Friday, 25 April 2014

Election Time

I assume that due to Election legislation the political parties have to be careful what they publish, but I thought it would be useful to see what their web sites have on offer - not a lot so far!

If I have missed a Waltham Forest political party let me know!

Liberal Democrats


Labour Party

Green Party


Socialist Party

and here is some bedtime reading!


Planning Apps

I found 3 applications which may be of interest but needless to say the plans don't appear on the council's web site so I can't give you any further information.

2014/0655 and 0656/NMA
Valentin Road - additional height and redesign

Walthamstow wetlands information centre

Sign for Lea Valley

Queens Road footpath - update


The ticket vending machine for the new Edison Close entrance was finally delivered on Wednesday 23 April and the signage for the entrance was installed on Tuesday 22 April. Waltham Forest Council has installed CCTV in Edison Close, so London Overground should be able to open this long awaited station entrance in the VERY near future! 

There is still no sign of work starting on the equally long awaited footpath, to be named Ray Dudley Way, to link Edison Close with Walthamstow Central. BGORUG is grateful to Waltham Forest Council for agreeing to provide pedestrian direction signage between Walthamstow Queen's Road station and Walthamstow Central and Walthamstow Queen's Road station and the High Street at Willow Walk. 

The Council has also agreed to lobby Transport for London to agree to BGORUG's proposal to add the words "Alight here for Walthamstow Town Centre" to signs on the station platforms.

Bringing History Alive

Dear David,

As discussed, I've arranged this talk for 5 p.m. at the Old Royal Naval College in Queen Anne 020, on 15th May.  Do advertise as you think most appropriate.

Bringing History Alive through Local People and Places,  By Lynne Dixon and Alison Hales.

Bringing History Alive through Local People and Places puts the local environment and community at the heart of history, showing how it can be used as the context for successful history teaching across the primary age range. It considers how to develop children’s concepts and skills through local history, how to link local, national and global aspects of history, and helps you develop your own historical knowledge, understanding and confidence in teaching the subject. Practical topics explored include:

•Investigating children’s cultural and geographical roots through fieldwork
•Finding and visiting local museums, archives and heritage sights
•Choosing and using resources
•Using significant people, events and buildings to link with national history
•Environmental education and sustainable development through local history
•Understanding the links between history and everyday life
•Planning and assessing history

Based on the latest research and practice in the field, Bringing History Alive through Local People and Places offers an exciting template of creative ideas and activities to show teachers how they can make history relevant to all children.

November 2013
PB: 978-0-415-53586-1: £22.00
HB: 9780-415-53585-4: £95.00 For more information visit:

"A much-needed and delightful book. It shows how history can be taught with the meaningful experiences of each child at its centre, making connections between the child, the locality and community, the national and global past and concepts of time". --Hilary Cooper, Emeritus Professor of History, The University of Cumbria, UK.


Mary Clare

Dr Mary Clare Martin
Head of the Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation
Principal Lecturer/Programme Leader, Childhood Studies
University of Greenwich
School of Education
Avery Hill Campus
Mansion Site
Bexley Rd
London SE9 2PQ

Dog Show in the park

Stow Roses Choir

The Stow Roses Choir will meet weekly on Mondays between 7.30pm and 9pm
 at the Bell pub, E17, starting on Monday 28th April.  

All abilities welcome, and you don't need to be able to read music either.  Songs will be chosen by the members.  If you haven't already signed up, please feel free just to turn up on the night.  Cost: £5-£6 per week (depending on numbers attending).  Stow Roses members only.

Coding Opportunity

From Stella Creasy MP's Newsletter:

HackJam: Lets Make Sure Every Kid in E17 Can Code!  
I'm passionate that we should try to ensure every young person in Walthamstow is able not simply to get online but produce their own online spaces. Coding is a skill that allows them to do this, and so could open up many opportunities for them in the future. That's why I'm delighted that locally many programmers are working to support the development of these skills in our children. One such opportunity has now arisen. 
Are you organising an event with young people or working in a space with young people? Would you like to bring the opportunity to learn new digital skills into that environment? Hackjam is a local not for profit project teaching young people how to code, moving them from being consumers of technology onto producers.
This summer there will be a series of pop up Hackjam events in are area, with programers bringing their skills to the young people you're working with. If you have a group of at least 10 young people (14 to 18 year olds) coming together in either an indoor or outdoor space, who you think might benefit from this opportunity please email. Priority will be given to those working with young women, young people in care, those at risk of offending, and low income families.

