November/December 2019

Wanstead

ISSN 2632-8224

November / December 2019

Issue No: 163

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INSIDE: Sir Winston Churchill • South Woodford’s Christmas markets • Woodford Festival appeal • Christmas art

Community groups • Local events • Useful numbers • Directory of local businesses

Independent directory of businesses, news and events in and around South Woodford


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Contents

Features

Home for Christmas12

A society that keeps on giving14

History and enthusiasm15

Greatest Briton?16

Walking power 17

Let your hair down at panto18

Cross at Whipps19

A white Christmas20

Battling a black hole21

Here’s more to read 22

Old girls26

The magic of teaching28

Garden guidance29

The old East End30

DD’s 38th Woodford diary 32

Photo story34

Future for Whipps 35

Floating ideas36

Church of change37

Every issue

Local news4, 6, 8 & 10

Community events39–42

Community groups44–45

Index of advertisers46

Contact Us

020 8819 0595

info@swvg.co.uk

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Welcome…

Events are a barometer of community life. Show me

a local magazine with just a handful of community

event listings and I’ll show you a town lacking

in community spirit (or a magazine lacking

in community connection). Show me a

supermarket noticeboard with only missing

cat posters and room-to-let flyers and I’ll

show you a supermarket located in a town deprived of community

involvement (or a supermarket deprived of community-minded

customers). Community, if you hadn’t noticed, is the operative word.

But, in traditional chicken and egg style, what comes first? Do events

bring forth communities or do communities give rise to events?

Probably a mixture of the two – one fuels the other and the cycle

continues. And the wheels of community events start to turn even

faster as we approach the festive season. From Christmas markets,

carol performances, wreath-making workshops, social gatherings

over mulled wine, Santa’s Grottoes, pantomimes and cabarets,

reading this issue’s event listings is enough to make even the

Scroogest of Scrooges feel Christmassy.

Sometimes, the wheels of our community events need a little

more energy to keep them turning (see page 4). And that’s when

the community fuel is asked to play its part in what is perhaps the

ultimate insight into the vitality of community life. This publication

is a testament to the vigour and verve of those throughout the

community who keep our event listings full, not just at Christmas,

but all year round. So, there should be no shortage of fuel to

keep the wheels of South Woodford turning.

I suppose what I’m really saying is that an

event is for (community) life, not just

for Christmas.

A note to

businesses...

If you are a business based

in South Woodford, or have a

presence in the local area, we

can help you get your message

across to our readers. The

deadline for inclusion in the

January/February 2020 edition

is 9 December 2019.

Calling local

residents...

The South Woodford Village

Gazette proudly supports local

businesses and we encourage

our readers to do the same.

Help us help these businesses

by mentioning this publication

when responding to any

adverts found within.

Distribution Area

Useful numbers in and

around South Woodford…

LOCAL MPs

Chingford and Woodford Green

Iain Duncan Smith MP020 7219 3000

iainduncansmith.org.uk

Ilford North

Wes Streeting MP 020 3475 7901

wesstreeting.org

Leyton and Wanstead

John Cryer MP 020 8989 5249

johncryermp.co.uk

LOCAL COUNCILLORS

Churchfields Ward

Stephen Adams (Con) 07741 330 461

stephen.adams@redbridge.gov.uk

Rosa Gomez (Lab)07741 194 517

rosa.gomez@redbridge.gov.uk

Clark Vasey (Con)07741 194 763

clark.vasey@redbridge.gov.uk

South Woodford Ward

Beverley Brewer (Lab) 07741 329 779

beverley.brewer@redbridge.gov.uk

Michael Duffell (Con)07741 196 006

michael.duffell@redbridge.gov.uk

Suzanne Nolan (Con)020 8708 9609

suzanne.nolan@redbridge.gov.uk

REDBRIDGE COUNCIL

Customer Contact Centre 020 8554 5000

Council Tax enquiries020 8708 5670

Anti-social behaviour020 8478 4679

LEISURE & LIBRARIES

South Woodford

Library & Gym020 8708 9067

Woodford Green Library020 8708 9055

Wanstead Library020 8708 7400

Odeon 0871 224 4007

Wanstead Leisure Centre020 8989 1172

POLICE

Emergency 999

Non-emergency101

Crimestoppers0800 555 111

Anti-terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321

Churchfields SNT020 8345 3616

South Woodford SNT020 8345 3616

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Volunteers needed to ensure

Woodford Festival continues in

2020 and beyond

The Woodford Festival

Association (WFA) is appealing

for new volunteers to help

ensure the next event – planned

for October 2020 – can go ahead.

The biennial festival – which

takes place over the course

of a week – embraces a wide

range of performing and visual

arts, presented mostly by local

residents. WFA chairman Geoff

Seeff was delighted with the

community’s positive response

to the nearly 100 individual

events that were staged in 2018

and believes that, since its launch

Members of the

WFA committee

in 2008, the festival has become

one of the defining features of

the local area. “It’s great fun.

We are able to provide a forum

for some amazingly talented

musicians, artists, poets and

speakers and they in turn are

able to give much pleasure to

their audiences. But there is also

quite a lot of work involved in

raising funds, arranging venues

and preparing programmes

and publicity material, and

we would benefit from new

blood and ideas,” said Geoff.

Email geoffseeff@cix.co.uk

Charity Number: 1044296

Father Christmas’ Grotto – Gift Market

Festive Tea Rooms – Hog Roast – Fun Games

Free entry. Grotto experience £7.50 per child.

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More powers to tackle

anti-social behaviour

Powers to tackle and reduce

anti-social behaviour in the

west of the borough have

been extended after residents

overwhelmingly supported

Redbridge Council’s proposals to

update a Public Space Protection

Order (PSPO) for the area. Police

and council officers previously

had powers to combat street

drinking in Bridge, Monkhams,

Churchfields, South Woodford,

Wanstead Village and Wanstead

Park wards. Now, the updated

PSPO is enforcing additional

restrictions, including begging,

public urination, loitering

and spitting. “Public concern

prompted a consultation with

residents, which received 1,693

responses with an overwhelming

majority in favour of all the

restrictions,” said a spokesperson.

Breaches of the order can result

in a fine of £100 or, in serious

cases, prosecution.

Neighbourhood Plan gets

a little nearer

A public consultation on South

Woodford’s Neighbourhood

Plan is due to start in November.

“There is currently a formal

review of the paperwork, after

which the consultation will start.

This will be publicised both on

our website and by Redbridge

Council,” said a spokesperson

for the South Woodford Society.

“Once we hit this milestone, we

will be seeking volunteers to

assist in putting together the

actual plan, which we anticipate

will take quite a few months.”

Visit swvg.co.uk/sws

Join local National Trust

and enjoy London outings

The Woodford and District

branch of the National Trust is

inviting new members to join

them on their winter London

outings. Membership costs £15

per year, which includes the trips

and access to a series of monthly

talks at Woodford Memorial Hall

and All Saints’ Church. Upcoming

excursions include a trip to the

Bank of England on 5 November,

a visit to the Chapel of St Peter

and St Paul in Greenwich on

11 December and a tour of

Whitehall’s Banqueting House on

23 January. Call 07774 164 407

IN THE BUILDING TRADE FOR 30 YEARS

Litter pickers want plasticfree

South Woodford

The South Woodford Society

held an autumn litter pick in

October. “Over 20 litter pickers

braved the rather inclement

weather for a morning of

clearing away litter with pickers,

hoops and gloves all provided

by Redbridge Council and the

charity CleanupUK. Along with

some junior litter pickers and

two canine helpers, we managed

to collect the usual selection of

cans, plastic bottles and crisp

packets,” said a spokesperson.

“The South Woodford Society

has decided to take action with

the issue of plastic pollution, so

please always take your litter

home and use refillable water

bottles! If you’re not already a

member and would like to come

along on our next litter pick, or if

you have any ideas for a creating

a plastic-free South Woodford,

please contact us.” Email

e18society@gmail.com


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Local author publishes

book of short stories

Local author Eithne Cullen has

published a collection of short

stories. “Over the years, I’ve had

some success with my short

stories. Some have won or been

commended in competitions,

others have been published in

anthologies. I decided to find

a home for them and came up

with this collection. There are a

variety of stories: a couple are a

modern reworking of fairy tales,

one was inspired by my favourite

Jane Austen book Persuasion,

one is set in the beautiful Harpa

Concert Hall in Iceland and

others were inspired by stories I’d

heard, which invited themselves

to be written,” said Eithne. Pencils

and other Stories (paperback:

£2.99) is the South Woodford

resident’s third book to be

published, having released The

Ogress of Reading and Never

not in my Thoughts in 2018.

Visit swvg.co.uk/pencils

Local fitness group in

dragon boat race

#Dragonfest 2019

at Fairlop Waters

Members of a local slimming

and fitness club competed in a

dragon boat race in September

to raise funds for charity and to

celebrate their instructor’s 25th

anniversary year of teaching

fitness. “We recruited 17 of our

members, aged 26 to almost 70,

to take part in #Dragonfest 2019

a day of fun, food and excitement

in aid of good causes. Thirteen

other teams, including nursery

staff and cleaners, battled for

first place on the day,” said

South Woodford resident Karen

Smith, who runs Fitgirlslim in

Gants Hill, Chigwell, Woodford

and Clayhall. The Fitgirlslim

Flyers – who were the only

all-female team in the event –

raised over £2,400 for Woodford

Bridge charity ELHAP, which

supports over 600 disabled

children, young people and

adults throughout the local area.

Visit swvg.co.uk/fgs

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Smart bin installed next

to Eagle Pond

Redbridge Council has installed

a hi-tech Bigbelly bin on

Snaresbrook Road as part of

work undertaken with residents

and the City of London to clear

up Eagle Pond. “It’s a smart bin

that can accommodate more

rubbish, lets the council know

when it’s full, requires emptying

less often and reduces the risk of

litter blowing into the pond,” said

Councillor Jo Blackman. Big Belly

bins hold roughly eight times

more rubbish than a regular bin

and compact waste throughout

the day.

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Free on-street parking has

been doubled to one hour

Redbridge Council has doubled

the amount of time drivers can

park for free on the borough’s

high streets from 30 minutes to

one hour. “We are committed to

supporting residents and local

businesses and by doubling

the free parking allowance on

Redbridge high streets to an

hour, it will make it much easier

for people to visit our local shops

and help businesses grow. This

will be a real boost for our high

streets and help revitalise the

local economy whilst making

sure there is still a good level of

turnover in parking bays – giving

as many people as possible

the opportunity to use parking

spaces to pop to the shops,” said

Leader of the Council, Councillor

Jas Athwal. Motorists can activate

the free on-street parking via

the Ringo app or at an upgraded

pay and display machine. Visit

swvg.co.uk/parking

Woodford schoolboy

becomes karate champion

A Year 5 Avon House Preparatory

School pupil has become an

international karate champion.

Nine-year-old Aaron Johnson-

Campbell travelled to Scotland

in September to compete

in the 2019 British Karate

Federation’s International Open

Championships. “After four

extremely competitive matches,

with amazing competitors, Aaron

came through successfully to be

crowned champion in the boys

kumite category (seven to nine

years; over 25kg). This was a welldeserved

win for Aaron after all

the intense training that he put

in and we cannot wait to see the

fantastic achievements he will

accomplish in the future. Well

done Aaron!” said a spokesperson

for the Woodford Green school.

