The E List - November 2017

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No 54 November 2017

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

A strange kind of beauty with photographer Hannah Slaney Europe’s largest urban wetlands reserve is here!

Fellowship is Life

COVER STAR Hannah Slaney

Our cover features an image from your still life series, Wrap. Wrap is a series of everyday wrappings shot in a luxury way, this is a series that looks at seeing beauty in everyday mundane objects. The lighting is harsh and the objects are placed on extremely reflective Perspex to give it a polished finish. Another series, 1970s Dinner Party recreates the work of Leytonstone

born legend Fanny Craddock. There is a certain nostalgia to some of your work. Nostalgia and memories are constant themes. Since moving to Leytonstone three years ago I thought it would be an appropriate series that people can relate to. The series was in an exhibition for the Arts Trail. The dishes from the series are the opposite to food trends now and it was great to play around with the colour, props and post production. The recipes were taken from the Fanny and Jonnie Craddock Cookery Programme book, 1970. I worked on this series with food stylist Sam Dixon who makes dishes and extravagant food for films and shoots.

What attracts you to the idea of the still life and working in a series? My work is influenced by colour, pattern and design. Still life allows me to re-create ideas and use these elements. I also enjoy working with the restrictions of still life. As a photographer I can produce a still life shoot alone, it allows me to be prolific and control the process including the concept, props, colours and post production. Working on a project to create a series is a way of working to illustrate a story or theme. Much of your other personal work explores urban landscapes, which you sometime describe as ‘desolate’. Continues page 2

Front cover: Image taken from the series Wrap This page: Images taken from the series 12 years on, inspired by memories and time spent with Hannah’s grandparents Opposite page: Top: Exit/Enter selected for the Magnum Photos 70 exhibition. Middle: The series 1970s Dinner Party. Bottom right: The series Wrap.

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What kind of artist are you? I am a conceptual photographic artist. I shoot still life and documentary projects. I would say my work is mixture of editorial, fine art and commercial.


The quality and technique of your images is stunning. It shows a particular control and preciseness. What do you like about control in the creative process and where do you think this comes from? It probably comes from creating a sense of order in a world of chaos. It is also just a sense of the aesthetic I have, I see things in grids and block colours. I’ve always had an interest in art and design so I studied art, specialising in photography to degree level at the University of the Arts London. I graduated in 2005 and have been working as a professional photographer since 2008, shooting personal work at the same time. You give a certain beauty to the mundane objects or scenes you photograph. Do you see it as a beauty or something else? I do see it as beauty, I would say an appreciation for something that is usually overlooked or ignored. I have a strong feeling to document the landscape scenes and I enjoy the process of actually creating something and building the set up from nothing when shooting still life. 2

How do you view colour in your work? I like to work with different colour combinations. I get inspiration from films, exhibitions and try to use colours that add something to the concept or theme. Colour is a really important aspect to still life as it can massively change the mood or context of the image. Is there any overlap between your professional and personal work? Definitely! I started my career shooting still life, products and food for magazines. I think every photographer is striving to have a definitive style that combines their personal work and commercial commissions so it should all feed into both areas of work. Over the years I have learnt and refined technical/lighting skills and when shooting you get inspiration for both commercial and personal work. Describe your professional life. I’m always working on new ideas or shooting, I plan and decide what projects I will work on in the coming months, I then edit the work and promote it. I am constantly learning new skills or ways of working. I have meetings with potential clients and collaborators who do set design, styling or art direction. I also have admin days where I will update my website and send invoices. An image of yours has recently been selected for the Magnum Photos 70 exhibition at The Printspace. How does that feel? The Magnum print swap was a fantastic exhibition to be involved in. My

image Exit/Enter taken in New York at the Staten Island Ferry station was chosen and displayed at the Printspace along with a real variety of other works. I also got the chance to own an image by another photographer to swap with, so great to add to my collection of prints. Do you have any other creative highlights? Earlier this year I was commissioned to shoot contemporary sculpture for Sotheby’s, that was a fantastic job, it went very smoothly and it was amazing to see all of the artwork in their extensive collection. This year I have been shortlisted for the LPA Futures and The Belfast Photo Festival. Recently I was asked to talk on BBC Local Radio about my bungalow series too. Where can people see your work? More projects and commercial work can be seen on my website and prints can be bought directly by emailing I am working on an exhibition for September/October 2018 at Four Corners Gallery, E2 as part of the London Creative Network. hannahlslaneyphotography Hannah in coversation with Paul Lindt Pictures this page from the series Bungalows in the UK.

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Again you are taking on a traditional subject for art, ie the landscape. What do you look for? I am looking to document a scene that may not have longevity, it mainly comes from an urge to capture an everyday space without having a context of time with people in the shot. Also it has similar themes that run through the still life work. Pattern, colour, repetition and the mundane.

Europe’s largest Urban Wetland Reserve opens in Walthamstow Main image © Kingfisher © Shantanu Kuveskar

After ten years of planning, conservation and investment, the Walthamstow Wetlands opens its gates to the public. E List writer Franki Black and photographer Paul Tucker discover this inner-city oasis right here on our doorstep. “There are six different bat species found on the reserve,” explains Ada Crawshay Jones, the Marketing Manager of the new Walthamstow Wetlands Reserve, as she points to a tall tower dotted with nesting and roosting holes for bats and swifts. During a recent site-visit by the E List, the team was

surprised to discover just how vast this local wilderness area really is. Opened to the public last month, the 211-hectare Walthamstow Wetlands is in fact the largest urban wetland reserve in Europe, comprising ten reservoirs, an angling academy, a beautifullyconverted Victorian visitor

centre complete with café, shop and workshop space, a historic lookout tower, a 2 kilometre cycling route and over 20 kilometres of walking trails. “This is the first time in 150 years that this site has been opened to the public - its very seclusion has ensured the

organic growth of an incredible diversity of plant and bird species,” explains Ada. “Every time I visit, I almost always see either a kingfisher or a peregrine falcon (the fastest animals on earth!)” Intriguingly the reserve forms part of a working water plant, which has been in operation since 1807. Today it remains one of northeast London’s prominent water supply sites, providing 500 million litres of drinking water per day to around 3.5 million people.

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As a first-of-its-kind public, private and charity partnership between Waltham Forest, Thames Water and the London Wildlife Trust, the Walthamstow Wetlands Reserve is the result of ten years of planning, renewal and conservation work. A £10.6m investment was used to transform the land into what we have today: one of London’s most unique and celebrated public wilderness areas, declared in 2012 by the Mayor of London as ‘London’s Best Kept Secret’.

The reserve is centred on conservation and education. Ada explains, “Guided by the London Wildlife Trust, we’ll be running weekly educational activities, seasonal events and interactive learning programmes for children and adults throughout the year to help them explore local wildlife. Going forward, we’ll also adapt our programmes to align to the needs and interests of our visitors. You may very well see yoga and art classes offered in the future.” According to Gordon Scorer, Chief Executive of London Wildlife Trust, visitors will also have the chance to participate in volunteer opportunities, enabling direct involvement in the protection of the wetlands. Our site-visit continues down a gravel trail, past remarkably clear reservoirs and indigenous plants. “This is my favourite trail,” says Ada of the touchstone trail, which is marked with 20 touchstones, each providing information on the surrounding plants and animals. We look across the water to a lush island teeming with birdlife. As an internationally-recognised refuge for water birds, the reserve with its ten reservoirs attracts pochard, shoveler and gadwall. It’s also home to the largest heronry in London and an important stopover for migrating birds flying north and south each year.


As the proud leader of Waltham Forest Council, Cllr Clare Coghill sums it up perfectly, “This fantastic oasis on our doorstep gives Londoners and other visitors an opportunity to leave the daily stress of the city behind and enjoy this unspoilt

open space. We are really excited to welcome visitors to the Wetlands, which I am sure will soon become London’s worst kept secret.”

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The reserve is also home to London’s largest recreational fishery, boasting trout, carp, roach, tench and perch.

Ada adds that another major draw for the reserve is its preserved Victorian heritage. The visitor centre – a former engine room dating back to 1885 – is indeed a spectacle of Victorian charm and contemporary design. Large, original windows, rich and diverse textures and soaring ceilings come together to create a delightfully light and inviting space. Further down the trail, the Grade II listed Coppermill Tower dates back to 1066 and offers a spectacular lookout point for views of the London cityscape.

I walked down Walthamstow High Street one evening recently just as the market traders were packing up their stalls. It was dusk and I was soon joined by an excitable little black and white bird busily dashing between the day’s leftovers, hopping over the sweepers’ brooms in search of flies. My new friend was a pied wagtail, equally at home on a London pavement as a country verge. 19th century poet and celebrator of the British countryside John Clare caught the bird’s gait well ‘Little trotty wagtail, he went in the rain. And tittering, tottering sideways he ne’er got straight again.’ Clare is remembered for an 80 mile walk he took north through Epping Forest, recently recreated in the film By Our Selves with Toby Jones. Clare and his incredible journey also makes an appearance in Will Ashon’s book Strange Labyrinth, where he is joined by amongst others tales of Dick Turpin, sculptor Jacob Epstein and punk legends Crass. Celebrated London chronicler Iain Sinclair in his Guardian Book of the Week Review described Will’s book as ‘a reckoning with the ‘outlaws, poets, mystics, murderers’ of Epping Forest, interwoven with other elements in an account that soon shifts from documentation - a cultural guidebook [...] - to a delirious fiction of doctored memory and free association...’ Read Mark Hart’s excellent chat with Will about writing and his fascinating past on page 34. Waltham Forest is blessed with being placed between Epping Forest to the east and the marshes to the west. In the streets and gardens between you will find ample wildlife such as my friend the wagtail but also goldfinches and woodpeckers, not to mention the controversial parakeets. But it is in the wildernesses of forest and marsh that the truly unusual and unexpected can be found. Last month the long awaited Walthamstow Wetlands opened (see our feature on page 3), with its stunning visitor centre based in the revamped Victorian Pumphouse and viewing platform in the Coppermill. Within minutes of arriving I had caught the flash of azure as a kingfisher darted for cover. Ada who showed us round said it was largely because the 200+ hectares had been closed to the public for the last 150 years that all these wonders of nature had grown to thrive there. Needless to say, like Epping Forest, it is a poet and wordsmiths’ dream, with eloquently named visitors and residents like chiffchaffs, warblers and shovelers. Not to mention twitchers. Visit as soon as you can. Paul Lindt, Editor



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Leyton’s Turning Earth Ceramic Studio


Blackhorse SIDESHOW


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


Jazz legends

House Doctor – Lighting your Kitchen


Perculiar Times: Life on the Wetlands


Local Hero – Shopna Ali and CREST


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Landscape – Paintings by Emma Turpin and Duncan Pickstock


Jazz legends in Waltham Forest


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Making and mindfulness go hand in hand at Turning Earth’s ceramics workshop in Leyton. Karen Dunn heads down to the open access studios to find out why it’s therapeutic to get your hands dirty… Photographs Artur Rummel An industrial estate in Leyton may not be the obvious place to find inner calm and creativity. But beside the wholesalers and factories, is Turning Earth, a ceramics studio that provides a stunning space where anyone can play with clay. Originally based in Hoxton, Turning Earth took the leap and opened their second east London branch on Argall Avenue after demand for workshops went through the roof. “At Hoxton we had a nine month waiting list for membership and classes would sell out in thirty seconds,” explains Stella Cassanelli, Duty Manager at Turning

Earth. “We knew we needed to find another space so we could remain an inclusive community and when this warehouse became available we knew it would be perfect.” While their branch in Hoxton is set in two dark railways arches, the 8,500sq ft space in Leyton, which backs on to the marshes is flooded with natural light. With plants hanging above the workbenches it’s a calming and inspiring space, that is an unexpected, but welcome, surprise. The studio offers everything you need to create pottery from slab rollers to glazes and is home to six large kilns to fire all the makers’ creations.

