try to arrive early to avoid the queues. Red Imp presents Sara Pascoe & Elliot Steel - Matinee Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Matinee performance from two rising stars warming up for their Edinburgh Festival shows. Should be a belter. 2-4pm £12. Book via What’s Cookin’ All-dayer! What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB All day gig boasting Danny George Wilson / Don Gallardo / The Alan Tyler Show / Treetop Flyers / Luke Tuchscherer Kingsize Slim / Steven James Adams and more! 2-10pm. Suggested donation £10.

Monday 17 Red Imp presents Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA The Stow’s favourite old codgers warm up for the Edinburgh festival with old and new jokes and songs. Support from star of ‘I, Daniel Blake’ comedian Davey Johns. 8.30-10.30pm £13.50. Book via

Tuesday 18 Infinitease: Burlesque Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Bringing the UK’s best new burlesque performers together in the quest for new stars. 8-11pm. £15, early birds £10.





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Sideshow Launch Party Sideshow, Forest Works, 1 Forest Road E17 6JF Blackhorse Workshop is proud to open ‘Sideshow’ a 6 month pop-up space hosting a cafe, exhibition space, kids marble run and lively events programme. Drinks, food and music - all welcome! 6.30-11.30pm. FREE.

Held At Hucks #015 Matthew Shepherd plus guests Hucks, 81 Grove Road E17 9BU Showcasing the best local and national singer songwriters in the intimate setting of Hucks. This month we welcome Matthew Shepherd plus more TBA. 2-4.30pm. FREE.

The Rebuilding of Ypres after the Great War Walthamstow Sports Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Professor Mark Connelly from the University of Kent describes the rebuilding of Ypres after the war and the work of the War Graves Commission. 8-10pm. FREE but £3 donation appreciated. Neil Pearce 07956 541897

A Love Hate Relationship with Couture: A Talk by Sylvia Ayton MBE William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Part of the Be Magnificent project in collaboration with William Morris Gallery and Create London. 2-3pm. FREE but please book via the website.

LGBT Night at The Chequers The Chequers, 145 High Street/Storey Road E17 7BX Join Pixie Presents... at The Chequers for LGBT night with fantastic drag queen Sal Ford live on stage at 8.30pm. 8pmmidnight. FREE.

Bird Box Avenue Workshop Drapers Field, Temple Mills Lane E15 2DD Join Bird Box Avenue Workshop to create a miniature neighbourhood for Chobham Manor with Artillery. Also meet the Warblr App developers and ID birds by their song. 1-5pm. FREE.

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Woodford & Warner Trini Pop-Up Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ She’s back, dishing up all manner of spicy goodness! This delicious Trini supper is a blast of Caribbean warmth, even if the weather lets us down. 6.309.30pm. Prices vary; childrens portions available.

East London Humanists Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road E11 2RQ Thought-provoking monthly talks and discussions. Doors open at 7pm for light refreshments. Check website for this month’s topic. 7.30-9pm. FREE.

Saturday 22 Sidmouth Park Wildlife Day Sidmouth Park , 64 St Mary’s Road, Leyton E10 5RF Discover what wildlife might live in Sidmouth Park. With bug hunt, bird feeder making, bird box making and arts & crafts. 11am-3pm. FREE, just drop in. Curator’s Talk with Rowan Bain William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Part of the Be Magnificent project in collaboration with William Morris Gallery and Create London. 2-3pm. FREE but please book via the website. 90s Fancy Dress with Drag queen Scarlett Diamonte The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH It’s 90s night at the Victoria bar with DJ Matt on the decks till 3am, drag queen Scarlet Diamonte will be live on stage at midnight. 9pm-3am. FREE.

Tuesday 25 Lloyd Park Pollinators Meet by William Morris Garden, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Discover the bats, butterflies, bees and bugs who help pollinate the beautiful flowers in Lloyd Park. We’ll also create prints inspired by William Morris’s art and love of nature. 10am-1pm. FREE, but donations appreciated. Vicky Peet 07870 678571

Wednesday 26 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. £6, cash only on the door, FREE entry for carers. Giulia Ghinelli 020 7691 3210 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 plus £30 p/a. Ann Young 020 8531 8178

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Moonshine Wagon What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB These Hispanic Hellgrass hombres stir up oldtime into a frenzied mix of cowpunk hoedown. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. E17 Cook Book Club The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE ‘Scandinavian’ 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.

