My life as a stay-at-home-dad

Walthamstow resident Adrian Spurdon on the highs and lows of full-time fatherhood When I tell people I’m a stay-at-home-dad there are usually two kinds of reaction: the gushing enthusiasm and comments like, “Oooh, that is SUCH a special thing to do”, “Well done, good for you”, or the more reserved, pitiful response where eyebrows are…

Landlord fined over near-fatal fire in Leyton property

Tenants living inside a cramped property in Leyton were lucky not to have been harmed by a potentially fatal fire, which started due to the landlord’s inadequate safety precautions. The blaze at Ruckholt Road, E10 was started by an electrical fault. The landlord, who was prosecuted earlier this week, claimed that the property comprised two…

Lutalo Mohammad opens London’s first Ninja Run at Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre

  One of the capital’s largest leisure complexes, Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, was officially opened this morning by Olympic silver medallist Lutalo Mohammad. The leisure centre in Chingford Road, run by GLL’s Better brand, boasts 9.9metre climbing walls, a mini trampoline park, a multi-challenge sport and adventure zone for children set across four levels,…

Fyfield Road demodex dogs making a good recovery

Three dogs that were found dumped in a tiny carrier in Walthamstow now have a brighter future thanks to donations from the public. Mary, Mel and Sue were found with such a severe case of demodex (a skin mite) that veterinary staff couldn’t tell what breed they were. More than £1,000 has been raised since…

Gunshots fired at Marlowe Road estate

Police were called to Marlowe Road, Walthamstow on Monday, 19th September following reports that gunshots were fired. Unconfirmed reports suggest that there were eight shots in total. When officers attended the scene, they found ballistic damage (bullet impact marks) to vehicles parked on Marlowe Road. A Scotland Yard spokesperson confirmed there were no reported injuries, and police…

Dog with broken back dumped in South Woodford

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a Rottweiler with a broken spine was dumped on a pavement in South Woodford. A black car was spotted on Bushey Avenue, E18 before it drove off to reveal the female dog lying in the street, unable to stand.   The Rottweiler, who was thought to be around…

Online store Stow Inspired opens to the public today

  Stow Inspired, the online store for Waltham Forest, has opened its virtual doors to customers who are now free to browse and shop.   The store is the first of its kind and brings together a collection from artists, makers and small businesses in or associated with the borough, such as coffee from Perky…

Controversial art show Modern Panic returns to east London

Pictured above: Pascale Pollier – The Seat of the Intuition Some images NSFWCurated by Guerrilla Zoo’s James Elphick, the show, which runs from 6-14 October at Newspeak House, Shoreditch features 50 unique artists exploring the dark psyche of modern life. Featured artists include Austin Osman Spare, an English occultist whose grotesque, sexualised work was widely…

Cockroach infested restaurant in Walthamstow forced to close

  Warning: vile pictures. Another filthy restaurant in Waltham Forest has been forced to close its doors after inspectors found it was covered in grease and infested with cockroaches. Palii Maamala’s on Hoe Street, Walthamstow was visited by council inspectors last week, who found cockroaches living in boxes of paper hats which were worn by…

Waltham Forest council pledges funding to increase wildlife in the borough

  Funding is being made available for every ward in Waltham Forest so that communities can deliver projects to establish and encourage bio-diversity in their local area. Waltham Forest council has made £1,000 available in each ward, which residents can bid for to spend on bio-diversity projects such as creating habitats for wildlife, opening up…

Fourth hedgehog spotted in Waltham Forest in five years

A large, healthy male hedgehog has been spotted in Walthamstow during a bat survey, raising hopes for the steadily declining species.  Hedgehogs are so rare that this is only the fourth time in five years that one has been recorded in the borough. It was seen in Walthamstow Wetlands, an area of natural habitat spanning…

Three dogs crammed into tiny carrier and dumped in Walthamstow

The RSPCA has launched an emergency appeal after three dogs with terrible skin conditions were found by a woman on her doorstep in Walthamstow over the Bank Holiday weekend. The animal welfare charity was called to Fyfield Road, E17, on Sunday 28 August by a resident who discovered a small pink pet carrier outside her…