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ISSN 2632-8224 Est. 1992<br />

<strong>March</strong>/<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Issue No: 172<br />

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INSIDE: Post Office • Village signs • South Woodford Neighbourhood Plan • Wheelie bins<br />

Community groups • Local events • Useful numbers • Directory of local businesses<br />

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Contents<br />

Features<br />

Making plans12–13<br />

Waste on wheels 16<br />

Bereavement Café 18<br />

Saving the Crown22–23<br />

Building up 26<br />

DD’s 46th Woodford Diary32–33<br />

Current climate 36<br />

For the trees 38–39<br />

Opening doors42<br />

Springing back 46–47<br />

Puzzles & competitions<br />

Sudoku 14<br />

Woodford anagram 20<br />

Crossword competition 28<br />

Mind-bender puzzles34<br />

Every month<br />

Local news6–8 & 10<br />

Community events51–53<br />

Community groups 54<br />

Useful numbers 56<br />

Index of advertisers 58<br />

Contact Us<br />

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Welcome...<br />

With homes across South Woodford among the first<br />

in the borough set to receive the new council-issued<br />

wheelie bins this <strong>March</strong>, you may have already come<br />

across a few waste-and-wheel-themed wordplays<br />

in the local press. Or rubbish puns and recycled<br />

headlines, as I like to call them. Nothing in the<br />

league of Milton Jones, Tim Vine or the late Richard<br />

Whiteley’s work, of course, but enough to stop the<br />

headline writers getting the sack, black or otherwise. Indeed,<br />

with this year’s UK Pun Championships postponed, they may be<br />

the best <strong>2021</strong> has to offer.<br />

Puns – and waste collection issues – can often be divisive.<br />

Depending on your sense of humour, they are either the height<br />

of witty wordplay or cringe-worthy dad jokes. Sometimes, they<br />

are just not very funny, but even then, it’s hard not to raise a<br />

smile of appreciation, or at least a groan of acknowledgement.<br />

So, yes, there really are plenty of puns that are rubbish. And<br />

some of them are rubbish puns. It’s those in the former category<br />

that are like finding a clock in your bin – a waste of time.<br />

If the roll-out of wheel-based puns all becomes too much,<br />

or there are just too many witticisms littering the page, then<br />

perhaps this throwaway fact will provide a welcome distraction:<br />

did you know, bin men don’t get trained in how to do their job…<br />

they pick it up as they go.<br />

As with any new service, there may be some bumps – but<br />

nothing dumped – in the road, and we’ll all be hoping the<br />

wheels don’t come off. But just like a wine-drinking optimist,<br />

whose black box is always half full, I have<br />

every confidence that our dutiful street<br />

cleansing operatives will – wait for<br />

it – continue to do a wheelie<br />

good job.<br />

Lee Marquis, Editor<br />

Calling local residents...<br />

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South Woodford Society raising funds to<br />

install two village signs in local area<br />

The South Woodford<br />

Society is raising funds<br />

to erect two village<br />

signs in the local area.<br />

“Hopefully, this will<br />

make South Woodford<br />

a more defined<br />

area, create an even<br />

better community<br />

feel and be good for<br />

our businesses…<br />

We are applying for<br />

funding from various<br />

bodies, residents and<br />

businesses through<br />

the Spacehive crowdfunding platform,”<br />

said a spokesperson. A number of materials<br />

are being considered, including traditional<br />

wooden signs, as found in Wanstead and<br />

Woodford Green – which cost upwards of<br />

£10,000 each – and cheaper aluminium signs<br />

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Latest designs<br />

for Whipps Cross<br />

Updated designs<br />

for the new Whipps<br />

Cross Hospital – due<br />

to be completed in<br />

2026 – have been<br />

released by Barts<br />

Health NHS Trust.<br />

“The community<br />

is asked to provide<br />

feedback to help<br />

shape the hospital…<br />

A planning<br />

application is due<br />

to be submitted<br />

to Waltham Forest<br />

Council this spring,”<br />

said a spokesperson.<br />

Virtual public<br />

discussions on the<br />

designs will take<br />

place on 2 and<br />

4 <strong>March</strong>. Visit<br />

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Police message<br />

for residents<br />

The police have<br />

issued a message for<br />

residents. “The South<br />

Woodford area has<br />

seen a recent spike in<br />

overnight burglaries.<br />

In a lot of cases, entry<br />

to properties has<br />

been made through<br />

the front door,<br />

where occupants<br />

have either failed<br />

to lock the door at<br />

all, or in the case<br />

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they have not been<br />

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<strong>March</strong> /<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 7<br />

More South Woodford homes needed<br />

to join the Tin in a Bin Network<br />

South Woodford Business Forum:<br />

helping the high street bounce back<br />

TinaB donations<br />

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A network of foodbank collection points<br />

is seeking more homes in the local area to<br />

participate in the initiative. “Tin in a Bin (TinaB)<br />

is a network of homes across Wanstead,<br />

Aldersbrook and South Woodford, each with<br />

a bin where generous neighbours can drop<br />

donations. Sadly, the need for food support<br />

is growing rapidly, and we are now hoping to<br />

expand the network from its current 40-plus<br />

collection sites,” said a spokesperson for TinaB,<br />

which launched in <strong>April</strong> 2020 and supports a<br />

wide range of charities. Visit swvg.co.uk/tinab<br />

Your local lockdown stories:<br />

be part of DD’s Woodford Diary<br />

South Woodford Village Gazette’s resident<br />

diarist is keen to hear lockdown stories from<br />

local residents. “Composing 1,000 words gets<br />

increasingly tricky under lockdown. Next time<br />

round, how about some ‘South Woodford<br />

scribbles’ that reflect the spirit of our<br />

community? Drop me a line with your stories,<br />

your positive strategies that keep you going.<br />

I’ll put them in my melting pot and produce<br />

a piece to represent more of us. No names, of<br />

course,” said DD, whose diary series has been<br />

running since 2013. Email dd@swvg.co.uk<br />

Members of the South Woodford Business<br />

Forum met virtually in February to discuss<br />

local business support. “We had a very<br />

constructive meeting attended by business<br />

owners along with councillors, the vicar at<br />

Holy Trinity Church and Redbridge Council<br />

officers. We discussed the support available<br />

to businesses, the challenges they face and<br />

the need for a strategic plan to help the high<br />

street bounce back,” said a spokesperson. The<br />

next meeting is scheduled for 13 May. Email<br />

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Safer Neighbourhood Team seeking<br />

members for South Woodford panel<br />

School Streets consultation<br />

responses under review<br />

© Geoff Wilkinson<br />

Outside Nightingale Primary<br />

School on Ashbourne Avenue<br />

Local police are seeking new members to join<br />

the South Woodford ward panel. “In order to<br />

ensure the work of each Safer Neighbourhood<br />

Team (SNT) is focussed on resolving problems<br />

in the ward, each ward requires a panel, made<br />

up of people whose role is to assess local<br />

concerns, identified through community<br />

engagement and analysis. The panel gives<br />

direction and local advice to the SNT. This<br />

allows us to establish priorities for policing<br />

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Redbridge Council is analysing responses to<br />

its School Streets consultation. If the initiative<br />

is implemented, it will see non-residential<br />

traffic banned from certain streets near<br />

schools – including Oakdale, Snaresbrook and<br />

Nightingale Primary Schools – for an hour at<br />

the start and end of each school day. “We are<br />

grateful to all who took the time to input into<br />

the consultation. We are now considering the<br />

responses as we decide how to proceed,” said<br />

Councillor Jo Blackman, Cabinet Member for<br />

Environment and Civic Pride.<br />

Cycling and walking with Redbridge<br />

Active and Social Community Group<br />

The group is a partnership between<br />

Cycling4You and Vision RCL<br />

A new community group has been established<br />

to offer a free 12-week cycling and walking<br />

programme in Ray Park and Fairlop Waters,<br />

beginning this Easter. “The project aims to<br />

bring outdoor activity to adults in the local<br />

community who are currently inactive… The<br />

project aims to not only develop friendships in<br />

the community but also to provide an insight<br />

into nature conservation and the delights to<br />

be found at both sites,” said a spokesperson for<br />

the Redbridge Active and Social Community<br />

Group. Email redbridgeascg@gmail.com<br />

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<strong>March</strong> /<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 9<br />

