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Your cultural life in and around Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone, and Wanstead No.43 • November 2016

Fellowship is Life

It’s reassuring to know that when one of Britain’s greatest artists, JMW Turner didn’t know what to do with something, just like many of us today, he just stuck it in the loft and forgot about it. Many readers will know the livery of the Fullers builders from their vans regularly seen on our streets, but prepare to read about how they get to turn back time on some of Britain’s most celebrated buildings, and what they discovered this year in Turner’s wall on pages 2 and 3. As you will see in this issue there is plenty of art going on this month including tantalising shows at the Stone Space (p12), Pictorem Gallery (p14) and the Walthamstow Village Window Gallery. Elsewhere we celebrate just a fraction of the culinary and imbibing opportunities of this corner of East London with our new eating and drinking directory E-LICIOUS starting page 19. Enjoy!

Paul Lindt, Editor


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Restoring JMW Turner’s House and other tales from the Fullers E17 Jazz The Story of Waltham Forest’s Lost Picture Palaces Part One Eat or Heat: Waltham Forest’s Food Bank Central Parade Creative Hub Illustrator Jonny Voss at Selfridges Printmakers Michelle Avison and Claire Willberg’s new show at The Stone Space Photographer Esther Simpson at Bühler & Co Machine Flight – a new group show at the Pictorem Gallery Monthly time travel for kids – Mysteries in Time Aladdin at Edmonton’s Millfield Theatre Two poems of remembrance by Peter Ebsworth Tom Gaul’s A Spotter’s Guide to Local Streetlife E~LICIOUS: The Food and Drink Directory Fishmongers Davies & Sons by photographer Chris McAndrew Walthamstow’s Queens Arms New kids on the block the Pillars Brewery The Larder café in Wanstead Village Annie McKenzie – Fine Dining at Home Damncheeky Wines E~DEN: The Home Directory House Doctor – Luscious lighting Wilcumstowe Times: When Leyton helped to feed London WWI remembered – ‘The Boys of Blackhorse Road’ Local Heroes – Pauline Thomas and The Lloyd Park Children’s Charity Walthamstow Diary The Magpie The Winter Theatre Festival at Mirth, Marvel & Maud Listings E-VOLVE: Health and Fitness Directory

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For the latest listings including a link to download the app, a digital version of the E List magazine and back issues The E List is available for FREE at approx 100 venues across E17, E11, E12, E10 and E4. See for your nearest venue. As copies disappear quickly we aim to restock the most popular venues during the month so please keep trying. If you would like your venue to be a distribution point email

Cover and eye illustration and book cover on facing page : Andrew’s illustrations from BODY - The Graphic Book of Us This page: Top: Illustration for editorial Middle: Print celebrating poet and renaissance man Ivor Cutler Bottom of this and facing page: Illustrations commissioned for the Radio Times

COVER STAR Andrew Baker Andrew Baker is an illustrator and also lectures on the BA Illustration course at Middlesex University. With a new book out this month, BODY - The Graphic Book of Us he talks to the E List. Is it a good time to be an illustrator? There are more opportunities and more illustrators than ever; it’s a vibrant scene. I’ve been lucky. The difficulty is supporting yourself when you’ve just left art school but young illustrators continue to establish themselves and innovate. Who are some of your clients? I like working for the Radio Times where I’m asked to create an image to draw the reader’s eye to a radio play or documentary. I have clients in science, business and research publishing, including Nature, the FT and The Economist. Your work is reminiscent of the golden age of graphic illustration in the 40s and 50s. Yes, but I work on a very 21st century MacBook Pro but I start with a hand-drawn sketches and the final artworks are very close to these drawings. My love of 60s comics has probably given me my sense of colour. Your partner, Linda Hughes, is also an illustrator. How much do you influence each other’s work? We have worked in the

same room since we met as students at the Royal College of Art, but our work and skills are very different. Linda helps with my ideas and I help her with digital matters. We now trade together under the name Paper Galaxy. You are represented by an agent Début Art. Is having an agent important? An agent can help open up a whole new world of clients, and can take the burden of clarifying briefs, contracts and deadlines but you usually have to have a proven track record before an agent will take you on. The E List cover illustration is taken from your new book, BODY - The Graphic Book of Us; an epic project I understand. It’s 225 pages of infographics about the human body and I illustrated every page. It kept me busy for months! But when the pages came back it was worth every minute. It’s the best project I’ve ever produced. What have you got planned next? I’m dreaming up a graphic novel of weird short stories called Tales From The Paper Galaxy. BODY - The Graphic Book of Us by Steve Parker and Andrew Baker is published by Aurum on 3rd November, and will be available in bookshops and online.


Walthamstow’s Ancient House

Fullers undertook the first wave of restoration of Wilton’s Music Hall

The Fuller Monty Walthamstow’s family firm of builders Fullers branched out into heritage restoration in the 1950s and have been in demand ever since. Their dedication to getting the details right has led to some very ambitious and high-profile projects, as Jonathan Elliott found out when he spoke to Fullers Managing Director William Fuller. If you’re doing a bit of DIY this weekend and it all seems a bit of a struggle, consider the problems faced by the Fuller family when they decided to renovate an old house they’d acquired in 1905 for around £500. That old house is none other than Walthamstow’s half timbered Ancient House, one of the defining landmarks of the Village and a Grade II listed building. After over half a century of only modest restoration, it was not only in a bit of a state, it seemed to be structurally unsound. It was going to take more than a quick trip to B&Q to sort it out. As surveyors started to assess the extent of the project, the only thing certain was that the Ancient House was deserving of its name. “When we started dismantling it, parts of it were dated to 1435,” William Fuller told me. “It suffered from a problem that’s common with timber framed houses in Essex which is a key frame joint is faulty. This made the whole structure lean out into the street. The only way to solve the problem is to take the frame apart and reassemble it, from scratch, right down to ground level. It was ground zero.” 2

The cost of the renovation was £600,000, which in the year 2000 was a lot of money to spend on a house. It is now one of the oldest properties in London that you can rent, though William Fuller has never stayed there. “The timber frames move with the seasons and its very difficult to get an airtight construction there, which means its either too cold or too hot. You have to like living in a historic house, there are probably only limited days in the year when its a comfortable place to be in.” The Fuller family has some form in taking care of old houses. They run the building firm Fullers from the offices they built in 1875 on Beulah Road in Walthamstow

Sir John Soanes Museum, Lincolns Inn Fields

Village, and it has taken on some of the most prestigious house restoration projects in the UK, including household names like the Sir John Soane’s Museum which Fullers restored late last year. The latest project is very special indeed; a £2.4million restoration of the former residence of JMW Turner: Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham. It was designed and built by the painter and completed in 1813; as such it is a three dimensional work of art, the only surviving building designed by him. Now the Turner House Trust and Fullers are restoring the building to its original state, even taking down whole floors and extensions that were added later. When it’s finished, the house will be, to all intents and purposes, indistinguishable from the one Turner walked into in 1813. Just like the Ancient House, it’s a major overhaul, and has already yielded some astonishing secrets. When Fullers started renovating the property earlier this year, they had to remove a panel section to get at the wall behind. They guessed the panel was hundreds of years old, nearly as old as the house itself. As they carefully prised it

Edward Fuller (1841-94). Raised in Woodbridge, Suffolk. A carpenter he walked to London seeking work building houses in Wanstead, before starting his own business in Walthamstow.

Building the Tower Hotel on Hoe Street (now The Goose)

“Before then, the restoration of old houses was ‘killing with kindness’, usually with materials that didn’t work with the overall fabric and often prevented the spaces from breathing” says William Fuller.

Sandycombe Lodge designed and built by J. M. W. Turner

Fullers had started its specialism in restoring historic buildings just after the war. The very many bomb-damaged churches across London meant there was plenty of work to do in the 1950s and 60s, but it was the determination of the then bosses of the firm, Hugh and Peter Fuller, to give their clients the very best that marked Fullers out and started its reputation.

away, among the dust and clutter behind it were old watercolour palettes and some watercolour sketches. These had slid down from the master painter’s attic and lodged in the gap between the panel and the brickwork and were duly sent to Historic England for assessment. When one of the workmen who’d stumbled on the find decided to Google the painter to see if the sketches he’d briefly handled might be worth something, he found that the last painting of Turner’s was sold for £26m.

“He was a very fussy man, determined to get things absolutely right; he would tell his apprentices to do a job again and again until he was satisfied. That attracted architects who wanted to impress clients and in turn it gave Fullers the edge.”

The enthusiasm for historic and heritage building restoration really got going in the 1980s and what had until then been an amateur fad was professionalised and historic house restoration became an object of serious study and research. By then Fullers, which had been building houses in London since 1872, was in prime position to make the most of the new trend.

In the end, their strength is, William says, the skills and knowledge of the 45 craftsmen and women on the staff. But there is a cloud on the horizon for businesses like Fullers for there is a serious labour shortage in the specialist areas that are increasingly in demand. If you’ve ever fancied turning that DIY passion into a career, this could be the time to give it some serious thought.

Fullers are the main contractor for the fabrication of a bespoke house in Islington designed by Studio 54 Architects

“The traditional apprenticeships changed radically in the early 1990s and trained entrants to study in an entirely new way. It meant that we suddenly were struggling to get people we could train up.” Many working in the restoration industry think that within the decade, roles like skilled heritage masons will be like plumbers in the early 1990s and will be able to name their price. Industry analysts say that in 2005 the heritage sector was short of 6,500 additional craftspeople, but by 2015 the trend had worsened dramatically and the numbers of apprentices had dropped 78%. Anyone with skills as a lime plasterer, a heritage slater, a steeplejack, blacksmith or heritage joiner might well find a warm welcome at Fullers in the years to come, there’s certainly plenty of work to do. 3

Syncopating the ’Stow The E17 Jazz collective can look back on a decade of creative achievement. Mike Gerber charts the changes.

Run on a non-profit basis by volunteer professional musicians, the E17 Jazz collective has been blowing the trumpet for the creation and performance of new jazz, and for jazz education, since 2007. Saxophonist Carlos Lopez-Real, its founder and chairman, couldn’t make the E List interview but pianist Nick Tomalin, who co-ordinates the collective’s educational projects and funding applications, gives me the low down on the E17 Jazz story. “Carlos set it up soon after he moved to Walthamstow, struck by how many of his friends, jazz musicians, were moving here. So it was a good opportunity to get something happening. He set up two 4

gigs: one in the Rose & Crown in Hoe Street, and the other in the Plough in Wood Street. I remember going to the first gig at the Rose & Crown and it was pretty busy and there were lots of musicians there, it was a really good starting point.” Over the years the collective has perched at various performance hubs; when the Plough shut down, E17 Jazz shifted to Walthamstow Cricket Club, then to Orford House, and in 2013 to its present home at Gnome House, the community and creative centre off Blackhorse Lane. Twice monthly gigs are staged there, mostly on Tuesday evenings. Besides the focus on local musicians, there are frequent star guests. “Recently,

Jason Rebello did a performance here with [Walthamstowbased saxophonist, flautist and violinist] Tori Freestone’s trio that was well attended and went down really well,” says Nick. “We’ve had Iain Ballamy, Bobby Wellins, Julian Argüelles, Mark Nightingale, Mark Lockheart – really significant players. “We’re lucky that we’ve managed to secure funding, right from the early days, originally from Jazz Services but they folded a couple of years ago. Since then PRS for Music Foundation have funded us, really because of the emphasis on original composition – that’s their remit, to encourage new music.” Such as Nick’s Molly and the Owl, for children: “It’s to encourage kids to get into

jazz. We did this early this year, on a Sunday afternoon and it was really successful, about 70 people came. It’s a performance, with a narrator, a bit like Peter and the Wolf, a story with music. And we’re looking to continue that because we see that as a good way of building audiences.” The story follows a young girl and her adventures after befriending a sax-playing owl. Featuring Nick’s quintet and narrator Andra Sparks, Molly’s been released on CD and download. And it’s scheduled for another live afternoon show at Gnome House on Sunday December 4. The price is £8 for adults and £5 for children. Then on Tuesday December 13 comes the last gig of the year,

the E17 Large Ensemble with new compositions by members of the collective and friends. The Large Ensemble gigs are an opportunity for E17 Jazz members and associates to perform collectively. “John Turville runs that band, a pianist who’s very involved in the collective,” Nick continues. “He’s done some arranging for it, Carlos has done some, I’ve arranged one piece. It’s a good vehicle, if someone’s got an idea they can compose something and it’ll be performed – that’s the idea.” E17 Jazz has also participated in special ventures, including a collaboration with the local McGuffin Film Society, improvising music over silent films during the London Jazz Festival, this at the Victoria pub on Hoe Street. Another collaboration was with local Asian musicians – mridangam, ghatam and kanjira players

– at the Asian Design Centre. “It was about exploring the different improvising traditions,” Nick explains. It’s he who runs the E17 Jazz educational workshop sessions at Gnome House, for adults who have some facility on their instrument who want to improve their improvisation, though those new to impro are welcome too. The workshops cover jazz repertoire, improvising over chord sequences, jazz rhythm. Additionally, in the last two years E17 Jazz has organised summer school weekends. All this and more the collective has achieved in its first 10 years; truly impressive given its dependence on a small, currently eight-strong, hard core of volunteers – the current active members are Nick Tomalin, Carlos Lopez-Real, John Turville, Dave Manington, Jac Jones,

Michael De Souza, Josh Kemp and Brigitte Beraha.

problem is the consistency of doing it, people are so busy with other things. At the moment we’re managing it between ourselves.”

“A slight problem we have,” reflects Nick, “is that we’re all working musicians, all very busy with teaching and just trying to make a living so we’ve all got limited time.”

Any scope for a permanent staff person? “We have thought about it; it all comes down to funding. Because the

Mike Gerber is a freelance journalist, and a record trader at Wood Street Indoor Market

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The Carlton Cinema, High Street, Walthamstow, 1916

If we build it they will come It’s surprising what’s on at your local cinema these days. A banquet, dental treatment, a pub quiz, games of pool. Such are the activities in Waltham Forest’s former picture houses; a borough that today has one nine screen cinema where once there were nine one screen cinemas and even another nine and another. Richard Ashman brings us Part One of the story of these temples to escapism.

Some 30 cinemas once existed in the borough, from the Royal, Walthamstow High Street, opening Boxing Day 1911 and closing the following April, to the mighty Granada, Hoe Street, entertaining audiences for over 70 years. This is the familiar story of the rise and fall of local cinemas but with bells on. There’s the sheer volume of venues: three cinemas by the Bakers Arms alone had nearly four and a half thousand seats between them, like the West End of the East End. And there’s a supporting cast of film studios and projection pioneers in Walthamstow, cinema organ manufacturers in Leyton and the homes in Leytonstone of two cinematic greats. 6

The frenzy of cinema construction and reconstruction before the Second World War peaked in 1946 when the UK had over 4,700 cinemas with 30 million weekly attendances. TV ownership took its toll from the mid 50s and in 1981 fewer than 900 remained. Waltham Forest was left that year with just one: the Granada, where on the same site in 1896, four months after the first commercial screening in Britain, the Victoria Hall hosted Walthamstow’s first film show. By 1907 it was showing films regularly. There was a circus feel about the embryonic cinema business. Bioscope shows travelled the country with

one minute reels of the educational, observational and slapstick mesmerising audiences in empty shops and larger venues including Walthamstow’s Lighthouse Methodist Church, Palace Theatre and High Street Baths. The Walthamstow Company, Britain’s earliest film rental firm and a developer of projection safety equipment was established in 1904 and the first purpose built cinemas in the area opened in 1909: the Palace Electric Theatre, Leytonstone High Road and the Prince’s Pavilion behind Walthamstow High Street. The Palace closed after four years while the Prince’s Pavilion, sitting on a semi rural plot accessed through a passage beside

a timber yard, was quickly enlarged. Its manager Arthur Vallance dressed in top hat and tails on Saturday nights to greet his patrons. Audiences in some of these early affairs suffered spartan conditions, sitting on wooden benches and looking up to exposed roof beams in the auditorium. Wood Street’s two cinemas were like this; the Crown had a leaky roof and the Arcadia’s screen at one point was in the middle, patrons paying half price to sit behind it and watch films back to front. St James Electric Picture Palace had similarities with the fictional cinema featured in The Smallest Show on Earth: its projector trembled as trains called at St James Street station above, drowning out an old gent playing a violin and a pianist accompanying films from a small balcony. Both were target practice for small boys with catapults. During the First World War it gave free entry to injured soldiers.

