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Your cultural life in and around Walthamstow, Leytonstone, Leyton and Wanstead No.47 • March 2017

Fellowship is Life

COVER STAR Gavin Coyle

I have a workshop on Boundary Road just off Hoe Street in Walthamstow.

Originally built as a vehicle repair shop, and subsequently a builder’s yard and a watermelon warehouse, I arrived 7 years ago. It’s light, airy and fully equipped for the job in hand. We grow vegetables in the yard, play lots of table tennis and throw the occasional party. Much of my work is bespoke commissions for manufacturers, galleries and private clients. I also produce my own range of products for retail. Each project has its own set of challenges and rewards. I’ve had the good fortune of working with some great companies and individuals who have complete trust in my ability. Working with

Heals was particularly rewarding because of their reputation and commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Currently we are working on the new office interior for local estate agents Stow Brothers. As the means of production becomes more mechanised I think it’s important to preserve traditional craft skills. I also believe it’s important to embrace new technologies such as 3D printing and CNC machining (where lathes and routers, for example, are controlled by a computor). It’s this marriage of traditional and new which I find exciting and allows for a fresh approach in exploring my chosen craft.

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From an early age I knew I wanted to make things with my hands. I was encouraged to play with different materials by my parents and would while away the hours constructing all sorts of rudimentary objects in my dad’s shed. After school I cut my teeth as a pattern maker, carpenter and had a spell converting barns before putting myself onto a furniture crafts course in Warwickshire. I then went to Bucks University to study furniture design and craftsmanship and have been a furniture maker ever since.

My design hero is a danish designer called Hans Wegner whose ambition was to create the perfect chair. In fact he designed 500, each one beautifully executed, although he strived to make the next one better. His ability to take the forms nature provides without directly copying them is testament to his talent. Other than that artists such as Alexander Calder and Richard Wentworth are a continuous source of inspiration.

me it’s always felt like my spiritual home and to be working here in the company of a diverse range of designers and makers ensures this spirit will live on.

It’s strange to think that my formative years as a lad growing up in Birmingham were spent reading about William Morris and this place called Walthamstow. To

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Gavin and his workshop will be opening their doors during this year’s E17 Art Trail in June, a good opportunity for people to drop by the workshop and see some of the work.

Cover: Jac Side Tables Opposite: Compass Desk This page – top right: Toolbox Top left: Companion Rack Bottom left: Contrail chair Bottom right: Cameo mirror

E List features on Waltham Forest’s makers and light industries are generously supported by Fullers Builders of Walthamstow, specialists in restoration and conservation. 1

Aside from the obvious joy of discovering new and exciting art – the forthcoming Art Trails in Walthamstow and Leytonstone bring the occasional thrill of discovering amazing things at the ends of people’s gardens. Yes, there are the garden sheds but also a plethora of former workshops and tiny factories often converted into studios and used by groups of artists, designers and makers. Our cover features the work of Gavin Coyle, one such designer who has created a stunning workshop out of an unloved building on Boundary Road. His workshop will be open this June for the Art Trail and I heartily recommend a visit. The feature is the first supported by Fullers Builders who’ve trained and worked with local craftsmen for 150 years. Their joinery projects for clients like National Trust are made in local workshops not unlike Gavin’s. This month also sees the third birthday of Blackhorse Workshop housed in a former factory (see the listing for their birthday party on 24 March on p40). It is home to an amazing collection of furniture, lighting and product designers ( It’s nice to think that all these workshops continue a long tradition of such skills and innovations in the area, it would make William Morris proud. Another aspect of the Art Trails is that they are truly community driven. Some of the people involved are full time professionals but the majority are people who use the event to have a crack at something creative, sometimes for the first time. It’s often also a chance for a party or a knees up, or just a chat and chance to get to know your neighbours for participants and visitors alike. It knows no boundaries and ultimately further integrates our various communities. Community events like these are even more significant when so much in politics today seems to be about dividing people. Such divisions are all too familiar to people like Abdulmaalik Tailor (pg 28), this month’s Local Hero who grew up in E17 when local communities were ripped apart by racism and division 30 years ago. He uses his experiences and love of history to run his Muslim History Tours. It is important that we all remember what has come before so we don’t just keep making the same mistakes. Paul Lindt, Editor



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Inside this issue… Artist Andrew Harrison


Novelist Harriet Paige


The Best Poem Ever Written by Graham Clifford


Charlotte Harker and Tom Hogan at the Pictorem Gallery


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


Witches Brew, the mother of all parties for International Women’s Day 26 Perculiar Times: Walthamstow High Street


Local Hero – Abdulmaalik Tailor of Muslim History Tours


E-VOLVE: Health and Fitness Directory


Walthamstow Diary


E~DEN: The Home Directory


House Doctor – Moving Home


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


Scenes from a Virtual Journal at the Stone Space Gallery




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Urban Dynamo This concrete jungle we live in may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it provides local artist Andrew Harrison with almost all the inspiration he needs. Daisy Lilley meets him to talk block colours, Blade Runner and bevelling.

When you ask an artist where they find their creative inspiration it’s not often you find yourself immersed in a conversation about the architecture and road layouts of science fiction films like Tron, The Matrix and Blade Runner, but that’s where the talk goes within minutes of sitting down with 37 year old Andrew Harrison in his art studio/workshop. Although it’s perhaps not the most orthodox approach to finding ideas, his introduction into art was rather more 4

conventional – a BTEC Foundation Course followed by a BA at Plymouth University in fine art, then onto a Masters in fine art painting at the Wimbledon School of Art. But with the digital era looming, Andrew was interested to see how the dawn of computers, technology and film could impact the world of art. By day, he took a job as an art handler and technician – a career he’s learned to love. There he has discovered the logistics and installation process of art, often handling

pieces worth millions of pounds. But by night he was busy exploring his own ideas. Having had access to his own studio when he lived at home with his parents, that luxury eluded him until he moved to Walthamstow nearly four years ago. Now he’s built a space at the back of his garden to work in which has increased his art output nearly as much as the arrival of his daughter, Neve, in turn decreased it! A single piece of art will take Andrew a couple of months to complete from


conception to finished product. He will initially sketch up some ideas on paper, always loosely based on a city setting either found in those science fiction films he loves or in real life aerial views of London and beyond. He examines the environment, then edits it down to its most simple form, tinkering with the layout until the composition is just so. Once, in the quest for a perfect composition, he built an entire city set out of Foamcore, drenched it in dry ice, then snapped away with his digital SLR and turned the photos into prints.

With the final drawings completed the next stop is Adobe Illustrator on his computer where he can decide which colour schemes work best according to the shape of the segments in the work, usually employing strong, solid blocks of colour to give an illusion of weight. Then he picks his materials – mainly thick MDF, sometimes mixed with acrylic sheets – and painstakingly builds the piece, sculpting and bevelling the elements into position. The end result is a dynamic, bold relief painting, with a three-dimensional

structure giving more than a nod towards the urban environments he so reveres. Andrew has shown his work in exhibitions in Cambridge, Leeds, Berlin and London. The dream is to be a full time artist‌ well, that and continue to watch science fiction movies obviously.

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Creativity and memory What is creativity and how does it interact with our humanity and the mundanity of everyday life? Deborah Talbot talks to Harriet Paige, author and Walthamstow resident, about her first novel Man with a Seagull on his Head. What made you want to write your first novel? We all balance idealism and pragmatism, and I’m no exception. I wanted to be a novelist but didn’t quite see it as a realistic career choice.

of the novel, a friend, Rowena Macdonald, author of the short story collection Smoked Meat, suggested sending it to independent publishers rather than one of the big publishing houses.

Instead, I fell into journalism. But journalism was never completely going to satisfy me creatively, so I left to do an MA in Creative Writing.

Bluemoose Books was one of the first I sent my sample chapters to, and they got back to me in a matter of hours saying they’d like to see more. And so it went.

I wrote one novel which was unpublished, then immediately started a another, which is Man with a Seagull on his Head. How did you find the experience of writing the novel? It’s been quite a long process because although I wrote most of the book before I had children, I then had to finish it, and combining motherhood with writing has not been easy. So the novel was finished in small pockets of concentrated time. In a way, I think it has benefitted by being left alone for periods because I returned to it with fresh, critical eyes. I’m thinking about writing another novel now, but it won’t be for a while. Like most people who combine creativity with parenting, ideas pop into my head when I have moments of true aloneness. Parts of the plot for this novel fell into place in the shower one morning. How did you go about getting it published? As I got further towards the end point 6

How did you get the idea for the novel? I think I can trace it back to someone I heard speaking on the radio about memory, and how, if we remembered everything that our senses perceived, we couldn’t function. I started to wonder what might happen if someone were to remember absolutely everything – down to the tiniest detail – of what they saw just in one particular instant. I imagined an incredible and awe-inspiring beauty; that the secrets of the world might be unlocked if we could only see the world and hold it in our minds. Then I conceived of the simple – and fantastical – idea of this state being triggered by a freak accident, and of someone being locked in this mystical moment. The central character, Ray Eccles, represents this pure creative energy. He is an unassuming office worker who becomes

consumed by what he’s seen and is unable to stop depicting it. Others are drawn to him, who may have felt the promise of creativity but found it elusive. So the novel is really about the magic of creativity before it has taken shape in words or images. Ray has hold of that magic, but he can’t do anything but create. He can’t function normally. The novel traces the character from the Essex seaside to London. Is this thread of place meaningful in the novel? I always conceived of that moment, which becomes perfectly preserved in memory, as being by the sea, because there is something innately mystical and mysterious about the ocean. Southend, where a bird falls out of the sky and strikes Ray on the head is in many ways a dreary seaside town. But there are moments, when the light

is right, that it comes alive with a real radiant beauty. The element of surprise makes it all the more affecting somehow. London, connected to Southend by the river, is the centre of the art world where Ray ends up once he is discovered and taken in by George and Grace Zoob, the art collectors.