Kumite literally means ‘grappling

hands’ and is one of the three

main sections of karate teaching.

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Gift buying: two Christmas markets coming to

South Woodford for the festive season

Two Christmas-themed markets

will provide South Woodford

residents with additional giftbuying

opportunities this festive

season. The Woodford Craft

Market will return to Woodford

Memorial Hall on 30 November

(10am to 4pm; free entry), with

30 talented designer-makers

offering handcrafted goods,

including jewellery, decorations,

clothes and homeware. “With so

many local makers showcasing

their artisan gifts, it’s the perfect

place to do a spot of Christmas

shopping,” said organiser Ghene

Snowdon. And as Christmas

gets closer, George Lane’s

monthly farmers’ market will

be complemented by seasonal

products on 15 December (10am

to 3pm). “We’re hoping this event

will bring a real Christmassy

community spirit to South

Woodford. The monthly farmers’

markets are still relatively new

here but are quickly becoming

a great addition to South

Woodford life, so remember, a

farmers’ market is not just for

Christmas!” said a spokesperson

for the South Woodford Society.

Woodford Town FC

frustrated by move delay

Woodford Town FC supporters Phil,

Andrea and Lloyd Duddridge wearing

the team’s ‘heritage-inspired’ kit

Supporters of Woodford Town

Football Club have been left

frustrated by the delay in moving

into their new ground on Ashton

Playing Fields. “It is disheartening,

but it will be worth the wait

to see a first-class athletic and

football stadium developed on

the site off Chigwell Road,” said a

spokesperson for the club, which

continues to share a ground

with Harlow FC. “The move has

passed the planning stage, but

there is little sign of progress at

the site despite extensive liaison

between those involved… It will

be hard to galvanise the local

support until we return home.”

Woodford Town FC currently

holds a mid-table position in

the Essex Senior League and

have built up a very ‘noisy and

inclusive’ following despite

being based a considerable

distance outside the area.

Visit swvg.co.uk/wtfc

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Remembrance ceremonies

in and around Woodford

Woodford War Memorial

The local community are

invited to pay their respects

at Remembrance ceremonies

across Redbridge this November.

South Woodford will host

the first of the borough’s six

wreath-laying events with a

service at the Woodford War

Memorial in front of St Mary’s

Church on 9 November from

9am. Three more services will

take place the following day: at

Ilford War Memorial (10.50am),

Hainault War Memorial (10.45am)

and Wanstead War Memorial

(12.30pm). On Remembrance

Day itself, Fairlop Waters Country

Park and Snaresbrook’s Garden

of Remembrance will be the

setting for two minutes of silence

at 11am. “It is only fitting that we

pay tribute to all those who have

made the ultimate sacrifice… We

owe them a debt of gratitude,”

said the Mayor of Redbridge,

Councillor Zulfiqar Hussain.

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Heritage coffee morning:

share your memories of Woodford

Residents are invited to reminisce

about Woodford at a heritage

coffee morning organised by

Vision RCL at South Woodford

Library on 3 December. “Do you

remember South Woodford

when shops had half-day closing

and shut at 5.30pm? Today, shops

come and go, but in the past,

many remained for a long time.

You may remember Hedges the

drapers, which first opened in

the 1890s and eventually closed

in the mid-1970s, or Warnes, the

school outfitters at 128 George

Lane. Woolworths, Freeman

Hardy Willis, Posners and the LEB

have all long gone… Perhaps

you remember the Plaza Cinema

or the Congregational Church,

which were replaced respectively

by Sainsbury’s and Bejam, the

freezer shop, in the 1970s and

1980s? Bejam became Iceland

and then M&S. Do you have

memories of living or growing up

in South Woodford? Come along

to our coffee morning and share

your memories with others,”

said a library spokesperson. The

event runs from 11am to 12 noon.

Call 020 8708 9067


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Wanstead Park needs you: group seeks new

members with editorial and web skills

The Friends of Wanstead

Parklands – which has

been campaigning for the

regeneration of ‘east London’s

hidden gem’ for the past

decade – is seeking to recruit

new members to support their

work. “Our committee needs

new blood. If you value the park

and would like to contribute,

why not come along to one of

our meetings to get some idea

of what might be involved? The

editor of our popular members’

newsletter has stepped down, so

we are looking for someone to

take over this role… Someone

with experience of website

management would also be

welcome,” said a spokesperson.

The group – which normally

meets on the second Wednesday

of the month from 7.30pm at

Wanstead Golf Club – is involved

in shaping the long-term plans

for the park’s regeneration. A

recently published Parkland Plan

aims to restore and improve

the park, which has been on

Historic England’s Heritage at

Risk register since 2009. Email

info@wansteadpark.org.uk

The Ornamental Water – the

largest of Wanstead Park’s five lakes

– has suffered from low water levels

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Council forum to take place

in South Woodford

Churchfields Junior School

in South Woodford will host

Redbridge Council’s next West

Neighbourhood Local Forum,

giving residents a chance to

speak to officers and councillors

about local issues. “[There will

be] structured discussions

about how we can best deliver

services locally, address residents’

concerns and work together to

strengthen and empower our

communities,” said a council

spokesperson. The event – which

will take place on 12 December

from 6.45pm to 8.30pm – will

conclude with a question

and answer session with the

leader of the council. The West

Neighbourhood incorporates

South Woodford, Churchfields,

Monkhams, Bridge, Wanstead

Village and Wanstead Park wards.

Questions and answers from

previous forums can be viewed

online. Visit swvg.co.uk/forum

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Speaking up about noise

at airport meeting

London City Airport

A packed hall gave London

City Airport representatives a

tough time over their expansion

proposals at a public meeting in

Wanstead in October. “London

City is proposing to almost

double flight numbers from their

current level, end the 24-hour

weekend break and operate

more planes in the early morning

and late evening… Parts of

Wanstead and South Woodford

are directly under these flight

paths,” said John Stewart of

campaign group HACAN East.

The proposals are part of City’s

Master Plan, which sets out its

vision for the airport until 2035.

Tim Halley, Director of Planning,

argued the airport believed

the demand would be there to

justify its expansion proposals,

but stressed the airport would

take account of consultation

responses before coming out

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12 South Woodford Village Gazette

Home for Christmas

At this time of year, local resident and member

of Woodford Arts Group Darren Evans – who

goes by the name The Suburban Artist – likes to

spend his time painting festive homes

I

am a local artist and father

of three living in Woodford.

My journey to becoming a

full-time artist has been an

interesting one.

From as early as I can remember,

growing up in Wolverhampton,

I was interested in buildings

and drawing and painting the

environment around me. This

led me to study architecture at

St John’s College, Cambridge -

but I graduated into a recession

in the building industry and so

headed off to seek my fortune in

London.

I use very fine ink pens to

capture the structure

I spent more time than I care

to remember working in the

banking industry and I didn’t pick

up a paintbrush for years as the

demands of family life took over.

Now my kids are a bit older,

I have been able to find the

time to get back to what I love,

and I have reached for my

paintbrushes again.

There are three main areas

where my recent work has been

focused: I have been drawn to

create portraits of buildings –

commissioned by their owners

– which I find have their own

beauty and resonance. These

artworks have developed into

what I call ‘Life Stories’, which

provide an individual timeline

for a family and show the homes

and places where a family have

lived as they have grown, and

these have proved very popular

with my customers. I use very

fine ink pens to capture the

structure and add plenty of detail

and then watercolour – as a wash

initially, then building up layers

to bring the paintings to life.

Secondly, as we live in Woodford,

we spend a lot of time in Epping

Forest; its unspoilt beauty is an

enormous source of inspiration

for me. Our family walks in

Epping Forest have led me to

create a series of almost abstract

images inspired by views of

the Forest at different times of

the year.

Finally, around Christmas time

last year, I was asked by some

of my customers to produce

affordable paintings of their

homes in a winter setting, or

of their front doors adorned

with seasonal decoration. I then

used these images to produce

greetings cards which could be

sent to friends and family.

To view more of Darren’s art or to commission work, visit

swvg.co.uk/evans. For more information on Woodford Arts Group,

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The popular South Woodford Farmers’ Market has been

running since the summer and December’s Christmas

event is set to be the best yet, says Louise Burgess of the

South Woodford Society as she updates us on the group’s

hopes and plans for the local area

society

giving...

that keeps on

Whether you’re looking

for festive food, classic

decorations, arts

and crafts or that last-minute

gift, you can find all you want

for Christmas at the South

Woodford Christmas market

– and at all our other local

businesses, of course!

We are hoping to regale you

with traditional seasonal tunes

and jazz, mulled wine, jolly

bangers from the Giggly Pig

and scrumptious cakes, pies and

cheeses. Come along from 10am

to 3pm on 15 December and join

in the festive fun. And do get in

touch if you want to be involved

with a stall on the day or run an

activity at the event.

Other initiatives the South

Woodford Society has been

working on include the area’s

regular litter picks, which have

been running in conjunction

with CleanupUK, the anti-littering

charity and Redbridge Council.

We are still also working on the

plans for a community orchard

outside the station, so please get

in touch if you have experience

or knowledge in any of the

following areas: fruit orchards,

market gardening, landscaping,

cider making, arboriculture or

urban regreening.

Along with the wider population,

we too are becoming

increasingly concerned with

environmental issues. Plastic

pollution is a major problem, so

reducing your consumption of

plastic bottles

should be

applauded. If

just one in 10

Brits refilled

their water

bottles once a

week, we’d have 340

million fewer plastic

bottles a year in circulation.

With this in mind, members of

the South Woodford Business

Forum are planning to join the

Refill initiative (refill.org.uk) and

become ‘refill stations’, so you

can save money, stay hydrated

and prevent plastic pollution at

There’s so much going on in and around South

Woodford and we can all be part of it in some way

source. Download the free Refill

app or look out for the Refill

droplet in shop and business

windows.

Concerned about climate

change? So are we, which is

why we are planning a public

consultation meeting to set up a

dedicated environmental group.

Please get in touch if you are

interested in being part of that.

Planning issues such as the

site of Waltham Forest Fencing,

HMOs (houses in multiple

occupation) in the Church End

triangle and

the use of

containers for

emergency

housing

have all been

raised over the

last year, and we

continue our dialogue

with local councillors

and Redbridge Council to

ensure the concerns of local

residents are being given due

consideration. Work is on-going

with the Neighbourhood Plan,

which ‘sits’ below the Local

Plan and should help us plan

positively to support local

development. If you want to

help with this work, please

contact us.

As part of

Redbridge’s

‘Spruce up your

neighbourhood’

campaign,

we took part

in the Big Bulb

Planting Weekend

in October, working

alongside the South Woodford

Community Gardeners and

Sainsbury’s to

prepare for a

glorious display in

the area’s flower beds

next spring. Bulbs have also been

planted in the proposed orchard

plot on the corner of Primrose

Road and Mulberry Way.

Another of our plans is to

develop the area between Boots

and M&S into ‘SoWo Square’, to

be the heart of George Lane.

Sainsbury’s already has plans to

improve seating and planting,

and is supporting us to create

a mural under the arches along

its walkway. We’re working on

getting the community notice

boards to work better too.

