Leytonstone Arts Trail

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.


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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

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

Leytonstone Festival, Arts Trail and the Olympic Torch

Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012Festival and Arts Trail

It’s the last weekend of Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail and there’s still a packed programme of Festival events and art appearing all over the area, not just in the 16 venues taking part but also in people’s windows and gardens.

With the sun reckoned to make a much delayed appearance it promises to be a perfect weekend to enjoy these events.

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Some of the pictures at Norlington Road Studios — it’s worth a visit as there are many more to see. Entry is free.

Do look at the official programmes on the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail websites/Facebook pages, however, to check for any last minute updates to the programmes, in case I have missed anything or where you may have to book in advance or numbers may be limited. If you spot an error, please let me know.

The Stone Space is the headquarters for Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012 and is showing samples from over 70 artists. You can collect a Trail Guide from The Stone Space and find out about the venues taking part in this year’s Arts Trail.

London 2012 bannerOlympic torch

The Olympic torch arrives in Waltham Forest this Saturday. It’s not coming to Leytonstone, but will be going along parts of Leyton High Road.

Independent Retailer Month: support your local shops and businesses

Independent Retailer Month poster
July is also Independent Retailer Month, so while you’re out and about in Leytonstone, take the opportunity to support your local shops, cafés and restaurants!

Saturday 21 July

Carlton House Open Day

Aylmer Road

Saturday 21 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Saturday 21 July

A leisurely walk around Leytonstone Arts Trail

Meet at Leytonstone Underground (Church Lane side), 11.00am

Saturday 21 July

Leytonstone Calling, live music at The Red Lion

Hip-hop and street art and the London food and ale festival.

Saturday 21 July

The Hot House Quintet

The North Star

Saturday 21 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Welsh Church Hall

Saturday 21 July

Blackhorse and Standard Women’s Morris Dance

St John’s Churchyard

Saturday 21 July

Shaolin Gong Fu City Kung Fu and Tai Chi performances and workshops

The Salvation Army Hall


Sunday 22 July

A celebration of Irish culture, featuring the Jones Boys

The Plough and Harrow

Sunday 22 July

Oh So Funny Comedy Night, starring Mr Alan Davies

The Sheepwalk (ticketed event by email: ohsofunnycomedy@yahoo.co.uk, say how many tickets you want, if tickets are still available)

Sunday 22 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Welsh Church Hall

Sunday 22 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Sunday 22 July

What’s Cookin’ Fifth Annual Summer Picnic

The Birkbeck Tavern

Sunday 22 July

The Choice Standards Trio and Marnie

The North Star

Sunday 22 July

Songs of Praise

Cann Hall and Harrow Green Baptist Church


Further afield

The British Film Institute has a Hitchcock Season this summer

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube 1


Check these pages for more information:

Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail Mon 16-Fri 20 July

Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012 mapLeytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail continue this week and into next weekend (21-22 July) with music, art, photography, theatre and much more.

Most of the local pubs have special events on and many events are free, or low cost.

Do look at the official programmes on the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail websites/Facebook pages, however, to check for any last minute updates to the programmes, in case I have missed anything or where you may have to book in advance or numbers may be limited. If you spot an error, please let me know. Highlights of the coming week include:

Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012

Leytonstone Arts Trail Map Exhibition launches at The Stone Space

The Stone Space is the headquarters for Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012 and is showing samples from over 70 artists. You can collect a Trail Guide from The Stone Space, which is open every day this week, and find out about the venues taking part in this year’s Arts Trail including:

  • Stone Space Projects, Leytonstone’s new pop up gallery situated just outside the tube station
  • As Time Goes By exhibition featuring 17 artists
  • The Red Lion’s group of exhibitions
  • Norlington Road Studios ‘When The Walls Come Down’
  • The Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel
  • Leytonstone Social Club’s Shadwell Printers exhibition
  • Leytonstone Library
  • Davies Lane Primary School
  • Electroset Studio, Davies Lane
  • Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Centre
  • Eatery 7, Church Lane
  • Meze Patisserie, High Road Leytonstone
  • 491 Gallery, Grove Green Road
  • Café de Montmartre, Church Lane

and many more.

