January/February 2020

Wanstead

ISSN 2632-8224

January / February 2020

Issue No: 164

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

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Contents

Features

2020 artistic vision12

Move yourself13

For Beethoven14

History and enthusiasm15

The Putt Project16

Training your friend 17

Talk yourself better18

New Year split19

DD’s 39th Woodford diary20

Shaping local art24

Photo story26

The old East End28

Good neighbours29

Solution fizz30

Writing lessons31

Floating ideas 32

Every issue

Local news4, 6, 8 & 10

Community events35–38

Community groups 40–41

Index of advertisers42

Contact Us

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Welcome…

January issue welcome addresses are always

the trickiest columns to complete. Actually, they are pretty tricky to

start, let alone complete (perhaps these space-filling opening lines

of little substance are an indication of that very fact). You see, not

only do these new year welcoming words need to be committed

to ink before the old year has dragged itself over the finish line, but

they also need to be finalised well before the Christmas celebrations.

That makes it hard to focus on a clear, January-themed message

through the red and green haze of the festive season. No sympathy

please. Us editors must press on with meaningful, insightful and

pithy welcomes no matter how much tinsel surrounds our monitors.

The problem, I believe, arises because of the discombobulating

effect of the post-Christmas and pre-new year period. A six-day

time warp that, as Michael McIntyre perfectly describes in his

stand-up routine, leaves us all confused as to what day it is. Is there

post today? Are the bins collected today? Can I park here today?

All tricky questions for the last week of the year. Combine that with

the scramble to hit earlier-than-usual print deadlines in December

and it leaves January – let alone the new year and the new decade –

feeling more out of touch than most politicians.

Inevitably, January is now here. A new year is here. A new decade

is here. (And a new government is here – which will last the

longest?) But there’s often an anticlimactic twang when ringing

in the new year, and ringing in a new decade may not offer much

more excitement, especially given the majority of readers will have

experienced the ringing in of a new millennium. However,

the power of a new year lies in the months

ahead, not the seconds before. So, after the

Christmas blur, we can start to refocus

on the year to come and ask ourselves:

do I have 2020 vision?

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 March/April 2020 edition is

14 February 2020.

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

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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

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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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Take part in a consultation on

Neighbourhood Plan boundary

area: January deadline

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Redbridge Council

would like to

know if you think

the proposed

Neighbourhood

Plan area boundary,

as shown here, is

consistent with the

South Woodford area

The South Woodford Society

is urging as many people

as possible to take part in

Redbridge Council’s consultation

on the group’s Neighbourhood

Plan Area and Forum application.

“The boundary area for the

plan has been based on the

E18 postcode, with a slight

overlap into parts of Wanstead,

Snaresbrook and Woodford. It

also includes the Tesco site next

to Charlie Brown’s Roundabout,

which has been included for the

simple reason that the sheer

size of that site, should it ever

Meeting to decide plans

for Woodford Festival

Members of the

WFA committee

A meeting of the Woodford

Festival Association (WFA) will

take place this January to decide

how to take the community

event forward. It follows an

appeal in the previous issue

of the South Woodford Village

Gazette for volunteers to come

forward and help organise

the next festival, which may

not go ahead in October as

planned if the WFA decide the

workload is too great for the

current committee. “The call

for volunteers brought us two

people who have expressed an

interest in joining the committee,

but in both cases will not be able

to take a leading role. We will

meet in early January to make

a final decision as to whether

to take the Woodford Festival

forward in 2020. More volunteers

are welcome in the meantime,”

said WFA chairman Geoff Seeff.

Email geoffseeff@cix.co.uk

be developed into residential,

would have a significant impact

on resources in South Woodford,”

said Pearl Arbenser-Simmonds.

The consultation – which is open

until 6 January – asks residents

if they think the proposed

boundary is consistent with

the South Woodford area. A

decision on whether the area

will be designated is expected

by the end of February and is

the first stage in producing a

Neighbourhood Plan for the area.

Email dpd@redbridge.gov.uk or

visit swvg.co.uk/nplan

Hospice seeks volunteer

drivers from Woodford

Saint Francis Hospice is in need

of more volunteer drivers from

the Woodford area to chauffeur

patients. “As a volunteer driver,

you’ll be helping fight isolation

and loneliness among people

living with life-limiting illnesses.

You’ll also be sparing them

the difficulties of driving or

using public transport,” said a

spokesperson for the Romfordbased

hospice, which provides

care to people across Havering,

Barking and Dagenham,

Redbridge and Brentwood.

Call 01708 753 319

‘Take back the rein’

courses for

new and returning

riders

Children and adult

group or private

lessons and

holiday activities

Established 1974

Would you like a cycle

hangar near your home?

Redbridge Council is rolling

out cycle hangars across the

borough. “The response from

residents so far has been very

positive, with the vast majority

looking forward to having

somewhere safe to put their

bikes. In neighbouring boroughs,

hangars have proved popular

and helped foster a cycling

culture – hopefully, the same will

happen here,” said Councillor

Paul Donovan. “If you are

interested in having a hangar

close to you, please get in touch.”

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Hope and Glory community

theatre project

Volunteers are needed to

take part in a World War Two

community theatre project. “The

Hope and Glory project aims

to explore what life was like in

Redbridge during the Second

World War through performance

and research techniques. We

are also looking for anyone who

might have any family stories or

memories of what life was like

in Redbridge during the war,”

said project leader Alfie James.

Participants will work towards

creating a show to be performed

at South Woodford’s Redbridge

Drama Centre in April. “This will

be a fun and enjoyable project,

which will bring local history

to life on stage… No previous

acting experience is required.”

The project – which is supported

by the Heritage Lottery Fund and

Redbridge Museum and Heritage

Centre – will launch in January.

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New round of local forums

following cancellation

Charity aerobathon in aid

of Woodford Bridge charity

Redbridge Council’s latest West

Neighbourhood Local Forum

– which was scheduled for

12 December – was cancelled

because of the General Election.

The next round of local forums

will start in January. “We are

identifying venues for these

meetings. Please check back

in the coming weeks for

updated information,” said

a council spokesperson. The

forums provide opportunities

for residents to work with

officers and councillors to

find solutions to local issues,

and to ask questions to

the council leader directly.

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

Football club delighted by

revamp of playing fields

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community survey

Redbridge Museum is seeking

community input for its new

permanent exhibition plans,

to be opened in spring 2021.

“From Ice Age Ilford to suburban

Wanstead and Woodford… and

the cultural diversity of today’s

communities, the new showpiece

displays will reveal 200,000 years

of Redbridge history… We want

to hear from as many people as

possible about what should be

on show,” said a spokesperson. It

follows a £99,990 grant from the

National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Members of a local fitness club

took part in a 1980s-themed

mass workout at the end of 2019

in celebration their leader’s 25th

anniversary in fitness and to

raise funds for ELHAP, a special

needs adventure playground

in Woodford Bridge. “This

charity event was the climax

of a fantastic year – my 25th

anniversary of teaching fitness

classes. We managed to find

an original Felicity Kendal vinyl

exercise LP from the 1980s and

hook it up to a sound system…

we all enjoyed stepping back in

time for the aerobathon,” said

South Woodford resident Karen

Smith, who runs Fitgirlslim in

Gants Hill, Chigwell, Woodford

and Clayhall. “Thanks to the

generosity of our club members,

throughout the year, we have

now raised over £5,000 for ELHAP

and had a lot of fun along the

way.” Visit swvg.co.uk/fgs

Suggestions for electric

vehicle charging points

Woodford Town FC officials have

expressed their delight following

Redbridge Council’s approval of a

£1.6m revamp of Ashton Playing

Fields in Woodford Green, which

will enable the club – currently

sharing a ground with Harlow FC

– to return to the local area. “This

is a real step forward and it will

be a fantastic reward for a lot of

effort when the building work

begins,” said a spokesperson.

The club, which competes in the

Essex Senior League, are keen

to build community ties, and

have been working with local

schools to create a time capsule

that will be buried under the

proposed 350-seater grandstand.

“It’s great the wheels are turning

in our return home. There has

been a lot of support in the

local area for this. The future is

looking very exciting!” added

supporter Lloyd Duddridge.

Visit swvg.co.uk/wtfc

Redbridge Council is seeking

feedback from residents as to

where communal charging

points for electric vehicles

should be located. “The advance

of this technology has been

slower in this country than

some others, but gradually the

electric car revolution is taking

off. Redbridge Council is keen to

support this form of transport,

providing a number of charging

points across the borough.

This is an ongoing process, so

expressions of interest are being

invited regarding possible sites,”

said Councillor Paul Donovan.

