E List March/April 2019 – The Women's Issue

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ISSN 2058-2196

In & Around London’S NEW EAST

March/April 2019 No 66

The Women’s Issue

Fellowship is Life


This was when my real art education began. We met in study groups to seek out unknown women artists, to research despised women’s skills and art practices, to look at our histories. We focused on our own interests and subjective experiences: our bodies, childbirth, sexuality, menstruation. We published our findings in artworks, books and new publications, Spare Rib, Feminist Art News, The Women’s Art Journal. I set up a print workshop in the community in the 1970s, working on scratch magazines, pamphlets and feminist and political posters. I continued to paint, but it was difficult to get accepted – especially figurative images – when the dominant mode was abstract art. continues page 2 Cover: Different Strokes painting 2016

G Spot painting 2017

It is difficult now to recall what the fine art world was like in London in the mid 1960s, dominated as it was by a few West End art galleries with their cliques of middle class overwhelmingly male artists. Painting was an expensive and elite activity, its values and economies in the control of an exclusive coterie of mainly male upperclass, privately educated Courtauld trained connoisseurs and art historians. It was they who set the terms and the tone for what was and was not ‘art’. I was one of the first working class girls to receive a grant to study fine art at Goldsmiths in 1962. Fantastic! All day and every day making art!! No more reading or writing - all literary and historical associations were to be abolished in the

new modernist regime. As artists we were taught practical skills and almost expected to be ignorant. The teaching of painting was carried out informally in huge brightly lit studios: while we painted the [invariably] male lecturing staff strolled in and out giving us tips on how to paint large and then fashionable abstract canvases. It was only when sharing art school experiences in the 1970s Women’s Liberation Movement, that we recognised the paucity of our art training. We explored questions that had never been addressed: Why are there no great women artists? Why were there no women art lecturers? Why was it ‘uncool’ to paint the figure? Why were all the famous paintings of women by men?

Parity poster c 1974

Yellow Wallpaper Drawing 1970s

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Poster screenprinted with quote from poet Robin Morgan c 1975

Mesh Failure painting 2017

This was when feminist artists began to make their own definitions of what constitutes ‘art’. We began to curate our own shows, organise our own exhibitions in shops, church halls, and domestic spaces, practices that are commonplace now. We became our own critics, researchers, reviewers. To paraphrase the late Stuart Hall: “Feminism broke in; it interrupted, made an unseemly noise, seized the time, and crapped on the table” of fine art. Since those days I have continued to work as academic and artist in areas of gender and subjectivity in art. Today I work from 2

a studio in Walthamstow, continuing my practice through – the no longer exclusive – fine art of painting. I have always maintained that gender differences are largely constructed, indeed I published a book in 2000 which gives an account of how gender is produced in art education. I have noted with interest and satisfaction popular moves towards nonbinary and genderqueer identities and the way that change in the understanding of gender is coming from many different sources. No longer solely a woman’s movement; the term ‘feminism’ has

exploded and can mean so many things that I rarely find it useful. As an artist I am interested in rejecting genre as well as gender oppositions. The painting I do now explores what lies between binary differences: between text and image, painting and printing, digital and analogue, between form and colour, black and white, masculine and feminine. Pen Dalton


Hash tags might not be your thing but they feature prominently in online movements to call out inequality and mobilise action to achieve gender parity. This year’s International Women’s Day is no exception, with #BalanceforBetter as its theme. This issue of The E List celebrates just some of the women around our borough who work toward redressing the imbalances they see and making it the vibrant, culturally rich and diverse place that it is. Our cover artist Pen Dalton remembers being one of the first working class girls to receive a grant to study fine art at Goldsmiths. Pen spoke to us of her activism as part of the wider Women’s Liberation Movement of the 70s. Whilst much may have changed since the 1970s, equality remains an aspiration. Local life coach and long time activist Alison Manning is committed to providing free coaching to women to help them build the confidence and resilience to truly fulfil their potential (page 35). These aims are also at the heart of the Girls Friendly Society (page 20), providing the encouragement and skills these girls need so that they grow to be independent women. And look no further than Francis Road on Leyton for an example of independent women running independent businesses. Read how these women have taken it upon themselves to build a thriving business community in the place they live and bring up their families (page 9). Our local hero, Elise Yarde is reluctant to describe herself as an activist and yet she represents the new generation of women who see where change is needed and who take it upon themselves to do something about it. Read how Elise is tackling taboos and period poverty on page 23. If we want to celebrate girl power - there is possibly no sport that packs less of a punch (sorry, I just couldn’t resist) than boxing. Actor and Playwright Libby Liburd talked to us about her show Fighter and the work she will be doing in schools as one of the first local artists to receive “Make it Happen” fellowship funding for London Borough of Culture (page 14).




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Couture Beading


Lizzie Hodgson



Inside this issue… NXT Creatives


The Independent Women of Leyton’s Francis Road


Lesley Coidon and Diana Vernon of Couture Beading


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


Local actor and playwright Libby Liburd’s Fighter


Illustrator and designer Lizzie Hodgson


Penny Rutterford, Assistant Editor.

The Girls Friendly Society



Peculiar Times: Our Unsung Heroines


Local Hero – Elise Yarde and “Awkward Talks”


Join in with The Joke’s on Us! show at the Mill.


The Winner of the Walthamstow Migrants Action Group Poetry Competition


“I’m here all weak” by Susan Murray


Finally, a question. What do boxing and beads have in common? We visited couture beading and embellishment craftswomen Lesley Coidon and Diana Vernon in their Walthamstow workshop (page 12). These women have not only worked on three royal wedding dresses but also embellished Muhammed Ali’s famous “Rumble in the Jungle” dressing gown.

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We have to say, we can’t think of a house we’ve seen over the last few years with more immediate kerb appeal than this achingly beautiful, double fronted house on Lorne Road. From the slate roof and yellow London brickwork, through to the elegant sash windows and even the way the plants frame the front door – it’s all….well, beautiful. And that’s just the exterior.

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Wander inside and you will discover that this is a house that has bags of period features, yet is also a comfortable (and comforting) modern family home. On the right of the hall is a delightful dual aspect lounge, with bay window to the front and French doors (leading to the garden) to the rear.

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Upstairs there are three double bedrooms (thus ensuring, as far as possible, sibling harmony) and the family bathroom. The courtyard style garden is a haven of peace and tranquility, and is doubtless in constant use in the warmer months. An absolutely wonderful house, which is clearly well loved by its current lucky owners, and will, we are sure, be equally well loved by the next lucky ones.

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Front row, seated left to right: Louise Jackson Pause Yoga Studio, Natalie Stopford Marmelo, Steph Laban Last Call Ink, pastry chef Henrietta Inman resident at the Yardarm Restaurant. Back row, standing left to right: Eliza Parkes Yardarm, jeweller Clarice Price Thomas, Marsha Brown Curved Brick Coffee, Ella Lennard Ella Pop Shop, Aimée Madill Phlox Books, Jurgita Balciunai The Butterfly, Lucie Beeston and Tiff Howick Venner.


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rumours of the death of the high street will seem greatly exaggerated should you take a stroll down Francis road, Leyton. Penny Rutterford met the women business owners who are bucking the trend to create a vibrant and thriving high street. Photography by Carmel King. Seated around one of the communal tables in Marmelo restaurant I am surrounded by 13 women – all of whom run independent businesses along Francis Road. According to the Mayor of London, this street boasts one of the highest concentrations of female business owners in the capital, if not the UK.

So what makes this street different? These savvy business women understand that creating community is what makes their businesses thrive. For recent arrivals, it was the sense of community they found here. For those who paved the way, it was a desire to build a community for themselves.

Natalie Stopford, who owns Marmelo, remembers the street before this mini revolution. When she arrived many of the shops stood empty. “I was trying to bring something to the area that I felt was lacking. I wanted to create something that would benefit the community as well as me.” Louise Jackson

who owns Pause Yoga Studio concurs. Fed up with having to travel for yoga classes, she decided to set up her own studio. Last Call Ink is the tattoo studio run by Steph Laban. A chance visit to the street convinced her to set up shop here, “I was heavily pregnant, going for a stroll. There were theelist.co.uk 9

kids playing on the street and people sitting outside having a coffee. I found myself with the biggest smile on my face and I was actually quite a grumpy pregnant woman!” Delicatessen Yardarm is run by Eliza Parkes and her partner Dan. They also have a restaurant next door where they invite chefs to take up residencies – currently pastry chef Henrietta Inman is resident. Eliza says: “The sense of community feels like it’s growing and that’s special. I grew up in Cornwall and never expected to find in London somewhere where I would be able walk down the road and know everyone”. Another jewel in the Francis Road crown is Phlox Books, an independent bookshop – with a cafe and bar. Bookseller Aimée Madill says, “I’d moved here from Paris where there was a definite independent business culture which I didn’t imagine was here. I discovered that Waltham Forest hadn’t

had an independent book shop for years. Opening here felt really momentous because people are realising that we can do what Amazon can’t do. Experiential buying is massively important”. The borough has long been celebrated for its makers and designers. Local artists Lucie Beeston and Tiff Howick met while selling their work at various markets. They opened Venner, a gift shop and gallery stocking high quality gifts by local makers and artists. And it was a conversation with Tiff Howick which convinced Ella Lennard to move from a stall in Wood Street in Walthamstow to the shop she has today – Ella Pop Shop – a curated vintage clothing shop for women. This new generation of business owners seem to be settled in for the long term, building a community. Undoubtedly along the way some will turn to jeweller Clarice Price Thomas who,

Aimee Madill Phlox Books

Eliza Parkes - Yardarm

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Jeweller Clarice Price Thomas

from her shop and workshop, creates bespoke engagement and wedding rings as well as pieces to mark and celebrate significant life events.

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Whatever these women are doing differently, it seems they are doing it well. The street is buzzing and everything is here – places to shop, exercise, eat and drink. The women tell me that at times they even share staff. Aimée says: “We support each other. People probably think we’re all at each other’s throats but we’ve found that collaboration really works better than competition. We wouldn’t be here without our customers and they have come out in droves to support us. They understand that if they don’t support us, we can’t survive”. Mary Portas would be proud. If she wants to see her prediction that high streets need to become “social places” in action she should come to Francis Road to experience it for herself. Natalie Stopford Marmelo

Ella Lennard, Ella Pop Shop

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One of a series of Kaftan appliqués commissioned by a client in Dubai. The design is tamboured using vintage black beads with an infill of embroidery stones

Lesley Coidon and Diana Vernon of Couture Beading and Embellishments have been creating custom pieces for over 40 years for diverse stars ranging from Muhummad Ali to Sophia Loren. Karen Dunn meets them to discover how they use tambour beading to make dresses fit for royalty… From bejewelling codpieces to embroidering royal wedding dresses, Lesley Coidon and Diana Vernon have created hundreds of bespoke outfits for the stars of stage and screen. Their tiny studio in the Tramworks in Hatherley Mews is a magpie’s paradise packed full of beads and gems. The walls are adorned with samples of their intricate beadwork, goldwork and embroidery and pictures of some of the stage shows whose costumes they’ve worked on; including Kinky Boots, Spamalot and The Lion King. The pair, who regularly run workshops from their studio, teach tambour beading – an ancient technique where the fabric is pulled tight around a frame like a drum

or tambourine. It has been used for centuries to embellish clothing and create jewellery. “Our ethos is we aspire to inspire before we expire because we’re knocking on a bit, so we want to teach and get it out there while we can,” laughs Lesley as we settle down with a cup of tea to find out more... So how did you get in to doing tambour and embroidery for a living? Lesley: I did industrial embroidery at the London College of Fashion. You were expected to go straight into the couture industry when you left, but after realising we would be worked like slaves on a production line, two friends and I decided that we would set up our own business instead. We were 21 and so naïve! We

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wanted a place in the West End and ended up in an old tailor’s workshop on Ganton Street off Carnaby Street. We were there from 1973 until 1989, but as couture work started going to India because it was cheaper we called it a day. I got a job at the Natural History Museum and still took on commissions and some teaching, but after 16 years I decided it was time to give it another go. As my house began filling with bags of beads, my long-suffering husband suggested I needed my own space and I moved to the Tramworks in 2010. Diana: I trained in print, weave and knit and have been a college lecturer, only retiring recently. I’d been doing hand beading for a while and in the

early 80s I did a course on tambouring and fell in love with it. I wanted to learn more so sought Lesley out to teach me and we became friends. You’ve worked on three different royal wedding dresses, what is it like to work on something you know the whole world will see? Lesley: There is a lot of pressure, but it’s all done collaboratively. I’ve worked on the Duchess of Wessex and the Duchess of York’s wedding dresses. I also worked on Camilla’s dress for her wedding to Prince Charles. My friend Daphne asked me to help out because they were behind schedule. We worked in a tiny box room, with no windows because they didn’t want the paparazzi getting a glimpse.

