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General Election – Thursday 8 June 2017 

18 Apr

Having spent months denying that she would call an early election, this morning Theresa May did just that.

NEWS RELEASE: Widow’s Pension Cuts: Cruel and Unnecessary 

12 Apr

The Widow’s Pension is designed to help create security and safety for families when they lose a loved one.


18 Mar

Local schools to lose millions as budgets slashed Local Liberal Democrats are fighting against school funding cuts in Waltham Forest.

IDS moans about the Highest Court in the Land! 

25 Jan

Iain Duncan Smith, best known for imposing the ‘Bedroom Tax’ has called the highest court in the land a ‘self appointed court’ On the ‘Victoria Derbyshire show’ on BBC yesterday , he proclaimed ‘They’ve stepped into new territory ...


12 Jan

Save Our Local Pharmacies Campaign Local pharmacies under threat from the latest Conservative cuts to the national health budget.


22 Dec

Christmas service changes The Council has advised that refuse/recycling collections will be one day later than usual for the week after Christmas.

IDS and caps! 

1 Dec

We came across this interesting quote about our MP, Iain Duncan Smith.


27 Nov

In March of this year Southwark Council lost a High Court case on water charges which could affect councils all over London including Waltham Forest.


26 Nov

Focus has previously reported on the massive high rise flat developments in Waltham Forest.

Conversations: Buckingham Palace to get repaired … 

19 Nov


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Palestine stall on Saturday 22nd April in E10 

21 Apr

You will find us with our Palestine stall near the Leyton tube in the shopping area between the TK Max and the Poundland, tomorrow, Saturday the 22nd April.

Cork conference report 

6 Apr

A report about the Cork conference will appear soon.

Visit our Palestine stall tomorrow, Matalan, High Str E11 

24 Mar

Waltham Forest Palestine Solidarity Campaign (WFPSC) activists will run a stall with Palestine infomation and publicity and produce by Palestinian farmers, tomorrow, Saturday the 25th, 12.00 -14.00, outside Matalan in High Street Leytonstone.

See us at our Walthamstow stall tomorrow, Sat 11 March, 11.30-14.00 

10 Mar

Dear friends and Palestine supporters, Our regular Wathamstow Palestine info and produce stall is, as always, taking place on the second Saturday of each month 11.30-14.00, in the Town Square at the market, near the Library.

An Evening of Palestine Solidarity in the Wanstead Tap 

3 Mar

Newham Momentum is organising an Evening of Palestine Solidarity on Tuesday 21 March , in the Wanstead Tap - see the attached poster for the event details.

Israeli military prisons are no place for a child 

2 Mar

Please sign the letter to your MP demanding that they take action to protect lives and human rights of over 700 hundred Palestinian children incarcerated in Israeli military jails.

Taste of Palestine in Leytonstone 

28 Feb

Xeinab and her mum Ghada talk and cook Palestinian food in Leytonstone for the Waltham Forest Echo’s Katie Robinson.

The 13th annual Israeli Apartheid Week is here 

28 Feb

Dear friends, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW http://apartheidweek.

Join us on Saturday the 25th in Leyton 

20 Feb

Our next stall with information about Palestine and Palestinian produce will take place in Leyton, this Saturday the 25th between 11.30 and 14.00.

Palestine stall in Walthamstow tomorrow 

10 Feb

Our monthly stall in Walthamstow is tomorrow, Saturday the 11th, between 11.30 -14.00 You will be able to find us with our Palestine publicity and Zeytoun produce in the Town Square near the Library.

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Arts blogs »

What’s on Monday 24 to Sunday 30 April 2017 

23 Apr

This week sees the launch of our latest exhibition – Wonderful Wetlands – see below Thursday 27 April for more information .

Earth Day Plant Sale @ The Mill 

18 Apr

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 11 am – 2 pm FREE Earth Day is celebrated on 22 April each year – and The Mill is holding a Family Friendly event for all in the local community to join in this celebration.

What’s on Monday 17 to Sunday 23 April 2017 

16 Apr

This week there will be a special Mill Event – a plant sale – to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday 22 April – and below you can find out more about this, and … details of all other activities/events taking place at The Mill this week which ...

Mill Book Group Summer 2017 

11 Apr

First Tuesday of the month, 7pm – 9pm £1 donation Everyone welcome In Summer 2017, The Mill Book Club will be reading: 2 May – The Lord of the Flies by William Golding 6 June – My year of meats – Ruth Ozeki 4 July –  It Can’t Happen ...

French and Spanish lessons for 5 to 7 year olds 

11 Apr

Every Wednesday, starting 26 April 2017 For children aged 5 to 7 years old £5.50 per lesson + £20 for activity book and CD Spanish: 4pm French: 4.45pm Arno Meyong will be teaching the well-recognized language programme ‘La Jolie Ronde’.

What’s on Monday 11 April to Thursday 13 April 2017 

9 Apr

It’s a short week as we will be closed for the Easter bank holidays and weekend – but here are details of all activities/events taking place up to Thursday 13 April which are open to newcomers as well as regulars.

Easter Bank Holiday Closing 

9 Apr

The Mill will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday, 14 April 2017, until Monday, 17 April 2017.

LEYTONSTONE ARTS TRAIL 2017 Call for Artist 

6 Apr

LEYTONSTONE ARTS TRAIL 2017 Call for Artists - Registration Deadline Approaching http://www.