Lea Rowing Regatta

Lea Spring Rowing Club: Regatta 27 April 

This Sunday 27 April sees the annual Lea Spring rowing regatta.  It attracts rowers, especially junior rowers, from clubs in the London area and gives many their first taste of racing over a 600m course on the River Lea near Coppermill. Racing commences at 9.30am with the last race is at 4.30pm. All local residents are invited to come along, find out more about rowing and have a cup of tea by the river. Further details about the regatta and the club can be found on their website

Green Open Homes Weekend

Advance Notice: 
E17 Green Open Homes Weekend 17-18 May 

The Hornbeam Centre is organising Waltham Forest's first Green Open Homes weekend on 17-18 May. Over 14 homes and venues are opening their doors to the public to show how they've been made greener, warmer and more energy efficient or used reclaimed materials. Houses range from the traditional to the funky, large and small, budget to more extravagant. Booking is needed for most venues, so book your visit now to avoid disappointment! 

London Cycling Campaign

London Cycling Campaign

Canalside Tottenham

Canalside Tottenham

Walthamstow Migrants Action Group

Walthamstow Migrants Action Group

Highams Park Forum

Highams Park Forum

Nice pot of tea

Nice pot of tea

Parklife London

Good afternoon,

I am contacting you on behalf of the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, to tell you about the launch of Parklife London – a green-spaces mobile map that has just come to Waltham Forest. For the first time, residents of Waltham Forest will be able to access this free-to-use tool and find, use and share all the green spaces in their vicinity. Parklife London also enables users to discover local community projects that are happening in their area and tells them how to get involved.

All this can be found here:

Given your interest in local events and activity in Waltham Forest, we would love for you to try out the site for yourself and share the news of its launch in Waltham Forest with your readership through a short blog post.

If this is something you are interested in, please do take a look at the press release for Parklife London below, and feel free to use any of its content for your blog.

Do get in touch if you have any questions or would like any further information about this project.

Many thanks,
Hannah Perlin
0203 544 4949

For immediate release
For more information, please contact Hannah Perlin on 020 3544 4949

‘Parks in your Pocket’
Mobile Map of London’s Parks and Green Spaces comes to Waltham Forest
Today, the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, launches Greater London’s first green space mobile map. Now that spring is here, this unique tool enables Londoners to unearth hidden green gems: for an Easter egg hunt; a space to work out in preparation for the summer; discover budding spring flowers, or find a local community garden project to get involved in.

This ground-breaking interactive map, first launched in 12 Inner London boroughs, has been extended to 20 boroughs throughout Greater London, now enabling residents of Waltham Forest to explore a multitude of parks and green spaces in their vicinity. Accessible on your smartphone or tablet, Parklife London geolocates you, bringing up all the parks near your location. You can also explore Parklife London on your desktop to check out a new outdoor event or a volunteer opportunity to take on. All this can be found

The ambition is that this innovative mobile tool becomes sustained and developed by Londoners, for Londoners. It includes a simple but well-moderated process for individual users and community organisations to upload locations, event and projects. Already a number of community groups and charities like the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s London Wetland Centre, London Play and Kenwood House have got involved – and you can too.
London is the ‘greenest’ major city in Europe, and the third ‘greenest’ city of its size in the world, with 35,000 acres of public parks, woodlands and gardens. This equates to 40% of London’s total surface area being made up of publicly accessible green space.1

Launched as part of the ‘Growing Localities’ programme, the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, produced Parklife London to help Londoners uncover the many green spaces around them and encourage community engagement, ownership and volunteering.

Quote from David Farnsworth, Chief Grants Officer of the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust:
“Parklife London, a ground-breaking initiative from the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, aims to help residents of Waltham Forest find, use and share details of their local green spaces. I really hope that Londoners will put this tool to good use and share their hidden green gems with others. Parklife London has the potential to become our Capital’s Green Trip Adviser.”