Man with a Seagull on his Head will be published by Bluemoose Books on 9 March 2017.

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He has a Shakespearean voice doing justice to what the introducer called The Best Poem Ever Written. I listen to it all, I travel where the poem takes me then get back in my chair and write a better one. Graham Clifford, a Head Teacher in Leyton, recently published his third collection of poetry, Computer Generated Crash Test Dummies. He has published nationally and internationally, performed at events including the Hay festival, been translated into Romanian and German and was a Forest Poet. Read more poems at 7

Organic Lines A very human exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by artists Charlotte Harker and Tom Hogan is opening at the Pictorem Gallery on Hoe Street, Walthamstow in March.

The exhibition is intended to show both artists’ work across very different medias, and to highlight the similarities and differences in their work. And there are plenty of differences to highlight, but the running theme is the act of drawing and the lines within it. From what we’ve seen of the pieces being exhibited there’s also a theme threaded through the organic realness of their subject matter. Harker’s natural landscapes and Hogan’s very human day to day goings on are not only familiar, making the unusual way they’re presented even more interesting, but full of life.

Harker is a London-based artist and has another exhibition coming up in Canary Wharf this year. Her paintings of landscapes, from urban scenes to ancient monuments, are of places that she’s visited and have had a lasting effect on her. The drypoint prints are more recent examples of her work, and it’s here that you can see the development of her drawing and her intricate, cellular lines. I briefly spoke to Avtar, owner of the Pictorem Gallery about the exhibition, “Most of the people that display here are either customers or we know them

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from the area, so this is quite an unusual exhibition. It’s wonderful to be attracting artists from outside Walthamstow. Charlotte actually came in a while ago, but we’ve been booked up for some time (almost two years) so this is finally our chance to show their work.” Hogan is originally from London, but spent a decade exhibiting and working in Europe and Australia before returning just over three years ago. This time away hugely effected his artwork, and when he came home he focussed on drawing, but in a wider sense. It’s Hogan’s art that uses

manipulated galvanised wire, so when I say drawing, I mean as well as that same theme of threading lines. His figurative compositions are juxtaposed with Harker’s portrait paintings, with the whole exhibition laid out in a salon style. This means the works are displayed in groups, singled out, and higher and lower than the traditional eye-level single row you might find in a museum. The layout is intentional and meant to emphasise those similarities and differences between the two. Hanging the work in this way also gives the collection a sense of evolution, running around the space like a time-line. Finnola D’Albert

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Arctic voyage This month sees a new exhibition Scenes from a Virtual Journal at Leytonstone’s Stone Space Gallery. Here the artist Rose Parker tells of her grandmother’s remarkable adventure that became the inspiration for her work for the show. Scenes from a Virtual Journal is a series of paintings based on language collected from the Facebook posts of my grandmother’s travels in the Arctic Circle. I was intrigued by what she wrote because it was an atypical use of social media; for the most part, people use photos and captions when posting about their travels. My grandmother was unable to do this, as she felt that her camera was repeatedly failing to produce the images she wanted to create. She therefore had to resort to language in order to convey, not just what she saw, but her emotional responses. I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see if I could become a substitute for her camera and turn her descriptions into a visual representation of her experiences. In these works I have created typography from words found within the original source text. I wanted there to be a tangible link between my grandmother’s writing and my final paintings. Rose Parker is a young artist living in Waltham Forest. She graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2015 and has exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe. She has been sponsored for the show by The Cygnus Trust, an East London charity which supports organisations in the local community through the provision of grants and donations. See

Scenes from a Virtual Journal by Rose Parker 9 March to 2 April 2017 The Stone Space 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HQ Thurs-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm

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The mother of all parties! This month Wild Card Brewery hosts Witches Brew, an all-day music event laid on by an all-female cast; Kirsty McNeil-O’Connor speaks to the women who are making it happen. Some of Walthamstow’s finest music producers, DJs and promoters are collaborating for Witches Brew, an all day party at Wild Card Brewery to celebrate International Women’s Month. The line up includes Auntie Maureen (#iamdj), Kat Richmond (Electronic 17) and Dolores Rocket. Electronic music promoter, musician and DJ, Kat Richmond will be DJing and performing tunes from Arsenic Mines, live house and techno with guest vocals from Wild Card’s head brewer, Jaega Wise. “This will be a great showcase for female DJs and acts, we have some other special friends joining us too,” says Kat.

This eclectic all-dayer showcasing each DJ, with the live performance at 5pm is fundraising for two fantastic charities that support women (see Facebook for full details). “It’s going to be kaleidoscopic! Everyone is welcome to listen and dance and create a better balance of people in club culture.” Says Auntie Maureen. “There are so many more women involved in DJing and promotion than when I first started back in the 70s, and this event will be a brilliant opportunity to catch several of us all on the same bill”, adds Dolores Rocket.


Events manager, Tash Chambers says, “Wild Card Brewery are even sourcing beer from other female brewers in time for this great event.”

Witches Brew Saturday 25 March 2pm – midnight. FREE entry Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ


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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

Walthamstow High Street Walthamstow High Street today forms the hub of shopping in Walthamstow, with its market, high street shops and independent retailers stretching from Hoe Street down to St James Street.

The High Street c1905

Originally a rural lane which sloped westwards from Hoe Street down to common marshland and Walthamstow Mill, it became known as Marsh Street and by the early 19th century was lined with grand houses, many of them occupied by merchants and businessmen. As Walthamstow transformed from a rural to an urban area during the 19th century and into the 20th, the character of the street changed as the grand houses and their grounds gave way to more closelyspaced retail premises, reflected in the name change to High Street in 1882, as well as the arrival of a firmly established market by the mid-1880s. In some cases business owners began trading on the street’s market, moving to more permanent premises on Walthamstow High Street as they became more successful. This was the case with George Borwick who had founded renowned baking powder firm Borwick & Sons in 1842. Their famous powders and baking aids were widely used but were first sold direct to the public from a Walthamstow

market stall and later a shop store which opened in on the High Street. George 1931, whilst there are Borwick had acquired land fading painted ‘ghost in Walthamstow, that he left signs’ visible above to his eldest son in 1889. By several shop frontages, 1896 the firm was selling indicating former shop 600,000 packets of baking and business names. powder a week to customers If a virtual stroll along Fish Bros in the 1960s worldwide including Queen Walthamstow High Victoria and the Queen of the Netherlands. Street is more appealing, historic street and It’s probably no coincidence then that we telephone directories list former businesses have a Borwick Avenue. of the street for various years of the later 19th century and the mid-20th century and By the mid-20th century there were all are available to consult at Waltham Forest manner of goods to be bought along Archives at Vestry House Museum. Walthamstow High Street, including the expected clothing, grocery, homeware and furniture shops, but there were also more niche establishments; amongst these was Berry’s Piano shop, which sold musical instruments and sheet music, as well as the much-loved Dolls’ Hospital. Many businesses and shops along Walthamstow High Street have endured for decades, even centuries. The Chequers public house has occupied the same site since at least the 18th century, although it has since been rebuilt, and other recognisable established premises include Fish Bros. Pawnbrokers at No. 114. Perhaps most famous of these is L. Manze eel, pie and mash shop at No. 76, established in 1929, which not only retains its original function, but its appearance too. Although most former shops and businesses of the 19th and 20th centuries are everfading memories, especially as some have been swept away and replaced with more modern development, glimpses into the distant and not so distant past are possible by identifying visual clues. A plaque affixed to the Oxfam shop at Nos. 2-4 indicates that the building was built as a Burtons

The High Street 1972

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Abdulmaalik Tailor Abdulmaalik spent his formative years in Walthamstow including his conversion to Islam at 18. His faith and experiences combined with a passion for history led him to create the Muslim History Tours. Photography by Paul Tucker. You run something called Muslim History Tours. Tell us about it. The tours were established to try to counter the bad media coverage Muslims regularly receive in Britain. Too often, radical Muslims grab the headlines. Having a knowledge of British Muslim heritage, I wanted to showcase the positive image of British Muslims.

