Working for Walthamstow Sunday 25th November 2018

Brexit Still Deadlock Update, Justice4Michelle- Video please share, Wood Street Greenhouse Crowdfunder, The Bank Job Update, Come Dine With Ayesha, Lisa or Hibo, Local Job Op- E17 Toy Library, MP Xmas Card Deadline 

This is the Working For Walthamstow newsletter. I produce it every week to highlight issues of relevance to our area, and to let you know what I'm up to as the MP for Walthamstow. 

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Whats on in Walthamstow in the coming days......Working for Walthamstow - This week's News Updates and How You Can Be Involved....  

TCV First Aid Training: Thursday 29th November The Friends of Lloyds Park are planning to organise a one day EFA first aid course on Thursday 29th November. If you are interested in attending, please contact Gareth on 07731450839. The venue is the Learning Lodge in Pimp Hall nature reserve in Chingford.  

Mandy at the Stow Film Lounge- Thursday 29th November Walthamstow's Stow Film Lounge shows Mandy at the Wild Card Brewery at Unit 2 Lockwood Way on Thursday 29th November. Doors open 7.15pm, Film 8.00pm, Finish 10.15pm. The Wild Card bar will be open as usual and they will be serving freshly made popcorn and ice-creams. Meat or Veggie pizzas can be pre-ordered and will be delivered fresh to the site for you to enjoy with the film. Online ticket only £8.50/£6.50 conc (senior citizens, unwaged, students) + booking fee. Online ticket + pizza from £15.25 (pre-book only) + booking fee. Buy online at: www.stowfilmlounge.com. Door ticket only: £8.50/£6.50 conc.  

Woodside Magical Market & Pantomime- Saturday 1st December Woodside School and Wood Street First, would love to invite you to join their magical market and pantomime on Saturday 1st December. If you are interested in selling your goods on one of their stalls, prices are as follows: Traditional outdoor wooden stalls/food stalls: £20 (including a side table) Indoor tabletop: £10. Please email the school for more information. with regards to booking a table. When emailing, please specify which type of table you would like, what goods you will be selling and your contact details. 

Higham Hill Planting Event- Saturday 1stDecember The Friends of Higham Hill Park will be planting an arboretum of thirty trees, on Saturday 1stDecember at 10am. This is thanks to funding from the Mayor of London's Greener City Fund and match funding from Waltham Forest. 

Winter WoodFest- Sunday 2nd December Wood Street Business Forum presents the Winter Woodfest on Sunday 2nd December, 12pm-4pm at 100 Wood Street. There will be christmas stalls, food & drink, stocking fillers and of course Santa's Grotto.  

Legal Advice Clinic Open Evening- Tuesday 4th December Waltham Forest Community Hub on Orford Road are hosting an open event supported by local volunteer laywers to begin a local law centre. This event will feature people who can advise on family law; immigration and criminal law and is open to local residents. It will be held on Tuesday 4thDecember between 6.30pm-8.30pm. For more information email them on admin@younglawyersassociation.com or call 07427 663286.  

Wave Choir at St Mary’s- Thursday 6thDecember Wave Choir will be performing at St Mary’s Church in Walthamstow village on Thursday 6thDecember, between 7.30pm-9.30pm. They will be singing jazzy numbers, including the carols, with audience participation and refreshments will be served. For more information please email Helen

Fundraising Quiz- Saturday 8th December Legendary quizmaster, Neil Gerrard, will be hosting a fundraising quiz in aid of Eat or Heat and Crisis at Christmas on Saturday 8thDecember at the All Saints Church Hall, Highams Park. Tickets are £10per person. Booking is essential but you can pay on the door. To book your place, please call 08504739520/ 020 85319836 or email. 

St Barnabas Christmas Fayre- Sunday 9thDecember The Stow Roses will at the Christmas Fayre at St Barnabas Church Hall in the Markhouse area on Sunday 9th December. This event runs from 11am until 5pm. They still need volunteers to run this stall if you can help please let them know. Setting up from 11:00 and the stall runs until 5pm.

