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Your cultural life in and around Walthamstow No.30 • September 2015

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fter ROCKING out with an eight foot bear at a British Sea Power gig in the Hebden Bridge Trades Hall in Yorkshire this summer, I was asked by the night’s organiser Mal if we had similar venues for touring bands in Walthamstow? At the time I had problems thinking of an answer. Yes we had our own Trades Hall on Hoe Street complete with a sprung dance floor (just like the one helping the bear get extra bounce in Hebden), yes there was the Orford Road Social Club and yes I believe the Sex Pistols might have played the Assembly Room many years back. But for various reasons none of these are currently available. Just as I was worried I may have found a chink in Walthamstow’s emerging position as London’s newest and most exciting cultural destination, I caught up with Nick, Kat and Julian, organisers of this month’s Stow Festival and they put me right, in a big way. They have booked an incredible 100 acts over the four nights of the festival which begins Thursday 17th September. And in answer to Mal’s question they have recruited 25 venues in E17. The guys have got creative and lined up a top rap night taking place at the Blackhorse Workshop, gigs at Gnome House and the William Morris Gallery, plus a plethora of performances in the area’s pubs and cafés. The thing I take from our interview with them on page 20 is the idea that during the festival you might never be more than ten minutes from your new favourite band. Moving from music to art, this month we welcome the re-opening of the much loved Stone Space Gallery in Leytonstone. Last month’s cover stars the Cummings Twins cited the Gallery as one of the key instigators in bringing the area’s creative community together. This volunteer run space will re-open with a major new London show by this month’s cover artist Sally Moore. The gallery has a series of artist-led group shows planned so keep visiting www.thestonespace.wordpress.com for details and entry dates. And talking of artist-led shows this month there is the London Painting Survey 2015 at the Blackhorse Lane Studios, featured on page 17, and also Dolores Rocket Presents… at Pictorem on Hoe Street (see listing on page 8). Finally since the last issue I have been lucky enough to be in the audience for the comic genius that is Stewart Lee at the Rose & Crown as part of another god like genius, Susan Murray’s Edinburgh previews. Lo and behold she’s only gone and booked him again for the beginning of September! (Sold out, returns only). I’ve had to bow out this time but perhaps it’s right to let someone else experience first hand Mr Lee’s twisted mind games. Just this once though. Paul Lindt, Editor editor@theelist.co.uk @TheEList_e17

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London Painting Survey 2015

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Stow Festival 2015

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Mapping the art on our streets

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David Mabb: Announcer at the William Morris

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Game of Crowns with Richard Hughes

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Tim Reedy – One man and his cat

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Wilcumstowe Times: The Leyspring Estate

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Local Hero - Helen Crockford and the Walthamstow Toy Library 24 Walthamstow Diary

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This Charming Man 2015, 120x104cm, oil on panel

This page Top: Handmaidens 2015, 110x87cm, oil on panel Bottom: Harlequin 2015, 99x70 cm, oil on panel Opposite Fish Out of Water 2015, 70x75cm, oil on panel


I switched the sexes so it became a painting for the female gaze. You’re originally from Wales but now live in Leytonstone with your studio nearby. You still regularly exhibit in Wales but what made you choose East London, and how do you think living in an urban environment has affected your work? At the end of the 80’s I was lucky enough to win an award to have a free studio for two years at The Delfina Studios Trust which was then based in Stratford. I moved to London from Birmingham where I had completed an MA. I’ve stayed here ever since because of the friends I’ve made and I find London a very exciting place to live. I enjoy the urban environment and I have set some paintings in places like Hackney Wick and Hollow Ponds in Leytonstone.

COVER STAR Sally Moore You describe many of your pictures as ‘mini psychological dramas’ where you often seem to have the knack of combining the unsettling with the playful. Where do these stories come from? From real life experiences. The themes can come from quite personal experiences but they can also be about observations of the roles and games that people play. I approach my subject with a playful spirit in order to discover and reveal the bizarre in the everyday, to enhance reality and make it seem more magical. Each painting is a moment captured in an ongoing story. As well as coming up with the original ideas, you obviously love the process of painting.

Tell us about the way you work. I begin by doing a line drawing to work out the composition and then I start the painting process which is all about the organisation of colour against colour, dark areas against light. As the painting progresses I am constantly adjusting the tones to create an atmospheric lighting which suits each piece. I try to capture the varying quality of textures for example of flesh, fur or fabric. Some paintings can take months to complete. You paint yourself into most of your paintings… I use myself as a model out of convenience really. Sometimes I may appear a number of times in each painting. I don’t see them as self portraits, more

like protagonists acting out a role in a drama. I’ve recently introduced some men into my paintings to conjure up a male female dynamic. I see your work as fitting into a very British tradition of narrative or allegorical painting (for example Stanley Spencer). Yes. I suppose they are. My influences are very wide ranging though from the early Italian Renaissance to Vermeer and the Dutch school and to more contemporary artists such as Paula Rego. A few years ago I created some paintings directly based on some of the old masters which I admire. I did a version of a Frida Kahlo, an Otto Dix and a recreation of Manet’s ‘Le Dejeuner sur L’Herbe’ where

This month you have a solo show which launches the renovated Stone Space Gallery in Leytonstone. I’ve been exhibiting in Wales for the last twenty years with the Martin Tinney Gallery in Cardiff. Showing at the Stone Space Gallery gives me the opportunity to bring my paintings to a new audience in London. The exhibition will include eight paintings produced over the last five years. Interview by Paul Lindt

Sally Moore 13 September to 4 October 2015 Stone Space Gallery, 6 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Preview: Friday 11 September 2015, 6-8.30pm Gallery open: Thursdays and Fridays 2-6pm, Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 12-4pm 1


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Leyton Tea Dance Leyton Great Hall, Adelaide Road E10 5NN Fancy a cup of tea and a twirl round the dance floor? The dances will feature music by DJ Malcolm ‘Mr Wonderful’ Fernandes. Doors open 1pm, dancing 1.30-4pm. £5 glen.watson@walthamforest.gov.uk 020 8496 3586

Gay Meet-up Kutz, 853 Forest Road/Wood St junction E17 4AT A friendly, convivial evening of likeminded people having a great time over a drink or two with good conversations, fun and lots of laughter. 8-10pm. jf@gpn.one

Wednesday 2 Under 5s Nature Explorers Aveling Centre - Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP For under 5s and parents/carers. Starting with craft activities, a ramble around the park. then snacks and story time. 10.30am-12.30pm. FREE. Vicky Peet 07870 678571 v.peet@tcv.org.uk Mirror presents Open Mic Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA A compelling variety of talent at this very popular open mic. From music to comedy there’s sure to be something for all tastes. Performers can sign up on the night. 7.30-11.30pm. FREE. Andy Mirror 07940 260558 andy@mirror-mic.com Heathcote Quiz Night Heathcote Arms, 344 Grove Green Road E11 4EA Get a team together for this fun monthly pub quiz. £2 per person. Charrisse 020 8558 4882 The Ugly Guys / Margo Cilker Band (USA) What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB Cosmic country Americana from ex-Kursaal Flyers Paul Shuttleworth and Vic Collins. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. http://whatscookin.co.uk

Thursday 3 Bring Your Own Popcorn: Movie Night The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL Free movie showing at the Northcote. See website for film listings. FREE. 020 8518 7516 www.thenorthcotee11.com

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Shelley & the MPGs The Function Room, 3 The Avenue, Highams Park E4 9LB Shelley & the MPGs (Nag’s Head Stowaways) play jazz, soul and Motown. 8.30-11.30pm. FREE with a collection. Shelley Twinn 07903 271877 shelley@alphabeck.co.uk

Saturday 5 Walthamstow Village Monthly Gardening Day Meet at junction of Eden Road/Orford Roads E17 9NJ Wear sturdy shoes/boots and if you have them bring gardening gloves; all other equipment will be provided. 10.30am-12.30pm. 07814 042499 helen@walthamstowvillage.net Rise Up Singing with Waltham Forest Voices The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH If you can shout, sing, pluck a string or bang a drum, come and learn songs to sing and shout in protest against the politics of greed, violence and division. 9.30-11am. 07801756863 juliajubilada@gmail.com www.losotros.co.uk

The Stones Throw Market St Johns Church Hall, High Road Leytonstone E11 1HH A local vibrant market with designs by Gail’s Windy Day and Fused & Fired plus award winning Epping Forest honey, retro items, furniture, vintage clothes plus afternoon tea with homemade cakes. 2-6pm. FREE 07875 334084 Twitter @stonesthrowe11 stonesthrowmarket@yahoo.co.uk The Return of The Walthamstow Mysteries Meet outside Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF A promenade performance in Walthamstow Marshes hosted by local historian Lady of the Pageant, Shade and Watercress Seller, making for a day of music, pageantry and wonder. Meet 2.30pm for 3-4pm performance. FREE, but donations invited Deborah Nash 07780 654546 walthamstowmysteries@gmail.com facebook.com/WalthamstowMysteries The Late Summer Mini-Festival The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG The Steve Theobald Band headline a packed day that includes Fleet, The Coypus, Joncan and Gerry & The Toys. 4-11pm. FREE with a collection. 0780 1756863 events@the-wo.co.uk www.the-wo.co.uk Open Air Film Night: Bugsy Malone (Cert U) Stoneydown Park, Pretoria Avenue E17 6JY Join the Friends of Stoneydown and the Stow Film Lounge for the classic children’s 1920s gangster musical starring lots of whipped cream gunfire and 13 year old Jodie Foster. Refreshments available to buy, and donations to the Friends group welcome. Please bring your own seating. 7.30-10pm. FREE. www.friendsofstoneydownpark.org.uk

Red Imp Comedy presents Stewart Lee Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA SOLD OUT, returns only. 9pm. £13 redimpcomedy@gmail.com www.redimpcomedy.com Mixtape at the Movies The Chequers, 145 High Street/Storey Road E17 7BX The soundtrack of the suburbs for John Hughes junkies, riot grrrls, b-boys, grunge kids and metalheads. A cinema soundtrack spectacular, with guest DJs from Disco 2000. 8pm-12am. FREE. facebook.com/group/mixtapee17 Closet Vinyl: Plastic Fantastic The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL An evening of magical vinyl music created by the party goers. We provide the equipment, YOU provide the music. Become a superstar DJ and wow your friends. DJ Magilla will be there to guide you until you’re ready to spin on your own. 8-12pm. Danny Magill 07717 851972 dannymagill@gmail.com www.closetvinyl.com

Sunday 6 The Return of The Walthamstow Mysteries Meet outside Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane E17 7HF Details as Sat 5 Mindfulness Meditation Leyton Yoga, 691 High Road Leyton, First Floor (above USSR) E10 6RA Friendly, non-dogmatic guided meditations sessions, suitable for absolute beginners. Mindfulness Meditation is clinically proven to help manage depression, anxiety, emotional reactivity and obsessive thinking. Pre-booking encouraged, and drop-ins welcome. 5-6.30pm. £15. leytonyoga@gmail.com www.leytonyoga.com

Pop-Up Posh Jumble Sale Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Fabulous stalls selling high quality, affordable clothes and shoes including designer items, pictures, furniture, books and jewellery. A treasure trove of gently used one-off pieces. 11am3pm. £1 Karen 07929 843382 myers_karen@sky.com The Mill’s 4th Birthday Party The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA We’re celebrating our 4th birthday with a big party. Come along to enjoy music, theatre, games, lucky dip, refreshments and (of course) a big cake. 2-5pm. FREE. 0208 521 3211 info@themill-coppermill.org www.themill-coppermill.org

