Free time

New faces on Leytonstone High Road

The CrownThe Sheepwalk reopens as The Crown

The former Sheepwalk Pub on Leytonstone High Road is believed to be due to open this Friday as ‘The Crown’. Peeking through the windows it looks like it will have an atmosphere more like the Red Lion than the old Sheepwalk and will be offering food as well as drink.

Hungarian DelicatessenA taste of Hungary comes to Leytonstone

Just up the road from The Crown is Leytonstone’s first Hungarian delicatessen, Magyarok Boltja. Üdvözöljük a Leytonstone-ban (that means welcome in case you’re not fluent in Hungarian)! They have a Facebook page (the pictures are in any language you want them to be, but the text is Hungarian). Hungary has always had a reputation in Eastern Europe for having the best food, Budapest was often described as the Paris of the East, so a Hungarian influence on the High Road could be a good thing.

Tuesday 20 November, 7pm

Leytonstone Festival AGM

The Leytonstone Festival Annual General Meeting will be at 7pm on Tuesday 20 November and all members are invited to attend to set the vision for the Leytonstone Festival 2013.

15 November–9 December

Minutiae

The Stone Space

The Stone SpaceToday sees the opening of an exhibition of drawing, painting, animation, photography and sculpture at the Stone Space.

More information and to check opening times: thestonespace.com

Walthamstow Town HallSnow Angels

Waltham Forest Council is looking for snow angels — people to volunteer to clear snow if it falls in their roads.

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History, raised beds, theatre and art

Some of the events happening in Leytonstone this weekend and beyond. Please check with each organisation’s website for more details and confirm with them directly, where necessary, for availability.

Saturday 10 November

Young Historians in Leyton Take to the Street!

Martin Spafford, inspirational history teacher, and young people

Former history students from George Mitchell School and their teacher talk about their award winning film. Check the News from Nowhere Club website for details.

Venue: Epicentre, West St, Leytonstone E11 4LJ


7 to 10 November

Fiesta Latina

A hot celebration of everything Latin!


Friday 9, and Saturday 10 November

Woodhouse Players — A voyage around my father

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

Transition Leytonstone Community Garden site

Church Lane Community Garden, Harold Road, E11 4QX

Sunday 11 November, 11am–3pm

Raised Beds Workshop (that’s vegetable or flower beds!)

Meet your neighbours and learn about building raised beds!

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

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.


Friday, 16 November, 19:30 until 00:30

Lost Horrizons present All Things Considered

Upstairs at The Heathcote Arms 344 Grove Green Road Leytonstone E11

Supported by Louis Gilman Will O’Donoghue and Bob Munton

More details: Lost Horrizons on Facebook


Do you live in Leytonstone and have an interesting story to tell?

A photography student from Leytonstone who is studying at Westminster University is looking for people/events to photograph that demographically represent this area —dysfunctional families or anyone with an interesting story to tell. In exchange she will give you free prints. If you can spare an hour or two please get in touch with her.

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:

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!

Olympic Park photographs

Olympic Park London04For the many people frustrated that they haven’t been able to buy a ticket to the Olympic Park, I’ve created a page with some photographs I took this week.

The photographs concentrate on the park, rather than sport.

Please share, there are a lot of people who are missing out on this surprising new addition to London’s park life.

(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:

Olympics Rhymathon 26 July Leytonstone Library

Waltham Forest Council is organising a free Olympics Rhymathon for 6-12 year olds at Leytonstone Library on Thursday 26 July, 2.30pm-3.30pm with top comedy poet, Neal Zetter.

More details: London Borough of Waltham Forest website