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ISSN 2059-013X<br />

Est. 2006<br />

wnstd.com Issue No: 214<br />

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

Lillies<br />

• CHRISTMAS<br />

WREATHS<br />

• HAND TIES<br />

• FESTIVE<br />

PLANTERS<br />

• BERRIES,<br />

HOLLY AND<br />

EUCALYPTUS<br />

BOUQUETS<br />

• GARLANDS<br />

OF WANSTEAD<br />

• CHRISTMAS<br />

TABLE<br />

CENTRES<br />

POST YOUR LETTER<br />

TO SANTA ANY DAY<br />

LEADING UP TO<br />

CHRISTMAS AND<br />

RECEIVE A FREE GIFT<br />

Lillies of Wanstead | 2 Gwynne House | High Street | Wanstead | E11 1QH<br />

lilliesofwanstead.co.uk 020 8518 8893<br />

lilliesofwanstead1@hotmail.com<br />

Find us on Instagram:<br />

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Find us on Facebook:<br />

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Follow us on Twitter:<br />

@Lillieswanstead<br />

INSIDE: Christmas events • Thoughts of a cow warden • Shop local • Village Vouchers launch<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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anstead Village Directory<br />

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chicchiwanstead<br />

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A l vouchers in this book expire at 11.59pm on 31 March 2024. One voucher per transaction/visit. Vouchers<br />

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All vouchers in this book expire at 11.59pm on 31 March 2024. One voucher per transaction/visit. Vouchers<br />

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one person/item. Questions regarding the offers should be directed to the retailer. Retailer’s decision is final.<br />

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Sunday from 1pm<br />

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et expire at 11.59pm on 31 March 2024. One voucher per transaction/visit. Vouchers<br />

is made inside the do ted line. Vouchers are to be fulfi led by the corresponding<br />

regarding the offers should be directed to the appropriate vendor.<br />

*Valid Monday to<br />

Friday before 10.30am<br />

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Contents<br />

Features<br />

You better watch out .......................20–21<br />

Supporting dreams ..................................24<br />

Grotto project ............................................. 30<br />

Park life .....................................................34–35<br />

Music to my ears .......................................40<br />

The high life .................................................48<br />

Reverend reflections ................................52<br />

Listen and learn ......................................... 56<br />

Heroes club ..................................................64<br />

A good look..................................................68<br />

Thoughts of a cow warden ..........74–75<br />

Puzzles & competitions<br />

Sudoku .............................................................32<br />

Crossword competition ........................ 44<br />

Wanstead anagram ................................. 54<br />

Every month<br />

Local news ..........................6–8, 10, 12 & 14<br />

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

Community events ....... 79–80, 82 & 84<br />

Community groups .................................86<br />

Useful numbers .........................................88<br />

Index of advertisers .................................90<br />

Contact Us<br />

020 8819 6645<br />

Welcome...<br />

‘Twas the issue before Christmas, in Wanstead, all was not well,<br />

Not a retailer was stirring, despite plenty to sell.<br />

The signs were hung in the windows with care,<br />

In hopes that local shoppers soon would be there.<br />

The residents were nestled at home drinking mulled wine,<br />

With visions of buying all their presents online.<br />

And the High Street with its shops, cafés and Christmas tree,<br />

But the people had settled for next-day delivery.<br />

When out in the town there arose such a clatter,<br />

They all put down their phones to see what was the matter.<br />

Away to shops they flew like a flash,<br />

Tore open their gift lists and readied their cash.<br />

The festive lights on the shoppers, whose numbers did grow,<br />

Gave an air of excitement to everyone below.<br />

When what to the local economy did appear,<br />

But a much-needed boost when combined with festive cheer.<br />

With a little old-fashioned shopping in town,<br />

They knew in a moment they’d need a sit down.<br />

More rapid than eagles, they went for a drink,<br />

And they whistled, and shouted, there’s more than you think!<br />

Now dash away! Dash away! Wrap all you got,<br />

As online shoppers await a delivery slot.<br />

So to the houses, the enlightened shoppers they flew,<br />

With a bag full of Wanstead, and much fun had too.<br />

And then, in a twinkling, they came to understand,<br />

The prancing and pawing of each shopkeeper’s demand.<br />

To buy local, ‘tis the best way we found,<br />

It keeps us all going, let’s return with a bound.<br />

Now hear them exclaim, shop local feels right,<br />

“Happy Christmas to all,<br />

And to all a good night!”<br />

With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore.<br />

Lee Marquis, Editor<br />

Calling local residents...<br />

The Wanstead Village Directory proudly supports local<br />

businesses and we encourage you to do the same.<br />

Help us help these businesses by mentioning the<br />

Wanstead Village Directory when responding to adverts.<br />

A note to businesses...<br />

If you are a business based in Wanstead, or if you have a<br />

presence in the local community, we can help you get your<br />

message across to our readers. The deadline for inclusion in<br />

the January 2024 edition is 11 <strong>December</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

editor@wnstd.com<br />

wnstd.com<br />

wnstd.com/socials<br />

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Wanstead, Snaresbrook and Aldersbrook.<br />

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Wanstead Village Directory<br />

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Village Vouchers: support good causes<br />

and save money at local shops and cafés<br />

The Wanstead Village<br />

Directory has launched<br />

Village Vouchers, a<br />

new initiative to help<br />

residents save money<br />

whilst supporting the<br />

local economy and<br />

good causes. Published<br />

in collaboration with<br />

the South Woodford<br />

Village Gazette, Village<br />

Vouchers is a booklet<br />

filled with 100 discount<br />

vouchers for shops,<br />

salons, cafés, pubs and<br />

restaurants across the two areas. “From free<br />

cake with a coffee to money off a massage,<br />

Village Vouchers is designed to get people<br />

excited about shopping locally. A huge thanks<br />

to all the businesses that are taking part,” said<br />

editor Lee Marquis. Priced £4 and valid until<br />

Epping Forest<br />

A Year in<br />

Pictures<br />

2024 Calendar<br />

A3: £12<br />

A4: £10<br />

In aid of Epping Forest Heritage Trust<br />

and The Swan Sanctuary<br />

Order at wnstd.com/ef24<br />

Wanstead Village Directory<br />

All photos by<br />

local photographers<br />

31 March 2024, the booklets are being sold<br />

by local schools and charities, who retain<br />

up to half the proceeds. Copies can also be<br />

purchased online and collected from the High<br />

Street, with shoppers invited to select a good<br />

cause to support. Visit wnstd.com/vouchers<br />

Christmas<br />

market date<br />

A Christmas market<br />

will take place on<br />

Wanstead High Street<br />

this month. Stalls will<br />

be open from 10am<br />

to 4pm on Saturday<br />

16 <strong>December</strong>. The<br />

festive market<br />

will run alongside<br />

Flamingo Fairs’<br />

Christmas event at<br />

Wanstead Library<br />

(11am to 4pm)<br />

and the Wanstead<br />

Vintage Fair at the<br />

United Reformed<br />

Church (10.30am<br />

to 4.30pm). The<br />

Christmas market<br />

will be in addition to<br />

the regular monthly<br />

market on Sunday<br />

3 <strong>December</strong>.<br />

Cambridge Park<br />

cycle lane<br />

Redbridge Council<br />

launched a<br />

consultation last<br />

month over plans to<br />

upgrade the current<br />

advisory cycle lane<br />

on Cambridge Park<br />

and improve the<br />

pedestrian crossings.<br />

“The proposed route<br />

will form part of<br />

the wider borough<br />

cycle network and<br />

connect the High<br />

Street to cycle routes<br />

south of Cambridge<br />

Park, including<br />

Blake Hall Road and<br />

Aldersbrook Road,”<br />

said a spokesperson.<br />

The survey closes<br />

on 3 <strong>December</strong>. Visit<br />

wnstd.com/cpcycle<br />

© Geoff Wilkinson<br />

To advertise, call 020 8819 6645 or visit wnstd.com


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<strong>December</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