There’s so much going on

in South Woodford and

we can all be part of it in

some way. Please join

the South Woodford

Society (it’s free) to keep

in touch and to let us

know how you’d like to be

involved. Your suggestions

for how you would like to see

the community grow are always

welcome.

For more information on the South Woodford Farmers’ Market –

which takes place on George Lane from 10am to 3pm on the third

Sunday of every month – visit essexfarmersmarkets.co.uk or

call 01268 733 111. For more information on the South Woodford

Society, email e18society@gmail.com


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…concentrating on

reducing my golf handicap

was not the solution…

was a triumph of his tenacious

research, he was unaware of

the social background of his

discovery. What was the story

behind the census return or the

death certificate? What did he

know about working and living

conditions of that period?

I am not a genealogist but

my interest in social and oral

history has intrigued me for

the past 15 years. Trying to find

something which would occupy

my time after retiring from a

career in print journalism and

the film and television industry,

it soon became obvious that

concentrating on reducing

my golf handicap was not the

solution. That was when a casual

search on the City of London

Corporation website revealed

an item which seemed worth

investigating. They were inviting

applications from people who

were prepared to consider

becoming tour guides and

lecturers.

That was for me. I applied, was

interviewed and then offered a

place on the year-long course,

and in 2005 proudly received my

badge and certification in the

Egyptian Room of the Mansion

House. It was the start of a late,

late career as a historian – and

leading walks and giving talks

about the City of London. Since

that day, this ex-Churchfields

Primary and Buckhurst Hill

County High School boy –

who fluffed his educational

opportunities in the 1950s – has

never improved his golf handicap

but can certainly appreciate the

value of further education.

David will be giving a talk for the Woodford Historical Society about

life in 19th-century London at Trinity High School on 18 November

from 7.45pm (visitors: £3). Call 020 8504 6552


16 South Woodford Village Gazette

Greatest

BRITON?

Sir Winston Churchill was a world leader,

statesman and local MP. Ahead of a talk at

Wanstead Library about the iconic politician,

Jef Page, president of the Ilford Historical Society,

reviews the life of a man he believes was the

‘greatest Briton of all’

Winston Spencer

Churchill (1874–1965)

was a larger-than-life

character, lucky to be born

in Blenheim Palace with a

massive silver spoon in his

mouth, son of the beautiful

American heiress Jennie

Jerome (he worshipped her)

and Lord Randolph Churchill.

Winston attracted both tragedy

and attention – hardly surprising

as he liked smoking massive

seven-inch long Cuban Havana

cigars and stuck up a V-sign

second to none.

From being reviled in Tonypandy,

South Wales where, as Liberal

Home Secretary, he sent troops

onto the streets during the

miner’s strike (1910–1911) and

promoted the disastrous Gallipoli

and Dardanelles campaign in

1915, he led Britain to victory

and triumph in 1945. He almost

seemed to like war. He fought

at the battle of Omdurman

(1898), as a journalist was at

Spion Kop (1900; as was Gandhi)

and escaped from a prisoner of

war camp during the Boer War.

And he got himself onto the

front line of the Western Front

during the First World War. A

world-renowned statesman,

when asked what his favourite

period of his long life was, he

immediately replied without

hesitation: “1940,” when Britain

stood alone during the Second

World War and he became Prime

Minister. He said history would

be kind to him – because he

would write it – and he won the

Nobel Prize for Literature. He

was bumptious, pushy, an adept

‘string-puller’. Lord Beaverbrook

(Max Aitken, owner of the Daily

Express) said of Winston that on

the crest of a wave he had the

makings of a dictator.

John McDonnell, Shadow

Chancellor of the Exchequer,

more recently questioned

Churchill’s status as a hero

following a 2002 BBC poll in

which he had been voted the

greatest Briton of all.

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to

persuade my wife to marry me”

Wanstead and Woodford’s MP

from 1924 to 1964, just months

before his death aged 90, a

skilful artist and bricklayer,

he suffered periods of “black

dog” depression. Out of office,

depressed and mistrusted by

the Conservative Party (Winston

had been Home Secretary and a

member of the Liberal Party from

1904 to 1924), he was considered

a political adventurer. His cavalier

attitude to party loyalty during

the 1930s left him isolated and

his was a lone voice against

the rise of Fascism, Hitler and

the Nazis. So, when in 1939 he

was appointed First Lord of the

Admiralty, they sent out just a

two-word telegram to all ships:

“He’s back”. He had changed sides

from the Liberals to Conservative,

winning the seat of Epping in

1924. But in Britain’s darkest hour

in 1940, after the failure of Neville

Chamberlain, Churchill was the

only man the Labour Party, led

by Clement Atlee (he lived on

Monkhams Avenue, Woodford

from 1921 to 1931), would serve

under in the wartime coalition

cabinet and government. Yet,

this success didn’t stop Winston

being immediately voted out

of office as soon as the war was

won, though he did return again

as prime minister in 1951.

Churchill didn’t visit the

constituency much and he didn’t

have a home in the borough.

However, he got on well with

Conservative politician and

businessman Sir James Hawkey

(1877–1952) and in 1955 it was

Churchill who came here to open

the hall named after Hawkey

(Winston laid a foundation brick

in 1954). Hawkey was chairman

of Woodford Urban District

Council (UDC) from 1916 to 1934

and the newly merged Wanstead

and Woodford UDC from 1934

to 1937, and later three-times

mayor.

During the war years (1939–1945),

it was his wife Clementine who

really nursed the constituency.

Winston said “my most brilliant

achievement was my ability

to persuade my wife to marry

me”. Clementine nursed him

through his “black dog” periods,

helped the PDSA to care for

animals in Woodford during the

war, attended many fetes, balls

and constituency meetings,

especially during the Blitz, and

in 1951 opened the door to the

1,000th new house built in the

borough.

Churchill’s statue on Woodford

Green was unveiled in 1959 by

Viscount Montgomery. Was

Churchill worthy of his number

one spot as the ‘Greatest Briton’?

Definitely!

Jef’s talk – which has been organised by Vision RCL – will take place

at Wanstead Library on 13 November from 2pm to 3pm (free). For

more information, call 020 8708 7400

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LET YOUR HAIR DOWN AT PANTO

Calling all panto fans! Woodford Pantomime warmly

invite you to let your hair down as they proudly

present their 2020 production, Rapunzel, at the

Sir James Hawkey Hall. Karen Kelsey reports

A scene from Woodford Pantomime’s

January 2019 performance of Treasure Island

Remarkably, this will

be the first time in our

59-year history that the

amateur dramatic company

has performed this fairy tale

favourite, and the cast and

crew are looking forward to

putting on quite a show!

Thanks to the generosity

of our 2019 audiences, we

raised over £2,000

Taking on the role of director

this year is Ellouise Dennis.

Ellouise is no stranger to

Woodford Pantomime. She

joined the cast in 2010 as a

dancer, and since then, has had

principal roles as Tinkerbell and

Sleeping Beauty. In 2016 she

jointly choreographed Robin

Hood, followed by Jack and the

Beanstalk in 2018, and last year’s

Treasure Island. “Pantomime

has been a huge part of my life

and the Hawkey Hall feels like

my second home. I love seeing

the audiences laugh and sing

along, year after year. I’m having

so much fun working with this

year’s wonderful cast and I’m

excited for audiences to see our

version of Rapunzel,” said Ellouise.

This year’s dame will be played

by Richard Sheepwash, who

last performed with Woodford

Panto in 2015, when he was one

of the Ugly Sisters in Cinderella.

Returning after a year out is

James Robinson in the role of

Prince Frederic, while Rapunzel

will be played by Eleanor Davies.

Aside from putting on an

entertaining show, Woodford

Pantomime are also pleased

to raise money for charitable

causes. Thanks to the incredible

generosity of our 2019 audiences,

we raised over £2,000, which

we were pleased to hand over

to ELHAP (a special needs

adventure playground based

in Woodford Bridge). This year

we will be raising money for the

Little Princess Trust, a fantastic

charity that provides real-hair

wigs to children and young

people suffering with cancer or

other illnesses.

The Hawkey Hall is ideally placed,

approximately half a mile from

Woodford Tube Station and a

two-minute walk from Woodford

High Road. Ample parking is

available and nearby there

are a variety of local eateries

to dine at before or after the

show. Tickets went on sale in

September and are selling fast

for what will be an exciting and

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unacceptable for years

Omar was absolutely justified to

complain about understaffing.

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the government has finally

relented and agreed to fund new

buildings at Whipps. All credit

to those who have tenaciously

campaigned for this, not least

the hospital’s constituency MP

John Cryer. But I am concerned

this will do nothing to address

the urgent need for increased

funding for the hospital’s day to

day running costs. Accident and

emergency waiting times have

been unacceptable for years,

and the waiting list for Barts NHS

Trust is now an unbelievable

88,172 cases.

Even with the extra money,

Whipps will be overwhelmed

unless there is investment in

other NHS services as well,

including GPs, mental health and,

of course, King George’s.

Turning attention to housing, I

was pleased when local people

contacted me about the recent

George Clarke Channel 4 housing

documentary. His message was

crystal clear: “We are in a housing

crisis, in desperate need.” His

petition for a massive national

new council house building

programme won tremendous

support, with many South

Woodford residents signing – if

the government responded

positively, there would be no

need for modular housing.

So, it is disappointing that the

government has instead now

made it even harder for councils

to build new homes. George’s

points about modular housing

were similar to concerns I raised

with the planning committee

last year.

Although the modular homes

are not ideal, they are a response

to a desperate situation and are

far better than the temporary

accommodation many of our

most vulnerable residents are

currently offered. The council is

committed to building 600 new,

permanent, affordable council

homes for rent on existing

council owned sites by 2022.

One of my top priorities after

getting elected last year was to

improve street cleaning locally.

This is a real challenge for the

council, as we have had over half

of our funding (£133m) removed

by central government. So, I

was delighted when the council

agreed to invest an extra £1m

a year to clean our borough’s

streets, including special

attention for our area. This was

strongly supported by local MP

Wes Streeting.

New street cleaning

arrangements are due to

commence by November. I will,

of course, be keeping a close eye

on this – as your local councillor

who lives in the ward, I am out

and about every day – and as

always, I will be keen to hear the

views of local people.

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20 South Woodford Village Gazette

In the third

of a series

of short stories

by members of South

Woodford’s Young Writers

Club, A White Christmas is a

tale of adventure, an evil king

and snow, by 10-yearold

Viva Sastry

I

had always wanted a white

Christmas, ever since

Grandma had told me about

snow. My mother, too, had

never known snow. In fact, she

had wanted snow so badly, she

made my name Snowdrop. My

full name is Snowdrop Winters.

I was an only child, but I had

a cat called Everest, so I was

rarely bored. Not with my

Grandma’s stories anyway…

A

White

Christmas

“Snowdrop! There’s two days

until Christmas Eve!” a voice

shouted. “We need to go and

get a tree!” the voice said.

“Snowdrop!” my mother yelled

again. I was down the stairs like

lightning.

I got into the car, begging

Grandmother for a story. “Alright,

alright, Snowdrop,” she said, her

eyes sparkling childishly. “Once

upon a time, there was snow…”

she began. “The snow all came

from one source: the snow jar.

One day, an evil king – you

know his name – who wanted to

harness the powers of snow tried

to steal it. But a brave hero hid it.