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Tuesday 8

Leyton & Stone Designers Craft Market The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL Monthly craft market. Jewellery, clothes & accessories to name a few. With yummy home made food, BBQ & children’s activities. 12-5pm. £1 Book a stall via: www.leytonandstonedesigners.co.uk

Growing in Small Spaces with Organic Lea Wood Street Library, Wood Street/Forest Road E17 4AA Learn clever ways to make the most of the space you have to grow food, be it window box, balcony or patio area. 11am-12.30pm. FREE. 020 8496 3000 or email culture@walthamforest.gov.uk www.wfculture.eventbrite.com

Foodie Market and Great Leyton & Stone Bake Off The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL Local food market with cakes, chocs, preserves, tarts, savouries, veggie and gluten free delights. Bring your best baked goods and £1 entry fee between 12-3 to enter the Bake Off in support of local foodbank. 12-5pm. FREE www.leytonandstonedesigners.co.uk Musical Aquarium Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Jerome and Lindsay will be diving into the tank, and playing their own eclectic brand of music for your Sunday lunchtime listening! 1-4pm. FREE. www.jeromelanderson.com The Comedians Club Sinbin at The Plough & Harrow, 419 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4JU Comedy night for new comedians with one or two established performers thrown in for good measure. 7.3010.30pm. FREE. Spoon@soundeventsolutions.co.uk Sisters Unlimited at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA A rare London gig for folk super-group featuring Sandra Kerr, Janet Russell, Rosie Davis and Peta Webb. 7.3010.30pm. £7, £5 conc. 07746 612 607 info@walthamstowfolk.co.uk www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk

Monday 7 East London Lesbians Meet-Up The Castle Pub, 15 Grosvenor Rise East E17 9LB Join us on our social night in this lovely pub. First Monday of the month. 7-10pm. FREE entry. ell.molly@aol.co.uk www.meetup.com/East-London-Lesbians Stow Knitters The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE A friendly, informal group of knitters and crocheters, meeting at The Bell on first and third Monday of each month. All welcome, whatever level of experience. 7-9.30pm. FREE. travelknitter@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/groups/stowknitters

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Friday Hill Neighbourly Knit & Stitch Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, Off Kings Road/Friday Hill E4 7HR A friendly, monthly craft group at Pimp Hill Nature Reserve. 1-3pm. Suggested donation £3. outreach@significantseams.org.uk Club Mellow 50+ LGBT Afternoon Tea ELOP/LGBT Centre, 56-60 Grove Road E17 9BN Tea & cake provided in this social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans 50+ men and women. 2.30-4.30pm. £2. 0208 509 3898 info@elop.org www.elop.org The Notorious William Millard, Body-Snatcher Spruce Hill Baptist Church Hall, Brookscroft Road E17 4JP Fascinating family history talk followed by tea, biscuits and a chance to chat to friendly experienced genealogists. 8-9.30pm. FREE Mark Carroll 020 8530 4755 mcarroll@waitrose.com www.wffhs.org.uk

Wednesday 9 Wes McGhee / Hollywood Knightz What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB Tex-Mex, blues rock ‘n’ roll and honky tonk from legendary Austin Texas sessioner. Plus Californian Brian Jonestown Massacre sidekicks. 8.3011pm. FREE with collection. Stephen Ferguson 07904 210218 ramblinsteve@whatscookin.co.uk http://whatscookin.co.uk PMSL Comedy Bojangles Brasserie, 1 Old Church Road E4 6SJ Fortnightly stand-up featuring a variety of hugely talented comedians. Tonight it’s Doug Gordon, Sam Smedley, Matthew Bayliss, Alex Kealey and Fern Brady. 7-11pm. £5, £3 with flier. facebook.com/PMSLComedy/timeline

Thursday 10 Candyskin: Launch Night The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Celebrating bedroom pop stars, likely lads and new Victoria Line tracks with bands, records, zines and cheap drinks. Expect indie-pop, punk, soul, girl groups and more. 7pm-12am. FREE. eleanorpayne@hotmail.co.uk

Creative Kids: The Canterbury Tales William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP For under 5s. Meet Chanticleer & the Fox in an adaptation of Chaucer’s famous story and make an animal to narrate their misadventures. Organised by The William Morris Gallery & Lloyd Park Children’s Centre. Two sessions: 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm. FREE, but booking essential. 020 8496 4390 wmg.bookings@walthamforest.gov.uk www.wmgallery.org.uk

Red Imp Comedy presents Phil Nichol & Chums Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Another club night with 3 amazing acts: Phil Nichol - 2006 If.Com Eddy Award (Perrier) Winner plus Nick Page and Kevin Eldon (tbc). Check website www.wegottickets.com/event/329513. 9-11pm. £8 redimpcomedy@gmail.com www.redimpcomedy.com

London Painting Survey 2015: Preview Barbican Arts Group Trust/ Blackhorse Lane Studios, 114 Blackhorse Lane E17 6AA Preview evening for a show of contemporary London painting curated by other painters. See feature on page 13. 6-9pm. FREE.

Game Night Wynwood Art District, 2A Chingford Road E17 4PJ Welcome to our first night of games, exotic cocktails and of course nachos! Bring the heat, bring a partner for our Beer Pong Tournament but most importantly bring the banter. Adults only. 7pm-12am. FREE entry. tiggy@wynwoodartdistrict.co.uk www.wynwoodartdistrict.co.uk

Avin A Giraffe Leyton Technical, 265b High Road, Leyton E10 5QN Monthly comedy night: 6 brand new acts, established headliner and host. See pub posters and online for updated line ups. Tickets available at the bar or on the door. 8-11pm. £4. 0208 558 4759 leytontechnical@anticlondon.com www.leytontechnical.com

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Anthem: Live Rock Band Lord Raglan Public House, 199 Shernhall Street E17 9HX Explosive high-energy performances and powerful authentic musical arrangements. Over 18s. 9pm-12am. FREE. 020 8520 2145

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GARDENING

Elmsdale Street Party Elmsdale Road E17 6PW Street party for everyone, raising money for the Limes Children Centre with games, bouncy castle, book stall, food and beer. Fun for all. 2-5pm. FREE Nan Mousley 07957 408 693 amousley@btinternet.com

Saturday 12 The Battered Saucepans The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG Fantastic rythmn & blues sounds. 8-11pm. FREE with a collection. events@the-wo.co.uk www.the-wo.co.uk I’m Suzy / Sterling Roswell / Mark Wynn What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB Psych rock’n’roll & spoken word weirdness includes ex-Spaceman 3 Sterling Roswell. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. Stephen Ferguson 07904 210218 ramblinsteve@whatscookin.co.uk http://whatscookin.co.uk

Sunday 13 St James Big Local Jumble Trail 2015 Radius of about 1 mile around St James Street Station E17 7PJ There were 120 stalls last year so get yourself down to the streets around St James Street Station for the biggest trail in the UK. Register a stall via the website or email sjblteamjt@gmail. com for promotional posters and postcards. 10am-3pm. FREE Neesha Badhan 07881 015873 stjamesbiglocal@gmail.com www.stjamesbiglocal.co.uk Car Free Day Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG A fab line up of entertainment including top ska band The Selecter, DJ Kevin Morrish, Rags Rudi, Fruitful Earth, President Lincoln, Madness tribute band ‘One Step Behind’ and much more. 1-6pm. Leytonstone Library is Open! Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane E11 1HG Help us celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished library. Be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony and get involved with some of the brilliant activities taking place throughout the day. No need to book. 12-4pm. FREE 020 8496 3000 culture@walthamforest.gov.uk www.walthamforest.gov.uk/libraries The Warner Estate: Choice Dwellings at Reasonable Rents Meet outside Blackhorse Road Station, Blackhorse Road/Forest Road E17 6ND Local Historical Society guide a free walk exploring the Warner Estate looking at the building and operation of the estate business and hearing about some of the residents. 2-3.30pm. FREE 07792 750017 walthamstowwalks@mz48.myzen.co.uk www.walthamstowhistoricalsociety.org.uk

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Debbie McClatchy at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA A queen of Americana, Debby’s repertoire includes some of the most powerful and moving traditional American music. 7.30-10.30pm. £7, £5 conc. 07746 612 607 info@walthamstowfolk.co.uk www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk

Tuesday 15 Flowetry Wynwood Art District, 2A Chingford Road E17 4PJ A night of original poems, songs, spoken word and short stories. Sign up in advance or on the night. 7-10pm. FREE. tiggy@wynwoodartdistrict.co.uk www.wynwoodartdistrict.co.uk

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Art & the Russian Revolution William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Illustrated talk by Roger Huddle, lead by David Mabb’s current exhibition at the William Morris Gallery exploring the relationship between artists and the revolutionary process from 1917 to 1928. Must book in advance. 7-9pm. £8, WMG friends £5. 07973443030 roger.huddle@ntlworld.com www.friendsofthewmg.org.uk Los Otros The Victoria, 188 Hoe Street E17 4QH Enjoy the mellow sounds of jazz standards with Los Otros at The Victoria. Who will be our mystery guests this time? 9-11pm. FREE. 07801 756863 juliajubilada@gmail.com Rhys Williams / Rob Finlay Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Williams will preview his new album, ‘We Are Climbing Angel Mountains’, marking the opening night of Stow Festival. 8pm. £7.50. www.stowfestival.com

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Friday 18 Arsenic Mines William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Walthamstow DJ Kat Richmond and multi-instrumentalist Andy Green perform a blend of techno and strings, inspired by William Morris. With visuals from Stefano Terranova and vocals from Jaega Wise. 8pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com Brain Washington / The Unmentionables / LACK / Gunner Who / Them Fools on the Hill Pulse Studios, Unit K, Blackhorse Mews, Blackhorse Lane E17 6SL A hard-hitting package of raw punk and riff-laden metal. 7.30pm. £3 on the door. www.stowfestival.com Cherry White / The Persecuted / The Coypus / The Cold Heart Revue Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ A night of grizzled blues and country rock. 7.30pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com

Wednesday 16 The Warner Estate: Choice Dwellings at Reasonable Rents Meet outside Blackhorse Road Station, Blackhorse Road/Forest Road E17 6ND Details as Sun 13 except 11am12.30pm The Barker Band / Ramshackle Union Band What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB Harmony driven folk & bluegrass double bill. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. Stephen Ferguson 07904 210218 ramblinsteve@whatscookin.co.uk http://whatscookin.co.uk

Thursday 17 Planting for Winter Higham Hill Library, North Countess Road E17 5HS Find out how to keep your garden green over the cold winter months. 11am-12.30pm. FREE. 020 8496 3000 culture@walthamforest.gov.uk www.wfculture.eventbrite.com Highams Park Live The County Arms, 420 Hale End Rd, Highams Park E4 9PB An acoustic evening of live music, poetry and live literature in intimate venue. Want to perform? Drop us a line. 7-11pm. FREE. Nigel Mear 07730 985615 info@highamsparklive.co.uk www.highamsparklive.co.uk

