E List May 18

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May 2018


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ISSN 2058-2196

Assemble. No 60

Culture • Lifestyle • Art • In and around East London

The joy of juxtaposition by cover artist Saskia Pomeroy The man who kept up with Alan Turing Ted Newman Gather E17 brings new fine dining to Denim and Dine Youth action then and now: the Art of Protest Challenging attitudes to mental health with Hannah Schwartzman

Fellowship is Life

COVER STAR Saskia Pomeroy

Hi Saskia, What kind of artist are you? Chaotic, depressive, sporadic!? Haha no, only sometimes. I work across a wide spectrum of mediums. I enjoy the variety of experience and having the awareness of materials and processes. My print work is largely abstract compositions of shapes and colours which seems to come out in quite a joyous manner. Tell us about your creative background. My parents are both artists, still practising themselves, so I’ve been immersed in that world for as long as I can remember. It was the obvious choice to go to art school, which I did, in Glasgow. I studied visual communication at the Glasgow School of Art. Afterwards I felt that the move to London was inevitable.

You worked in screen printing for a while. Do you think it has informed your subsequent approach to your work? Definitely yes, I like the practicality of applying colours in such a physical way, and being able to use colours to create new ones using overlays. But then much of your work has a 3D quality, either built up in layers in your collages or fully three-dimensional with your ceramics and sculptures. What do you like about working this way? Sometimes my ideas for my products has come from finding a material or a process. For example, the nesting boxes (shown on next page) are inspired only by the material itself. I really liked the undulating quality of the colour flecks, and the fact the plastic was recycled. It just seemed to fit with my style so well, I had to make something out of it!

Your work is largely abstract. What attracts you to the non-representational? I don’t know actually. I think I felt embittered by the illustration world at the time I graduated, that I had no sellable style and that my work wasn’t good enough. I couldn’t pin myself down to a style that I felt I could stick to again and again. I just moved away from figurative drawing after art school, and doing the commercial screen printing influenced my work quite a bit, because I got to see so much work there, and I saw the style I liked. Do you have any heroes in abstraction? I really liked the Calder exhibition at the Tate. I’m a big fan of his jewellery work as well. I didn’t manage to see the Hans Arp exhibition in Margate over the winter but I’m a big fan of his work. I really love the work of Isamu Noguchi as well... 1

Do you have a favourite recent project? I’ve just finished painting a MASSIVE mural with Wood Street Walls. You can see it at the end of Garner Street, as you walk down the path beside the North Circular. It’s on the perimeter wall of Kitchener Road Park and is 150m long! And a career highlight to date? Well, I hope that’s coming this year! I had my son almost two years ago now, so it’s taken a bit of getting used to being an artist as well as a mother! Being a mother is in itself a massive LIFE highlight, so I’m very happy. What are you working on now? I’m currently doing an artist residency with London Centre for Book Arts, with an upcoming book in the next couple of months. Questions by Paul Lindt


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Images – Cover: New work 2018. Inside front cover: Collage 2017. Previous page: Top row – Everpress and THE art of ping pong 2017; Bottom row – Ray screen print for sale on Saskia’s webshop saskiapomeroy.com; THE art of ping pong 2017. This page: Top row: Left and middle Recycled plastic, water jet cut coasters. Right Recycled plastic bottles Nesting Boxes, with water jet cut finger joints 2018. Bottom row – Left: Ceramic sculpture. Middle: Three green pots with ears. Right: Art Handle hand thrown stoneware with cobalt glaze mug.

Photos this page © Tian Khee Siong

What is your favourite way to begin a piece of work? Is it purely intuitive or do you use source material? Sometimes it happens, like with the nesting boxes, that I’ll be inspired by a material or a process, but if it comes to print, then I’ll usually sketch out my ideas, or refer to an idea I’ve been developing in my sketchbook. Some of your designs appear on clothes. How did that first come about? What is the process? Actually I am a freelance print designer now, so seeing my prints on clothes is not at all strange. I really like it! I make prints for all kinds of garments, which usually involves creating repeat patterns, or graphics, which can then be screen printed, or digitally printed by our garment suppliers.



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We’ve just returned from a long weekend in Berlin. My other half and I have been visiting sporadically over the last fifteen years. Like London the city has changed significantly over that time, and like London most of the creative buzz of the place has moved East. In both cities working class areas that were once considered uncool or too far from the centre in the early 90s are now some of the most exciting hotbeds of creativity, nightlife and cultural dynamism. It struck me how quick the speed of change has been in Berlin, as trendy districts like Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg are making way for new discoveries like Friedrichshain and Neukölln. I noticed both of these districts lay outside the realms of the tourist map we had of Berlin, just like many of the most interesting parts of East London are brutally cut off the map above the seats on the tube or fall outside the pocket version of the A-Z (OK, I accept no-one has used an A-Z since Ken was Mayor). For years living in places from Walthamstow to Stratford, Wanstead to Woodford felt much the same, off the map, but also largely forgotten by the London press, guides and titles like Time Out. The E List was originally created to redress this in part and to celebrate what we already knew to be a vibrant and fascinating part of London, but felt wrongfully ignored. It focused on my home of Walthamstow for the first few years but then spread to neighbouring Leyton and Leytonstone, and now I’m glad to say demand from other areas keeps us growing. By popular demand we’ll be growing the magazine further over the next few months with new lifestyle sections along the lines of our current E-DEN and E-VOLVE. Please keep letting me know about the creative talent, fascinating people and interesting stories from your own area. It might even be you! (contact details below). And if you have 5 minutes and would like to give us feedback on the magazine please complete our simple survey at tinyurl.com/theelist-survey As a token of our thanks we’ll enter you into a draw for one of four prizes of £50. The survey is anonymous and you only need supply your email if you wish to be entered in the draw your email will only be used for that one purpose. Finally, if I may get serious for a moment; there have been so many shocking events this year, both in the US and on our doorstep, where young lives have been lost through horrific violence. Inspired by the reaction of students in Florida to stand up against this Mark Burton and Anna Alcock are organising an exhibition at Walthamstow’s Gnome House and are seeking artwork on the theme of violence against young people. If you or someone you know would like to contribute please submit artwork by Friday 11 May. Full details are on page 13. Paul Lindt, Editor editor@theelist.co.uk


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Computer Master


The Art of Protest


ed Imp’s R Comedy Previews


Gather E17


Art against youth violence.


Sotirakis Charalambou

Inside this issue… Ted Newman, the man who kept up with Alan Turing


E~LICIOUS: Gather E17 at Denim and Dine


All power to the imagination – the art of protest inspired by May ‘68


Call out for submissions for an upcoming exhibition protesting violence against young people


Susan Murray’s Comedy Previews


E~DEN: The Home Directory


House Doctor – Bi-fold doors


Local Hero – Hannah Schwartzman


E-VOLVE: Health and Fitness Directory




ZED – the Zero Emission Delivery service


Peculiar Times: Bearman’s Department Store of Leytonstone 30 Untitled a new exhibition by artist Sotirakis Charalambou


Preparing for flight a poem by Lorna O’Connell


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







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THE MAN WHO KEPT UP WITH ALAN TURING On the centenary of Ted Newman’s birth Julia Spicer looks at the incredible legacy of this East London computing pioneer and how it was uncovered by a band of local creatives. Illustrations courtesy of Andrew Baker from last year’s Invisible Numbers exhibition. I’m willing to bet that you’ve heard of Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician who developed the device at Bletchley Park that enabled Germany’s Enigma codes to be deciphered. What you may not know is that in the history of computer science, almost every computer is still based around Turing’s ideas as implemented in the Pilot ACE - a ‘storedprogram general purpose’ computer. This revolutionary machine was arguably the first complete computer.

You’ve probably not heard of one of the people responsible for realising Turing’s ideas either – Ted Newman, an electronics engineer, born in Walthamstow 100 years ago in April 1918, where he grew up, attending William Morris School in Gainsford Road. If you’re reading this article on an electronic device, Ted’s work is one of the reasons! Ted joined the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in 1947, two years after Turing,

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and led an electronics team of ten, part of the group of 14 people who built the Pilot ACE machine over two years. It ran its first program in 1950, but by then, frustrated at the speed of progress, Turing had left for a sabbatical at Cambridge University, though not before he and Newman had become friends, bonding not only over Turing’s vision, but through their shared passion for crosscountry runs. Newman was key to the Pilot ACE’s development

and is credited with setting high standards of circuit performance and stability and with getting the memory to work.

(led by Hannah Ford and Rebecca Ward) with their popular eponymous exhibition, curated by Hannah, at Winns Gallery.

This story was brought to light during 2017’s E17 Art Trail, whose theme was STEAM, the acronym recognising the place of Art alongside the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Among those celebrating these inter-related disciplines were the Invisible Numbers collective,

Hannah invited local historian Kirstin Sibley to participate in the exhibition, and Sibley discovered Ted Newman through Jo Parker at Waltham Forest Archives. She was amazed to learn of Ted’s connection to Alan Turing, and became determined to continues page 8 reclaim his place in the

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history of computing, trawling through vintage computing journals, archive photos and academic tomes to understand their shared work. Sibley sought an artist to collaborate with and knew of Andrew Baker’s infographic illustration work. Baker’s skill in presenting complex scientific material in a dynamic graphic format was just what she was looking for. They decided to produce a limited edition newspaper ‘E A Newman And Pilot ACE: Turing’s Legacy’. Baker also produced an almost life-sized graphic of the Pilot ACE for the exhibition.

Another local, Dr Oliver Duke-Williams (Senior Lecturer in Digital Information Studies at UCL) provided technical expertise and advice, and gave a talk at the exhibition on early computing. He also tracked down one of Ted’s children - Bob Newman, Professor of Computer Sciences at Wolverhampton University, who attended the talk.

calculations. So the Department of Trade commissioned Newman to report on the potential commercial use of computers. His leftfield suggestion was their use for ‘office logic’ - functions like word processing and accounts, which we now take for granted and which arguably,

until the arrival of the Internet, were the principal use for computers worldwide. The invention of the microchip and production techniques leading to cheap computers realised Ted Newman’s legacy of office automation brought to light due to the teamwork of local creatives.

Asked about his father’s legacy, Bob explained that in the 1950s, disputes in Government revolved around whether Britain needed two or three computers, as they were then used solely for performing complex scientific and engineering

Pilot ACE


ACE Automatic Computing Engine. The word ‘engine’ is a homage to Charles Babbage’s calculating engines of the 1820s and ‘30s.

Large, fast and portable The Pilot ACE ran its first program on 10 May 1950. It was the fourth stored-program general-purpose computer in the world, after the Manchester ‘Baby’ (1948), Cambridge EDSAC (1949) and US SEAC (1950). The computer was built by a team of 14 at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL): 4 mathematicians (Jim Wilkinson, Mike Woodger, Donald Davies and Gerald Alway); and 10 electronics engineers led by Ted Newman. The design was conceived by Alan Turing in 1945, but administrative issues delayed the project and work on Pilot ACE did not begin until 1948. It was 5 to 10 times faster than contemporary machines, while employing significantly fewer electronic components (800 valves compared with 3,000 in the EDSAC). However, it was harder to program than other computers of the time: efficient operation of the machine depended on a specialised approach known as ‘optimum coding’.

DSIR Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, a government organisation.



