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Join the PETITION to Parliament to
Review and Reform Stop and Search

Every Signature Matters

We all want a fairer society, don’t we? So why are so many innocent black, Asian and minority ethnic people (BAME) seven times more likely to be stopped and searched by police? Do we even know what effect this has on their health and relations? How can we when a national assessment on the effects of multiple or disproportionate stop and searches on the same communities has never taken place. Prime Minister Theresa May admitted at the Conservative Party Conference that "black people are seven times more likely to be targeted" for random stop and search by police officers.

The last 50 years of Stop and Search wasn’t great, another 50 years of the same Stop and Search surely cannot be healthy for future generations and the nation as a whole, can it? We therefore democratically request Government and UK Parliament to ‘review and reform stop and Search and carry out a national assessment on its impact on health’.

For further details on Stop and Search go to the Waltham Forest Echo website edition 32 page 8. You can even share your Stop and Search stories at You should also contact and/or Write-a-letter to your local Member of Parliament (MP), and request them to take up the issue in Parliament.

Please join our petition to UK parliament, to gather 100,000 signatures, to put before UK Parliament. Download a petition form from Forest Radio (petition) fill in your details, then email it to

Boy       Write2-a-Life         Girl
Doing something memorable for self & charity

The Write2-A-Life poetry & story competition is now over and we will soon be making an announcement, both here and through our mailing list, regarding its outcome.

Table of Contents
of current series

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)

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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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