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Forthcoming Events

Saturday March 9th, 7.30pm.
Chingford Parish Church, The Green, Chingford E4 7EN
The London Forest Choir with soloists
Mendelssohn: ELIJAH
Jonathan Rathbone, conductor
Tickets: £15 in advance from Ticketsource, or £18 on the door, Children £5, Benefit Recipients £9
See website for details:

Whether you are a National Trust member or not, everyone is welcome to join us at our series of local talks, outings and even holidays. Meetings take place at Memorial Hall, South Woodford and All Saints Church Hall, Woodford Green (Wells) throughout the winter and spring months. Good company, interesting topics and friendship- socialising with local people.
Do come and for further details contact Richard Speller on 07774 164 407, or
‘Treasures of the National Trust’ by David Simmonds on Wednesday 13th March 2024 at All Saints, Woodford Wells Church Hall at 2.30pm.
‘Chigwell Riding Trust’ by Deborah Hall on 17th April 2024 at All Saints Church Hall, Woodford Wells at 2.30pm.
We also hope for a meeting Wednesday 22nd May at All Saints Church Hall, speaker to be arranged. More later!

Saturday March 23rd, 7.30pm.
Chingford Parish Church, The Green, Chingford E4 7EN
South West Essex Choir
Verdi: REQUIEM in an exciting new orchestration by Richard Blackford for two pianos, organ and percussion
Andrew Sackett, conductor
Tickets in advance or at the door: £16. (£14 in advance before 1st March), Under 18s £5.
see website or available on the door

Saturday April 13th, 5.30pm.
Chingford Parish Church, The Green, Chingford E4 7EN
Hertford Chamber Choir present ‘A Wild Dawn’
Choral music by Victoria, Tallis, Byrd, Monteverdi, Weelkes, Elgar, Whitaker and others
Manvinder Rattan, conductor
Tickets at the door: £10, students £5, under 5s free
In aid of Chingford Parish Church Organ Refurbishment

Saturday May 4th, 4.30pm.
Chingford Parish Church, The Green, Chingford E4 7EN
(note start time)
Talents from Imperial College
Chamber Music Society
Music for pianos (solos / duets and two pianos); cello sonata (with a guest RCM cellist); chamber ensembles (piano trio) etc. Organ music by Joel Colyer
Tickets at the door: £10, students £5, under 5s free
In aid of Chingford Parish Church Organ Refurbishment

Saturday May 18th, 7.30pm.
Chingford Parish Church, The Green, Chingford E4 7EN
The London Forest Choir with soloists
Jonathan Rathbone, conductor
Tickets: £18 in advance from Ticketsource,
£20 on the door, Children £5, Benefit Recipients £9 on the door
See website for details:

roars into 2024.
Wanstead Vintage gives you the chance to explore a treasure trove of vintage and antique items from fashion to homewares, accessories to furniture … You’ll find something to suit all tastes and budgets, plus get to meet passionate sellers and collectors who can share their stories and tips.
Discover the best of the past; Reusing, recycling and remembering.
Preloved to Reloved.
Everything you need for your home and wardrobe.
Saturday 1st June
Saturday 31st August
Saturday 2nd November
Wanstead United Reformed Church, Nightingale Lane, Wanstead E11 2HD
Wanstead or Snaresbrook tube (Central Line) – 5 minute walk
Early entry 9.30am – £5.00
Standard entry from 10.30am – £3
Concessions for NUS and OAP from 10.30am – £2
Accompanied children under 14 – Free
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Saturday July 6th, 7.30pm.
Chingford Parish Church, The Green, Chingford E4 7EN
South West Essex Choir
Will Todd: MASS IN BLUE & Edward Nesbit: The genuine History of the life of Richard Turpin
A dynamic and distinctive jazz-style setting of the Latin Mass plus a new choral work
Andrew Sackett, conductor
Tickets in advance or at the door: £16. (£14 in advance before 1st March), under 18s £5.
see website or available on the door

Wednesdays in Summer at Chingford Parish Church, The Green, Chingford E4 7EN
Our popular concerts of Lunchtime Organ Music 1.10 – 1.50pm
July 24th – Michael Emerson (Director of Music, Chingford Parish Church)
July 31st – Simon Hogan (sub-organist, Southwark Cathedral)
August 7th – Joel Colyer (Organ Scholar, Chingford Parish Church)
August 14th – William Layzell-Smith (Organ Scholar, St Mary’s Nottingham)
August 21st – John Rippin (Organist Emeritus, Chingford Parish Church)
August 28th – Tammas Slater (Organ Scholar, St Michael’s Highgate)
Admission free. Collection in aid of music funds.


