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Walthamstow Garden Party - Catherine Osborn
The Walthamstow Garden Party was two days of music, theatre, arts & crafts, food and family activity in Walthamstow's beautiful Lloyd Park. The free festival made full use of the landscape of the park, home to the award-winning William Morris Gallery, filling it with an eclectic mix of non-stop entertainment. WXHR's Catherine Osborn reports on three of the many activities.
For more on DrumWorks visit their website here. While for the 'Walthamstow Acoustic Massive' you can check out their Facebook page: walthamstowacousticmassive
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Newham Swords Fencing - Catherine Osborn
During this year's Leytonstone Festival and in association with British Fencing, Great Britain Olympians Pierre Harper and Linda Strachan and some of their young international fencers from the highly successful Newham Swords Fencing Club gave free fencing demonstrations and "have a go sessions". Catherine went along and chatted to British under 20 champion Amol Singh and triple Olympian Pierre Harper about the sport and the club.
Phil Hughes narrates the story of the role the Hospital played treating wounded troops during the First World War. The Hospital, which was built in 1903 as a Poor Law institution, treated some 6,000 injured World War 1 soldiers during the four years of the conflict. After a visit by King George V and Queen Mary in 1917 the name was changed from West Ham Union Infirmary to Whipps Cross Hospital and it became a general hospital. Click here to see the short Youtube clip of the charity football match. *If you have any local WW1 memorabilia such as photographs that you would like to share please get in touch with the station.
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Canoe Slalom World Championships - Vince Burke
Recently Vince went along to the Canoe Slalom World Championships at the impressive Lee Valley White Water Centre just a few miles from Whipps Cross. He found out that the Olympic legacy is delivering world class facilities, opportunities and events to our part of East London. Amongst others, he chats to Olympians Jessica Fox and Tim Baillie as well as Jon Anderson, Performance Director GB Canoeing. For more information visit:
Lee Valley White Water Centre: www.visitleevalley.org.uk
Lee Valley Paddlesports Club: www.leevalleypaddlesportsclub.org
Herts Young Mariners Base: www.hymb.com
British Canoe Union: www.bcu.org.uk
Canoe Slalom: www.canoeslalom.co.uk Canoe England: www.canoe-england.org.uk
Now in its eighth year, this year's Leytonstone Arts Trail (LAT) looks like being one of the best ever. Anastasia Aboim from the Wednesday evening Focus programme caught up with Hilary Douse, one of the organisers, to get the full picture on the trail and to hear about some of the highlights. For more information their website is www.leytonestoneartstrail.org and for last minute updates check out their twitter channel at: @lat_tweets and Leytonstone in July
Walthamstow Through Time - John Doyle
John steps back in time and reminisces about Walthamstow as he chats with Pumphouse Museum director Lindsay Collier about his recently published book called 'Walthamstow Through Time'. Lindsay hopes to awaken memories for longstanding residents, and to inspire newcomers to learn more about this historic town with his book. The name Walthamstow derives from the Anglo-Saxon 'Wilcumestouue', meaning 'the welcome place'. You can get Lindsay's book from Amazon here.
E17 Community Kitchen is a non-profit organisation based at Waltham Forest College that provides free chef demos & workshops, teaching people how cooking on a low budget can still be healthy, tasty & sustainable. Vince Burke went along to get a taste of what they do. You can find out more about the project from their website: e17kitchen.wordpress.com
Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Awareness Week - Phil Hughes
In the run up to the Alzheimer's Society's dementia awareness week, Phil chats to Dr Andrew Winnett from Whipps Cross and Alli Anthony from the Waltham Forest Alzheimer's Society about what dementia actually is, how to recognise the symptoms and what to do if you are worried about yours or somebody else's memory. If you have any concerns or want more information you can pop in to Waltham Forest Alzheimer's Society's office at 1 Russell Road, Leyton or call them on 020 8556 8171 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org Also lots more information can be found on the Alzheimer's Society's website alzheimers.org.uk
The Waltham Forest Growth Commission was recently asked to provide an independent report on how the Council, local businesses and other stakeholders can work together to secure growth in the years ahead and provide more opportunities for the residents.
Whipps Cross's Vince Burke went along to the recent launch of the report at the William Morris Gallery to find out more about it and what it means for local residents and businesses.
You can find out more from councils website here
and read the report in PDF form here
Ahead of their spring concert that took place on the 23rd of March at St Gabriel's Church in Wanstead, John chatted to Christine Gwynn the musical director and conductor of the local Valentine Singers.
Amongst other things, John found out about the history of the group and a couple of summer concerts they will be performing in Oxford on the 27th and 28th of July 2013.
'Back on Track' Back Pain Roadshow - Kerry Magorian
Whipps Cross University Hospital's specialist Early Inflammatory Back Pain Service ran a 'Back on Track' roadshow at the Fitness First gym in Leyton Mills at the beginning of April. The team was present to answer questions on inflammatory back pain and to help people recognise the early symptoms. Before the roadshow Kerry caught up with Rebecca Adshead, a Senior Physiotherapist on the team, to find out more about Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) a back condition that can affect younger people. You can download and read this 'Back on Track' PDF leaflet for more information.
On the first Thursday in February Kerry visited Lloyd Park, which is just off Forest Road in Walthamstow, to find out about the Volunteer Gardeners scheme from community projects coordinator Ellie (second from right) and head gardener Luke (third from right).