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While there are professional potters who run their own small ceramics businesses in a separate studio on site, anyone can become a member. Membership of the studio allows both amateur and experienced potters 15 hours a week studio time, use of equipment, tools, and glazes, firing and storage. But, if you’re not ready to commit, they also offer classes so you can discover if you have a penchant for pottery first. “We offer eight and 12 week courses which cover all the general techniques such as pinching and coiling, throwing and glazing, which is perfect

“Lots of people ask if we can do day courses, but with the drying and firing process it doesn’t work. Plus, we always find that anyone who does a short course always wishes they’d booked a longer one when they get hooked!” Despite the studio only opening its doors in March, Stella is already impressed by the progress the new potters are making, “We have a purge table where all the unclaimed or unidentifiable ceramics go and if they’re not collected after a set time they get thrown away,” she explains. “At the beginning there was nothing on the purge table you’d want to save, but now there are things that I really don’t want to smash!” Pottery’s recent renaissance has come from both a renewed interest in traditional

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techniques as well as the popularity of shows like BBC2’s Great Pottery Throwdown, which had people signing up to ceramics courses across the UK in droves. The current trend for mindfulness also links in perfectly with the tactile and thoughtful process of making pottery. “Clay is something that connects you more to the earth and nature,” says Stella. “When you’re working on the wheel you really can’t think about anything else other than what you are doing in that moment and you definitely can’t be looking at your phone if your hands are covered in clay or glaze. You really can take a break from everything for a few hours. “We have everyone from doctors to lawyers, young and old, men and women coming to make in the studio because everyone needs a break from city life occasionally and to squish some clay.”

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“The reaction has been great and the marble run has certainly been put through its paces! Kids love the noise and mechanics of the whole thing. Some are a bit nervous at first, but once they get the hang of it they’re unstoppable!” SIDESHOW has already run a host of workshops from local craftspeople throughout October including print making, creating mechanical toys, musical mobiles and mask making workshops for young and old alike. And the people behind SIDESHOW has even more up their sleeve in the run up to Christmas. The fantastic Makers Movements – a unique installation unpicking the making process then reassembling it - is running until 18 November. Micaella Pedros’s Joining Bottles asks us to rethink our use of waste plastic, while Group Design’s exploded view of a stool shows the anatomy of sculpture making. Tim Summers’ Roll up, roll up, Blackhorse SIDESHOW is bringing local makers to you just in time for Wobbly Peyote, is an outsized version of his well-known desk toy Christmas. Karen Dunn heads down to Blackhorse Road to find out what’s coming up… and Yesenia Thibault-Picazo’s film installation Anthropocene captures the movements of the new age of man using cinematography, It wasn’t long ago that Blackhorse Road was one of the culturally photographs and bone fossil sculpture. quieter parts of Walthamstow. But, in the three and a half years since Blackhorse Workshop opened its doors, makers have flocked to the area and the new pop-up, Blackhorse SIDESHOW, is showcasing the best the area has to offer including workshops to get everyone involved.


Blackhorse Workshop and specialist regeneration company U+I have teamed up with architectural practice Ehk! to design and build the structure which houses a coffee shop and pop-up bars as well as installations and activities led by local makers. Unlike most urban designs, while the shape of the building may mimic an industrial skyline, the modern design stands out from the crowd with a much needed burst of colour – especially needed as the days get shorter.

“Katie Fotis, a set designer based at the workshop, has curated the space to showcase what happens at the workshop and the members work.” SIDESHOW, which runs until the end of December, is located on the site of the Associated Equipment Company who made the first prototypes for the London Routemaster bus. To acknowledge this connection, an amazing interactive giant marble run was built through the building. Incorporating over two hundred steel ball bearings, which weave their way around disused bus parts it’s proved a big hit. “The idea for the marble run was instigated by Toby Poolman, one of the founding technicians behind the workshop,” explains Harriet. 8 To advertise your business contact

Meanwhile, Yanire Sylva Delgado’s installation Many Faces encourages visitors to momentarily become part of the display. The ceramicist is also hosting an adult workshop on 2 November where you can learn to transfer your designs onto a ceramic tile, so you can understand the process further. For lovers of artistic cinema - who also like to wrap up warm there is an outdoor screening of three Film and Video Umbrella productions on 22 November. Each of the works touch on regeneration, change and renewal in this fast-paced city. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, Stow Film Lounge will also be popping up for a screening of Bad Santa on 14 December.

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As Blackhorse Workshop’s Harriet Warden explains, the project is a collaboration with those already working creatively in the area. “We worked with Ehk! architects to design the structure and then worked with our members to build the scenic stage flats, and to fit out the café,” explains Harriet.

The giant interactive marble snakes its way round the building.

The final showcase from 30 November to 23 December will be Makers Presents, an event hosted by local makers celebrating crafts of Christmas, from unique decorations to handmade gifts. Wood St Coffee are also there all the way through providing for all your caffeinated needs. There are also pop-up bars selling all the finest locally produced alcohol the area has to offer from Wildcard Brewery to Victory Gin. In the new year U+I plans to begin work on a proposed new mixed-use development on the site, delivering both new homes and workspaces for small businesses. And, after the success of the SIDESHOW, Harriet reveals Blackhorse Workshop is already looking for their next creative outlet in the local area. “We’re open to offers!” laughs Harriet. “We’d love to help celebrate the creative energy of the borough. It’s been a fantastic chance to help us promote the workshop and create a new venue for the area. We’re hoping that Waltham Forest gets the London Borough of Culture 2019 and we’re also keeping an eye on the new Making Places initiative from the council that will see lots of unloved places locally transformed.”

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Photo of Farah © Cathy Teesdale / Humans of London Farah Ishaq (right) and her mural at St James Street, Walthamstow.

Cultural Stars of Waltham Forest to showcase local culture Forming part of Waltham Forest’s bid to become the first London Borough of Culture, twenty nominated ‘Cultural Stars’ reveal some of the borough’s best creative talent. Franki Black talks to Cllr. Clare Coghill and artist Farah Ishaq. “The positive response from the local community in backing the bid has been astounding,” said Cllr. Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, during a recent interview with the E List about Waltham Forest’s bid to become the first London Borough of Culture. Launched by Mayor Sadiq Khan and inspired by the European City of Culture, the London Borough of Culture is about elevating the importance of arts and culture in our everyday lives. The winning borough will receive over £1m in funding to be allocated exclusively to arts and culture development. 32 boroughs from across the city are set to compete for the winning title. As part of Waltham Forest’s local bid initiatives, it has been running a ‘Cultural Stars’ campaign in which community members were asked to nominate local artists, performers, volunteers and business owners who are making a difference in their communities. The innovative campaign saw dozens of nominations streaming in from across the borough and after a difficult selection process,

20 ‘Cultural Stars’ were selected. “This exciting campaign has really highlighted the intense creativity found across our borough,” said Cllr. Coghill. The twenty ‘Cultural Stars’ will be recognised at an awards event on the 13th of November at the William Morris Gallery, which will be hosted by the council leader and her team. “We’re looking forward to working closely with our Cultural Stars going forward and showcasing their work as a means of attracting more people to Waltham Forest,” she explained. Despite the fact that the nominated ‘Cultural Stars’ are vastly different, they share a common passion for their communities. Nominated ‘Cultural Star’ Farah Ishaq, an award-winning local print artist known for creating the mural beneath St James Street Overground, told the E List that everything about Walthamstow inspires her. “I’m part of a strong network of local artists and I love the ever-evolving arts and music scene in my area,” she explained.

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A born and bred Walthamstow local, Farah actively integrates her surroundings into her work. Two years ago she created a print called ‘Home’ on which Walthamstow’s famous landmarks were depicted. She sold over 200 copies, which meant that she could put herself through art school. “This piece of art really resonated with the local people,” she said. Of her murals, Farah added, “I think that art galleries can be quite exclusive, which is why I like the idea and accessibility of public art – it engages people, creates discussions, beautifies spaces, brings people together and offers a universal language.” Some of the other ‘Cultural Stars’ include Russell Frost, the owner of Hooksmith Press, a letterpress print shop where antique presses and traditional methods are used to create locally-themed posters and prints, and Louise Goulden, founder of The Together Project, a social enterprise which brings people of all ages together with the aim of reducing loneliness, widening children’s understanding of society and helping to integrate local communities. “I think that Waltham Forest is already the unofficial London Borough of Culture – our rich arts and culture scene soothes the mind and the soul,” concluded Ishaq.

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House Doctor Penny Fielding offers creative solutions to everyday niggles you may have with your home. Theres no point in having a spanky new kitchen unless it’s properly lit. Following on from recent columns where I have given you some ideas on kitchen design, here are some tips on getting the lighting right. The multifunctional nature of the kitchen (dining, office, social as well as cooking etc), means that you may want several types of lighting for different purposes and moods. Downlights – Have a few of these strategically placed above where you need a brightly lit work surfaces. The higher your ceiling the less effective these are but great if the space is quite low and you have restricted head height. If the ceiling is too high, you can always build bulk heads to lower the ceiling in places and house them in these. These can also add interest to your kitchen design. With down lights you get what you pay for. You want the bulbs to last and not be fiddly to change. You also want a well baffled light to avoid glare.

