Friday, 22 March 2019

BGORUG - Steam Train to the rescue!

Steam Train arrives

This Saturday (23rd March) the Barking - Gospel Oak rail line will see its first steam hauled train for three years.

The line passes through
Waltham Forest

Please get in touch if you require any further information.

Kind regards

Glenn Wallis
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group

BoC - Art Night

All Night Long: Art Night 2019 Takes Place This June in Walthamstow and King's Cross

Barbara Kruger, ‘Untitled (Blind Idealism Is…)’ (2016). A High Line Commission, on view March 2016 - March 2017. 
Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy of Friends of the High Line
London’s largest contemporary art festival, Art Night, announces first details of the Curated Programme - a selection of internationally acclaimed artists presenting 12 commissions in locations around Walthamstow and King’s Cross.
Curated by Helen Nisbet – her first edition as Art Night’s Artistic Director – the programme will take place on the night of 22 June 2019, beginning at5.00pm in King’s Cross and 7.00pm in Walthamstow, and running throughout the night. Art Night is generously supported by international auction house Phillips for the fourth year running, and this year takes place as part of the official programme for the first ever Mayor's London Borough of Culture in Waltham Forest.
In 1993 the London pop group East 17 released their single It’s Alright, heralding a new era for boy bands and making E17 the most exciting postcode in popular culture. In 2019 this song provides the inspiration for the fourth Art Night festival in Walthamstow and King’s Cross. The 12 Art Night curated projects have been conceived in response to the physical context of these locations and the communities who use them.
The festival will explore the distinct identity, culture and architecture of Waltham Forest, highlighting the area's expansive market culture through a series of new commissions along and around Walthamstow High Street – Europe’s longest outdoor market – and other local landmarks. Additional activations will take place in King’s Cross – London’s dynamic transport and culture hub, only 14 minutes on the tube from Walthamstow – encouraging audiences to enter the Art Night trail via the 24-hour Night Tube on the Victoria Line.
Each artist has been invited to consider ideas around Hope, Love and The Future and how communities might care for and support one other amidst a time of political and cultural uncertainty.
Art Night 2019 will occupy familiar places where people are brought together in everyday life – the market, cinema, pub, community centre, library, shopping mall, museum, car park, school, places of worship and the street. Over a dozen iconic and unique public sites such as Walthamstow Town SquareWalthamstow Library and The Mall in Walthamstow and Coal Drops Yard and Cubitt Square in King’s Cross will feature in the Art Night Curated programme. From cultural landmarks William Morris Gallery and the kilometre-long Walthamstow Market, to the more unusualWalthamstow car park and listed 1930s former cinema Mirth Marvel & Maud, Art Night 2019 will continue to unlock London’s extraordinary public and private spaces to transform them for one night only.
The Curated Programme will comprise of new commissions by internationally renowned artists including Barbara Kruger, who will be presenting her first large-scale outdoor commission in 15 years in the UK, in Walthamstow’s Town Square - questioning consumerism, individual autonomy, desire and power. Christine Sun Kim will transform Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross with a three-part commission, collaborating with students at the local Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children to create two works – an experimental new multi-channel video installation and a text-based ‘declaration’ in Cubitt Square, as well as a durational sound piece at the new arts-focused COS space in Coal Drops Yard, exploring how experiences of deafness shape understandings of language and culture. Artist duo Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings will present a ‘musical spectacle’ travelling throughWalthamstow Market, which brings together musical genres – including disco, House, High NRG and Pop – into a single dramatic vision performed and centred around a Pride float.
Further highlights of the Curated Programme include:
  • Oscar Murillo will be working in close collaboration with people in Walthamstow before, during and after the festival to create a new commission titled Welcome to the members’ club.
  • Artist and composer Joe Namy will plug into London’s custom-designed car stereo subculture, presenting a sound installation using local car owners' vehicles and their sound systems in a Walthamstow car park.
  • Alice Theobald will present a new site-specific video installation and live music performance staged in The Mall, Walthamstow. Made in collaboration with a local acting coach and shooting on location in Walthamstow shops, Theobald’s 2-channel video installation will explore aspects of the performance of everyday life and the concept of buyer's remorse, referencing popular TV makeover shows such as Queer Eye,What Not To Wear and Streetmate
  • Working in collaboration, artist Cory Arcangel and organist Hampus Lindwall have invited a group of artists and musicians to compose new music to be performed on the organ of St Mary’s Church Walthamstow. The commissioned artists include: Ellen Arkbro, Pierre Bismuth, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Hanne Lippard, Haroon Mizra, Charlemagne Palestine, as well as world premieres by the commissionaires.
  • Award-winning dancer and choreographer Julie Cunningham will present a new performance, continuing their research into the queer body, at a school in Walthamstow.
  • The historic reading room of Walthamstow Library will host a multimedia theatrical installation by Zadie Xa, inviting audiences to enter into an immersive, subaquatic and marine environment of spoken word, with impromptu performances by dancers and musicians throughout the night. This project is a co-commission with YARAT and Tramway, Glasgow.
