Friday, 17 November 2017

Town Centre date change

The Planning Department have not got the report ready for the Planning Committee regarding the Town Centre so the meeting on the 29th November has been cancelled . Instead it is provisionally booked for the 12th December but who knows!! Gives us more time to get our case against this awful plan ready!

Barking to Gospel Oak to close again

Barking to Gospel Oak to close again

New trains coming

Wetland Volunteers

Volunteering Newsletter

Welcome to London Wildlife Trust's latest update on volunteering opportunities at Walthamstow Wetlands.

Walthamstow Wetlands is now open daily from 9.30am-4.00pm, almost every day of the year. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered with us and helped out, we couldn't have done it without you!

We have lots more volunteering opportunities on offer this week including conservation work, family activity days, ecology surveys and inductions for visitor engagement volunteers for heritage and wildlife guides and marshals.

Whether you're a nature novice or an ecology expert; everyone's welcome to get involved! 
To volunteer with the Trust you need to complete a registration form. All of our volunteers must be aged over 16 years. Under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Expenses can be provided for travel within Zones 1-6 and for a lunch of £5 or under. Any equipment needed for practical conservation is provided by us, please wear suitable clothing for outdoor tasks and sturdy footwear. Please inform your volunteer manager of any relevant medical conditions when completing your registration form.

Visitor engagement

Public engagement volunteers
We are looking for enthusiastic and welcoming Visitor Engagement Volunteers to support our team. Are you interested in telling our visitors about the  area's history, industrial and cultural heritage, and wildlife? 

Are you knowledgeable about wildlife and keen to communicate to new visitors what they might see on the nature reserve via wildlife walks or guide in a hide?

You could be based in the Engine House or out on the reserve. If you haven’t volunteered with London Wildlife Trust before you will need to complete one of our induction days. 
If you are unable to attend either date below, we will run more inductions in the future.

Thursday 23rd November and Sunday 26th November at 10.30am - 2.30pm 
Venue: Fishing academy, access via Thames Water Fisheries entrance on Forest Road (building located by the stock pond). To book your place on an induction select your preferred date and add your full name to this 
Have you already attended an induction day and volunteered at Walthamstow Wetlands? You don’t need to attend an induction, contact London Wildlife Trust's Visitor Engagement Ranger, Shirelle Hawkins to discuss your interests and availability.

Practical conservation workdays

Join our practical conservation team and take part in habitat restoration, meadow management, tree care, building an outdoor classroom and more. You’ll play a key part in supporting London Wildlife Trust’s work to improve the habitats for a range of wildlife.

Days: Wednesday, Friday and alternate Saturday's until Christmas 2017. Due to staff availability there is no session on Wednesday 22 November. Sessions run from 10am - 3pm.

What to wear and where to meet: 
We advise you wear sturdy boots and clothing suitable for the weather and working outdoors. Please bring a packed lunch and water. Tea/coffee and light refreshments are provided. Meet at the tool store, located at the edge of Reservoir 5 (next to brick building) and gate 3. Bike racks are located at the Engine House and Coppermill Tower. 

Book your place on Eventbrite. Note there is no further confirmation required once you've booked. If you are unable to make a session, please cancel through Eventbrite. For any other questions contact London Wildlife Trust's Conservation Volunteering Officer Nadia Ward

Friday 24 November 10:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday 25 November 10:00am - 3:00pm

Ecology surveys

Wildlife surveying
Ecology volunteering

We will be undertaking a range of citizen science surveys throughout the year with your help. Volunteers have already taken part in surveying small mammals, butterflies and dragonflies. This is a great opportunity to gain new skills and encounter some of Walthamstow Wetlands more elusive inhabitants.

Harvest mouse surveying

We will be carrying out a non-invasive survey for harvest mice on Walthamstow Marshes and Walthamstow Wetlands in collaboration with Lee Valley Regional Park. Whilst there are no confirmed records for the species across both sites, the mixture of reedbed, canals and ditch systems provide ideal habitat. We won’t be entering the water at any time, however wearing wellies or sturdy footwear is strongly recommended. No training necessary.

