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Labours Manifesto – brief points 

16 May

Earlier today, Labour’s election manifesto was launched in Bradford.


12 May

All the information is likely out of date including contact details for Party Officers.


11 May

HI! This website is no longer in use and the information is out of date .

No cuts to school budgets say Chingford Parents 

9 May

The public meeting held on Monday 8th May at St Annes Hall, Chingford was determinedly against Tory cuts to local childrerns education.

Tory education policy: budget cuts + ideology = chaos for our schools 

29 Apr

Theresa May would like this general election to focus on Brexit, but she can’t avoid responsibility for the chaos in our public services, the NHS and our schools.

This Government is doing nothing to improve our air quality in Chingford &Woodford Green 

26 Apr

Theresa May’s snap election has hit her government’s plans for a diesel car scrappage scheme, where drivers who own older, polluting vehicles would have been offered £2,000 to trade in their cars.

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 ...

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Pictures from our vigil last night in Walthamstow 

19 May

Balfour Declaration centenary - 69 years of Israel's illegal and brutal occupation of Palestine - 1500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike for over a month.

Join WFPSC vigil tonight 6.30 in Walthamstow Town Square 

18 May

Tonight we will remember: - 100 years of the fateful Balfour Declaration which promised Palestinian land to the Zionist movement.

Visit our Palestine Solidarity stall in Walthamstow 

12 May

Tomorrow, Saturday 13 May ’17, we will devote our stall to Balfour Declaration and 69 anniversary of dispossession of the Palestinians.

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.

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What’s on Monday 22 May to Sunday 28 May 2017 

21 May

Here are details of all activities/events taking place this week which are open to newcomers as well as regulars.

Lactic Fermentation – Sauerkraut, Kimchi and Preserved Lemons 

18 May

Saturday, 17 June 2017, 2pm – 5pm Cost: £45 Open to anyone, 8 participants maximum An in-depth introduction into everything you need to know about lactic fermentation techniques.

The Journal to the Self Workshop 

16 May

Tuesdays, 4pm-6pm Starting 6 June 2017, four sessions £80 for the whole course of 8 hours, £20 drop in per 2 hour session For adults, max 6 people Be your own therapist.

Become a Friend of The Mill 

15 May

Become a Friend of The Mill The Mill is an independent community space, run for and by the people of Walthamstow, with a big welcome for everyone.

What’s on Monday 15 May to Sunday 21 May 2017 

14 May

The BIG event this week is on Saturday 20 May  –  an afternoon of activities and much more for children to enjoy a  Star Wars vs Harry Potter event.

Swift Talks Afternoon 

14 May

Swift Talks Afternoon Valeria Bateson, Wetlands Teasels Sunday, 21 May 2017 2-4.30pm Join us for an afternoon of learning, inspiration and fun.

The Mill will closed today from 5pm 

11 May

Due to a burst water main in the Coppermill area, we are going to close today at 5pm.

Design your own tote bag 

9 May

Thursday, 1 June 2017 2 – 4.30 pm FREE For children aged 6 – 12 years Join us for the Half Term Kids Art Club, local artist Emma Smith will lead the session and provide all the materials.

Choose us as your Co-op local cause 

9 May

We’re delighted to have been chosen as one of three local charities to receive a donation from the next round of The Co‑op Local Community Fund.

What’s on Monday 8 May to Sunday 14 May 2017 

7 May

Below are details of all activities/events taking place this week which are open to newcomers as well as regulars.

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Farang – get there quick! 

21 May

We stumbled across  Farang  during a weekend walk from Finsbury Park to Highbury, and after drooling over the menu we booked a table for Sunday lunch.

Sidekick Empathy 

14 May

One significant creative revolution in the workplace over the last decade has been the relentless advance of what's called "tone of voice".

E17 Art Trail @ FRP! 

11 May

When science of mixology meet kids imagination, art is born! FRP is giving the opportunity for kids to create their own shelter of biodiversity (Bird and Bat Boxes, Plant Containers) at a low price! Thank to this activity, kids are able to buy their ...

Walking Roman Roads Near London 

11 May

Three months ago today I set out under a murky sky with the temperature hovering around zero, bound for a section of the old Roman Ermine Street that passes through the woods between Broxbourne and Hertford.

How much of London have you been to? 

8 May

You may be a Londoner, but how much of London have you actually been to ? Here's a chance to find out, and to compare your score with others.

Beat Makers Drumming Course 

7 May

Hornbeam Nights: 6-week Beat Makers Drumming Course starts Sun 28 May- 2 July, 6:30-7:30pm A 6-week Hand Drum course for Beginners hosted by the talented Adlib Music at the Hornbeam Centre every Sunday starting on 28 May.

Sat 27 May – Vegan Japanese pop-up Supper Club 

7 May

Hornbeam Nights: Ra-Ra-Ramen Pop-Up Supper Club Join us for an exciting Japanese twist on our Saturday Pop-Up Supperclubs on Sat 27 May.

Dusty Grooves – last Friday of every month 

7 May

Hornbeam Nights DJ slot – last Friday of every month Starting on Fri 26 May, 7.30-11.30pm – Hornbeam Nights’ resident DJs Lounch Noods will be providing your ears with super deluxe ambient down tempo grooves, dub, low-fi electronica and ...

Thurs 25 May – Permaculture and You workshop 

7 May

Thursday 25th May, 7-10pm Part of Hornbeam Night’s new Thursday night workshops, this will be an interactive introductory workshop looking at the fundamental ethics and principles of permaculture, while learning practical tips for personalising ...

Monthly Open Decks Night 

7 May

Next Open Decks: Fri 19 May, 7.30-11.30pm Our monthly Open Decks BYO vinyl (or play someone else’s) has gone from strength-to-strength since we started a few months ago.

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22 May

This morning I did not even see a Swift .

A veritable procession 

21 May

I went to Rainham today for the third time in as many weeks, the place is on fire at the moment.

Rainy Day 

17 May

This morning I thought a rat was in my bedroom.

Nearly over 

16 May

You feel that it is just about over.

Ditch of Dreams 

13 May

The Whinchats were fantastic, but look what else was in this ditch! Yes, Great Reed Warblers , and lots of them.


10 May

"And a Black-winged Stilt must drop in one of these days surely?" I wrote this yesterday, idly wondering what new species might propel my Rainham list to the magic 200.

Back on the Rainham tick trail 

9 May

Once upon a time I used to bird Rainham Marshes.

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. 

9 May

Feeling very proud and achieved.

New Bushcraft ‘Wild’ Campsite set to open in Lee Valley this June 

9 May

Its time to abandon the creature comforts of home and embrace your wild side - Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite is almost here! Opening to the public on Friday 30 June, Lee Valley Regional Parks new bushcraft-inspired campsite, located on the Essex/...

Of Whinchats and Wheatears 

5 May

How good are Whinchats ? I mean, just how wonderful are spring Whinchats ? I remember the first time I saw one on Wanstead Flats, and my initial thought was that it was some kind of exotic escape and it took a few minutes of hard grilling before I ...

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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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