Author Archives: Paul Gasson

Win funding for the 2018 Walthamstow Village Festival

The Walthamstow Village Festival 2018 has been kindly nominated for funding by Almus Wealth. However for the application to be successful it needs your vote, which will take just 1 minute of your time. Please register on the Aviva Community Fund … Continue reading

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Village People: Becky Griffiths

Becky has been foraging fruit and making liqueurs for almost as long as she’s been on earth. Her Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace has helped turn the Ravenswood Industrial Estate from Village backwater into Village hotspot, while her award winning sloe … Continue reading

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Let’s get ready to Jumble!

By Village Jumble Champion Carol ‘Molly’ Moloney           On a very sunny Sunday afternoon in June, residents of Walthamstow Village cleared out their lofts and cupboards, set up stalls in their front gardens and offered up … Continue reading

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Curtain-up! New community theatre space for Walthamstow

The leader of a local theatre group frustrated with finding suitable places to rehearse and perform has taken matters into his own hands and opened CentrE17, a community theatre and performance space in Church Hill. The man behind the plan, … Continue reading

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Village in Bloom

By Helen Lerner All in all, it’s been quite a year, but we think the Village is looking better than ever. A good thing really as in July and August we had both the regional and national Royal Horticultural Society … Continue reading

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Pumping new life into the Village‘s heart

How a lottery grant for St Mary’s is about more than bricks and mortar St Mary’s commands your attention. Sitting atop the Village, surrounded by its leafy graveyard, it is impossible not to admire it even though you might not … Continue reading

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The Village Fest is the best

It was all there, and more. Sunshine, music drifting down Orford Road, the smell of street food in the air, a nice cold drink in hand and spontaneous dad dancing in the street. In a nutshell, this year’s Village Festival, … Continue reading

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The Mall Development Plans

We are aware that some residents have a strong opposition to the new plans for the Mall in Walthamstow Town Centre. If you do have strong views then we advise you to join the existing campaign run by David Gardiner. … Continue reading

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Village People

Edna Kim Edna Kim is not afraid of taking on a challenge. As a youngster in the Philippines she was determined to go to university, despite the fact it wasn’t the traditional path for young girls. In her twenties she … Continue reading

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The outsider who got in

Leading British fashion designer moves into Ravenswood Industrial Estate Over a decade ago, Simeon Farrar dragged suitcases full of clothes he had designed to London Fashion Week (LFW). As a painter who had studied fine art, Simeon admits he, “knew … Continue reading

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We came, we curried, we conquered

Annual WVRA Curry Supper Quiz With the arrival of summer, March and the WVRA’s annual Curry Supper Quiz feels like another country, very far away. But it would be remiss not to thank everyone who made the event such a … Continue reading

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The Village Festival is back

Event to return in September Like a friend who suddenly makes an appearance just when you need them, the Village Festival is back on the calendar for 2017. The event, organised by the Waltham Forest Community Hub, is being billed … Continue reading

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Walthamstow Village in Bloom

By Helen Lerner   Walthamstow Village is representing London as a finalist in the prestigious Britain in Bloom national competition and things are really hotting up to get the Village looking stunning. We are joining 78 other Britain in Bloom … Continue reading

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A sting in the tale

How BEE17 and an EpiPen help bring honey to the masses Imagine a red-hot sewing needle slowly pushed into your flesh.  And staying there. That’s the sensation when you get a bee sting on the nose. This is not exaggeration. … Continue reading

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A visit to Walthamstow Wetlands

By David Baker On Sunday, 27 November, a small but hardy group of individuals led by the Residents’ Association, went on a guided tour of the Walthamstow Wetlands, just off Forest Rd, opposite the Ferry Boat Inn. The project is … Continue reading

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Walthamstow Village in Bloom

By Helen Lerner We need your support in 2017! We are thrilled and proud to announce that in 2017, Walthamstow Village has again been invited to represent the London region in the prestigious RHS Britain in Bloom UK-wide competition. We … Continue reading

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Ancient ruins uncovered in Village

First substantial Roman find in Walthamstow It turns out the Village has been up and coming for longer than was previously thought after archeologists uncovered prehistoric and Roman remains in the grounds of a local school. The discovery – a … Continue reading

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History matters – A life swapped for a pearl button …

… and a Darwinian connection in Walthamstow Village. By Teresa Deacon             This bizarre and tragic story took place in the Village in the early 19th century, when Walthamstow was a rural parish in Essex. … Continue reading

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A local market for local people

The traders who saved the day. By Shameem Mir It’s there every Saturday, come rain or shine, at the Waltham Forest Community Hub, so most of you will be familiar with the E17 Village Market. But what you might not … Continue reading

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Come into the light

Art spectacle shines on the walls of St Mary’s Let’s face it. When one looks back at the past 12 months, it’s not exactly been a year full of hope and promise. There has been great divisiveness in society, both … Continue reading

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Coming into bloom

There’s a thing for all things Danish at the moment. From the reports – yet again – on how Denmark has the happiest citizens on the planet, to the notion of hygge, a word without a direct English translation that … Continue reading

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Carry on caravanning

The mobile homes set for Calais camp For the past few months, local residents have been achieving remarkable things by bringing together piles of donated clothes, copious skeins of wool, the odd litre of Windolene and great big doses of … Continue reading

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Young at heart – Hub gets funding for teens & seniors

The Waltham Forest Community Hub in Orford Road is extending its youth work in the borough thanks to a successful application to BBC Children in Need. The grant of almost £100,000 will be used to fund a three year youth … Continue reading

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Flower power – How one man helped create an oasis

Gerry Clegg was fed up. Fed up with looking out at the garden where he lives in Cherry Close – a tidy low-rise development of social housing off Beulah Road – and seeing nothing but shrubs. Boring, green shrubs. “It … Continue reading

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Village people – Nikhil Patel

Forty-eight year-old Nikhil Patel has seen a lot of changes since taking over Desborough News in Orford Road over 20 years ago. His life’s journey has taken him from Kenya to India, back to Kenya and eventually here to the … Continue reading

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United we stand

Behind the scenes at Trinity Church Standing like a gatekeeper at the western edge of the Village, Trinity Church on Orford Road is a testament to just how much things have changed since its Kentish ragstone walls were erected in … Continue reading

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A bitter pill to swallow

Local chemist campaigns about cuts For over three decades, pharmacist Shashikant Ladva has been dispensing medicine, advice and good cheer from his chemist shop in Grove Road. But now he’s unsure about the future because of new government plans to … Continue reading

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Come wine with me

Friends open wine shop and bar Many a plan has been hatched over a bottle of wine (or two): from plotting to get back at your horrible boss to devising a cunning strategy for world domination. Most end up lost … Continue reading

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Reaching out: Drug and alcohol dependency centre opens

Imagine what it would be like if every time you moved into a new neighbourhood, you had to worry about whether the community was going to reject you and tell you to go somewhere else. Those are some of the … Continue reading

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Ringing the changes: The bells of St Mary’s are on their way!

On Monday 8 February, the long-awaited refurbishment work on the ancient church bells commenced and, after five days, the bells and fixings were finally removed from the tower and loaded on to a lorry and departed the churchyard, bound for … Continue reading

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