1950 On 10 May 1950 Pilot ACE ran its first program. It was demonstrated to the press and VIPs between 29 November and 1 December.

PILOT The Pilot ACE was a smaller version of Alan Turing’s original design from 1945. A full-scale ACE was completed in 1957.



NPL Pilot ACE was built at the NPL, the UK’s National Measurement Institute based at Bushy Park in Teddington. The NPL was founded in 1900 and is still a centre for scientific research today.


1.8m tall

PUNCH CARD Contained digital information represented by the presence or absence of holes in pre-defined positions. William Morris used similar technology to weave his Willow pattern on a Jacquard loom in 1877.

CONTROL DESK This read from the punched card deck, commenced the program and allowed access to the delay lines (memory). It incorporated a cathode ray tube monitor which displayed the contents of a delay line.

SHORT DELAY LINES An early form of computer memory, using mercury, that performed the role of today’s random access memory (RAM). From 1951, long delay lines were housed in a large temperature-controlled cabinet behind the mainframe. VALVES 800 glass valves, some with colour-coded sleeves which indicated different types and functions. 3.66m in length

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CHASSIS The rack could contain up to 40 vertical chassis, which housed the valves. LEGS AND WHEELS Despite its enormous size, Pilot ACE was portable. It was moved from its birthplace in Bushy House to the Maths Division in 1952, where it provided a commercial service.

All Illustrations © Andrew Baker with research and text by Kirstin Sibley.

HOLLERITH CARD READER An input and output device, invented in 1889, which used punched cards.

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

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Gather E17 have taken over the reins of Denim and Dine, the supper club pop up at Blackhorse Lane Ateliers. The E List met with them the day after their opening weekend to talk all things denim, food and community. Photos by Maja Śmiejkowska.

Gather E17 is made up of husband and wife team Martin and Charlotte Major, who I can best describe as infectiously passionate. Charlotte works at The Mill on Coppermill Lane, and Martin has a CV as long as your arm. He started as a pot washer in a pub, and before long had moved to London and was working as a commis chef at The Savoy hotel. He’s worked at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Covent Garden, The Press Club in Australia, and at Phil Howard’s The Square in London. His first head chef position was at L’Autre Pied, 10 To advertise your business contact ads@theelist.co.uk

and most recently he worked as head chef at Daniel Clifford’s Flitch of Bacon in Essex. After 18 years of working in other people’s kitchens, Martin decided it was time to strike out on his own, and Gather E17 was born. The first outing for Gather E17 was at Hucks café on Grove Road, not only did the event prove successful, but it also led to Charlotte and Martin getting a tip off that Blackhorse Lane were looking for a new chef. Two weeks after the tip off they were cooking and serving a test menu to Han at the Ateliers, and a month after that they held their first event. Charlotte described it as an “intense six weeks” which I’m guessing is a bit of an understatement. Thing is, you would never know that their residency at Blackhorse Lane is new. They are calm, collected, and already have some incredible plans.

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Blackhorse Lane Ateliers is the only craft jean maker in London. It was founded by Han, who has been working in the textile industry for around 25 years, and also has a passion for good food. He didn’t want Ateliers to be just a factory and shop, he wanted it to be a place where the community could come together, which is where Gather E17 and the pop-up supper club comes in.

Martin cooks what he describes as modern British food. The menu changes each month which allows him to use only the best seasonal fresh ingredients. Cornish Yarg, wild garlic, asparagus, spring lamb and mackerel have all featured on the menu so far. Martin doesn’t want to complicate the food he serves, he wants to make good food that people not only understand, but also understand where it comes from. He beamed as he told me that the production kitchen at Ateliers comes with a sizeable allotment, which they will use to grow some of their own ingredients. Martin and Charlotte will be able to show their guests the journey their food has been on, tell the seed to plate story of each ingredient. Martin told me that as a chef, it doesn’t really get better than growing your own ingredients, designing your own menu, and serving your own

food in the same postcode in which you live. Charlotte and Martin want Gather E17 to be a responsible company. They want it to be something that happens with Walthamstow, not something that happens to it. Environmental sustainability is really important to them, as are strong links with the community and other local businesses. In addition to their allotment grown produce they will use local suppliers. And in the future, they plan to offer training schemes and work experience opportunities to young local chefs, which to me sounds like just the kind of thing E17 needs. I was truly blown away by these two, they were energetic, passionate, and genuinely in love with what they do. If the enthusiasm and passion they showed when talking to me is poured in to their food, it will be nothing short of incredible.




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www.gathere17.co.uk Martin beamed as he told me that the production kitchen at Ateliers comes with a sizeable allotment, which they will use to grow some of their own ingredients. 17:59

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50 Years Since May 68 ALL POWER TO THE IMAGINATION – the art of protest inspired by May ‘68

An almost inevitable consequence of the official media, including the main TV station, being used openly as a propaganda tool by the state, these posters and the associated graffiti became indispensible in broadcasting the beliefs and aspirations of those directly involved in protest; carrying this debate to the public at large without having to undergo the heavy hand of censorship. Once again art found itself a powerful servant in the service of revolution. And so to All Power to the Imagination: Picture this if you will - through a haze of acrid smoke fueled by teargas (fired by the dreaded riot French police the CRS) and burning upturned cars and the cobblestone-strewn roadway, barricades can be seen on the boulevards of Paris. Behind the barricades stood the students and young workers, faces hidden by colourful bandanas in an attempt to avoid the excesses of the teargas and the oftenviolent repercussions of being recognised by the authorities. Facing them stood the solid menacing ranks of the black-clad CRS – batons drawn, shields held threateningly. There were echoes of the revolutions of 1848 and 1871 in these barricaded streets and the association continued when through this May revolt, over a few short weeks that went into June of 1968, the French Republic came close to a Socialist revolution as students and workers stood shoulder to shoulder to confront the French state, its Gaullist government and their brutal servants in the police and army. As with all revolutionary situations change came swiftly and at times unpredictably. The official trade unions and political parties of the left were slow to respond and showed little or no leadership in the

fast-moving events resulting in those on the ground creating an ad hoc culture of committees and loosely affiliated coops. Demands changed by the day, by the hour. Reflecting the need to share their thoughts and reactions to the everchanging situation an industry emerged in the art colleges and universities where posters with the slogan of the day were debated by all present, voted on and then produced. The artworks often married a serious political message or demand with a humorous illustration. These were then pasted onto any available surface in the streets. Alongside these posters graffiti also appeared, often sharing the same dark humour eg “sous les pavés la plage” which translates as “under the cobblestones, the beach”. This refers to the literal fact that the cobblestones of the streets were laid on a layer of sand removed (as potential missiles) this revealed the sandy bed. But of course the real meaning is more complex and paradoxical than that: by the act of tearing up the stone you are liberating yourself from the constrictions of bourgeois society and performing an act of liberation.

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Six artists: Raewyn Harrison, Martin Adams, Roger Huddle, Sean Orr, Lorraine Huddle and Red Saunders will be exhibiting original artworks inspired by the May events. Alongside their works some original posters from May 68 and related material will also be on display.

All Power to the Imagination Winns Gallery, Aveling Centre, Lloyds Park, Walthamstow E17 5JW 2 May – 2 June 2018

Images Original Paris ’68 poster; Red Saunders Watt Tyler and the Peasants Revolt, London 1381; Raewyn Harrison “Half Pint”; Martin Adams We never went away

The revolutionary events of May 68 Paris against capitalism, consumerism, American imperialism and traditional institutions, values and order inspired and influenced a generation and continue to do so today. This exhibition showcases the artwork of some of them as they pay homage to French cities in revolt half a century ago.

A student speaks out at a demonstration following another US school massacre earlier this year.

Call for submissions

“We are the Leaders we have been waiting for” Walthamstow’s Gnome House is organising an exhibition protesting violence against young people. It is asking for submissions across all spectrums of artistic expression. The deadline is 5pm Friday May 11th.

Photo © Adler Garfield

‘This exhibition was originally inspired by the student activists from Parkland, Florida who are campaigning for stricter gun control in the USA,’ explains Gnome House Director, Mark Burton. ‘But in recent weeks this powerful message has resonated closer to home – particularly after the recent acts of violence in our own community.’ The Gnome House exhibition is an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved but the organisers are particularly interested in contributions from younger people.

‘Gnome House has a track record of exhibiting internationally known artists alongside schools and community groups,’ explains Mark. ‘So if you have something to contribute, we want to hear from you whether you’re an artist, student or just a concerned member of our community.’ The exhibition will open on Saturday June 2nd at 6pm with an artist talk at 2pm on Sunday 3rd June.

For more information about the exhibition and submitting work: gnomehouse.org.uk Gnome House, a community arts centre is located at 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow and 2 mins walk from Blackhorse Road Tube.

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2018 Comedy Previews E List talks to Susan Murray of Red Imp about this year’s largely Edinburgh previews at Walthamstow’s Rose and Crown Theatre Pub starting next month. Be prepared for some big names, fruity language and threat of death!

Ayesha Hazarika

Hi Susan, your legendary previews are happening a little earlier this year. Why’s that? F**kball, sorry, I mean football. 11 men kicking a ball around a field is bizarrely popular so the World Cup is not worth competing with. Last year as the whole of Walthamstow adopted Algeria as their team when England got knocked out the noise from the cafes over the road was drowning out the comedy, it was hilarious and annoying at the same time. Football 1; Comedy 0. Because of this we have our usual Central -Estates-Air-ConSponsored two week block June 4-17 and we’re running a few July Sunday matinees too. They’re an hour long so the room doesn’t get too hot. A lot of acts won’t have their shows ready by June so I’ve had to push the boat out.

To the uninitiated why are they called previews? They’re basically works in progress, shows by professionals who are heading up to the Edinburgh Festival or possibly on tour. They may be using notes and are a bit all over the place, it’s a peek behind the showbiz curtain and always enormous fun watching a comic who may potentially screw up a new joke.

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So who are you most excited to have this year? Oooh that’s a tough one. I think it has to be Paul Foot. I started out with him and I’ve been trying to book him for a preview for 5 years. I’ve finally managed to grind him down. But I know once he’s done the gig he’ll love it so much he’ll be back. And Reg D Hunter is returning. Hurrah! And which much loved favourites are back? None, well, hardly any. Most of my regulars have either been too successful with their last solo show and still touring it or are being lazy b*stards and not going to Edinburgh. I’ve had to work really hard to get this series booked and it still be a quality Red Imp line up. From the list of usual suspects we

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have Stephen K Amos, Lucy Porter, Simon Munnery, Gordon Southern, Carey Marx and Andrew Maxwell.

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It must be a lot of work but you love it right? It’s been incredibly tricky this year but when I read out the line up to anyone who knows comedy they’re always mega impressed which is quite a buzz. I know my stuff and I know lots of acts so that’s why I have the strongest line up in London and the most even balance of men and women. The biggest buzz is when the room is packed and roaring with laughter and everyone leaves smiling and then buys me and my Door Imp Prosecco (hint hint).

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Apart from Red Imp what else are you up to? I’ve been on tour the last couple of months with Britain’s Got Talent runner up Daliso Chaponda which has been excellent. I’m co-presenting a monthly radio show with the hilarious Ninia Benjamin on East London Radio called You Have Been Warned. It’s quite sweary hence the name and is basically idiots talking but we have a laugh. It’s on Mixcloud to download and we film it for our FB page of the same name. I have a couple of other potentially exciting things percolating but if I told you about them, I’d have to kill you. And all of your readers.

