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The Star of India is proud to a part of Leytonstone and values involvement in the local community and neighbouring areas.

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Fri 23rd Sep 2022
RAF Association Chingford
Royal Air Forces Association Chingford evening aviation talk sept 28th

An insight to Indian Air Force 1950's to 1971 as seen through the career of a frontline pilot posthumously awarded one of India's highest gallantry medals Admission free by registration at eventbrite

Wed 17th Nov 2021
Star Of India
Wednesday is the new Monday!

You may have once enjoyed our Monday 30 club where we offered a 30% discount for all orders placed online! We have now moved this offer to Wednesday. What's better than a mid week curry, especially with a huge discount! Use code Wednesday30 at the checkout (valid on orders over £15)

Tue 24th Nov 2020
CHAOS Charity & Star of India
CHAOS Charity Christmas Gift Appeal

Star of India have teamed up with local CHAOS children's charity for a Christmas gift appeal.

We are asking our local community to donate Christmas gifts and treats for local children.

Gifts can be dropped off at the Star of India Monday to Sunday (12pm to 11pm) until the 11th December 2020.

For more information about the charity, please visit

Tue 7th Jan 2020
Jennie Dunne
Fundraiser Quiz

Local teacher and actress Jennie Dunne is hosting a fundraiser quiz for her theatre company NMT Automatics The quiz and raffle will be at The Leytonstone and District Ex Serviceman's Club on Sunday 1st of March at 5pm. Tickets will be £10 and will include a cold buffet supper and a chance to win some excellent prizes. Very reasonably priced drinks from the bar and lots of fun to be had by all! NMT Automatics is a theatre company which updates classical myths making them relevant to the social and political issues of today. We deliver productions and community workshops both locally and across the country and are raising money to pay for rehearsals and materials needed to create our theatre projects.

Wed 26th Jun 2019
Jonathan Bailey
Free Concert of Baroque Music for Recorder and Keyboards

You are warmly invited to a concert of baroque music for recorder and keyboard, performed by Malcolm Aldridge and Geoffrey Cox, on Sunday 30th June, 12.00 at St Andrew's Church, Colworth Road E11 1JD. Free entry, voluntary contribution. All Welcome!

Wed 19th Jun 2019
Jonathan Bailey
Free Concert: A Soprano Sings Stage and Screen

You are warmly invited to attend a concert this Sunday 23rd June, 12.00 - 1pm at St Andrew's church. Entitled 'A Soprano Sings Stage and Screen', it is performed by popular soprano Maureen Tarler accompanied by Jonathan Bailey, both Leytonstone musicians, and features favourite songs from the Golden Age of the musical, classic opera arias, VE Day memories and a tribute to Doris Day.

Wed 5th Jun 2019
Haydn’s Creation At Chingford Church

See attached flyer.

Wed 29th May 2019
Open House Exhibition

Three Explorations of Place

in photography, painting and film.

Part of the Walthamstow Arts Trail.

1st / 2nd June

8th / 9th June

15th / 16th June

12 noon to 6pm

60B Pembroke Rd E17 9BB

Three local artists :

Kiera-Marie Desnoes,

Amy Duran, 

Carlotta Montella.

Part of the 'Village' Trail.

Thu 11th Apr 2019
Peter Sandy

Let’s give them a safe, useful space in a new COMMUNITY HUB. Close to the Avenue Estate, Langthorne Chapel on Thorne Close is a Grade2 listed building, unused by the NHS for some 30 years. THIS IS A WASTED OPPORTUNITY! Let’s turn this surviving remnant of West Ham Workhouse - where destitute people once prayed - into a community hub for young people and families. Boxing4Life is a 10 year old charity in Leytonstone, reaching some 200 youngsters each year. We provide non-contact boxing and life skills for 8-18 year olds. We would like other local charities and organisations to join us in bringing this sacred space back into use. That’s why we are running a survey to find out what other activities local residents would most like to see happening in the Chapel. Please let us know what you think at

Wed 13th Mar 2019
Jonathan Bailey
Fairtrade Spring Fair, celebrating Traidcraft's 40th Anniversary

You are warmly invited to a Fairtrade Spring Fair, celebrating 40 years of Traidcraft, this Saturday 16th March, 10am - 2pm at St Andrew's Church, Colworth Road, Leytonstone. There will be a huge selection of hand-crafted and unique items for the home, kitchen, garden, and gifts, most at special offer prices, as well as an enticing spread of Traidcraft's high-quality food, drink and grocery goods, with free samples of chocolate. Do come along, invite your friends, pass this email and Facebook event on, and stand with farmers and craft-workers around the world who are striving to earn a living income to support their families. Every purchase makes a positive impact!

Wed 13th Mar 2019
Jonathan Bailey
Free concert: Unlocked, Music for Solo Cello

This Sunday 17th March, 12 - 1pm, St Andrew's Church, Colworth Road, you are warmly invited to a concert performed by Rachel Watson, Artistic Director of Scordatura Women's Music Collective, which particularly promotes the music of women composers, and features works by living Welsh composer Hilary Tann, Master of the Queen's Music Judith Weir and Johann Sebastian Bach. Free entry, with voluntary contribution to support the live music and church outreach.

Mon 25th Feb 2019
Jonathan Bailey
A Free Concert of Latin American Music, Sunday 3rd March, 12.00, St Andrew's Church Colworth Road.

Travel to warmer climes on a rhythmic and colourful journey with innovative Latin American harpist, composer and poet, Ricardo Curbelo, who combines traditional music from a variety of Latin American countries, together with his own, spellbinding compositions. Vibrant, energetic and jazzy pieces contrast with more classical, enchanting melodies and romantic vocals. Free entry with voluntary contribution to support the live music and church outreach. ALL WELCOME!

Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Leytonstone Royal British Legion 2018 Poppy Appeal

Leytonstone Branch of The Royal British Legion is looking for volunteers to help sell poppies for this year’s Poppy Appeal. You don’t have to be a member of the Royal British Legion or to have served in the Armed Forces to help out. 2018 is a really special year as it’s the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and it would be lovely to beat last year’s total of £24,000.00. Even if you can only spare a few hours all help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the Poppy Appeal organiser Doreen on 07955 791884 or at

Sun 30th Sep 2018

Leytonstone Branch of The Royal British Legion is looking for volunteers to help sell poppies for this year’s Poppy Appeal. You don’t have to be a member of the Royal British Legion or to have served in the Armed Forces to help out. 2018 is a really special year as it’s the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and it would be lovely to beat last year’s total of £24,000.00. Even if you can only spare a few hours all help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the Poppy Appeal organiser Doreen on 07955 791884 or at

Mon 24th Sep 2018
Macmillan Coffee Morning

Saturday 29th September

11am - 1pm at the Star of India.

Everyone welcome to join us for a tea, coffee or a slice of cake.

Please support this great cause!

Tue 18th Sep 2018
Arts E10
FREE Theatre Performance


This Friday 21st September at 5pm there is a FREE PERFORMANCE of The Luckiest Girl Alive here in Waltham Forest. The show has previously been a sell-out success in Nottingham where it was part of the 2018 Puppet Festival

You can get your FREE tickets on eventbrite

A hardhitting, at times humerous and ultimately heartwarming performance. The Luckiest Girl Alive is the lifestory of Hoda Ali, activist and campaigner against Female Genital Mutilation.

Taking place at Leyton Sixth Form College, where one of the artists was previously educated, the performance will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists who created the performance and representatives of local anti-FGM charities such as Hibo Wardere, author of 'Cut'.

Due to the challenging subject matter viewer discretion is advised.

Wheelchair access.

Our thanks go to the Forest Community Ward Forum for their support.

Fri 7th Sep 2018
The Royal British Legion - Leytonstone Branch

The Royal British Legion - Leytonstone Branch We meet the third Wednesday of each month. 8pm at Leytonstone Fire Station High Road, Leytonstone E11 3HN All ages welcome, men and women. You don't have to have served in the armed forces to join. We are a small but very friendly branch and you will be made very welcome. For any more information please contact Janet on 07709490859 or

Thu 6th Sep 2018
Ian Chambers
Get your favourite music in the EAST LONDON TOP 100

East London Radio, your local online community radio station, is on a mission to find what music the wonderful people of East London like the most. Any music, any age, any genre, from anywhere in the world. Send your Top 10 favourites list in, and by the end of the year, they'll broadcast the first ever East London Top 100 (sponsored by UEL) You love good food - you must love good music too!

Fri 31st Aug 2018
Dance Happy at Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre

Led by Giselle De Siun, our inclusive £3 sessions are a really fun way to get physically active. We especially welcome disabled people, older people and those recuperating from illness or living with long-term health conditions (e.g. Diabetes, heart condition). FUN DANCE MOVES on Mondays 1.30 – 2.30pm and ZUMBA on Wednesdays 11.00am – 12.00. At WFDRC, 90 Crownfield Rd, E15 2BG (but use entrance in Amethyst Rd). Contact 020 8534 1589 or

Tue 7th Aug 2018
Janet Franklyn
Royal British Legion Leytonstone

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Leytonstone Branch meet at The Leytonstone Fire Station on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8pm. We welcome men and women of all ages whether they have served in the armed forces or not. If you require any further information please contact the Membership Secretary Janet at:

Wed 11th Jul 2018
Joan Nicholson

A Free event for Residents of Forest Ward bringing neighbours, friends and others together to share, learn and celebrate diversity and community spirit in Waltham Forest. Saturday 4th August 2018, from 3.30pm – 9.45pm, Venue: The Cornerstone, E10 6EH. During the afternoon residents can participate in Armchair Exercise to improve fitness, Back & Shoulder Massage to relieve stress, Reading Prescription 'Mood Boosting Books', Writing Activity to create poems or short stories. Adults and children can try fun activities such as Face Painting, Creative arts workshop. Opportunities for Young performers 18 plus to display their talents. Access a range of Training courses information for personal development to grow potential and increase skills. Stalls available £15.00 for businesses to promote their services and free for Community Groups/Organisations. In the evening Cultural Show from 7pm highlighting and sharing the artistry of Caribbean and African performing arts and culture. Featuring Deloris Francis “The Versatile Songbird” Original songs, Jane Grell Poet/writer, Caribbean Folk Songs, Mbilla Arts, African Drumming & Dancing and more... Contact: Joan mobile: 07436 583 288 email: Norman mobile: 07990 733 007 email: To find out more, book a stall or a Young performer. Please note: (1) A Responsible Adult i.e. Parent or Guardian must accompany Children. (2) No Smoking or Alcohol allowed inside or outside of Venue.

Tue 19th Jun 2018
Jonathan Paul Bailey
Free Concert of Gospel, Spiritual and Jazz Choir Songs

You are warmly invited to a concert this Sunday 24th June at St Andrew's church at 12.00pm. Entitled 'Summer Serenade' it is presented by the a cappella vocal group Classical VYBeS and features gospel, spiritual, folk, jazz, popular and classical favourites.Free entry, with retiring collection to support the musicians and community outreach projects at St Andrew's.

Thu 14th Jun 2018
An Evening With Deloris Francis And Guests

Deloris Francis Winner of Black Female Voice Awards 2006,2008 & 2014. Community and Charity award 2015 Thursday 12th July 2018 Seats are £20. Per. Person including buffet meal and a drink. Guests *** Joseph Walker { Bass voice singer }*** *** Harvey Junior Wiltshire {sax Appeal *** MC.& DJ. Norman C. Venue Star Of India Restaurant 985 High Road, Leytonstone. London E11 1HR. Doors open at 7pm. Starts from 7.30pm Till 11.30pm. Seats are limited, best to book in advance To book your seats, call 020 89894026, 07990 733 007, 07900 798 185. Supported by Black Women In Arts 020 79237658 Transport. Buses: W15, W16, W19, 45, 66, 257. Trains: Central Line to Leytonstone. Over ground to Leytonstone.

Tue 12th Jun 2018
Jonathan Paul Bailey
Gardening Event!