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• Pupils feel safe and valued and their<br />

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• Education is broad and balanced - Junior<br />

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• Girls are well prepared for Senior School<br />

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• Small class sizes,<br />

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• 14th nationally for GCSE results 2020<br />

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• Consistently in the top 3 highest<br />

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• Pupils enjoy high levels of academic<br />

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South Woodford Village Gazette<br />

Art club’s first virtual display, with<br />

hopes for ‘real exhibition’ in October<br />

Black swan touring local wetlands<br />

arrives in Snaresbrook<br />

Tulips © Peter Wilkins<br />

Incoming Tide © Irene Thomas<br />

© Don Taylor<br />

Essex Art Club unveiled it’s first-ever online<br />

exhibition in February. “Our club has held<br />

annual exhibitions locally for many years –<br />

and survived two world wars – but we had to<br />

cancel our Wanstead House exhibition in 2020.<br />

In its place, we have rewritten our website to<br />

host our first online exhibition, with works for<br />

sale… We hope to be able to resume some<br />

activities in spring, and be back in Wanstead<br />

with a real exhibition in October,” said club<br />

chairman Mary Springham. The virtual display<br />

will run until <strong>April</strong>. Visit swvg.co.uk/eac<br />

A black swan – named Bruce – took up<br />

temporary residence on Snaresbrook’s Eagle<br />

Pond recently. “Black swans are native to<br />

Australia. They were brought to the UK as<br />

ornamental birds for collections but, like<br />

other captive species, occasionally escape.<br />

This bird was seen at Walthamstow Reservoirs<br />

and Hollow Ponds as well. Their habitat<br />

requirements are not dissimilar to those of<br />

mute swans, so they could turn up on any<br />

stretch of fresh water,” said Tim Harris of the<br />

Wren Wildlife Group.<br />

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Image by Ian de Vare<br />

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<strong>March</strong> /<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 11<br />

South Woodford church helps Syrian<br />

refugee family relocate to local area<br />

Consultation on electric vehicle<br />

charging points in South Woodford<br />

© Kira Vos Photography<br />

Syrian refugees<br />

A Community Sponsorship group made<br />

up of five churches in the Redbridge and<br />

Waltham Forest area – including St Mary’s<br />

Church in South Woodford – has successfully<br />

helped relocate a Syrian refugee family in<br />

the Wanstead area. “The family have moved<br />

here, to safety, as part of an initial scheme to<br />

resettle a limited number of refugees from<br />

the Syrian conflict… We have received so<br />

many generous donations of household items,<br />

volunteers’ time and money to pay for the<br />

family’s essentials,” said a group spokesperson.<br />

Redbridge Council is proposing to install new<br />

electric vehicle charging points (EVCPs) on<br />

streets across South Woodford. “The main<br />

objective of the proposed on-street EVCPs is<br />

to support the transition to cleaner cars. As<br />

the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be<br />

banned from 2030, the council is working on<br />

providing sufficient infrastructure to meet<br />

demand,” said a spokesperson. A total of<br />

36 EVCPs are proposed for the west of the<br />

borough. A consultation runs until 18 <strong>March</strong>.<br />

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Making<br />

plans<br />

Co-chair of the South Woodford Society Pearl Arbenser-Simmonds<br />

reports on the group’s progress as they prepare the South Woodford<br />

Neighbourhood Plan. Photo by Geoff Wilkinson<br />

We have been preparing for the<br />

South Woodford Neighbourhood<br />

Plan (SWNP) for a while now and<br />

it’s time to give you an update on what’s to<br />

come in this thrilling year ahead!<br />

A key aim of neighbourhood planning is to<br />

allow the local community to play a vital role<br />

in guiding future development to achieve<br />

well-designed places and buildings; ensuring<br />

a positive relationship between development<br />

and quality of life.<br />

Through the creation of the Neighbourhood<br />

Plan, the South Woodford community will<br />

be more aware of, more involved in – and<br />

therefore able to influence – the design of<br />

proposed developments. This will ensure that<br />

places and buildings reflect local community<br />

preferences.<br />

The SWNP will be based on your vision<br />

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<strong>March</strong> /<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 13<br />

survey we conducted at the very start of the<br />

process, where you gave us your views, hopes<br />

and aspirations for the neighbourhood, as well<br />

as agreeing the boundary area of the plan.<br />

These views have fed into the vision and aims<br />

outlined below.<br />

There are three stages to the process.<br />

Stage one was completed with the<br />

approval of the boundary area and official<br />

designation of the Neighbourhood Forum,<br />

the group of people who will drive the<br />

Neighbourhood Plan forward to completion<br />

and acceptance.<br />

We’ve recently applied for funding to set us<br />

off on stage two, which entails identifying<br />

information and policies to inform the plan.<br />

Stage three will bring the plan into force.<br />

You can find out more about the process in<br />

the Locality Neighbourhood Plans Roadmap<br />

(swvg.co.uk/np).<br />

We will stay in touch to keep you informed<br />

and also to invite you to get involved,<br />

especially where you have particular areas of<br />

interest and expertise.<br />

Our vision<br />

The vision for South Woodford covers the<br />

environment, business and culture:<br />

1. South Woodford will be a clean, green and<br />

safe environment that is well-managed and<br />

maintained for all those who live, work,<br />

learn and visit. It will be a place that people<br />

of all ages and from all walks of life can be<br />

proud of and will want to work together to<br />

protect.<br />

2. Our town centre will be even busier<br />

and more vibrant with a great shopping<br />

experience for all.<br />

3. Our green spaces will be enhanced<br />

and an environmentally sensitive<br />

culture will be fostered to protect and<br />

improve our amenities for everyone’s<br />

benefit.<br />

4. The creation of well-designed and well-built<br />

structures that benefit all who depend<br />

upon South Woodford.<br />

Our aims<br />

We will achieve our vision through a number<br />

of strategies and actions:<br />

1. Building a stronger community, fostering a<br />

collaborative and inclusive approach.<br />

2. Creating a clean and safe environment.<br />

3. Engendering a coherent and sustainable<br />

approach to development to support<br />

Redbridge’s policy of becoming net zero<br />

by 2030.<br />

4. Ensuring a holistic approach to planning<br />

and infrastructure improvements.<br />

5. Improving and increasing access to green<br />

spaces within the community,<br />

encouraging residents to support<br />

biodiversity and Redbridge’s Grow Zones<br />

initiative.<br />

6. Enhancing the vibrancy of the town centre<br />

with a great variety of businesses.<br />

7. Supporting local businesses through the<br />

established South Woodford Business<br />

Forum.<br />

8. Preserving the heritage of South Woodford.<br />

To achieve these aims, we’ll be exploring<br />

a range of topic areas such as social and<br />

community, economic issues, development<br />

and infrastructure and sustainability and<br />

environment. These will include arts, culture,<br />

sport and leisure, green spaces and more.<br />

We’re now conducting a survey as our next<br />

step to confirm the vision and aims to allow<br />

the SWNP to progress. Please let us know what<br />

you think.<br />

For more information and to take part<br />

in the South Woodford Neighbourhood<br />

Plan survey, visit swvg.co.uk/npsurvey or<br />

complete and return the form on page 15.<br />

For more information on the South<br />

Woodford Society, visit swvg.co.uk/sws<br />

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The<br />

South Woodford Society<br />

growing our community today for a brighter tomorrow<br />

Vision and Aims for our Neighbourhood Plan<br />

The South Woodford Neighbourhood Plan (SWNP) will be based on your vision and aims<br />

for South Woodford, drawn from evidence, consultation feedback and knowledge of our<br />

area. We have fed your views into the Vision & Aims outlined on pages 12–13. It is now<br />

important that we invite further views and comments, to ensure we have accurately<br />

reflected your views and to progress the Plan.<br />

I accept the Vision on page 13 / I do not accept the Vision on page 13<br />

(Please delete as necessary)<br />

Comments ................................................................................................................<br />