5 Apr

SENSORY ATELIER ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Attenborough Arts Centre is seeking proposals from experienced visual artists and musicians with experience and specialism of working with SEN schools and children with complex needs and disabilities to be part of ...


5 Apr

All are welcome to the annual General meeting of Apex Arts.

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Features »

What Would William Morris Think? 

19 Apr

Whatever would William Morris think? How would he feel seeing how this clever sidewall takes his beloved wallpaper design (the first he ever created) and stylizes it into a series of dots? Whether it brings to mind the Ben Day dots used in comic ...

Take a ride on one of London’s miniature Steam Trains 

12 Apr

We all love a steam train, and while the big beasts make occasional weekend trips though the city, there are a surprisingly large number of miniature steam trains chugging around parts of the city as well.

We are open all Easter – 50% off on all paints 

6 Apr

We are open all Easter and to celebrate the coming of spring 50% off on all paints  – for both interior and exterior surfaces and in all the colors of the rainbow! Forest Recycling Project stops  reusable paint from reaching  landfill and gives ...

The E3 Coffee map 

6 Apr

Back in 2014 I noted the arrival of proper barista-style coffee in London E3, with a Costa arriving on Roman Road, and a handful of more independent specialists sprinkled here and there.

ELOP Centre 

1 Apr

The Walthamstow community centre helping local LGBT people ELOP stands for the East London Out Project and is a charity based in Walthamstow, North-East London, where they have an LGBT community centre.

London’s weekly railway news #194 

31 Mar

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Photos – rebuilding a Victoria Line crossover junction London Underground TfL: two Bakerloo line stations on Old Kent Road is enough SE1 Rob Bailey talks through creating over 40 posters for ...

Easter holidays 

28 Mar

Looking to dance off all the Easter feasting? Find out if your class is taking a break for Easter below or join us in Peckham on Easter Sunday for Easter Hop South .

A new food experience – Etles Uyghur Restaurant 

26 Mar

We’re always up for trying something new, and  Etles Uyghur Restaurant   is definitely that.

World Disco Soup Waltham Forest 

24 Mar

Sat 29 Apr, pm TBC – World Disco Soup Waltham Forest and Local People’s Food Forum Launch The Best Before Project is teaming up with Plan Zheros [weblink] and This is Rubbish [weblink to take part in World Disco Soup Day [web link].

Mark Samuels Lasner: A Genius of Collecting and Connecting 

23 Mar

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Outdoors »

Cyprus Weekender 

24 Apr

Little did I know when I booked a trip to Cyprus for my daughter and I quite how desperate I would be for a Wheatear fix come April 2017.

Beating of the Bounds 2017! 

24 Apr

The late great Katy Andrews leading the Beating of the Bounds ceremony.

Waders – a decade of retrospection 

22 Apr

As I intimated in a recent post, Waders are the holy grail on my local patch.

Issue 14 Up Your Street 

22 Apr

Monday 24th April free 2-3pm.

Churches and outreach. 

22 Apr

All happening my way.


21 Apr

More local birding this week produced a Snipe .

Back behind a lens and enjoying it 

20 Apr

I cannot remember if I whinged on here about 2017 being the worst year I can ever remember for taking photos.

Lee Valley Big 50 Giveaway launch 

20 Apr

To mark its 50 th anniversary, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is giving away hundreds of FREE tickets for the public to enjoy fun filled experiences at its venues and across the Park.

Mute Swan 

19 Apr

Jubilee Pond, the aquatic equivalent of an open sewer, had over 20 Mute Swan on it earlier in the year.

A walk to work 

18 Apr

For some reason I was up at 5.30 this morning so I used it as an excuse to go birding on the way to work.

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Schools »

A day out with the grandkids at Kidzania 

9 Jan

About 10 0r 12 years ago, I read with envy a broadsheet article about a new ‘theme park’ activity opening in the far east.

Just where is the new statutory guidance? 

14 Nov

I’m tempted to start this blog with a quick chorus of ‘Why are we waiting” but I thought that could be construed as why are we waiting for another of my blogs.

The Great Highams Park Bake Off 

12 Oct

Our Asdan students raise money for Macmillan Cancer with a highly successful tea party.

Year 12 student Aphra Bennett is inspired by her visit to New Scientist Live 

6 Oct

Just over a week ago I was lucky enough to go to New Scientist Live (and free at that!) and it was extremely inspiring.

Triple P Parenting Workshop at Highams Park School 

27 Sep

As part of the local authorities early help scheme we are pleased to be able to offer this evidence based programme to the parents of our pupils.

Highams Park Students Celebrate Success at Walthamstow Town Hall 

27 Sep

On Tuesday 21st September the school held its annual presentation evening at Walthamstow Assembly Hall.

Residential News 2017! 

21 Sep

We are delighted to offer the following Residential visits for July 2017: Pupils will be bringing home letters from Thursday 22 nd September, for more information please contact Mrs L.

Principal’s Newsletter Autumn 1 (2016) 

14 Sep

Below is the text of a letter being sent to parents/carers of all pupils in the school.

GCSE results 2016 

25 Aug

Congratulations to all our year 11 pupils.

GCSE results 2016 

25 Aug

Congratulations to all our year 11 pupils.

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