Street party returns after 14 year break

Amari Smith-Kouassi, Reon Smith-Kouassi, Renece Williams and Jermell Williams have their faces painted at the Walthamstow Village Festival.

Band from the Alzheimer's Society stall during Walthamstow Village Festival

Liza Fetcher and Jayne West win on the tombola stall set up by LGBT group ELOP with Catherine Briody and Clare Hardy

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A village festival scrapped at the turn of the millennium has returned. 

The Walthamstow Village Festival was held on Saturday for the first time since 2000 after The Asian Centre in Orford Road, Walthamstow, and a residents association sought funding. 

A music stage set up in Vestry playground, at the junction with East Avenue, featured a host of acts. 

Food, arts and crafts and community stalls were set up all along Orford Road, Beulah Road and Eden Road, with road closures in place until 7pm. 

The free community event, which cost £22,000 to put on, was supported by Waltham Forest council and local businesses. 

Abed Mallam, 29, an administrator at The Asian Centre, said it was the right time to bring back the festival.  

He said: "With the support of the Walthamstow Village Residents' Association, we decided it was a good idea to start it again and to bring the whole community together to raise the profile of local artists, businesses, charities and the village itself.

"The Centre was set up in 2005 for Asian people but we work closely with everyone and our position in the heart of the village helped us to bring everyone together."  

 

 

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8:47pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

This is fantastic news as long as the newcomers to the area who are obviously affluent having paid over 600k for their houses do not try and take over the reasonably priced stalls and charge the earth for items like water and tins of pop. These are tough times and people who are unemployed cannot afford to even eat in many of the trendy eateries that the rich and chic can easily afford. The festival should be aimed at families for face painting, henna tattoos and braids not alcohol fuelled middle class extravagance. They can do this at Audley End.
This is fantastic news as long as the newcomers to the area who are obviously affluent having paid over 600k for their houses do not try and take over the reasonably priced stalls and charge the earth for items like water and tins of pop. These are tough times and people who are unemployed cannot afford to even eat in many of the trendy eateries that the rich and chic can easily afford. The festival should be aimed at families for face painting, henna tattoos and braids not alcohol fuelled middle class extravagance. They can do this at Audley End. Villagecranberry
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10:04am Sun 10 Aug 14

roundthetwist says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
This is fantastic news as long as the newcomers to the area who are obviously affluent having paid over 600k for their houses do not try and take over the reasonably priced stalls and charge the earth for items like water and tins of pop. These are tough times and people who are unemployed cannot afford to even eat in many of the trendy eateries that the rich and chic can easily afford. The festival should be aimed at families for face painting, henna tattoos and braids not alcohol fuelled middle class extravagance. They can do this at Audley End.
Yes I agree,

Fantastic news and fingers crossed for reasonably priced stalls and good weather for next year.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: This is fantastic news as long as the newcomers to the area who are obviously affluent having paid over 600k for their houses do not try and take over the reasonably priced stalls and charge the earth for items like water and tins of pop. These are tough times and people who are unemployed cannot afford to even eat in many of the trendy eateries that the rich and chic can easily afford. The festival should be aimed at families for face painting, henna tattoos and braids not alcohol fuelled middle class extravagance. They can do this at Audley End.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree, Fantastic news and fingers crossed for reasonably priced stalls and good weather for next year. roundthetwist
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