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Friday 18 continued Attila the Stockbroker / Steve White & The Protest Family Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Veteran folk-punk troubadour Attila is an iconoclastic, provocative, witty, socialist poet with influences from Hilaire Beloc to The Clash. 8pm. £8. www.stowfestival.com She 17 presents #SHEFEST La Ruana, 12-15 Hatherley Mews E17 4QP Live acoustic night for female musicians presents #SHEFEST, a showcase of incredible homegrown talent including Crow Hall, Lady President, Sam Kurt, This Is Cleo, Sulk and Silvi. 7.45pm. £3. www.stowfestival.com Dr Bird / Walls of Heartache DJs / Matt Churchill The Chequers, 145 High Street/Storey Road E17 7BX Expect mod-inspired, soul-infused postpunk songs mixed with Northern Soul to make you dance. 8pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com Little Women Welsh Church Hall, 881 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR Performance of Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age tale. Generations of readers have laughed and cried as they followed the adventures of the four March girls, growing up in New England during the American Civil War. 8-10.30pm. £8, £5 conc booked/ reserved in advance, £9/£6 on door. 020 8504 3872 tickets@woodhouseplayers.co.uk www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk Stow Film Lounge presents Whiplash (2014, cert 15) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Doors: 7.45pm, film 8.30pm, close 12am. Tickets: £8.50/£6.50 conc. Ticket/food from £14 (pre-book only) 07910 643987 Book at www.stowfilmlounge.com or on the door if not sold out

Saturday 19 Open Tower St Mary’s Church Walthamstow, 8 Church End/Church Hill E17 9RJ The church tower is open for visitors. See the amazing view from the top and learn about bell ringing. Strictly for for ages 8 and above. All contributions go to bell restoration appeal. Access to tower may be restricted and is weather dependant, please ask for details on the day. 12-5pm. £2, ages 8-16 £1. David Baker 020 8521 5202 Events marked

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Stow Kids’ Film Lounge presents Shaun The Sheep (2015, cert PG) Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Aardman animation with Shaun deciding to take the day off and have some fun. He gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill to the Big City. Doors: 10.30am, film 11am, close 1pm. Tickets: £5.50 per child, child party package £11, acc adults £4, under 2s free. 07910 643987 Book at www.stowfilmlounge.com or on the door if not sold out Open House: The Walthamstow Walk Walthamstow Library, High Street E17 7JN Explore the restored Edwardian splendour of Walthamstow library, then venture into the local area to explore Walthamstow’s fascinating history. 11am-12.30pm. FREE. 020 8496 3000 culture@walthamforest.gov.uk www.wfculture.eventbrite.com TSP Charity Re-launch Party & Soul Case Exhibition 245 Wood Street E17 3NT For 8-14 year olds. You are invited to a spectacular show to re-launch our Youth Club. See an exhibition of art work and media projects completed throughout year by our young people. VIPs and entertainers are expected to attend! 12-3pm. FREE. 020 8045 4523 cassie@thesoulproject.com www.tspyouthspace.weebly.com Toy Library’s 40th Birthday Party The Blitz Factory, Ravenswood Road Industrial Estate E17 9LY Celebrate with free family fun. Party games, arts and crafts, food. No need to book just turn up. Come in fancy dress! 12-3pm. FREE. Helen Crockford 020 8509 3401 E17toylibrarymanager@gmail.com www.walthamstowtoylibrary.org Rock’n’ Roll Extravaganza Waltham Forest Sports & Social Club, Just behind the Town Hall, 703 Forest Road E17 4JF Spencer J as Buddy Holly & John Simon Rawlings as the Big Bopper. 7.30pm12am. £10. Ray Spalding 0208 527 3944 www.wfsocialclub.org.uk Walthamstow Music History: Walking Tour Meet outside the former EMD cinema, 186 Hoe Street E17 4LS Join your host Mark Hart and perambulate the highways and byways of E17’s rich musical heritage. Tour ends at Ye Olde Rose & Crown. 12.30pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com

DANCE/FITNESS Little Women Welsh Church Hall, 881 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR Details as Fri 18, performances at 2.30pm (BSL-interpreted) and 8pm.. Walthamstow Acoustic Massive & Friends Town Square, Walthamstow E17 4HU WAM will be curating the stage with Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth , WF Music Services Youth Orchestra, X7eaven dance group, Natural Voices choir and Dhruv Arts. 2pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com Dave Haslam in Conversation Waterstones, The Mall, Selborne Walk E17 7JR Writer, broadcaster and legendary Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam’s new book, ‘Life After Dark’ is a story of nightclubs and music venues in Britain. He’s in conversation with Tony Naylor. 6.30pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com Indie All-Dayer at Wild Card Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ A stellar line up featuring Sisteray, Firestations, Rain Maze, LillStrange, Lady President, Krix Panx, Without Fidel, The Croshaw Family, Swear Down Band and Blank Bibles. 1pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com The Wolfe Sisters / Lewis Barfoot / Camden Voices / Smith Sound Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA An afternoon of acoustic songwriters and rousing voices. 2pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com Stow Festival at the Warrant Officer The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee play pub-rock alongside Crook, Norell & The Dub Factory, Higham Flyers, Mama Moonshine & The Lucky Face. 4pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com WF Community Choir & Forest Philharmonic Orchestra: Workshop & Concert Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS A singing workshop from 1pm followed by FREE performance from WF Community Choir and Forest Philharmonic at 7pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com Hip-Hop Meets Dance Blackhorse Workshop, 1-2 Sutherland Road Path, E17 6BX An afternoon of hip-hop and rap featuring Lemzi and others. From 6pm get ready to dance as PoP Campaign and Eastern Front Soundsystem take over. 1pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com

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Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind / The November Five / Amesbury Banks Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind sail into dark musical waters with support from firebrands The November Five and spacerockers Amesbury Banks. 8pm. £10. www.stowfestival.com

Sunday 20 London Open House at The William Morris Gallery William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP A tour of The William Morris Gallery, exploring the architectural history of the house and the stories of its inhabitants, particularly Edward Lloyd. The tour will end in the Library, where descendants of Lloyd will help us tell his story. 11am-12.30pm. FREE but booking essential. 020 8496 4390 wmg.bookings@walthamforest.gov.uk www.wmgallery.org.uk Drinkwater to Jacobi: The People and Places of Leytonstone Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane E11 1HG Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society take you on an architectural tour, passing the homes of some famous residents along the way. Part of Open House London. 2.15-3pm. FREE. To book your free ticket, visit www. wfculture.eventbrite.com, call 020 8496 3000 or visit any Waltham Forest Library Tastes from Around the World The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Sample a buffet of dishes from around the world with music and conversation and a chance to swap your favourite recipes. 4-7pm. £5, £2 children. 020 8521 3211 info@themill-coppermill.org www.themill-coppermill.org The Uncommon Earth / Sh!ver / Black*Scarr / Alvin Burrell Quintet Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA An afternoon of strange noises, good music to move the audience and jazz with a sense of adventure. 2pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com Stow Festival at the Warrant Officer The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG Live music with smallgang, Kate, Liv Patton, Lisa Hedlund, Nat the Hammer and the Warrant Officer Choir. From 3.30pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com

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Electronic 17 with Dronningen and Innoversions Wild Card Brewery, Unit 7 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street E17 9HQ A day of the best house, techno and electro from the Electronic 17 community. Dronningen perform live, blending electronic, garage and dance, and live techno with visuals from Innoversions. 1-10pm. FREE. www.stowfestival.com Walthamstow Folk Club presents Fake Thackray Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA An evening of the songs of the legendary Jake Thackray. 7.30pm. £7. www.stowfestival.com

Monday 21 Stow Knitters The Bell, 617 Forest Road/Chingford Road E17 4NE Details as Mon 7

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Tuesday 22 Royal Ballet Live: Romeo and Juliet The Big Screen, Walthamstow Town Square E17 7JN A live screening of Kenneth MacMillan’s iconic production performed by The Royal Ballet and streamed live from Covent Garden. 7.30-10.30pm. FREE. 020 8496 3000 culture@walthamforest.gov.uk www.wfculture.eventbrite.com

Wednesday 23 PMSL Comedy Bojangles Brasserie, 1 Old Church Road E4 6SJ Fortnightly stand-up featuring a variety of hugely talented comedians. Tonight it’s Daphna Baram, Martine Pepper, Kelsey de Almeida, Fern Brady and Omar Hamdi. 7-11pm. £5, £3 with flier. facebook.com/PMSLComedy/timeline

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The Hot Rock Pilgrims / Josh Chandler Morris & Carly Slade What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Exservicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB Highly acclaimed old-time folk bluegrass and Irish singers and pickers. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. Stephen Ferguson 07904 210218 ramblinsteve@whatscookin.co.uk http://whatscookin.co.uk

Thursday 24 Monteverdi String Band: The Madrigal Transformed St. Mary’s Church, Church End E17 9RJ Music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Bassano, Merulo, Palestrina and Ricardo & Francesco Rognoni. 7.30pm. £13, £6.50 conc on the door. 020 8223 0772 villagemusic@walthamsoft.com

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A Most Horrid Act of Cruelty: The Murder of Joseph Jeffryes, Gent. of Wood Street St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF In this talk at the Walthamstow Historical Society Neil Houghton will explain how the murder of Joseph Jeffryes by his niece Elizabeth and servant John Swann in 1752 became notorious and helped change the law. Tea & coffee served from 7.15pm. 7.45-9pm. £1.50, FREE to members. 07792 750017 walthamstowwalks@mz48.myzen.co.uk www.walthamstowhistoricalsociety.org.uk

Friday 25 Little Women Welsh Church Hall, 881 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR Details as Fri 18, performance at 8pm..

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Walthamstow’s young green entrepreneurs in national competition It’s an exciting time for green business in Walthamstow as the area takes part in the UK and Ireland’s biggest accelerator programme for young entrepreneurs. Walthamstow is one of ten towns across the UK selected to take part in the Carnegie UK Trust’s young enterprise programme, TestTown 2015. E17 is the only TestTown from London and the South East. In the last two years, TestTown has helped inject £200K into start-ups, supported 150 entrepreneurs and helped get 45 new local businesses off the ground. This is a unique opportunity for Waltham Forest residents to take the stage and show off the innovation and creativity in the Borough. Walthamstow TestTown is being managed by ‘think and do’ tank London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) who want to encourage ‘green enterprise’ and challenge the waste paradigm through creative up-cycling, recycling and reuse enterprises. Whether you have an idea (or not), are looking to develop an existing business or are just enthused by the prospect of tackling waste, TestTown Walthamstow is open to

applicants under the age of 30 living in Waltham Forest. Both individuals and groups will be considered, with no minimum level of experience or qualification necessary. The competition comprises four stages: 1) Starting with an event in September (Saturday 26th - TBC) applicants will receive specialist training to set out business plans from existing entrepreneurs and experts in the field, such as start-up specialist Tree Shepherd.

4) In early 2016, the ten TestTown finalists from across the UK will receive additional business support and compete for the title of ‘UK Towns Entrepreneur of the Year’ and a £10K Investment.

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2) Entrepreneurs will receive further mentoring to launch their enterprise in a pop-up shop/market stall or online.

If you are interested in taking part in the event as an individual or group (or group leader), mentor or a community organiser please contact Ben Hudson, b.hudson@lsx. org.uk 0207 234 9400 To register visit www.surveymonkey. com/r/TestTownWalthamstow.