The tours cover central London and the City, but you also include places like Acton and Walthamstow. What made you choose these particular areas? I grew up in Walthamstow and now reside in Acton so both of these locations are close to my heart. The present climate of Islamophobia has parallels to the “Paki-bashing” era of the 1960s to mid-1980s. Anyone of South Asian appearance risked racial abuse and even having their homes fire bombed. In Walthamstow, groups of National Front followers had their regular hangouts. The NF would even rent council properties until they were banned. Their newspapers were openly sold in some newsagents and they tried opening a bookshop on Gosport Road but it was repeatedly bricked. I also see parallels to the 1930s, when the fascist Black Shirts held rallies and abused the Jewish community. Nearly a century on, racism still plays its part in Walthamstow – despite the origins of Walthamstow being recorded in 1075 as Wilcumestowe “the Place of Welcome”. I believe the first London Mosque was set-up at the end of the nineteenth century. I’m guessing there must have 28

been Muslims here long before that. Yes, indeed. The earliest mention of Muslims in Britain dates back to 774 when King Offa minted a gold coin bearing the Muslim declaration on faith, known as the Shahadah . (There is no deity worthy of worship except God).

begins at Verulam Avenue, where the first Walthamstow Mosque was set-up in a house in 1968. We then walk up Queens Road to the Masjid-e-Umar Mosque. The original mosque building here was in fact a synagogue and we show some pictures of the transformation.

The earliest known Muslim community on these shores was in 1641, eight years before the first translation of the English Quran was printed here.

The tour then covers the riots and tension of 1981, which included the deaths of Yunus Khan’s family on Belgrave Road. Yunus Khan himself survived and had a road named after him in 1986. Albert Road is also featured where the WFIA (Waltham Forest Islamic Association) was founded. The street was also home to an individual who suffered domestic violence in the 1990s at the hands of their parents after they’d converted to Islam.

The first Mosque in London was established in 1895 on Albert Street near Camden Town. Soon after, in the late 1890s, there’s a record of a group of Muslims holding prayers at the Royal Forest on Chingford’s Ranger’s Road. The first Mosque here in Waltham Forest was opened by the Pakistani High Commissioner in the 1960s. How were those early communities received? Early communities were not received very well. We know, for example, the early Liverpool Muslim community, who opened Britain’s first Mosque in 1889, were abused physically, psychologically and verbally. Describe for us the format of the Muslim History Tour in Walthamstow. The Walthamstow tour is a walk that

The tour takes in Walthamstow High Street, and we relate examples of how people protested against immigration. In 1981, for example, because of the protests, the High Street market had to be closed for the first time in its history. Before the establishment of a local Mosque, people prayed in some interesting places. That’s right. Back in the early 1960s, people were performing their prayers, and having lessons about the Quran, in houses on Folkestone Road, E17, then, soon after, on Albert Road.

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How do you do your research? Mostly primary research; whether that’s digging into the archives, finding out about individuals or interviewing people. It’s a time-consuming process.

The 60s and 70s were very difficult for many people in the area due to the rise of racism and the far right. What was it like? Different people united to take on the National Front and the racists. For example, white girls from Walthamstow School for Girls organised demonstrations to stop the NF from using the school premises for their meetings. There were huge anti-fascist demonstrations on the day of the funeral of Yunus Khan’s family members. The Muslim youth at the time was no longer prepared to remain silent as their parents before them had done. They were no longer prepared to put up with police indifference. Out of all of this came ‘Rock Against Racism’, which was formed in 1976 by, among others, Walthamstow resident, Roger Huddle. How would you describe the relationship between the different Muslim communities and other faith groups over the last 100 years? When the Muslim communities first started arriving in Walthamstow it was reported in the local newspapers that only Jewish or other Muslims would offer them houses for rent. But I’ll give you one example that turned out positively. There was a factory on Lea Bridge Road called Liden. The factory owner was

Jewish and when, in 1965, his workforce, who were predominately Muslim, requested time off to pray Eid prayers he agreed but on the condition they did so nearby. He managed to secure Emmanuel Hall for their use. Tell us about some of the local heroes that have emerged in the Walthamstow Muslim community over the years. One of the elders and founders of WFIA was Mohammad Nizar Ali, born in Guyana, who arrived here during the 1950s. A local reporter, a few years later, described him “as having a wide understanding of racial issues”. Nizar Ali condemned the racist attacks, saying “We fought together in war and let’s now live in peace”. He was also instrumental in setting up the Muslim cemetery in Folly Lane. You said you once lived in Walthamstow. What was it like? When I was 13, my parents moved from Hackney to Albert Road. In fact, my mother still lives there. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy it, and my memories of living on Albert Road are not good memories. I grew up a Hindu but converted to Islam at the age of 18. Family members reacted badly, physically attacking me and kicking me out the house. That year I had to move six times or more. I was young and disoriented, but I survived!


When I was a bit older, I spent a year in Egypt, learning Arabic. I came back and moved to Acton, where I still live. If I asked you to board a time machine and go forward twenty years, and pick up your Muslim History Tours? How do you think you might describe Muslim life in London now? 20 years from now… I think there would be more tours, with staff, and mainstream companies embracing Halal tourism. Life for Muslims in London will be different. I believe Muslims will be more welcomed by society, and there will be far less Islamophobia. The Muslim community will, I imagine, be a lot more diverse with more instances of mixed marriages. What are your personal hopes for the future as a Muslim? As a Muslim I hope for certain types of abuse to be recognised, for example, convert domestic violence. I hope we’ll see far less discrimination against Muslims and that there’ll be better recognition of our proud heritage within Britain. Remember, we are not outsiders but contributors to Britain! 020 7993 8595


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Mondays Chutney SOCA Fitness The Gym, Waltham Forest College, 707 Forest Road E17 4JB Exciting workout combining sounds of Caribbean and India; think Trinidad Carnival! Tone abs; improve core strength; invigorate energy; focus your mind and breathe life into your fitness routine, in a fun, friendly environment. Wear comfy clothing and bring water. 6.30-7.15pm. £7.50. Vanessa 07958 523431

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Yoga, Meditation & Tai Chi Mondays NEW Vinyasa Flow with Louise Host of Leyton (beside Leyton Midland Road station), 658 High Road Leyton E10 6JP In Vinyasa Flow, breath is synchronised to the movement of your body throughout the class, creating a moving meditation. Classes include dynamic and fun sequences to build strength, balance and flexibility. All levels are welcome. 7.15-8.15pm. £10, book 10 get 1 FREE. Wednesdays NEW Vespers St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow, 8 Church End/Church Hill E17 9RJ Find your calm. Forty minutes of mindfulness and reflection with a selection of prayer, poetry or music, as appropriate. 7.30-8.10pm. FREE. Parish Office 020 8520 1430

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Saturdays Yoga Glow at God’s Own Junkyard’s Blitz Factory Unit 12 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ An all-levels creative and energising vinyasa flow class under God’s Own’s neon lights. Expect fun teachers, uplifting playlists, easy to follow instruction and good vibes. Please bring a mat if you have one. 60min classes at 10am & 11.10am. £10. Tuesdays NEW Yoga for Cyclists The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Improve flexibility in areas typically tightened through cycling. All levels welcome. 7.30-8.30pm. £10, £45 for 5. Vicky 07866 755126 Thursdays Walthamstow Wind Down with Yoga Me Happy Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Hatha yoga for all abilities. This postwork wind down will stretch and tone the muscles, working through the joints, so you’ll feel flexible and fantastic, before a deep relaxation to re-energise you for the weekend. 7-8.15pm. £9 pre-book, £10 drop in.

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Between forest and marsh lies the glorious Stow. These are the tales and meanderings of a proud resident of E17 Come to Walthamstow, I’ll show you the sights, that’s what I said to two colleagues from the U.S. who were visiting London. I didn’t really expect them to say yes, I thought they would want to spend their Saturday taking photos of Big Ben and being disappointed by Piccadilly Circus, but much to my surprise they accepted my invitation. Oh my god, I said to my other half, what if they voted Trump, what if they start talking about making America Great again! Luckily, they came out as Trump haters so that worry went away. But as the visit date approached, I started to feel anxious, what if I’ve over-sold E17? What if they come to visit, find themselves in a shed on an industrial estate drinking beer wondering what on earth has happened to them. When Saturday arrived I met them at the tube station, they were huddled by the wall frantically texting me to make sure they hadn’t been abandoned. I decided to start the grand tour with the Olde Worlde charm of the Village. This used to be the workhouse, I declared as I pointed at the Vestry House. Deciding they might not know what a Workhouse was, I then said ‘You know, like in Oliver Twist’ – what a patronising idiot. We wandered past St Mary’s and the Ancient house, cameras going full speed to capture every timber and brick. Then we turned the corner and walked on to Ravenswood Estate. I could tell by their faces that they thought they were going to die. One of them asked with a hint of suspicion in her voice, am I visiting a car park? All that suspicion vanished as they walked in to God’s Own Junkyard. They stood open mouthed as the megawatts of neon washed over them. This is like Vegas in a shed, declared my American chum. I think I did pretty well as a tour guide, and it was good to see Walthamstow through fresh eyes, it was good to be reminded that E17 is a pretty cool place to live. 020 8257 8475

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

Little girl outside trying to insert her brother in to our free library. She’s shouting ‘get me Winnie The Pooh or you’re not coming home’ @StowDiary


A fresh delivery of the Feb E Lust, i mean List, has some distracting competition at the Victoria pub @TheVic_E17 @dannycoope

