The Mall fire, summer holiday programme for kids, have your say on the future of the borough and more

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The Mall

The striking neon sign at the heart of The Mall by Chris Bracey/God's Own Junkyard

Waltham Forest Now 

Walthom Forest

The Mall fire: what happens now

A clean up operation at The Mall shopping centre in Walthamstow is now underway following last week's fire. 25 fire engines and around 150 firefighters fought the blaze, which damaged a large section of the roof. Investigations are ongoing to find out how the fire started but in the meantime, The Mall’s management team is working hard to get the centre open once again. Some businesses with entrances in the High Street have begun to re-open and Boots has set up a temporary base in the Town Square for prescriptions and other essential services. The Council is also offering support to local businesses during this difficult time. We'll be posting updates on social media as soon as we have them. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and we'll let you know more news as soon as we can.

The latest from The Mall

Waltham Forest Mela moves to Leyton

Mela 2019

This year’s Waltham Forest Mela has a new location, taking place at Leyton Jubilee Park on Sunday 4 August. Apache Indian headlines on the main stage, while the new second stage will host the ever-popular fashion show, as well as music, dance and spoken word. There will also be a performance of the acclaimed  EastSide Story, performed by young residents from the borough. Experience a sumptuous selection of food from South Asia and beyond, activities for all the family, kabaddi, fun fair and much more.

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Greener pensions a priority

Greener pensions Town Hall

In 2016, Waltham Forest Council became the first UK local authority to announce it would divest its pension funds away from oil, gas, or coal stocks over the course of a five-year period. The latest audit shows that the decision has resulted in a 44 per cent reduction in the estimated value of the fossil fuel stocks held by the council in three years. There's still a way to go, but we are working hard to make our pensions greener as soon as we can.

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Help shape the future of your borough

Local Plan 2019

Every resident and business in the borough has the chance to shape how Waltham Forest will look in 2035. Consultation is now underway on the Council's Draft Local Plan to make sure we have the homes, work places, transport network, schools, health and leisure facilities our residents will need in the future. Pop in to one of the events around the borough  to share your views with us, or complete the online survey by clicking the link below.

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Check out our summer activity programme

Summer activity

Check out the exciting activities and events running in Waltham Forest throughout the summer, including arts and crafts, drama, sport, making bug hotels (pictured) and outdoor adventures. We have FREE family sessions for 5 to 11-year-olds and FREE activities for 11 to 19-year-olds (25 for children with SEND) which means that there is always something fun to do across the borough during the summer break. For a full list of all activities, click below..

Download the brochure

A chance to perform at Chingfest

Chingfest call out

Do you know a musician, dancer, comedian or performer from Waltham Forest between 11-18? Would they like to be part of one of the borough's biggest events this year?
The #ChooseMeChingfest competition is giving young people an opportunity to perform at this year’s Chingfest on 31 August, and win £150. All they have to do is upload a video of their performance to Twitter/Instagram/Facebook, tag @wfculture19 and use the hashtag #ChooseMeChingfest by 11.59pm on Sunday 4 August to be in with a chance. Full details at the link below.

Perform at Chingfest

Wildlife Festival in Waltham Forest

Wildlife Festival 2019

This year's London Wildlife Festival is taking place at Walthamstow Wetlands from 9 to 11 August. There will be a huge range of activities to enjoy, including outdoor yoga, haiku in nature sessions, natural balm making and willow weaving workshops. There will also be a series of nature talks, or just wander around Europe's largest wetlands, take in the atmosphere and enjoy the stalls selling food, drink, fashion, books, art and more. Tickets are priced at £10 per adult and £6 per child.

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Waltham Forest wins MJ Award

Waltham Forest Council has been named Local Authority of the Year at the prestigious MJ Awards. It is an honour to be recognised for the work the council does delivering the services our residents rely on. We couldn’t have achieved this without the hard work of our staff and the residents who make this borough the great place it is to live and work in. We are proud to serve our community and we will work hard to ensure that services continue to improve and that everything we do is focused on our aim to help improve our residents’ quality of life.

MJ Award 2019
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