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Alternatively use track lighting, (especially where the ceiling is higher). Keep the design straight and simple. Its the lighting thats important here not the light fitting. I’m a big fan of the cooker hood light and this in combination with under cupboard lighting can give a low ambient light when needed. Lit glass cabinets or glass shelving can be really attractive. The lighting from these can be very diffuse and warm and throw interesting patterns across the space. Pendant lighting is a good opportunity to choose a statement, vintage or colourful piece or shade. These look great over a table or in a row above work surfaces. Consider inside cupboard lighting for large storage spaces. Overall try to create as many lighting combinations as possible – even a work lamp on the kitchen counter lighting a corner. Where practicable have all lighting on dimmer switches for different light levels. The lighting should be able to go from a super bright workspace to a soft and restful glow for relaxing. What niggles you about your home? Email with your thoughts. To book a session with the House Doctor please email: or call 07725 645 359.

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Modern and contemporary, but with more than a passing nod to its historic past. Reminds us a bit of us if we’re honest! The owners have clearly lavished a lot of love and attention on their home, and it shows through in the quality of the finish and the eye for even the smallest detail. How ingenious to use a herringbone pattern for the tiling in the bathroom, or to use exposed copper piping in the same room. It’s these little details that elevate the good house into a great home. Albert Road, Leyton E10 2 bed flat for sale Guide price £435,000 sstc Queens Road, Leytonstone E11 2 bed flat for sale Offers in excess of £499,950

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James Lane E10 3 bed flat to rent £1,350 pcm £312pw A good sized first floor three bedroom flat Benefits include an open plan kitchen and living room, three bedrooms and a family bathroom with shower over bath.

Devonshire Road E17 3 bed house to rent £2,000 pcm £462pw The property is situated on a tree lined street and is an ideal home for a professional or growing family. With a through lounge, a contemporary kitchen and an upstairs bathroom.

Amey Court E17 1 bed flat to rent £1,175 pcm £271pw

Markhouse Av E17 3 bed house to rent £2,100 pcm £285pw

A well presented three bedroom Victorian terrace house situated close to the St James Street Station. With an open plan living area, galley kitchen and a south facing rear garden.

Original features, bay windows and stripped floors give this flat plenty of character. The lounge is a good size with a large bay window and feature fireplace.

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Halstead Court OIEO £275,000

We have pleasure in offering for sale this one bedroom ground floor flat. Benefits include a large double bedroom, under floor heating, fitted kitchen, fitted bathroom, double glazing throughout and electric heating.

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This wonderful period terrace property is located close to Walthamstow’s excellent transport links. The house has been maintained and renovated with no expense spared while retaining many period features.

Forest Road OIEO £380,000

This two double bedroom ex Warner flat. Features two double bedrooms, spacious lounge and a shared 35ft approx. rear garden. There is a well-appointed kitchen and good size bathroom.

Blackberry Court OIEO £385,000

This property comprises of a bright open plan kitchen/lounge area, with dual aspect windows, sliding glass doors opening on to the private balcony and a modern fitted bathroom.

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Boundary Road E17 8JA Available to rent is this stunning large two-bedroom split level flat. Comprising of two double bedrooms, a large reception, separate fitted kitchen, modern bathroom and neutral décor throughout. This property is located within a short walk of Walthamstow Central Station.

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Cherry Close Elphinstone Road We have pleasure in offering for rent this three-bedroom Warner E17 9LJ E17 5EY house. This immaculate property benefits from a spacious lounge, kitchen/diner, first floor bathroom, and a beautiful rear garden with a decked seating area.

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poaching. In 1894, a Mr William Harris Cattell of Stoke Newington accidentally shot himself, fatally, whilst out shooting. In 1899 five men were charged with trapping birds to sell. They protested that they were sportsmen, but the judge countered this, stating that “…if you can afford to pay 10s for the nets for the sake of the sport, you can afford to pay 10s for the enjoyment of the sport” and so fined them 10 shillings each. Other illegal activities were not uncommon. In January 1866 police were drawn to an upturned orange box and candles amidst crowds of ‘skaters, sliders and watchers,’ where they caught a William Davis embroiled in a gambling racket. In May 1908 fifteen men were caught playing pitch and toss and in August 1911, Samuel Baler, a labourer from Shoreditch pleaded guilty to gambling with bronze coins and dice. Illicit boxing matches include one held in May 1886 when a wellknown young circuit boxer, George Mahoney, was charged with illegally engaging in a prize fight, with five others charged with aiding and abetting. All were offered bail except for the luckless Mahoney, who also lost the fight. Today the home of the Walthamstow Wetlands marsh activities are more inclined to involve cycling, jogging, walking and seasonal

berry-picking, as well as being the focus for community-based projects such as the fabulous ‘Mural on the Marsh’. Thankfully the Marshes have been protected from gravel extraction and development, and in 1985 were designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest partly due to being one of the last areas of semi-natural marshland in London. Next time you visit, see if you can identify the site of the anti-invasion trenches dug in 1940, as well as a V2 crater to the south.

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Walthamstow Marshes are a special place for locals, both wildlife and the human variety. Use of the Marshes is centuries old, with Lammas rights in place until 1934, which allowed free grazing between Lammas and Lady Day and the growing of grass and hay in strips. But the Marshes have also been party to less wellknown happenings, from the spectacular to the downright shady. Perhaps the most glorious was in 1909, when Alliott Verdon Roe made the first all-British-built powered flight. The tri-plane was constructed in his workshop within the railway arches at the edge of the Marshes, today marked by a commemorative plaque. The Marshes have also been home to various leisure pursuits. The severe frosts of the nineteenth century created perfect ice-skating conditions, while travelling fairs occasionally passed through, not always without consequence. In January 1885 a Mr J Whitby objected to a Sunday fair pitching up on marshland he owned, so he rode dramatically on horseback to confront the fairfolk, deliberately destroying tents and a coconut-shy in the process. A magistrate subsequently ruled that the fairfolk could not claim damages, and ordered them to pay prosecution costs. Marsh wildlife attracted shooting and


Shopna Ali and CREST The charity CREST has been helping people in Waltham Forest since 1971. Shopna works in CREST’s day service for those with dementia or disabilities. She talks to Paul Lindt about the power that fun and joy has in reigniting people’s lives. Photo by Paul Tucker. Are you local? I was born in the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel but I’ve lived around here for most of my life. CREST has been my only employer since leaving school. What do you love about the area? I love that the people are so friendly. And Walthamstow has such great facilities -- good schools, GPs, and so many people who care about the community. Last but not least, the Pound Shop is a particularly great place to shop for bingo prizes for my clients!

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Tell us about CREST and the Day Opportunities Service for Older People with a Disability and/or Dementia? I absolutely love CREST. It’s been around in Waltham Forest for decades. The origins of our Day Opportunities Service go way back, more than forty years. The majority of my clients are just local people coping with the everyday struggles associated with living with dementia. CREST has given me the opportunity to get to know these wonderful people at this stage of their life. It gives me the chance to make their lives enjoyable. When my clients enjoy themselves it gives them hope and a purpose to get out of bed. They really do seem to come to life when they come through the door. We provide them with stimulating activities they just wouldn’t get to do at home. For instance, we have one client, a man who creates the most amazing origami flowers and animals you’ve ever seen, far better than I could ever do – and you’d never know it if you met him. It’s surprises like that which make the job such a joy. They can be such interesting and creative people – you just have to take the time and trouble to get to know them.

You use music, singing and dancing a lot in your work? Joy and laughter is important for those in the early stages of dementia isn’t it? One of our clients once said “You walk in to CREST – but you’ll go out dancing” – music is on most of the time. Joy and music go hand in hand. It is just so important on many levels – to generate memories and happy feelings of good times spent with loved ones. But also dance is great exercise and music gets them up and dancing. When they recognise the music, their eyes light up and they join in. CREST was really lucky to be the charity nominated to benefit from this year’s Stow-a-thon. With some of the money raised, we bought a set of drums and other percussion instruments which our clients use regularly. So the spirit of the original Stow-a-thon continues here. What provision does CREST provide locally? CREST’s service for people with Disability and/or Dementia operates four days a week. It offers a maximum of eighty places a week. It operates at two centres – one in Chingford another in Walthamstow. Some of our clients love it so much, they put their name down for the full four days. As well as the clients, CREST’s service also gives a break to the families and carers while they know their loved ones are safe

and being looked after. As well as this CREST does other things – it’s run a quirky community centre, Harmony Hall, just off Walthamstow High Street since 1999; it runs thinkarts!, a mental health project which supports people who use art as part of their recovery; it helps administer the two Big Locals in Walthamstow – St James Street and William Morris – as well as one in Wood Green. Oh yes – it also has a quirky charity shop on the High Street. What is your involvement? I’ve worked as both Disability Support Worker and Dementia Support Worker and have been Team Leader for over two years now. I’m basically responsible for ensuring that all the different elements making up the service are in place – that we have reliable transport, that we have entertaining activities, that it all takes place in a safe and attractive environment, that we have tasty and nutritious meals, that our fantastic volunteers and student placements get a rewarding experience as well. Most of all it’s to create an enjoyable and memorable day for our clients. How did you get involved? I first saw CREST on a volunteer recruitment website and started as a volunteer in 2012. The first day I came to the group, I absolutely loved 25

it and just knew it was for me. Having been a volunteer myself gives me an insight in to their role and how important they are – the magic “added value” component. We have the most amazing group of volunteers. What do you love about your work at the centre? It’s the satisfaction of seeing my clients having fun and knowing they are safe with my team. A client once said to me “I stopped doing my hair and make-up, but since I’ve joined CREST I have gone back to doing it again and I look forward to my life now”. This is what keeps me going. Some of the clients don’t interact to begin with, either due to their disability or because they are just shy. But I don’t give up that easily. Just talking to them, getting them involved with music helps break down those barriers. One client used to be a tap dancer when she was younger. But she stopped dancing for decades. After joining CREST she’s

started to dance again - it’s like life has come back into her soul. What have you found challenging? Probably the most challenging part is when the clients have particular speech problems. It is so sad when they lose the power of communication. Tell us about John Hunt. John Hunt has been one of our clients for quite a while now. John used to be a lecturer and has been a local man for many years. He is a man of great wisdom, with so much information to share. But, despite his diagnosis, his attitude is totally to live life to the full – to have no regrets and just to enjoy life. He just loves music – all types of music. There’s a lovely little film – The Days of Wine and Roses – a local student made about John this summer which says it all. He talks so openly about the ups and downs of his life, but despite everything what really shines through is his optimism.