To this day, nobody knows where

it is…” As we were both sitting

in the back, she passed me a

blank map. “Some know…” she

whispered.

Later that night, a strange

sensation awoke me. A light

was coming from somewhere.

The map! Everest was curled

around it. I knew it was calling

me. Quietly, I slid out of bed

and got dressed. Putting on my

glasses, I could now see that

the map was covered in words.

Instructions! My heart leaped. It

was a three-day walk to get to

Mount Crystation, one to climb it.

Again, I felt a rush of happiness.

I could hire a train to Crystation

and speed up the journey!

I packed three days’ worth of

food, to go there and come

back. I also packed the train fare

both ways. I had a funny feeling

Everest would be coming. Sure

enough, she insisted on coming,

so I bundled her inside the cat

carrier and caught the night train

to Crystation. The rattling of the

train soon lulled me into sleep.

Little did I know someone was

watching me…

The train grinding to a halt woke

me. I leapt out of the train and

walked the 10 or so minutes to

Crystation. The mountain loomed

over me. The dark crag had an

eerie light on it. Somehow, I

knew it was here. Leaping up

the rock face, I soon reached the

chest. Squeezing inside, I saw the

snow jar. Inside was a moonstone

set in a pendant. There were four

quarters – a topaz, a sapphire, a

ruby and a diamond, respectively

earth, water, fire and air. Set

in the middle was the actual

moonstone. Snow. Rain. Things

that hadn’t been seen for two

generations.

“You think I’ll let you escape?”

snarled a menacing voice. “You

were watching me!” I cried. “You

are Archfang the Mystic, that

king!” He lunged for the pendant.

Everest bit him, and we both tore

out of the cave, dashing down

the mountain and back into the

train, just as it rattled off.

We were safe, and we had the

snow jar – no, the element

pendant.

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policies changed and her battle against the ‘black

hole’ that is the council website

Then the Kumon Maths and English programme is an

ideal choice. It will help them master the basics of

Maths and English and develop independent learning

skills which will benefit them in their school life and

further education. Kumon is also useful in preparing

students for important exams.

The South Woodford Kumon Centre has been helping

children for almost 18 years, using the unique Kumon

method of learning. The programmes are tailored to each

child and they progress at their own pace. Children of all

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interesting times, with

many long-standing

issues continuing to dominate

nationally.

The reports disappear into

a black hole and nothing

appears to be acted on

However, despite these

discussions, life here in South

Woodford continues, with

residents getting on with their

lives, dealing with the important

issues that affect their daily

activities.

We have continued our work

doing walkabouts with officers

around South Woodford,

knocking on doors, talking

to residents, and holding our

regular stall in George Lane,

discussing local issues with all

those who come and talk to

us, and replying to the many

emails and telephone calls we

receive.

There are some common

themes continually being raised

by residents: how the area is

deteriorating with increasing

littering and fly-tipping, the poor

state of roads with potholes and

how, when trying to report it

online as the council asks, the

reports disappear into a black

hole and nothing ever appears to

be acted upon.

We continue to act ourselves

and pressurise council officers

Councillor Suzanne Nolan at the

South Woodford Farmers’ Market

to respond to residents and

not leave the reports in a black

hole called Redbridge Council

website.

If you do have problems,

contact us and we will act on

your behalf.

There is some good news as well,

I’m pleased to say.

The inappropriate planning

application to redevelop the

Incey Winceys Nursery on

Eastwood Close was withdrawn

once we had called the

application in to be discussed by

the full planning committee.

But probably the best news

is that the government has

provided £350m to build a new

hospital on the Whipps Cross

site, which serves the residents of

South Woodford and will provide

a new state-of-the-art hospital.

While the scheme is being

prepared, the Hospital Trust want

to consult with patients and

residents about the development

and priorities.

Myself and Councillor Michael

Duffell will continue to work

and speak to residents to help

solve problems, raise issues

and help to maintain and

improve our South Woodford

and our neighbourhood. From

experience, we know that when

we work with residents and local

groups that great things can be

achieved and that politicians will

change policies and listen.

Suzanne is a Conservative councillor for South Woodford ward.

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22 South Woodford Village Gazette

Here’s more to read…

Housebound residents need not have their

reading material confined to free magazines, says

Rose Meredith, Home Library Service Volunteer

Co-ordinator for Redbridge Libraries

Now the autumn is here,

it’s that time of year

when we start thinking

about the gradual approach

of winter and spending more

time in the comfort of our own

homes.

Some of our residents may start

thinking about having falls and

slips in icy winter weather, and

this can make winter a time

of staying at home a lot more,

perhaps not having much of an

opportunity to socialise.

This can happen at any stage

of our lives, especially if we

are recovering from illness or

perhaps a fall, which has resulted

in a temporary disability keeping

us indoors.

if something occurs in your life

which, for any reason, means you

are likely to be at home for the

winter or for any longer period

of time.

It might be that you have an

operation and know it will take

several months to feel yourself

again and have the confidence

to go out and about. Or it may be

that you are at home on a more

permanent basis and friends and

neighbours are currently helping

you but you are unable to reach

your local library.

We run a volunteer service

for anyone who is unable to

get to a library and is either

temporarily or long-term

housebound.

service, but it doesn’t matter if

you own or rent in the borough.

A member of staff will visit you

with a volunteer and will assess

your reading needs with you

– usually, we have great chats

about books and about what you

like to read and even what you

have read in the past – this is all

part of our service.

Then, your volunteer starts to get

an idea about what you like to

read – they visit you on an ‘as and

when basis’ – you decide when

you want more books and your

volunteer will bring them into

your home.

All of the library volunteers

have been chosen for their roles

because of their approachable

and vibrant personalities and,

of course, their love of libraries,

books and reading.

So, what will you read next?

The Redbridge Library Service –

which is managed by Vision RCL

on behalf of Redbridge Council –

can help with your reading needs

Age is not a barrier; we deliver

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As Woodford County High

School For Girls marks its

centenary, Deputy Headteacher

Colin Jenkins reflects on 100 years

of history and traditions,

which have been encapsulated

in a new book by the Chairman

of the Old Girls’ Association

Woodford County High

School has changed

a great deal over the

years. On 29 September 1919,

it opened its doors for the

first time. On that day, the

seven teachers in the school

welcomed their new intake of

110 girls. Now, 100 years on,

the school is 10 times bigger,

but many of the values and

traditions that inspired the

founders live on today.

Old

Girls

The school’s first staff and first

headmistress Miss Gordon

The founders of the school had

a clear vision: to educate girls to

the highest standards possible

and to equip them to be selfconfident,

socially responsible

adults, ready to make their

mark on the world. This vision

has remained consistent, as

has the strong sense of mutual

support and community spirit

that permeates everything the

school does.

The school was opened in the

old Highams manor house, built

in 1786. Although this still lies at

its centre, it was obvious from

the start that the old building

needed extending. In the interwar

years two wings were added,

which included the building of

new science laboratories and a

school hall and swimming pool

(sadly, now closed). After that,

there was little structural change

until the sixth form block was

built in 1974, followed 30 years

later by the new sports hall and,

most recently, a multi-million

pound science and mathematics

block.

The population of the school

has changed a great deal

too, reflecting the social and

demographic changes that have

occurred in the area in the past

century. The school now has 180

girls in each year group from

a culturally diverse mix that is

reflective of modern London.

The diversity is something we

celebrate and is a source of

strength. What binds us together,

though, is the fact that all our

pupils very much feel themselves

to be Woodford Girls.

The school has witnessed a

great deal in the last 100 years

and has not been immune to

the passing of history. It was

founded in 1919 to accommodate

the growing population of the

area, and its early success was in

no small part due to the work of

local MP Henry Cutforth and its

first headmistress, Miss Gordon.

Creating a new school from a

building that had been used as

an army hospital until the end

of 1918 was no easy task, and

when it opened it had virtually

no furniture or stationery! These

early teething problems were

soon overcome, and the school

went on to thrive, building an

enviable academic reputation.

With the Second World War

came evacuation and relocation

As you would expect from a school this old, it has built

up some quirky traditions over time

to Bedford, but by the middle

of 1941 the girls were back and

remained on the school site for

the duration, occasional air raids

notwithstanding. School life

continued much as normal, but

with comprehensive education

introduced across the country

from the 1960s onwards, the

London Borough of Redbridge

had to make a decision. They

chose Woodford County as

one of two schools that would

continue to be selective – it

therefore remains a grammar

school to this day, along with its

‘brother’ school, Ilford County

High School.

The school has also seen its

fair share of illustrious visitors,

particularly in the political

sphere. Winston Churchill was

the local MP and he visited

the school several times, most

notably in the year of his 80th

birthday, when he and his wife

were presented with a portrait of

Clementine Churchill. And more

recently, another former prime

minister, David Cameron, paid

us a visit and had to field some

tough questions about the Brexit

referendum!

As you would expect from a

school this old, it has built up

some quirky traditions over time.

Some are older than others, but

the 5p Race and House Drama

are great Woodford institutions,

as are the singing of the school

songs. The 29th of September

remains a special day, though,

and every year since it was

founded, there has been a

parade of the banners followed

by the birthday service in the

main hall – which is followed by

the cutting of the school cake.

Woodford loves its cake!

Woodford County High School

has commenced its 101st year in

good shape and faces the future

with optimism and confidence

that its pupils will continue to

achieve great things and keep

the Woodford spirit alive.

Woodford County High School For Girls is located on High Road,

Woodford Green, IG8 9LA. For more information, call 020 8504 0611

Rosemary Davis, Chairman of WCHS Old Girls’ Association, has

published a book to coincide with the school’s centenary. Visions

of Girlhood is published by Silverwood Books, priced £25. For more

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28 South Woodford Village Gazette

The magic of teaching

Are you sitting comfortably? Former teacher and

Woodford Green resident Jessica Norrie has a story to

tell. Her novel – The Magic Carpet – was inspired by

her experiences of teaching and living locally

I’ve lived since 1988 in

Walthamstow or Woodford,

and taught Redbridge

pupils and adults until 2016.

Teaching’s a two-way process;

we learn from students

while they learn from us. I

liked and celebrated them,

but by retirement, my head

was crowded with three

decades of lives brought into

my classrooms. Thousands

passed through, from all

income levels, speaking over

50 languages, practising at

least 10 religions or none, with

single parents, step-parents,

carers…

It’s a teacher’s job to help pupils

organise their thoughts by

telling or writing news or stories

(much like a therapist, but with

spellings). I decided to make

sense of my experience by doing

the same, and began writing The

Magic Carpet.

It’s a story for grown-ups,

involving three generations

in a multicultural community

from a street very like some

in Redbridge. The target

readership is aimed at parents,

grandparents, anyone who’s

worked with children… human

beings.

Various memorable ex-pupils

clamoured to be main characters,

but the ones I describe are

completely fictional and ‘Home

Farm Primary’ is invented

(though it could easily be a

Redbridge school).

In my novel, a Year 3 teacher

throws away the phonics in

favour of an imaginative project

for all the family, inviting the

generations to perform a

traditional tale together at

a storytelling festival. As the

project unfolds, I tell of the lives

of different family members

too, including a grandmother

born in Punjab, a Hong Kongborn

widower father, single

mums from Essex and of Somali

heritage, and Alka, aged seven,

who’s cared for by Gujaratispeaking

grandparents – all

backgrounds I worked with

locally.

