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Jassie Mo didn’t go (far)… 

1 Mar 18

E xclusive! If you remember Penny Fielding’s Beautiful Interiors shop at 34 Orford Road (now part of the Orford Saloon tapas bar and deli), you will surely remember Penny’s equally beautiful resident shop cat, Jassie Mo (aka J-Mo or Mish).

FAQs – surviving life in a Conservation Area 

27 Feb 18

The Village is fortunate to have two Conservation Areas within its boundaries.


25 Feb 18

Just what we need when the days are closing in and the mercury is dropping: a warm golden glow for the Village from the recent award ceremonies for London in Bloom and Britain in Bloom.

Win funding for the 2018 Walthamstow Village Festival 

30 Oct 17

The Walthamstow Village Festival 2018 has been kindly nominated for funding by Almus Wealth.

Village People: Becky Griffiths 

18 Oct 17

Becky has been foraging fruit and making liqueurs for almost as long as she’s been on earth.

Let’s get ready to Jumble! 

16 Oct 17

By Village Jumble Champion Carol ‘Molly’ Moloney Village Jumble Trail stall On a very sunny Sunday afternoon in June, residents of Walthamstow Village cleared out their lofts and cupboards, set up stalls in their front gardens and offered up…

Curtain-up! New community theatre space for Walthamstow 

14 Oct 17

CentrE17 founder Max Peters in the new theatre space during renovations The leader of a local theatre group frustrated with finding suitable places to rehearse and perform has taken matters into his own hands and opened CentrE17, a community theatre …

Village in Bloom 

12 Oct 17

By Helen Lerner Wild Meadow, Orford Road All in all, it’s been quite a year, but we think the Village is looking better than ever.

Pumping new life into the Village‘s heart 

10 Oct 17

How a lottery grant for St Mary’s is about more than bricks and mortar St Mary’s commands your attention.

The Village Fest is the best 

8 Oct 17

It was all there, and more.

The Mall Development Plans 

18 Jul 17

We are aware that some residents have a strong opposition to the new plans for the Mall in Walthamstow Town Centre.

Village People 

4 Jul 17

Edna Kim Edna Kim is not afraid of taking on a challenge.

The outsider who got in 

2 Jul 17

Leading British fashion designer moves into Ravenswood Industrial Estate Over a decade ago, Simeon Farrar dragged suitcases full of clothes he had designed to London Fashion Week (LFW).

We came, we curried, we conquered 

29 Jun 17

Annual WVRA Curry Supper Quiz With the arrival of summer, March and the WVRA’s annual Curry Supper Quiz feels like another country, very far away.

The Village Festival is back 

28 Jun 17

Event to return in September Like a friend who suddenly makes an appearance just when you need them, the Village Festival is back on the calendar for 2017.

Walthamstow Village in Bloom 

27 Jun 17

By Helen Lerner   Walthamstow Village is representing London as a finalist in the prestigious Britain in Bloom national competition and things are really hotting up to get the Village looking stunning.

A sting in the tale 

21 Jun 17

How BEE17 and an EpiPen help bring honey to the masses Imagine a red-hot sewing needle slowly pushed into your flesh.

A visit to Walthamstow Wetlands 

15 Apr 17

By David Baker On Sunday, 27 November, a small but hardy group of individuals led by the Residents’ Association, went on a guided tour of the Walthamstow Wetlands, just off Forest Rd, opposite the Ferry Boat Inn.

Walthamstow Village in Bloom 

13 Apr 17

By Helen Lerner We need your support in 2017! Photograph by Caroline Barton We are thrilled and proud to announce that in 2017, Walthamstow Village has again been invited to represent the London region in the prestigious RHS Britain in Bloom UK-wide …

Ancient ruins uncovered in Village 

11 Apr 17

First substantial Roman find in Walthamstow It turns out the Village has been up and coming for longer than was previously thought after archeologists uncovered prehistoric and Roman remains in the grounds of a local school.

History matters – A life swapped for a pearl button … 

16 Dec 16

… and a Darwinian connection in Walthamstow Village.

A local market for local people 

13 Dec 16

The traders who saved the day.

Come into the light 

11 Dec 16

Art spectacle shines on the walls of St Mary’s Let’s face it.

Coming into bloom 

5 Dec 16

There’s a thing for all things Danish at the moment.

Carry on caravanning 

2 Dec 16

The mobile homes set for Calais camp For the past few months, local residents have been achieving remarkable things by bringing together piles of donated clothes, copious skeins of wool, the odd litre of Windolene and great big doses of compassion.

Young at heart – Hub gets funding for teens & seniors 

29 Nov 16

The Waltham Forest Community Hub in Orford Road is extending its youth work in the borough thanks to a successful application to BBC Children in Need.

Flower power – How one man helped create an oasis 

27 Nov 16

Gerry Clegg was fed up.