Figures provided by the BBC

Shared Data Unit in 2019 show

Redbridge has a lower than

average ratio of charger ports to

licensed electric or plug-in hybrid

vehicles when compared to the

rest of UK (21 charging locations

and 426 licensed electric cars).

Email evcp@redbridge.gov.uk


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Water refill scheme launched in South Woodford

to help reduce plastic use

A nationwide water refill scheme

has been launched in South

Woodford to help shoppers

stay hydrated and to reduce the

use of plastic bottles. “South

Woodford is now part of the

network set up by Refill, and a

number of local businesses have

already signed up, including

the recently relocated Tipi

Coffee (117 George Lane), Atkins

Physiotherapy (154 High Road)

and Greggs (168 George Lane).

So now, whenever you are out

and about in South Woodford,

look for the refill droplet logo

and you can ask for your water

bottle to be refilled,” said Louise

Burgess of the South Woodford

Society. By downloading the

app, users can search for their

nearest refill station wherever

they are. “This makes it easy to

reduce the number of plastic

bottles you need to buy and join

the increasing number of people

whose individual action will have

a global impact. According to the

Environmental Audit Committee,

seven billion plastic water bottles

are used each year in the UK.”

Visit refill.org.uk

Local MPs re-elected with

reduced majorities

Poetry and Art Workshops

With leading poet Chris Tutton

A word from UK’s youngest

parliamentary candidate

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Left to right: Iain Duncan Smith MP,

John Cryer MP and Wes Streeting MP

The three MPs representing the

local area were all re-elected in

December’s General Election,

albeit each with a reduced

majority. In the Chingford and

Woodford Green constituency,

Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative)

received 23,481 votes (48.5%),

with Labour’s Faiza Shaheen

taking 22,219 votes (45.9%). In

Leyton and Wanstead, John

Cryer (Labour) enjoyed a

larger margin of victory, with

28,836 votes (64.7%) compared

to Conservative candidate

Noshaba Khiljee’s 8,028

votes (18%). In Ilford North,

Labour’s Wes Streeting was

returned to parliament with

25,323 votes (50.5%); Howard

Berlin (Conservative) received

20,105 votes (40.1%). In all

three constituencies, Liberal

Democrats were placed third,

each with an increased vote

share from the 2017 election.

Can a poem be written about an image or a piece of art? Is there a

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Good As You: from pride to prejudice 30 years of gay Britain with Paul Flynn

Good As You is an important book that celebrates the seismic shift that turned gay men in Britain from enemies to

friends of the state. It’s a story of how the power of pop culture can place real pressure on the government and the

media, to make tangible steps towards change. From ‘Smalltown Boy’ to same sex marriage, Paul interviews the figures

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the (not always legal) highs

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Copies of the book will be

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Friday 8 February

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

This special event hosted by Positive East will reflect on

the progress made in terms of LGBT+ rights and the

journey made in relation to HIV, along with the journey

still to be travelled. Positive East will also be screening

their film “30 years of living with HIV”.

from Thursday 16 January, 6.30pm–7.30pm

£15 to attend any or all of the six sessions

£3 per individual workshop

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Green up your street in 2020:

January deadline to adopt a tree pit near your home

Residents keen on beautifying

the streets of South Woodford

for the year ahead are urged

not to miss the 2020 deadline

for adopting a tree pit near

their home. “Planting beefriendly

flowers under a street

tree will make your road look

beautiful, reduce chemicals

being sprayed and help local

wildlife,” said a spokesperson

for South Woodford Gardeners,

which is aiming to increase

the number of street trees

across the neighbourhood

planted at their base to support

Tuesday 26 February

Play Reading Group

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take part in a play? Then come along to this group which

will read aloud a chosen play, each participant reading

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recently turned 18, he was the

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business owners, everyone celebrating the unsung has heroes out of the limelight.

Alison, a life-long friend talks about the

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activist Rupert Whitaker, discusses his early

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community and in the criminal

justice system on 21 January. The

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2020

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Julia Brett, who

founded the

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successes to date

and their plans for

the year ahead,

and explains why

the local area has

always appealed

to artists

This time last year, the

Woodford Arts Group

consisted of a few local

artists who had responded to a

call-out on the Next Door app.

This was for Woodford-based

artists who were interested in

getting together for mutual

support and the possibility

of starting an art-exhibiting

group.

Within five months, we had our

first exhibition. We had no idea

what to expect and I suppose

neither did any of the 250 visitors

who came along to Packfords

Hotel to see what we were about.

We had lots of local interest and

sales and were constantly asked

when the next event was going

to happen. We quickly followed

up with an autumn exhibition

with a pop-up cafe, again at

Packfords, thanks to Debra

Packford’s support. This time we

exhibited for a week and it was

gratifying to see repeat visitors as

well as new ones.

Of course, we are not setting any

precedents; Woodford and its

environs have attracted other

artists over the years. So, what is

so special about Woodford and

how does it influence artists?

In spring 2020, we will be

travelling the world!

One thing is Woodford being

part of the forest and another

is its historical context. Tudor

queens have lodged nearby

and many famous and infamous

artists have been captivated

by its verdant scenery. Jacob

Epstein falls into the latter

category. He scandalised society

by keeping his mistress nearby

and painted many scenes here

and here about. I came across

one of Epstein’s immediately

recognisable Epping Forest

paintings at the recent Tate

Modern Van Gogh influences

exhibition. In the same

exhibition, Pissarro also had a

painting from the same area, and

he rented a number of properties

locally. Twentieth-century artists

include Churchill, Morris and

Pankhurst. One of the newest

artistic endeavours is that of

Marsha David and her partner

Digby, who have just started life

drawing classes on a Tuesday

evening locally.

Members of Woodford Arts

Group are equally as influenced.

Each season brings its own

beauty, which we interpret in

different styles. Sometimes, my

own work is representational,

like Summer Shadows in Knighton

Woods (main image above).

Others are more abstract, like the

winter pond reflections in Lords

Bushes (top inset image).

Group member Darren Evans

portrays Woodford in a more

illustrative style, such as his

Woodford montage (bottom

inset image). He says he takes in

the views while walking with his

family and dog. He captures the

elements of Woodford, especially

the chestnut trees, which are so

emblematic of the area.

Shelagh French lives opposite

Knighton Woods and is

captivated by it and it shows in

her work, while Cheryl Gabriel

photographs the forest and

last year produced a calendar

showing the community of dogs

in Knighton Woods.

So, how to follow up on our

2019 successes? In spring 2020,

we will be travelling the world!

Well, Traveller’s Tales is going

to be our theme. We will be

doing this over a weekend and

offering tiffin, tea and tapas. We

also plan some plein air painting

sessions to encourage people

to come and meet our artists so

the community can get involved

with us.

The best thing about us as a

group is that we’re very flexible

and open to anything. So, we’ll

see what the rest of the year

holds for us and respond in a

creative way.

Woodford Arts Group’s spring exhibition will take place at

Packfords Hotel, 16 Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green, IG8 0BS

from 29 to 31 May, open from 11.30am to 8pm daily. For more

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started my lunchtime piano

recital series in March 2019

at St Mary’s Church, South

Woodford, and have gratefully

(with the support of the church

and local audiences) attracted

a regular audience attendance

of about 50.

He could not hear

the audience, nor the

orchestra

The year 2020 marks the 250th

anniversary of the birth of the

great and prodigious German

composer Ludwig van Beethoven

(1770–1827), one of the most

influential figures in classical

music. To mark this anniversary, I

will be doing a series throughout

the year showcasing his music

for solo piano and chamber

music.

Beethoven’s career is

conventionally divided into early,

middle and late periods. The

early period is typically seen to

last until 1802, the middle period

from 1802 to 1812, and the late

period from 1812 until his death

in 1827.

Beethoven’s hearing deteriorated

from about 1802 when he wrote

the Heiligenstadt Testament, a

letter to his brothers recording

thoughts of suicide and a

resolution to continue living for

and through his art.

Ludwig van Beethoven

By 1811 (aged 41), he was

completely deaf, when he gave

up performing in public until

the premiere performance of

his Ninth Symphony in 1824 (he

had to be turned around to see

the thunderous applause of

the audience because he could

not hear the audience, nor the

orchestra).

Beethoven wrote 32 piano

sonatas – I won’t be playing

them all in South Woodford,

but I will be playing some of the

more well-known ones, such

as the Pathetique Sonata, and

later in the year, the Waldstein

Sonata, the Moonlight Sonata

and the Appassionata. I will

also be playing the colossal

Hammerklavier Sonata, which

was deemed to be ‘unplayable’ at

the time of composition due to

its length (45 mins) and technical

difficulty! So, this is a personal

challenge for myself as well.