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Friday 25 continued Bakers Arms Book Group The Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH An informal, friendly book group. This month it’s Plainsong by Kent Haruf and Lila by Marilynne Robinson. Tea, coffee, wine available. New members welcome, just turn up. 7.30pm. www.hornbeam.org.uk The Bevvy Of Blues Jam The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG Popular blues night featuring house band The Bluetone Groovers and a host of amazingly talented jammers. 8-11pm. FREE with collection. events@the-wo.co.uk www.the-wo.co.uk

Saturday 26 Open Church St Mary’s Church Walthamstow, 8 Church End/Church Hill E17 9RJ See inside the oldest building in the village. Tower tours available on the day though some restrictions apply and weather dependant. 10-5pm. FREE entry, tower tours by donation. David Baker 020 8521 5202 Little Women Welsh Church Hall, 881 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR Details as Fri 18, performances at 2.30pm (BSL-interpreted) and 8pm.. Apple Day The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA An afternoon celebrating all things apple. Take a turn on the apple press, longest apple peel competition, apple bobbing, make head garlands, face painting, live music too! 1-4pm. FREE. 020 8521 3211 info@themill-coppermill.org www.themill-coppermill.org Family Day: Animate William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Explore William Morris’s masterpiece, an illustrated collection of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, and use animation to make these funny stories come alive! Drop-in for families of all ages. 1-4pm. FREE. 020 8496 4390 wmg.enquiries@walthamforest.gov.uk www.wmgallery.org.uk Fork to Fork Seasonal Supper Club The Hornbeam Café, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Delicious, healthy & tasty food – locally sown, grown, picked & cooked. We cater for all special dietary requirements – please alert us to them when you book. 7.30-10.30pm. Three courses for £18 www.hornbeam.org.uk

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Sulk The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG Wonderful indie outfit, led by SHE17 founder Kimmi Watson, headline with a support act TBC. 8-11pm. FREE with collection. events@the-wo.co.uk www.the-wo.co.uk

Sunday 27 Vintage/Retro Event Function Room, The Warrant Officer, 318 Higham Hill Road E17 5RG Retail opportunity for fab vintage, retro and kitsch goods. Clothes, household items, jewellery, books, bric-a-brac, collectables, music, curios and more. Free entry. 11am-4pm. FREE Sandra 07956221710 sandrahome@ntlworld.com Be Bop Baby The Trades Hall, 17 Hoe Street (entrance in Tower Hamlets Road) E17 4SB Live music and dancing in the afternoon for all the family. Bar, friendly, buggy parking, face painting, crafts for older kids. 1-4pm. £4, £3 in advance. 07813 156140 Bebopbabydance@gmail.com www.bebop-baby.co.uk Stow Film Lounge presents Oliver! (1968, cert U) Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Sunday Screen at the Museum: Experience the high-spirited adventures of Oliver Twist in this Oscarwinning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale about an orphan boy who escapes the cheerless life of the workhouse and takes to the streets of 19th-Century London. Features such songs as ‘Food, Glorious Food!’ and ‘Gotta Pick A Pocket or Two!’ Doors: 2pm, film 2.30pm, close 5pm. Tickets: £5.50/£4.50 conc senior citizens/ under 12s/students/unemployed Book at www.stowfilmlounge.com or in person at the Museum Sunday Dinner Jazz The William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Rd E17 4JD Cool Blue Note era jazz from the Paul Kaufman trio + guests. Enjoy great food, wines, ales and company. 1.304.30pm. FREE with collection. Paul 07801 429782 paul20002009@hotmail.com Errol Linton at Walthamstow Folk Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53 Hoe Street E17 4SA Errol’s a busking bluesman. Brixton blues with a Jamaican twist featuring his full band. Will blow the roof off the joint! 7.30-10.30pm. £7, £5 conc. 07746 612607 info@walthamstowfolk.co.uk www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk

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Monday 28 Board Games Evening The William Morris Bar, 807-811 Forest Rd E17 4JD We’ve got over 50 different games for you to play. 7-11.30pm. £2.50 Ossie Lundie-Smith 07921 648140 echo17events@outlook.com www.echo17events.co.uk

Wednesday 30 The Payroll Union What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone Ex-servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB Atmospheric Nick Cave influenced moody folk country. 8.30-11pm. FREE with collection. Stephen Ferguson 07904 210218 ramblinsteve@whatscookin.co.uk http://whatscookin.co.uk

Every week/Whole month Until 27 Sept NEW David Mabb: Announcer William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17 4PP Artist David Mabb’s 30 canvasses take over the gallery space, interweaving and contrasting two book designs: William Morris’s Kelmscott Chaucer and Lissitzky’s Russian avant-garde book For the Voice. Their graphics are never able to fully merge or separate. Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. www.wmgallery.org.uk 2-26 Sept NEW Dolores Rocket Presents… Pictorem Gallery, 383 Hoe Street E17 9AP Catch up with artists promoted by Dolores Rocket, past and present. Expect photography, collage, drawing, sculpture and mixed media. Tues-Sat 9-5.30pm. FREE. doloresrocket@btinternet.com Until 3 October NEW Walthamstow: Photography Exhibition The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Nine photographers’ interpretation of Walthamstow in pictures. Tues-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-2pm. FREE. Mo Gallaccio 020 85213211 info@themill-coppermill.org www.themill­coppermill.org Fri-Sun 11-13 & 18-20 Sept NEW London Painting Survey 2015 Barbican Arts Group Trust/Blackhorse Lane Studios, 114 Blackhorse Lane E17 6AA Forget Art Fairs! Typically the best judges of what’s most interesting and significant in painting are other painters. In this exhibition two such painters explore some of the best contemporary painting being made in London right now by 20 artists. 125pm. FREE. www.barbicanartsgrouptrust.co.uk

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Tuesdays (until 13 Oct) NEW Art & Animation The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Focusing on the flora, fauna and architecture of Walthamstow, we’ll experiment with printing, poetry and animation. Open to adults of ALL abilities regardless of experience or artistic talent. Booking essential, limited spaces. 10.30am-1pm. FREE. Hatt Reiss 07808 403307 hattreiss@gmail.com www.themill-coppermill.org Thursdays (from 10 Sept) Dare to Design Chingford Hall Children Centre, 4 Burnside Avenue E4 8YJ Experimental and fun workshops for parents. Learn new techniques each week through recycling, embroidery, decopatch and more. Make friends and get creative! Creche for under 5s. 9.3011.30am. FREE. Elizabeth 07809 562341 daretodesignworkshops@gmail.com www.chingfordchildrencentre.org Until 17 Jan 2015 NEW The Workhouse: Life on the Edge in 18th Century Walthamstow Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road E17 9NH Exhibition telling the fascinating story of how Vestry House Museum was once the Parish Workhouse. Revealing the building’s dark past and opening archives to uncover the everyday reality of life in Walthamstow’s Workhouse. 10-5pm. FREE. 020 8496 4391 vhm.enquiries@walthamforest.gov.uk www.walthamforest.gov.uk/vestry-house Tuesdays (until 1 Dec) Introduction to British Archaeology Shernhall Methodist Church Hall, Shernhall Street/Oliver Road E17 9HX 11 session adult education course. Looking at archaeological evidence from the prehistoric period to the recent past, using national and some local case studies. 7.30-9.30pm. £8, FREE if on certain benefits WEA 0800 328 1060 walthamstow.branch@wea.org.uk www.london.wea.org.uk Sundays Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum 10 South Access Road E17 8AX Fascinating museum devoted to the technology and industrial history of the area with emphasis on the transport and manufacturing innovations which have taken place in the Lea Valley. Housed in a Victorian waste water pumping station, the museum is still under refurbishment. No booking necessary.11am-4pm. FREE Peter Spence 020 8521 1766 pumphouse12@hotmail.co.uk www.walthamstowpumphousemuseum. org.uk

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Tuesdays NEW Plays of David Hare The Greenleaf Centre, 67-69 Greenleaf Road E17 6QP Adult education studying Hare’s plays Skylight, Amy’s View and My Zinc Bed. 10am-12pm. £8, FREE if on certain benefits WEA 0800 328 1060 walthamstow.branch@wea.org.uk www.london.wea.org.uk Mondays & Thursdays Waltham Forest Bridge Club Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Duplicate Bridge for those looking for a club or a social player wanting to try club bridge? Host available on Mondays. 7.30-10pm. £5, members £4 (annual subscription £10) 07919 401409 cathy.macnaughton@yahoo.co.uk www.bridgewebs.com/walthamforest Mondays Red Lion Quiz Night The Red Lion, 640 High Road, Leytonstone E11 3AA Creative challenges, general knowledge, mystery & bonus rounds. £50 cash prize and super rolling jackpot! 7.30-11.30pm. 020 8988 2929 www.theredlionleytonstone.com Tuesdays LGBT Women’s Therapy Group ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road E17 9BN LGBT women’s therapy group. Please contact us to book or just for more information. 7.15-9pm. £10-£30 based on income. Richard 020 8509 3898 info@elop.org Tuesdays Quiz All Over Your Face The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL Weekly quiz with cash prize for the winner. Free round of shots for the best team name. £1 per person entry. 7.4510pm. £1 Gary Hudson 020 8518 7516 tuesday.northcotee11@yahoo.com Tuesdays and Thursdays Magic Box: Interactive storytelling sessions Mothers Hub, 133 Wood Street, E17 3LX What’s inside the Magic Box today? Join a host of different characters, from Dahlia the Dinosaur to Captain Wonkynose, as they lead you on exciting and interactive storytelling adventures. Coffee and cake included! 10-11am. £4 or £6 for 2 kids magicboxe17@gmail.com www.magicboxstories.com

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Tuesdays Pub Quiz The Bell Pub, 617 Forest Road E17 4NE Hosted by local celebrity Rowan McIntyre. Come flex those brain muscles every Tuesday night for your chance to take home the money! 8pm. £1.50 www.belle17.com Tuesdays Cheeky quiz night The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Rd E11 4EL Cheeky quiz that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The winning team have the option of writing a round for the following week! 7.30-10pm. £1 020 8518 7516 tuesday.northcotee11@yahoo.com Wednesdays Leyton Technical Quiz Night 265B High Road, Leyton E10 5QN Weekly general knowledge pub quiz with music and picture rounds. £50 cash 1st prize, bottle of wine for 2nd and other spot prizes. 8pm. £2 each. http://leytontechnical.com Wednesdays Club Mellow LGBT Social ELOP/ LGBT Centre, 56-60 Grove Road E17 9BN A space for lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans people who want to meet up with others in a friendly, supportive environment. 2.30-4.30pm. £2. info@elop.org www.elop.org Mondays Toddlers & Tea The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Rd E11 4EL Grab a pot of tea or a vino whilst the kids make a mess with the playdough. 12.30-3.30pm. FREE. 020 8518 7516 tuesday.northcotee11@yahoo.com Thursdays (until 15 Oct) NEW Kids Art Club The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA 5 weekly sessions of themed creative activity for children, 3 years and upwards. Must be accompanied. Can be messy! 3.30-5pm. £1 per child per session. Mo Gallaccio 020 8521 3211 info@themill-coppermill.org www.themill-coppermill.org Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays Bongalong Music for under 5s St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF For under 5s. Fun, creative music, movement and make believe - a lively mix of singing, dancing, let’s pretend and fab percussion instruments. Two sessions each day starting at 10 & 11am. £5.25 booked termly. 07811 460282 fiona.bongalong@gmail.com www.bongalong@gmail.com

