Art

Birkbeck Tavern and 491 Gallery launch survival websites

Two Leytonstone institutions whose futures are under threat have launched new websites this week.

Birkbeck Tavern

Birkbeck Tavern

Birkbeck Tavern

The Birkbeck Tavern faces being sold and regulars are fighting to ensure its survival as a pub. The Birkbeck Tavern, in South Leytonstone, is a favourite with Leyton Orient fans as well as being the home to the What’s Cookin’ music club.

491 Gallery

491 GalleryIt’s understood that the 491 Gallery on Grove Green Road has agreed with its landlord to move out in the New Year and the building is due to be demolished and turned into flats. Some of the members of the 491 community have now formed a limited company Wild Note Arts to allow them to obtain funding and find new premises.

Leytonstone a new creative hub

An interesting report in the Waltham Forest Guardian mentioning Walthamstow, Leytonstone and Leyton as the new creative hubs in London and particularly mentioning Leytonstone Arts Trail and The Stone Space (whose latest exhibition TEST presented by the Ribbon Machine Collective is on until 14 October):Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012

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!

(Mostly) not the Olympics

Hollow pondsIf the Olympics is not your thing and you’ve chosen to stay in Leytonstone rather than risk sunburn and heat fatigue from somewhere abroad, here are a  few suggestions to keep yourself occupied.

Hire a boat on Hollow Ponds, pop into a Leytonstone pub or restaurant for a meal or …

Wandering Rocks exhibition

Stone Space

Check the Stone Space website for opening days and times. There’s also a new display in the Slate gallery window next door.

Now until 12 August

International Peace Quilts

The Stone Space Projects Gallery (outside Leytonstone tube)

The International Peace Quilt project will be on display in The Stone Space Projects Gallery, Station Forecourt, Leytonstone from July 28th to August 12th with a special viewing on August 3rd at 3.pm. Gary Hall jr winner of 10 Olympic Swimming medals and recently joining the U.S. hall of fame is to view the project during his time in London for the Games.

More information on Facebook

Thursday 2 August

Sunset Tours from the Tower

St John’s Church

The forecast for this Thursday is looking good at the moment, so if you’ve not yet seen the wonderful views from the top of St John’s Church Tower, this week must be a hot favourite for your diary while the Olympics is still on. You’re asked to book in advance: see St John’s Church website for details.

Thursday 2 August

William Morris Gallery reopening

It’s not in Leytonstone, but as it serves the whole borough including Leytonstone they deserve a mention. After a period of closure for refurbishment, the William Morris Gallery is reopening on Thursday 2 August.

When the gallery reopens there will be more of this unique collection on display, including new interactive displays.

The gallery will now be fully accessible and there will be a new special exhibition gallery, an improved shop and a tea room with wi-fi where you can admire the views over the newly-refurbished Lloyd Park.

3 August deadline

Voting for the Forest Film Fest

The final event in the Council’s Big 6 programme, is now open and residents are being asked to vote for the films they want to see on the big screen.

There are seven categories to vote in:

  1. Children’s Disney and Pixar
  2. Alfred Hitchcock and horror
  3. Sports related
  4. General and action
  5. Blockbuster
  6. Classics
  7. James Bond (probably not including any royalty …)

More information

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August

The 2012 Festival of Sport

The fifth of the Council’s Big 6 events programme, takes place at Waltham Forest Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday. Watch the Olympic Games on the giant screen, master a sport of your choice, speak to professionals for advice.

More information

Sunday 5 August

‘Godiva Awakes’

A 10 metre high puppet of Godiva, powered by cyclists, will travel through the borough, starting at Ridgeway Park in Chingford, through the Crooked Billet roundabout and onto Waltham Forest Town Hall as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

More information

Friday 3 August

Raj against the machine

491 Gallery

491 Gallery
Blending the best in performance, music, live bands, art and dance… Raj Against the Machine will provide the audience with a spectacular experience.

More information: www.skiddle.com

Summer Daze schools summer fun

There are activities and events in over 50 schools across the borough this summer for children, young people and their families during the school summer holidays running from Monday 30 July to Friday 24 August. See the Council’s website for more information.

More information

Tuesday 14 August

Woodhouse Players: play choosing meeting

Looking ahead, The Woodhouse Players are meeting on the 14th to choose their Christmas Panto, if you want to take part, see their website for more details:

Leytonstone Festival, Arts Trail and the Olympic Torch

Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012Festival and Arts Trail

It’s the last weekend of Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail and there’s still a packed programme of Festival events and art appearing all over the area, not just in the 16 venues taking part but also in people’s windows and gardens.

With the sun reckoned to make a much delayed appearance it promises to be a perfect weekend to enjoy these events.

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Some of the pictures at Norlington Road Studios — it’s worth a visit as there are many more to see. Entry is free.

Do look at the official programmes on the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail websites/Facebook pages, however, to check for any last minute updates to the programmes, in case I have missed anything or where you may have to book in advance or numbers may be limited. If you spot an error, please let me know.

The Stone Space is the headquarters for Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012 and is showing samples from over 70 artists. You can collect a Trail Guide from The Stone Space and find out about the venues taking part in this year’s Arts Trail.

London 2012 bannerOlympic torch

The Olympic torch arrives in Waltham Forest this Saturday. It’s not coming to Leytonstone, but will be going along parts of Leyton High Road.

Independent Retailer Month: support your local shops and businesses

Independent Retailer Month poster
July is also Independent Retailer Month, so while you’re out and about in Leytonstone, take the opportunity to support your local shops, cafés and restaurants!

