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.


Leytonstone dancer needs your support in TV vote

Support GodsonLeytonstone dancer Theo Oloyade, 22 who performs under the name ‘Godson’ is calling for support after getting through to the final of Sky1’s Got to Dance, according to a report in the Waltham Forest Guardian.

The final is at London Olympia on Sunday March 17 and includes judge Ashley Banjo, also from Leytonstone.

More information

Leytonstone schoolboy’s book to feature on TV this week

Fixer Aadam discussses his Fix with pupils at Barclay Primary School, Leyton

Fixer Aadam discussses his Fix with pupils at Barclay Primary School, Leyton

A Leytonstone ‘Fixer’ who felt shunned at school because of his severe eczema is publishing a book to help young people understand the condition. A report about his campaign will feature on ITV News London on Friday 8 March 2013 from 6pm.


Leytonstone food hygiene ratings go online

Food hygiene ratings for shops, schools, pubs, restaurants and cafés in Leytonstone have gone online on the Government’s Food Standards Agency’s website.

The good news is that most establishments score at least 3 or above (on 24 pages of results only 3 pages plus 1 entry are 2 or below). 3+ pages rank 4 (Good) and 10+ pages rank 5 (Very good). These scores are based on the date of inspection which is shown on the site, and standards can go up or down after inspection. Of concern though is that some schools only scored 2 (Improvement necessary).

The Food Standards Agency Ratings system


Very good




Generally satisfactory


Improvement necessary


Major improvement necessary


Urgent improvement necessary

Finding results for Leytonstone

The Food Standards Agency site allows you to search by a number of criteria. The best way to find establishments in Leytonstone, which is not a formally recognised area, is probably to search by Borough on ‘Waltham Forest’ and then by postcode on ‘E11’. If you just search on ‘E11’ you will also get results for Wanstead. If you search on ‘Leytonstone’ you also pick up some results in Stratford with ‘Leytonstone’ in the address. But as postcode boundaries do not follow local government boundaries, I’ll leave it to you to take your pick!

You can sort the results by A-Z, or Z-A and highest to lowest or lowest to highest.

Food Standards Agency ratings website extract

Leytonstone’s place in tram history anniversary today

According to The Scotsman, today 4 March, is the anniversary of the first electric tramcars running in London in 1882. Did you know that? Is it true? Wikipedia seems to suggest that the first electric trams in London ran in 1901 in Croydon. Any local history buffs who know any more please comment at the bottom of the page!

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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
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:


  • Thu 28: Jam Club present Best of Acoustic


  • 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

E11 Market Banner

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

Jobs at Organiclea

Organiclea web banner

Organiclea are looking for applications for two jobs.

I don’t usually advertise jobs on this site as I don’t currently have the resources to manage the potential volume and cannot accept payment for advertising on this site while it is hosted on WordPress.com. However, Organiclea is an organisation whose members do a lot of work for the community, so on this occasion I’m making an exception. If you are interested or want to know more please contact Organiclea directly, not this site!

If you have a social media site where you can spread this message I know they would be grateful.

Horticultural Trainer

Part time: 3 days per week- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with occasional week-ends plus additional unpaid coop responsibilities
Salary: £20,930 pro rata
Based at: Hawkwood Community Plant Nursery and will also work at outreach garden sites across Northeast London. 2 year contract subject to a 3 month probation period.
Deadline: Monday 11 March 5pm
Interview date: Friday 22 March

Organiclea is seeking to recruit a horticultural training practitioner who will be part of a dedicated food production team, based at Hawkwood, our 12 acre market garden. This role will deliver practical horticultural training with a focus on food growing. We are looking for someone with demonstrable horticultural experience (especially food growing) and experience of delivering experiential learning in a range of settings.

More information and to apply go to the Organiclea website (please do not contact Leytonstone Today!) www.organiclea.org.uk

Outreach Gardens Development Worker

Part time: 3 days per week, with occasional week-ends plus additional unpaid coop responsibilities
Salary: £20,930 pro rata
Based at: Hornbeam Environmental Centre, Walthamstow, London E17 4AH and various community gardening project sites in Waltham Forest and Newham. 1 year contract subject to a 3 month probation period.
Closing date: Monday 11 March, 5pm
Interview: Monday 18 March

Organiclea is seeking to recruit an Outreach Gardens Development Worker whose role will be to design and deliver a programme of support, training and mentoring to new community food growing projects. This role will: coordinate the creation of new community food growing sites; delivering training and skills development activities targeted at disadvantaged individuals; supporting existing community gardening projects to become sustainable; and building new partnerships within the community sector.

More information and to apply go to the Organiclea website (please do not contact Leytonstone Today!) www.organiclea.org.uk

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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Safer Internet Day 2013

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Tuesday 5 February 2013 is Safer Internet Day

Most people will avoid serious problems when using the internet or mobile phones, but we all need to be on the look out for unsafe behaviour as well as making sure that we don’t inadvertently encourage unsafe behaviour ourselves.

A simple example of unsafe behaviour is putting the names and email addresses of people who don’t know each other into the cc rather than bcc field of an email. By doing that you are potentially creating spam, may be giving out email addresses to someone who will then try to spread a virus or malware, and if you identify any individual (rather than a company) you are breaching data protection too. But I bet we’ve all done this at some time — and even if we haven’t done it ourselves, a local business did it to me and many others just last week!

Safer Internet Day has been running for ten years and aims to educate and inform people about potential risks and good and safe practice.

It includes resources for teachers and self-help resources for everybody.

Although it is not directly connected with Leytonstone in any way, part of the aim of this site is to help improve digital literacy and so I thought it would be useful to give it a mention here.

Please do share with others. The people who need this information most are probably not the ones reading this post now!

Introductory video on YouTube

More information

  1. Download a leaflet from the Safer Internet Day website: Safer Internet Day 2013 leaflet
  2. Visit the Safer Internet Day 2013 website

Please note http://www.leytonstonetoday.net has no connection with the Safer Internet Day website or campaign. If you have any comments or queries about Safer Internet Day please contact them through the Safer Internet Day 2013 website, not to this site!