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Zoe Lyons, Jen Brister Reg D Hunter, Sallyanne Hayward. Simon Evans, Angela Barnes Jo Caulfield, Michael Legge Lucy Porter, Simon Munnery Paul Foot, tbc Hal Cruttenden, Jarred Christmas Andrew Maxwell, Lauren Pattison Abandoman, Gordon Southern Ayesha Hazarika, Dana Alexander Stephen K Amos, Carey Marx Daliso Chaponda, Charmian Hughes Robin Ince (matinee) Tom Stade (matinee) Seann Walsh (matinee) Marcus Brigstocke (matinee)

Doors 8pm show 8.30pm Matinees Doors 1.30pm show 2pm

Mailing list always gets first dibs so sign up via home page of Red Imp website. All line ups subject to change ticket holders will be informed.

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Penny Fielding offers creative solutions to everyday niggles you may have with your home.

opened on a sunny day. I’m a big fan of the smooth transition from inside to outside which gives the rear of the house an expansive feel. Great for children running in and out, summer entertaining, and making the garden feel really connected to the house. Bear in mind that the winters can be long and cold and having the doors open may, (will!) be restricted to a few months of the year. By creating what is essentially a glass wall you are losing potentially useful space for things like storage, so I would say only install bi folds if the extension is going to be quite large. During darkness, (and the winter nights are long), you will have a wall of black glass which can be subconsciously gloomy. Blinds and curtains don’t really work with bi-folds, so install lighting on the terrace directly outside the doors so you can see through them into the garden. There are many options available. Aluminium doors have a stronger structure than plastic and will need less maintenance, but they are (of course) more costly. Ask friends and neighbours who have bi-fold doors how they are holding up or ask on social media for feedback before you go ahead.

If you are considering a rear or side extension to you home, you may be thinking about installing bi-fold doors as part of the improvements. These can be very expensive and involve hefty building works so before you go ahead de rigueur, here are some insights to inform your choices. The doors will let in masses of light and give you great views of your garden and there’s nothing like having the back wall of your home

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Hannah Schwartzman Hannah is a co-facilitator of the Hearing Voices Group in Waltham Forest for people who, like her, hear voices. She has also recently become a Champion for ‘Time to Change’, a movement challenging damaging attitudes to mental health. Here she talks to Paul Lindt. Photo by Paula Smith. Many people may have already heard of ‘Time to Change’, but can you tell us about it? It’s a social movement made up of individuals and organisations aiming to challenge the stigma and discrimination that has long shaped attitudes towards people like me who have a long standing mental illness. It was started by MIND and Rethink mental illness about ten years ago.

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I understand Waltham Forest has been selected as the first ‘Time to Change’ hub. Yes it’s great news. The hub works as a collection of individuals and organisations, including employers, the NHS and voluntary groups working together to raise awareness of how mental health is something that affects us all. There are 25 hubs across the country, but Waltham Forest is the first in London. CREST Waltham Forest, a local voluntary organisation that runs the Harmony Health Hub, a coalition of local mental health user groups – was approached by the Council to identify partners who would work collectively to deliver the ethos of the campaign. After a lot of hard work the bid was successful. And you have been invited to be a “Champion”. I am so pleased to be involved, this is something I have been committed to throughout my life. I have always believed that those of us with a diagnosed mental illness have the right to have our voices heard and not merely to hide away because of fears and prejudices. I hope that being a Champion and working together we can help break down these negative stereotypes. It’s also about the chance to share our unique experiences regarding mental health to encourage others to share theirs.

I know the Hub is looking for more Champions. Who can apply? Anyone aged 18 or over who has an ongoing experience of mental illness can apply and I’m glad to say a number of our members at the Hearing Voices Group have expressed an interest already. There’ll be opportunities to be involved in training and networking days and I am going to be part of the newly formed steering group, directing how we want the work of the hub to be delivered. Others will also have the chance to join the group, as we want people with experience of mental illness at the heart of the campaign. Mental health has been in the news a lot recently. What are the major challenges people face? Many find it difficult to access specialist mental health services since these have historically been underfunded and there is a huge demand. Even with access many people are discharged too early as the services struggle to cope and this means people are left to fend for themselves. Some mental health diagnoses especially schizophrenia, schizoaffective and personality disorders are stigmatised which can affect access to the NHS and social services. Greater awareness about mental health through public campaigns is to be welcomed but unless this is matched by investment in actual services people have nowhere to go for help, so they slip through

the net and there are sadly still lots of suicides. Even with treatment medications for mental health issues – and you will have seen about antidepressants in the news – have side effects and there are not enough talking therapies for those who would benefit. There are changes to the benefits system that have affected vulnerable and unwell people, especially around Work Capability Assessments for those on Employment and Support Allowance. There are many people who will never be able to work due to their symptoms, like psychosis and depression, and they shouldn’t have to worry about being judged by their community and left without any money to pay for basic food and rent. For a lot of people with enduring mental health issues for whom just surviving day to day is a huge achievement sadly it can feel a hostile society. Other challenges could be facing stigma or a lack of understanding in the work place or from family, friends, and even in other minority groups, such as the LGBT community and religious organisations. Many people often hear the words “mental illness” and automatically think you’re a rampaging homicidal maniac that’s on the loose because you hear voices or are living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. 25

What have been your own challenges? One of my challenges has been around taking and accepting long-term antipsychotic medication. I have to be monitored regularly and one of the major side-effects is weight gain, which remains a constant struggle for me. I spent many years as a “revolving door” psychiatric in-patient. Hostile voices can be frightening and often they make me feel worthless and paranoid. I used to self harm as a way of coping and pacifying my voices. Tell us about the Group? I have been co-facilitating the Hearing Voices Group in Waltham Forest for 15 years now and we currently have a core membership of 16, including myself. We have seen, over 100 members since 2003 come through our doors. It is open to anyone who hears voices and their carers. Unfortunately, we are now at capacity, and we have a waiting list, which obviously is not ideal. We are a very diverse group, representing a cross section of the wider community. Waltham Forest was the first peer-led, Hearing Voices Group, to be established in the London area. How did you get involved? I was approached by a close friend, Victoria Messenbird, who I met, in the former Claybury Hospital. Claybury was built as a Victorian asylum, We were both in-patients, and met around thirty years ago. Victoria had done some research on the Hearing Voices Movement and believed there was a desperate need for a peer support group for those who hear voices in the community. As a result we went on a Hearing Voices group facilitation course, at the London Hearing Voices Group Network. We have been based in Harmony Hall since 2005, and the Hall kindly allow us use of the space for free. When Victoria moved to Norfolk in 2014, Pete Mirow, a long-term member of the group stepped in to her shoes as co-facilitator where he was joined in 2017 by Chris O’Sullivan who has brought many years of experience working in mental health. People often associate “hearing voices” with schizophrenia, but that’s not necessarily the case is it? No, it isn’t! Examples of famous voice hearers are; Saint Joan of Arc, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Lady Gaga, John Frusciante (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Zoe Wanamaker, Gandhi, Vinnie Jones, William Blake, Sigmund Freud, Danny McNamara (vocalist, Embrace) and Dr. John Forbes Nash (Nobel prize winning mathmetician). For many with mental health issues, the feeling “you’re not alone” is comforting 26

and empowering. Yes, when members come to our Hearing Voices Group for the first time, and hear us share our stories of living with and experiencing voices, it is a revelation to them as they often feel as if it is only them that are going through this personal hell. Yes it’s brave to come and bare one’s soul in front of strangers, and many initially fear being judged but ours is a safe environment. How do the sessions at the HVG work? We are essentially a support group. So, we are each given five to ten minutes, to share how our week has been and how we have coped or not coped with our voices and we exchange coping strategies. We often welcome guest speakers from a variety of disciplines, for example, those working in mental health, adult education, citizens’ advice, psychology graduates who are researching hearing voices and even the local police! We often arrange outings such as a lunch, walks, ten pin bowling, a day trip to the seaside, exhibitions and of course there’s our Christmas dinner! Also, for the past seven years, we have partnered with The Challenge, a National Citizenship award scheme where we work with large groups of 15-17 year olds. One example is our drama group where we tell the teenagers about our experiences of hearing voices and give them a crash course in mental health. They in turn perform for us an improvised drama piece, based on what we have told them. Another group volunteers for us to raise awareness of mental health issues and sometimes do sponsored events to raise money. I understand you won an international award, congratulations! Tell us more. Thank you. Yes, I was awarded this by Intervoice, which is an International Hearing Voices Movement. I won under the category of ‘Hearing Voices Group Award’ for our work at the Waltham Forest group at last year’s Intervoice conference in Boston, USA. What change would make you say we have truly turned the corner in transforming the lives of people with mental health issues. I can’t limit it to a single thing, but many! Changes to the welfare benefits system so that people with serious and enduring mental health issues could be assessed on the basis of the severity of their disability, with less focus on employment. Better government understanding of the different mental health conditions and their impact on people’s lives including their families. Hidden disability is unrecognised and so people are left to cope without assistance.

‘Understanding’ is a key word. It would make a change to the very communities and individuals that lack this knowledge. Understanding in schools would benefit many youngsters and not only those dealing with mental illness themselves and provide a pathway to access help. An understanding of how best to help individuals in their early years could benefit many generations to come and be a chance to stamp out stigma altogether. Understanding how an individual feels is key to helping them. If people were to understand what’s going on and not be in fear of opening up then the individual experiencing mental illness could feel empowered and able to find a friend or family member who can help them in their difficult times. Thanks Hannah and best of luck

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E~VOLVE a Directory for a Healthy Mind & Body Fitness & Sport Tuesdays NEW Box & Core Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ Combining technique drills and core strengthening exercises to appeal to both the novice looking for fun and a release of tension as well as the amateur boxer wanting to improve their skills and stamina. Gloves provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. 8.15-9.15pm. £7 or 10 for £60. Chloe 07903 629636 thebodypeople.co.uk Saturdays NEW LBT (Legs, Bums & Tums) Forest YMCA, 642 Forest Road E17 3EF LBT is a fantastic way to tone your entire body with of course, special attention focused on your legs, glutes and abdominal muscles. Combining conditioning and aerobic exercises to reduce fat whilst shaping your body. 11.15am-12.15pm. £7 or 10 for £60. Chloe Redmond 07903 629636 TheBodyPeople.co.uk

Tuesdays Sazzercise: Dance Aerobics & Body Conditioning Leyton Youth Centre, Crawley Road E10 6PY Energizing exercise classes in Leyton. Aerobics, body conditioning and dance. 7-8pm. £8, 5 classes for £30 or bring a friend and pay just £4 each. sazzercise.co.uk Tuesdays & Fridays Women-Only Outdoor Bootcamp Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF Fitness bootcamp with different exercises each session. Boxing, circuit etc all round fitness session. 6.30-7.15pm. £5. Jackie 07717 330993 wegrantfitnessandhealth.co.uk