.......................................................................................................................................<br />

I accept the Aims on page 13 / I do not accept the Aims on page 13<br />

(Please delete as necessary)<br />

Comments ................................................................................................................<br />

.......................................................................................................................................<br />

List the numbers of your top five Aims (from page 13) that are most important to you:<br />

About you<br />

*Age (please circle):<br />

Under 20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 71-80 81-90 Over 90<br />

Gender: ........................................ *Postcode: ......................................<br />

*Do you live, learn, work or visit South Woodford? (Please circle all that apply).<br />

*How many years have you lived/worked/learned/visited South Woodford?<br />

Under 1 2-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 Over 50<br />

*Please ensure that you fill in these details, which are necessary to show the representation within the community.<br />

THANK YOU! Please return this form by 14 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong> to:<br />

South Woodford Village Gazette, PO Box 2491, Ilford, IG1 8JT<br />

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Waste on Wheels<br />

The wheelie bin roll-out begins in South Woodford this <strong>March</strong>. The<br />

scheme will keep streets cleaner and encourage more recycling, says<br />

Councillor Jo Blackman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride<br />

Some residents may already be<br />

familiar with Redbridge Council’s<br />

new wheelie bins through a pilot of<br />

7,000 households across the borough last<br />

year, which included some nearby streets<br />

in Wanstead.<br />

The pilot was a success, with results showing<br />

that 75% of participants noticed less rubbish<br />

spilt around their property on collection<br />

day, helping to improve the surrounding<br />

environment. Up to 67% of respondents found<br />

it easier to use wheelie bins than rubbish<br />

sacks. There was also a 13% reduction in<br />

household rubbish and an average of 4.2%<br />

increase in recycling in some areas.<br />

Wheelie bins are now being rolled out across<br />

the borough and South Woodford residents<br />

can expect their new bins to be delivered in<br />

<strong>March</strong>. All households that receive a kerbside<br />

rubbish and recycling collection service will<br />

be provided with one new, free, dark-grey<br />

180-litre wheelie bin for the collection of<br />

their rubbish. This new bin will replace the<br />

current rubbish sack collection and residents<br />

should place their rubbish sacks in the new<br />

bin. Your rubbish and recycling collection<br />

days will remain the same and you can start to<br />

use the new bin straight away.<br />

The wheelie bins should keep our streets<br />

cleaner by allowing residents to store and<br />

contain rubbish securely, helping prevent<br />

animals from ripping sacks, reducing split<br />

sacks on collection days and, ultimately,<br />

reducing littering and clean-up costs. Wheelie<br />

bins are also intended to encourage residents<br />

to recycle more to maximise space in their bin,<br />

and reduce the volume of waste thrown away.<br />

To make the service as effective as possible,<br />

we want residents to use the bin provided, but<br />

we also understand some households may<br />

need an alternative size – smaller and larger<br />

bins can be requested by completing a form<br />

on the council’s website.<br />

Privately owned wheelie bins and dustbins<br />

cannot be emptied as part of the new<br />

service. Rubbish will only be collected from<br />

Redbridge-issued wheelie bins. We want to<br />

be fair to all residents, so we want everyone<br />

to use the same size container. Also, our<br />

collection vehicles may not work properly or<br />

safely with other bins. So, we will be providing<br />

details of a bin amnesty, giving residents the<br />

chance to have privately owned wheelie bins<br />

disposed of free of charge. Cylindrical-style<br />

dustbins cannot be collected as part of this<br />

amnesty. These can be taken to Chigwell Road<br />

Recycling and Reuse Centre.<br />

Redbridge currently disposes of around<br />

22m rubbish sacks each year, which costs<br />

£18m. We also collect the fifth-highest amount<br />

of rubbish in England. Wheelie bins will<br />

increase the efficiency of collections, helping<br />

to save money that could be spent on other<br />

services like schools and social care.<br />

For more information and to request a<br />

different size bin or to take part in the bin<br />

amnesty, visit swvg.co.uk/bins<br />

© Geoff Wilkinson<br />

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Bereavement Café<br />

Judy Noble is one of several volunteers from churches in Wanstead and<br />

South Woodford who have been hosting Bereavement Cafés since<br />

2016. Having stopped in lockdown, sessions will now resume virtually<br />

We are about to start up our<br />

Bereavement Cafés again – by<br />

Zoom! We had been running these<br />

cafés for several years before lockdown,<br />

and now see our way to opening up again.<br />

The cafés offer a safe and friendly place for<br />

people who are struggling with the feelings<br />

of loss after the death of someone close to<br />

talk with others.<br />

We are a group of volunteers from St Mary’s in<br />

South Woodford, Christ Church in Wanstead<br />

and St Gabriel’s in Aldersbrook. Anybody, with<br />

any faith or none, who wants a chance to talk<br />

about these things can join us.<br />

“Grief doesn’t end with the funeral, but that<br />

is the point at which the level of community<br />

and social support we get from those around<br />

us can sometimes begin to lessen. As life for<br />

others returns to some sort of normality, it can<br />

be hardest for those experiencing the grief<br />

most profoundly to continue to process the<br />

thoughts and feelings they continue to feel, in<br />

many different ways and at unexpected times,”<br />

said Fr Martyn Hawkes when he helped found<br />

the cafés in 2016.<br />

We are not therapists but we are very good<br />

listeners. We have some training and we have<br />

experienced something similar ourselves.<br />

Before lockdown, we offered these meetings<br />

in a café meeting space at St Mary’s or Christ<br />

Church. The atmosphere of quiet peace<br />

there created the calm which helps these<br />

conversations.<br />

We know that, for many reasons, it can take a<br />

long time after a death to feel enough at ease<br />

with ourselves to get on with living our lives<br />

alongside our memories and thoughts about<br />

those we loved. You may have lived with<br />

this person for a long lifetime, had complex<br />

and important relationships with them, and<br />

experienced an unexpected and shocking<br />

loss. More so, perhaps, after COVID-19. We<br />

offer people space to talk about their situation<br />

over a cuppa when often this may be difficult<br />

to do within their own circle.<br />

It’s not quite the same by Zoom but you can<br />

join us, in a comfortable chair, with your own<br />

cuppa to hand. In a few months, we hope to<br />

return to meeting properly, face to face. In the<br />

meantime, we hope you will join us online.<br />

The meetings are drop-in, so you can come<br />

once, come occasionally or come often. You’re<br />

always welcome to join in, share and listen.<br />

This starts, and sometimes finishes, in a group,<br />

but even on Zoom, we can organise space to<br />

talk to one another in a ‘break-out room’.<br />

We will be offering a morning and an<br />

afternoon session every month. Mornings<br />

will start on 16 <strong>March</strong> from 10.30am to 11.30am<br />

(continuing on the third Tuesday of each<br />

month). Afternoon sessions will start on<br />

6 <strong>April</strong> from 2pm to 3pm (continuing on the<br />

first Tuesday of each month). We look forward<br />

to meeting you there.<br />

To join the Bereavement Cafés on Zoom,<br />

visit swvg.co.uk/bereavement<br />

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SAVING<br />

THE CROWN<br />

(POST OFFICE)<br />

Firstly, let me introduce myself. My<br />

name is Clive Tickner and I am the<br />

Communication Workers Union<br />

(CWU) sector rep for South Woodford<br />

Post Office on George Lane, which on<br />

27 January was announced for closure. I<br />

have represented the office for many years<br />

and have worked for the Post Office for<br />

over 35 years.<br />

A bit of background behind this closure. In<br />

2017, South Woodford Post Office announced<br />

it was going to be franchised; however, the<br />

buyer pulled out. Then, in 2018, the terms of<br />

the lease were changed and the landlord gave<br />

the Post Office notice to be out by early May<br />

of this year.<br />

South Woodford is a Crown Post Office that<br />

transacts the full range of services and is<br />

publicly owned. The next nearest Crown<br />

Post Office would be Houndsditch, which is<br />

10 miles away, with the nearest sub Post Office<br />

two miles away. The staff currently working<br />

in there have nearly 200 years of experience<br />

between them.<br />

Crown Post Offices – those that are directly<br />

managed by Post Office Ltd – are a cherished<br />

institution, loved by all who use them.<br />

If the closure was to go ahead, it would<br />

have a devastating effect on George Lane’s<br />

businesses and the communities that the<br />

office currently serves.<br />

The petition launched on the day the closure<br />

was announced has already received over<br />

2,600 signatures at the time of writing, and<br />

responses are growing daily. The campaign<br />

has cross-party support, with Sir Iain Duncan<br />

Smith MP particularly vociferous in his<br />

support of keeping the site open. It is also<br />

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<strong>March</strong> /<strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 23<br />