7<br />

Bright idea: permanent Christmas<br />

tree in Wanstead under consideration<br />

Enjoy community carol singing on<br />

Wanstead High Street<br />

© Geoff Wilkinson © Geoff Wilkinson<br />

Wanstead’s temporary Christmas tree may<br />

become a permanent feature if the idea<br />

proves to be economically viable. “It costs<br />

approximately £2,000 to buy and light the<br />

temporary tree. We are looking into the<br />

possibility of planting a tree in future years,<br />

but there are a range of things to consider,<br />

including maintenance costs,” said a council<br />

spokesperson. The annual switch-on of the<br />

lights took place on George Green last month,<br />

but if approved, the location of a permanent<br />

tree is likely to be the subject of debate.<br />

You better watch out for Santa…<br />

on his milk float<br />

Wanstead will welcome Santa early this month<br />

as he embarks on a pre-Christmas tour of local<br />

streets on 20 <strong>December</strong> from 4pm. “You can’t<br />

beat seeing how much children enjoy seeing<br />

Santa. It’s a fun community event that injects<br />

a bit of extra magic into Christmas. Please<br />

have some change ready for the elves’ charity<br />

collection buckets,” said organiser Amy Moore.<br />

In what is now an annual Wanstead tradition,<br />

Santa will pass through the streets aboard Elf<br />

Steve Hayden’s Parker Dairies milk float. To<br />

view the full route, visit wnstd.com/santa23<br />

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A community carol singing event will<br />

take place on Wanstead High Street on<br />

13 <strong>December</strong>. “Come and join us by the war<br />

memorial, opposite The Cuckfield, from<br />

6.30pm for some joyful carol singing, and help<br />

raise money for Centrepoint, which works with<br />

homeless young people. Song words will be<br />

provided, but do bring a torch and wrap up<br />

warm. People of all ages are very welcome.<br />

The carol singing will continue afterwards<br />

inside The Cuckfield, with mulled wine!” said<br />

Revd James Gilder of the Parish of Wanstead.<br />

The Cuckfield<br />

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31 High Street, Wanstead, E11 2AA<br />

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We serve hot salt beef, full English breakfasts, omelettes,<br />

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baguettes, bagels, paninis, hot and cold pasta<br />

dishes, jacket potatoes and salads. We offer more than 20<br />

different types of world teas and our milkshakes and fruit<br />

smoothies are excellent.<br />

10% OFF FREE DESSERT<br />

Main meals<br />

123 High Street, Wanstead, E11 2RL<br />

020 8530 4024<br />

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* With a main meal*<br />

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Christmas Day and<br />

festive menus<br />

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A l vouchers in this booklet expire at 11.59pm on 31 March 2024. One voucher per transaction/visit. Vouchers<br />

become void when a mark is made inside the dotted line. Vouchers are to be fulfi led by the corresponding<br />

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100 LOCAL VOUCHERS<br />

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Christmas Day and<br />

festive menus<br />

cuckfieldE11<br />

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cafechicchi<br />

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We are passionate about the health of the body and how<br />

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Wanstead’s original artisan coffee shop celebrates its 15th<br />

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brunch and lunch. Come try both with these voucher offers,<br />

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Bakers and singers needed for<br />

return of Christmas event<br />

On your own on Christmas Day?<br />

Join a community Christmas dinner<br />

Fr James and Fr Charles<br />

of the Parish of Wanstead<br />

Cakes and Carols – a Christmas event for the<br />

over-65s – will return to Wanstead United<br />

Reformed Church this year. “This event started<br />

in 2014, but this will be our first one back since<br />

Covid… We are looking for bakers and for<br />

families to volunteer to help on the day. We<br />

would also love some young musicians or any<br />

choirs to perform for our senior guests. If you<br />

can help, please get in touch,” said organiser<br />

Suzi Robinson. The free festive celebration will<br />

take place on 23 <strong>December</strong> from 1.30pm to<br />

4pm. Call 07917 670 663<br />

The Parish of Wanstead and The Duke public<br />

house will jointly host a free Christmas dinner<br />

for anyone who is likely to be on their own<br />

on Christmas Day or struggling to pay for<br />

Christmas food. “We would love you to join us<br />

on Christmas Day at 1pm in the parish halls,<br />

next to Christ Church, for traditional Christmas<br />

food and a jolly time with others. Don’t stay at<br />

home alone; come and have Christmas with<br />

us! Everything is entirely free, but please make<br />

sure you book in advance as space is limited,”<br />

said Revd James Gilder. Call 020 8530 8743<br />

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The Cuckfield is inviting residents to help<br />

decorate its charity Christmas tree. “Buy a<br />

special decoration to add to the tree for £1 and<br />

help us raise money for The Wanstead Charity,<br />

a local initiative that supports the homeless<br />

in East London. This will be a great way to<br />

get into a community festive spirit, and every<br />

decoration hung will mean extra support<br />

for someone in need,” said pub manager Lizi<br />

Arnold. The decorations are available from<br />

Daisy the florist (121A High Street) or direct<br />

from The Cuckfield (31 High Street).<br />

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Calendar of local vintage photos<br />

colourised by artificial intelligence<br />

National Trust talk about Christmas<br />

trees and festive gardening<br />

A local resident has produced a 2024 calendar<br />

featuring vintage photos of Wanstead and<br />

Woodford colourised by artificial intelligence.<br />

“Among the photos is an image of Wanstead<br />

Hospital with Nightingale Farm in the<br />

background from 1930 and a picture of The<br />

Cuckfield from 1925. The AI software picks out<br />

buildings, fields, grass and signs and makes a<br />

best judgement on the colour. The results are<br />

stunning,” said Roland Saunders. The A3-sized<br />

calendars can be ordered up to 10 <strong>December</strong><br />

(£25 plus P&P). Visit wnstd.com/memories<br />

Gardening at Christmas will be the theme for<br />

a local National Trust talk on 12 <strong>December</strong>.<br />

“The festive season is usually regarded as<br />

a horticultural hiatus. But in this illustrated<br />

talk, we’ll see Christmas offers much to the<br />

gardener. We’ll look at colourful plants that<br />

brighten both indoors and outdoors, and<br />

study the most beloved Yuletide plant: the<br />

Christmas tree. Lavishly sprinkled with bad<br />

jokes!” said Nick Dobson, whose presentation<br />

will take place at the Woodford Memorial Hall<br />

from 10.30am (visitors: £3). Call 07774 164 407<br />

Local historians publish an illustrated<br />

history of Wanstead Flats<br />

Looking south across<br />

Wanstead Flats towards<br />

Forest Gate (circa 1900)<br />

IN THE BUILDING TRADE FOR 30 YEARS<br />

Two local historians have published a new<br />

book about the history of Wanstead Flats.<br />

“Once part of the riverbed of the Thames,<br />

in medieval times the Flats became grazing<br />

land. Over the last two centuries the Flats has<br />

hosted funfairs and football, become a site<br />

for political protest and been a key part of<br />

London’s anti-aircraft defences in two world<br />

wars,” said Mark Gorman and Peter Williams.<br />

Wanstead Flats: A Short Illustrated History (£10)<br />

includes a number of never-before-published<br />

photos. Visit wnstd.com/flatshistory<br />

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Wanstead part of Redbridge’s largestever<br />

