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Time Out article on Leytonstone and its best bits

“Leytonstone’s been tipped as a hot spot for a while now, but thankfully it’s escaped the Shoreditch-style makeover that most up-and-coming areas succumb to”

Read the full and very positive article on Timeout published on 15 August 2015.

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Free paint, paintings, charity market and lots more in Leytonstone this week

Graphic illustrating eventsForest Recycling are giving away free paint this Saturday, there’s live music, theatre, a new art exhibition and next week a charity market at O’Neills. And lots more going on in Leytonstone. Please pass the message on!

Until 13 April

Carne Griffiths at the Slate Gallery

An exhibition by local artist Carne Griffiths whose distinctive style uses brandy and tea for his paintings started this week at the Slate Gallery (the window space next to the Stone Space on Church Lane) and runs until 13 April.

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Comics and comedy in Leytonstone this weekend

Cartoon graphicComics, comedy, community garden, live music, art and theatre and more. Here’s a round up of some of what’s happening in Leytonstone in the next week or so. Please share!

Saturday 23 February, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Comic Lab at Leytonstone Library

Find out how to make your own comic strip with professional cartoonist Steve Marchant. The event is free but you need to book.

Leytonstone Library
6 Church Lane
Leytonstone
London, E11 1HG

Saturday 23 February

Laughter Zone at the Luna Lounge

The Luna Lounge’s regular monthly Laughter Zone is on this Saturday, and on Friday they are featuring Silver Hill — acoustic originals and classic covers.

See the Luna Lounge website for their regular programme of events.

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 up next week

Tuesday 26 February

The East Side Jazz Club presents John Altman’s Big Band at The Heathcote Arms

More details:

A busy programme at the Plough and Harrow

Leytonstone’s newest music venue had a busy programme of events next week:

February

  • Thu 28: Jam Club present Best of Acoustic

March

  • Fri 1: Another Winter Productions presents Swinging For Mars + Summer Snowmen + Mary Do You Wanna
  • Sat 2: Artery —4 great alternative edgy guitar bands
  • Tue 5: Turn Off Your Television — Variety Open Mic
  • Fri 8: Gerry Byrne (Spectrum Radio) Irish Roadshow DJ session 
  • Sat 9: Get Ploughed Live —Prison Blues + Impossible Things + Loose Joints

Other regular events

Monday nights are Quiz Night at the Red Lion. See the Red Lion website for details of their regular and special events. What’s Cooking has music on Wednesday’s and the 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturday of the month and is now at the Birkbeck Tavern. There’s Live Music on Friday Nights at O’Neill’s and look out for dates for live music at The North Star Sessions.

Sat 2 Mar

491 Community Garden Wake Up And Smell The Flowers

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

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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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in February

Leyton Sixth Form, College Theatre is advertising ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’ tonight and tomorrow. This Saturday really is the opening of the E11 Market, outside Matalan. Reside continues at the Stone Space and check out the local pubs for their music nights.

6-9 February 2013

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

“An exciting liberal new take on this most famous and classic of the Bard’s comedies”.

See Leyton Sixth Form College website for more details.

Leyton Sixth Form College Theatre
Essex Road

10 January–17 February 2013

Reside: at The Stone Space

The Stone SpaceOpen Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Check their website for exact times:

Saturday 2 February

E11 Market

From E11 Market:

“E11 Market is open, free to the public every Saturday and trades on the pavement at Matalan, Leytonstone High Road.  We support the work of local charities, hand craft designers and local food producers.

We have a wide range of products on sale, including local Lea Valley Honey, home baked cakes, bread and biscuits, locally made garden ornaments including hand made bird boxes and feeders, hand sewn crafts, hand made greeting cards, natural fruit drinks, vintage collectibles, hand-made gemstone jewellery, hand blended skincare and vegetables from OrganicLea.

Our market is a great meeting place and contributes to the sociable community in Leytonstone.  We donate to the NSPCC and have ‘no steps’ wheelchair access”

Looking ahead

Woodhouse Players

Book ahead for the next production from the Woodhouse Players, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year:

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
Website: www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk

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New music venue opens this Saturday

The Plough and Harrow turns into a music venue this weekend with its Venue Launch Party on Saturday. There’s also live music at The Crown on Saturday evening and this Saturday is also due to see the opening of the E11 Market, outside Matalan.

Reside continues at the Stone Space and next Wednesday Leytonstone Film Club is screening the French film 36 Quai des Orfèvres.

Leytonstone doesn’t have a cinema, but the cinemas will be full from the end of this week with a new film about Sir Alfred Hitchcock, who was, of course, born in Leytonstone.

10 January–17 February 2013

Reside: at The Stone Space

The Stone SpaceOpen Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Check their website for eact times:

Saturday 2 February

E11 Market

Due to open for the first time Outside Matalan. Check their website for updates:

Saturday 2 February, 2.30pm

Heavy Metal, St John’s Church Bellringers

Website: St John’s Church

The Plough and Harrow

The Plough and Harrow

Saturday 2 February

Venue Launch Party

Plough and Harrow. Check their website and Facebook page for more details:

Wednesday 6 February

Screening of “36 Quai des Orfèvres”

Leytonstone LibraryDir: Olivier Marchal. (2004) France; 111 min (15).
Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema, at Church Lane Library. Check their website for full details:
Website: www.leytonstonefilmclub.com


Looking ahead

Woodhouse Players

Book ahead for the next production from the Woodhouse Players, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year:

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
Website: www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk

Leytonstone This Is Home new arts project

The Stone SpaceLeytonstone This Is Home

Do you live in Leytonstone? Do you consider Leytonstone home?