Residents have<br />

until 11 <strong>March</strong> to<br />

take part in the<br />

consultation over<br />

the closure of<br />

South Woodford’s<br />

Crown Post Office.<br />

Communication<br />

Workers Union<br />

rep Clive Tickner<br />

urges you to<br />

do so. Photo by<br />

Geoff Wilkinson<br />

my intention to set up a public meeting at<br />

a date to be advised, and I would expect<br />

Post Office management to attend such an<br />

important meeting and to be answerable to<br />

the community of South Woodford.<br />

My biggest fear is that the local community<br />

will be left without a Post Office. It is our<br />

belief that the decision to close is based<br />

on pure financial dogma as we also believe<br />

the lease could easily be extended or an<br />

alternative premises found to house a Crown<br />

Post Office.<br />

A consultation started on 27 January and runs<br />

until 11 <strong>March</strong>. This is why we moved quickly<br />

to set up a campaign committee to stop this<br />

destruction of a national treasure, something<br />

that is a vitally important part of our social<br />

fabric. We need as much support as possible<br />

to halt this process.<br />

When this pandemic<br />

finally abates, the Post<br />

Office will be an integral<br />

part of the economy<br />

bouncing back, both nationally<br />

and locally, as well as retaining its position as<br />

an essential community hub to the people<br />

of South Woodford. These are some of the<br />

many reasons why we need to save South<br />

Woodford’s Crown Post Office. Please help to<br />

support this vital campaign.<br />

To contact Clive, call 07876 344 456 or<br />

email cstickner99@yahoo.co.uk<br />

To sign the petition, visit swvg.co.uk/po<br />

To take part in the consultation, visit<br />

swvg.co.uk/poconsultation<br />

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Building UP<br />

Permitted development rights in place since 1 September 2020 allow<br />

homeowners to extend upwards without planning permission. But it’s<br />

not without obstacles, says Derek Inkpin from solicitors Wiseman Lee<br />

As ever in life, the devil is in the detail,<br />

and specialist advice is required<br />

if you plan to extend your home<br />

upwards. One big no-no is if you have a<br />

house built before 1948 (and therefore<br />

much of the local area), this relaxation will<br />

not apply to you and planning permission<br />

will still be needed.<br />

Under the new rules, and subject to height<br />

restrictions and pitch of roof, if your house is<br />

built after 1948 you can extend your home up<br />

to two storeys to contain new flats on top of<br />

the existing structure. Extensions on existing<br />

extensions are not possible under the new<br />

rules and your property will not qualify if you<br />

live in a conservation area.<br />

Despite government encouragement to<br />

build flats and communal buildings in<br />

urban areas on top of existing buildings,<br />

the law nevertheless steps in to ensure<br />

certain measures are followed. Thus, if you<br />

are a freehold owner of a block of flats, you<br />

could be up against a number of issues,<br />

including:<br />

• The rights of existing tenants under<br />

the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, with<br />

the right of first refusal to the proposed<br />

development.<br />

• Breach of a landlord’s obligation to<br />

provide quiet enjoyment to the existing<br />

leaseholders, who may take legal action if<br />

the development is without their consent.<br />

• Party wall matters.<br />

• Overage when selling a building which has<br />

a potential for roof space development<br />

could result in a substantial payment to the<br />

seller if the development proceeds.<br />

• Issues with collective enfranchisement (the<br />

right to collectively seek the acquisition<br />

of the freehold and the right to manage),<br />

which is protected in law.<br />

• Insurance and health and safety issues.<br />

• Service charge issues.<br />

• Dealing with existing telecom masts.<br />

• Dealing with who owns the air space. Get<br />

this wrong and the leaseholders affected<br />

could halt the development.<br />

A good firm of urban architects will be<br />

required and a structural engineer to make<br />

sure the existing block is strong enough to<br />

support the development. And then comes<br />

all the legal work involving all the parties<br />

affected and their mortgage lenders. All<br />

achievable, but strong determination, hard<br />

work and a substantial financial outlay will<br />

obviously be required if success is to be<br />

guaranteed.<br />

Wiseman Lee is located at 9–13 Cambridge<br />

Park, Wanstead, E11 2PU. For more<br />

information, call 020 8215 1000<br />

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FULL VIRTUAL<br />

APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE<br />

We are still able to assist clients and have processes<br />

in place so that your matter can progress without you<br />

having to visit the office.<br />

Full video appointments are available via your<br />

preferred platform.<br />

We are still able to welcome new clients.<br />

Please call 020 8215 1000 to speak to a member of our team.<br />

Wills and<br />

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of Attorney<br />

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Crossword competition<br />

Win a sharing platter and a bottle of wine at the Railway Bell<br />

Mar/Apr <strong>2021</strong><br />

Across<br />

1. Grand house (7)<br />

5. Verifiable truths (5)<br />

8. Profits, returns (5)<br />

9. Gruesome, dark (7)<br />

10. Got even (7)<br />

11. Coach, teach (5)<br />

12. Hostility, hatred (6)<br />

14. Stick, attach (6)<br />

18. Permit (5)<br />

20. Sincere (7)<br />

22. Beasts (7)<br />

23. Belief (5)<br />

24. Ledge (5)<br />

25. Pudding (7)<br />

Down<br />

1. Business VIP (7)<br />

2. Sound (5)<br />

3. Understanding (7)<br />

4. Wanderers (6)<br />

5. Diamond side (5)<br />

6. Savoy vegetable (7)<br />

7. Severe, sombre (5)<br />

13. Uneasy feeling (7)<br />

15. Ridicules (7)<br />

16. Uproot, take out (7)<br />

17. Stopped (6)<br />

18. Collect, compile (5)<br />

19. Dock, levee (5)<br />

21. Bald bird (5)<br />

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For the chance to win a sharing platter and<br />

a bottle of wine courtesy of the Railway Bell<br />

(87 George Lane, South Woodford), send your<br />

crossword solution, name and address to:<br />

South Woodford Village Gazette<br />

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DD’s 46 th Woodford Diary<br />