I will be inviting my colleagues

from my regular Solomon Piano

Quintet (which includes violinists

Tadasuke Iijima and Ayako

Yamazaki, violist Yohei Nakajima

and cellist Matt Strover), along

with other musicians to join me

throughout the year for some of

the chamber music works: the

String Quartet Op. 131 (which has

seven linked movements without

a break), the String Trio Op. 9 No. 3

and the Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 1,

known as the Ghost.

Yuki’s piano recitals will take place at St Mary’s Church, 207 High

Road, South Woodford on 17 February (piano solo: Sonata in D

minor Op. 31-2 Tempest, Sonata in F major Op. 10-2, Sonata in C minor

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I am fortunate to meet so

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building and urbanisation.

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At school, history was all about

kings and queens, politicians,

dates of battles won and lost,

the Empire, rebellions… and

so the list goes on. Do I get an

extra mark if I remember the

date of the Battle of Waterloo? I

passed the subject at GCE O level

Whether I am giving an

illustrated historical presentation

on a cruise ship or talking to a

small group in a village hall, the

message, whatever the theme,

is that London has a rich vein of

history, good and bad. It’s always

worth talking about.

David will be giving a talk for the East of London Family History

Society at Wanstead Library on 22 January from 7.30pm (visitors:

£1.50; call 020 8554 8414). For more information on David’s guided

walks and talks, visit londonfootsteps.co.uk


16 South Woodford Village Gazette

Robert Putt, who

attended Woodbridge

High School 80 years

ago, is collaborating

with the school’s

History Department

to document his

memories of the area.

In the first of a series

of articles, Robert

talks to Headteacher

Steven Hogan about

World War Two

We were so excited

and privileged to

receive a visit from an

ex-student at the end of last

year who attended the school

during the Second World War.

Robert Putt, now an incredibly

young-looking 90 years of

age, was a student here from

September 1940 to December

1943, when the school was

known as St Barnabas School

for Boys.

Robert emailed us to ask if we

had any records dating back to

those times. Sadly, we don’t have

many at all, but we invited him

in to see what we do have and

to share some of his memories.

Happily for us, Robert agreed

and came to meet with staff,

governors and students. It was

a wonderful couple of hours,

although we could easily have

listened to him all day.

When Robert joined the school

in 1940, it had only been open

for three years and was located

in the brand new Mallards

building, which was split into

separate boys’ and girls’ schools.

As we walked with Robert

around the site, he recalled the

17-foot chain-link fences that

divided the grounds at the front

and back into two schools. He

clearly remembered how it

was forbidden for the boys and

girls to have any contact with

one another whatsoever. He

laughed that there was even

a demilitarised zone (DMZ)

between the two schools!

Punishment for breaking this rule

was the cane for the boys and

usually detention for the girls.

Robert explained that: “The boys

preferred the cane as our parents

didn’t get to find out about

it, whereas the girls’ parents

would be informed about the

detention as they had to be kept

after school.” Talking to the girls

was a most serious offence, the

punishment being the same as

that for getting caught playing

on the railway line!

One of the records we do have

from the time is the school

punishment book. This log

recorded when a child was given

the cane, how many strokes,

whether on the hand or on the

‘seat’ and the reason why. We

couldn’t find Robert in there,

although he does remember

receiving the cane on a regular

basis, but we did find one of

his close friends, George, who

received two strokes on the hand

for fighting in the playground;

Robert was not surprised!

Some other reasons recorded

for receiving the cane include

‘stealing garden lettuces and

selling them’, ‘riding other

boys’ cycles in the playground’,

‘gambling with coins’, ‘misuse

of telephone box’ as well as the

more familiar ‘truanting’, ‘fighting’

and ‘talking in lesson’; some

things never change.

Robert remained close friends

with George and with three other

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students for very many years

after they left school, but sadly,

the others have now passed on.

His sister, three years younger,

attended the girls’ school and,

like Robert, is still going strong.

It was fascinating to hear Robert

describe his experience of being

at school during the war. He

talked about the almost daily

trips to the basement during

the air raids, hearing the planes

I lost four uncles in the first war, and when the second

happened, we were evacuated and I went to four

different schools in a year

overhead, the machine guns

firing and the bombs dropping.

He explained how the boys

were all experts at identifying

the different aeroplanes and

loved to look up and watch

the dog fights between the

Spitfires and Hurricanes and the

Luftwaffe.

At night, they could see the glow

in the sky from the docks which

were regularly bombed. When

asked by one of our current

students if it was very difficult,

he said: “Not really, because we

were young, we just adapted

to it. I was born 11 years after

the First World War and 10 years

before the Second World War. I

lost four uncles in the first war,

and when the second happened,

we were evacuated and I went to

four different schools in a year.

Then we came to Woodford and

I started here in 1940.” Robert

was asked if he ever got scared

and he said: “Yes, of course, the

whistling sound the bombs

made was terrifying.”

Woodbridge High School is located on St Barnabas Road, Woodford

Green. For more information, visit woodbridgehigh.co.uk

If you attended the school during this era and would like to share

your story, email ContactComms@woodbridge.redbridge.sch.uk


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TALK YOURSELF BETTER

Paul Kaufman, Chair of East London Humanists,

introduces Ariane Sherine, writer, comedienne

and woman of many parts who will feature at the

group’s local meeting this January

Ariane with Richard

Dawkins at the launch of

the Atheist Bus Campaign

Ariane Sherine, who lives

in Leytonstone, will

be talking about her

extraordinary and eventful life

journey and signing copies of

her latest book at Wanstead

Library this January.

The hate mail she

received contributed to a

break down

Expelled from school at 16,

Ariane started hanging around

with Duran Duran and played

piano on two of their tracks. Her

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reviewing records for NME. She

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books and is a contributor to

The Spectator, The Guardian, The

Independent, The Sunday Times

and Esquire magazine.

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and is a patron of Humanists UK.

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in The Guardian at its launch

about her lack of religious belief

and her wish for her daughter

to grow up in a kinder world.

The book describes 10 practical

actions we can all take to help

achieve this. Ariane sold half

of her possessions as part of

the campaign and donated

the proceeds to Médecins Sans

Frontières.

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achievement initiated by

Ariane was the Atheist Bus

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the campaign grew at an

astonishing pace. A total of

£100,000 was raised in four days.

It was taken up in over a dozen

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the campaign in response to

the use of bus advertising by

the Jesus Said organisation to

promote their message that

all non-Christians would burn

in hell for all eternity. Ariane’s

message was: “There’s probably

no God. Now stop worrying

and enjoy your life.” Even this

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some. It was criticised by George

Carey, former Archbishop of

Canterbury. Attempts to run

similar campaigns in Russia, Italy

and Australia were thwarted. And

there was a backlash for Ariane.

The hate mail she received from

extreme Christians contributed

to a breakdown.

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Jonathan Diamond, a partner at Wiseman Lee

Solicitors, explains why divorce proceedings tend to

spike in the New Year and how couples can avoid

falling into the trap of the marital ‘blame game’

Sadly, January is one of

the busiest times for

couples to consider

divorcing. Some researchers

have suggested the stress

of spending time together

at Christmas can be the final

straw for relationships already

under strain.

Whatever the reasons, as the law

currently stands, the quickest

way to obtain a divorce is to

apportion blame on your spouse.

In this day and age, it may seem

unfair to resort to finger-pointing

to end a marriage that has

irretrievably broken down.

In fact, earlier this year, the

government heralded an end

to such practices and instead

promised new ‘no fault’ divorce

laws. That was back in April

2019 but, sadly, parliament ran

out of time to pass the new

legislation, and although it could

still become law in the future, as

things stand, the old – and some

would argue antiquated – law

remains.

In order to divorce, one spouse

must petition the court and

demonstrate the marriage has

broken down irretrievably as a

result of either unreasonable

behaviour, adultery, two

years’ desertion or two years’

separation (five years if one party

refuses to give their consent).

Three of these five reasons

involve blaming the other party,

while the other two require

couples to wait either two

or five years to split formally.

Understandably, many people

feel it is unreasonable to have to

wait so long.

In a rush to make a clean break

and move on with their lives,

some couples might consider

turning to online divorce. When

it was first launched, it made

headlines after 13 people used

the system to apply for a divorce

on Christmas Day! However,

even when divorce is amicable,

there are real risks in opting to

apply for a divorce online rather

than through a solicitor. Couples

are, after all, making a number

of hugely important decisions

with wide-ranging implications.

Getting it wrong can cause

serious issues affecting property,

finances and pensions, even for

people with relatively modest

incomes and assets.

An added problem is that

many online divorce centres

have a huge backlog of cases,

with some reporting delays of

more than a year. The reality is

that a ‘quickie online divorce’ is

anything but quick and could

lead to serious problems over the

split of assets.