Ongoing Events

Training Times: Thursday 8:00pm to 10:00pm (Minimum Age 16). You do not need to be fit to start Aikido but in learning this martial art you will soon begin to improve your fitness, We have both men and women from the ages of 18 to 70+ training and enjoying ourselves at this friendly local club. Price: £8 per session. Chingford & Woodford Green Aikido Club, Woodford County High Schools for Girls, High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 9LA. Contact: Stephen Billett, 020 8523 9196/07860 963691. Email:

241 (Wanstead & Woodford) ATC, based in Finchingfield Ave., Woodford Green, IG8 7JR, open to all 12 – 19 year olds, is a vibrant Air Cadet squadron with a wide choice of activities, e.g. flying, shooting, sport, drill, adventure training, first aid and the opportunity to achieve Duke of Edinburgh Awards. There is evidence that the pursuit of outside interests substantially improves performance in school. Contact

for friends and families of alcoholics. Al-Anon Family Groups offer understanding and support to anyone whose life is, or has been deeply affected by someone else’s drinking whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not, whether you are living with the alcoholic or not. You need not be alone. To speak to someone who understands and for details of an Al-Anon meeting near you, ring the confidential helpline on: 020 7403 0888 (10 am-10pm). w: e:  Family Groups Ltd., Registered Charity

meeting in CHINGFORD. Are YOU a teenager (12-17) with a relative or friend whose drinking gives YOU a problem? ALATEEN is there for YOU. For details of this and other meetings phone 020 7403 0888 (10am-10pm).

Monthly meetings plus regular coach outings. We would like you to come and join us, usually we meet the 1st Wednesday in the month at The Becket Centre, High Road, Woodford Green IG8 0RB. Everyone is welcome with or without Arthritis. If you are interested give either Chris Davis 020 8524 8916 or George Pearson 020 8520 9312 a call to find out more. Charity No 206563

Welcomes new members. No complete beginners. No league games. Every Wednesday 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Trinity School, Woodford Green, Parking available. Please ring Joan on 020 8527 0299 for details before attending.

Every Wednesday, 9.30am to 11.30am. The Peter May Sports Centre, Wadham Road, Walthamstow E17 4HR. All ages and standards welcome and equipment provided if needed. Just turn up and join in. For more details and information please contact Dave or Nikki. Email:- or phone 020 8529 1710.

We meet Wednesdays (during school terms) 8.00pm – 10.00pm at St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Havant Road (off Wood Street) Walthamstow E17 3JF. We practice and perform tradition English Morris dancing from the North West of England. This is a fun and friendly way of keeping fit. No experience is necessary, just come along and have a go. Musicians (male or female) also welcome. First term free to new members. Ring 020 8527 2926 for more details or see

A friendly, happy club, we meet 13.30 every Wednesday @ Chingford Horticultural Society Hall, 151-153 Larkshall Rd, E4 6PE. Free parking, 444 buses nearby. All abilities, singles or pairs. Just turn up or phone Brian Howlett on 07952 185 084 or Avril Smith on 020 8529 2713.

If you have played or been taught bridge for 6 months or more these practice sessions could be for you. Card play followed by discussion on how the bidding and play could be improved. Small friendly group with a break for tea/ coffee and biscuits. Wednesdays 2.30-4.30pm and Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm. Tution given by fully qualified Bridge Instructor at Horsley Road, Chingford E4 7HX. or phone Ray Green 020 8281 8376.

Meet the second Friday of each month at the Chingford Horticultural Hall, Larkshall Road, Chingford E4 (opposite Dale View Crescent). Commence at 7:30pm, the meeting fee is £1.50, which includes refreshments and a raffle. Talks are primarily concerned with cacti and succulents, but cover a wide range of subjects. Visitors will also have an opportunity to purchase small plants to start or increase a collection. Please contact 020 8529 5518.

We meet once a month on the SECOND Saturday at Emerson Park, Hornchurch, from 10-30am.til 2-30pm. We are a group of sociable men & ladies. We will give plenty of guidance to help people carve. Why not come & visit us and see what we achieve other than chatting. INFORMATION:- Please ring Martin on 020 8590 1824.

This friendly theatre group rehearses at Mornington Hall, The Green Walk, North Chingford E4 7EN and puts on two or three productions a year. New performing members and helpers (back stage, front of house etc.) always needed! Rehearsals most Monday and Wednesday evenings – contact to arrange a time to pop along and say hi, or see for more information.

The Whipps Cross hospital League of Friends have a monthly car boot sale on the first Saturday of each month from March to November, from 7am to 12 noon on the staff car park in the hospital grounds. Bookings only through Mrs. B. Fone 020 8556 3492 between 5pm and 9pm.

Ridgeway Park Tennis Hub, Ridgeway Park, Peel Close, Chingford, E4 6XU
Carers FIRST is a not for profit organisation supporting people who look after a relative or friend who due to ill health, physical or mental illness, disability, frailty, or addiction cannot manage without their support. We provide information, advice, guidance, emotional support, training and activities, giving carers an opportunity to have a break from their caring role and help them to get the support they need.
Come along to our Carers Drop-in meet other carers whilst having a cup of tea and a chance to talk to one of our support workers
Telephone: 0300 303 1555

Every other Thursday. Nature themed indoor and outdoor activities for pre-school children (24 months upwards). Activities may include natural play, storytelling and arts and crafts, All children must be supervised by an adult (1 adult: 2 children). Meet at the Grange Farm Centre (off Grange Farm Lane). Suggested donation to Essex Wildlife Trust of £5.00 per child. All enquiries please to Claire Rogers at or call 020 8500 3094.

