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Highams Park - Clubs & Societies
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Highams Park - Clubs & Societies
This page is intended to act as a directory to the large number of clubs and societies which operate in Highams Park. The selection is fairly random at present, based on those groups who have asked to be included. It is hoped that it will grow further over time.
Please send us details of organisations to be added to the list via the "Contact us" link at the top of this page. Also via this link please report any inaccuracies, out-of-date information, or links that no longer work. Thanks.
This is a long web page. You can use these links to jump to an item of interest on the page:
West Essex Colts FC (Football for Young People)
West Essex Colts FC, based in Highams Park on The Rolls (behind Focus DIY) runs a number of teams for under 11 though to under 17.
The club have a playing membership of circa 120, with an ambition to provide competitive football, quality coaching and a fun environment for the youth of Highams Park, Chingford and the surrounding areas. The club's principal aim is to encourage a culture in which children and young people can participate in football in a safe and enjoyable environment. By encouraging personal physical fitness, teamwork and discipline, the club aims to have a tangible positive impact on the lives of its players.
The club has its own clubhouse and facilities and all Managers/Coaches are F.A. qualified and CRB checked. The club offers a varied football programme including competitive football, structured training, tournaments and tours with an emphasis on player development. The club also offers a varied social programme for all playing members and their wider families.
The club is always pleased to welcome new players in all age groups.
For more details and how to contact the club please see their website at : http://westessexcoltsfc.intheteam.com
Fencing for young people and adults
The Highams Park Fencing Club meets on Wednesday evenings at Trinity School (Lower Site), Off Sydney Road, Woodford Wells, Ig8 0TB.
Formed by a group of keen amateurs, the club offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with a wide age group from 7-65 years of age, and with professional tuition for fencers of all levels by qualified instructors.
For full information and contact details, visit their website at: www.hpfc.org.uk
The Highams Park Society
The Highams Park Society sets its goal as "Helping Promote Community Life". It organises social events, lectures, exhibitions, working parties and also campaigns on issues affecting life in Highams Park. New members are always welcome. The Forum and the Society work together on a number of issues.
The Society has its own website which can be found here: www.highamsparksociety.co.uk
Waltham Forest Probus Club - Founded 1977
If you are interested, please telephone our secretary: 020 8527 4654
Forest Recorded Music Society
The Forest Recorded Music Society meets every fortnight on Friday evenings at 7:30. Programmes are presented by the members themselves and each year we invite up to three guests from the world of music to talk to us.
Evenings are relaxed and informal affairs. If you enjoy listening to classical and light classical music in the company of like-minded people just drop into one of our meetings. Entry is free and if you wish to join the Society membership costs just £10 for the first year (£20 thereafter).
We meet at:
The Society has its own website which can be found here and contains full details of its forthcoming events: www.forestrecordedmusicsociety.co.uk
For further information call Chairman Andrew Golds 020 8531 2938
Who are the different residents' groups in Highams Park with very similar names?
At the Forest Festival a visitor expressed confusion over the different residents' organisations (all with similar names) in Highams Park. I tried to explain, but as I did so it struck me too how confusing it was. The visitor laughed and said it was a bit like Monty Python's Life of Brian where there are numerous organisations based on rearranging the words "The People's Liberation Front of Judea" (or is it "The Judean People's Liberation Front").......[you need to have seen it to think this is funny !]
Follow this link for our attempt at an explanation: Monty Python's life of Highams Park?
Higham's Residents' Association
Higham's Residents' Association was founded in 1955 to represent residents' from the estate on the East side of Highams Park - originally the Highams Warner Estate. It represents residents' interests in general but also focuses particularly upon planning matters affecting the estate. The association has its own website here: www.highamsra.org
Membership is open to all residents in:
Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society
The society is dedicated to the restoration, maintenance, and operation of the privately owned Epping to Ongar Railway and is always looking to meet and welcome new volunteers. Although the railway is currently closed (June 2009), volunteers are working hard towards the reopening in 2010, probably with steam locomotion. The organisation is trying to spread the word that "its all happening", so if you know anyone who might be interested, please encourage them to get in touch. Look at their website at: www.eorailway.co.uk
Those that are volunteering now are the ones who will get priority when the line re-opens (being trained to drive steam trains etc.), as well as being part of re-opening of a special 6 miles of local heritage railway and two 1865 stations.
