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ISSN 2059-013X<br />

Est. 2006<br />

wnstd.com Issue No: 211<br />

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong> | FREE<br />

FREE ENTRY<br />

Invite your friends and family<br />

to Wanstead Festival for a brilliant day out<br />

with great entertainment!<br />

WANSTEAD<br />

FESTIVAL<br />

Sunday 17 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

11am to 6pm<br />

Christchurch Green,<br />

High Street Wanstead, E11 2RQ<br />

Please walk, cycle or use public transport<br />

to enjoy the day’s festivities<br />

For more information contact<br />

Redbridge-events@visionrcl.org.uk or visit<br />

www.visionrcl.org.uk/wanstead-festival<br />

INSIDE: Wanstead Fringe special • Wood carvings • Jean Maestri obituary • Evergreen Field<br />

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

Independent directory of businesses, news and events in Wanstead, Snaresbrook and Aldersbrook


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Contents<br />

Features<br />

Wanstead Fringe section ...............17–32<br />

Fringe starts here ....................................... 18<br />

Wanstead Fringe events .................19–25<br />

Take a bow, Wanstead ........................... 26<br />

Ageing comedy ......................................... 28<br />

The wheel Argentina .............................. 30<br />

Carving out memories .................. 38–39<br />

Wanstead’s loss .......................................... 44<br />

Planting ideas...............................................52<br />

Good evening ............................................. 56<br />

Discovering Wanstead ...................64–65<br />

Friends at work ...........................................68<br />

The law, seriously .......................................74<br />

Puzzles & competitions<br />

Sudoku ............................................................40<br />

Crossword competition ........................48<br />

Wanstead anagram .................................66<br />

Every month<br />

Local news .................................6–8, 10 & 12<br />

Wanstead map ....................................60–61<br />

Community events ..........................89–92<br />

Community groups .................................94<br />

Useful numbers .........................................96<br />

Index of advertisers .................................98<br />

Contact Us<br />

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Welcome...<br />

People of Wanstead, <strong>September</strong> is here,<br />

When local events step up a gear.<br />

Comedy, theatre, jazz, art and rhyme,<br />

The mix is eclectic, the content sublime.<br />

From pubs to churches, it’s a varied arena,<br />

There’s even an event about the wine of Argentina.<br />

Three solid weeks, it’s a cultural binge,<br />

I’m talking, of course, about the Wanstead Fringe.<br />

Cultural activities here were once thin on the ground,<br />

But thanks to the Fringe, they’re now easily found.<br />

It all started back in 2013,<br />

Much smaller then, but people were keen.<br />

Each year it grew, with events aplenty,<br />

Apart from the COVID break of 2020.<br />

Now 10 years on, it’s bigger than ever,<br />

And continues to provide enlightening pleasure.<br />

Famous authors will keep us in the know,<br />

Including a chat with Jonathan Coe.<br />

Making us laugh will be comedian Paul Sinha,<br />

Fresh from The Chase, he’s always a winner.<br />

St Mary’s will host tours of the crypt,<br />

And Wanstead Theatre Co has a rugby-themed script.<br />

Photographer Geoff Wilkinson often appears on these pages,<br />

He’ll be discussing his career (which has lasted for ages).<br />

A musical in a church and an interview with a lord,<br />

Guitarist Pete Black will strike the right chord.<br />

Musicians Joe Walters and Lucy Crowe,<br />

Are to perform an experimental music show.<br />

Will Gompertz, another big name taking part,<br />

He’ll be talking about all things art.<br />

More than 100 events are ready to book,<br />

Truly something for everyone, do take a look. Lee Marquis, Editor<br />

Calling local residents...<br />

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Decision day demo: youth centre<br />

campaigners at Parliament and Town Hall<br />

Campaigners<br />

will gather for a<br />

demonstration outside<br />

Redbridge Town Hall<br />

this month as they<br />

await the council’s<br />

decision on the<br />

future of Wanstead<br />

Youth Centre. The<br />

Elmcroft Avenue<br />

venue is under threat<br />

of closure following<br />

claims over £2.4m<br />

of refurbishments<br />

are needed to make it fit for purpose. “The<br />

cabinet meeting on 14 <strong>September</strong> is when the<br />

decision about the future of the youth centre<br />

will be made. We will be gathering outside<br />

from 6.30pm,” said a spokesperson for the Save<br />

Our Wanstead Youth Centre campaign, which<br />

is calling for a 12-month moratorium to allow<br />

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further time to explore other funding options.<br />

“The centre is used daily by multiple groups,<br />

from the youngest to the oldest members of<br />

the community. It is the only remaining youth<br />

centre of its kind in the borough.” Last month,<br />

campaigners also took their message to<br />

Parliament. Visit wnstd.com/sowyc<br />

Margaret Centre<br />

petition<br />

Campaigners have<br />

launched a petition<br />

to save the Margaret<br />

Centre at Whipps<br />

Cross Hospital. “This<br />

is a specialist end-oflife<br />

and palliative care<br />

unit. In the current<br />

plans for the new<br />

hospital, this awardwinning<br />

centre will<br />

not exist. We want<br />

the centre to be<br />

provided in a new<br />

purpose-designed<br />

building close to the<br />

hospital. This option<br />

should be included<br />

in the forthcoming<br />

consultation,” said<br />

an Action4Whipps<br />

spokesperson. Visit<br />

wnstd.com/mcp<br />

Changes at<br />

recycling centre<br />

Residents wishing<br />

to take any waste to<br />

Chigwell Road Reuse<br />

and Recycling Centre<br />

in a van or trailer<br />

must now book<br />

a slot in advance.<br />

“This system is<br />

aimed at relieving<br />

congestion and<br />

improving recycling<br />

performance. You<br />

can make up to<br />

12 bookings over<br />

the course of 12<br />

months and up to<br />

two bookings in<br />

any one month,”<br />

said a spokesperson<br />

for ELWA. Booking<br />

is not required<br />

for cars. Visit<br />

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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Age UK invites over-55s to discover<br />

what’s on offer at local activity centre<br />

Tickets available for next month’s<br />

Wanstead Beer Festival<br />

Age UK is keen to raise awareness of its<br />

activity centre in Wanstead (also known as<br />

the Allan Burgess Centre). “The centre has<br />

struggled to replenish visitor numbers since<br />

reopening after COVID. We run daily exercise,<br />

games and craft classes, and our fabulous new<br />

chefs, Teresa and Julie, prepare freshly cooked<br />

meals Monday to Friday,” said centre manager<br />

Jackie Balman. Located at 2 Grove Park<br />

(opposite the Co-op), the centre’s two-course<br />

lunches (£7) are available to any Redbridge<br />

resident aged 55 and over. Call 020 8989 6338<br />

Foster a dog whilst it trains at<br />

local Guide Dogs school<br />

Tickets are available for the first Wanstead<br />

Beer Festival, taking place in the halls of Christ<br />

Church on 14 October. “The festival will include<br />

a number of real ales from the local area and<br />

beyond. There will also be craft ales, lagers<br />

and cider, and some carefully chosen wine and<br />

prosecco for non-beer drinkers,” said organiser<br />

Paul Donovan. Proceeds from the event –<br />

which runs from 1pm to 10.30pm – will be<br />

donated to local charities. The £12 ticket price<br />

(£10 in advance) includes a commemorative<br />

pint glass. Visit wnstd.com/beer<br />

The Guide Dogs’ Redbridge hub is seeking<br />

volunteers from the Wanstead area to foster<br />

a dog. “Our fosterers provide loving homes<br />

for our dogs to relax in while they are in<br />

training. It can be a great way to add a dog to<br />

your home without long-term commitment,”<br />

said Volunteer Coordinator Phoebe Coles.<br />

Volunteer fosterers drop off their dog at the<br />

Woodford Green centre on weekdays between<br />

7am and 9am and pick them up between 4pm<br />

and 6pm. All costs are covered and training is<br />

provided. Call 07795 106 874<br />

WANSTEAD<br />

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The first year of the Wanstead<br />

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the halls of Christ Church on<br />

Saturday 14 th October<br />

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Connect with nature: new series of<br />

events for Wanstead Park and Flats<br />

Local public speaking club to host<br />

virtual open house event<br />

An organisation that encourages people<br />

to connect with nature is launching a new<br />

series of events across Wanstead Park and<br />

Wanstead Flats this month. “Our Walk in the<br />

Woods project continues with events running<br />

until November. What a glorious time to get<br />

out and enjoy autumn!” said Alison O’Connor,<br />

founder of Tinder Sticks. The free events are<br />

suitable for over-18s and include making<br />

bracelets from plants, looking for animal<br />

tracks, bird watching and identifying edible<br />

fruits and nuts. Visit wnstd.com/tindersticks<br />

Residents looking to enhance their<br />

communication skills or conquer their fear<br />

of public speaking are invited to join the<br />

Woodford Green Speakers’ virtual open house<br />

event on 26 <strong>September</strong>. “We recognise the<br />

profound impact public speaking skills can<br />

have on personal growth and professional<br />

success, so join us for an enlightening session<br />

and gain confidence,” said a spokesperson for<br />

the club, which is affiliated with Toastmasters<br />

International. The free online event runs from<br />

7pm to 9pm. Visit wnstd.com/speak<br />

Gift vouchers<br />

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Mon-Sat 10:00-17:30 (exc. Bank Holidays)<br />

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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Wanstead Park swans Bonnie and<br />

Clyde separated after injury<br />

Planning application for flats on<br />

Evergreen Field submitted<br />

How the development would<br />

look from the High Street<br />

An injured swan known as Clyde has been<br />

permanently removed from Wanstead Park’s<br />

Perch Pond. “Sadly, the top bone of his wing is<br />

broken from a high-impact incident, probably<br />

sustained whilst defending his family. He is<br />

moulting, so it’s not a flying accident, and<br />

we had a report of three dogs harassing the<br />

family. There is no chance Clyde will fly again,<br />

so he will remain at The Swan Sanctuary in<br />

Shepperton. He was very distressed at leaving<br />

his mate, Bonnie, and cygnets,” said swan<br />

rescue volunteer supporter Helen O’Rourke.<br />

A planning application to build a four-storey<br />

block of flats on Evergreen Field has been<br />

submitted. The site – a patch of fenced-off<br />

land on Wanstead High Street next to Christ<br />

Church Green – has not been inhabited since<br />

1944, when two homes that stood there<br />

were bombed and then demolished in 1967.<br />

Redbridge Council is due to make a decision<br />

on the application in October. If approved,<br />

the development will include a nursery on<br />

the ground floor along with 24 flats and a new<br />

public open space. Visit wnstd.com/efapp<br />

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Historic High Stone damaged in<br />

a car crash (again)<br />

Look and learn on festival day with<br />

Art Group Wanstead<br />

©Geoff Wilkinson<br />

The historic High Stone at the junction<br />

of Hollybush Hill and New Wanstead was<br />

damaged in a car crash last month. Originally a<br />

mile marker showing the distances to Epping,<br />

Ongar, Whitechapel and Hyde Park Corner, an<br />

obelisk has stood in roughly the same location<br />

since the 18th century, although the current<br />

High Stone dates from the 1930s after the<br />

original stone was also damaged by a vehicle.<br />

A Redbridge Council spokesperson said: “The<br />

monument is currently being repaired off-site<br />

and will be reinstated soon.”<br />

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A range of drop-in art workshops and<br />

demonstrations for all ages will take place at<br />

the Wanstead Festival on 17 <strong>September</strong>. “Tutors<br />

and artists will be showing techniques with<br />

watercolours, calligraphy, portrait paintings<br />

and a clever way to put together mixed-media<br />

designs that can be transferred to T-shirts.<br />

Botanical subjects always intrigue. No real<br />

insects are hurt for tutor Katherine Poluck’s<br />

amazing mounted butterflies (pictured) –<br />

learn about her realistic techniques,” said a<br />

spokesperson for Art Group Wanstead.<br />

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Events in the Parish of Wanstead during the Wanstead Fringe<br />