How important to the local area is the Day Service? I think it’s so very important. It’s so easy just to express pity for people living with the condition. The Day Service isn’t about pity at all – it’s about celebrating the clients as being people with worth and experience they can usefully share with others. It’s so important that services like this are local – many of our clients just can’t travel very far due to their condition. What’s also important is the reliability of the people they encounter – the volunteers and staff. They find change really difficult so are reassured when they see the same people on whatever day they come. How is this particular work funded? CREST is a charity but it gets no state money at all to run this service. So, one way or another, everybody who attends has to pay for it. Some are paid for by families who have the ability to pay themselves. But the majority are people who, due to their condition, have been


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assessed and deemed eligible to receive direct payments to fund their place. How can people get involved? They can phone our administrator Paula on 020 8521 2975 (option 1) or email her at paula.lesurf@ What improvements would you like to see in local dementia care in the future? I would like there to be much greater knowledge generally about what dementia is and how people living with it can be supported and cared for. I think people need to be more patient and understanding. Our clients all have different levels of behaviour. Some can exhibit quite challenging behaviour. It’s important to be mindful when this happens that it’s not them who are acting like that, more that it’s their condition that’s controlling them. The Film The Days of Wine and Roses

E~VOLVE a Directory for a Healthy Mind & Body Sport Saturdays Kids Squash Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis & Squash Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Squash Academy are offering minisquash adapted for tiny kids. Agility, balance, coordination, movement and racket skills. Indoors, so fun in all weathers! Qualified DBS squash coaches. Session for kids aged 3-6 at 9.30-10.30am, session for over 6s 10.30-11.30am. £5. Vicky te Velde 07538 574058 Mondays Ladies’ Squash Walthamstow Leisure Centre, 243 Markhouse Road E17 8RN Ladies Beginners squash coaching. Progression into leagues and competitions. Fun, friendly fitness. 6.15-7pm. £5. Vicky te Velde 07538 574058

Fitness Saturdays Zumba Fitness All Saints Church, 47 Melbourne Road, Leyton E10 7HF A dance based fitness class with a mix of different rhythms, heavily influenced by Latin grooves. Zumba is for everyone, work at your own pace in this no pressure, friendly class. 12-1pm. £4. Andrea 07939 873518

Saturdays Parkrun Wanstead Flats Playing Fields, Harrow Road E11 3QD and Peter May Sports Ground, Wadham Road, Walthamstow E17 4HR Weekly 5km run against your own clock with an optional post-run coffee. 9am. FREE, but first-timers please register to get your barcode. Fridays HIIT E17 Parent & Baby Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Rd E17 4QU High-Intensity Interval Training involves quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. Getting and keeping your heart rate up, burning more fat in less time. Babies welcome but not crawlers or walkers please. 10-10.50am. £10, discounts for block bookings. Tuesdays Sazzercise: Dance Aerobics & Body Conditioning Leyton Youth Centre, Crawley Road E10 6PY Suitable for anyone looking to improve their fitness. The class will improve your cardiovascular health, burn fat, as well as develop overall muscle strength, endurance, core stability and flexibility. 7-8pm. £8, 5 classes for £30 or bring a friend and pay just £4 each.

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Thursdays NEW Chutney SOCA Fitness Sports Hall, Waltham Forest College, 707 Forest Road E17 4JB It’s new. It’s exciting! Chutney SOCA Fitness is here. Add some SPICE to your fitness routine! Think of the fun of carnival; now add fitness. You’ll dance so hard that you’ll make a hole in the floor! Wear comfortable shoes and a big smile. Water provided. 7-8pm. £6 when booked in blocks of 4 online. Vanessa 07958 523431

Wednesdays NEW Tai Chi for Parent and Baby Leytonstone United Free Church, 55 Wallwood Road, London E11 1AY Learn Tai Chi with your baby by your side. For improved health and wellbeing, relaxation and balance. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. 11.30am-12.15pm. £6, first lesson FREE. Gemma 07916 334670 Thursdays NEW Pilates Leyton Yoga, First Floor (above USSR), 691 High Road, Leyton E10 6RA An exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve overall health. 11am-12noon. £10.

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Strange horizons This month sees a new exhibition open at Leytonstone’s Stone Space gallery. Painters Emma Turpin’s and Duncan Pickstock’s work reference the light, colours and forms that appear in the landscape. Neither illustrative nor representational their work takes the natural world merely as a starting point. Emma Turpin (born in London in 1964) has in recent years been exploring the notion of shelter in landscape. There are structures hidden in forests, and there are others that have almost become part of the landscape with trees bursting from inside them. In other works we see nothing built or man-made but rather shelter suggested by an area of light emerging through a tangle of branches. Emma Turpin uses these familiar natural forms to try and find a harmonious resolution between colour and form.

is sky. There are often bands of colour that suggest early morning or even later in the day as the sun goes down. Often there are flashes of colour that look slightly out of place and that might be comets or shooting stars or even debris as the titles often suggest. Size is difficult to gauge, there’s no scale as such. The luminous strokes falling down from the sky might be gigantic and will surely destroy whatever is on the ground. While the paintings are beautiful, there is a sense of malevolence and anxiety just below the surface.

Emma got her Masters from the Slade school of fine art. Her work has been shown extensively in the UK and she has exhibited in Germany and France. She lives and works in London

Duncan studied at Manchester. He lived in Barcelona for two years before coming to London where he is now based. In 2014 he got The Rita Harris Painting Award and in 2016 he was awarded The Ballinglen Fellowship from the Ballinglen Art Foundation in Ireland. He has exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe.

Duncan Pickstock’s was born in Liverpool in 1967. His paintings appear to be landscapes; there is an horizon and there

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Top row: Left – Walthamstow resident Sir John Dankworth with Duke Ellington who played the Granada in 1963. Right – Count Basie.who played Walthamstow in 1957.

Jazz legends who put the Granada Walthamstow on the map Mike Rose of the National Jazz Archive sets the scene for a fundraising jazz concert at Mirth, Marvel & Maud in Walthamstow on 24 November and recalls the musical heritage of the former cinema.

In addition to the American jazz legends who visited in the past Waltham Forest has been the home of many great British jazz musicians. A collaboration between Waltham Forest Council and the National Jazz Archive has led to a series of Blue Plaques being unveiled around the borough. Amongst those to be celebrated are jazz composer, saxophonist and clarinetist Sir John Dankworth, trumpeters Freddy Randall and Kenny Wheeler, big band drummer Kenny Clare, clarinet virtuoso Dave Shepherd and trombonist, Jacky Free. To read more about Waltham Forest’s jazz blue plaques visit Conscious of this fantastic jazz heritage, on 24 November the National Jazz Archive present a jazz gig that features a star of the current British jazz scene 30

An advert for the Gillespie and Coltrane tours from Jazz News, October 1961.

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Mirth, Marvel & Maud in Hoe Street has become a popular venue, very much part of the Walthamstow scene since it opened in 2015. But back in the day, the building housed the Granada Cinema, a wonderful example of 1930s cinema architecture, whose history is told in Richard Ashman’s excellent two part E List feature from April and May 2016 ( From the 1950s it was also used regularly as a music venue with the main auditorium seating almost 3,000. In the mid-sixties that meant dozens of concerts by the Beatles, the Stones and other headline rock and rollers. But the Granada also featured such legendary jazz artists as Count Basie in 1957, Duke Ellington in 1963 and an all-star concert led by Dizzy Gillespie as part of the ‘Jazz at the Philharmonic’ European tour in 1960. Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane leading their own groups appeared in November 1961. Even Frank Sinatra performed there in 1953.

paying tribute to one of the true legends of UK jazz, Stan Tracey. His son, award-winning drummer Clark Tracey and his quartet will play a fundraising concert for the National Jazz Archive at Mirth, Marvel & Maud. Clark’s quartet features three other superb musicians: Art Themen (saxes), Bruce Boardman (piano) and Andrew Cleyndert (bass). To celebrate what would have been Stan Tracey’s 90th year, Clark Tracey has written the definitive biography of his father, The Godfather of British Jazz published by Equinox Publishing. The concert will be part of the book’s launch and will feature Stan’s music and well-known jazz standards. Stan Tracey was an important British jazz pianist and composer whose distinguished career spanned six decades. For most of the 1960s Stan was the house pianist at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. This concert is one of a series during 2017 to raise funds to support the work of the National Jazz Archive. The Archive is a charity based in Loughton Library in Essex. It holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from 1919 to the present day. For more information

Clark Tracey Quartet plays a Tribute to Stan Tracey 8pm Friday 24 November Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4QH.

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by Peter Ebsworth Being the young scamp he was just turned seven years old on April 10th 1940 Derek bored as the wartime summer approached, would mess around in parks with other children whether he knew them already or not. As the days got longer in June, School finished earlier. Often alone afternoons he’d linger around the edges of ponds by waste land, look for urban flotsam. Never found anything more exciting than the odd battered ball or broken toy he’d hook out by hand, but it helped kill time, postponed any breaking bad news he might hear when he got home. One such pond was full of rank green and yellow slime, myriad insects, and flies hosted by dead birds and rats. He caught diphtheria there, at a very bad time for our family. Mum’s only brother Jack, nineteen years old, a navigator in the RAF, was called back from his break after completing thirty pathfinder missions. On 9th June, 1940, Sergeant John Charles Phipp of 82 Squadron, failed to return until much later, when his name was listed on a Screen Wall in Chingford Mount cemetery. Worse happened, when Derek’s nana Maud, unable to cope with Jack’s death, died the same month. The diphtheria was killing Derek; it seemed there was no hope, then nana Maud came to him in his hospital bed as if alive again, smiled and spoke to reassure him she was happy; persuaded him to go back and live. He fought the fever, rallied and fully recovered. Certain Maud came back and saved his life, Derek always swore it really happened. He was as sure as sure could be; as Jack used to say, as sure as powdered eggs. Peter Ebsworth is a member of the Forest Poets who meet regularly in Walthamstow. He co-edits South Bank Poetry magazine and a collection of his poems ‘ Krapp’s Last Tape The Musical ‘ is published by flipped eye

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Walthamstow Diary Between forest and marsh lies the glorious Stow. These are the tales and meanderings of a proud resident of E17 I’m normally a pretty calm and reasonable kind of chap, but oh I could crush a grape. In fact I’d go so far as to say that I’m getting close to becoming very cross. Do you want to know what’s got me so stirred up? Well even if you don’t I’m going to tell you anyway. Signs, that’s what’s bothering me, signs. To be precise, a sign that’s new, and a very old one that has now been damaged and pretty much lost. Up until recently the corner of Frederic Street and St James Street was graced by a fading wonder, a ghost sign. A painted advert for the London Co-op society. I don’t know how long the sign had been on that wall, but it’s safe to say it had gazed out on an ever-changing Walthamstow for a long time. Although it was flaking, faded and damaged, this ghost sign was a constant reminder of Walthamstow’s past. Sadly that sign has been all but lost under a layer of paint, and a monstrous new sign put up by the current occupant of the building. The new sign for the Still Bar, has been screwed and bolted on top of the Co-op ghost. A small piece of the sign that remained uncovered was sanded, filled and painted, so lost forever. For me the loss of this sign is a tragedy. At a time when investment in St James Street has seen some of the glorious old buildings repaired and restored, the loss of this note from the past is nothing less than vandalism. I know it’s only a bit of paint on a wall, and I may be verging on the dramatic here, but the loss of the Co-op ghost sign feels significant, like a connection with the past has been severed. The Co-op ghost was a like a treasured photo, a photo that has now been ripped up and consigned to the bin. Walthamstow speaks in many voices, but this voice from the past has sadly now been silenced forever. 32