Photos Š Lesley Coidan BIPP

A three dimensional headpiece with a mixture of ribbon roses and hand sewn beads

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so they could pull it off, but they kept doing it wrong and asking us to make more! I was also commissioned to make bags and plaited belts for the dancers for the film of Jesus Christ Superstar. I went to see the film only to discover they’d cut them off because they’d miscalculated how tall the dancers were. I was gutted!

Arts & Crafts movement inspired design – the leaf is tamboured using bugle and seed beads.

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Diana: When we did the Duchess of York’s dress we had to cut up any spare fabric and flush it down the loo because the press were going through the bins trying to find scraps to see what it would look like. We’ve worked on pieces for Princess Anne too. She doesn’t throw anything away instead she has it remodelled, so we come in to recreate the original embroidery and tambouring. Lesley: We also worked on Elizabeth Taylor’s last wedding dress. It was a rush job because she had decided that she didn’t want any embellishment, then changed her mind overnight! You worked on Muhammad Ali’s famous Rumble in The Jungle dressing gown, how did that come about? Lesley: We used to do a lot of outfits for pop stars back in the 70s for the guy who ran the Carnaby Cavern. One day he came

in and asked if we could do something for a boxer. He’d had the dressing gown made with African fabrics and I was to bead the name and add fringing. It was just another job to us and we didn’t even think to take pictures. It’s strange to think it’s now such an iconic object.

What work have you been proudest of? Lesley: The beaded red dress I created for Diana Rigg in the film Evil Under The Sun. The costume designer Anthony Powell got all the beads dyed for the dress and bought them to me to turn into the panels. He came over to see how we were getting on and decided the beads were too light in colour so we painted dye directly onto the beads, which worked a treat. However, we later found out because she had to wear it under hot lights the dye transferred to her skin and she looked like a red zebra when she took it off! How does living in Walthamstow inspire your work? Lesley: When I was young I lived in Hackney and travelled to Walthamstow market, which has remained an inspiration for me. I walk up

A scarab beetle worked for a diploma show.

it almost every day to look at the fabric shops. Our students salivate when we take them there and they see all the embellishments and fabrics they can buy. What have you got coming up? Lesley: More theatre work and hopefully we’ll be working on some high-end millinery and accessories. We’re also working on our own book, which is very exciting. We’ve also been approached to work with local schools for the Borough of Culture, which would be nice so we can keep passing on our skills.

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How does it feel seeing your work on the big screen? Lesley: It’s great, although it’s often blink and you miss it. I had to recreate a vintage 1920s dress for a nightclub scene in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. They kept shortening the deadline until I had about 24 hours to do it, then it was only on screen from the waist up for about 30 seconds! Diana: We worked on this cape for the Supergirl film that was supposed to look like it disintegrated when she was pulled through a mirror. It was sewn with invisible thread

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A William Morris inspired piece used as a sample for a Bridal Wear collection.

Photos Š Lesley Coidan BIPP

Arts & Crafts movement inspired design – the leaf is tamboured using bugle and seed beads.

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“A lot of my work is around motherhood. This was the only gym that totally welcomed me and welcomed my kid. I got hooked”. Developing and writing her own work came from a frustration Libby felt of not seeing anything of what she wanted to see represented on the stage. “In Muvvahood I was exploring the demonisation of single mums. But I always had this idea for the show Fighter brewing in my head. This concept of being a mother and being really nurturing and then being a boxer. I love that weird mix of things”. Early starts on set, long runs of plays in the evening, all go toward making life tough for an actor who is also a single mum. It seems that boxing became a discipline for Libby - not exactly what we understand as “resting” - when she wasn’t acting! The sport inspired her show and her community work. She saw how boxing turned around so many young lives: “With my show I’m working with the charity ‘Fight for Peace’. They work with young people to engage and empower them through boxing. We’re having young genuine boxers on the stage. They are a huge part of the show.

We were a nation proud of the success of Nicola Adams at the 2012 Olympics. However, women have been boxing for centuries, but you’d do well to name many female boxers before Nicola. Damned by sexist attitudes, the sport for women has faced bans throughout history. So it comes as a pleasant surprise when Libby tells me that the male dominated boxing gyms were the most welcoming to her when, as a new mother, she had her baby in tow while she trained. Aside from being an actor and playwright, Libby is an Arts Award trainer with a strong track record working in schools. She is one of the first local artists to win Make it

Happen fellowship funding during our year as London Borough of Culture. Libby’s project is attached to her show Fighter which is a celebration of the female boxers who fought for the right to fight. “It’s a fictional story but it’s based on lived experience, my own lived experience and the experiences of female boxers today. “When I started boxing I wanted to try something different. You walk into a boxing gym and it’s smelly, it’s sweaty, it’s gritty, it’s grimy and it’s full of loud music. It can be really intimidating but it can be really addictive as well.

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For Libby’s project during London Borough of Culture she has devised a programme of workshops for schools and adults in Waltham Forest. “The workshops in schools are theatre based but they’ve got this boxing element fully embedded. We’ll talk about the themes in the script of the show, generating discussions around resilience and strength and some of the metaphors around boxing and life. I want to get them writing, whether it’s monologues, or the very beginnings of a script. I’ve got some exciting footage of women fighters through the years, so we’ll discuss the history of women’s boxing. Some female

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Local actor and playwright Libby Liburd’s critically acclaimed show Muvvahood was described as “hard hitting”. That description has never been more apt for Libby’s latest play Fighter which takes us into the world of female boxing. Penny Rutterford went ring-side to meet Libby.

“It’s quite a known narrative of young men. There’s a lot of talk about natural male energy, channelling male aggression positively. What we don’t seem to have any focus on, is what it can do for women and that’s coming from a place of quite gendered stereotypes. We often discuss how young women relate to their bodies, and the connection between body image and mental health. Boxing is great for all those things”.

boxers will come in to talk about their experiences and the obstacles they’ve had to overcome. Then the young people will get a boxing workshop - non contact of course!”. The following workshops will be run during March to celebrate International Women’s Day. saturday 23 March 12-4pm Epicentre, 41 West Street, Leytonstone E11 4LJ eventbrite.com/e/fighter-workshoptickets-56745152278 saturday 30 March 12-4pm Priory Court Community Centre, 11 Priory Court, Walthamstow E17 5NB eventbrite.com/e/fighter-workshoptickets-56713353166 Workshops are open to all residents aged 14+. There will be onsite childcare for residents with childcare needs and support provided for those with access needs. All abilities and fitness levels catered to and no theatre, writing or boxing experience is required. For more information please email: ProjectManager@LibbyLiburd.co.uk. or see website below

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SUBURBAN ICONS Illustrator and designer Lizzie Hodgson has created a series of iconic prints based upon one of the most iconic cities in the world. But it’s not just the obvious areas she’s celebrating. Here she talks to Paul Lindt.

What sort of artist are you? I’m a creative designer by trade, but I would describe my work as fun, bright and clean. I try and take on each project with an open mind and explore it to the fullest. I love a challenge and love meeting new people/businesses and help communicating their brand across.

of the area that make people smile. Taking simple design and make it fun. Being a massive Instagram user it’s great! I can follow all the artists I’m into. At the moment I’m following Shok-1, his x-ray work is so conceptual. And I follow a lot of design agencies. London has got so many design agencies it’s crazy.

You are originally from Australia, but much of your work now celebrates London and the areas in and around where you live. What inspires you about your new home here? I’ve been living in London for 15 years now and I try to be inspired by everything around me. And I like to reflect things

As a relative newcomer can you sum up what is so iconic about London? London is a hub of creativity. Whether it’s the street art or the iconic art galleries, you’re never old or bored in London. There’s so much culture and so many opportunities here if you’re willing to put yourself out there.

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You once described your approach to branding as ‘happy design’. I love the sound of this. What constitutes happy design to you, and how may we judge it? A happy client makes a happy design. A great design should be a reflection of the clients or their brand. I want them not just to like it but also to love what is produced. It should always be collaborative and I try and engage with the clients all the way through the process to try and create an environment where they can give negative as well as positive feedback to get to the right result.

You use a lot of typography in your work and have even created your own typeface. How would you sell the love of a well-drawn typeface to people who may never have given one a second look? There are millions of typefaces out there. But a well designed typeface can elevate the work. Sometimes it’s just a gut feeling and you shouldn’t settle. I love seeing what shapes you can make with letters and how you can manipulate words. What has been your career highlight to date? Working for myself. Now I work for myself I can be selective in the work I take on. I’m now processing some of the best

stuff I’ve ever done. From a unique wedding invite to my own personal work (the postcode posters) I love seeing the final results and feel proud to say I did that. Looking forward what would be your dream project? I would love to do more illustrative work and be commissioned to do a big brand campaign. Something like Coca Cola which has been known to do one off bottle designs. This month sees International Women’s Day. What has been your experience of working as a female designer here and back in Australia? Being a female in the design world you have to have your own unique style and voice, something that makes you different from the competition. I’ve been very lucky in my career and been guided by some really great creatives in the past. From starting out 20 years ago at a small Agency in Brisbane to a major firm like News International.

I would say after having children I struggled with the balance to return to work full time. Life became a juggling act, hence why the decision to go freelance was such a great choice. It’s a career that allows you to work from home and be able to balance work and home life. Don’t be afraid if you can’t take on every project, because the ones you do you’ll put 100% into it.

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England and Wales” says Jemma MoonieDalton, London and the South Regional Development Coordinator: Girls, young women and their parents can find out more about the group, try out some activities and chat to our volunteering team at the group’s launch event on Tuesday 12 March, 5-30pm-7pm. Activities take place in a safe, nonjudgemental, single-gender space where play and socialising are encouraged through positive relationships with fellow GFS girls and female volunteer role models. Sessions offer opportunities for girls and young women to play, be creative, get active, develop skills and a sense of belonging, feel good about themselves and most importantly, to have fun.

GIRL POWER The Girls Friendly Society (GFS) supports girls through the transition into adulthood by providing opportunities for them to build confidence and learn new skills. Their volunteers encourage girls to fulfil their potential and live as independent women. There is availability at your local Girls Friendly Society (GFS) Leytonstone group for girls and young women aged 5-11. “Our GFS groups are great places for the girls to have fun, make friends and learn new skills. This alone can have a significant impact on how they feel about themselves, other people and the world around them.

