London Borough of Waltham Forest

Hollow Pond fire pictures

Hollow Ponds after the fire

Fire damage near Snaresbrook Court and the small pond

Undeterred by yesterday’s fire, the boats were back on Hollow Pond today and people were out enjoying themselves in the albeit cloudier weather, but the scenes of devastation made it clear that this was by far the worst fire to have hit this part of the forest for very many years.

Fire damage was not confined to one area but affected parts of the forest near Snaresbrook Road and the former lido, and a much larger area from the main pond past the small pond and down towards Snaresbrook Court (some media reports yesterday described this incorrectly as Wanstead Flats — slightly confusingly this part of the forest is formerly known as Leyton Flats due to it being historically part of the old Borough of Leyton and Leytonstone).

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Hollow Ponds evacuated as fire breaks out

Hollow Ponds FireThe Hollow Ponds area was evacuated by police this afternoon as fires broke out and smoke engulfed the pond and surrounding forest. Rowing boats were called in and people were asked to leave as fire engines moved in to tackle the fire towards the north end of the main and small ponds.

Fire engines had already attended a fire earlier in the day by Snaresbrook Road causing the road to be shut off to traffic and further traffic disruption was caused along Whipps Cross Road and surrounding roads as a result of the later fire.
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Love Your High Street Leytonstone Saturday 8 June

Love Your High StreetSaturday 8 June 2013 is Love Your High Street Day in Leytonstone organised by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and E11 BID.

There will be a day of activities in Leytonstone Town Centre including a pop up Hitchcock cinema, silent disco, open day at St John’s Church and regular activities like the E11 Market.

Don’t miss the opportunity too to visit the Stone Space’s Star Walls exhibition which closes on 9 June and Woodhouse Players’ The Oedipus Plays on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June.

Waltham Forest residents will also get vouchers to spend in local shops.

Help a local charity: become a trustee

Carefree Kids logoLocal charity Carefree Kids is looking for some additional trustees.

Here’s their ad below and you can find out more from their website: www.carefreekids.org.

Please pass this message on if you have any social media sites.
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Ward Forums, film and charity fair

WardForumsThis week sees ward forums with local councillors for Leytonstone, Cann Hall and Cathall wards.

There’s also a screening of The Soloist at Leytonstone Library on Wednesday.

And don’t forget the charity market on Wednesday at O’Neill’s.
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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.

Charity Christmas carols in Leytonstone today

Christmas decorationDon’t forget there will be Christmas carols in Leytonstone town centre today supporting the Mayor of Waltham Forest’s charity:

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.

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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.

SMEs and charities not taking advantage of the web according to a new report

A blog I’ve written that has particular relevance to Leytonstone given the low level of usage of websites and social media by small and medium business in this area and the very limited amount of relevant training on offer to help them out: http://wp.me/p1SyXb-gk

The report was written by Booz and Company for a UK charity GO ON UK that aims to make the UK the most digitally capable nation in the world and end the digital divide.

You only have to try to find Leytonstone businesses on Facebook or their websites to know how relevant this report is to regeneration in this area. There are some quite sobering statistics:

  • 16 million people in the UK aged 15 and over still don’t have Basic Online Skills – yet 90% of all jobs will require ICT skills by 2015
  • Just 33% of small- to medium-sized UK companies have a digital presence and only 14% sell their products online
  • One-fifth of charities have little or no web presence and 50% need help with web design and social media.

One of my underlying goals in setting up http://www.leytonstonetoday.net was to try to help Leytonstone get online and not fall behind, so although this content goes wider than usual Leytonstone topics I would urge you to read the blog and the full report, especially if you are in a position of influence, and share it with others.

Leytonstone is an area with a lot going for it and it’s improving fast, but the digital divide could knock us back and undermine all the efforts of local groups, the council, the E11 BID and others to make this a really cohesive community where everyone can feel included.

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.