We get a really strong smell of marijuana in our bedroom from the people next door smoking it. Any advice/suggestions please?! TH: Embrace it TK: Just breathe deeply and raid the fridge MS: It should help you sleep if anything đ&#x;˜‰ SE: Not when you’re giggling uncontrollably and keep having to go down the all-night garage for a Mars bar. JS: Is it wrong that I find it mildly amusing that there’s a post below this one about ‘bongalong early risers’? PF: Is not ‘Commercial Skunk’ the local fragrance in Walthamstow... it’s everywhere...!! SN: This is better than EastEnders Walthamstow Life East London is getting posh. My well-bred colleague who lives there pronounces Leytonstone as ‘Laitensten’. I just can’t cope @suzifulham with it. TFC is becoming The Continental Food Exchange. Looking forward to nipping in to swap some olives for parma ham. #Leytonstone @teninchwheels

Dog & Duck pub turning into some sort of pizza place! ML: Ooh another one, goody. CP: Walthampizza? Pizzastow? I am trademarking all of the above... and if there is spill over into neighbouring parts of London I also claim South Wood-fired. MM: And Totten-Ham & Pineapple. JW: Will it help remove the taste of grapefruity craft beer? It all tastes like bloody grapefruit. Craft beer and pizza and beards and wifi and the sound of me crying Walthamstow Life Walthamstow has turned into one big pizza party A few years in the past, if you happen to sought after a pizza in Walthamstow your choices had been restricted to bathroom same old takeaways providing lacklustre deep pan jobs. The Spar in Walthamstow village was once the exception, upping the native pizza sport with their self-made pizza whipped up through the parents at Devour 17 eating place subsequent door. Then the coming of the Pizza Specific chain kickstarted a Walthamstow revolution - Sodo joined the world a yr in the past, adopted through a 2d department of the native Nuovo Mondragone on Hoe Side road. On the Rose & Crown, Peppe additionally introduced a pop-up wood-fired oven supplying the world with but extra Italian grub. And so it continues. Backyard Sale Pizza is the newest addition to Walthamstow opening on Hoe Side road on February 20, following luck at branches in Clapton and Finsbury Park. And subsequent at the horizon is the previously uninviting Canine and Duck on Chingford Street, promising ‘Sourdough Saloon’ pizza when it reopens. So take your pick out for your pizza repair subsequent time you head to the top of the Victoria line. @wwwfapponline [with our apologies to Ben Rowe who penned the original Time Out article that this ‘reworking’ is clearly based on] Love that @StMarysE17 toilet is twinned!! Want to twin with us? @leytonstonebell

Anyone else heard about the plan to build a wall dividing east London and Essex? Obviously one side will be sprayed with fake tan, the other covered with the graffiti of bored middle-class hipsters pretending to be urban. ATB: I assume we’re getting Essex to pay for it? FJ: It will be a great wall ATB: Will it be bigly & goodly & keep all the bad hombres out? NS: Wood Street Walls to decorate it? ATB: Might I suggest Farrow & Ball Elephant’s Breath for our side? FJ: Creosote for the other Leytonstone Life Reading like an ingredients list for a cat’s favourite pie, this is in fact my #BigGarden Birdwatch results from our #Walthamstow garden @walthamgrower 33




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Exhibitions & weekly events Arts & Crafts Until 16 March NEW Side by Side Buhler and Co, 8 Chingford Road E17 4PJ Side by Side presents pairs of silkscreen prints by Kate Banazi, Frea Buckler, Giuseppe D’Innella, Nounua and Sophie Smallhorn. The first in a series of Look Up exhibitions at Buhler and Co. Open cafe hours Tues-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm, closed Mon. FREE. & 3-5 March NEW Kally Laurence: Toast On The Road Winns Gallery, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park E17 5EQ An exhibition of colourful recent work by a RCA printmaker. Beautiful, large scale monotypes combining screen and block printing and painting. 11am6pm. FREE. Also preview drinks 6-9pm Thurs 2 March. 1-26 March NEW Footfall Art Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9NJ A fine art show curated by fellow window gallerists Footfall Art fresh from their recent show at Camden People’s Theatre, including work by Jack Sutherland. Child, dog and cycle-friendly outdoor venue. Open daylight hours, lit until midnight. FREE Until 16 March Deep Connection Wynwood Art District Cafe, 2A Chingford Rd E17 4PJ Group exhibition of thought-provoking artwork on this month’s theme. Open cafe hours 7am-6pm daily. FREE. Until 5 March Crash Course for the Ravers by Barrie J Davies The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Fun, provocative and humorous images expose the human condition - notions of success, money, glamour, love, death, sexuality, gender and religion are picked at with a dry comedic use of tragedy meshed with absurdity. ThursFri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. Events marked 34

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2-31 March NEW Paintings, Drawings, Prints Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP New work by Charlotte Harker and Tom Hogan. See feature on page 9. TuesSat 9-5.30pm. FREE. Until 30 June Meow! Walthamstow Library, High Street E17 7JN Meow used to be a stray, now he has a fantastic home and an art show in Walthamstow library. Art and poetry exhibition with free colouring-in sheets for young visitors. Open during normal library hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm. FREE. Until 31 March NEW LOVE Art Project Higham Hill Library, North Countess Road E17 5HS Hop along to Higham Hill Library to see the Love Art Project and get free stickers! Open during normal library hours: Mon, Thurs & Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. FREE. 9 March-2 April NEW Rose Parker: Scenes from a Virtual Journal The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG See feature on page 25. Visual representations of words and phrases relating to a traveller’s experiences. Thurs-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. Until 5 March Red Saunders: Hidden William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Red Saunders’ epic photographs reimagine decisive but overlooked events in Britain’s struggle for democracy and equality. In an entrance display at the William Morris Gallery, rediscover their extraordinary stories, and the contribution they made to bring about change. Weds-Sun 10am5pm. FREE. Until 14 May Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP A rare chance to view Frank Brangwyn’s collection of Japanese art at the William Morris Gallery, including prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige. Marking the 150th anniversary of Brangwyn’s birth. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE.




17 March-13 April NEW ICON Wynwood Art District Cafe, 2A Chingford Road E17 4PJ Group exhibition of thought-provoking artwork on this month’s ‘Icon’ theme. Open cafe hours 7am-6pm daily. FREE. 14 March-22 April NEW Memories of Shops & Shopping around St James Street The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Photographs from the 1860s and recorded voices to 2017 tell the story of Walthamstow’s first shopping centre and its buildings, in an exhibition linked to Waltham Forest Council’s Heritage Lottery funded Townscape Heritage Regeneration Project. Open during normal Mill hours: Tues-Fri 9.30am6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. FREE. Until 11 March Ink, Press, Go! The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA This exhibition showcases the diversity of printing techniques local artists are using to encourage those who haven’t had a go at it yet, to get their hands dirty! Open during normal Mill hours: Tues-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am2pm. FREE. Mondays Walthamstow & District Photographic Society Greenleaf Road Baptist Church, 4 Greenleaf Road E17 6QQ Enthusiastic mixed group meeting for lively talks, discussions, competitions and courses. 8-10pm. First 3 visits FREE. Until 21 May WE: The Ex-Warner Estate in Waltham Forest Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Exploring the history of Warner Estate houses and the memories of people who lived in them. Artists Lucy Harrison and Katherine Green capture the stories of these unique homes through original photography, interviews and artefacts. Supported by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE.

Quizzes & Games Thursdays Neil’s Music Quiz The Flowerpot, 128 Wood Street E17 3HX Hosted by Neil’s Big Quiz this weekly music quiz includes picture and table rounds. How many bonus points will you get for the connection? Cash jackpot! 9-11pm. £1.

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



Wednesdays Leyton Technical Quiz Night 265b High Road Leyton E10 5QN £50 cash prize for the winners, bottle of house wine for the runners up plus a cumulative bonus round rollover prize and spot prizes too. 8pm start. £2 per person. Sundays The Micro-Pub Quiz Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Every single Sunday join us in our micro-brewery for a micro-pub quiz. Cash prizes, free drinks and a packet of crisps are up for grabs! 5-7pm. £1 per person. Tash 07815 413942

Gardening & Environment Thursdays William Morris Garden: Volunteer Gardening Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Help keep the William Morris Garden looking beautiful. Join our welcoming group to improve your health and wellbeing, be part of your community, meet new people, gain skills and get outdoors. No gardening experience necessary. Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Free tea and cake provided. 10am-1pm. FREE. 0208 496 2822 1st, 2nd & 3rd Tuesday & last Saturday Chingford Green Gym Ridgeway Park, The Ridgeway, Old Church Road E4 6XU Conservation volunteering is a cure for many of life’s ills, they say. There’s no better cure for life’s problems and stresses than being in the great outdoors it enables volunteers to get physically active. All tools and refreshments provided. 10am-1pm. FREE. Gareth 0208 533 8022 Fridays Lloyd Park Green Gym Meet outside the Stables, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP As above except different day, time and location. 10.45am-2pm.




