Monthly Archives: February 2011

The census in Waltham Forest

The 2011 Census is happening in March and the awareness campaign has been launched in Waltham Forest. The census is a survey of everyone in the UK, and it happens every ten years. The information used not only builds up a picture of social change, but it helps inform government policy.

The census will be happening around the 27 March 2011. Every household will receive a form which you’re required by law to fill in. In 2001 around 86% of people in Waltham Forest returned their forms, higher than the average in London.

Waltham Forest council have set up a website to answer questions about the census. It also has contact details if you’d like the form in a different language or an alternative format. The official government website for the census is here.

There are also various websites which provide historical census information. A profile of Waltham Forest in 2001 is available here, and it shows various statistics about the local area in comparison to the England & Wales average. If you want to go further back, this website has got a wealth of information about Waltham Forest since 1880, gathered from the census.

Look out for your census forms as they come through your door over the next few weeks.


Welcome to the Jungle

Guns 2 Roses posterOn Friday 4 March, tribute band Guns 2 Roses play The Standard. Guns 2 Roses are arguably the biggest Guns N’ Roses tribute band around, and have been playing together since 2002. They have even played with members of the real Guns N’ Roses, including Steven Adler.

One of the rules I have set myself for this blog is that I treat every event equally, whether it’s a big name gig or a small community event. But I have to say, I am really looking forward to seeing Guns 2 Roses.

Having got into Guns N’ Roses in 1993(ish), I have been listening to Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion 1 & 2 for around seventeen years. Those three albums are probably among the eight or nine records I have listened to most often in my entire life. They might not be very ‘cool’ now but when I was a teenager, I thought Guns N’ Roses were rock ‘n’ roll outlaws of the highest order. Having said that, they are one of the few bands that I never got to see live. I’ve not even seen the shambles that is Axl and his mates these days. The closest I got was seeing Velvet Revolver play ‘It’s So Easy’, ‘My Michelle’ and ‘Use To Love Her’ at Hammersmith Apollo a few years back. It was electric.

So, Guns 2 Roses at The Standard. Tickets are £9 and available from the venue. Here’s The Standard’s website. Here’s the Guns 2 Roses Myspace page. And here’s the real thing playing ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ at the Ritz in New York in 1988. You know where you are? You’re in the jungle, baby.

Crossbow at the Dukes Head

Crossbow on stageRock covers band Crossbow are playing the Dukes Head on Wood Street on Friday 25 February (tomorrow night).

The band are regular performers in Walthamstow and make their first appearance at the Dukes tonight. They list their influences as Judas Priest and Whitesnake, which sounds alright to us.

I’m not sure if there is an entry fee but I’m sure you can just turn up. If you fancy forgetting about the week over a beer with some good quality rock music, this might be the gig for you. Check out their website for a couple of teaser tracks, and they’re on Facebook too. Rock on.

New interview with Susan Murray

Susan Murray is on a mission to bring the brightest and best comedy talent to E17 via the Guffaw Comedy Nights at Ye Olde Rose & Crown. She’s also given us a fantastic interview. Read what she had to say to Walthamstow Scene here.

The next Guffaw Comedy night is at Ye Olde Rose & Crown on Thursday 3 March. Jeff Innocent and Ninia Benjamin headline. More information on that night can be found here.

‘Progressive Women’ fair at Walthamstow Library

Progressive Women poster - frontThis year is the centenary year for International Women’s Day. To mark the day, the ‘Progressive Women: Information and Education Fair’ is being held at Walthamstow Central Library on Tuesday 8 March.

The fair runs from 10am until 4pm and there are a range of events, workshops, information stands and talks on the day. Various charities and support organisations will have stalls and there are workshops on everything from writing good CVs to yoga. A full listing on what is available on the day can be found on the flyers to the left.

Progressive Women poster - backThe 3pm talk is by Nicola Lees and is called ‘Developing TV ideas from concept to pitch’. Nicola is the author of ‘Greenlit: Developing factual/reality TV ideas from concept to pitch’ and she will be sharing her insights and experience of 13 years working in TV.

Sources for more information are listed on the flyers. If you click on the flyers, they should pop up nice and big so you can read them!

Jonathan O’Dea exhibition

Extract from London is London, England is England

"London is London, England is England"

Waltham Forest artist Jonathan O’Dea is taking his latest work to the 12 Star Gallery in March. The work, “London is London, England is England” was first shown at the Vestry House Museum as part of the Create Festival. The exhibition, which looks at English cultural identity, will be in the gallery at Europe House, the London headquarters of the European Commission.

The work is described thus:

In this exhibition, ‘London is London and England is England’, Jonathan’s most recent mixed media works explore the physical and psychological connections and differences between rural England and urban London, from the results of excursions from his home in Waltham Forest into the Essex countryside. They also reflect ways in which parts of the Borough act as a physical conduit between rural and urban landscapes; meeting points between London and England.

The exhibition is on from Wednesday 9 March until Friday 11 March and the gallery is open from 10am until 6pm on those dates. The full address is 12 Star Gallery, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU. More information on Jonathan can be found on his website here.

Round-up of events at the EMD cinema

EMD cinema posterAs many of you may know, the EMD cinema was at the centre of an eventful weekend this weekend. News of it has been reported elsewhere and so, rather than add to the commentary, I thought I’d do a round up of the stories.

A first-hand account of the night from someone who was there can be found on Fb here.

The Waltham Forest Guardian has covered the story here.

Stella Creasy was on the scene on Saturday night and posted pictures of the internal damage here, here, and here. She has also put pictures on her Flickr stream here.

Tonight, the Save Walthamstow Cinema campaign was handing out flyers at Walthamstow Central publicising the petition about the cinema. You can sign it by going here. One of their new campaign posters is above, it’s awesome, the campaign is awesome and having a cinema would be awesome (in my opinion – and it’s my blog!).

Finally, if you want the latest updates direct from the people involved, I’d recommend following Save E17 Cinema and Stella Creasy on Twitter.

An audience with Ellen Galford

The Dyke and the Dybbuk coverWriter Ellen Galford is coming to Waltham Forest next month. ‘An audience with Ellen Galford’ is on at the North Chingford Library on Monday 7 March.

Although the event is not strictly in Walthamstow, it is easily accessible from E17 and looks interesting. Ellen is an American-born Scottish writer who moved to the UK in 1971. She came out in the mid-1970s and will be discussing what it was like to be the author of contemporary lesbian fiction in the 1980s and 1990s. Ellen will also be reading from her 1993 work, ‘The Dyke and the Dybbuk’.

The event runs from 7.45pm-8.45pm and is free. You can just turn up on the day, or book a place by phoning the library on 020 8496 1070.

E17’s favourite curry – results published!

A few weeks ago we asked E17ers to tell us what their favourite takeaway curry in Walthamstow was. We were swamped with responses! The results are published in our new “Favourites” section, which is here. Thanks to everyone who responsed! We hope that it inspires you to try somewhere new and maybe even find a new favourite.

We’ll be doing something similar later in the year, so keep checking the blog and keep it E17! In the meantime, read the results of our curry crowdsourcing here.

Drama in Walthamstow tonight

The Drama Workshop of Waltham Forest presents ‘The Ruling Class’ by Peter Barnes, beginning tonight. They describe the production as “a play for our times”. The drama is being performed on the 18, 19 and 20 February (so today, tomorrow and Sunday).

The drama is on at The Forest Community Centre, Guildford Road, E17 4EA. Tickets are £7, £4 concessions, and more information is available on 020 8524 7269 or email