Woodhouse Players

(Mostly) not the Olympics

Hollow pondsIf the Olympics is not your thing and you’ve chosen to stay in Leytonstone rather than risk sunburn and heat fatigue from somewhere abroad, here are a  few suggestions to keep yourself occupied.

Hire a boat on Hollow Ponds, pop into a Leytonstone pub or restaurant for a meal or …

Wandering Rocks exhibition

Stone Space

Check the Stone Space website for opening days and times. There’s also a new display in the Slate gallery window next door.

Now until 12 August

International Peace Quilts

The Stone Space Projects Gallery (outside Leytonstone tube)

The International Peace Quilt project will be on display in The Stone Space Projects Gallery, Station Forecourt, Leytonstone from July 28th to August 12th with a special viewing on August 3rd at 3.pm. Gary Hall jr winner of 10 Olympic Swimming medals and recently joining the U.S. hall of fame is to view the project during his time in London for the Games.

More information on Facebook

Thursday 2 August

Sunset Tours from the Tower

St John’s Church

The forecast for this Thursday is looking good at the moment, so if you’ve not yet seen the wonderful views from the top of St John’s Church Tower, this week must be a hot favourite for your diary while the Olympics is still on. You’re asked to book in advance: see St John’s Church website for details.

Thursday 2 August

William Morris Gallery reopening

It’s not in Leytonstone, but as it serves the whole borough including Leytonstone they deserve a mention. After a period of closure for refurbishment, the William Morris Gallery is reopening on Thursday 2 August.

When the gallery reopens there will be more of this unique collection on display, including new interactive displays.

The gallery will now be fully accessible and there will be a new special exhibition gallery, an improved shop and a tea room with wi-fi where you can admire the views over the newly-refurbished Lloyd Park.

3 August deadline

Voting for the Forest Film Fest

The final event in the Council’s Big 6 programme, is now open and residents are being asked to vote for the films they want to see on the big screen.

There are seven categories to vote in:

  1. Children’s Disney and Pixar
  2. Alfred Hitchcock and horror
  3. Sports related
  4. General and action
  5. Blockbuster
  6. Classics
  7. James Bond (probably not including any royalty …)

More information

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August

The 2012 Festival of Sport

The fifth of the Council’s Big 6 events programme, takes place at Waltham Forest Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday. Watch the Olympic Games on the giant screen, master a sport of your choice, speak to professionals for advice.

More information

Sunday 5 August

‘Godiva Awakes’

A 10 metre high puppet of Godiva, powered by cyclists, will travel through the borough, starting at Ridgeway Park in Chingford, through the Crooked Billet roundabout and onto Waltham Forest Town Hall as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

More information

Friday 3 August

Raj against the machine

491 Gallery

491 Gallery
Blending the best in performance, music, live bands, art and dance… Raj Against the Machine will provide the audience with a spectacular experience.

More information: www.skiddle.com

Summer Daze schools summer fun

There are activities and events in over 50 schools across the borough this summer for children, young people and their families during the school summer holidays running from Monday 30 July to Friday 24 August. See the Council’s website for more information.

More information

Tuesday 14 August

Woodhouse Players: play choosing meeting

Looking ahead, The Woodhouse Players are meeting on the 14th to choose their Christmas Panto, if you want to take part, see their website for more details:

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!

A weekend of culture in Leytonstone

After last weekend’s revellery, this weekend there are opportunties to enjoy the cultural side of life in Leytonstone.


Charity concert with international cellist Alexander Baillie

Alexander Baillie concert ad

Leytonstone based charity Carefree Kids are putting on a concert at Forest School on Saturday with internationally renowed cellist Alexander Baillie, accompanied on piano by John Thwaites. Works will include Tchaikovsky, Schubert, John Ireland and César Franck. Carefree Kids does good work throughout Waltham Forest and neighbouring boroughs, and the concert is being supported by the Mayor of Waltham Forest, so come along and support this, their first ever concert. You can buy tickets on the night. More details: www.carefreekids.org


The Stone SpaceWhat’s Going On at the Stone Space

The Stone Space has What’s Going On?, an exhibition of works by Leytonstone based artist Jeff Cox that explores the themes of memory, relationships, birth, sex and loss. Check the Stone Space website for more details and opening times.


Woodhouse Players Honour AdHonour at the Welsh Church Hall

The Woodhouse Players are putting on Honour at The Welsh Church Hall on Friday and Saturday.