St Mary’s OVERTON DRIVE, E11 2LN<br />

Both our historic churches will be open.<br />

8 th <strong>September</strong>, 7.30pm<br />

Ghost Town Stories narrated by Patrick Marlowe in the Church<br />

yard. Tickets £10 available from the Fringe.<br />

Timed entry by pre booked tickets from:<br />

9 th <strong>September</strong>, 5pm–9pm<br />

Harvest Supper in the Church yard with live music. Tickets £10<br />

available from wansteadparishadmin@uwclub.net<br />

https://www.wansteadparish.org/event/open-house-weekend-2-2/<br />

12 th <strong>September</strong>, 7pm<br />

Concert featuring Lucy Crowe and Joe Walters. Tickets £5–£10<br />

available from the Fringe.<br />

Christ Church<br />

14 th –29 th <strong>September</strong><br />

Crypt Tours. Various dates and times available. Tickets available<br />

from the Fringe.<br />

E11 2SW<br />

Saturday 19th<br />

Christ Church WANSTEAD PLACE, E11 2SW<br />

16 th & 17 th <strong>September</strong><br />

Open church with Flower Festival and local art display.<br />

10.00 –4pm<br />

Sunday 20th<br />

Saturday 16 th <strong>September</strong>, 3pm<br />

Songhaven Concert. Free 45 min concert by professional<br />

musicians especially designed to be a joyful event for those who<br />

struggle in normal concert surroundings. No booking required.<br />

12noon—4pm<br />

Sunday 17 th <strong>September</strong><br />

An afternoon of events in the Church garden: BBQ, Bar, stalls and<br />

all-new Church yard crazy golf.<br />

St Mary’s<br />

Overton Drive<br />

Sunday 17 th <strong>September</strong>, 6pm<br />

Jazz Vespers with Inge-Lise Nygaard and the Nick Tomalin<br />

Quartet. No booking required Bring your own refreshments!<br />

Saturday 19th<br />

For more information, visit wansteadfringe.org 11am –4pm<br />

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~ A special Wanstead Fringe section ~<br />

The Wanstead Fringe will be celebrating<br />

its 10th anniversary this <strong>September</strong> with<br />

its largest-ever mix of cultural events.<br />

WELCOME: Fringe starts herepage 18<br />

FRINGE EVENTS: take your pick pages 19–25<br />

THEATRE: Take a bow, Wansteadpage 26<br />

COMEDY: Ageing comedypage 28<br />

WINE: The wheel Argentina page 30<br />

For more information and to book tickets, visit wansteadfringe.org


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Fringe starts here<br />

It all began in 2013, and now, as the Wanstead Fringe gears up for its<br />

10th instalment of 100-plus cultural events, director Giles Wilson reveals<br />

what he’s looking forward to the most<br />

Ten years ago, the Wanstead Fringe<br />

started as a joke among a few<br />

friends. Why shouldn’t little old<br />

Wanstead have its own cultural fringe to<br />

complement the Wanstead Festival? we<br />

thought. Well, it was a joke then, but<br />

nobody’s laughing now (comedy nights<br />

notwithstanding).<br />

The Fringe has become something to take<br />

seriously. Alongside our favourites – the openair<br />

Kinema, the jumble trail, The Duke street<br />

party and others – more than 100 events will<br />

be taking place before the end of <strong>September</strong>.<br />

We will have four plays running, and thanks<br />

to the support of The Bull and some careful<br />

investment on our part, we hope to be able<br />

to expand that number during the rest of<br />

the year. We have 11 talks from authors – some<br />

local, some national – including one of the<br />

greatest living English novelists. We have<br />

always had music as part of our programme,<br />

but this year, we are hugely expanding the<br />

amount on offer. International opera star Lucy<br />

Crowe and husband Joe Walters will again be<br />

transforming St Mary’s into a magical venue<br />

for music – and that will also be the place to<br />

hear a new musical, Dark Isle. There will be a<br />

recital called Low Strings Drama, led by local<br />

composer Simone Spagnolo, which promises<br />

to be a unique blend of chamber music and<br />

drama soundtracks. Redbridge Brass Band,<br />

local singer-songwriters, singer Lydia Gerrard<br />

and local guitar virtuoso Peter Black also<br />

feature in the programme.<br />

The event I’m looking forward to most is<br />

hearing from novelist Jonathan Coe, whose<br />

series of novels have told an authentic story<br />

about the changes in British life since the<br />

war. The event will have a vivid counterpart<br />

as Helen Day, historian of Ladybird Books,<br />

talks about the perceptions our society used<br />

to have of itself. Author Paterson Joseph will<br />

talk about the life of Charles Ignatius Sancho,<br />

a revealing insight into a lesser-known side of<br />

our history.<br />

One national newspaper website profile of<br />

Wanstead this year said that, in the evenings,<br />

it became a ghost town. Wanstead-bred<br />

author and theatre director Patrick Marlowe<br />

will be doing his best to disprove that by<br />

telling an evening of ghost stories in the<br />

St Mary’s churchyard.<br />

It’s our sponsors – listed on page 32 – who<br />

have underwritten this. Do support them<br />

if you can. Vision RCL is supportive and<br />

generous with its buildings, but we have built<br />

the Fringe without any public money. Our<br />

host venues and volunteers keep the show on<br />

the road. But the people really responsible for<br />

the Fringe are those, like you, who buy tickets<br />

and attend events. Thank you.<br />

And here’s to the next 10 years.<br />

For more information on Wanstead Fringe<br />

events, visit wnstd.com/fringe<br />

For more information and to book tickets, visit wansteadfringe.org


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Friday 8 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm Ghost Town Tales (£10)<br />

An eve-of-Fringe special. One newspaper this year said that after 5pm, Wanstead<br />

becomes a ghost town. The Fringe will be disproving it all throughout <strong>September</strong><br />

– but for one night only we’re going to revel in it. Author and director Patrick<br />

Marlowe – an award-winning writer of ghost stories – will be testing your nerve as<br />

he tells stories designed to frighten. Patrick grew up in Wanstead and as a chorister<br />

he would often sing in St Mary’s, the location of the famed crypt, when he and his<br />

fellow choirboys would attempt to out-scare each other with spooky tales. Come<br />

along to the churchyard and see how strong your constitution is.<br />

Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Overton Drive<br />

Saturday 9 <strong>September</strong><br />

10am<br />

Wanstead Book Festival presents: Andrew Weale (Free)<br />

Andrew Weale, author of Newt in a Suit and Nora, visits Wanstead to tell his stories<br />

and delight the under-fives.<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library<br />

10am Pottery: Handbuilding Taster Session (£40)<br />

These sessions are a fun and very accessible introduction to clay. Suitable for<br />

adults and children from the age of six.<br />

Venue: Wanstead Pottery, Nightingale Lane<br />

from 12pm<br />

The Duke Street Party (Free)<br />

The infamous Duke Street Party will once again open the Fringe with a bang. With<br />

Little Dukes activities from 12 noon to 4pm.<br />

Venue: The Duke, 79 Nightingale Lane<br />

3pm MUST Wine Bar Wanstead: Rosé Wine Speed Tasting (£20–£25)<br />

Four outstanding MUST Wine tastings with four great wines every Saturday<br />

throughout the Fringe. Today it’s Rosé from four different countries. Savings<br />

available when you attend different tastings. Tickets available in person at<br />

MUST Wine.<br />

Venue: MUST Wine, 125 High Street<br />

6.30pm Kinema <strong>2023</strong>: Matilda the Musical (conc: £5; adults: £10)<br />

Outdoor family cinema – reliably Wanstead’s favourite night out of the year. This<br />

year’s presentation is Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, starring Emma Thompson,<br />

with lyrics by Tim Minchin. Revolting children and their families are most welcome!<br />

Bring something to keep you warm and something to sit on.<br />

Venue: Christ Church Gardens, Wanstead<br />

Sunday 10 <strong>September</strong><br />

8pm Wanstead Comedy Night feat Glenn Moore (£15)<br />

Comedy for Wanstead Fringe <strong>2023</strong> kicks off with a fantastic evening of stand-up<br />

headlined by Mock the Week regular Glenn Moore. Recognised for his brilliant<br />

joke-writing ability, Glenn received superlative reviews for both his Edinburgh<br />

shows and his sell-out UK tour.<br />

Venue: Eton Manor Rugby Club, Nutter Lane<br />

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Monday 11 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm Wanstead Book Festival presents: Miriam Frankel and Matt Warren (£10)<br />

Leading science journalists Miriam Frankel and Matt Warren bring us extraordinary<br />

stories and studies that open our eyes to the workings of the mind.<br />

Venue: City Place Coffee, 5 Clock House Parade<br />

8pm Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson (£18–£22)<br />

The Wanstead Theatre Co is back with a sparky and engaging comedy set on that<br />

glorious morning 20 years ago when England won the Rugby World Cup for the<br />

first and only time. Set in the fictional Greyhawks Rugby Club and performed in<br />

the very real Eton Manor RFC on non-match days of the Rugby World Cup <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Check website for additional dates.<br />

Venue: Eton Manor Rugby Club, Nutter Lane<br />

Tuesday 12 <strong>September</strong><br />

6pm How we see ourselves: the Transcultural Self (£12)<br />

Victoria Baskerville, a Wanstead resident, transactional analyst, psychotherapist<br />

and community artist will invite us to account for and map all our identities.<br />

Venue: The Larder, 39 High Street<br />

7pm The Wheel Argentina – Wine Tasting (£25)<br />

“Every winery in Argentina on a bike. On my own. On forty quid. 4,500km uphill<br />

all the way. My name is Carole. I am the only person mad enough to have cycled<br />

every winery in Argentina. Sample some of the most emblematic wines of my<br />

experience while I take you through some of the most emblematic experiences in<br />

this travelogue with a difference.”<br />

Venue: Daygustation, 13a High Street<br />

7pm To a Skylark: Classical, folk and experimental music (£5–£10)<br />

Local musicians Joe Walters and Lucy Crowe curate an evening of music<br />

exploring themes associated with the skylark, our local Wanstead Flats resident<br />

struggling to survive in modern times. Joe and Lucy will perform with and<br />

alongside their friends, also locals of the area, and also musicians who feel the<br />

push and pull of urban life alongside their front garden that is Epping Forest.<br />

Expect classical song intertwined with folk, entangled with experimental indie<br />

and reimagined with free improvisation, all presented by leading exponents of<br />

these respective fields. Lucy Crowe (soprano), Chris Higginbottom (drums/<br />

vocals), Ali McQueen (vocals/guitar), Pete Smith (tuba/vocals), Benedict Taylor<br />

(viola/vocals), Anna Tilbrook (piano), Josh Warren (violin/vocals) and Joe Walters<br />

(piano/horn/trumpet/guitar/vocals).<br />

Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Overton Drive<br />

Wednesday 13 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm Catapult Cabaret: All Girl Band (£15)<br />

Catapult is back! Hot Girl Summer is here, and the cast of All Girl Band is feeling<br />

fun, flirty and fabulous. Join us for an evening of celebrating femme fatales, divas<br />

and gals just being gals via musical theatre hits from the last 50 years. Check<br />

website for additional dates.<br />

Venue: Upstairs at The Bull, 129 High Street<br />

For more information and to book tickets, visit wansteadfringe.org


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7.30pm Wanstead Book Festival presents: Ian Dunt (£10)<br />

Outspoken journalist and commentator Ian Dunt knows something has gone<br />

terribly wrong with our society. It’s a feeling many of us have, but we struggle to<br />

articulate exactly why. Ian has no such problems. In his Sunday Times bestselling<br />

book How Westminster Works… and Why It Doesn’t, he lifts the lid on what<br />

has happened to politics, exposing aspects of the system in a way that can be<br />

understood and challenged.<br />

Venue: Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club, Overton Drive<br />

8pm<br />

Football quiz: West Ham – Champions of Europe (£8 per person)<br />

How well do you know the current Champions of Europe, West Ham United?<br />

Venue: The Duke, 79 Nightingale Lane<br />

Thursday 14 <strong>September</strong><br />

from 5pm Crypt Tours at St Mary’s Parish Church (£10)<br />

Come and gaze into Wanstead’s past, and hear about the people who lived here in<br />

Georgian times in the many mansions that existed then. Tours leave on the hour.<br />

The church will also be open; visitors are advised to visit the church too before the<br />

tour. Note: access is restricted, there is no disabled access to the crypt. Tours at<br />

5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Check website for additional dates.<br />

Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Overton Drive<br />

7pm From Schumacher to Sunak (£10)<br />

Two press photographers – Geoff Wilkinson and Stefan Rousseau – talk about<br />

their careers spanning 50 years of history. From politicians to the rich and famous<br />

and everything in between, get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes to<br />

achieve the photographs that appear in the papers.<br />

Venue: Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club, Overton Drive<br />

7.30pm Wanstead Book Festival presents: Will Gompertz (£10)<br />

Will Gompertz is familiar to audiences throughout the country from his years as<br />

the BBC’s Arts Editor. For years Will was a fixture on the Ten O’Clock News as he<br />

would introduce Turner or Booker Prize winners, or explain why a statue or painting<br />

had been sold for record prices. In his new book he explains how anyone can look<br />

at and experience the world with an artist’s heightened powers of perception.<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Churchill Room<br />

Friday 15 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm Wanstead Book Festival presents: Jonathan Coe (£10)<br />

