Romeo and Juliet 2017 - Complete
We have had a special request to make this item easy to link to so we are putting it in at the top of the list, at least for the moment. It's a spoof version of Romeo and Juliet conveived by David after a few day's immersion in the astonishing Juliet tourist industry that has grown up in present-day Verona. Apologies to the bard.
Book Cafe Bulgarian Style - The Interview ~ 5th Aug. 2017
Interview with Elina, the owner of the Once Upon
a Time Book Cafe on St James Street, corner with
Station Road, E17 8AA. The shop is a social centre
for the Bulgarian community in Walthamstow, which
is one of the biggest in the country.
STOP Local Post Office Closure Campaign ~ 12th Aug. 2017
Interviews with a group protesting outside the Central
Post Office and neighbouring Central Library at the
top of the High Street where a 'consultation' is taking
place regarding plans to move the Post Office into the
relatively small Foster’s Supermarket at 242 – 244 Hoe
Street. Interviewees include MP Stella Creasy. Includes
a statement from a Post Office representative.
Post Office Closure Risk to Elderly ~ 14th Aug. 2017
A return to the protest outside Walthamstow Central Post
Office regarding the office's proposed re-siting. Opinions
expressed warn of probable negative consequences for many
user groups within the borough.
Campaign by Citizen Advice to FIX Universal Credit ~ 14th Aug. 2017
Interview with Diane Sempare of Walthamstow Citizens Advice
(formerly Citizens Advice Bureau) regarding ways to cope with
the changeover from separate benefits to the integrated
Universal Credit system, and what it will mean for claimants.
Businesses Could End Extremism Says Youth Leader ~ 15th Aug. 2017
Interview with Hamza, a youth worker at the Active Change
Foundation on Lea Bridge Road, who believes that the boys'
youth club, which is connected to a Mosque, can, with the
help of funding from local businesses, reclaim local boys
from the gang culture of crime and violence into which many
of them have drifted.
Stopping the Arms Trade ~ 18th Aug. 2017
A talk by a man named Simon from the pressure group 'Stop
The Arms Fair' about how and why people should protest against
the use of the Excel Centre in Newham to host one of the world's
largest international arms fairs every two years. Recorded at
the Hornbeam Cafe at 458 Hoe Street on 17th Aug. 2017.
PROGRAMME 1 ~ 23rd Aug. 2017
Our first full-length programme as Forest Radio (we were
formerly 'Mill Radio' coming from The Mill Community Centre
on Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow.)
Total Running Time: 1.37 mins. 51 secs.
INTROS: Adele, George, David, Gudrun, Wayne.
'Teddy Bears Picnic' – Henry Hall
David – re: new Forest Radio Programmes
'Call Me' – Lilly Brooke
George and Adele - Mill Picnic on Walthamstow Marshes.
Scrabble on 11th November at The Mill
George’s Football Team – Arsenal
'Show Girl' – Lisa Crawley (original song)
Adele - Grenfell Tower update.
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
Wayne – interviewing young people from Buxton School
'Never Going to Give You Up' – Rick Astley
Mill Roundup - Adele
Wayne –Exhibition at Mill re: Dagenham Brook (part of
Walthamstow Marshes) areas at risk of flooding in Walthamstow.
Flood defences with Pete Thomas – Environment Agency.
'Plug in Baby' - Muse
Interview, Derek at Jerk Spice Grocery Store, Chingford.
George (customer) talks about Black History Month – event at
St Edmunds Church Hall, Hall Lane, Chingford - special African
/Caribbean day, Saturday 7th October.
'Hot, Hot, Hot' - Arrow
'Say It Loud – Black and Proud' – James Brown
Wayne – with Market Square buskers: Antonio – drummer/percuss-
ionist. Liam and Joe from Wales – guitar, drums.
Adele (reading) 'Reflections' by Gudrun
'Hello, Goodbye' – The Beatles
Goodbye Mill Radio, hello Forest Radio - David, Adele,
'Walking Shoes' – Gerry Mulligan Quartet.
Alison Hay interviews Forest Radio ~ 25th Aug. 2017
Alison Hay decided to interview David and Wayne to find out
about the activities of Mill Radio in connection with funding.
Jerk Spice Caribbean Grocery Store ~ 28th Aug. 2017
Interview, Derek at Jerk Spice Grocery Store, Chingford.
George (customer) talks about Black History Month event
at St Edmunds Church Hall, Hall Lane, Chingford.
