FREE FORA Friends and families social evening

After the fantastic turnout at our AGM we have decided to hold a friends and families evening where again Shah’s Star of India will handle the catering. This event will give you a chance to AGM2meet other members and neighbours and discuss local issues. We welcome any non members to attend. Anyone joining FORA on the night will get a full refund of the £5 entrance fee. This event is free to existing FORA members.  Please let our Chair, Vaseem Gill, know in advance if you would like to attend via email: vaseem_gill@yahoo.co.uk or Phone: 07980 718988

 

6pm Saturday 3rd December 2016 St Andrew’s Church Community Hall, 153 Colworth Road, E11 1JD 

 

FORA enjoys drinks on the terrace at Westminster

Inside Westminster

Inside Westminster

On 6th July 2016 FORA members were treated to a historical tour of the Houses of Parliament by the highly entertaining Leyton & Wanstead MP John Cryer. Alongside the 900 year history of the building John explained the workings of parliament from the point of view of a current Member of Parliament. John is also chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, a role which has been not been without challenges of late. So it was very interesting for FORA members to hear of the mood at Westminster during this historic last 10 days in British politics.

 

John explains the story of Emily Wilding Davison

John explains the story of Emily Wilding Davison

 

 

 

 

As the weather was warm we took the opportunity to have a drink and chat on the terrace bar from which there are wonderful views across the river Thames. All members who took part expressed their gratitude for an excellent event.

Riverside Terrace Westminster

Riverside Terrace Westminster

 

FORA would like to express appreciation to John Cryer MP for giving us such an informative and lively tour of the seat of government during what has been a very busy time for him. For a write up of a previous tour given to FORA members by John see here.

100 years since the first day of the battle of the Somme

One hundred years ago today the battle of the Somme began. The first of July 1916 was the worst day in the history of the British Army with 19,000 dead and 38,000 wounded for advances of between 1 and seven miles. It is quite startling to think that on that day Britain suffered higher casualties than the Suez, Falklands, Northern Ireland, Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts combined. The battle of the Somme was one of many such battles in World War One or the Great War as it was known. During four months of the Somme offensive 420,000 British, British Empire and Dominion troops, 195,000 French and 650,000 German troops were killed. The offensive was finally called off in November 1916.

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Laying wreaths

Thousands of soldiers from Leytonstone served in the First World War and many did not return. You can find out more about these men and where they lived at the Leytonstone War Memorial Project.

Preparing to lower the flag 1st July 2016

Preparing to lower the flag 1st July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like many villages, towns and cities across the country London Borough of Waltham Forest held a service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Somme. The service was attended by the Leader of the Council, Mayor and members of the public. The Western Front Association provided a display of artefacts from the period and blew whistles used to signal the men to go over the top. The Vestry House Museum provided additional documentary material.

Leytonstone War Memorial

Leytonstone War Memorial

Words and pictures by Martin Sepion

Historical Walk in Leytonstone

FORA members and friends were treated to a fascinating guided walk by Dr Neil Houghton of Walthamstow Historical Society on Saturday 21st May. Neil set the group the challenge of spotting the subtle differences in architecture which enable us to date houses and identify their original purpose. We learned about the wealthy families who lived in the area before the building of the Victorian terraced housing seen today. Characters such as two governors of the bank of England and an extremely rich slave trader lived in this part of Leytonstone. We identified the boundary between the forest royal hunting ground and land on which commoners had grazing rights during the medieval period. We heard of the four thousand year old flint tools found along the streams running through the area. We listened to the rich history surrounding the procurement and building of St Andrew’s church. Neil provided us with maps and information and helped us to become ‘eagle eyed’ field historians.

Some members of FORA have four legs

Some members of FORA have four legs

Participants gave very positive feedback on the event and on behalf of all I would like to thank Dr. Neil Houghton for his time, energy, entertaining delivery and thorough knowledge of his subject.

Plenty of food and food for thought at FORA AGM

Forest Residents Association AGM and 10th birthday celebration got off to a great start with an excellent meal provided by the Star of India.

FORA Committee Members Najma, Frances and Tony make sure nobody goes hungry

Epping Forest Constable Ian Greer answering residents questions about Hollow Ponds

Epping Forest Constable Ian Greer answering residents questions about Hollow Ponds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporation of London Epping Forest Constables Ian Greer and Martin Whitfield gave a fantastic talk on managing the forest. They shared their many years experience and knowledge of the special nature of the forest land and the management plans in place to safeguard its future. They took time to answer the many questions local residents had for them while explaining recent developments and plans.

John Stewart and Rob Barnstone

John Stewart and Rob Barnstone

John Stewart and Robert Barnstone from HACAN East talking to Leytonstone residents who are living under City Airport’s flight paths about campaigning to stop city airport. John and Rob explained the current consultation and the airport’s plans to grow further. Their talk was followed by a lively discussion of how to gain support for residents and HACAN from politicians and decision makers.

 

FORA is 10 years old this year. The occasion was celebrated by an overview of FORA’s achievements by Chair Vaseem Gill who also highlighted the 10 events FORA ran last year and forthcoming events planned for this year.  New and long serving FORA members shared drinks and cake to celebrate our first 10 years.

AGM Cake

We would like to thank all those who attended with special thanks to Cllr Shabana Dhedhi, Cllr Gerry Lyons, Writer John Rogers, Epping Forest Constables Ian Greer and Martin Whitfield, HACAN East campaigners John Stewart and Robert Barnstone for contributing to the event. A big thank you also to FORA committee members June, Alan, Frances, Najma, Tony, Martin, Heather, Trevor and Vaseem for planning, organising and delivering this excellent event.