Thursdays Women-Only Boxercise Class St Andrews Church, St Andrews Road E17 6AR Boxercise is a non-contact boxing class. Newbies will be taught the basics and still have fun. Please bring a mat and arrive ten minutes early to fill in5aminutes physical health questionnaire. PT studio, from Lloyd Thursdays NEW 7.30-8.30pm. £7, students/OAP/ Park ChutneySOCA Forest YMCA, 642 unemployed £4.50. Forest Road E17 3EF Jackie 07717 330993 Exciting new mix of (SPICY) SOCA, wegrantfitnessandhealth.co.uk Bollywood and Bhangra; the perfect, most unique fusion of fitness, fun and Saturdays well-being currently taking Canadians Zumba Fitness Forest YMCA, 642 by storm. You’ll smile so much that Forest Road E17 3EF your face gets a workout too! Water Wear low tread, supportive trainers and provided. Wear comfortable clothing. bring a bottle of water to enjoy this 6.45-7.30pm. £8.50 drop-in, or £5. exhilarating dance fitness class in a low khyalarts.org.uk/chutney-soca-fitnesspressure atmosphere! 9-10am. £7 or class 10 classes for £60. Chloe 07903 629636 Mondays & Thursdays info@thebodypeople.co.uk HIIT E17 Parent & Baby Waltham TheBodyPeople.co.uk Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Saturdays High-Intensity Interval Training Park Run Wanstead Flats Playing involves quick, intense bursts of Fields, Harrow Road E11 3QD and exercise, followed by short, sometimes Peter May Sports Ground, Wadham active, recovery periods. Getting and Road, Walthamstow E17 4HR keeping your heart rate up, burning Weekly 5km run against your own clock more fat in less time. Babies welcome with an optional post-run coffee. 9am. but not crawlers or walkers please. FREE, but first-timers please register to Mondays 7.30-8.15pm and Thursdays get your barcode. 6.45-7.30pm. £10, discounts for block bookings. parkrun.org.uk/wansteadflats parkrun.org.uk/walthamstow hiite17.co.uk

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Sundays This Mum Runs Walthamstow Meet in Lloyd Park, Forest Rd E17 4PP Free women’s group run! We are an award-winning community inspiring thousands of women to run together every week. Join us for a 30min run at the speed of chat. Your time. Your space. Your pace. 8-9am. FREE. thismumruns.co.uk Wednesdays This Mum Runs Leytonstone / Wanstead Meet on Wanstead Green, Wanstead E11 2NT As above but different day, time and venue. 7.30-8pm. FREE.

Yoga, Meditation & Tai Chi Fridays NEW Friday Night Yoga Class Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Postures are linked with continuous movement and rhythmic breathing, maintaining heat in the body, warming the muscles. We breathe better, oxygenate the body, calm the mind. Ending with restorative postures, so you feel zen! Beginners welcome. 7-7.45pm. £7. Gill 07713 462419 yogaannie.org/schedule Mondays & Saturdays NEW Flow Yoga Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road E17 7BY Postures are linked with continuous movement and rhythmic breathing, maintaining heat in the body, warming the muscles. We breathe better, oxygenate the body, calm the mind. Ending with restorative postures, so you feel zen! Mondays 7-8am, Saturdays 3-4pm. £7. contactyogaannie@gmail.com yogaannie.org/schedule Tuesdays Tuesday Night Flow Yoga Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Combining rhythmic breathing and movement Flow Yoga ensures the body is oxygenated as we stretch and strengthen. A great addition to your weekly workout. You’ll step off the mat feeling zen! Beginners welcome. 7-8pm. £7. yogaannie.org/schedule Fridays Pregnancy Yoga Leyton Yoga, First Floor (above USSR), 691 High Road, Leyton E10 6RA Join our community of local mums. Prepare for a calm birth and ease discomfort in this pre-natal yoga class with former East of Eden director and local mum Naomi Costantino. No pre-booking required. Ladies only. 1.452.45pm. £10, or 10 for £90. leytonyoga.com

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Fridays (term-time only) Dru Yoga Class North Chingford Methodist Church, 49 Station Road E4 7BU Flowing yoga with visualisation, breath work and sequences. Suitable for both novice and experienced yogis. 9.3010.45am. £11.50, book 6 get 1 FREE. eyespyyoga.co.uk Tuesdays E17 Yoga CentrE17, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB Hatha flow yoga class suitable for all levels. 7-8pm. Donation-based, pay what you can afford, eg £7. yogenayoga.co.uk Tuesdays Scaravelli-inspired Hatha Yoga Leyton Yoga, First Floor (above USSR), 691 High Road, Leyton E10 6RA Scaravelli yoga is a form of Hatha with a focus on breathing, gravity and the awakening of the spine. No pre-booking required, just drop-in. All welcome. 7-8am. £10, or 10 for £90. leytonyoga.com/schedule Wednesdays Iyengar Yoga class St Andrews Church Hall, St Andrews Road E17 6AR Suitable for everyone regardless of flexibility and age. Iyengar helps gain good health, greater peace of mind, improves posture, relieves tension, promotes sleep, increases stamina and flexibility. 7-8pm. £9, or £45 for 6. Nicholette 07962 424460 Mondays NEW Pregnancy Yoga: Restore & Relax Host of Leyton, 658 High Road Leyton E10 6JP Recharge your batteries with yoga moves to help you feel more comfortable in your pregnancy, breathing techniques for a calm confident birth and up to date antenatal education. No prior yoga experience required. 7-8.30pm. £15, first class £10. lushtums.co.uk/london Wednesdays NEW Yoga in South Chingford 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 Mondays Donation Yoga United Reformed Church, 58 Orford Road E17 9QL Inclusive community vinyasa yoga embodying movement, breath work and meditation with experienced teacher Jessica Green. Mats provided, blankets suggested. 7-8.15pm. Suggested donation from £5. jessicagreen.net

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Streetview Every day of every week our Bill is out and about, looking, listening and generally pondering all aspects of life here in our corner of London. What he sees sometimes makes him happy, sometimes angry, but his views are always food for thought. I’ve been a fan of the Perky Blenders since they first popped up outside Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, and I have been following their business ever since. I was pleased for them when they opened their coffee kiosk in Leytonstone, and I visited Project 660, their café in Leyton as soon as it opened. Being a Walthamstow dweller, I was more than just a little bit excited when they announced they would be opening a café in E17, back where it all started for them. The new place is based in the old magistrates court on Forest Road. Probably not the first venue you would think of to put a café, but it works well. The café is at the heart of the old magistrate’s court, and its style really suits the building which the Perky’s now call home. Concrete pillars, the plyboard counter, and the original polished concrete floor with its eye catching circular pattern, all sit perfectly within the brutalist concrete courthouse. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not a cold space. The huge windows fill the café with light, and the green material fins that hang from the ceiling bring softness and movement as they are tickled by the breeze. I like what they have done with the new café, it’s simple, smart, and there’s some nice detail, such as the table made from an old cell door. I don’t know if people still say cool anymore, but I’m going to say it anyway, the café at the magistrates is really pretty cool. It has all the ingredients I’ve come to expect from the Perky Blenders. Good coffee, great tea (I do love my tea), amazing cakes and pastries, and of course fantastic service. I think that’s one of the things I really like about the Perky Blenders, no matter how big they have grown, they still offer the same friendly service as they did when they had just the one coffee van. I’m pleased to see them back in E17, and look forward to drinking many a cuppa at The Magistrates. Bill Foster

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ZERO2HERO ZED are the new super heroes of the delivery world. Nothing stops them, not rain, not wind, and not even snow. They cruise the streets of Waltham Forest on a mission to deliver not just goods, but an environmentally friendly service. The E List met up with chief ZED, Oscar, to find out more about the scheme. Why ZED? ZED stands for Zero Emission Delivery, and that’s exactly what we do. Our delivery service uses cargo bikes and electric vehicles, reducing congestion and emissions.

How did ZED start? In 2016 Waltham Forest Council secured funding from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund to set up a zero-emission delivery scheme in Waltham Forest. After a trial run in December 2016, the full scheme launched in September 2017 and ZED was born.

Tell me about the company? ZED was set up by Outspoken Delivery in Partnership with Waltham Forest council. Outspoken delivery has been operating in Cambridge since

2005 and now works with over 200 businesses and organisations. With air quality improvements high on the agenda, we want to reduce the amount of diesel vans on the roads. Diesel vehicles contribute significantly to pollution, our cargo bikes and electric vans don’t.

I didn’t realise you used electric vehicles as well as cargo bikes. The vans are used as mobile depots. The vans park up and riders pick up the cargo and deliver it locally. We use electricity generated via renewable sources to charge the vans.

What challenges have you faced so far? Paying the London Living wage to our riders

whilst keeping our prices competitive in the market place is a real challenge. But it’s really important to us that we pay fairly.

Now that ZED is up and running, what next? We want to help other organisations to understand and get involved in the zero emission philosophy. We also want to become role models for other road users, and to continue to build our reputation for excellent customer services.

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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

Bearmans of Leytonstone If you’re familiar with High Road, Leytonstone, then you may know of the Matalan store occupying Nos. 829837. You may have also noticed the Waltham Forest heritage plaque adorning the building, dedicated to the department store which once stood on the same spot. This was Bearmans of Leytonstone which came to be known as ‘the store with the personal touch.’ The business was established in 1898 by 27 year old Essex-born draper Frank Bearman who purchased part of a former vicarage site which was being sold for retail purposes. Leytonstone was an interesting choice of location as there were few shops and Leytonstone itself was little more than a small village. The decision proved to be the right one, however, and expansion was soon required as business flourished. By 1913 Bearmans had acquired the whole retail site and the newly designed Bearmans store became the largest department store in the area. Although a single storey, the

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building was impressive. Its design was inspired by London’s fancy shopping arcades, particularly the use of glass in the roof and shop frontages which allowed ample light into the interior without any need for artificial lighting. A lower ground level was subsequently added, providing yet more retail space. By the 1930s there were around fifty departments selling a multitude of goods including household furnishings, hardware, clothing, toys and jewellery. There was also a tea room, library and a ‘foreign fancy’ department. By this time Leytonstone’s High Road was a thriving shopping destination, attracting customers from all over east London, and Bearmans was the flagship, providing an inviting, personal yet exciting shopping experience; it was the lynchpin of a day out for many. A 1957 extension in Kirkdale Road was supposedly the first store outside London with an escalator. However, by the 1960s growing competition from other shopping centres, such as Ilford, plus increased traffic along High Road made Bearmans a less attractive shopping destination and shopper numbers declined. Moreover, the shop suffered without the driving force of Frank Bearman who had died in 1956, leaving effects amounting to an impressive £60,985. His sons decided not to continue the family business and in 1962 Bearmans was sold to the London Cooperative Society; although it retained the name for some years afterwards, it never regained the glory of its heyday. Sadly, this fine Edwardian edifice recalling a bygone age of

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An early 20th century picture of Bearmans.