Some South Woodford scribbles from DD,<br />

our resident diarist, commentator and<br />

observer of all things local<br />

So, lockdown continues as I write<br />

this! There are plenty of “Thou shalt<br />

nots” to be wary of: not sitting on a<br />

park bench, not breaching the two-metre<br />

gap, not entering a shop unmasked, and<br />

so forth. (Boris, Moses-like, comes down<br />

the mountain at regular intervals with a<br />

new set of commandments.) But taking<br />

exercise is OK. Indeed, recommended. But<br />

only locally. Round the familiar streets and<br />

parks and woods. My grandmother (the<br />

one who survived the 1918 flu pandemic)<br />

often used to say that “every picture tells a<br />

story”. When you’ve lived here all your life,<br />

as I have, every street tells a story, every<br />

park, every bit of woodland. Why not come<br />

along and exercise with me?<br />

© Evelyn Rowland / evelynrowland.co.uk<br />

I’m climbing Grove Hill. I was born here in a<br />

small maternity home. I enjoy the wide variety<br />

of houses. I was once employed as a cleaner<br />

in one of the more imposing ones. During the<br />

school holiday. I was not amused when ‘the<br />

lady of the house’ told my mother I was “rather<br />

slow”. I bet her parquet floor never gleamed as<br />

brightly before I got my hands, and knees, on<br />

it. I’m nearing the top of the hill now. Looking<br />

rather tenderly at a small house where lived<br />

another lady who became part of my life. She<br />

gave me a hand when our children were two<br />

months and 22 months old. They loved her,<br />

and clearly their love was requited. Decades<br />

later, her own grown-up children rang me<br />

out of the blue. “Please come and sit with<br />

Mum. She is dying. She is frightened.” What a<br />

privilege. What a challenge. I couldn’t recall<br />

that any conversation their mum and I had<br />

previously shared ranged much wider<br />

than topics like potty-training and<br />

Playdough. But when someone is<br />

in distress (“I wish I’d been a better<br />

person,” she confessed), you do<br />

your best, don’t you?<br />

I’m approaching the<br />

narrow footbridge<br />

over the motorway.<br />

Sometimes, I used<br />

to wait on the bridge to watch for my son<br />

getting off the 123 bus after school. If he was<br />

alone, we could walk home together. If he was<br />

with his mates, I would disappear smartish, so<br />

as not to embarrass him. On one occasion, as<br />

I stood looking down at the speeding traffic, I<br />

was approached by a stranger who asked: “Are<br />

you OK? Can I be of any assistance? Would it<br />

help to talk?”<br />

We can continue down towards the High Road<br />

now on a narrow track called Willow Path.<br />

Sheltered visually by trees and shrubs, but<br />

not audibly: the cars still roar along on your<br />

left. We are passing Craig Gardens, stirring up<br />

memories of my aunt and uncle who lived<br />

there for some years. Crazy but wonderful<br />

was the feather game we all played with them<br />

at Christmas. Sitting in a circle on the floor<br />

with a sheet drawn up under our chins and all<br />

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feather airborne. Tears of laughter. Essence<br />

of family.<br />

We enter Hillcrest Road. Our first address after<br />

we married. What a debt I owed to those four<br />

lovable teenagers who materialised when<br />

our first child was born. “Can we take your<br />

son for a walk in his pram?” Had they arrived<br />

from just up the road, or from Heaven? It was<br />

the beginning of countless walks, park visits,<br />

even shared trips to the seaside. In fact, when<br />

I was upstairs in labour with our daughter, our<br />

son was having tea with “the pals”. They were<br />

the first to hold the newborn baby, excitedly<br />

updating her brother.<br />

“You’ve got a baby sister<br />

now!” “Yes,”<br />

he replied.<br />

“And I’ve<br />

got a new<br />

red toy car.”<br />

We are soon crossing over the High Road to<br />

George Lane. My diary has already covered so<br />

many events and people I’ve witnessed there<br />

over recent years: the robed barrister fresh<br />

from Snaresbrook Crown Court, stooping<br />

to recover the vegetables tumbling from an<br />

elderly shopper’s inadequate plastic bag;<br />

the U3A volunteer gardeners bent double<br />

on our behalf in the flower beds; the key<br />

cutters and tattooists, the hairdressers and<br />

beauticians, the estate agents and sandwichmakers.<br />

I much regretted the closure of<br />

the Treasure Chest, with its huge stock of<br />

really useful home stuff. Next door to Fiori’s<br />

the greengrocer, also a serious loss at the<br />

time. I can still hear Peter’s resonant voice<br />

demanding everyone’s<br />

attention to the<br />

wonderfully succulent<br />

strawberries we mustn’t<br />

miss. One day, his hand<br />

was all bandaged up.<br />

And his head too! “What’s<br />

been happening?” I asked.<br />

Apparently, he had cut his<br />

hand badly and waited so long in<br />

casualty that he fainted and fell, cutting open<br />

his forehead as well. He ended up with more<br />

stitches in his head than in his hand. “Are you<br />

going to sue them?” “No, of course not. Noone’s<br />

to blame. They were just very busy.” I was<br />

sad to see Dave the butcher shut up shop too.<br />

Churchill’s, it was called. He said he’d “had an<br />

offer he couldn’t refuse”. He gave me one of<br />

his red-handled carving knives as a memento.<br />

Round the corner now, past Barclays,<br />

into Glebelands Avenue. I don’t think I<br />

ever told you about my<br />

undignified tumble on the<br />

ice a few winters ago. That<br />

pavement is always rather<br />

unpredictable but I swear the<br />

slope gets steeper under the<br />

snow. My legs shot forwards and<br />

the rest of me shot backwards.<br />

I sat there, feeling somewhat<br />

ridiculous, not to mention rather<br />

sore. “What are you doing down<br />

there?” A voice from behind me. Two<br />

gentlemen. They took an arm each<br />

and I was back on my feet. “You’d be<br />

better off at home, I think,” the voice<br />

continued. “Come on, let’s get you<br />

into my car.” It was the boss of the<br />

Wood Oven. “D’you know where<br />

she lives?” asked his colleague. “I<br />

certainly do! We catered for her<br />

70th!” I was chauffeured to<br />

my front door.<br />

That’s enough exercise<br />

for today. It’s time for<br />

a cup of tea.<br />

DD would like to hear other lockdown<br />

stories from local residents. See page 7.<br />

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Current Climate<br />

Paul Kaufman, Chair of East London Humanists, introduces their <strong>March</strong><br />

public event on climate change and explains what the local group is<br />

up to in the COVID era<br />

Leo Barasi, acclaimed writer and<br />

speaker on climate change, will lead<br />

a discussion for our Zoom event this<br />

<strong>March</strong>. It takes place exactly a year after<br />

a meeting at Wanstead Library featuring<br />

Leo had to be cancelled due to COVID. A lot<br />

has changed in that year, but addressing<br />

human-created climate change remains<br />

more urgent than ever.<br />

In his book The Climate Majority, Leo argues<br />

that the battle to convince people that climate<br />

change needs to be tackled is largely won. The<br />

battle now is against the apathy which allows<br />

those with power to avoid taking the action<br />

necessary. He will examine how this can be<br />

overcome and what lessons we can learn<br />

from the way governments and people have<br />

reacted to the pandemic.<br />

Our group was initially reluctant to hold<br />

events on Zoom. We miss the conviviality of<br />

meeting in person. On the plus side, Zoom is<br />

now familiar to many and enables our reach<br />

to extend far beyond Wanstead and South<br />

Woodford. For example, our January event<br />

featured the editor of The Freethinker speaking<br />

from Spain, joined by human rights activist<br />

Leo Igwe speaking from Nigeria. We look<br />

forward to resuming more sociable events,<br />

but in the meantime, Zoom helps us thrive.<br />

Our activities involve more than just staging<br />

events. Last year, we celebrated Relationships<br />

and Sex Education being made compulsory<br />

in state schools. This follows 50 years of<br />

campaigning by Humanists UK and marks a<br />

historic moment in children’s rights. Our group<br />

contributes to the working party for the new<br />

curriculum in Redbridge. All children have the<br />

right to an education that helps keep them<br />

healthy, happy and safe, and we will continue<br />

to campaign against the ‘opt outs.’<br />

Another campaign concerns Census <strong>2021</strong>,<br />

which takes place on 21 <strong>March</strong>. It includes the<br />

leading question ‘What is your religion?’ This<br />

falsely presumes we all have a religion. It leads<br />

many to say they have a religion when they<br />

have no religious belief. They simply name<br />

the religion in their cultural background.<br />

Underestimating how many are not religious<br />

results in unfair provision, for example, of nonreligious<br />

pastoral care in hospitals, prisons<br />

and the armed services, and helps perpetuate<br />

anachronisms such as compulsory daily acts<br />

of Christian worship in schools. We urge those<br />

who are not religious to simply tick the ‘no<br />

religion’ box.<br />

The last year has seen its fair share of<br />

conspiracy theorists, anti-vaccers, intolerance<br />

and backward thinking. It remains as<br />

important as ever to have groups like ours<br />

which promote values based on evidence,<br />

reason and kindness.<br />

The East London Humanists’ virtual<br />

discussion on climate change featuring<br />

Leo Barasi will take place on 15 <strong>March</strong> from<br />

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FOR THE<br />

TREES<br />

Redbridge Council’s Principal Arboricultural and<br />

Horticultural Officer Peter Marshall heads up a team<br />

responsible for thousands of trees across the borough.<br />

With South Woodford’s felled trees being replaced in<br />

<strong>March</strong>, Peter explains the scope of his team’s work. Photo of<br />