Calling all gardeners and garden-lovers! Come along to the special 'Garden Event' this Saturday 16th June, 10am - 4pm at St Andrew's church, where you will find plants, cacti and succulents, tools and pots, local garden produce and much more. Donations of garden items very welcome! Or take a stall to sell your own stuff for only ₤6.

Thu 10th May 2018
Jonathan Paul Bailey
Christian Aid Week 'Big Brekkie' at St Andrew's Church, Colworth Road

Join us for a choice of delicious homemade breakfasts (meat, vegetarian or vegan) with unlimited tea, coffee and toast! We are aiming to raise £210 for a hurricane-proof house for a family in Haiti. Saturday 19th May, 8am - 1pm, St Andrew's Church, Colworth Road. All welcome!

Fri 4th May 2018
Peri Stanley
Saturday Stitching Club in Leytonstone

On the first Saturday of every month, 11am – 3pm Only £6 per session, including tea & biscuits Next 2 meetings: Saturdays 4th May and 2nd June 2018. Just come along. Our friendly Stitching club is open to all, including beginners, more experienced sewers and sewers wanting to share/pick up skills. We also welcome disabled sewers and offer help and advice to sewers learning to cope with changes to their abilities. People are welcome to bring in a packed lunch. Venue: WFDRC Centre, 90 Crownfield Rd, Leytonstone, E15 2BG (but use our entrance just round the corner in Amethyst Road)

Fri 4th May 2018
Peri Stanley
Patchwork & Quilting classes in Leytonstone

Our friendly tutored needlecraft sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings welcome people aged 60+, disabled people and people with health conditions such as Diabetes, Asthma, heart condition, etc. For beginners, improvers or more advanced. Cost: £5 per session. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11.00am - 1.00pm Venue: Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre,90 Crownfield Road, Leytonstone, E15 2BG (use our entrance in Amethyst Rd) Come along or contact WFDRC on 020 8534 1589 or

Wed 2nd May 2018
The Star of India
15% Dine in discount this bank holiday

Get 15% off when you dine in at The Star of India, over the bank holiday. Valid from 04/05/18 to 07/05/18, when coupon is presented.

Tue 1st May 2018
Jonathan Paul Bailey
Free Classical Song Recital

A recital of classical song given by local soprano Olive Murray, accompanied by Jonathan Bailey. Olive is a classically trained opera singer who has sung a variety of operatic roles including singing the role of ‘Prayer Singer’ at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the production of Porgy & Bess. As a recitalist and oratorio singer has appeared in venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall and the Purcell Room, St.Martins-in-the-Fields and Fairfields Hall.

Tue 17th Apr 2018
Jonathan Bailey
Free Chamber Music Concert

Featuring local young recorder players Siobhan Downey and Zoe Webb, accompanied by their teacher Joanna Brown, this concert will present music for recorder solo, duo and trio. Free entry, with retiring collection to support the musicians and the outreach programme at St Andrew's. All Welcome!

Fri 13th Apr 2018
Jonathan Bailey
Free Chamber Music Concert

Featuring local recorder players Siobhan Downey and Zoe Webb, accompanied by their teacher Joanna Brown, this concert will present music by Guus Haverkate, Montalbano, Christopher Ball, and Matthias Maute. Free entry, with retiring collection to support the musicians and the church's community outreach work. Come along and support these up and coming local musicians - we look forward to welcoming you!

Tue 20th Mar 2018
Jonathan Bailey
A Concert of Modern and Popular Music presented by young musicians from Leytonstone School

You are cordially invited to a concert of popular and modern songs for choir and soloists at St Andrew's church, Colworth Road presented by young singers from Leytonstone School, The Leytonstone Singers, this Thursday afternoon at 3.45pm. The Leytonstone Singers (a talented group of youngsters from Leytonstone School) are directed by Mr Dan Farrugia, and accompanied by Mr Nic Walker.

Mon 26th Feb 2018
Jonathan Bailey
Fairtrade Funday and Feast!

Saturday 10th March Fairtrade Funday and Feast at St Andrew's Church Leytonstone. Fairtrade Market and activities 3 - 6pm (all welcome, free entry), 6pm Cookery Workshop and 7pm Fairtrade Feast and guest speaker from Panama banana cooperative (both ticketed). Booking now, contact, or ring 8257 9985.

Mon 26th Feb 2018
Jonathan Bailey
Free Chamber Music Concert

You are warmly invited to a free Chamber Music Concert at St Andrew's church on Sunday 4th March, midday, performed by the popular viola quartet altoTune. Their concert, lasting about 50 minutes, will feature arrangements of well-known classical favourites by JS Bach, Mozart and Handel, some familiar popular pieces as well as new works. This is the first in our new series of Music for All: Concerts at St Andrew's, which aims to present good quality and varied concerts to our local community in the fine setting of St Andrew's church performed largely by local musicians. If you are on Facebook, please share this concert with your friends, and we look forward to welcoming you on Sunday 4th March.

Wed 17th Jan 2018
Janey D
Quiz & Curry Night

Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association cordially invite you to their quiz night on Thursday 25th January.

Call/text Lois on 07815 800629 to book your place(s) and pay on the night.

Just £10

All money raised (including raffle) goes towards WFDA dyslexia services.

Wed 10th Jan 2018
Sophie Tosone
Get fit in 2018

Come & train in a fun and friendly environment with others making the commitment to their goals. We learn the fundamentals, practice them & challenge them, to build a healthier, happier you.

Fri 5th Jan 2018
Peri Stanley

Quiz Masters Simon & Lesley are running another of their fantastic Quiz Nights in January in aid of local charity, Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre. The fundraiser quiz will be held on Friday evening, 19th January 2018, 7 - 10pm, at Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre, 90 Crownfield Rd, E15 2BG (but use entrance around the corner in Amethyst Rd). Tickets cost £4 per person and all the money raised will go towards supported classes and activities for local disabled people. Come along as individuals or as a team and feel free to bring your own refreshments. For more details, contact 020 8534 1589 or

Fri 5th Jan 2018
Dick Whittington
Woodhouse Players present....Dick Whittington

London Town is in trouble!