Some parents welcome the

project and enjoy creating rich,

funny, moving stories. Others

find it a nuisance. One poor child

may end up with no story at all.




Over six weeks in autumn 2016,

my families get to know each

other. (They all live on ‘Ditchfield

Close’ after the Leyton toy shop

my own children loved.) My

initial aim was to celebrate the

magic of storytelling, but I found

I was also exploring whether,

when more serious issues

threaten the peace, my small

fictional community would prove

as resilient as most real ones in

Redbridge and Walthamstow.

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happy ending?

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GARDEN GUIDANCE

At this time of year, many homeowners will be

pruning back hedges and trees. Just be sure you

don’t chop off more than you can handle, says

Ruhul Ameen, a partner at solicitors Wiseman Lee

If you are planning to do

more than a little light

pruning and are considering

more major changes in your

garden, it’s worth making

sure you are aware of your

legal rights first – particularly

if it affects neighbouring

properties.

In one case, a Dorset homeowner

was prosecuted for cutting

down 11 trees on his property.

He had not realised they were

subject to a Tree Preservation

Order. This meant he needed to

apply to his local authority for

permission before either pruning

or removing the trees. One of

the consequences of removing

the trees was that it increased

the light and garden space of

the property. In fact, when the

case went to court, lawyers

acting for the council argued

the tree removal had added an

additional £137,500 to the value

of his £1.4m home. Despite

claiming he had not carried out

the work to enhance the value

of the property but had only

removed the trees to protect

his grandchildren from falling

branches, the court was not

convinced. The homeowner was

handed a £170,000 fine plus court

costs. A Proceeds of Crime Order

was also made to recover the

increase to the value of his home.

Another individual who ran into

tree-related problems was a

property developer from South

Devon who was investigated

by the Forestry Commission.

Furious neighbours discovered

an entire woodland area next

to their homes had been felled

without permission. The once

picturesque green hillside had

been cleared of its trees to make

way for a proposed development

of nine houses. It probably goes

without saying the local council

took an extremely dim view

of the individual’s decision to

prepare the groundwork before

seeking planning permission and

so refused his application.

However, too little cutting back

can sometimes be just as bad

as too much. Closer to home,

one London homeowner was

sued by her neighbours for

£500,000 because of damage to

their properties. They claimed

the damage had been caused

by the roots of four sycamore

trees, which had extended under

their properties and caused

subsidence.

Japanese knotweed is a wellknown

cause of neighbour

disputes. However, a landmark

Appeal Court ruling means

homeowners who are blighted

by Japanese knotweed growing

on neighbouring land now have

legal redress. Network Rail was

taken to court by two Welsh

homeowners who claimed

the company had not taken

sufficient steps to deal with

the fast-growing plant, which

had become so overgrown it

extended underneath their

properties. The Appeal Court

sided with the homeowners,

agreeing the knotweed was

an ‘actionable nuisance’. This

decision means homeowners

can now take legal action

if a neighbour is not taking

the appropriate steps to stop

Japanese knotweed encroaching

onto their land.

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30 South Woodford Village Gazette

The old

East End

In the first of two articles, local photographer

Geoff Wilkinson discusses his new exhibition – entitled

‘Quick! Before it goes’ – depicting London’s East End,

an area which resonates with many residents here

Growing up in London’s

East End was a

fascinating experience

for a young boy. In the 1950s,

bomb damage from the war

was still very much evident.

Living mostly in Stratford, I

remember the area just to the

right of the old Angel Lane

street market which had been

completely flattened. No

houses or buildings remained;

it was just a playground or

used for parking vans and cars,

such as there were. Perhaps it

is the memories of this loss of

buildings and architecture that

has made me so determined to

photograph what is left of the

old East End.

Geoffrey Wilkinson

Photography at

Eightyfour

When I opened my Whitechapel

exhibition last year at the

gallery, it was interesting to

see the various reactions of

the visitors when they saw

the photographs. Many of my

generation were delighted to

see pictures of streets where

they had grown up and played

or perhaps the buildings where

their grandparents had lived.

My daughter’s generation,

mainly young professionals,

reminisced about nights out at

bars and restaurants and living in

fashionable flats in Whitechapel

or Hoxton. For many of these

visitors now living in Wanstead,

Woodford and the surrounding

areas, the common theme,

regardless of generation, was

the sadness of the familiar places

disappearing.

It was the memories shared

with me and the emotions the

photographs evoked in people

that persuaded me to continue

on this theme, to capture a wider

area of the East End, including

Hackney, Bethnal Green (as

shown here), Mile End, Bow and

much, much more.

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32 South Woodford Village Gazette

DD’s 38 th Woodford Diary

Some South Woodford scribbles from DD, our

resident diarist, commentator and observer

of all things local

Queues vary, don’t they?

Though, basically, they

are just a line of people,

one behind the other, waiting

for something to happen. The

arrival of the bus; your turn at

the dentist; “Will rows 11 to 18

please board now.”

You can’t always see the other

people in the queue but

somehow you are briefly bonded

together. My doctors’ surgery

has installed an answerphone

message, so we don’t continually

hit an engaged signal, requiring

us to start all over again,

especially first thing in the

morning: “Your call is important

to us. You are moving up the

queue and we will answer your

call as soon as a member of staff

becomes available.” Fair enough.

The principle of first come, first

served is etched on our British

psyche. You can relax. You know

they know you are waiting. You

may even wonder who else is in

the queue, listening to the same

few bars of Beethoven. Has a

young mother in Marlborough

Road woken up covered in a

rash? Is an elderly resident of

Ashbourne Avenue struggling

with a severe migraine? You

would be happy to surrender

your place if there were a

mechanism for doing so. Like

the person with a loaded trolley

at the checkout noticing you

holding only one item and kindly

waving you through.

No-one wants to be the

cause of any delay in the

smooth flow of customers

From time to time I attend

the Phlebotomy Unit down in

Makepeace Road, one of the

last two specialties based at the

old Wanstead Hospital, better

known to you and me as the

Blood Test Unit. And how we

appreciate it. The staff are spot

on. I’ve never once emerged with

even the minutest of bruising.

Often, I wonder when they are

going to get on with it and find

they already have. Two whole

ampoules of me. Sealed and

labelled, ready for the lab. I’m

told I have nice visible veins.

Having fasted overnight, as per

the particular instruction, I arrive

well ahead of the start time. So,

there is usually a space on one

of the garden seats outside the

door. For a while, it is a haven

of companionable peace. Some

customers are deep in a novel or

a crossword. Some have already

acquired their morning paper.

Some gaze thoughtfully – or

blankly, who knows? – at the

morning sky. They are there to

shed blood, after all, even if it’s

not for Queen and Country. It’s a

serious matter.

By 8am the queue will have

reached about 50 or so in

number. Invariably, anyone on

crutches or struggling to walk

will have been offered a seat by

one of the early arrivals. There

will be no stampede as the key

turns in the door lock. This isn’t

New Delhi Station. I digress here

for a moment to recall – oh,

what a wonderful holiday that

was! – the contrasting and rather

startling queueing techniques of

the commuters in India’s capital

city. Just as the train approaches

slowly along the platform, the

bolder travellers leap down

onto the rails and take up their

position in the gap between

the nearside track and the one

beyond. As the train stops, all the

doors open, if indeed they had

ever been closed, and a mass

of occupants pour out onto the

platform with no immediate

chance of anyone climbing on

from there. The athletes on the

far side of the train are now in

pole position to jump on and

secure empty seats… But back to

Wanstead.

At two minutes to eight the seatholders

quietly rise, and in single

file, form the mute vanguard of

the procession, respecting the

order in which they had arrived.

In we file and forth we proceed

to the smart, blue-seated waiting

area to claim our numbered

ticket and a place in our second

queue of the day. We all know

what is expected of us because

there is a notice in large, bold

type saying: “Take a ticket and

sit. Wait for your number to be

called.” It’s an uncomplicated

process as there is another bold

notice half a yard to the left of

the ticket dispenser featuring

two large arrows pointing to the

right under the words “Blood

Test Tickets”. In fact, there are

a goodly number of notices to

engage our attention. One says:

“Your opinion is important to us”

and invites us to text a report of

our experience on a scale of 1 to

10. I’m not near enough to read

it, but I guess that is what it’s

about as there is a picture of a

hand holding a mobile phone. I

wouldn’t need to think twice. I’d

give them 10 out of 10 but with

a politely worded plea for more

external seating. Another notice

Blu Tacked to the wall informs us,

rather brusquely I feel, that “All

children under 10 are to be bled

at Whipps Cross Hospital”. I can’t

help wondering if leeches might

be available there for those with

needle-phobia.

So, here we are, sitting

comfortably, expectantly.

Nervously in some cases, no

doubt. And then another

notice claims our attention. The

attention of just a few to start

with, the ones not buried back

in their books: “It would be very

helpful to the phlebotomists if

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removed before entering the

clinic area for blood testing”. It’s

a simple enough request, but

less simple now you are sitting

down. You can try to ease your

coat off without getting up.

The person behind you may try

to help. Just a nod of thanks.

No words. The atmosphere is

so similar to an examination

hall, so still and silent, it almost

seems inappropriate to stand

up and disturb everyone. But

by now people are bobbing up

and down as inconspicuously as

possible. No-one wants to be the

cause of any delay in the smooth

flow of customers, back out

through the automatic doors into

the sunshine. Who knows when

the staff will be able to close

them for the day?

What I do know is that once I

get home and grab a plate of

muesli (having already gritted my

teeth when ripping off the white

hospital tape securing the blob

of cotton wool on my arm), I can’t

help feeling respect amounting

almost to awe for our Muslim

community when Ramadan

comes round and they fast for

the whole month from dawn to

sunset.


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34 South Woodford Village Gazette

PHOTO STORY

In the second of a series

of articles by members

of the Woodford and

Wanstead Photographic

Society, Robert Gibbons

tells the story behind

this image taken on the

South Bank

A

few years ago, I had

booked to see The

Wizard of Oz at the

Festival Hall on the South Bank

and had arrived early for the

afternoon matinee, which was

due to start at 2.30pm. I always

carry a small compact camera

with me and decided to kill

time by wandering around on

the off-chance of seeing any

photos worth taking.

Squeals of laughter drew my

attention to an area where

multiple jets of water were

squirting from the ground at

random intervals with children

running in and out, trying to

guess the right timing in order

to avoid a soaking. None of them

were successful.

After a while, a couple of young

guys spontaneously started to

do handstands in the waterjets,

and it seemed this might make

an interesting shot. However,

within a moment, a mother and

her small son entered the scene,

beyond and between the two

handstanders, and I could see

that the child was completely

enthralled with the action and

mesmerised with innocent joy.

As a photographer, you get a

kind of visceral feedback when

elements combine and the

composition feels ‘right’, so I

put the viewfinder to my eye,

instinctively framed the shot and

pressed the shutter to record

the ‘decisive moment’ before

the scene changed and life

moved on.

This picture was accepted for

exhibition at the London Salon

in 2009.

Although I title this photo

Waterjet Handstand, at its heart

it’s about the joy of a child

experiencing things for the first

time, and therefore has a timeless

quality. I’m pleased I was able to

record it.