community planting event<br />

Decision delayed: planning<br />

application for Evergreen Field<br />

How the development would<br />

look from the High Street<br />

Nearly 450 people took part in Redbridge<br />

Council’s recent community planting days,<br />

making it one of the largest planting events<br />

on record for the borough. “The fun-filled days<br />

were held in Wanstead, Barkingside, Seven<br />

Kings and Ilford, with participants filling 64<br />

planters with more than 1,000 flowers,” said a<br />

Neighbourhoods Team spokesperson. A total<br />

of eight planters were filled outside Wanstead<br />

Station. In a survey after the event, 90% said<br />

they had been inspired to get involved in<br />

more community events.<br />

Zorina’s Suitcase of Adventures!<br />

Magical immersive storytelling and<br />

journeying delights for under 5’s<br />

Nurseries/Events/Parties<br />

A decision on the planning application to<br />

build a four-storey block of flats on Evergreen<br />

Field has been delayed. The application –<br />

which was submitted in July – now has a<br />

target date of 29 <strong>December</strong>. The fenced-off<br />

patch of land on Wanstead High Street has<br />

not been inhabited since 1944, when two<br />

homes that stood there were bombed and<br />

then demolished in 1967. If approved, the<br />

development will include a nursery on the<br />

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

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

Everywhere Theatre<br />

In Wanstead & Aldersbrook<br />

The Creative Snug<br />

Holistic creative and<br />

expressive arts sessions<br />

Children/Adults/Teens<br />

The Drama Shed<br />

Weekly drama classes for 5-11 yrs<br />

Tempest Youth Theatre<br />

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(12 - 15 yrs)<br />

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Wildlife group surveys diverse range<br />

of fungi growing locally<br />

Date set for the return of the<br />

Wanstead Beer Festival in 2024<br />

Blackening Waxcap<br />

White Saddle<br />

Over 400 people attended<br />

the event in October<br />

A local wildlife group surveyed the fungi<br />

growing in the gardens of Wanstead Quaker<br />

Meeting House last month. “This has been a<br />

great autumn for seeing fungi in our area. Led<br />

by our own mycologist, Tricia Moxey, and Mike<br />

Green from the London Fungus Network, we<br />

recorded almost 50 species – and many more<br />

probably went undiscovered. The variety of<br />

colour and form displayed by fungi is quite<br />

remarkable. But one small request: please<br />

don’t collect them!” said Tim Harris of the Wren<br />

Wildlife Group.<br />

A date for the second Wanstead Beer Festival<br />

has been set. It follows the success of the first<br />

event in October, which raised over £3,000<br />

for local good causes Tin in a Bin and The<br />

Wanstead Charity. “The enthusiasm for the<br />

inaugural event meant diaries were opened<br />

and a new date fixed. The next Wanstead Beer<br />

Festival will take place at Christ Church halls<br />

on 12 October 2024. It was excellent to raise<br />

money for local charities and, hopefully, even<br />

more can be raised next year,” said organiser<br />

Paul Donovan.<br />

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<strong>December</strong> <strong>2023</strong><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 40 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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Wanstead Locksmiths<br />

Barry & Sons<br />

No call-out charge<br />

All work guaranteed<br />

24 hour service<br />

• Established in Wanstead over 35 years<br />

• First-class work at reasonable prices<br />

• Free advice and estimates<br />

• All types of locks opened<br />

• Locks supplied, fitted and repaired<br />

Tel: 020 8530 6557<br />

M: 07988 690 358<br />

12, Limes Avenue, Wanstead, E11 2BP<br />

locally-based<br />

John Cryer MP - Leyton and Wanstead<br />

6 Gainsborough Road, Leytonstone, E11 1HT<br />

Email: john.cryer.mp@parliament.uk | Tel: 0208 989 5249 | www.johncryermp.co.uk |@JohnCryerMP<br />

Seasons Greetings<br />

Advice surgeries: I am now holding face-to-face surgeries again<br />

as well as also still holding them by telephone, coffee mornings<br />

and street surgeries. It is important that I am accessible to<br />

residents. You can also still call, email and write to me at the<br />

above contact addresses<br />

Newsletter: If you want to receive an email update from me<br />

about what has been going on locally and in Parliament, email<br />

me with your name and address and the subject: OPT IN<br />

NEWSLETTER<br />

Much of the casework I receive is time<br />

sensitive, and often my team find they can<br />

deal with it without the need for you or<br />

them to wait for an in person appointment.<br />

So please get in contact by email, letter or<br />

phone with any issue you have and we can<br />

work out the best way we can help you.<br />

Please have any relevant information<br />

about your case including reference<br />

numbers to hand. My team and I will do our<br />

very best to help.<br />

To make an appointment to speak to me please call 020 8989 5249 or email me at john.cryer.mp@parliament.uk. My team and I<br />

will do our very best to help<br />

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<strong>December</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Homesdale (Woodford Baptist Homes) Ltd<br />

5/7 New Wanstead, Wanstead, London E11 2SH<br />

We are not just a care home,<br />

we are a home that cares.<br />

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(Christian Sheltered Housing and Care for the elderly)<br />

Phone: 020 8989 0847<br />

www.homesdale.co.uk<br />

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Catholic Independent<br />

Boys’ School<br />

A small school,<br />

achieving big results!<br />

Pupils of all faiths welcome<br />

Small classes<br />

11+ preparation<br />

Ranking 39th in the Sunday<br />

Times Top 100 Prep Schools<br />

“Loyola is an Outstanding School”<br />

Diocese of Brentwood Inspection Report<br />

Call the school office on 020 8504 7372 to arrange a tour<br />

www.loyola.essex.sch.uk<br />

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<strong>December</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

19<br />

McCarty & Smith<br />

Window restoration and upgrades in Wanstead<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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There’ll be plenty of festive cheer in<br />

and around Wanstead this <strong>December</strong>,<br />

with a number of events on offer<br />

for all the community to enjoy.<br />

Kris Kringle reports<br />

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Now that Wanstead’s Christmas tree<br />

