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“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right” - Nelson Mandela

Leyton Life Independent magazine for Local Residents

Take me, I’m Free

Issue 45 Jan. - Feb. 2014

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Take me, I’m Free

Editor’s note... Dear Reader, “I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.” - Nelson Mandela Welcome to 2014 a very Happy New Year to you, may you receive the Blessings needed at this time. Living in a multi-cultural society in the East End of London, may not give you an immediate feeling of being treated differently because of the colour of your skin. But there is evidence to suggest racism is very much alive within our neighbourhood. A subject often avoided as people don’t like to be involved at either end of the spectrum. The recent death of Nelson Mandela has given people the opportunity to discuss this topic quite openly. This issue is jam packed with great articles and the What’s on p20 and p21 has some fabulous events for pretty much everyone to participate in. As always the information is checked but it is always good to check with the organisers whenever possible for any changes. A big thank you to you all for continuing to support Leyton Life, through reading, stocking, and advertising. Should you have any comments, suggestions or any other contributions please write in with these. This is an independent magazine for the community, so use it to your advantage! So if you want to send a contribution in for the next issue, regarding aspects of racism, homelessness and modern slavery in the UK please do so by 7th of February. More interesting quotes by Nelson Mandela p23 do take time to read and reflect. Take Care, Yasmin Allen

Issue 45 Jan. - Feb. 2014

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Chinese New Year

This year (2014) Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Friday 31st January. It will be the year of the horse. Chinese New Year is also called Lunar New Year and Spring Festival. Ways to celebrate Chinese New Year include: lion dances, fireworks and family gathering. You can check out the What’s on section for events taking place in London for the Chinese New Year!

Chloe Editor CnC Page


You will need: 1 balloon per person, these can be pre blown or you can get participants to blow them up. 1 string per person length of your arm Each person ties one end of string to balloon and the other around their leg (near ankle) so the balloon sits on the floor. Shout start or blow whistle or shout start, individuals need to run around the room trying to stamp on another persons balloon and pop it. Those who get their balloons popped need to move off the floor and sit aside.The last one standing with a balloon around their ankle is the winner.

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If you have any questions for C n C send them in by post or email. Chloe and Charlotte xx

Valentines Day

Valentines day doesn’t have to be just for the romantics, but can be shared with loving friends and family members. Send a message of love: Send some heart shaped messages to family members to let them know how much you love them, with a little thank you on the message for all the nice things the person does for you. You can put these in places the person will be using during the day like a jacket or trouser pocket, shoes, drawers mugs, on a pillow. Let your imagination run wild. Leyton life

Audio message Record a message for someone you can do this by leaving a message on their answer machine, or recording it on a mobile phone and sending it as a message. Video message You can video a message for someone and send it by email or by other mobile services. This is a great way of capturing children in their childhood, and the process can be repeated yearly.



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Less is more for local ‘Woman of the Year’ slimmer After losing 2 1/2 stone and being nominated for a slimming competition, the only thing that’s big about Cher Sadou nowadays is her beaming smile. Cher lost weight with her local Slimming World group in Leyton and has dropped from 12 stone 2lbs to 9 stone 7lbs in just 8 1/2 months. And her transformation hasn’t gone unrecognised as Cher has just been nominated for the Leyton’s group’s Woman of the Year 2013. Cher joined Slimming World in November 2012 after becoming increasingly unhappy with her size. She says: “I started to put on weight because of comfort eating and losing my job. I tried lots of different diets but they usually left me feeling hungry and miserable. Slimming World is completely different, I never have to go hungry and after losing 2 1/2 stone I’m the happiest I’ve been in years!” The 45 year-old started following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, which is based on satisfying even the largest of appetites so slimmers never feel deprived or hungry. Now, Cher fills up on everyday foods like fruit and veg, lean meat and fish, pasta, potatoes, rice and pulses without having to weigh or measure them because they’re all filling yet naturally low in calories and fat.


