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Marilyn Joy, singer/songwriter
Marilyn Joy
An interview with Marilyn Joy, a local singer/songwriter who has just released her first CD, called Crystal D'Arke. Includes some live performances recorded at our little Elmsdale Road studio and selections from the CD. You can buy Marilyn's CD from her Website. She also has a solo gig coming up in the Redbridge Green Fair Music Club's 'Best of the Music Fest' which takes place every 2nd Sunday of the month from summer to Autumn at the Walled Garden, Valentine's Mansion, free entry and anyone interested should contact: Valentine's Mansion.
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Jonathon Holder And The Good Thinking An interview with Jonathon Holder and his producer/collaborator Andrew Hunt, who together make up the nucleus of Jonathon Holder and Good Thinking, one of the country's most promising emerging bands, selected by the O2 organisation for special sponsorship and awarded a recording contract by the record label Marvellous Records who are soon to release the group's first EP. They are London-based and currently on tour as a nine-piece (!) band. Here they explain the way they work and their present recording project of which they are rightfully proud. For details of their tours and where to buy their music you should visit their Facebook Page where you'll find links to many other places.
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Mental Health Awareness Week 14-20 May 2018 This item consists of interviews conducted by Wayne Walton and is divided into two parts. In Part 1 we focus on the topic of stress, how to deal with it in day to day life, and how stress can lead to mental ill-health if not dealt with. Two men, Jon and Pete share their inspirational life stories and talk about their experience with stress at the workplace and its effect on their health, and also about their voluntary commitment to helping others cope with mental ill-health as Time To Change Champions. Earlier this year in February, Waltham Forest became the first funded Time to Change hub in London. Find out how you can get involved.

In Part 2 we continue our conversation about stress and looking after our mental Health. Andrea Corbett, a UK and World Champion Body Builder, entrepreneur and Time To Change champion from Waltham Forest tells us about her journey with mental ill health and stress, and how she managed to turn her life around and start her own business. She also tell us the difference between ‘mental health’ and ‘mental ill health, and demonstrates that with the right support, it is possible to bounce back even stronger.
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Don Campbell at 100
An interview with Don Campbell, his son Allen and his neighbour Jan. Don has just celebrated his 100th birthday, with a party at the Mill (Coppermill Lane) attended by the Mayor of Wathtam Forest Cllr. Yemi Osho and our local MP Stella Creasy. Still in relatively good health and living independently Don is happy to talk about a long and mostly very happy life. We hope to visit him again in the near future, taking with us a ten-year-old boy named Victor to conduct the interview. We are very grateful to Don and his family and friends for the opportunity to meet and talk to Mr. Campbell.
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Charlotte and Paul ~ healthy eating We interviewed professional food & nutrition researcher, writer and speaker Charlotte Palmer and her partner Paul on Sunday 8th April 2018 and this is how it went. Charlotte believes passionaltely that much 'received wisdom' about food and diet is not only false but the precise opposite of what is really the case. She argues this case very forcefully, quoting evidence and sources and showing the common sense of eating the things our species evolved to eat rather than the products of the profit-driven food industry.
This item can be regarded as a pilot as we expect to have Charlotte and Paul back many times to explain their ideas further. Charlotte has a website at where you can look into her arguments in more depth.
We think (and hope) that Catherine and Paul will become very popular regular contributor's to Forest Radio, and if there is anything you would like them to talk about on future programmes or a question you would like to ask just drop us a line using '' and tell us.
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Sunday 8/4/2018
Forest Round Up – Adele. Topics covered:
Hoe Street Central Bank (loans innovation)
Rose and Crown Quiz – Migrants’ Action Group
Mill Round Up:
Knitting Workshop, Scrabble Group, Cut and Paste Exhibition - fund raising for the Mill. Hatha Yoga - Back to Basics twice on Saturday 14 April.Councillors’ surgery 2nd Saturday of each month. Acupuncture at the Mill: 17th April. 3 hours. 4.30 – 7.30. Hoe Street Market – Sunday 15 April. W.F.Trades Hall. 17 Hoe Street.
Monday 16th Rose and Crown – Red Imp Comedy Club. 8.30 £15.00 tickets.

Save our Square updates from David – Fundraiser/theatrical event: Up on the High Road: Tottenham Tapestry company. Rose and Crown.
Update from the public meeting, Thursday 5th April.
Songs: I’m not worth the land that I live on, though I’ve lived here for all of my life. Jimmy Aldrich & Sid Goldsmith.
'Sunny Come Home' from Tyneside Rain (musical) by Roger Wicks, sung by Lilly Brooke.