King Rat and his verminous henchmen are launching a hostile takeover and the only thing that stands between the people and rule by rodent is a young lad from Gloucester gullible enough to believe that the streets are paved with gold. Can Dick and his faithful cat - aided by the magic of Good Fairy Liquid - defeat the rotten rats, win the hand of fair Alice Fitzwarren and become Lord Mayor of London? Not if King Rat has any say in the matter!

Pirates! Rats! Buried Treasure! Dodgy Hotels!

Fun for all the family from the team that brought you last year's Jack and the Beanstalk.

At the Welsh Church Hall 881 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR (by Green Man roundabout)

Fri 12th January 2018, 8pm

Sat 13th January 2018, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Fri 19th January 2018, 8pm

Sat 20th January 2018, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

£8 (£5 concs) booked/reserved in advance

£9/£6 at the door

Special rates for parties

Book online via

Phone reservations 020 8504 3872

Email reservations

Thu 23rd Nov 2017
Curry for Care4Calais

Fundraising Dinner for the Care4Calais winter appeal.

Tickets available from Claire on 07801342277

£15 or £10 unwaged

Thu 12th Oct 2017
Cygnus Trust

Thursday November 9th

An evening of music and fun.

Includes an unlimited Indian buffet.

Tickets just £20 from

Raising funds for Cygnus Trust

Mon 2nd Oct 2017
Marcus Scroop
Am Dram - The Musical

27th & 28th October

For more information contact the box office on 07504 240845

Tue 26th Sep 2017
The Sociable Socialist
Leyton & Wanstead Labour Party Socialist Film Club

THIS EVENT NOW SOLD OUT - Look out for our future films here.

Mon 25th Sep 2017
Black History Month Fundraiser in support of Breast Cancer Charity

Thursday 19th October

Black History Month Fundraising event in aid of Breast Cancer Now.

Star of India Restaurant

Doors Open 7pm

Event runs 7.30pm - 11.30pm.

Tickets are £20 and can be booked through the restaurant (0208989 4028) or direct with the organisers on 07990 733 007

Entertainment from multi award winning artist Deloris Francis, Yvonne Curtis and Alex Pascal.

MC & DJ Norman C

Delicious Indian Buffet.

Event supported by 'Black Women in the Arts'

Mon 25th Sep 2017
The Phantom Cake Baker

Take a Break - Enjoy some Cake

30th September 2017 at Star of India.

10am - 12 noon

Come along and have a coffee and a slice of cake.

Together we can make sure no-one faces cancer alone.

Mon 19th Jun 2017
An Evening with Deloris Francis

Thursday 6th July

Mon 19th Jun 2017

QUIZ & CURRY BUFFET Thursday 13th July 2017 7.30pm Tickets £15 from or call 0208 989 4028 Teams of 4 – 8 or come along and make a team on the night. Registered Charity #1137800

Mon 19th Jun 2017
Janey D
Haven House Fundraiser

A fantastic fundraiser for Haven House

Thu 27th Apr 2017
Below the Bridge
SLADA Fundraiser

SLADA volunteers will be at the Star of India on Friday 5th May lending a helping hand.

They get to keep any 'tips' they make and in a generous gesture the restaurant has agreed to 'match' their tip total!

So if you are a customer on 5th May PLEASE TIP GENEROUSLY to help with community work in South Leytonstone!

Sun 23rd Apr 2017
Community Transport Waltham Forest - Big Day Out Fundraiser

Community Transport do amazing work. Last year they took 200 children from Newham and Waltham Forest (looked after children and young carers) to the seaside for the day. And this year they're doing it again!!!

They are fundraising at the moment and here's what they say on their website :

"We are leaving no stone un-turned in our effort to raise £15,000.00 to make this event possible; and our amazing staff are fully on board and eagerly participating in fundraising challenges to ensure we reach the goal. First up on the 29th April will be our Fleet Supervisor, Alison Louis, as she completes the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. Please go to and kindly sponsor Alison on her challenge."

Please do give generously.

Find out more on their website

Fri 7th Apr 2017
Ballet contemporary fusion class

Ballet contemporary fusion class is for age 5-adults at School 21 New mount Street E15 3pa

Wed 5th Apr 2017
Emma B Fitness
New fitness classes in South Woodford

Totally Shredded, an equipment-free boxing style HIIT workout set to drum and bass music, designed to increase fitness, stamina and make you sweat! - Wed 7pm Fitness Pilates, a total body general fitness class including traditional Pilates exercises, designed to strengthen, increase flexibility and de-stress - Wed 8pm Held at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 185 Hermon Hill, South Woodford. Book your places via

Sat 18th Mar 2017
Richard Price
Diane Abbott speaking at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Labour meeting

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott and NEC member Cllr Claudia Webbe are among the speakers at a launch meeting for BAME Labour at The Epicentre, 41 West Street, Leytonstone, London E11 4LJ on Wednesday 29th March at 7.30 pm.

Fri 3rd Mar 2017
Leyton Orient Regeneration Fund

Leyton Orient is London's second oldest club, formed in 1881. For much of its life it has managed to survive in the shadow of much bigger London clubs and is often referred to as Londoners' second-favourite club. Now it faces an uncertain future. Sold to Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti in July 2014, just after the club missed out on promotion back to the Championship for the first time in over 30 years, Leyton Orient has since suffered a dramatic decline. The club faces relegation out of the Football League for the first time in its 112 years in the league, and while it appears Mr Becchetti is willing to sell, the reported asking price may put off potential buyers due to the level of debt he has built up during his ownership. Leyton Orient Fans' Trust (LOFT), an independent supporters' trust representing hundreds of O's fans has set up of the Leyton Orient Regeneration Fund. The fund would be used to help regenerate Leyton Orient (or, in the event of liquidation of the club, a successor ‘phoenix club’). Please check out their website and support them if you can.

Fri 3rd Mar 2017
Richard Price
Fighting back against the Tories!