Jonathan Coe is one of Britain’s greatest living novelists whose books shine a light<br />

on how we as a society see ourselves. From his hit 1994 book What a Carve Up,<br />

through The Rotters Club, Number 11 and Middle England, he has found a moving,<br />

funny and true way to tell the story of Britain. His new novel Bournville continues<br />

the theme, following characters as they age from the Queen’s Coronation, through<br />

the 1966 World Cup, royal weddings and deaths, to Brexit and COVID. Through it<br />

all, Coe’s characters pose the question of whether the family – and the country<br />

– became closer together or further apart? He has created a social history of<br />

postwar Britain while it is still going on with a rare knack for spotting significant<br />

details and weaving them into hilariously well-observed plots. Do not miss this.<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Churchill Room<br />

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Saturday 16 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm A Journey into the World of Guitar – with Peter Black (£8–£12)<br />

Be mesmerised by exquisite music from around the world from the Romantic<br />

Period to today. Performed by guitar virtuoso Peter Black, featuring duets with<br />

Father Martyn.<br />

Venue: St Gabriel’s Church, 12 Aldersbrook Road<br />

3pm<br />

Free relaxed Songhaven concert (Free)<br />

A free, relaxed, dementia-friendly concert. All welcome.<br />

Venue: Christ Church<br />

Sunday 17 <strong>September</strong><br />

6pm<br />

Jazz Vespers (Free)<br />

Wanstead Parish invites you to a unique candlelit service with jazz provided by the<br />

Nick Tomalin Quartet and Inge-Lise Nygaard on vocals.<br />

Venue: Christ Church<br />

8pm Wanstead Comedy Night feat Mick Miller (£15)<br />

Wanstead Comedy Night welcomes comedy legend Mick Miller to Wanstead.<br />

Venue: Eton Manor Rugby Club, Nutter Lane<br />

Monday 18 <strong>September</strong><br />

7pm The Room Upstairs (£12–£15)<br />

One ‘invisible illness’, lots of puppets, a self-deprecating actor, far too many<br />

biscuits and a sprinkle of absurdity all can be found in the room upstairs. But can<br />

you handle the journey up? This atmospheric show raises awareness of ME through<br />

the lens of a mother/daughter relationship. Based on true events, this play explores<br />

how this condition gradually penetrates every element of someone’s life and<br />

proves how sometimes laughter is not only the best medicine, but often the only<br />

one that’s available. Check website for additional dates.<br />

Venue: Upstairs at The Bull, 129 High Street<br />

8.15pm Robot Penguin (£12–£15)<br />

“A little less Attenborough, more cybernetic furry Louis Theroux.”<br />

Winner of the Baloney Award <strong>2023</strong>, Emperor Spy Cam A10N3 has returned from his<br />

Antarctic investigation for the BBC. In his performance review he’ll be covering<br />

his infiltration of a penguin colony, struggles to adapt to their complex and<br />

contradictory society, and his code-breaking feelings towards one of the subjects.<br />

A bizarre, irreverent comedy about depersonalisation and the neurodivergent<br />

experience through the ‘lens’ of an undercover robotic penguin. Check website for<br />

additional dates.<br />

Venue: Upstairs at The Bull, 129 High Street<br />

Tuesday 19 <strong>September</strong><br />

7pm Photo talk: Where is East London going? (£10)<br />

Join Wanstead photographer Geoff Wilkinson as he discusses his pictures of a<br />

changing East London.<br />

Venue: Eightyfour Gallery, 84 Nightingale Lane<br />

For more information and to book tickets, visit wansteadfringe.org


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Wednesday 20 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm Wanstead Book Festival presents: Paterson Joseph (£10)<br />

It’s time everyone knew the story of Charles Ignatius Sancho. In the mid-1700s,<br />

a boy born on a slave ship found his way to Georgian London and miraculously<br />

survived. The boy grew and went on to tread the boards of London’s theatres,<br />

become a composer, led the fight to end slavery and become the first black person<br />

to vote in Britain. His diaries, dazzlingly made into a novel by Paterson Joseph,<br />

paint a portrait of English history that’s rarely if ever heard. The Secret Diaries of<br />

Charles Ignatius Sancho won the <strong>2023</strong> Christopher Bland Prize.<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Churchill Room<br />

8pm Wanstead Comedy Night feat Paul Sinha (£15)<br />

Paul Sinha – voted the UK’s Best Club Comedian – takes a break from The Chase<br />

to headline Wanstead Comedy Night. Fresh from Edinburgh, with a brand new set,<br />

Paul will make this his fifth Wanstead Fringe appearance!<br />

Venue: Eton Manor Rugby Club, Nutter Lane<br />

Thursday 21 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm Wanstead Book Festival presents: Natalie Lee (£10)<br />

Natalie Lee is familiar to thousands of people through her Instagram presence<br />

as @StyleMeSunday. Her book, Feeling Myself, is about how warped society’s<br />

approach to sex has become and how the shame that surrounds conversation<br />

about sex can hold women back. Taking us through her journey, from traumatic<br />

beginnings to marriage, motherhood and divorce, it’s a story of learning to be your<br />

true self in a society that doesn’t prioritise your pleasure.<br />

Venue: MUST Wine, 125 High Street<br />

Friday 22 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm Wanstead Quiz Night (£12)<br />

Wanstead High School is hosting a bumper quiz, with a great host, well-stocked<br />

bar and complementary nibbles to keep brain power up! It’s Wanstead High<br />

School’s PTA’s first time on the Fringe calendar and this event marks the start<br />

of a fundraising campaign for the school’s 100th year. A community event – all<br />

welcome! Teams of up to 8 – opportunity to join others on the night .Licensed bar,<br />

bagels and snacks inclusive of ticket price.<br />

Venue: Wanstead High School, Redbridge Lane West<br />

Saturday 23 <strong>September</strong><br />

11am Wanstead Fringe Jumble Trail (£5)<br />

The popular Wanstead Fringe Jumble trail is back! The original, biggest and best<br />

local trail returns, bringing jumble trail fans to Wanstead from all over East London.<br />

The Jumble Trail offers a brilliant opportunity to clear out your wardrobe and free<br />

up some space in the toy cupboard! It also provides a great excuse to get out there<br />

and meet the neighbours, steal ideas for your garden, and just have a general<br />

wander around the area. There will be a Central Hub behind the Corner House on<br />

Wanstead High Street, where you’ll also be able to pick up a Jumble Trail map and<br />

visit several stalls.<br />

Venue: All around Wanstead<br />

Please mention the Wanstead Village Directory when responding to adverts


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Sunday 24 <strong>September</strong><br />

3pm Theatre classics and more, with Lydia Gerrard (£12.50–£15)<br />

Join Lydia Gerrard for a selection of musical theatre and classical favourites.<br />

Lydia has just returned from covering and playing Grizabella and Jellylorum/<br />

Griddlebone in CATS The Musical. In between performing contracts, Lydia<br />

often busks at Waterloo station or livestreams concerts from her living room<br />

to fulfil her love of sharing music. Check out youtube.com/lydiagerrard and<br />

facebook.com/lydiagerrardmusic for previous livestreams.<br />

Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Overton Drive<br />

8pm Wanstead Comedy Night featuring Sajeela Kershi (£15)<br />

Returning from a recent tour of New Zealand, the brilliant Sajeela Kershi headlines<br />

the final comedy night of Wanstead Fringe <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Venue: Eton Manor Rugby Club, Nutter Lane<br />

Monday 25 <strong>September</strong><br />

8pm<br />

In conversation: Victor Adebowale and Eddie Nestor (Free)<br />

Eddie (actor, radio broadcaster and comedian) and Victor (Lord Victor<br />

Adebowale CBE) will discuss their experiences on their respective career journeys,<br />

current affairs and local issues before taking questions from the audience.<br />

Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Overton Drive<br />

Tuesday 26 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm Wanstead Book Festival presents Sohom Das (£10)<br />

Forensic psychiatrist Sohom Das has spent 15 years trying to understand, treat and<br />

rehabilitate dangerous people. His work takes him to high security prisons and<br />

securely locked hospital wards across the country, as well as to courtrooms where<br />

he gives evidence as an expert witness. In In Two Minds, a revealing, honest and<br />

– at times – humorous memoir, Dr Das shares stories from his work, and how he’s<br />

learned to live with mistakes when the worst happens.<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Churchill Room<br />

Wednesday 27 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm An Evening of Spoken Word (£8)<br />

Back for its third year, the Fringe’s Evening of Spoken Word has become a ‘must do’<br />

on the schedule. City Place Coffee, at the heart of the High Street, transforms into<br />

a cabaret-style venue, including a bar, for an intimate evening of poetry, spoken<br />

word and music from eight diverse artists.<br />

Venue: City Place Coffee, 5 Clock House Parade<br />

7pm Documentary Photography – Why Bother? Who Cares? (£7.50)<br />

You may have seen Russell Boyce’s pictures of Wanstead High Street business<br />

owners last year. You might have seen his post-Covid exhibition ‘Overheard in<br />

Lockdown’ in Wanstead Park this year. We’re continuously bombarded with live<br />

colour images from every corner of the world so why bother to shoot pictures on<br />

the doorstep in black and white using a vintage camera? Who cares? Find out from<br />

Russell himself.<br />

Venue: La Bakerie, Wanstead High Street<br />

For more information and to book tickets, visit wansteadfringe.org


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Thursday 28 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm Wanstead Book Festival presents: Helen Day – Visions of our future (£10)<br />

Ladybird Books are instantly recognisable. As well as helping generations of<br />

children learn to read, they represented a vision of how people perceived their<br />

lives as things were changing around them. Helen Day is the unofficial historian<br />

of the role the books played in our lives. She will be celebrating the art, the books<br />

and the values which they represented. Wanstead’s Oxfam bookshop will be<br />

celebrating the books too by exhibiting as many Ladybird books as it has been able<br />

to collect – and this is your chance to buy a piece of all our history.<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Churchill Room<br />

Friday 29 <strong>September</strong><br />

7.30pm Concert: Low Strings Drama (£10)<br />

Join award-winning composer – and Wanstead resident – Simone Spagnolo for a<br />

unique blend of chamber music and mystery drama soundtracks. This concert will<br />

present Low Strings Drama, a musical drama for viola and violoncello in eleven<br />

variations that alternates tense and turbid moments to frantic passages and<br />

dreamy melodies.<br />

Venue: Wanstead United Reformed Church, Nightingale Lane<br />

7.30pm Wanstead Book Festival presents: Tim Burrows (£10)<br />

Until 1965, Wanstead was truly a part of Essex, and even now there are tell-tale<br />

signs all around us of a time before it became part of a London borough. In the<br />

1980s, though, Essex became the stuff of tabloid headlines, supposed stereotypes<br />

and populist politics. Author Tim Burrows, in his book The Invention of Essex, says<br />

it is still regarded as the heartland of Thatcherism and Brexit but nevertheless is<br />

the place where England is most itself. He will be in conversation with celebrated<br />

local historian and psychogeographer (and star of the Wanstead Fringe in 2022 and<br />

2014) John Rogers.<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Churchill Room<br />

Saturday 30 <strong>September</strong><br />

2pm and 3pm MUST Wine Bar Wanstead: Champagne Tasting (£20–£25)<br />

To finish the Fringe in style: Champagne Tasting (Rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de<br />

Noirs, Demi Sec). See Saturday 9 <strong>September</strong> for more details.<br />

Venue: MUST Wine, 125 High Street<br />

7pm Dark Isle: a new musical (£12; conc: £10)<br />

Dark Isle is a new musical written by Wanstead-based actor and writer Katherine<br />

Tripp, alongside Matthew Hessey and composer Ralph Warman. The performance<br />

will be a concert version of the musical, with two acts and a short interval. The<br />

musical is based on the true story of the ‘Flannan Isles Mystery’. In 1900, three<br />

lighthouse keepers mysteriously disappeared from their posts on the Flannan<br />

