Who are we?

Hanging basket on Vestry Road

Re-formed in 2003 from a smaller association, the Walthamstow Village Residents’ Association (WVRA) is a local community group, drawn primarily, but not exclusively, from residents of the two Conservation Areas making up Walthamstow Village – The Village and Orford Road Conservation Areas (see history).

The currently serving committee is listed here.

What is our aim?

To make a safe and enjoyable community environment for people living in and visiting Walthamstow Village.

We have close links with the organisations listed here.

What we are currently involved in

  • Social events throughout the year including an annual curry supper quiz (120 people) and carol singing with brass band, mulled wine and mince pies (350 people)
  • Community events throughout the year including annual Spring Cleans and Clean-ups, Plant, Seed and Produce Swaps, Front Gardens & Beautiful Premises Challenges, Children’s Planting Workshops
  • Walthamstow Village in Bloom – UK finalists in RHS Britain in Bloom 2010, 2011 & 2016 (Silver-Gilt). Five times Gold award winners and six times winners of Best London Village in London in Bloom
  • Adoption and maintenance of twenty planters, many tree-pits, a community orchard at Chalmers House, plus Vestry Green and Village Square flowerbeds
  • Running the Village Veg, Community Allotment outside 1 Beulah Road
  • Running a Monthly Gardening Club
  • Liaising with WF to install seasonal lights and hanging baskets on lampposts in Orford Road.
  • Producing newsletters (2000 copies per issue) and providing regular emails to members
  • Liaising with local businesses and requesting sponsorship and goods for events, raffles
  • Working to get the Post Office reinstated in Orford Road
  • Community safety, info and liaison with Met Police and Hoe Street SNT officers
  • Maintaining and developing WVRA website and local email facility
  • Compiling an information leaflet outlining responsibilities and restrictions on building works, TV receivers, windows etc for residents/landlords for properties in a Conservation Area.
  • Supporting local Community Groups and campaigning re relevant issues
  • Liason with WF Council to remove litter, dumped rubbish and graffiti from area
  • Monitoring intrusion of uPVC windows/doors in the conservation areas
  • Assisting in the development of the Vestry House Museum and its gardens
  • Monthly WVRA committee meetings
  • Open public meetings for the whole community
  • Attending Council Meetings regarding Planning and Public Realm issues including Street Watchers

Some things we have done

  • The 20mph scheme being installed for The Village and its neighbouring areas
  • Gained Local Retail Parade status for Orford Road
  • Development of the Village Square and its road frontages
  • Sought Conservation Area Article 4(2) status for the whole of Walthamstow Village
  • Illuminated Christmas Tree in Village Square
  • Planted 15,000 spring bulbs – on Vestry Green, Village Square, Summit Road verges, Vinegar Alley and tree-pits and planters
  • Adoption, funding planting and maintenance of flowerbeds and planters
  • Resolving architectural difficulty in the development of No. 1 St Mary Road
  • Improving sub-standard buildings in Orford Road
  • Local listed building consent for former Frank Ison Hardware Store
  • Consulting on CPZ provision in the local area, including Comely Bank
  • Repositioning of dangerous kerbs across East Avenue railway bridge
  • Consultation and support with the re-development of Vestry Playground
  • Monitoring of planning applications affecting the conservation areas
  • Introduced additional public litter bins for the area
  • Removal of unlicensed vehicles from local streets
  • Liaison with WF Council re positioning of cycle racks
  • Improved lighting down Church Path, Vinegar Alley and Beulah and Maynard Paths

2 Responses to About

  1. Sally says:

    Is there going to be a quiz this year?

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