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now?!?!?!? Bloody Brexit!! IC: It needs to be a mattress for a REAL taste of home! NG: What a beauty! It let you get so close! SW: OMG If I am not mistaken that is a WPP 101 model...such a rare find. LM: Clearly a stowaway...I wonder which lorry he smuggled himself over on :-) Lol! Walthamstow Life A neighbour is gardening in the dark with Radio 4 at ear-splitting volume... sign of #Walthamstow going to the dogs? @lissachapman

MC: Is it a lesser spotted trolley or is it just rust? BF: Mostly found near areas of high foot fall, they like feeding off scraps that people drop. They are especially fond of discarded kebab FM: Looks like a vintage one from the 1800s YP: Says it all really KL: Hmmmmm, a superb example of the rarely seen Lesser Trollyum Asdanis Lostus MB: Solidarity #mattressesfightback IM: It’s an art installation. Hipsters are showing consumerism cannot be overshadowed by art. It’s in the E17 art trail. MB: Well shave my beard an call me ‘normal’ daddio, I’m off to do some action painting man! Walthamstow Residents News So here i am in Madrid on a business trip and you’ll never guess what i came across!! RO: Does this one speak any English? RL: No i tried so i had to use Google RO: Did you mention what is happening in Catalonia? RO: Yeah, as a Madridian he seems too relaxed... if someone attempted to take Cornwall away most local trolleys would be concerned AL: Are trolleys not allowed to go on holidays

Step outside Walthamstow Village and look what you get... No bloody loo roll! LB: Wow! That was some heavy night! SW: Taking the piss if you ask me! PM: Now wash your hands BB: This REALLY needs to be posted on Sh*t London!!! TK: Sh*t a brick TP: You’re worried about no loo roll? Clearly the main thing wrong is there’s no toilet brush! LA: Toilet brush = weapon. And probably a sh8tty one at that! JB: That’s a really sh*ty situation to be in AW: A fluffy toilet seat cover will sort that out BB: Pfffft! Obviously the worst issue here is there are no magazines to read while you’re relaxing on that luxury loo!! PM: Maybe there’s some good quality graffiti to read? Leytonstone Life Don’t miss the sunset right now #E17, it’s lush. #spidersfromstow #Arachtober #spiderseason @spidersfromstow

Random things in #Walthamstow pound shops #MakeAmerica GreatAgain #e17 @MusicLikeDirt Markhouse Road is on ‘The Apprentice’ BBC1 GC: It was in the montage at the start, it might well appear again. GC: Rewatching it, I think it’s from a future task. SB: Oh I missed it.... Did they show all the roadworks too? If i knew i would have stood in the background with a board saying NO TO MINI HOLLAND lol!! No chance of completing that task on time with the crazy traffic queues!!! LE: I hope they get carjacked. Walthamstow Residents NEWS There is only one explanation for the #sky in #Walthamstow right now...ALIENS! @AlexRosePR The apocalypse has started in #Walthamstow! @118perdoni If the apocalypse is approaching, I’d like a heads up... @verahanderson

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The Way through the Woods

Will Ashon founded and ran the record label Big Dada Recordings and, in the process, spawned two Mercury Music Prize winners. Now a novelist his latest acclaimed work blends his own ‘mild’ mid life crisis with a history of Epping Forest and the stories of some of its more colourful characters. Here he talks of music and literary escape with Mark Hart. As part of its campaign to be London’s first Borough of Culture, Waltham Forest Council are listing the area’s artistic highlights; examples of the borough’s creative gems and superstars. Through some oversight they have so far neglected to mention Walthamstow based author, Will Ashon. Leicester born, Ashon has lived in Walthamstow for almost twenty years and is married with two children. Now a fulltime author he had previously enjoyed a successful music business career as founder and boss of the highly regarded Big Dada record label, signing and releasing music by artists including Roots Manuva, Wiley, Diplo and Kate Tempest. Remarkably the label harboured two winners of the Mercury Music Prize, Speech Labelle and Young Fathers. Ashon is no intellectual slouch. A former student of PPE at Baliol College, Oxford; his life-long passion for music, first Jazz and then Hip-Hop meant that he chose not to follow many college contemporaries (and to-date three British Prime Ministers) into politics. 34

Before becoming a label boss Ashon was a music journalist writing for leading music/ hip-hop magazines including Muzik, Hip-Hop Connection and The Source, penning major features on De La Soul, Beastie Boys, Tribe Called Quest and Wu Tang Clan. The jump from journalist to label major-domo was eased by a fortuitous meeting at a wedding with the manager of renowned label Ninja Tune who helped Ashon release his first record – a single by Alpha Pryme, featuring Luke Vibert. Ashon explains: “I was bored writing about obscure singles and hearing people say they couldn’t get them, and I was so excited by what was going on at that time I just really wanted to be part of it.” Whilst running the label Ashon managed to write two novels, Clear Water and The Heritage for publishers Faber & Faber. The former largely written on a ‘Palm Pilot’ during his daily Victoria line commute to and from Walthamstow to the label’s offices. Ashon’s most recent book - his first foray into non-fiction – is the latest addition to

the chronicles about the ancient woodland of Epping Forest. Published earlier this year to rave reviews, Strange Labyrinth: Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London’s Great Forest is part autobiographical, part countercultural history that could arguably be included in the growing canon of landscape and nature writing popularised by writers such as Robert McFarlane and Ian Sinclair. In Strange Labyrinth, Ashon sets out to arrest or comprehend a mild, mid-life crisis described by the author as: “part developmental, part existential, largely silly’. Ashon had ‘almost on a whim’ decided to forgo his career to become a full-time writer. He writes: “I’d chucked away all the routines... I’d set aside fifteen years of work and the status and self-definition I obtained from it.” The appeal of the forest to a keen walker like Ashon was that the inability to look outward better allowed inward contemplation. It was a place of escape, a place to think. It’s also on his doorstep.

Ken Campbell, veteran road protestor Mick Roberts, Stonehenge free festival pioneer Wally Hope and his friend and punk activist Penny Rimbaud of Crass. The ‘coward’ of the title is Ashon himself as he attempts to overcome fears associated with the sense of being lost and alone. One feels that ‘coward’ may be too harsh a description. Who hasn’t felt trepidation when alone, especially at night-time in the forest cut-off from more familiar urban surroundings? It’s telling, as Ashon himself notes, that half of the Brothers’ Grimm tales are set in forests.

The book entertainingly interweaves this personal account with a history of the forest and stories of the disparate local characters (the previously mentioned outlaws, poets, mystics etc) that have made home or sought refuge there. They include modernist sculptor Jacob Epstein, actor and comedian

Ashon is almost ready to hand over his next manuscript– a book about 90’s rap stars Wu Tang Clan and specifically the band’s influential debut album 36 Chambers but which promises to cover ‘everything’. It’s fair to say that he has returned to a subject he knows best and it’s reasonable to assume that the book will be elevated above mere biography by Ashon’s mastery of technique and confident erudition.

He explains that he is enjoying non-fiction too much to return to novels. Strange Labyrinth is a fascinating, enjoyable, likeable and funny read that should appeal to those of us who have found themselves lost, sometimes scared, whether in a strange place or in life, and is highly recommended to anyone who visits Epping Forest. Keep an eye out for Will Ashon and may we suggest to Waltham Forest’s Culture team that they should add him to their list.

Strange Labyrinth is published by Granta Mark Hart hosts regular author events. Follow Walthamstow Rock n’ Roll Book Club @e17rnr_books













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Exhibitions & weekly events Arts, crafts & film 2-26 Nov NEW Landscape by Emma Turpin & Duncan Pickstock The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Both Emma Turpin’s and Duncan Pickstock’s paintings reference the light, colours and forms that appear in the landscape. Their work is not illustrative or representational but takes its starting point from the natural world. Thurs-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. 6-12 Nov NEW Art+Revolution Winns Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Original artefacts from 1917-1921 Russia are displayed alongside work from nine artists celebrating the anniversary of the Russian Revolution. 10am-5pm. FREE. Events marked

1-12 Nov NEW E17 Designers’ Christmas Maker’s Window Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9JN Check out this mini showcase of designer/makers, ahead of Christmas fair dates, by walking past the Gallery. Visible daily during daylight hours and lit until midnight. FREE. 15-21 Nov NEW Adventures in Digital Art 2017 Winns Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Part of Waltham Forest’s Digital Month, the exhibition presents the work of past and current Lumen Prize artists eg Fabio Dartizio’s ‘A Desire to Stay in the Sun’ sees your touch translated into colour by rhythm, a haptic interactive installation. Open to all ages. Thurs-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE.

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Sat 2nd Dec 10-12 /2-4 Sat 9th Dec 10-12 £45 Held in Walthamstow Village Contact Sally to book 07900313536

16 Nov-10 Dec NEW Strong Silent Type: An exhibition with Typographical Tendencies Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9JN A graphic new group exhibition of word and typography-based works. Opening night event Thursday 16 Nov, 7-9pm. A street-facing exhibition, visible daily during daylight hours and lit until midnight. FREE.

Until 18 Nov (see feature on page 8) Maker’s Movements Exhibition Blackhorse Sideshow, Forest Works, Forest Road E17 6JF Come and play with the interactive art and design exhibition by Blackhorse Workshop members, and of course the giant marble run! Also open Thursday & Friday evenings until 16 Nov where you can enjoy beer and cocktails at a showcase of the creative process through an immersive experience. MonFri 7.30-11am, Thurs-Fri 6.30-11pm and Sat 10am-2pm. FREE.