is aglow, it’s officially time to feel<br />

festive. So, as the winter chill settles<br />

in and the scent of cinnamon lattes fill the<br />

air, take a moment to enjoy the spirit of<br />

togetherness and community celebration<br />

in and around Wanstead.<br />

Sneak and Peek<br />

1, 2 and 9 <strong>December</strong>; various times (tickets: £12)<br />

Redbridge Drama Centre, South Woodford<br />

This endearing and entertaining musical for<br />

children of all ages will capture the magic<br />

of Santa’s world while showcasing the<br />

determination and heart of two young elves<br />

striving to become real undercover agents.<br />

Wanstead Christmas Markets<br />

3 and 16 <strong>December</strong>; 10am to 4pm<br />

High Street, Wanstead<br />

Wanstead’s monthly market (first Sunday of<br />

the month) will be joined by an extra event on<br />

Saturday 16 <strong>December</strong>, both with Christmas<br />

fayre, activities and entertainment.<br />

The Duke Christmas Market<br />

9 <strong>December</strong>; 12 noon to 6pm<br />

The Duke, 79 Nightingale Lane<br />

Stalls, food, drink and community<br />

fun with a festive twist.<br />

Carols on the High Street<br />

13 <strong>December</strong>; 6.30pm<br />

Wanstead War Memorial<br />

Led by the Parish of Wanstead and the<br />

Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts, this<br />

community event will get everyone singing<br />

and in the festive mood. Raising money for<br />

homeless charity Centrepoint.<br />

Sparkle Christmas Fair and Vintage Fair<br />

16 <strong>December</strong>; 11am to 4pm / 10.30am to 4.30pm<br />

Wanstead Library and United Reformed Church<br />

Creative and retro, two unique shopping<br />

events just nine days before the big day.<br />

Santa’s Christmas Workshop<br />

16 and 17 <strong>December</strong>; various times (tickets: £15)<br />

Redbridge Drama Centre, South Woodford<br />

Come and visit Santa’s workshop, where Santa<br />

and his hard-working elves are busily getting<br />

ready for the big day. Santa will be on hand to<br />

join in the fun and give every child a gift.<br />

Santa’s Wanstead Drive-By<br />

20 <strong>December</strong>; 4pm to 7pm<br />

Santa will embark on a pre-Christmas tour of<br />

Wanstead, chauffeured through the streets<br />

by Elf Steve Hayden aboard his Parker Dairies<br />

milk float.<br />

Charles Dickens’<br />

A Christmas Carol<br />

21 <strong>December</strong>; 6.30pm<br />

(tickets: £7)<br />

St Mary’s Church, Wanstead<br />

A Christmassy hour brought<br />

to you by the Woodhouse<br />

Players, telling the famous<br />

story of Mr Scrooge.<br />

Cakes and Carols<br />

23 <strong>December</strong>; 1.30pm to 4pm<br />

United Reformed Church<br />

A free event for our senior<br />

community (over-65s), with homemade<br />

cakes and performances by<br />

young musicians.<br />

For more information on these and other<br />

events in and around Wanstead, visit<br />

wnstd.com/christmas23<br />

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SuppOrtINg DreAms<br />

When you support a small business, you are supporting someone’s<br />

dream, says Wanstead resident Paul Canal, who urges us all to enjoy the<br />

High Street and shop local this Christmas<br />

The sight of our bustling High Street<br />

thronged with Wansteadians, their<br />

friends and visitors gladdens the<br />

heart and quickens the pulse. Our High<br />

Street is the heart of our community, with<br />

an eclectic mix of independent shops,<br />

cafes, bars and restaurants that is the envy<br />

of our neighbours.<br />

Our local businesses are the backbone of<br />

our community in Wanstead, both culturally<br />

and economically. The knowledge, expertise,<br />

products, services and sense of camaraderie<br />

we get from our local independents is<br />

something we cannot mimic elsewhere. Put<br />

simply, local is our past, present and future.<br />

Our local entrepreneurs emerged from Covid<br />

bruised but defiant, and were then hit by the<br />

Ukraine tsunami with rocketing fuel costs<br />

and tighter domestic budgets. Many are still<br />

paying back Covid loans or dipped deep<br />

into personal savings. They need our help to<br />

survive and thrive. Ghost towns happen when<br />

we don’t shop locally. It is time for us all to<br />

step up and spend more of our hard-earned<br />

cash in our local shops.<br />

This Christmas, Britons will spend over £80bn.<br />

Here in Wanstead, the average family will<br />

spend over £2,000. Collectively, we will spend<br />

over £26m. Imagine the impact if we all<br />

pledged to spend a proportion of that here in<br />

Wanstead with our local independents.<br />

When you support a small business, you are<br />

supporting someone’s dream.<br />

Environmental sustainability is another key<br />

advantage of shopping locally. Our local<br />

independents invariably have a smaller<br />

carbon footprint compared to larger chains<br />

and e-commerce giants.<br />

That is why I am challenging every reader of<br />

the Wanstead Village Directory to spend more<br />

locally. Buy your wine from Daygustation,<br />

your fish and smoked salmon from Wanstead<br />

Fish, the best panettone from More Italy.<br />

Get your cards and gifts from The Art Shop<br />

and Moments, your books from Wanstead<br />

Bookshop and make sure your Christmas<br />

flowers come from Lillies and Daisy florists,<br />

who beautifully bookend our High Street.<br />

Adorn your loved ones with jewellery from<br />

Keatings and perhaps some festive fashion<br />

from Azzurra. Laden with bags, put your feet<br />

up at City Place, enjoy a coffee at Bare Brew,<br />

sip a glass of wine at The Cuckfield or lounge<br />

at The Larder, as no High Street has our range<br />

of amazing bars and cafes.<br />

And as you relax, let’s not forget those who<br />

are less fortunate; let’s spread the love. Please<br />

buy some extra food for the Tin in a Bin<br />

foodbank network (wnstd.com/tinabsites)<br />

or make a donation direct to The Wanstead<br />

Charity (wnstd.com/charity), who support the<br />

homeless. That way, we can all have a happy<br />

and healthy Christmas.<br />

Paul Canal is a Wanstead resident and<br />

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GROTTO PROJECT<br />

In the first of a series of articles monitoring the restoration and<br />

maintenance of Wanstead Park’s historic Grotto, Richard Arnopp from<br />

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands explains the background<br />

Three years ago, the City of London<br />

adopted a Conservation Management<br />

Plan for the boathouse grotto in<br />

Wanstead Park, which has been in ruins<br />

since a fire not long after the park opened<br />

to the public in the late 1800s.<br />

Since 2022, the Heritage of London Trust has<br />

carried out remedial work on the landing<br />

stage of the building, and the site received<br />

a visit from HRH The Duke of Gloucester.<br />

More recently, a working party has started to<br />

formulate a vision for the structure’s future.<br />

Its task is to identify a sustainable future for<br />

the structure and to see its removal from<br />

the Heritage at Risk Register, to which it was<br />

added in 2017 (the park as a whole has been<br />

on the Register since 2009).<br />

The Grotto was begun around 1760 for John,<br />

second Earl Tylney of Castlemaine, on a site<br />

on the west side of the Ornamental Water.<br />

It seems to have been complete and in use<br />

when it was visited by the French astronomer<br />

Jérôme Lalande in May 1763. It isn’t known<br />

who designed the building, though from<br />

surviving correspondence, we know the noted<br />

Cornish antiquarian and naturalist Dr William<br />

Borlase supplied geological specimens to<br />

be incorporated into it. Unusually large<br />

and elaborate, the Grotto was on two<br />

levels, with a boathouse below and a room<br />

for entertainment above, with a service<br />

area to the side. This may date from when<br />

modifications were made in 1781.<br />

The Grotto survived the wreck of the estate<br />

and became a popular attraction when<br />

the park was opened to the public, with an<br />

admission price of sixpence. Sadly, it was<br />

burned out during maintenance work in<br />

1884, leaving only the exterior walls. Since<br />

then, weathering and vandalism have led to<br />

further loss of fabric: little is now left on the<br />

landward side, and the spectacular waterside<br />

façade survives only as a denuded shadow of<br />

its former self. About half of the original fabric<br />

of the façade is estimated to survive, with<br />

two large areas of complete loss and some<br />

unsatisfactory past attempts at restoration.<br />

The first meeting of the Grotto Project Board<br />

has now taken place and there have been<br />

some positive developments. A contractor has<br />

been appointed to draw up a restoration and<br />

maintenance plan, subject to confirmation of<br />

funding, and investigations of the structure<br />

have indicated no insuperable problems.<br />

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands took<br />

an active part in the development of the<br />

Conservation Management Plan for the<br />

Grotto and a committee member sits on the<br />

Project Board.<br />

Next month, I will discuss some of the work<br />

that has been done to make sense of the<br />

history of this neglected building.<br />

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Park<br />

Life<br />

In the seventh of a series of<br />

articles featuring the images<br />

of local photographers who<br />

document the wildlife<br />

of Wanstead Park and<br />

the surrounding area,<br />

Deepak Dembla presents<br />

his festive feel-good<br />

image of a Robin<br />

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first camera and started playing with it.<br />