We are a friendly local operatic and dramatic group based in Walthamstow, specialising in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, rehearsing on Tuesdays 8-10pm (all) and Wednesdays (principals) at St. John’s Church, Chingford Road, Walthamstow, E17 4LH.
We perform one opera annually in May in Snaresbrook and a number of other concerts throughout the year, including an annual winter concert, often featuring semi-staged performances of a variety of shows. We also participate regularly in the fringe events of the annual International G&S Festival held in Buxton, Derbyshire. We are always interested in hearing from potential new members, and are currently recruiting for our next show The Sorcerer in May 2011. All voices and levels of expertise are welcome. Membership is subject to a short informal audition. We are also available for hire to perform Gilbert and Sullivan, Olde Tyme Music Hall and songs from popular musicals. Please phone Jackie on 07852 928 287, e-mail or visit

Established in 1912 and still going strong. Why not join us on one of our Sunday walks which vary from 5 – 8 miles? A day in the forest, the countryside around London or even in London itself. We are a friendly group but for more information contact 020 8926 4593 or e-mail

Chingford Chess Club is 50 years old this year and has recently moved. We now meet 7.15pm Monday evenings at the Tom Oakham Centre, 6A Weale Rd, Chingford, which is just behind Friday Hill House. We welcome players of all ability levels for friendly games and match play in the local leagues. Please contact Brian Spear for details at 020 8504 8972 or

Meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Victory Hall, Hainault Road, Chigwell IG7 6QX at 2pm. Doors open 1 pm.  Enquires call Linda on 020 8504 3238

(formally Chingford Jazz Club). Live jazz every Tuesday at the Police Sports Club. Chigwell High Road IG7 6BD. Drinks bar & hot food available. Comfortable seating. Sessions start at 8pm and finish at 10.30pm. Ample car parking. Admission £7.00 non members, £6.00 members. Come and hear a different 6 piece jazz band performing every week. Phone either Sheila or Dave on 020 8925 8313.

We meet September to July, every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7.30 p.m. in the front hall at Chingford United Reformed Church, Buxton Road, North Chingford. All levels of ability, varied programme and occasional Saturday workshops. Come and see what we do or for further details please phone Gerald 020 8923 1134 or Pam 020 8529 3094.

Evening meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from October to April at the Chingford Foundation School, Nevin Drive. Guest speakers give talks on a wide variety of historical subjects. Three coach trips to places of historical interest are organised each summer. There is a tea interval with a selection of books on local history for sale. Membership costs £7.00 (guests £1.50). For further details please ring 020 8504 6340 or email

Larkshall Rd (opp Dale View Crescent) FOUNDED 1889 Open to all residents of Chingford and surrounding areas. Aim – to further interest in horticulture. Membership to our society is £4 per year. This gives discounted purchases on garden accessories at the Horticultural Hall — open on Sunday mornings 9.30am to 12.00 noon. To join, visit the Horticultural Hall or contact membership secretary; -Mrs S. Kilmartin 020 8524 0969.

meets every Wednesday evening, May to September 1900hrs till dusk at the Track in Ridgeway Park, Peel Close, Old Church Road, E4. From September to the end of April between 1900hrs and 2130hrs we meet at St Edmonds Hall, Larkswood Road, E4. Also EVERY Sunday morning we meet at the track in Ridgeway Park to carry out maintains. The Miniature Railway runs every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from April to September 1400hrs to 1730hrs.

82 Woodland Road (opp. Parish Church), North Chingford E4 7EU. Tel: 020 8524 0754. Established in 1930 we are a small but happy church. Visitors would be very welcome to our Sunday service of hymns, prayers and a sermon of readings from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook. Wednesday evening meetings are fairly informal with some readings, hymns and then members of the congregation tell how prayer brought healing of illness, relationships and other problems encountered in daily life. Sunday Service 11am – 1 hour, Sunday School 11am, Wednesday meeting 8pm – 1 hour. We also have a bookshop and a room for quiet thought and study open Monday 10.30-12.00 am and Friday 3.00-4.30pm.

Country Dancing for all tastes; beginners welcome. Meets every Tuesday 8:00pm – 10:00pm at Mornington Hall, Green Walk, E4. For full details phone Arnold on 020 8529 6730.

We have classes every Sunday at Larkswood Leisure Centre in New Rd from 12.00 to 1.00pm. Karate Classes are also held every Tuesday at the Peter May Sports Centre in Wadham Rd from 6.15pm to 7.16pm. We started Chingford Karate Club in 1985 and most of the Black Belts in the area all started with us as White Belt beginners. You can do the same. There is a now a FREE introductory lesson for all new beginners. We welcome adults, families and children over the age of 6. Just wear some loose fitting clothing and come along 15 minutes before the class starts. Tel. 0845 4303 007

New members will be very warmly welcomed. We are a friendly club with a busy golf and social programme. Five day membership is available on one of the prettiest golf courses in Essex. Lady golfers interested please ring Sally for a chat on 01371 878304 or Vivien on 020 8529 1342. Chingford Ladies Golf Club, 18A Beresford Road, Chingford E4.

