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Discovering Stratford Village

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New Heritage project starts in Stratford thanks to National Lottery
Local charity Newham New Deal Partnership has been awarded funding for a two year project to engage residents and workers of Stratford Village (E15) in researching the working lives of past and current residents through archive research and oral history collection.
The Discovering Stratford Village project aims to chart and celebrate the economic and social history of “Stratford Village” over 100 years through the working lives of residents and local businesses. It will ensure that the area’s heritage will not be forgotten as new buildings and communities become established in the Olympic Park area.
The area covers eight streets to the south of the Olympic Park site, bordered by Romford Road, West Ham Lane and Vicarage Lane. The late Victorian two up two down houses of the area were built between 1894 and 1896, and Census data show previous residents worked in a wide variety of trades and local industries, many of which no longer exist.
The project will involve a range of partners including the Newham Archive (based at Stratford library), the local residents association, Newham Local History Group, Newham College, TUC Library Collections at London Metropolitan University, and others. Current local and past residents of the area with stories to tell who are encouraged to get in touch with the charity.
As the project progresses the archival research and oral histories will be celebrated and made more widely available through a public talks programme, a website, a walks app and a guided walks programme.
Stuart Hobley, Head of HLF London, said: “From Fancy Card-box Makers to Stokers and Cow Men, workers in Stratford have been involved in a fascinating array of trades throughout the last 100 years. We’re delighted that money raised by National Lottery players can support this project to document the area’s evolving community and enable volunteers to learn valuable new skills.”
Our next community forum will be on Tuesday 13th of June, from 6.30-8.30pm, at Newham College (Stratford Campus) on Welfare Road. This is an oppertunity to find out more about the project, to ask and answer questions and meet other participants over a tea and biscuits. We are also offering training at Newham Archive (Stratford Library). You are welcome to bring photographs with you.  We are also offering training at Newham Archive on Saturday 3rd of June from 1.30pm - 4pm. This training will teach participants how to use archive resources to reseach the history of their own houses. If you'd like to participate by in contributing to the project by researching who lived in your house in the past, you are welcome to join us. Please let us know and we will reserve a place for you.

For further information, please contact: 0207 366 6343 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:21

Small World Art Bistro

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Small World Art Bistro


From the other-side of the Olympic Tracks an out-door pop-up gallery café which offer you something completely different


Weekend Event 15 & 16 September 11am – 5pm

Whale Bone Lane Stratford Village, London E15


Free Entry to Free Activities


Public transport:
Bus: 69, 104, 238, 241, 262, 276, 473
Railway: Stratford
Tube: Stratford
Docklands Light Railway: Stratford


There is no independent contemporary visual art gallery in Stratford, and resident Alison Marchant is an international independent Artist/Curator who trained at The Slade School of Art, University College, London.  Small World Art Bistro is her current venture.


Small World Art Bistro includes a residents and visitors food share street party. To join in just bring a dish and if you like its recipe (for the Art Bistro webite: Join us and make new friends sharing a variety of dishes which represent the cultural and social diversity of this celebration which is Newham and beyond.


The food share will be presented on a table cloth covered decorated by local families and children. The workshop table cloth commemorates the 100 year old Manor Gardens Allotments former community heritage site demolished during the Olympic redevelopments.


'Portable Pet-Tastic Traveling Petrospective' by Artist Rachel House includes a small museum and history of dogs where families can design dog costumes, through drawing, and decorating dog shaped biscuits. The museum includes and archive of dog portrait memorabilia such as flags and badges. Dog walkers can use this photo shoot opertunity to dress their dogs from the mini dog wardrobe of bespoke dog clothing designed and made by the artist.


In Ray Wards recording studio local residents and visitors can sing, make music (instruments are available) and collect sounds on mobile phones which will be compiled into a series of radio programs’ broadcast by Stratford based Break London radio, and aired on Resonance FM 104.4 fm art/music channel.


Resident Artist Alison Marchant will transform the ground floor of her into a pop-up Pâtisserie where Stratford Village residents will learn the beautiful art of cake decorating. Visitors can have peek at Small World Pâtisserie from 11am - 2pm over the weekend, and can also be part of Pâtisserie as cafe customers sampling this collaborative artwork. Residents of Stratford Village can book a place in the Pâtisserie cake decorating workshop by emailing or posting a note through the Artist's door.


On Sunday at 2pm residents and visitors can meet on the cross roads of Faringford and Tennyson Road E15 to be included in a mass participation group photograph by international photographer Ann-Marie LeQuesne.


Mick Hobbs 'Life & Living Records' is a radio producer who will be collecting residents’ views Post- Olympics with an interest in the impact this major event has hah on the day to day experience and local residents and facilities. He will also be recording the event itself, the responses to the artists work and activities.