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24 hour exhibition space opening October 2015. Visit the website to sign up for news & artist opportunities. 47 Orford Road, Walthamstow E17 9NJ @wvwg_e17 wvwg.co.uk

Thursdays Bongalong Music for under 1s St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF For under 1s. Details as for under 5s except 1.30pm start & 2.30pm start. Tuesdays Bongalong Music for under 5s Greenleaf Road Baptist Church, 4 Greenleaf Road E17 6QQ As Mondays except different venue & time. 1.30pm start. Wednesdays (term-time only) Blackhorse and Standard Women’s Morris Dancing St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Side Hall, Havant Road E17 3JF Morris dancing is a great way to have fun and keep fit, and new members are always welcome! 8-10pm. FREE. 020 8527 2926 or 020 8514 8771 www.blackhorseandstandard.org.uk Saturdays OrganicLea market stall The Hornbeam Café, 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. www.organiclea.org.uk/we-sell-food/ our-market-stall

Saturdays B.I.G. Gospel Choir All Saints Church, Church Avenue, Highams Park E4 9QD Join this friendly and dynamic choir who were recent finalists of Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year 2014 and performed at the first Gospel Proms 2013. Exciting opportunities for 2015. Bring water. 4.30-6pm. £5 plus annual membership. Lisa Herbert 07757 924648 leece@ntlworld.com http://bigchoir.co.uk Wednesdays Open Mic Night Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG Jazz, rock, acoustic, story, poetry, comedy etc. If you have the talent we have the stage! 8.30pm-12. FREE. www.lunalounge.info Thursdays Tiny Tempo Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Fun introduction to musical conceptsusing singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing! With guitars, ukuleles, and a lot of energy, fun is had by all. 9.30-10.30 for under 18 months, 10.30-11.30 for 18 months and older. £5 for one child, £8 for two. www.hornbeam.org.uk

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Saturdays NEW Walthamstow Village Market Henry Maynard School, Wilson Street entrance E17 9LT A weekly produce market supporting local farmers, producers and hot food traders. 10am-3pm. www.walthamstowvillagemarket.com Saturdays OrganicLea market stall with Transition Leytonstone Between St John’s Church & Matalan, High Road, Leytonstone E11 1HH Organic and local sustainably grown fruit, vegetables, homemade bread, jams and preserves. Healthy Start vouchers can be used. 10.30am-3pm. www.transitionleytonstone.org.uk 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. Sundays Karaoke Night Lord Raglan, 199 Shernhall Street E17 9HX Beat the blues and come and have a cheeky Sunday session. Prima Donnas will be laughed at, all talent welcome! 8-11.30pm. FREE. Archie or Maureen 020 8520 2145 www.facebook.com/lordraglane17

Classes/Courses Tuesdays Significant Seams, 131 Wood St E17 3LX outreach@significantseams.org.uk Sew & Tell: ESL with Zelda (term time) Come along and learn English (and sew!) in a friendly environment. 10am-12pm. £3. Wednesdays Significant Seams (as above) Mending club Friendly group sharing the joy of making and making it up when it goes a lil’ wrong! 1-3pm. £3. Thursdays Significant Seams (as above) Supportive Sewing Circle Friendly crafting group for everyone. Bring your current project or get stuck into one of our community ones. 1-3pm. £3. Neighbourly Knit & Stitch A social group of those who like to make, we share (& show off!) what we are working on, and have a laugh. We always have community projects on offer too. 1-3pm £3

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Tuesdays Sew & Tell ESL with Significant Seams Significant Seams, Leytonstone Library , 6 Church Lane E11 1HG Come along and learn English (and sew!) in a friendly environment. 10am12pm. FREE. esl@significantseams.org.uk www.significantseams.org.uk Saturdays (term-time only) Piano Introduction for Children Mission Grove School, Mission Grove Road E17 7EJ For ages 4-9. An introduction to piano, music theory, singing and rythm. Small informal groups keeping fun at the centre with 1:1 piano time. Book in advance. 10am-12pm. £7.50 Rachel Wedderburn 07568 157028 rachelbettelley@hotmail.com Sundays (term-time only) NEW Natural Voices Senior Youth Choir Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR For ages 11-20 this is a fun funky choir. No experience required. 11am-12pm. £6, concession for block payments. Lizzy 07950 204338 naturalvoices@hotmail.co.uk www.naturalvoices.co.uk Weds & Thurs (term-time only) Natural Voices Choir Sessions Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR This fun funky choir has sessions for adults of all abilities and all ages on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Check website for more details. 7.30-9pm. First session FREE, £10, discount for block payment Lizzy 07950 204338 naturalvoices@hotmail.co.uk www.naturalvoices.co.uk Wednesdays (term-time only) Natural Voices Pub Choir: Leyton The Northcote Arms Pub, 110 Grove Green Road E11 4EL Join our new fun, funky pub choir. Beginners welcome. Grab a drink, make new friends and sing your heart out. 7.30-9pm. First session FREE, £8 thereafter, or £10 drop-in. Lizzy 07950 204338 naturalvoices@hotmail.co.uk www.naturalvoices.co.uk Mondays Waltham Forest Community Choir St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow, 8 Church End/Church Hill E17 9RJ Open to all living or working in Watham Forest. A friendly choir with a wideranging repertoire from Faure to Folk via Gospel, African and Pop Classics. New members welcome anytime - no audition required. 7.30-9.30pm. £5 and termly subscription. 07954 740745 members@singwithus.net www.singwithus.net

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Saturdays (from 5 Sept for 7 weeks) Absolute Beginners Ukulele Lessons Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Learn the ukulele, or brush up your skills in a fun and relaxed environment with Dick Smith, a professional musician, with over 25 years experience. Sorry, instruments not provided. Booking essential, limited availability. £10 when paid termly. 07745 052525 info.banjosmith@gmail.com www.banjosmith.co.uk Mondays (from 7 Sept for 7 weeks) Absolute beginners Five String Banjo Lessons Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Professional musician, Dick Smith, teaches five-string banjo classes in three finger bluegrass style picking Start from scratch and develop your banjo skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Booking essential, limited availability. 7.30-8.30pm £12 when paid termly. 07745 052525 info.banjosmith@gmail.com www.banjosmith.co.uk Tues & Thurs evenings (from 7 Sept) Strung Out: Violin for Adults Studio office, Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Road E17 4QU Recruiting for fun violin classes to suit Intermediates, Early Stages/Improvers and Absolute Beginners. Run by professional musician Alison Jones. Please book in advance. £12 with early bird discount. 020 7018 2927 strungout@shapeshifter-productions.com www.shapeshifter-productions.com Mondays Art Lessons Foster Hall, Wellesley Road E17 8JZ For ages 9-15, and maybe adults too. Art classes taught by talented, qualified and experienced illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist. 5-7pm. £10. Sabina 07506 885522 savanabgster@gmail.com www.zanarasabina.com Mondays Life Drawing in Leytonstone The Plough & Harrow, 419 Leytonstone High Road E11 4JU Untutored life drawing sessions, poses up to 45 min long. Spacious venue, relaxing atmosphere, friendly and sociable. Drop in any time during session as no pre-booking needed. Includes art materials, tea and biscuits. 7.30-9.30pm. £6. Jennifer Wolf 07792 892405 J_wolfmail@yahoo.com

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Alternate Sundays, 13 & 27 Sept Life drawing Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street E17 9AH Create original art in front of a life model. All materials provided. Advance booking essential. 3-5pm. jonathan.ellis@mac.com or text 07980 713819 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. All abilities welcome. Bring your little ones, we have toys to entertain them! 10-11am. £5. east17singers@gmail.com Fridays Green Gym in Lloyds Park Meet outside The Stables in Lloyd Park Green Gyms are fun and free outdoor sessions where you will be guided in practical activities such as planting trees and sowing meadows. Unlike other conservation projects, the emphasis is very much on health and fitness to suit all abilities. Tea & coffee provided. 10.45am-2pm. FREE. Gareth 020 8533 8022 gg-waltham-forest@tcv.org.uk www.tcv.org.uk/greengym Mondays Mum & Baby Yoga Leyton Yoga, First Floor (above USSR), 691 High Road, Leyton E10 6RA Post-natal yoga for mums and their newborns from 4-30 weeks, with Walthamstow’s Sam Syer. No need to pre-book. Drop ins welcome. 11am12pm. £10, or £90 for 10. leytonyoga@gmail.com www.leytonyoga.com Mondays Lloyd Park Walk for Women Meet outside the park cafe, Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP Friendly women-only walk. Improve your health and wellbeing whilst enjoying the outdoors and a good chat! All abilities welcome. Wear sensible clothing and flat shoes. 1010.45am. FREE. ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk 0208 496 2822 Mondays & Wednesdays Capoeira Classes Walthamstow Leisure Centre, 243 Markhouse Road E17 8RN Combining martial arts, dance, music and acrobatics Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art-form that exercises all the muscle groups and the mind! All levels welcome. 6-7.30pm. £9 per class, first class FREE. Child & Student discounts available. 07462 745158 sacimaculelecapoeira@gmail.com http://sacimaculele.com

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Mondays E11 Affordable Yoga Harrow Green Library Building, Access via 8 Cathall Road E11 4LF Every level, age and body welcome. Drop your child at nursery or school and come and join our yoga class. Make space for yourself and start the week by moving, strengthening and nourishing your body, mind and soul. Mats and props provided. 9.3010.30am. £5. Jessica Green 07904 517465 playgrowdo@gmail.com http://jessicagreen.net/yogaclasses Mondays Yoga Relaxation The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA Gentle, relaxing yoga class for all levels and abilities, with gentle postures and breathing techniques to promote physical and mental wellbeing. Great for de-stressing, reducing high blood pressure, improving strength and flexibility. Mats available, please email in advance if you have any health issues. 6-7pm. £10 or £90 for 10 classes, £5 per class conc. Josetta 07554 440499 josettayoga@hotmail.co.uk www.yogaeastlondon.com Mondays Donation Community Yoga Orford Road United Reformed Church, 58 Orford Road E17 9QL A Vinyasa Yoga class with experienced local teacher Hayley. Entrance to URC Church Hall is actually on West Ave. 7-8.15pm. Donations welcome. Hayley Johns 07842 149 119 hayley@hayleyyoga.com www.hayleyyoga.com

Tuesdays BollyFusion E17 The Welcome Centre, St Mary’s Church, 8 Church End E17 9RJ Is your usual workout a little mundane? Then try this exciting, energetic class that leaves you feeling amazing! BollyFusion combines Bollywood with Streetdance to breathe new life into fitness, in a fun, funky, friendly environment. Beginners welcome and no dance experience necessary. 7.458.30pm. £6 in advance, £7 on the door, first class free. Vanessa 07958523431 info@khyalarts.org.uk www.khyalarts.org.uk Events marked

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Tuesdays Swing Cats Corner Orford House Social Club, 73 Orford Road E17 9QR Learn authentic 1940s & 50s Lindy Hop & Jitterbug in fun, friendly classes for beginners & intermediates. No need to bring a partner or book in advance. Just turn up! 7.30-11pm. £9, students £6 with ID. 020 8829 0919 or 07974 994470 claire@voodoodoll-ent.com www.londonswingcats.com Tuesdays Circuits with Chloe Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ A high impact exercise class for men and women who want to improve strength and stamina. Aiding weight loss and muscle tone in a friendly environment with variations for all levels. 8.15pm. £6 drop-in. 07903 629 636 chloe@dancechloe.com www.dancechloe.com Wednesdays Community Dance Company: Creative Dance & Choreography Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane E17 6DS A fun, dance group for adults. Choreographed sequences individually and as a group and opportunities to perform. Suitable for beginners. 7.309pm. £8, conc available. Clare 07939 125014 clarefarrow2@gmail.com Wednesdays Rocket Yoga East of Eden, Studio 1, 14 Hatherley Mews E17 4QP A strong yoga practice, this vinyasabased class has its roots in Ashtanga and fuses sequences from the Primary and Intermediate series with a few more complex postures. All mats and equipment provided. 8-9.15pm. £13. info@edeneast.co.uk www.edeneast.co.uk Fridays Hatha Flow Yoga Back 2 Balance, 609 Forest Road E17 4PP A smaller class for closer individual attention. A gentle but refreshing lunchtime practice working with breath and movement. Please book in advance. 12-1pm. £9 or £48 for 6. Vanessa 07919 595665 yoganessy@gmail.com www.yoganess.org

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Tuesdays Zumba with Chloe Walthamstow School for Girls, Church Hill E17 9RZ Wear low tread, supportive trainers and bring a bottle of water to enjoy this exhilarating dance fitness class in a low pressure atmosphere. 7pm. £5 drop-in, discount for advance payment. 07903 629 636 chloe@dancechloe.com www.dancechloe.com

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Sundays Wynwood Runners Wynwood Art District, 2A Chingford Rd E17 4PJ Social running group. All welcome. No one left behind! 5-10k route decided by popular vote. 9-10am. FREE.