Family Saturdays until 25 March Gnome House Youth Club Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS A weekly drop in youth club for 10-14 year olds. Games, sports, arts, trips and more. Parental consent forms need to be completed. 11.30am-2.30pm. FREE drop in, but donations welcome. 07535 326157 Thursdays 2-30 March Junior Art Club The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA A five session series on portraits with David - for kids 6 years and over. Each week a new approach. Can be messy! Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Limited places so please book. 4-5.30pm. £2. David Hughes 020 8521 3211 Mon-Fri exc Tues (term-time only) Bongalong for under 5s St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF Fun, creative music, movement and make believe - a lively mix of singing, dancing, let’s pretend and fab percussion instruments. Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays 10am and 11am sessions plus 1.30pm on Mondays and 11am only on Wednesdays. £5.25 booked termly. 07811 460282 Tuesdays Bongalong for under 5s Greenleaf Road Baptist Church, 4 Greenleaf Road E17 6QQ As above except different venue. 1.30pm. Mon, Weds & Thurs Bongalong for under 1s St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF As above. Mondays 2.30pm, Wednesdays 10am and Thursdays 1.30 and 2.30pm. Fridays Bongalong for under 5s The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA As above. 2.15-3pm.

LGBT Thursdays LGBT Mindfulness Group ELOP/ LGBT Centre, 56-60 Grove Rd E17 9BN A new group offering the opportunity to learn about Mindfulness and practice meditation together. You don’t need to know anything about mindfulness to attend. An hour long session. Prompt 6.30pm start, until 8pm. £2. 020 8509 3898

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Fauré’s Requiem Saturday 1st April 2017 - 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow Village, E17 9RJ Tickets at the door: £8, Conc £5 (Doors open 7pm)

Early Bird Offers at E17 Village Market, 18a Orford, Road, E17 7LN Saturdays in March or email:

Tuesdays ELOP LGBT Dramatherapy ELOP/ LGBT Centre, 56-60 Grove Rd E17 9BN Dramatherapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilises creative play, movement, voice and dramatization. Individual/group sessions require a preservice appointment. 6.30-8pm. £10. 020 8509 3898 or visit

Food markets & shopping Saturdays E17 Village Market Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Indoor market brought to you by local residents and micro businesses, showcasing the best in artisan produce, international street food, homeware, clothing and gifts. 10.30am-3.30pm. Saturdays OrganicLea Market Stall The Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Organic and local sustainably grown fruit, vegetables, homemade bread, jams and preserves. Healthy Start vouchers can be used. 10am-3pm. our-market-stall Saturdays Community Local Produce Market Stall with OrganicLea & Transition Leytonstone St John’s Church, Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG As above. 10am-3pm. Sundays Farmers’ Market Town Square, Walthamstow E17 4HU Stalls offering a changing, seasonal selection of meat, game and poultry, cheese, eggs, fruit, vegetables, cider, baked goods, honey, plants and herbs, seafood, pies, quiches and cakes. Please note, some stalls may take a week off without notice. 10am-2pm.

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

Music, theatre & singing Fridays until 22 March Youth Theatre 14-18yrs Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Love drama and making stories? With Grow Your Own Theatre create characters, play games and devise a brand new show from your ideas. 5.30-7pm. £80 per 10 week term or £70 conc. Sarah 07740 343240 Fridays NEW Timothy J. FairPlay at Pepper’s Ghost Pepper’s Ghost Pub, 777 High Road, Leyton E10 5AB Friday nights in March are hosted by Timothy J. FairPlay (one half of Crimes Of The Future, one half of The Asphodells). Expect a four hour journey through Dub, Techno, Synth House and Italo. 9pm-midnight. FREE. The last Thursday & fortnightly on Mondays, 6 & 20 March HarmonyE4 Winchester Road Methodist Church, Winchester Road, Highams Park E4 9JP A community choir for Highams Park. Join us as we rehearse an all-new Spring set. All abilities, ages and genders welcome. 7.45-9.30pm. £5. Kate Milner 07969 269107

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Mondays Waltham Forest Community Choir St Mary’s Church, Church Hill E17 9RJ A friendly choir with a wide-ranging repertoire. No audition required. Open to all adults living or working in Waltham Forest but actively looking for tenors and basses! 7.30-9.30pm. £5 plus termly subscription. 07954 740745 Mondays NEW Sing17 (formerly WO choir) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Join our thriving, all ability choir. Absolutely no auditions. Drop in and join in. Inclusive informal and fun. 7.30-9pm. £7, £6 in adv, FREE taster. Laura 07813 686980 Tuesdays The CommUnity Gospel Choir Wesleyan Christian Centre, 1 Harrow Green, Leytonstone E11 3HP All welcome with no audition, make new friends and sing uplifting, inspiring Gospel music! No experience or skill needed, just a willingness to join in and have fun singing with others. 7.159pm. £5, or £45 for all 10 in adv. Beverly Collins 07984 398271 Tuesdays East Side Jazz Club Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Weekly modern jazz club hosted by drummer Clive Fenner features the UK’s best jazz musicians in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The Music Room has a bar with real ale. 8.30-11pm. £6 on the door, no membership required. Wednesdays WAVE Community Choir Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road E17 7BY We’re funky, jazzy and recruiting! All welcome, no auditions. Fresh from our performance with Cleo Laine and Jacqui Dankworth we’re raring to go. 7.30-9.30pm. First rehearsal FREE, then £10, £8 conc. Virginia Firnberg 07813 116505 Fridays Karaoke Night with CNN Karaoke The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Old songs, new songs, rock n’ roll and blues songs... something for everyone. Join us as you take the mic and become the star. 8.30pm-midnight. FREE entry.

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Tuesdays North East London Voices Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG The NELV collective is seeking new singers, songwriters and performers aged 11-18yrs. We sing a variety of songs from Emile Sande to Michael Jackson as well as writing our own. Join us! 6.30-7.30pm. £2.80 per session, £28 per 10 or £14 for low income families 020 8496 1582 Wednesdays Open Mic Night Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG You have the talent - we have the stage! Weekly open mic night hosted by musicians. No need to sign up in advance. 8-11pm. FREE.

Got an event? Tell us about it! Calendar of events Wednesday 1 Under 5s, Lloyd Park Nature Explorers: Holi Festival & Spring Community Room, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Forest Rd E17 4PP Join us for crafts, stories and a ramble around Lloyd Park. First Wednesday of every month, focussing on a different topic inspired by nature, the park or cultural celebration. 10am-12pm. FREE, but donations appreciated. Vicky Peet 07870 678571 Roaring with Laughter: Stand-up Comedy The Red Lion Ballroom, 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA Resident compere Jeff Innocent plus special headline guest and up and coming talent too. 8-10.30pm. £5, available from Pixie presents: Drag Cabaret with Dusty Springs The William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Road E17 4JD Drag sensation Dusty Springs will be live on stage from 9pm; pizza included if you arrive before 8.30pm. 7pmmidnight. £5, tickets also available from the Victoria, 188 Hoe Street. Pixie 07415 295176

DANCE/FITNESS The Most Ugly Child / Luke Whittemore What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Most Ugly Child are a 6-piece country powerhouse, with rabble-rousing fiddle breaks and pedal steel swells to make you weep, have you dancing on the tables or break your heart with a song. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection.

Thursday 2 Monthly Crafters Club Significant Seams, 131 Wood Street E17 3LX Join us for a social evening of knitting, crochet, cross-stitch or whatever other craft floats your boat! A great place to exchange tips and ideas with others in a relaxed environment with tea and cake. 6.30-8.30pm. £5. Fran Reeves 0208 521 4244 Kally Laurence: Toast On The Road Winns Gallery, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park E17 5EQ Preview evening for this exhibition of colourful recent work by RCA printmaker Kally Laurence. Beautiful, large scale monotypes combining screen and block printing and painting. 6-9pm. FREE. Exhibition also 11am-6pm 3-5 March. Fitzwilliam String Quartet St Mary’s Church, Church End E17 9RJ Music in the Village present Anna Tilbrook (piano), Tom Randle (tenor) and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. Includes On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mozart’s E flat major Piano Quartet and a new piece by Tom Randle specially commissioned by Music in the Village. 7.30-9pm. £13, £6.50 conc. All tickets on the door. The Victoria’s Acoustic Moonshine The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Open mic night, on the first Thursday of the month, with house instruments available and live recordings. All music welcomed so come and make some magic. 8.30pm-midnight. FREE. Sam or Pixie 020 8521 7611

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Red Imp presents Sean Hughes Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe St E17 4SA The Stow’s favourite grumpy Irishman returns with support from comedy rocket Stephen Grant. 8.30-10.30pm. £13. Book via Jazz Evening with Martin Speake & his Quartet Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG ‘Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.’ 8-11pm. FREE.

Friday 3 Kid’s Book Drop for charity Give A Book Tidy Books Offices, The Tramworks, 10 Hatherley Mews E17 4QP Drop off your pre-loved children’s books at Tidy Books HQ and we’ll donate them to registered charity Give A Book who distributes books to breakfast clubs and school book clubs around London. 10am-5pm. This Is Transition United Free Church, corner of Wallwood Rd E11 1AY The first of a series of events explaining what Transition is all about, and inspiring people to take positive, practical action for change. Together. Wheelchair friendly venue. 7-9pm. FREE. Walthamstow Gay Meetup Email for venue details, E17 In its 3rd year this is a friendly, convivial evening of like-minded people having a great time around a drink or two with good conversations, fun and lots of laughter. 6.30-10pm. FREE, but membership £5 per year. Jean-Francois Battleacts: Improvised Comedy Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Award-winning comedy show that has performed to rave reviews around the country. Two teams of fearless improvisers are pitched against each other by a ball-busting compere. Over 18s only. 7.30pm. £6. Cool Late Night Jazz The William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Road E17 4JD Cool late night jazz from the Paul Kaufman quartet and guests. 8.3011.30pm. FREE. Paul 07801 429782

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Horsemeat Sandwich Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Free entry night of live prog-punk and noisy psych-fuzz rock with bands Storm The Gates, Smiler, Proximus and Strum. 8-11.45pm. FREE. From the Back of The Stack Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Northern Soul, Motown, Ska, Funk and Jazz and tunes between the 60s and 70s on vinyl; played by the Walls of Heartache DJs Shaun, Dave and Richard plus guests. FREE. M&S The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Maria and Simon present an evening of high quality jazz/cabaret. 8.30-11pm. FREE.