She says: “My family and friends are all amazed how much I can eat and still lose weight. I cook for them now and they can’t believe it’s all healthy food because it tastes so good, I know a lot of people worry about joining a slimming club – they don’t know what to expect. But from the minute I walked into Slimming World, the support I’ve received from my Consultant Sarah Andrews and the rest of the group has been brilliant,” adds Cher. “I never dreamt I could achieve so much. I’ve gone from a size 18 to a 10 and it’s made such a huge difference – it’s changed my life. Sarah Andrews, who runs the Leyton group, says: “I’m so proud of Cher. Not only does she look fabulous, she’s improved her health and is bursting with energy. She’s a huge inspiration to everyone in our group and I hope she inspires other women in Leyton to change their lives in the same way. It can be hard to admit that you need to do something about your weight and to ask for help, but I think Cher shows just what’s possible when you do.” The Leyton Slimming World group is held every Thursday at 7.30pm at All Saints Church, Melbourne Road, Off Capworth Street, E10. To join or find out more call Sarah Andrews on 07958646942

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what is happening, where and when? The Cornerstone 149 Canterbury Road E10 Tel: 020 8558 2121 Tuesday Lunch Club 12:30-2pm £3.50 sign up/pre-booking required. A senior members of the community club. Delicious lunch, entertainment. Chance to make to new friends and much more Toddler group Wednesday 9:00-11:00 Aerobics Friday 9:30-10:45 £3 per class £1 per child for crèche pre booking required London Ice Sculpting Festival at Canary Wharf From 11 January 2014 to 13 January 2014 Canary Wharf - Shops, Canada Place, Cabot Place, Jubilee Place and Churchill Place Shopping Malls, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB Telephone: +44 20 477 1477 More to ice than meets the eye….be mesmerized by what these talented ice sculpting individuals can do. Make the most of this FREE event which is suitable for all ages!


Chinese New Year 2014, the Year of the Horse, (31st January) The festive celebrations will take place on Sunday 2 February Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue, Dean Street Parade will start at 10am along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. A great way of celebrating which is FREE enjoy the mixture of artists from China, and local artists who will be performing. Lion teams will circulate around Chinatown, plus the usual array of food, drinks and craft stalls. Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX From 10 February 2014 to 23 February 2014 A mixture of paid and FREE events Vestry House Museum Vestry Road Walthamstow London E17 9NH 020 8496 4391 vhm.enquiries@walthamforest. Entry is FREE suitable for all. Toys: A Serious Business (until 23 February 2014) A selection of toys from local toy factories Wells Brimtoy and Britains Ltd Natural History Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5000 All galleries are FREE with the exception some temporary exhibitions. Leyton life

Victoria and Albert Museum The World’s greatest museum of art and design. Admission is FREE some events and exhibitions may have a charge. Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL tel. 020 7942 2000

Picture House Stratford Events 0871 902 5740 SILVER SCREEN Every Tuesday and Wednesday, over 60’s can come to any afternoon show, and get complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits, for only £3.00.


Every Saturday morning, and on weekdays during school holidays, we show a selection of kids’ films, from family favourites to recent releases, with activities beforehand. Tickets cost £1 for Kids’ members, or £3 for non-members.


Regular events especially for children and adults with autism and their family, friends or carers, in a supportive environment where audience members will be free to come and go as they please throughout the performance and make noise if they want to.

Community information

How can we help you? Alzheimer’s Society Waltham Forest provides information, guidance and support to people worried about their memory, people with dementia, their carers and anyone needing information about dementia. If you are worried about your memory or you are caring for a relative or friend with memory problems please contact us Alzheimer’s Society Waltham Forest Waltham Forest Resource Centre (South)

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“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Nelson Mandela

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Leyton Life - Issue 45 - January/February 2014  

Free bi-monthly magazine 5000 copies distributed in Leyton and surrounding areas.