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Waltham Forest a poem by David Lyall You live in a green borough, that’s the first surprise Overlapping greenery, oak and sycamore, London plain, chestnut. The roads tell their own tale: Bush Road, Bushwood, Forest Road, Wood Street, and sit like new guests through the woods, or by Hollow Ponds, past Wanstead Park, through to Epping Forest. Rasping over the cattle grid from waterworks roundabout Feels like entering deep water, cooler, darker And quieter. You can feel the past just slowly disappearing out of sight, The time before Leytonstone was a suburb, before the mass of Victorian house building. A time of great Halls and Gas lighting Tom Hood and William Morris. When the woods were left to their own quiet device Before the cutting of embankments. You’ve begun to like how from the top of Valentines, or Prospect Hill, you can see out over London, though cycling up still feels unequal to that reward especially on a grey overcast November day. Much easier to walk up over the A12, with the traffic roaring below like the mad rush of the sea through a shell held up to the ear. To spy landmarks on the horizon as from the prow of a ship: Modern London: Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, Telecom Tower.

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Where you look you see footprints, or shadows: Sometimes the date on a house, a water trough, sign posts: Leyton 2½ miles. The future is a drawing, a model at the Town hall. Over Walthamstow marshes you sit and follow the drift of the canal, with Stratford International stretched out like a settlement behind. The sun high up, shadows moving over the water: You might be 150 years before. Watching barges bring in goods from the new industrial cities.

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Through an individually tailored year of mentoring sessions at the weekend/after school we raise the child’s self esteem, empower them to make positive choices and fulfil their potential rather than getting into anti-social or criminal behaviour. Mentors spend weekly sessions of 2-4 hours with the child for example exploring London, visit museums, trying different sports or work on a scrapbook. It’s very rewarding!

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“Forget Art Fairs!” Often the best judges of what is the most interesting and significant painting going on anywhere, are painters themselves - Painting is the new Punk!” David Sullivan This was the inspiration behind the London Painting Survey 2015 exhibition happening this September at the Project Space in the Barbican Arts Trust just 5 minutes from Blackhorse Lane Tube. Curated by the Walthamstow based artists Matthew Krishanu and David Sullivan, the concept is a simple one: ‘to explore in depth some of the best contemporary painting currently being made in London, and then to present it to an art-appreciating audience’, Walthamstow was the obvious venue of choice to stage such an important exhibition. David and Matthew agree that “with art it’s sometimes very difficult to appreciate or even understand what painters are doing and why, what is worthwhile, what isn’t, what has value and what does not. So invariably people rely on what critics, the press or galleries say, who are often pushing some other agenda or financial interest. So to circumvent the ‘artworld establishment’ we decided to draw up lists of those painters we thought were making interesting work, We then got on the phone eager to see what might come together to allow for the artists and the paintings to sing and to clash! This is a show about painting, for the public and for other painters! It’s not exhaustive but it is an excellent start” The list of participating artists is an impressive one. Some have galleries, some do not, but here is an exhibition of artists who

between them have exhibited in John Moores, The Threadneedle Prize, New Contemporaries, The Jerwood Prize, East London Painting Prize, Royal Academy Summer Show, BP Portrait Prize, and a host of other smaller painting shows. If you follow London gallery exhibitions that deal with painting, or have studied at art school in London, many of the names will already be familiar. If you have an interest in contemporary British painting, then this promises to be one of the best shows in town!

London Painting Survey 2015 curated by Matthew Krishanu & David Sullivan Project Space Barbican Arts Group Trust/Blackhorse Lane Studios 114 Blackhorse Lane E17 6AA Open: 12-5pm Friday 11th, Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th Preview: Thursday 10th September 6 - 9pm www.barbicanartsgrouptrust.co.uk

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Bason, Julian Marzsalek and Kat Richmond who have pulled it all together for the love of where we live. As Marzsalek explains: “We’ve put together a really good bill this year, this fifth anniversary is a milestone for us. Last year was big for us, and this year is going to be even bigger than that. It’s going to be huge, we’re very excited by that.” With artists ranging from the homegrown rock of Marszalek’s own November Five band and Steve White’s Protest Family to Atilla the Stockbroker, the blues revolution of Cherry White, Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind, and the electro PopCampaign to the Walthamstow Acoustic Massive: the Stow Festival should have something to entertain everyone. Electronic musician Richmond, who’s new this year to the organising committee, is in charge of programming and has scheduled a good looking rap night at the Blackhorse Workshop as well as an incredible sounding electronic sound and vision festival exclusive to take place at the William Morris Gallery as the Stow Festival’s ‘birthday’ shebang.

Stow Festival Turns 5 This month, The Stow Festival returns for its fifth birthday celebrations – you’ll never have seen Walthamstow besieged by so many wonderful music acts all at one time: Rock on! Words by Farah Ishaq. Photo by Simon Goodwin. We’ve been incredibly spoilt for big events of all descriptions all summer: barely having to leave our growing end of the Victoria line to get our kicks (and good job really with all the recent travel disruptions). After the incredible Art Trail 2015, the Barbican-funded Walthamstow 14

Garden Party, the Highams Park Festival of Culture, Love the Lea festival on Walthamstow Marshes and Grillstock to name just a few, the next festival to crank it up a notch is about to land on our collective doorstep. Boasting 100 bands in 25 venues over 4 nights, the award

winning annual Stow Festival returns this month after an amazing reaction to their hosting of the second stage at the Garden Party to blow your socks off with an incredibly varied bill of music from pop to classical, all thanks to a trio of dedicated E17 residents Nick

The hope is to make the festival the best of its kind, and what a long way the festival has come from its unassuming start in 2011. Five years ago organiser Bason got 25 bands to play in 10 venues over one weekend, including the now sadly defunct Standard Music Venue – it seems so small compared to the behemoth of logistics planned for this year’s event. “We try to feature as many local acts as we can,” enthuses Bason, “as well as the best talent we can pull from outside of the area to show that Walthamstow is a great destination for live music. We also try and balance it so we have music from as many different genres as possible. This year we’ve got a dedicated rap/ hip-hop event for the first time

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This year’s Stow Festival Organisers Julian Marzsalek, Kat Richmond and Nick Bason.


and we’ve got a dedicated metal event for the first time. Local acts, young bands, the winners of the Walthamstow Schools Battle of the Bands competition. It’s going to be a really high quality mixture of everything.” The community vibe is strong – run by supporters and volunteers, and with many bands giving their time for free – the majority of gigs and events remain free and accessible to all and everyone. With return performances from uplifting wonderful local groups including the Waltham Forest Community Choir, Walthamstow Folk and the Forest Philharmonic Orchestra. The latter will also be running workshops in Gnome House – and other family friendly activities include parent and baby musical workshops at the Mill and an all day outdoor live event in Walthamstow Town Square on the Saturday. As well as the festival venues in the more likely pubs of the area including the Wild Card Brewery, Wood Street’s newly re-opened Duke’s Head, Higham Hill’s Warrant Officer, the staunch Rose & Crown (who will host their 75th live band from 5 years of the festival) and the Chequers. Other quirky host venues from new arts centre Gnome House, the William Morris Gallery down to small cafes in the Wynwood Arts district and Cafe 56 over in St James Street will all be taking part

this year. As Nick tells us, “We like to put things on in unusual buildings.” Spread all over town, it will be a bit of a trail, with something to see and hear in every pocket, the organisers want you to be no further than 10 minutes from an event at any one time. Quite a feat! It’s not just live music either, as well as workshops where you can get involved in making music yourself, there is also a musical history walking tour taking in nooks and crannies of the neighbourhood with fascinating anecdotes, an engaging book talk with music writers such as Dave Haslam at Waterstones book store in The Mall and St Mary’s Church will host their ever popular Songs of Praise special too. Nominated for two UK Festival Awards on the back of last year’s event (Best Grass-roots Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival, the team behind it have proven their ability to showcase the best of Walthamstow’s musical talent alongside hotly-tipped newcomers from further afield. With the running theme, Music takes over Walthamstow, and with more than 5,000 visitors last year, and more expected this time, they’re not wrong. E17’s biggest festival season to date is about to go out with an all encompassing sensory bang. Get involved.

The Stow Festival Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 September Most events are free (ticketed events will be advertised and as cheap as possible), and take place at 25 venues in E17. Guides and maps available as an App (search Stow Festival) and guides/maps can be picked up from cafes and shops around Walthamstow. See www.stowfestival.com and @thestowfestival on Twitter for up to date line-ups, venue and ticket details.

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New perspectives in revolution The William Morris Gallery presents Announcer, an exhibition running until 27 September by British artist David Mabb that explores the revolutionary politics of William Morris and Russian designer El Lissitzky.

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Both Morris and Lissitzky wanted to change people’s lives through their work, believing passionately in the revolutionary potential of design. But while Morris saw beauty in the past, Lissitzky sought a new visual language for the future. In Announcer, Mabb combines and contrasts the Utopian ideas of these two men through their seminal book designs: Morris’s Kelmscott Chaucer and Lissitsky’s For the Voice, a revolutionary book of poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky that is now considered one of the finest achievements in Russian avant-garde bookmaking. Comprising 30 canvasses, Announcer takes over the William Morris Gallery’s special exhibition space. Mabb interweaves the two designs so that Morris and Lissitzky’s

graphics – and their visions of the future are never able to fully merge or separate. Also on display is the William Morris Gallery’s original copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer, alongside an original For the Voice, on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. David Mabb commented: “What I hope to achieve with Announcer is to suggest a new way of doing things that draws on both Morris’s and Lissitzky’s ideas whilst acknowledging their contradictory nature. I don’t want to tell viewers what to think, the work isn’t didactic like that – they’re being asked to be active readers.”

is an ideal place to show anything I do, and it provides a context for the work to be understood. But I also want the work to project Morris out of ‘heritage’ as a concrete example of how he is useful today. This is very Morrisian, looking to the past for ideas for the future.”