Established in 1950, we meet each Monday evening at 8pm at the Horticultural Society’s Hall in Larkshall Road (opposite Dale View Crescent). The aim of the society is to promote an interest in photography in all its aspects. We are interested in both film and digital photography, transparencies and prints. Evenings are varied with talks, demonstrations, lectures and competitions. All that is required to become a member is an interest in photography. Everyone is welcome from a complete beginner to those who are more experienced. The room is situated at ground level and is accessible to all. Subscriptions are £60 per year which can be paid quarterly. Just come along for two or three nights without commitment or charge to see if you want to join like minded people. The club has its own web site:   For more information contact John Killingback 020 8599 5643,

1st XV are Essex’s & North London’s most successful amateur Rugby Club & over the last 3 seasons Chingford have come third in London North 2, narrowly missing promotion on each occasion. Chingford run 3 Senior teams on a regular basis, and occasionally put out a 4th XV. Our Senior teams train every Tuesday & Thursday evening starting at 7.30pm, and play games on Saturday afternoons. For more details contact Phil Howell 1st XV Manager tel 07768 236 913, e-mail or call into Chingford Rugby Club in Lea Valley Playing Fields, Waltham Way, Chingford, E4 8AQ. We have a very strong Junior Section with teams running from Under 7’s through to Under 19’s, with last years Under 16’s being Essex Cup Winners. Training days vary between each age group, with teams training on Sunday mornings and all matches are also played on Sunday mornings. For more details contact Aidan Little Junior Section Chairman 07949 038 060, e-mail or call in to the club on a Sunday morning.

We are a family run karate club and are part of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB). The instructors are all 2nd, 3rd and 4th dans with many years teaching experience. Our members are all ages and abilities from beginners to black belts and we have many family groups. If you would like to get fit, improve your confidence, make new friends and are aged 6 or over why not come along for a free lesson, just wear comfortable clothes and arrive a few minutes before the class starts. We are based at Walthamstow Academy in Billet Road, Walthamstow E17 5DP and our beginners class is 7.30 – 8.30. on Wednesday evenings. For more information contact Barbara on 07949 228 401

Now in it’s 49th year. Chingford Wine Circle meets on a monthly basis to enjoy social evenings, often with guest speakers talking on a variety of subjects. We have wine tastings, quizzes, themed supper evenings, local history talks, an annual home made liqueur competition, organised theatre trips and even a week-end away. Meetings are on the second Friday of the month, at Chingford Old Church Hall, (All Saints), at the top of Chingford Mount from 8:00 pm until 10:30 pm. Membership is £20 per annum. Visitors are always welcome, small charge involved. For further details please contact Brian Nightingale (Chairman) telephone 020 8529 5015 or e-mail:

Learn to Square Dance! Beginners Course (1st.night free). Thurs 8-10pm, St. Andrew’s Church Hall, St. Andrews Road, Walthamstow, E17 6AR. For further details phone Tel: 020 8524 3111

First Thursday of the month 2.00 – 4.00pm, at Quaker meeting House, 1a Jewel Rd, E17 4QU [off Hoe St]. £4 per session, refreshments included. No need for a partner, just turn up, beginners welcome. For more information phone Pat on 020 8556 3508 or e-mail

Every third Tuesday of the month, free hospitality event, 10.30am-12.00noon (please arrive before 10.30am thank you) at Sanjos, 164 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5BD. Tel: 020 8505 5775.

are a friendly musical society based at Waltham Forest College. We are looking for new members to take part in our 7th – 9th July production of ‘Bugsy Malone’ at the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30 to 10 pm. If you enjoy singing and/or dancing, please contact Doreen on 020 8539 9474, e-mail for full details or visit

Visit one of 90+ local groups of Cygnus Magazine Supporters for dogma free, heart to heart conversations in a safe space. Venue: Cedars Park Café, CEDARS PARK, Theobalds Lane, CHESHUNT Herts. EN10 8RU. Every fourth Friday of the month. 10 to 11.30 am. Tel. 07710 099 600.

All meetings are held at the Dining Hall, Roding Valley High School, Loughton. IG10 3JA. Use the car park entrance in Brook Road (off Alderton Hill) with parking in the Main Playground and not in the approach road. Tuesday evening meetings 7:45pm for 8pm start, meetings end about 9:45pm. Saturday auctions viewing from 1:30pm, auction starts 2:45pm. Yearly membership £8 adults, £3 junior. For more information contact Eric Hutton 01992 654001, or web site

Friendly meeting point for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who live work or socialise in the Epping Forest District, supported by Improvement East Efficiency Challenge Grant and ECCF Millennium Fund. Contact us for venue information or take part in Epping & West Essex LGBT Survey. Visit or email

Weekly Sunday walks (usually 5 – 6 miles) around Epping Forest and surrounding countryside, with occasional walks in London. Walks usually start from Underground stations. (NB; Dogs not allowed on walks) Annual group holiday and coach outing (in the UK).
For more information, please visit the website
Telephone; 01992-815-525

We have been in existence for over 40 years and are looking for new members as well as visitors to our exhibitions and sales. Our artists exhibit on The Green, North Chingford, the first Saturday of each month through the summer months. We also hold indoor shows at the United Reformed Church Halls, Buxton Road, North Chingford. For further information please contact Leigh Clothier on 020 8524 7934.