Thursday 27 H & H Pamper Evening The Hare & Hounds, 278 Lea Bridge Road E10 7LD Enjoy your drink in the conservatory while you relax with a mini facial, massage or nail treatment. Shop for toiletries, candles, fashion items and more. 6-9.30pm. FREE entry, treatments from £5. Margaret Meaden 07826 845999 St Mary’s Music Hall presents: The Nile Project & Msfiri Zawose St Mary’s Church, Church End E17 9RJ The Nile Project brings together artists from the 11 Nile countries, representing over 450 million people, to compose new songs that combine the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on Earth. 7-10.30pm. £18 plus booking fee or on the door. Early bird tickets £15.

Friday 28 East of England Burlesque Festival Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Three days of Burlesque workshops, stalls and competitions by day, with exclusive shows every night. Check website near the time for line-up and price of weekend tickets. 2-11pm. £15, early bird tickets £10. Hornbeam Nights’ presents Dusty Grooves The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Resident DJs Lounch & Noods will be providing your ears with super deluxe ambient down tempo grooves, dub, low-fi electronica and underground hiphop on the last Friday of every month. 7.30-11pm. FREE.

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Sham’s Kitchen Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St E17 9HQ The incomparable Shams is back with E17’s best curry night. Bloomin’ loverly! Veggie options and takeaway also available. 6.30-8.30pm. Dish prices vary. While stocks last.

Saturday 29 East of England Burlesque Festival Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Details as Friday 28 Family Day: Pop Goes the Gallery William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP For families with children all ages. Find out about famous artists who went to Walthamstow Art School. Make your own 1960s Pop art including badges inspired by Peter Blake. 1-4pm. FREE.

Sunday 30 East of England Burlesque Festival Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Details as Friday 28 Sunday Society The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL A friendly DJ and chill with no pretentions. We’ll be playing a broad range of our favourite folk, soul, disco, house and maybe a teensy bit of techno. With pizzas and Bloody Marys maximising your precious weekend. 1.30-6pm. FREE. Sunday Afternoon Jazz The William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Road E17 4JD Laid back jazz from the Paul Kaufman quartet and guests. Enjoy great food and company while chilling out in this stylish bar. 1.30-4.30pm. FREE.

Tuesday 1 AUGUST Nature Trail with Pond Dipping Meet on the Moat Island Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Find out what creatures live in Lloyd Park with a mini beast hunt including the chance to pond dip and identify your finds. We’ll have crafts inspired by bugs on offer too. 10am-1pm. FREE, but donations welcome. Vicky Peet 07870 678571

Wednesday 2 Under 5s, Lloyd Park Nature Explorers: Love Parks Teddy Bear Picnic Meet in Community Room next to cafe, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Details as July 5 except new theme

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Mela & Fashion Show Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF A fantastic Asian music festival with dance, food and traditional arts and crafts bringing the sights, sounds and spicy aromas of South Asia to Waltham Forest. Enjoy Kabaddi, Mehraj art, an Asian-fusion fashion show and funfair. Please note this is an alcohol-free event. 10am-10pm. FREE, no ticket required.

Pixie presents : Drag With No Name The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Cabaret star Drag With No Name is live on stage st midnight, DJ Matt on the decks till 3am.. 9pm-3am. FREE.

Pixie Presents Cabaret at the William Morris with Krystal Ball The William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Road E17 4JD Drag sensation Krystal Ball live on stage at 9pm. Free jerk chicken and a bottle of Fosters if you arrive before 8.30pm. 7pm-midnight. £5.