Jonathan Thomas came in to tell Terry Warren all about his 'Walthamstow Dad' T-shirt campaign, which raises money for the 'Big Push' appeal here at the Whipps Cross maternity unit.
You can find out more about the 'Big Push' appeal at Whipps Cross here.
You can get a Walthamstow Dad T-shirt from Jonathan's website www.jonathanmaker.com where you can also find out more about the 'Walthanstow Dad' Challange.
'London Glider' Cider - Kerry Magorian
Kerry went along to 'London Glider' a new local cider making group who opened their doors during the Woodford Festival to show off the cider making process. Many local gardens have an apple tree (or two) but most of the fruit is never used. It falls to the ground and rots, ruining lawns and attracting wasps. If you live in (or near) Woodford and have an apple tree in your garden but don't want the apples, or you would like to buy some locally produced cider then drop them an email at: email@example.com
Singer-Songwriter Robin Grey -
Ian chats to local singer-songwriter Robin Grey about his music, influences, projects and interests.
Robin and his friend and backing singer Candy Parfitt visited our studios just before Christmas 2012 to chat and play a few of his tracks live.
You can find out more about Robin as well as listen to and download some of his great music from his website www.robingrey.com.
Kerry chats to Lorraine Gilson a specialist pharmacist here at Whipps Cross, Terri Perrin a rehab assistant also from Whipps Cross and Kathryn Bhola a Waltham Forest Arkala. All three took part in the Olympic opening ceremony and Kathryn Bhola also took part in the Paralympic opening ceremony.
Kerry finds out what it was like to be part of this massive event watched by an estimated 900 million people worldwide as well as the 80,000 strong crowd in the stadium itself, and the extensive and secret training they had to do.
Haven House Hospice 'Glowalk' - John Doyle
Haven House Children's Hospice in Woodford cares for children and young people who have life-limiting conditions and who are unlikely to reach adulthood. On Friday the 28th September they are holding their annual fundraising 'Glowalk'. Rebecca Cushway came in to chat to John Doyle about the event and the work of the Hospice. Latest: TOWIE's Lydia and Debbie will be taking part in the walk. For more information on both the Glowalk and the Hospice visit their website at: www.havenhouse.org.uk or your can call them on
(020) 8505 9944
Wild Place, Your Space - Terry Warren
Terry Warren talks to Colin Bowen of the RSPB about the Lee Valley Regional Park's 'Wild Place, Your Space' project. This is a 3-year partnership between the Lee Valley Regional Park and the RSPB. The project works in and around London's Lower Lee Valley to bring 35,000 people closer to nature. Amongst other things, they offer local schools and communities a host of tailored activities and events and also training opportunities for young people. Part of the project is the Lee Valley Summer Wildlife Carnival which happens on the 15th September. For more information you can visit their website: www.wildplaceyourspace.org.uk
Forest Philharmonic - John Costello
Just before their last concert of the season on the 1st of July, Jo Towler and Caroline Welsh from the local Forest Philharmonic Orchestra popped into our studios to chat to John Costello about the orchestra and the upcoming concert.
Their new season starts on Sunday 4th November 2012 with a programme of music from Weber, Strauss and Brahms.
It seems the older we get the less we laugh, but laughter is good for us, so what can we do to laugh more? John Doyle chats to the "laughing lady" Lisa Moon about laughing and laughter.
Walthamstow Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club - Paul Sheeky
The Walthamstow Cricket, Lawn Tennis & Squash Club is coming up to its 150th anniversary and apart from cricket, tennis and squash is the venue for the annual Family Funday and other local community events. It is situated near Wood Street Station and is an oasis of green and quiet in this busy part of London. Paul Sheeky went along to find out more about the tennis coaching they offer and the club in general. For more information you can visit their website: www.walthamstowsportsclub.co.uk
Little Darlings Pet Rescue - John Doyle
John talks to Maria Miller and Sue Lewis from the Little Darlings Pet Rescue Centre in Chingford about the growing problem of unwanted and abandoned pets. If you would like to help them with a donation or by offering a home to one of their animals, you can contact Maria or Ruth on 07955 010695 or (020) 8524 8894 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit their facebook page.
Another local pet rescue charity 'Cat and Kitten Care' is run by Fran Meyer and she can be reached on (020) 8531 3469.
Larkswood Nature Trail - Ben Cooper
On a summer's day Ben Cooper visited the Larkswood Nature Trail in the heart of Chingford. He was joined by Ian Woodward (pictured) from the 'Friends of Ainslie and Larks Woods' who told him all about these tranquil woods, there connection with David Beckham and the work of the Friend's group.
You can find out more about the nature trial, the ecology and history of these ancient woods together with more about the activities of the Friend's group from their website.
The First British Powered Flight - John Doyle
John Doyle tells the story of the first British powered flight in a British designed plane which took place on Walthamstow Marshes over a hundred years ago. Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe was a pioneer English pilot and aircraft manufacturer, and founder in 1910 of the Avro company. The Roe I Triplane was the first all-British aircraft to fly. It was of extremely flimsy construction; financial hardship compelled Roe to use wood for structural elements and the wings and fuselage were paper-covered. Beginning on 5 June 1909, he made a series of short hops on the Walthamstow Marshes.
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