We are a registered charitable not-for-profit group catering for lonely or disadvantaged adults in our community. We meet each Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Mary Cotton Hall, St. John’s Church Centre, Buckhurst Hill and offer a wide variety of different arts to explore. Come and join us in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and unleash your creativity. For more information, please call Antoinette on 020 8504 8033 or email

( We are a friendly musical theatre group who are looking for new members to join our forthcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Winners of the NODA London Region Kathleen Oyler Trophy for Best Chorus, we rehearse in Loughton on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and perform two large scale productions each year at the Kenneth More Theatre and other locations. If you are interested in musical theatre, singing, dancing and acting or if you love costumes making props or working behind the scenes contact for more details.

every Sunday during term time 4-5pm Sewardstone Church E4 7PA (opposite Epping Way). All workers are police checked. Bus pick up from stops around Chingford (see website for locations). Children play games, win sweets and prizes and learn about God. Call Nick for further information/queries 07973 462 741, website or find Kidz Klub Chingford on Facebook.

FREE Led Walks for Older Adults.
Living Streets the UK Charity for everyday walking is organising FREE led walks in your area. We’re happy to walk with you as a group or invite you to one of our existing walks. Nearest one is Fridays at 11.15 at Barkingside Park. Contact Patricia Edeam telephone 07714 616 599 or

meet every Thursday 1.30-4.30pm at Loughton Bowls Club. New members welcome, preferably as pairs. Contact Paul 020 8281 7202 evenings.

welcomes new members. Wednesday between 1pm—3.30pm. at Chingford horticultural society hall, larkswood road, Chingford. If interested phone 020 8529 3411.

‘Getting To Know You’ (a song in The King & I) is a group meeting on a mid-week morning once a month, 10.00am – Noon.
The group aims to encourage and enable a multi generation meet up for anyone who would like the opportunity to meet new people of varying ages in their community. Although there are various clubs aimed at specific ages, I don’t think there is one that aims at a multi-generational get together.
For various reasons many people young & old may not see much of their family, that can mean older people don’t have much connectivity with children and in turn children may miss out by not having much contact with the older generation.
This Community group aims to bring people of different ages together. Perhaps you are new to the area, working from home and missing one to one contact, an older person looking to meet other people, a parent who’d like to meet up – babies & children welcome (there isn’t a designated play area as such, so bring a few toys).
Basically this group is for anyone who wants to get to know more local people of varying ages.
It would be appreciated if dogs (except guide dogs) were not in attendance. Thank you for your understanding with regards to this.
If you’re interested in the chance to catch up with local people over a coffee and would like to come along please let me know in advance if possible so I can give the venue some idea of attendance.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Irene & Harley
Irene Bull T: 0208 559 4500 – email
Or Harley Johnson T: 07957 484697 –

EST.1912. Worcester Road, Higham Hill, Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow E17. New and experienced members required. Keep fit and active and find a new social life to enjoy. 7 days a week from noon to dusk. For new bowlers we will provide tuition and equipment. For more info: JOHN EDLER on 020 8529 6637.

are a not for profit, community led netball club. Training on Sundays (term time) from 9am-11am at The Peter May sports centre Wadham Road, E17 4HR. For a free taster please contact the email

Our Club night is held on the first Tuesday of each month at Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road Ilford from 7.45 to 9.45 p.m. Entrance is £1.50 which includes light refreshments. We have a varied programme of speakers which is either medical or of general interest together with fundraising events throughout the year. If you or your partner is diabetic and would like to meet other people for support, please come along where you are assured of a warm welcome. Our website is: and if you would like further information, please phone Joan on 020 8500 9721.

located in Lee Valley Road, at the bottom of Kings Head Hill. The club opens every weekend 10 am until 4pm. In the summer same times plus Tuesday and Thursday evening May – Sept 6pm until sunset. Sailing and windsurfing take place on the reservoir. Courses are available, and all ages are catered for. You’re never to old or young to start sailing or windsurfing. Our membership age ranges from 8 years to 78 years. Club address: Lea Valley Road, Chingford, E4 7PX. Tel: 020 8529 4250

Every first Thursday of the month, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Age UK Waltham Forest, Waltham Forest Resource Hub (North), 58 Hall Lane, Chingford, E4 8EU
Free to attend donations welcome to cover tea & coffee. Everyone welcome, all ages, beginners to experienced. See what others are making or just sit and create. If you are stuck for a project why not take part in one of our charity knits

Invites you to join their
1. Community Choir
You will be taught vocal and breathing techniques; harmony and how to perform in public.
2. FREE 50+ IT course
These courses are for beginners who have never used computers and those who want to develop their use of the internet.
3. Renting Service
Small space for rent suitable as an office or for counselling. For further information contact: E-mail:
Phone: 020 8524 5213
Mobile: 07950 385 141

