Transition Leytonstone

Calling artists and festival venues in Leytonstone

Graphic imageRun a workshop for Leytonstone Arts Trail

Leytonstone Arts Trail is inviting groups or individuals to apply to run workshops as part of this year’s Arts Trail. The deadline is Thursday 28 February 2013. Details are on their website:

Put on an event for Leytonstone Festival

Leytonstone Festival is calling for proposals for this year’s event. If you want to put on an event as part of this year’s Leytonstone Festival you need to submit a proposal form before 26 April. More details on how to obtain the form and where to send it back from:

Transition Leytonstone

Transition Leytonstone is encouraging you all to put up a bird box for national Bird Box Week which started yesterday.

E11 Market

Have you visited the E11 Market which opened last week outside Matalan? Follow them on Twitter @E11 Market to find out the latest news.

Jobs at Organiclea

If you missed my post earlier this week, Organiclea have two jobs on offer.

Decorating time? Save money with recycled paint available in Leytonstone

If you have paint left over you don’t need, or you want to buy some cheap paint for decorating, Forest Recycling Project have reclaimed paint available for a suggested £1 litre. Their Leytonstone site is in Hainault Road. Check their website for the address and opening times and details of their other recycling work.

Website: Forest Recycling Project Where to Buy Paint

Coming up

As well as the events below don’t forget to check out the local pubs and Luna Lounge for regular music and comedy nights.

Exhibitions at The Stone Space

Waiting – 21 February to 17 March 2013
Fixations – 21 March to 14 April

More information from: The Stone Space Gallery Coming Next

Woodhouse Players Triple Bill

  • Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
  • A Separate Peace by Tom Stoppard
  • The Book Club of Little Witterington by Joan Greening

Fri 8 and Sat 9 March 2013
Fri 15 and Sat 16 March 2013

Welsh Church Hall

More information and to book: Woodhouse Players website

St John's Tower looking West and towards the City

Fireworks, compost, music,theatre and film

The nights are darker but there’s plenty going on in Leytonstone to lighten the mood in the next week or so.


Leytonstone Wanstead Flats and Canary Wharf from St John's TowerThursday 1 November, 20:00 until 21:45

Live classical music and tower tour

St John’s Church, Church Lane Leytonstone, E11

The season of magnificent views from St John’s Church Tower is nearing an end with one more opportunity tonight and a special for bonfire night (see below).

In 360 degrees you can see the O2, Olympic Park, right across the City to the London Eye, the Shard and even Alexandra Palace as well as Epping Forest, Whipps Cross and Wanstead Flats. The evening starts off with live music and finishes with a warm drink.

If you don’t fancy going up the tower, there’s an invitation to attend the concert for free instead.


Friday 2 November (and 3, 9, and 10 November)

Woodhouse Players — A voyage around my father

Welsh Church Hall, 879 Leytonstone High Road, E11 1HR

Transition Leytonstone Community Garden siteSunday 4 November, 11am to 3pm

Transition Leytonstone Composting Workshop

Church Lane Community Garden, Harold Road, E11 4QX

Go along to the new Community Garden to meet the neighbours and learn all about building clean, effective compost containers and top composting technique. Take a packed lunch to eat and /or share!

The entrance to the Community Garden is at the bottom of the foot-bridge over the A12, near where Harold Road meets Vernon Road.

On Sunday 11 November there is also a Raised Beds Workshop (that’s vegetable or flower beds!)

On Sunday 2 December Transition Walthamstow is running a Draughtbusting Workshop which is also open to people from Leytonstone.


St John's Tower looking West and towards the City

Monday 5 November, 7pm (booking essential)

Live classical music and tower tour Bonfire Night Special

St John’s Church, Church Lane, Leytonstone

Live jazz will start the grand finale of this year’s tower tours: a bird’s eye view of Bonfire Night displays in Waltham Forest and all over Essex and London, with homemade gingerbread and hot chocolate or coffee at the top of the tower.

Reverend Raymond Draper, vicar of St John’s, says: “Our Sunset over London and London by Night tours started in June and have been a great success. The tours have helped towards the outstanding cost of the recent tower repairs and restoration, but more importantly visitors have discovered this beautiful church, enjoyed wonderful music, and had an inspiring experience of London. The special tours for the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies were a highlight, and we’re very much looking forward to more fireworks for our final tour of 2012 on November 5.”

Only 20 places available. Tickets for 5 November are £50. Sorry, no under-8s.

To book


5 November 2012, 5pm-10pm

Waltham Forest Council Bonfire Night Fantastic Fireworks Display

Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF

This is a free event for all Waltham Forest residents. There will be fireworks, music, entertainment, fairground rides and a wide range of refreshments to snack on.