The High Road, Leytonstone taken in the 1970s showing Bearmans in the distance.

retail was demolished in 1983. Bearmans was important to many locals over the years. It provided employment for hundreds and is fondly remembered by those who shopped there, memories of the toy department and the magical Father Christmas grotto being particularly evocative. Children were also taken there by their parents to buy school uniforms, party clothes and trimmings for dancing costumes, followed by a visit to the tearoom. It’s interesting to wonder whether today’s children have the same vivid and magical memories of nearby Westfield. www.archangelheritage.co.uk


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31 May to 24 June 2018 Sotirakis Charalambou is a London born artist who has lived and worked in Walthamstow for the past 25 years. He studied painting at St. Martin’s School of Art and after completing a post-graduate degree in Art Education has taught extensively in adult education colleges. He has exhibited in England, Germany, The Netherlands, USA and Hungary. He has chosen to name the exhibition Untitled indicating that the works he makes cannot be named as they exclude an objective subject and have no literal or obvious symbolic meaning. He says ‘The works have no story to tell! I feel that words, titles and explanations are often inappropriately used and can get between the viewer’s personal ‘visual’ experience.’ The works are constructed from paper particles; coloured paper is disintegrated and simultaneously propelled on to a surface to form layered structures of different densities. Some include mohair fibres which coalesce with the paper to produce airy, transparent, three dimensional forms.

‘In Sotirakis Charalambou’s work the process of making is not separated from the end result. The choice of material and process are integral; they bridge the gap between how the thing is made and what it is’. James Gecelli

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Exhibitions & weekly events Arts, Crafts & Film Until 20 May Gayle Chong Kwan: The People’s Forest William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Through installation, photography, sculpture, drawing, audio and photographic work, Chong Kwan explores the forest as a site of shared and contested resources, conflict between capital and common, private and public, and as a liminal space between rural and urban. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. wmgallery.org.uk

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3-27 May NEW Surge: Recent Paintings by Jeff Dellow The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG The artist likens the making of his paintings to a surge - growing and developing in new ways to expand the physical range of touch and colour. Thurs-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 124pm. FREE. thestonespace.wordpress.com 4-30 May NEW Boris Born: New Pictures from Alleland Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP Boris Born is a German-born artist. His paintings are abstraction, relating to both nature and the use of materials. He incorporates found materials with various types of paint. Private view event 4 May 6.30-8.30pm. Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. FREE.

4-13 May NEW 4 Women in Aquelarre Winns Gallery, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park E17 5EQ An exhibition of prints, sculptures, books, mixed media work and ceramics by Anna Alcock, Linda Green, Kirsten Schmidt and Yaniré Sylva Delgado. Daily 11am-5pm. FREE. Until 3 June CITY: David Levene Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9NJ Documentary photographer David Levene’s stunning, thought-provoking images capturing some diverse people and places around the world - and back home in Walthamstow. See feature in April issue. Street-facing gallery, visible daylight hours, lit until midnight. FREE. wvwg.co.uk

Until 2 Sept The In-Between: An Ode to Epping Forest Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH An exhibition by the artist Rachel Lillie, revealing the history of Epping Forest and the hidden stories that have shaped its landscape. Weds-Sun 10am5pm. FREE. vestryhousemuseum.org.uk/visit

17-20 May NEW Parklife Winns Gallery, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park E17 5EQ Four artists convene in a park with sculpture, painting and work on paper by Alice Peillon, Johanna Melvin, Michele Fletcher and Patrick Lears. Also private view on 16 May, 6-8pm. Daily 12-6pm. FREE.

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4th - 13th May 2018 Lloyd Park - London E17 5JW Weekdays 11-5pm - Weekends 10-6pm 26 May-2 June NEW All Power to the Imagination: The Art of Protest Winns Gallery, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park E17 5EQ Revolutionary events in May ‘68 inspired and influenced a generation and continues to do so today. This exhibition showcases the artwork of some of them. See feature on page 12. Daily 10am-6pm. FREE.

Tuesday-Saturday PoP East London Unit 2, Georgian Village, 100A Wood Street E17 3HX New making space and apothecary on Wood Street for crafting, workshops and herbal medicine-making. Fridays are open for locals to bring their own creative projects! 10am-5pm. FREE. popeastlondon@gmail.com

31 May-24 June NEW Untitled by Sotirakis Charalambou The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Works constructed from paper particles propelled onto a surface to form layered structures of different densities. Some include mohair fibres which coalesce with the paper to produce airy, transparent, three dimensional forms. See feature on page 31. Thurs-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. thestonespace.wordpress.com

Music, Theatre & Singing

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Saturdays NEW Audio Sushi Saturdays The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE Audio Sushi DJs join the Bell for a weekly night of ska, mod, reggae with rock, country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gormandizers. 8pm-1am. FREE. JLR@audiosushi.com belle17.com Fridays Hornbeam Nights: Friday Music The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH DJ nights most Fridays, check website for updates. We support local artists and musicians so get in touch to run a night of your own. 7.30-11pm. FREE. hornbeam.org.uk/events

Fridays Karaoke Night with CNN The Victoria, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Old songs, new songs, rock n’ roll, and blues songs... we have something for everyone. So join us, take the mic and become the star. FREE. 11, 12, 18 & 19 May NEW In a Land of Oz by Jessica Irwin Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Dorothy receives a bag of old belongings which reinforces issues from her youth that she’s suppressed over her adult years. She spends time in her room focusing on them and her Oz-like fantasy world re-emerges before her eyes. Strictly for ages 16+. Venue has limited wheelchair access. 7.30pm plus 1.30pm matinees on 12 & 19 May. £10, or £8 online. scripttoperformance.co.uk 4-8 May NEW The Grand Duke The CentrE17, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB The Gilbert and Sullivan operetta involving a theatrical group involved in the attempt to overthrow the Grand Duke of a European country. 7.3010.15pm. £10. theCentrE17.com 18, 19 & 20 May NEW Deathtrap by Ira Levin Forest Community Theatre, Guildford Road, off Hale End Road E17 4EA The hit Broadway classic featuring thrills and laughter aplenty! 7.30-10.30pm. £9, £6 conc. Search ‘deathtrap’ at wegottickets.com Wednesdays & Fridays until 14 July Seven Brides for Seven Brothers: Amateur Production Open Call Waltham Forest College, Forest Road, E17 4JB Friendly, local, amateur theatre group welcomes performers of all ages to join as principals and ensemble for an amateur production of the popular musical this summer. 7.30-10pm. FREE. victoriafowler@live.co.uk collegeoperatic.co.uk Thursdays Jazz Up Thursdays Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Every week a broad range of talented musicians. Expect anything from classical jazz or modern, a gig or a jam. 7pm-midnight. FREE. Thursdays The Funky Corner The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE DJ O’Chez plays three hours of funk, soul, latin, Northern Soul, jazz, R’n’B, reggae, Rare Groove, rock, disco, hip hop, soundtracks and guilty pleasures; all on vinyl. 9pm-midnight. FREE. belle17.com

14-19 May NEW DASH Does The Decades! The Dugdale, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield Town EN2 6DS Let us take you on a musical journey through the 70s and 80s; from Bee Gees to Bon Jovi, from Wham to Whitney, there is truly something for everyone in this time-travelling musical extravaganza. 7.45-10.15pm. £13.50. dugdalecentre.co.uk/whats-on Mondays until 2 Jul exc 7 & 28 May Waltham Forest Community Choir St Mary’s Church, Church End (top of Church Hill) E17 9RL A friendly choir with a wide-ranging repertoire. Open to all adults living or working in Waltham Forest. No audition required and first session is free. All welcome! 7.30-9.30pm. £50 termly subscription. 07954 740745 singwithus.net Thursdays NEW The Singing Room St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF Welcoming, fun, weekly workshops in a capella and harmony singing. Suitable for beginners and singers wishing to further develop their skills. Wide variety of songs. Regular performing opportunities. No auditions and first session is free! 7.30-9.15pm. £9, or 10 for £70. Anna Williams 07931 372996 thesingingroom.org Mondays Blues Jam Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Feel free to join in or just enjoy our new weekly blues jam! 8.30-midnight. FREE. lunalounge.info/events-calendar Tuesdays Singer-Songwriters’ Night with Guests Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Every Tuesday enjoy some great unsigned, talented performers. Different line-up each week. 8-11pm. FREE. Tuesdays East Side Jazz Club Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB Weekly modern jazz club. 8.30-11pm. £7, cash on the door only. eastsidejazzclub.blogspot.com Sundays Sunday Afternoon Open Mike Bay Tree Pub, 57 Vicarage Lane E15 4HG Come and see local and not-so-local singers, guitarists, keyboard players, drummers and all, getting their 15 minutes of fame showing us how it’s done! PA, instruments and accompanists available. 6-9pm. FREE. 07533 851205 edfurst.com

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ART Wednesdays (term time only) WAVE Community Choir Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road E17 7BY We’re funky, jazzy and recruiting. All welcome, no auditions. Jazz, gospel, classical, folk etc. 7.30-9.30pm. First rehearsal FREE, then £10, £8 conc. Virginia Firnberg 07813 116505 Tuesdays The CommUnity Gospel Choir Wesleyan Christian Centre, 1 Harrow Green, Leytonstone E11 3HP New members are welcome, no experience necessary. Working towards an end of term concert this month. Come and give us a try! First week free for everyone. 7.15-9pm. £5, £3 conc for under 18s and unwaged. communitygospelchoireast@gmail.com Mondays (term time only) Sing17 Community Choir Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ Join our thriving 3 year old choir. All abilities, absolutely no auditions. Drop in and join in. Inclusive, informal, fun. 7.30-9pm. £8, £7 in adv, FREE taster. Laura 07813 686980 sing17.com Wednesdays The Rose & Crown Singers Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Friendly community choir singing a musical mix of folk, drinking songs and something more modern. Try us out no audition or experience needed, just drop by. 7.30-9.30pm. £5. theroseandcrownsingers.org.uk

Outdoors Thursdays Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening Meet in the William Morris Garden, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Help keep the park looking beautiful, improve your health and well-being, meet new people and gain news skills.. 10am-1pm. FREE. Ellie Mortimer 020 8496 2822 walthamforest.gov.uk/content/lloyd-park Saturdays Open Garden: Church Lane Community Garden Harold Road, Leytonstone E11 4QX Transition Leytonstone’s award-winning community garden. Organic fruit and veg, plants to buy, gardening tools to borrow, growing tips, regular workshops. Volunteering opportunities too. 10am4pm. FREE. Shannon 07450 474538 transitionleytonstone.org.uk Wednesdays Chingford Conservation Volunteers’ Green Gym Ridgeway Park, Old Church Road E4 6XU As above except different venue and time. 10am-1pm. FREE.