David Mabb: Announcer Until 27 September 2015 William Morris Gallery Forest Road, London E17 4PP Wednesday to Sunday, 10am 5pm; admission free

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Game of Crowns A shop on Walthamstow Market selling Asian trimmings inspired E17 resident Richard Hughes to get creative - the result helped him mend a broken heart and start a new career. trimmings. Beads and Buttons is an Aladdin’s Cave of jewelled fabric, beads and glittery braid. It’s a shop, I’ve since found out, that is well known in the world of high fashion and theatre. The last time I was there, the costume designer for Cirque du Soleil was buying up the place.

When I tell people I make crowns, I wait for the bemused question - ‘why’? Afterall, making crowns is not something you would imagine a 40-something man to be doing in his spare time. And I agree it does need a little explanation, though when I show people the crowns I’ve made, they begin to get it. This all started one Saturday afternoon whilst I was browsing Walthamstow market and I came across a shop specialising in Indian 18

My magpie instinct was immediately drawn to these sparkly things and whilst I’m not a crafter I did wonder what I could do with them? They were inexpensive and cried out to be used for something other than just Indian wedding dresses and saris. At the time, newspapers were full of stories about the discovery of Richard III’s remains under a car park in Leicester. Looking at pictures of medieval kings and queens I was fascinated by their crowns crafted with cabochon stones and baroque pearls. The braids and trimmings in Beads and Buttons have a similar naive extravagance.

The story goes that when King Richard was cut down at the Battle of Bosworth, his gold circlet fell from his head and was found under a hawthorn bush. So as a weekend project, I decided to make Richard a replacement crown made from trimming. This creative endeavour took me by surprise, (as well people who know me), but it was just what I needed. I’d recently come out of a long term relationship and was moping around feeling sorry for myself. A bit like going to the gym or running, getting creative is incredibly cathartic and I credit the process with mending my broken heart. My first attempt turned out better than I expected and was shortlisted for an exhibition in the E17 Art Trail. Friends began to collect pieces of costume jewellery for me and household objects became potential crown-making materials – a 9 inch flan dish with a removable base makes an ideal


crown ‘frame’ by the way. This ‘make do and mend’ approach is absolutely in the spirit of royal crown making. Once they’d served their purpose, crowns were often dismantled and the stones reset in other regalia or as personal jewels. The Imperial State Crown even contains a pair of Queen Elizabeth I’s pearl earrings. When it comes to my crowns, I’ve noticed that friends want to touch them and try them on. They are a real ice breaker at parties and take one to a festival and you’re centre of attention. But they don’t just make people laugh and smile, some people go very quiet in the presence of a crown, they are literally left in awe by it. It made me realise just how powerful an object a crown is. I would also credit making crowns for taking my life in another direction. After 20 years in the television industry I’ve gone back to college to study an MA in psychotherapy and I recently became an accredited cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist. I would never have guessed this would be the outcome of walking into Beads and Buttons one Saturday afternoon. Richard Hughes



Richard will be running a Game of Crowns - Crown Making Workshop, here in E17 in November. ‘This is very much an art therapy event though you don’t have to be into crafting or be artistic to get involved,’ says Richard. ‘Spending a few hours being creative, learning about mindfulness and exploring the significance of crowns will be fun and the idea is that everyone will come away with a bejewelled object they’ll have made themselves.’ For more details and to register your interest in the workshop contact Richard at richard@richardhughestherapy.com. Richard’s hypnotherapy practice is based in the Barbican and he also works in Walthamstow. ‘I specialise in one-on-one, short term coaching – usually 4-6 sessions. I always say, whatever your personal goal, however you want your life to be, making the decision to do something about it shouldn’t be underestimated – it’s a massive first step. People come and see me for many different reasons: Better relationships … overcoming stress and anxiety at work … being happier … or managing toxic lifestyles. What I do involves talk therapy and cognitive and behavioral exercises – the aim of which is to transform self-limiting thoughts, behaviour and emotions into something more positive. More information about Richard Hughes Hypnotherapy, London, can be found at www.richardhughestherapy.com Beads and Buttons is at 138 High Street, Walthamstow E17 7JS

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One Man and His Cat Tim Reedy draws cartoon cats…and singing deer, drunken dogs and bulls visiting psychotherapists. He talks to Kate Bohdanowicz about the inspiration behind his work and why the future is full of cheese. Photo of Tim by Leonie Morse It took almost 40 years for Tim Reedy to meet his muse. It was not, however, an ethereal ingénue that urged him to pick up his palette, but a stern-faced rescue cat, called Waylon. This frowning feline became the inspiration for Tim’s signature kitty that would go on to appear in many of his offthe-wall cartoons. “When I first brought Waylon home, he’d sit a distance away and stare at me with a look of wariness and disdain,” recalls Tim. “So I drew him and incorporated him into my comic strips. As a kid my hero was the Pink Panther and I suppose Waylon is my Pink Panther. His character came to life on the page and we set off on our adventures.”

Now 42, Tim started drawing aged three when he was encouraged to pick up a pencil by his father, a keen amateur watercolour artist. By the age of eight, he was a huge comic fan – specifically Beano, Dandy, Whizzer and Chips, Cor!! and Wow! – and he started to create his own. The star of his childhood strips was canine copper Detective Raffles, who was based on the family terrier of the same name. “I’ve always loved cartoons,” he says. He’s a huge fan of The New Yorker cartoons and his greatest inspiration remains Don Martin, the cartoonist from Mad Magazine. 20

“I love his warped sense of humour,” explains Tim. “He sets up a joke brilliantly with a beginning, middle and end so it reads like a gag delivered by a stand-up.” Tim studied at Camberwell Art College and continued in Art theory at the University of Kent but then reality bit and he got sucked into the abyss of an unrewarding decade-long career in the civil service. “I was stagnating,” he says. “I was depressed and I lost my drive. For a long time I just doodled. I don’t think I drew anything I was proud of in that period.”


When the chance came to take redundancy, he jumped at it and decided to make a go of his art. He also left his south London home and moved to Walthamstow [full disclosure readers: he moved in with me, the author of this article, as I am his other half]. Since then his work has taken off.

“It’s important to see the funny side of life,” he says. “I’ve always been told I’ve got a strange sense of humour and I like to give people a laugh”. Nevertheless, his drawings do convey serious messages such as unemployment, prejudice and epilepsy; a condition that Tim lives with. It’s an aftereffect of the meningitis he battled aged five, which also left him profoundly deaf.

“As a kid my hero was the Pink Panther and I suppose Waylon is my Pink Panther. His character came to life on the page and we set off on our adventures.”

“I find I can be labelled in real life but there are no labels in my art. I just hope it will give you a laugh and occasionally make you think a little. I’m not looking for any deep analysis or critique of my work but hanging one of my pictures on your wall might brighten up your day.”

“It’s exciting to see how Froth and Rind has grown these past few months. Not only does it do the best cheese toasties in E17, it’s also run by great people. And of course, cartoons and cheese go together –.just ask Tom and Jerry.”

Having exhibited at the Art Trail for the past two years, as well as Bygga Bo café on Chingford Road, he now has a three-week exhibition at Froth and Rind, purveyors of cheese and beer on Orford Road. Expect cats, cheese, cats, beer and cats.

“Walthamstow has a strong sense of community and a network of artists willing to help each other and encourage each other to progress,” he says. “I fitted in straight away and moving here gave me opportunities.” As expected from someone whose pictures include a singing deer (“balladeer”, get it?) and a military deer (“brigadier”) he loves puns; poring through dictionaries to help trigger his wordplay. There are also bulls visiting psychotherapists, barfly dogs and football manager cats. It’s clear he doesn’t always take his work too seriously.

Ditching steady employment for the insecure life of a freelance artist appears to have paid off. He’s just painted his second Little Free Library for installation in Camden (he also painted the cartoon cat house on Brettenham Road near Lloyd Park.) He takes commissions; he provides the illustrations for an annual trade magazine; his cards are stocked in various outlets in E17 and he creates his own hand-printed Christmas cards at Inky Cuttlefish studios. So what next for Tim and his animal menagerie? “I’d love to see my work be accepted by the Tate Modern,” he says, “but I doubt they’d get my sense of humour.”

Tim Reedy is exhibiting his work at Froth and Rind, 37 Orford Road September 4-25. To view Tim’s work, buy a print or commission him, visit timreedy.com. He can be contacted on timreedy7_hotmail.com or via twitter @_timreedy

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

the Leyspring Estate Until the nineteenth century Leytonstone was a rural area, with forest, marshes, farmland and market gardens providing attractive surroundings for the houses of wealthy city merchants and businessmen who built large mansions here within extensive grounds. Leyspring House was one such mansion, a grand residence built in the early 18th century and undoubtedly named from the spring within the house courtyard. The grounds of the house occupied more than 33 acres with landscaped gardens, pleasure grounds and meadowland bounded by Park Road (now Browning Road) to the north, with the area of Bushwood to the south and east, and to the west the estate extended almost as far as where Mornington Road runs today. The house and grounds formed part of the vast estate of the Earls of Mornington, whose seat was at nearby Wanstead House. Its 18th

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century residents included Lord Wellesley and John Moffat, a churchwarden. By the mid-19th century the house was leased as the home of Nicholas Charrington; their family brewery business Charringtons was one of the largest in London. Perhaps somewhat ironically for a brewery family, his daughter married the Reverend H. H. Evans, vicar of the local parish church, his son George was ordained and became a missionary to New Zealand, while another son, Frederick, renounced the family business altogether and became a temperance reformer. Leyspring House was completely destroyed by fire in July 1864 reportedly whilst in the occupation of a Mr H. Adams, and was not rebuilt. Instead, the land was put up for sale by auction as the Leyspring Estate on July 29 1878 by auctioneers Protheroe and Morris at Tokenhouse Yard, London. The sales particulars describe the land as a freehold building estate of a little over 28 acres, “offering a fine field for profitable development, insuring a large and renumerative return by re-sale in smaller allotments, or by the judicious introduction of capital for the erection of Ground Rents, possessing an important frontage of 2540ft, or thereabouts to Epping Forest…”. The development of Leytonstone to the north and west was already underway by this time, and roads into the proposed development

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Just add colour The Colour the Capital initiative is Forest Recycling Project’s winning Peoples Millions project which involves delivering a series of artistic activities that aims to leave a long lasting impression on the communities it engages with. The objectives are to improve the living conditions of the communities through striking artwork and engaging with local residents to participate in brightening up their local environment. The project has three main activities associated to it. Alongside our partners Global Street Art we aim to create nine murals, carry out 6 street art workshops within schools and distribute 7000 litres of free reclaimed paint to community groups and not for profit organisations. The project involves 3 London Boroughs; Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. The project has already seen some fantastic murals created with the most recent being in Waltham Forest. The mural located at the corner of Elmfield Road, was created by renowned Italian street artist Huntoland, whose unique style and abstract workings were expressed throughout the piece. A long-time London resident, his style as ‘graffiti cubism’ Hunto’s mural is based on an interpretation of the ‘three graces’.

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Helen Crockford Nestling among the tall trees on Beulah Path in Walthamstow Village lies a magical kingdom. Little children come from far and wide to have all sorts of amazing adventures. But that’s not all, if they are good they can play with the toys of their dreams and even better if their parents are good and join the library they can also borrow the toys to take home for a while. Here Paul Lindt talks toys and more with Centre Manager, Helen Crockford.