Saturday 4 Best Before Stall St John’s Church, Church Lane E11 1HG Assorted packaged food from local shops, all passed their ‘best before’ date but all legal to offer. Pay what you feel! 10am-2pm. 07747 014235 Monthly Village Gardening Day Meet at Village Square, corner of Orford/Eden Roads E17 9NJ We need your help, so join us for seasonal gardening. The work we do is suitable for all ages and abilities, it’s a lot of fun and you get to meet your neighbours. 10.30am-12.30pm. FREE. 07814 042499 The Stones Throw Market St Johns Church Hall, High Road Leytonstone E11 1HH Vibrant local market with an interesting mix of local designers and retro wares. Many stalls including prints, photographs, glassware, jewellery, plants plus homemade cakes and tea. 11am-4pm. FREE. Vintage Retro and More! Lister Hall, Leytonstone Methodist Church, High Road/Lister Road, Leytonstone E11 3DA This month our market celebrates its 5th birthday with a DJ and performers while you browse our fab stalls loaded with interesting vintage and retro goods for you and your home plus homemade eats. Family and pet friendly, and accessible venue. 11am5pm. £1, children FREE. Sandra 07956 221710 Events marked





Saturday Stitching Club Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre, 90 Crownfield Road E15 2BG Our Club is open to beginners and more experienced sewers. We particularly welcome disabled sewers and sewers learning to cope with changes to their abilities. 11am-3pm. £6. Peri 020 8534 1589 Marshland Medicine: Herb Walk Meet at Lea Valley Ice Centre, Lea Bridge Road E10 7QL Join local herbalist Rasheeqa of Hedge Herbs for a springtime return to the marshes to explore seasonal medicinal plants of our wild lands. Limited places so please book in advance. 12-2pm. £10, £8 conc. 07784 506494 Cross the Tracks: DJ Andy Smith The Red Lion, 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA DJ Andy Smith’s adventure through the legend’s vault of 45s. On the first Saturday of the month. AC/DC Tribute: Thunderstruck Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU An evening of AC/DC hits with classics spanning the 35+ year career of the ultimate rock’n’roll band. 8-11.45pm. £10. Wolf 07877 612548 Mixtape presents Girls to the Front The Chequers, 145 High Street/Storey Road E17 7BX In honour of International Women’s Day, Mixtape’s DJs are playing an allfemale set for John Hughes junkies, riot grrrls, b-boys, indie kids, disco divas and metalheads. FREE. Electronic17 at Pepper’s Ghost: E17 Labels Night Pepper’s Ghost Pub, 777 High Road, Leyton E10 5AB This month Electronic17 showcase two labels based in Walthamstow. Jay Shortall from With Bells Records will kickstart the party, followed by DJ Pembroke and Juk Juk from Emperor Recordings. 8pm-midnight. FREE. Mad Professor: Live Show Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Dub pioneer and legend Mad Professor will play a live show c.10pm with support from Digital Niyabinghi, Henry DubRoot Alderson, General Echo DJs, and Reliable DJs. 8pm-1am. £14 in adv, or more on the door

Whiskey Mick & Friends The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Mick, Neil and Wayne return with their intoxicating and irresistible blend of gospel, folk and bluegrass. 8.30-11pm. FREE. The Bad Breed / Das Fenster & The Alibis What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Finest twisted rock’n’roll twang and gutter exotica from The Bad Breed. 8.30-11.30pm. FREE with collection.

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Martin Simpson at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Martin is a wonderful arranger of traditional songs and a superb songwriter in his own right. 7.3010.30pm. £15.

Monday 6 Stay, Play & Protest The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH An informal drop-in for parents and their children with a twist - we’ll be talking about things that make our lives difficult and how as a group we can make them better. 1.30-2.30pm. FREE.

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

Speak Machine. Poetry Open Mic Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Got a poem on a S.T.E.M. theme (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)? Read it for us at Forest Poets’ Speak Machine Open Mic and you could feature in Dee Honeybun’s specially commissioned film-poem for the E17 Art Trail. 7-10.30pm. FREE. Paul McGrane or Mike Sims

Sunday Family Club Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, Kings Road E4 7HR Taking place on the 1st and 3rd Sundays with activities from Kids’ Kitchen, Walk the Loop and Craft activities. Bring your wellington boots! 2-4pm. FREE.

Just-for-fun Choir from Natural Voices Upstairs at The Leyton Star, 116 High Road Leyton E15 2BX A monthly choir session. Stress free, performance free, just rock up and sing your heart out. 7.30-9pm. £10 or pay for a block at £8 per session.

The Diggers Social Friends & Family Pepper’s Ghost Pub, 777 High Road, Leyton E10 5AB This month Chris Airplays is joined by Jon Lowe and local legends Eastern Front Soundsystem. Expect dub, disco, soul, jazz, balearic, downbeat and plenty more on the Pepper’s Ghost Funktion-One. 4-11pm. FREE.

Wednesday 8 Hub Dot: International Women’s Day for Waltham Forest Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road E17 4JD Experience a different type of networking, connecting the dots in Waltham Forest. If you have a story to tell, come and take the stage: email 6.30-9.30pm. FREE. 07904 192507

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Wednesday 8 continued Ella Flame & The Nighthawks What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Exservicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Ex-Puppini Sister Stephanie O now reborn as Ella Flame. With a shiny Fender Tele to augment her golden tonsils Ella is backed by the reverb twang/baritone bass/minimal drum sound of the Nighthawks. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. Red Imp presents International Women’s Day Benefit with Sara Pascoe Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe St E17 4SA For Women’s Aid; tonight’s bill also includes Carly Smallman MC, Grainne Maguire, Angela Barnes, Juliette Meyers and Susan Murray. 8.3010.30pm. £10. Book via

Thursday 9 Creative Kids: Celebration of Colour William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Play, make and get hands on with Creative Kids, a regular session for under 5s to enjoy with their parents and carers. Abstract painting activities looking at colour, marking the Hindu festival of Holi. 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm. FREE, booking essential. 020 8496 4390 Preview drinks: Footfall Art Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9NJ An evening event to mark this new fine art show curated by fellow window gallerists Footfall Art. 7-9pm. FREE.

Friday 10 Gingo! Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St E17 9HQ The madness continues as the Gingo! ladies bring hilarity, filth and bingo to The Palace. We mix up fortifying gin cocktails to steady your nerve. 7-11pm. FREE to play. Matthew Shepherd / The Mañana Collective band Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG The Mañana Collective is a powerhouse of latin rhythm, playing Cuban and Brazilian music together, explosively. A volatile, love-loaded party bag around every corner, full of beans. An unstoppable expression of joy! 8pm-12. FREE. Events marked

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One for the Troupes Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Troupes, with between three and six performers on stage at a time, bring a whole new dimension to Burlesque, from synchronised dance to creating stories with many individual characters. 8-11.30pm. £15. Neil Lewis 07982 636522 Keb Darge / Jack Rabbit Slim Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH Creator of the term ‘Deep Funk’ Keb Darge is a leading man, when it comes to discovering music and bringing it to the people. With a new compilation on the way and a passion for 50s rockabilly and surf. Over 18s only. 8pm. £7. Rush Job The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Steve Rushton (Sh!ver) and John Garner (Higham Flyers) team up again with guest singers Sam Henwood and members of the general public. Fancy a sing? Message the pub and we’ll see what we can do. 8.30-11pm. FREE.

Saturday 11 Swish and Style United Free Church, Corner of Wallwood Road E11 1AY Free, community clothes swap and upcycling event. Bring clean, wearable clothes and swap for new-to-you garments. Learn simple fixing and upcycling for old fabric. Clean and wearable clothes only please. 12.303pm. FREE. Stow Kids’ Film Lounge presents KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (2016, Cert PG) Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS BAFTA-winning epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. Clever, kind-hearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Doors 4pm, film 4.30pm, close 6.30pm. £5.50 child (inc pre-film activity)/£4 accompanying adults. £12 party package. Buy on the door or online at Shake Your Molecules! Pepper’s Ghost Pub, 777 High Road, Leyton E10 5AB Chris Odedun (Music Takes Me Up/East London Radio) and Olaf Stephenson (Diggers Dozen) return with guest MATCHES (WahWah45s/Arkhive London). Expect soul, funk and jazz to hiphop, house and R&B. 8pmmidnight. FREE.




