Every year Lea Valley Park holds a Countryside Live event with all sorts of rural skills on display. There are plenty of animals from ferrets to birds to dancing sheep (!) as well as displays from experts in country crafts. We sent Vince Burke along on a rather blustery afternoon to get a flavour of it. In the education tent he met Karen Wheeler from the park authority who explained what it was all about.
Just around the corner from Whipps Cross is the Army Reservists centre of 68 Signal Squadron. Previously known as ‘Territorials’ the Reservists provide a back-up force of fully-trained and highly skilled men and women for times of emergency. They also support local government, the emergency services and major public events such as the London Olympics. As Vince Burke found out when he went along, the recruitment doors are open.
Phil Hughes narrates the story of the role the Hospital played treating wounded troops during the First World War. The Hospital, which was built in 1903 as a Poor Law institution, treated some 6,000 injured World War 1 soldiers during the four years of the conflict.
After a visit by King George V and Queen Mary in 1917 the name was changed from West Ham Union Infirmary to Whipps Cross Hospital and it became a general hospital.
Click HERE to see the short Youtube clip mentioned in the audio (this was not the Whipps Cross event).
Sue Kreitzman – Caroline Skene
Sue Kreitzman is one of East London’s most vibrant and colourful figures. She started out as a well known food writer and television cook but now spends her time creating wonderful ‘outsider’ art and curating her own shows.
In this exclusive in-depth interview WXHR’s Caroline Skene finds out more about Sue’s colourful world.
Eastside Jazz – Catherine Osborn
Based at Tommy Flynn’s pub in Leytonstone E11, East Side jazz club is East London’s premier jazz venue, it meets on Tuesday evenings and is hosted by drummer Clive Fenner. Catherine went along to a special session during the Leytonstone Festival to lap up some of the great music and find out more about the club.
You can find out more about Clive and his music from his own website here www.clivefenner.com
Antiques Roadshow – Catherine Osborn
When the BBC’s popular Antiques Roadshow came to Walthamstow Town hall local people turned up in large numbers with all sorts of objects hoping to have them identified and valued by the team of experts.
Catherine went along and chatted to some of the visitors about what they had brought along and also had a chat with some of the experts and the show’s presenter Fiona Bruce.
The show was broadcast in February 2015.
Walthamstow Garden Party – Catherine Osborn
The Walthamstow Garden Party was two days of music, theatre, arts & crafts, food and family activity in Walthamstow’s beautiful Lloyd Park.
The free festival made full use of the landscape of the park, home to the award-winning William Morris Gallery, filling it with an eclectic mix of non-stop entertainment. WXHR’s Catherine Osborn reports on three of the many activities.
Newham Swords Fencing – Catherine Osborn During this year’s Leytonstone Festival and in association with British Fencing, Great Britain Olympians Pierre Harper and Linda Strachan and some of their young international fencers from the highly successful Newham Swords Fencing Club gave free fencing demonstrations and “have a go sessions”.
Catherine went along and chatted to British under 20 champion Amol Singh and triple Olympian Pierre Harper about the sport and the club.