Saturday 21 July

Carlton House Open Day

Aylmer Road

Saturday 21 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Saturday 21 July

A leisurely walk around Leytonstone Arts Trail

Meet at Leytonstone Underground (Church Lane side), 11.00am

Saturday 21 July

Leytonstone Calling, live music at The Red Lion

Hip-hop and street art and the London food and ale festival.

Saturday 21 July

The Hot House Quintet

The North Star

Saturday 21 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Welsh Church Hall

Saturday 21 July

Blackhorse and Standard Women’s Morris Dance

St John’s Churchyard

Saturday 21 July

Shaolin Gong Fu City Kung Fu and Tai Chi performances and workshops

The Salvation Army Hall


Sunday 22 July

A celebration of Irish culture, featuring the Jones Boys

The Plough and Harrow

Sunday 22 July

Oh So Funny Comedy Night, starring Mr Alan Davies

The Sheepwalk (ticketed event by email: ohsofunnycomedy@yahoo.co.uk, say how many tickets you want, if tickets are still available)

Sunday 22 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Welsh Church Hall

Sunday 22 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Sunday 22 July

What’s Cookin’ Fifth Annual Summer Picnic

The Birkbeck Tavern

Sunday 22 July

The Choice Standards Trio and Marnie

The North Star

Sunday 22 July

Songs of Praise

Cann Hall and Harrow Green Baptist Church


Further afield

The British Film Institute has a Hitchcock Season this summer

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube 1


Check these pages for more information:

More photos from the church tower

Leytonstone Wanstead Flats and Canary Wharf from St John's TowerI’ve added some more photos from the tower of St John’s Church and arranged them in an approximately 360 degree order here: St John’s Church Panoramas from the Tower.

The church has an open day today and is running its Sunset over London tours every Thursday evening (which include music and a free drink). Read my review for more information.

Leytonstone Festival 2012The church’s open day is part of the Leytonstone Festival which this year runs alongside the Leytonstone Arts Trail. Get a taster of the many events running this weekend on Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail.

Monday 16 July sees the start of the Olympic Controlled Parking Zones in Leytonstone. Are you ready for the Olympics. I created a page a few weeks ago with lots of useful links about the Olympics for Leytonstone residents, businesses and visitors — take a look it should save you time hunting down all the various sources of information: Olympics 2012 page.

Independent Retailer Month logoIf you’re out shopping today don’t forget it’s Independent Retailer Month. Support your local shops (and cafés and retaurants)! Today is also the Lion Heart Festival Market outside the Red Lion.

Enjoy the Festival and Arts Trail, and please share with your family and friends!

Leytonstone Festival Needs Poets, Spoken Word and Storytellers!

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Leytonstone Festival’s Spoken Word events needs local Poets, Spoken Word Artists and Storytellers.

If you have performance experience and a ten minute set to perform we would like to hear from you.

Please get in touch with details of your performance experience asap!

  • Closes: Tuesday 10 July 2012
  • Paid (£15k-20k pro rata)
  • Part time

Contact

Email: Paula cma@live.co.uk (Please quote this site, but please do not reply to this site)

More information at Arts Council website

Advertise your event for free

WhereCanWeGo.com logoIf you have an event to advertise you can add it to this site http://www.WhereCanWeGo.com. A basic entry is free, though there are paid premium options too. Find out more on the Calendar page.

I’ve added a link to the Calendar page on this site. If you click on this link it will pull up events in or near ‘E11’ that are advertised on WhereCanWeGo.com.

See the Calendar page for other ways you can advertise your local event for free using this site or associated social media sites.

I’ve also moved content from the Events page on this site (http://www.leytonstonetoday.net) to the Calendar page, so it’s easier to find everything now in the same place.

Thank you to Ros Kane from local charity Carefree Kids for supplying the WhereCanWeGo.com link!

Leytonstone’s arts season kicks off this weekend

Langthorne Park amphitheatreWith Euro 2012, the Olympics and the beginning of Wimbledon next week likely to dominate the media in the next few days, let’s not forget that the Arts Season in Leytonstone kicks off this weekend.

Arts in the Park

On Saturday and Sunday there’s art and music and more at Arts in the Park in Langthorne Park, Leytonstone. See the Waltham Forest Guardian for more details.

Langthorne Park is easily reached on the 257 bus from Stratford and Walthamstow.

The Stone SpaceThe Stone Space

The Stone Space in Church Lane, has a particularly interesting exhibiton, which features works about Leytonstone called ‘1 day’s walk’. Conveniently it’s only 1 minute’s walk from Leytonstone tube, where of course you can also see the Hitchcock Murals as a refresher for the Sir Alfred Hitchcock festival coming up soon. On Saturday 23 you can also see printed photos from the online Leytonstone Museum.

Just round the corner, with arts, craft and homemade food will be the Lion Heart Market this Saturday.

Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail

After this weekend’s taster put the 12 to 22 July in your diary for the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail.

Let’s grow local

An event to inspire and facilitate growing food in Leytonstone (Update Sun 24: Event postponed, see link below for details)

If you’d rather turn your creative talents to growing fruit and veg, Let’s Grow Local on Sunday will feature guest speaker Pam Warhurst who will talk about how the Todmorden community in Yorkshire turned disused areas into a giant allotment. Tea and cake and much more. All welcome.

The Epicentre, 41 West Street Leytonstone E11 4lJ

And you can get a taster of organically grown fruit and veg from the Organiclea stall outside Matalan on Saturday.
Organiclea Transition Leytonstone stall