Fridays Lloyd Park Conservation Volunteers’ Green Gym Meet beside the stables, Lloyd Park E17 4PP De-stress in the great outdoors, learn new skills, meet new people. Get physically active whilst improving the environment and your local community. 10.45am-2pm. FREE. www2.tcv.org.uk

Quizzes, Games & Social First Monday of the month Ping Pong Tournament Heathcote and Star, 344 Grove Green Road E11 4EA An energetic evening to show off your ‘wiff waff’ skills and be in with the chance of winning a £25 bar tab. For the pros there’s a separate ‘beat the boss’ stage to allow the novices a chance to win and keep it fair. 7.30-10.30pm. Just £1. heathcoteandstar.co.uk Alternate Sundays 6 & 20 May Plough & Harrow Fun Jackpot Quiz Plough and Harrow, 419 High Road Leytonstone E11 4JU We’ve pitched the questions a little easier so expect a close run result; until it all goes belly button up in the regular mayhem of the music round! 7-10pm. £1 per person. facebook.com/LeytonstoneQuiz Mondays NEW Mirth Quiz Night Mirth, Marvel and Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH The Mirth Quiz is starting to go down in folk lore with its witty fun antics. Cash, wine and on-the-spot prizes. Come down and grab a place or pre-book a table. No team size Limit but penalties for teams over 6. £2. mirthmarvelandmaud.com/quiz Wednesdays Big Quiffy Quiz The Birds, 692 High Road, Leytonstone E11 3AA Boogaloo Stu, portfolio artist; presenter, performer, DJ and theatre-maker hosts this rumpus. Rolling jackpot and weird and wonderful prizes. 8pm. £2. thebirds.pub/events Tuesdays Kate’s Quiz Heathcote and Star, 344 Grove Green Road E11 4EA An eclectic mix of music, picture, general knowledge, mystery and London rounds. Lots of banter. Nothing boring. 8pm start. £2. Max of 6 per team. heathcoteandstar.co.uk Wednesdays Leyton Technical Quiz Night 265b High Road Leyton E10 5QN 8pm start. £2 each. leytontechnical.com

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DANCE/FITNESS Sundays General Knowledge Quiz Night The Victoria, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH Weekly quiz night from Neil’s Big Quiz. General knowledge and specialist rounds including an interval round and Play Your Cards Right. Cash jackpot. 8.30-11pm. £1.50 per person. Thursdays Hornbeam Nights: Thursdays The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Check out our website for details of this Thursdays musical, poetic, creative or foodie shenanigans. 7-11pm. FREE. hornbeam.org.uk/events Wednesdays The Big Fat Quiz The Dog & Duck, 222 Chingford Road E17 5AL Max 6 per team. 7.30-9.30pm. £2. dogandduck-e17.co.uk Wednesdays The Big Fat Quiz The Duke, 112 Wood St E17 3HX Max 6 per team. 7.30-9.30pm. £2. thedukee17.com 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. 8.3011pm. £1.50. village-walthamstow.com Thursdays Neil’s Music Quiz The Flowerpot Pub, 128 Wood Street E17 3HX Weekly music quiz hosted by Neil’s Big Quiz. Includes picture and table rounds. How many bonus points will you get for the connection? Cash jackpot! 9-11pm. £1. flowerpotlivemusic.com Fridays Seniors Club Toy Library, 46 Ravenswood Road (behind Comely Bank surgery) E17 9LY Make new friends at this friendly over 60s group. We have tea and biccies, play bingo; games; organise trips and more. 2.30-4pm. £2, includes refreshments. Sandra 020 8223 0707 wfchub.org

Family & Young People Tuesdays & Thursdays NEW Magic Box: Interactive Storytelling Sessions for 2-ish to 5-year Olds Mothers’ Hub, 133 Wood Street E17 3LX What’s inside the Magic Box today? Join a host of different characters, from Dahlia the Dinosaur to Captain Wonkynose, as they lead you on exciting and interactive storytelling adventures! Coffee and cake included. 10-11am. £5 per child, or £8 for two. magicboxstories.com



Tuesdays Forest Vocal Collective for Ages 11-16 Room 11, Big Creative Academy, Clifton Avenue E17 6HL Students taking part will develop their own voice, as well as building the collective sound of the group. Beginners and experienced singers welcome. 5.307pm. £1.40, conc available. walthamforest.gov.uk/music-service Tuesdays Trombone classes for 9-14 yr olds Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG Special offer on beginner trombone lessons. Includes instrument hire. Give it a try. 5.30-6pm. £30 for 10 weeks. walthamforest.gov.uk/music-service Mondays Mini Musicians for Children aged 4-6 Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG Children will experience and enjoy music as listeners, creators and performers, whilst laying the foundation for future instrumental and vocal training. 4-4.45pm. £58 for 10 week term, £29 for those on low income. walthamforest.gov.uk/music-service Weekdays (Term time only) Bongalong Music Movement & Make Believe for Under 1s & Under 5s Venues: Greenleaf Road Baptist Church; The Scout Hall, Wood Street; The Quaker Meeting House, Jewel Road and St Mary’s Welcome Centre, Church End. 45 minutes of fun, creative music, movement and make believe - a lively mix of singing, dancing, let’s pretend and fab percussion instruments. Check website for days/times. £6.50 per session booked per term. FREE trial. bongalong.co.uk Saturdays Junior Choir Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG For children of all abilities aged 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. £2.90 per session or £1.40 for low income families. walthamforest.gov.uk/music-service Daily Music Groups and Ensembles for Children Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG Take your musical instrument playing to 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. 10 week term £29 or £14.40 for low income families. walthamforest.gov.uk/music-service

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Wednesdays Youth Club Priory Court Community Centre, 11 Priory Court, South Countess Road E17 5NB Weekly club for 11 to 19 year olds. Great way to make new friends. Play table tennis; PS3; pool; plus arts and crafts and trips. 4.30-6.30pm. FREE. Sandra 020 8223 0707 wfchub.org Fridays Youth Club WF Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN As above except different day & venue. Thursdays until 24 May Junior Art Club The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA A series of 5 sessions for kids 6 years and over with David, Mo, Stella and Jane. Get creative with paint, printing, clay or collage. Can be messy but a fun way to find out about art. Places are limited so please book ahead. Under 8s must be accompanied. 4-5pm. £2. themill-coppermill.org Saturdays (term time only) Local Art Club for 9-19 yr olds Room TC2, top floor, Frederick Bremer School, Siddeley Road E17 4EY GCSE and ‘A’Level advice and fun projects to develop individual skills. Taught by a qualified art teacher and examiner. Please email your name and age to secure your place before attending. 10.30am-1pm. £15. a.paine@bremer.waltham.sch.uk

Food, markets & shopping Saturdays NEW Outdoor Market KukooLaLa, The Cottage, 3 Marsh Lane E10 7BL A new weekly Saturday market for selling bric-a-brac, pre-loved clothes, handmade items, crafts, artisan goods. Free entry to the public and free to vendors. For table hire, please contact us 2 days in advance. 10am-4pm. FREE. Joy 020 8539 0732 kukoolala.com/market Saturdays Hornbeam Nights: Supper Club The Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Saturday nights are generally pop-up Vegan Supper Club nights, but please check website before setting out. 7-11pm. Prices vary per dish. hornbeam.org.uk/events Saturdays NEW Best Before Stall Outside Matalan, 829-837 Leytonstone High Road E11 1HH Assorted packaged food from local shops and a few individuals, all past the ‘best before’ date but all legal to offer. It’s ‘pay what you feel’. 10am12pm. transitionleytonstone.org.uk Events marked

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First and third Mondays NEW Pop-up Pay-What-You-Feel Food Stalls The Hornbeam, 458 Hoe St. E17 9AH Felix Project pop-up stalls give away food that is near its sell-by-date or end of the line stock. Food rescuer volunteers and café/shop donors also wanted. 12-2pm. volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk Saturdays E17 Village Market Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Local residents and micro businesses, showcase the best in artisan produce, international street food, homeware, clothing and gifts. 10.30am-3.30pm. facebook.com/e17villagemarket Sundays Farmers’ Market Town Square, Walthamstow E17 4HU A changing, seasonal selection of produce, food and drink. 10am-2pm. lfm.org.uk/markets/walthamstow Saturdays Community Local Produce Stall St John’s Church, Church Ln. E11 1HG Delicious, locally grown organic fruit and vegetables, and other local produce for sale. 10.30am-3pm. transitionleytonstone.org.uk Saturdays OrganicLea Market Stall Outside the Hornbeam, 458 Hoe St. E17 9AH Organic and local sustainably grown fruit, vegetables, homemade bread, jams and preserves. 10am-3pm. organiclea.org.uk

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Calendar of events Wednesday 2 Under 5s Nature Explorers: Pond Dipping and Mini-beast Hunt Aveling Centre (Community Room beside the cafe), Lloyd Park E17 4PP Begining with a simple craft then a ramble in the park before more stories and a healthy snack. 10am-12.30pm. FREE, donations welcome. v.peet@tcv.org.uk




La Leche League Waltham Forest: Coffee Morning Lloyd Park Children’s Centre, Lloyd Park (Winns Avenue entrance) E17 5JW Relaxed coffee morning-style meeting on the first Wednesday of the month for mothers and babies with a La Leche League (breastfeeding) counsellor present. This warm group offers support for individuals with or without current breastfeeding challenges. 10am-12pm. £1 donation welcome. lllwf.elizabeth@gmail.com Stow Roses Women’s Institute Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ A talk and hairclip workshop lead by mask, hat and headdress creator Face Invader. Please email for an invitation. NB stairs to venue. 7-9pm. £5 guest entry, £41 annual membership. face-invader.co.uk stowroseswi.org.uk Pixie presents Cabaret with Drag Queen Electric Blue William Morris Bar & Kitchen, 807 Forest Rd E17 4JD It’s cabaret time at the William Morris bar with drag sensation Electric Blue. Tickets include jerk chicken and rice if you arrive before 8.30pm. 7-11pm. £5. pixiepresents@yahoo.co.uk Tommy Hale And The Magnificent Bastards / Hot Snake Time Machine What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Exservicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB From Dallas Texas,Tommy Hale draws on a wealth of musical styles, from gospel-tinged soul and country dueting to delicate pop balladry and driving rock’n’roll. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. whatscookin.co.uk

Thursday 3 Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: A Night of Irish Music St Mary’s Music Hall, Church End E17 9RL Regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents from the world of Irish traditional music, fiddler Martin Hayes will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and master guitarist Dennis Cahill. 6.30-10.30pm. Early bird tickets £13 online, or limited WF resident tickets £10 from Froth & Rind. stmarysmusichall.co.uk Nigel’s Big Bingo Balls Up Mirth, Marvel and Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH Eyes down for the boogiest, grooviest, most bonkers game of bingo you’ve ever played. Interactive comedy madman Nigel Munson is your bingo caller extraordinaire in his madcap version of the game crammed full of bonus rounds, mystery prizes and mini-games galore! From 7.30pm. £6. mirthmarvelandmaud.com

Fundraising Quiz Night Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ Quiz night with a raffle etc. Alumnae, staff and friends all welcome – but over 18s only please. Bring your own food and drink. 7-9.30pm. £5. Lesley Winter 0208 509 9410 lwinter@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk Red Imp presents Tanyalee Davies & Russell Hicks Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Canadian-born Tanyalee has appeared on Live At The Apollo and The John Bishop Show. At 3’6” she’s the Ferrari of comedy – low to the ground and kind of racy. Support comes from rising star and hidden gem Russell Hicks. From 8.30pm. £10. redimpcomedy.com

Friday 4 Kid’s Book Drop for charity, Give A Book Tidy Books Offices, 10 Hatherley Mews E17 4QP Donate pre-loved children’s books via Tidy Books HQ for registered charity Give A Book who redistribute them to school book clubs. 10am-5pm. giveabook.org.uk Hanoi Ca Phe Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Delicious nutritious and downright gorgeous - Gina and her Hanoi Ca Phe are back at The Palace serving up Vietnamese goodness with summery cocktails to match. 6-9pm. Prices vary per dish. Repeated Sat 5 May. mothersruin.net Horsemeat Sandwich presents Heavy Psychhhy Alt-rock an’Ting Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Host MC Bis the Spoon presents The Tea Project (acidspacerock); Overdog (post rock); King Tree (dark punk) and Close To The Sun (prog rock). 8-11pm. FREE. facebook.com/horsemeatsandwich

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Friday 4 continued Rush Job The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF All the usual suspects and much singing along. 8.30-11pm. FREE. coppermillpub.wordpress.com

