Below are details of activities/events taking place at The Mill this week which are open to newcomers as well as regulars. Information given includes cost (if any), if booking is required or if you can just drop-in, and who to contact for more information.

But – remember – you don’t have to join an activity. Everyone is welcome at The Mill whenever we are open … you can borrow a book from the honesty library, bring your little ones to enjoy all the toys in the playroom, make a cuppa and have a chat – and browse leaflets, flyers and posters on display to  find out what else is going on throughout Waltham Forest. There’s always someone on reception to welcome you and give more information.

All week (except Monday)

Cat printYou can view the latest exhibition of artwork on the walls of the living room. Ink, Press, Go! Is an inquisitive exhibition, showcasing the talents of people in the local community who have been exploring printing techniques in the most varied methods.

Monday 27 February

The Mill is closed on Mondays – except for those who have booked for one of the Yoga sessions.

6pm-7pm – Gentle Yoga – Learn some gentle healing poses and relaxation techniques, which you can also do safely at home. For more information and to book your place send an email to Josetta.

7pm-8.30pm – Ashtanga Yoga – This class is also led by Josetta who specialises in teaching beginners this dynamic style of yoga, but all levels are catered for.. For more information and to book your place send an email to Josetta.

Tuesday 28 February

4pm-7pm – Community Acupuncture Clinic – Full details of this low-cost acupuncture clinic click here for contact details and how to book (booking essential)

7.30pm-8.30pm – Yoga for Cyclists – This yoga course is geared toward the cyclist. The 1 hour classes are recommended as a course, though drop ins are also welcome (space dependent). To find out more email Vicky.

Wednesday 1 March

10am-2pm – Community Voices – A programme of ESOL, aimed at migrant women of all backgrounds who want to integrate into their community, train as a volunteer, run local community events and gain an ESOL speaking qualification. The level is intermediate, Entry 3/Level 1. For more details please contact Hilary by email or ring 0207 2756750

12pm-2pm – Laughter Club – Meets weekly and is for people to socialise and make new friends and enjoy pleasant company. Set up originally for people who are on employment support allowance on the work programme with SEETEC, but others are welcome. For more information  email.

1.30pm-2.30pm – Learn Urdu  – Asima Baig is a qualified experienced Pakistani Urdu teacher. £1 donation to The Mill. For more information email Asima or ring  07450 282735

French and Spanish logo4pm-6pm – French and Spanish classes for children 4-12 yrs FREE Taster Session – For full details, who to contact and how to book see separate item on The Mill website by clicking here.

6.30pm-8pm – Knitting Drop-In – Suitable for experienced knitters or the complete beginner. Support and teaching where required. Everyone welcome for £1 donation. For more information email – or just come along.

Thursday 2 March

12pm-1.30pm – Words, Conversation and Scrabble group – Come along to gain confidence in spoken English, or simply if you enjoy a good game of Scrabble to help improve your vocabulary. All nationalities welcome. For more information email Adele Tinman.

12pm-2pm Asian Women’s Support Group – A group for Asian women to socialise and learn skills. For more information email Amarjit

4pm-5.30pm – Junior Arts Club – For children of 6+. Each week of five sessions there will be a new approach. It’s best if you can make all sessions but we try to accommodate drop-ins and a few younger children. Children under 8 must be accompanied. Remember – being creative can sometimes be messy! Donation (to The Mill) of £2 per child. Spaces are limited so please book – in person by visiting The Mill, or ring 020 521 3211

7.15pm-9pm – Singing Class – Have you ever wanted to join a singing class but felt too scared? Then this is the perfect class for you! Come and enjoy some deeply nourishing singing in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. No auditions or music theory needed. All levels welcome. Perfect environment for complete beginners. All songs are taught by ear. No need to book – just turn up! Classes are £9 / £7 (concs) per session and further discounts are available. .For more information email Ania: or visit website.

Friday 3 March

10.00am-1pm – Knitting Group – Knitting Drop-In – Suitable for experienced knitters or the complete beginner. Support and teaching where required. Everyone welcome for £1 donation. For more information email – or just come along.

10am-2pm – Community Voices – see above – Wednesday 1 March – for details.

Saturday 4 March

10am – 11am – Spanish for you … Español para usted. Classes run by a native Spanish speaker for beginners and improvers (of any age) The cost is £6 per session (6 week term payable in advance). You are welcome to come along to a class and try it out. For more information or to enrol please email  Roxana or ring 07709937543.

10.00am-1.00pm – Tiny Talk Baby Signing Training – this training is for adults – ie parents and carers of babies and toddlers. Using signs can alleviate a baby’s frustration and avoids the need for the baby to be totally dependent on crying or pointing to communicate their needs and wishes. Cost: £40. Booking essential – contact Rose: by phone 07770531075, by email or go to website.

11.00am-1pm – Gardening Group – Call in to join the team of volunteers who tend The Mill’s “Secret Garden”. To find out more email.

Sunday 5 March

11.00am-1pm Chess Club – A drop-in session for beginners and improvers. Everyone aged 11+ is welcome. Attendance is by donation of £2 (all proceeds to The Mill). A few chess sets will be available, but if you have one, please bring your own set.

11am-1pm Mill Bike Group – A gentle 2 hour cycle paced well for all ages and abilities to join, exploring the River Lea and surroundings and stopping for a cup of tea. Meet at 11am in front of The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane for departure at 11.15am. For more information contact Katja  by email: or ring her on 07799 411 587

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