…the Arcadia’s screen at one point was in the middle, patrons paying half price to sit behind it and watch films back to front. 1913. By the start of the First World War, twenty one cinemas had opened in the boroughs of Leyton and Walthamstow, providing a temporary escape from reality in this rapidly urbanised part of Essex. Success however was not guaranteed. The Walthamstow Grand Central proposed for Erskine Road never materialised and several cinemas closed during the interwar period. The Carlton, which replaced cottages on Walthamstow High Street, fared much better. A local independent enterprise, it stood serenely yet diminutively opposite

the towering Palace Theatre. The architect was J. Williams Dunsford, also responsible for Walthamstow Central Library and one of the directors was Highams Park hardware merchant, Amos Oakden. In 1925 the Carlton’s orchestra was sacked and an organ was installed but wasn’t played at full volume for fear parts of the auditorium plasterwork would fall off. It was made by Roy Huntingford, former apprentice at R. Spurden Rutt in Leyton who supplied church organs around the world. The Regal, Highams Park had a ‘Rutt’ which now lives at the St Albans Organ Theatre.

Photos © Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Local builders constructed some early venues and in the case of Good Brothers, operated them too. They built the Queen’s cinema in 1911 on the yard behind their builders merchants showrooms on Hoe Street, followed by the Empire on an undeveloped plot at Bell Corner and the Empress (soon renamed the Scala) near the Bakers Arms. The venues promoted their handy work, featuring classical columns and ornate decorative plasterwork. A local cinema chain was born. Films were commonly rushed between screenings from one venue to the next. One projectionist leaving the Scala took a tram to Bell Corner, and stumbling off dropped the film for the Empire’s next performance into the wet road outside. Both cinemas appeared in joint press adverts for films such as The Battle of The Somme, released in 1916, and watched in Britain by about twenty million people in its first six weeks alone. It was made by British & Colonial, whose studios were a converted roller skating rink on Hoe Street also built by Good Brothers. Another roller skating arena - next to Bearman’s department store in Leytonstone - was converted into the Rink cinema in 1911 (later under Sidney Bernstein it became the Rialto, redesigned by Cecil Massey and Theodore Komisarjevksy who worked with Bernstein on Walthamstow’s Granada soon after). Nearby on Church Lane, a GPO sorting office was converted into the Gaiety in

Gaiety Cinema, Church Lane, Leytonstone c1920


The first local super cinema was the 1,795 seat Savoy, Lea Bridge Road which opened in 1928 and also showed the first ‘talkie’ in the area, Al Jolson in The Singing Fool. The soundtrack was played on discs like oversized long-playing records, a precarious system where a slip of the needle or removal of damaged frames of film put sound and vision out of sync. Referring to the modern air conditioning system, it claimed ‘you’ll feel as fresh as the proverbial daisy while in the theatre and return home as from a trip to the Riviera’. The architect was former Leyton and Leytonstone resident George Coles, whose prolific output included the Odeon, Muswell Hill and enormous Gaumont State, Kilburn. While some earlier cinemas hid apologetically behind shops this had its own, including the Savoy Music Salon, gramophone and wireless supplier. Its prime position was renamed Savoy Corner. The nationwide ban of cinemas opening on Sundays was overturned locally in 1933 after 18,722 Walthamstow residents voted in favour with 9,584 against. The Queens, Scala and Empire changed ownership twice at this time, before closing and sacking all their staff. A motorcycle speedway track off Lea Bridge Road was blamed for taking audiences away; they reopened under new ownership and equipped to show sound films. As the big circuits arrived, competition became fierce. A golden age was coming and it would bring the most exotic buildings and extravagant entertainment residents in this corner of London had ever seen.

‘you’ll feel as fresh as the proverbial daisy while in the theatre and return home as from a trip to the Riviera’

The Savoy, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton c. 1928

The Rialto, Leytonstone showing the Kirkdale Road cheaper admission ‘side’ entrance in the distance The ‘main’ entrance was via Bearman’s department store arcade on the High Road

Picture Palaces These photographs are from the collection of Vestry House Museum. Browse more from the Museum’s archive and order prints online at 8

Photos © Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Live variety was staged at many cinemas such as the Premier Electric Theatre, Leytonstone, where you could enjoy ‘Miss Eva Evalda, Violin Virtuosa and Mr Bert Morland, London’s latest mirth creator’. Their performances may have been better received than some of the film star’s efforts during this silent era. One resident commented in 1915 how audiences bawled out advice and made uncomplimentary remarks.

Eat or Heat: Waltham Forest’s Food Bank Gary Nash talks to Kirsty McNeilO’Connor about Eat or Heat, their forthcoming Christmas Fair at The Quaker House on Saturday 26 November and reverse advent calendars. It’s a sad fact that the need for foodbanks across the UK is on the rise. “The referrals are increasing, that’s for sure – we’re getting around 1 or 2 more families every single day,” says Gary Nash, Founder and Chair of Eat or Heat. “We need a constant flow of donations to ensure we can offer emergency food aid to people.” With a dedicated team of volunteers, Eat or Heat operates from the basement and small lounge at The Quaker House in Jewel Road, Walthamstow. There are donation stations all over the borough in shops, pubs and even some schools – a full list of places you can donate and the recommended food list is available on the website (details below). “The people of Waltham Forest are amazingly generous and we are so grateful for that.” Gary and co-founder Frank Charles (who is no longer involved), started Eat or Heat in November 2011, prompted by some families they met when working at Sure Start Children’s Centres. “I worked in Children’s Centres in Camden and Barking & Dagenham but it was particularly when I started working in Waltham Forest that we really identified a problem with people having to make very difficult choices to either pay their utility bills or feed their family. “ And now, sadly, foodbanks are everywhere. People can only receive help via a referral system but it is vital that both clients and the professionals who refer them are made aware of how this can be done. Eat or Heat are currently working on a new

and easily accessible referral pack to make sure they can reach those in need. “There are people desperately needing help right now who don’t know they are entitled or indeed how to ask, and sadly some feel ashamed to ask for help. So many of us are just one pay cheque away from this situation. Many families only need to use the foodbank once to help them back on their feet.” “This Christmas we are doing a festive food distribution for the 3rd year running and we would love to get local people involved.” Gary would like people to consider taking part in a reverse advent calendar idea – so, you’re putting something in rather than taking it out. (There are plenty of websites with great ideas for dividing boxes up and fun ways to do this). “Christmas treats like biscuits, chocolates, mince pies – one item a day, non-perishables are best, we’d love to get this going – we would need these bringing to the foodbank by 21st

December at the latest though as our distribution event is on 23rd December this year.” The Christmas Fair is being held in the Quaker House from 10am-4pm on 26th November, “We are delighted to be able to confirm that artist Emma Scutt will be selling her wonderful Walthamstow Calendar for 2017 and local cartoonist and illustrator Tim Reedy will also be there with Christmas cards and more. We will also have more art and artisans, knitting, more cards, cakes and gifts for Christmas and we are running a café on the day too, it should be fun and a great way for people to visit and find out what we do and also collect donations and raise essential funds . The entrance ‘fee’ will be a food donation for the food bank.”

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Autumn Workshops Antonietta Torsiello Upholstery Course Three week courses From 10th November 19:15-21:45 Lino Printing Tuesday evenings 18:30-21:00 Children’s Art Thursdays 11:00-12:30 African Lino Cut Christmas 21st, 22nd & 27th November 18:30-21:00 Our resident travel startup Sn-ap is now live! Support a Stow startup on your next trip by visiting

Kids African Christmas Baubles 28th November 11:00-12.30

Keys & Hammers Piano Studio Piano Lessons for All Ages By appointment

Head & Hands Free Monthly Embroidery 28th November 18:30-19:30

Fungai Marima Kids’ Printmaking 5th-26th November 12:00

Beginners Weaving 14th November 19:00-21:00

Lino Printing Wednesdays: by appointment

Winter Wellness 23rd November 19:00-20:30

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Natural Dye & Slow Stitch 29th November 19:00-21:00 Pour L’amour Tambour Beading Demo 5th November Drop in from 10:30

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Central Parade: Pour L’Amour With a wealth of talent among our tenants, we focus this month on bridal wear designer Paula Moore. Paula describes her wedding dresses as ‘uniquely designed’ and with a ‘quality of design within the structure that doesn’t exist in mass produced examples’. Paula’s unit is beautifully designed and she is often complimented on her window display which spans the corner of Church Hill and Hoe Street ‘it’s often a point of conversation with prospective customers’ as she says herself. Having previously worked in the fashion industry before going it alone as a designer, Paula has seen first-hand the exploitation rife in the sector with ‘t-shirts the same price as a cup of coffee’. This and a keen sense of integrity led her to create dresses that are ethically sourced and made in the UK.

This is Paula’s first venture ‘solo’ in the retail world and she finds the environment of Central Parade ‘supportive, sociable and fun’. With ‘vibrant fellow retail neighbours’ Paula is enjoying the camaraderie of sharing a space which has such a diversity of entrepreneurs, makers and creatives, as well as providing a unique service to the future brides of Walthamstow. Her dresses are inspired by the classic 50s lines worn by the likes of Grace Kelly and Doris Day and are designed to give the perfect silhouette. She finds centring her business in Walthamstow to be a ‘supportive’ experience and enjoys the fact that locals ‘genuinely love the dresses’. The dresses represent a conscious design move away from as Paula puts it ‘the throwaway nature of many of today’s fashion products’. There is a classic, ageless quality to her bridal wear that brings the ‘high end’ of the market to Hoe Street.

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Illustrator makes it big!

couple of months to allow the art directors to have their say, e.g. more architecture, more people, more space or less space, denser drawings, etc. Lots of tweaking occurs at this point. Once the style was found it was then drawn roughly out with pencil. The image at this stage was already about 10 metres long. Once the changes had been agreed, I went ahead and drew it all out again in colour with pens. That took three months. Finally, it was scanned in and printed on the wall.

Illustrator and Walthamstow resident Jonny Voss tells the E List a little about his latest work – a 200 square metre mural for the offices of Selfridges.

I work as an illustrator from a small studio in Hackney. I graduated from Brighton University and studied at the Royal College of Art. I have been working as an illustrator since 2000 and have worked on a variety of different projects for many different clients. Some have been really big such as Sainsbury’s where I helped create a new visual identity, which involved my drawings and my hand-drawn font. I have also created posters for clients such as Orange, Halifax and Lucozade.

One of the art directors at Selfridges had worked with me previously and kept my postcard on her wall. As a result, she commissioned me to work on a 200 square metre mural. This was my third mural and by far the biggest. The logistics of getting it on the wall and finding out what the client wants to include is the challenging bit. Producing a mural of this size started with a week’s worth of drawing at Selfridges. My images are all hand drawn (very little happens on the computer). Then it takes a

Seeing one’s work this big is amazing. It did make me laugh when I saw the sheer scale of it. It was commissioned for the Selfridges’ design office. So, unfortunately you need to make an appointment to see it unless you work there. I am now illustrating some short stories with writer Alan McCormack, some of which can be seen at scumster.blogspot. You can see more of Jonny’s work at and read his blog jonnyvossart.blogspot.

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Left: Wiggle Grid by Claire Willberg Right: Re-pool XI by Michelle Avison

Re-Pull Re-Pull brings together the work of two artists, Michelle Avison and Claire Willberg, whose practice shares an interest in using the minutiae of the immediate environment to inform their work. Using printmaking as a medium of exploration and a process to inform image making, the work in this exhibition investigates how process is linked to the development of the idea. Through observing, collecting and recording the urban and natural, and where they interconnect, Avison and Willberg have built their own vocabularies of shapes, marks and textures that relate to their personal observations. They share an engagement with drawing process as a means to an end. Their prints interpret the physical differences of printmaking process to focus on the elements that are often overlooked. Avison’s drawings are informed by looking for and finding similarities across landscapes, large and small, urban and 12

natural. Her drawing practice explores texture, shape and the patterns thrown up by repeated looking. The recent prints come out of many sketchbook drawings, and they also recycle and rework previous images, exploring both the internal catalogue of observation and memory, and new marks that come out of the physical process of making prints to invent new landscapes. Willberg’s work plays with an assemblage of shapes and grids that have taken inspiration from discarded objects she has observed and recorded from the city streets. Through a range of mediums including intaglio, relief and screen printing these different objects have adopted new characters and are now identified by their shape and interaction with colour, rather

than their previous function or use. Sitting together they play with form and textures sometimes recognisable to us but always on our peripheries.

Re-Pull Michelle Avison and Claire Willberg 3 to 27 November 2016 The Stone Space 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HQ Thurs-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm Private view Friday 4 November 6.30-8.30pm

The Joy of Juxtaposition This month sees a new exhibition of Esther Simpson’s arresting photographs revealing her unique eye for those blink-and-they’ve-gone moments around us: often filled with humour, occasionally with pathos and definitely always worth a closer look. What kind of photographer are you? I like to think I spot things that sometimes others don’t: I like the quirky, whether it’s a person doing something odd, or an interesting abstract or juxtaposition.

Your photographs are very candid. Is there a secret to catching the perfect moment? Take a lot of photos! Most will fail, but sometimes it just all comes together – not always in the way you were planning.

I don’t use a big flashy camera – most of the pictures on show are taken with a phone or compact device. It’s less obtrusive than a big SLR. Plus it saves a lot of backache from lugging a big beast around...

I do take a lot of photos of strangers: I like the idea that people will make up their own minds about what is going on in the scene – I think maybe what they see says more about the viewer than the subject.

What would be a perfect photograph for you? Something that makes the viewer smile, or think, or both. I love it if I can catch an interaction that perhaps hasn’t been intended or spotted by other people around at the time.

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estherase’s photos 17–24 November 2016 Bühler & Co 8 Chingford Road, Walthamstow E17 4PJ Thursday17: 7-9pm, Friday 18th – Thursday 24th 8am-5pm (closed Monday)

I’m showing photos from the last 4 years, mainly in groups of three. I’m enjoying trying to find pictures that sit together, either by subject matter, or by theme, or just using some indefinable feeling.


Machine Flight An exhibition of painting, photography and animation – artists celebrate aviation, aeroplanes, and powered flight - A Walthamstow Airshow! Readers of the E list may be surprised to learn of Walthamstow’s pre-eminent place in British aviation history. On 13 July 1909, the first all-British aircraft (nicknamed The Yellow Terror!) built underneath a railway arch many of us commute over unknowingly all week, soared skyward for just a few seconds over Walthamstow Marshes. That very first triplane would lead its designer, Alliot Verdon Roe, to found the Avro Aircraft Company, eventually going on to manufacture the Lancaster bomber. Ever since man first conceived of the possibility, flight has been mythologised and a dream to be conquered. This exhibition, curated by the Walthamstow artist David Sullivan, traces the development of powered flight and

the way it has revolutionized travel, transportation, warfare, and all aspects of human life. The idea of a nuclear powered aircraft which would never land may sound like the stuff of Captain Scarlet but, as this exhibition shows, was tested decades ago. Rocket technology can now take humanity, remotely and robotically, to all parts of the solar system. We’ve been to the Moon, and now we are heading for Mars. Roe’s Walthamstow achievement in 1909 is given due recognition, and the many paintings in this show include representations of the ground effect vehicle. We have the exemplar of Soviet technology, the Ekranoplan; the first ever jet plane; the cockpit of a Tornado fighter; a small but arresting view of Stansted Airport,

and that beacon of European co-operation and partnership – Concorde. Paul Tucker’s quietly powerful photographs complement the painted works, and amongst the animation we have a superbly entertaining film by Walthamstow’s award winning animator Shaun McGlinchey.

Machine Flight 5–26 November 2016 Pictorem Gallery 383 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 9AP Open Tues-Sat 9am-5:30pm

Private View Friday 4 November 6-9pm

Images – Top: Airship David Sullivan. Bottom left to right: Royal Albert Paul Tucker; Two Toy Planes William Wright; A Summer’s Day at the Nuclear Bunker Sean Williams


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Time Travellers Samantha Metcalf and Peter Walliker are on a mission to make history fun with their innovative kids’ subscription boxes. Karen Dunn finds out how a Dragon helped them launch their business…

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Most children have daydreamed about being able to travel back in time to visit ancient civilisations. Now two Walthamstow residents are helping kids delve into history with their new innovative subscription boxes. Mysteries In Time is the brainchild of Samantha Metcalf and Peter Walliker. The pair came up with idea to help 7 to 11-year-olds immerse themselves in the past with monthly boxes packed full with stories, crafts and collectibles about different periods in time (Delorian / Tardis not included). Sam and Peter admit it’s been a steep learning curve getting their fledgling business off the ground, but with a little help from a former Dragon’s Den star their funpacked boxes are now landing through letterboxes across the UK… How did you come up with the idea for Mysteries In Time? Sam: Pete and I decided to take a career break and go travelling for a

year. I was working as a primary school teacher while Pete was an accountant. We both felt like it was time to find a new challenge. Peter: While we were away we came across subscriptions boxes and, while there were a lot of craft ones available, there wasn’t anything focused on history - especially in the UK. With our backgrounds this was something we knew we could do really well, so decided to give it a shot. It was still a bit scary to start something from scratch, but we had already quit our jobs to go travelling so we had nothing to lose! How do you decide what goes in the boxes each month? S: Whenever I want to learn about a period of history I like to read an historical novel, so we decided a good way to start with the boxes would be to have a story for each one. The books follow the characters, Max and Katie, through each period of history from Egyptians to World War II – each month’s box is different. We also To advertise your business contact 15

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wanted to have a craft and a collectible to bring it to life and make the story jump off the page. P: There’s a map and a timeline, so the children can see where they have been and where they are going next. We get great feedback from our customers – especially as kids are great for being brutally honest! It’s good though because it means the boxes constantly develop with our customers.

surprisingly smooth so far! I think travelling together helped because we were together 24 hours a day seven days a week, so we’re very good at being together. P: …and knowing when the other person needs some time alone! Our roles are very distinct too, which helps as well. We work from home at the moment, but it would be good to have somewhere in Walthamstow where we can close the door on it at the end of the day!