Girls get the chance to engage with an exciting and varied programme of activities from camping and local trips out, to taking part in creative sessions and learning new skills. Our GFS volunteers work together to plan and run activities, events and trips for groups of girls and young women all over

Every Tuesday 5.30pm-7pm starting 12 March 2019. St John the Baptist, High Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 1HH To sign up for the group and attend a first session, visit


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DO YOU LIVE OR COME FROM WALTHAMSTOW? If so share your stories and tales of the town. something that happened here – something that puts it on the map. Your stories will be part of an exhibition and a mapped self-guided tour during the E17 Art Trail June 2019 created by Walthamstow artists Emily Vanns (@emilyvanns) & Georgie White (@georgiegeorgiejwhite), hosted by HEWING WITTARE (@hewing_wittare).

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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

OUR UNSUNG HEROINES To paraphrase author Alice Taylor, inspirational women are often not wellknown – they are the unsung heroines of family life: wives, mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, cousins, nieces, great nieces, friends, neighbours. In the early 20th century as women were beginning to achieve equality in some areas of life, for most local women their daily lives continued unchanged, although each have their own unique and special story.

Anne Garnham

Amongst them is Ann Garnham, an older child from a large Walthamstow family who lived in rented rooms at Arkley Crescent before moving to Oatland Rise. In 1914 Ann married older widower Harry Roberts after several years together, but following his death in 1932 she was left with three young children under the age of seven. Ann remarried in the following year to warehouseman Leonard Gaisford, but their life together was short-lived and she was widowed for a second time in 1944. In 1946 she remarried for a third time, and outlived him by some years. Her namesake Annie Duck was born in 1908 into a family with a burgeoning house furnishing business in Chingford, where some of her older siblings worked. As was the case for many families, the First World War irrecoverably impacted their lives; one of Annie’s brothers enlisted and never came home. After marrying, Annie moved with her salesman husband to Southend, and they

enjoyed a long life together, eventually retiring to Burnhamon-Sea where they spent their final years; Annie lived to be 94. At the turn of the 20th century a large family moved from Bethnal Green to Leyton, and then Leytonstone, one of thousands of working-class 1911 Census showing Martha Cannon and her family including her daughter Florence. families who relocated lives documented in family albums, and from the crowded East End. Martha and countless vanished memories once held John Cannon had at least fourteen within the hearts and minds of families children in all, although some died young. and friends. Biographical details are found All children were expected to work as soon through researching historical documents as they were old enough, including their (Waltham Forest Archives is a great starting daughter, baker’s shop assistant Florence, point), but stories are maybe better told by who then gave up work following her those who loved and remembered them. It’s marriage and arrival of children, as was never too late to start documenting yesterday customary. The young family were living and todays’ memories for tomorrow. in Ashville Road as the Second World War broke out in 1939, and Florence’s With thanks to Alison Layton and husband Bertie volunteered as an ARP David Newton for sharing family stories Warden in an area which experienced and photographs. substantial bombing; happily, they all archangelheritage.co.uk survived to peacetime. But there is so much more to the lives of Waltham Forest’s women than such brief glimpses; there are thousands of ‘ordinary’

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Florence (centre) with her sister Ethel and daughter Vera c. 1950.

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up about things that previously might have made them feel weird or even some shame around their bodies. How do you prepare for your Awkward Talks? I do quite a bit of research before the talks but my approach is that it is less about me talking. I want to offer a space for other women to do the talking and bring up their own questions and maybe find their own answers in a group of people that are from different backgrounds. In preparing for the Awkward Talks on vaginas I did some research on the words we use and those which are now seen as shocking – and yet originally those same words in certain communities were considered positive, and were respected, and used to empower women. And there are so many different words which we use. Oh my god, I had no idea!


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Winner of a Women of Walthamstow Award for her fundraising to provide sanitary products for homeless women, Elise Yarde is now hosting taboobusting “Awkward Talks”. Penny Rutterford met Elise to find out more. Photo by Paula Smith. Hi Elise, I was intrigued by your current programme of Awkward Talks, tell me what they are about. My aim with the Awkward Talks is to provide a relaxing, non judgmental space for women to come together every few weeks and just talk about things that a lot of us often don’t get a chance to discuss. About periods,

masturbation, sex, dating, parts of our bodies, things that affect all women. I’ve always had these open conversations with my family, but I’ve noticed that even discussing these kinds of things with friends a lot of us would still be discovering new things about ourselves. How are we ever going to know what’s normal if no one’s talking about it?

The first Awkward Talks was about periods and that was really successful. Women came up to me at the end of the talk to say that it was the first time they’d spoken openly about periods and they didn’t know that what they were experiencing was normal. It felt good to have created an environment for people to open

In the future I do hope to have more Awkward Talks based around race and religion. I’d like to do another “Let’s Talk About Vaginas” where we talk about Female Genital Mutilation and the hymenoplasty and things like that. I want to open up that kind of discussion with all kinds of women. So I think for me it’s more about reaching a wider variety of people. It’s all really early days and although I’ve got all these ideas it hasn’t really settled into what I think it could be. It’s exciting. Have you discovered that you come from a background that is much more open about discussing these subjects than is the case for others? Definitely, to the point where I might be out somewhere having these conversations with my friends and then I can see looks of disgust from the next table. Obviously there’s a time and place for talking about some subjects. But I realise I’ve come from a very open family, it’s just my Mum, my sister and me. I grew up in a household of women. There was no topic that was out of bounds. theelist.co.uk 23

But still, organising these talks I’m learning about things for myself as well. It’s helping me develop as a person, I’m realising that things that worry me, worry others too. What makes us different are the same things that make us normal. You won a Women of Walthamstow uniting Award for your work providing sanitary products for homeless women, what inspired you to do this and what did you do? I can clearly remember when this thought just popped into my head. What do homeless women do when they have their periods? So I googled it and read about women using tissues or stealing tampons from shops and I thought why does nobody know about this? So I got on Facebook and Instagram, started a fundraising campaign and the response was insane. I reached my target of around £1,000 within a month. I received messages from people who had no idea about this situation and how they thought it was a great thing to be doing. With these donations I created care packs containing sanitary pads, tampons...and chocolate! Once the packs were prepared my Mum and I drove round some hostels delivering them and where we saw women living on the streets we handed the packs out. After raising that particular pot of money and distributing the care packs people were still getting in contact with me and saying “I’ve got some pads. Can I drop them round to your house?” I volunteer for Eat or Heat so I now take contributions to them and through Awkward Talks I’m going to be taking sanitary donations. How long have you been volunteering for Eat or Heat? I’ve been volunteering with them for about two years. I go in one day a week to help distribute the food so then I can also put sanitary products in their bags too.

I saw that since winning the Women of Walthamstow Award you are now on their committee, what did winning the award mean to you? Up until I started doing the sanitary donations I wasn’t really doing that much in the community. I was one of those people who had all these ideas but wasn’t backing it up with actions so I felt like that just gave me a kick in the right direction and then this award came up. It meant a lot. Being a girl from Walthamstow who went to Walthamstow Girls School it’s nice to have that recognition, it’s nice to have that bit of a name out there for future events. Your “day job” is in teaching, do you have any ambitions to take your Awkward Talks to younger women? I used to teach in special needs, for 16-24 year olds and I’m currently an apprenticeship coordinator. I have always worked in education so I guess that’s probably when I first realised I like helping people as much as I do. So, yes, I want to look at talks for younger girls and boys. There’s an awful lot of pressure on young women from social media, which affects their body confidence. Constantly comparing themselves to what they see. I want to offer a space where they can ask questions and we can have a laugh and just celebrate what it is to be a woman. Where do you think your drive comes from? My Mum has always been very supportive of everything I do. I think the strong women in my life are the driving force for me. My Mum, my friends, just strong women who get on with life. And obviously strong black women. I’m a black woman, and want to have an effect on the things that are important to me. For too long we haven’t had much of a voice. But right now I can just feel it’s happening. A lot of

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voices are being heard and it’s nice to be part of that. How long have you lived in Walthamstow? I’ve lived here since I was around four or five. I moved away when I went to university and I’ve been back living with my Mum for a few years now. It’s incredible how much it has changed, it’s literally the coolest town in London! Well, that’s how I feel right now with us as London Borough of Culture. I feel such a sense of community here. I remembered it from when I was growing up in college, but I must just have been a miserable teenager! Coming back and taking part in the community and having such a wonderful reception and feedback from other people I know, from people I knew from school, asking how they can help. I just feel really lucky.

Would you describe yourself as an activist? I think I would like to be, but I wouldn’t describe myself as one right now. I feel as much as I might be doing or contributing, it’s not enough. I beg to differ!

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Unusual objects – the haggis on Burns’ night by Eithne Cullen

Visitors at The Mill absorbed by one of the Joke Stack posters. Photo © SRG Bennett / Kids Art Club

The Joke’s on Us! The Mill in Walthamstow’s new participatory exhibition centres on Joke Stack by Peter Liversidge, part of the Government Art Collection. Visitors can take home jokes originally written by British comedians… and leave their own jokes for The Mill’s walls! The Mill is making a dynamic, daring and... devilishly amusing contribution to the 2019 Borough of Culture. The vibrant community centre will host Peter Liversidge’s Joke Stack, part of the Government Art Collection. Liversidge, a contemporary British artist preoccupied with humour, wrote letters to comedians asking for their favourite jokes. Twelve replies, screen-printed and framed, will be displayed at The Mill. However The Mill is not a typical art gallery - we have a culture of creativity, participation and playful disobedience. So as part of the show you can take home one of the jokes, printed and piled in stacks. See the example in the picture - they are massive! Fancy your own piece of art at home? Or making the biggest paper aeroplane ever? Not only can you take home a bit of the Government Art Collection, you can contribute your own hilarious masterpiece to The Joke’s on us! show. What’s your best joke? Do you have a family favourite? Tell us your jokes, in any language and from around the world; as long as they are not offensive we will display them alongside the prestigious artworks. Whose joke will get the most laughs? As part of this multimedia and participatory show, we will be filming and showing locals telling jokes, and organising joke-telling workshops (jokeshops?) with Waltham Forest comedians.

Inspired by Scottish bard Robert Burns, Walthamstow Migrants Action group (WMAG) held a poetry competition to ‘address the haggis’ for their Burns Night Ceilidh on 25th January at Wood Street Cricket Club. Several poets rose to the challenge and Eithne Cullen was judged the winner by local poet Michael Shann. A member of Forest Poets, Eithne has also published two novels: The Ogress of Reading and Never not in My Thoughts.

Good luck to you and your fat round face as you come to the table in this fair place! Savoury pudding made from a sheep’s pluck you come to this table, we wish you good luck. Better than steak bake, pasty or pie your spicy, rich filling can satisfy the hungriest Sassenach and Scot brought to table, piped in piping hot Minced with oats, onions, lites and liver floating in peppery, gravy river with neeps and tatties on our plates, we know you’ll be worth the wait. With juice of the barley, we toast you hearty come to our supper, come to our party.

Join our launch night on 11 April or visit the show 11 April to 25 May. Watch out for listings for our joke-telling workshops.

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“I’m here all weak” by Susan Murray Bored. Wrote Flu Diaries

Day 1 Wake up with a really strange hangover. Think back to a decade ago realise I’m actually not being a drama queen for once. In bed curtains closed head banging can’t even sit up or… hold my phone! Walking to the loo is like climbing Everest. Slightly less scenic.