  • Frances Stark's The Magic Flute - a collaborative interpretation of Mozart’s famous opera with conductor Danko Drusko, performed and recorded with a group of young musicians (aged between 10-19 years old) from Los Angeles - will be screened at 1930s listed cinema Mirth, Marvel & Maud.
  • Exploring real and fictional figures from Mauritian, Madagascan, and British colonial histories, Shiraz Bayjoo will work in collaboration with young people from Mission Grove Primary School in Walthamstow. The commission will draw upon Bayjoo’s research and practice on European legacies throughout the Indian ocean region, and consider the UN’s convention on children’s rights, set against a dystopian landscape of failed states and ecology. This project is a co-commission with Iniva.
  • Emma Talbot will present a series of paintings on silk installed at William Morris Gallery and other Walthamstow locations, responding to the work of Madge Gill - a self-taught artist, medium and spiritualist who was born in Walthamstow in 1882 - whose solo exhibition will open at William Morris Gallery on the same night.
Running alongside Art Night's Curated Programme will be special projects and events selected as part of Art Night Open, directed by Zarina Rossheart, which offers cultural organisations, as well as independent artists and curators, the opportunity to take part in the festival and respond to the 2019 themes and cultural trail. Details of these projects will be announced in the coming months.
Helen Nisbet, Artistic Director of Art Night 2019, said:
“It’s an honour to curate these 12 projects for the fourth edition of Art Night. The artists are brilliant, and their projects are very exciting. The Art Night Curated Programme centres on Walthamstow Market - Europe’s longest market. This year, artists are making work in the places people shop, learn and socialise - often collaborating with those who use them. At Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross we’re working with Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children so at both sites we’re thinking about who public space belongs to and who gets to be represented in major contemporary art festivals.”
Ksenia Zemtsova and Philippine Nguyen, Co-Founders of Art Night, said: 
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Mayor's first London Borough of Culture in Waltham Forest, to fill public spaces and unusual venues with free art this Summer. As part of Art Night's ongoing commitment to widening audiences for contemporary art, we are pleased to announce the first details of the 2019 programme, which will celebrate London's cultural offering outside of Zone 1. Linking this year's two locations - Walthamstow Central and King's Cross - will be the 24-Hour Night Tube on TfL's Victoria Line, which will make the journey home all that much easier!”
Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, said:
“It is exciting that Art Night will be taking place across Waltham Forest this year as part of our London Borough of Culture programme. It will be inspiring to see everyday places – from markets and community centres to libraries and shopping centres – displaying free art for all to see and internationally renowned artists collaborating with local young people. This is exactly what the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture is all about – putting world-leading culture and creativity at the heart of our communities.”
Sam Hunt, Creative Director of Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture, said: 
“Art Night has been on the journey with Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture from the very beginning –  it was a key part of our bid and encapsulates our vision of making art accessible to all. We are so excited to see artists’ work in every corner of Walthamstow – from unexpected places, in car parks and shopping centres, to the borough’s renowned William Morris Gallery. We hope thousands of people from the borough will embark on a nocturnal adventure to discover some of the world’s greatest artists in their hometown.”
Rachele Caltagirone, Kings Cross Senior Projects Director, said: 
“We are delighted to be a part of this year’s Art Night, London’s largest contemporary art festival. Our vision for King’s Cross is to create a cultural hub and to provide our visitors with an opportunity to discover something new and unexpected, and this is exactly what Art Night offers. As the starting point for this year’s Art Night, we invite the public to discover fantastic art events and commissions by local and international artists. We look forward to unveiling the full programme for King's Cross in April and revealing our exciting partners for 2019.”
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For further information, please contact The Corner Shop PR on
020 7831 7657 or Megan McCann, Head of Communications at Art Night
A schedule and details of the Art Night 2019 route will be available nearer the time to help people plan their trip.
Art Night is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Art Night is London’s largest free contemporary art festival, transforming the city annually for one unforgettable night. Each year, Art Night invites a leading cultural institution or curator to explore the history, culture and architecture of a different part of London, inspiring a series of new commissions, one off events and premieres by international and local artists from all stages of their careers. Alongside this, the Art Night Open programme offers local organisations, independent artists and curators the opportunity to take part in the festival - responding to the curatorial ideas and cultural trail. Art Night contributes to the UK’s art sector through its Legacy programme, which delivers co-commissions, acquisitions for public collections and prolonged display periods - enabling broader audiences to enjoy the programme, year-round. The festival was conceived and founded by Ksenia Zemtsova and Philippine Nguyen. 