Leyton & Wanstead Constituency Labour Party is holding a public meeting on Wednesday March 8th at Leytonstone High Road Methodist Church, 578 High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 3DA at 7.30pm. Highlighting issues including the crises in the NHS, mental health and social care, as well as the soaring cost of rent and property while wages stagnate, the meeting will set out Labour’s alternative. Speakers include local MP John Cryer, who is also Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party; Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, MP for Leeds East; Emine Ibrahim, who is a councillor in Haringey, as well as secretary of Redbridge UNISON; and Young Labour activist Rachael Ward, who is London Youth Representative on the Co-op Party National Committee.

Wed 1st Mar 2017
All That Jazz
Jazz at the RAFA

This Thursday at the RAFA Club, 295 Cranbrook Road, Ilford.

The wonderful Tracey Mendham

Free admission, club opens at 8pm, music from 9-11

Ten minutes walk from Ilford or Gants Hill Station.

Sat 25th Feb 2017
The sociable socialist
Film Night : Made In Dagenham

Leyton & Wanstead Labour Party Socialist Film Club are pleased to announce a showing of Made In Dagenham.

Wednesday 15th March. Leytonstone Library, Church Lane E11 1 HQ. 7.30pm.

£5 (£3 concessions) to cover costs. Light refreshements available.

The film celebrates the women sewing machinists at Ford, who in 1968 struck against a discriminatory grading system. Although they were few in number, they won a historic victory.

There will be a Q&A session.

Booking Essential

Please email if you'd like a seat: demand is likely to be great! This will sell out.

We are also taking donations for local foodbanks which are badly needed. Any food or toiletries are welcome.

Thu 16th Feb 2017
The story of bart
The story of bart - a musical play

Lionel Bart from the East End of London was a songwriting genius having a career penning huge global chart hits, musicals, film scores and one of the biggest musicals of all time 'Oliver'. He was earning every minute the same as the average working mans weekly wage in the 1960′s, but things went wrong, very wrong and by 1972 he was tragically declared Bankrupt. 'The Story of Bart' tells the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of Britain's greatest songwriter. West End Star John Barr (Les Miserables, Aspects of Love, Evita & Sweeney Todd) will be taking on the role of Lionel Bart telling you his own story, he will be joined by some very special guests and full band performing Bart’s most unforgettable hits as well as one or two songs you haven’t heard before. Was there a Happy Ending? Coming to Walthamstow for the first time, this fascinating tale will start its UK wide tour with five dates at the iconic former Granada cinema venue, Mirth, Marvel & Maud.

Tue 14th Feb 2017
All That Jazz
Jazz at the RAFA

This Thursday at the RAFA Club, 295 Cranbrook Road, Ilford.

Ten minutes walk from Ilford or Gants Hill Station.

The wonderful Graham Pike Quartet, Jazz Trumpet and Blues Harmonica.

Free admission, club opens at 8pm, music from 9-11

Wed 11th Jan 2017
Great Outdoors
Public Meeting - A Vision for our Open Spaces

Friday 13th January. 7.30pm Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Rd

Local residents are very fortunate to have on their doorsteps Wanstead Park, Wanstead Flats and Epping Forest which offer a unique combination of history, natural beauty and facilities for sport and recreation.

Come along and hear the latest plans and news from

Paul Thomson, Superintendent of Epping Forest

John Meehan, Chair of Friends of Wanstead Parklands

John Cryer, our local MP

and let them know your own thoughts and views.

Wed 11th Jan 2017
Cygnus Trust
Curry & Quiz

Quiz Night at the Star of India

23rd Feb 2017

Food served from 6.30pm.

First question 8pm

£15 for quiz and curry.

Raising funds for local charity Cygnus Trust (

Mon 9th Jan 2017
The sociable socialist
Film Night. I, Daniel Blake.

The Leyton and Wanstead Labour Party Socialist Film Club are pleased to announce a showing of Ken Loach's film I, Daniel Blake, a powerful portrayal of the modern welfare state.

Wednesday 18 January 2017 Leytonstone Library, London E11, UK 7.30pm - 9.30pm

£5 (£3 concessions) to cover costs Light refreshments available

Book now : Contact Tim Harris,


Mon 14th Nov 2016
Crisis Christmas Party

Take a break - enjoy some cake!

Sunday 11th December 11am - 1pm

Enjoy coffee, cake, mince pies and other goodies and help us raise funds for Crisis - the homelessness charity.

Mon 14th Nov 2016
Pensioners Christmas Meal

Monday 5th December at 5pm

Delicious Indian Buffet, Dessert and a Drink



All for only £10

Call Irene on 8530 8484 to book your place

Star of India Restaurant

875 High Rd E11 1HR

Sat 5th Nov 2016
The sociable socialist
Leyton and Wanstead Labour Party Socialist Film Club

On Wednesday 16th November we will be showing the inspirational and humorous PRIDE, the true story of the lesbians and gay men who went to the South Wales coalfield in 1984 to support the miners in their titanic struggle against the Tory government. One of the men involved, our very own Ray Goodspeed, will lead a Q&A after the film. Leytonstone Library (1st floor),Church Rd, Leytonstone Wednesday 16th November, 7:30 pm £5 (£3 concessions) to cover costs Light refreshments available Demand for tickets will be great, so booking is essential: Tim Harris, Come along and meet some of the most sociable socialists in town.

Wed 2nd Nov 2016
Peta Richardson
Pilates with Peta in Wanstead

New classes starting in Wanstead including Post Natal Pilates, HIP (High Intensity Power) Pilates and 1to1 Reformer Sessions. For more details, please contact Peta on 07950326244.

Thu 20th Oct 2016
Jazz with Pete Skiv's Swingfellows in aid of Cygnus Trust

A night of top music and a delicious curry in aid of local charity the Cygnus Trust.

Thursday 3rd November at the Star of India from 7pm.

Featuring Pete Skiv's Swingfellows and the amazing vocal talent of Arifa Hafiz.

Tickets £20 from David 07923 470 734 or email


"Arifa Hafiz. Remember that name. She's the real deal." Dave Gelly, jazz critic of The Observer.

Bassist Pete Skivington and long-time collaborator guitarist Jim Douglas were for many years members of the Alex Welsh Jazz Band, "the best small band of its kind in the world" - Bud Freeman, saxophonist with the Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman orchestras.

