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    Fantastic Fireworks 2012

    lbwfFireworksPic2The Borough are holding a celebratory fireworks event this year on November 5th. You can download an LBWF event poster with the details here.

    Date: 5 November 2012 Time: 5pm-10pm
    Location: Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF
    Admission: Free Event

    2012 has been an amazing year, and while we know it’s not over yet we want to help you round off the Olympic Year and our Big 6 celebrations with a BANG!

    This year admission to the event is free for you and your family. And as well as a stunning fireworks display there’ll be music, entertainment, fairground rides and a wide range of refreshments to snack on, so come along and join the party!

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    Make Your Mark on History

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    This is a competition, with the support of Waltham Forest Library Service, for artists, writers, poets and photographers – of any age – to submit a piece of original creative work during Black History Month.

     

     

    As part of Black History Month we are looking for Waltham Forest residents young and old to submit their own original artwork, photos and poetry on the theme of ‘Recognising the Past, Shaping the Future: What Black History Month Means to Me’. Winning entries will be selected from a variety of age groups and reproduction of this work will feature on bookmarks and/or postcards available to the public within Waltham Forest Libraries.

    You can find all the details for this competition here on the Waltham Forest web pages…

    Get creative for posterity!

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    World Book Day 2013?

    worldBookDay2013PicWorld Book Day next year will be on March 7th, 2013.

    Now is the time for nurseries and primary schools to register their interest in taking part in this great literacy event for children. Eight more great books will be available for only £1 each.

    The World Book Day web site has some great resources available for children, schools and parents and carers. You can download resources now from this World Book Day web page here.

    Once registered more materials are available to support learning – look out for the ‘sign-up’ link on the resources page – use them in the classroom, at home, or in your library.

    You can see the books selected for next year’s event here…and there will be some great events and activities taking place too!

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    The Legacy of Independence

    blackHistoryMonthPic6October 2012 will see a wide range of activities and events to celebrate Black History Month in Waltham Forest. The theme this year is ‘The Legacy of Independence’.

    You can find a free online booklet from Waltham Forest mapping the celebration here.

    Inside you will find events for children and families, history events and film screenings and workshops. Some events will charge a small entrance fee, but those taking place in Borough libraries and at the Vestry House Museum are free.

    Waltham Forest have a complete diary web page for Black History Month events, making it easy to find an event near you – find it online here.

    For parents, carers and with some titles for children, the Borough library service have created a recommended reading list for the month. You can see it here…

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    William Morris Gallery – newly refreshed!

    williamMorrisDesignPic4The William Morris Gallery in Waltham Forest has a new web site. You can see it here. Exhibitions and hands-on family activities.

    The William Morris Gallery – in Walthamstow, London, the place of Morris’ birth – has been transformed to create a new world-class destination and international centre of excellence for the study of Morris, where visitors can enjoy the most intense and personal encounter with one of the foremost creative artists and original thinkers of the nineteenth century.

    The new Waltham Forest web site for the gallery is a triumph. With information, images and some great links to a William Morris Twitter feed and a gallery Facebook page too.

    Located near Lloyd Park in Forest Road, the gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday and admission is free. (The major building refurbishment was funded by the Borough and the Heritage Lottery Fund).

    Whether you are interested in art and design, in exploring the history of the Borough through Morris’s work or just to visit and have a cup of tea in the refreshed cafe, then the gallery website is a great learning place to start with.

    You can find more information about William Morris and his impact on art and culture here, courtesy of Wikipedia…

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    Community events in Waltham Forest – September 2012

    melaLondonPicWaltham Forest Mela in conjunction with Leyton Day
    Sunday 9 September 1pm-7pm, Leyton Cricket Ground E10 6PY
    Join us for a fantastic day of live music, fun fair rides and activities for all the family, showcasing Asian dance and music as well as local talent.

    See the (.pdf) poster on this Waltham Forest web page here…

    Re-opening of Lloyd Park
    Saturday 15 September 12 noon-5pm, Lloyd Park E17 5EH

    Celebrate the re-opening of Lloyd Park after a £4.48million transformation.
    There’ll be live music and free activities including survival skills, sports,
    guided walks, children’s entertainment and face painting.
    Plus meet your park people, bicycle security marking and dog microchipping.

    See more event news on this Waltham Forest web page here…

    Car Free Day
    Sunday 16 September 1pm-7pm, outside Leytonstone tube station E11 1AA

    The streets of Leytonstone will be closed to cars for a family fun day featuring
    market stalls and live music from ska band The Selecter and other local acts.

    See the (.pdf) poster on this Waltham Forest web page here…

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    Free Forest Film Fest…

    big6logoAs part of the Big 6 in Waltham Forest you can get to see free films in the borough this summer. Great fun for all the family.

    Friday 31 August – Sunday 2 September 2012
    Opens Friday 31 August, 7pm for one showing

    Saturday 1 September, 12noon-9.30pm
    Sunday 2 September, 12noon-9.30pm

    Leyton Cricket Ground, High Road Leyton, Leyton E10 6PY

    For more information you can visit the Big 6 web pages here…why not register online to get more free updates about what is going on for you and your family this summer.

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    2012 Festival of Sport

    boxingPicThe FREE 2012 Festival of Sport promises to be an exhilarating weekend of sport for all the family.

    You’ll be able to watch the action from the 2012 Games live on our giant screens whilst chatting to sporting professionals and local sports clubs about how to improve your game and watching sport demonstrations.

    Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August 2012, 11am-7pm

    Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4JF

    Waltham Forest Pool and Track, Chingford Road, Walthamstow E17 5AA

    You can read more, and register for information, on the Waltham Forest Big 6 web pages – see more here.

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    Summer Reading Challenge launches today!

    summerreadingchallenge2012ButtonThe 1st July marks the start of Waltham Forest Summer Reading Challenge 2012.

    Every library in the borough is taking part in the reading programme and will be supporting the Challenge with a diverse range of activities in each library. You can read more in the current Summer Daze. See below.

    The challenge for children is simple: read 6 books over the summer holidays and we’ll give you a poster, stickers and prizes along the way as you complete each stage. PLUS, complete six books and you’ll receive a certificate and a medal!

    So lets get reading this summer, as well as enjoying our visit to the library with puppet shows, arts and craft events, story times and more…

    Can you read six books this summer?

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    SummerDaze 2012 is here…

    summerDaze2012pic-mA new edition of Summer Daze for 2012 is now available online from the Borough. Packed full of holiday activities, this Olympic Special Edition also features over 50 schools open for fun in the summer of 2012.

    You can view, print or download a copy of this booklet here. (.pdf file)

    You can read about how children can take part in the Going for Gold Challenge, as part of the Schools Open for Summer programme in Waltham Forest.

    As well as a directory of activities by age group, there is also a great section on gettting around during The Olympics.

    LBWF have a web page where you can read more about Summer Daze, as well as whats going on in local libraries, parks and the arts in Waltham Forest. You can read more here…

    Summer Daze is always a great read for parents and carers, but it’s got lots more this year to find out about. Happy summer break!

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