Visit: Twitter: @ARTNIGHTLDN, Instagram: @ARTNIGHTLDN, Facebook Art Night | Art Night is administrated by ArtCity Nights, a registered charity no 1164449.
The London Borough of Culture award is a major new initiative launched by the Mayor of London in June 2017 and inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture programmes. The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award brings Londoners together. Putting culture at the heart of local communities, where it belongs. Shining a light on the character and diversity of London’s boroughs and showing culture is for everyone. Now more than ever, the Mayor wants Londoners to get to know each other and feel part of our great city. Thanks to this new award, all Londoners will now have the chance to be part of something extraordinary.
In total, 22 boroughs bid for £1million funding to stage a year-long programme of cultural events and initiatives, and to develop a plan to make culture an integral part of the borough’s future. Waltham Forest will be London Borough of Culture in 2019 and Brent will be London Borough of Culture in 2020. A panel of experts and City Hall officers read and moderated the bids. Experts were from institutions including City Bridge Trust, Historic England, Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund and the City of London. Recommendations were made to the Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE and the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, who made the final decision.
The winning boroughs of Waltham Forest and Brent were chosen based on their artistic vision and ambition to deliver outstanding cultural initiatives in their local area, putting communities at the centre of the programme design and delivery. The successful boroughs have demonstrated how winning the title will enable them to deliver their long-term ambitions, put local people at the heart of the programme, and showcase a diverse, vibrant and inclusive programme of work.
Waltham Forest is the Mayor’s first London Borough of Culture. The award, the flagship programme in his culture strategy, was a major new initiative launched by Sadiq to put culture at the heart of London’s communities. More than 15,000 people backed Waltham Forest’s bid, which aims to inspire 85% of households to participate in the cultural year, engage every school in the area in arts and culture, and to attract over half a million new visitors to the borough.
The year will explore the themes ‘Radicals’, ‘Makers’ and ‘Fellowship’ in a collaboration between local residents, artists and creatives creating a once in a life time celebration of the place we call ‘home’.
Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019 will shine a light on the character, diversity and cultures of the borough, the things we have in common and the things that make us different, a year-long celebration of the real cultures of London by the people who live here.
The two winning London Boroughs of Culture (2019 and 2020) will receive a guaranteed fund of £1.35 million. This comprises of £1.25m pledged by City Hall with additional support from the City Bridge Trust of £100,000. In addition, a total of £1,004,000 has been allocated to up to six additional boroughs for individual landmark projects – the Mayor’s Cultural Impact Award. This comprises £904,000 from City Hall and £100,000 from the City Bridge Trust. The winning boroughs will also be supported to bid for funds that have been agreed by external partners Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Heritage Lottery Fund. The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation will work with the winning boroughs to help them secure further funding for bespoke cultural projects that will help bring real change to local boroughs. Boroughs are expected to provide at least 30% match funding (25% in cash, 5% in kind).
The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK
City Bridge Trust is the City of London Corporation's charitable funder. It is London's biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital. City Bridge Trust has awarded more than 7,700 grants totalling over £370 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the City Corporation's aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.
Airbnb is supporting the London Borough of Culture with funding to promote healthy tourism. Airbnb’s Community Tourism Programme, will support the Mayor’s winning boroughs – Waltham Forest and Brent – by funding innovative local community project ‘Listen Local’. This will place writers in Waltham Forest and Brent to work with local creative talent and their communities to uncover hidden stories about local people and places.
Find out more and explore the programme at Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @WFCulture19 #WFCulture19
Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st Century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewellery, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in London, New York, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world, and is committed to supporting contemporary arts and culture through a worldwide programme of Arts Partnerships.
Visit for further information.
Art Night would like to thank its 2019 Partners and Supporters:
Argent, Arts Council England, ArtSocial Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Cass Art, COS, frieze, Goethe-Institut London, Hiscox, Iniva, Jack Arts, Korean Cultural Centre UK, Lisson Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Mayor of London, Phillips, Tramway Glasgow, Visit London, William Morris Gallery and Yarat Contemporary Art Space.