When I moved to London 16 years ago, I<br />

always made sure I lived close to a park<br />

or a forest to enjoy nature and practice<br />

my photography skills.<br />

I love that Wanstead Park is just a few minutes’<br />

walk from where I live. I try to visit the park<br />

every week if I can. I can easily spend four<br />

hours or more just trying to see and capture<br />

something new in the park.<br />

While shooting birds, I use a 500mm zoom<br />

lens so I can shoot from a distance and<br />

not disturb them. The UK’s favourite bird is<br />

pictured here, the European Robin, known<br />

simply as a Robin or Robin Redbreast. It is<br />

found across Europe, east to Western Siberia<br />

and south to North Africa. Robins are small,<br />

insectivorous birds, around 12cm to 14cm in<br />

length. Unlike other small birds, Robins are<br />

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Deepak<br />

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Photography, stargazing,<br />

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passions. Covid lockdowns<br />

made me explore Wanstead<br />

Flats and Wanstead Park more<br />

than ever with my camera. And<br />

ever since, nature has always<br />

surprised me with something<br />

amazing: wildlife, beautiful sunsets<br />

and sunrises or something amazing<br />

in the sky, like a beautiful rainbow or a<br />

comet, the moon and planets. I must say,<br />

it’s a treasure!<br />

I never had any formal education in<br />

photography. While in college, I joined<br />

an astronomy club called ABAA. This is<br />

where I met Dilip Kumar, former president<br />

of the club. I was inspired by his amazing<br />

astrophotography, landscape and wildlife<br />

photography skills, and bought my<br />

As a non-migratory species, Robins can be<br />

seen throughout the year, although there<br />

are quite a few legends surrounding their<br />

relation to Christmas. One legend goes<br />

back to Victorian times, when the tradition<br />

of sending Christmas cards started. They<br />

were delivered by postmen wearing brightred<br />

coats. These postmen were nicknamed<br />

‘Robins’ or ‘Redbreasts’ with the popular early<br />

cards of the era displaying the Robins who<br />

characterised them. A theme which continues<br />

to this day.<br />

But legend also has it that the Robin’s<br />

redbreast has a direct link to Christianity. One<br />

fable suggests that when the baby Jesus was<br />

in his manger, the fire which had been lit to<br />

keep him warm started to blaze up. A brown<br />

Robin, noticing that Mary had been distracted,<br />

placed himself between the fire and the<br />

face of baby Jesus. The Robin fluffed out its<br />

feathers to protect the baby, but in so doing,<br />

its breast was scorched. This redness was then<br />

passed on to future generations of Robins.<br />

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The team at K&D Joinery would like to take this<br />

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MUSIC TO MY EARS<br />

Twelve-year-old Wanstead resident Riku Fryderyk shares their journey to<br />

publishing their second book, Music to My Ears, which, with a 62,000-<br />

plus word count, may set a new world record for a child author<br />

I<br />

have been passionate about writing<br />

from a very early age, starting out<br />

writing short stories on paper and then<br />

moving to writing with a more professional<br />

approach, which led to the publication of<br />

my first book, The Witching Hour, at the<br />

age of 10.<br />

During the process of publication, I began<br />

writing a novel whose storyline evolved and<br />

changed over time, and countless hours of<br />

writing and editing have finally brought me<br />

to the moment where I officially announce<br />

that Music to My Ears is now available to<br />

order on Amazon in eBook and paperback.<br />

It is a book in a series called On the Edge<br />

of Destruction, which I am planning to<br />

continue.<br />

I am incredibly proud of this book, especially<br />

because I believe this is the longest book ever<br />

written by a child in the world, coming in at<br />

62,671 words. I am very excited about what the<br />

future has to hold for my new book.<br />

Music to My Ears is about a 16-year-old called<br />

June Watson, who lives in London and has a<br />

passion for creating and playing music. Her<br />

GCSE exams are on the approach; however,<br />

her life is turned upside down as she battles<br />

mind control, is betrayed by those whom<br />

she trusted and discovers her father’s<br />

secrets. This leads to her being thrown into<br />

the midst of an attack on the citizens of<br />

London.<br />

It has been quite an uphill battle to write,<br />

edit and publish this book, but with a lot of<br />

support from my mum, I always regained<br />

the motivation to continue until my goal<br />

was achieved. As I grew older, the book itself<br />

seemed to evolve, with my style and quality<br />

of writing changing and the plot becoming<br />

more refined and realistic. I like to look back<br />

on my original drafts of this book from three<br />

years ago. I wrote the majority of Music to<br />

My Ears on an electronic typewriter, which<br />

allowed me to write distraction-free and for<br />

a longer time. Being an author has brought<br />

me much joy from hosting my own creative<br />

writing workshops, speaking to other writers<br />

and seeing my book standing proudly on the<br />

shelves of well-known bookstores such as<br />

Waterstones in Piccadilly Circus.<br />

Aside from writing, I have narrated a handful<br />

of audiobooks and run a YouTube channel<br />

which has grown significantly in the past year.<br />

I’ve always been a performing arts lover, too,<br />

and love being in productions.<br />

However, I manage to leave enough time for<br />

working on my books and continue my love<br />

for writing; a bright, burning candle flame<br />

which will never go out.<br />

Riku’s novel Music to My Ears is available<br />

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Wanstead Village Directory<br />