Creaters of Mysteries In Time, Samantha What have been the biggest challenges and Metcalf and Peter Walliker high points so far? P: It can be tricky getting the word out there and it’s a steep learning curve as we’ve never What do you love about living and working in Walthamstow? S: done anything like that before, but we got an amazing boost There is so much history in Walthamstow and I love the fact it has when Theo Paphitis from Dragon’s Den gave the boxes his seal that community feel even though it’s so close to central London, of approval! S: He promoted us on Twitter with the hashtag #SBS and also there’s always something going on within walking (Small Business Sunday) which went out to his 500,000 followers. distance. It was a week before we sent out our first boxes, so it was really What are your future plans for the business? S: We’ve just exciting. P: It gave us a nice confidence boost too because we’d released a simpler and more affordable version without the worked so hard, so to get some recognition was great. The first craft and the collectable, but history is such a huge subject the sign ups when the website went live was a real high too. possibilities are endless! S: Within ten minutes of the website going up we had a load of orders for boxes, which was a great feeling. The Mysteries in Time Classic Pack costs £7.95 + P&P a

Would you go on Dragon’s Den? S: No way! I think we’d get eaten alive! How do you find working with your partner? S: It’s been

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month and the Bumper Box £12.95 + P&P a month. For more information visit or follow them on Twitter at @MysteriesinTime

Arabian Nights You can never be too old to enjoy a panto, and this year’s Aladdin at Edmonton’s Millfield Theatre is just the ticket for a glittering family comedy show. Aladdin, the classic middle eastern Arabian Night’s tale re-imagined as a classic pantomine is coming to lavish life locally this Christmas. Three wishes from the lamp, will Aladdin make the right ones? Add in the Genie, Princess Jasmine, Widow Twanky and an actual flying carpet: a trip to Millfield Theatre in Edmonton will give you a West End-quality panto without the West End price tag. In the grounds of Grade II listed Millfield House in Enfield - a short hop on the 34 bus from E17 - Millfield Theatre’s in-house team puts on their biggest production of the year with their famous annual panto. Oh yes they do! This year’s cast is headed up by experienced West End actor-muscian-pupetteers

Alex Scott Fairley and Philip Day (Widow Twanky), who’ve appeared in the Gruffalo, Monstersaurus and Blood Brothers between them. Aladdin the pantomime promises epic songs, belly laughs and a shimmering colourful adventure to Old Peking and Egypt as the boy tries to win the girl, overcome greed and thwart the evil Abanazer. Mirth, Marvel and Maud are just about to open “Mirth” in one of the former smaller screens of the old EMD/ Granada cinema on Hoe Street, doubling up as a small theatre space as well as film screen, but it’s good to have more performance spaces in mind. As E17 has been without its own dedicated theatre for a very long time, Millfield Theatre should definitely go on the local recommendations list for a Christmas spectacular.

Aladdin 60 performances:Thursday 24 November – Saturday 31 December Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ Tickets start from £15, concessions and family tickets are available online and from the booking office. There are dedicated time slots for school only sessions and on 30 December there’s a special relaxed show designed for people with learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders.

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TWO POEMS by Peter Ebsworth War Bonds When our dad Ben was stationed at Beeston he’d be granted weekend leave at short notice, wouldn’t arrive back in Walthamstow until very late on a Friday, with the best fresh fish he could collect on the way. His wife Rosa glad to see him, but always went back to bed; not one for a night appetite, her share got saved to cook on Saturday. This left dad to take his young son Derek into the kitchen to watch him fry up fish and chips, using proper batter. Derek loved this wartime treat, would even eat the hardest cracklings he insisted dad scrape from the bottom of the pan, despite their bitter, blackened taste. During the times dad was away, Derek collected small pieces of enemy shrapnel to show him; some, which hadn’t fully cooled down, made burn holes in his hanky.

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April is not the cruellest month even for Christians. A better case could be made for December with its first Christmas without someone at the dinner table. Worse than that, imagine the triple bout of suffering for the family of Charles Kutyauripo, 16; stabbed to death, 9th January 2016, at a party in East London, over an argument about a borrowed tracksuit; their next Christmas, soon followed by the date of his death, plus the third, cruellest month of Charles’s birthday. I have no prejudice against April, which I know can certainly be as cruel as the other eleven. My late brother born on April 10th, my late mother born on April 30th. My late father, dying of cancer at home, with my mother still alive at that time; he held out for her and died on May 1st. April 30th and May 1st, so close together, they could almost be holding hands. Peter Ebsworth’s first full collection of poems, ‘Krapp’s Last Tape - The Musical’ was published in July 2016 by flipped eye price £5.99. He is the founding editor and current co-editor of the South Bank Poetry magazine.and is a member of the Forest Poets. 18

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E~LICIOUS a Directory of Fine things to Eat, Drink and Savour Fishmongers Davies & Sons by photographer Chris McAndrew

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Previous page – Daniel Davies outside the shop’s smoker. This page top left – Photo shows Steve Davies (centre) and sons Michael (left) and Daniel (right).


PEPPER’S GHOST HAS OPENED ITS DOORS! Formally known as the Shoelaces, the historic Leyton pub has had a fantastic transformational refurbishment. Our entertainment has been crafted with the constant and expanding migration into Waltham Forest, hopefully offering a little something familar and inclusive to all. Victoria, Jeff and the team are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new. Keep upto date with all happenings at The Pepper’s Ghost via facebook at peppersghostleyton. 777 high road, Leyton, London E10 5AB E:

Davies & Sons, East London’s premier fishmonger, based on Walthamstow’s Hoe Street, is 40 years old this month. Founded in November 1976 by Steve Davies, the business has passed down the generations and has grown to become E17’s go-to place to get your fresh fish. The business originally started as a market stall in 1870, run by Steve’s great great grandfather. Now Steve’s son Daniel, with the help of his younger brother Michael, has taken over the reins and even set up the fishmonger’s own Twitter account (@E17fishmongers) and they’ve been featured on the national ITV news. Not bad for a local, family-owned business.

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The offer is Tea for Two, buy 1 any dish from our menu and get the second one on us, Valid Mon-Wed, between 18:00 and 20:00 throughout November. No need to book just turn up and present the cutout ad.

They’re open seven days a week, offering a wide variety of fish: tuna, swordfish, bass and even turbot. And, unusually, they have their own smoker on the premises. Sadly, fishmongers are a dying breed. Back in 1976, there were 20 fishmongers in the borough. Davies & Sons are the last. Their latest recruit is Steve’s 12-year-old grandson Thomas. So fortunately for E17 fish lovers, Davies & Sons looks set to be part of Walthamstow’s Hoe Street for many years to come. Davies & Sons, 494 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 9AH. 020 8556 3910.

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This series of photographs forms part of a personal project by photographer Chris McAndrew in which he records some of the traditional shops in the area that have been passed down through the generations.

Open every day in December 238 Francis Rd, Leyton E10 6NQ 020 8556 2444

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Food fit for a Queen

OK hands up – it’s confession time. Three years ago, when my husband and I discovered the Queens Arms was changing hands to become a gastropub, we bitched big time about the loss of another ordinary working person’s pub. The complete irony is that we hardly ever went to the pub in its old incarnation, but the new Queens quickly became our local, a relaxed place to have a drink served by friendly staff and to eat some seriously delicious FOOD! The Queens’ affable owner, Laurance Younger, met his head chef, Dosh Rahman, ten years ago when he worked as the manager of the Bibendum Oyster Bar, where Dosh was just starting his culinary career. For Laurance, the talented and

skilled Dosh was the obvious choice to head up the seven-strong kitchen team. He is bursting with ideas, enthusiasm and ambition and has his own You Tube channel showcasing mainly Asian and street food recipes. Dosh puts together menus with his personal take on classic recipes that are always made from scratch with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The only things not made in-house are the bread and the smoked fish from the Lambton and Jackson smokehouse. They provide the main ingredient for the Queens’ signature pâté – top quality smoked mackerel, crème fraiche, dill and paprika turned into creamy quenelles on the plate.

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Gravy-making is a three-day process to ensure the maximum, deep, rich umami flavour and starts on Thursday ready for their popular Sunday Roast. The varied ‘à la carte’ menu at lunch and dinner has five starters, five mains and five desserts with daily specials to ring the changes; the menu is kept deliberately concise to keep quality and presentation to a high standard. The jewel in the crown for me is the ‘Prix Fixe’ lunch served Monday to Friday 123pm: exceptionally good value for money at £13 for two courses and £16 for three. The monthly menu has some permanent fixtures - a soup of the day, the tender bavette steak and frites (bought in as 11 day aged flank steak and hung for

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Standing as the gateway to the Village and the Orford Road retail parade, the imposing Victorian building that is the Queens Arms is home to some very fine Modern European cuisine. Silvana Gambini talks about her favourite E17 pub. Photography by Simon Goodwin.

a further period on the premises) and their gorgeous sticky toffee pudding, plus changing fish, vegetarian and dessert options to make up three choices per course; December will have a Christmas theme. This menu makes the Queens my ‘go to’ place for weekday lunches with friends (cue jokes about ‘ladies who lunch’ – trust me, that’s not what we are like!). And if Mr Grumpy needs cheering up, it’s a midweek treat for me and ‘him indoors’. A wide range of beers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks (Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade, my favourite!) is on offer. And I recently discovered they do classic

cocktails, 14 in all, including Aperol Spritz, their bestseller, which according to my neighbour is the best she’s ever tasted. I’ve sampled a Hugo – prosecco, elderflower, mint – which tastes like summer in a glass. Just writing about the food at the Queens Arms is making me hungry – surely there is no better accolade! I know where I will be going for lunch tomorrow…

The Queens Arms 42 Orford Road, London, E17 9NJ Welcome to a unique pop up restaurant located in a denim factory in Walthamstow.

Enjoy inventive seasonal food in a relaxed and informal setting.

Bookings & enquiries 020 8520 9184 Twitter & Facebook: @queensarmse17 Opening Times: Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week as well as the all day bar menu. Child friendly – until 7.30pm in the main bar area and anytime if eating a meal in the side dining area

Dosh’s YouTube cookery channel is MrChefRahman


2 COURSES £13 . 3 COURSES £16 Soup of the Day . Home cured Gravadlax . Rabbit terrine & toast Bavette steak & fries . Mussels Arabiata . Butternut squash risotto Sticky toffee pudding . Apple crumble . Montgomery Cheddar

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Three of the founders, Brothers Eamonn and Omar Razaq and friend Gavin Litton

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Pillars of the (beer drinking) community Pillars join neighbours, Wildcard Brewery & Tap Bar, Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, God’s own Junkyard and The Rolling Scones Cafe, adding craft lager to this growing community of artisan producers on The Ravenswood Industrial Estate off Shernall Street, E17. Started by four friends, the brewery name ‘Pillars’ stems from the German, specifically Bavarian, method and rules for brewing beer. Reinheitsgebot - the literal meaning is ‘purity order’ and refers to the purity laws of using four ingredients or ‘pillars‘ for beer making;

the ingredients included are water, malted barley, hops and yeast with no cheap or substituting ingredients. Pillars was conceived by Gavin Litton, and 3 brothers, Omar, Eamonn and Samie Razaq just over 3 years ago when they were looking to change careers, for something more creative. Gavin’s computer science experience and keen interest in all things scientific and Omar, Eamonn and Samie’s experience of retail, and a love of good beer, gave them a good combination of transferable skills, and so Pillars was born. “We were creating around 6 batches of beer every

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6 weeks, as a hobby at first, so we had a lot of happy friends,” smiles Omar. Quality is everything to Pillars. “We stick to those pillars, the core foundations of the purity laws, it takes time to make a good lager, we had all got used to cheap and not very good lagers, but it doesn’t have to be like that,” says Gavin. “We’ve created our Untraditional Lager, using a traditional way of brewing with innovations, modern techniques, modern hops. We have to keep our beers in very cold conditions - dropping the temperature to 1 degree celsius to lose all the rough

flavours we don’t want, we extract simple sugars from the Wort solution before yeast is added to get that dry flavour; with lager, consistency is everything.” No finings are added at all so all their lagers are vegan. “Craft lager is still a small market in the UK at the moment, but it’s growing,” says Omar. When Pillars opens to the public with a launch party, pop up food stalls, live band and DJ on 28 & 29 October, there are three new products to try, with two currently exclusive to their tap room bar. The Untraditional Lager (the product Pillars are promoting

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Kirsty McNeil-O’Connor speaks to the founders of Pillars Brewery, who open their tap room bar at a launch party weekend, 28 & 29 October. Photography by Simon Goodwin.

beyond the tap room), is a surprising combination of hoppy ales and ice cold, gently fizzing lager - dry, refreshing and clean with a generous flavour that lingers. The Pilsner is lusciously smooth, light enough to enjoy on hot summer days but again, full of taste and, last but not least is an Oktoberfest style lager using Amarillo hops, it’s rich and smooth with stronger more caramel, malty tones and is their strongest beer at 5.6%, this seasonal addition will be replaced with other trialling beers and customers can feedback on those. They will also be serving wines and spirits - but not gin! The brewery houses a large number of tanks due to the turnaround time for improving their lagers to the optimum quality, it looks like the cooking lab in Breaking Bad and technology abounds. The venue has industrial style

and a spacious contemporary feel. “This is such a great building we wanted to show it off but some of the work has taken a lot longer than we thought,” says Eamonn, who has learnt new DIY skills on the job, and has also had the enviable task of sourcing the bar snacks.


FRIDAY FROM 5pm - SATURDAY FROM 2pm Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Est. Walthamstow. E17 9HQ.

Gavin says “Walthamstow was in our top two when we were searching for a London location - great things are happening here, it’s an exciting place and time, and the space and location were perfect for us.”

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The Larder

The Larder has recently stepped into Walthamstow and taken over the Tea Room at the historic William Morris Gallery, where they also support gallery events. You may have spotted these fine food connoisseurs at the Walthamstow Garden Party over summer, with their vintage tricycle Ice cream van, serving prosecco kickers and other fun specialties. At the William Morris Gallery Tea Room you’ll find freshly made sandwiches, pastries and wild boar sausage rolls. You can also book yourself and a friend a delicious afternoon tea with carefully selected cakes and pastries from artisan bakers. For early morning Larder treats a breakfast service will also be available soon. The story of The Larder began as the brainchild of Dan Beharall, a man who’s passionate about fine food and responsible retail. Inspired by promise of

goodies in an old fashioned larder, the first store opened in Wanstead in 2007. Since then two more have opened, in Bethnal Green (with a vegetarian focus) and Butlers Retreat in Chingford, each with individual characteristics that make up a collection rather than a chain. Keen to offer an antidote to greasy spoons and generic coffee chains, Dan set about creating a calm oasis amidst frantic city life. A place to meet, eat and relax. Café spaces are multi-functional and hub-like; delicious ingredients and products for the discerning shopper, a friendly local with a good ambience, and a daytime retreat, frequented by artists and writers. There’s a writer who works on his novel there every day and an artist whose work hangs on the wall. The Larder café is passionate about working with local makers and producers

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and tries to offer business trial runs and stock them. Supplies and ingredients are sourced locally where possible and on the shelves you’ll find Walthamstow locals such as Woodford and Warner, Wild Card Brewery and Mothers Ruin – who are also partnering up for an event. There are also picnics for children in the pipeline. Grace Sankey, who’s in charge of The Larder PR and social media is really enthusiastic about promoting events that reflect the ethos of The Larder. For example there are ticketed wine tasting events, a wreathmaking class with local florist Blomst London, and talks of supper clubs. Late Night Larder is the newest addition to The Larder café in Wanstead, conceptualised by Sean Grady and supported by Dan, who encourages his staff to follow their passions. He tells me continues on page 24

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For an epicurean treat during the day, and quiet sophistication in the evenings head on down to The Larder café in Wanstead Village, one of a collection of unique deli style cafes, beautifully stocked with gourmet food & drink products.


