The borough’s ‘Lives not Knives’ campaign took a step into the classroom in November. 14, 15 and 16-year-old pupils from George Mitchell school, where I am a governor, received a talk from the borough’s Superintendent Stewart Rivers, and the council’s violent crimes officer, Mike Jervis, on the dangers involved in carrying knives.
The teenagers were told that 13% of kids living in Waltham Forest now carry knives but that if caught, offenders face a stiff five-year jail sentence and other harsh punishments. The students also learned that the British Transport Police is about to begin conducting regular knife searches on the buses.
Continue reading “George Mitchell says Lives not Knives”
Pat Brace, local Leyton resident and member of the Leyton Neighbourhood Forum, is trying to encourage more people to recycle their household waste. Over the last few months, Pat, accompanied by Steve Williams, Chair of the Leyton and Whipps Cross Community Council and Miranda Grell, local resident and volunteer, has been making weekly trips to the Sorenson and Clewer Courts on the Grange Estate to collect residents’ food waste from special green ‘Bokashi’ composting boxes provided by the Forest Recycling Project. Continue reading “Volunteers call for Bokashi Bonanza!”
Best mate Jess and I visited the White House, while on a trip to the States. We had a very interesting chat with Thomas, an anti-war protestor, who has been living outside the White House for twenty-four years! He makes our British parliament protestor Brian’s four year stint look like a short weekend break!
At a youth event in Brent with UK soul singer, Terri Walker. Watch out for her – she’s gonna be big.