More details: Waltham Forest Council website


Wednesday 7 November, 7.45pm

Leytonstone Film Club

Alice (15). Dir: Marco Martins. (2005) Portugal; 102 min.

Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, E11 1HG


Thursday 8 November

Casino Fun Night

at the Star of India.


Until 11 November

The Stone Space Tumbled House Exhibition

This exhibition continues until 11 November. Check the Stone Space website for opening days and times.

What’s on in Leytonstone

Some of the highlights of things happening in Leytonstone in the next week or two. There are also regular music events at many of the other pubs.

Friday 20 October

Luna Lounge

Friday Night at the Big Wheel, Luna Lounge.

What’s Cookin’ at the Birkbeck Tavern

The Birkbeck is under threat at the moment, so needs all the support it can get! What’s Cookin’ has a regular programme of events at the Birkbeck. Give them your support.

Sunset Tours at St John’s Church

Canary WharfThe season’cs coming to the end for these Thursday evening tours, so don’t miss your last opportunity to see the stunning views from the church tower.

Booking essential. Contact: St John’s Church.

18 October to 11 November

The Stone Space

Tumbled House exhibition. Check the Stone Space website for opening days and times.

Sunday, 4 November 2012, 16:00

The Stone Space is also inviting artists to submit works for an open call exhibition titled “Minutiae”. All types of media are welcome.

Saturday 20 October

Starting to have thoughts about Christmas shopping? The local shops need your support —take a look in Leytonstone first. The Lion Heart Market will also be outside the Red Lion this Saturday.

Leytonstone Community Garden

Leytonstone Community Garden before the clear up starts

Sunday 21 October

Transition Leytonstone Community Garden

Continue to clear site, this Sunday 10.30, 113 Harold Road.

2,3,9,10 November

Woodhouse Players

John Mortimer’s funny and poignant play A Voyage Round My Father 2, 3, 9, 10 November at the Welsh Church Hall E11 1HR.

Calling all collectors

Leytonstone (online) Museum is starting a new project Inside Leytonstone to document things that people in Leytonstone collect. See the Leytonstone Museum website for more information.

Welsh Church Hall

This weekend in Leytonstone

Woodhouse Players present

“Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)”

by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Welsh Church HallWelsh Church Hall 879 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR

  • Fri 21 September 8pm
  • Sat 22 September 2.30 and 8pm
  • Fri 28 September 8pm
  • Sat 29 September 2.30 and 8pm

Tickets £8 (£5 concessions)
Book online: www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk
Phone reservations: 020 8504 3872


Transition Leytonstone

3rd Birthday Barn Dance

Transition Leytonstone are celebrating their third birthday with a barn dance on Saturday. from 7:30pm to 11:30pm, 603 High Road Leytonstone.

More details: Project Dirt website


Leytonstone Arts Trail

Not actually in Leytonstone, but a documentary shot mostly in Leytonstone with one of its celebrated artists, Patrick Brill:


Looking ahead

Saturday 29 September

St John’s Michaelmas Fair

St John's Church, Town CentreSt John’s will be hosting its annual fair with a bouncy castle, miniature railway, bell ringing demonstration, stall with homemade cakes, jams, books, plants, live music and lots more.

Admission is free and the fair is open to all members of the community.

Don’t forget St John’s also has a regular weekly programme of free lunchtime concerts on a Thursday lunchtime and Sunset Tours of The Tower on Thursday evenings for stunning views over London. The church also hosts a number of community clubs including Zumba Dance, Keep Fit, Tai Chi, Bellringing, ‘Cheeky Monkeys’ and ‘Acting Bugs’ Children’s Drama Group.

More details:

Transition Leytonstone Community Garden site

New community garden and a new view of the Paralympics closing ceremony

Transition Leytonstone Community Garden Launch

Sunday 9th September 2-4 pm

Transition Leytonstone Community Garden siteTransition Leytonstone have been given permission by the London Borough of Waltham Forest to develop a piece of land in Leytonstone town centre into a community garden, and this Sunday will be the first meeting at the site. Everybody is welcome to go along and give ideas and offer help.

The London 2012 Changing Places Transform is also supporting the project.

Location: Between the footbridge and 113 Harold Road Leytonstone (follow Church Lane past the tube station and keep going past the car park and the children’s playground).

View the Paralympic Closing Fireworks from the top of St John’s Tower

Sunday 9 September, 10pm until  12.30am 10 September

St John’s Church, Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11

Sunday sees the Paralympic Closing ceremony and if you’re not one of the 80,000 lucky ticket holders to the Olympic Stadium, St John’s Church Tower offers a unique opportunity to watch the fireworks that will bring to a close this amazing summer of sport in the East End.

