Our story

…or should that be our stories

The Mill is more than a community centre – it’s Walthamstow’s living room. A home from home for local people to drop in, read the papers, view an art exhibition, browse the honesty library, join a group or activity, or use the playroom.  We do things slightly differently.  We don’t run services or decide what goes on here. We provide the space, the resources and support. All our groups, events and activities are developed by local people who want to make something happen for the benefit of the community.  We’re open to the public six days a week – so why not pop in and find out more?

Back to the beginning…

The Mill opened its doors in September 2011 formed from the ‘Save the Library’ campaign that safeguarded the building from closure.  The St James Street library had been derelict for almost three years. We knew that as a community we could make great things happen in this beloved building, and in 2011 Nesta’s Neighbourhood Challenge grant allowed us to kickstart this process and bring the building back to life as the bustling community centre it is today.

It took months of hard work by designers and volunteers to get The Mill ready and open for local people to bring their ideas, their skills, and their enthusiasm. But we did it and in 2017 we signed a 25 year lease with the London Borough of Waltham Forest Council.  

Watch our video to find out how we did it.

Providing space, making things happen

Our unique and affordable rooms are available for hire, day and evening. Booking with us provides revenue to help  support the running of our charity.

We offer a range of spaces, perfect for meetings, workshops, small conferences, consultations,  classes, clubs, parties or events for grown-ups and kids alike. Our ground floor can accommodate between 1- 120 people. We’re always open to new ideas on how the different rooms can be used.

If you need to hire a room find the right space for you.