Flood Risk to Walthamstow - Campaign ~ 30th Aug. 2017
Dagenham Brook (part of Walthamstow Marshes) is an area
areas at risk
of Walthamstow at high risk of flooding.
Wayne interviews Pete Thomas of the Environment Agency
( https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk )
regarding a scheme to improve the area's flood defences &
how this it can be paid for.
The item ends with 'Plug-in Baby' by Muse
This item is also included as part of PROGRAMME 1.
Interview with St. James Street Big Local
~ 9th Sept. 2017
Wayne and David went to Harmony Hall on Truro Road
in Walthamstow to interview Libbi Lee and Neesha Badham
of the organisation called St. James Big Local. Libbi's
three-month old son Joli was also present.
If you want to get involved in volunteering in the St.
James Street area or if you have a project or an idea
something that would benefit the people of the St. James
area you should get in touch with the St. james Street Big
local by visiting their website: stjamesbiglocal.co.uk.
The Dark Side of Musicals - David ~ 11th Sept. 2017
This is an item that charts the evolution of a new stage
musical called Engineering Paradise the Musical,
from writing the novel to having a script and musical scores
ready to submit to theatre groups for consideration as a stage
project. In this instance the writing of the songs was achieved
in a very unusual way by publishing all of the lyrics and the
full script on the Internet, declaring the project Public Domain,
and asking musicians and singers to contribute voluntarily to
the task of turning the raw lyrics into completed songs.
You can read more about the project and find links to the script
and all of the lyrics, as well as demo versions of the songs on
Soundcloud by visiting
the page that started it all.
Our second full programme, containing lots of local news, covering such things as the opening of the Walthamstow Wetlands, our short story and poetry competition for 11 - 16 year olds, a creative writing group in Leytonstone, a short story written by Gudrun, extracts from some of our stand-alone items, a discussion about the development plans for the Town Square and a parody 2017 version of Romeo and Juliet
Mayor of Waltham Forest talks Youth, Diabetes and Opportunities ~ 14th Sept. 2017
The Mayor of Waltham Forest talks to Wayne and David about young people and their futures, support for people affected by diabetes and how she made use of her life’s opportunities and become the Mayor of Waltham Forest. Councillor Yemi Osho's warm personality and sense of fun comes across strongly in the interview and we end up singing a few words of Bill Withers' Lean on Me together. A true Forest Radio gem.
Looking Forward to Black History Month ~ 16th Sept. 2017
George, one of the customers Wayne met in Derek's Jerk Spice Grocery Store in Chingford invites us to celebrate black history in Chingford and throughout Britain on October 7th.
Caribbean and African food, culture, music, dancing and having a good time. Also a chance to learn about the history of black people here and throughout the world. Hear one of the worst puns Wayne has ever come up with.
New Caribbean Take-Away at the bottom of High Street Walthamstow ~ 18th Sept. 2017
Wayne interviews the owner and some of the customers at a new Caribbean street food stall at the bottom of High Street Walthamstow.
Apple Day at The Mill ~ 20th Sept. 2017
Wayne, Adele and David talk about an annual event at The Mill Community Centre on Coppermill lane, Walthamstow. Lots of interviews. Ten things you didn't (even want to) know about apples.
You Too Can Volunteer at The Mill says Isabel, a Volunteer ~22nd Sept. 2017
Isabel discusses the various ways The Mill is being used by ordinary people, and how individuals make use of the space to develop their interests and as a relaxing place to make new friends. It is open to all age groups and from all backgrounds. You can be sure to be surprised at the range of activities and opportunities for volunteering available at The Mill.
Say NO to Domestic Violence - Sharron Webb
Sharron talks about how she survived domestic violence and struggled over many years to bring meaning back to her life as a result, and Women's Decision, the domestic violence support group she has set up and will be launching on the 30th October 2017 to help women in Waltham Forest going through the same problems she has faced.
Waltham Forest hosts the country's largestest Bulgarian community, and yet their profile is very low compared to that of other ethnic groups in the borough. In this series of interviews Wayne explores the possibility of an annual Bulgarian Cultural Festival and investigates the appetite for this within our local Bulgarian community.
A Tribute to Bessie Smith
September saw the 80th anniversary of the death of Bessie Smith, widely regarded as the finest blues singer of all time. In this tribute Adele Tinman looks at the life, career and legacy of the 'Empress of the Blues'.