For more information please contact Hannah Perlin on 020 3544 4949

Notes to Editor

About Parklife London
Parklife London is an online map of London’s green spaces, as well as the events and community opportunities available in them. Launched by the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, Parklife London now covers around 2,300 parks and open spaces across 12 Inner London boroughs and 20 boroughs of Greater London. Utilising cutting-edge ‘responsive design’ Parklife London avoids the need for a dedicated mobile ‘app,’ allowing the map to adapt and work perfectly across all smartphones and tablets. The City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, launched a beta version of Parklife London in February 2013 with a basic design and covering four boroughs: City of London, Hackney, Camden and Lambeth. Following the success of this launch, Parklife London was extended to 12 Inner London boroughs in September 2013. The latest relaunch has seen a build-out of a further 1300 green spaces in greater London, covering 20 additional boroughs. The positive response from the primary stages of Parklife London, has led to the development of the more robust, more extensive and more interactive version seen here.
Website link:
Parklife London is designed to respond to any smartphone or tablet, giving users a unique and easy-to-use mobile experience.

About the City of London Corporation and its charity the City Bridge Trust
The elected City of London Corporation supports and promotes the City as a world-leading international finance and business centre as well as providing local services and policing for those working in, living in and visiting the Square Mile business cluster around St Paul’s. Among the valued services to London and the nation it also provides are: the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Guildhall Library and Art Gallery and London Metropolitan Archive; education (including three independent schools and sponsor of three inner London City Academies); five Thames bridges (including Tower Bridge and the Millennium Bridge); the Central Criminal Court at Old Bailey; over 10,000 acres of open spaces (including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest), and three wholesale food markets. It is also London’s Port Health Authority and runs the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow. It works in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on the regeneration of surrounding areas and the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust, makes grants of more than £15 million annually to charitable projects in London.

1.         ‘Green spaces: the benefits for London’ – Report from City of London
BOP Consulting, on behalf of the City of London, conducted an extensive literature review to produce the ‘Green spaces: the benefits for London’ report. It examined the environmental, health, social and economic benefits Londoners receive from the capital’s much loved green spaces.

Visual Assets


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TCV Newsletter

TCV Newsleter

Election - timetable


Waltham Oak Inquiry

Waltham Oak Inquiry

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Where has the money gone?

Where has the money gone?

English Heritage Awards

Subject: English Heritage Angel Awards 2014
Dear Mr Stannard

The 2014 English Heritage Angel Awards are now open for applications and this year’s awards ceremony will be even more special than ever – an evening red carpet event at The Palace Theatre in London on Monday 3rd November.  So, do please nominate people you know who deserve recognition for rescuing our heritage. Or, if you or your organisation has been directly involved, don’t hold back – apply on your own behalf.

Applicants will be in with the chance of having a short film specially made about their project and getting lots of other publicity not to mention being centre-stage with Andrew Lloyd Webber and his team of celebrity judges at the awards ceremony and attending a special reception after the show.

The Angel Awards are for:

 - the best rescue or repair of a historic place of worship
 - the best rescue of an industrial building or site
 - the best craftsmanship by a trainee or apprentice employed on a heritage rescue
 - the best rescue of a listed building, scheduled monument, registered garden, landscape or battlefield, protected wreck or conservation area. 

Apprentices, Trainees and Young People Involved in Heritage Rescues

This year, we’re particularly looking for exceptional trainees or apprentices for the Best Craftsmanship Angel. And across all the categories, we’re asking people to let us know if there was anyone, aged 15-24 involved in their project who deserves recognition. It won’t always be the case, but if there was a young person involved who showed particular passion and dedication, there’s a special section on the application form where you can tell us about him or her. 

How to Apply

To be eligible for the Awards, the heritage site must be designated as nationally significant, and be, or have been, at risk from neglect or decay. Your rescue project must have been completed since 2008 or currently be well underway. More information and the all-important application form can be found here, or if you have any questions on how to apply, please contact us at:

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 1st June 2014.

The Angels team, English Heritage

The English Heritage Angel Awards are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

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Heritage Walks

May and June’s Heritage Health Walks

Discover Clapton, Vikings and the importance of East London's water, 2.7km
Led by Simon Cole of Hackney Tours

Meeting Point: Outside Princess of Wales pub, Lea Bridge Road
Description: Take a walk from Lea Bridge to Springfield Marina and on the way we'll stop off at the Middlesex Filter Beds to hear how waterways in this part of the capital have been crucial in London's development. See why Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes are such hotbeds of biodiversity and why you might once have seen Vikings here.