Grenfell - the extremes of London

I took a walk around Holland Park and North Kensington and the extremes are extraordinary. Fabulous blossomed lined streets with huge houses at a cost of millions - the estate agents were advertising flats at £7,000 per week!! Makes Walthamstow look really third world! Then you get to the council estates which are cramped with very little space and towering above them all is the Grenfell Tower. What is our council and the GLA doing to avoid this type of community disaster??

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Central Parade - good news

Cabinet Report

On the 21st March 2019 the Cabinet will decide to redevelop the service yard of Central Parade by constructing 19 flats, 50% affordable, adding to the existing 35 flats. An additional 9 flats will be created by converting some of the existing 1st floor offices.


The good news is the building has been listed so the council has decided they can't develop the whole site which from the early designs was going to be a real eyesore.

Original Plan

Wood Street Library update

Last night (19/3/19) at the Wood Street Community Ward Forum Cllr Miller reported that 2 community groups had said they would be bidding for the existing library building. He did not reveal who these groups are but we do know that one of them has withdrawn. Up until the closing date of the ACV, 8th July 2019, the council would have to consider these offers.

After the 8th July they can put the building on the open market. After a viability assessment they would then have to decide which offer to take. In the meantime the council is preparing their own scheme for the building.

 At the Ward Forum meeting Louise Duffield outlined the plans for the new library beside the Coop store. Behind the current hoardings the new library will occupy the ground floor from Wood Street to the Post Office. The Post Office will be relocated next to the current marketing suite. Once the old Post Office is demolished a large plaza and children's playground will be built.

The council provided those at the meeting with a range of stats showing the use of the current library and they are hoping to broaden the range of users and increase the numbers using the new building. Currently the main users are young families with few elderly people using it.

Residents attending the meeting were put into 2 Workshops, one developing ideas to attract more people to the library and the other working out the internal layout of the library. It was felt that those "working from home" should be accommodated at one end with good WiFi, a teenage area in the middle and the cafe and children's area at the far end close to the new children's play area. There will be one small meeting room in the building which will be let out. In good weather there will be an opportunity to put out tables and chairs on the plaza for cafe users.