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The Larder Wanstead 39 High Street, Wanstead E11 2AA Mon-Thurs 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9.30-5pm

The Larder, William Morris Gallery Tea Room Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4PP Wed-Sun 10am-4.30pm

The Larder Bethnal Green 241-243 Globe Road, Bethnal Green E2 0JD Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat & Sun 9-5pm

The Larder at Butler’s Retreat 12 Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH

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about the juice press he’s ordered to enable one of his staff members to come up with a range of freshly pressed juices. If you haven’t been to The Larder yet, these evenings are the perfect introduction and make a change from crowded bars and pubs. Sean makes a mean cocktail, so go and try the Mudslide, a blend of ice cream; cream, Baileys, kalua and vodka. Also on offer are espresso martinis and prosecco cocktails, along with a good selection of wines and beers. Drinks can be paired with fine cheeses, awardwinning British charcuterie and exquisite patés and breads. The Larder cafes are available for hire during evenings and weekends for afternoon teas, engagements and hen dos. The Butler’s Retreat Larder is housed in a listed building next to the Hunting Lodge, which is licenced for marriages. This can provide a perfect segue into a unique and intimate reception at the café and cater for up to around 100 people, 140 people in summer.

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Late Night Larder is on Thursday and Friday evenings 6.30-11pm at the Wanstead branch.

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Private Dining, Teaching, Supper Clubs, Pop Ups, Freezer Filling and events in Walthamstow and beyond.

WalthamstoW Chingford Wanstead Bethnal green Four great locations offering the very best in seasonal and locally sourced produce Book us for your special event: from afternoon tea for two to a wedding reception for 150, corporate canapes to craft parties, we can create a bespoke event to suit you

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Dining in style Walthamstow’s very own MasterChef Annie McKenzie is hoping to cook up a storm in your kitchen - and you’ll soon be able to pop along to one of her local supper clubs E17 is not exactly lacking in fine dining options. But from next month Walthamstow foodies who’d rather not brave the wintry weather can invite a MasterChef star to prepare a lavish dinner for them in their own homes. Annie McKenzie, 27, has lived in the Stow for three years since graduating from East 15 Acting School. After, in her own words, getting “rather tipsy” while making chocolate mousse last Christmas, she applied to appear on the popular BBC cooking competition judged by Gregg Wallace and John Torode. She got the call six months later and appeared on the show broadcast in MarchMay this year, only being booted out in the semi-finals. “It was amazing, but properly exhausting and stressful and everything you’d think it would be. One of the best experiences of my whole life though, and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” she said. The actor/chef was appearing in a production of Titus Andronicus by night while spending her days cooking up a storm on MasterChef. “I was filming every day in East London then hightailing it to The New Wimbledon Studio every night to be a silly pigeon keeper on stage. It was ridiculous. And totally secret too!” she says. Titus Andronicus is one of the most violent of Shakespeare’s oeuvre - so Annie’s new knife skills proved useful. “I played The Nurse and The Clown - one got stabbed and lifted up by the blade and the other was strangled to death with her own apron. It was pretty brutal,” she says.

After losing out on a place in the MasterChef finals Annie was determined not to let her new-found cooking skills go to waste. While continuing to act and make her living temping, Annie has also set up a fine dining business, bringing the dishes she made on the small screen into people’s homes and tummies. “My style of food is good, honest, home cooking, focusing on great flavours, local, seasonal produce with perhaps just a little bit of that French je ne sais quois,” she says. “I bring my own plates and cutlery, as well as table decorations including candles and flowers and also music! I love music and love creating playlists.”

She offers menus of three, four or five courses. “If I were coming to cook in your home we would design the menu together and if you had any dietary requirements, favourite foods and so on that would all be taken into account and we’d probably go back and forth a bit just to make sure you had the perfect menu for the occasion.” Annie’s face might not just be familiar from her appearance on the telly. She also spent two years working behind the bar at The Queens Arms pub in The Village - excellent market research for the local clientele you might argue. Being plugged so heartily into E17 life means Annie has been able to persuade local businesses to work with her on her new projects which include a number of Pop Up dining events on top of the fine dining at home options.

She is doing a dessert menu takeover at Eat 17 in the Village on the 28 October, which involves cooking three of her own desserts which will be on their menu for a whole service. She is catering the Halloween-related Pumpkin Panic Party at Blackhorse Workshop on the 29 October. The busy chef is also hoping to collaborate with Blackhorse Workshop on a monthly supper club set to launch in November. The details so far are top secret but they are likely to combine Annie’s passion for food and theatre. “I’m hoping that my private dining and supper club will crossover a little bit. Or at least people will have a few exciting options to choose from for their dinner parties! That will all become clear once I have the green light from Blackhorse Workshop! But theatre and food, basically,” she says. As if that weren’t keeping her busy enough, Annie is planning to teach cookery alongside her fine dining and Pop Up experiences. “Whether people want to learn how to make pasta, bake a cake, nail a really exciting dessert, try their hand at something vegan - I lived with two vegans for two years, or cook a three course meal for a loved one – I aim to make it all happen.” “I think it’s really nice to gather a small group together to learn with family or friends, or it’d be fun for a Hen Party drunk cooking, what’s not to love?”

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the wines I find are from small vineyards. I work with female wine makers, husband and wife teams or vineyards that have been in the same family for years. Our selection is small, but it’s curated and everyone has to be really damn good to get on the list How do you pick your wines? I look for up and coming regions, especially in Spain and I want people to be able to explore wine without it costing an arm and a leg. I also attend lots of tastings to make sure they’re just right. This sounds like a fun job! Yes, there’s a LOT of research! I get friends to come over and there’s always a debate to decide if they make the final cut. My favourite job is actually writing the descriptions. It’s my creative outlet. How did selling at markets come about? I started off selling at the Walthamstow Farmer’s Market, which was great. I got lots of good feedback, advice and met some lovely people. I’m now at Netil Market in Dalston every weekend,

which has a great vibe. I’ve done several pop up events too and spent September doing a pop up at Hucks in Walthamstow every Saturday night, which was brilliant. I’d love to do more of those and hopefully have my own shop one day. What’s next for Damncheeky Wines? I’m launching a two bottle a month discovery box so you can dip your toes into a region at a time. I’d also love to work with some local chefs running supper clubs to pair wines to their menus. At some point in the future I’d like to start importing American wines and, as my husband is a big fan of craft beers I’m looking into stocking them too. I also love English sparkling wines, so I’ve been taste testing them a lot this summer. It’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it! Instagram @damncheekywines Twitter @damncheeky Or visit Damncheeky Wines at Netil Market, E3 3RL every Saturday 11am – 7pm

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Now that the clocks have changed its even more important that you have a well lit home for those winter evenings ahead. Make sure what lighting you have is working properly, get in a store of bulbs, switch on and enjoy. Following on from last month’s column, which focused on practical lighting, here is some inspiration for using lighting in a more unconventional way. It’s not only the light source but what you’re lighting that’s important. With under cupboard lighting in the kitchen for example, you don’t want to see the light fittings, just the lit countertop, so use a baffle or install something more chic like light box panels. Verner Panton (if you don’t know his work, check him out) invented the 60s in the 1950s and made lighting integral to his interior design. As well as designing some beautiful light fittings he used hidden lighting to light up his amazing colour schemes creating a glowing environment. I’m not suggesting that you do this all over your terraced house or flat, but a slice of it here or there could be joyous, especially in conjunction with the current trend for the grey interior. Light a wall by creating a box pelmet along the length of it, to house hidden LED lighting. This will create a wash of light over the wall. Reverse the box pelmet and you will light wash the ceiling. Look out for how this is used in bars and hotel rooms. Super-saturate a coloured wall (say pink) by using (say pink) lighting. Never use blue lighting, its just plain ugly and a bit scary. Why it’s used in street lighting I have no idea! I’m not a fan of floor lighting – unless it’s exterior – people don’t look great when they are lit from underneath. As well as being practical, lighting is there in all its diversity to make you and your home look its illuminated, beautiful best. What niggles you about your home? Email with your thoughts. To book a session with the House Doctor please email: or call 07725 645 359. To advertise your business contact 33


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Architectural historian, Karen Averby uncovers curiosities and stories from Walthamstow’s rich and varied past

FEEDING LONDON The fertile Lea Valley has for centuries provided Leyton with the perfect conditions for the growing of crops and the grazing of livestock. Farmland was especially predominant in the south and east of the area, and farms at Wallwood and Ruckholt were amongst the most dominant. Over time the harvesting and producing of food was not restricted to feeding the local population, and produce was also grown to supply markets further afield including the lucrative London markets of Smithfields, Spitalfields and Covent Garden.

would often be enjoyed with sugar or baked with marrow, sugar and spices, or perhaps even candied by sweet-makers. Around 200 acres were dedicated to potato cropping, which brought many Irish agricultural workers into the area. By 1815 what is now Langthorne Road was known as Irish Lane (formerly Blind Lane), as most inhabitants here were Irish incomers living in the agricultural labourers’ cottages built there.

By the later 18th century three nurseries and eight market gardens had been established in Leyton, a trend seen elsewhere within the environs of the capital including to the west, at Fulham and Hammersmith and to the north in Islington.

By 1843 Leyton nurseries were Covent Garden Early Morning by Gustave Doré spread over a substantial 29 acres; amongst them Holloway Down Farmland also continued to dominate the nursery, located between Irish Lane and Leyton landscape, with over 400 acres the Thatched House in Wanstead, which taken up with arable and pastureland. had been established c.1761 by Spencer Of this, over 200 acres belonged to Turner, a renowned gardener-botanist who Ruckholt and Warren Farms, and Wallwood has now largely been forgotten. Other Farm extended over a further 100 acres. nurseries included James Pamplin’s at The centuries-old lucrative Leyton foodBlack Marsh Farm and Finlay Fraser’s, both producing economy came to an abrupt end on Lea Bridge Road. in the later 19th century when a relatively rapid urbanisation of the area took hold. Farms were sold off to developers who lined the land with streets and streets of housing. Although for a brief period cowkeepers replaced farmers as suppliers of milk to the new population, with 14 being recorded in Leyton by 1882, by 1905 the amount of grassland had shrunk to 175 acres and by 1912 Leyton had just one cowkeeper. The 1799 Ordnance Surveyor’s drawing nurseries of Leyton suffered a similar fate. In 1865 the Holloway Down nursery was sold to the Victoria Land and Settlement Company. for housing, Pamplin’s nursery closed after 1870 and although Finlay Fraser’s nursery managed to last until the early 1890s, it too was sold and developed for housing.

The main route from Leyton to the London markets was made through Lockbridge and Hackney four times every week. The carts and wagons would set off in the dead of night in order to reach the market dealers at the London markets between 3am and 5am. Produce destined for the London markets became increasingly diversified and specialist crops were grown, including watercress, turnips, green peas, green clover, tares and even grapes. Leyton also became one of the chief suppliers of the increasingly popular potato, which in the 18th century was cooked in embers and

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“The Boys of Blackhorse Road” remembered at the Somme When Malcolm Doolin researched the Blackhorse Road Boys’ School’s Great War Memorial the result was his book, The Boys of Blackhorse Road. Here he explains that the story, and that the research has not ended there.

Blackhorse Road Boys’ School was an Elementary School between Clifton and Tavistock Avenues, Walthamstow, which shared a site with its partner Girls’ School and a mixed Infants’ School. When the War started in August 1914, over 80 ex-pupils enlisted and many others did so over the next four years. Forty-nine ex-pupils and three teachers lost their lives between 1914-1918, another was seriously wounded and died of ill health just after the War ended. All are commemorated on the school War Memorial. Over time, Blackhorse Road School became Willowfield Humanities’ College and the memorial is now in the new Willowfield building. The Blackhorse Road Schools opened in 1901 to meet the growing local population which doubled between 1891 and 1901. Many of the ‘Boys’ had moved into the area as their parents sought work in the building trade and the factories along Blackhorse Lane. Most ‘Boys’ left school by 14 and went to work. Several won scholarships to continue their education but costs such as uniform, and their families’ need for an extra income meant few took up the opportunity. When I was researching the book I learned that ten of the 55 ‘Boys’ commemorated on the memorial were killed between 1 July and 18 November 1916 during The Battle of the Somme. An eleventh “Boy” suffered appalling injuries on the first day which caused his death 18 months later. I also 40

discovered that another 20 ‘Boys’ died in the Somme and neighbouring Artois region at other times, including during 1918 in the German Advance and the 100 Days Allied response. Two others suffered mortal wounds and died after returning to England. When my partner, ex-Willowfield Headteacher Eve Wilson, and I acquired tickets for the 1 July 2016 Commemoration of the Centenary of the First Day of the Somme at The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, we decided to extend the trip to visit all thirty graves and memorials. We laid a wreath at a private ceremony at Thiepval on 3 July, in memory of the eight ‘Boys’ from the school, six pupils and two teachers, who are commemorated there. We also found the other twenty-two ‘Boys’ graves or memorials and left a personalised wooden memorial cross at each one. The ‘Boys’ lie, or are commemorated, in 20 cemeteries and memorials. Some, like Thiepval, are world famous, others, such as Sauchy-Cauchy, are very small. Some, like the Arras Memorial, are in towns whilst others are remote and hard to access. Given the difficulties of cost and accessibility, it seems unlikely that any family visited these places at the time. As

possibly their first visitors, we regard it as a privilege that, 100 years on, we were able to honour the memories of some of the ‘Boys’. All the ‘Boys’ have their own stories, many of them poignant. Private Arthur Wood, 30, on the school staff from 1901-1905, was the first Walthamstow teacher to be killed. He enlisted in April 1916 and was killed on 9 September. His body was never found and he is commemorated at Thiepval. Private Arthur Dunford, 26, was teaching at the school when he enlisted on 6 April 1916. He was killed at High Wood on 22 September. His body was never found and he is commemorated at Thiepval. For many years, a framed photograph of him was on display in the school but is now sadly lost. Private Samuel Standcumbe, 19, was killed in the Battle of Arras on 9 April 1917. On the same day his elder brother, John, serving in a different regiment, was also killed there. Neither body was found. Today their names face each other across a bay at the Arras Memorial. No “Boy” was among the 19,240 fatalities on 1 July 1916, but Ernest Nottage, serving in the London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) was severely wounded. He was treated at the Front for wounds which destroyed his eye, damaged his nose and back. Repatriated to England, he spent eight months in hospital before being discharged as unfit for further service.

He sought munitions work but died of his injuries on 6 January 1918. He is buried, with his parents, in Queen’s Road Cemetery, Walthamstow. Sergeant Edward Rollins, 19, and six other men were killed on 16 April 1918 attempting to get vital information back to HQ across open land under heavy fire. The soldier who achieved the task was awarded the Victoria Cross. Edward volunteered in 1914 when he was 16, lying about his age, later achieving promotions. He is buried in Cabaret Rouge Cemetery, Souchez. Flemming Goddard was, at 39, the oldest “Boy” to die. He taught at the school from 1903-1910. Married with a five year old son when he enlisted in May 1916, he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. On 27 May 1918, he was based near St Eloi when the Germans shelled the town. The Medical Orderlies’ hut received a direct hit, killing ten men including Flemming. They lie in Ecoivres Cemetery. A religious man, his grave bears the inscription Via Crucis Via Lucis: The Way of the Cross is the Way of the Light. Private Jarvis Engley, 21, served in the Grenadier Guards. He was killed on 27 September 1918 during the attack on the Canal du Nord. He is buried in Sanders Keep Cemetery in the same row as Acting Captain William Herbert Gladstone, M.C, 20, grandson of Victorian Prime Minister, W. E. Gladstone: an Elementary Schoolboy buried a few graves from an Old Etonian.

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While at school, Private Robert Tresadern, won two Scholarships and was a junior

Civil Servant when he enlisted in March 1917. Aged 20, he was also killed on 27 September 1918. His body lies in a small remote cemetery at Sauchy-Cauchy by the Canal du Nord. Private Albert Mills, 20, died of wounds at Grevilliers on 31 October 1918 during the Allied Advance that won the War. His parents would have just heard of his death when his brother, their only other son George, 19, wounded during the 100 Days Advance, died in hospital in England on 13 November, two days after the War ended. Albert is buried in Grevillers Cemetery, George in Queen’s Road Cemetery,

Walthamstow. George was the fifty-second and last of the ‘Boys’ to die in the War. The Boys of Blackhorse Road, who had all been members of a Walthamstow elementary school community between 1901 and 1912, served in nearly all the theatres of the Great War. Their stories are representative of all the ordinary, working class men who fought and died in extraordinary times. Their successors at Willowfield today can be proud of them.

If you would like to hear more about The Boys of Blackhorse Road, Malcolm Doolin will be giving a talk to the Walthamstow Historical Society at 7pm on Thursday 17 November at St. Gabriel’s Church, Havant Road, Walthamstow.