Isles in the Outer Hebrides. The musical is a depiction of what ‘could’ have<br />

happened, and how it affected the women who were left behind. Though the show<br />

is suitable for all ages, the complex themes of death, grief and isolation may be<br />

best suited for those 16 and over. Some loud sound effects may be used during<br />

the performance.<br />

Venue: St. Mary’s church, Overton Drive<br />

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Take a Bow, Wanstead<br />

From rugby to robots, Fiona Gordon takes a look at some of this year’s<br />

Fringe theatre offerings, and thanks the local venues that will make<br />

these performances truly memorable<br />

When actors take a bow, they are<br />

receiving thanks on behalf of<br />

people behind the scenes who<br />

make a show possible. This year, before the<br />

shows even started production, the thanks<br />

firmly belong to two well-loved venues in<br />

Wanstead. Because of them we have some<br />

cracking shows at this year’s Fringe, and<br />

one venue in particular is hoping to delight<br />

audiences for many years to come. But<br />

more of that later.<br />

Wanstead Theatre Co has been gaining a<br />

reputation for producing West End-quality<br />

shows in local venues on or near the High<br />

Street. Their play about a jumble sale was<br />

performed in Our Lady of Lourdes church hall<br />

and their play about pub life was performed<br />

in The Bull. This year, they read a lot of plays<br />

trying to find one that matched a Wanstead<br />

venue, and thanks to Eton Manor RFC, a<br />

long-term collaborator with the Fringe, they<br />

have found the perfect comedy. Breakfast<br />

with Jonny Wilkinson is set on that glorious<br />

morning when England won the Rugby World<br />

Cup for the first and only time. Dave’s position<br />

as chairman of his local rugby club is being<br />

challenged by an extremely loud Australian.<br />

Why does Jake, the club’s best player, keep<br />

disappearing? Why has Nigel’s wife stopped<br />

him from wearing a nun’s outfit? And why<br />

have only seven people turned up to watch<br />

the game of the century?<br />

What gives this production an extra kick is not<br />

only that it marks the 20th anniversary of that<br />

momentous event, but that the day before the<br />

Fringe starts, so does the Rugby World Cup<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. Shows are on non-match days, however,<br />

so they don’t clash with any on-pitch dramas!<br />

Baloney Theatre are back this year after their<br />

compelling A Non-Emergency with not one,<br />

Scenes from last year’s<br />

Wanstead Fringe theatre<br />

but two very special shows. The Room Upstairs<br />

explores the invisible illness of ME through<br />

the lens of a mother-daughter relationship<br />

with lots of puppets, a self-deprecating<br />

actor, far too many biscuits and a sprinkle of<br />

absurdity. And Robot Penguin, winner of the<br />

Baloney Award <strong>2023</strong>, is a bizarre, irreverent<br />

comedy about depersonalisation and the<br />

neurodivergent experience through the ‘lens’<br />

of an undercover robotic penguin called<br />

Emperor Spy Cam A10N3.<br />

The two shows will be performed at The Bull<br />

and here is why this particular collaboration<br />

deserves a special thanks. At the kind<br />

invitation of The Bull, the Fringe planning<br />

team have spent many hours discussing ideas,<br />

compiling research and using funds to fit<br />

out the upstairs bar with theatre lights and<br />

a lighting deck to create a more permanent<br />

home for Fringe theatre. To provide a<br />

dedicated venue for theatre on our High<br />

Street all year round is amazing and a great<br />

reason to take a bow!<br />

For more information on Wanstead Fringe<br />

events, visit wnstd.com/fringe<br />

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Ageing comedy<br />

Over the last 40 years or so, a lazy mythology has built up around the<br />

evolution of stand-up comedy in the UK, says Jon Fentiman, organiser of<br />

the Fringe’s comedy nights<br />

The lazy mythology goes something<br />

like this: up until the late 1970s, standup<br />

comedy was dominated by nasty,<br />

bigoted white men telling sexist, racist and<br />

homophobic jokes and was essentially a<br />

right-wing enterprise. Then, suddenly, in<br />

1980, the revelation that was alternative<br />

comedy exploded onto the scene,<br />

pioneered by the likes of Ben Elton and<br />

Alexei Sayle, who wrestled stand-up from<br />

the hands of these nasty comedians and<br />

comedy became an essentially left-wing<br />

progressive enterprise.<br />

The reality, however, is far more nuanced.<br />

Without a doubt, casual racism, sexism and<br />

homophobia were woven into the fabric of<br />

many comedy routines before the advent of<br />

alternative comedy, but only a few comedians<br />

made outright bigotry the mainstay of their<br />

acts. After all, the 1970s were the heyday of<br />

comedy greats such as Les Dawson, Ken Dodd,<br />

Tommy Cooper and Morecambe and Wise.<br />

It should also be recognised that whilst<br />

alternative comedy helped pioneer a different<br />

approach to stand-up, it wasn’t particularly<br />

left-wing politics that provided its original<br />

inspiration.<br />

Rather than simply telling jokes – mostly<br />

written by other people – the new comedians<br />

began writing their own material and gave<br />

themselves license to talk about real-life<br />

experiences in amusing and entertaining<br />

ways. The vast majority of acts were hilariously<br />

anarchic, and they seemed to take inspiration<br />

from the energy and irreverence of the punk<br />

era and the spirit of the old music hall rather<br />

than leftist politics.<br />

In the 1980s and 1990s, there was tension<br />

and sometimes even animosity between<br />

Mick Miller<br />

the old-school and new comedians, with the<br />

latter often satirising the formulaic structure<br />

of the former’s routines. But gradually,<br />

over time, a more respectful relationship<br />

ensued, with many of the new comedy acts<br />

acknowledging the influences of and respect<br />

for their predecessors.<br />

Now, despite alternative comedy becoming<br />

the mainstream, against the odds, some<br />

old-school comedians have survived the<br />

test of time. And these comedians can still<br />

have modern-day comedy club audiences in<br />

hysterics. Mick Miller, whose career stretches<br />

six decades (a regular on 1970’s TV show The<br />

Comedians), is one such comedian. Now in his<br />

seventies, Mick has adapted and honed his<br />

material, and with the emergence of TikTok<br />

and Instagram, his comedy genius is wooing<br />

a new generation and proving himself as the<br />

ultimate survivor of stand-up comedy.<br />

If you want to see old-school, bigotry-free<br />

comedy for yourself, Mick Miller will be<br />

headlining Wanstead Fringe comedy night on<br />

17 <strong>September</strong>. You won’t regret it!<br />

For more information on Wanstead Fringe<br />

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The Wheel Argentina<br />

In a Wanstead Fringe travelogue with a difference, Carole Edrich invites<br />

you to sample some of the wines emblematic of her experience of<br />

cycling to every winery in Argentina<br />

Salta Province has sub-tropical weather.<br />

That means either pouring rain or<br />

hot sun and humidity in the lowlands<br />

or hot sun with more hot sun everywhere<br />

else. Salta is mostly desert. The thermal<br />

amplitude makes for amazing wines.<br />

Downhill towards the city. Wet and humid.<br />

On a normal trip, humidity would have been<br />

welcome. Humidity is useful when so many<br />

people smoke because it makes the smoke –<br />

and all smells – stick to the people who cause<br />

them. Not this trip. Cycling in this humidity is<br />

like swimming through treacle. Exhausting,<br />

sweaty and no sane person would do it.<br />

I find my hotel in Salta – the only one in the<br />

entire five-month adventure that the local PRs<br />

have organised – and immediately go for a<br />

shower. The pipes grumble. I wait. The water<br />

comes out a bright, vivid green. I decide to go<br />

without. No energy for grumbling. Tonight, I<br />

decide that sweaty is betty-er.<br />

There are few excitements to compare with<br />

one’s first night in a strange new place.<br />

Despite my weariness and a deplorable urge<br />

to throw off my cycling kit and watch Latin<br />

soaps on the probably black-and-white<br />

portable TV in my room, I set out to immerse<br />

myself in the town. After all, I might never<br />

come here again. Live this precious moment<br />

to the full! I think. Savour the experience. Meet<br />

people. Make notes. Crush each ripe fruit of<br />

sensation against the palate until the appetite<br />

is cloyed in intoxicating richness.<br />

Richness. Savour. Palate. Appetite… That<br />

brings me to food. The restaurants are closed<br />

when I eventually find them, what with it<br />

being a Sunday, half-past March and everyone<br />

being at home for their weekly family asado<br />

(directly translated: ‘bar-b-cue’ or ‘grill’,<br />

culturally translated: more meat than you can<br />

eat and then some). In the end, in a garage<br />

that has run out of petrol, I find a couple of<br />

boiled cardboard media lunas (pasties) and<br />

two dented plastic bottles of water in slightlyless-than-two-litre<br />

holders.<br />

That night, I wake up to scuttling. After<br />

being run over by cockroaches in bed in the<br />

‘pleasantly intimate’ cupboard they have<br />

booked for me to share with said cockroaches,<br />

the minutes of the luminous green clock that<br />

I can neither turn off nor cover creep to 6am. I<br />

make the decision to get up and cycle through<br />

horizontal rain to my next destination, leaving<br />

the cockroaches to feast on the second media<br />

luna, which I haven’t been able to face.<br />

Onwards, and uphill (again), to Cafayate. This<br />

is the penultimate stage of my nine-stage bike<br />

ride through the wine trails of Argentina. On<br />

12 <strong>September</strong>, we’ll have time to talk about<br />

four of the stages – and we’ll be tasting four<br />

wines that match my experience that covered<br />

4,500km through the wineries of Argentina.<br />

Which four sections we cover will be up to you<br />

(interactive, innit).<br />

For more information on Wanstead Fringe<br />

events, visit wnstd.com/fringe<br />

© Carole Edrich<br />

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I<br />

was born in the East End some 60-odd<br />

years ago, and as an urban kid, I found<br />

the parks and green spaces I fell in<br />

love with offered an entirely different<br />

playground to my usual surroundings.<br />

Wanstead Village Directory<br />

Valentines Park, Lodge Farm Park and Raphael<br />

Park to mention a few. And then carving for<br />

a 12-piece animal sculpture trail in Highams<br />

Park, partly funded by the Arts Council. This<br />

was a fantastic boost for me.<br />

Many years later, just as the new millennium<br />

dawned, I found myself mooching around<br />

Hainault Forest and happened across a guy<br />

carving the woodhenge that was to be placed<br />

around the forest for people to find as they<br />

explored the woods. He had started the<br />

project carving the life cycle of a frog, and<br />

although it was rough cut and nowhere near<br />

finished, I was very impressed with his work.<br />

In conversation with the artist, he suggested<br />

I could carve if I chose to. But my thinking at<br />

that time told me I couldn’t do such an artistic<br />

thing. Plus, how could I afford tools? So, that<br />

was that.<br />

Around March 2022, I was asked to carve some<br />

pieces for another natural play project in<br />

Wanstead Park, and in July <strong>2023</strong>, I found myself<br />

carving in the park I used to roam as a young<br />

child. Mad how life twists and turns, eh? I feel<br />

chuffed that my work is so well received.<br />

A big thank you to all those who have aided<br />

and assisted me – past and present – to allow<br />

me to get my art out there.<br />

Roll on 2014 when, by chance, en route from a<br />

family visit to a volunteer group at Audley End<br />

House, I saw Andy Butcher’s version of the Tiki<br />

head theme. Once again, I was impressed with<br />

this guy’s work: carvings made on sevenfoot-tall<br />

logs. Long story short, I saved<br />

up and purchased one, which is still<br />

in my workshop today. From there,<br />

we struck up a friendship and I was<br />

encouraged by him to have a go.<br />

This time, the ‘I can’t’ thoughts<br />

were silenced.<br />

I got a second-hand<br />

Sthil, a little domestic<br />

chainsaw that was<br />

perfect for the job,<br />

and a cheap grinder. I<br />

had begun. Later that<br />

year, I moved into a small<br />

woodland to get closer to<br />

the wood resource I was working<br />

with. Rough living, but I enjoyed it. Then, after<br />

a couple of years selling my bits roadside<br />

and to the odd person here and there (these<br />

small sales encouraged me to keep at it), I<br />

got my first project, which was to carve a<br />

12-foot standing tree trunk in a local school.<br />

That project was well received and word soon<br />

got around. After that, I was asked to carve a<br />

fallen tree in Henry Reynolds Park for a natural<br />

play area. Then other projects came along, in<br />

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Chainsaw artist Marshall Lambert has created three<br />