There is a trial at Higham Hill library, which so far has been successful, to allow library users in using a card access system 24 hours per day. The library is expected to be open every day of the year except for 4 days i.e. Christmas Day etc.

A Library Forum has been set up to advise on the details for the new library and more members are needed so if you want to help with the new library please get in touch with one of your local councillors.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

BGORUG train shortage

The sublease TfL holds on the last 3x2-car diesel trains expires at midnight this Friday, 15 March 2019. Thereafter only 3x4-car electric trains, 378 206, 378 209 & 378 232, will be available to work on the Barking - Gospel Oak Overground line. 

In spite of this, TfL seem to maintaining an information black-out. The TfL website is still announcing that a 6-train, 15-minute frequency full service will operate from 16 March!

Please find attached the expected Monday - Friday train times from Monday 16 March, based on the little information released by TfL. Due to this information vacuum, it is not possible to predict what kinf of service, if any will operate on Saturdays & Sundays.

Kind regards


Glenn Wallis
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group

Below, predicted Monday to Friday service from 18 March, the 3 trains that will be relied on to provide that service and the last poster issued by TfL.

Ultra Low Emmission Zone


1952 smog crisis: Bus In Smog

Children's Services improved

Children's Services

Housing Petition

Housing Petition

Wood Street Ward Forum

Wood Street Ward Forum

Wood Street ward councillors are hosting a ward forum at 7pm on Tuesday 19th March at The Woodside Primary Academy, Wood Street, E17 3JX.   (Forest Site, Near Forest Road)  The session will focus on Wood Street Library and will feature presentations from Officers and a Cabinet Member which will be followed by a workshop.
Wood Street residents are encouraged to attend and contribute to the discussion.  Its your Ward and its your opportunity to have your say. 


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March 2019 News

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Welcome to our March 2019 newsletter. 
Share your favourite jokes and take part in our next exhibition, part of the Borough of Culture! And don't forget to view Best in Show, cats and dogs have taken over The Mill. Read on to find out about our new Friday afternoon after school Chill Out Zone for 11 - 16 year olds.

The Jokes on Us!

Take part in our new participatory exhibitionThe Joke’s On Us, centring on Joke Stack by Peter Liversidge, part of the Government Art Collection, for Waltham Forest Borough of Culture 2019. You can take home jokes originally written by British comedians… and leave your jokes for our walls! The exhibition will be on display from 11 April 2019.

Please send us your jokes on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #TheJokesOnUs, email or post them in our Jokebox at The Mill.

Find our more>>>

Best in Show

They've taken over the internet, and now they've taken over The Mill!
Walthamstow artists and makers of all ages and abilities have covered the walls of the Mill with drawings, photographs, paintings and collages of our feline friends or canine companions.

Who will be the best in show – Fido or Felix?

Best in Show! will be on display until 6 April 2019

Find out more>>>

The Chillout Zone

The Chillout Zone is a new youth space popping up at The Mill this spring. Thanks to funding from St James Big Local, young people aged 11-16 will have a new place to hang out, play games, learn new skills, be creative and chill out after school every Friday from 3-6pm. Sessions are run by Waltham Forest Arts in Education Network (WFAEN) and take place on Fridays during term time until the end of the summer term.

Find out more>>>

What's on:

A few of the things coming up at The Mill. View our online calendar for lots more!

Music and Special Needs

Tuesday afternoons, 3-30pm
£100 for 8 week programme
Music for Children with Special Needs up to 5 years old with a trained Music Therapist. Singing, Instrument Play, Musical Games, Dance and Movement and Relaxation through Music. 

The Limes Souper Wednesdays

Every Wednesday 12 noon-1:30pm
The Limes Community and Children’s Centre will be making fresh, seasonal soup with a chunk of bread, made with love by young people with disabilities at The Limes. Enjoy a nice bowl of soup and support two fantastic charities in Walthamstow.

Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crime reporting surgery

Second Thursday of every month from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) is hosting regular hate crime reporting surgeries in Waltham Forest. Members of the public can drop in for advice with no appointment necessary. 
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