Village people – Nikhil Patel 

31 Oct 16

Forty-eight year-old Nikhil Patel has seen a lot of changes since taking over Desborough News in Orford Road over 20 years ago.

United we stand 

1 Sep 16

Behind the scenes at Trinity Church Standing like a gatekeeper at the western edge of the Village, Trinity Church on Orford Road is a testament to just how much things have changed since its Kentish ragstone walls were erected in 1870.

A bitter pill to swallow 

2 Aug 16

Local chemist campaigns about cuts For over three decades, pharmacist Shashikant Ladva has been dispensing medicine, advice and good cheer from his chemist shop in Grove Road.

Come wine with me 

21 Apr 16

Friends open wine shop and bar Many a plan has been hatched over a bottle of wine (or two): from plotting to get back at your horrible boss to devising a cunning strategy for world domination.

Reaching out: Drug and alcohol dependency centre opens 

17 Apr 16

Imagine what it would be like if every time you moved into a new neighbourhood, you had to worry about whether the community was going to reject you and tell you to go somewhere else.

Ringing the changes: The bells of St Mary’s are on their way! 

15 Apr 16

On Monday 8 February, the long-awaited refurbishment work on the ancient church bells commenced and, after five days, the bells and fixings were finally removed from the tower and loaded on to a lorry and departed the churchyard, bound for Taylor’s…

Gardening Samaritans: Locals band together to sort garden disaster 

20 Mar 16

A local couple experienced what community is all about this summer when locals banded together to fix a garden makeover project that had gone horribly wrong.

Calling All Clever Curry Lovers: Annual Curry Supper Quiz set for March 2016 

17 Dec 15

Do you know how many countries are in the Commonwealth? Or what vegetable is called rutabaga in North American? If you do then not only is your brain a repository for obscure bits of information, but you’ll also love the Walthamstow Village …

Walthamstow Village in Bloom 

15 Dec 15

By Helen Lerner It’s been another highly successful horticultural year in the Village; we’ve done so well that we have a big surprise for you for 2016! Despite the disruption of the Mini-Holland works, we were rewarded not only by our fourth Gold…

And The Bells Rang Out For Ray 

13 Dec 15

A celebration of the life of Raymond Swingler, President, Walthamstow Village Residents’ Association To hear the peal of the St Mary’s church bells in the Village on any Wednesday evening is a joy and pleasure we should never take for granted.

Christmas carols on the Square: Tuesday 15th December 

7 Dec 15

Walthamstow Village Residents’ Association is holding its annual Christmas carols on the square on Tuesday 15th December, aided by East London Brass and led by Philip Creasy.

Celebration Concert in memory of Ray Swingler Thursday 8th October 

24 Sep 15

Come and join family and friends of Ray Swingler at a fantastic free concert at 7.30pm on Thursday 8th October to celebrate his life and to help raise funds for the St.

Walthamstow Village Festival: Saturday 19th September 2015 

21 Aug 15

Join us for a day of good old-fashioned community fun in the original heart of Walthamstow.

Mini Holland Update – 12th August 2015 

13 Aug 15

The Walthamstow Village Residents’ Association has received the following information from Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader of the Council, in response to a letter we wrote seeking an update on proposals for work in Orford Road between …

WVRA President Ray Swingler: 8 October 1933 – 20 July 2015 

5 Aug 15

It is with the greatest sadness that the WVRA must inform you that the President of the Association, Ray Swingler, has died after a short illness.

Beulah Road lives 

4 Aug 15

By Teresa Deacon   An unexpected reward for writing a local history piece for the Village newsletter is to receive readers’ responses with fascinating new information.

Farewell to Eden Road 

4 Aug 15

For many people, the Village in 2015 represents a new start.

First female vicar for St Mary’s 

4 Aug 15

Summer start for Rev Vanessa Conant “I felt ready for the next challenge and I was open to new possibilities.

“The Village” magazine summer issue 

28 Jun 15

1,500 copies of the latest issue of WVRA’s “The Village” magazine have been posted through local residents’ letter boxes this weekend.

Mini Holland: Orford Road update 

29 Apr 15

The council have circulated a plan for the improvements to be made to the East Avenue to Eden Road section of Orford Road.

Grand Fromage 

8 Apr 15

Orford Road’s new shop and café What do you get when you take three Walthamstow men, mix in a love of cheese and ale, and add a former hairdresser’s in Orford Road? Either a joke without a punchline or a new shop and cafe in the Village called …

Village People: Maureen Schipper alias Auntie Maureen 

31 Mar 15

With her stroke of red lipstick and sharp tailoring, Maureen Schipper (47) is the Village’s favourite Auntie.

A Helping Hand in South Africa 

28 Mar 15

Local charity looking for new members A small Village based charity that has raised tens of thousands of pounds to help disadvantaged South African children attend school is looking for new members.

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