Day 2 Head banging intermittently. Occasional sitting up. Still can’t bear TV. At least it means no Olivia Colman. Can’t even gather strength to hate her. This must be terminal.

Day 3 Chest on fire – new song from Kings Of Lungs.

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Day 4 Discover acupuncture point that takes the fire off your throat. Tell all fellow sufferers like I found it and it’s got f**k all to do with the Chinese 2,000 or so years ago.

Day 5 Get cocky, graduate to soda. Last one hour, get demoted back to bed. Don’t sleep for more than half an hour at a time thanks to Peter Sutcliffe (nickname for my cough).

Day 6 Cry on phone to Mom.


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E~LICIOUS a Guide to Fine things to Eat, Drink and Savour

Sean’s Tipple Tips Que viva España Sean Pines believes that Spain is Europe’s most exciting wine producing country at the moment and looks beyond rioja and Sherry.

Mention Spanish wine and often the first thing that will spring to people’s minds will either be Rioja or Sherry. However, as fine as these wines are Spain has a lot more to offer due to it’s diversity of terrain, from the cooler damper climate of the North West region of Galicia (which has more rainfall than Scotland), down to the hot south central region of Andalusia. Combine growing conditions with the plethora of indigenous grape varieties in the hands of brilliant winemakers from more than 70 DO’s (Denominación de Origen – wine classification areas) then you begin to understand why it’s producing such vibrant invigorating wines.

red Bobal grape from DO Utiel-Requena in Valencia. Traditionally used as a bulk wine grape it is now being given the respect it deserves and the best create deeply coloured smooth red fruit wines with a lovely spice. Also producing some great rosé wines. Tempranillo grape from DO Ribera del Duero in Castilla Y León. Spain’s most famous red grape and is the major grape of Rioja but here it’s from the Ribera del Duero. It produces intense rich reds with concentrated black fruits and the best of which have a lovely balance of integrated oak and spicy finish.

Here are just three of the multitude of grape varieties and regions you may wish to look out for to begin your own exploration.

So if you haven’t looked at Spanish wines in a while or tend to stick with the old favourite of rioja then I hope my suggestions will help you start a journey through the rest of Spain.


sean recommends:

Albariño grape from DO Rias Baixas in Galicia. Lovely variety that gives not only fruity floral flavours but also a refreshing acidity and often with a hint of saline which is arguably due to its proximity to the sea. It goes particularly well with seafood which is a speciality of the area.

olivastro Bobal £20 to take away. (Illustrated), Orford Saloon Tapas + Deli, 32-34 Orford Road, Walthamstow E17 9NJ Albarino Barbuntin £13.30 Bottle Apostle, 95 Lauriston Road, Hackney E9 7HJ Cepa Gavilan Crianza, Tempranillo ribera del duero £12.95 The Wine Society. thewinesociety.com

Sean Pines is a wine consultant and monthly wine and spirit tasting host.

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had quite a few jobs! I’ve been trying to find myself I think. The pressure of sticking in a ‘secure’ job meant I didn’t really spend enough time figuring out who I am and what I’m good at, but now I think I have, and I can’t wait to see what I can build for me and my family. How would you describe your own personal style when it comes to your own home? Colourful, relaxed and social. Bold colour is my Jam. I try subtlety but it’s just not in me. My lounge paint colour is a bespoke green mixed for me by Colvins (I saw it’s closing. I’m heartbroken!). It’s super punchy. I always googled ‘jobs in colour’ hoping that some magical role might appear.

Home Milk delivers “daily, fresh, home interiors inspiration” on Instagram, sharing amazing things from amazing real homes, and letting you know where to buy them. Here Paul Lindt talks to founder Emma Merry. Tell us more! There’s probably a home you’ve always wanted to have a nose inside, well I’m doing it. It’s me with a camera, in your neighbour’s house basically. The aim is to inspire our community and beyond, and reduce the boundaries between what you dream your home to be and what you can make a reality. What a lovely way of sharing ideas, how did it all come about? It slowly formed over a period of time but I guess it all comes down to three things. First of all we bought a home in E17 that needed hefty renovation. It was never the plan to do such a big job but I couldn’t bear the thought of buying somewhere with a new fancy kitchen that I’d want to rip out because it wasn’t my style. I hugely enjoyed the research phase for the interiors but was constantly frustrated when dream items I’d find online would be on some random blog with no link to the product, or in Australia with no way to deliver, or just way too expensive. Secondly I’m an incredibly nosey neighbour. If you’ve got your curtains open I’m looking in! I’m your local house perv. And finally I knew

for years I’d wanted to be my own boss, but I just hadn’t figured out my idea. I then realised I could utilise my creative production skills, knowledge of digital content and passion for interiors to create Home Milk. And your love of design…? I’ve always had a thing for interiors. I’ve realised it was from a pretty young age. My favourite thing was moving my bedroom furniture around. I loved waking up in what felt like a new room. I just wasn’t exposed to interior design as a young person. I studied TV and Photography at University which lead to small jobs on the TV series Byker Grove, Location Location Location and Eastenders. Then I moved into digital creative production, working for BSkyB, Design Council, then took another slight shift into advertising working for Mother and then Naked….and then finally settled at Selfridges, overseeing a team of producers to deliver onsite creative content and editorial photography. I’ve always tried to push myself creatively and have completed courses at RCA (digital pattern design) and Central St Martins (Interior styling). I’ve

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How do you find the homes you feature on Home Milk? It’s been amazingly organic. I’m so hugely thankful to the Walthamstow residents I’ve shot so far. Each have been so generous letting me into their beautiful homes and recommending others. I honestly don’t think the idea would have been so successful if I hadn’t started it in E17. The support of the community is incredibly powerful, I feel like you could achieve anything here. What sort of reaction have you had so far? Overwhelmingly positive. I honestly can’t believe it. It’s something that started as a personal passion project for me so it’s been incredible hearing that people are enjoying it and coming along for the ride. It’s so lovely when someone makes an effort to send me a DM, I’ll always respond. What are your long term dreams for Home Milk Showcasing real homes will always be at the heart of it. I want to shoot as many amazing real homes as I can in my lifetime. I’ve got an exiting partnership happening (with the incredible Jude Whyte) and we are looking to rollout an interior design service ‘for the everyman’. I’m planning a colour course, loads more inspirational content maybe even a podcast. Watch this space.


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With your own home do you have a favourite find? I’ve got an amazing huge Slim Aarons print in my kitchen, it’s an image of my dream home and life, a mid-century modern villa set in the Californian hills. I’m one of the ladies sitting poolside in full make up and an immaculate blow dry.

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House Doctor

Penny Fielding offers creative solutions to everyday niggles you may have with your home. We all know that we need to keep our homes secure, and many of us have alarms, cameras and locks to keep us safe and to comply with our household insurance. However, these measures are only effective once an intruder has attempted a break-in. It’s much better to prevent the disturbance in the first place, and with spring approaching and the desire to have windows and garden doors open, we have to be more vigilant. Here are some tips on complimentary and (possibly greener) ways to keep unwanted attention away. Don’t have your valuables on display. What the eye doesn’t see etc. Have window shades and don’t have all your computers and other desirables visible from the street. In my experience burglars will go to great lengths to get to something they can actually see.


Keep the exterior of your house well lit at night, it’s harder to see into a property if it’s front lit and thieves prefer working in the dark! When you are away have such lighting on a timer. It’s always a good idea to have a neighbour popping in at irregular times, or better still a house sitter. Anything that creates a noise around your boundaries will be a deterrent. A gravel pathway, crackly foliage or glass bottles on a window sill - these are especially useful in summer when you have ground floor windows open. I was once alerted to an attempted robbery because I had a squeaky garden gate. A thick thorny hedge above the garden wall will put intruders off and it helps screen your home, especially if your garden ends on a communal pathway. Don’t leave anything lying around the garden that will aid an invasion, such as ladders (obviously), or gardening tools - fold or stack garden chairs if possible. Remember, thieves will take the easiest route and are often opportunists, and remember… it was not the mighty army but the geese that saved Rome. What niggles you about your home? Email penfielding@gmail.com with your thoughts. To book a session with the House Doctor please email: penfielding@gmail.com or call 07725 645 359.


Mortgage advice that’s right up your street Marsh Street provides comprehensive mortgage advice for everyone. We source from a wide range of lenders and have access to a number of different products. We pride ourselves on offering a friendly and high quality bespoke service that ensures that you are treated fairly at all times. We have the experience and ability to identify your needs, to cut through the fine print and explain the pros and cons of each product to make life easier for our customers.

Marsh Street was the original name of Walthamstow High Street where a number of large manor houses were used as weekend or summer retreats. Samuel Pepys’ bosses had houses here, and after visiting one of them Pepys described how they had drunk wine from a local vineyard and “the whole company said they never drank better foreign wine [than this one] in their lives”.

Not only will we help you find the right mortgage, but we will use our knowledge and expertise to ensure your mortgage transaction is completed swiftly and effectively, so you can concentrate on the other parts of buying your dream home.

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Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. There will be a fee for the advice given, the exact amount will depend upon your circumstances but we estimate it will be £495 or 1%.

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Relax. Unwind. De-stress. Improve your mental and physical health £40 for a 1 hour treatment in E17 therapy room £45-£50 for a 1 hour treatment in your home (depending on location) Under 18s: £20 for a 30 minute treatment £5 off first treatment Bookings T 0770 4947 898 E annawoodwardreflexology@gmail.com

Fitness & Sport Wednesdays NEW Buggy Exercise Classes Leyton Jubilee Park, Seymour Road/Marsh Lane, Leyton E10 7BL and Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP An hour of safe post-natal exercise from a qualified coach. Please bring a mat! Booking is essential as I must screen you before you participate. Jubilee Park from 11.15am and Lloyd Park from 2.10pm. £9, discount for block bookings. Melissa Gaul 07793 394531 melissagaul.walker@gmail.com melissa-movement-massage.com Mondays Fitness Fundamentals; Winter 2018 Leytonstone Community Sports Centre, James Lane E11 1NS From balance, coordination and flexibility, to strength, stamina and speed, you’ll practice the well-known components of fitness in a weekly session, with a group of others, making the commitment to get fit! 7-8pm. £7. Sophie Tosone 07583 505339 st-trainingpt.co.uk/classes

Yoga, Meditation & Tai Chi Wednesdays NEW Slow Flow Yoga in Chingford Mount St Edmund’s Centre, 216 Chingford Mount Road E4 8JL Slow-paced all-levels asana practice with focus on breathing and body awareness. Mats, blocks and straps are provided, but feel free to bring your own. 7.30-8.30pm. £7, first class FREE. kate@findtheom.com Monday NEW Monday Night Vinyasa Flow The Birds, 692 High Road, Leytonstone E11 3AA We are a friendly group of growing yogis, eager to stretch and strengthen the body. All levels welcome from complete beginners to advanced practitioners. Tricks and treats for all. Booking required. 7.30-8.30pm. First two classes for £12, a 4 class pass for £40, or 6 class pass for £50. kuasayoga@gmail.com kuasayoga.com