 Friday 17th November Harvest mouse surveying (part 2) 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Meet LWT Ranger Nathan in Engine House foyer
  • We will be checking the bait tubes set up in the previous week for signs of activity.
  • To book your place add your full name to this doodle poll here
Wednesday 22nd November Fungi surveying 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Meet LWT Ranger Nathan in Engine House foyer 
  • Please wear clothing suitable for walking and the day's weather
  • To book your place add your full name to this doodle poll here
Future ecology dates for your diary
  • Friday 1st December, Basic bird ID - further details to come.
  • Saturday 2nd December, Basic bird ID - further details to come.
For more details contact London Wildlife Trust's Ecology Ranger, Nathaniel Legall

Education and family activities

Volunteering in education and family activities
Our dedicated Outdoor Learning Officer runs a range of activities, including regular Under five classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, family activity days two Sundays a month and holiday activities. From Spring 2018 we will be launching our primary schools outdoor education programmes. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support sessions and engage children in wildlife and the outdoors. 
To support these sessions you will need to be a registered volunteer and complete a volunteer induction, though no teaching experience is required! To find out more about education volunteering or to sign up for an induction please contact London Wildlife Trust's Outdoor Learning Officer Myfanwy Lloyd at 
Next week we will have activities on Monday 20th November, Wednesday 22nd November and Sunday 26th November. We especially need volunteers for Sunday morning's tree planting session with families.  If you have had an induction and would like to support these sessions as a volunteer, please register here:

Events at Walthamstow Wetlands

Walthamstow Wetlands also sends out a regular email newsletter advertising upcoming events and other activities. To sign up visit and use the subscribe button at the bottom of the page.
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Walthamstow Wetlands is a partnership between Thames Water, London Borough of Waltham Forest and London Wildlife Trust, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. 

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Setting up an energy company

Energy Company

Candle lit Tours

Candle Lit Tours

New Maternity Unit

New Maternity Unit

Threat to Local Health services

Explore the Archives

Explore Your Archive

Explore Your Archive

This Saturday 18 November
11am - 4.30pm
Vestry House Museum
Vestry Road, Walthamstow
London E17 9NH
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Drop in to Vestry House this Saturday to discover fascinating stories from the Waltham Forest archives and learn how to research the history of your family, home or local area.
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Calais Collection

Warmth from Walthamstow: Calais Collection 

There are still thousands of refugees, including children, sleeping rough in Calais as they live in limbo whilst Governments including our own decide their obligations to them. They face little assistance and severe hostility from both the french authorities and trafficking gangs who prey on vulnerable people in the region. In response, we have organised a ‘Warmth from Walthamstow’ to take warm clothes and food to them ahead of one of the coldest winters predicted in France. We will be going to France on Saturday 9th December- ahead of this we are collecting donations of money or the following: 
  • Small tents, sleeping bags, camping matts, blankets inflatable pillows
  • Medium sized rucksacks.
  • Men’s small -medium clothes and small and medium sized shoes for the outdoor 
  • Leggings for Women 
  • Nuts, Dried fruit especially dates 
  • Ring pull tins fish , same of fruit
  • Instant coffee and long-life milk
  • Paper/polystyrene coffee/tea cups
  • Olive oil and Honey (in plastic containers)
  • Golden syrup and cereal bars
  • Dried chiii flakes, garam masala, fennel seeds, peppercorns 
  • Chocolate bars any size
  • Dried chick peas 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Wet wipes
  • Men's deodorant 
  • Aspirin/paracetamol
  • Wind up powered torches
  • Batteries 
  • Tarpaulins
  • Hot water bottles
  • Second-hand phones
Items can be dropped off at the Labour Party office on Orford Road from Friday 17thNovember- 27th November 2017 between 10am-4pm. 

Sleep Out

WF Community Sleep Out- Friday 17thNovember
WF Community are planning to have a sleep out on Friday 17th November in Walthamstow town square on behalf of Christian Kitchen, to raise awareness of the plight of homelessness in the borough. They are currently looking for volunteers and if you are interested in joining this activity please contact Tommy on 07506 733392. 

WF Housing Action

Back the Bid


November 2017
Waltham Forest News
Help us get to 10,000 pledges
Time is running out Waltham Forest!
In three weeks we’ll submit our bid to be the first London Borough of Culture so don’t delay, please back our bid now  
More than 8,800 residents have pledged their support so far and we need you to help us get to 10,000 pledges!
Winning will bring over £1 million to spend on a spectacular arts and culture programme. It will shine a light on all the brilliant cultural opportunities that Waltham Forest has to offer and will really put the borough on the map.
The funding will also benefit the local economy and bring new employment opportunities to the borough.
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We’re currently second to Croydon but catching up fast - your votes will catapult us to first place!
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