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Flight Noise Meeting

Discussions went on long after the meeting ended

Meeting in Leytonstone

On Friday 22nd April 2016 Leytonstone residents met at the Epicentre with representatives of HACAN East and local MP John Cryer to discuss the issue of increased aircraft noise over Leytonstone. The meeting was well attended and included some lively discussion.

Map of New Concentrated City Airport Flight Paths over Leytonstone

Map of New Concentrated City Airport Flight Paths over Leytonstone

Background to Aircraft Noise Issue

Since opening in 1988 London City Airport has grown dramatically. Passenger numbers and flight numbers have increased even more sharply over the past year. In the last year City Airport has grown faster than any other London airport. In February 2016 the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and Newham Council, despite objections from local residents, granted City Airport the right to concentrate flight paths. Tragically, for residents of Leytonstone, and other parts of East London, this has resulted in almost continuous aircraft noise from low flying aircraft overhead. Aircraft from City Airport have to keep beneath the higher flight paths reserved for Heathrow and Stansted which also over-fly Leytonstone. This makes them very noisy in this heavily populated area. Indeed London Borough of Waltham Forest is the 3rd most over-flown of the 33 London Boroughs after Hounslow and Richmond. CAA has stipulated that City Airport conduct a consultation with local residents within a year of the operation of the new concentrated flight paths.  This consultation must be completed by February 2017.

In addition to the increase in flights and the concentration of the flight path over Leytonstone City Airport has requested permission to fly further (e.g. Istanbul and Moscow) and also to use larger aircraft. CAA is currently considering this request and will announce it’s decision over the summer.

What you can do

If you feel strongly about this you can:-

Robert Barnstone from HACAN East will be attending FORA’s meeting on 14th May 2016 at St Andrew’s Church. He will give a short talk and will be available for questions afterwards.

FORA 10th birthday celebration and AGM

Forest Residents Association is 10 years old and this year we would like to celebrate with a curry meal at our AGM (annual general meeting). At the AGM you will have the chance to put your ideas into what FORA does. This will be followed by a question and answer session by a Corporation of London Forest Ranger on the management of Forest Glade and Hollow Ponds woodland. Local writer and film maker John Rogers will be signing his book ‘This Other London’. The evening will be rounded off with tea and cakes. This event will be an excellent chance to meet your neighbours, get to know more about your area, support you local community, and share your thoughts on FORA’s next ten years.

Over the years FORA has held many successful events, led a range of local campaigns and fostered a strong community spirit in Leytonstone. In addition FORA has developed strong relationships with local agencies such as Schools, Police, Corporation of London, Local Councillors and our MP, as well as many local businesses. We would like to celebrate and recognise these achievements but also plan for the future. What should FORA’s priorities be for the future? How can you get involved? What events would you like us to put on? Come along and discuss these questions while meeting new friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

The evening will begin with a curry meal provided by The Star of India restaurant at 6pm and will take place Saturday 14th May 2016 in St. Andrews Church Hall.  Although the event is free please RSVP for catering purposes to info@vaseemgill.com  by Saturday 7th May 2016. For further details click here.

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E11 Forest Glade Spring Cleanup on Saturday 16th April 2016

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FORA volunteers with their haul of 35 sacks of rubbish collected from the woods between Forest Glade and James Lane. Video clip Assessing the haul.

Folks tend to  find it a useful way to meet fellow residents whilst participating in a modest local community self help effort,for WHATEVER  length of time they  can devote.

So many have forged fast friendships now  and it’s worth looking back and noting how we were once strangers , but met at just such an event or similar

If you can’t make this one , there are others that happen UK wide and year round  .You can find your nearest groups here.

http://www.litteraction.org.uk/findgroup?location=E11+INW

By Tony FERNANDES

FORA plants wildflowers at Tesco Leytonstone

Volunteers from FORA cleared away litter and planted wildflowers in a flowerbed outside Tesco Leytonstone today (Sat 30th Jan). The idea is part of FORA’s campaign to improve the area as a place to live and work.  Planting wildflowers increases the bio-diversity of the area and is particularly helpful in increasing numbers of bees and butterflies. More plants also help to improve air quality, a major issue in our area as it is bisected by the A12 link road.

FORA Volunteers hard at work

FORA Volunteers hard at work

Wildflower seeds were provided as part of the Grow Wild Campaign led by the Royal Horticultural Society. We are also grateful to Tesco who support us in our efforts to tidy up and improve the area.

We hope you enjoy the wildflowers as they appear through the spring and summer. If you would like to find out more about our events and activities, see our events page or our current campaigns page or get in touch via info.fora@hotmail.com or add a comment below.

There was a lot of litter to pick up in this busy spot

There was a lot of litter to pick up in this busy spot

 

Birding in Leytonstone

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On 29th December FORA residents went on a winter birdwatch around Hollow Ponds and Wanstead Flats. No real rarities were encountered but we were still impressed with our day list which included: Grey Heron, Shoveler, Coot, Moorhen, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Mallard duck, Gadwall duck, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring gull, Teal duck, Coal tit, Great tit, Blue tit, Long Tailed tit, Robin, Dunnock, Carrion Crow, Jay, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Green Finch, Chaffinch, Redwing, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Goldcrest, Ring Necked Parakeet,  Great Spotted Woodpecker, and Green Woodpecker.  A big thanks to our birding expert Neil Twyford for opening the world of birds to us.