Forest Churches Emergency Night Shelter
Wayne talks to the Coordinator in charge of Forest Churches Emergency Night Shelter about homelessness and the role of the Christian churches of Waltham Forest in offering help.
Bettie Millard aged 88 Talks About Family & Life
Wayne talks to the woman every visitor to the Mill Community Centre meets as soon as they go through the door...
Walking and Jogging for Free at the Green Hearts Project
The Green Hearts Projectis set up for local people in Walthamstow to make use of their new ONE-MILE RED-ROUTE to get fit and remain healthy by walking or jogging around on the RED-TRACK for FREE, in a safe and secure environment with or without friends. Assistance is available from an Activator. The facility is available during daylight hours, the only requirement is to register free of cost.
Mill Round Up + Dancing at Leytonstone
Waltham Forest Photographic Club
Opening of The Wetlands
Jealousy – short story by Gudrun read by Adele
Discussion about driving around Verona +
2017 take on Romeo and Juliet written by David
David as Romeo, Adele as Juliet, Wayne as Montague
Narrator = Gudrun Two acts
Thank You from Engineering Paradise the Musical
– sung by Dayna Lynn
Write2-a-Life update: new deadline 7 January 2018
New group set up for victims of domestic violence –
Sharon Webb interviewed by Wayne (excerpt)
The Dark Side of Musicals by David (excerpt)
Tribute to Bessie Smith Adele by Adele (excerpt)
The Mall - proposed development in the Town Square
Total running time: 1hr 24. 29
Liam Cooper - Sight Loss, Depression and Now Hope
Liam’s routine visit to his opticians led to an emergency operation, soon followed by 15 more operations, but when he felt rejection at job interviews due to his sight loss depression soon followed fearing he would never work again. But Liam soon found a way to overcome disappointment and hope became his victory.
The Mall Walthamstow – Ready to Celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2018
The Mall Walthamstow is in celebratory mood having recently refurbished to keep up with current market trends and leaders, meeting local and international needs, in readiest for winter festivities for the whole family and in preparation for the 20th Anniversary in 2018 since The Mall opened.
Coping Through Football
Volunteers, including players and ex-players from Leyton Orient Football Club, offer regular football coaching and tournaments to encourage the health, both physical and mental, of the borough's young people. The Score Training Ground is the venue and it’s under the guidance of Leyton Orient Football Trust.
Grand opening and launch of Fashion Brand Tuffuoh
Interview with founder and fashion designer Diane Tuffuoh and comments from many customers, supporters and well wishers.
I'm 14 years old and My Dad's a Singer - Jean Paul Samputu
At a Black History Month event in Chingford Wayne talks to 14-year-old football enthusiast Igor Shamall and his father, singer and peace ambassador Jean Paul Samputu, who talks about the power of music to spread love and overcome hatred.
Stop and Search Petition for Review and Reform
We all want a fairer society, don’t we? So why are so many innocent black, Asian and minority ethnic people (BAME) seven times more likely to be stopped and searched by police? Do we even know what effect this has on their health and relations? How can we when a national assessment on the effects of multiple or disproportionate stop and searches on the same communities has never taken place. Prime Minister Theresa May admitted at the Conservative Party Conference that "black people are seven times more likely to be targeted" for random stop and search by police officers.
The last 50 years of Stop and Search wasn’t great, another 50 years of the same Stop and Search surely cannot be healthy for future generations and the nation as a whole, can it? We therefore democratically request Government and UK Parliament to ‘review and reform stop and Search and carry out a national assessment on its impact on health’.
For further details on Stop and Search go to the Waltham Forest Echo website edition 32 page 8. You can even share your Stop and Search stories at firstname.lastname@example.org You should also contact and/or Write-a-letter to your local Member of Parliament (MP), and request them to take up the issue in Parliament.
Please join our petition to UK parliament, to gather 100,000 signatures, to put before UK Parliament. Download a petition form from Forest Radio (petition) fill in your details, then email it to email@example.com.
American Tourists Visit The Mill and Talk About President Trump, Walthamstow and Their Son
Two American tourists are taken on a tour of Walthamstow by their loving son, Jessie, who resides in Walthamstow, but get a shock when Forest Radio scuppers their planned trip to the Wetlands to be replaced by an enjoyable radio interview with Wayne Walton, who didn’t waste any time finding out what they really thought about President Trump, Walthamstow and their son.
Unfortunately the microphone lead was faulty during this interview and caused crackles every time it was moved. We have managed to clean the recording up considerably but it remains a bit below our usual technical standard.