 Mon 16 July

Don’t forget: Olympic Controlled Parking Zone period starts today!

Leytonstone Museum photosMonday 16 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

Created this year as an online museum of photographs of people and places in Leytonstone, these sessions will give you an opportunity to see printed copies of the photos.

Monday 16 July (and every day)

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Monday 16 July

Heavy Metal 2: Bell ringing at St John’s Church

Monday 16 July

Hitchcock Retrospective

O’Neills, Green Man roundabout

Monday 16 July

Mr Nightingale’s Diary by Charles Dickens and Mark Lemon

Leytonstone Library Playreading Group
Leytonstone Library


Tuesday 17 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

See Monday 16 July for more details.

Tuesday 17 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree
The Star of India

Tuesday 17 July

Maddona at the Star

The Star of India


Wednesday 18 July

The Art and Architecture of St Margaret’s

St Margaret’s Woodhouse Road

Wednesday 18 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

See Monday 16 July for more details.

Wednesday 18 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree
Golden Curry

Wednesday 18 July

Leytonstone Film Club’s Curry and Quiz Night

The Golden Curry

Wednesday 18 July

Norman Jacobs talks on Gilbert and Sullivan

Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society
St John’s Church Hall

Wednesday 18 July

Pandora’s Box—an hour of Comedy Cabaret

O’Neills, Green Man roundabout

The Welsh Church

Wednesday 18 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The Welsh Church Hall

Wednesday 18 July

What’s Cookin’ presents Eric Brace and Peter Cooper

The Birkbeck Tavern


Thursday 19 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

See Monday 16 July for more details.

Thursday 19 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree
St John's Church, Town Centre

Thursday 19 July

Lunchtime concert at St John’s

Thursday 19 July

London Sunset Tower Tour

Music, a drink a a tour of the tower with stunning views over London.

Thursday 19 July

An evening of spoken Word, Storytelling and Music

Leytonstone Library

Luna Lounge

Thursday 19 July

Stand Up Musical Comedy Night

The Luna Lounge

Heathcote Arms

Thursday 19 July

The George Simmonds Septet

The Heathcote

O'Neills 'The Green Man'

Thursday 19 July

Pandora’s Box—an hour of Comedy Cabaret

O’Neills


Friday 20 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Fri 20 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The Welsh Church Hall

The Birkbeck Tavern, Leytonstone

Fri 20 July

Lost Horizons presents Ewan McClellan

The Birkbeck Tavern

Fri 20 July

The Legendary Mr Will Gaines with Jacqueline Pert and Bret Jones

Leytonstone Social Club


Further afield

The British Film Institute has a Hitchcock Season this summer.

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube 1



… and more events on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July

Check these pages for more information:

Independent Retailer Month poster

July is also Independent Retailer Month, so while you’re out and about in Leytonstone, take the opportunity to support your local shops, cafés and restaurants!

More photos from the church tower

Leytonstone Wanstead Flats and Canary Wharf from St John's TowerI’ve added some more photos from the tower of St John’s Church and arranged them in an approximately 360 degree order here: St John’s Church Panoramas from the Tower.

The church has an open day today and is running its Sunset over London tours every Thursday evening (which include music and a free drink). Read my review for more information.

Leytonstone Festival 2012The church’s open day is part of the Leytonstone Festival which this year runs alongside the Leytonstone Arts Trail. Get a taster of the many events running this weekend on Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail.

Monday 16 July sees the start of the Olympic Controlled Parking Zones in Leytonstone. Are you ready for the Olympics. I created a page a few weeks ago with lots of useful links about the Olympics for Leytonstone residents, businesses and visitors — take a look it should save you time hunting down all the various sources of information: Olympics 2012 page.

