Big Lunch event: St James Park June 1st

The Friends of St James Park are organising a Big Lunch event on Sunday June 1st, including a “Bake Off” competition. Refer to the FOSJP website for info and updates.



Tour De France July 7th

From the council newsletter:-

“On Monday 7 July the Tour will enter the borough via Woodford New Road, down Lea Bridge Road, left on to Orient Way and right on to Ruckholt Road towards the Olympic Park …  The route will be closed from 10am and there will be disruption on surrounding roads and to public transport in the area.”

More information at the LBWF site.

Looks like the nearest point to get to watch for us (on foot or by bike) is through the park/football fields, past the bread factory, through the Black Path, up Argall Way to the junction of Lea Bridge and Orient Way.



Waltham Forest ‘mini-Holland’ cycling scheme goes ahead

The borough has successfully bid for funding aimed at improving roads for cyclists in the borough.  Here is the original bid document (PDF).



Art Trail deadline looming

If anyone on the street is thinking of being part of the Walthamstow Art Trail this year, be aware that the application deadline is 3 March 2014.

“Your venue must be within the E17 postcode, whether a house, garden, window, shop, tree, lamppost, whatever suits your work. Or you may submit an online project. Your event must take place somewhere within the festival dates 31 May – 15 June.”


Flood Resources

As you will have been made aware when you bought or rented your home in the Coppermill Lane area, you live in a designated flood zone. The Flood Relief Channel that runs along the bottom of Elmfield was built to manage historic flooding events that have always tended to occur on the River Lea. The project pre-dates climate change data.

The Environment Agency provides realtime online data of the levels for the Lee (Lower) at Walthamstow, Low Hall. This appears to be monitoring the flood relief channel.

Real time data on other local river levels is available at the Environment Agency River Levels (London) website.

You can receive free text / email flood alerts by registering with the Environment Agency.


Antiques Roadshow Comes To E17?

Rumours on twitter suggest it might be time to start hunting through your cellars and attics while practising your ‘i’m not at all disappointed the so-called family heirloom I’ve dragged all the way here is only worth £30″ faces – they’re saying the Antiques Roadshow is coming to Walthamstow in August 2014. Keep an eye on the BBC Antiques Roadshow site for further details (if or when they become available).

Happy Blustery Xmas!

Looks like we’re going to have a wet and windy holiday (have a look at this live world wind map). Hopefully we’ll get the chance to meet up at the local on xmas eve or through the holiday period, but if you can’t make it out because of the weather here’s some live webcams where you can watch other people geting wet and blown away.

Even in rough weather and with speeding traffic they still flock to recreate the Beatles album cover:- Abbey Road Zebra Crossing.

Why anyone would want to watch this I don’t know but here’s Tower Bridge live.

This used to have streaming video of Leicester Square but seems to have reverted to a basic 1990-style stills webcam:- Leicester Square Cam.

TfL cams watching you daily via the BBC London traffic cams site.

— Or just watch some Pandas apparently doing life in a maximum security prison.