Thursday 3 Paper Making at The Mill The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA For the over 5s. Learn how to make your own paper and handmade books. 12 children maximum. Please reserve a place through reception or email. Children under 8 years must be accompanied. Thanks to Aviva for funding this workshop. 1-4pm. FREE. Alison Hay 020 8521 3211 St Mary’s Music Hall presents: Vula Viel St Mary’s Church, Church End E17 9RJ Their intensely rhythmic music is an engaging mix of African, electronica and minimalist influences. Guests to be announced. 7-10.30pm. £10 plus booking fee or on the door. Limited early bird tickets available.

Saturday 5 Wildflower Bed Workshop for Adults Meet by stables building next to tennis courts, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Lloyd Park gardener Cathy Mcloughlin will give tips on how to create and maintain a wildflower bed, using the Park’s own examples to give practical low cost tips in identification and maintenance. 10am-12pm. FREE but donations welcome. The Summer Session Part 1 Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Eastern Front and guest DJs Musica Noche and Crucial & Fresh bring balearic, eclectic, house and disco vibes to the brewery. 4pm-midnight. FREE. 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. 8.30-11pm.

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The Summer Session Part 2 Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Eastern Front and guest DJs Kat Richmond, Pete Fowler, Citizen Helene and friends bring even more balearic, eclectic, worldwide and disco vibes to the brewery. 2-10pm. FREE.

Tuesday 8 Lloyd Park Big Picnic Meet on Lloyd Park moat ‘island’ Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Join us for a good old family get together. We’ll have a live interactive drumming performance by M’billa Arts, sports day games and crafts. Just bring food, friends and family. 10am-1pm. FREE, but donations welcome. Bird Box Avenue Workshop Ive Farm Pocket Park, Ive Farm Close E10 5HQ Come along to Bird Box Avenue Workshop to create a miniature neighbourhood for Chobham Manor with Artillery. Buses 158 & 58. 1-4.30pm. FREE. Uncaged Burlesque present All Your Base R Belong 2 Us Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Nerdgasm Alert ! Computer game burlesque with the accent on silliness. Power Up! 8-11pm. £15, early bird tickets £10.

Thursday 10 Creative Kids: Persian Patterned Platter William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Create a papier-mâché platter that explores the Islamic pattern and designs loved by William Morris and de Morgan. A session for under 5s to enjoy with their parents and carers. 10-11.30am and repeated 1-2.30pm. FREE but booking essential.

Sunday 13 Walthamstow’s Gem of a Village Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH The Medieval heart of Walthamstow is preserved in its street pattern and some of its buildings. Join Walthamstow Historical Society on this free guided walk as we explore one of London’s hidden gems. 2-3.30pm. FREE. Wind in the Willows: Maskmaking – Family Day The Vestry House Museum, Vestry Rd E17 9NH Inspired by the characters in Kenneth Graham’s classic novel (being read aloud at the museum on Weds mornings) use card, collage and fabric to make a mask. Explore the museum and gardens as your chosen character and take part in a storytelling and roleplay activity. For families with children all ages. 1.30-4pm. Just drop-in. Held At Hucks #016 Nick Byrne plus guests Hucks, 81 Grove Road E17 9BU Showcasing the best local and national singer songwriters. This month we’ve Nick Byrne plus guests. 2-4.30pm. FREE.

Monday 14 East London Humanists Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road E11 2RQ Thought-provoking monthly talks and discussions. Doors open at 7pm for light refreshments. Check website for this month’s topic. Join us afterwards at The George (opposite Wanstead tube) for further socialising. 7.30-9pm. FREE.

Wednesday 16 Walthamstow’s Gem of a Village Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Details as Sunday August 13 except new time 11am-12.30pm. FREE.

Thursday 17 St Mary’s Music Hall presents: Martha Tilston / Teyr St Mary’s Church, Church End E17 9RJ With a voice like spiderwebbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha has toured internationally and appeared as a guest vocalist for Zero7. Joined by folk trio Teyr. 7-10.30pm. £17 plus booking fee or on the door. Limited early bird tickets available.



Cinema and the Great War Walthamstow Sports Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Cinema came of age during the Great War. Malcolm Doolin explores the place of cinema during the War and the importance of the Walthamstow connection. 8-10pm. FREE but £3 donation appreciated. Neil Pearce 07956 541897 Los Otros at the Vic The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Enjoy the mellow sounds of jazz standards or get up and dance to swing and Bossa Nova. Guest vocalists and other surprises every month. 9-11.30pm. FREE.

