North East London hyperlocal portal Wednesday 22 February 2017

Politicians »

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


Conversation: The kaleidoscope has been shaken again. 

10 Nov

Let’s hope the kaleidoscope will  settle soon as there may well be a new world order.

Conversations – Parliament, Brexit and the Law Lords 

5 Nov

It must be serious when the Law Lords are advising that the terms for leaving Brexit need to be discussed in Parliament.

Conversations – Heathrow 

30 Oct

What’s on your mind? One of the features in last weeks news was the plan to move ahead with a new runway at Heathrow.

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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.

Letter To Taxi Leaks : Conclusive Evidence That A Profit Making Company Should Not Be Running TfL 

29 Jan

Dear Taxi Leaks Appertaining to your post about Sky doing away with satellite dishes : At first I wondered why this would be attached to this blog.

John Lewis profiting form destroyed childhoods 

24 Jan

IMPORTANT Petition: Please sign and share.

Zionist threat to end Jewish support for Tories 

24 Jan

Israel’s interference in UK politics is becoming increasingly public, thanks to the Al Jazeera undercover investigation of behind the scenes machinations by the Israeli agents from the Israeli Embassy and those domestic ones, planted within many UK...

Stolen goods in our shops – don’t buy fruits of occupation 

19 Jan

Look at the box of Medjoul dates me and a friend photographed earlier in a Turkish supermarket at the bottom of Walthamstow Market.

Film showing ‘5 Broken Cameras’ 

16 Jan

Waltham Forest Palestine Solidarity Campaign is showing a wonderful and award winning Palestinian film '5 Broken Cameras' in the Wanstead Tap at 7pm on this Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 The film is a first-hand account of non-violent struggle in Palestine ...

Singing for Palestine 

23 Dec

Large crowd joined in Christmas carols singing earlier tonight, 22 December'16 in Trafalgar Square in London.

WFPSC at the St Barnabas Christmas Fayre, 4 December ’16 

6 Dec

On Sunday the 4th we joined a well-attended community event in the St Barnabas Church in Walthamstow.

Leyton stall today, 3 December ’16 

3 Dec

Here are a few pictures form our Palestine stall earlier today, in the wind-tunnel outside the Poundland in Leyton.

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Arts blogs »


21 Feb

VEOLIA ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST GRANTS  The Veolia Environmental Trust has announced that the next closing date for stage 1 applications is the 24th February 2017.

What’s on Monday 20 to Sunday 26 February 2017 

19 Feb

The main event this week is for those who are QUIZICALLY FIT – ie the Mill Quiz   on Friday 24 February.

Thank you to B&Q for their support 

19 Feb

Thank you to BQ for their generous donation of materials and equipment to help redecorate and maintain the building, including paint, a new vacuum and a dishwasher for the workshop! If you, or someone you know, works for a company that could help us ...

Swap, Mend & Up-cycle with Wise Up to Waste 

16 Feb

As part of its ‘Wise Up To Waste’ campaign, North London Waste Authority (NLWA), alongside Significant Seams and Keep Britain Tidy , is offering north London residents 7 FREE clothes swapping and up-cycling events.

Join us for the Famous Mill Quiz! 

15 Feb

Friday, 24 February 2017 £5.00 per person, 4 people per team.


14 Feb

DOROTHY UNA RATCLIFFE ARTIST FELLOWSHIP The National Trust is offering a 3-month artist residency and commission opportunity at Acorn Bank through its annual Dorothy Una Ratcliffe Artist Fellowship award.

What’s on Monday 13 to Sunday 19 February 2017 

12 Feb

Here are details of activities this week which are open to all, including newcomers – and details include whether the activity is free, if you have to book, or if you can just drop-in.

New 5-year Strategy 

7 Feb

This is our plan for the next five years.


7 Feb

EAST STREET PUBLIC ART COMMISSION We Made That has been appointed by Southwark Council to carry out a series of improvements in the East Street area of Walworth, London.

What’s on Monday 6 February to Sunday 12 February 2017 

6 Feb

Here are details of activities which are open to all, including newcomers – and details include whether the activity is free, if you have to book, or if you can just drop-in.

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Epic Lea Valley Hike from Leytonstone to Hertford 

21 Feb

7.30am and the dog has pissed in my boot.

Dunlap Award Winner Sarah Leonard 

20 Feb

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The Big Pink Pizza Oven – a sneaky peek at Yard Sale Pizza, Walthamstow 

18 Feb

This week we were invited to the press preview night of Yard Sale Pizza’s  new adventure in Walthamstow.

Tube station closures due to non-availability of staff 

17 Feb

Last month I queried what was going on with station closures on the District line, and how much of this might be down to staffing issues.

Traineeships and Training opportunities with Organiclea & other friends 

10 Feb

Forthcoming training opportunities are below – this includes: Work-based traineeship opportunities with Organiclea – starting April 2017 Accredited and other courses at Hawkwood and a partner adult learning venue Tree care and fruit growing ...

London’s weekly railway news #187 

10 Feb

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Extending the Northern Line to Peckham and Streatham London Underground Delays caused by overcrowding on the London Underground have tripled over the past five years, new figures show.

Route Plan Roll Cycle Map 

6 Feb

Cycling in London is on the increase, however it can be tricky to discover the best routes for cycling in London – the ones that use proper infrastructure, or avoid busy roads, while still getting you from A to B in an efficient manner.

London’s rail upgrades: A progress report 

5 Feb

As part of their bi-monthly meetings, TfL releases details about upgrades to the services it manages, often offering insights into otherwise unreported events.

Pudding Mill Lane, Sugar House Lane & IKEA City 

3 Feb

Pudding Mill Lane I hadn’t been back to Pudding Mill Lane on the edge of Stratford for at least a year and the area around Sugar House Lane for around 2, so I was keen to see what was happening there now.

Midweek Mini Cabaret Crawl! 

2 Feb

Jason Reid shows that even on a Tuesday in January, there’s still a glitteringly camp night out to be had on London’s gay scene.

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Outdoors »

Goodbye T46 

20 Feb

On Hackney Marsh the poplars stand forlorn – The dingy old pavilion built of bricks Dilapidated – pot-holed carpark.

A Poem A Day .IWD 2017 

18 Feb

Annually I write a poem a day from February 8th to March 8th.

Beggars Belief 

18 Feb

Yesterday evening I bought some posh honey and Maple syrup to take along to pancake day at Claremont in Islington because I can and do.

Waltham Forest Council Refuse To Debate Waterworks Development 

15 Feb

Council refuse to debate issues raised by Leyton Marshes petition in Full Council Meeting If a petition reaches 4000 signatures Waltham Forest Council say they will debate it in Full Council.

Up Your Street Issue 5 

11 Feb

Sun 12th Feb   free 10-12 walking wild at Walthamstow Wetlands.

Gimme an O… 

10 Feb

The suspense has, I suspect, been killing you.

Missing: Any news in January and a large part of Wanstead Flats 

8 Feb

So with no news being posted on London Bird Club site by my colleagues, this looks like it will be the last time I have to do a monthly round up–just follow Twitter.

Onwards and upwards 

7 Feb

The year ticks keep flowing.


6 Feb

There has been a terrible, unforgiveable omission in Wanstead listing.

February doldrums 

5 Feb

February is one of the worst months for local birding, sandwiched as it is between the excitement of January where everything is interesting again, and the anticipation of the first migrants in March.

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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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