Book your tickets — places are limited so it’s essential you do book — for this event which includes live classical music in church first and FairTrade refreshments on the tower (good filter coffee and proper hot chocolate, and both chocolate chip and ginger biscuits). There’s also smartphone reception on the tower, and one guide can give a commentary on what is happening (or bring your own, only 3G — there is no free wifi). Binoculars are provided (or bring your own) and cameras are welcome. You need sensible shoes and clothes as the climb to the tower is quite narrow, but worth the effort for the stunning view at the top.

The event is a church fund raiser so the price is £50 per ticket (all included and all goes towards the remaining debt for the recent works on the tower).

Booking

Places are limited so please let RoseMary Warrington know as soon as possible if you are interested on E:
bookings@stjohnleytonstone.co.uk

Hollow ponds Leytonstone

Happy Bank Holiday

Hollow ponds LeytonstoneThe Paralympics starts next week with the torch relay coming to Leyton on Wednesday evening to coincide with the reopening of the former Marsh Lane Playing Fields as the Jubilee Park. Entrance is free and there will be lots of activities to take part in.

If the weather is nice — and some sun is promised for the weekend — taking a boat out on Hollow Ponds is always a good way to enjoy the weather and you can buy teas, coffees, ice creams and quick food from three places by the pond or pop over the road for a full meal at the Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel.

Eel and Pie House Harrow Green LeytonstoneLeytonstone shops, restaurants and cafés would also welcome your custom, with a wide range of food on offer including English, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Romanian, Turkish/Greek/Mediterranean in the town centre, not forgetting the stylish Horizon Patisserie, through to the new Lithuanian Shepherd’s Inn pub right next door to a traditional East End Eel & Pie House in Harrow Green. And lots more besides.

Art exhibition

Although the Stone Space is closed for a summer break until 29 August, there’s a four week art exhibition in the temporary space outside Leytonstone tube called ‘Present’, so if you haven’t been already don’t miss it! The exhibition runs from 20 August to 17 September.

Saturday 25 August

The Lion Heart Market

… will be outside the Red Lion again this Saturday. The Lion Heart Market offers vintage, craft and hand-made and ‘not on the high street’ products from local people. The market is open from 10am to 6pm, and it costs nothing to browse! There’s wheelchair access to the pub and garden, a ground floor disabled toilet.

Thursdays

Sunset Tours at St John’s Church

The sun is setting earlier now so don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views from St John’s Church on their Thursday evening tours.

Looking ahead

Sunday 9 September, 2-4pm

Launch of Church Lane Community Garden

Church Lane Leytonstone, between the footbridge stairs and 111 Harold Road.

A chance for local people to come and see the proposed site and to contribute their ideas and sign up to get involved.

Sunday 16 September

OlivesCar Free Day

The annual Leytonstone Car Free Day is organised by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and will be on Sunday 16 September. There will be a mix of entertainment, local stalls and a French market.

Have a great Bank Holiday!

New Look Leytonstone

Outside Leytonstone station towards Church Lane

Outside the station towards Church Lane

The last week or so has seen the finishing touches to the building work that has been going on the length of Leytonstone High Road, in the town centre and along Whipps Cross Road to give Leytonstone a new and brighter look ready for the Olympics.

I haven’t managed to get photos of everything, the weather has not been so kind, but I’ve added a collection of photos showing most of the work and I’ve summarised some of the other main changes that have happened in the last year or so on New Look Leytonstone.

A lot has happened, new pubs, a market, an art gallery and more and all against the backdrop of one of the most horrible recessions in living history.

So, if you know someone thinking of moving to Leytonstone, investing here, or who just has a view of the area which is second hand or out of date, please share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, by email or however you can and send them to this page, it might just help!

New markets page and town centre map

Leytonstone marketsI’ve added a new Markets page for information about the Lion Heart Market and the Organiclea-Transition Leytonstone stall. I’ve also added a map to the Town Centre page.

The site is constantly being updated and new content added, so keep your eye out for changes (I’ll let you know about the main ones)!

And please let others know about this site and add links on Facebook, Twitter and Google+:

Twitter:

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On Google+

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If you have any suggestions for content, contact me through the Contact Form. This site is a free resource for Leytonstone, the more people who know about it and support it, and the more the content reflects what you want, the more everyone will benefit. Thank you.

Gardeners, swap your seeds this Saturday

Herbs

Transition Leytonstone in partnership with Organiclea are holding a seed swap this Saturday 11am-3pm on their stall outside Matalan, on Leytonstone High Road.

You can bring surplus seeds that you’ve bought or saved yourself, and swap them. There will also be a bank of seeds from Hawkwood Nursery to swap with too.

The Leytonstone Community Produce Stall is open every Saturday 11am -3pm, and offers great tasting, healthy ultra-local veg and fruit with a friendly smile and a chat! Shopping like it used to be.

More information