Highams Park United Reformed Church
A small friendly church in Malvern Avenue, E4 9NP. Full details of services and the numerous activities at the church can be found on their website here: www.highamsparkurc.org.uk
Winchester Road Methodist Church
Full details of services and the numerous activities at the church can be found on their website which can be found here: www.winchesterroadchurch.org.uk
King George Sailing Club (for Sailing and Windsurfing)
Situated on a 240 acre Thames Water reservoir in Chingford, the King George Sailing Club was founded more than 30 years ago to provide dinghy sailing and windsurfing on the largest and best sailing water in the north and east of London.
Waltham Forest Sub Aqua Club
Waltham Forest Sub Aqua Club is a branch of the British Sub Aqua Club and was founded in 1974. We are based at the King George V reservoir in North-East London where we share facilities with the KGV Sailing Club. We actively encourage new members, and offer a complete range of diving from first scuba lessons for complete beginners, to diving for the very experienced. You will find a warm welcome for qualified divers from any agency.
Chapel End Savoy Players
We are a small friendly amateur operatic and dramatic society, based in Walthamstow, specialising in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, especially the comic operas known as the Savoy Operas. We are always on the lookout for new singing members. If you are interested, please get in touch. Contact details are on our website (see link below).
Highams Park Horticultural Society
The Highams Park Horticultural Society, previously known as the Hale End Horticultural Society, runs the following events:
Voluneteering opportunities and locally grown food and veg delivered in Highams Park.
Walthamstow Family Bike Club
We meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month for a sociable ride; we used to take a break in the winter months, but due to the popularity of the rides run right throughout the winter. We also sometimes run additional events - see our special events page for more details.
Woodford Concert Society
Woodford Concert Society was founded in June 2011 by a small group of local enthusiasts who believed that the area would benefit from a society that could stage high-quality classical music concerts at affordable prices. The concerts will be performed by professional musicians of national and international standing and we are pleased to support them at the start of their careers.
West Essex Musician Fundraisers Club ("WEM")
West Essex Musician Fundraisers Club ("WEM") is based in Highams Park & works through collaborative music events at West Essex & London arts & community festivals to:
CADOS Theatre Group
CADOS is a friendly society with a reputation for quality theatre. Based in Mornington Hall, North Chingford, we usually perform three shows per year and welcome new members whatever their age or experience. If you enjoy singing, dancing, acting or wish to help backstage come and join in the fun at CADOS. Ring 02085244380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to visit a rehearsal.
Highams Park Prefabs Community
We are a small group of people who used to live in the Highams Park Prefabs. Sharing stories and photos from the post WW2 days in the prefabs that used to be located next to Highams Park Lake. New members very welcome. Contact details, photos and interactive Forum available from the website: www.highamsparkprefabs.co.uk
Medieval Re-enactment group
The Medieval Re-enactment group is based at the Scout Hut on Larkshall Rd. They meet once a fortnight on the grounds, where they practice medieval combat, living history displays, and crafts. They also take part in many national English Heritage shows, including the Kelmarsh Hall Festival of History.
Highams Park Planning Group
The Highams Park Planning Group is a large group of residents (1000+ members) creating a plan for the future of all aspects of Highams Park. Highams Park was successful in a bid to central government for £20k of funding to assist residents in creating the plan. A small group of residents from the HP Forum & HP Society organised initial events to garner support for the idea and to sign up residents to take part.
Friends of The Highams Park
"The Highams Park" is the confusingly named area of open parkland to the east of Highams Park lake.
Chingford School of Tennis
Chingford School of Tennis has been based in Rolls Sports Ground,
Hickman Avenue, Highams Park since 2000. It runs weekly tennis
classes, coached by LTA and USPTR qualified tennis coaches, for
beginners and intermediate players, and at higher levels, for all ages
starting at 3 years old to 83 years old! Participants do not have to
join the club to take advantage of the coaching and court hire, which
are charged out at very competitive prices.
East London Ladies Circle
"Ladies circle was founded in 1932, but until this year (2015) we did not have an East London group so we decide to start one. Our circle is based around friendship and charity. The focus of the group is to form long lasting friendship, built around support, trust and having fun - while at the same time giving back to our community through charity work. We are looking to connect with as many ladies in East London as possible."
Halex Bowls Club
Just retired? Want to make new friends?
HarmonyE4 Community Choir
Come and join HarmonyE4, a new community choir for Highams Park. We are a small and friendly choir, open to adults of all ages and abilities (men and women welcome). No previous experience or sight reading is needed and our existing choir members will look after you and help you learn the parts! There is also no audition.