Copies of The Boys of Blackhorse Road are available, price £10 including p&p, from Malcolm Doolin, Malcolm Doolin is a member of The Western Front Association. The East London Branch meets on the third Thursday of every month to hear renowned speakers on aspects of the First War at 8pm. at the Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis and Squash Club, Greenway Avenue, Walthamstow. For details, contact Neil Pearce on 07956 541897 or Chris Daughters on 07809 430257. Blackhorse Road Boys’ School 1911



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Are you local? I grew up in Clapton and moved to Walthamstow when I first got married in 1970, paying £5 a week rent. My flat was adjacent to the high street, which was thriving. Local people, stallholders and shopkeepers all knew each other and I couldn’t walk down the market without stopping and chatting to people. This really inspired me. I saw the value of living in a community. After I had my first child I started to volunteer in my local preschool and I knew this was for me. I only moved out of the borough in 2012 to be closer to family. What do you love about the area? The area has changed considerably over the years but I love the community involvement and the diversity. People have a ‘can do’ approach and I feel privileged to have met and worked with so many remarkable people. When I moved to Aveling Park Road in 1987 there was nowhere for people to go with their children, so I opened up my home to other families. I never locked my front door – people could let themselves in. Sometimes I would go out and leave people in my house drinking coffee and singing with their kids. You’re the CEO of the Lloyd Park Centre. Tell us about the charity. The charity grew out of the community, that’s what it has always been about, and was founded to build brighter futures for local children. We do this through childcare, education, outreach and activities like our play sessions. Everything we do aims to support babies 42

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Pauline is CEO of the The Lloyd Park Children’s Charity which this year has been awarded the contract to deliver support for families throughout the borough of Waltham Forest, tackling issues including poverty, domestic violence, addiction, bereavement and refugees. Pauline talks to Paul Lindt about the work of the charity and how the story began many years ago with an old gardener’s shed with an attached double-decker bus in her local park.

and young children growing up here, and sometimes that’s by helping a local family access essentials they need via our baby bank. And over the years our community has grown, and we now run activities across the whole of Waltham Forest. I’ve heard that you were once known as the mum with the van! Yes! My front room became an open-door space for a number of local families with young children. We set up a range of activities: keep-fit and weight loss, coffee mornings, play sessions for the children, and bonfire or Halloween parties. My house backed onto Lloyd Park where there was a gardener’s shed attached to a double decker bus that we started to use. There was only cold water, no toilets, and no lighting out in the park. When, in 1981, the bus was under threat of closure, we formed the Lloyd Park Action Group. There were very limited services for the elderly and the young so we joined forces to campaign for better services at the start and end of life! The Local Authority had a play bus and a driver and we partnered up to provide parent and toddler play sessions in a range of locations from Chingford’s Yardley Estate in the north of the borough to

Leytonstone’s Avenue Estate in the south. We parked up and got the toys out on the pavement and welcomed hundreds of children and their families. It was a fantastic experience. The result of our campaigning was five portacabins in Lloyd Park. In 1984, we formed The Lloyd Park Parent and Toddler Group, meeting two afternoons per week which, due to demand, soon became five afternoons. With a new toilet block and new kitchen and thanks to a grant from Avon (the cosmetics company) in 1991 we extended the portacabins to provide a full daycare provision and another name change to The Lloyd Park Under Fives Centre in recognition of our expanding services. But then disaster struck! In 1992, an arson attack left the building and its contents completely unusable. I thought there is no way we can salvage this. But the community came together to get us up and running by the end of the week. Aveling Park Bowling Club and Winns Primary School gave us space to run our services and local people helped to salvage and clean resources, and donations of equipment and money came flooding in. Thanks to the community and the local

authority we came back bigger and better with 17 portacabins. In 1999, we were told that Lloyd Park was to be a Park of Excellence and our portacabins would not fit in! We started the Building for a Brighter Future Campaign and raised £1.3 million for the new building in Lloyd Park, and another name change to The Lloyd Park Centre. Our name is to change again to The Lloyd Park Children’s Charity to reflect the wider community within which we operate whilst still retaining a bit of our history. I hear the charity has recently expanded again. Yes, this year we were delighted to be awarded the contract to deliver Children and Family Centre services for all families in the borough of Waltham Forest. This means we will be supporting families in Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford as well as our Walthamstow base. We beat national organisations to win this contract and I’m sure our local roots and understanding of the area helped us to secure it. That’s excellent! What challenges do families in Waltham Forest face? I am yet to come across a family that doesn’t face a challenge at some point in their lives. We aim to provide support to every family. Some of the most challenging things I have been a part of include supporting a family with two young daughters through the loss of their father, and supporting a single-parent to undertake treatment for HIV. It’s very important that we do not make judgments about what happens in family life. Many families cope with a range of challenges – poverty, domestic violence, addiction, or concerns about their child’s learning and development. It’s really important that we let local families know we are here to support them.

In what way does the charity help? To start with we are here to listen. When we understand the situation we can help parents and families to think about what they want to achieve and what help or support they need. Every family is treated individually. We provide some family support or offer special groups for parents with concerns about their child’s development or Special Educational Needs or disabilities, or we can help them in accessing specialist services elsewhere. You have to know a little bit about a lot of things but sometimes it’s as simple as sitting on someone’s sofa and just listening to them talk about how they feel. What have been the hardest moments? The biggest problem over the years as a charity is the lack of security in our funding. It’s very hard to sustain our work when everyone is competing for the same pots of money, particularly as central government cuts filter down to a local level. But for me personally my hardest time was the death of my deputy and friend Sheila Errington in 2014. She had been with us for 23 years and joined as a volunteer. I was useless without her. How have services for children in the area changed over the years? We now work in a highly regulated industry, most of which has been a positive move to improve services for young children. But the costs of running services are astronomical and rental costs are very high. We encourage our staff to train to degree level, but then it’s hard to pay a competitive salary and keep childcare costs affordable for local families. We have also funded emergency childcare places over the years, but funding for this is getting more difficult to access. What does the future hold for you and the charity? I’m hoping to secure more funding for our projects and build

sustainable childcare places to enable the charity to be part of the Waltham Forest community for another 35 years! Sounds busy, how do you relax? With my family. My seven grandchildren are all very important to me. They range from 20 years to two weeks old. Sunday lunch at home with everyone is a highlight of my week. What have been your career highlights? There have been some amazing people involved over the years that have influenced the direction of the charity, inspired and motivated me to keep going and helped to make this charity so special. The staff is so critical to its success but because I am at the head I have been nominated for a few awards. It was an absolute privilege to be awarded the MBE by Prince Charles in 2011, and I accepted it on behalf of everyone involved in Lloyd Park over the past 35 years. What would you like to see for the area in the future? For child poverty to be a thing of the past. For all families to know where to go when they need help, and for that help to be effective. Importantly, for families in the area who would like to know more about the support we offer - do pick up the phone and speak to us, or pop in and see us in person at one of our hubs dotted around the borough. Coming to one of our friendly play sessions, such as our new parent group or Dad’s club, is a great way to have fun together, meet other families and access any other services we offer as and when they are needed. We publish a timetable in Roleplay magazine, which can be found on our website, that gives an overview of our activities.

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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 As I get older, time seems to pass by quicker than it used to. I know this makes me sound like my grandma, but it’s true. When I was a kid, the six-week summer holiday seemed to last forever, these days the summer seems to flash by in the blink of an eye. It feels like only yesterday that I was getting ready to go to the Walthamstow Garden Party, and now, as if by magic, I’m wrapped against the cold of November. It’ll be Christmas before we know it, blimey, I really am sounding like my grandma. Probably one of the reasons the Walthamstow summer whizzes by so quickly is because there’s always so much going on. Starting with the dog show in May, every weekend is crammed full of local happenings to keep us lucky folk entertained. As much as I love it, I’m not necessarily sad to see the back of the warmer months; I’m not sad because I love the change in the season. Walthamstow looks spectacular as summer melts in to the colour of autumn, and then autumn gives way to the bleak of winter. The change happens so quickly, E17 can look different every day. Trees that are green on a Monday will be fire red by Friday, then bare and draped in mist by the following week. The trees that line the road to the marsh are particularly lovely at this time of year. It isn’t just the trees that burn with the colour of fire, the big sky over Walthamstow really comes to life. The market can look other worldly as the winter sun sinks in the distance, but the real jewel in the E17 crown is the sky over the marsh. I marvel at it when I’m out with the dog. We walk on Low Hall field behind St James Park, and some evenings it is breath-taking. Trees and pylons silhouetted against cloud-streaked red and orange sky, a sky that seems to go on forever. The summer may be gone, but don’t despair, the season of fire is upon us.





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My brown bin got emptied yesterday. I didn’t see the moon last night - did anyone happen to see exactly which shade of blue it was? Walthamstow Life Retweeting Waltham Forest Guardian article “The restaurant so filthy cockroaches were even living in chefs’ hats” Can we be sure that the cockroaches weren’t the ones doing the actual cooking, Ratatouille@matsimpsk style? At Walthamstow Central - the classiness never stops (insert gentrification gag here)! GS: Is there a Domino’s in Walthamstow? I hope not, spent too much on them at uni lol. EF: The very dirtiest of dirty pleasures. SY: I could do that job! SB: But why Spiderman?... EF: Doesn’t Peter Parker deliver pizzas as well as being a chemistry student by day and wisecracking webslinger by night? MG: Good deal though, to be fair *unclean* AG: GOGO OR GO HOME! ZB: He’s now on Markhouse/South Grove roundabout and just grimaced at me! JS: Spiderman’s let himself go a bit.... AS: This dear kids is what happens to Spiderman when he eats too much pizza! AC: Austerity spiderman. Once the crime fighting king... now reduced to advertising pizza BB: He doesn’t mean ‘any size’. Try asking for a 60” pizza. RW: I bid him good morning when I passed him on Markhouse Road at 9.15am. I heard no reply but the costume covered his mouth. BM: Iron Man was at Whipps Cross roundabout earlier. Walthamstow Life

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Probate disputes The number of probate disputes being dealt with by the courts is increasing exponentially and there are two main reasons for this. First, families are more complicated than they were in the past. Higher rates of divorce over recent decades have created second and third families. This has increased the scope for arguments after family members die. Also, more unmarried couples are co-habiting as compared to years gone by. Unless they have made Wills, they may have no legal right to benefit from their partner’s estate on death, and this has contributed significantly to the spike in the number of contentious probate claims. Second, the rise in home ownership and increase in house prices mean that even people who have always lived modestly may have something worth fighting over when they die. Add to this the fact that people are living longer and becoming vulnerable through years of mental decline and the potential for disputes is obvious. As ever, there is no substitute for good advice. If you think you may have a claim against a deceased person’s estate, speak to a solicitor to see whether or not such a claim may be possible. Most importantly, act quickly to ensure you do not fall foul of time limits which might apply to your case.

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Clockwise from top left: Fat Girls Don’t Dance; Night Voices; Before It Starts; Eurohouse

The Winter Theatre Festival This month will see some long awaited theatre shows at Mirth, Marvel & Maud on Hoe Street. Kirsty McNeil-O’Connor finds out more. The Winter Theatre Festival produced and presented by Beartuza showcases 4 original plays on 4 consecutive nights from 23 - 26 November. It features new writing by a range of theatre groups who are all East15 Acting School Alumni. “We are bringing world class theatre and great talent to Walthamstow, we want people to see this as a new destination to see great theatre;” says co-founder and artistic director Phil Poole. “But we want it to be affordable too,” explains co-director and artistic director Laura Chetty. “So, we’ve set up a deal for discounts (see website). The venue is amazing and means a lot to local people, it’s also near great transport links,” she says. Beartuza themselves will close the festival with their play Night Voices written, performed and directed by Phil Poole. “It’s sort of, Alice in Wonderland meets the Mighty Boosh, essentially about illness with humour and songs too,” he explains. This new Walthamstow-based theatre company offer devising and acting workshops in the area, formed by the two friends in spring 2015. Since then they have started a youth theatre company, held at Gnome House, run a summer school and performed at The Walthamstow Garden Party in July this year. “It went really well,” says Phil. “We were in the Earthly Paradise Tent with our young performers. The theme was ‘Home,’ so we worked on 4 short, devised plays from the perspective of different cultures who now call this diverse area of London home. There were cross overs with the young people’s experiences generally so it would reach out to include some common themes.” Phil Poole, 25 from Norfolk met Laura Chetty, 27 from Redbridge at East 15 Acting School. After graduating in 2012, they went in 48

different directions until Phil called Laura, who had taken a city desk job and suggested they set up a theatre company, Beartuza, “It’s a fabricated word with a few possible meanings - ours means a Russian circus troupe who used dancing bears, when the circus ceased to be the bears, now free, continued to visit all the places the circus used to go, because that’s where they were fed,” explains Phil. Phil and Laura are keen to use unconventional spaces for their work with both adult professionals and youth groups, specialising in immersive theatre. However, for the launch of the Winter Theatre Festival whose themes include body image, Brexit, homophobic bullying at secondary schools and illness, Maud, the 150 seater cinema and theatre at Mirth is the perfect venue.

23 November Fat Girls Don’t Dance Maria Ferguson 24 November Eurohouse Bertrand lesca and Nasi Voustas – FellSwoop Theatre 25 November Before it Starts Naked Frank Theatre 26 November Night Voices Beartuza Adults £10; Under 18s £7 Festival Ticket: Watch three shows of your choice. £24/£18 Mirth, Marvel & Maud,186 Hoe St, London E17 4QH

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Exhibitions & weekly events Arts & Crafts Until 3 Dec Tales from the Marsh Exhibition The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Tales from the Marsh unearths the magnetic pull of Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes in this collage of local people’s oral histories, poetry, artwork and photographs. Open during normal Mill hours: Tues-Fri 9.30am-6pm, SatSun 10am-2pm. FREE. 5-25 November NEW Curiouser & Curiouser Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9NJ Shoreditch gallery The Curious Duke take over the WVWG with their urban and surrealist art by the likes of Lee Herring, Louise McNaught, Roy’s People, Simone Webb, Samantha Gare and Otto D’Ambra. Also Preview Party, Friday 4 November 7-9pm. Open daylight hours and lit until midnight. FREE. 11-30 Nov NEW Walthamstow 2017 Calendar Exhibition Froth & Rind, 37 Orford Road E17 9NL Artist Emma Scutt exhibits 12 new illustrations from her Walthamstow calendar showing favourite cafes, shops and places around E17. The limited edition calendars, all signed and numbered, will be available to buy. Tues-Sun, various times. FREE. Until 17 Nov Insectapsyched Wynwood Art District Cafe, 2A Chingford Rd E17 4PJ Solo exhibition by acclaimed local visual artist Nickie Counsell whose new work is both beautiful and intriguing. Open cafe hours 7am-6pm daily. FREE. From 18 Nov NEW Cluster Wynwood Art District Cafe, 2A Chingford Road E17 4PJ Curated group show exploring the theme of ‘cluster’. Expect some thought provoking gatherings. Open cafe hours 7am-6pm daily. FREE. Events marked

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3-27 Nov NEW Re-Pull: Michelle Avison and Claire Willberg The Stone Space, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG See feature on page 12. Re-Pull brings together artists and printmakers Avison and Willberg who use their shared interest in the minutiae of the immediate environment to inform their work. Thurs-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm. FREE. 5-26 Nov NEW Machine Flight Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP See feature on page 14. Group show of painting, photography, and animation. celebrating aviation, aeroplanes, and powered flight - a Walthamstow Airshow! Tues-Sat 9-5.30pm. FREE. 020 8520 0340

Until 19 Feb 2017 NEW WE: The Ex-Warner Estate in Waltham Forest Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Exploring the history of Warner Estate houses and the memories of people who lived in them. Artists Lucy Harrison and Katherine Green capture the stories of these unique homes through original photography, interviews and artefacts. Supported by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE.

Until 30 Nov Hafeez Saeed Photographs Le Delice, 114 Hoe Street E17 4QR Delve into the artistic work of local photographer Hafeez Saeed as he explores themes of faith, culture and design, showcasing part of his architecture and street portfolio. Prints and canvases available for sale. 8am10pm daily. FREE.

Until 6 Nov Rosalind Fowler: Nowhere Somewhere William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Fowler’s two screen film installation explores resonances between William Morris’s vision of a future, greener London and OrganicLea’s food-growing cooperative in Waltham Forest. Gardeners at the site also share their dreams for an imaginary ecotopian future. Supported by Arts Council England. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE.

Mondays NEW Pub Quiz The Nags Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP Roger’s quizzing at the Nags, with cash and wine prizes to win. Clucking food available courtesy of The Koop. Quiz starts 8pm. £2 per person, max 8 per team. Twitter @thekoopldn

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Tuesdays NEW Quiz Night The Royal Oak Pub & Kitchen, 320 Hale End Road IG8 9LN A very enjoyable, fun-filled quiz night with prizes and more prizes. Quiz starts 7.30pm sharp.