Saturdays NEW Iyengar Yoga class St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Road E17 6AR Iyengar Yoga is suitable for everyone. The benefits are many; increases suppleness, strength and stamina. Improves posture and concentration. Quietens the mind to promote well being. Learn at your own pace in a friendly, supportive environment. 9-10am. £9 pay as you go, £45 for 6 classes or £70 for 10. Nicholette 07962 424 460 nicholetteyoga@gmail.com Mondays NEW Yogi J Yoga Community Class Walthamstow Quaker Meeting House, 1A Jewel Road E17 4QU An open level class with options for beginners and those with a developed practice. Focus is on body, breath and mind. James is an experienced 500hr+ Yoga Alliance qualified teacher. Bring a mat or contact James to buy one. 6.45-7.45pm. £9 or 6 for £45. James Cassidy 07789 513701 jjcassidy123@aol.com theyogij.com Mondays 25 Feb-15 April NEW The Action for Happiness Course Walthamstow Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU 8 week course that gives you the chance to find ways to make yourself and others happy. Expert videos, mindfulness exercises and a handbook full of resources to help you break big ideas into manageable chunks. 7-9pm. Suggested donation £11.25, £90 for whole course. Samuel 07590 284809 samuelshepherd22@gmail.com Saturdays Beginners Yoga in Chingford Mount Murray’s Studio, 1 Salisbury Road, Chingford E4 6TA Slow paces yoga with a focus on deep breathing and tension release. Mats are provided. 12.30-1.30pm. £7. First class FREE. kate@findtheom.com findtheom.com

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Fridays Weekly Friday Yoga Slowdown Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN This weekly Friday Slowdown class aims to bring some yin to the yang of your busy week and create balance within your body and mind. Starting with a Vinyasa flow and ending with Yin postures. Mats included. 6.45-7.45pm. £10, or £8 for 5. 07415 206297 zoeroweyoga.co.uk Tuesdays Todos Yoga Host of Leyton, 658 High Road Leyton E10 6JP Vinyasa yoga class. Special membership discount available. Email for more info or to book a place. 6.457.45am. £10. Haydeevf@gmail.com Tuesdays Post-Natal Yoga CentrE17, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB New mum and baby yoga class. Heal, strengthen and nurture yourself. Bring your little one and be part of a community of new parents. 1-2pm. £8. lorenarodrigo.com Wednesdays Pilates Health Works, 111a Hoe Street (entrance on Cairo Rd) E17 4RX Pilates enables you to improve your quality of life, and my classes are designed to get you moving properly, while being fun and challenging; for body and mind”. 10-11am or 11.15am-12.15pm. £12, block of 6 classes for £66. 07587 638152 thehealthworks.co.uk Mondays Gentle Pilates with Marjan Health Works, 111a Hoe Street (entrance on Cairo Rd) E17 4RX As above except Beginners 4-5 pm and Intermediate/Advanced 5-6pm. Tuesdays Pregnancy Yoga Quaker Meeting House Wanstead, Bush Road E11 3AU For pregnant ladies - to connect to their bodies and their babies. Learn how to breathe and focus the mind for your upcoming labour. A chance to meet other pregnant ladies. Beginners welcome. 6.45-8pm. £13, just drop in. Helen Georghiou 07956 807675 helenyoga.co.uk Tuesdays Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Quaker Meeting House Wanstead, Bush Road E11 3AU Come join this lovely welcoming yoga class that’s been running for over 6 years. A great venue and beginners welcome. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. 8-9.15pm. £60 for 6 weeks or £12 each. helenyoga.co.uk

Wednesdays Tai Chi Principles / Mindfulness Training through Movement Grove Residental Home, 109 Grove Road E17 9BU Want to improve your energy, health, and develop better mental focus? Join us to learn Tai Chi principles through the Chinese Martial Art ‘I Liq Chuan’, training your body and mind, finding balance from the inside out. No experience needed, everyone welcome. Please contact before attending. 7.308.30pm. £10, first class FREE. m.watan@iliqchuan.com Mark 07824 395814 iliqchuan.com Wednesdays Yoga in Chingford Mount St Edmund’s Church, Larkswood Road E4 7EN Slow paced all levels asana practice with focus on breath, safe alignment and body awareness. Mats, blocks and straps are provided, but feel free to bring your own. 7.30-8.30pm. First class FREE then £7 or £20 for 3. kate@findtheom.com Wednesdays Tai Chi for Health and Balance Leytonstone United Free Church, 55 Wallwood Road E11 1AY Learn Tai Chi in a fun, comfortable environment. Suitable for all, beginners and all fitness levels welcome. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. 12.30-1.30pm. £8. Gemma 07916 334670 facebook.com/mdaforestgateleytonstone Tuesdays Mummy & Me: Postnatal/Baby Yoga Class Quaker Meeting House Wanstead, Bush Road E11 3AU A great, fun, happy post natal/baby yoga class for both you and your baby to enjoy. The first half focusing on yoga for new mums and then the babies get involved. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one . For babies from 6 weeks-12 months. 10.45am-12pm. £10 drop in, or £8 block bookings. Helen 07956 807675 helenyoga.co.uk Wednesdays Prenatal Pilates Quaker Meeting House Walthamstow, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Pilates is the ideal way to keep fit and strong through your pregnancy. This class supports postural changes and helps prepare you for birth, including relaxation and breathing techniques. 7-8pm. £12. Block booking or drop in available - booking essential. Lily Dettmer 07941 862972 lilydpilates.com

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FROM ACTIVIST TO LIFE COACH Local life coach Alison Manning was an activist in the Women’s Rights Movement of the 70s. Penny Rutterford met with Alison to find out how that inspired her to offer free coaching to women in Waltham Forest. Alison Manning credits her lifelong practice of meditation, from her time living in India, for sowing the seeds of where she is today – working as a life coach. Securing funding from the Emergence Foundation, Alison offers free group life coaching to local women. Having previously worked at The Mill as a volunteer coordinator she recognised it as the ideal venue to welcome women from diverse backgrounds to take part. Alison trained as a coach with the specific aim to work with women but realised that, for many, life coaching simply isn’t affordable. And she is committed to providing free coaching for women whatever their background or circumstance. “I’m passionate about empowering women. Women have made a lot of headway in the last few decades but we’ve got a lot further to go, and I think that having a safe space where women are able to speak uncensored can liberate them and open them up to a sense of their own potential. That can often be more of a challenge within a mixed group.” The one to one coaching model is possibly more common, but the experience of running group life coaching workshops has converted Alison to their impact. She says “Participants get a lot of support from each other. Take one example. When you hear that you’re the third woman who has been made redundant in your fifties, you feel you are not alone, it’s not just you facing this issue. It’s powerful. Within a group setting you are hearing different people’s responses to situations, you are learning from each other”. “I was not expecting that kind of synergy between the group and individual but it’s a model that I now feel works better than individual coaching. There’s a real variety of backgrounds in each group . You might

get somebody who has been on long term benefits, starting their own business, changing careers, facing retirement. But in the groups we are not focusing on those particular identifiers. We are focusing on confidence and resilience. The learning is on the issue and not your identity. The opportunity to bring people together from very varied backgrounds doesn’t happen often. Groups often self select. You’re maybe paying for something that’s not affordable to everybody which means you find yourself amongst people quite like you. The groups I have been running have a range of people from their 30s to their 70s

with different life experiences. But what they do share is a need to make a change, whether it’s getting a new job, a new interest, a new purpose or focus”. At the time of writing, Alison is planning sessions for members of the Hornbeam Joyriders. Subject to her ability to continue raising funds, Alison remains committed to seeking out further opportunities to provide free coaching to groups of women.

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March/April Exhibitions & weekly events Arts, Crafts & Film By appt, until 3 March NEW Our Kind of People: Paintings by Caterina Lewis ArtWorks Project Space, Barbican Arts Group Trust, 114 Blackhorse Lane E17 6AA A book of black and white photographs of American rituals act as a starting point, or rather a misunderstanding point, for Lewis’ very colourful, nearly abstract paintings. By appt only. FREE. caterina_lewis@hotmail.com 07942 335121 caterinalewis.com 8-31 March NEW Laurence Curtis: Six Tales of Architecture The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG An exhibition of ceramic sculptures called ‘Six tales of Architecture’ although there are no stories here, only the work. If there is any meaning this must be teased out by the viewer. Thurs by appt, Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. stonespace.gallery Until 29 June NEW Motive / Motif: Artists Commemorate the Suffragettes Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, E17 9NH To mark the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, Vestry House presents an exhibition of embroidered handkerchiefs designed by 20 contemporary artists. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. vestryhousemuseum.org.uk Until 9 June NEW Beauty & Incident William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Lola Lely, Laura Anderson and Harriet Warden come together to seek ways in which the designs and processes synonymous with William Morris can find artistic form and relevance in a contemporary and culturally diverse setting. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. wmgallery.org.uk Until 6 April Best In Show! Exhibition The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Although dogs (and cats!) aren’t allowed inside, artists and makers of all ages will cover the walls with them instead in The Mill’s next exhibition! Will Fido or Felix be best in show? TuesSun 9.30am-6pm. FREE. themille17.org

Until 26 May Haiki Adventure: The Craft of Games William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP A showcase of original Japanese prints alongside interactive game displays and an overview of the development process, allowing visitors to experience a modern adaptation of an ancient craft. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. wmgallery.org.uk Until 26 May Cultural Revolution: State Graphics in China from the 1960s to the 1970s William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP This exhibition displays a selection of Cultural Revolution propaganda collected in China during the 1970s. This is a touring exhibition organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. wmgallery.org.uk 5-28 April NEW Distant Heres The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Art work by Johanna Baudou, Jazmin Donaldson, Farnaz Gholami, Liam Martens, Monica Perez Vega and Sarah Tew. All MA/MFA students of Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art which explores the notions of place, transience and identity. Thurs by appt, Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. stonespace.gallery 11 April-25 May NEW The Joke’s on Us! Exhibition The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Ln E17 7HA A participatory exhibition centring on the Government Art Collection’s Joke Stack by Peter Liversidge. Take away any of the twelve jokes, written by British comedians, and leave your own joke on the walls! Tues-Sun 9.30am-6pm. FREE. themille17.org

Music & Singing Mondays (term time only) Sing17 Community Choir Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ Join our friendly, informal choir for some top notch singing. No previous experience needed. Absolutely no auditions. Regular or come-whenyou-can members welcome. See you there! 7.30-9pm. £8 PAYG, £7 in adv, FREE taster. Laura 07813 686980 sing17.com

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DANCE/FITNESS Fridays Karaoke Night with CNN Karaoke The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Old songs, new songs, rock n’ roll, and blues songs...we have something for everyone. So join us as you take the mic and become the star. FREE entry. cnnkaraoke@gmail.com Thursdays The Singing Room: Choir & Workshop St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF Develop and learn a capella (unaccompanied) singing and singing by ear. Lively, fun supportive workshops. Opportunities to sing and perform in the choir. First session free! 7.30-9.15pm. £10, or 10 for £80. Anna Williams 07931 372996 thesingingroom.org Wednesdays (term time only) Sing17 Day Choir St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF Raise your voice and lift your spirits! Make new friends, have some fun. Boost your morale. Sing away your stress. All comers and all abilities welcome. 2-3pm. £5, FREE sessions and concessions available. Laura 07813 686980 sing17.com Tuesdays East Side Jazz Club Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Weekly modern jazz club featuring the UK’s best jazz musicians in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Hosted by drummer Clive Fenner. The Music Room has its own bar with Real Ale. 8.30-11pm. £7, cash on the door. eastsidejazzclub.blogspot.com Mondays (term time only) Waltham Forest Community Choir St Mary’s Church, Church End Walthamstow E17 9RJ We are a friendly choir with a wideranging repertoire. Open to adults living or working in Waltham Forest. No audition required. 7.30-9.30pm. Summer term (April-July) £50 per term plus refundable deposit for sheet music, first session FREE. Membership Secretary 07954 740745 singwithus.net

Outdoors Wednesdays Chingford Green Gym Ridgeway Park, The Ridgeway, Old Church Road Chingford E4 6XU Get physically active and meet new people through conservation of the natural environment, creating new habitats, planting new trees and plants and looking after the local green spaces. All tools and refreshments provided. 9.45am-1pm. FREE. Gareth 07731 450839 tcv.org.uk



Fridays Walthamstow Green Gym Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP As above but different day, time and location. 10.45am-2pm. FREE.