THE HIGH LIFE<br />

In the second of a series of articles to mark the 100th anniversary of<br />

Wanstead High School, former student Richard Wisker (class of 2011)<br />

reflects on the school’s support as he began his acting career<br />

Wanstead High School holds a<br />

special place in my heart, not<br />

only for the quality education<br />

it provided but also for the invaluable<br />

life lessons it taught me. From the<br />

moment I stepped foot onto its grounds,<br />

I was enveloped in an atmosphere that<br />

celebrated diversity and inclusion, making<br />

it a place for everyone.<br />

© Owen James Vincent<br />

One of my fondest memories of attending<br />

Wanstead High was the daily walk to school<br />

via the underpass at Redbridge Roundabout.<br />

This seemingly mundane journey became a<br />

symbol of the path I would later take in life. As<br />

I strolled through that underpass, I felt a sense<br />

of anticipation and excitement building within<br />

me. It was during those moments I realised<br />

my passion for the arts, particularly in drama,<br />

dance (I was the only boy who did dance in<br />

my year) and music, which were fostered and<br />

nurtured by the school.<br />

Even in the face of personal challenges, such<br />

as the loss of my beloved nan, who also lived<br />

in Wanstead, the teachers proved to be pillars<br />

of support. They understood the difficulties I<br />

was going through and made allowances for<br />

me during those tough times. Their empathy<br />

and understanding left an indelible mark on<br />

my heart and I will forever be grateful for their<br />

unwavering support.<br />

Beyond the classroom, Wanstead High<br />

provided a backdrop for forging lifelong<br />

friendships. On the bustling High Street, my<br />

friends and I would congregate after school.<br />

We would savour delicious chicken and chips,<br />

engage in spirited conversations and even<br />

indulge in impromptu football matches on<br />

the nearby green. These carefree moments<br />

nurtured a sense of camaraderie and<br />

belonging that I cherish to this day.<br />

One aspect that distinguishes Wanstead<br />

High from other schools is its commitment<br />

to accommodating and fostering the<br />

extracurricular pursuits of its students. As I<br />

delved into the realm of television shows, the<br />

school fully supported my endeavours. They<br />

not only encouraged me to chase my dreams<br />

but also worked around my busy schedule,<br />

ensuring my education remained a priority.<br />

Looking back, my time at Wanstead High<br />

School was a transformative period in<br />

my life. It taught me the importance of<br />

embracing diversity, fostering inclusion<br />

and supporting one another through both<br />

triumphs and tribulations. The school<br />

provided an environment where individuality<br />

was celebrated, talents were nurtured and<br />

friendships were forged. In the annals of my<br />

life, Wanstead High School will always hold<br />

a cherished place, reminding me of a time<br />

when I was surrounded by educators who<br />

believed in me and friends who stood by my<br />

side. It is a testament to the profound impact<br />

that a nurturing and inclusive educational<br />

environment can have on shaping the<br />

trajectory of one’s life.<br />

For more information on Wanstead High<br />

School, visit wansteadhigh.co.uk<br />

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Reverend Reflections<br />

In the fourth of a series of articles, Revd James Gilder of Wanstead Parish<br />

talks about gift-giving and receiving, and explains why the commercial<br />

side of Christmas should not be dismissed completely<br />

Are you a Christmas list writer or do<br />

you prefer surprises? I’m a keen<br />

Christmas list writer, though I have<br />

noticed a tendency in myself in recent years<br />

to include increasingly banal items. What<br />

I really long for this Christmas is a new<br />

offside front shock absorber for the car<br />

(parts and labour) – though I doubt any of<br />

my nearest and dearest are likely to shell<br />

out on such an expensive item!<br />

Writing a Christmas list is perhaps a bit<br />

presumptive, but I think it’s far harder to<br />

cater to those who can’t think of anything<br />

they want, or – worse still – those who don’t<br />

write lists on principle and who also refuse to<br />

engage with what’s on yours!<br />

I often call to mind my grandfather, who<br />

told me that he and his brother always<br />

exchanged a sixpence at Christmas in lieu of<br />

a present. Indeed, the grumpier side of me<br />

is occasionally inclined to wonder whether<br />

this ritual ought to be resurrected, as it would<br />

certainly be a lot easier than buying for some<br />

people!<br />

Many column inches have been devoted over<br />

the years to bemoaning the commercialised<br />

nature of Christmas, and I’m sure most of<br />

us at one point or another have felt a little<br />

uncomfortable at the seemingly everincreasing<br />

length and excess of the festive<br />

season. Of course, for many, the pressure to<br />

spend and to consume can be difficult or even<br />

destructive – but let’s not throw the baby out<br />

with the bathwater.<br />

For all I groan inwardly at the thought of<br />

having to select presents for everyone, the<br />

truth is that gift-giving and receiving is fun –<br />

because for most of us, this process is about<br />

far more than just obtaining some new stuff.<br />

Much anthropological research has been<br />

carried out into the meaning of gift-giving<br />

and receiving in cultures around the world,<br />

and there is an almost-universal link, it<br />

would seem, between gifts and relationship<br />

formation. Gift-giving and receiving is often a<br />

sign of love. I’m sure you’ll have noticed that<br />

the most precious gifts we are given are often<br />

not the most expensive. Instead, we treasure<br />

the ones which have the greatest meaning<br />

behind them.<br />

Christmas seems like the ultimate time for<br />

gifts, primarily because the Christian faith<br />

believes the coming of Jesus to be the<br />

ultimate gift to the world. A gift to us all,<br />

wrapped up in swaddling clothes and lying<br />

in a manger. A gift that Christians believe<br />

cements forever the love between God and<br />

humankind. And much like the best gifts, the<br />

idea is that we don’t leave it wrapped up in<br />

the cold and dark but that we unwrap it and<br />

treasure it forever.<br />

A very happy Christmas to you all.<br />

To contact Reverend James Gilder, email<br />

wansteadparishadmin@uwclub.net<br />

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Christmas<br />

At Wanstead parish<br />

THIS DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

SUN 3RD ADVENT CAROL SERVICE<br />

6.30PM, CHRIST CHURCH<br />

WEDS 6TH CHRISTINGLE SERVICE<br />

6PM, CHRIST CHURCH. FAMILIES WELCOME!<br />

SAT 9TH MERRY QUIZMAS<br />

FRIENDS’ CHRISTMAS QUIZ, 7PM, PARISH HALLS,<br />

WEDS 13TH CAROLS IN THE HIGH STREET<br />

6.30PM AT WAR MEMORIAL GREEN, ALL WELCOME!<br />

SUN 17TH CHILDREN’S NATIVITY PLAY<br />

9.30AM CHRIST CHURCH SERVICE<br />

SUN 17TH CANDLELIT NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS,<br />

6.30PM AT ST MARY’S<br />

WEDS 20TH CHRISTMAS COMPLINE<br />

A SHORT, REFLECTIVE SERVICE OF READINGS AND MUSIC,<br />

8PM AT ST MARY’S<br />

THURS 21ST CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL<br />

6.30PM AT ST MARY’S. A CHRISTMASSY HOUR<br />

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE WOODHOUSE PLAYERS,<br />

ADULTS £7, UNDER 12S £3, BOOK EARLY<br />

CHRISTMAS EVE<br />

4PM CRIB SERVICE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN (CHRIST CHURCH)<br />

6PM FAMILY COMMUNION FOR ALL THE FAMILY (CHRIST CHURCH)<br />

11.30PM MIDNIGHT MASS (CHRIST CHURCH)<br />

CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

10AM CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE (ST MARY’S)<br />

1PM FREE CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR THOSE STRUGGLING<br />

OR LIKELY TO BE ON THEIR OWN ON CHRISTMAS DAY,<br />

AT THE PARISH HALLS – PLEASE PRE-BOOK THROUGH<br />

THE PARISH OFFICE<br />

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Creative<br />

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embroidered homeware and gifts for all occasions<br />