Saturday 5 Weaving Workshop Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Come and weave a story with a yarn or two. You will use frames which have been prepared by renowned weaver Rezia Wahid. You can work on your own, in pairs, with new friends, or with your family. The final pieces will form part of an exhibition in October. Open to all. 10.30am-1pm. FREE. Stones Throw Market St John’s Church, Leytonstone High Road/ Church Lane E11 1HH On the first Saturday of the month. Designer-maker; retro and vintage wares with over 20 stalls including jewellery, local honey, handmade ceramics and lots more. Delicious homemade cakes and tea and coffee. 11am-4pm. FREE. Gail Lockwood 07963 422231 Family Storytime Harrow Green Community Library, The Epicentre, 41 West Street E11 4LJ Come and join us for a puppet show; the story of a kind giant and his friends. Later there’ll be a simple puppet making session where children and adults can unfold their creativity. 2-3.30pm. FREE. milenedziuk@outlook.com Kat’s Whiskers Toddle Waddle Disco Leyton Technical Pub, 265 High Rd Leyton E10 5QN A super fun party for tiddlers 0-4 years. This multi sensory grooveathon has been devised specifically for little legs. With lights, bubbles, puppets and loads of interactive singing and dancing - this is the perfect party for you and your baby or toddler. 2.30-3.30pm. Adults £5, kids £7 plus fees. leytontechnical.com/whats-on Gardening Talks: Plants from Midsummer Onwards Forty Hall Estate, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA Join organic gardener George Lockwood on his gardening talks that will leave you feeling inspired and ready to transform your garden. Suitable for all levels of gardener. 3-4pm. £5. fortyhallestate.co.uk The Future Shape of Sound What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Crime gospel and primitive blues! Album launch for TFSoS’s debut album Shakedown Gospel. Guest DJs Jim Jones and Sister Cookie. 7pmmidnight. FREE with collection. whatscookin.co.uk Events marked


Worldwide Vibration The Red Lion, 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA Featuring live acts Lokkhi-Terra, Sambroso Sambroso, Kodjovi Kush and Afrospot All Stars plus special guest Winston Reedy and DJs. 8pm-2am. £10 online, £15 on the door theredlionleytonstone.com/events Howlin’ Mojo Bones Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Local blues legend George Witter and his band bring their blues/rock to the ‘stow. So go with the flow and let it all hang out with some classic vibes. 8.3011pm. FREE. coppermillpub.wordpress.com

Sunday 6 Get Drawing! The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA A relaxing, fortnightly two hours of drawing for adults - sorry no children. An opportunity to work on still-life. All abilities welcome, some tuition available or do your own thing. Basic materials provided. 11am-1pm. £4. themille17.org Funk Soul & Swing All-Dayer with Freakpower The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE Audio Sushi presents an all-day festival of funk, soul and swing with headline set from Freakpower (Ashley Slater DJ / Live / Kitten and the Hip) plus funk soul and swing DJs. 4-11.45pm. FREE. JLR@audiosushi.com belle17.com

Monday 7 Bank Holiday Lloyd Park May Fair & Dog Show Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP The famous, fun-filled fair returns with a day of maypole madness, dog show dignity (this year we have a royal theme), basket ball skills, skatejamming plus all the usual stalls and refreshments. Don’t try and resist it! 12-4pm. FREE. facebook.com/FOLPE17A

Wednesday 9 La Leche League Waltham Forest: Beyond Babyhood Walthamstow Children and Family Centre, 313 Billet Road E17 5PX As Weds 2 May except for babies 6 months+ and different venue. On the second Wednesday of the month. The Cosmic Charlies What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB The Cosmic Charlies do not claim to perfectly recreate a Grateful Dead concert, but they do promise to harness some of the musical energy and spirit that made the Dead so unique. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. whatscookin.co.uk




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Creative Kids: Royal Romance and Weddings William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Make beautiful objects fit for a royal wedding, from crowns to jewellery, to name a few. Creative Kids is a hands-on session for under 5s, on the second Thursday of every month. Two sessions: 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm. FREE but booking essential 020 8496 4390 wmgallery.org.uk

Stow Film Lounge presents THE KID (1921, Cert U) Centre17, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length feature is a silent masterpiece. Chaplin’s famous Tramp discovers a little orphan and brings him up as his own until the orphanage want to reclaim him. Doors 10.30am for crafts, film 11am. £6 (inc crafts), £12.50 party package, acc adults £4.50, under 2s FREE. Buy online or on the door. stowfilmlounge.com

General Echo The Victoria, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Monthly reggae disco. This month Dubplate Pearl, Mr Swing Easy and Ray (Wood Street Indoor Market) spin ska and rocksteady. 8pm-12am. £3. generalechoes.tumblr.com

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Leyton&Stone Designers Market Church Lane Car Park, Leytonstone E11 4QN Outdoor market near Leytonstone Tube. Arts and crafts, local honey, homemade cakes, handmade gifts, woodcarvings, art prints, cards, clothing and jewellery, street food, live entertainment. 10am4pm. FREE entry. leytonandstonedesigners.co.uk E17 Designers Pop Up at E17 Village Market Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Pairing up with established E17 Village Market to host a selection of quality makers. Check us out for early summer gifts, Suzie’s Kitchen, The Greek Café, Wood Street Coffee and more. 10.30am-4.30pm. FREE entry. e17designers.co.uk Planting Day – Stow Village Veg Plots Village Veg Plots, 1 Beulah Road E17 9LG We’ll be planting up the community veg plots on Beulah Road - come along and lend a hand! Suitable for green-fingered kids - we’ll provide all the seedlings and tools. 10.30am-12.30pm. FREE. facebook.com/VillageVegE17 Marshland Medicine: May Herb Walk Meet behind Lee Valley Ice Rink, Lea Bridge Road E10 7QL Regular guided plant walk exploring wild, edible and medicinal goodness of Walthamstow Marshes with community herbalist Rasheeqa. Please book in advance as places are limited. 11am1pm. £8, £6 conc. hedgeherbs.org.uk A Lancashire Miner in Walthamstow: Sam Woods and the By-Election of 1897 The Epicentre, 41 West Street, Leytonstone E11 4LJ Sam was a miner from Wigan who became the first Labour MP for E17. Prof John Shepherd gives the whole unusual story. Buffet until 10.30pm, please bring veggie item if you can. 7.30-10pm. FREE. newsfromnowhereweb.wordpress.com

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Genius John / Krix Panx The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Two brilliant loopers with very different styles. Krix brings his Mexican heritage to bear on a collection of powerful songs, while Genius creates epic layers of voice and guitar. 8.30-11pm. FREE. coppermillpub.wordpress.com

Sunday 13 Dawn Chorus Meet at main gate to Lloyd Park by William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Dawn Chorus walk and talk with Tim Harris. We’ll identify bird song as we stroll round the park. Followed by a free light breakfast. 5-7.30am. FREE, donations welcome. v.peet@tcv.org.uk Hoe Street Market The Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ Art, gifts, plants, homeware, jewellery, cakes and hot food - all made by local designers, makers, bakers and small traders. Shop and dine in comfort and enjoy a drink from the very cheap bar. 12-4pm. FREE entry, FREE parking. Follow @hoestmarket on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram Open Spaces Ride Meet at the Ancient House, Orford Rd E17 9RW Enjoy a relaxed, sociable, easy paced ride, with a mid-afternoon cafe stop. We cover around 15 miles, returning around 5pm. 1-5pm. FREE. www.walthamstowfamilybikeclub. wordpress.com Free Family Activities Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Join local artists for hands-on crafting inspired by Vestry House Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. 1.30-4pm. FREE, just drop in. vestryhousemuseum.org.uk GB Tennis Weekend: Open Day Walthamstow Cricket Squash and Tennis Club, 48A Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Rackets and balls will be available for adults and children to play tennis for free. There’ll be coaching, court time, fun games and refreshments for all. 3-6pm. FREE. Stow Film Lounge presents THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940, Cert U) Centre17, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB Chaplin’s first true sound film is a political satire and comedy drama. He plays both main characters - a Dictator and a Jewish barber, as well as writing, directing, producing and scoring the feature. Doors 2.15pm, film 2.30pm, close 5pm. Tickets £7.50/£5.50 conc. Buy online or on the door. stowfilmlounge.com

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Disco Rani: London’s Gender Fluid Bollywood & Bhangra Night Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Asifa Lahore, Miss Paro and Miss Neelu present this hot, exotic mix of Mujra, Bollywood, Bhangra and R’n’B. 4-8pm. FREE.

Belshazzar’s Feast at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Featuring Paul Hutchinson on accordion and Paul Sartin oboe, violin and vocals, both well known on the scene. 7.30-10.30pm. £13. walthamstowfolk.co.uk

Monday 14 East London Humanists Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road E11 2RQ Thought-provoking monthly talks and discussions around humanism; a rationale for non-religious people who wish to live ethical, fulfilling lives in the here and now in the belief that it’s the only life we have. Doors open 7pm for light refreshments, 7.30-9pm. FREE. eastlondon.humanist.org.uk

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La Leche League Waltham Forest: Series Meeting Lloyd Park Children’s Centre, via Winns Terrace, Lloyd Park E17 5JW Relaxed, warm group for mothers and babies focusing on a theme, with a La Leche League (breastfeeding) counsellor present. Offers support for individuals with or without current breastfeeding challenges. On the third Thursday of the month. 10am-12pm. FREE but £1 donation appreciated. lllwf.elizabeth@gmail.com

Dial M for Music: Follow the Crows Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, 147 Whipps Cross Road E11 1NP This month Follow the Crows appear with some raucous folk at this regular music club with visuals, vintage stuff and free raffles. 7.45-11pm. FREE, with collection. thehitchcockhotel.com

Uncaged London presents: Seduction Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Seduction has many faces. It may be subtle. It may be obvious. It may be comedic or eccentric. It may be something else. Come and be seduced... 8-11pm. £10. Harrow Fair / Les Saules Pleurer What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Exservicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Acclaimed Canadian Harrow Fair is Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers) and Andrew Penner. One part stomping songs that echo early country and rock’n’roll, the other is gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. whatscookin.co.uk

Thursday 17 Highams Park Live The County Arms, 420 Hale End Road, Highams Park E4 9PB Presenting a regular acoustic evening of live music performance with an eclectic programme of local songwriters, poets and storytellers. Email in advance if you’d like to perform. 7.30-11pm. FREE. info@highamsparklive.co.uk highamsparklive.co.uk Pastamind: Fundraising Quiz The Uffizzi Restaurant, 755 Lea Bridge Road E17 9DZ In aid of the Samaritans of Waltham Forest. Enjoy a 2-course Italian meal and a quiz hosted by Rowan, our local quiz master. Plus cakes for sale and a raffle. Please put ‘Samaritans Menu’ in the message box when booking online. 8-11pm. £12. 020 8509 2259 uffizzi.co.uk Los Otros The Victoria, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH All your favourite jazz standards with a bit of Latin and swing, upbeat dance rhythms and music for mellow moods. 9-11.30pm. FREE. losotros.co.uk

