Monthly Archives: December 2010

Looking ahead to 2011 in the ‘Stow

As it’s nearly New Year’s Eve, we thought we would look ahead to what 2011 might hold for Walthamstow.

Politics

2010 saw both a local and general election in Walthamstow. Political representation will remain relatively unchanged in 2011 unless there is an unexpected general election, or local by-elections for individual council seats.

The most significant political development in 2011 is likely to be the impact of Waltham Forest council budget cuts. The 2011/12 budget will be finalised in February and implemented from March. The Waltham Forest council consultation on the budget cuts had 1,238 responses, and the initial summary of the results can be found here. All residents will await with interest the council’s final spending decisions.

Community and regeneration

It’s fair to say that Walthamstow’s regeneration has been characterised by a lack of progress in 2010. There are decisions to be made on the future of Walthamstow Central station, Walthamstow Stadium, the Arcade site on Hoe Street and the future of the EMD Cinema. Developments on these sites will shape what the area looks and feels like in the future. As of today it would seem that the development of the station is closest to going ahead in some form, but nothing is set in stone.

Local media have also reported uncertainty over the future of the Standard music venue and the Plough Inn, and we hope 2011 can bring some good news for the E17 music scene.

Also looming is of course the Olympics in 2012. Waltham Forest is an Olympic borough and 2011 will see major developments in and around the borough near completion, not least the Olympic Stadium and Westfield: Stratford City.

Music

2011 is shaping up to be a good year for Walthamstow bands, with a host of new releases and tours lined up. Here are just a flavour of what to expect:

Walthamstow Scene faves The Stow are kicking off 2011 with a gig at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington on 12 January. Their Twitter feed suggests The Stow have got big plans for 2011, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Lethal Bizzle is set to drop POW 2011, featuring the great and the good from the grime scene, including Wiley and Chipmunk. The track recently got a spin on Tim Westwood’s 1Xtra show, and all we can say is, “choooon”.

The Rifles are ready to support Paul Weller on some rescheduled dates in February. The indie/punk chaps are likely to bring forth a new album and refreshed line-up in 2011 following the recent departure of Rob and Grant.

We will of course keep you in touch with fresh music talent from E17 throughout the year!

Arts

The biggest event of the year is likely to be the E17 Art Trail. Last year the art trail achieved its highest ever profile, and in November 2010 it was announced that council funding was secured for 2011 and 2012. The 2011 E17 Art Trail is likely to be held in early September.

There are always lots of arts and craft events around the borough. We try and feature as many as we can, and we’d recommend the excellent Art East17 magazine if you want listings dedicated to arts and craft.

…and lastly, of course, Walthamstow Scene hope to get bigger and better in 2011, so keep your browser pointed our way and you wont be disappointed.

New Year’s Eve in Walthamstow

So, opened all your presents? Finished the turkey? Maybe even, horror of horrors, back at work? Christmas is a fading memory and that can only mean one thing – time to get your glad rags on for New Year’s Eve.

Nags Head New Year's Eve posterWe know of a few opportunities to shake a leg and see in 2011 in style around E17. Biggest disco we’ve heard about is the New Year’s Eve Party at the Nags Head on Orford Road. They are promising a DJ, Madame La Zonga’s chill-out room and optional fancy dress. Tickets are £7 from the Nags and it sounds like a riot.

If you’re looking for party bangers of a different variety, we’ve already blogged about Bootleg Blondie at the Standard on Forest Road. Perfect if you want to get down and dirty like you’re in CBGB’s in 1979.

The Village Kitchen on Orford Road are offering a New Year’s of a different flavour. For £50 per head you can enjoy their New Year’s Even Menu. Ring them on 020 8509 2144 to book.

We know there must be a more going down than we have mentioned here. Let us know by email if you know where the place to be on New Year’s Eve is. Whatever you’re up to, keep it E17.

A christmas treat from E17

It’s nearly Christmas so let’s enjoy every E17ers guilty pleasure. Yes, it’s those Knights of the Walthamstow Realm, East 17. “Stay Another Day” is truly the sound of Christmas on these streets.

Pour yourself some mulled wine, get out your best oversized white coats and moody poses, and enjoy the best 4 minutes and 28 seconds of 1994. Merry Christmas from Walthamstow Scene x

Love the ‘Stow?