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Not nearly sufficient for a newbuild

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• zA hospital of similar total

size as the current one but

compacted to a smaller

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between eight and 12 storeys

high, with A&E, maternity and

core services.

• zFewer beds, apart from more

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vision of models of care.

• zBecoming a specialist centre

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• zSome community or social

care facilities next to the

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• zMuch of the site to be

disposed of for housing and

community amenities, with up

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• zNo commitment to sustainable

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was evident.

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the need for hospital beds,”

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future in reality will be a cut, and

a new hospital under as much

pressure as now, or more.

This is our hospital. Our say in

it has to be real. This will only

happen by our action. The next

two months will be critical as the

revised outline business case will

be resubmitted at the end of the

year, which includes the total

capital needed. The new hospital

must be based on need, not the

funding on offer.

Let’s make it happen.

For information on the hospital’s future, visit swvg.co.uk/whipps

To view the petition, visit swvg.co.uk/wxp


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Floating

IDEAS

Rising at Molehill Green in Essex, the River Roding passes

through the Wanstead and Woodford area en route to the

Thames, bringing with it a very real flood risk to local homes. In

the sixth of a series of articles charting the River Roding Project

– which aims to reduce that risk – Laura Hepworth

from the Environment Agency reflects on

the project’s recent community events.

River image by Anna MacLaughlin

Since the last edition, the

River Roding Project

Outline Business Case

has been approved, which

means we are now working

to produce detailed designs.

We are aiming to apply for

planning permission by spring

2020. We have also submitted

a bid for funding to the Mayor

of London’s Good Growth

Fund, and should hear if we are

through to the next stage early

next year.

During October, we were busy

hosting local events, which took

place on Ilford High Road and

outside Woodford Station. At

these community events, we

raised awareness of the local

flood risk and shared information

on the proposed environmental

enhancements in Redbridge.

It was a great opportunity

for residents to provide their

thoughts and highlight further

improvements they would want

to see along the Roding.

It was important talking

to local residents who

suffered in the 2000 floods

The proposed local

enhancements include:

• zImproving wildlife habitats and

fish migration, reconnecting a

backwater near Roding Lane

South and removing a weir by

Roding Hospital.

• zImproving user experience

with new information boards

and signs along the Roding

Valley.

• zReducing noise, light and air

pollution by planting trees

and hedgerows near Charlie

Brown’s Roundabout and

along the M11 corridor.

• zAn off-road cycling route

between Snakes Lane East and

Broadmead Church.

Across both events we had a

really good turnout and spoke

to nearly 100 members of the

community, including local

residents, groups and businesses.

We received lots useful feedback

about the project and ideas

of how we can improve future

engagement events.

It was important talking to

several local residents who

suffered from the 2000 floods

to hear first-hand how difficult

it was to recover. They were

pleased to see the project

proposals,

which

outline

how we

plan to

reduce

flood risk

in the local

area.

Many residents

highlighted that the

cycle paths were an

important benefit of

the project and felt

these improvements

will provide extra

access for the

community. In particular,

one resident commented that

the enhancements will protect

the environment and make it

more accessible for the public

to enjoy.

Nearly 5,000 homes are at risk

of flooding across the borough

of Redbridge, so make sure you

are as prepared as possible this

winter and check the flood risk

for your own home or business.

To find out if your property is a flood risk, visit swvg.co.uk/flood

To register for flood warnings, visit swvg.co.uk/floodwarn

For more information on the River Roding Project, visit

swvg.co.uk/rrp or call 0370 850 6506

October’s community

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Church of Change

More than 100 people gathered at Latchett

Evangelical Church in South Woodford recently

to mark the handover of the building to a new

congregation. Church elder Tim Smith explains why

Then: Latchett Hall, circa 1950

Now: Latchett Church

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Nearly 90 years after

Latchett Evangelical

Church was founded in

Maybank Road, the building

has been handed to The Bridge

Church, a group which has

been worshipping in Woodford

and Buckhurst Hill for many

years.

We prayerfully decided to

manage change before

change managed us!

Older readers may well

remember the original ‘Tin Tab’

in Latchett Road, then known as

Latchett Hall. This was bought in

1933 by Dr David Smith to be a

place of worship and community

action. In 1961 the rebuilding

scheme we see today was

completed with funds raised

entirely by the congregation.

Over the years, the church has

had its ebb and flow of growth,

and in 2017 the elders decided

that, at their age, they could not

lead a vibrant, growing church

into the 2020s. So, we decided

to seek change. We prayerfully

decided to manage change

before change managed us!

In 1984 the trustees had put the

freehold of the premises into

the hands of the Church Growth

Trust, a charity committed to

ensuring, as far as possible, that

churches do not close down and

revert to commercial properties,

but instead are reinvigorated by

new Christian groups.

The trust made enquiries and

announced earlier this year that

the premises would be leased to

The Bridge Church.

So, at the end of September, over

100 friends from the past and

present came to a celebratory

handover event at the church

– over a hog roast. A small jazz

ensemble from the well-known

All Souls Orchestra added great

music to the occasion. The

founder of The Bridge, Dr Jeremy

Franklin, and Edwin Smith, son

of the Latchett founder, were

also there to lead the prayers

of commitment for the future

ministry of the church.

Chris Scott, pastor of The Bridge

Church, said: “The Bridge Church

started life in South Woodford,

just around the corner, so we are

excited to be coming home! We

look forward to the opportunity

to contribute to the local

community once again, to stand

on the shoulders of those who

have gone before us and build

on the rich legacy left by Latchett

Church.” Local councillor Stephen

Adams of Churchfields ward

added: “ It’s good to know this is

happening, and I’m sure many

people will be reached by the

future ministry.”

A symbolic giant ‘key’ of the

church was handed over to Chris

Scott, as well as a relay baton,

symbolic of the continuing role

of the church.

In the coming months, the name

and appearance of the church

in Latchett Road may change,

but the founding beliefs and

community service will continue

with renewed vigour.

The premises used to date by Latchett Evangelical Church is

located on Latchett Road, South Woodford, E18 1DL. For more

information, visit thebridgechurch.org.uk


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bravely

fortiter

faithfully

fideliter

happily

feliciter

HAVEN HOUSE

CHRISTMAS

APPEAL 2019

THE GIFT OF FAMILY TIME: £20 can go

towards support at home by our care team,

giving a family time together this Christmas.

Open Morning

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 10am until 12 noon

Headmaster’s introduction at 10.15am

Full tour of the School 3+ 7+ 11+

For further information please contact the Admissions Registrar

Email: registrar@staubyns.com Tel: 020 8504 1577

Bunces Lane, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 9DU

www.staubyns.com

FEELING DEPRESSED,

ANXIOUS OR ANGRY?

THE GIFT OF PLAY: £35 could pay for one

session of play for a child to enjoy with our

specialist Play Co-ordinator.

THE GIFT OF MUSIC: £75 pays for one

session for a child to experience the joy

of music through sound and encourage

interaction with our Music Therapist.

havenhouse.org.uk/sendawish

020 8498 5841

Charity Number: 1044296

Offered by Anglican churches in Wanstead, Woodford & Aldersbrook

Do you experience

habitual anxiety, low mood,

depression or stress?

Is your relationship in

conflict?

Are you living with long term

physical pain?

Have you been affected by a recent

life event such as bereavement or

losing your job?

Are traumatic or upsetting events

from the past holding you back?

Are you seeking to move

beyond negative habits

but don’t know how?

Two free drop-ins for all experiencing loss

Monthly on the first Tuesday

2.00pm – 3.15pm (note new timing)

St Mary’s Church, Woodford

207 Woodford High Road E18 2PA

Next Dates: November 5 th ,

December 3 rd , January 7 th

Monthly on the third Tuesday

10.45am – 12 noon

Christ Church, Wanstead

Wanstead Place E11 2SW

Next Dates: November 19 th , December 17 th

January 21 st

For more information:

St Mary’s Church: 020 8505 3000

info@stmaryswoodford.org.uk

Tried talking with friends but not enough?

Is now the time to seek professional support?

Contact Dougie in confidence 07792 128 681 (9am – 9pm)

e: counsellinghelps@gmail.com w: counsellinghelps.uk

MBACP (Accred) UKRCP registered & fully insured

Suite 3, 96 George Lane, E18 1AD

Our aim is to provide:

A supportive, informal meeting space with a hot drink

and a friendly welcome for those of all faiths and none

coming to terms with loss and bereavement.

An opportunity to meet and share with others going

through similar experiences.


Community events

WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD

WEA CENTENARY FILM CLUB

A screening of First Man (2018).

Date: Monday 4 November Time: 12.30pm

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: 20p plus the cinema’s usual charges

Enquiries: wea.filmclub@gmail.com

NOV

4

WANSTEAD & WOODFORD

BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ

Repeated on 3 December.

Date: Tuesday 5 November Time: 2–3.15pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8505 3000

NOV

5

SING AND SIGN

RHYME TIME

Come along to this special rhyme time and

learn sign language for babies.

Date: Wednesday 6 November Time: 10.30–11am

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

NOV

6

TEA DANCE WITH

DJ MR WONDERFUL

Tea and biscuits included in the price.

Repeated on 20 November and 4 December.

Date: Wednesday 6 November Time: 1.30–4pm

Venue: Sir James Hawkey Hall, IG8 0BG

Cost: £5 Enquiries: 020 8708 3044

NOV

6

SOUTH WOODFORD WARD

COUNCILLOR SURGERY

Drop-in session with the ward’s Labour

councillor. Repeated on 4 December.

Date: Wednesday 6 November Time: 6–7pm

Venue: The Salvation Army, 26 Daisy Road

Enquiries: beverley.brewer@redbridge.gov.uk

NOV

6

INTERNATIONAL

GAMES WEEK

Make a puzzle or game.

Date: Thursday 7 November Time: 5–6pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

NOV

7

POLICE CONTACT POINT:

SOUTH WOODFORD TEAM

Date: Friday 8 November Time: 6pm

Venue: South Woodford Station, E18 1JJ

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

NOV

8

NCT REDBRIDGE

NEARLY NEW SALE

Date: Saturday 9 November Time: 11am–12.15pm

Venue: Christ Church hall, Wanstead Place

Cost: £1 Enquiries: nns.redbridge@nct.org.uk

NOV

9

FOREST SCHOOL PA

FIREWORKS NIGHT

Including children’s fairground rides.

Date: Saturday 9 November Time: 4–7.30pm

Venue: Forest School, College Place, E17 3PY

Cost: £12 Enquiries: fspa-tickets.org.uk

NOV

9

42ND STREET

THE MUSICAL

Filmed live at the Theatre Royal in London’s

West End.

Date: Sunday 10 November Time: 2pm

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: £17.25 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/eventcinema

NOV

10

UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL:

ECHO

A suspenseful psychological thriller.

Date: Sunday 10 November Time: 4pm

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: £13.50 Enquiries: ukjewishfilm.org

NOV

10

TEA AND TALK

AT TOBY’S

A life-limiting illness support group.

Date: Monday 11 November Time: 10am–12pm

Venue: Toby Carvery, Southend Road, IG8 8LG

Cost: free Enquiries: 01708 758 649

NOV

11

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

IN SNARESBROOK

Please arrive by 10.45am.