Until 15 January 2017 A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP A look at the defining features of protest graphics. With powerful images and punchy slogans, these empowering posters present alternative realities and call for radical change. Exhibition organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. Until 29 January 2017 NEW Think! The Poster Collective Discovery Lounge William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Young people aged 16-22 will exhibit original artwork created at the William Morris Gallery inspired by the exhibition A World to Win. Curated by the gallery’s Young Curators Group. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. 9 Nov 2016-January 2017 NEW Coralie Bickford-Smith: The Fox and the Star William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Taking inspiration from William Morris’s Kelmscott Press The Fox and the Star is a beautifully crafted tale of loss, friendship and discovery from awardwinning illustrator and author Coralie Bickford-Smith. This exhibition explores how the book was created, with original illustrations and rarely seen proofs. Kindly supported by Fullers Builders of Walthamstow. Weds-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE.

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Tuesdays until 14 Dec Mirth’s Board Game Evening Mirth, Marvel & Maud 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH We’re a friendly bunch who meet up weekly to play modern board games such as Carcassonne, Catan, Nippon or Scythe. Over 18s only. 5.30-11pm. FREE, but please buy refreshments at the venue. CJ Calogero 020 8926 6862

Mon-Fri exc Tues (term-time only) Bongalong for under 5s St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF Fun, creative music, movement and make believe - a lively mix of singing, dancing, let’s pretend and fab percussion instruments. Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays 10am and 11am sessions plus 1.30pm on Mondays and 11am only on Wednesdays. £5.25 booked termly. 07811 460282

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Tuesdays Bongalong for under 5s Greenleaf Road Baptist Church, 4 Greenleaf Road E17 6QQ As above except different venue. 1.30pm.

Fridays until 16 Dec Lloyd Park Green Gym Meet outside the Stables, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP A fun and productive way to keep fit in body and mind while looking after Lloyd Park; carrying out volunteer conservation tasks. Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty! 10.45am2pm. FREE. Vicky Peet 07870 678571

Family Sundays 6 Nov-18 Dec NEW Sunday Serial: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Hear this classic tale read out loud in seven parts by local actors in the atmospheric setting of Walthamstow’s former workhouse. Each session will start with a recap. 12-12.30pm. FREE. Thursdays 3 Nov-1 Dec Junior Art at The Mill The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Five sessions with David Hughes for kids 6 years and up. Have fun making CRAZY Birds. Design them, print them, draw them and make them in clay. Each week a new approach. Kids under 8 years must be accompanied. Can be messy! Limited places. 4-5.30pm. £2 donation per child per session. David Hughes 020 8521 3211 Saturdays until 26 Nov Classical Indian Dance and Storytelling for Children Bhakti Yoga Centre, 631 Forest Road E17 4NE Joyful, magical class combining storytelling with classical Indian movements, discipline, structure, creativity. Ankle bells enhance rhythmic play and expressiveness. Bells provided. 10.30-11.15am. £4 for E List readers. Vanessa 07958 523431

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Mon, Weds & Thurs Bongalong for under 1s St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF As above. Mondays 2.30pm, Wednesdays 10am and Thursdays 1.30 and 2.30pm.

Social & Networking Mondays Community Monday The Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Weekly drop-in opportunity for volunteers to help out or skill-up at the Hornbeam. Free lunch too! Check website for weekly theme. 10am-1pm. Saturdays until 3 Dec Youth Club Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS A weekly drop in youth club for 10-14 year olds. Games, sports, arts, trips and more. 11.30am-2.30pm. FREE but donations welcome. Chantelle Michaux 07535 326157

LGBT Tuesdays NEW ELOP LGBT Dramatherapy ELOP/ LGBT Centre, 56-60 Grove Rd E17 9BN Dramatherapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilises creative play, movement, voice and dramatization within the therapeutic process. Individual and group sessions require a pre-service appointment. Book now. 6.30-8pm. £10. 020 8509 3898

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

Shopping Fridays Night Feast Walthamstow Town Square, High Street E17 4HU A night market offering street food, drinks, produce, arts & crafts, kids area and entertainment, showcasing local traders and offering a great night out for the family. 5-10pm.

Food Markets Saturdays OrganicLea Market Stall The Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Organic and local sustainably grown fruit, vegetables, homemade bread, jams and preserves. Healthy Start vouchers can be used. 10am-3pm. our-market-stall Saturdays Community Local Produce Market Stall with OrganicLea & Transition Leytonstone St John’s Church, Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG As above. 10am-3pm. Sundays Farmers’ Market Town Square, Walthamstow E17 4HU Stalls offering a changing, seasonal selection of meat, game and poultry, cheese, eggs, fruit, vegetables, cider, baked goods, honey, plants and herbs, seafood, pies, quiches and cakes. Please note, some stalls may take a week off without notice. 10am-2pm.

Music, choirs & karaoke Thursdays NEW The Singing Room Choir E17 St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF Help us celebrate our first 10 years by joining Walthamstow’s longest running community choir. We welcome everyone; no audition and lots of fab songs to learn and perform. 7.30-9.15pm. £9 or 10 sessions for £70, first session free. Anna Williams 07931 372996

Saturdays NEW Live & Unplugged Music Night The Royal Oak Pub & Kitchen, 320 Hale End Road IG8 9LN See the Facebook page for more updates on who’s going to be playing. 8.30pm. FREE. Tuesdays NEW North East London Voices Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG The NELV collective is seeking new singers, songwriters and performers aged 11-18yrs. We sing a variety of songs from Emile Sande to Michael Jackson as well as writing our own. Join us! 6.30-7.30pm. FREE. 020 8496 1582 Tuesdays until 6 Dec The CommUnity Gospel Choir The Wesleyan Christian Centre, 1 Harrow Green, Leytonstone E11 3HP If you enjoy singing, whatever your ability or experience come and join our amalgamation of Harrow Green Community Gospel Choir and East London Gospel Voices. 7.15-9pm. £5. Beverly 07984 398271 Sundays until 11 Dec (term time only) Natural Voices: Youth Choirs (Juniors & Seniors) The Games Room, Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR A fun choir for children and teens. Bring a snack and a drink for break time. 10am-11am (ages 5-9) and 11am-12pm (ages 10-21). £5 paid termly or £6 pay as you go, free taster. Tuesdays Weekly Singer/Songwriter Night Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Every week various different singers and songwriters join our stage for your entertainment. Includes resident and guest performers. 8-11pm. FREE. Erika 07950 899431 Mondays until 12 Dec Waltham Forest Community Choir St Mary’s Church, Church Hill E17 9RJ A friendly choir with a wide-ranging repertoire. No audition required. Open to all adults living or working in Waltham Forest but we’re actively looking for tenors and basses! 7.30-9pm. £5 and termly subscription. 07954 740745

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ART Tuesdays until 13 Dec East Side Jazz Club Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Weekly modern jazz club featuring the UK’s best jazz musicians in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Hosted by drummer Clive Fenner. The Music Room has its own bar with Real Ale. 8.3011pm. £6, cash on the door only. Clive Fenner 020 8989 8129 Thursdays fortnightly 10 & 24 Nov HarmonyE4 Winchester Road Methodist Church, Winchester Road, Highams Park E4 9JP A fortnightly choir for Highams Park, meeting on Mondays and the last Thursday of the month. 7.30-10pm. £5. Kate Milner 07969 269107 Thursdays Daytime Choir for Parents & Childminders St Michael & All Angels Church Hall, Northcote Road E17 6PQ A great way to start the day, come and sing with this friendly group, and bring your little ones, we have toys to entertain them! All abilities welcome. 10-11am. £5. Mondays Sing at the WO The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG Thriving, all-ability, community choir with absolutely no auditions. Raise your voice and your spirits in an adult choir where you call the tunes. Come when you can, casual attendees welcome. Inclusive, informal and fun! 7.30-9pm. £7, £6 in advance and free taster. Laura 07813 686980

Calendar of events Tuesday 1 The Tuesday Sociable Sewing Group The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA A fortnightly drop-in group for sewers of all levels. An experienced sewer will be on hand to help if needed. Bring your sewing, darning, mending, patchwork. Have fun with fabrics! 10am-1pm. £1 donation plus small cost of materials. Natasha 020 8521 3211 Waltham Forest Reiki Project Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18A Orford Road E17 9LN Reiki is a form of healing that works by transmitting the life force energy that flows through all living things and lifts any blocks. 1-2-1 walk-in sessions, all welcome. 7-9pm. FREE, but donations appreciated. Yoko 07940 579055



Wednesday 2 Teapigs: Free Tea Day! Hucks, 81 Grove Road E17 9BU Tea brand Teapigs are celebrating their 10th birthday and we’re helping them celebrate by giving away a free cuppa to all customers! 7am-5pm. Under 5s Nature Explorers: Diwali and Autumn Colours Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP This month we’ll learn about Diwali, make clay Divas and ramble in the park looking at autumn colours. Followed by our usual story and snack.. 10am-12.30pm. FREE but donations welcome. Vicky Peet 07870 678571 Make Your Own Art Book! North Chingford Library, The Green, Station Road E4 7EN Free zine making workshop where we’ll be tearing, cutting and mark-making an alternative library. 10am-12pm. FREE. or visit The Vaga Band What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Great UK festival favourites! 8-piece band playing a soulful mix of country blues and gypsy jazz. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection.

Thursday 3 Diwali Celebration Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF Celebrating the vibrant and colourful festival of Diwali is always a great experience for all the family. As well as the wonderful music and entertainment, there will be a short firework display and hot food on sale. 7-10.30pm. FREE, but registering for tickets is essential. Red Imp presents: Jo Caulfield & Dominic Holland Double Header Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Star of Mock the Week, John Bishop Show, Live At The Apollo, News Quiz, Have I Got News For You and Buzzcocks Jo Caulfield returns in a double header with multi award-winner Dominic Holland. His quick wit and accessible material has led to his countless television and radio appearances. 8.3010.30pm. £10 plus £1 booking fee.

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Hornbeam Nights: Soulfulised! The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH East London Radio’s Soulfulized; soul, jazz and conscious hip-hop. Mellow grooves with ELR’s very own Fitzroy Andrew. 7.30-11pm. FREE. Happy hour until 8.30pm, when all drinks £3.

More News From Nowhere Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Interesting experimental music from Necro Deathmort, Nitkowski, Mhah Mos and Valley of Golden Skulls! 7pmmidnight. £10 on the door or £6 in advance from MoreNewsFromNowhereE17

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Everything East Productions present The New Music Show Live Downstairs at Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG A night of new music featuring acts showcased on the Shoreditch radio show – this evening will feature some of the best new hip hop, soul and pop artists around. 8pm-midnight. FREE.

Woodford & Warner Caribbean Supper Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Delicious home cooked hot food from Trinidad and Tobago served up at the Gin Palace from 6pm. Veggie options and takeaway available. Turn up and tuck in! 6-9.30pm. Dish prices vary. 07905 484711 Machine Flight Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP Private view for this group show of painting, photography and animation. celebrating aviation, aeroplanes, and powered flight - a Walthamstow Airshow! Show continues until 26 Nov. 6-9.30pm. FREE. 020 8520 0340 Curiouser & Curiouser Walthamstow Village Window Gallery, 47 Orford Road E17 9NJ Preview evening for Shoreditch gallery The Curious Duke’s takeover of the WVWG with their urban and surrealist art. This outdoor venue is wheelchair, child and dog friendly. 7-9pm. Kid’s book drop for charity Give A Book Tidy Books Offices, 10 Hatherley Mews E17 4QP Drop off your pre loved children’s books at Tidy Books HQ and we will donate them to registered charity Give A Book who distribute books to breakfast clubs and school book clubs around London. 10am-5pm. FREE. Geraldine 020 8520 4647 Waltham Forest Fireworks Night Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF The return of the annual Waltham Forest Bonfire Night. Come and enjoy the dazzling spectacle. Show starts at 8pm. Please dress suitably for the weather. 6.30-9pm. FREE. Events Team 020 8496 3000 Eastern Front Soundsystem The Chequers, 145 High Street/Storey Road E17 7BX Eclectic, leftfield and balearic disco vibes all night long from the Eastern Front DJs and friends. 8pm-midnight. FREE.

From the Back of The Stack Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Northern Soul, Motown, Ska, Funk and Jazz and tunes between the 60s and 70s on vinyl; played by the Walls of Heartache DJs Shaun, Dave and Richard plus guests. 8pm-midnight. FREE. The Alternative Book Club The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Old-style vintage blues returns to The Coppermill. 8-11pm. FREE.

Saturday 5 Warner Residents’ Tea Party Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Are you a long-term Warner Estate resident? Come and join us for tea, cake and a chat, plus a tour of the exhibition. 2.30-4.30pm. FREE. Lucy Harrison 07964 878315 November Mini-Festival The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG The Outbursts return with their own unique brand of punk-rock mayhem. Plus Gerry & The Toys who will be launching a CD on behalf of the Walthamstow Save Our NHS campaign, and more. 8-11.30pm. FREE with a collection. Annual Bulb Planting Meet at Village Square, corner of Orford and Eden Roads E17 9NJ Join us as we plant 5,000 crocus corms at Chalmers House as part of the RHS and Rotary campaign Purple4Polio. 10.30am-12.30pm. 07814 04 2499

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The Stones Throw Market St John’s Church Hall, High Road, Leytonstone E11 1HH Popular vibrant makers and retro market. Stalls include designs by Fused & Fired and Gail’s Windy Day plus local honey, retro homeware, glassware and vintage clothes. Homemade cakes by Liz Bakes also on sale. 2-6pm. FREE. D’Ukes: the Finest Ukulele Band in the Universe Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG D’Ukes are quickly becoming one of the country’s top ukulele bands specialising in loud, electric, danceable music. Whether you like pop, rock, reggae or country – expect the unexpected! 8-11pm. £5. Luke Tuchscherer & The Penny Dreadfuls / Brother Tupelo What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB Red-blooded blue collar country rock and screamin’ country gospel blues. 8.30-11.30pm. FREE with collection. Charlie Wallis The Royal Oak Pub & Kitchen, 320 Hale End Road IG8 9LN Charlie plays smooth R&B, classic soul tunes and acoustic versions of all your favourite chart music including hits from Otis Redding, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Leon Bridges, TLC, Drake, Jack Johnson and many many more. 9pm. FREE.

Sunday 6 Play House Disco Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ Need a pint but need to entertain the kids? Come to The Play House Disco and do both! Featuring thumping disco, food, cake, cheap bar, crafting, facepainting, baby area and lots of crazy disco lighting! 1-4pm. Children £5, adults £8, early bird tickets £1 off. Musical Aquarium Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Join Jerome and Lindsay who will be diving into the tank, and playing their own eclectic brand of music for your Sunday lunchtime listening pleasure! 1.30-4pm. FREE. Beeswax Candle Making Evening Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, Kings Rd E4 7HR Organised by the Bee Project from Pimp Hall Allotments. 6-8pm. FREE.





Dick Gaughan at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA A welcome return for one of folk music’s most fearsome performers. From his own songs to traditional Scottish ballads via The Rolling Stones Dick remains one of the most compelling and original voices in folk. 7.30-10.30pm. £8, £7 conc. 07746 612 607 Jazz Duo: Finola Glacken & Alexander Smith Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Jazz duo from Leytonstone playing everything from smooth jazz to bawdy swing tunes – with a few crowd-pleasing pop classics thrown in for good measure. 8-10.30pm. FREE.

Monday 7 Baby Clinic Health Works, 111a Hoe Street (entrance on Cairo Road) E17 4RX Free drop-in session to ask about natural advice and treatments for pregnant women, babies and toddlers up to school age. Tips for teething, nappy rash, cradle cap, eczema, diarrhoea, allergies, colic and many more. 12-1.30pm. FREE. Reception 020 8503 7794 Community Monday: People’s Kitchen The Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Delicious lunch made from food that would’ve been wasted. All welcome, but we’d like to spread the word to homeless and vulnerable people too. 1-2pm. FREE. Stay, Play & Protest The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH An informal drop-in for parents and their children with a twist - we’ll be talking about things that make our lives difficult and how as a group we can make them better. 1.30-2.30pm. FREE. 07981 591150

Tuesday 8 Hypnobirthing: Free Taster Health Works, 111a Hoe Street (entrance on Cairo Road) E17 4RX How to give birth in a calm, relaxed way, free of fear and make some new friends in our Hypnomums club. Jo Redmond is the Fairy Godmother of Hypnobirthing, come and find out all about it. 12.30-2pm. FREE. Jo 07587 638154

E17 Jazz: Nick Tomalin Quartet Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Original music rooted in the postbop tradition combined with the contemporary sound world of Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor. 8.3010.30pm. £8, £5 conc, under 15s FREE.

