What's happening in Walthamstow this week...
WF Village Hub Intergenerational Project Pensioners Club Every Thursday at Vestry Museum
Waltham Forest Community Hub on Orford Road have launched a new club called ‘Make The Time’- an intergenerational project supported by Sports Relief aimed at bringing different generations together to share skills and learn of one another. The club will meet every Thursday, 2-4pm at the Vestry House Museum. All welcome.
Burns Night Supper- Saturday 28th January
The William Morris Bar on Forest Road are hosting a Burns Night Supper on Saturday 28th January in aid of Waltham Forest Sheltered housing group and the Homeless. Entertainment will feature The Stow Caledonian Pipe Band and Ceilidh Dancing. Tickets are £22 and are available from Tommy Anderson on 07506 733392.
Waltham Forest Divestment Celebration- Saturday 28th January
Waltham Forest Friends of the Earth invites all local residents to Divestival celebrating Waltham Forest Council's recent decision to divest its pension fund from fossil fuels. Waltham Forest is the first local government pension fund in the UK to commit to full divestment, joining nearly 700 institutions worldwide worth over £5 trillion. Please join councillors, campaigners, and residents at Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road at 3pm on Saturday 28 January for a photo, before they cross the road to Forest YMCA at 642 Forest Rd for some short speeches, entertainment, and refreshments, ending at 6pm.
Goody Two-Shoes, The Panto- Sunday 29th January
Starlighters present Goody Two-Shoes, the panto, on Sunday 29th January, at the Community Hub, Orford Road. For more information and how to purchase tickets please visit their website.
Pop Up Pottery- Saturday 4th February
Learn three pottery painting techniques and create a unique ceramic bowl or mug on Saturday, 4th February, 10am-1pm at the Mill Community Centre on Coppermill Lane. It costs £10 per person and is suitable for people aged 6 years+. Payment required in advance. To book email email@example.com or call 0208 521 3211.
Josephine Davies ‘Satori’ at the Maud - Tuesday 28th February
E17 JAZZ have organised award winning Josephine Davies to perform at the Maud (the EMD) on Hoe Street on Tuesday 28th February, 8.30-11pm, Price £8/£5 (Kids under 15 go free)
Noor Ul Islam Open Day- Sunday 5th February
Noor Ul Islam is taking part in the national #VisitMyMosque initiative on Sunday 5th February. In the spirit of friendship and conversation they hope to give members of the local community an engaging insight into the life of the Mosque and to promote greater understanding of Islam. All are welcome to attend to find out more. The Open Mosque Day will take place from 12:00pm - 4:30pm at 711 – 723 High Road in Leyton. Some of the activities on the day will include an exhibition by Discover Islam, recitation of the Holy Qur’an, tour of the Mosque, Question & Answer session with Noor Ul Islam Scholars, live prayer and not to forget some delicious food & refreshments.
Health Networking Event- Wednesday 8th February
Leyton Sixth Form College are hosting a Health Networking Event. This will be an Evening of Health Education Promotion & Public Service Partnerships within Waltham Forest and is fully supported by the Department of Education. Drinks and canapes will be available throughout the evening. This event will take place on Wednesday 8th February from 17:30-20:30. Please RSVP to Goskal by Saturday 28th January.
Western Front Association and Vestry House First War Event- Saturday 6th May
The Western Front Association and Vestry House are organising a First War Event at Vestry House Museum. It will be an all-day event on Saturday 6th May, between 10am to 5pm with displays both by the museum and local groups, talks and book sales etc. The event will be supported by other local historical groups and aims to both promote local history and the work and value of Vestry House.
St Peter-in-the-Forest Redevelopment Update: HLF Funding for Restoration
The church of St Peter-in-the-Forest, Walthamstow has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project, ‘St Peter’s: A Unique Forest Church’. The project aims to restore and remodel parts of this uniquely-sited church to open up the building and its heritage to the whole community. HLF has awarded initial development funding of £117,500 to help the church to progress their plans to apply for a full grant from them, at a later date. The Grade II Listed church is on the Heritage-at-Risk Register and needs urgent restoration.
The project will look to correct serious damage caused by the 1950s extension and replace it with a new glazed welcome space to reconnect the church with the surrounding Forest. New facilities and a remodelled interior will create flexible community and gallery spaces, open up the historic bell tower and make the building more environmentally-friendly. There will also be some works externally to the church, which will include new lighting, new boundary treatments and work to the existing trees in the churchyard. You can keep upto date with this project and opportunities to be involved as it progresses via the church blog here.