Any couple considering

divorcing this January needs to

be aware of the effect the divorce

blame game can have. Although

the current law may mean they

can feel forced to blame the

other party, even when the

couple has simply grown apart,

it is important not to let this

set an unfortunate tone for the

rest of the process. Effective

and sensitive communication

really is key. This is especially

important where children are

involved, and good legal advice

will help divorcing couples reach

as amicable an agreement as

possible.

Wiseman Lee is located at 9–13 Cambridge Park, Wanstead, E11 2PU.

For more information, call 020 8215 1000


20 South Woodford Village Gazette

DD’s 39 th Woodford Diary

Some South Woodford scribbles from DD, our

resident diarist, commentator and observer

of all things local

I

was talking to someone in

our library recently. When

I joined, talking was ‘not

permitted’. Now, there’s a book

club meeting there, story

times, chess and games clubs,

but there’s still an atmosphere

of respectful quietness,

a murmur of activity that

doesn’t distract those who

are reading or studying. A

huge, completely quiet room

too, with computer desks,

all seriously in use. There’s

no ‘Chief Librarian’. It’s the

‘Manager’ now, and his name

is Nana. He welcomed my plan

to set my latest diary in his

domain. I wanted stories. Not

from the books on the shelves

but from those using the

library. They each have their

own.

A tranquil scene in the children’s

section. Mother restful on sofa.

Two-year-old daughter fast

asleep in pushchair. Unaware

that her awakening will be the

signal to pop next door for flu

and MMR jabs. A calm interlude

in Mum’s week, away from

her responsibilities in the Civil

Service. Couldn’t help thinking

what a valuable square of land

it is with the gym to aid body

fitness, the medical centre for

supporting general health and

the library to feed our minds and

our imagination.

I want to hold a book

in my lap and turn

the pages

A youthful lawyer, researching

the latest European Data

Protection regulations. “If

you study at home, you keep

remembering there’s a letter

you need to post, or you think

you’d better put on a wash. I

live in Loughton; our library is

under threat of closure. I like this

place. It’s calm, warm, spacious.

You feel settled. In amongst

others pursuing their particular

course. But able to concentrate.

Oddly companionable. And the

opening hours are fantastic!”

A lady sitting in the large print

section. “Yes, I read a great deal.

Crime fiction mostly. I worked in

a bookshop myself for years. How

many times would a customer

say: ‘If I worked in a bookshop,

I’d never get anything done all

day’? Oh, so I suppose you think

I just have to snap my fingers

and the crates of new books

just sort themselves out and

leap on to the shelves as if by

magic? That’s what I would say.

No, not really. But I thought it. A

favourite author? Well, Simenon

was a genius. Loved that incident

when Maigret had been gently

questioning a sweet little parlour

maid, then remarked to Janvier,

while replenishing his pipe in

the next room: ‘You can’t be a

policeman for 30 years and not

recognise a chronic liar when you

meet one’.”

A man with a handsome beard,

reading quietly over in the

window light. Quite a library

expert. Knew all the local ones.

“Yes, I like books. No interest in

– what are they called? Tablets?

Kindles? I want to hold a book in

my lap and turn the pages. Got

made redundant from my job

in town some time ago. Took a

course in horticulture and did

some gardening work but then

Mum began to need help and

I became her full-time carer.” (I

dared to ask about his beard.)

“Oh, I gave up shaving when I

was looking after Mother. Didn’t

seem important. We used to sit

together. Reading sometimes.

Remembering too. The simple

pleasures of my childhood. No

flights to the Costa del Sol for us.

A day-trip to see the lights of the

pier at Southend. A fish and chip

supper watching the Big Dipper.

Holidays in Wales. Staying with

Auntie Margaret. Going round

all the castles. Watching the

seals and the sea birds off the

Pembrokeshire coast.”

I even infiltrated the knitting

circle. “The Knitter Natter Group

we call it. Great for making

friends. And look, Hilda has

taught me how to crochet! We’re

all getting on a bit! Milly’s 92.

My story? I moved here from

Lancashire 13 years ago. I’m on

my own now. My dad was an

interior decorator. As a girl, I

used to help him. But when I

wanted to have a career, I soon

found ‘women don’t do interior

decorating’.” Edna joined in: “I’m

from Derbyshire originally. Came

here in 1957. Taught in one of

the local primary schools. I’m

knitting to raise money for Haven

House.” It was Thelma’s turn:

“You’re DD, aren’t you!” (How

wonderful to know some people

actually read this stuff!) “I worked

as a machinist for over 20 years.

Combat jackets, mainly. Then

over 21 years as a childminder.

Pre-school. I often bump into my

customers, grown up now. But

they still call me Nanna.” Beryl

had moved across from South

London “into the unknown world

on the north side of the river”.

Had worked as a special needs

teacher. But now it was the over-

55s ballet classes (recommended

by Angela Rippon) and the U3A

and, of course, the knitting

group. The sense of their

fellowship together was almost

tangible.

Another young mother with son,

just past his first birthday. Quite

an advanced ‘cruiser’ round the

shelves but only managing to

walk with Mum’s two hands to

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help. In came a three-year-old.

Straightaway, he leaned down to

the one-year-old level: “What’s

your name?” he asked. One-yearold

really wanting to answer.

No words, but immediately

realising this was a friend. Shot

out his hand for a high five.

21st century toddlers! No sign

of shyness or British reserve.

Why don’t we learn more from

children? Soon, the three-yearold

was quite literally lending a

hand with the walking practice.

Meanwhile, Mum was happy to

give a glimpse into her story,

working for some years as a PA in

an asset management company.

“I was due to return to work last

week. I asked them to let me

work fewer hours. They were

absolutely inflexible. Yes, you’re

right. It was a sort of turning

point. A crossroads. Time to look

at priorities. I resigned my job. I’ll

look for something more local

that will give me more time with

my son.” I think she won’t regret

her decision.

It’s a good spot, the library. And

it’s ours.


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Born in the North East of

England, surrounded

by rugged landscapes,

seascapes and heavy industry,

inspiration for painting was all

around me.

Shaping

local

art

Former fashion

designer Terry Rumak

– who counts Lady

Diana Spencer

among her past

clients – is now

a member of

Woodford Arts

Group and spends

her time creating

patchwork quilts and

geometric paintings

I studied at Middlesbrough

College of Art, and then

St Martin’s School of Art in

London, where I gained a BA in

Fashion Design. After leaving

St Martin’s in 1968, I worked

with a number of established

designers. London in the 1970s

and 1980s was the epicentre

of fashion design and it was

therefore relatively easy to open

my own boutique. A friend and I

designed and made 24 garments,

put them on a rail in a tiny shop

within an arcade on New Bond

Street, and Rumak & Sample

began trading. Success was

followed with a shop in an

arcade opposite Harrods, on

the Brompton Road, and then

my own shop in Walton Street,

Knightsbridge, where I began

trading as Rumak & Rumak.

Focusing on evening and

wedding gowns, plus special

occasion clothes for Ascot, balls

and concert appearances, my

garments were bought by many

actors, film stars and well-known

people, including Lady Diana

Spencer.

and abstract artists. I travelled

extensively in search of unusual

fabrics and braids for inspiration,

and loved the cultures, colours

and smells of the places I visited.

I was inspired by the fine silks,

chiffons, gorgeous braids and

I am refining my drawing skills by sketching everyday

objects and developing geometric paintings

ribbons I brought back from

my travels. In 2018, one of my

designs was shown in a Sunday

Telegraph colour supplement

and featured in an exhibition

at Chatsworth, displaying the

dresses of Deborah, Duchess of

Devonshire.

years, I’ve reduced my working

hours to return to a more creative

lifestyle, initially designing

patchwork quilts, which allowed

me to use intense colours and

geometric patterns. Quilts are a

labour of love as each one takes

six to nine months from concept

to completion. I’ve accepted

several commissions, mainly

for children, commemorating

their date of birth. Each design is

highly individual.

Presently, I am refining my

drawing skills by sketching

everyday objects and developing

geometric paintings using strong

colours and bold shapes. Most of

my paintings are like a sculptor’s

maquette since I envisage them

on a large scale but produce the

first idea on small canvasses.

Recently, I was commissioned

to paint a very large canvas

which was shown in Woodford

Arts Group’s last exhibition at

Packfords Hotel.

As newcomers to South

Woodford, my husband and I

joined the Woodford Arts Group

to establish friendships with local

artists. Since most artists work in

isolation, I feel the group offers

an opportunity for feedback

from people dealing with similar

issues and the opportunity to

exhibit my work as part of a

group.