Call: 0208 530 1244<br />

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Listen and learn<br />

In the 34th of a series of articles, David Bird discusses the work<br />

of Redbridge Music Society and introduces local community choir<br />

Modality, who will perform a seasonal concert in Wanstead this month<br />

Two enduring aims of Redbridge Music<br />

Society – currently celebrating its 75th<br />

anniversary season – are to encourage<br />

community participation and engagement<br />

in the musical arts and to promote and<br />

support local groups and musicians.<br />

This month at Wanstead Library, local<br />

community choir Modality will present<br />

an evening of seasonal music and<br />

readings, directed by Jenny Ewington and<br />

accompanied by Ben Summers on piano.<br />

This will be followed in the second half of<br />

the evening by complimentary wine and<br />

seasonal food.<br />

The Modality choir was founded by Jenny<br />

Ewington in 2016. It is a friendly, diverse,<br />

mixed-voice choir made up of 26 singers,<br />

ranging in age from mid-20s upwards. The<br />

choir has established a reputation for its<br />

imaginative performances, its quality, blended<br />

sound and great harmonies.<br />

For several years running, Modality has<br />

been awarded first place in the choir section<br />

of the Stratford and East London Music<br />

Festival. Jenny directs two Modality choirs<br />

– an adult choir and a youth choir (ages<br />

10 to 18 years) – who meet and rehearse<br />

weekly in Woodford. The choirs do much<br />

charitable work, in particular for Centrepoint,<br />

which supports and helps homeless young<br />

people.<br />

Woodford-based Jenny Ewington is a qualified<br />

singing teacher (LTCL); during her 25 years<br />

of teaching, she has worked with singers<br />

of all ages, abilities and styles, and many<br />

of her students have gone on to careers<br />

in singing. Jenny also works in primary<br />

schools as a singing specialist, leads other<br />

choirs, writes vocal arrangements, leads<br />

workshops and creates performances. She<br />

strives to challenge her choirs musically<br />

(whilst having fun) and her mission is to<br />

bring joy, connection and vitality to people’s<br />

lives through the inspiration of musical<br />

performance.<br />

Piano accompanist Ben Summers studied<br />

at Balliol College, Oxford and the Guildhall<br />

School of Music, where he specialised in<br />

double bass. Today, he has a varied playing<br />

career working with London Orchestras and<br />

X Factor winners; he has performed at the<br />

Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium,<br />

has given live radio broadcasts and has<br />

recorded at the Abbey Road Studios. In<br />

addition to piano and double bass, Ben plays<br />

bass guitar and organ; he also composes and<br />

conducts. Ben has been working with Jenny<br />

and Modality since 2019.<br />

Please come and start your run-up to the<br />

Christmas festivities in a friendly and convivial<br />

atmosphere!<br />

Modality will perform at Wanstead Library<br />

on 5 <strong>December</strong> from 8pm (tickets on<br />

the door; visitors £12; members £8). Call<br />

07380 606 767. Redbridge Music Society is<br />

supported by Vision RCL and affiliated to<br />

Making Music.<br />

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War Memorial<br />

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Doctors<br />

Church Path<br />

The Bungalow Café 9<br />

Wanstead Place Voluntary Place<br />

Osteopath 8<br />

Doctors<br />

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Donations of books, CDs, DVDs,<br />

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Monday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm<br />

Sunday: 11am to 4pm<br />

Call: 020 8530 3413<br />

Email: oxfamshopf8092@oxfam.org.uk<br />

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Pharmacy / Post Office<br />

Oxfam Bookshop<br />

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Christ Church<br />

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Grove Park<br />

Allan Burgess Centre<br />

Woodbine Place<br />

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For great value today and everyday,<br />

visit your local Barnardo’s store.<br />

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We urgently need donations of stock too,<br />

so if you have any unwanted items we would<br />

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Or why not volunteer with us? Just a few<br />

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Just call or ask to speak to a member of<br />

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HEROES CLUB<br />

With former members having served in two world wars, Eton Manor<br />

RFC is now planning to build a memorial wall to honour its fallen<br />

heroes. Michelle Linaker reports<br />

In 1909, a philanthropically-minded group<br />

of Old Etonians: Arthur Villiers, Gerald<br />

Wellesley, Alfred Wagg and Sir Edward<br />

Cadogan, set up a charitable mission to<br />

give the children of London’s East End the<br />

opportunity to try out all kinds of sports<br />

and leisure activities. In 1912, the site of the<br />

previous Manor Farm in Hackney Wick was<br />

purchased to build a new clubhouse and<br />

sports ground, and the Eton Manor Boys’<br />

Club was established.<br />

Activities at the Eton Manor Boys’ Club<br />

included boxing, amateur dramatics,<br />

debating, drawing, squash, tennis, football,<br />

cricket, rugby, billiards, table tennis,<br />

photography, badminton, athletics and rifleshooting.<br />

In 1923, the club moved to 30 acres<br />

of waste ground known as ‘The Wilderness’<br />

at the eastern end of Hackney Marshes. The<br />

Wilderness remained the home of Eton Manor<br />

until its closure in 1967.<br />

Eton Manor RFC continued to play on Hackney<br />

Marshes before moving to our current home<br />

at the ‘New Wilderness’ in Wanstead in 1996.<br />

Eton Manor RFC is one of the last sporting<br />

clubs still existing to have grown out of the<br />

Eton Manor Boys’ Club. Eton Manor Athletics<br />

Club continues in Leyton, while Eton Manor<br />

Football Club was based in Hertfordshire until<br />

closing in 2017.<br />

Many members are still in contact with one<br />

another today and all acknowledge the<br />

profound impact the Eton Manor ‘family’ has<br />

had on their lives. The club now holds mixed<br />

teams up to the age of 12, and we are proud<br />

to have under-12s, under-14s, under-16s and<br />

under-18s girls’ rugby, as well as a thriving<br />

women’s team. We still hold true to our values<br />

of inclusivity and keep fees low to ensure<br />

rugby is available for all to play. We even have<br />

Artist’s impression of the<br />

wall and Eton Manor RFC<br />

team of 1928<br />

bursaries and support for those who do not<br />

have the funds to play.<br />

A total of 22 members of Eton Manor died in<br />

the First World War, and out of 600 that served,<br />

59 died in the Second World War. ‘Lest we<br />

forget’ is a term often used, and at Eton Manor,<br />

we are keen to ensure we give those who<br />

gave their lives the respect and honour they<br />

deserve. So, to this end, we propose to build<br />

a beautiful memorial wall. It will be 15 metres<br />

long and formed of a board-finished concrete<br />

(to remember the shoring of the trenches),<br />

consisting of 15 facets on a 15m radius. It will<br />

feature the names of Eton Manor’s fallen, with<br />

space for 280 plaques available for purchase<br />

by members to remember their loved ones.<br />

Up to 15 benefactors will also have the<br />

opportunity to have their names engraved in<br />

perpetuity as those who helped build the wall.<br />

We plan to involve the local community and<br />

will be hosting an open event to talk in more<br />

detail about the history of some of our local<br />

lads who gave their lives for our freedom.<br />

For more information on the project, email<br />

michellelinaker@mirror.co.uk. To donate,<br />

visit wnstd.com/emwall<br />

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Traditional Craftsmen in high quality interior decorative and architectural<br />

fibrous plasterwork with an extensive catalogue of period mouldings.<br />

Specialist works include a fully bespoke service for modern solutions;<br />

exterior render mouldings as well as stucco finishes.<br />

Please call 01708252400 or email info@hpslondon.co.uk for a free<br />

estimate, survey or advice.<br />

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<br />

<br />

Phlebotomy<br />

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screening<br />

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analysis<br />

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measured<br />

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diagnostic<br />

testing<br />

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improvement<br />

plan<br />

Independent nurse-led clinical services in local consulting rooms<br />

or onsite for company health in East London and Essex.<br />

Is a health worry keeping you awake at night?<br />

Digestive issues? High Cholesterol? Poor sleep? Tiredness? High Blood pressure?<br />