new wood carvings for the play area in Wanstead<br />

Park, a place he used<br />

to visit as a child.<br />

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FINCH Contracts<br />

A Wanstead based building company,<br />

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Wanstead’s loss<br />

Following the recent death of Jean Maestri – the proprietor of the<br />

Wanstead Park Tea Hut for over 30 years – the Maestri family reflect on<br />

the life of the Queen of Wanstead Park<br />

Jean was born on 22 <strong>September</strong> 1944<br />

in Dagenham. She was the youngest<br />

of three children. Her childhood<br />

memories were playing on the bomb sites<br />

and having games of rounders with her<br />

friends between four trees in the street.<br />

She went to school with Terry Venables<br />

(the famous footballer), who was a year<br />

above her. She left school at the age of 15<br />

and surprised everyone by getting a job as<br />

a medical receptionist at the Royal London<br />

Hospital, where she worked for eight years<br />

until she had her first baby.<br />

She met her husband Giovanni in a crowded<br />

Trafalgar Square on Bonfire Night back in<br />

1960. He asked her if she had seen his cat. It<br />

was a chat-up line and she fell for it (and him).<br />

Jean and Giovanni were together for the rest<br />

of her life. They got married in 1965, and a<br />

year later bought the house they lived in ever<br />

since. Jean and Giovanni went on to have five<br />

children and fostered 60 others.<br />

As her husband was Italian and worked in<br />

the ice cream trade, this inspired Jean to<br />

get an ice cream van with her friend and<br />

go back to work. In 1986, after many years<br />

of working in the ice cream van, Jean came<br />

across the old wooden boat house cafe in<br />

Wanstead Park. It was in a right old state and<br />

the cafe needed a lot of love and TLC, which<br />

is where Jean came in. She applied to the<br />

Corporation of London to get it rebuilt and<br />

their architect designed the building to match<br />

the Temple nearby.<br />

Jean continued to run the Wanstead Park<br />

Tea Hut for 37 years. She loved this cafe and<br />

dedicated her life to it, working seven days<br />

a week. She became the life and soul of<br />

Wanstead Park and would have her regulars,<br />

who loved coming over to see her daily for<br />

Jean Maestri at the<br />

Wanstead Park Tea Hut<br />

a cup of tea and a chat. Jean loved baking<br />

and all her cakes were homemade. She was<br />

especially known for her homemade bread<br />

pudding, an old recipe handed down from<br />

her mum. People would get very upset if they<br />

turned up and it was sold out!<br />

When the pandemic hit, Jean took a back<br />

seat, retired at home and bought herself a<br />

Pomeranian dog to keep her and her husband<br />

company. She loved her little dog, Fluffy,<br />

so very much and she became the apple of<br />

her eye. Jean was also very lucky to have 10<br />

grandchildren, who all absolutely loved and<br />

adored her.<br />

We would like to thank all of the customers,<br />

the people of Wanstead and the Corporation<br />

of London for all of the kind messages, love<br />

and support we have received. Jean died on<br />

30 June <strong>2023</strong>. She was a wonderful, kind and<br />

caring lady who will be sadly missed by all.<br />

The Wanstead Park Tea Hut overlooks<br />

the Heronry Pond, near the park’s<br />

Wanstead Park Avenue entrance. For more<br />

information, visit wnstd.com/teahut<br />

© Mike Edwards<br />

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Crossword competition<br />

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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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One winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received before 5pm on 20 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

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Congratulations to Sue Taylor of Warwick Road,<br />

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Planting ideas<br />

The Aldersbrook Horticultural Society’s new season of talks kicks off this<br />

month with a presentation by Danny Clarke, aka The Black Gardener.<br />

Here, Ruth Martin introduces some of the other names on the bill<br />

After a break in August, the members<br />

of Aldersbrook Horticultural<br />

Society are looking forward to<br />

another great year and a busy programme<br />

from <strong>September</strong>.<br />

Our last eventful year ended with a fun social<br />

with good food and prosecco, hosted by<br />

Jane Batey and Rob Owen, which followed<br />

a fascinating walk in Wanstead Park led by<br />

John Meehan. He pointed out the origins and<br />

development of a number of interesting trees<br />

and explained that the park was established<br />

in the early 1820s after Wanstead House was<br />

demolished. No doubt we will learn more<br />

about the origins of Wanstead Park at our<br />

November meeting, when Hannah Armstrong,<br />

author of Wanstead House, East London’s Lost<br />

Palace, will talk to us about the gardens of<br />

Wanstead House. Hannah is among a number<br />

of excellent and interesting speakers we have<br />

lined up for the coming year.<br />

Things get underway with Danny Clarke, also<br />

known as The Black Gardener, speaking at<br />

our <strong>September</strong> meeting about ‘gardening<br />

on a budget’. Danny is a garden designer<br />

and appears on ITV’s Love Your Garden. We<br />

will also hear from Fergus Garrett, the head<br />

gardener at the iconic Great Dixter Garden<br />

in East Sussex, who will talk at our February<br />

meeting about succession planting. Fergus is<br />

described as one of the most influential living<br />

garden designers and horticultural educators<br />

in Britain today, and is the chief executive of<br />

the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.<br />

As well as hosting nationally known speakers,<br />

we are continuing to use our many local<br />

enthusiasts and experts to talk about aspects<br />

of gardening and horticulture on a range<br />

of topics, including a talk by Mark Kenny<br />

about his garden in Ilford that he opens<br />

Danny Clarke (The<br />

Black Gardener)<br />

for the National Gardening Scheme, two<br />

local gardeners, Barry Reeves and Elaine<br />

Fieldhouse, talking about composting, and<br />

a keen allotmenteer, Celia Parker, taking<br />

us through a ‘year on the plot’. At least two<br />

garden visits will be organised over the next<br />

year: to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens in June<br />

and to The Gibberd Garden in Harlow in<br />

January to see the snowdrops and early-spring<br />

bulbs. Cerith Lowery from The Gibberd Garden<br />

will also speak at our January meeting.<br />

Aldersbrook Horticultural Society was reestablished<br />

in 2018, a hundred years after<br />

the original society was set up. We regularly<br />

work in our two community gardens at<br />

the Aldersbrook Medical Centre and the<br />

Aldersbrook Bowls Club (where we hold our<br />

meetings). Over the last year, we opened 20<br />

gardens locally and raised more than £5,000<br />

for local and national charities. We are a<br />

friendly bunch of keen gardeners, novice<br />

gardeners, allotmenteers, and those interested<br />

in the natural environment. All are welcome.<br />

Aldersbrook Horticultural Society meet<br />

at Aldersbrook Bowls Club on the second<br />

Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm<br />

(membership: £35 per year; visitors: £5 per<br />

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Homesdale (Woodford Baptist Homes) Ltd.<br />

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Good evening<br />

Ahead of an evening talk about Sir Alfred Hitchcock for the Wanstead<br />

Historical Society this month, Gary Lewis reflects on his journey to<br />

becoming a tour guide and speaker centred around the iconic director<br />

Good evening (as Leytonstone’s<br />

favourite son himself would say).<br />

My name is Gary Lewis. I’m a local<br />

historian, public speaker and tour guide on<br />

the subject of the late, great film director,<br />

Sir Alfred Hitchcock.<br />

Hitchcock was born on 13 August 1899<br />

in Leytonstone. Known as the Master of<br />

Suspense, he directed over 50 feature films<br />

before receiving an American Film Institute<br />

Life Achievement Award. He made his<br />

directorial debut with the silent film The<br />

Pleasure Garden in 1925. His first successful<br />

film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog<br />

(1927), helped to shape the thriller genre, while<br />

his 1929 film Blackmail was the first British<br />

‘talkie’. He died in California on 29 April 1980.<br />

I’ve been a resident of Leytonstone for over 40<br />

years, but my fascination with Hitchcock really<br />

began when I was a teenager in the late 1970s.<br />

One Sunday night, I stayed up late to watch<br />

Psycho on TV. I remember jumping out of my<br />

chair at the shower scene and the screeching<br />

violins have stayed with me to this day. After<br />

that, I was hooked. Fast forward to October<br />

2015, I was forced to take early retirement from<br />

London Underground as a Tube driver due to<br />

ill health. For the next year, I wondered where<br />

to turn for my next career move. Inspiration<br />

struck in <strong>September</strong> 2016 when I joined the<br />

Alfred Hitchcock of Leytonstone Society.<br />

At a meeting of the society in early 2018, I<br />

proposed presenting a slide show on the<br />

early life of Hitchcock, entitled ‘Hitchcock’s<br />

Leytonstone’. They enthusiastically agreed,<br />

and in May 2018, I gave my first talk at The<br />

Birds pub. Three more talks followed and soon<br />

I was hired by local groups, keen to hear about<br />

Hitchcock’s roots. On 4 <strong>September</strong> 2019, I gave<br />

my biggest talk yet to over 100 people for the<br />

Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society.<br />

Sir Alfred Hitchcock<br />

Having developed my illustrated talk on the<br />

early life of Alfred Hitchcock, the next logical<br />

step was to start a guided tour entitled<br />

‘Walking in the Footsteps of Hitchcock’. On<br />

29 <strong>September</strong> 2019, as part of Leytonstone<br />

Loves Film, I guided 60 people from all over<br />

the world – including six from Mexico – on my<br />

first 90-minute tour.<br />

Sadly, on 11 November 2019, I parted company<br />

with the Alfred Hitchcock of Leytonstone<br />

Society. I felt it was time to move on and I<br />

saw this as a golden opportunity to start<br />

my own business. On 12 January 2020, the<br />

dream became a reality and Hitchcock<br />

Talks and Tours was born. The pandemic<br />

followed shortly after, but I kept going when<br />

lockdown allowed. Now, my talks and tours<br />

are generating interest not only from local<br />

residents and local clubs but from all over the<br />

globe. I look forward to bringing Hitchcock’s<br />

Leytonstone to the world!<br />

Gary’s presentation will take place at<br />

Wanstead Library on 4 <strong>September</strong> from<br />

8pm (visitors: £3). Call 07949 026 212<br />

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McCarty & Smith<br />

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Christ Church<br />

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S W Radley Electrical Contractors has over 35 years of experience.<br />

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How to<br />

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I am now holding face-to-face surgeries<br />

again as well as also still holding them<br />

by telephone, coffee mornings and street<br />

surgeries. It is important that I am accessible<br />

to residents. You can also still call, email and<br />

write to me at the above contact addresses.<br />

Newsletter: If you want to receive an email<br />

update from me about what has been going<br />

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Since I was young, I dreamed of<br />

becoming an artist. I also aspired to be<br />

a teacher. Unfortunately, my family’s<br />

economic environment couldn’t provide<br />

me with artistic nurturing, but after<br />

graduating from university, I became an art<br />

teacher, which became my lifelong career.<br />

Some 15 years ago, I left my teaching position<br />

of 20 years, having fulfilled that ambition,<br />

drawing a simple, yet unfinished conclusion<br />

to the first half of my life. Transitioning from<br />

full-time teacher to housewife, my pace of life<br />

slowed, and I decided to reignite my interest<br />

in painting. In the process of painting, I found<br />

joy in life and pursued my unfinished dream<br />

of being an artist in the second half of my life!<br />

Hong Kong has undergone rapid change in<br />

recent years, and the fast-paced life there can<br />

be overwhelming, making it difficult to catch<br />

one’s breath. When I take a moment to<br />

pause, I realise things around me have<br />

vanished without a trace. Old values<br />

have also faded and become blurred.<br />

Many old buildings and even the<br />

skills of experienced craftsmen are<br />

gradually being eliminated due<br />

to the loss of economic value.<br />

However, to me, these scenes and<br />

the small characters in the city<br />

are the fragments of my life and<br />

the pieces of my growth. Hence,<br />

I enjoy roaming the streets,<br />

exploring historical sites and<br />

searching for subjects to paint. I<br />

hope to use colours to preserve<br />

past emotions and memories,<br />

capturing fleeting encounters and<br />

vanishing moments, allowing my<br />

art to retain a strong local flavour.<br />

Ten months ago, I left my native Hong<br />

Kong and moved to the UK, settling in<br />

Wanstead. Exploring the community has<br />

become a means of understanding the local<br />

culture. Many beautiful historical buildings<br />

have captured my attention and I couldn’t<br />

resist putting them into my paintings, like<br />

Christ Church pictured here.<br />

Since I don’t have many local friends, I<br />

have been sharing my finished works in<br />

community groups online. Through this,<br />

I also got to know more about the local<br />

landmarks. I discovered these historical<br />

buildings hold unique meaning for individual<br />

residents, just like my own desire to preserve<br />

certain architectural scenes; they are puzzle<br />

pieces of my life. And so, I completed one<br />

artwork after another, and painting has<br />

become my daily life and motivation here<br />

in Wanstead.<br />

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Discovering<br />

Wanstead<br />

Madeline Wong is an<br />

artist from Hong Kong<br />

now living in Wanstead<br />

and applying her<br />

passion for painting<br />

old buildings to the<br />

landmarks she is<br />

discovering here<br />

Apart from old buildings, I also love painting<br />

flowers. In the UK, beautiful flowers can be<br />

found everywhere during spring and summer,<br />

which truly brings joy to the heart! I hope to<br />

share my floral paintings with everyone soon.<br />

To view more of Madeline’s paintings, visit<br />

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Your local Carpet Fitter<br />

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Catholic Independent<br />

Boys’ School<br />

Open Morning<br />

Thursday 28 th <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong>, 9.30am – 11.30am<br />

Come and spend the morning at<br />

our school, with a guided tour<br />

and the opportunity to meet our<br />

Head, staff and pupils.<br />

Ranking 39th in the Sunday<br />

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• Small classes • 11+ preparation<br />

