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 unwanted treasures and lovingly created handmade crafts to the community at large. From Howard Road to Grove Road, and Shernhall Street to Folkestone Road, this year’s Village Jumble Trail saw more than 70 neighbours transform gardens, garages, shop fronts, pavements and even the village square, into a frenzy of jumbling activity.
Now in its third year, The Village Jumble Trail turns our beautiful streets into a hub of neighbourly activity. Artists, plant growers, cake makers, face painters, knitters, honey makers and carpenters were out attracting hundreds of treasure hunters. Founder Martina Randles said: “It was a huge success, bringing together a vibrant collection of people of all ages and backgrounds who had great fun while supporting sustainability.”
The whole event is coordinated by the Jumble Trail Champion (that was me this year!) who plots the route, advertises the event and invites jumblers to place their stalls on the on-line interactive map. It then allows treasure seekers to follow the colour-coded trail and wander from stall to stall, haggling and having fun.
Standing in Orford Road with the cafés and pubs bursting at the seams, watching hundreds of people meandering through the Jumble Trail is a sight to behold. It’s great to see the kids getting involved, too, by making cakes, lemonade and getting their faces painted. Martina said: “Everyone really enjoyed coming together to celebrate community spirit and connect with each other, armed with an assortment of goodies to buy, sell and swap. Waltham Forest continues to be one of the leading areas for successful Jumble Trails, thanks to the support of its people.”
The first Jumble Trail was in Clapton in August 2013, set up by Martina herself with a 100 stalls, which now attracts 750 stalls and 7,000 visitors. So, the standard has been well and truly raised for next year’s E17 Village Jumble Trial.
This article first appeared in the Autumn 2017 edition of “The Village” magazine.