Wednesday 9 Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA The Slingback Killer is on the loose and the Space Vixens arrive to investigate in this fantastic, intergalactic outer space musical (dancing in the aisles encouraged!) 7.45-11pm. £14, follow @weareproforca on Twitter for discount. Henry Priestman / Loved Up Les What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Rd, Leytonstone E11 3DB A rare gig in the capital for ex-Christians singer/songwriter Henry Priestman. Don’t miss! 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection.

Thursday 10 Creative Kids: Morris the Shopkeeper William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Play, make and get hands-on with Creative Kids, a regular session for under 5s to enjoy with their parents and carers. Meet William Morris the shopkeeper in this interactive session. 10-11.30am and repeated 1-2.30pm. FREE, but booking essential. 020 8496 4390 The Bentham Community Late William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP William Morris and Jeremy Bentham were both concerned with the nature of happiness. Join us for a lively evening of debate and discussion on their different views. In partnership with University College London. 7-9pm. FREE, but booking essential. 020 8496 4390 Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Details as Weds 9 Nov

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Thursday 10 continued Full Moon Folk Night Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH An old fashioned knees up before the full moon sets in with harpist Anna Skodbo, Auntie & The Uncles & The Yes Mess. Doors 7.30pm, music 8pm. FREE entry, bowl o’chilli and a beer £6. Architects E17 present Chit-Chat II: Future Walthamstow Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ Local group of industry professionals Architects E17 present guest speakers and discussions, Pecha Kucha-style, to raise, consider and debate issues on our built environment. Supported and sponsored by RIBA. Bar available. 8pm. £2. Twitter & Facebook @architectsE17 Jazz Jam Night ‘In The Stone’ Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Bring your instruments, voice, whatever. Leytonstone’s new twice-monthly Jazz Funk Jam, showcasing some of London’s finest up and coming talent plus special guests. 8-11.30pm. FREE.

Friday 11 Armistice Day Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF Join us promptly for the lowering of the Union Flag and the marking of the two minute silence. 11am. FREE.

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Saturday 12 NCT Nearly New Sale Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ A great chance to pick up gently used baby and children’s clothes, toys and equipment. Come on down and grab yourself a bargain. 10.30am-12pm. £1.50, £1 with NCT membership card. E17 Designers’ Fair Mirth, Marvel and Maud, 186 Hoe St E17 4QH Find us at Mirth for a pre Christmas fair with fashion, art, gifts, cocktails and cake! 12-5pm. FREE entry. Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Details as Weds 9 Nov plus matinee performance at 2.30pm Events marked


EFG London Jazz Festival Leyton High Road E10 World-class musicians of the Jazz Festival spill out of the concert halls and clubs and unlock the potential of public spaces. Expect to see the like of Harlem-based Allan Harris, multiaward winning progressive brass band Perhaps Contraption and double-bass phenomenon, multi-instrumentalist and YouTube sensation Adam Ben Ezra, alongside our finest local talent. FREE. Poem-a-Thon Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA All day poem-a-thon to raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières - come and go as you please. Can’t make it? Please still donate via 2-10pm. Paul McGrane 07950 618911 WE: The Ex-Warner Estate in Waltham Forest: Artists’ Talk Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Artists Lucy Harrison and Katherine Green talk about their project exploring the Warner Estate. 2.30-3.30pm and 4-5pm. FREE. Lucy Harrison 07964 878315 The Crayon Angels / Joncan The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Slightly psychedelic and very beautiful sounds from the Angels plus the jaw-dropping guitar/percussion skills of Joncan. Not to be missed. 8-11pm. FREE.

Sunday 13 Stay, Play & Protest The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA An informal drop-in for parents and their children with a twist - we’ll be talking about things that make our lives difficult and how as a group we can make them better. 10.30-11.30am. FREE but donation appreciated. 07981 591150 Leyton&Stone Designers Market The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL Local traders with handmade designer goods including gorgeous quilted cushions and cards, fun crochet animals, clothing and bags, houseplants, jewellery, homewares and more! 12-5pm. FREE. Christmas Art Fair Lloyd Park Artists Studios, Lloyd Park E17 5JW Art fair at Open Studios and last chance to see studio artist Sue Royle’s exhibition in Winns Gallery next door. 12-4pm. FREE.

DANCE/FITNESS Our Houses Past & Future Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Inspired by the current Warner exhibition, design and create model room settings from Victorian and Edwardian times and then create a contrasting room for a house 100 years in the future. 1.30-4pm. FREE. Stow Film Lounge presents A Matter of Life and Death (1946, Cert PG) Mirth, Marvel & Maud (smaller cinema downstairs) 186 Hoe Street E17 4QH Continuing the historic recent return of movies to Walthamstow’s cinematic cathedral, SFL present this Powell & Pressburger classic in honour of Remembrance Sunday. A British WWII aviator (David Niven) who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. Doors 2pm, film 2.30pm. £6/£4 conc from the bar, on the door or online at stowfilmlounge. com or from matteroflifeanddeath Sunday Family Club Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve. Kings Road E4 7HR Let’s print! Printing session with potatoes, sweetcorn and other veggies. Just drop-in. 2-4pm. FREE. Somme to Syria: Remembering Those Killed in War 1916–2016 St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Road E17 8JZ Waltham Forest Faith Communities Forum mark this year’s Remembrance Day through music, song and the spoken word by people of all faiths and none. Performers include Waltham Forest Community Choir, Tom Randle & Gillian Keith, Misba Sheikh, Fardous Bahbouh and Rihab Azar. 4-5.30pm. Entry by donation, in support of those affected by war in Syria. Jody Kruskal at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA An evening with US-based Jody who is a delight from start to finish. Glorious playing, great songs and a dazzling range of styles from contra dance, old-time, music-hall and ragtime. 7.3010.30pm. £7, £5 unwaged.

Monday 14 Stowtellers: The Walthamstow Storytelling Club The Welcome Centre, St Mary’s Church, 8 Church End E17 9RJ Bronia Evers & Jason Wood tell the story of ‘Durga - when the earth is consumed by the shadow of demon kings, the gods at last turn to Durga’. 7.30-9.30pm. £6, £5 conc.



E17 Art Trail: Idea Sparks Talks Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS A series of talks to spark ideas leading up to the E17 Art Trail. Featuring artists and experts on STEAM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Join us for lively panel discussions and drinks. 7.30-9pm. FREE, booking recommended. Laura Kerry 07947 275774

Tuesday 15 Commemoration Ceremony: Living Memory Project Queens Road Cemetery, Queens Road E17 8QP Honouring local man Ernest Nottage who was seriously wounded at the Somme in 1916 and buried in Queens Road cemetery. The project commemorates the 141 days of the Battle of the Somme and aims to raise awareness of the 300,000 war graves and memorials in the UK. This ceremony involves students from Ernest’s school, the Council, the Mayor and the local Western Front Association. 10.15-11.15am. FREE. Malcolm Doolin 07710 877072 The Tuesday Sociable Sewing Group The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA See Tues 1 for details

Wednesday 16 Tidal Thames and Folklore Leyton Sixth Form College, Essex Rd E10 6EQ Mark Lewis of the Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society will give this presentation. Doors 7.15 for light refreshments, 7.45-9.45pm. £2, members FREE. Maureen 020-8558-5491 Late Night Larder & Mother’s Ruin Present A Night of Gin The Larder, 39 High St, Wanstead E11 2AA Hear how Mother’s Ruin began and the secrets behind their success, sample a range of their spirits as well as a bespoke cocktail and buy a bottle to take home! 7-11pm. £8 inc five samples and a cocktail. Grace Sankey 07742 125741 General Echo: 1st Birthday Party The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Monthly dub reggae night with special mixtape available for attendees of this birthday special. 8pm-midnight. FREE.

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Paul McClure & The Local Heroes What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB The Rutland Troubadour aka Paul McClure is a master of the intimate setting, his dry wit and engaging personality allied to great songs make him a significant player on the UK roots scene. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection.

Thursday 17 Hornbeam Nights: Spin-a-Disc Open Decks The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Bring vinyl, buy, browse, spin your tunes. With Luke from the floating deck record shop and Nick from Tindrum music. All DJs get 15 minutes on the decks. 7.30-11pm. FREE entry, happy hour until 8.30pm. The Boys of Blackhorse Road St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Large Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF See feature on page 40. In this talk to the Walthamstow Historical Society, Malcolm Doolin explores the remarkable and moving stories behind the names featured on an Elementary School Great War Memorial now relocated to the new Willowfield School. 7.45-9pm, tea/coffee served from 7.15pm. Non-members £2, members FREE. Western Front Association Talk: Medals Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis & Squash Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN This month’s expert speaker is Mark Smith from The Firepower Museum and Antiques Roadshow. New and non-members welcome. 7.45-10pm. £3. Neil Pearce 07956 541897

Friday 18 E17 Baby Social Walthamstow Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ Grown up music, grown up chat. A monthly social for parents/carers of babies/toddlers. 2-4pm. £3. Lisa McDonald 07504 703108 Gingo! Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ The now legendary Original Army/ Mother’s Ruin Gingo night is back. Expect sh*t prizes, obscene humour and gin. This month it’s political. Eyes down, look in. 7.30-11pm. FREE. Becky 07905 484711

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Dial M for Music Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, 147 Whipps Cross Rd E11 1NP The iconic Alfred Hitchcock Hotel hosts this monthly music club and more featuring the finest local talent hosted by The Persecuted. Also vintage items for sale and visual presentations during the music. 7.45-11pm. FREE. Brad 07946 591224 Acid Drops / PCR. Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Soul-jazz of the 1960s, the Acid Drops give it a new spin, adding references to cinema and TV themes as well as filtering more contemporary tunes through the Acid Drops groove-machine. 8pm-midnight. FREE.

Saturday 19 Table Top Sale Holy Family Catholic School, 1 Shernhall Street (Next to Thorpe Coombe Hospital) E17 3EA A chance to get rid of that clutter, buy a treat or gift or enjoy our delicious refreshments and take away a homemade cake for later! 10am-1pm. 50p entry, children FREE. Tables £10 in advance, £15 on the day. School Office 020 8520 0482 CreativiTEA 7: Shadow Opposites - Exploring our Dreams Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park E4 9QD This series of visual arts workshops for adults includes time for making, refreshments and group reflection. 11am-2pm. FREE, but as places are limited booking essential Amanda at International Food Day The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Enjoy music, conversation and a buffet of dishes from around the world, all home-made by Mill volunteers and supporters. Small donation at the door. 4-7pm. Natasha 020 8521 3211 Refugee Supper Club Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH An evening of sharing cross-cultural stories and ideas; inspiring future refugee supper clubs. Friendly chefs, storytellers, ESOL teachers and compassionate individuals all welcome to come, eat and share ideas! 7.3010.30pm. £15. The ChairMen of the Board / EIRAs Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG 5 piece jazz swing blues band bringing you an energetic repertoire of classic tunes from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Real crowd pleasers. 8pm-midnight.



Charity Quiz Night St Ann’s Church Hall, Larkshall Road, Chingford E4 6NP Join us for a fun evening in support of the Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary which rescues overworked and abused Thai elephants, giving them a permanent, safe home in over 500 acres of lush forest, allowing then to be JUST elephantsl. 7.30pm start. £7. Call/text Janet on 07518 396194 with your name, number and team size Nigel Burch & The Flea-Pit Orchestra The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Nigel’s sardonic and dark humour is delivered in a superb vaudeville/cabaret style - a real treat. 8-11pm. FREE.

Sunday 20 Auntie Maureen’s Festive Vintage-a-Fair Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Thrifty vintage gift or garment shopping for home, family, friends and for fun. Warming afternoon tea served by Northern Imagination plus Crimbo cabaret entertainment from Walthamstow’s very own star Champagne Charlie. 11am-5pm. £2, £1 with flyer or image thereof. Auntie Maureen 07432 430386 Held At Hucks #007 Hucks, 81 Grove Road E17 9BU An afternoon showcase of singersongwriters featuring Temple of Anyone, Minnie Birch and Suzy Cramer. Hosted by Marc Oliver. 2-4.30pm. FREE. Waltham Forest Archive Revealed: Guided Walk Meet at Grange Park Rd/Leyton High Road junction beside Sahara Grill E10 5EL. Explore the fascinating history of the Grange Park Road area as revealed through historic maps, documents and photographs. A guided walk led by David Boote from the Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society, ends at Lea Bridge Library. 2.30-4pm. FREE. 020 8496 4391 The Broadside Boys at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA With a catalogue of songs inspired by their experience of country life the Broadside Boys are a dynamic and entertaining celebration of our rural heritage. 7.30-10.30pm. £7, £5 conc.


Monday 21 Art & Craft Charity Auction for Calais Queens Arms, 42 Orford Road E17 9NJ A real, live auction of beautiful, donated works of art and crafts to raise much-needed funds for the Refugee Community Kitchen in Calais. Bid online or in person. Prompt 7.30pm start. View images and leave bids online at

Tuesday 22 E17 Jazz: Andre Canniere Group Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS On a UK tour trumpeter Canniere presents music from his latest album The Darkening Blue inspired by the mysticism of Rilke and the grit of Bukowski. ‘Beautifully balanced… exhilarating’(The Guardian *****). 8.3010.30pm. £8 £5 conc, under 15s FREE.

Wednesday 23 Walthamstow Floral Art Society Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis & Squash Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN A monthly meeting of flower arranging demonstrations, fun and friendship. 7.30-10pm. £7.50, members £2. Membership £30 per year. Ann Young 020 8531 8178 The Rosellys / Hannah RosePlatt What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB Nashville’s Rosellys walk a fine line between Celtic folk and American country folk. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection.

Thursday 24 Hornbeam Monthly Film Night The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH On the last Thursday of the month Hornbeam shows a film on any subject that helps us think about the way we produce our food, build communities, or live sustainably. Film ideas welcome. 6-9.30pm. FREE. Highams Park Live The County Arms, 420 Hale End Road, Highams Park E4 9PB An acoustic evening of live performance with an eclectic programme of local songwriters, poets and storytellers. Email if you’re interested in performing at this small and inclusive venue. 7-11pm. FREE.

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Thursday 24 continued Music in the Village: Carole Cerasi - Harpsichordist St Mary’s Church, 8 Church End/Church Hill E17 9RJ Baroque masterpieces by Domenico Scarlatti, François Couperin and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Tickets on door. 7.30-9pm. £13, £6.50 conc. 020 8223 0772

Friday 25 Collaging Leytonstone Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane E11 1HG Free art workshop creating your own landscapes of Leytonestone - no need to book just turn up. 2.30-4pm. FREE. or Sham’s Kitchen at the Palace Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St E17 9HQ Divine Pakistani street food from Sham’s. No need to book just turn up and tuck in. Takeaway also available. From 6pm. Dish prices vary. Christmas Night Market at The William Morris Gallery William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP This annual Christmas shopping late is back with the Christmas tree switch-on. Enjoy festive food, drink and music and discover unique gifts at the E17 Designers market. 6-10pm. £1 entry.

Saturday 26 Eat Or Heat: Christmas Fair Quaker House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU See feature on page 40. Buy some wonderful gifts while supporting your local food bank. Stalls by local artists and artisans including knitting, greetings cards, handmade soap, preserves, photography, arts & crafts and a cafe. 10am-4pm. Entry by food donation. Pixie presents World Aids Day Charity Fundraiser The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Raising money for Positive East we have over 20 performers plus a charity raffle. Hosted by Victoria Sponge and DJ Aaron. 6pm-3am. £5 07415295176 Family Day: Think! The Poster Collective William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Learn how to make screen prints and visit our exhibition of posters made by artists aged 16-22. 1-4pm. FREE. 020 8496 4390

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Explore Your Archive Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Ever wondered who lived in your home before you? Or what your street looked like 50 years ago? Discover local history through an all-day talks programme, historic maps, photographs and documents. NB search room is only accessible via stairs. 11am-4pm. FREE. 020 8496 4391 The Mysteries in a Box Stafford Hall (the Iron Church), St Barnabas Road E17 8JZ Another enchanting ramble in the third Walthamstow Mysteries production. Meet the Adder’s Tongue Fern and the Yellow Cress in a show that puts the plant on the stage. Suitable for children aged 7+. Please wrap up as there’s no heating. 2-3pm and 7-8pm. FREE but donations invited. Stow Film Lounge presents Zootropolis (2016, Cert PG) Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con-artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Doors 4pm, film 4.30pm, close 6.30pm. £5.50 child (inc activity)/£4 accompanying adults/£12 child pre-booked party package Buy online at, on the door or from events/zootropolisgnome Life and Death on the New York Dancefloor 1980-83 Waterstones, The Mall Walthamstow E17 7LT Legendary DJ Greg Wilson joins Tim Lawrence co-founder of Lucky Cloud Sound System to discuss his new book. Select readings and conversation and audience Q&A with an after Party at Wildcard Brewery. 6-7.30pm. £5 Tickets from Stow Film Lounge presents Ecocide: Voices from Paradise (2014, Cert U) + Director’s Q&A Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, E17 6DS Documentary on the coastal community living at ground-zero of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill six years ago; showing the ongoing destruction caused by the oil and the ‘clean-up’, as well as the health issues experienced by those living near the disaster. Nominated for the Green Award at this year’s Sheffield Documentary Festival, we are joined by the filmmaker Juliet Brown for a Q&A. Doors 7.45pm, film 8.30pm, close 11pm. £8/£6 conc. Ticket and pizza (pre-booked) £13.50. Buy online at, on the door or from events/ecocide




Voodoo Dolls at The Red Lion Ballroom The Red Lion, High Road, Leytonstone E11 3AA Live vintage music and dancing with The Jive Romeros, top international DJs and a vintage clothes stall. 8pm-1.30am. £10. Claire Austin 020 8888 1935 Black*Scarr The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Dry, self-deprecating humour, brilliant lyrics, fabulous songs - the ever-popular duo make a very welcome return. 8-11pm. FREE.

