Leytonstone summer festivals start

Summer in Leytonstone

The sun is shining, the boats are out on Hollow Ponds, and this weekend sees the start of Leytonstone’s summer festival season kicking off with the Leytonstone Arts Trail from 6-14 July and the Leytonstone Festival from 11-21 July.

Look out as well in house and shop windows for art appearing as part of Let’s Fill Leytonstone with Art.

This month also sees the return of the Sunset over London Tower Tours at St John’s Church giving spectacular views to the City and beyond.


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.

Watch Jonathan Ross on Hitchcock tonight

Leytonstone tubeDon’t forget to watch ITV’s documentary tonight 10pm-11pm about Sir Alfred Hitchcock presented by Jonathan Ross. Both Hitchcock and Ross were born in Leytonstone, so this documentary promises to give a unique insight into Hitchcock, who is celebrated in Leytonstone with mosaics of his films at Leytonstone tube on the Central Line.

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Mural Our Wall for Leytonstone Arts Trail and Festival

Mural Our Wall poster image

www.ItDoesTheJob.com is calling for entries to its Mural Our Wall competition for the Leytonstone Arts Trail and Leytonstone Festival.

The theme is ‘sustainability, re-using and the environment’.

The closing date is 16 May 2013.

Find out how to enter the competition at: www.ItDoesTheJob.com

Download a poster to find out more: IDTJ.com- mural our wall poster

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.

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.

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