Christmas Craft Fair- Sunday 9th December There will be a Christmas Craft Fair with lots of stalls with crafts, vintage bits, mulled wine and cakes on Sunday 9th December. The event will run from 2pm - 5pm at Orford House Social Club on Orford Rd. and entrance is £1.  

Hoe St Christmas market- Sunday 9thDecember Do all your Christmas shopping in comfort, with hot food and a drink from a cheap bar at the next Hoe Street Christmas market on Sunday 9th December from 12pm to 5pm. There will be gifts, art, jewellery, plants, ceramics, clothes, weird dolls, soaps, Christmas cards and decorations cakes and more from local artists, reflexology, makers and bakers at Walthamstow Trades Hall. They will also have a stall supporting the local night shelter. They will have cheese toasties with an Indian twist and vegan doner kebabs and chips This event is kid friendly with plenty of seating and space for prams, and the address is 17 Hoe St but the entrance is on Tower Hamlets Road (opposite Yard Sale Pizza). For more information please email the Hoe St market team. 

Over 60s Christmas Lunch- Friday 21st December The Orford Road Community Hub's Christmas lunch is on Friday 21st December and is for anyone aged 60 and over, living in Waltham Forest.  It is free for Hub Senior Club members, there is a charge of £4 for non-members.  Please contact the Hub on 020 8223 0707 to book. 

Brexit Update - PM Publishes Political Framework but Parliamentary Maths Doesn't Change so Advance Warning of short notice for Walthamstow Brexit Meeting 

Over the weekend, the Prime Minister has agreed with other European Leaders the 'political framework statement' regarding our future relationship with Europe. This political agreement is, at best, a statement of intent- it has no formal status (in contrast to the formal legal withdrawal agreement) and is a series of ambitions about how in future Britain will interact with Europe. It covers matters such as having free trade deals, the end to freedom of movement, access to the single market and the resolution of disputes between the UK and Europe. 

The Prime Minister came to parliament last Thursday to give a preliminary outline of this deal - yet again she got little support from MPs for this document. During the three hours of questions, I asked her about the role of the European Court of Justice in this document- a subject which has been of much concern to those who wish to leave the European Union. The document sets out how in future this body will influence decisions which will affect Britain, including a commitment to binding rulings and financial compensation for these to be broken, but not how Britain will be able to influence its work if we leave the European Union. A full transcript of my exchange with the Prime Minister can be read here . The Prime Minister continues to deny the role of the ECJ this framework offers - you can read for yourself the details here. 

Last Friday I also appeared on Any Questions to debate Brexit with Ken Clarke MP, Tim Montgomorie and Gisela Stuart. I explained my own view that this deal is not good for the future of the country in comparison to the relationship we have now, and my concern that as none of the present proposals regarding Brexit had a majority of support in parliament we were heading for a democratic deadlock. You can listen to this and our discussions on the impact of austerity on Walthamstow online here. 

Given this deadlock and regardless of the Prime Minister's current statements, it is highly likely there will still be further changes to the Government's proposals to try to win over more MPs as well as the possibility of further changes to manage our future relationship with Europe before it is put to parliament- as has already happened this weekend in the debates over the future of Gibraltar in order to stop the Spanish from boycotting the deal. The vote on whatever final deal the Government secure is likely to be in mid December-  I will be seeking to organise a meeting for residents on this as close to the vote as possible to take account of any possible changes and allow residents to consider them. Please therefore be advised this is likely to be organised at short notice and the reasons for this timeframe. 

Justice for Michelle: Don't Let Theresa May Forget Walthamstow 

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here in Walthamstow we continue to fight for justice for Michelle Samaraweera. In 2009, a series of sexual assaults took place in our area culminating in the rape and murder of Michelle - since 2012 we have been seeking the extradition of Aman Vyas from India who has been charged with this and eight other counts of sexual violence to women in Walthamstow. Despite multiple hearings in the last six years, our attempts to persuade the Government to intervene to secure this objective have not been successful - indeed, the current Prime Minister has, in contrast to her predecessor, shown even less interest in assisting with this request which has been hampered by the approach the Indian authorities have taken to the proceedings. Please help us ensure that Michelle and all his other victims are not forgotten by this Government by sharing this film on your social media to call Theresa May to account for her failure to act. 