How long have you lived in Walthamstow? My partner and I moved to Walthamstow in 2001. We knew and loved the area; its vibrancy, the market and particularly the green spaces. When we complain to friends about not popping in, they say it’s because we’re not on the way to anything. Of course, we reel off a huge list of things to do locally. Waltham Forest is a great place for families. When we had our first child; friends and family were envious of the variety of activities available. Sadly, funding cuts in the early years sector means that many services are now being lost. One of the area’s great assets for the under 5s is the Walthamstow Toy Library (WTL). Our mission is to provide a safe and stimulating place for young children and their parents and carers to play, learn and interact. I discovered it with my eldest son, who’s now ten. As a parent I found it to be a very nurturing and supportive environment; we have made some lifelong friends. How does it work? WTL is a membership organisation; we have over 1,000 members from all over the borough and further afield. We run morning play sessions Monday to 24

Saturday for under 5s, two afternoon play sessions for under 18 months, a weekly twins and multiples group, and monthly Spanish, German and Italian language groups. We charge a £5 membership fee and a £2.50 entrance fee. For families on low income, membership is free and we charge just £1 to come in. 25% of our membership is on low income. Our ethos is learning through play and promoting family learning. We run a rolling programme of activities; from messy play, physical play, a cooking session to storytelling and music and movement. We support bonding and attachment between parent or carer and child, help reduce isolation and promote the health and well-being of families. Our members help shape what we do. We have an elected management committee who are all volunteers and members of the organisation. Let’s talk toys. You really have an amazing selection. Toy lending was the main reason why WTL was established in the ’70s; to ensure that children had access to stimulating play equipment. It is an area that we would like to develop. Every year, millions of discarded toys and packaging ends up in landfill. We buy good quality, durable toys; many are wooden and can be repaired easily. Using a toy library is a good way of helping

protect the environment. I often hear parents say that their children get bored of their toys. It’s a good idea to rotate toys every few months and I always recommend that parents try before they buy an expensive item. So there are financial benefits to being a WTL member too. We charge a small fee for a 3-week loan or nothing depending on a family’s circumstances. We also accept donations, if you are having a clear out! The Library also offers special sessions, sometimes in collaboration with other groups. We have a variety of specialists running classes; Melissa runs parent and baby yoga, Rose the Tiny Talk signing classes, and Anita Tiny Time music. During the holidays and at events we put on special workshops; some of my favourites include Scribble and Smudge, Lemon Art Lab, Mrs H and the Singalong Band, Heart Beeps and Kids’ Kitchen. We are always looking for new activity ideas. How did you get involved? In 2008, a friend said WTL would close if people didn’t attend the AGM. I turned up with my 4-month-old baby in tow and ended up being elected onto the management committee. I was on the committee for several years, worked as a playworker for a year and then in 2012 became the Centre Manager.

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Before we start I have to address the elephant in the room, don’t I? You used to work for London Zoo. Yes, I worked in the Zoo’s Education Department as an Environmental Education Officer. I had been volunteering in Brazil’s rainforests on a conservation project; to then work for Zoological Society of London and discover what went on behind the scenes, from their scientific research and conservation projects, to the endangered species breeding programmes. Over the years I must have seen thousands of schoolchildren and students. I like to think that some of them are out there now saving the planet!


You now have several qualifications in working with children. While at home with the children, I completed a Masters in Education for Sustainability. I used WTL as a setting for my research project. I have also trained as a Forest School practitioner and am a qualified teacher. These all inform the work that I do at WTL. The WTL staff is made up of a mixture of part-time professionals and volunteers. What sort of backgrounds do people have? I get to work with incredible people everyday. Our paid staff have early years or family support backgrounds whilst our current management committee come from all walks of life, from working in retail, education, creative industries to full-time carers. I am always on the lookout for local and willing finance, graphic and web designers! Anyone who has visited will know what a perfect building this is for the Library. We are in a great location. When the Comely Bank site was developed fifteen years ago, provision was made for a community space, and the area was designed for us. The outdoor space is my favourite area. A few years ago I did a triathlon to raise money to redevelop it. Many of our members live in flats and don’t have access to a garden.

We have created a hidden den, raised beds for growing fruit and vegetables, we have a playhouse, stepping stones, a sand pit and lots of water play. Unfortunately, we are having some issues with our lease. For the last fifteen years we have paid a peppercorn rent but we are now being asked to pay unfeasibly high rent and maintenance costs. We are in negotiations at the moment. How are you funded? We are fairly selfsufficient, thanks to membership and entrance fees, birthday party hire, small grants and a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. We also ask members and their family and friends to sign up to easyfundraising.com, recycle4charity.co.uk or donate money via our website, www. walthamstowtoylibrary.org. However, being self-sufficient could all change depending on what happens with our lease. This year sees the Library’s 40th year. What have you got planned? We have launched a Friends’ Scheme, are running a free family party at The Blitz Factory on Saturday 19th September and taking part in The Village Festival. On Saturday 3rd October, we will host a Ceilidh Night at The Orford Road Social Club and at Christmas we will be running a Grotto again.

You’re trying to track down original members. How should people get in touch? Over the years hundreds of people have been involved with WTL. Founding members’ children could now be in their late thirties or older. So far, I have discovered that we have been based in a variety of locations, survived an arson attack, and that Glenda Jackson opened the current Toy Library building. Please phone, email me or pop into WTL if you would like to share your stories or have any photos. Finally, like many people with young families, you did consider leaving London at one stage. What made you choose to stay? I grew up in North Devon; so really miss the sea. We considered moving there to be near family, but decided to stay in Walthamstow. I love living here, my job and our local community. This is home. 020 8509 3401 E17toylibrarymanager@gmail.com www.walthamstowtoylibrary.org Facebook – Walthamstow Toy Library and Play Centre Twitter @E17toylibrary www.easyfundraising.org.uk www.recycle4charity.co.uk

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I was on Hackney marsh on midsummer’s day when I thought I heard someone. I was near the red bridge that crosses the Lea, I stopped, took out my headphones and listened. What was that I could hear, it sounded like crying, a low painful shuddering weep being carried on the summer breeze. I saw a weather worn man stood on the bridge; I assumed it was his sorrowful weeping I could hear so I asked if he was OK. That’s the watchman, he said to me, the weeping of a long dead king. We stood on the bridge and he told me a tale of loss and unending love, a tale that started countless summers ago. Vikings once sailed up the ancient river, and one of the invading families were so taken by the marsh they claimed it as their new home. This warrior clan was ruled by Ethelred and his younger brother Erik. One fateful summer evening, Erik was out hunting for bears on what is now Hackney Marsh. He was attacked and slain by a rival army, his broken body was dumped in a pit and left to rot not far from the river bank. King Ethelred was wracked with guilt; he had failed to keep his brother safe. He threw himself on to his sword in the hope he would be reunited with Erik in the afterlife. Ethelred was buried beneath the flowers of Walthamstow Marsh but his spirit couldn’t rest. The old King’s soul was tortured by his failure to protect his brother, he was desperate to redeem himself. Over the centuries he clawed his way out of his marsh grave. His ghost was carried to the surface on the backs of a thousand worms. He made himself into a watch tower, a great metal pylon, Ethelred was a giant now. He cast his gaze towards his brother’s resting place, and swore an oath to watch over Erik for all eternity. He stands on the marsh still, the pylon king, the metal master of London’s edge lands, the cry you hear in the night. www.walthamstowdiary.com

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Beacontree Avenue, Walthamstow, London, E17 4 bedroom end of terrace house for sale Offers in Excess of £590,000 A Spacious, Four Bedroom Family Home. This large post-Edwardian family home benefits from an impressive loft extension and has been tastefully modernised throughout. Situated close to the highly regarded Frederick Bremer School and just a short walk to enjoy the tranquillity of Epping Forest. The bay fronted lounge/diner is a tremendous size with a light, bright atmosphere, brushed-steel fireplace, contemporary styling and doors to the garden with its flagstone paving and alfresco dining areas. The adjacent kitchen is equally modern and well equipped. On the first floor you find the stylish family bathroom along with one single and two double bedrooms. Stairs lead to the expansive second floor bedroom (with fantastic city views) and an ensuite bathroom. A Wonderful home, ready for its next family.

West Avenue Road, London, E17 4 bedroom terraced house for sale Guide Price £900,000 (sstc) This fabulous home has been tastefully modernised and decorated throughout, with plenty of room for a large family to enjoy.

Somers Road, London, E17 4 bedroom terraced house for sale Guide Price £750,000 (sstc) This capacious four/five bedroom house has a wealth of original features, has been modernised with a converted loft and provides space for any family to enjoy.

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Addison Road, London, E17 4 bedroom terraced house for sale Guide Price £750,000 (sstc) This large four/five bedroom Victorian house is located on a popular village road within the catchment for the highly regarded Henry Maynard School.

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First Avenue, London, E17 5 bedroom terraced house for sale Offers in Region of £850,000 Five good size bedrooms, two spacious reception rooms, three bathrooms, a brand new kitchen, private south facing garden.

Turner Road, London, E17 4 bedroom terraced house for sale Offers in Excess of £725,000 Offered in immaculate condition, the ground floor boasts a spacious through lounge/ dinner with stripped flooring throughout.

Hibbert Road, London, E17 2 bedroom flat for sale Offers in Excess of £375,000 A tremendous first floor flat that has been refurbished and decorated to a high standard.

Maynard Road, London, E17 4 bedroom terraced house for sale Offers in Excess of £750,000 An exceptionally large lounge and dining room with a separate kitchen, This is a project but would make an excellent family home.

Chester Road, London, E17 2 bedroom terraced house for sale Guide Price £500,000 The property is in need of modernisation, but already benefits from spacious rooms, a fantastic location and a private rear garden.

Harris Street, London, E17 2 bedroom flat for sale Offers in Excess of £375,000 This flat has a clean white contemporary finish and is flooded with plenty of light. There is a spacious lounge with windows to the street.

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Wyatts Lane, London, E17 3 bedroom detached house for sale Guide Price £600,000 Refurbished to an exceptional standard, the recent work provides a great communal living space at the heart of the property.

Chester Road, London, E17 4 bedroom terraced house for sale Offers in Excess of £500,000 The property is in need of modernisation, but already benefits from a loft conversion making this a sizeable family home.

Grove Road, London, E17 3 bedroom town house £462 pw : £2,000 pcm Perfectly placed in the much sought after Walthamstow Village is this charming, three bedroom house which has just been refurbished.

Queenborough Gardens, Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex, IG2 4 bedroom end of terrace house for sale Offers in Excess of £590,000 A very spacious living/dining area, plus an additional reception room with French doors leading to the large mainly lawned garden.

Orford Road, London, E17 2 bedroom flat for sale Offers in Region of £435,000 This wonderful ground floor Village flat will appeal to any first time buyer or professional couple.

Theydon Street, London, E17 2 bedroom flat to rent £381 pw : £1,650 pcm Presented in immaculate condition this great flat also benefits from a selection of near by local shops, pubs, restaurants and other amenities.

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The E List - September 2015  

A guide to this month's cultural life of Walthamstow, North East London, including a listing section for local events. Featuring: cover arti...

The E List - September 2015  

A guide to this month's cultural life of Walthamstow, North East London, including a listing section for local events. Featuring: cover arti...

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