artFORMS, markets and carols

Christmas decorations from Bumblebee Flowers

This week has seen the opening of the artFORMS exhibition at the Stone Space Gallery, there are carols at St John’s Church on Sunday and Jumblegeddon at the 491 Gallery.

If you’ve still not bought all your Christmas presents, The Lion Heart will be outside the Red Lion on Saturday and local traders would love your business!

13 December 2012–6 January 2013


The Stone Space

More information and to check opening times:

Saturday 15 December

Lion Heart Christmas market

Outside the Red Lion Pub

More information: Lion Heart Market

Sunday 16 December 11am-5pm


491 Gallery

Vintage and designer clothes, art and artists supplies, vinyl, CDs, DVDs and music equipment, books, plants, hand made bird boxes, bric-a-brac and collectibles. Cafe by donation, mulled wine and outdoor fire. Free entry, £5 per table.

491 Grove Green Road
Leytonstone, E11 4AA

More information from the organiser Jim Daubenton-Brown on Facebook

Sunday 16 December, 4.30pm

Carol Service

St Andrew’s Church, Colworth Road, Upper Leytonstone

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Shop in Leytonstone (Westfield part-closed Friday and Saturday)

Westfield Stratford CityWestfield Stratford City has sent a message out saying that it will have restricted opening today (Friday 3 August) and tomorrow (Saturday 4 August), because of the Olympics, so if you were thinking of shopping or going to a restaurant there — choose Leytonstone instead!

This is the email from Westfield:

“Games Organisers, including LOCOG, TfL and the Metropolitan Police, are implementing managed access to Westfield Stratford City for the high demand Games days, today Friday 3rd August, and Saturday 4th August.
On these days, all Olympic Park venues will be operational resulting in a large increase in the number of Olympic Games visitors.
To assist with the smooth running of the Games, Westfield is working with the Games organisers to allow Centre access to accredited personnel, hospitality visitors and Games ticket holders only between the hours of 10.30am and 5.00pm on these two busy days.
Outside these hours, Westfield Stratford City’s shops will be open to all visitors until 11.00pm and restaurants and leisure until 12:30am.
Extended trading hours will resume on Sunday 5th August with all shops open until 11:00pm and restaurants and leisure until 12:30am.”

Gardeners, swap your seeds this Saturday


Transition Leytonstone in partnership with Organiclea are holding a seed swap this Saturday 11am-3pm on their stall outside Matalan, on Leytonstone High Road.

You can bring surplus seeds that you’ve bought or saved yourself, and swap them. There will also be a bank of seeds from Hawkwood Nursery to swap with too.

The Leytonstone Community Produce Stall is open every Saturday 11am -3pm, and offers great tasting, healthy ultra-local veg and fruit with a friendly smile and a chat! Shopping like it used to be.

More information

Sainsbury’s opens in Leytonstone town centre

Sainsburys opened Friday 16 March 2012Just over a week after Prime Minister David Cameron made a surprise appearance at Tesco Leytonstone, supermarkets are back in the news as Sainsbury’s opens its new Sainsbury’s Local shop in Church Lane.

Sainsbury's Church Lane LeytonstoneThe shop opened on Friday 16 March 2012 and will trade from 7am-11pm.

No doubt many small shops will justifiably worry about the competition provided by Sainsbury’s, but Sainsbury’s is seen as slightly more upmarket than Tesco’s and Asda, and even though it’s only a Sainsbury’s Local it could send out signals to other retailers that Leytonstone is an area that’s worth investing in.

What do you think, is the new Sainsbury’s shop good or bad for Leytonstone?