The big event this week is the opening of an art exhibition as part of the E17 Art Trail – see first item below and Thursday 1 June for a special evening preview event.

There are – as always – other activities taking place at The Mill, which are open to newcomers as well as regulars. So – read on for information about these.  But …  you don’t have to join an activity to call in. 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)

The E17 Art Trail arrives at The Mill with our latest exhibition of artworks by local people. The exhibition has the theme of ‘Wonder’ so drop-in to view works in all media from local creatives about the curious and the awe-inspiring.

Monday 29 May

The Mill is closed on Monday except for those who have booked to join:

7pm-9pm – Make Your Mark –A life drawing course for all abilities. A relaxed approach will allow you to develop at your own pace and  explore your own ‘ways of seeing.’ The classes alternate between The Chequers pub (Walthamstow High Street) and The Mill. Booking is essential – for full details – including cost – and to book your place please contact the tutor by email Jason Hawkridge or by ringing 07786 495005.

Tuesday 30 May

10am-1pm – Sociable Sewing – Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or an experienced sewer, all are welcome. You can bring your own sewing, patchwork, darning or mending. Learn a new skill, have fun with fabric or just sew in company. An experienced sewer, Hilary, will be on hand for help and advice, and we have sewing machines available if you need them. £1 donation + small costs for materials. For more information, please email

4pm-7pm – Community Acupuncture Clinic – For full details of this low-cost acupuncture clinic click here . Booking is essential.

Wednesday 31 May

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

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 1 June

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.

2pm-4.30pm – Half-term Junior Art Club. – “Make Your Own Tote Bag” – for full details click here – and note that for this very popular activity, pre-booking is essential.

6.30pm-8pm – Art Trail E17 press/preview night – come along to The Mill for a special evening opening of the ‘Wonder’ exhibition as part of the launch of Art Trail E17 …

Friday 2 June

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 – 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

2pm-4.15pm – Bongalong – Fun music sessions for under 5s and their carers together: Singing, dancing, make believe and amazing percussion instruments. Bongalong provides opportunity for fun and interactive learning aimed at supporting social, physical, creative and intellectual development. Booking essential to build familiarity and confidence.  Cost – classes work out at £5.25 a week.  Come for a trial session £5.50, then book for the remaining weeks. To book contact Fiona by email or 07811 460114

Saturday 3 June

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

Sunday 4 June

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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