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ART 24-26 Nov NEW Local Winns Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP A love Letter to Walthamstow: a threeday exhibition of recent paintings and prints by Johanna Melvin, a resident of Walthamstow for many years. 11am5pm Fri-Sun. FREE. Until 30 Nov NEW PIC.3 Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP Linocuts, ceramics and c(art)toons from Anna Paczuska, Rachel Milotte and Nigel Burch, three quirky artists with a selection of new figurative work. PV on Friday Nov 3. Tues-Sat 9-5.30pm. FREE. Until 23 Nov NEW Walking the Victoria Line: Photography Exhibition Wynwood Art District Cafe, 2A Chingford Road E17 4PJ Tania Salmen and Anna Kesonen document their walk from Walthamstow to Brixton following the tube. Daily during cafe hours, Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-6pm. FREE. From 14 Nov NEW Urban Swift Exhibition The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA After nesting in the Swift Tower at Walthamstow Wetlands enjoy this display of 1000 Swifts, knitted by community groups and knitters in Waltham Forest, led by the textile artist Deirdre Nelson. Tues-Fri: 9.30am-6pm. Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm. FREE. Until 28 January 2018 May Morris: Art and Life William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP This landmark exhibition explores the life and work of May Morris, daughter of William Morris, and one of the most significant artists of the British Arts and Crafts movement in her own right. Funded through Art Happens, the Art Fund’s crowdfunding platform. WedsSun 10am-5pm. FREE. 30 Nov-23 Dec NEW Makers Presents Blackhorse Sideshow, Forest Works, Forest Road E17 6JF The Makers Presents exhibition will be celebrating crafts of Christmas, from hand crafted gifts to extraordinary decorations, and useful creative makery by Blackhorse Workshop members. Launch party Thursday 30 Nov. See the website for opening hours. FREE.



Tuesdays Free Film Night at The Red Lion The Red Lion Ballroom, 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA Love films? Love surprises? Love free stuff? Come watch our mystery movie every Tuesday with free popcorn too. Check website for this week’s genre. Doors 7.30pm, film starts 8pm. FREE.

Music, theatre & singing 22 Nov-17 Dec NEW Panto: Robin Hood and The Outlaws of Waltham Forest Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA A local and exciting twist on the classic pantomime. Expect a feast for the eyes and bellyaching fun as our troupe of outlaws bring this world to life. Singing, dancing and laughter. A family show. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Performances Weds-Sat 7-9pm, and Sat-Sun 2-4pm. £10, children £7. Mondays Robyn’s Bad Decision Time (The Tinder Games) The Birds pub, 692 High Road, Leytonstone E11 3AA London’s loneliest comedians battle it out to try and convince someone from Tinder, Grindr or Her to come to the show for a date. 8-9.45pm. £5. Thursdays Jazz Up Thursdays Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Expect anything from classical or modern jazz, a gig or a jam, each week will be full of surprises.. 7pm-midnight. FREE. Wednesdays Choir17 Walthamstow CentrE17, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB New, mixed choir with a focus on feeling great and sounding great. Fun sessions, modern music (rock, indie, soul, pop). No need to read music, just need a love for singing! 18+ only. 7-8.30pm. First 3 sessions FREE, then £9. Rosie 07789 908483 Wednesdays (term time only) WAVE Community Choir Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road E17 7BY We’re funky, jazzy and recruiting. All welcome, no auditions. Over summer we’ve worked with rising R’n’B star Byron Gold so we’re raring to go. Jazz, gospel, classical, folk etc. 7.30-9.30pm. First rehearsal FREE, then £10, £8 conc. Virginia Firnberg 07813 116505


Quizzes, Games & Social Weds & Fri NEW Cafe Life The Cornerstone, 149 Canterbury Road E10 6EH A warm and welcoming place for everyone in the community, activities such as art, board games and quizzes; complimented by hot/cold drinks and snacks. Weds 11am-3pm and Fri 1-5pm. FREE. Mondays & Thursdays NEW Waltham Forest Bridge Club Community Hub, 18A Orford Road E17 9LN Are you new to the area, looking for a bridge club, or a social player wanting to try club bridge? Not got a bridge partner come along on Mondays. 7.1510.30pm. £5, £4 for members.

Family & Young People Thursdays 9 Nov-7 Dec Junior Art Club: Portraits The Mill, 7-11, Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Five sessions on portraits with David for kids aged 6 and up. Each week a new approach. It’s best if you can make all sessions but we try to accommodate kids who drop in. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult. Can be messy! Limited places so please book. 4-5pm. £2 per session. David Hughes 020 8521 3211 Saturdays NEW Kathak Kids - Leyton Kukoolala, 3 Marsh Lane, Leyton E10 7BL A wonderful opportunity to participate in high quality creative storytelling and Indian classical dance, using imaginative and creative ways into discovering Indian classical dance as a cultural alternative to ballet. Ankle bells provided but please being a bottle of water. 10.45-11.30am. £5. Wednesdays Creation Station Froth & Rind, 37 Orford Road E17 9NL For children 6-15months and 15months-5yrs. Inspire your child’s imagination and nurture their creativity with fun, hands-on art and crafts. Our exclusive and safe activity programmes are social, educational and great fun for both of you! 10-10.45pm. £9, discounts for block bookings. 07976 778215 Mondays (term-time only) Acting Bugs St Johns Church Hall, High Road Leytonstone E11 1HH Interactive story-based drama sessions for pre-school children and their grown ups. 1.50-3.30pm. £7 and first class FREE when booked termly. 25% discount for siblings.



Fridays (term-time only) Acting Bugs Peterhouse Centre, 122 Forest Rise/Upper Walthamstow Road E17 3PW As above except 10am-12pm. Fridays Baby Discover/Little Explorers LLoyd Park Community Room, Forest Road E17 4PP From the creators of Creation Station above except 10am-12pm. £9, discounts for block bookings. Thursdays Baby Discover/Little Explorers Once Upon a Time Book Cafe, Station Road, off St James Street E17 8AA From the creators of Creation Station above except 10am-12pm. £9, discounts for block bookings..

Food, markets & shopping Wednesdays in Nov NEW Souper Wednesdays The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA E17’s Big Buddha Thai Kitchen brings delicious homemade vegetarian soup to The Mill on Wednesdays this month. Ingredients predominantly donated by OrganicLea. 12-3pm. £2.50 a bowl, includes £1 donation to The Mill

Calendar of events Wednesday 1 November Under 5s, Lloyd Park Nature Explorers: Preparing for Winter Meet in the Community Room next to the cafe, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Begining with a simple craft on our monthly theme then a ramble in the park before stories and a healthy snack back indoors. 10am-12.30pm. FREE, but donations welcome. Vicky 07870 678571 Jig17 Ceilidh Night The Northcote Arms, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL Fancy some Irish and Scottish ceilidh tunes? Jig17’s monthly residency at the Northcote continues. Pop down for a jig or just to listen and enjoy the music. Food available. 7.30-10pm. FREE. The Dead Brothers / Paul-Ronney Angel What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Tonight Switzerland’s The Dead Brothers take the stage. Is it jazz? Is it blues? Is it avantgarde folk? Or is it simply rock‘n’roll? The answer is YES! The best funeral band in the world! 8.30-11pm. FREE with a collection.

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Thursday 2 Friends Talk: May Morris, A Daughter’s Story William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Alan Crawford shares his views of May Morris’ life and work. To accompany the exhibition at the William Morris Gallery. Doors 7pm, 7.30-9pm. FREE.

Friday 3 Cosmic Sounds The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH An evening with Richie B bringing us the smoothest selection of reggae, dub, soul and grooves. 7.30-11.30pm. FREE. Thank You For the Music Christ the King Church Hall, 455 Chingford Road E4 8SP A concert of music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Refreshments available. 7.3010pm. £8, under 18s £5 0208 529 3143 Horsemeat Sandwich Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Fresh in your November lunchbox are smartt, Crayon Ray, New Giants and Brewer. 8pm-1am. FREE. Matt Coleman, The Happy Beigel Klezmer Orkester Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane E11 1HG The Happy Beigel Klezmer Orkester is London’s brand new, young, and upbeat klezmer band, playing traditional, Eastern-European klezmer and folk music with jazz inflections. 8pm-midnight. FREE.

Saturday 4 Annual Bulb Planting Meet in the Village Square, corner of Orford and Eden Roads E17 9NJ Many hands make light work and there’s lots of fun to be had planting 5,000 purple crocus corms. No gardening experience necessary. All tools provided. 10.30am-12pm. FREE. Stow Film Lounge presents THE RED TURTLE (2017, cert PG) Centre17, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB A beautifully animated tale of a man who is stranded on a desert island during a storm with sumptuous visuals, and a soaring soundtrack. Doors open 10.30am for crafts, film 11am, close 1pm. Children £5.50 (inc crafts), acc adults £4, under 2s FREE. Buy online at or on the door.

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Saturday Stitching Club Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre, 90 Crownfield Road E15 2BG On the first Saturday of the month the club is open to beginners and more experienced sewers. We particularly welcome disabled sewers and sewers learning to cope with changes to their abilities. 11am-3pm. £6. Peri 020 8534 1589 The Stones Throw Market St John’s Church, Leytonstone, High Road/Church Lane E11 1HH Vibrant designer-maker and retro market. Stalls include jewellery by Fused and Fired, pottery by Mosstitch and locally produced honey by Eppingoodhoney. 11am-4pm. Pop Up Vintage Fairs London Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road E17 4JD Over 50 vintage stalls plus live music, tea rooms and licensed bar! Vintage fashion, jewellery, mid-century home decor, posters, collectables and more! No advance booking necessary. 125pm. £2, NUS £1. Storytime with Harriet Grindley Harrow Green Community Library, The Epicentre, 41 West Street, Leytonstone E11 4LJ Ideal for children between 3 and 11 years old. Harriet will be telling stories on the topics of Bonfire Night, ghosties, ghoulies and gunpowder plots. Refreshments in the interval. No booking necessary, drop-in event. 2-3pm. FREE. Thank You For the Music Christ the King Church Hall, 455 Chingford Road E4 8SP A concert of music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Refreshments available. 2.305pm. £8, under 18s £5 0208 529 3143 Closet Vinyl The Northcote Arms, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL Be a DJ at this female friendly event. Bring your vinyl and your mates and bag a 20 min slot on the decks and watch us dance. Lots of support given to newbies. 7pm-1am. FREE. Thin Wire Fence / Clockwork Carousel What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB Praised for their unique, edgy sound, dark lyrics, Thin Wire Fence deliver raw, distorted guitar, grizzled vocals, swathes of haunting pedal steel and psychedelic synth. 8.30-11.30pm. FREE with collection.

Stow Film Lounge presents HIT SO HARD (2012) Centre17, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB A documentary telling the story of grunge band Hole’s drummer Patty Schemel, an openly gay woman; her rise to fame (and nearly fatal fall from it), with no punches pulled... and it’s one hell of a story. With unseen footage of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. Doors open 7.15pm, film 8pm, close 10.30pm. £8, £6. Pre-book optional pizza/lasagne at extra cost. Buy online at or on the door.