Wed 19th Oct 2016
Anna Davies
North Star Charity Vinyl Night

This is guaranteed to be a good night....put it in your diary. All funds raised from vinyl selection and raffle to go to the Breast Cancer Now charity which is raising much needed funds for research to prevent all women dying from this disease by 2020. Raffle, Dance and Fireworks from 7pm.

Tue 11th Oct 2016
Phantom Cake Baker

Saturday 15th October at Star of India. Come along and have a coffee and a slice of cake. Together we can make sure no-one faces cancer alone. 10am - 11.30am

Fri 23rd Sep 2016
Alice Stanley
Oasis in the desert II

mixed media, fabric collage £120

Fri 23rd Sep 2016
Alice Stanley
Oasis in the desert

mixed media, fabric collage £120

Fri 23rd Sep 2016
Alice Stanley
Day & Night, Darkness & Light

mixed media, fabric collage £150

Fri 23rd Sep 2016
Alice Stanley
Children’s collages:

A Frog and a Dog, Pink Elephant and Blue Hippo Cat and Mouse, Rabbit and Chicken mixed media, fabric collage, 26cm x 20cm £25 Little Red Riding Hood, MacDonald's Farm £30

Fri 23rd Sep 2016
Alice Stanley
Orange composition

mixed media, fabric collage, 35cm x 35cm £50 each, two for £90 (with green composition)

Sun 28th Aug 2016
Open House Week - Ballet contemporary fusion classes

Monday 5th September 7-8pm Free Beginner Teens/Adults, Wedneday 7th September 6-6.45pm Free tots 3-6year old, 8-9pm Intermidate Teen /Adults (£2.50), Friday 9th September Junior/Pre Teen 7-12years old -6-7pm (£2.50).

Thu 21st Apr 2016
Charity Cycle Ride

Local man Martyn Bellamy is raising funds to take 500 to 600 children in care or young carers to the seaside for a day to remember. To do this he is cycling the 76 miles from Waltham Forest to Southend-on-Sea - and back on 22nd May 2016 and is seeking sponsorship. Click on the link to sponsor him and find out more

Thu 7th Apr 2016
Poetic Justice Productions
Theatre: Scampolo (Leytonstone Festival favourite) in Islington run
From April 19th to May 1st, Islington’s Rosemary Branch pub theatre will play host to Poetic Justice’s new English language production of Scàmpolo, a 1916 romantic comedy by renowned early 20th c Italian playwright and director Dario Niccodemi, first trialled at the 2015 Leytonstone Festival. The translation and performance is a dream come true for Wanstead-based actor and politician Ashley Gunstock, who had picked up an old copy of the play on his honeymoon in Italy, and had for many years wanted to create a translation of it. A special team of three at Ashley Gunstock's Theatre company Poetic Justice have combined their skills to create this groundbreaking translation. Poetic Justice now celebrate the play’s centenary with this, the first ever full-length English stage production of Scàmpolo . Scàmpolo is a classic early 20th century tale of a girl on the threshold of womanhood, living on the harsh streets of Rome. Her introduction into the life and social circle of an impoverished engineer – with dreams of having his Libyan railway project accepted by the Italian government – raises quite a few eyebrows and questions regarding the hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie. Poetic Justice is delighted to be staging the centenary and first ever English production of this quirky, poignant and beautifully written Italian romantic comedy, the first of Niccodemi’s works to be translated by Marzia Marani, Diana Korchien & Ashley Gunstock. Rosemary Branch Theatre 2 Shepperton Road London N1 3DT Box Office: (0)20 7704 6665 Online bookings: Performances: Tuesday 19 April - Sunday 1 May 2016. Tuesdays - Saturdays at 7.30pm & Sundays at 6pm. Tickets: £12/£10 (concessions)
Thu 10th Mar 2016
Leytonstone Festival
Leytonstone Festival 2016

1st – 17th July 2016 CALL FOR ARTISTS Got an event you’d like to showcase? Visit our website and find out how to get involved in the best little festival in London

Thu 3rd Mar 2016
Waltham Forest Twinning Association
A night of entertainment for a good cause.

A Fundraising Show & Dance in support of Dominica following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015. An evening of superb local and international artists, dancers, poets and musicians. It’s a great line up to start the weekend! The Show will be compered by the delightful TV presenter Denise Nurse in the presence of Waltham Forest’s Mayor as well as the High Commissioner of Antigua & Barbuda and the acting High Commissioner of Dominica. The doors will open at 7pm and you will be welcomed by the tropical sounds of Nite Blues Steel Band. The show’s final performance will be from the excellent Stratford East Singers followed by DJ Floyd’s musical selection for all tastes to dance, till midnight. You will be able to buy your drinks, food and raffle tickets for great prizes. Date: Friday 11th March 2016. Doors 7pm, Show 7.30pm, followed by dancing till midnight Venue name: Chingford Assembly Hall Venue address: Station Road, Chingford, London E4 7EN Nearest train station: Chingford Buses: 97, 179, 212, 313, 379, 397, 444. Parking: Richmond Road car park – free after 5pm. Tickets: Advance adult £12 (including a raffle ticket), U16s £5; Door £15 Tickets/Info: 07732 332 814

Tue 1st Mar 2016
Gill Taylor
Woodhouse Players - Double Bill

Woodhouse Players present a Double Bill of Modern Classics - “The Long Christmas Dinner” by Thornton Wilder and “God Of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza Friday 4 March 8pm Saturday 5 March 2.30pm & 8pm Friday 11 March 8pm Saturday 12 March 2.30pm* & 8pm * - BSL-signed performance At the Welsh Church Hall 881 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR Tickets £8 (£5 concessions) booked/reserved in advance; £9/£6 at the door Book online at Phone reservations 020 8504 3872 Not suitabable for under-14s Further information: "The Long Christmas Dinner" Ninety years in the life of the Bayard family told through their annual Christmas gatherings. A meditation on life, death, time, continuity, and change by Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays "Our Town" and "The Skin Of Our Teeth", and novel "The Bridge of San Luis Rey". "God of Carnage" Two couples meet to build bridges after their sons get into a playground scrap, but simmering tensions and unresolved conflicts reveal that the parents can be far more juvenile than their children. "God of Carnage" was written in 2006 by French-Iranian playwright Yasmina Reza and translated into English by Christopher Hampton in 2008. A smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic, it has won both the Olivier Award for Best Comedy and the Tony Award for Best Play.