International Women’s Day Leyton Great Hall, 1 Adelaide Road E10 5NN A memorable evening of celebration, for women and girls over 12, with wonderful food and entertainment. 6-9pm. Book FREE tickets via

Stay, Play & Protest The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA An informal drop-in for parents and their children with a twist - we’ll be talking about things that make our lives difficult and how as a group we can make them better. 10.30-11pm. FREE, but donations appreciated.

Stow Film Lounge presents JULIETA (2016, Cert 15) Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS After a chance meeting, middleaged Julieta learns that her long-lost daughter has resurfaced in Madrid. This begins a painful reflection on her chequered past, flashing back to the moments of pain that defined her current life. Doors 7.45pm, film 8.30pm, close 11pm. £8/£6 conc. Prebooked ticket & pizza deal £13.50. Buy on the door or online at

German Language Play & Activity Group Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, Kings Road E4 7HR A monthly group of indoor and outdoor family activities for those interested in the German language and culture. 2-4pm. FREE.

Motorheadache: A Tribute to Lemmy & Motorhead Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Mostly classic songs from the 1978 to 1983 era plus a range of material from 1984 to 2005 including Lemmy’s many collaborations. 8pm-11.45pm. £10. Wolf 07877 612548 D’Ukes The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Highly sought after ukulele band playing danceable music with great vocals, slick solos and tight harmonies, Diverse set list includes Amy Winehouse, Johnny Cash, Kate Bush, Elbow, Beatles, Disney and Led Zep. 8.30-11pm. FREE. Pixie presents: Cabaret at the Victoria The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Drag sensation Son of a Tutu takes the stage at midnight plus a top DJ on the decks. #LGBTQI. 9pm-1am. FREE. Pixie 07415 295176 Acid Drops Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Taking inspiration from 1960s Blue Note and Atlantic label jazz, Acid Drops give it a new spin, adding references to cinema and TV themes by making contemporary tunes through the groove-machine. 9pm-midnight. FREE.

Sunday 12 The Stand Up To Racism Singaround at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA As our part of United Nations AntiRacism Day (18 March) we’ll sing songs that stand in solidarity with those who face racism, whoever and wherever they are. 7.30-10.30pm. FREE.

Independence Sundays: Firestations Pepper’s Ghost Pub, 777 High Road, Leyton E10 5AB This month’s Sunday indie session is hosted by Firestations. This Walthamstow indie pop band will play tracks by their contemporaries as well as music that has inspired them. 7-11pm. FREE.

Monday 13 Under 5s Nature Explorers: Holi Festival and Spring Meet in the Community Room, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Join us for crafts, stories and a ramble around Lloyd Park. Second Monday of every month, focusing on a different topic inspired by nature, the park or cultural celebration. 10am-12pm. FREE but donations welcome. 07870 678571

Tuesday 14 Uncaged Burlesque present Silent Movies Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU A unique burlesque experience recreating the golden age of cinema. Imagine silent movies, but with live acts. This show combines visuals and sounds from a bygone era to create a unique experience. 8-11.30pm. £15. Neil Lewis 07982 636522 Family History Workshop Spruce Hill Baptist Church Hall, Brookscroft Road E17 4JP Learn how to make the most of official documents - birth, marriage and death certificates, and parish registers. Wheelchair accessible. 8-10pm. FREE. Mark Carroll 020 8530 4755

Wednesday 15 General Echo’s Sleng Teng Special The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Monthly reggae disco, this month giving special love to one of the all time great dancehall rhythms. 8pmmidnight. FREE.

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Porchlight Smokers / The Extraordinaires What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Porchlight Smokers play a mash of American roots music and their own take on folk and country. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, lapsteel and double bass accompany four voices singing hoarse but heavenly harmonies. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection.

Thursday 16 Entertaining the Troops at the Front Walthamstow Sports Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN A talk on the entertainment provided on the fighting fronts principally cinema, music and dance, and the work of the YMCA and Talbot House. Given by Dr Emma Hanna of the University of Kent. 7.30-10pm. FREE, but £3 donation welcome. Western Front Association London East Branch: Neil Pearce 07956 541897 Los Otros The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Enjoy the mellow sounds of jazz standards or get up and dance to swing and Bossa Nova in the Victoria’s cosy upstairs bar. 9-11pm. FREE.

Friday 17 E17 Baby Social Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ Grown up music, grown up chat. A monthly social for E17 parents/carers and their babies/toddlers. 2-4pm. £3. St Patrick’s Day Party with Robbie Love The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Robbie Love is a versatile Irish singer who has an incredible selection of songs from The Eagles, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Oasis. 3-6pm and again from 9pm-midnight. FREE. Dial M for Music Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, 147 Whipps Cross Rd E11 1NP Monthly music club hosted by The Persecuted featuring the finest local talent. With visuals and vintage items for sale. 7.45-11pm. FREE, with collection for the bands. Harmonica Lewinsky: St Patrick’s Special Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Cockney knees-up music: Chas’n’Dave, Blockheads, music hall, TV theme tunes, cowboy and football songs, Elvis, Tom Jones and more! 8pm-midnight. FREE.

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Saturday 18 E17 Designers’ Mother’s Day Special Hoe Street Central, Unit 3 Central Parade, 137 Hoe St E17 4RT E17 Designers will be offering a unique opportunity to browse and buy mostly handmade goodies from emerging and established makers and designers, just in time for a bit of ‘mothering’. 10am-6pm. FREE. Inspiration Sales St Andrew’s Church Leytonstone, 153 Colworth Road E11 1JD Varied stalls selling Fair Trade goods, preserves, books, odds and ends and gardening bits and pieces. Book a table for £10. 10am-2pm. Val Vivier 020 8558 2976 NCT Nearly New Sale Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ A great chance to grab a bargain and pick up gently used baby and children’s clothes, toys and equipment. There’ll be a cafe and a raffle with great prizes. 10.30am-12pm. £1.50, NCT card holders £1 15th Annual Village Spring Clean Meet at Village Square, corner of Orford/Eden Roads E17 9NJ Hands big and small needed to litterpick, garden and spruce up the Village ready for spring. Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. All equipment and free picnic lunch provided. 10.30am-3pm. 07814 042499 Peal of Bells Outside St Mary’s Church Walthamstow E17 9RJ The first peal on St Mary’s recently refurbished bells, rung in memory of Dennis Hewitt, former Tower Captain. A peal is a performance of over 5,000 different sequences rung continuously, typically taking over 3 hours. 10.30am1.45pm. FREE. CreativiTEA 11: Exploring the Abstract Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park E4 9QD This visual arts workshop for adults includes time for making, refreshments and group reflection. 11am-2pm. FREE but booking essential as space is limited Lloyd Park Bio-diversity Activities Meet on the island, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Join us to celebrate the bio-diversity in Lloyd Park with a nature trail and mini beast hunt including the chance to pond dip. There’ll be other crafts and activities on offer too. 11am-2pm. FREE. Vicky 07870 678571

Seed Swap & Giveaway Church Lane Community Garden, Harold Road, Leytonstone E11 4QX As the weather warms in March, many seeds can be sown directly into the soil. Missed last month’s swap? We still have plenty of seeds to give away. 12-3pm. FREE but donations welcome. Shannon 07450 474 538 Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening Meet in the garden near Forest Road gate, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Help keep the William Morris Garden looking lovely and improve your health and well-being, be part of your community, get outdoors and learn about gardening. Adults only. No experience required. 1-3pm. FREE. 0208 496 2822 Music to Ease Your Disease (NTS Radio) Pepper’s Ghost Pub, 777 High Road, Leyton E10 5AB Join Micky Donnelly, Lascelle Gordon and Mike Keelin on their exploration of electric jazz, abstract funk, microscopic noisebursts, minimal repetitions, West Coast cool and deep space soundscapes. 8pm-1am. FREE. Thelightshines / Dark Globes What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Exservicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Shimmering jangles, sunshine harmonies, guitars, sitars and half-remembered memories with influences from West Coast pop, the paisley underground, melancholia, psychedelia, the blues, Indian classical music and folk. 8.30-11.30pm. FREE with collection. Rangoon The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Rocking Americana outfit Rangoon draw from their extensive pool of Irish songs to extend the St Patrick’s theme. 8.3011pm. FREE.

Sunday 19 E17 Designers’ Mother’s Day Special Hoe Street Central, Unit 3 Central Parade, 137 Hoe St E17 4RT Details as Sat 18 except 10am-5pm. Sunday Family Club Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, Kings Road E4 7HR Taking place on the 1st and 3rd Sundays with activities from Kids’ Kitchen, Walk the Loop and Craft activities. Bring your wellington boots! 2-4pm. FREE. Held at Hucks #011 Hucks, 81 Grove Road E17 9BU This month we welcome Velodrome, Jennifer Kamikazi and George Pelam to our afternoon event showcasing national and local singer/songwriters in the intimate setting of Hucks. 2-4.30pm. FREE. Forest Philharmonic Concert Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road E17 4JD Orchestral concert of Coates’ London Suite, Holst’s Double Concerto for Two Violins and Vaughan Williams’ London Symphony. Conducted by Mark Shanahan. Free pre-concert talk 5.30pm. 6.30-8.30pm. £12, £10 and concessions and family tickets. 020 8521 8541 Lobby Trip Pepper’s Ghost Pub, 777 High Road, Leyton E10 5AB Paul Day returns with his Leftfield Disco, Re Edits, Electronic, Post Punk, Dub and B sides played at the wrong speed. 7-11pm. FREE. Racker Donnelly & Jacquelyn Hynes at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Genius and slightly bonkers poet Racker Donnelly. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £6 conc.