Sunday 5 E17 Designers Winter Market Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN Meet the makers: an array of thoughtful, quirky, beautiful, handmade products. Suzie Cakes with seasonal sweet and savouries, early birds can sample some fireworksthemed giveaways! Live music from folky trio the Ear Trumpets. 2.305.30pm. FREE.

She17 Live Women’s Music Wild Card Brewery, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Another super Sunday of live music from local women musicians. This month: Sulk, Finn, Jennifer Ann, Efa Supertramp and Julie Usher play. 2-6pm. FREE. DRAG Out The Weekend: GMFA Charity Glitter Ball! The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL Bambi Boo hosts this extravaganza with every type of drag, music and cabaret you can imagine. A massive dose of comedy and camp. Bring lots of loose change for GMFA, the amazing charity supporting gay men’s health and reducing the inequailties of London’s gay men. 6pm-midnight. FREE but donations encouraged. Waltham Forest Fireworks Night Chesnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road E17 4JD Enjoy this dazzling, bigger than ever spectacle for free. Gates opening for the funfair from 6.30pm with fireworks from 8pm. Delicious food stalls and a bar area. This is sure to be a popular event so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 6.30-9pm. FREE.

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Sunday 5 continued Bonfire Night Singaround at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA We’re going to make our own entertainment this Bonfire night. Bring a song, a tune, a poem or a story to share. 7.30-10.30pm. FREE. Diego Sampieri Quartet Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane E11 1HG Diego will play a music that is personal and yet influenced by rock’n’roll, the soft spoken language of songwriters and the harmonic aptitude of jazz composers such as Herbie Hancock. 8-10pm. FREE.

Thursday 9 Creative Kids: All that Glitters William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Free, hands-on session for children under 5. Make sparkling brooches, amulets and crowns inspired by May Morris’s jewellery. 10-11.30am and repeated 1-2.30pm. FREE but booking essential. 020 8496 4390 Hornbeam Herbals: Winter Mushroom Medicine The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe St E17 9AH Learning and sharing knowledge of health-supporting fungi and making a medicinal mushroom preparation with Ru of FungusAmongUs and Rasheeqa of Hedge Herbs. Please book in advance as places are limited. 7.30-10pm. £10. General Echo’s 2nd Birthday The Victoria, 188 Hoe St E17 4QH Monthly reggae disco playing dub, dancehall, roots, rocksteady and other vinyl delights on 2 turntables and a space echo. 8pm-midnight. £3. Red Imp presents Jo Caulfield & Mark Maier Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Jo is one of the UK’s most successful female comics, returning after a fantastic sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival. Support from Mark Maier, one of the circuit’s top comics, a proper A lister. Don’t miss this! 8.30-10.30pm. £10.

Friday 10 Stow Film Lounge presents NATURE OF THE BEAST (2017, cert PG) & Director’s Q&A Centre17, 1 Church Hill E17 3AB Selected for this year’s East End Film Festival we are delighted to bring you this feature-length documentary about socialist and Labour politician Dennis Skinner. Doors open 7.15pm, film 8pm, close 10.30pm. £8, £6. Pre-book optional pizza/lasagne at extra cost. Buy online at or on the door.



The Joy of Drawing Goes to the Movies Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA A unique life-drawing event. Our two experienced models: Gerald and Alice will re-enact iconic movie moments. Guess the movie, draw the models, drink, listen to our movie themed playlist, eat popcorn! NO drawing experience needed. 7.30-10.30pm. £10. Adam via To book search

Saturday 11 Flamingo Fairs Sparkle Fair Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road E11 2RQ You’ll love the range of goods for sale, from pretty to precious. Vintage-style or shabby chic jewellery and shiny, glittery items ideal for special presents. Something for everyone at this childfriendly fair. 11am-4pm. FREE. The Saturday Session Wild Card Brewery, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ A live audio/visual show from the Flying Mojito Bros, and DJ sets from Eastern Front Soundsystem and Mark Limb (The Electric Disco). Eclectic, Balearic, and disco vibrations all night long at the brewery. 5pm-midnight. FREE. DJ Yoda Mirth, Marvel and Maud, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH DJ Yoda is a multi-award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer, headlining festivals and clubs around the world. 8pm-1am. £12. Sian Eden Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF A stunning solo performer playing folk, jazz and pop hits from across the decades. Genuinely delighted to host her ‘Stow debut. 8.30-11pm. FREE. Howlin Mojo Bones King William the Fourth, 816 High Road Leyton E10 6AE Blues from the Bones as they promote their new album. 9pm-1am. FREE.

Sunday 12 Hoe St Market Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ We are INSIDE the Trades Hall this month with our biggest range of stalls. Buy gifts, plants, art, cards, homewares, jewellery, bags, ceramics, cakes and more from local makers. Also, cheap bar, DJ and hot food stalls too. 124pm. FREE. Follow on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram @HoeStMarket

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DANCE/FITNESS Family Activities at Vestry House Museum Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Join local artists for hands-on crafting inspired by the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions including ‘No Ordinary Bike’. Create your own bicycle sculpture from found objects. 1.30-4pm. FREE, just drop in. Suggested donation £3. Stow Film Lounge presents CASABLANCA (1942, cert PG) Mirth, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH You must remember this? Casablanca is quite simply an undisputed Hollywood masterpiece, so sit back, relax and enjoy the heartbreak of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Doors open 2.15pm, film 2.30pm, close 4.30pm. £7, £5 conc. Buy online at or on the door. DRAG Out The Weekend with Topsie Redfern The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL Topsie Redfern brings full-on cheekiness to her fun and games in this week’s drag cabaret with spectacular theatrical musical belters! Expect to be part of the show. 7pm-midnight. Jody Kruskal at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA One of the best anglo-concertina players on the planet. US based Jody is a delight from start to finish. 7.3010.30pm. £8, £6 unwaged. Stowtellers: The Walthamstow Storytelling Club Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QZ ‘Should I stay or Should I Go?’ Traditional stories and tales of coming and going, and all the decisions in between. Come to listen or tell a story. 7.30-9.30pm. £5.

Tuesday 14 An Evening of Radical Entertainment Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Fundraiser for UNITE strikers at Whipps Cross Hospital. Includes Steve White & The Protest Family’s semi-acoustic folk punk; Maddy Carty’s soulful, urban sounds; Chip Grim’s punchy poetry and Nadia’s poetry from the picket line. 8-11.30pm. Please donate £5 or more.



Uncaged London: Invasion Of The Booby Shakers Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Entertainment for adults. Mixing burlesque, live music, comedy, drag and more. Expect the unexpected, this is going to be a wild, wild ride! Minimum age 18, ID required. 8-11pm. £15. Errol Linton What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB The Brixton harmonica blaster, singer/ songwriter has been playing highly original and distinctive blues’n’reggaeflavoured songs for two decades. 8.3011pm. FREE with collection.

Thursday 16 Strong Silent Type: Opening Event Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Rd E17 9JN Not so private view of this graphic new group exhibition of word and typography-based works. Child, dog and cycle-friendly outdoor venue, please dress for the weather. 7-9pm. Music in the Village: The Rautio Piano Trio St Mary’s Church, Church End E17 9RJ Magnificent works by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms played by a dynamic, award-winning trio. 7.309.30pm. £13.50, £7 conc. All tickets cash on the door only. Stow Film Lounge presents SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON (2013, cert 15) Blackhorse Workshop Sideshow, Forest Works, Forest Road E17 6JF Directed by Mike Myers, this entertaining film, stuffed with archive footage, documents Shep’s chance fall into music management from hedonistic 1970s Los Angeles to today. Doors open 7.45pm, film 8.30pm, close 11pm. £8, £6 conc. Buy online at Licensed bar and streetfood also available.

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Members Talks About the First World War Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis & Squash Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Talks will include ‘My Dad and Tanks’; ‘The Launch of the Unremembered Project Telling of Three Casualties of Passchendaele Buried Locally’; ‘My Father’s War’ and ‘Collecting the Great War’. 7.30-10pm. FREE but £3 donation appreciated.

Fashion on Ration, 1941 to 1949 St John’s Church, Chingford Road/ Brookscroft Road E17 4LH David Evans gives another fascinating illustrated talk. Tea/coffee/biscuits from 7.15pm. 7.45-9.45pm. £2, FREE to L&LHS members.

Hornbeam Nights: Open Decks The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH A great vibe for amateurs and DJs alike to play your own 20min set on vinyl - yours or ours. Arrive by 8pm to get your name on the board. 7.30-11.30pm. FREE.

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Hanoi Ca Phe: Vietnamese Pop-Up at Perky Blenders Perky Blenders’ Project 660 Space, 660 High Road Leyton E10 6JP Satisfy your Vietnamese food cravings with Hanoi Cà Phê’s. Their Vietnamese Autumn menu is not to be missed! Dine in or take away. 5-10pm.

DRAG Out The Weekend with TV TV & Chamonix Aspen The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL The most friendly mixed pub in London. TV TV brings a fabulous side-splitting satirical impersonation rolla-ball! Meet your fav TV celebrities and political enemies. Chamonix brings a traditional sing along show. 7pm-midnight. FREE.

Footfall: Animation Event The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Join Esther Neslen and Litza Jancz to create a large scale, very fast animation evoking the life on our high street. Everyone’s welcome to watch and participate. For two nights only! 6-9pm. Repeated tomorrow.

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Artisan Row at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Celebrating the timeless melodic beauty of traditional Irish music and more, Artisan Row brings together four wellknown figures from the London scene. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £6 unwaged.

Past & Present Vintage, Antique & Craft Fair Christchurch Hall, Wanstead Place E11 2SW Collectibles, antiques, vintage jewellery, perfumes and handbags, household items, toys, curios, greeting cards and lots more. Find a unique item or gift in two halls of stalls. Friendly atmosphere and homemade refreshments. 10am4.30pm. £1, u16s FREE.

Crazy Redd / Crystal Stewart / Mimmi And Anniemal Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane E11 1HG Featuring rapper/singer/songwriter Crazy James, Crystal Stewart’s jazz, soul and pop and Swedish electronic pop duo Mimmi & Anniemal. 8pmmidnight. FREE.

Explore Your Archive Vestry House Museum, Vestry Rd E17 9NH Discover the history of Waltham Forest in this special display of archives, maps, photos and other local history sources. Two sessions: 11am-1pm and 2-4.30pm. No need to book, drop in. FREE. NB access is via stairs.

The Lords of Thyme / John Stammers What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road E11 3DB A hazy, blissed out, ancient and modern fried-folk of the strangest imaginations. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection.