Independent Retailer Month logoIf you’re out shopping today don’t forget it’s Independent Retailer Month. Support your local shops (and cafés and retaurants)! Today is also the Lion Heart Festival Market outside the Red Lion.

Enjoy the Festival and Arts Trail, and please share with your family and friends!

Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail start today

Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail

12 to 22 July 2012

Leytonstone Festival 2012This year there’s a double helping of culture as Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail run alongside each other on the same dates.

From 12 to 22 July Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail will be offering a wide selection of events including art, drama, music, comedy, photography, arts and crafts market and much more all around Leytonstone.

I’ve listed below events that people have sent to me and asked me to promote, plus I’ve tried to fill in the gaps from the official programmes and postings in the many associated Facebook pages and groups.

Do look at the official programmes on the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail websites/Facebook pages, however, to check for any last minute updates to the programmes, in case I have missed anything or where you may have to book in advance or numbers may be limited. If you spot an error, please let me know.

Independent Retailer Month poster

July is also Independent Retailer Month, so while you’re out and about in Leytonstone, take the opportunity to support your local shops, cafés and restaurants!


From Thu 12 July

When the Walls Come Down

Leytonstone Arts Trail

Norlington Rd Studios, E10


Thu 12 to Sat 21 July

As Time Goes By

Leytonstone Library


Thu 12 Jul and repeats on other dates

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree. Entrance Free.


Thu 12 July

Canary WharfLunchtime concert at St John’s

Free weekly concerts every Thursday 13:00-14:00 at St John’s Church

Sunset over London Tours

New tours, which started July 2012. You are taken to the top of the church tower for half an hour to enjoy the stunning views over London. The tours start with music from a professional musician and end with a free tea/coffee or chocolate. Booking essential.

Thu 12 July

Rye, plus support

Music night at the North Star

Thu 12 Jul

Curry and Quiz Night

Star of India

Thu 12 and Fri 13 July

O'Neills 'The Green Man'O’Neills: Pandora, Goddess of Barnsley, is waiting for you…

Come and see her in action this Thursday or Friday at O’Neills at 8pm. Tickets on the door or you can book them here:


Fri 13 Jul

Buxton School presents The Jungle Book


Fri 13 Jul

Birkbeck tavern, LeytonstoneWhat’s Cookin’ Jazz Night

The Birkbeck Tavern


Fri 13 Jul

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • Fri 13 July 2012, 8pm
  • Sat 14 July 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm
  • Wed 18 July 2012, 8pm
  • Fri 20 July 2012, 8pm
  • Sat 21 July 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm

Welsh Church Hall 879 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR
Performed by Woodhouse Players
Tickets £8 (£5 concessions)
Book online via the Woodhouse Players website http://www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk
Phone reservations:  020 8504 3872


Sat 14 Jul

Buxton School’s Summer Fete

www.buxtonschool.org.uk

Sat 14 July

St John’s Church Open Day

Festivity and fun, featuring tower tours, refreshment, and music. Entrance Free.


Sat 14 Jul

Lion Heart Festival Market

Leytonstone The Red Lion

Outside the Red Lion, home baked cakes, retro and vintage fashion, art and craft and lots, lots more and you can always pop into the Red Lion for food and drink if the summer weather gets too … hot … outside.


Sat 14

Leytonstone Calling, live music at The Red Lion


Sat 14 Jul

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (see Fri 13 above)


Sat 14 Jul

News from Nowhere Club

John Ruskin, the French Baron and the Olympic Games

Dr Cynthia Gamble, Vice-Chair of the Ruskin Society, will show how John Ruskin was a major influence on a young French Baron, Pierre de Coubertin, who was responsible for reviving the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.


Sat 14 July

Vision Voices presents an evening of opera

Leytonstone United Free Church


 Sat 14 July

Heathcote ArmsJohn Ongom Big Band and Singers

The Heathcote.