Games & Social Tuesdays General Knowledge Quiz The Village Pub, 31 Orford Road E17 9NL Can you beat the cards? Will you be lucky 7? Or will you be taking home the spoon? Quiz night with cash and wine to be won with Neil’s Big Quiz. 8.30-11pm. £1.50 per person. village-walthamstow.com Sundays General Knowledge Quiz The Victoria, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Weekly quiz night, general knowledge questions and specialist rounds including an interval round. Cash jackpot £50+, PYCR. 8.30-11pm. £1.50 per person. Wednesdays Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage Lloyd Park, Community Bowls Pavilion, Forest Road E17 4PP A friendly daytime group for the over 50s meeting weekly to explore the nature and cultural heritage of Lloyd Park. Currently working on a ‘Listening Project, Memories of Lloyd Park’. 10am-12pm. FREE. Vicky Peet 07870 678571 v.peet@tcv.org.uk

Museums Sundays NEW Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum 10 South Access Road E17 8AX Housed in and around a Grade II listed former Victorian waste water pumping station the museum is devoted to the technology, transport and industrial history of Walthamstow and the Lea Valley. Exhibits include steam engines, a two-thirds scale model of the famous London ‘B’ type bus built in Walthamstow plus an original 1968 Victoria Line tube car. Refreshments available. 11am-4pm. FREE. e17pumphouse.org.uk

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Weekly Classes for Adults Three Fridays 8-22 March NEW Lino Printing Workshop Humphry’s in the Park, Highams Park IG8 9RF Come and discover lino and mono printing in the tranquil setting of Highams Park Lake on our 3 week course. 10.30am-12pm. £15. Faye & Jade 07706 029002 2contacta.r.t@gmail.com 10, 24 March, 7 April etc NEW Get Drawing at The Mill The Mill Community Centre, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA A relaxed, fortnightly drawing session. Two hours of still life drawing. All abilities welcome. Help and guidance from art teacher David or do your own thing. Basic materials provided. NB No class 21 April. 11am-1pm. £4. David Hughes 020 8521 3211 themill-coppermill.org Mondays Life Drawing in Leytonstone Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU A guided, sociable and friendly drop-in life drawing class. Inspiring poses by professional models of different stature. Poses range from 5 to 55min. Quality art materials and paper provided. 7.309.30pm. £10, £5 members. Jennifer Wolf 07792 892405 Search www.meetup.com Tuesdays Life Drawing The Birds, 692 High Road, Leytonstone E11 3AA A guided life drawing class of interesting poses with professional models of different genders, ages and origins. A great choice of art materials provided. Learn something new in this spacious and well lit venue. 7.309.30pm. £10, members £5. j_wolfmail@yahoo.com meetup.com/Life-Drawing-The-Birds Until 17 March CreativiTEA Locus of Walthamstow, 1 Chingford Road E17 4PW A series of six thematic therapeutic arts sessions for adults 55 yrs+ to explore life experiences and feelings through making art, tea and talking as a group to share, reflect and discover. Booking essential. 11am-1pm. FREE. Amanda via asw67@hotmail.co.uk or search eventbrite.co.uk Tuesdays & Thursdays until 2 April Strung Out: Violin Group for Adults Quaker Meeting House Walthamstow, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Fun beginners-intermediates violin group for adult enthusiasts. All styles from classical to traditional. 6.307.30pm. £13, conc and early birds available. See website for start dates. shapeshifter-productions.com Events marked





Weekly Events & Classes for the Under 18s Tuesdays (term time only) NEW Girls’ Friendly Society St John the Baptist Church, Church Lane/High Road Leytonstone E11 1HH See feature on page 20. GFS Leytonstone is a fun supportive place for girls (5-11) to develop skills to reach their potential. Informed by issues facing girls today, activities are designed to develop confidence and resilience and be fun! 5.30-7pm. £3. Jemma 07540 413 992 jemma@girlsfriendlysociety.org.uk girlsfriendlysociety.org.uk Mon-Sat 6-20 April NEW Atomic 50: Time Travels in Tin Leyton Sports Ground, 485 High Road E10 6PY An immersive ghost factory for children aged 7-11 in a radical re-imagining of the traditional learning environment. After clocking in as workers, children will be taken on an exhilarating journey through time and metalworking. They will discover Waltham Forest’s history of tin toy making, its use as a sustainable alternative to plastic and produce their own tin objects to be displayed as part of a spectacular finale sculpture. Duration 90mins. Performances MonFri at 10am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm and Saturdays 12.30pm and 3.30pm. £5. blackhorseworkshop.co.uk/atomic-50 Sessions daily until September The Tiger Who Came to Tea & The Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street Stratford E15 4QZ For ages 0-8 yrs, older children welcome. An immersive exhibition of the world of Judith Kerr’s creatures. Have tea with a tiger and explore the world of Mog. Sessions last approx 40mins. Session times vary and space is limited so please book online in advance. £8 inc day pass; under ones £1.50, carers FREE. 020 8536 5555 bookings@discover.org.uk discover.org.uk/tiger-and-mog Fridays (term time only) NEW The Chillout Zone The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA A safe space for local young people aged 11-16 to hang out, make friends, play games, do activities and have fun. Consent form must be completed by parent/carer. 3-6pm. FREE. Chantelle Michaux 07535 326157 wfaen.org.uk Fridays (term time only) Bongalong Music for Under 1s 1 Hoe Street/Forest Road E17 4BF Fun, creative, relaxed music sessions for babies. No parking at the venue. 1.302.15pm. £6.50. Book a trial or a term. Fiona 07811 460282 bongalong.co.uk

Fridays until 5 April Shoto Cubs Karate Class Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, 170 Chingford Road E17 5AA A small group class for 4-6 year olds to learn basic Shotokan Karate techniques, improve co-ordination and balance, learn to work with others and enhance their listening skills. 5-5.45pm. £6, FREE taster. Liz 0777 6437937 karate-london.co.uk shotokarate.east@gmail.com Thursdays 7 March-4 April NEW & 25 April-23 May Kids’ Art Club The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Two new series of five sessions with David, Jane and Mo - have fun and learn - exploring themes using drawing and painting materials, and clay, collage and print techniques. Can be messy! For ages 6+, under 8s must be accompanied. 4-5pm. £2. Places limited, please book ahead. themill-coppermill.org Various Days Music Groups and Ensembles for Children Waltham Forest Music Service at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ Take your musical instrument playing onto the next level by playing in a group with other musicians. Whether beginner, intermediate or advanced we have a group for you. See website for full timetable. £30 for 10 week course, £15 for low income families. WF Music Service 020 8496 1584 walthamforest.gov.uk/music-service

Mondays Mini Musicians: Next Steps 4-6yrs Community Hub, 18A Orford Road E17 9LN Children will experience and enjoy music as listeners, creators and performers, whilst laying the foundation for future instrumental and vocal training. 4.30-5.15pm. £59.50 for 10 week course, £30.50 for low income families. WF Music Service 020 8496 1584 walthamforest.gov.uk/music-service Saturdays NEW The Little Choir of Joy Waltham Forest Music Service at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ For children of all abilities age 6+. Through a wide range of songs from classical to pop, musicals and world music, we cover all aspects of vocal technique to build a solid foundation for singers. 10.30-11.30am. £3 per session, £1.50 for low income families. WF Music Service 020 8496 1584 walthamforest.gov.uk/music-service

Calendar of Events Friday 1 March Leveret St John’s Music Hall, St John’s Church, High Road, Leytonstone E11 1HH Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians - Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron, each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. A must for folk fans. 6.30-10pm. £9-15. musichalls.org

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Soul in the Stow The William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Road E17 4JD On the first Friday of the month, a night for eating and dancing. Soul Food (approx £9.95) from 6-8.30pm and soul music dancing until closing time 12.30am. Entry FREE until 11pm. info@thewilliammorris.co.uk

Under 5s, Lloyd Park Nature Explorers Lloyd Park Community Room, Lloyd Park, Forest Rd E17 4PP We’ll begin with a simple craft followed by a ramble in the park before going back inside for stories and a healthy snack. 10am-12pm. FREE, but donations welcome.

You Should Be Dancing! Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ dolores rocket’s sell-out nights for people who cut their dancing teeth in the 70s/80s return for a 3rd Year! Expect soul, reggae, funk, pop and disco from the 60s to mid-90s. Younger friends welcome too! 8pmmidnight. £5.50 in adv, £7 on the door. doloresrocket@btinternet.com doloresrocket.com/ysbd.html

Red Imp presents Nina Conti in Monkey & Roy Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Famous ventriloquist with a monkey now becomes the monkey with an hilarious new double act. Also Alfie Moore and Joey Page. Not to be missed. 8.30-10.30pm. £12.50. contact@redimpcomedy.com redimpcomedy.com

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Sonic Rebellion: Rock & Metal Club Night Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Metal Warriors present your favourite monthly hard rock and heavy metal club night with quality live acts and timeless anthems in the mosh pit! 8-11pm. FREE. facebook.com/SinbinE11

Bring the Noize The Chequers, 145 High Street/Storey Road E17 7BX Alternative rock, indie, R&B and hip-hop on original vinyl from the Mixtape E17 DJs. 8pm-12.30am. FREE. Making Places: Linear Park Community Day Linear Park, Grove Green Road E11 4EN Join us in Linear Park to find out about a new project that will transform the park with herbs and flowers. Get involved in gardening activities and help mark out where the plants will go. 2-4pm. FREE. Lucy Harrison 07537 180033 linearparkplotlines@gmail.com makingplaces.co.uk/node/9817705

Sunday 3 March Ricardo Curbelo: Latin American Music, A Colourful Musical Journey St Andrew’s Church, 153 Colworth Road, Leytonstone E11 1JD Come on a rhythmic and colourful journey with Latin American harpist and composer Ricardo Curbelo, combining traditional Latin American music alongside original compositions. Vibrant and jazzy contrasting with enchanting melodies and romantic vocals. 12 noon1pm. FREE, donations appreciated. ricardocurbelo.com

Monday 4 March E17 Art Trail: Event Submission Deadline The E17 Art Trail runs 1-16 June 2019. Exhibitions, workshops, talks and performance hosted by Walthamstow. What could you do? Today’s the deadline to submit your complete event details via the E17 Art Trail website for inclusion in the festival programme. Laura Kerry 07947 275774 info@e17arttrail.co.uk e17arttrail.co.uk Events marked

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Breaking The Glass Ceiling: International Women’s Day Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Inspirational stories of women overcoming adversity to celebrate International Women’s Day with stalls and live performances by ABBI, The Artist Hub and Barbara Wellington. 8-11pm. £10. Search eventbrite.co.uk for tickets

Saturday 9 March Stow Film Lounge presents THE TRICYCLE THIEF (2018) Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Following demand SFL are delighted to be screening their first feature film again. Someone stole grandad’s antique red tricycle - who is the thief and can 9 year old Audrey get it back? A film for kids, it was filmed in Walthamstow over the summer of 2018 and features a cast from the Borough. Doors 3.45pm, film 4pm, close 5.45pm. Popcorn, ice-cream, hotdogs and drinks available. Tickets £7.50/£5.50 conc on the door, buying online incurs booking fee. stowfilmlounge.com Luck Be A Lady The Barrel Store, Unit 7 Ravenswood Industrial Estate E17 9HQ A vintage soirée bursting with rock & roll, wild women and Auntie Maureen’s lucky bingo numbers to celebrate International Women’s Day. You’ve got nothing to lose! 7-11pm. FREE entry. wildcardbrewery.co.uk

DANCE/FITNESS Mozart’s Requiem & Schubert’s Mass in B flat Chingford Parish Church, The Green, Chingford E4 7EN Two wonderful choral works conducted by Jonathan Rathbone with Brandenburg Sinfonia and soloists. 7.30-10pm. £12 in adv, £14 on the door. Kids £3. Concs available. londonforestchoir.org Stow Film Lounge presents COLD WAR (2018, Cert 15) Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate an impossible love story in impossible times. Doors 7.45pm, film 8.15pm, close 10.15pm. Tickets £8.50/£6.50 conc on the door, buying online incurs booking fee. Licensed bar, popcorn and ice-cream available; pre-booked pizza and ticket offer £15.25. stowfilmlounge.com

Sunday 10 March She17 presents #Shefest 6 Wild Card Brewery, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ All day event of live music from local women and girls celebrating International Women’s Day. More Peas, Sulk I, Doris, I am HER Laurie McNamee, Sam Kurt and more. In support of Girls Rock London. 12-8pm. FREE entry. she17.com Family Day: Spring Blooms Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Celebrate the beginning of Spring at Vestry House by decorating a jar or pot inspired by the Museum’s beautiful garden. Free event, donations appreciated. 1.30-4pm. FREE.