My designs and colour sense

were influenced by the Pre-

Raphaelites, 1940s fashion design

From 1984 to 2018 I worked in

advertising, media and market

research, and over the last 10

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26 South Woodford Village Gazette

PHOTO STORY

In the third of a

series of articles

by members of

the Woodford

and Wanstead

Photographic

Society, Jim Williams

tells the story

behind this image

taken on his way

home from work

This picture may be

nothing special to most

photographers, but to

me it was a breakthrough,

realising I had recognised the

possibility of getting this shot.

I have been a regular member

of Woodford and Wanstead

Photographic Society for just

under three years but still

consider myself a novice when

I compare myself to other

members I admire. Some people

just have the knack of finding the

right angle to make an average

image great. I often wonder

how they see what I don’t and

whether you can teach someone

creativity or if it’s something you

just have or you don’t.

I must say, since joining

Woodford and Wanstead

Photographic Society, I have

started to continually look at my

surroundings to see if there is

a potential photograph within

my sights. I now look skyward as

much as down and left or right.

Leaving my office in Fitzrovia at

4.30pm daily, and walking the

same route to Tottenham Court

Road Tube station, I noticed this

facade in Percy Street showing

a reflection of a few clouds with

the staircase visible through the

glazing. I immediately realised

that with the right weather

conditions the staircase would

look like it was passing through

the clouds. Camera in hand

every afternoon I left work,

my journey down Percy Street

was finally rewarded with ideal

conditions – a very bright sunny

afternoon with plenty of fluffy

clouds in the sky. This gave a

great reflection with the staircase

clearly visible.

A bit of teasing with the detail

extractor filter from the Nik

Collection bolt-on to Photoshop

gave me an image that achieved

first place in a club competition.

A pleasing result, but not as

pleasurable as knowing I had

imagined the picture before I had

actually seen it.

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28 South Woodford Village Gazette

In the second 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

The old

A

walk around London’s

East End is now a

fascinating experience.

The changes are enormous, as

I have discovered on this latest

photographic odyssey for my

current exhibition. Buildings

and whole streets have

disappeared, often replaced

with modern glass and steel

structures our parents and

grandparents would never

recognise.

Visitors to my photography

gallery in Wanstead had talked

about their parents’ lives and

childhood memories of playing

on the streets of Bethnal Green,

Bow, Mile End and other parts of

the East End.

Geoffrey Wilkinson

Photography at

Eightyfour

East End

It was the night I got off the

DLR at Canning Town station to

take some more photographs

that it suddenly became a

more personal journey. My

grandfather’s house, now long

gone, on Bidder Street was next

to the railway line and what was

known at that time as ‘Peggy

Leggy Steps’, the pedestrian

footbridge over the railway.

This was part of my East End

playground when we visited

him and my grandmother. The

‘Steps’ have been replaced by

Star Lane DLR station. When lit

at night, it acts as a beacon for

shift workers finishing in the

darkness. The Woolwich ferry,

connecting the north and south

of the River Thames, was always

a Sunday morning treat with my

grandfather. Being on the boat as

it moved through the river those

few hundred yards was a real

adventure. It was that memory

which led me to take the

photograph on this page of the

ferry named the Dame Vera Lynn.

This photograph, although not

what you might think of as a

typical east London scene, sums

up everything for me, with the

new East End (Canary Wharf)

behind the ferry and the old dock

cranes on the right symbolising

the past.

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30 South Woodford Village Gazette

Solution Fizz

In the fourth of a series of short stories by

members of South Woodford’s Young Writers Club,

Solution Fizz is a tale of family love, medicine and

mentos, by 10-year-old Samaira Ayub

GIRLS AND BOYS 3-11

Rose woke up and got

dressed to go to her gran’s

house, Granny Nash, as

she called her. When Rose had

eaten her breakfast, she saw

her mum watching her in the

kitchen. She told her gran had

a sickness. The family would go

to visit Gran in hospital and on

the way, they would purchase

some medicine.

One hour later Rose and the

family jumped into their car and

made their way to visit Granny

Nash. Mum announced: “We

will be making a pit stop on

our way as we need to collect

something special.” “Where

are we stopping?” Rose’s older

sister questioned. “Questions,

Daffodil!” responded mum.

“Well, we will stop at the ESP,

Experimental Science Pharmacy.

They have some special medicine

for us”.

Daffodil was tasked with buying

two bottles of the medicine. They

were expensive, so she could

only buy one. The bottle was very

small she thought.

Half an hour of travelling and

they arrived at the hospital.

They all slowly walked down the

corridor and eventually found

Gran’s room. Granny Nash was

sleeping. Only Mum, Dad and

Daffodil were allowed to enter

the room. Rose and her brother

Jem waited in the corridor. They

did not understand why they had

to wait. They waited in silence.

The door is locked, Jem and Rose

can hear Mum and Dad talking

to the Doctor. Jem did not speak.

Mum and Dad came out of the

room. Was this good news?

Rose and Jem were told more

medicine was needed but it

was so expensive to buy. Gran

was getting sicker. Rose was

heartbroken, and all the family

walked to the car in silence.

The drive back seemed so

long, and Rose could not stop

thinking about what mum had

said. Rose decided she would

invent refillable bottles. It was

complicated as she had to think

about something that would

not affect the actual medicine.

Her answer was Mentos! She

started to experiment and broke

the Mentos in half, poured some

golden fizzing magic in. Then she

added a blue square cube and

presto, it was complete. There

was a green sphere in its place. It

was then placed into the middle

of the Mentos.

A few days after her experiment,

when Gran was feeling better,

they went to visit. During the

journey they made their stop at

the ESP where Rose bought a

bottle of medicine. She added

some of her special Mentos to

other expensive medicines from

the pharmacy. In hospital, Gran

took her medicine and Rose went

to buy some more. Instead she

put her Mentos in the empty

bottle and shook it. Now it was

full again. She raced back and

told her family that ESP had

lowered their prices. Mum could

tell Rose was hiding something.

She asked her to tell the truth.

Rose told her the whole story.

Mum went to ESP and asked

them to purchase the Mentos

recipe. They agreed.

This would change how the

world would supply medicine.

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January / February 2020 31

Writing Lessons

Members of the South Woodford Young Writers Club

were enthralled by author Andrew Michaelides, who

visited their group recently. Teacher Shameem Aziz

was equally inspired

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published a series of three

books based on the adventures

of Tramp, a talking dog.

The children were lost

in their imagination and

fascinated by his story

Of course, we were delighted

to have him, and his visit was

informative in so many ways.

The children had pre-prepared

questions they wanted to ask

him. What inspired him? Why did

he become a writer? What were

his stories based on? What advice

would he give someone who

wants to write? All answered with

patience and understanding.

It is probably true to say of

children’s authors that they

have certain characteristics in

common. They manage to retain

a sense of the wonder of life and

of adventure that can so easily

be eroded as one grows up. This

was certainly clear to see from

meeting Andrew.

The visit also debunked the

belief that success as an author

must be immediate. Andrew

wrote his first book over 30

years ago. Having got on with

the business of life, work and

family, he went back to it, and

after a few changes and selection

of an illustrator, proceeded

to publication. Interestingly,

Andrew’s job in ‘real life’ had

nothing to do with writing – he

became an accountant.

The children were rapt

throughout – we could hardly

believe how much time had

passed! Andrew took them

on the story of his life and

managed to achieve in person

what a good book should do –

the children were lost in their

imagination and fascinated by

his story.

There were bigger life lessons

that I am sure they took away

from their meeting – whether

they decide to become authors

or not – most important of which

was this: whatever your goal

or dream, don’t give up. You, or

circumstance, may delay it, you

may take detours, you may refine

and revise the plan, you will meet

doubters along the way, you may

have a dip in confidence and selfbelief,

but always keep the dream

alive – whatever that dream

is – until your will, circumstance

and time come together in

perfect symmetry to make it real.

Andrew was a manifestation of

this philosophy, sitting in front of

the young writers.

As someone who loves writing

but has spent most of her

working life in schools, there

were many salutary lessons in

the visit for me too. Chief of

which was it is never too late

to return to delayed dreams.

You are fortunate indeed if you

manage to marry your passion

and purpose and manifest it

into your working life, which I

have done; blessed again if you

manage to do it twice… watch

this space.

For more information on the Young Writers Club, email

youngwritersclub.southwoodford@gmail.com


32 South Woodford Village Gazette

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 seventh of a series of articles charting the

River Roding Project – which aims to reduce that risk – Nina Garner from the

Environment Agency encourages us all to prepare for winter

Floating

IDEAS

Over the last few editions

of this publication, we

have discussed different

ways you can prepare for

flooding. We have recently

seen significant flooding across

Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and

the Midlands, with some parts

of central England receiving

a month’s worth of rainfall in

early November alone.