Friday 18 The Platform The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF A night dedicated to providing a platform for local performers. 8.3011pm. FREE.

Saturday 19 Create a New HUGE Animal at The Mill The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA For kids of all ages and local families. Work with Vanessa to create a new Mill animal. Can be messy, please where appropriate clothing. Drop-in sessions 10.30am-1pm and 1.30-4pm. FREE. The Chicken Shack Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU A night of fun filled jiving, bopping and strolling to DJs spinning original 50s sounds. If you’ve never jived before there’s always somebody to help you get started. Or just relax with friends! 8pm-1am. FREE.

Sunday 20 Finishing Touches to our new Colourful Mill Creature The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA For kids of all ages and local families. Help Vanessa finish the new Animal. Painting and Sticking - lots of helpers required! Can be messy, please wear appropriate clothing. Drop-in sessions 10.30am-1.30pm. FREE.

Tuesday 22 Infinitease Burlesque: Grand Final Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU The Grand Final is always a bit special. Come and see the ten best acts, chosen from a year’s worth of shows. Will it be amazing? You’d better believe it!! 8-11pm. £15, early bird tickets £10.

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Got an event? Tell us about it! Wednesday 23 Upcycling and Junky Styling with Significant Seams Frederick Bremer School, Siddeley Road E17 4EY A free workshop for 11-19 year olds to transform garments, fabrics and trimmings in inspiring and practical ways in a fast-paced, hands-on workshop. Booking required via LBWF Holiday Activity Programme. 10am-1pm. FREE. More News From Nowhere The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Monthly experimental, improvised music and sound art showcase. This month featuring Snack Family, Kelvox1 ft Jazzman John Clarke and Lofe. 8-11.30pm. £6, £4 in adv from

Friday 25 Gingo! Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Last of the Summer Gingo! As summer leaves us the Original Army ladies raise our spirits and a few glasses too, with bingo, filth and hilarity. And s**t prizes. 7-11pm. FREE entry.

Saturday 26 Bugs and Beaties – Family Day William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Handle snakes, stick insects, snails and cockroaches then create a tile design inspired by William De Morgan. For families with children of all ages. 1-4pm. FREE, just drop in. Walthamstow Folk Festival Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH Sponsored by fRoots magazine; a day and night of traditional music with a late night ceilidh, morris dance displays, tune and singing sessions, cheese and ale festival and more. 12pm-2am. £25.

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Wednesday 30 E17 Cook Book Club The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE Details as July 26, except the theme for this month is ‘South East Asian’.

Thursday 31 St Mary’s Music Hall presents: Get The Blessing / Yusufla St Mary’s Church, Church End E17 9RJ Described as “the punk entry” when they won the BBC Jazz Award for Best Album 2008, Get The Blessing are a Bristol four-piece. Yusufla is heavy new jazz. 7-10.30pm. £17 plus booking fee or on the door. Limited early bird tickets available.

Classes/Courses Thursdays Hornbeam Thursday Nights: Amazing Workshops Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Hornbeam’s Thursday Nights are now educational, social and environmental workshops on all sorts of topics. Check website or Facebook for weekly details. 7.30-11pm. FREE.

Art & Crafts Mondays until 17 July NEW Tots Art & Rhythm Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Let your little ones explore their creativity in a professional art studio with two experienced professional artists. This relaxed family activity is a perfect way to spend your morning bonding with your pre-school kids. 10-11.30am. 10 sessions at £5.50 per session; just £20 for additional siblings. Anna Alcock 07753 686331 Wednesdays Sewing or Mosaic Making Workshops Cornerstone Church, 149 Canterbury Road (corner of Essex Road), Leyton E10 6EH Free event for all abilities. Make a bag, apron or dress by learning how to use a sewing machine in a fun and friendly environment or 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. 12-2.30pm. FREE. Sabbir 0203 826 9600

2nd September 2017, 12pm - 6pm

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