Tue 9th Feb 2016
The Flower Designer

The Flower Designer specialises in all arrangements for weddings & civil ceromonies including Bridal bouquets Bridesmaid bouquets & accessories Buttonholes & corsages Venue flowers A free design consultation will allow you to discuss your wedding flower requirements and look through books & magazines for ideas on your special day. ***Valentines Special Offer*** 10% off your wedding flower orders when booking a consultation before 18th February. Contact Katherine to arrange an appointment.

Tue 2nd Feb 2016
Big Band Night

Sunday 21st February 7.15pm for 7.45pm In aid of the Mayors Appeal with the Denmark Street Big Band featuring vocalist Paul Wood. Ilford Golf Club 291 Wanstead Park Road Ilford IG1 3TR Tickets £25 including buffet Tel : 0208 708 2297 Email :

Fri 8th Jan 2016
Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society
archaeology talk

The Archaeology of Gardens: Historic Landscapes now open to all - a talk by Les Capon mentioning Ingress Park, Osborne House, Chiswick Park, Witley Court, The Regent’s Park, and Hampton Court. Thursday 14 January 7.45 pm, Orient House, Leyton Sixth Form College. Essex Road E10 6EQ

Fri 8th Jan 2016
Burns Night - Charity Fundraiser hosted by Cllr Barbara White. Mayor of Redbridge.

Saturday 23rd January. 7pm for 7.30pm Ilford Golf Club, 291 Wanstead Park Road, Ilford, IG1 3TR. Tickets £30 - call 0208 708 2297 or email Traditional Burns Night meal a band and a piper.

Thu 10th Dec 2015
Christmas Concert

Our beautiful Christmas Concert with Waltham Forest Youth Orchestra. Refreshments will be provided in the interval, incl. mince pies and hot chocolate. Tickets £8 when bought in advance and £10 on the door. Children 16 and under - free entry.

Tue 8th Dec 2015
Janey D
Condition Critical - London's NHS Crisis

PUBLIC MEETING 9th December 7.30pm at The Score Centre, 100 Oliver Rd E10 5JY

Speakers : John Cryer, Ivana Bartoletti and local health campaigners. All very welcome.

Trouble getting appointments? had a long wait at A&E? Got ideas about where more money is needed or ideas to improve things? Come along and have your say about our local health services.

Organised by Leyton & Wanstead Labour Party as part of a series of public meetings on important local issues.

Thu 19th Nov 2015
Jan Ashford
Ecstatic Dance East / Open Floor

Saturday 21st November 7-9pm at Leytonstone United Free Church 55 Wallwood Road E11 1AY £7- entry Ecstatic Dance East is a free form movement practice for people of all ages and abilities who love to dance. Movement is good for the body and soul not forgetting the mind and emotions. We will be engaging all these elements as we move dancing both alone and with partners, in a supportive, exploratory space encouraging expansion and growth. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, most people dance in bare feet or you can wear trainers. Bring water to drink although tap water is available. I first experienced ecstatic dance through the 5 rhythms practice eighteen years ago and have been hooked ever since. I am currently a teacher in training with Open Floor International. I particularly love the way dance connects people, and hope to create a soulful community of dancers here in East London. It's a ten minute walk from Leytonstone tube, plenty of parking.

Thu 19th Nov 2015
Hitchcock's Home does Christmas

HITCHCOCK’S HOME DOES CHRISTMAS – SUNDAY 20th DECEMBER at "The Mission Hall", 10 - 11 Aylmer Road, London, E11 3AD Celebrating Christmas with ‘Hitch’ in his home town! Leytonstone gets ready for Christmas with bumper family fun and frolics and some festive films If Hitchcock came ‘home’ for Christmas – what sort of celebration would he want? have come up with just the answer! Following hot on the heels of this summer’s sell-out event ‘Hitchcock’s Home’, they’ve come up with a bumper festive family event ‘Hitchcock’s Home does Christmas’. The whole idea of ‘Hitchcock’s Home does Christmas’ is to make a big family thing of the Sunday before Christmas with festive fun and frolics with a ‘Hitchcock’ twist. Hopefully with all the prezzie shopping done and the food stacked in the larder, the whole family can spend some fun time together enjoying Christmas fayre, treats and some great family films. It all happens at The Mission Hall in Aylmer Road E11 which will be ‘decked’ out with yuletide cheer. Come early before the main film programme and soak up the festive atmosphere. There’ll be lots of seasonal fun and frolics and decorative trimmings in exciting ‘Hitch’ style. You’ll also enjoy a selection of delicious locally sourced food and drink, treats and tipples – and of course traditional cinema snacks. And you don’t have to rush off after the film – stay and carry on with Christmas! Here are some of the tasty treats in store: • Deeney’s ‘toasties’ – legendary haggis and cheese toasties and more • Popcorn and Pick n’ Mix – your favourite cinema treats • Burgess & Hall – stunning red and white wines, mulled wine, craft beers and some Hackney-made gin And more……see here for more details: (Please note: to support local businesses we ask that no outside food or drink be brought in) And for the main event: Programme: • Early afternoon (film starts 12.30pm): The Snowman & Father Christmas • Late afternoon (film starts 4pm): The Muppet Christmas Carol • Evening (film starts 7.30pm): Gremlins Ticket prices are: Adult ‘Premium’ £14/Adult ‘Standard’ £12.40/Children £9.70/Family ticket (group of four with at least two children £38.80). With the compliments of the season, are paying the booking fee. Book now on: The best day and evening out in London – right in the heart of Leytonstone! For tickets and information follow these links: Twitter: @HitchcocksHome Facebook: Instagram: @HitchcocksHome Email:

Thu 19th Nov 2015
Redbridge Mayors Charity Appeal Fundraiser

TEN PIN BOWLING Wednesday 25 November 2015 7pm for a 7.30pm start at Rollerball at the City Pavilion, Collier Row, Romford RM5 2BH. Tickets £12.50 includes 2 games and buffet Email or call 020 8708 2297.