(part of the Ramblers’ Association, but with the emphasis on short walks of approximately 4 miles) consists of people who enjoy walking in the countryside, forest, country parks, canal and river towpaths and London, with other like-minded people. We welcome anyone of any age, providing they are able to walk four miles and negotiate stiles etc. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult. (Not suitable for buggies.) Sorry – dogs are not welcome. For further details Tel : 020 8529 1602 or 020 8529 7328. For more details of forthcoming walks in please visit our website:

“SHORT WALKS” (Four Miles ) Walks every Saturday or Sunday. First three walks free. If you love short walks why not join us. We specialise in short walks of two hours (approx). Our walks vary from countryside, riverbanks and tow paths to informative London Walks where we pass many places of interest. We also have bi monthly lunches where we can all exchange news and views. We are a very friendly group and you would receive a warm welcome. For a free programme and newsletter contact. Email; Telephone 020 8529 1602 If you would like to discuss any of our details

we meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday every month from 2pm to 4pm, at Loughton Baptist Church, 92 High Road, Loughton IG10 4 QU.
Come along and meet us for a cup of tea and a chat, we often have a speaker or entertainment. Stroke survivor’s, family, and carers are welcome.
Contact Madeleine 020 8508 0054 or Christine 020 8524 8916.

The Loughton Woodcarving welcomes new members.
We meet each Tuesday evenings from 7.30 till 9.30 at Woodbridge High School Barnabas Road, Woodford Green
We are a self funding group with men and ladies of various skills.
Tuition provided for beginners, and a range of tools are available to start with.
Further details from Colin Bond, Tel. 020 8257 0388

LUPUS UK Romford Support Group
LUPUS UK is the only national charity supporting people with systemic lupus, discoid lupus and those approaching diagnosis. The Romford support group meets on the second Sunday of each month for a social chat and to share experiences and tips for coping with lupus. For further information about joining us for a meeting, please call Paul Howard on 01708 731 251 or email

On the second Friday in the month, the Rotary clubs of Roding, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell hold a Memory Cafe. It is held at The Loughton  Club, Station Road, Loughton. This is for people who have some form of memory problems and their carers, 10 am until 12 noon. Come along and enjoy the company, with tea/coffee cake, a sing song, quiz and bingo. There is no charge for this, it’s  free.  If anyone would like to join us please contact. Hilary Wrightman 07836 671 582.

We are Akademi, a South Asian Dance Charity. With the support of Waltham Forest Culture we are taking over the monthly tea dances taking place in Chingford Assembly Hall. During these tea dances There will be professional dancers on hand to show the steps (tango, waltz, foxtrot, samba and much more) – and music will be provided by DJ Mr Wonderful. Project supported by Waltham Forest Culture. Venues and dates: Chingford – Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Road, E4 7EN. Every last Wednesday of the month. Price: £5, free for carers. Payment on the door accepted, Time: 1pm – 4pm. For info and bookings: click here.

Multiple Sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults. Branch Club Nights are the last Wednesday in the month (except January, August and December) 7.30 pm onwards in St. Edmund’s small hall, corner of Larkswood Road and Chingford Mount Road, E4. New members and supporters welcome. Outings during the year.
For more information, contact John Short on 8524 3954 or Barbara Fox at

Whether you are a National Trust member or not, everyone is welcome to join us at our series of local talks, outings and even holidays. Meetings take place at Memorial Hall,South Woodford and All Saints Church Hall, Woodford Green throughout the autumn, winter and spring months. Good company, interesting topics and friendship – socialising with local people. Further details from Richard Speller on 07774 164 407 or email
So why not come and join us, meet people and learn about our other events. In addition it should not be forgotten that the National Trust is a country wide organisation dedicated to preserving the nation’s heritage and environment. DO COME ALONG!

Parkinson’s UK, celebrating 40 years into research for improved medication and ultimately a cure. The Waltham Forest Branch works to help people with Parkinson’s and their carers in today’s community. Just by joining your contribution will help many people. Our branch meets once a month at the South Chingford Congregational Church on the 3rd THURSDAY evening of every month, providing guest speakers and a social chat. An information support worker attends to give a variety of advice and help. Monthly outings are organized with transport provided.
TREASURER URGENTLY NEEDED.We can’t function without one so is there a retired accountant out there to help us???
For further information about joining or about the position of Treasurer please call Hon. Sec. Margaret Blower on 020 8923 6161 or email

The Probus Club of Loughton, provides an opportunity for retired and semi- retired Professional and business men to meet together, enjoy each others’ company and establish friendships. Our meetings are held at 12.15pm for 12.45pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Gilwell Park in Chingford. At each meeting, we have interesting talks by a wide variety of speakers and an enjoyable lunch. If you are looking for an organisation to join in your retirement and would like to find out more about the Probus Club of Loughton, please contact Derek Allen, the Secretary, on 020 8504 3074.