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Did you know Redbridge Council<br />

maintains 40,000 trees and 128<br />

hectares of woodland in the<br />

borough? It’s a big job and takes a very<br />

special team from Redbridge Council to<br />

maintain it all.<br />

The borough’s Arboricultural and Horticultural<br />

team – made up of specially trained staff –<br />

are responsible for the maintenance of the<br />

council’s 21,000 trees on the streets, 19,000<br />

trees in parks, schools, housing and welfare<br />

sites, grass verges and shrubs on streets,<br />

and assisting with maintaining council<br />

woodland.<br />

To ensure the trees stay healthy and cared<br />

for, my team carry out annual inspections<br />

of all street trees to recommend work to<br />

maintain them – and once every three years to<br />

recommend pruning work.<br />

Inspections on the remaining council trees<br />

in parks, schools, housing, welfare sites and<br />

woodlands are carried out on a three-year<br />

rotation. Trees in the Wanstead and South<br />

Woodford areas are due to be inspected for<br />

pruning in 2022.<br />

Trees are usually only removed when they are<br />

dead or decayed, in line with council policy.<br />

When pruning and felling is recommended,<br />

the work is normally grouped by borough<br />

wards and completed by the end of <strong>March</strong><br />

the following year. My team normally fell a<br />

tree on the street to a waist-high stump and<br />

then return to remove the stump just prior to<br />

planting a replacement tree.<br />

Planting is carried out between November<br />

and <strong>March</strong>, and planned street planting in<br />

Wanstead and South Woodford is aimed at<br />

being completed by <strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

In addition, there is also about 160,000 square<br />

metres – equivalent to 22 football pitches<br />

– of highway grass cut eight times a year,<br />

and 20,000 square metres of highway grass<br />

cut once a year as part of the Grow Zone<br />

project to create wild flower meadows in the<br />

borough to improve biodiversity. A quarter<br />

of these Grow Zones are in Wanstead and<br />

South Woodford.<br />

Highway shrub beds – covering an area<br />

equivalent to seven football pitches – are also<br />

pruned up to twice a year, depending on the<br />

obstruction they may pose to pedestrians and<br />

vehicles.<br />

Where weeds grow up in footpaths, kerb<br />

edges and shrub beds on the street, my team<br />

carry out a spot treatment with herbicide<br />

to control growth up to five times a year, as<br />

required.<br />

We also work closely with the Neighbourhood<br />

Street Scene Engagement team on numerous<br />

community projects to spruce up the<br />

borough’s neighbourhoods. These have<br />

included:<br />

• Installing railing planters and troughs<br />

outside schools and business.<br />

• The spring bulb giveaway.<br />

• Tree planting within schools.<br />

• Community adoption of shrub beds and<br />

adopting street tree pits.<br />

• Working with Trees for Cities, planting new<br />

trees in east Ilford and a new woodland<br />

near Seven Kings park.<br />

Green spaces improve air quality, boost<br />

wellbeing and make the borough<br />

look and feel better. In addition, they<br />

can provide healthy spaces for wildlife to<br />

flourish.<br />

Redbridge is one of the greenest boroughs<br />

in London, and we want to make the most<br />

of our green spaces so local people can<br />

enjoy them now and for years to come. To<br />

help achieve this, the council is currently<br />

working on a Green Urban Landscape<br />

policy that will create a plan for managing<br />

and improving council greenery across<br />

the borough.<br />

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Redbridge Council’s Arboricultural and<br />