Date: Monday 11 November Time: 11am

Venue: Snaresbrook Garden of Remembrance

NOV

11

ANTI-BULLYING WEEK:

ODD SOCKS WASHING LINE

Show everyone that you are against bullying

by decorating a pair of odd socks and

hanging them on the library’s washing line.

For children aged four and over.

Date: Monday 11 to Friday 15 November

Time: 3.30–6pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

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RSPB TALK: KAZAKHSTAN

AND SOUTHERN SIBERIA

A talk by Colin Kirtland for the North

East London Local Group of the RSPB.

Visitors welcome.

Date: Tuesday 12 November Time: 8pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Cost: £4.50 Enquiries: 020 8989 4746

NOV

12

CHURCHILL: WORLD LEADER,

STATESMAN AND LOCAL MP

A talk about Churchill’s life.

Date: Wednesday 13 November Time: 2–3pm

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 7400

NOV

13

MEDIEVAL CHURCHES OF

EAST ANGLIA

A talk for the Woodford and District branch of

the National Trust by Peter Lawrence.

Date: Wednesday 13 November Time: 2.30pm

Venue: All Saints’ Church hall, Woodford Green

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07774 164 407

NOV

13

POLICE CONTACT POINT:

CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Friday 15 November Time: 5pm

Venue: Derby Road Car Park, South Woodford

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

NOV

15

SOUTH WOODFORD WARD

COUNCILLOR SURGERY

Street surgery with Conservative councillors.

Repeated on 21 December.

Date: Saturday 16 November Time: 10.30–11.30am

Venue: outside M&S, 121 George Lane, E18 1AY

Enquiries: michael.duffell@redbridge.gov.uk

NOV

16

POLICE CONTACT POINT:

SOUTH WOODFORD TEAM

Date: Saturday 16 November Time: 2pm

Venue: Lansdowne Road, South Woodford

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

NOV

16

What's happening, what's

on and where...

Are you organising an

event? Let us know:

email info@swvg.co.uk

Please note: all events may be subject to change

and whilst every effort is made to ensure the

accuracy of the information provided, you are

advised to check with the organisers in advance to

avoid disappointment and to confirm event details.

NOV

11

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

IN SOUTH WOODFORD

Please assemble at St Mary’s Church hall

at 8.40am.

Date: Saturday 9 November Time: 9am

Venue: War Memorial, 207 High Street, E18 2PA

NOV

9

INTERNATIONAL GAMES

WEEK: BOARD GAMES

Play a variety of board games.

Date: Saturday 9 November Time: 10–11am

Venue: Woodford Green Library, IG8 0DX

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9055

NOV

9

WEAVING WORKSHOP

FOR BEGINNERS

Learn how to make a woven wall hanging.

Date: Monday 11 November Time: 7.30–9pm

Venue: Creative Biscuit, 61 George Lane, E18 1JJ

Cost: £35 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/weave19

NOV

TRIAL ACTING WORKSHOP

FOR ADULTS

Learn the basic elements of acting.

Date: Tuesday 12 November Time: 7.30–9pm

Venue: Wanstead House, 21 The Green, E11 2NT

Cost: first class free Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/act

NOV

12

WOODFORD COUNTY HIGH

SCHOOL INDOOR BOOT SALE

Tables: £14. Repeated on 8 December.

Date: Sunday 17 November Time: 9.30am–12pm

Venue: Woodford County High School, IG8 9LA

Cost: 50p Enquiries: pfwchs@yahoo.co.uk

NOV

17

ONE NIGHT IN AL-AQSA

FILM SCREENING

A documentary about this holy site.

Date: Sunday 17 November Time: 10am

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: £20 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/alaqsa

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SOUTH WOODFORD

FARMERS’ MARKET

Repeated on 15 December, when the market

will have a festive twist.

Date: Sunday 17 November Time: 10am–3pm

Venue: George Lane, South Woodford

Enquiries: essexfarmersmarkets.co.uk

17

LUNCHTIME

PIANO RECITAL

Local resident Yuki Negishi – a Juilliard and

Royal College of Music graduate – will play

works by Haydn, Debussy and Schumann.

Date: Monday 18 November Time: 1pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Cost: £5 on the door Enquiries: 020 8505 3000

18

FLOWER ARRANGING

DEMONSTRATION

Graham Harmer presents to the Woodford

and District Floral Arrangement Group.

Date: Monday 18 November Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road

Cost: £5 Enquiries: 020 8530 2427

18

WINE AND CHEESE

EVENING

A Woodford Wonder Women (Women’s

Institute) Christmas social event. The WI

is now the largest voluntary women’s

organisation in the UK, with almost 220,000

members in approximately 6,300 groups.

Date: Monday 18 November Time: 7.30–9.30pm

Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA

Cost: £5 Enquiries: woodfordwi@yahoo.com

18

POUNDS, SHILLINGS

AND POVERTY

A Woodford Historical Society presentation

about 19th-century London by David Williams.

Date: Monday 18 November Time: 7.45pm

Venue: Trinity High School, Woodford Green

Cost: £3 Enquiries: woodfordhistoricalsociety.org

REDBRIDGE DRAMA CENTRE:

THE SNOW QUEEN

With magic, mystery and lots of laughs, this

is a modern adaptation of the classic tale,

suitable for children aged seven and over. A

BSL signed performance will take place on

13 December at 7.30pm.

Date: Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 November

Time: 10.30am and 1.30pm

Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB

Cost: £8.50 Enquiries: 020 8708 8803

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CHURCHFIELDS WARD

COUNCILLOR SURGERY

Drop-in session with the ward’s Labour

councillor. Repeated on 17 December.

Date: Tuesday 19 November Time: 12–1pm

Venue: Woodford Green Library, IG8 0DX

Enquiries: rosa.gomez@redbridge.gov.uk

FOODBANK

TALK

A talk by Christine Clark for Soroptimist

International East London. Booking required.

Date: Tuesday 19 November Time: 7.15–9.30pm

Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA

Cost: free Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/siel

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UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL:

THE UNORTHODOX

A film about the beginnings of a political

revolution.

Date: Wednesday 20 November Time: 8pm

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: £13.50 Enquiries: ukjewishfilm.org

THE HIGHAMS PLAYERS:

LIFE AND BETH

A production of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy.

Date: Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 November

Time: 8pm (Saturday: 2.30pm and 7.30pm)

Venue: Wanstead House, 21 The Green, E11 2NT

Cost: £10 (matinée: £8) Enquiries: 020 8924 6987

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POLICE CONTACT POINT:

CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Friday 22 November Time: 11am

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

22

FRIENDS OF WANSTEAD

PARKLANDS QUIZ NIGHT

Cash bar. Bring your own food.

Date: Friday 22 November Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Wanstead Cricket Club, Overton Drive

Cost: £6 Enquiries: gilljames@btinternet.com

22

ANNUAL GRAND

BAZAAR

Toys, books, games, cakes, gifts and lunches.

Date: Saturday 23 November Time: 11am–3pm

Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA

Cost: £1 Enquiries: stmaryswoodford.org.uk

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CHRISTMAS CLUB

Monday 16th - Friday 20th December

Holiday Activities

Holiday Activities

Ages 4½ -15

9.00am - 4.00pm

Wide variety of activities such as daily swimming,

arts and crafts, bouncy castle.

( 0208 509 6526

enquiries@sylvestrian-leisure.co.uk

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre, Forest School, College Place, London, E17 3PY

www.sylvestrian-leisure.co.uk

Registered

in England

No.3323866


QUICK! BEFORE IT GOES:

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Local photographer Geoff Wilkinson launches

a new display of images of the East End of

London.

Date: Sunday 24 November to Sunday 1 March

Time: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am–5pm

Venue: Gallery 84, Nightingale Lane, Wanstead

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8530 1244

24

MIND BODY

SPIRIT FAIR

Featuring pampering treatments, psychic

readings and stalls selling a variety of

products, from crystals to healing jewellery.

Date: Sunday 24 November Time: 12–5pm

Venue: Wanstead Golf Club, Overton Drive

Cost: £2.50 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/mindbody

24

OIL LANDSCAPE

DEMONSTRATION

An Essex Art Club event featuring artist David

Sawyer. Visitors welcome.

Date: Sunday 24 November Time: 2.30–4.30pm

Venue: Wanstead House, 21 The Green, E11 2NT

Cost: £5 Enquiries: essexartclub.co.uk

24

HOW TO BE AN ATHEIST IN

MEDIEVAL EUROPE

A thought-provoking filmed lecture looking

at 1,000 years of unbelief. An East London

Humanists event. Visitors welcome.

Date: Monday 25 November Time: 7.30–9pm

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road

Cost: free Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/elh

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POLICE CONTACT POINT:

CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Tuesday 26 November Time: 1pm

Venue: Churchfields Park, South Woodford

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

CHURCHFIELDS WARD

COUNCILLOR SURGERY

Drop-in session with the ward’s

Conservative councillors.

Date: Tuesday 26 November Time: 6–8pm

Venue: Woodford Green Library, IG8 0DX

Enquiries: clark.vasey@redbridge.gov.uk

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POLICE CONTACT POINT:

SOUTH WOODFORD TEAM

Date: Wednesday 27 November Time: 12pm

Venue: Waitrose, 92–96 High Road, E18 2NA

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

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REDBRIDGE DRAMA CENTRE:

CINDERELLA

Expect laughter, tears and magic in this classic

fairy tale for children aged five and over.

Date: from Thursday 28 November Time: 5pm

Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB

Cost: £8.50 Enquiries: 020 8708 8803

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ROTARY CLUB

MEMORY CAFE

A Leytonstone and Woodford Rotary

Club event.

Date: Friday 29 November Time: 10am–12pm

Venue: Chigwell Convent, IG8 8AX

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 3597 2921

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EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY

CHRISTMAS WREATH-

MAKING WORKSHOP

Create a natural winter wreath to hang on

your front door for Christmas. Repeated on

6 December.

Date: Friday 29 November Time: 7.30–9pm

Venue: Creative Biscuit, 61 George Lane, E18 1JJ

Cost: £45 Enquiries: 020 8532 2824

NATURE WALK: WINTER IN

WANSTEAD PARK

This walk will give opportunities for families

to connect with nature and learn about

wildlife. Suitable for children aged 18 months

to 11 years. A Field Studies Council event.

Booking required.

Date: Saturday 30 November Time: 10am & 1pm

Venue: meet at the Temple, Wanstead Park

Cost: £5 (adults: free) Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/fsc

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CHRISTMAS

WONDERLAND

Family festive fun, including gift market,

festive tea rooms, hog roast, games and

grotto (£7.50 per child; booking required).

Date: Saturday 30 November Time: 10am–4pm

Venue: Haven House Children’s Hospice, IG8 9LB

Cost: £2 Enquiries: havenhouse.org.uk

WOODFORD CHRISTMAS

CRAFT MARKET

Raising funds for the Woodford Memorial Hall.

Date: Saturday 30 November Time: 10am–4pm

Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA

Cost: free entry Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/wcm

See who’s coming

to Christmas

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at the Epping Ongar Railway!

Booking for the 2019 Santa Specials is now open, see website for times and fares

www.eorailway.co.uk 01277 365200 @eorailway Epping Ongar Railway

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GUIDE DOG TRAINING

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR

A variety of stalls, refreshments and the

chance to meet Santa Paws.