• Pupils of all faiths welcome • High academic results<br />

Call the school office on 020 8504 7372 to arrange a tour<br />

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Friends at work<br />

In the second of two articles looking at the work taking place to<br />

improve Wanstead Park, the Friends of Wanstead Parklands’ chairman<br />

Peter Brimson expresses concerns over the condition of the park’s lakes<br />

I<br />

was elected as chairman of the Friends<br />

of Wanstead Parklands earlier this year.<br />

Last month, I reported on the positive<br />

developments in the works concerning<br />

Wanstead Park’s Temple (the visitor centre)<br />

and the historic Grotto remains.<br />

© Geoff Wilkinson<br />

The condition of the park’s lakes, however,<br />

gives fewer grounds for optimism. The<br />

Corporation of London (who manage the<br />

park) has made a firm commitment of £1.15m<br />

to strengthen the dams in the lake cascade.<br />

The finance is committed as a requirement<br />

of the Environment Agency to prevent<br />

dam failure in the event of flooding or the<br />

earth dams drying out in a drought. These<br />

works are necessary, and should start in<br />

autumn 2024, but will do nothing for the<br />

most visible problem: the drying out of the<br />

Ornamental Water.<br />

The Corporation of London is prepared to<br />

fund pumping water from the River Roding<br />

into the Ornamental Water during the winter<br />

months. Unfortunately, this requires a licence<br />

from the Environment Agency, which has<br />

not so far been forthcoming. We hope the<br />

Environment Agency will grant a licence in the<br />

foreseeable future, but there is no guarantee.<br />

If the licence is withheld, there is no other<br />

major source of water replenishment, which<br />

would lead to the current state of drying<br />

remaining indefinitely.<br />

Another possible source of at least some water<br />

for the lakes was a series of small drainage<br />

schemes that would channel excess water<br />

from roads, the golf course and other adjacent<br />

land into the water bodies. The scheme<br />

failed to attract funding from the Greater<br />

London Association. At the June Epping<br />

Forest Consultative Group, the Corporation<br />

of London was asked about how the scheme<br />

The dry, cracked bed of<br />

the Ornamental Water<br />

might be taken forward. The reply was<br />

that a further consultant’s report would be<br />

commissioned. No doubt the search for funds<br />

for this scheme will continue, but once again,<br />

there are no guarantees.<br />

Looking at the longer term, I have to flag<br />

up the risk to the future of both Perch Pond<br />

and Heronry Pond. At present, the Heronry<br />

Pond is prone to considerable leakage. There<br />

has been a long-term failure on the part of<br />

the Corporation of London to fix these leaks.<br />

However, both Heronry Pond and Perch Pond<br />

are kept full by pumping water into them from<br />

an underlying aquifer. This is a most welcome<br />

arrangement, but again, it does depend<br />

on a licence from the Environment Agency<br />

to continue pumping. The current licence<br />

expires in 2028 and there is no guarantee the<br />

renewal will be granted given the looming<br />

water shortages in London and the South<br />

East. I sincerely hope pumping will continue<br />

post-2028, as without this water supply – and<br />

the leaks being repaired – the lakes will simply<br />

drain away.<br />

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Wanstead Parklands, visit wnstd.com/fwp<br />

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Garden Design,<br />

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Estimates are free and you will find me competitively priced with no hidden<br />

charges. I have Public Liability Insurance. References can be provided from<br />

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Call Stuart on 07917 870879<br />

or email stuartgreenpropertysolutions@gmail.com<br />

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Our Lady of Lourdes<br />

Primary School<br />

Why should you choose<br />

Our Lady of Lourdes<br />

Primary School?<br />

Consistently a top 20% school nationally for<br />

academic performance (year on year significantly<br />

above the national average)<br />

Choose from over 30 extra-curricular clubs that<br />

help to develop individual interests and talents<br />

Outstanding pastoral care within a vibrant<br />

community built on kindness<br />

Come and find out what everyone is talking about!<br />

Please contact us via Tel: 020 8989 9521 or email us<br />

at admin@ourladyoflourdes.redbridge.sch.uk<br />

to book a tour of the school<br />

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1-2 Johnston Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0XA<br />

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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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AVON HOUSE<br />

PREPARATORY SCHOOL<br />

Independent Prep School For Children Aged 3-11 Years<br />

OPEN MORNING<br />

Friday 22 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong>, 9am to 11am<br />

• 3+ Years Entry<br />

• 4+ Years Entry<br />

• 7+ Years Entry<br />

• Small Class Sizes<br />

• Specialist Subject Teachers<br />

• Extensive Sports Facilities<br />

• Co-Curricular Clubs<br />

• Qualified School Nurse<br />

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong> fees from £3,800 per term / £11,400 annual<br />

To book your place, contact:<br />

admissions@ahsprep.co.uk / 020 8504 1749<br />

490-492 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0PN<br />

www.avonhouseschool.co.uk<br />

• SENCO Support<br />

• Wraparound Care<br />

• Holiday Clubs<br />

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The Law, Seriously<br />

Derek Inkpin from local solicitors Axiom DWFM takes the law seriously,<br />

but even he knows sometimes the law can be an ass… especially if<br />

you get a bit tipsy in a pub<br />

We are surrounded by laws and<br />

regulations every day of our lives,<br />

the dos and don’ts which regulate<br />

society and all of us in it. However, against<br />

the serious background of most rules, the<br />

following bizarre laws still exist.<br />

• The Licencing Act 1872 makes it clear you<br />

can’t be drunk in a pub, and since 2003, bar<br />

staff cannot legally serve drunk people.<br />

Time to practice your sober face.<br />

• The Madhouses Act 1774 restricts property<br />

owners to one “lunatic” per residence.<br />

• If you fire a cannon within 300 yards of<br />

residential properties, you will commit an<br />

offence under the Metropolitan Police Act<br />

1839. (So, measure out 301 yards to avoid an<br />

issue).<br />

• If you want to avoid a library fine,<br />

confirmation that you have cholera should<br />

do the trick under section 25 of the Public<br />

Health (Control of Disease) Act 1985.<br />

• If your alarm goes off at 3am, failing to stop<br />

it breaks the Clean Neighbourhoods and<br />

Environment Act 2005.<br />

• You can be annoying in public, unless you<br />

go to the library, in which case, irritating<br />

someone there would be contrary to the<br />

Library Offences Acts of 1888 and 2005.<br />

• Unless you don’t mind a £500 fine, don’t<br />

carry a plank or ladder on a pathway.<br />

That would be against section 54 of the<br />

Metropolitan Police Act 1839.<br />

• Knock down ginger (you remember,<br />

knocking and scarpering for fun) is illegal<br />

and could land you with a £500 fine.<br />

• Whatever you do, don’t beat your dusty rug<br />

in the street. Pollution is OK, but giving your<br />

neighbour a tickly throat is definitely out.<br />

• Singing obscene lyrics in the street is an<br />

offence; just hum the dodgy parts to avoid<br />

a fine. Yes, it’s that Metropolitan Police Act<br />

1839 again.<br />

• Everyone knows you cannot open someone<br />

else’s mail, but delaying the post contradicts<br />

the Postal Services Act 2000, so no chatting<br />

to the postie, please.<br />

• Looking guilty holding a salmon suggests<br />

you are a poacher and therefore liable for<br />

an offence under the Salmon Act 1986.<br />

• A bye-law passed by Daventry District<br />

Council in 2015 prescribes that failing<br />

to produce an empty poo bag when<br />

challenged could result in a £100 fine.<br />

So, now you’ve been told.<br />

Axiom DWFM is located at 9–13 Cambridge<br />

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

information, call 020 8215 1000<br />

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Scott Whitehead Trees<br />

We are a small family tree surgery business based in east London<br />

that offers a range of arboricultural services: everything from<br />

trimming small front garden privet hedges to pollarding or felling<br />

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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Edwards Duthie Shamash<br />

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OAK LODGE, CAMBRIDGE ROAD, WANSTEAD<br />

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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Sometimes you see it, sometimes you<br />

don’t, but if you walk across Lake<br />

House Road from Jubilee Pond, or<br />

take the rough route over the ant hills in<br />

that same direction, you may discover a<br />

small, semi-permanent pond that goes by<br />

the curious name of Cat and Dog Pond. The<br />

site presumably gets its name from the fact<br />

that it’s only visible when it’s been raining<br />

‘cats and dogs’.<br />

First shown in an 1863 map as a body of water<br />

with a course going towards Harrow Lane<br />

(now Harrow Road), it was possibly a sluice to<br />

help drain the road. Another line on the map<br />

shows a ditch or water course running toward<br />

an area of the Flats known as the Brickfield.<br />

Early reports, when the area was used for<br />

mining clay and gravel for brickmaking,<br />

mention a water course there.<br />

If you’re lucky enough, you will see the pond<br />

filled with water, and then next time you visit,<br />

it’s gone, choked by undergrowth and lost<br />

from view.<br />

It may have come to your attention that a few<br />

of us have being doing a bit of work at this<br />

old, neglected site over the past few years.<br />

The pond was in danger of drying out and<br />

becoming scrubbed over, threatening the<br />

amphibians, invertebrates and water birds<br />

that depend on it. In an effort to reverse this<br />

onslaught and restore this historic landscape,<br />

channels have been dug around the pond to<br />

form a network of ditches – a Wanstead Flats<br />

Wetlands – with tall rushes rising around the<br />

edge of the waterscape and birds fleeting<br />

between the reeds and bushes.<br />

of trousers, many gloves, three buckets, a visit<br />

to A&E and the unavoidable conclusion that I<br />

hadn’t a clue as to what I was doing.<br />

It did look quite impressive over that first<br />

winter as the rain filled the pond. Water<br />

actually remained throughout the first<br />

summer, bringing in the butterflies, damsels,<br />

dragonflies and, of course, frogs and newts.<br />

Last year, the weather turned against us and<br />

warned of what’s coming down the line as<br />

the climate catastrophe takes hold. The frogs<br />

managed to get out before the pond dried<br />

up, but I’m not sure the newts were so lucky.<br />

The drought also clobbered the planting<br />

we’d done around the site and, at one point,<br />

it looked like we lost most of the 200-plus<br />

trees and shrubs we had put in. Come the rain<br />

in August and <strong>September</strong>, we were pleased<br />

to see many bouncing back. Not that you’ll<br />

see many of them this year as the grass has<br />

swamped everything and – with the help<br />

of burrowing critters – has made it a bit<br />

dangerous to guess where the paths are, so<br />

take care!<br />

We will be back (once the autumn migration<br />

is over in October) as this is a job that<br />

keeps on giving! Thanks to all my team<br />

of volunteers, especially Mark Thomas,<br />

Sean K, Sean T (aka JF), Tony Abbott and not<br />

forgetting Trevor ‘The Mole’.<br />

Getting permission from the authorities to<br />

go ahead with the project was, I assumed,<br />

going to be the hardest part. That naive<br />

assumption was put to bed the first<br />

day of diving into the reeds. Get<br />

a fork in, dig out the reeds,<br />

plant them further down<br />

the ditches – easy. Not!<br />

So, here we are, three<br />

years on, seven pairs of<br />

wellingtons, one broken<br />

fork, one spade, six pairs<br />

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Group, visit wnstd.com/wren<br />

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Only when<br />

it rains<br />

Wren Wildlife Group member Nick Croft shares his<br />

experience of breathing life back into Cat and Dog Pond<br />

on Wanstead Flats. Additional words by Tony Morrison.<br />

Photo by Mary Holden<br />

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Creative Giftware<br />

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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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BARTLETT<br />

FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER<br />

2130-0130<br />

'ALWAYS FREE'<br />

Local legends invite friends and music heads<br />

for a night of Soul, Funk, Rare Groove, and<br />

Boogie! One for the fan’s of 70’s and 80’s music,<br />

always a busy night.<br />

DUKEBOX<br />

PRESENTS ADAM ENGLISH -<br />

HOSPITALITY SPECIAL<br />

SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER<br />

7PM – 9PM<br />

'ALWAYS FREE'<br />

The official after party for the Wanstead<br />

Festival, offering special hospitality<br />

discounts.<br />

Sure to be a crowd pleaser!<br />

A NIGHT WITH TIEMPO TEQUILA<br />

FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER<br />

7PM-10PM<br />

"ALWAYS FREE"<br />

A night of curated cocktails and tequilla<br />

tasting with our signature Tiempo Tequilla.<br />

WEST HAM - CHAMPIONS OF<br />

EUROPE - FOOTBALL QUIZ!<br />

WEDNESDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER<br />

8PM – 11PM<br />

£8 PP // 2-6 PER TEAM<br />

How well do you know the current<br />

Champions of Europe, West Ham United?<br />

Step up & show up your knowledge.<br />

Burger deal available with quiz entry.<br />

BOOK NOW ON<br />

THE DUKE “ALL DAYER BBQ”<br />

WITH ETHICAL BUTCHER<br />

SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER<br />

'ALWAYS FREE'<br />

The best of our regenerative meats,<br />

sourced from the Ethical Butcher.<br />

Damn delicious fresh BBQ food, cooked in<br />

our garden area. Good vibes & good food.<br />

BOOK TABLE VIA<br />

90'S FOOTBALL QUIZ<br />

WEDNESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER<br />

8PM – 11PM<br />

£8 PP // 2-6 PER TEAM<br />

Relive the golden days of football, is your<br />

knowledge up to par?<br />

Burger deal available with quiz entry.<br />

BOOK NOW ON<br />

DISCOVOLANTE DJ'S<br />

EVERY FRIDAY<br />

DUKEBOX LIVE MUSIC<br />

EVERY SUNDAY<br />

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Community events<br />

ESSEX ART CLUB<br />

AUTUMN EXHIBITION<br />

A variety of works will be available for sale.<br />

Date: Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 <strong>September</strong><br />