Flooding can have long-term

effects on lives, livelihoods and

property. The threat of flooding

is real and can have devastating

impacts on communities, so

protecting people, property

and things like roads and rail

continues to be the Environment

Agency’s top priority. Climate

change is likely to increase

the frequency and intensity of

flooding – floods which destroy

lives and property. This is why it

is more important than ever to

be prepared for flooding.

Our campaign is focused

on helping people know

what action to take

in a flood…

In England there are over five

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The average cost of flooding to

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brings a significant risk to life.

The mental health impacts of

flooding can last for two years

or more after flooding has

River Roding flooding at the

Charlie Brown’s Roundabout

in January 2001. Photo kindly

supplied by the Woodford &

Wanstead Photographic Society

happened. Depression, anxiety

and PTSD can affect up to a

third of people who have been

flooded.

But, crucially, taking steps

to prepare for flooding, and

knowing what to do in a

flood can significantly reduce

the damages to a home and

possessions (by around 40%),

reduce risk to life, and reduce

the likelihood of suffering from

mental health impacts in the

future.

Our campaign is focused on

helping people know what

action to take in a flood, based

on our ‘Prepare, Act, Survive’

flood guide.

Are you prepared for winter?

Our flood defences reduce the

risk of flooding but we can

never eliminate the risk entirely.

So, as we enter the heart of

winter, we have put together

a summary of flood advice to

help you prepare to protect

yourself, your loved

ones and your home.

• zFind out if your

property is at risk

(swvg.co.uk/flood).

• zSign up to receive

free flood warnings

(swvg.co.uk/floodwarn).

• zCreate a personal flood plan.

This could include preparing

a bag of essential items if you

need to leave your home, such

as medication, warm clothing,

chargers and important

documents like passports.

• zFind out how you can

‘prepare, act and survive’

(swvg.co.uk/pas).

Example of

a flood kit

• zCreate a

community flood plan. This

helps coordinate responses

by helping you decide what

practical action to take to

support each other before,

during and after a flood. Plans

like these are great in helping

the community get back on

their feet after an incident.

If you’d like to find out more

information about volunteering

in your community or flood

planning, please contact your

local flood resilience team.

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

To contact your local flood resilience team, visit swvg.co.uk/frt

For more information on the River Roding Project, visit

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


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Community events

WOODFORD PANTOMIME:

RAPUNZEL

Woodford Pantomime’s annual show, which is

the group’s first production of Rapunzel.

Date: Wednesday 1 to Sunday 12 January

Venue: Sir James Hawkey Hall, IG8 0BG

Cost: £14.50 Enquiries: 01992 524 462

JAN

1

LONDON GALA ORCHESTRA:

NEW YEAR CONCERT 2020

The London Gala Orchestra performs

Viennese masterpieces. Conducted by

Stephen Ellery.

Date: Wednesday 1 January Time: 5pm

Venue: St John’s Church, Leytonstone, E11 1HH

Cost: from £12 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/lgo

JAN

1

WINTER WONDERLAND

COMPREHENSION

A festive-themed comprehension workshop

delivered by Explore Learning for eight- to

11-year-olds.

Date: Thursday 2 January Time: 1–2pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

JAN

2

MATHS WIZARDS

WORKSHOP

A maths workshop delivered by Explore

Learning for six and seven-year-olds.

Date: Thursday 2 January Time: 2.30–3.30pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

JAN

2

POLICE CONTACT POINT:

CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Friday 3 January Time: 12–12.30pm

Venue: Laundry Lounge, 202–204 High Road

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

JAN

3

WANSTEAD PARK TEMPLE

OPEN WEEKEND

Date: Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 January

Time: 10am–3pm

Venue: the Temple, Wanstead Park

Cost: free entry Enquiries: 020 7332 1911

JAN

4

ANDRÉ RIEU:

70 YEARS YOUNG

André Rieu is celebrating a landmark birthday

and is inviting cinema audiences all over the

world to his party.

Date: Sunday 5 January Time: 3pm

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: £24.25 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/eventcinema

JAN

5

WOODFORD CREATIVE HUB:

THE STITCHERY

The stitchery is a Woodford Green sewing

group. Bring along your latest project,

whether it’s crochet, knitting, hand sewing

or cross-stitch, and enjoy a friendly chat.

Repeated on 21 January and 4 February.

Date: Tuesday 7 January Time: 10–11am

Venue: Woodford Green Library, IG8 0DX

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

JAN

7

WANSTEAD & WOODFORD

BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ

Repeated on 4 February.

Date: Tuesday 7 January Time: 2–3.15pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8505 3000

JAN

7

POLICE CONTACT POINT:

CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Wednesday 8 January Time: 2–2.30pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

JAN

8

BRITISH HISTORY

STUDIES

A Wanstead and Woodford WEA 10-week

course exploring 19th-century London.

Date: from Thursday 9 January Time: 10am

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

Cost: £89 Enquiries: 0300 303 3464

JAN

9

HISTORY OF THE JEWS

IN BRITAIN

A Wanstead and Woodford WEA 10-week

course describing the experience of Jews

living in Britain since 1066.

Date: from Thursday 9 January Time: 10.30am

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

Cost: £89 Enquiries: 0300 303 3464

JAN

9

ART AND

MUSIC STUDIES

A Wanstead and Woodford WEA 10-week

course exploring the history of the arts.

Date: from Thursday 9 January Time: 1.30pm

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

Cost: £89 Enquiries: 0300 303 3464

JAN

9

TEA AND TALK

AT TOBY’S

A life-limiting illness support group. Repeated

on 10 February.

Date: Monday 13 January Time: 10am–12pm

Venue: Toby Carvery, Southend Road, IG8 8LG

Cost: free Enquiries: 01708 758 649

JAN

13

SNOWFLAKE

CRAFT ACTIVITY

Design and decorate snowflakes. For children

aged three and over.

Date: Tuesday 14 January Time: 4.30–5.30pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

JAN

14

POTS AND FROCKS: THE

WORLD OF GRAYSON PERRY

Widely known for his appearances dressed as

his feminine alter ego, Claire, Grayson Perry

is now a core part of the art establishment.

A talk by Ian Swankie – official guide at Tate

Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and

St Paul’s Cathedral – for the local group of The

Arts Society.

Date: Tuesday 14 January Time: 8pm

Venue: Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green

Cost: by donation Enquiries: 020 8599 6281

JAN

14

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ILLUSTRATED TALK:

WILDLIFE OF LONDON

Dr Iain Boulton, a London Ecology Officer,

will talk about protecting and promoting

biodiversity. Hosted by the North

East London Local Group of the RSPB.

Visitors welcome. There will be a short AGM

before the talk.

Date: Tuesday 14 January Time: 8pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Cost: £4.50 Enquiries: 020 8989 4746

JAN

15

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THE NATIONAL TRUST IN

ESSEX AND SOUTH SUFFOLK

A talk by Jonathan Rhodes for the Woodford

and District branch of the National Trust.

Visitors welcome.

Date: Wednesday 15 January Time: 2.30pm

Venue: All Saints’ Church hall, Woodford Green

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07774 164 407

JAN

16

POETRY AND ART

WORKSHOP

Can a poem be written about an image or a

piece of art? Join poet Chris Tutton for this

course of interactive workshops creating

poetry inspired by art. The first in a series of

six sessions for those aged 16 and over.

Date: Thursday 16 January Time: 6.30–7.30pm

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road

Cost: £3 (£15 for all six) Enquiries: 020 8708 7400

JAN

17

WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR:

WE WILL GO

Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled

extensively since 1994, sharing a message

of hope for Africa’s orphans and widows.

Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir

presents Watoto’s vision and mission by

sharing personal stories, music and dance.

Date: Friday 17 January Time: 7–8.15pm

Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Hermon Hill

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

JAN

JAN

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SOUTH WOODFORD WARD

COUNCILLOR SURGERY

Street surgery with Conservative councillors.

Repeated on 15 February.

Date: Saturday 18 January Time: 10.30–11.30am

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

Enquiries: michael.duffell@redbridge.gov.uk

SNOW SLIME

WORKSHOP

Make some snowy slime to take home. For

children aged five and over.

Date: Saturday 18 January Time: 2–3pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Cost: £2 Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

JAN

18

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.


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POLICE CONTACT POINT:

SOUTH WOODFORD TEAM

Date: Saturday 18 January Time: 4–4.30pm

Venue: Granville Road, South Woodford

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

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WOODFORD COUNTY HIGH

SCHOOL INDOOR BOOT SALE

Tables: £14. Repeated on 16 February.

Date: Sunday 19 January Time: 9.30am–12pm

Venue: Woodford County High School, IG8 9LA

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

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200 YEARS OF THE ROYAL

ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

A talk by Dr Josh Nall from the Whipple

Museum, Cambridge. A North East London

Astronomical Society event.