Hospital Radio - Adele. Music: Errol Garner 'I’ll Remember April'; Fats Waller – 'Your Feet’s Too Big'

Lunch Break at Forest Radio Recording Session No. 6. Adele, David, Gudrun. Talking about America's Deep South - book by Paul Theroux.

Jonathan Bryan – Walthamstow Food Market union Representative. Talking about St. James Street end of Walthamstow Market + parking problems and lack of local police provision.

You can help Jonathan obtain some funding and management advice for his jerk sausage business though the Virgin Awards by clicking on this link: Virgin Awards and voting for him.

Music: 'Dance for Me' – Christopher Williams. 'Bridge over Troubled Water' – Simon and Garfunkel

Lunch break continued … Gudrun, David, Adele, Talking about: Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels – Palm Sunday concert. Baroque music by Buxtehude: Cantatas for Passiontide & 'Membra Jesu Nostre'.

David: Save Our Square – Hustings for April 24th. Open invitation to Council Leader Claire Coghill to come and talk about her views re: Walthamstow Town Square development.

Closing music 'Something in You' written and performed by Steph McFearson.
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Milena, a multi-talented musical all-rounder
Milena and David
We interviewed singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist Milena on Tuesday 20th March 2018 and she delighted us with two live songs, as well as talking about her CD 'Everyday' and playing some of the tracks. Our conversation also ranged over her life in London and in Montenegro, the country of her birth, which she left 18 years ago.
Milena's CD can be purchased from her website at and you can hear her live in London at Norman's Coach and Horses, 29 Hoxton Street in Soho on Sunday evenings, and also at Lime Street Market (just beside the train station) where she will be playing on Saturday 31st March at noon exactly. Her next major gig, when she will be with a full band, is on Wednesday 2nd of May at Zigfrid von Underbelly, 11 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU. Visit for times and advance booking.
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Write2-A-Life Award Ceremony A brief report from Adele, Jean and David on the Award Ceremony held in the main Council Chamber at Waltham Forest Town Hall in the presence of Cllr. Yemi Osho, Worshipful the Mayor of Waltham Forest.
The report includes readings of entrants poetry and short stories, in most cases by the writers thwemselves. Also included are clips from a piece of music entitled 'Waiting in Walthamstow' by the American group The Cranberries. To order copies of Young Voiuces of Waltham Forest go to Lulu Sales Page
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Deborah Collins: Poetry From 16 to 60 Wayne Walton talks to Deborah Collins, writer, editor, journalist, poet, mother and retired one-time rap-singer, who’s on a new mission to publish a collection of her new and old work, shoot down internet trolls and see Britain go poetry mad.
Includes music from the 2011 Paul Simon album Questions for Angels and the French rap group Hocus Pocus.
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Wednesday 28/2/2018
Introductions: David, Gudrun, Irene, Wayne, Adele. Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Henry Hall
David: history of 'Save Our Square' pressure group. Discussion: Adele, Wayne, David, Gudrun.
How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? (modified words) Sung by Graham Larkbey
Excerpts from interviews at the SOS demonstration by Wayne. This Land is Your Land (modified words) Sung by Graham Larkbey
SOS Demo continued: Speech by Nancy Taffee about removing artwork from the Trees.
Further Discussion by David, Adele & Wayne including the idea of a March on City Hall.
Public Meeting on March 3rd announced.
C’mon Everybody and Save Our Square – Sung by Graham Larkbey.
(This topic occupies the first half of the programme. Running time: 50.00 minutes.)
Rose and Crown visit to see Cosmotheka. Cosmotheka - What A Mouth. Sharn Allen – resident singer at Rose and Crown - The Ballad of Mary Connolly. Earlier Folk Club meeting at Rose and Crown - Rob Johnson – Grenfell Tower – True, Blue, Murder.
Irene from Leipzig, former East Germany, talking to Gudrun, Wayne, David & Adele.
Rob Johnson – The North Wind at Your Door - Song about the fire-bombing of Dresden in Feb 1945.
Story written by Gudrun – The Girl Who Searched for Happiness.
I Feel Pretty from West Side Story
Poem: Valentine’s Day – by Jean Duggleby, read by Adele.
David’s choice of a Valentine’s song: Catherine Paver – Almost in Love.
Adele – Mill Round-Up/Forest Round-Up.
David – Waltham Forest Borough of Culture announcement.
Wayne – Right2-A-Life Competition. Wayne's song choice: Cold by Stormzy.
Goodbye from presenters and play out with Oh It Really is a Very Pretty Town Square (modified words by Grahan & Adele) sung by Graham Larkbey.