Friday 15 March Speak Easy at The Gin Palace Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ A new spoken word and open mic night at the Palace. All welcome. Performers sign up at 7.30pm. Dutch courage available. 8-10.30pm. FREE entry. beckywynngriffiths@yahoo.co.uk mothersruin.net

Saturday 16 March E17 Designers’ Mother’s Day Market One Hoe Street (opposite The Bell Pub) E17 4SD Whether it’s mum, an aunt or grandmother, a carer or anyone else who you think deserves a special thank-you, E17 Designers has just the thing – with some items at ‘pocket money’ prices. Plus Campbell Creative is holding a Mother’s Day card workshop using hand-carved stamps, for all ages £5. 10am-5pm. FREE entry. instagram.com/e17designers



Pop Up Vintage Fairs London Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road E17 4JD Over 50 stalls selling original vintage fashion, menswear, jewellery, accessories, homewares, small furniture, posters, collectables and more. Plus live music, tea room and licensed bar. Entry payable on the door only. 12-5pm. £2, NUS £1. popupvintagefairs.co.uk William Morris’s Influence on British Muslim Architecture William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Shahed Saleem presents his research into the architectural and social history of the British mosque, spanning 120 years. Exploring parallels between the work of William Morris and the architecture of Islam in this country. 2.30-3.30pm. FREE, no need to book. wmgallery.org.uk Wetlands Wedding Showcase Walthamstow Wetlands, vehicle entrance opposite The Ferry Boat Inn, Ferry Lane N17 9NH Hosted in the beautifully restored Engine House of Walthamstow Wetlands, your free ticket includes a Prosecco reception, canapes, local exhibitor showcase and samples from the Larder’s signature wedding breakfast menus. 3-6pm. FREE entry but reserving a place is essential. larderlondon.co.uk/whats-on

Sunday 17 March Children Unchained: Be Inspired Community Hub, 18A Orford Road E17 9LN Peaceable, multi-participatory, inclusive. British, Palestinian and Israeli speakers on the subject of Palestinian children under occupation - with product stalls and pop-up authentic Palestinian and Lebanese food stall. All welcome. 2-5.30pm. FREE. Andy Simons 07788 203058 childrenunchained@gmail.com From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam Meet at William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Guided walk exploring E17’s fascinating history. Stories include the Dickens’ plagiarist, the hidden Greek theatre and what Pepys thought of Walthamstow wine. 2-4pm. £12, £9 conc, with £1 from each ticket to Prostate Cancer UK bit.ly/E17MoncrieffWalk

Wednesday 20 March Votes for Women St John’s Church Hall, High Rd, Leytonstone E11 1HH Esther Freemen will speak to the Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society during the month of the International Women’s Day. Doors 7.15pm for refreshments, 7.45-9.45pm. £2, L&LHS members FREE. leytonhistorysociety.org.uk

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La Leche League Waltham Forest Lloyd Park Children’s Centre, Winns Terrace E17 5JW Series Meeting: Relaxed group meeting for mothers and babies, focusing on a theme, with a La Leche League (breastfeeding) counsellor present. This warm group offers support for individuals with or without current breastfeeding challenges. 10am-12pm. FREE but £1 donation welcome. lllwf.elizabeth@gmail.com The Fitzwilliam String Quartet St Michael and All Angels, Northcote Road E17 6PQ Music in the Village presents the Fitzwilliam String Quartet who play two great masterpieces: Schubert string quartet in G major D.887 and Beethoven’s late quartet, Op.131 in C# minor. All tickets on door. 7.30-9pm. £13.50, £7 conc. petermccarthy-violone.co.uk

Thursday 21 March Los Otros at The Vic The Victoria, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH All your favourite jazz standards with a bit of Latin and swing. Be prepared for surprises - guest vocalists, upbeat dance rhythms and music for mellow moods. 9-11.30pm. FREE. losotros.co.uk

Friday 22 March Shams’ Kitchen Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Divine food and glorious ice-cold cocktails. The legendary Shams is back from her global wanderings and will be serving up E17’s finest Pakistani street food. Vegan choices and takeaway available. 6.30-9.30pm while stocks last. FREE entry, prices vary. shamskitchen.co.uk Downright Excellent Charity Pub Quiz Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ Celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Week with a fiendish quiz and raffle with prizes from great local businesses. Raising funds for Downright Excellent, the East End charity for children with Down Syndrome. 7-11pm. £5. downrightexcellent.org Dial M for Music Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, 147 Whipps Cross Road E11 1NP Monthly music club. Free raffle, vintage sales and a warm welcome guaranteed. 7.45-11pm. FREE, with collection for the bands. bradwry@yahoo.co.uk thehitchcockhotel.com

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Saturday 23 March These Days present Damo Suzuki Networks St Mary’s Music Hall, St Mary’s Church, Church Hill E17 9RL Damo Suzuki, frontman of influential German Krautrock giants Can, presents his unique show featuring a network of local musicians including Kat Richmond (She17) and Cowboy Flying Saucer. 2-8pm. £13. musichalls.org or search eventbrite.com Pregnancy, Baby and Toddler Event Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Discover some of the amazing things on offer for young families in wonderful Waltham Forest. This free event includes refreshments stalls, info, sales and demonstrations on feeding and nappy changing. 3-5pm. FREE. Elizabeth Owen 020 8527 6625 knebworth59@live.co.uk facebook.com/PBTEventE17 Rockit Guitar Day for Young Musicians WFMS at Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ Experience playing in a rock and pop band, prepare a performance, improvise, make some noise, annoy the neighbours and generally rock out at this one day workshop. 3-5pm. FREE. rockitguitar.eventbrite.co.uk Sing with the Little Choir of Joy Community Hub, 18A Orford Road E17 9LN A singing workshop for children and their parents followed by a performance given by the Junior Choir. All abilities welcome and no singing experience needed, just bring your voice and your enthusiasm. 3-5pm. FREE. littlechoirofjoy.eventbrite.co.uk Eclectic Shock: Experimental New Music Night The Victoria, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH An evening of exciting and experimental new music with: Suitman Jungle; Roshi feat Pars Radio; Simon and the Spears; Oli Haylett; plus special guests. 8pm-1am. FREE.

Sunday 24 March Hoe St Market The Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ Find unique art, gifts, jewellery, homeware, ceramics, plants, cakes and more plus streetfood and a cheap bar. Free parking. 12-4pm. FREE. market@katebod.co.uk St Barnabas Sunday Concerts: Breathe Saxophone Group St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Road E17 8JZ Savour the sounds of Six Saxophones! Breath-taking music in a programme of tunes old and new, like you’ve never heard it before. 4-5pm. FREE, but donations to a chosen charity welcome. stbarnabassundayconcerts.weebly.com



Engine Running Day Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Rd E17 8AX On the last Sunday of each month the Marshall and Loughborough steam engines are run on compressed air. The engines will run at 12pm and 2pm. Some of our petrol-driven stationary engines will also be in operation. Refreshments available in the canteen. 11am-4pm. FREE. e17pumphouse.org.uk 2nd Waltham Forest Cello Fest Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Road E17 8AX In the museum’s Victoria Line Carriage Czech cellist and poet Anna Brikciusová will perform solo cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach and the E17 premiere of ‘La nuit est tombée’ for solo cello by Czech composer and organist Irena Kosíková. 1.15-2.15pm. £11.25. Sorry, carriage not wheelchair accessible e17pumphouse.org.uk

Monday 25 March An Evening with Helen Pankhurst Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road E11 2RQ Helen Pankhurst will discuss and sign copies of Deeds Not Words. ‘An incredible book... informative, enlightening, and with the potential to change women’s lives’ wrote Sandi Toksvig. An East London Humanists event. 7.30-9pm. FREE. Sally 07801 429782 eastlondon.humanist.org.uk

Tuesday 26 March Estilo String Quartet in Concert Phlox Books, 159 Francis Road, Leyton E10 6NT Estilo play an informal, intimate performance with retiring collection in aid of Mind Charity. Unique reinterpretations of music by The Clash, David Bowie, Rihanna and Radiohead as you’ve never heard them before. With licensed bar. 7.30-8.30pm. phloxbooks.com

Wednesday 27 March Mingus Ah Um Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH Charles Mingus’ classic jazz album played live in full by E17 Jazz’s fantastic group led by Dave Manington on Double Bass. Accompanied by projections of the original musicians and artwork. Celebrate the 60th birthday of this classic masterpiece by one of the heavyweights of the jazz world. 8.3011pm. Earlybirds £10, £12 in adv, £15 on the door. mirthmarvelandmaud.com/tickets


Thursday 28 March Stow Film Lounge presents AMERICAN ANIMALS (2018, Cert 15) Wild Card Brewery, Unit 2 Lockwood Way E17 5RB Four friends visit Transylvania University and decide to steal the rarest and most valuable books from the school’s library. As one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history starts to unfold, the men question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives are simply misguided attempts at achieving the American dream. Doors 7.15pm, film 8pm, close 10.15pm. Tickets £8.50/£6.50 conc on the door, buying online incurs booking fee. Wild Card bar. Popcorn and icecreams available; pre-booked pizza and ticket offer £15.25. stowfilmlounge.com

Friday 29 March Canned Laughter 11 The CentrE17 Theatre, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB Top comedians raising food and funds for Eat or Heat. Morgana Robinson as Natalie Cassidy (MC) introduce Jessica Fostekew, Lou Sanders, Sophie Duker, Gabby Best, Spencer Jones and Alice Brine. Line up subject to change. 7.3010.30pm. Entry is £5 plus five items for food bank. ticketlab.co.uk/canned-laughter

Saturday 30 March Family Day: Happy 185th Birthday William Morris William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP On the last Saturday of every month the Gallery is full of fun activities for families. In March, celebrate William Morris’s birthday and make a gift inspired by the Arts and Craft movement. 1-4pm. FREE drop in event for families of all ages. Mini Musician’s Opera Day Community Hub, 18A Orford Road E17 9LN Explore the wonderful world of early years music making. A great opportunity to introduce your little ones to live music through sound exploration, singing and movement. 8am-5pm. FREE. miniopera.eventbrite.co.uk Des & Ken’s Old-Ass Reggae Records Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Come skank to some dusty old Jamaican records! Trojan, Studio One, lovers’ rock, roots, rockers, rock steady, ska, dancehall, dub, all strictly vinyl! Plus The Groves Kitchen Caribbean food until 9pm. 8pm-12.30am. FREE.