Sat 14 Jul

What’s Cookin’: I See Hawks in LA

The Birkbeck Tavern


Sat 14 July

The Diva With A Difference

The Plough and Harrow

The Plough and Harrow

See Leytonstone Festival Programme page 10 for more details


Sun 15 July

Leytonstone Green Drinks

For anyone interested in building a stronger community with more of the things we need being grown or sourced locally. Ask at the bar if you cannot spot us. (Every month on the 15th.)


Sun 15 July

Carefree Kids logo

Let’s have fun together

An afternoon for children, their parents and carers.

Epicentre


Sun 15 July

A Walk Round The Flats

Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society walk around the green spaces of Wanstead Flats.

Sun 15 July

The Little Big Band

Luna Lounge

The Luna Lounge


Sun 15 July

What’s Cookin’ presents I See Hawks in LA, plus guests

The Birkbeck Tavern


Sun 15 July

Poetry Cafe

SunWay Cafe, 17:30-19:00

Julie Stephenson’s informal get together welcomes all Leytonstone poets (accomplished and aspiring); features two readers, a raffle, and free refreshment; and aims to encourage a stronger local poetry scene.


Sun 15 July

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube 1The London Nobody Knows, the Leytonstone Nobody Knows, and Alfred Hitchcock

The Heathcote



… and lots more events right the way through to 22 July.

Check these pages for more information:

Mon 16 July

Don’t forget: Olympic Controlled Parking Zone period starts today! 

Leytonstone’s arts season kicks off this weekend

Langthorne Park amphitheatreWith Euro 2012, the Olympics and the beginning of Wimbledon next week likely to dominate the media in the next few days, let’s not forget that the Arts Season in Leytonstone kicks off this weekend.

Arts in the Park

On Saturday and Sunday there’s art and music and more at Arts in the Park in Langthorne Park, Leytonstone. See the Waltham Forest Guardian for more details.

Langthorne Park is easily reached on the 257 bus from Stratford and Walthamstow.

The Stone SpaceThe Stone Space

The Stone Space in Church Lane, has a particularly interesting exhibiton, which features works about Leytonstone called ‘1 day’s walk’. Conveniently it’s only 1 minute’s walk from Leytonstone tube, where of course you can also see the Hitchcock Murals as a refresher for the Sir Alfred Hitchcock festival coming up soon. On Saturday 23 you can also see printed photos from the online Leytonstone Museum.

Just round the corner, with arts, craft and homemade food will be the Lion Heart Market this Saturday.

Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail

After this weekend’s taster put the 12 to 22 July in your diary for the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail.

Let’s grow local

An event to inspire and facilitate growing food in Leytonstone (Update Sun 24: Event postponed, see link below for details)

If you’d rather turn your creative talents to growing fruit and veg, Let’s Grow Local on Sunday will feature guest speaker Pam Warhurst who will talk about how the Todmorden community in Yorkshire turned disused areas into a giant allotment. Tea and cake and much more. All welcome.

The Epicentre, 41 West Street Leytonstone E11 4lJ

And you can get a taster of organically grown fruit and veg from the Organiclea stall outside Matalan on Saturday.
Organiclea Transition Leytonstone stall

Calling photographers, artists, history buffs and others

As Time Goes By logoDo you take photographs of old buildings? Make sculpture with layers built up over time? Paint people ‘passing the time’? Work in time-based media? Make collections over a period of time? Use art to measure time? Is your work ephemeral? Are you interested in history (local, world, Olympic or Jubilee). Concerned with decay? Do you like repetition, time after time?

Waltham Forest Arts Club Selected Exhibition as part of the Leytonstone Arts Trail would like to see your work for an exhibition about time.

There is no charge for entry. Deadline for submissions: 27 April.

More information:

Coincidentally, I stumbled on this article today which gives local memories about Nissen huts built temporarily along Whipps Cross Road for people made homeless during the Second World War. With all the temporary buildings going up for the Olympics, I thought it made interesting reading.