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Discover Higham Hill Hub

Submitted by: Caramel Quin Higham Hill Hub is an exciting new community  space in the heart of Higham Hill. Groups have been using it since September, but [...]

By wfechoadmin 16 June 2015

Submitted by: Caramel Quin

Higham Hill Hub is an exciting new community  space in the heart of Higham Hill. Groups have been using it since September, but the council’s builders were working alongside us for months getting things ship-shape, so 2015 is the year we really open our doors for business.

The Hub is an unusual space, set in the former bowls club on the east side  of Higham Hill Park. The club sadly closed its doors shortly after its 90th anniversary  due to a  shortage of members.

Local charities Waltham  Forest Woodcraft  Group and the KNI Foundation teamed up with  local councillors in the Higham Hill ward to re-open the space and make it available for local groups. We’ve had really positive support  from council officers and councillors alike.

Woodcraft  volunteers scrubbed the Portakabin to within an inch of its life. KNI  installed  a sprung  floor and floor-to-ceiling mirrors to transform the main hall. Volunteers started work on the garden.  Local  residents  in Higham Hill had a street party and generously donated the proceeds to the Hub. And the Walthamstow Sell or  Swap   Facebook community donated  all sorts  of furniture and essentials to help us get up and running.

The  space is now  very useable. Facilities include a hall, small kitchen, toilets (including disabled toilet) and a meeting room. The hall includes a sprung floor and a cosy corner with a children’s bookshelf. The building is wheelchair accessible and there is also a large, private lawn.

Groups meeting regularly at Higham Hill Hub include StreetJam street dance for ages  6-16,  KNI Foundation bereavement  service, Woodcraft Folk groups for ages 4-15, Dao Lu tai chi for  over  50s and surgeries for local ward councillors. The space can also be booked for  community groups or private hire (birthday parties, classes, etc) – ring or email us for more info, or come take a look.

What’s next? We’re  looking for other local charities and groups who’d like to use the space and get involved in developing  it. Always with the aim of working with – and serving the needs of – Higham Hill residents.

We have some exciting plans for the space, both indoors and out. Do pop in during our Art Trail sessions (see below) to meet us, see the space and our plans  for  it,  tell  us your thoughts and get involved. We want your ideas on what the Hub could be, as well as volunteers  to get stuck in doing gardening, DIY, design, admin and more.


Come and meet us – we’re open for the Art Trail

Discover Higham Hill’s new community space, see the plans for the Hub and enjoy work by local artists when we open  for E17 Art Trail, Sunday 31st May and Sunday 7th June, 10am–6pm.

On both days we’re hosting We Love Lego, a popular Art Trail event that promises to be great fun for the young and young-at-heart. See some stunning Lego displays and build your own  models  and minifigs.  We’ll supply  the bricks,  you supply  the ideas!

On the 7th we’re also hosting Little Free Library art workshops. Join local artist Kiko Honda-Powell, and Nick Cheshire from the Little Free Library Project, for creative workshops through  the day that will help inspire Kiko’s design for a “Little Free Library” for Higham Hill.



Higham Hill Hub, Higham Hill Park, Hecham Close E17 5QT

020 8527 5332