Date: Saturday 30 November Time: 11am–4pm

Venue: 7 Manor Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8ER

Cost: free entry Enquiries: 0345 143 0213

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OAKDALE INFANT/JUNIOR

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR

Featuring various stalls, a grotto, craft

activities and school choir performances.

Date: Saturday 30 November Time: 12–4pm

Venue: Oakdale Infant School, Woodville Road

Enquiries: 020 8989 7895

NOV

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REDBRIDGE RAMBLERS:

AGM AND 5-MILE WALK

A walk through Leyton Flats, Bush Wood and

Wanstead Park, finishing at Wanstead Library

at 4.30pm for the group’s AGM.

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Conversation, information and support.

Date: Saturday 30 November Time: 2.30–5pm

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This year’s highly anticipated CBeebies

Christmas show is once again coming to the

big screen from the theatre stage.

Date: Sunday 1 December Time: 10.15am

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: £10.75 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/eventcinema

WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD

WEA CENTENARY FILM CLUB

A screening of Shoplifters (2018).

Date: Monday 2 December Time: 12.30pm

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: 20p plus the cinema’s usual charges

Enquiries: wea.filmclub@gmail.com

HERITAGE MORNING:

MEMORIES OF WOODFORD

Share your memories of Woodford and at this

reminiscence session.

Date: Tuesday 3 December Time: 11am–12pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

POLICE CONTACT POINT:

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Date: Tuesday 3 December Time: 2pm

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Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

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Make your own snowflake ornament. For

children aged three and over.

Date: Saturday 7 December Time: 3–4pm

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POLICE CONTACT POINT:

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Date: Sunday 8 December Time: 11am

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SNARESBROOK PRIMARY

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR

Santa’s Grotto tickets available (£3.50).

Date: Sunday 8 December Time: 12–4pm

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FRIENDS 25TH: THE ONE

WITH THE ANNIVERSARY

Celebrate the anniversary of the sitcom,

coming to the big screen for the first time.

Date: Sunday 8 December Time: 3.20pm

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

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TUDOR COSTUME: FROM

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A Woodford Historical Society presentation by

Maureen Poole.

Date: Monday 9 December Time: 7.45pm

Venue: Trinity High School, Woodford Green

Cost: £3 Enquiries: woodfordhistoricalsociety.org

CHRISTMAS LEGO

WORKSHOP

Create a wintery scene out of Lego. For

children aged five and over.

Date: Tuesday 10 December Time: 4.30–5.30pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

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Date: Tuesday 10 December Time: 7.15pm

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Visitors welcome.

Date: Tuesday 10 December Time: 8pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Cost: £4.50 Enquiries: 020 8989 4746

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NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM

Includes a formal Q&A session with the leader

of the council.

Date: Thursday 12 December Time: 6.45–8.30pm

Venue: Churchfields Junior School, E18 2RB

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MAKING WORKSHOP

Date: Friday 13 December Time: 7.30–9.30pm

Venue: Creative Biscuit, 61 George Lane, E18 1JJ

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CHARITY CHRISTMAS

CABARET

With Ultrsasound Female Choir, Zinc Choir

and guest soloists. Includes drink and buffet.

Date: Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December

Time: 7.30pm

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Date: Saturday 14 December Time: 11am-1pm

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SOUTH WOODFORD TEAM

Date: Saturday 14 December Time: 4pm

Venue: Eastwood Road, South Woodford

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

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Date: Sunday 15 December Time: 2pm

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A talk by Dr Chris Pond for the Woodford and

District branch of the National Trust.

Date: Monday 16 December Time: 10.30am

Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA

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For children aged three and over.

Date: Thursday 19 December Time: 4.30–5.30pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

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CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Thursday 19 December Time: 5pm

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Date: Thursday 19 December Time: 6pm

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SOUTH WOODFORD SOCIETY

Working to build a stronger community,

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Visit southwoodfordsociety.com

ULTRASOUND FEMALE CHOIR

The choir meets every Tuesday from 7.30pm

at the Woodford Methodist Church, Derby

Road, E18 2PU. New members welcome.

Call 07799 196 241

THE WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD

ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND

Weekly meetings with entertainment and

refreshments from 2pm to 4pm every

Thursday at the United Free Church,

Woodford Green, IG8 0UP. Call 07840 850 838

WOODFORD GREEN

SPEAKERS CLUB

Public speaking club affiliated to Toastmasters

International meeting every second and

fourth Tuesday of the month from 6.45pm to

9pm at Wanstead Golf Club, Overton Drive.

Visit wgs.toastmastersclubs.org

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CHESS CLUB

Every Tuesday, 7.30pm to 10.30pm at

Wanstead House. All standards of players

welcomed. Call 07949 881 881 or visit

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LEYTONSTONE, WANSTEAD &

DISTRICT PHILATELIC SOCIETY

Second Saturday afternoon and fourth

Monday evening most months at Wanstead

House. For those interested in stamps or

postal history. Call 020 8989 2885

NCT REDBRIDGE

Offering support and information to parents

and parents-to-be. Call 0844 243 6247

WOODFORD AND WANSTEAD

ROCK CHOIR

Every Monday at 7.30pm during term time at

Wanstead High School. Call 01252 714 276

REDBRIDGE RAMBLERS

Three or more walks each week from five to

12 miles in length. Call 07977 167 550 or visit

redbridgeramblers.org.uk

HEALING HEARTS BEREAVEMENT

SUPPORT GROUP

An informal group which aims to help

successful grieving. Meetings are held every

four to five weeks at the Spire London East

Hospital, Roding Lane South, IG4 5PZ. Call

020 8500 4838 or visit healinghearts.co.uk

WEST ESSEX RAMBLERS

At least four walks a week, coach rambles

between April and October, group holidays

and social events. Call 020 8554 1665 or visit

westessexramblers.org.uk

WOODFORD AND WANSTEAD

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

Formal and informal weekly meetings at

Wanstead House, 21 The Green, Wanstead.

Visit woodfordandwansteadphotosoc.co.uk

BRESSEY TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD

Meeting on the third Tuesday of the month

(7.30pm) at St Mary’s Church, South Woodford.

Diverse speakers, discussions, social evenings

and days out. Call 020 8989 2267

WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD

CENTENARY FILM CLUB

Meets on the first Monday of each month

(except August), 12.30pm at the Odeon, South

Woodford (the cinema’s usual charges apply).

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WOODFORD GREEN LIBRARY

READING GROUP

Friendly, informal groups which meet to

discuss the month’s chosen book. The

evening group meets on the second Thursday

of the month from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and the

afternoon group on the third Thursday of the

month from 2pm to 3pm. Call 020 8708 9055

LEYTONSTONE &

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Meeting every Thursday from 6pm at

Chigwell Convent on Chigwell Road, IG8 8AX.

Call 020 3597 2921 or visit swvg.co.uk/lwr

WOODFORD AND DISTRICT

FLORAL ARRANGEMENT GROUP

A floral demonstration, raffle and

refreshments every third Monday of the

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Support group for those with ME/CFS.

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A programme of walks and coach trips, plus

indoor meetings and talks on the second

Tuesday of the month (September to May) at

St Mary’s Church, South Woodford (members:

£4; visitors: £4.50). Call 020 8989 4746

WOODFORD SYMPHONY

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evening at Roding Valley High School in

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WOODFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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local area, with talks on the third Monday

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Local branch of the Women’s Institute

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BABIES & TODDLERS

Monkey Music .......................................... 21

BALLET

Redbridge Classical Dance ..................15

BARBERS

Agy’s Barber Shop.....................................6

BATHROOMS

Bathworks .................................................28

BEAUTY

The Beauty Spot ..................................... 48

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

City of London Cemetery ......................9

Counselling Helps ..................................38

Dipti Solanki ..............................................11

Loss & Bereavement Café ....................38

CEMETERY

City of London Cemetery ......................9

CHARITIES

Haven House .................................... 4 & 38

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Christmas Fair ......................................... 23

Christmas Wonderland .........................4

DSP Performing ....................................... 19

Epping Ongar Railway ......................... 41

Monkey Music .......................................... 21

Rapunzel ................................................... 18

Sleeping Beauty ........................................5

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre................... 40

CLEANING

Local Cleaner ............................................ 27

The Oven Wizard .....................................15

COMMUNITY & GROUPS

Home Library Service ........................... 22

Hub Church ...............................................11

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE

Problem Computers .............................. 27

COUNSELLING

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DSP Performing ....................................... 19

Redbridge Classical Dance ..................15

Variations Dance Studio ....................... 7

DENTIST

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Yellands .......................................................17

EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Christmas Fair ......................................... 23

Christmas Wonderland .........................4

Piano Recital ........................................... 15

Rapunzel ................................................... 18

Sleeping Beauty ........................................5

FITNESS

TTS Personal Training ............................17

FLOORING

Antique Wooden Floors ........................17

GARAGE SERVICES

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GIFTS

Abbotts Stationery, Cards & Gifts .......8

Gift Wrapping ...........................................11

HANDYMAN

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Stuart Green Property Solutions ......34

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Dipti Solanki ..............................................11

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The Holly Private Hospital ...................43

HOTEL

The Epping Forest Hotel ...................... 10

LEGAL SERVICES

Wiseman Lee LLP ....................................29

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Home Library Service ........................... 22

LIFE COACH

Dipti Solanki ..............................................11

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Right Choice Mobility ...........................45

MUSIC

Crescendo Music Academy .................. 7

Monkey Music .......................................... 21

Piano Recital ........................................... 15

OVEN CLEANING

Local Cleaner ............................................ 27

The Oven Wizard .....................................15

PAINTERS & DECORATORS

A.L. Smith .....................................................6

MG Décor .................................................. 44

Stuart Green Property Solutions ......34

PERFORMANCE ART

DSP Performing ....................................... 19

Redbridge Classical Dance ..................15

PERSONAL TRAINER

TTS Personal Training ............................17

PEST MANAGEMENT

GJB Pest Management......................... 37

PHOTOGRAPHY

Eightyfour ..................................................30

PHYSIOTHERAPY

Atkins Physiotherapy ............................ 35

PLASTERING

A.L. Smith .....................................................6

PLUMBING & HEATING

Wanstead Group .................................... 33

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Stuart Green Property Solutions ......34

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Yellands .......................................................17

RESTAURANTS & CAFÉS

Belgique .........................................................1

Grand Trunk Road .................................... 7

More Italy .................................................. 10

SCHOOLS & NURSERIES

Avon House Preparatory School .......13

Park School ............................................... 37

St Aubyn’s School ...................................38

Woodford Green Prep School ............ 27

SOLICITORS

Wiseman Lee LLP ....................................29

SPORT & LEISURE

Aldersbrook Riding School ................ 44

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre................... 40

STAIRLIFTS

Right Choice Mobility ...........................45

STATIONERY

Abbotts Stationery, Cards & Gifts .......8

STORAGE

BWI Self Storage ...................................... 27

TRANSPORT & TRAVEL

Epping Ongar Railway ......................... 41

TUITION & COURSES

Kumon ........................................................ 21

MagiKats .................................................... 19

Redbridge Institute ................................ 33

UTILITIES

Utility Warehouse ....................................13

WEB DESIGN

Seven Eleven Design .............................23

WINDOW RESTORATION

McCarty & Smith ....................................20

WINDOW SHUTTERS

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Cluster lashes

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Spray Tan

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Lash Lift & tint

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