Described in reviews when it was first produced in Melbourne in 1995, then at the National Theatre as ‘an absolute gem’, it does contain some strong language and sexual content. See the Woodhouse Players website for more details.


Leytonstone Museum

Leytonstone Museum is looking for Leytonstone People

From the comfort of your computer chair, you can also see the next phase of Karen Pamplin’s online Leytonstone Museum.  The new phase, announced today, is called People of Leytonstone, but I’m not going to tell you what it’s about, you’ll need to read up on it on the Leytonstone Museum!

Leytonstone this Bank Holiday weekend

The Queen apparently on Hollow Pond boats 'Hollow Ponds will be more peaceful than The Thames this Bank Holiday

(Yes, it just shows what you can do with PhotoShop)

If trekking into town to stand at the back of the crowds failing to see any of the Jubilee celebrations doesn’t take your fancy, or perhaps you’re staging a republican boycott, there’s plenty to do in Leytonstone this weekend, and it’s not so far to get home if (I think, when) it rains!

The Woodhouse Players have their production of Honour at the Welsh Church Hall by the Green Man on Friday and Saturday (and again next weekend).

There’s always something lively happening at the Luna Lounge, and What’s Cooking at the Birkbeck Tavern, there are street parties, some of which are listed on the Queens Jubilee page. Not to mention the many other pubs and restaurants in the Leytonstone area.

The Lion Heart Market will be outside the Red Lion pub again on Monday and Tuesday, with the market on Monday and Tea Party on Tuesday. Take a look at their new website which I helped them set up: Lion Heart Market. The Red Lion itself is having a weekend of fun with its ‘Right Royal Knees Up’.

A new exhibition What’s Going On, opened at the Stonespace gallery this week and St John’s Church has a Bank Holiday Open Day on Monday, including a chance to climb the Tower. It’s also the final day of the Leytonstone Museum exhibition of photographs in Leytonstone library.

If the weather holds out a rowing boat on Hollow Ponds, lunch from the Lakeside Diner or Log Cabin or a drink and a meal at the Sir Alfred Hitchcock hotel make a relaxing day out.

Just when you think the Bank Holiday is over, Leytonstone Film Club are screening Mid August Lunch on Wednesday 6 June 2012 at Leytonstone Library.

Have I missed mentioning your event? Add it at the bottom of the Queens Jubilee page.

Whatever you do, have a good Bank Holiday.

Book now for Woodhouse Player’s latest production ‘Honour’

Scene from Honour

Book now for Woodhouse Player’s latest production ‘Honour’ by Joanna Murray Smith.

Scene from HonourWhat is loyalty? Isn’t it just resistance to change?

First produced in Melbourne in 1995, then at the National Theatre in 2003, reviews described as this play as “an absolute gem”. It takes a wrenchingly honest look at a familiar theme — the break up of a thirty-two year marriage.

The comfortable existence of literary critic George, his devoted wife Honor and daughter Sophie is shattered by the arrival of ambitious young journalist Claudia. Not only does Claudia take Honor’s husband but she berates the older woman for sacrificing her early talent for writing.

Scene from HonourHowever, the shifting power play between the four characters brings surprising twists as they question the very nature of love. What is more important – passion or shared history and commitment? Is love essentially selfish? Or do the compromises involved prevent individual fulfillment? The bittersweet themes are explored with frankness and humour.

The play contains some strong language and sexual content.

Dates

  • Fri 1 June 2012, 8pm
  • Sat 2 June 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm
  • Fri 8 June 2012, 8pm
  • Sat 9 June 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm

Venue

Welsh Church Hall, 879 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR

Tickets

£8 (£5 concessions)

To book

Photos © Jeannette Tucker

Spring and summer plays from Woodhouse Players

Woodhouse Players

Welsh Church HallOpen auditions for “Honour”
by Joanna Murray Smith

Saturday 25 February at 2pm, and Tuesday 28 February from 8pm

Welsh Church Hall, 879 Leytonstone High Road, E11 1HR


Spring Double Bill
Bed by Jim Cartwright
TrueFM by Andy Harker

Fri 9 and Sat 10 March 2012
Fri 16 and Sat 17 March 2012

Welsh Church Hall, 879 Leytonstone High Road, E11 1HR


Honour
by Joanna Murray Smith

Fri 1 and Sat 2 June 2012
Fri 8 and Sat 9 June 2012

Welsh Church Hall, 879 Leytonstone High Road, E11 1HR


For more events in Leytonstone, check my Leytonstone Calendar