E17 Art Trail logo

E17 Art Trail won the 2010 Arts Award

We know there’s a lot of you out there who figuratively (or literally) kiss the badge when it comes to Walthamstow. It’s awesome, right? So, Waltham Forest council are running the “Love Your Borough 2011” Awards.

There are a range of categories, including an Arts Award. There’s even a Best Kept Front Garden award for all you gnome-totin’ guys and gals out there. We’ve seen our share of dodgy front gardens but there’s some beauties too (all you Village kids, I’m looking at you, right).

Details of the awards are on the Waltham Forest council website. We know Walthamstow isn’t perfect, but it’s got a lot of people who are making a positive difference in it. So check out the website, download the form and nominate a Walthamstow legend. Closing date is Monday 31 January 2011.

Lead on, youth

Waltham Forest Young Leaders is a programme for people aged 16-24 who live in the borough. The blurb says it gives a chance to get involved in local community projects and teaches leadership, presentation and communication skills.

Sounds like a good opportunity to pick up some skills and do something creative in your local community. Can’t be bad, can it? Hilary Harvey is the person to talk to about it, email or ring 07970 342 329.

Last weekend before Christmas at Leyton Farm

Goat

Our farmyard friend

Brooks Farm in Leyton is closing for Christmas on Thursday 23rd December and will re-open in the new year. This weekend is the last chance to go down and wish the goats and pigs merry christmas.

The farm is based inside Skeltons Lane Park in Leyton. It’s a real gem and is well worth a visit. If you need a winter warmer after your visit, head to the King William IV opposite Tesco in Leyton for a few pints of Brodie’s to shake off the chill.

Friday night Anthem

Anthem on stage

Anthem performing at the Dukes Head

Rock band Anthem play the Dukes Head on Wood Street this Friday, 17th December. Anthem regularly bring their hard rock covers act to the Dukes Head and it looks like a good opportunity to, frankly, get drunk and headbang.

You can check out Anthem’s covers of Livin’ on a Prayer and How You Remind Me on their Myspace site. You can tell Walthamstow Scene how much Nickleback suck all you like, but How You Remind Me is a great song and Anthem crank out a hefty version of it.

Gig details are available from the venue on 020 521 9347.

The Stow play Hoxton on Monday

London-based band The Stow play a special pre-Christmas show at the Queen of Hoxton this coming Monday, 20 December. The performance is part of the “I Luv Live” night featuring up and coming UK talent.

The Stow, who take their name from Walthamstow, formed in 2009 and their sound ranges from the sunny indie styles of “Doubt Remains” to the rather more rap-infused “None of the Above”. You can download their ‘Just Another Band’ EP and much more if you head over to their website.

The Queen of Hoxton doors open at 7pm, first band at 8.30pm, and is £10 on the door. There are six bands on the bill so get there early to check out some tight new talent. Hit up The Stow on Twitter for more details. In the meantime, here’s their cover of “Written in the Stars” by Tiny Tempah, recorded on a roof, and why not.

Carol singing opportunities a-plenty

In the run-up to Christmas, never let it be said that E17ers are missing out on a chance to run through a few of their favourite festive numbers. There are two carol singing events running over the next few days in Walthamstow.

First up, the Walthamstow Village Residents Association are running their annual carol singing event on Tuesday 14th December outside Trattoria La Ruga from 7.00pm-8.30pm. They are promising mulled wine and mince pies, which can’t be bad for a Tuesday. Event details are here.

William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery in Lloyd Park

Then on Sunday 19th December, the Friends of Lloyd Park are holding a festive singalong from Midday until 3pm. They too are offering mulled wine, mince pies and some local bands. Walthamstow Scene was in Lloyd Park recently for the Craft Guerrilla fair at the William Morris Gallery and we know it will be a great venue for the singalong. Full details are here.

Waltham Forest council funding cut by 5.22%

Today Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced this year’s local government finance settlement. This sets out the budget that local councils have to spend.

According to the Local Government Information Unit blog, the Waltham Forest council budget has been cut by 5.22%. This equates to a cut of £13.4 million. Waltham Forest council recently consulted people in the borough about what services could be cut. No details are available about where the 5.22% savings will come from, so keep an eye on the Waltham Forest council website for further details.