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Kids’ Kitchen The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Monthly session: preparing and eating fresh healthy food with under 5s while singing songs, playing and washing up. 10am-12pm. £3, FREE for low income families. Booking essential.

Blackhorse Workshop 3rd Birthday Party Blackhorse Workshop, 1-2 Sutherland Road Path E17 6BX Good things come in threes so join us to celebrate our 3rd birthday, our new building and materials library launch! Live music, dancing, delicious food and bar. All welcome! 6pm-midnight. FREE.

Tuesday 21 Red Imp presents Reg D Hunter Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA A warm-up gig for Reginald D Hunter as he returns to tour the UK this year with a highly anticipated brand new show. 8.30-10.30pm. SOLD OUT. Join the mailing list to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 22 Walthamstow Floral Art Society Walthamstow Sports Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN A monthly meeting for flower arranging demos, fun and friendship. 7.30-10pm. £7.50, members £2. Ann Young 020 8531 8178 Vera van Heeringen / John Wheatley What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB New Rope String Band frontwoman Vera van Heeringen with contemporary Americana-roots-flavoured music with Atlantic influences. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection.

Thursday 23 WE: Ex-Warner Walking App Launch Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH As part of the ‘WE’ exhibition, a new walking tour app for the Warner Estate is being launched, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. Join us to celebrate. No need to book. 6.30-8.30pm. FREE. London’s New River St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Large Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF A Walthamstow Historical Society talk where Rachael Macdonald speaks about a triumph of 17th century engineering which still plays a vital role in supplying London’s drinking water. Refreshments served from 7.15pm. 7.45-9pm. £2, members FREE.

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Big Buddha Thai Kitchen Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Delicious and authentic home-cooked Thai supper from Big Buddha Kitchen. Yum yum! No need to book. 6.309.30pm. Main courses from £9.

Saturday 25 Spring Table Top Sale Holy Family Catholic School, 1 Shernhall Street (Next to Thorpe Coombe Hospital) E17 3EA Clear that clutter or grab a bargain! Enjoy our delicious refreshments and take away a home-made cake for later. Tables £10 in advance or £15 on the day subject to availability. 10am-1pm. Entry 50p, children FREE. School Office 020 8520 0482 Family Day: William Morris’s Birthday William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP William Morris was born on 24 March 1834. Celebrate the life of this amazing man by making craft gifts inspired by contemporary British folk art. 1-4pm. FREE, drop-in event for families with children of all ages. Witches Brew: Charity Special Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Auntie Maureen (#iamDJ), Kat Richmond (Electronic 17) and Dolores Rocket (YSBD!) host an all-female DJ party celebrating International Women’s Day in collaboration with Wild Card Brewery fundraising for women’s charities. 2pm-midnight. FREE. The Chicken Shack’s Rock’n’Roll Movie Night The Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU A great selection of 50s rock’n’roll tunes plus two original rock’n’roll movies screened in full. Get up and dance to your favourite tunes as they appear in the films! 7.30pm-12.30am. £5.

DANCE/FITNESS Western Country Night with East Lonesome Drifters Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Monthly slot for the East Lonesome Drifters, a five-piece outfit that play a tribute to country, western swing, Bakersfield and bluegrass. 8pmmidnight. FREE. Persuasion Pepper’s Ghost Pub, 777 High Road, Leyton E10 5AB Dave Rose and David Hazell return to the Ghost with their disco, balearic, house beats. 8pm-1am. FREE. Fit & The Conniptions The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Wayne Myers is well-known at The Coppermill as one third of Whiskey Mick & Friends. Tonight he brings a unique blend of bluesy folk-rock and his own band. 8.30-11pm. FREE.

Sunday 26 Waltham Forest Cycle Campaigns Monthly Ride Meet at Walthamstow Central Library, High Street E17 7JN Leisurely ride for maximum 30 miles with snack stops. This month we’ll head towards Enfield to hopefully see a host of daffodils. Meet 10.15am. Back by 4pm. FREE. David Hamilton 07905 445606 BeBop Baby The Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ A funk and soul-fuelled family social with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, live music, DJs, buggy parking, baby changing, face painting and an all important bar! Come dance and have fun with family and friends. 1-4pm. £5, £4 in advance, babes in arms FREE. Cool Sunday Afternoon Jazz: Paul Kaufman Quartet William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Rd E17 4JD Cool Blue Note era jazz from the Paul Kaufman quartet plus guest vocalist Rachel O’Reilly. 1.30-4.30pm. FREE. Martin Carthy at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Simply the single most important and influential figure in the post war British folk revival. 7.30-10.30pm. £10.



Monday 27 Echo17 Events: Board Games Evening William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Rd E17 4JD Join us for board games in a relaxed atmosphere. We’ve got over 50 games, everything from Scrabble, Carcasonne, Ticket to Ride and Backgammon to Mah Jong. 6.30-11.30pm. £2.50.

Tuesday 28 Infinitease Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Infinitease returns in its 4th fantastic season, once again bringing the UK’s best new burlesque performers together in the quest for new stars! 8-11pm. £15, early bird tickets £10. Neil Lewis 07982 636522 Ballistic Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH A bold, exciting and powerful piece of new writing. Inspired by mass shooter Elliot Rodger’s manifesto, Ballistic is a one-man tour-de-force about the life of a loner. 8pm. £10.

Wednesday 29 Liberating Motherhood Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Vanessa Olorenshaw talks about her ground-breaking book, Liberating Motherhood, introduced by Naomi Stadlen. Refreshments and signed books will be on sale. 11am-1pm. £5, under 18s FREE. Games Night The Red Lion Ballroom, 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA Come and play with us on the last Wednesday of the month. Includes NES, SNES, Mega Drive, PS2, Xbox, Wii, chess, Scrabble, Jenga and Kerplunk! 7-11pm. £2 plus a £5 membership. 020 8988 2929 E17 Cook Book Club The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE ‘Regional British’ is the theme for this month’s foodie social evening where everyone brings their cook book inspiration and a dish to share with approx 10-15 people. All welcome, newbies, couples and singles. 8.3010.30pm. £3. Ballistic Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Details as Tues 28.

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King Size Slim What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Kingsize Slim accompanied by his full rhythm section adds a percussive edge built from the ground-up incorporating an innate love of blues and folk music from around the world. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection.

Thursday 30 Ballistic Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Details as Tues 28.

Friday 31 Sham’s Kitchen Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St E17 9HQ After a brief sabbatical Sham makes a triumphant return with her divine Pakistani street food. Expect hot and delicious home cooked curries, spicy snacks and martinis to match. Plenty of veggie options available too. 6.309.30pm. Dish prices vary. Ballistic Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Details as Tues 28. Mad House Cabaret Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU A showcase of the weird and wonderful side of burlesque and cabaret raising money for the charity Mind. Featuring Smashlyn Monroe, Kitty Petite, Sakura Cyanide, Violent May, Dainty Dorine and Count Addiction. 8-11pm. £15, early bird tickets £15, £12 in adv.

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Classes/Courses Art & Crafts Wednesdays Sewing Workshop Cornerstone Church, 149 Canterbury Road (corner of Essex Road), Leyton E10 6EH Free event for all abilities, Make a bag, apron, dress and learn how to use a sewing machine in a fun and friendly environment. 12-2.30pm. FREE. Sabbir 0203 826 9600 Mondays Untutored Life Drawing Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU An unconventional drop-in untutored life drawing class. Poses vary from 5min, 10min, 25min and 45min. Different professional models each week, sociable and friendly. Art materials provided free of charge, tea and snacks available. 7.30-9.30pm. £10, members £5. 07792 892405

Music & Singing Wednesdays 5 String Banjo Class: Beginners Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU New five finger picking class for absolute beginners. Banjo not provided. 6.30-7.30pm. £15, paid by the term in advance. Dick Smith 07903 419691




Saturdays until 18 March Violin, Cello & Double Bass Groups for Children Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG Whether beginner, intermediate or advanced we have a group for you. Take your playing onto the next level by playing in a group with other string musicians. 9.15-10.15am, £28 for 10 wks, £14 conc. Fridays NEW Mini Musicians from birth to 4 yrs Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG Music-making sessions for babies and toddlers. Classes are taught by Early Years Music specialists and include singing, dancing and playing with an exciting range of instruments. 11.45am12.30pm, £62.50 for 10 week term. 020 8496 1584

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Wednesdays Ukulele Class: Mixed Ability Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU A mixed level ukulele class with parts of varying difficulty playing together as an ensemble. Ukuleles not provided. 7.30-8.30pm. £12.50 paid by the term in advance. Dick Smith 07903 419691 Sundays (term time only) Natural Voices: Youth Choirs (Juniors & Seniors) The Games Room, Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Taking the stuffiness out of choirs! It’s singing with a twist of fun. Beginners welcome, no auditions and no sight-reading. We do glorious covers of pop, soul, rock, jazz and comedy songs. 10am-11am (ages 5-9) and 11am-12pm (ages 10-21). £5 paid termly or £6 drop-in. Sibling discounts.

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