Wed 18th Nov 2015

CHARITY FUNDRAISING CONCERT Leytonstone, St John’s Church. 25 Nov Ticket: A fundraiser for a new sound system in St John's Church. Please come and support this event. Free glass of wine with each ticket sold. Featuring Blair Jollands (w/Cellist Maud Hodson & Band) * * * * NME * * * * The Guardian * * * * UNCUT 'Great songs' - David Bowie 'Listening to this all the time. Gotta get this record' - Boy George 'Blair is a welcome breath of fresh air to the modern folk rock scene' - The Vinyl District also featuring The Wild Rye ...and Adam Brown

Thu 5th Nov 2015
The Flower Designer
Christmas Flower Offers

TRADITIONAL XMAS DOOR WREATHS. Luxury handmade fresh moss/ spruce door wreaths. Place your orders now for Christmas. Small 10"- £30.00 Medium 12"- £40.00 Large 14"- £55.00. Order before end of November and receive 10% off your order. Visit me at

Thu 5th Nov 2015
Gwyn Jones PTA
Curry & Quiz - what's not to like!

Fancy a tasty curry and a fun quiz? Then get yourself to the Gwyn Jones PTA Curry and Quiz night! The event will be at Gwyn Jones School on Wednesday, 11th November 2015 at 7.30pm Curries will be supplied by fantastic, local Indian restaurant – The Star of India. Tickets are £10 per person (Includes dinner and quiz), please feel free to bring your own wine or soft drinks There are only 50 tickets available so get in quick. All welcome, just email

Tue 3rd Nov 2015
Jan Ashford
Ecstatic Dance East / Open Floor

Friday 6th Nov. 1.30-3pm Leytonstone United Free Church 55 Wallwood Road E11 1AY Ecstatic Dance East is a free form movement practice for people of all ages and abilities who love to dance. Movement is good for the body and soul not forgetting the mind and emotions. We will be engaging all these elements as we move dancing both alone and with partners, in a supportive, exploratory space encouraging expansion and growth. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, most people dance in bare feet or you can wear trainers. Bring water to drink although tap water is available. I first experienced ecstatic dance through the 5 rhythms practice eighteen years ago and have been hooked ever since. I am currently a teacher in training with Open Floor International. I particularly love the way dance connects people, and hope to create a soulful community of dancers here in East London. limited parking, permits available for £1, bikes can be brought inside. £5 entry.

Tue 13th Oct 2015
The Secret - The musical

Local residents Angela Broome and Marcus Scroop have written this new, original musical. A haunting tale for Haloween. Act 1 is set in 1986 and features 4 teenagers from Leytonstone who go on holiday to Ibiza. An event occurs while they are away and the girls vow that they will always keep the secret. Act 2 is set in 2012 and suddenly the secret begins to unravel.... This show is being performed in the Deaton Theatre, Forest school at 7.30pm on 30 Oct and 2.30 and 7.30 on 31 Oct. Tickets are ON SALE NOW

Thu 8th Oct 2015
Woodhouse Players
Woodhouse Players present \

Before "Bridesmaids" there were Five Women. . . During an ostentatious wedding reception at an estate in Knoxville, Tennessee, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose failing marriage triggers outrageous behaviour; Meredith, the bride's rebellious younger sister; and Trisha, whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching play by the author of "American Beauty", "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood". Friday 23 October at 8pm Saturday 24 October at 2.30pm* and 8pm Friday 30 October at 8pm Saturday 31 October at 2.30pm and 8pm * - BSL-signed Welsh Church Hall 881 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR (next-door to the Star!) Tickets £8 (£5 concs) booked/reserved in advance, £9/£6 at the door. Book online at Phone/email bookings 020 8504 3872/ NB Contains adult themes - not suitable for children

Tue 6th Oct 2015
David Boote
Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society

A View of the New River: 400 Years of Fresh Water for London’ a talk about the New River by Rachael Macdonald Wednesday October 7th 7.45 pmSt Mary’s Parish Hall, Lindley Road, Leyton E10 6QT (next to the Jet petrol station on Leyton High Road; 69 and 97 buses)

Thu 1st Oct 2015
Jackie Withnall
Woodhouse Players present Five Women Wearing The Same Dress by Alan Ball

The perfect tonic as Winter approaches. A contemporary American comedy by the writer of American Beauty. Contains Adult themes. 6 shows- 23, 24, 30, 31 October See www.woodhouseplayers for full details and booking

Fri 18th Sep 2015
Gill Taylor

Next door to the Star - the Woodhouse Players next production opens on 18 September. Everyone's favourite classic girls' coming-of-age saga of four sisters growing up in New England during the American Civil War. Laughter! Tears! Romance! Frocks! Performances Fri 18 Sept 8pm, Sat 19 Sept 2.30 & 8pm, Fri 25 Sept 8pm, Sat 26 Sept 2.30 & 8pm. BSL-interpreted performance 2.30pm Sat 26 Sept. Tickets £8 (£5 concessions) booked/reserved in advance, £9/£6 at the door. Full details, including how to book, on the website

Tue 18th Aug 2015
Andrew Coles
Calls for council to increase arts budget after Leytonstone Festival refused funds

Leytonstone Festival organisers have called for the council to slash its own 'enormous budget' for cultural events after their funding application was refused. 

The community-led festival is scheduled to run over 170 events, including free concerts, art shows, and theatre performances until July 19, but is facing a £15,000 shortfall in its £25,000 budget after the council's decision.

This year, the arts development grant was described by Waltham Forest council as 'highly competitive and never guaranteed’, after receiving 27 applications requesting around £250,000 – 10 times more than the £25,000 available.

Full article here

Tue 18th Aug 2015
Shah Ahmed
Listed in Time Out's Great bits of London.

Listed in Time Out's Great bits of London.

Wed 21st May 2014
Shah Ahmed
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