Hackney Wick: artists & industrials, artists & urbanists - and the future, 2.5km                                      Led by Simon Cole of Hackney Tours
Meeting Point: Down ramp of westbound platform at Hackney Wick Overground station               Description: Stroll through the artist haven of Hackney Wick up to the View Tube cafe and hear how artists and innovators have taken over its Victorian warehouses. What are they up to? What's new on the Olympic Park next door and how will if affect the Wick? We'll see canals, street art, Olympic stadia - maybe even the future?
 FREE but places are limited and booking is essential

Harrow Green Community Library

Harrow Green Community Library

Dog Show lookalikes

William Morris lookalike

The Scene treeless

Where have all the trees gone

CPRE - London Plan


Ink Emporium

Ink Emporium

Victorian Society Exhibition

Subject: Victorian Society Exhibition at Walthamstow Library.
I am writing (mostly blind-copied) to history, heritage, arts, U3A, NADFAS and related bodies in and around Waltham Forest to inform you about the Victorian Society’s photographic exhibition Saving a Century, curated by noted architectural historian Gavin Stamp, which will be on show free of charge at the Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JN, from 2 – 31 May, daily.
I would be grateful if you would circulate this information and the attached poster to your members/ contacts or via your website and, if possible, print and display the poster to the public.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support and I hope that you can visit Saving a Century.

Steve Roman
Victorian Society Membership Trustee
0161 434 2908

The Victorian Society is the national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment. It fights to preserve important Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes so that they can be enjoyed by this and future generations. It provides expert advice to churches and local planning authorities on how Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes can be adapted to the way we live now, while keeping what is special about them. It also advises members of the public about how they can help shape the future of their local Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes. It provides information to owners of Victorian and Edwardian houses about how they can better look after their precious buildings. It helps people understand, appreciate and enjoy the architectural heritage of the Victorian and Edwardian period through its publications and educational programmes.

The Victorian Society is a Registered Charity No. 1081435 and a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No. 3940996.


VICTORIAN BUILDINGS LOST BEFORE 1958 – A photographic survey of some of the best Victorian buildings destroyed in the first half of the twentieth century, among them Crystal Palace (burnt down 30th November 1936), Trentham Hall, Staffordshire (abandoned by the 4th Duke of Sutherland in 1906 and demolished five years later) and Queen’s Park Church,Glasgow (Scotland’s worst architectural loss of the Second World War).

THE FOUNDATION OF THE VICTORIAN SOCIETY – Photographs and material from the opening meetings of the Society. Early members included architect Hugh Casson, architectural historian Christopher Hussey, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and Sir John Betjeman.

THE EUSTON MURDER AND OTHER CASES – Photographs and text documenting the bitter battle for the Euston Arch, as well some of the Victorian Society’s other early defeats. There were early victories too, among them the Oxford UniversityMuseum, proposed for demolition in 1961 to make way for new science buildings. The Victorian Society also succeeded in getting the Broad Street Building of Balliol College listed, after it was threatened with a re-build in 1963.

VICTORY IN WHITEHALL – Photographs charting the heroic, ten-year campaign against plans to demolish much of the historic square mile, including nearly every building south of Downing Street and Richmond Terrace. Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Foreign Office, Richard Norman Shaw’s New Scotland Yard and Middlesex Guildhall in Parliament Square were among the buildings proposed for demolition.

PLACES OF WORSHIP – A photographic survey of some of the historic churches, chapels and synagogues with which the Victorian Society has been involved. As churches are exempt from the secular planning system, it can be particularly difficult to guard them against insensitive change. With falling attendance figures and a growing number of redundant places of worship, the future of our best churches is one of the biggest challenges facing heritage campaigners today.

RAILWAY BUILDINGS – Photographs of some of the key buildings the Victorian Society fought for, as the closure of many branch and other railway lines resulted in the redundancy of numerous stations, bridges and viaducts. That many pioneering and magnificent railway structures, such as St Pancras Station, survive today, often still in use, is very much owing to the efforts of the Society.

IRON, GLASS & STONE – Photographs of some of the most innovative nineteenth century buildings, among them Clevedon Pier, Islington’s Royal Agricultural Hall and Bradford’s Kirkgate Market, for which the Victorian Society has fought.