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Horsemeat Sandwich Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Vis The Spoon presents a bap full of energetic post-punk alt-rock’n’roll topped with some prog and spiked with psy flavours! Check Facebook page for updates. 8pm-midnight. FREE. facebook.com/horsemeatsandwich

Wildcard Music Hall Wildcard Brewery, 2 Lockwood Way E17 5RB Enjoy local craft beers and live music at these monthly curated events from the Music Halls Project and Wildcard Brewery at their Lockwood HQ. This month London 4-piece The National Service and acclaimed singersongwriter Harry Pane. 7-11pm. FREE. wildcardbrewery.co.uk/lockwood-events

Sunday 31 March We Can Be Heroes Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ A family friendly, daytime disco for grown-up geeks and kid sidekicks. It’s for fans of comics, superheroes, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Dungeons & Dragons and every aspect of geek culture, past and present. 12-4pm. £6, kids 3-15 £3, under 3s FREE. wecanbeheroes.co.uk It Ain’t No Disco The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL On the last Sunday of the month. A friendly DJ and chill with no pretentions. Bloody Marys and a read of the papers over delicious pizza, turns into toe-tapping, turns into a dance floor. 1.30-6.30pm. FREE. thenorthcotee11.com

Wednesday 3 April Under 5s, Lloyd Park Nature Explorers: Whose Egg? Lloyd Park Community Room, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP We’ll begin with a simple craft followed by a ramble in the park before going back inside for stories and a healthy snack. 10am-12pm. FREE, but donations welcome.

Thursday 4 April Stow Film Lounge presents ALIEN (1979, Cert 18) Wild Card Brewery, Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ 40th anniversary screening of Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi horror; it has to be experienced on the big screen. In deep space, a ship’s crew is awakened from cryo-sleep to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. Doors 7.15pm, film 8pm, close 10.15pm. Tickets £8.50/£6.50 conc on the door, buying online incurs booking fee. Wild Card bar open as usual. Popcorn and ice-creams available; pre-booked pizza and ticket offer £15.25. stowfilmlounge.com

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Saturday 6 April E17 Designers’ Easter Popup with E17 Village Market Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Back in the heart of Walthamstow village, partnering with E17 Village Market: plenty of artists, makers, tea and cake inside, street food outside! Local shopping at its best. 10.30am3.30pm. FREE. e17designers.co.uk Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle St Gabriel’s Church, Havant Rd E17 3JF Spring Concert by South West Essex Choir, conducted by Andrew Sackett. 7.30-9.30pm. £14 in adv. southwestessexchoir.org.uk

Sunday 7 April The Limes Easter Market The Limes Community and Children’s Centre, 6 Somers Road E17 6RX An Easter Market offering food, drink and gifts made by young people with disabilities at The Limes. New stall holders welcome too, please get in touch. 12-3pm. FREE. admin@thelimes.org.uk facebook.com/thelimese17 Vintage Retro Market Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Fab stalls loaded with pre-1990’s fashion, music, books, jewellery homestyle and much more. Must not forget homemade eats and treats! NB small flight of stairs. 12-5pm. FREE. Sandra 07956 221710

Tuesday 9 April Bongalong Easter Bonanza The Scout Hall, 205a Wood Street E17 3NU Music, movement and make-believe for children under 5 and their carers; non-stop fun, singing, dancing, let’s pretend and instruments. Four sessions to choose from: 10am, 11am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. £7, booking essential. Fiona 07811 460282 bongalong.co.uk Storytelling Club Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Brilliant storyteller from London Dreamtime, Vanessa Woolf, brings her tale of Jack Judd, infamous highwayman, our city’s most evil villain. 7.30-9.30pm. £6.

DANCE/FITNESS Family History Talk Spruce Hill Baptist Church Hall, Brookscroft Road E17 4JP A talk entitled ‘Views of old Waltham Forest’ by Alan Simpson, based on his extensive collection of old photos and his knowledge of the local area. Wheelchair accessible. 8-9.30pm. FREE. wffhs.org.uk

Wednesday 10 April Hedgehog Fun Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road IG1 4XA Get crafty as you learn fun facts about hedgehogs and learn to make your own smiley face and cute cone hedgehog to take home. At least these won’t have any prickles! 11.30am-12.30pm. £5 per child. All children must be accompanied. valentinesmansion.com/whatson.php

Thursday 11 April Bongalong Easter Bonanza The Scout Hall, 205a Wood Street E17 3NU As Tues 9 April The Joke’s on Us! Exhibition Launch The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Help us celebrate The Mill’s participatory exhibition centring on the Government Art Collection’s Joke Stack by Peter Liversidge. Join us for non-alcoholic drinks and snacks - and see your best jokes go up on our walls! 6.30-8.30pm. FREE. themille17.org Red Imp presents Jo Caulfield & Tom Ward Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Star of Michael McIntyre’s Road Show, Mock The Week, John Bishop Show, Have I Got News For You and her own series on Radio 4 Jo Caulfield Won’t Shut Up. 8.30-10.30pm. £12. contact@redimpcomedy.com redimpcomedy.com General Echo with Tessa (The Slits) & Soft Wax The Victoria, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Regular reggae disco. This month’s exciting guest set is from ‘Bassie’ aka Tessa Pollitt from The Slits and Steve Soft Wax from Deptford Dub Club. 8pm-midnight. £7. ticketlab.co.uk/event/id/2588

Friday 12 April Olcay Bayir St John’s Music Hall, St John’s Church, High Road, Leytonstone E11 1HH Launch event for Olcay Bayir’s new album Rüya - Dream for Anatolia, produced by award-winning jazz collective Kefaya, bringing groove and first-class musicianship to Olcay’s velvet voice and heartfelt songs in Turkish and Kurdish. 6.30-10.30pm. £10. musichalls.org



Dial M for Music Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, 147 Whipps Cross Road E11 1NP See 22 March. Special guests this month are Rob Corcoran and the Necessary Evils.

Saturday 13 April Le Cheval presents Jaguar Skills Leytonstone Ballroom, 640 High Road E11 3AA Jaguar Skills is a singular music talent. Peerless behind the decks yet with his anonymity still intact, he consistently impresses on the club and festival circuits. 8pm-12.30am. £8. fatsoma.com/leytonstoneballroom

Tuesday 16 April Easter Egg Hunt and Crafts Lloyd Park, stables building next to Tennis Courts , Forest Road E17 4PP Hunt for giant eggs around Lloyd Park and get a chocolatey prize if you find them all. We’ll have Easter inspired crafts on offer too. Drop in, no booking required. 10am-1pm. FREE but donations welcome. v.peet@tcv.org.uk

Wednesday 17 April Flower Power Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road IG1 4XA Get crafty making your own colourful wild garden! Cut out your favourite flowers from the selection on offer and personalise them in your own unique style before sticking them on to your own readymade garden. 11.30am12.30pm. £5 per child. All children must be accompanied. valentinesmansion.com/whatson.php

Thursday 18 April Los Otros: Jazz Standards The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Start your Easter weekend with Ian and the others playing jazz standards for you to dance, sing along, or just enjoy good company. 9-11.30pm. FREE. losotros.co.uk

Good Friday 19 April Disco Rani: Genderfluid Bollywood Bhangra R’n’B Mujra Party Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Your host Asifa Lahore presents this Bollywood Bhangra R’n’B Mujra Party for Asian LGBTQ, lovers and allies. Treating you to free entry before midnight! And the first 25 people get a free drink too! 10pm-late. FREE until midnight then £10. facebook.com/discoraniclub

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Saturday 20 April Wildcard Music Hall Wildcard Brewery, 2 Lockwood Way E17 5RB Enjoy local craft beers and live music at these monthly curated events from the Music Halls Project and Wildcard Brewery at their Lockwood HQ. 7-11pm. FREE. wildcardbrewery.co.uk/lockwood-events


Sunday 28 April

Fauré Easter Offering St John’s Church, Leytonstone, High Road/ Church Lane E11 1HH Cantique de Jean Racine, Élégie and the Requiem with the London Gala Orchestra and Leytonstone Chorale. 6.30-8.15pm. FREE, but please reserve your seats by email. ellery007@hotmail.com stephenelleryconductor.co.uk

Francis Road Jumble Trail Francis Road, Leyton E10 6NT Follow the map to find hidden treasures at our community Jumble Trail - Residents around Francis Road will be selling all sorts of clothes, collectibles, crafts and more. 11am3pm. FREE entry. Stalls cost £5. Esme Bradbury info@esdes.co.uk

Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue – Performed Live Mirth, Marvel and Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH E17 Jazz bring you the third concert celebrating their 60th Anniversary Project with the ultimate classic Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue performed live. 7.30pm start. £10. fatsoma.com/mirthmarvelmaud

Friday 26 April Gingo! Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Comedy savants and bingo subversives Original Army are back with the legend that is Gingo! Expect obscenity, sh#t prizes and fabulous cocktails. Eyes down! 7-11pm. FREE entry. mothersruin.net You Should Be Dancing! Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ dolores rocket’s sell-out nights for people who cut their dancing teeth in the 70s/80s return for a 3rd Year! Expect soul, reggae, funk, pop and disco from the 60s to mid-90s. Younger friends welcome too! 8pmmidnight. £5.50 in adv, £7 on the door. doloresrocket@btinternet.com doloresrocket.com/ysbd.html

Saturday 27 April Bilingual Group Meet-up Higham Hill Park, Hecham Close E17 5QT Social meet-up for parents bringing up their children with more than one language. Kids play while parents chat over a coffee. If the weather is bad you will find us in Homemade Community Cafe in the park. 2-4pm. FREE. wfbilingual.org.uk

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Mesadorm / Sailing Stones St Mary’s Music Church, Church Hill/ Church End E17 9RL Double-bill of new music from two rising stars featuring rich, silken synthpop and left-field electronica. “Some of the most interesting music this year...” 2018’s Best Contemporary Albums, The Guardian. 6.30-10.30pm. £10. musichalls.org

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Wednesday 24 April


Valentines Mansion Vintage Fair Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road IG1 4XA A vintage shoppers dream bringing together some of the UK’s finest vintage traders. Bursting with original and bespoke retro finds, there’s something for every vintage taste at affordable prices. 10am-4pm. FREE. valentinesmansion.com/whatson.php Engine Running Day Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Rd E17 8AX See 24 March. Hoe St Market The Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ Find unique art, gifts, jewellery, homeware, ceramics, plants, cakes and more plus streetfood and a cheap bar. Free parking. 12-4pm. FREE. market@katebod.co.uk

Wednesday 1 May Carole Cerasi St Michael and All Angels, Northcote Road E17 6PQL Music in the Village presents Carole Cerasi, sublime and virtuosic harpsichordist plays music by François Couperin, Scarlatti, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Johann Sebastian Bach All tickets on door. 7.30-9pm. £13.50, £7 conc. petermccarthy-violone.co.uk

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Mark Burton’s photographs from the opening weekend in January of Waltham Forest’s year as London’s first Borough of Culture. Mark Burton 07876 547 605.

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