Wood Street Community Greenhouse Crowdfunder

Waltham Forest Council have donated part of the funds needed to build a greenhouse for the community garden in Wood Street. Local residents have now set up a crowdfunding website to help them raise another £1500 in order to fulfil this mission. If you would like to support this cause please visit their just giving page.

The Walthamstow Bank Job: The Explosion of Debt in 2019  

Previous editions of this e-newsletter have covered our local project to convert the previous Co-operative Bank on Hoe Street into a shared working space. The Project now also includes 'The Bank'-  a creative action for economic education and justice. The organisers of The Bank want to thank all those residents who have joined their 'bank job' and exchanged £ sterling for their rebel banknotes. The notes have travelled the world, are collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum and Museum of London amongst others and have raised £40,000 from their sale. Half of this has now been distributed to four causes which were featured on the bank notes – Eat or Heat foodbank, Pl84U-Al Suffa, Barn Croft Primary School and The Soul Project.

The other half is being used by the project organisers to buy up and cancel £1million of local payday debt. In early 2019, the project is looking to "explode that debt" and are hoping more residents will buy bonds and join their endeavor– bondholders get the bond/artwork, a ticket to the explosion and a piece of that explosion as they melt down the ‘debt in transit’ van and make commemorative coins. You can keep up to date with their endeavors, by joining the mailing list or connecting on social media.  You can also follow them on Facebook at Bank Job Film or via Twitter at @BankJobPictures. 

Come Dine with Ayesha, Lisa or Hibo and Support Labour Campaigning...

Every month I host a dinner in central London at a top restaurant with a special guest and hold a ballot for the second guest- you can join us if you win the 'Come Dine With MP' ballot. Tickets start at just £4 each and upcoming guests include comedienne Ayesha Hazarika, Lisa Nandy MP and anti-FGM campaigner Hibo Wardere. All the funds raised from this ballot go towards the Walthamstow Labour campaigning work we do- you don't have to be a Labour member to buy a ticket for these ballots and the dates on the website are for the draw for the winner for each dinner.  You can find out more and buy your ballot tickets online here

Local Job Op: The Walthamstow Toy Library 

This week, I have been sent details of one local job opportunity which may be of interest to local residents. Walthamstow Toy Library and Play Centre are looking for a Play Worker.  The centre describe it as a fun role, in which you won't ever be bored, and you will make a difference to the local community. They will also provide training.  For more information and to download the application form visit the website.

MPs Festive Greeting Card Competition - Deadline reminder

A reminder that this week is the deadline for entries to my annual Festive greeting card. This is open to all children who live in Walthamstow aged 12 or under. Nearly 4,000 of these cards will be produced and sent to local and national recipients to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the coming New Year. The winning design will be professionally printed in full colour in A5 and is generously sponsored by local businesses.  In addition to having their design reproduced, the young person whose design is selected will be invited, along with their family, for a celebration tea with me in Westminster.

The deadline for entries is Friday 30th November. All entries can either be posted to my office or emailed to office@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk. Entries must include the name, address, telephone number, school and age of the young person. If you are a local business and would be interested in sponsoring my annual greeting card and so supporting this project, please respond to this email or call my office on 020 8521 1223.

Where to find me this coming week....

  • Sunday 25th November- attending the Mawlid Al Nabi event at Waltham Forest Town Hall

  • Tuesday 27th November - speaking at an LSE seminar on poverty.   

  • Thursday 29th November- Speaking at the National Theatre at an event to mark the play "she's not running' and then speaking at an event to commemorate the franchise of women for Hogan Lovells. 

  • Friday 30th November- please note my office will be closed for a recruitment process. 

  • Saturday 1st December- attending the opening of the Higham Hill aboretum.