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Diabetes a major concern in Waltham Forest Wayne Walton talks to Rachel Glover, Improving Care Manager for Diabetes UK in London, who explains how serious the 'epidemic' of this preventable condition has become, and the steps that are being taken currently in Waltham Forest and London as a whole to try to limit the damage that the condition often leads to.
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A visit to Waltham Forest Music Service David visited an organisation called the Music Service, which is part of the borough's education provision. It's basically an after-school and weekend school of music for a wide age range of school students and an equally wide range of abilities. Fees are very low and there is a much richer social life to be enjoyed here than you would get from visiting an individual music teacher. The discipline and enthusiasm of the students and the dedication of the teachers and the whole atmosphere of the place were simply inspiring.
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Monday 18/12/2017
Introductions: David, Jean, Gudrun, Wayne, Adele.
Town Square: Talking about re-development – with Gudrun, Jean and David. Discussion of the Meeting on 13th December 2017. Interviews: Wayne interviewing people at the meeting. Waltham Forest Citizens, Cleveland Park Residents Assoc.
Pantomime: 'Robin Hood and the Merry Men of Waltham Forest' at the Rose and Crown. Discussion: David, Gudrun, Jean, Adele.
Christmas Memories – Gudrun, Wayne, David, Jean, Adele.
Short story by David - 'Celia’s Shrine' from 'The Rainbow Man and Other Stories'.
Forest Roundup: Adele – Write-2-A Life Competition – Wayne, Rock and Roll Bus, Scrabble Group, Wetlands Bicycle Scheme for older people.
Most Important things that happened in 2017 – Personal and World Events. David, Gudrun, Jean, Adele.
Goodbyes from us all.
'Silent Night' - Simon & Garfunkel, 'Mary’s Boy Child' Boney M, 'In Dulci Jubilio' - Hamoritai Choral Ensemble, 'In The Winter' - Janis Ian, 'Walk on the Wild Side' – Jimmy Smith, Playout music: 'Silent Night - 7 O'clock News' - Simon & Garfunkel.
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Jack Petchey's "Speak Out" Challenge! The Regional Finals of the “World’s biggest youth speaking event” took place in Walthamstow hosted by Lammas School and Sixth Form, Walthamstow. The judging panel at the event included Chantelle Scott of Enabling Enterprise, Emily Hughes of Girlguiding, Jamie Jenkins of London Fire Brigade, Wayne Walton of Forest Radio, Penny Wycherley of Waltham Forest College and Laura O’Callaghan of the Guardian Series (local reporter). The event was won by Abdel Raouf Dahmane of Leytonstone School who will compete at the Grand Finals in July 2018; second Place was taken by Sabiha Nakda of Eden Girl’s School; and third place by Huriye Ciftcioglu of Rushcroft Foundation School.
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Romeo and Juliet 2017 - Complete
A spoof version of Romeo and Juliet conveived by David after a few day's immersion in the astonishing Romeo and Juliet tourist industry that has grown up in present-day Verona. Apologies to the bard.
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PROGRAMME 3 (12/11/17) Running time: 1 hr. 17 mins. Our third programme of the present series. Recorded on Remembrance Sunday 2017, our main theme is the brutality of war. Heathcote Williams tells us about Harry Patch, the longest living veteran of World War I, who became one of the country's most powerful anti-war campaigners before his death at the age of 111 in 2009. There is also a short story from Gudrun called Decision Time and a very strange item about Adele's friend George and his most unusual hobby. In addition we have a roundup of Waltham Forest news, an item on the plans to build high rise luxury flats just off Walthamstow's town square, an update on our Right2-A-Life poetry and short story competition for young people in the borough, an item about Wayne's Stop and Search petition and a tribute fron Adele to the late Fats Domino, which is also available here as a stand-alone item.
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A Tribute to Fats Domino (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017)

J&M Music Shop Plaque
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Cosimo Metassa Music Plaque
Cosimo Metassa Music Plaque

A tribute by Adele Tinman to the great pianist and singer/songwriter of Louisiana Creole descent Fats Domino, who was one of the pioneers of Rock and Roll and sold more than 65 million records between 1955 and 1960. His humility and shyness are often cited as one reason his contribution to the genre and to Western popular music in general has been frequently overlooked.
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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.
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