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Three Cane Whale ‘At The Pictures’ St Mary’s Music Hall, Church End E17 9RL Twelve specially commissioned short films - including cutting edge animation and lo-fi shadow puppetry - with live musical accompaniment from this multi-instrumental acoustic chamberfolk trio. Support from Noemie. Doors 6.30pm, support from 7.30pm, main act from 8.30pm. £12, £9 conc. stmarysmusichall.co.uk More Historic Local Postcards St John’s Church Hall, High Road, Leytonstone E11 1HH Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society’s Alan Simpson presents another series of historic local postcards after the Society’s short Annual General Meeting. 7.45-9.45pm. £2, FREE to members. Refreshments from 7.15pm. leytonhistorysociety.org.uk Jah Wobble and The Invaders of The Heart Mirth, Marvel and Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Public Image Limited’s co-founder with John Lydon brings his band to Maud. 8-11pm. £12.50. mirthmarvelandmaud.com Disco Rani: My Desi Girl Party Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Exotic mix of Mujra, Bollywood, Bhangra and R’n’B by by Britain’s First Out Muslim Drag Queen, Asifa Lahore, Birmingham’s darling Miss Paro and Luton’s first desi lady, Miss Neelu. 10pm-late. £10, drag queens get in FREE. facebook.com/discoraniclub

Saturday 19 Inspiration Sale with Fair Trade St Andrews Church, 153 Colworth Road, Leytonstone E11 1JD A sale of Fair Trade goods with a Fair Trade cafe. Stalls with bric a brac and plants. 10am-2pm. Stall hire £6. Val Vivier 020 8558 3976 standrewsleytonstone.org Andy Smith’s Northern Soul The Red Lion, 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA DJ Andy Smith’s Northern Soul night returns to the Red Lion. 8pm-2am. £8 online, £10 on the door theredlionleytonstone.com/events

DANCE/FITNESS East Lonesome Drifters The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF East London’s finest honky tonk bar band return with more classic country, pedal steel and genuine twang. 8.3011pm. FREE. coppermillpub.wordpress.com MFC Chicken / The Beatpack What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Exservicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB MFC Chicken play raw, sax-fueled rock’n’roll about fast food and broken hearts. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. whatscookin.co.uk

Sunday 20 Mindfulness: Taster Session The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA A friendly and engaging introduction to what mindfulness is, what it isn’t, some of the evidence behind its use and how it can be a useful tool to help manage stress and promote wellbeing. 10-11am. £8, £5 conc. ruth@calmcitymind.com calmcitymind.com/classes Get Drawing! The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA A relaxing, fortnightly drawing session for adults. See 6 May for details. We Can Be Heroes: Daytime Disco Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ An all ages daytime disco for grownup geeks and kid sidekicks. For fans of comic books, superheroes, sci-fi and fantasy. Music, dancing, costumes, face painting, workshops and food. 12-4pm. £5, kids 14 and under £3, under 2s FREE. facebook.com/wecanbeheroesdisco Orford House Bowls: Beginners Day Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Learn to play lawn bowls on the historic Orford House bowls green. Open to all 18+. Equipment provided, just bring flat shoes. A great way to try the game! Cash bar available throughout. 2-5pm. FREE entry. bowls@orfordhouse.org facebook.com/OrfordHouse/events Belinda Kempster & Fran Foote / Thomas McCarthy at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA A fantastic duo who sing songs from their family and home county without frills. Thomas McCarthy is a singer, storyteller and Irish Traveller, one of the finest traditional singers on the scene. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £6 unwaged. walthamstowfolk.co.uk



Monday 21 The Film Bunch Short Films: Best Of Mirth, Marvel and Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Anniversary showcase of some of best recent short films from upcoming filmmakers from around the world. Film Bunch’s mission is to improve access for deaf and hard-of-hearing people to mainstream short films so provide English captions and British Sign Language interpreters. Over 18s only. Doors 7pm for 7.45pm start. £3. thefilmbunch.com/events/ anniversary-2

Wednesday 23 Floral Art Society Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis & Squash Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Monthly meeting for anyone who loves flowers. 7.45-9.45pm. Members £2, non-members £10. walthamstowfloralart.wordpress.com Doc Bowling & Mlle Chat Noir Blues What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Violin sings the Blues. The violin, a sadly neglected blues instrument, was integral to the early development of the genre. A night of unconventional blues and social commentary. 8.3011pm. FREE with collection. whatscookin.co.uk

Friday 25 Shams’ Kitchen Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St E17 9HQ E17’s finest Pakistani curries and snacks served up with the Palace’s new summer drinks menu. A devastatingly fabulous food and drink combo not to be missed. Veggie options and takeaway available. 6.30-9.30pm while stocks last. Prices vary. mothersruin.net Down By The Riverside The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF A welcome return for this blues project formed by Marco Buono and Riccardo Dore who play some cracking Delta/ Chicago style blues. 8.30-11pm. FREE. coppermillpub.wordpress.com

Saturday 26 Walthamstow Street Gardeners Meet at Browns Green, corner of Hoe Street/Browns Road E17 4RN Join us for a tour of street and community gardens in Walthamstow! The area is packed with fascinating sites where residents have taken greening the streets into their own hands. This is a two hour walk, so dress accordingly. 11am-1pm. FREE. helena@poldervaart.co.uk

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Table Top Sale Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN A table top sale with a difference. Whilst you’ll find second hand and homemade wares, many tables are selling to raise money for good local causes! Refreshments available, all welcome. 11am-3pm. FREE entry. Sandra Jerome 020 8223 0707 wfchub.org

St Barnabas Sunday Concerts: Strings Attached St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Road E17 8JZ Music for heart and soul. Classical, pop and world music played by guest quartet M-Strings with violinist Mardyah Tucker. Followed by a reception. 4-5pm. FREE but suggested donation £5-10 in support of a charity. facebook.com/ StBarnabasSundayConcerts

Family Day: Morris in May William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Celebrate Morris in Maytime and summer’s arrival by making a decoration inspired by Morris’s Labours of the Months and enjoy some Morris dancing! Family Days take place on the last Saturday of every month - the Gallery is filled with lots of fun activities for families to make and do together. 1-4pm. FREE no need to book. wmgallery.org.uk

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Dub Culture #2 The Red Lion, 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA Featuring Blood Shanti in oneness with Fuzzy Dee. Plus Lord Ambassador Sound System, Roots Sensation, Kenny Knots and Donovan Kingjay. 9pm-2am. £7 online, £10 on the door theredlionleytonstone.com/events Harvey, Garvey & The Kane at The Funny Side of Leytonstone Comedy Club Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU A monthly upmarket yet friendly alternative comedy experience. Gareth Kane, Markus Garvey and Steve Harvey are one of the hottest sketch acts on the circuit. Hosted by ‘Moaning’ Martyn Hill. 8-11pm. £10. thefunnyside.info The Outbursts The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Unique punk-rock mayhem. 8.3011pm. FREE. coppermillpub.wordpress.com

Sunday 27 E17 Sunday Food & Crafts Market The Limes Community Centre, 6 Somers Road E17 6RX Monthly market featuring food, crafts, and live music from local creatives. A friendly, inclusive atmosphere and The Limes playground is also open to all children. 12-3pm. FREE. thelimes.org.uk Vinyl: All Day Festival The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE Vinyl festival with stalls, artists using vinyl, vinyl swap and Bell DJs playing favourite vinyl selections (and the public are invited to bring their 5 favourite vinyl selections to play too!) 4pm-close. FREE. JLR@audiosushi.com belle17.com Events marked

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Tree Care: Family Volunteer Task Meet by tree copses on field, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP We’ll be caring for the young trees in Lloyd Park by weeding and preparing the ground for summer. We’ll learn how to identify different trees as we work. . Please wear sensible foot wear. 10am1pm. FREE, but donations welcome. v.peet@tcv.org.uk





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Wednesday 30 Baby & Children’s Clothes Swap KukooLaLa , The Cottage, 3 Marsh Lane E10 7BL New monthly kids’ clothes swap. Bring the clothes that your little ones have grown out of and swap them for ones that fit. Additional items cost £1 each with proceeds going to Haven House Children’s Hospice. Good quality items, sorted into age groups are appreciated. 11.30am-2.30pm. FREE. Nina Scholar 07714 762 753 facebook.com/clothesswapleyton Kids Pom Pom Creatures Workshop Caro Wood Street - Art Cafe, 23-24 Wood Street Indoor Market E17 3HX Suitable for age 2+. Come to the planet of the Pom Pom and make some creatures that live there. This fun, creative workshop taught by Theodora Goes Wild encourages the imagination to roam free. Book online or pay on the day. 1-3pm. £5, materials included. carowoodstreet.com E17 Cook Book Club The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE Foodie social evening, everyone brings food to share. We eat, talk and have fun. Theme this month: Cheese. Bring a dish to share with about 10 people. 8.30-10.30pm. £3. walthamstowfoodies.com Los Chicos (Spain) What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Los Chicos bring their musical mayhem! A loco Spanish rock’n’roll exclusive. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. whatscookin.co.uk

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OPAL nature Trail and Pond Dipping Meet on moat island, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Discover what creatures live in Lloyd Park with a nature trail, mini beast hunt and the chance to pond dip. We’ll be using citizen science resources to ID and record our finds. 10am-1pm. FREE, but donations welcome. v.peet@tcv.org.uk

Mondays Life Drawing The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Weekly untutored drawing session with professional model. Materials included. 7.30-9.30pm. £10. meetup.com/Life-Drawing-inLeytonstone

Music in the Village: Trevor Pinnock, Harpsichord St Mary’s Church, Church End (top of Church Hill) E17 9RL World-famous Trevor Pinnock performs ‘Paths to Bach’, music by Böhm, Froberger and Fischer leading to a selection of preludes and fugues from J. S Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. 7.30-9.30pm. Tickets on the door only. £13.50, £7 conc. petermccarthy-violone.co.uk

Looking forward to JUNE 1 June SOAS Showcase St Mary’s Music Hall, Church End E17 9RL A night celebrating beautiful music from around the world and featuring School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) alumni. The concert will be broadcast live on SOAS Radio and will feature ‘in conversation with’ interviews with the artists between sets. 6.30pm. £12, £10 conc. Early birds discounts. stmarysmusichall.co.uk 2 June E17 Designers’ Summer Market Mirth, Marvel and Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH Super summer market: art, accessories, fashion, kidswear, stationery, handmade gifts, all on offer at our Summer Market in the fantastic foyer of the old cinema Mirth, 5 minutes walk from Walthamstow Central. 12-4pm. FREE. e17designers.co.uk

Tuesdays Life Drawing The Birds, 692 High Road, Leytonstone E11 3AA Guided or untutored class in a well lit spacious place. Great professional models of a variety of genders, ages and origins. Art materials provided. 7.30-9.30pm. £10, members £5. meetup.com/Life-Drawing-The-Birds Tuesdays or Thursdays for 12 weeks Strung Out: Violin Classes for Adults Studio Office, Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU A fun violin group for all levels and styles. Tuesdays: Easy Two 6.30pm; Improvers 7.30pm and Absolute Beginners 8.30pm; Thursdays: Intermediates 7pm and Easy One 8pm. Contact for more info and future start dates. £12.50/ £11.25. Alison Jones 0207 018 2927 shapeshifter-productions.com Wednesdays 5-String Banjo Classes Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Whether you’re a complete beginner or have been playing a while there’s a class to suit your experience in a friendly environment. You’ll need your own instrument! £15 per class, paid termly. Check website for times. banjosmith.co.uk

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