Leytonstone (online) Museum has announced a new project in conjunction with the Reside residency at The Stone Space gallery.

Selected photographs will be exhibited on the Leytonstone Museum website and digitally at The Stone Space gallery.

If you want to contribute photographs the deadline is Thursday 24 January. Please see the Leytonstone Museum link below.

Organisers and more information:

To 6 December

artFORMS

Stone Space Gallery

The artFORMS exhibition is coming to an end. If you haven’t been yet, check The Stone Space Gallery website for opening times.

Organiser and more information:

9 January 2013, 7pm-9pm

Leytonstone Community Ward Forum

St John's Church, Town CentreDiscuss local matters with your local Leytonstone Ward councillors, Clyde Loakes, Marie Pye and Jennie Gray.

The agenda will include:

  • Leytonstone Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT)
  • 2012/13 Ward Funding (£10,000 available to spend)
  • Leytonstone Library
  • An opportunity for residents to raise any issues of local interest

Venue: St John’s Church Hall, 825 High Road, Leytonstone, E11 1HH

Organiser and more information: London Borough of Waltham Forest website. Please do not contact this site or the church!

News from Nowhere Club new programme out

The News from Nowhere Club has published its 2013 programme. The first event is on Saturday 12 January: ‘Adventures in the Wild East’: The Story of the Eton Manor Boys’ Club Speaker: Dr Michelle Johansen.

11, 12, 18, 19 January

Snow White

Woodhouse Players

Tickets are still available for some performances of the Woodhouse Players’ New Year Panto at the Welsh Church Hall. See the Woodhouse Players website for more information.

Christmas cards, music and recipes for you to enjoy

Christmas Card 8 frontIf you were waiting to see if the world was going to end this morning before sending your Christmas cards, well the good news is the Mayan’s got it wrong and we’re all still here, the not so good news is you’ve left it too late to post a card, except by Special Delivery (check Royal Mail’s Christmas posting dates here).

Help is at hand. I’ve added some (free) Leytonstone Christmas cards you can download and email or print off yourself. Plus a page of Christmas and New Year music, including Carols, other songs and Auld Lang Syne (including the words).

Don’t forget also there’s a page on Christmas and New year events in Leytonstone (recently updated) and Christmas shopping ideas and I’ve added a page with some links to Christmas recipes.

Whether you celebrate Christmas or try to avoid it, best wishes for the season and for 2013. I hope you find this site useful and will share it with colleagues, friends and family.

artFORMS, markets and carols

Christmas decorations from Bumblebee Flowers

This week has seen the opening of the artFORMS exhibition at the Stone Space Gallery, there are carols at St John’s Church on Sunday and Jumblegeddon at the 491 Gallery.

If you’ve still not bought all your Christmas presents, The Lion Heart will be outside the Red Lion on Saturday and local traders would love your business!

13 December 2012–6 January 2013

artFORMS

The Stone Space

More information and to check opening times:

Saturday 15 December

Lion Heart Christmas market

Outside the Red Lion Pub

More information: Lion Heart Market

Sunday 16 December 11am-5pm

Jumblegeddon!

491 Gallery

Vintage and designer clothes, art and artists supplies, vinyl, CDs, DVDs and music equipment, books, plants, hand made bird boxes, bric-a-brac and collectibles. Cafe by donation, mulled wine and outdoor fire. Free entry, £5 per table.

491 Grove Green Road
Leytonstone, E11 4AA

More information from the organiser Jim Daubenton-Brown on Facebook

Sunday 16 December, 4.30pm

Carol Service

St Andrew’s Church, Colworth Road, Upper Leytonstone

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Leytonstone Today Banner Christmas 2012

Christmas markets and carols with the Mayor

Leytonstone Christmas 2012The Christmas lights are up in Leytonstone and this week sees the Christmas season really get going with Christmas markets this weekend at St John’s, The Methodist Church and the Lion Heart Market and Christmas carols in the town centre on Thursday led by the Mayor of Waltham Forest.

  • For more events see: Christmas events 2012 (and there are of course lots more events going on around Leytonstone)
  • For ideas for Christmas shopping see: Christmas shopping 2012
  • See also this report in the Waltham Forest Guardian about free parking for shoppers in Waltham Forest including Church Lane, Leytonstone (please do not contact this site for details, I have no more information!)

Saturday 1 December

Lion Heart Christmas market

Outside the Red Lion Pub

Saturday 1 December

Arts and Crafts Christmas Market

The annual arts and crafts market held simulateously at St John’s Church, Church Lane, and the Methodist Church Hall on Leytonstone High Road.

More information: Waltham Forest Council website

Saturday, 1 December 2012, 11:00

Christmas indoor market

Luna Lounge

Handmade crafts, tarot card reading, henna painting, home made cakes and free soup.

More details from the organiser: Luna Lounge on Facebook

Sunday 2 December

491 Jumble Sale

Organiser and more details: 491 Gallery on Facebook

Thursday 6 December, 4.30pm-6.00pm

Carol Singing in aid of the Mayor’s Charity

Leytonstone Town Centre

Come along and join in the singing!

The mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Richard Sweden, will be attending and will be raising money for his charity Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme. The event is organised by the Ward councillors and supported by local schools and churches.

Christmas Services at St John’s Church

For a full programme of Advent and Carol Services over the Christmas period see the St John’s Church website

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