Time: 10am–5pm (until 4.30pm on Sunday)<br />

Venue: Wanstead House, 21 The Green, E11 2NT<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: essexartclub.co.uk<br />

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WANSTEAD<br />

VINTAGE FAIR<br />

Including fashion, jewellery and books.<br />

Date: Saturday 2 <strong>September</strong><br />

Time: 10.30am–4.30pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead United Reformed Church<br />

Cost: £2.50 Enquiries: wansteadvintage.com<br />

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LOCAL MAKERS<br />

MARKET<br />

Including screen prints, ceramics, jewellery,<br />

homewares and textiles.<br />

Date: Saturday 2 <strong>September</strong> Time: 11am–4.30pm<br />

Venue: Christ Church Hall, E11 2SW<br />

Cost: free entry Enquiries: wnstd.com/makers<br />

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Please note: all events are<br />

subject to change. Please<br />

check with the relevant<br />

organisers to confirm details.<br />

Booking may be required.<br />

POND DIP IN<br />

WANSTEAD PARK<br />

Date: Sunday 3 <strong>September</strong> Time: 2pm<br />

Venue: Shoulder of Mutton Pond, Wanstead Park<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wrengroup.org.uk<br />

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WANSTEAD & WOODFORD<br />

WEA FILM CLUB<br />

A screening of Hit the Road (2021).<br />

Date: Monday 4 <strong>September</strong> Time: 12.30pm<br />

Venue: Odeon, South Woodford, E18 2QL<br />

Cost: 20p plus the cinema’s usual charges<br />

Enquiries: weafilmclub18@gmail.com<br />

SEP<br />

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NHS RETIREMENT<br />

FELLOWSHIP<br />

For retired NHS and social care staff.<br />

Date: Monday 4 <strong>September</strong> Time: 2pm<br />

Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes, E11 2PR<br />

Cost: £2 Enquiries: 020 8514 8286<br />

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HITCHCOCK’S<br />

LEYTONSTONE<br />

A presentation by tour guide Gary Lewis for<br />

the Wanstead Historical Society.<br />

Date: Monday 4 <strong>September</strong> Time: 8pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07949 026 212<br />

SEP<br />

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A WALK IN THE WOODS:<br />

WANSTEAD FLATS<br />

Hosted by Tinder Sticks.<br />

Date: Tuesday 5 <strong>September</strong> Time: 10am–12pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Flats, Capel Road, E11 2LT<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/tindersticks<br />

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WANSTEAD<br />

COMMUNITY MARKET<br />

Date: Sunday 3 <strong>September</strong> Time: 10am–3pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead High Street<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: aceeventsltd.co.uk<br />

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BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ<br />

AFTERNOON SESSION<br />

Date: Tuesday 5 <strong>September</strong> Time: 2–3pm<br />

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8505 3000<br />

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HITCHCOCK: THE<br />

HOLLYWOOD YEARS<br />

An illustrated talk by tour guide Gary Lewis.<br />

Date: Wednesday 6 <strong>September</strong> Time: 8pm<br />

Venue: Hethcote & Star, Leytonstone, E11 4EA<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: leytonstonefestival.org.uk<br />

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DEATH CAFÉ<br />

AFTERNOON SESSION<br />

Talk openly about death and dying in a<br />

safe and confidential space. Open to all.<br />

Refreshments provided.<br />

Date: Friday 8 <strong>September</strong> Time: 1–3pm<br />

Venue: Chestnut Manor Care Home, Wanstead<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/cmdc<br />

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OPEN WEEKEND AT THE<br />

TEMPLE IN WANSTEAD PARK<br />

Explore Wanstead Park’s visitor centre.<br />

Date: Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 <strong>September</strong><br />

Time: 12–5pm<br />

Venue: the Temple, Wanstead Park, E11 2LT<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/temple<br />

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EAST LONDON ME/CFS<br />

SUPPORT GROUP<br />

Conversation, information and support.<br />

Date: Saturday 9 <strong>September</strong> Time: 2.30–5pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead House, 21 The Green, E11 2NT<br />

Cost: by donation Enquiries: 07957 152 566<br />

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WANSTEAD PARK<br />

LITTER PICK<br />

Help keep the park tidy. Hosted by the Friends<br />

of Wanstead Parklands.<br />

Date: Sunday 10 <strong>September</strong> Time: 11am<br />

Venue: the Temple, Wanstead Park, E11 2LT<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wansteadpark.org.uk<br />

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VALENTINES MANSION<br />

WEDDING VENUE SHOWCASE<br />

Find out more about weddings at Valentines<br />

Mansion whilst sampling canapés and a glass<br />

of prosecco. Booking required.<br />

Date: Sunday 10 <strong>September</strong> Time: 11am–5pm<br />

Venue: Valentines Mansion & Gardens, IG1 4XA<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8708 8105<br />

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A WALK IN THE WOODS:<br />

WANSTEAD PARK<br />

A discovery walk around the park looking for<br />

signs of autumn. Hosted by Tinder Sticks.<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>September</strong> Time: 1–3pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Park, E11 2LT<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/tindersticks<br />

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KEEPING IT LOCAL<br />

WANSTEAD<br />

An informal gathering for local business<br />

owners to network and socialise.<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>September</strong> Time: 7pm<br />

Venue: Dama de Elche, Cambridge Park, E11 2PU<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/kilw<br />

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THE BLACK GARDENER:<br />

GARDENING ON A BUDGET<br />

A talk by Danny Clarke (The Black Gardener)<br />

for the Aldersbrook Horticultural Society.<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>September</strong> Time: 7.30pm<br />

Venue: Aldersbrook Bowls Club, E12 5DY<br />

Cost: £5 Enquiries: wnstd.com/ahs<br />

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THE ART OF<br />

HIERONYMUS BOSCH<br />

A lecture by Dr Paula Nuttall for The Arts<br />

Society, Woodford Green. Visitors welcome.<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>September</strong> Time: 8pm<br />

Venue: Bancroft’s School, High Road, IG8 0RF<br />

Cost: donation Enquiries: wnstd.com/artssociety<br />

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RSPB TALK:<br />

ICELAND AND BACK<br />

A talk for the North East London Local Group<br />

of the RSPB by Brian Nobbs.<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>September</strong> Time: 8pm<br />

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford<br />

Cost: £4.50 Enquiries: wnstd.com/rspb<br />

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ELECTRONIC<br />

KEYBOARD CONCERT<br />

An East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard<br />

Club event featuring Chris Stanbury.<br />

Date: Wednesday 13 <strong>September</strong> Time: 7.15pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: £12; under-16s: £2 Enquiries: 020 8530 3717<br />

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New Essex Choir<br />

Open Rehearsal Friday 29 th <strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 7:30pm<br />

If you enjoy singing, come and join us at our Open Rehearsal as<br />

we prepare for our Christmas concert. There’s no obligation to<br />

join and we are a non-audition choir open to everyone.<br />

We meet in Barkingside most Friday evenings during school<br />

terms with a concert at the end of each term.<br />

See www.newessexchoral.org.uk/join-us for more information,<br />

including sample recordings of previous concerts<br />

To let us know you are coming or ask any questions you can<br />

email info@newessexchoral.org.uk or call 07785 767 361.<br />

Sing for fun! Sing for health! Sing with friends!<br />

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OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND:<br />

ILFORD HOSPITAL CHAPEL<br />

Guided tours and refreshments.<br />

Date: Saturday 16 <strong>September</strong> Time: 10am–4pm<br />

Venue: Hospital Chapel, Ilford Hill, IG1 2AT<br />

Cost: free entry Enquiries: 020 8514 8286<br />

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CRAFT FAIR AT CHESTNUT<br />

MANOR CARE HOME<br />

A variety of stalls, with refreshments available.<br />

Date: Saturday 16 <strong>September</strong> Time: 10am–4pm<br />

Venue: Chestnut Manor Care Home, Wanstead<br />

Cost: free entry Enquiries: 0203 871 6070<br />

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RELAXED CONCERT AT<br />

CHRIST CHURCH<br />

Professional performers will sing popular<br />

tunes from stage and screen.<br />

Date: Saturday 16 <strong>September</strong> Time: 3pm<br />

Venue: Christ Church, Wanstead Place, E11 2SW<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/songhaven<br />

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RSPB WALK ON<br />

WANSTEAD FLATS<br />

Hosted by the North East London Local Group<br />

of the RSPB. Visitors welcome.<br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>September</strong> Time: 9am<br />

Venue: Wanstead Flats, Centre Road<br />

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07582 996 315<br />

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WANSTEAD<br />

COMMUNITY MARKET<br />

A market alongside the Wanstead Festival.<br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>September</strong> Time: 10am–5pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead High Street<br />

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OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL:<br />

WANSTEAD HERITAGE WALK<br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>September</strong> Time: 10am–12pm<br />

Venue: meet at Wanstead Station, E11 2NT<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/whw<br />

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WANSTEAD<br />

FESTIVAL <strong>2023</strong><br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>September</strong> Time: 11am–6pm<br />

Venue: Christ Church Green, Wanstead<br />

Cost: free entry Enquiries: wnstd.com/festival<br />

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FLOWER ARRANGING<br />

DEMONSTRATION<br />

Kathy Stangaard presents to the Woodford<br />

and District Floral Arrangement Group.<br />

Visitors welcome.<br />

Date: Monday 18 <strong>September</strong> Time: 7.30–9.45pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: £7 Enquiries: 020 8508 9765<br />

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BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ<br />

MORNING SESSION<br />

For people struggling with feelings of loss.<br />

Date: Tuesday 19 <strong>September</strong> Time: 10.30–11.30am<br />

Venue: Christ Church, Wanstead Place, E11 2SW<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8505 3000<br />

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WANSTEAD<br />

STAMP FAIR<br />

Including postcards, cigarette cards, phone<br />

cards and philatelic accessories.<br />

Date: Saturday 23 <strong>September</strong> Time: 10am–3pm<br />

Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes, E11 2PR<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: 07534 496 845<br />

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ESSEX WILDLIFE<br />

TRUST PRESENTATION<br />

A talk by Rich Yates for the Woodford and<br />

District Centre of the National Trust. Visitors<br />

welcome.<br />

Date: Wednesday 27 <strong>September</strong> Time: 2.30pm<br />

Venue: All Saints Church Hall, Woodford Green<br />

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07774 164 407<br />

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A SCHOOLGIRL’S WAR:<br />

SCHOOL LIFE IN WWII<br />

A presentation by Mary Smith for the East of<br />

London Family History Society.<br />

Date: Wednesday 27 <strong>September</strong> Time: 7.30pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07762 514 238<br />

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MACMILLAN COFFEE<br />

MORNING<br />

Hosted by Francis & C Walters Funeralcare.<br />

Date: Friday 29 <strong>September</strong> Time: 11am–2pm<br />

Venue: 121 High Street, Wanstead, E11 2RL<br />

Enquiries: diana.varakina@coop.co.uk<br />

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St John's Leytonstone E111HH<br />

Saturday<br />

9th <strong>September</strong> 7.30pm<br />

Passing Open Windows<br />

A Symphonic Tribute to<br />

by Dee Palmer<br />

Thames Valley<br />

Festival Orchestra<br />

Tickets £16<br />

stephenelleryconductor.co.uk<br />

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Local community groups<br />

