More trees in local park, Connecting Communities at Christmas, Christmas markets plus much more in Walthamstow News

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On the evening of Small Business Saturday 7 December 2019 local artists, musicians, poets, writers, dancers and community groups are coming together to help residents and visitors celebrate, explore and enjoy the many cultures represented on Walthamstow’s vibrant and diverse High Street.

The event will be launched in the Town Square at 4pm with an “al fresco dining room” and the opportunity to sample food from local restaurants and cafes.

Free events along and around the High Street will include a West African Fanal Lantern procession, Origami workshops, a Giant Hopscotch, a heritage walking tour, cartoon workshop, printing of your own gift wrap with South Asian motifs, live music from around the world and much more.

See details of the event online

Local parks to get extra trees to improve air quality

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By April 2020 we will have planted around 1,800 more new trees across the borough this year as part of our work on tackling the climate emergency and improving air quality.

A key part of that planting programme will take place during National Tree Week (Saturday 23 November to Sunday 1 December 2019) when we will be planting trees in nine parks across the borough.

The tree species will be specimen pine trees which are particularly effective at improving air quality. This is funded by the Greener City Fund Community Tree Planting Grant Scheme,

The local parks which will get these trees are Kitchener Road Park and St James Park, Essex Road, Walthamstow

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New market launched at Station Approach

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The Station Approach mini market, located on the newly refurbished Station Approach outside Walthamstow Central Station on Hoe Street, will welcome three local traders each week for the next six months, bringing freshly prepared food to the area.

The market is open on Thursdays and Fridays 11am-3pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm.

More information available here

Extra markets for Christmas

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Our markets offer a range of festive gifts as well as food to make your Christmas extra special.

Additional markets include:

  • Friday 6 December, 6 - 10pm, Blackhorse Workshops is holding a Christmas Market 
  • Sunday 8 December, 12noon - 5pm, Hoe Street market at the Trades Hall and in its car park next to Yard Sale Pizza.
  • Saturday 14 December, 12 noon to 4pm, Leyton and Stone Designers Pop-up Christmas Market at Welcome To The Forest Bar, 186A Hoe Street, Walthamstow
  •  Saturday 14 December 2019, 12 noon - 4pm, Waltham Forest Community Hub and Wood Street First have joined forces to hold a Christmas Market at Waltham Forest Community Hub, 18A Orford Road, Walthamstow, E17 9LN. As well as street food and Christmas gifts there will be live music, Santa's Grotto and a pantomime performed at 3pm called Scrooge, an E17 Christmas Carol.
  • Monday 23 December, 10am to 5pm, extra day's opening at Walthamstow High Street Market

See details of local markets

You can keep up to date with what's happening through our Markets email newsletter delivered straight to your inbox.

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Make sure your business is in the book!

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In the lead up to Small Business Saturday, 7 December 2019, our Economic Growth Team is launching a new online Business Directory for Waltham Forest.

Businesses can be listed and promote themselves free of charge in the directory.

The team is currently visiting town centres and high streets across the borough to encourage businesses to sign up.

Sign up for the Business Directory here 

More stores now open at The Mall

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Asda at The Mall, Walthamstow, re-opened on Monday 25 November, just in time for Christmas. The supermarket has been closed since the fire which swept through the shopping centre on 23 July.

During its enforced closure, the store has been refitted and refreshed and will be sporting a brand new look at the opening.

Global brand, Mr Pretzels, launched at The Mall. Walthamstow in November 2019, creating five local jobs.

The popular store is located outside Deichmann and Dorothy Perkins.

The new store welcomed customers at The Mall with mouth-watering samples of its best-selling products. As well as pretzel dogs, which are a twist on the traditional hot dog, the company sells classic salt pretzels and a range of sweet-flavoured pretzels including Nutella, chocolate, toffee, vanilla and cinnamon.

Get details about The Mall

Connecting Communities All Networks event

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Waltham Forest Council’s Connecting Communities programme is a shared plan to have a borough that feels like home for everyone who lives and works here, ensuring they feel included, supported and safe.

We aims to unlock the collective power of Waltham Forest’s people to build an integrated, supportive and safe community where every resident and local organisation is empowered to lead change that makes Waltham Forest a better place to live.

As part of this plan we have introduced local networks including in Walthamstow which has helped bring our local communities together as well as supporting them to share resources and build stronger links with the council.

Our next meeting is an All Networks Festive Event open to anyone who wants to get involved and make a change to their local area.

Refreshments will be provided and the Network Managers and local partners will be sharing information on local developments, achievements and opportunities.

This event is for Network Members who are already registered with the Connecting Communities team. If you are not already a member of the Waltham Forest Council Connecting Communities local network area there is no better time to join!

Sign up to become a Connecting Communities member

The event is on Monday 16 December 2019, 1 – 3pm at The Score Centre, 100 Oliver Centre, Leyton,  E10 5JY. Numbers are limited so you must sign up to attend.

Register now to attend this event

Each of the four Connecting Communities areas - Chingford, Leyton, Leytonstone and Walthamstow - has its own email newsletter to keep residents in touch with what is happening in their area.

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Keep up to date on redevelopment schemes

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There's lots of redevelopment taking place in Walthamstow and we have web pages and special email newsletters covering each of the major schemes.

If you want to keep in touch with progress of a scheme that interests you the easiest way is to choose that scheme on our web page and then sign up for the email newsletter.

When something happens we email details direct to you.

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Community groups invited to Draft Local Plan workshop

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During 2020 we will be having the second phase of engagement on the Draft Local Plan.

We particularly want to meet representatives of groups working in the community so if you are involved in a residents’ association, faith group or other community organisation interested in taking part in a workshop on the Draft Local Plan please email us your details and which group you represent.

Email your group's details

Suggest sites for new developments

Local Plan 2019

Identifying sites where development can take place is important, which is why we are asking residents and other stakeholders for their suggestions.

The closing date for suggesting sites is Tuesday 31 December 2019.

Suggest possible sites

You can keep in touch with what is happening on this project through our regular email newsletters.

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