Date: Sunday 19 January Time: 3pm

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

Cost: first visit free Enquiries: 020 8995 9853

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POLICE CONTACT POINT:

CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Sunday 19 January Time: 3–3.30pm

Venue: outside Latchett Church, Latchett Road

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

EDWARDIAN

HOUSES IN ILFORD

A Woodford Historical Society presentation

by Janet Seward.

Date: Monday 20 January Time: 7.45pm

Venue: Trinity High School, Woodford Green

Cost: £3 Enquiries: woodfordhistoricalsociety.org

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SNARESBROOK TO

LOUGHTON WALK

A 10-mile walk from Snaresbrook Station to

Loughton, via Chingford, Pole Hill and Yates

Meadow. A Redbridge Ramblers event.

Date: Tuesday 21 January Time: 10am

Venue: meet at Snaresbrook Station

Cost: free Enquiries: redbridgeramblers.org.uk

CHURCHFIELDS WARD

COUNCILLOR SURGERY

Drop-in session with the ward’s Labour

councillor. Repeated on 18 February.

Date: Tuesday 21 January Time: 12–1pm

Venue: Woodford Green Library, IG8 0DX

Enquiries: rosa.gomez@redbridge.gov.uk

WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH &

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

A talk by Joyce Kallevik, director of mental

health charity WISH. Learn about women’s

mental health and why it is a problem in the

criminal justice system. A Soroptimist East

London event. Booking required.

Date: Tuesday 21 January Time: 7.15–9.30pm

Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA

Cost: by donation Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/wish

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GIN AND VICE IN

GEORGIAN LONDON

A talk by Eleanor Bloom for the Bressey

Townswomen’s Guild. Booking required.

Date: Tuesday 21 January Time: 7.30pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 020 8989 2267

REDBRIDGE DRAMA CENTRE:

ARTHUR’S DREAM BOAT

Puppet show based on the book by Polly

Dunbar. Suitable for two- to seven-year-olds.

Repeated at 5pm.

Date: Wednesday 22 January Time: 1.30pm

Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB

Cost: £8.50 Enquiries: 020 8708 8803

TEA DANCE WITH

DJ MR WONDERFUL

Tea and biscuits included in the price.

Repeated on 12 and 26 February.

Date: Wednesday 22 January Time: 1.30–4pm

Venue: Sir James Hawkey Hall, IG8 0BG

Cost: £5 Enquiries: 020 8708 3044

POUNDS, SHILLINGS

AND POVERTY

An East of London Family History Society

presentation by David Williams about London

in the 19th century.

Date: Wednesday 22 January Time: 7pm

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road

Cost: £1.50 Enquiries: 020 8554 8414

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REDBRIDGE DRAMA CENTRE:

BOND – LIVE AND LET DINE

A fully immersive dining show where the

audience is transported into a slapstick,

cartoon-esque parody. Includes a fish and

chip dinner.

Date: Friday 24 January Time: 1.30pm and 8pm

Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB

Cost: £18 Enquiries: 020 8708 8803

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POLICE CONTACT POINT:

SOUTH WOODFORD TEAM

Date: Friday 24 January Time: 5–5.30pm

Venue: South Woodford Station, E18 1JJ

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

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DEADLINE TO ADOPT A TREE

PIT NEAR YOUR HOME

Email Redbridge Council by 25 January to

adopt a tree pit near where you live and plant

bee-friendly flowers.

Date: Saturday 25 January

Venue: street trees across Redbridge

Enquiries: cleansing.services@redbridge.gov.uk

25

BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH IN

WANSTEAD PARK

A short walk to look at the birds of Wanstead

Park, led by local naturalists from the Wren

Wildlife and Conservation Group. A reminder

of how to identify familiar and not-so-familiar

birds as part of the RSPB’s annual Big Garden

Birdwatch weekend.

Date: Saturday 25 January Time: 10am

Venue: the Temple, Wanstead Park

Cost: free Enquiries: 07505 482 328

CHINESE NEW YEAR:

ORIGAMI

Make origami animals to celebrate Chinese

New Year, the year of the rat. For children

aged five and over.

Date: Saturday 25 January Time: 11am–12pm

Venue: Woodford Green Library, IG8 0DX

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9055

CHINESE NEW YEAR:

CRAFT SESSION

A Chinese New Year-themed craft session

– for children aged three and over – to

welcome in the year of the rat.

Date: Saturday 25 January Time: 2–3pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

EAST LONDON

ME/CFS SUPPORT GROUP

Conversation, information and support.

Repeated on 29 February.

Date: Saturday 25 January Time: 2.30–5pm

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

Cost: by donation Enquiries: 07957 152 566

BOTANICAL WATERCOLOUR

DEMONSTRATION

An Essex Art Club event with artist Jill Winch.

Visitors welcome.

Date: Sunday 26 January Time: 2.30–4.30pm

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

Cost: £5 Enquiries: essexartclub.co.uk

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BOLSHOI BALLET LIVE:

GISELLE

Young peasant girl Giselle dies when she

learns the man she loves, Albrecht, has

betrayed her. She joins the Wilis, vengeful

spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht

to dance until he dies of exhaustion.

Date: Sunday 26 January Time: 3pm

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: £20.75 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/eventcinema

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THE ATHEIST BUS CAMPAIGN

AND MORE

An evening with writer and comedian

Ariane Sherine, who initiated the Atheist Bus

Campaign in 2008. An East London Humanists

event. Visitors welcome.

Date: Monday 27 January Time: 7.30–9pm

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road

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

CHURCHFIELDS WARD

COUNCILLOR SURGERY

Drop-in session with Conservative councillors.

Repeated on 25 February.

Date: Tuesday 28 January Time: 6–8pm

Venue: Woodford Green Library, IG8 0DX

Enquiries: clark.vasey@redbridge.gov.uk

REDBRIDGE DRAMA CENTRE:

WHERE IS VIKTOR?

A short play depicting the journey of a Jewish

child who endures life in a Polish ghetto.

Date: Tuesday 28 January Time: 7pm

Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB

Cost: £5 Enquiries: 020 8708 8803

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BRING YOUR OWN

BABY COMEDY

A baby-friendly comedy club for adults.

Comics will be performing adult material,

so there is a 15-month age limit for children.

Booking required.

Date: Wednesday 29 January Time: 12pm

Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB

Cost: £12.50 Enquiries: 020 8708 8803

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Rapunzel

Woodford Pantomime Presents

written by Bradford and Webster

1st–12th January 2020

Sir James Hawkey Hall, Woodford Green IG8 0BG

Card payments online & telephone bookings

019925 24371

www.woodfordpantomime.co.uk


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POLICE CONTACT POINT:

CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Thursday 30 January Time: 10–10.30am

Venue: Broadmead Housing Office

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

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30

ROTARY CLUB

MEMORY CAFE

A Leytonstone and Woodford Rotary Club

event. Repeated on 28 February.

Date: Friday 31 January Time: 10am–12pm

Venue: Chigwell Convent, IG8 8AX

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 3597 2921

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31

PANTOMIME:

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Headlining is Atomic Kitten’s Kerry Katona as

the evil Carabosse.

Date: until Sunday 12 January

Venue: Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford, IG1 1BT

Cost: from £13 Enquiries: 020 8708 8803

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DAILY

BINGO NIGHT

AT ST MARY’S CHURCH

Date: Saturday 1 February Time: 6pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Cost: £8 (children: £4) Enquiries: 020 8505 3000

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ROYAL OPERA HOUSE:

LA BOHEME

Puccini’s opera of love in 19th-century Paris.

Date: Sunday 2 February Time: 2pm

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: £24.25 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/eventcinema

FEB

2

DIGITAL DISCOVERY TIME:

LIBRARY APP BASICS

Learn about the library’s digital apps.

Repeated on 10 February.

Date: Monday 3 February Time: 2–3pm

Venue: Woodford Green Library, IG8 0DX

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9055

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3

POLICE CONTACT POINT:

CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Tuesday 4 February Time: 12–12.30pm

Venue: Luna Bistro, 127 High Road, E18 2PA

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

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DIGITAL DISCOVERY TIME:

ACCESS EBOOKS

Bring your device along to learn how to

access eBooks. Booking required.

Date: Wednesday 5 February Time: 2–3pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

FEB

5

NATIONAL STORYTELLING

WEEK: STORIES AND CRAFT

For children aged six and over.

Date: Thursday 6 February Time: 4–5pm

Venue: Woodford Green Library, IG8 0DX

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9055

FEB

6

CODE CLUB TASTER SESSION

FOR CHILDREN

Five- to 11-year-olds can discover what they

can do with coding. Booking required.