Pyrography is the art or technique of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point. Workshop for BEGINNERS and IMPROVERS one Saturday morning each month 9.45am – 1.00pm at the Chingford Horticultural Society Hall, Larkshall Road, Chingford, E4 6PE. You can try just one Saturday or choose to come along every month – advance booking is essential as there is a maximum of 9 places per class. For further information and to book your place please contact Janet or Graham on 020 8559 4424 or email:

invites cyclists of all abilities, men and women, to join them on their club rides each Sunday leaving Redbridge Cycling centre, Forest Road, Hainault, IG6 3HP (On Hog Hill). Most rides start at 9.15am but occasionally earlier. Check our website at beforehand for more details and exact start times. Instruction on group riding will be given to less experience or novice riders at the cycle centre fifteen minutes prior to departure. Introductory cycling sessions are also organised periodically. Again see website for further details. The club meets fortnightly at the Cycling Centre from 7.30 pm. They are friendly gatherings and provide an opportunity to chat about the pastime and sport and also to ride around the circuit (until dusk). For more details go to our website at or telephone 01277 356 000.

(Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) for NORTH EAST LONDON . Come and join us at our illustrated nature talks held on most 2nd Tuesdays of the month – a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people in your area while learning more about birds and wildlife. We meet at the Gwinnell Room, St. Mary’s Church, 207 High Road, South Woodford, E18 2PA. We also have a programme of local walks and join Havering Local Group for coach trips to visit nature reserves further afield.
For more details, visit our website or Facebook page at
For more information – call David on 020 8989 4746, or email

If you’re looking for a Challenge try Scouting! Fun, games, camping, learning new skills and team building are among many activities available to girls and boys aged 6 – 18 years and to adults who are looking for a challenge. If this could be you, and you’d like details of your local group contact The Scout Association at Gilwell Park, Chingford on 0845 300 1818 or email

Learn to Scuba Dive with The British Sub-Aqua Club. Wednesday evenings 8-9pm at Larkswood Leisure Centre. Tel 07794 177 030, or visit for details. Novices and trained divers welcome

YMCA East London, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 3EF. SHF is about connecting communities & empowering people individually & collectively through cue-sport.
We are open on Wednesdays from 4.30-6.30PM at YMCA, to anyone diagnosed either with a disability or a mental health disorder resident within Greater London.
All disabilities welcomed. To book please call 020 8503 2665 (Highams Park) or 020 8509 4600 (Walthamstow).

We provide a warm and friendly social club for people with age related sight problems. Would you like to join us? Do you know anyone who would benefit from joining us? Are they becoming lonely and isolated? It’s all completely free.
We meet on a Thursday from 2 – 4pm at St Anne Line Church, 7 Grove Crescent, South Woodford, London E18 2JR.
For more information please contact: 07840 850838
or email:
We look forward to hearing from you

South West Essex Choir is an SATB choir with about 100 members. We meet on Tuesdays from 7.45-10pm in the Methodist Church, High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB (a 10 minute walk from Loughton Central Line Station and on bus routes 20, 167).
New members are always welcome. You must be able to sing but no audition is necessary. We give three to four concerts a year in venues throughout West Essex, conducted by musical director James Sherlock, who recently made his Carnegie Hall debut. See or phone membership secretary Mary McElarney on 01992 812606.

presents evenings of Classical and Light Classical music on disc. Programmes are presented by the members themselves. Evenings are relaxed and informal occasions. We are not an elitist Society and you do not have to be very knowledgeable about music to enjoy the evenings. Entry is FREE and membership of the Society is just £5 for the season (First season only – £15 a year thereafter). Why not come for an evening for free and see if you enjoy it? We meet every Friday Fortnight at All Saints Church Hall, Church Avenue, Highams Park, E4. Meetings start at 7.30 prompt and finish at around 9.45. For further details call Andrew Golds on 8531 2938 or Judi Cooper on 8531 7418.

We are a charity founded in 1969 based at Gilwell Park Chingford. Our founders, a group of former Scouts, believed that everyone, regardless of their health and circumstances, should have access to relaxation and fun. In other words, a proper holiday! We provide the chance for families and groups to enjoy a holiday away from the day-to-day routine and create cherished happy memories. We rent out affordable, accessible caravans, located in some of the most popular UK holiday destinations. For more information visit our website or telephone us on (020) 8433 7290.

was established nearly 60 years ago in Walthamstow. We perform concerts locally in Waltham Forest, and also in some prestigious venues in London, including St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. We rehearse every Monday from 7.30 p.m. until 9.45 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church, 149 Canterbury Road, Leyton (the corner of Essex Road and Canterbury Road).
Please contact our Membership Secretary on 020 8989 8365 for more information. All new members get the first term free.

based in and around Epping Forest. Epping Forest HF Group are a group of walkers of all ages (from 18 to 80+) who get together most Sundays and public holidays to explore different parts of Epping Forest, the surrounding countryside, Central and Greater London. Join us for a few walks first and consider membership at £4 per year. Walks are of between six and eight miles in length. See our library poster for details or view our website at Email

Looking to get a little fitter? Walking Football could be just for you. Sessions held at Powerleague Fairlop IG6 3HJ every Tuesday and Thursday. 2pm start. All abilities welcome. Friendly atmosphere.
Tel. 0208 501 4567 for more info.

Every Tuesday and Thursday 2pm till 3pm at Powerleague Forest Rd Fairlop IG6 3HJ for anyone over 50. Ideal place to meet, chat and stretch those legs.
Call Graham 07745 282 108.