THE FUNCTIONAL TRADITION – Photographs of some of the most impressive industrial buildings for which the Society has fought. With the decline of the traditional industries of the North of England after the Second World War, many mills and warehouses became redundant while many Northern towns and cities became ashamed of their Victorian industrial legacy and anxious to replace it with something new. The Victorian Society, along with bodies such as SAVE Britain’s Heritage, argued that nineteenth century industrial buildings were evocative and substantial structures which were not only of historical importance but capable of gainful re-use.

THE PURPLE OF COMMERCE – Photographs of some of the most significant Victorian commercial buildings to have come under threat in the last fifty years. Built partly as self-advertisements and partly to inspire confidence, these ambitious and substantial banks, offices and warehouses too often fall victim to redevelopment schemes.

COUNTRY HOUSES – Photographs of some of the grandest country houses to have been the subject of Victorian Society campaigns, among them Shadwell Park, Tyntesfield and Highcliffe Castle. Rendered redundant by social and cultural changes, some of the most famous large houses were demolished between the wars while many more disappeared in the 1950s.

DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE – A collection of photographs of some of the Victorian villas and terraced houses for which the Victorian Society has fought. Often extravagant and fanciful buildings, these buildings are regularly demolished to allow higher density developments in their grounds or make way for flats.

PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS – A photographic survey of some of the best municipal buildings that have been saved or lost. Physical embodiments of the Victorians’ strong sense of civic pride and duty, many of these splendid town halls, libraries, swimming pools, museums, art galleries and post offices still add much to the rich character of British towns and cities today.

BEACONS OF THE FUTURE – A survey of some of the Society’s most recent campaigns, focusing on the battle for Victorian schools and swimming pools. Among the battles highlighted are the protest and funeral for Bonner School, the Public Inquiry for Easington Colliery School and the local campaign for the Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham.

THE VICTORIANS VICTORIOUS – Photographs of some of the most notable Victorian buildings used and valued today.

Are you registered to vote?

WF Election Info

Dear Adrian,

Are you registered to vote in the elections on 22nd May? Are your neighbours? Chances are at least some of them are not.

Does this even matter? After all, our democracy has huge problems. 38 Degrees made this clear two weeks ago when we told MPs that a huge reason people don’t vote is a lack of trust in politicians and parties. No wonder many people feel voting is pointless. [1]

But for those politicians who find it easier to ignore their constituents, this isn’t a problem. In fact, people not voting makes their lives easier because it means fewer people are paying attention to challenge bad decisions that they make.

Together we had lots of ideas on how to make our democracy better - such as the right to sack bad MPs, a new voting system or a ‘none of the above’ option when we go to vote. These things are only going to happen if more people are engaged, not fewer.

At the beginning of this year thousands of 38 Degrees members said that we should work together to get more people registered to vote. [1] That’s why, over the last few weeks, the office team and our partners Bite the Ballot have been hatching an exciting plan to register hundreds of thousands of our neighbours to vote.

On Saturday 26th April, a week before the voter registration deadline, we’ll go out on our streets and register our neighbours to vote. Already 4,000 of us have said we’d like to take part. Will you join in with other volunteers near you?

All you need to do is sign up to your local team now and you’ll be sent a registration pack and instructions. We need to get the final list of volunteers by Thursday, so please sign up now:

At the beginning of this year thousands of 38 Degrees members said that we should work together to get more people registered to vote. [2] That’s why over the last few weeks the office team and our partners Bite the Ballot have been hatching this exciting plan to register hundreds of thousands of our neighbours to vote. [3]

Here’s the plan:

  • Today you can use the new website where you can join your team and choose the streets you want to cover.

  • Once everyone’s signed up and organised into teams, Join the Vote packs will be sent out to everyone with registration forms, instructions on what to do, a badge, and a guide to getting local media coverage.

  • On Saturday 26th April thousands of us will take to the streets, knocking on our neighbours’ doors, dropping off registration forms and a letter explaining about the EU elections. In the following days we’ll go back around and collect any registration forms.

  • Once they’re all collected you'll send them to the appropriate electoral registration office, in time for the final deadline on 6th May.
So what do you say? Will you join the team for your area and register your neighbours to vote?

Thanks for being involved,

James, Megan, Maddy and the 38 Degrees team