Date: Thursday 6 February Time: 4.30–5.30pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

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SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN

AND ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

A Woodford Historical Society presentation

by Yvonne Jackman.

Date: Monday 10 February Time: 7.45pm

Venue: Trinity High School, Woodford Green

Cost: £3 Enquiries: woodfordhistoricalsociety.org

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STRATFORD AND EAST

LONDON MUSIC FESTIVAL

Competitive classes for choral singing,

orchestras and bands.

Date: Tuesday 11 February

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Enquiries: stratfordmusicfestival.org.uk

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THE WORK OF

JOSIAH WEDGEWOOD

A talk about the famous potter and

entrepreneur for the Woodford and District

branch of the National Trust by David Young.

Visitors welcome.

Date: Tuesday 11 February Time: 10.30am

Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07774 164 407

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POLICE CONTACT POINT:

CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Tuesday 11 February Time: 2–2.30pm

Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

POLICE CONTACT POINT:

SOUTH WOODFORD TEAM

Date: Tuesday 11 February Time: 3–3.30pm

Venue: Roding Valley Park, Onslow Gardens

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

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DAVID HOCKNEY:

BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN

A talk by Frank Woodgate – official guide and

lecturer at Tate Britain and Tate Modern – for

the local group of The Arts Society.

Date: Tuesday 11 February Time: 8pm

Venue: Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green

Cost: by donation Enquiries: 020 8599 6281

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ILLUSTRATED TALK: GULLS

– WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH

Gulls are prolific migrants and face fascinating

conservation challenges. A talk by Paul Roper

for the North East London Local Group of the

RSPB. Visitors welcome.

Date: Tuesday 11 February Time: 8pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Cost: £4.50 Enquiries: 020 8989 4746

WOODFORD

CRAFT MARKET

Providing a platform for local creatives to

showcase their wares and raise funds for the

Woodford Memorial Hall.

Date: Saturday 15 February Time: 10am–4pm

Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA

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

RACE NIGHT

IN SOUTH WOODFORD

Date: Saturday 15 February Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA

Cost: £10 (children: £5) Enquiries: 020 8505 3000

STRATFORD AND EAST

LONDON MUSIC FESTIVAL

Competitive classes for speech and drama,

piano, orchestral instruments, recorders and

solo and ensemble singing.

Date: Monday 17 to Friday 21 February

Venue: Forest School, Snaresbrook, E17 3PY

Enquiries: stratfordmusicfestival.org.uk

POLICE CONTACT POINT:

CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Monday 17 February Time: 10–10.30am

Venue: Broadmead Housing Office

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

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BEETHOVEN 250TH

ANNIVERSARY RECITAL

Local resident and pianist Yuki Negishi will

play works by Beethoven.

Date: Monday 17 February Time: 1pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

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

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CARDIAC ARREST

IN THE YOUNG

A talk for the Bressey Townswomen’s Guild.

Booking required.

Date: Tuesday 18 February Time: 7.30pm

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 020 8989 2267

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REDBRIDGE DRAMA CENTRE:

SHEER LUCK HOLMES

Murder mystery dinner. Includes a fish and

chip meal.

Date: Thursday 20 February Time: 1.30pm & 8pm

Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB

Cost: £18 Enquiries: 020 8708 8803

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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE:

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Broadcast live to cinemas from the West End.

Date: Thursday 20 February Time: 7pm

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: £20.75 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/eventcinema

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POLICE CONTACT POINT:

SOUTH WOODFORD TEAM

Date: Saturday 22 February Time: 4–4.30pm

Venue: Grove Hill, South Woodford

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

22

POLICE CONTACT POINT:

CHURCHFIELDS TEAM

Date: Sunday 23 February Time: 2–2.30pm

Venue: Woodford Green Cricket Club

Enquiries: 020 8345 3616

23

ART DEMONSTRATION: LINE

AND WASH STREET SCENE

An Essex Art Club event with artist Keith

Hornblower. Visitors welcome.

Date: Sunday 23 February Time: 2.30–4.30pm

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

Cost: £5 Enquiries: essexartclub.co.uk

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BOLSHOI BALLET LIVE:

SWAN LAKE

Date: Sunday 23 February Time: 3pm

Venue: Odeon, High Road, South Woodford

Cost: £20.75 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/eventcinema

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Community groups

SOUTH WOODFORD SOCIETY

Working to build a stronger community,

support local businesses and make South

Woodford a better place to live and work.

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

WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD

CHESS CLUB

Every Tuesday, 7.30pm to 10.30pm at

Wanstead House. All standards of players

welcomed. Call 07949 881 881 or visit

wansteadandwoodfordchessclub.co.uk

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).

Visit swvg.co.uk/wea

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 &

WOODFORD ROTARY CLUB

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

month, 7.30pm at Wanstead Library. Cost: £5.

Call 020 8530 2427

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EAST LONDON ME GROUP

Support group for those with ME/CFS.

Meetings held at Wanstead House at various

dates throughout the year. Call 07957 152566

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NORTH EAST LONDON LOCAL

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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

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

WOODFORD SYMPHONY

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The orchestra rehearses every Thursday

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WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD

MOVIE MAKERS

Amateur movie video club meeting regularly

for screenings and competitions at St Paul’s

Church, Woodford Bridge. Call 07951 198 713

SOUTH WOODFORD

GARDENERS

Voluntary group tending to flowerbeds along

George Lane and on the bridge over the

A406. Working mainly on Thursday and Friday

mornings. Donations of plants and time

welcome. Email gardeners@swvg.co.uk

WOODFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Promoting an interest in the history of the

local area, with talks on the third Monday

of the month (September to April) at

Trinity Catholic High School (visitors: £3).

Call 020 8504 6552

WOODFORD WONDER WOMEN

Local branch of the Women’s Institute

meeting from 7.30pm on the third Monday

of every month at Woodford Memorial Hall,

209 High Road, South Woodford, E18 2PA.

Email woodfordwi@yahoo.com

This January, challenge yourself

to get active every day, your way.

EAST LONDON HUMANISTS

Representing people who have no faith but

share a positive and ethical outlook on the

world. Regular meetings at Wanstead Library.

Visit eastlondon.humanist.org.uk

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Good As You: from pride to prejudice 30 years of gay Britain with Paul Flynn

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Film Screening and Panel Discussion

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Forest Therapy Centre ............................. 7

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Monkey Music ..........................................30

Poetry & Art Workshops .........................8

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The Oven Wizard .................................... 14

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Forest Therapy Centre ............................. 7

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Redbridge Classical Dance .................29

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Poetry & Art Workshops .........................8

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TTS Personal Training ............................13

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Stuart Green Property Solutions ........ 7

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Thirsk Winton ............................................. 7

Wiseman Lee LLP .................................... 19

LOFTS

North London Loft Rooms .................. 21

MOBILITY SCOOTERS

Right Choice Mobility .............................9

MUSIC

Monkey Music ..........................................30

Piano Recital ........................................... 14

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Forest Therapy Centre ............................. 7

OVEN CLEANING

Local Cleaner .............................................. 5

The Oven Wizard .................................... 14

PAINTERS & DECORATORS

A.L. Smith ....................................................13

MG Décor .................................................. 18

Stuart Green Property Solutions ........ 7

PANTOMIME

Rapunzel ................................................... 37

PERFORMANCE ART

DSP Performing ........................................31

Redbridge Classical Dance .................29

PERSONAL TRAINER

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre....................43

TTS Personal Training ............................13

PEST MANAGEMENT

GJB Pest Management.........................29

PHOTOGRAPHY

Eightyfour ..................................................28

PLASTERING

A.L. Smith ....................................................13

PLUMBING & HEATING

Wanstead Group ....................................36

POETRY

Poetry & Art Workshops .........................8

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Stuart Green Property Solutions ........ 7

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Yellands ........................................................9

SCHOOLS & NURSERIES

Avon House Preparatory School ......30

Park School ............................................... 18

St Aubyn’s School .....................................9

Woodford Green Prep School ............ 14

SOLICITORS

Thirsk Winton ............................................. 7

Wiseman Lee LLP .................................... 19

SPORT & LEISURE

Aldersbrook Riding School ...................4

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre....................43

STAIRLIFTS

Right Choice Mobility .............................9

STATIONERY

Abbotts Stationery, Cards & Gifts ......15

STORAGE

BWI Self Storage ...................................... 10

TRAVEL

Trek Mont Blanc ..................................... 34

TUITION & COURSES

Kumon .........................................................31

MagiKats .....................................................15

Poetry & Art Workshops .........................8

Thy English Academy ........................... 10

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WEB DESIGN

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WEIGHT LOSS

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WINDOW RESTORATION

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