Frog Morris & Mark Quinn's ‘Unwrong Quiz’ is the closing event held on Sunday 16th September at 7.30pm in the Princess of Wales pub on the corner of West Ham Lane/Victoria Street (E15 4PH). It’s a quiz with not right or wrong answers, you will be asked to write stories, make up jokes, write poems, draw pictures and deface diagrams - the best responses win the prizes. Frog and Mark Quiz goes down with a lot of laughs and has been performed across South London pubs and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Photographs and recordings made at the event will form an on-line exhibition. The website is design by Martin Harrison, and will be launched at a later date to be,

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 16:47

Stratford Village Residents Group Support Atherton Leisure Centre Campaign

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120 Straford Village Residents signed the petition against the closure and demolition of Atherton Leisure Centre at the weekend. The Campaign is gathering momentum ...

Dear Neighbours

A massive thank you to all those folks who helped out with petitioning this Saturday!


Our petition has now reached 5,118 signatures.

According to Wikipedia, Newham’s current population is 240,100; which means that we have received the support of 2.13% of the community in just 1.5 months.  What a great achievement this is and it really shows the strength of feeling against the decision to close Atherton!!


If anyone has any outstanding petitions I'd appreciate it if you could please get them back to us asap.


All the best



Save the Atherton Leisure Centre

by Dave Sewell

Users of the Atherton Leisure Centre in Stratford, east London are campaigning to save it from closure.

Over 1,000 people, including a local councillor, stopped to sign the petition against plans to close the centre last Saturday.

Angelina Stemvall, a psychology student at the University of East London, said, “It’s ridiculous that they’re closing down the only gym in this area—and this is the Olympic area.”

Over £9 billion has been poured into the Olympics site, less than a mile from the centre. The games were awarded to London partly on the basis that their “legacy” would be increased investment and participation in sport for ordinary people.

But the Atherton, used by a quarter of a million people every year, is being closed to save just £250,000.

“None of what they are telling us about the Olympics makes sense,” said Stratford resident Rob Stewart on Saturday’s campaign stall.

The campaign has now received support from three Olympic veterans—including former gold medallist Tessa Sanderson.

On Monday 26th September, with no communication or consultation with the local community, the council announced that they are to permanently close the only Leisure Centre in E15.

In a BBC TV interview (28th September 2011), Robin Wales stated that a new ‘state-of-the-art’ leisure centre will be built to replace Atherton Leisure Centre, however the minutes from the meeting that made this appalling decision show just how misleading his statement was. The report states that “There is significant risk that the capital financing will not be secure for a replacement facility”.

  • There will be no Leisure Facilities in E15 for the foreseeable future
  • The nearest Leisure Centre (according to TFL) takes 39 minutes to travel to
  • The council’s own report states “there is significant risk that the capital financing will not be secure for a replacement facility”
  • Why have they closed it with no plans or funds in place?
  • What kind of message does this send out to the residents of Newham?

It is a complete disgrace and we; the people of Newham, are fighting to reverse the decision and to release funds to repair the main swimming pool…. because it is wrong.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 17:41

Pop-up People's Museum & Gallery of Newham

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July 25th - end of October 2012

5.30pm – Museum Opening Launch Night

Small World - Artist Alison Marchant working with Stratford Village residents


Pop-up People's Museum & Gallery of Newham

306 High Street,
E15 1AJ


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Stratford Village Voice

To all Stratford Village residents using this site - please log on as this means your email is automatically forwarded to Small World which will be passed on to the Residents Forum Data Base. This Forum is now being constantly up-dated by Small World and residents so please regularly check the site for up-dates as the intention is to cut down on circular emailing which is time consuming. To contact Small World in relation to volanteering or participating in future projects please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Thanks! Wink

Stratford Village Voice is a Community Forum by and for the residents of Stratford Village as a kind of notice board of 'pass-it-on' information which is of local community interest. If your neighbour doesn't have a computer and you see something on Stratford Village Voice that might interest them simply 'pass it on'.
Stratford Village residents can upload photographs, notices, messages and other text information for everyone to see. The aim is also to enable residents to communicate across Straford Village as a Community Forum, and provide more useful information. Maybe you would like to set up your own events, meetings (like Worland Road Neil's 'Meet The Neighbours' regular socials in The King Edward pub) and mini-projects such as recipe swaps, (there was talk of a crochet/knitting circle) etc and place notices and information here for residents to see. One day we might even form a residents association again.

Stratford Village Voice is not an advertising space, it is an administered site and any postings of this sort will be deleted and blocked however Stratford Village Voice does promote socialising, healthy living, recycling and do-it-yourself creativity which are featured in the 'Stratford Village Voice' section.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 10:42

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