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Boy       Write2-a-Life         Girl
Doing something memorable for self & charity
NEW YOUNG WRITERS' POETRY & SHORT STORIES COMPETITION

Write2-A-Life poetry & story competition is open to all young people (11-16 years old) across Waltham Forest, in support of The Mayor's Charity, Diabetes UK, fundraising for local diabetes care services, and supported by the Mayor of Waltham Forest & Councillor Grace Williams. Poems of up to 25 lines and Short-Stories of up to 1,500 words. Winning entries will be published in a book and there is a likelihood of additional sponsored prizes.

Deadline for the Write2-A-Life competition is 28th October 2017.

Email your entries to: wayne@forestradio.co.uk.

Click HERE for full details in PDF format.

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Current Series from Forest Radio

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Book Cafe Bulgarian Style - The Interview  

STOP Local Post Office Closure Campaign  

Post Office Closure Risk to Elderly  

Campaign by Citizen Advice to FIX Universal Credit  

Businesses Could End Extremism Says Youth Leader  

Stopping the Arms Trade  

PROGRAMME 1  

Alison Hay interviews Forest Radio  

Jerk Spice Caribbean Grocery Store  

Flood Risk to Walthamstow - Campaign  

Interview with St. James Street Big Local  

The Dark Side of Musicals - David  

Mayor of Waltham Forest talks Youth, Diabetes and Opportunities  

Looking Forward to Black History Month  




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Table of Contents
of current series

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,
Gudrun, Wayne.
'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.



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.


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