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Opening Doors<br />

While National Trust properties remain closed, Richard Speller,<br />

chairman of the charity’s Woodford and District Centre, is pleased to<br />

have launched the group’s programme of virtual talks<br />

Like so many local and indeed national<br />

voluntary organisations, the Woodford<br />

and District Centre of the National<br />

Trust has suspended all of its activities for a<br />

year now, obviously due to the pandemic.<br />

The National Trust’s<br />

Wicken Fen nature reserve<br />

© Andy Mabbett<br />

The centre has well over 200 members, most<br />

of whom are also members of the National<br />

Trust centrally. We endeavour to keep in touch<br />

with them regularly by email to assure them<br />

of our continued existence, but it has to be<br />

accepted that, due to the demographic nature<br />

of our membership, many do not have an<br />

internet connection. In February, we started<br />

a series of virtual talks, commencing with my<br />

own presentation on war memorials. It is our<br />

intention to continue these monthly, or even<br />

more frequently, until lockdown is ended and<br />

meetings are once again permitted.<br />

It is worth remembering our centre normally<br />

has a varied programme of events, including<br />

monthly talks from September to <strong>April</strong>,<br />

autumn and winter London visits to places<br />

of interest, summer outings to houses and<br />

gardens, both National Trust and others, and<br />

an annual summer holiday. It is most certainly<br />

our intention to re-arrange all of these missed<br />

activities as soon as possible.<br />

The Woodford and District Centre is one of<br />

many supporter groups around the country<br />

affiliated to the national organisation. We<br />

support the national charity by providing<br />

volunteers for National Trust properties and<br />

donating money to their projects. Over our<br />

centre’s 50-year existence, we have donated<br />

the best part of £200,000. During 2020,<br />

money was given to Wicken Fen for a thermal<br />

telescope, to Sutton Hoo (very topical with<br />

Netflix’s The Dig) for a wheelchair accessible<br />

sand tray and to Lavenham for tea room<br />

furniture, to name a few.<br />

It is, of course, ironic that 2020 was the 125th<br />

anniversary of the National Trust, founded in<br />

1895 with 100 members, paying 10 shillings<br />

and looking after four and a half acres in<br />

North Wales. The first president, the Duke of<br />

Westminster, told co-founder Octavia Hill:<br />

“Mark my words, Miss Hill, this is going to be<br />

a very big thing.” In 2020, there were almost<br />

six million members, caring for a vast number<br />

of places, from captivating castles to historic<br />

houses and magnificent meadows and miles<br />

of wild and beautiful coastline.<br />

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, all<br />

the properties are closed – although some<br />

grounds are open – and staff have had to<br />

be laid off and many projects abandoned.<br />

However, for those able, it is well worth<br />

visiting the National Trust website, where<br />

there are many virtual tours and stories.<br />

The Woodford and District Centre will reenergise,<br />

take up where it was before and<br />

provide an educational, social and worthwhile<br />

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Springing Back<br />

As Woodford Arts Group make tentative plans<br />

for an exhibition in June (with a virtual display<br />

back up), group member Ged Rumak<br />

compares and contrasts two of<br />

his spring-themed paintings<br />

Like most people, I have had a lovehate<br />

relationship with lockdown,<br />

which I won’t discuss here, but<br />

needless to say, it has necessarily<br />

created a more restricted artistic view<br />

of the world. However, with spring upon<br />

us, two of my paintings from 2019 in<br />

contrasting locations and with different<br />

approaches come to mind – one in Rapallo,<br />

Italy (inset), and the other in Epping Forest<br />

(main image).<br />

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Both paintings<br />

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a matter of<br />

recording the<br />

subjects to be<br />

painted – though<br />

the skills to do this<br />

are pre-requisite.<br />

In working on these<br />

images, I am trying<br />

to refine the physical<br />

experience of being on<br />

location. This process involves<br />

many things, certainly the<br />

fundamental skills of drawing and<br />

painting, space, light, tone, perspective,<br />

form and composition, but also gut<br />

response, risk-taking and a sound<br />

knowledge of materials. If all this has<br />

worked, then I hope the images have<br />

come to life.<br />

Painting and drawing ‘en plein air’ is<br />

a tricky business, especially in spring<br />

when weather and subject are likely to<br />

change quickly. Places seem to have<br />

something different to offer each time<br />

you see them, especially after a heavy<br />

shower. Making sketches and hastily<br />

grabbed phone-camera shots are often<br />

necessary before proceeding to the studio,<br />

but occasionally so is having to revisit the<br />

site to consolidate things. Some conjecture<br />

and good-old artistic licence can be necessary,<br />

but I normally resist the temptation to tidy<br />

up too much – staying true to the basic<br />

composition as first seen, for better or for<br />

worse.<br />

I share the concern of many of my<br />

contemporaries over the degradation of<br />

painting and drawing skills taught in our art<br />

schools. It is essential to be taught or to teach<br />

yourself the rules and master them before you<br />

break or abandon them.<br />

Most of my work is based on personal<br />

experience. I tried to capture a bright, early<br />

spring morning in Rapallo before the bustle<br />

of the port begins and the tourists descend<br />

on the cafés on the waterfront, changing its<br />

character. In contrast, forgetting the rules<br />

somewhat by breaking down literal shapes<br />

and colour combinations, Epping Forest, again<br />

on an early spring morning, still evokes a<br />

particular sense of time and space.<br />

To lovers of visual art, or perhaps to those<br />

who just enjoy the experience of galleries<br />

and exhibitions, it’s worth noting that the<br />

Woodford Arts Group is planning a COVIDsafe<br />

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ESSEX ART CLUB<br />

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HACKNEY TO KOSOVO<br />

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To celebrate International Women’s Day,<br />

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VIRTUAL BEREAVEMENT<br />

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COMPANY LEGACY<br />

Plenty of places in London owe their roots to<br />

the East India Company. This talk on Zoom will<br />

show some of the company’s legacy, including<br />

large houses like Danson House, parks like<br />

Wanstead Park and East India Company<br />

warehouses in the City at Devonshire Square.<br />

Rob Smith of Footprints of London hosts this<br />

live virtual tour and illustrated presentation.<br />

Date: Monday 12 <strong>April</strong> Time: 2–3pm<br />

Cost: from £6 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/eic<br />

APR<br />

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EAST END<br />

ARTISTS<br />

An Ilford Historical Society talk by Jef Page.<br />

Date: Monday 12 <strong>April</strong> Time: 7.30pm<br />

Cost: by donation Enquiries: janetseward@aol.com<br />

APR<br />

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VIRTUAL BEREAVEMENT<br />

CAFÉ MORNING SESSION<br />

Date: Tuesday 20 <strong>April</strong> Time: 10.30–11.30am<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/bereavement<br />

APR<br />

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THE SECRET JEWS OF<br />

MAJORCA ISLAND<br />

Majorca holds a secret, never discussed in<br />

most travel guides. During the Inquisition,<br />

the Chuetas publicly professed Catholicism<br />

while privately adhering to Judaism. Still,<br />

hundreds of Jews were murdered, and only 15<br />

families survived. The Jewish Historical Society<br />

of England hosts a virtual tour of Majorca’s<br />

history and its lessons for Jews today.<br />

Date: Tuesday 27 <strong>April</strong> Time: 8pm<br />

Cost: £5 Enquiries: jhse.org<br />

APR<br />

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WOODFORD AND WELLS<br />

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE<br />

We understand that your home is the biggest<br />

investment that you will make in your life.<br />

We care for your home…<br />

We specialise in exterior painting and<br />

refurbishment as well as interior painting and<br />

decorating, laminate and wood floor laying<br />

and garden decking. We are fully insured, and<br />

can offer customer and client feedback and<br />

recommendations.<br />

South Woodford • Wanstead • Woodford Green • Buckhurst Hill<br />

Call: 07939 574 896<br />

Visit: woodfordandwells.co.uk<br />

Please mention the South Woodford Village Gazette when responding to adverts


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South Woodford Village Gazette<br />

Local community online<br />

CO-OP’S CO-OPERATE<br />

A large listing of activities and groups for all<br />

ages. Visit co-operate.coop.co.uk<br />

ELMHURST PLAYGROUND ASSOCIATION<br />

Fundraising for a natural woodland play<br />

area in Elmhurst Garden in South Woodford.<br />

Visit swvg.co.uk/epa<br />

FRIENDS OF THE RIVER RODING<br />

A Facebook group for those who want to help<br />

bring the river back to life. Visit swvg.co.uk/rr<br />

FRIENDS OF WANSTEAD PARKLANDS<br />

Researching and promoting Wanstead<br />

Park and the historic parklands. Visit<br />

wansteadpark.org.uk<br />

NATURE CONSERVATION IN REDBRIDGE<br />

A Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure Facebook<br />

group. Visit swvg.co.uk/nature<br />

Redbridge<br />

Volunteer with us<br />

We will train, mentor and<br />

support you all the way.<br />

To find out more and apply, visit<br />

samaritans.org/volunteer<br />

Email redbridgesamsrecruitment@gmail.com<br />

Samaritans of Redbridge is part of Samaritans, a registered charity.<br />

Chris O’Donovan Photography/Samaritans<br />

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY<br />

Sharing photography tips and advice.<br />

Visit swvg.co.uk/photo<br />

REDBRIDGE COMMUNITY RADIO<br />

A new local radio station featuring news,<br />

events and interviews. Visit swvg.co.uk/radio<br />

ROTARY CLUB<br />

The Rotary Club of Leytonstone and Woodford<br />

are meeting online. Call 020 3597 2921<br />

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL<br />

Women volunteers committed to women’s<br />

empowerment. Visit swvg.co.uk/siel<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD & SURROUNDS<br />

A Facebook group for news and discussions<br />

about our community. A place to share ideas<br />

and ask advice. Visit swvg.co.uk/life<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD GARDENERS<br />

Tending to and improving the flower beds<br />

across the local area. Visit swvg.co.uk/swg<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD SOCIETY<br />

Making South Woodford a better place to live.<br />

Visit southwoodfordsociety.org<br />

WOODFORD AND WANSTEAD PARENTS<br />

A Facebook group to share thoughts and help<br />

each other. Visit swvg.co.uk/parents<br />

WOODFORD GREEN SPEAKERS<br />

Improve your public speaking skills.<br />

Email woodfordgreenspeakers@gmail.com<br />

WOODFORD TOWN FC<br />

Support a local football team as they return to<br />

the Woodford area. Visit swvg.co.uk/wtfc<br />

WREN WILDLIFE GROUP<br />

Online Sunday morning free talks on local<br />

wildlife. Visit wrengroup.org<br />

YOUNG WRITERS CLUB<br />

A club for children who aspire to become<br />

authors. Visit swvg.co.uk/youngwriters<br />

To advertise, call 020 8819 0595 or visit swvg.co.uk


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Nurture Curiosity Creativity Excellence<br />

Seeking<br />

‘Old Reds’<br />

Register for our next Virtual Open Event<br />

www.wgprep.co.uk<br />

School registration available via our website<br />

Assisted Places available from 7+<br />

Independent Co-educational Day School For 3 - 11 Years<br />

Tel: 020 8504 5045 - Email: admissions@wgprep.co.uk<br />

Glengall Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0BZ<br />

Please mention the South Woodford Village Gazette when responding to adverts


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South Woodford Village Gazette<br />