Free women only walking group in Buckhurst Hill. Meet at The Toby Carvery. Full details can be viewed on or call Victoria on 07706 700 666.

At least four walks a week. Country walks, short and long London walks, some with Historic commentary. Coach rambles between April and Oct. Group holidays – England & Abroad. Path clearance groups. Some social events. For a sample programme telephone 0208-554-1665 0r 07434-902-394

Monday and Thursday evenings, 7.30pm. Quaker Hall, 1a Jewell Road, Walthamstow E17. New players always welcome. We are a friendly club with free tea and coffee. Bridge classes available for beginners and intermediate.
For details please contact John on 07973 880 080, or email

Are you a fan, a collector or a Miniaturist? Join our bi-monthly afternoon meetings. 2.30 to 4.30pm on the 2nd and the last Friday of the month at 15 Westward Rd, South Chingford, E4 8LZ. Contacts Norma Pollington 020 8531 7371, Kate Bundock 020 8524 5416.

Every Monday, during term time, between 4.20pm and 7.15pm Literacy, Numeracy and Touch-Typing classes for primary and secondary dyslexic students. VENUE: Frederick Bremer School, Siddeley Road (off Fulbourne Road), Walthamstow E17 4EY. For further information please email Karen Sparkes, Class Co-ordinator at or call her on 07852 232 509.

The Waltham Forest Probus Club is just one of the many Probus Clubs that are established in 23 countries around the World from Argentina to Zimbabwe. There are nearly 1,700 Clubs in the U.K. and the basic purpose of a Probus Club is to provide regular gatherings of persons who, in retirement, appreciate and value meeting others in similar circumstances and of a similar level of interest. We meet every third Monday of the month for lunch 12.20 for 1 o’clock lunch at the Royal Forest Hotel in Chingford. An interesting speaker is usually present at each luncheon. The club also arranges visits to interesting places now and then.
Please contact Allen Vickery on 020 8527 4654 or

We are a non-profit making organisation. If you have an interest or passion for mainly classical and light classical music do come and meet friendly like-minded people. We meet on alternate Fridays at All Saints Church Hall, Church Avenue Highams Park E4 7QZ. For further details and programme please contact Andrew Golds, 020 8531 2938 or 5695

in Chingford. We are a uniformed youth organisation that take on the traditions of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines giving new skills, life skills and opportunities to young people between the ages of 10-18 years of age male and female. We parade on a Tuesday and Thursday at 48 Kings Road, Chingford. The times that we parade are 7.15pm-9.30pm. Contact phone number (020) 8529 7743 between the hours of 7.30pm-9.30pm on a Tuesday and Thursday.

Fun for all the family. League standard welcome. Heathcote T.T. Club, St Edmunds Church Hall, E4 (coaching for young players) Red Triangle T.T. Club, YMCA Sports Hall, E17 (coaching for young players) Forest Community Centre T.T. Club, Guildford Rd, E17 Leyhall Sports T.T. Club, Cannhall Methodist Church Hall, E11. Please contact Membership Officer Ray Massey 020 8524 4289.

Friendly club welcomes new members for film making, set building etc. Give it a try you’ll probably get hooked! For more information call Pat Smith 020 8926 3943 or e-mail

We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month (except December) at 7.30pm at the Walthamstow Cricket & Tennis Club, 48A Greenway Avenue, Walthamstow, E17 3QN. Each month we have either a demonstration on Flower Arranging the Membership fee is £30.00 per year & £2.00 per visit or Visitors Fees £7.50 per evening. We are a very friendly club and look forward to welcoming people who wish to find out about flower arranging. For further details contact myself Ann Young – 07778 202871 or e-mail as above or Joan Norris 020 8521 1570 or Helen Gale 020 8923 6734

We are looking for new members to join our very friendly club that meets every Thursday 7.15 to 9.30 pm at Wanstead House Community Centre, 21 The Green, Wanstead, E11 2NT. This would not be suitable for beginners. You do not have to bring a Partner. If you are interested please contact me, Chris Smith, Tel: 07779 783 975
E. Mail:

Local walks from 3 miles upwards four times a week – every week. Walking together brings health benefits, well being and the opportunity to make new friends.

Every Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday Organised walks of various lengths from different locations including coach rambles and occasional walking holidays. For sample programme contact John or Pat on (020) 8502 1628.

Every Wednesday at 10 am. Come along and enjoy a friendly Game of Whist.  £3 includes raffle, Tea/coffee and biscuits. Beginners welcome. The Connaught Club, Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH. 020 8529 2341

A friendly local group. You’ve never danced? We meet every Thursday 8pm @ St John Ch. hall Buckhurst Hill IG9 6RX Just turn up, or come with friends. Phone 020 8504 3376 or

Every Tuesday 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, Scout Hall, end of Beech Hall Road, Highams Park.E.4. All Standards including beginners welcome. Flat shoes must be worn. £2.00 per session. Enquiries 020 8529 8865.

Every Thursday 1.30 till 3.30. Loughton Way, Buckhurst Hill for anyone over 18 who are living alone, Lonely or fed up and need a cuppa/cake and friendly chat with others experiencing the same. Come along or call Lorraine 07960 603 621.