ALDERSBROOK LINE DANCING CLUB<br />

Thursday evenings (8pm to 10pm) at<br />

Aldersbrook Bowls Club (£4). Beginners<br />

welcome. Call 07983 618 856<br />

ALDERSBROOK BOWLS CLUB<br />

New members welcome. Located at<br />

34 Aldersbrook Road, Aldersbrook, E12 5DY.<br />

Call 020 8989 8282<br />

ALLAN BURGESS CENTRE<br />

Offering a wide range of activities for the<br />

over-55s. Freshly cooked two-course lunches<br />

available (£7; booking required). Located at<br />

2 Grove Park, Wanstead. Call 020 8989 6338<br />

EAST LONDON AND ESSEX ELECTRONIC<br />

KEYBOARD CLUB<br />

Concerts held every second Wednesday of the<br />

month from 7.50pm to 10.15pm at Wanstead<br />

Library (visitors: £12). Call 020 8530 3717<br />

SATISFACTION<br />

GUARANTEED<br />

• Interior/Exterior Painting<br />

• Woodwork Restoration<br />

• Wallpapering<br />

• Decorating • Varnishing<br />

Tel: 07943 848 437<br />

contact@jasonsdecorators.co.uk<br />

jasonsdecorators.co.uk<br />

UNBEATABLE<br />

PRICES<br />

EAST LONDON ME GROUP<br />

Support group for those with ME/CFS.<br />

Meetings held at Wanstead House at various<br />

dates throughout the year. Call 07957 152566<br />

or email ianpurser81@gmail.com<br />

NCT REDBRIDGE & DISTRICT<br />

Offering support and information to parents<br />

and parents-to-be. Call 0300 330 0700<br />

THE EAST OF LONDON<br />

FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY<br />

Fourth Wednesday of every month, 7.30pm<br />

at Wanstead Library. Free entry. Call<br />

020 8530 4514 or visit eolfhs.org.uk<br />

WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD BLIND CLUB<br />

Social club for people with sight problems<br />

meeting Thursday afternoons (2pm to 4pm) in<br />

South Woodford. Call 07840 850 838<br />

WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD<br />

CENTENARY FILM CLUB<br />

Meets on the first Monday of each month<br />

(except August), 12.30pm at the Odeon, South<br />

Woodford (the cinema’s usual charges apply).<br />

Email weafilmclub18@gmail.com<br />

WANSTEAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY<br />

Meeting on the first Monday of the month<br />

(<strong>September</strong> to May) from 8pm at Wanstead<br />

Library. Call 07949 026 212<br />

WANSTEAD SOCIETY<br />

Making Wanstead a better place to live and<br />

work. Visit wansteadsociety.org.uk<br />

WOODFORD AND DISTRICT FLORAL<br />

ARRANGEMENT GROUP<br />

A floral demonstration and refreshments<br />

every third Monday of the month, 7.30pm at<br />

Wanstead Library. Cost: £5. Call 020 8530 2427<br />

WOODFORD AND WANSTEAD<br />

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY<br />

Meeting virtually or at Wanstead House every<br />

Monday to share photography tips and advice.<br />

Visit wnstd.com/wwps<br />

To advertise, call 020 8819 6645 or visit wnstd.com


* Ballet * Modern * Jazz * Tap *<br />

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<strong>September</strong><br />

Parent<br />

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& Child Class *<br />

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Redbridge Classical Dance Studios is a thriving local<br />

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A THRIVING LOCAL DANCE SCHOOL WITH AN EXCELLENT REPUTATION<br />

Classes in Snaresbrook, Wanstead & South Woodford<br />

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* 18 Months to 18 Years * 18 * Months Adult Ballet to 18 Years &* Tap ACHIEVEMENT<br />

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* Jazz a thriving local<br />

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Silver Swans ® classes have been<br />

specifically designed for the over-<br />

55s, but whatever your age, if you<br />

are looking for a new way to keep fit<br />

and active our ballet classes will put<br />

a spring in your step. Whether you’ve<br />

never danced before or want to get<br />

back into the swing of it, our classes<br />

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Useful numbers in and around Wanstead<br />

ADVICE & SUPPORT<br />

Samaritans116 123<br />

Citizens Advice Redbridge 0300 330 9063<br />

Community Legal Advice 0845 345 4 345<br />

National Debtline 0808 808 4000<br />

HEALTH<br />

Whipps Cross Hospital 020 8539 5522<br />

Wanstead Pharmacy 020 8989 0597<br />

The Evergreen Surgery 020 8518 8746<br />

Wanstead Place Clinic 020 8926 1450<br />

Wanstead Place Surgery 020 8989 1968<br />

Wanstead Village<br />

Dental & Health Centre 020 8530 2126<br />

Out of hours GP 020 3770 1888<br />

LEISURE & LIBRARIES<br />

Wanstead Leisure Centre 020 8989 1172<br />

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre 020 8509 6526<br />

Wanstead Library 020 8708 7400<br />

Aldersbrook Library 020 8496 0006<br />

IN THE BUILDING TRADE FOR 30 YEARS<br />

LOCAL COUNCILLORS Wanstead Village ward<br />

Jo Blackman (Lab) 07435 258 060<br />

jo.blackman@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

Paul Donovan (Lab) 07741 197 406<br />

paul.donovan@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

Daniel Morgan-Thomas (Lab) 07741 194 993<br />

daniel.morgan-thomas@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

LOCAL COUNCILLORS Wanstead Park ward<br />

Sheila Bain (Lab) 07741 904 843<br />

sheila.bain@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

Bayo Alaba (Lab) 07918 273 096<br />

bayo.alaba@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

LOCAL MP Leyton and Wanstead<br />

John Cryer MP (Lab) 020 8989 5249<br />

johncryermp.co.uk<br />

LOCAL MP Chingford and Woodford Green<br />

Iain Duncan Smith MP (Con) 020 7219 3000<br />

iainduncansmith.org.uk<br />

POLICE & NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH<br />

Emergency 999<br />

Non-emergency 101<br />

Crimestoppers0800 555 111<br />

Anti-terrorist Hotline0800 789 321<br />

Neighbourhood Watch redbridgenhw.info<br />

Wanstead Village SNT 020 8345 3616<br />

Wanstead Park SNT 020 8345 3616<br />

REDBRIDGE COUNCIL<br />

Customer contact centre 020 8554 5000<br />

Council Tax enquiries 020 8708 5670<br />

Housing 020 8708 4002<br />

Benefits 020 8708 5690<br />

Adult Social Service 020 8708 7333<br />

Children’s Services 020 8708 3885<br />

Report antisocial behaviour 020 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 />

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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

97<br />

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98<br />

ACCOUNTANTS<br />

THP Chartered Accountants 53 & 60<br />

ACTING LESSONS<br />

Little Actors Theatre 4<br />

The Acting Space16<br />

ADULT EDUCATION<br />

Redbridge Institute 97<br />

AERIALS<br />

Aerials Direct 76<br />

BALLET<br />

Redbridge Classical Dance 95<br />

BATHROOMS<br />

Bathworks 47<br />

The Bathroom Fitting Company82<br />

BEAUTY<br />

The Beauty Spot 9<br />

BOOKS<br />

Wanstead Bookshop48<br />

BUILDERS<br />

Finch Contracts42<br />

Glenward 85<br />

North London Loft Rooms33<br />

Trim Loft Conversions72<br />

CARPENTRY & JOINERY<br />

K&D Joinery 87<br />

CARPET CLEANING<br />

Safeclean Chigwell66<br />

CARPET FITTER<br />

Geoffrey Gramlick66<br />

CHARITIES<br />

Barnardo’s61<br />

British Heart Foundation60<br />

Oxfam61<br />

Saint Francis Hospice60<br />

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES<br />

Little Actors Theatre 4<br />

Redbridge Classical Dance 95<br />

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre 63<br />

Tumble Tots 36<br />

Wanstead Festival 1<br />

COMMUNITY & GROUPS<br />

Leytonstone Wanstead Synagogue 6<br />

Wanstead House49 & 61<br />

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE<br />

Computer Solutions 36 & 58<br />

DANCE LESSONS<br />

Redbridge Classical Dance 95<br />

DECORATORS<br />

Jason’s Decorating94<br />

MG Décor42<br />

DENTIST<br />

Smile in London61 & 69<br />

Woodford House15<br />

DOORS<br />

Garolla84<br />

K&D Joinery 87<br />

Wanstead Village Directory<br />

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ELDERLY CARE<br />

Caremark Redbridge 4<br />

Chestnut Manor Care Home5<br />

Homesdale54 & 60<br />

ELECTRICIAN<br />

SW Radley Electrical Contractors62<br />

ESTATE AGENTS<br />

Churchill Estates78–79<br />

Martin & Co 55<br />

Petty Son & Prestwich31<br />

The Stow Brothers45<br />

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES<br />

All Saints Chorus & Orchestra99<br />

Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson27<br />

Thames Valley Festival Orchestra 93<br />

The Duke & Street Party88 & 100<br />

The Parish of Wanstead14<br />

Wanstead Beer Festival7<br />

Wanstead Comedy Nights29<br />

Wanstead Festival 1<br />

Wanstead Fringe 19–25<br />

FISHMONGER<br />

Wanstead Fish60<br />

FITNESS<br />

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre 63<br />

FLORIST<br />

Lillies of Wanstead12 & 61<br />

FOOT HEALTHCARE<br />

FAB Footcare 58<br />

FOSTERING<br />

Ryancare Fostering61<br />

GARAGE DOORS<br />

Garolla84<br />

GARAGE SERVICES<br />

DC Dodd Motor Repairs46<br />

GARDENS & LANDSCAPING<br />

Growing Gardens 70<br />

Weald Hall Landscapes 58<br />

GIFTS<br />

Creative Giftware84<br />

HANDYMAN<br />

E18 Handyman96<br />

Stuart Green Property Solutions 70<br />

HEALTH<br />

Meducate10<br />

INSURANCE<br />

Charles Crown Insurance 11<br />

JEWELLERS<br />

Keating Jewellers 8 & 60<br />

KITCHENS<br />

London Kitchen Designer13<br />

LOCKSMITH<br />

Barry & Sons40<br />

LOFT CONVERSIONS<br />

North London Loft Rooms33<br />

Trim Loft Conversions72<br />

MORTGAGE ADVISOR<br />

Charles Crown Financial 11<br />

OSTEOPATH<br />

Wanstead Osteopaths61<br />

PHARMACY<br />

Wanstead Pharmacy60<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Geoff Wilkinson40 & 60<br />

PLASTERING<br />

Heritage Plaster Services 43<br />

PLUMBING & HEATING<br />

Heating Plus41<br />

POLITICS<br />

John Cryer MP62<br />

PUB<br />

The Duke88 & 100<br />

RESTAURANTS & CAFÉS<br />

The Bungalow Café61<br />

ROOFING<br />

Cox and Sons Roofing46<br />

SCHOOLS & NURSERIES<br />

Avon House Prep School73<br />

Loyola Preparatory School 67<br />

Our Lady of Lourdes School71<br />

St Aubyn’s School37<br />

Woodford Green Prep School 83<br />

SINGING<br />

New Essex Choir91<br />

SOLICITORS<br />

Axiom DWFM75<br />

Edwards Duthie Shamash77<br />

SPORT & LEISURE<br />

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre 63<br />

Wanstead Golf Club34–35<br />

THEATRE<br />

Wanstead Theatre Co27<br />

TOURS<br />

Hitchcock Talks & Tours57<br />

TREE SERVICES<br />

Scott Whitehead Trees 76<br />

WASTE DISPOSAL<br />

Arbis Waste Disposal 36<br />

WEB DESIGN<br />

Klarity Media90<br />

WEDDING VENUE<br />

Valentines Mansion2<br />

WILLS<br />

Brampton Wills & Estate Planning 4<br />

WINDOW RESTORATION<br />

McCarty & Smith 59<br />

WINDOW SHUTTERS<br />

Woodthorpe Joinery 50–51<br />

YOGA<br />

Yoga For Everyone 4<br />

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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

99<br />

All Saints Chorus and Orchestra<br />

presents<br />

V I V A L D I<br />

GLORIA<br />

BACH Concerto for Violin & Oboe<br />

FRANCK Panis Angelicus<br />

FAURÉ Cantique de Jean Racine<br />

CULLEN Friendship Motet<br />

HANDEL Arrival of the Queen of Sheba<br />

Saturday <strong>September</strong> 30th <strong>2023</strong><br />

7.00pm<br />

St. Gabriel’s Church<br />

12 Aldersbrook Road · London E12 5HH<br />

All Saints Chorus and Orchestra<br />

Conductor: Jon Cullen<br />

Soprano - Lucy Farrimond · Mezz-Soprano - Lucy Thalange<br />

Violin - Jonathan Strange · Oboe - Graham Salter<br />

Tickets: Adults £16 Concessions £12<br />

The All Saints Chorus and Orchestra’s<br />

performance of Handel’s Messiah was<br />

sold out. Early booking advised.<br />

Tickets available from Eventbrite, the church or by calling 07541 966720<br />

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