Sunday 27 BeBop Baby The Trades Hall, 61-63 Tower Hamlets Road E17 4RQ A funk and soul fuelled family social; a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, live music, DJs, buggy parking, baby changing, face painting and an all important bar. 1-4pm. £5, £4 in advance, babes in arms FREE. 07813 156140 The Mysteries in a Box OrganicLea, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford E4 7UH Details as 26 Nov except different venue. 2-3pm. Rachel Newton at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Singer and harpist Rachel Newton also writes and performs her own solo material in English and Scottish Gaelic alongside original instrumental compositions. 7.30-10.30pm. £7, £5 unwaged.

Monday 28 The Mysteries in a Box The Ex-Servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Rd Leytonstone E11 3DB Details as 26 Nov except different venue. 7-8pm.

Tuesday 29 The Tuesday Sociable Sewing Group The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA See Tues 1 for details

Wednesday 30 King Harvest and The Weight / The Roves What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemen’s Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB King Harvest & The Weight deal in power pop gems that fit neatly in line with Steely Dan; bands who worship at the shrine of grace and melody. 8.3011pm. FREE with collection.

E17 Cook Book Club The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE ‘Thanksgiving’ is our theme at this month’s foodie social. Bring a dish to share with 10-15 people plus your cookbook inspiration. New cooks always welcome. 8.30-10.30pm. £3. Facebook group ‘E17 Cook Book Club’

December Dec 1 WMG Late: Rise Up curated with Beatroots William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Get fired up over a century of art and music campaigning for political change. Hattie Collins and Olivia Rose talk about their new book This Is Grime, and join student activists from University of the Arts London for an Arts Attack. 6.3010.30pm. FREE. Adults only. Dec 4 Forest Philharmonic: Grieg Piano Concerto Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF Ronan O’Hora performs Grieg’s popular concerto. Plus Kodály’s sprightly and tuneful Dances of Galánta and Shostakovich’s lively and dramatic first symphony. Concert starts 6.30pm. Tickets from £12, concessions and family tickets available.

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Classes/Courses Languages Mondays Swedish: Absolute Beginners & Beginners Classes Hornbeam Cafe 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Learn Swedish with a native swede; talk about the Swedish culture and learn a Swedish song. See website for more information £10-£15 per lesson.

History Tuesdays until 6 Dec Archaeology Evening Class Shern Hall Methodist Church Hall, Shernhall Street E17 9HX Study themes in archaeology including material culture, death and burial, ritual and religion and social change. With tutor Jill Hummerstone. Enrol in advance for whole course. 7.309.30pm. £90.20, or free if on income-related benefits. Beatrice Campbell 0800 328 1060

Art & Crafts Mondays until 28 Nov NEW Make Your Mark The Chequers, 145 High Street/Storey Road E17 7BX A 4-week drawing course for all abilities with materials supplied. Participants will explore drawing techniques through studying dynamic life drawing and playful still lives, held in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. 7-9pm. £12.50, £10 conc. Facebook ‘Make Your Mark’ Wednesdays Life Drawing Event The Sinbin at the Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Featuring two life models with physical theatre and burlesque backgrounds, tutored by established painter Blair Lamar. An unforgettable evening where artists can mingle, network, socialise, and create beautiful works. 7-11pm. £7, £5 art student conc. Saturdays until Dec 10 Kid’s Art Workshops Inky Cuttlefish Studios, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Art workshops for children 5-16 years old, with a focus on printmaking. Explore new techniques. Artwork exhibited in showcase. 10.30am12.30pm. £5, or £40 for 10. Anna Alcock 07753 686331

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Mondays NEW Walthamstow Life Drawing The Nag’s Head, 9 Orford Road E17 9LP Want to brush up your drawing skills? People of all drawing abilities are welcome, just bring your drawing materials and join in. 7.30-10pm. £8.50, discount for advanced booking. Harriet at walthamstowlifedrawing@ Alternate Sundays 13 & 27 Nov Sunday Afternoon Life Drawing Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Taught life classes, beginning with a short slideshow, followed by drawing exercises in a variety of media. Expect the unexpected. 3-5pm. £15. or text 07980 713819



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Mondays Untutored Life Drawing Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Untutored drop-in life drawing sessions, friendly and sociable, some art materials provided, and free tea and biscuits! 7.30-9.30pm. £10, members/ Friends of Leytonstone £6. Jennifer 07792 892405 Wednesdays NEW Sewing Workshop Cornerstone Church, 149 Canterbury Road (corner of Essex Road), Leyton E10 6EH FREE event for all abilities; make a bag, apron, dress and learn how to use a sewing machine in a fun and friendly environment. 12-3pm. FREE. Sabbir 0203 826 9600 Wednesdays until 30 Nov NEW Health & Wellbeing Through Art Inky Cuttlefish Studios, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Learn new skills and create artwork at these printmaking workshops. 10am-12pm. £5, or £40 for 10. Anna Alcock 07753 686331

Family Mondays & Wednesdays Baby Signing Classes with TinyTalk KuKooLaLa Cafe, The Cottage, 3 Marsh Lane, Jubilee Park E10 7BL & The Salvation Army, 434 Forest Road/Ruby Road E17 4PY Learn to use sign language with your baby before they can talk and have fun whilst doing it! 60 min classes on Mondays from 10am at KuKooLala and Wednesdays at the Salvation Army, E17 from 1pm and 2.15pm, please get in touch to book a space. £7. Rose Virden 07770 531075

Theatre Tuesdays until 6 Dec Theatre Studies Class The Greenleaf Centre, 67-69 Greenleaf Road, E17 6QP An introduction to the plays of Arthur Miller. Tutor Thomas Crowe reads and discusses plays including the View from the Bridge and the Crucible. Enrol in advance for whole course: Course ref: C2418625. 10am-12pm. £90.20 for all 11 classes.

Music & Singing Tuesdays Mini Musicians: from Birth to 4 yrs Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG Music making sessions for babies and toddlers. Classes are taught by Early Years Music specialists and include singing, dancing and playing with an exciting range of instruments. 10.4511.30am. 10 weeks for £62.50 020 8496 1584

Various days/times until Dec Free Beginner Music Groups Waltham Forest Music Service, 12 Church Hill E17 3AG For children who’ve been learning an instrument for two terms or more, joining a group will help them to develop their musical ability. FREE. Wednesdays Learn to Sing with WAVE Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road E17 7BY Do you enjoy singing but lack confidence? This community choir course is for you. We are a welcoming group and will give you singing skills to lift your confidence. 7.30-9.30pm. £10, £8 conc, first rehearsal FREE. Virginia 07813 116505

Health & Wellbeing Sundays Sound Bath Leyton Yoga, First Floor, 691 High Road, Leyton E10 6RA Lie down, relax and immerse yourself in the healing vibrational sounds of Candida Valentino’s gongs, Tibetan bowls and tongue drums. A rejuvenating meditation to de-stress and self-care. No pre-booking just dropin. 7-8pm. £10 or £90 for 10.

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E~VOLVE a Directory for a Healthy Mind & Body Saturdays Saturday Junior Squash Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis & Squash Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN A Junior Squash Club at Walthamstow Squash for kids aged 7 to 16. Six week beginner session. 9.15-11.30am. £7.50, or £5 for members. Vicky Te Velde 07812 506641 Saturdays Beginner’s Yoga Course Health Works, 111a Hoe Street (entrance on Cairo Road) E17 4RX 6 week course aiming to build you up to balanced yoga sequences including sun salutations, creating a foundation to move onto level 1 or open level classes. Please book only the dates you can attend. 2-3pm. £66 full course. Thursdays NEW Racketball for Beginners Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis & Squash Club, 48a Greenway Avenue E17 3QN Weekly coaching sessions to get fit and make friends. Large racket and ball, easy on the joints. Perfect if you have never held a racket before! Please wear non-marking gym shoes. Equipment provided. Wear loose clothing. 9.3010.30am. £8 or £30 for 4 sessions. Gail Farrow 07815 168410 Tuesdays Restorative Yoga for Stress & Anxiety Leyton Yoga, First Floor (above USSR), 691 High Road, Leyton E10 6RA Release tension and balance the emotions in this class focused on healing and self-care. Bolsters, blankets and other props support you in luxurious, gentle yoga postures as you explore your ability to truly let go. Dropin only; no need to pre-book. 8-9pm. £10, or ten classes £90.

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Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fridays Women-only Bootcamp Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF Fitness bootcamp with different exercises each session boxing, circuit etc. All round fitness session. 6.307.15am. £5. Jackie 0771 7330993

Mondays Pregnancy Yoga Quaker Meeting House Wanstead, Bush Road E11 3AU A weekly yoga class for pregnant ladies to connect to their bodies and their babies. Learn how to breathe and focus the mind for your upcoming labour. A chance to meet other pregnant ladies and beginners welcome. 6.45-8pm. £12, or £60 for 6 weeks. Helen 07956 807675

Thursdays until 15 Dec Walthamstow Wind Down with Yoga Me Happy Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Hatha yoga for all abilities. This postwork wind down will stretch and tone the muscles, working through the joints, so you’ll feel flexible and fantastic, before a deep relaxation to re-energise you for the weekend. 7-8.15pm. £9. Eliza Moore 07710 621268

Tuesdays Capoeira Angola for Beginners Hucks, 81 Grove Road E17 9BU Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, movement and culture. Beginners always welcome to experience this rich art. Please wear comfortable clothes and trainers. 7-8.30pm. £8, conc available. 07872 938611

Wednesdays Gentle Yoga Health Works, 111a Hoe Street (entrance on Cairo Road) E17 4RX Smooth out those aches and pains with a lovely Gentle Yoga class suitable for any age. Only 4 people, it’s like having a semi-private class. Particularly good for arthritis or chronic health conditions. 9.45-10.45am. £11. Reception 020 8503 7794


Tuesdays until 29 Nov African Drumming & Dance for Kids Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS Participants learn rhythms and dances from Gambia, Senegal and Guinea, have fun and get fit. Opportunities for performance at community events. All ages welcome. All drums provided but bring your own if you have one! 6-7pm. First session FREE, then £12 for four sessions. Mondays NEW Chutney SOCA Fitness The Gym, Waltham Forest College, 707 Forest Rd E17 4JB Exciting workout combining sounds of Caribbean and India; think Trinidad Carnival! Tone abs; improve core strength; invigorate energy; focus your mind and breathe life into your fitness routine in a fun, friendly environment. Wear comfy clothes and bring water. All welcome! 6.30-7.15pm. £7.50. 07958 523431

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Tuesdays until 20 Dec Sazzercise Leyton Cricket Ground, High Road, Leyton E10 6RJ Sazzercise is suitable for anyone looking to improve their fitness whilst having a good time. We cover traditional aerobics, dance as well as body conditioning. Come along and give it a go! 7-8pm. £8, bring a friend and pay just £4 each Sarah at

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Nutrition Myths The Detox Detoxing is big business. With replacement shakes, fad diets, books and detox teas available from the high street its fairly common for most people to have tried some sort of detox or cleanse at one time or another. But when you look closer at the claims of these products, you’ll find that as far as actual scientific evidence goes, there is absolutely no proof that any product on the market will assist and help your body to “detox”. Now you may have gone on a detox or cleanse in the past and lost weight or felt better but these results will be down to calorie restriction in some way; a change in diet or reducing alcohol intake, and not the unfounded claims of the manufacturer. It’s more than likely that as soon as you resume your normal diet or reintroduce those things you’ve cut out that any supposed benefit will disappear. Save your money, avoid quick fixes and be sceptical of any weight loss product out there.

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You Need A Massage Today £10 off your first treatment at Ashlins Natural Health. Enjoy a massage or one of our other natural therapies. Feel better today - we can help you with your aches & pains, low back pain, sporting injuries and general wellbeing. Our dedicated team of therapists practice in a friendly and relaxed environment. They will treat you holistically rather than just alleviating the symptoms.

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You, yes you, need a massage today. Although often seen as a luxury, massage is actually a great way to maintain good health. Here’s why:: Relieves tight, aching shoulders and back ache That pulling, aching sensation you get after a long day at your desk? Massage can help you get rid of it. Massage Therapist Mike Sullivan says “Trained massage therapists can work out which muscles are causing the problem, then massage and stretch out tension and knots. You should feel noticeably better after your first session.” Aids recovery after injury Sports massage can help relieve pain and promote recovery after an injury - so you don’t need to put up with that sprained ankle after all. Relaxes and relieves stress Massage can be a deeply relaxing experience, releasing stress related tension from your body while soothing your mind. Save £10 on your first treatment at Ashlins Natural Health using the coupon on our ad. Their trained and insured massage therapists are available 7 days a week. Call 020 8520 5268 to book.

Walthamstow Cricket, Tennis and Squash Club - Est 1862 • Women’s Squash - Drop in session on Monday • Mixed Squash - Open night on Wednesday • Junior Squash - Colts on Saturday morning Come along and join us whether you are experienced, wish to return to the sport, or want to pick up a racket for first time. All are welcome.

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Meditation by the Bay More and more people are practicing meditation as a means of finding stillness. We talk to Mary Neilson, a meditation teacher/trainer, about how meditation can benefit people from all walks of life. The benefits of even just a few minutes of daily meditation are profound. According to meditation teacher/trainer, Mary Neilson, regular practice of meditation has many physical and mental health benefits including improved concentration, stress reduction, lower blood pressure, pain reduction, boosted immunity and reduced anxiety and depression. “Meditation aids everyone from corporate bankers to artists,” explains Mary during a recent interview with the E List. Originally from Leyton, Mary set up Meditation by the Bay, a meditation centre run from her home in Kent. From here she facilitates a variety of meditation meetups. On the first Wednesday of every month she hosts hour-long group meditations that instill a sense of community and connectedness. She also hosts day retreats that include meditation, yoga practice and a healthy, locally-sourced lunch. “My meetups take place in a light open room in our cottage 400 yards from the sea,” explains Mary. In addition, she frequently travels to London to facilitate mindful and meditation workshops for businesses. These workplace-focused sessions are run by Mary and a team of therapists and specialised facilitators. Over the years Mary has worked with many people and seen the tangible impact that meditation has. “On an emotional level it allows us to find our centre of calm and accept ourselves without judgment and on a physical level I’ve seen how it relieves pain and stress and improves sleeping patterns,” says Mary.

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Teacher Training Mary’s journey with meditation started in the 1980s when she worked as a school teacher. She’d use simple breathing techniques to calm her students and boost concentration levels. “The kids absolutely loved it!” she explains. Since those days she’s facilitated numerous health and wellness programmes at schools around Waltham Forest, launched her own business and trained with the British School of Meditation to become an accredited teacher trainer. “I wanted to be able to offer a teacher training course that’s recognised internationally,” says Mary. For the last few years she’s run four annual courses aimed at aspiring meditation teachers around the London area. Each course stretches over several weeks and involves five contact days with Mary. Material covered includes the basics of meditation, the scientific benefits of meditation, how to lead meditation classes and practical knowledge for setting up your

own meditation business. After passing the course, students walk away with accreditation that’s recognised all over the UK, Australia, Europe and the US. “My students come from all walks of life,” says Mary. “One of my past students… she now uses meditation techniques on her work colleagues.” Mary’s next teacher training course is scheduled for February 2017. An Ancient Art Meditation finds its roots in ancient India where it’s remained an integral part of everyday life. The meditative state was traditionally preceded by yoga practice, which aids in centering the mind. It was only in the 1960s that meditation was brought to mainstream America and Europe. Today it’s a growing industry in a fast-paced world where stress levels are high - even scientists have studied the relaxant effect that meditation has on the brain. On offering advice to someone who’s never meditated before, Mary recommends that before you open your eyes in the morning, take five deep breaths and think of something that makes you happy. Then open your eyes and smile. “You’ll be amazed by how this simple act can impact your day for the better,” says Mary. In conclusion, Mary quotes an ancient Zen saying, “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you are too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” Mary Neilson: 01227 637129/07874 848531 /

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