Footfall: Animation Event The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA As Friday 17. Northern Soul: Keep the Faith The Red Lion Ballroom, 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA Dancefloor rippers from Ian Dewhirst, Jo Wallace and DJ Andy Smith who’ll pull out all the stops. 8pm-1am. £6. Search for tickets The Outbursts / UkuleleSubs Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF The Outbursts, who return with their own unique brand of punk-rock mayhem, are joined by a ukulele-based UKSubs tribute act! 8.30-11pm. FREE. Icy Dead People King William the Fourth, 816 High Rd, Leyton E10 6AE Classic and modern rock covers from this three-piece with vocal harmonies from Colchester. 9pm-1am. FREE.

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Friday 24 Candlelit Tours of Ancient Parish Church St Mary’s Church, Church End E17 9RJ Experience St Mary’s by candlelight and discover the fascinating stories behind the stones with a guided tour. Regret unsuitable for children under 8yrs. Tours at 7.45pm, 8.05pm, 8.25pm. FREE, no need to book, arrive 5 mins before a tour time. Dusty Grooves DJ Night The Hornbeam, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Deluxe ambient down-tempo grooves, dub, low fi electronica and underground hip-hop. 7.30-11.20pm. FREE. Shams’ Kitchen Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ She’s back with her monthly residency serving up a divine hot and spicy supper at The Palace. E17’s finest Pakistani street food! Veggie and takeaway available. 6.30-9pm. Dish prices vary.





A ST TRI AN BU TR TE National Jazz Archive fundraising concert AC EY

Clark Tracey Quartet

8pm, Friday 24 November 2017, Walthamstow

Clark Tracey

Art Themen ‘One of the tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians.’ Dave Gelly

One of the UK's premier jazz men. Best Drummer in the British Jazz Awards 2016 and 2017

Bruce Boardman

Andy Cleyndert

Bruce has performed with many jazz greats, led his own band and toured internationally

Best known for his work with Stan Tracey, Andy has worked with many other jazz greats

Photos of Clark Tracey, Art Themen and Andy Cleyndert by Brian O’Connor –


Mirth, Marvel and Maud,186 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4QH £17 W: T: 020 8502 4701 E:

National Jazz Archive, Loughton Library, Loughton, Essex IG10 1HD Registered charity No 327894 @JazzArchive

E17 Designers Night Market William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Handmade gifts, jewellery, clothing, art and accessories from local makers. Plus music, entertainment, festive food and mulled wine. The Gallery shop will also open with new ranges for Christmas. Voluntary donation £1 towards education programme welcome. 6.30-10pm. FREE. Dashing Dave’s Karaoke The Plough and Harrow, 419 High Road Leytonstone E11 4JU Come and murder your favourite songs! 8-11pm. FREE. Open Mic at King William IV King William the Fourth, 816 High Rd, Leyton E10 6AE Popular Open mic with Jon ScottDurrant and friends. Sign up on the night. All musicians and entertainers welcome. 8.30pm-midnight. FREE.

Saturday 25 Stones Throw Christmas Market St John’s Church, Leytonstone, High Road/ Church Lane E11 1HH Popular and vibrant designer-maker and retro market. Stalls include honey, jewellery and ceramics, lots of fantastic gifts for all ages, great presents for Christmas gifts or a treat. 11am-4pm. Advent Music by Candlelight St Michael and All Angels, Northcote Road E17 6PQ Celebrate the coming of Christmas with glorious music by composers from Thomas Tallis to Arvo Pärt. London Forest Choir sings Advent music from over 400 years in this evocative candlelit space. 7.30pm-12am. £14, £12 in adv, students/on benefits 50% discount. Family Day: Arts and Crafts Studio William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Explore Arts and Crafts techniques using clay, aluminum and copper foils to create beautiful hand-made gifts. 1-4pm. FREE, drop in event.

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Saturday 25 continued May Morris: Art and Life - Curator Tour William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Join curator Rowan Bain on a highlights tour of May Morris: Art & Life. Learn more about May’s career and discover how the exhibition was brought together. 2-3pm. FREE, just drop in.

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Stow Film Lounge presents BLACK NARCISSUS (1947, cert PG) Mirth, 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Deborah Kerr stars in this unusual, visually stunning, and dramatically compelling masterpiece about Anglican nuns attempting to establish a school and hospital in the Himalayas. Doors open 2.15pm, film 2.30pm, close 4.30pm. £7, £5 conc. Buy online at or on the door.

Sunday Market at The Limes Limes Community and Children’s Centre, 6 Somers Road E17 6RX Monthly market by Walthamstow’s young people’s charity - offering food, flowers, live music, home and garden wares - in a friendly, inclusive atmosphere. Our fabulous playground will be open to children. 12-3pm. FREE.

Sunday Society The Northcote Arms, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL A friendly DJ and chill. We’ll be playing a range of soul, disco and house. You’ll be enjoying delicious pizzas, Bloody Mary’s and generally maximising every precious second of the weekend. Both hangover and family friendly. 1.30-6.30pm. FREE.

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Open Studio Mitre Studios, 4 Mitre Avenue (rear of 2 Greenleaf Road) E17 6QG Browse and buy paintings, prints, sculptures, badges and mugs from the studio of Alke Schmidt, Esther Neslen, Gillian Swan, Kirsten Schmidt, Martin Adams. Refreshments available. 12-6pm.

St Barnabas Sunday Concerts: Music From The East St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Road E17 8JZL Featuring beautiful Balkan-inspired music and folk songs from the region, members of the Zimro Trio (Neyire Ashworth, clarinet, Daniel Becker, piano) join soprano Gillian Keith for a delightful and inspiring concert! 4-5pm. FREE, but charitable donation £5-10 appreciated.


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Sunday Afternoon Jazz The William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Road E17 4JD Monthly session of laid back jazz from the Paul Kaufman quartet and guests. Enjoy great food and company while chilling out in this fabulous warm and stylish bar. 1.30-4pm. FREE.

The Ballroom Comedy Club presents Paul Pirie The Red Lion Ballroom, 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA This month’s comedy club features Paul Pirie and four emerging acts. Resident compere Jeff Innocent. 7-10pm. £7. comedy-club-paul-pirie


Hadrian’s Union at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Hadrian’s Union are a five piece contemporary folk-indie band from the debatable lands of England and Scotland. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £6 unwaged.

Monday 27 East London Humanists Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road E11 2RQ Thought-provoking monthly talks and discussions. Doors open at 7pm for light refreshments. Check website for this month’s topic. 7.30-9pm. FREE.

Wednesday 29 Talk: Mothering Through Breastfeeding Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS A talk by Naomi Stadlen, author of What Mothers Do, especially when it looks like nothing, and How Mothers Love. Hosted by La Leche League Waltham Forest. Refreshments and books for sale. 11am-1pm. Adults £5.

Held at Hucks #019 Jacob Marchington plus guests Hucks, 81 Grove Road E17 9BU Held at Hucks returns for another month of a singer songwriter performing in the intimate setting of Hucks. 2-4.30pm. FREE, donations appreciated.

Walthamstow Floral Art Society Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis & Squash Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN A monthly meeting for anyone who loves flower arranging with visiting demonstrators, workshops and social events. 7.30-9.45pm. £10, or members £2 with annual membership £35.

LGBT Event with Funkinsteins and Rob Desroches Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane E11 1HG This trio have crafted a truly original master sound blending funky dance music with sprinkles of rock. This band delivers a breathtaking and captivating product. Complete with support from talented Rob. 8-11pm. FREE.

Infinitease Series 5, Show 2 Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Infinitease returns in its fifth fantastic season, bringing the UK’s best new burlesque performers together in the quest for new stars. 8pm-midnight. £15, early birds £10. Over 18s only.

Thursday 30 Young Curators Late with Mr X Stitch William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Inspired by May Morris: Art & Life, our young curators have invited contemporary textile artist Mr. X Stitch to run a hands-on embroidery workshop and give a talk on needlecraft today. Aimed at 18-25s but open to all. 6.3010pm. FREE. Makers Presents: Launch Party Blackhorse Sideshow, Forest Works, Forest Road E17 6JF The Makers Presents exhibition will be celebrating crafts of Christmas, from hand crafted gifts to extraordinary decorations, and useful creative makery by Blackhorse Workshop members. 6.3011pm. FREE. Highams Park Live The County Arms, 420 Hale End Rd, Highams Park E4 9PB An acoustic evening of live performance with an eclectic programme of local songwriters, poets and storytellers. To perform please book in advance by emailing 7.30-11pm. FREE.

DECEMBER Saturday 2 December Leytonstone Christmas Market Trail Various venues, High Road Leytonstone E11 3DA All of Leytonstone’s markets, including Leyton&Stone Designers and Flamingo Fairs, get together for a one-day extravaganza of Christmas shopping and entertainment. 70+ stalls, street food, Santa’s Grotto and children’s activities, festive food and drink. 11am4pm. FREE.

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Norman Jay (MBE) Mirth, Marvel and Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH Norman Jay is unquestionably one of the most respected and popular DJs in the world today. Co-founder of the legendary Good Times Sound System and London dance music station KISS FM. 8pm-midnight. £12. Variety Show: A Shot of Christmas Spirit WF Community Hub, 18a Orford Road E17 9LN A variety show with all the fun of the Christmas season. A mini panto; sketches; songs and of course a Christmas singalong. 7.30-10pm. £10, or £8/£6 in adv.

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Classes/Courses Wednesdays NEW Bridge Lessons for Beginners 22 Horsley Road, Chingford E4 7HX Bridge is a card game of skill and chance played by four players who form two partnerships. It’s a social game of strategy, trust and teamwork, developing friendships and sharpening the memory. Pre-booking essential as space is limited. 7.30-9.30pm. £10. Ray 020 8281 8376 Saturdays for 10 weeks NEW Music Groups and Ensembles for Children Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG Take your musical instrument playing onto the next level by playing in a group with other musicians. Beginner, intermediate or advanced groups available. See website for full timetable. 9.15-10.15am. £29 for 10 lessons, , £14.40 for those on a low income.



Mondays for 10 weeks NEW 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 a 10 week course, £29 for those on a low income. Mondays Life Drawing in Leytonstone Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU An unconventional, untutored drawing class with professional models from all backgrounds each week. Drop in any time. Can be messy! 7.30-9.30pm. £10 or £5 for members. Art materials provided FREE of charge.


Mondays until 16 Oct NEW African Drumming Circle for Adults Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Learn Senegambian and Guinean djembe rhythms with Gambian drummer Seneke Sillah. Suitable for all levels. Drop in, no need to book unless you need to hire a drum. 7-9pm. FREE but donations welcome; drum hire £3. 07535 326157

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