Useful numbers<br />

ADVICE & SUPPORT<br />

Samaritans116 123<br />

Citizens Advice Redbridge0300 330 9063<br />

Community Legal Advice0845 345 4 345<br />

HEALTH<br />

NHS 111111<br />

Whipps Cross Hospital020 8539 5522<br />

The Shrubberies Medical Centre020 8530 4108<br />

Glebelands Practice020 8989 6272<br />

South Woodford Health Centre 020 8491 3333<br />

Elmhurst Practice020 8491 3310<br />

The Broadway Surgery 020 8505 3204<br />

Southdene Surgery020 8530 3731<br />

Out of hours GP020 3770 1888<br />

LEISURE & LIBRARIES<br />

South Woodford Library & Gym020 8708 9067<br />

Woodford Green Library020 8708 9055<br />

Wanstead Library 020 8708 7400<br />

Wanstead Leisure Centre020 8989 1172<br />

in South Woodford<br />

LOCAL COUNCILLORS South Woodford ward<br />

Beverley Brewer (Lab) 07741 329 779<br />

beverley.brewer@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

Michael Duffell (Con)07741 196 006<br />

michael.duffell@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

Suzanne Nolan (Con) 07741 892 854<br />

suzanne.nolan@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

LOCAL COUNCILLORS Churchfields ward<br />

Stephen Adams (Con) 07741 330 461<br />

stephen.adams@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

Rosa Gomez (Lab)07741 194 517<br />

rosa.gomez@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

Clark Vasey (Con)07741 194 763<br />

clark.vasey@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

LOCAL MP Chingford and Woodford Green<br />

Iain Duncan Smith MP020 7219 3000<br />

iainduncansmith.org.uk<br />

LOCAL MP Ilford North<br />

Wes Streeting MP020 3475 7901<br />

wesstreeting.org<br />

LOCAL MP Leyton and Wanstead<br />

John Cryer MP020 8989 5249<br />

johncryermp.co.uk<br />

POLICE & NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH<br />

Emergency 999<br />

Non-emergency101<br />

Crimestoppers0800 555 111<br />

Neighbourhood Watch redbridgenhw.info<br />

Safer Neighbourhoods Teams020 8345 3616<br />

REDBRIDGE COUNCIL<br />

Customer contact centre020 8554 5000<br />

Report anti-social behaviour020 8478 4679<br />

UTILITIES<br />

Electricity (power cut)105<br />

Electricity emergency 0800 40 40 90<br />

Gas emergency0800 111 999<br />

Thames Water (report a leak) 0800 714 614<br />

SFH Legacy20 POSTER A4 Final.indd 1 30/07/2020 09:58<br />

To advertise, call 020 8819 0595 or visit swvg.co.uk


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Da Silva Pearce School of Performing Art<br />

DSP<br />

PERFORMING<br />

Acting • Dance • Singing<br />

Principal: Michael Da Silva Pearce<br />

Centre Manager: Bianca Durand<br />

Saturday Academy Ages 5 - 17<br />

at Wanstead High School<br />

PLEASE ENQUIRE ABOUT<br />

PLACES AND OUR CORONAVIRUS<br />

PREVENTION MEASURES<br />

Visit www.dsp-performing.org<br />

for further information and to book a place<br />

E-mail: admin@dsp-performing.org<br />

Please mention the South Woodford Village Gazette when responding to adverts


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ACTING<br />

DSP Performing57<br />

ART<br />

Essex Art Club10<br />

Geoff Wilkinson 4<br />

BATHROOMS<br />

Bathworks41<br />

BEAUTY<br />

Woodford House60<br />

BOILER INSTALLATION<br />

Wanstead Group49<br />

BUILDERS<br />

North London Loft Rooms24–25<br />

CARPENTRY & JOINERY<br />

K&D Joinery 43<br />

CEMETERY<br />

City of London Cemetery 44–45<br />

CENTRAL HEATING<br />

Wanstead Group49<br />

CHARITIES<br />

Haven House Children’s Hospice40<br />

Redbridge Samaritans54<br />

St Francis Hospice 56<br />

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES<br />

Crescendo Music Academy5<br />

DSP Performing57<br />

Variations Dance Studio5<br />

CLEANING<br />

Dyson Repair Man 6<br />

The Oven Wizard 8<br />

COMMUNITY & GROUPS<br />

East London Humanists37<br />

Redbridge Samaritans54<br />

South Woodford Society15<br />

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE<br />

Problem Computers7<br />

COUNSELLING<br />

Counselling Helps37<br />

Forest Therapy Centre14<br />

DANCE<br />

DSP Performing57<br />

Variations Dance Studio5<br />

DECKING<br />

Lancasters Gardencare29<br />

Woodford & Wells 53<br />

DECORATORS<br />

E18 Handyman28<br />

Stuart Green Property Solutions14<br />

Woodford & Wells 53<br />

South Woodford Village Gazette<br />

– Index of advertisers –<br />

DENTIST<br />

Woodford House60<br />

DOG TRAINING<br />

Colin’s K9 Training Services20<br />

DOORS<br />

K&D Joinery 43<br />

DYSON REPAIR<br />

Dyson Repair Man 6<br />

EATING COACH<br />

Eat Sense20<br />

ESTATE AGENTS<br />

Churchill Estates 30–31<br />

Yellands 34<br />

EXTRA INCOME<br />

UW50<br />

FURNITURE ASSEMBLY<br />

LOWM Logistics17<br />

GARAGE SERVICES<br />

Woodbridge Autos19<br />

GARDENS & LANDSCAPING<br />

Lancasters Gardencare29<br />

GIFTS<br />

Creative Giftware 52<br />

HANDYMAN<br />

Dyson Repair Man 6<br />

E18 Handyman28<br />

Stuart Green Property Solutions14<br />

HEALTH<br />

Eat Sense20<br />

Herbalife Nutrition 4<br />

HOLISTIC HEALTH<br />

Eat Sense20<br />

HOME SECURITY<br />

Tutum Home 1<br />

LOFTS<br />

North London Loft Rooms24–25<br />

MOT<br />

Woodbridge Autos19<br />

MUSIC<br />

Crescendo Music Academy5<br />

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN<br />

South Woodford Society15<br />

NUTRITION<br />

Eat Sense20<br />

Herbalife Nutrition 4<br />

OVEN CLEANING<br />

The Oven Wizard 8<br />

PATIOS & DRIVEWAYS<br />

Lancasters Gardencare29<br />

PERFORMANCE ART<br />

DSP Performing57<br />

Variations Dance Studio5<br />

PEST MANAGEMENT<br />

GJB Pest Management 35<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Geoff Wilkinson 4<br />

PLANNING & DESIGN<br />

North London Loft Rooms24–25<br />

PLUMBING & HEATING<br />

Wanstead Group49<br />

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE<br />

E18 Handyman28<br />

Stuart Green Property Solutions14<br />

Woodford & Wells 53<br />

REMOVALS<br />

LOWM Logistics17<br />

SCHOOLS<br />

Avon House Preparatory School 34<br />

Park School For Girls 9<br />

St Aubyn’s School21<br />

Woodford Green Prep School 55<br />

SECURITY CAMERAS<br />

Tutum Home 1<br />

SINGING<br />

Crescendo Music Academy5<br />

DSP Performing57<br />

SMART HOME<br />

Tutum Home 1<br />

SOLICITORS<br />

Wiseman Lee LLP27<br />

STAINED GLASS<br />

McCarty & Smith 59<br />

STAIRS<br />

K&D Joinery 43<br />

STORAGE<br />

BWI Self Storage 11<br />

TUITION<br />

MagiKats17<br />

WILL WRITING<br />

St Francis Hospice 56<br />

Wiseman Lee LLP27<br />

WINDOW RESTORATION<br />

McCarty & Smith 59<br />

WINDOW SHUTTERS<br />

Woodthorpe Joinery2<br />

To advertise, call 020 8819 0595 or visit swvg.co.uk


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McCarty & Smith<br />

Window restoration and upgrades in South Woodford<br />

McCarty & Smith specialise in the conversion of period timber windows to<br />

double-glazed timber sashes, achieving modern insulation requirements while<br />

preserving the character of your home. Our work is carried out with minimal<br />

internal and external disruption, so you can enjoy the performance of new<br />

double-glazed windows that are indistinguishable from the originals.<br />

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Âprofessional draught sealing<br />

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Âminimal disruption<br />

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For a free quote please email us at:<br />

information@mccartyandsmith.com<br />

Unit 2a, 109 Maybank Road, London, E18 1AB Tel: 020 8498 0219<br />

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