Book a free health review<br />

to see how we can help:<br />

email: enquiries@meducatehealthcare.com<br />

Office: 020 8279 3783 / Mobile: 07973 601 862<br />

website: meducatehealthcare.com<br />

South Woodford / Walthamstow / Harley Street / Central & East London<br />

Better education. Better health.<br />

Fiona Flaherty<br />

Lead Nurse Consultant<br />

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WANSTEAD<br />

WANSTEAD<br />

Chestnut Manor provides superb quality<br />

Chestnut Manor provides superb quality<br />

residential, nursing and dementia care,<br />

residential, nursing and dementia care,<br />

promoting independence and choice within<br />

promoting independence and choice within<br />

a warm, welcoming family community.<br />

warm, welcoming family community.<br />

To enquire about care or to visit the home<br />

To enquire about care or to visit the home<br />

contact Rosie, Home Manager on 0203 871 6070<br />

contact or<br />

Rosie, email rosie.monger@westgatehc.co.uk<br />

Home Manager on 0203 871 6070<br />

or email rosie.monger@westgatehc.co.uk<br />

63 Cambridge Park, Wanstead, E11 2PR<br />

www.westgatehc.co.uk<br />

Chestnutmanorcarehome<br />

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A GOOD LOOK<br />

From insurance to aftercare, Bradley Wright from local solicitors Edwards<br />

Duthie Shamash takes a look at some of the important matters to be<br />

aware of if you are considering cosmetic surgery abroad<br />

All surgery – cosmetic and medical<br />

– has risks attached, whether it is<br />

carried out in the UK or abroad. The<br />

Royal College of Surgeons recommends<br />

patients carry out extensive research<br />

as standards and guidelines vary from<br />

country to country.<br />

Cosmetic surgery abroad may be less<br />

expensive compared with the UK, but any<br />

savings should be compared with the possible<br />

risks in respect of complications (safety<br />

standards may not be as high), who will look<br />

after you and whether you will have to travel<br />

abroad again for repeat surgery.<br />

When considering cosmetic surgery abroad,<br />

patients should be wary of any hospital which<br />

markets cosmetic surgery as part of a holiday<br />

package. You should never agree to cosmetic<br />

surgery prior to meeting the surgeon who<br />

intends to carry out the procedure, and<br />

you should also visit the hospital where the<br />

procedure will take place. This will allow<br />

you to ensure the surgeon speaks English<br />

(or another language you both speak) and<br />

find out about all the planned and possible<br />

future costs, especially if things do not go<br />

to plan.<br />

When choosing a surgeon abroad, ensure he<br />

or she has the same skills and experience as if<br />

you were choosing a surgeon in the UK. You<br />

should also check the surgeon is insured to<br />

carry out the procedure; ask to see details of<br />

their insurance and find out if the overseas<br />

clinics have someone in the UK you can turn<br />

to if there are any problems after.<br />

Just as you would if the surgery was being<br />

carried out in the UK, make sure you research<br />

what the procedure will involve in terms<br />

of consultations, the procedure itself, risks,<br />

complications and aftercare. Follow-up care<br />

is a vital part of any treatment, and you need<br />

to ascertain where your check-ups will take<br />

place, how easily you can travel back to where<br />

the surgery was carried out and how much<br />

that will cost. Be clear what your aftercare<br />

package includes. Make sure you have the<br />

details of a named doctor who can deal with<br />

any complications rather than a helpline.<br />

And don’t forget travel insurance. It is likely<br />

ordinary holiday insurance will not cover<br />

you if something goes wrong during or after<br />

planned treatment abroad.<br />

Most importantly, remember the NHS is<br />

unlikely to help you unless you have a serious<br />

complication which needs emergency or<br />

lifesaving treatment.<br />

The last thing we want is for anyone to suffer<br />

because of negligent cosmetic surgery,<br />

but if mistakes are made, you should seek<br />

legal advice.<br />

Edwards Duthie Shamash is located at<br />

149 High Street, Wanstead, E11 2RL. For<br />

more information, call 020 8514 9000 or<br />

visit edwardsduthieshamash.co.uk<br />

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Edwards Duthie Shamash<br />

Solicitors<br />

Merry<br />

Christmas<br />

and a Happy<br />

New Year<br />

We wish you and your<br />

loved ones a Merry<br />

Christmas and a<br />

Happy New Year.<br />

Call us on: 020 8514 9000<br />

allinfo@edslaw.co.uk | www.edslaw.co.uk<br />

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Balloons for all occasions<br />

Girt Wrapping<br />

Delivery 24/7<br />

07706691642<br />

hello@oballoons.co.uk<br />

www.oballoons.co.uk<br />

70 GEORGE LANE<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD<br />

E18 1JJ<br />

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1-2 Johnston Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0XA<br />

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When three large mammals with<br />

massive curving horns appeared in<br />

Wanstead Park recently, there was<br />

shock. We did not expect to see cows here<br />

so late in the year. We had no cows at all in<br />

2022, due to the long drought ruining the<br />

grazing.<br />

So, the cattle warden volunteers rushed into<br />

action, sporting smart new City of London<br />

high visibility jackets. Our main aim was to<br />

tell people why the cows were there and to<br />

discourage them, and their dogs and children,<br />

from getting too close, especially keen<br />

photographers and small children. Ten metres<br />

was the rule. Some people had never seen a<br />

live cow before. Most dogs and their owners<br />

wisely decided to keep a healthy distance. A<br />

few owners had not trained their frisky dogs<br />

to come when called, but soon learned to<br />

keep them on a lead when near the cows.<br />

We expected a few people to be angry.<br />

“Do you think you own this park?” “What<br />

about my dog’s right to roam?” “Why were<br />

there so few warning signs up?” But most<br />

people were delighted to welcome ‘our’ cows<br />

back, and many people remembered them<br />

from 2021. A surprising number were well<br />

informed already.<br />

They asked questions. “What happened to the<br />

calves they had?” “What are their names?” “Are<br />

they pregnant?” “Why are they here so late<br />

in the year?” “How long will they be staying?”<br />

“What about all these cowpats?” “Where do<br />

they go at night?”<br />

Answers: Quinine, Nina and Mara (new girl).<br />

They were delayed by the requirement for<br />

bovine TB testing as a nearby farm tested<br />

positive. None pregnant. They will stay until<br />

the grazing gives<br />

out in January or<br />

February. They stay<br />

out all night. Cowpats<br />

are very good for<br />

improving the soil<br />

and overwintering<br />

these hardy cattle<br />

encourages certain<br />

insect species. The<br />

grazing clears the<br />

habitat of<br />

encroaching<br />

scrub and<br />

biodiversity<br />

is improved.<br />

© Gill James<br />

“The cows<br />

have an<br />

important<br />

job to do grazing the<br />

main acid grassland to remove course<br />

vegetation and young scrub, which improves<br />

the biodiversity of this special area of Epping<br />

Forest. Grazing is particularly important for<br />

Wanstead Park because to<br />

mow with machinery<br />

would destroy one<br />

of the main features<br />

of wildlife interest,<br />

the Yellow Meadow<br />

Ant hills,” explained<br />

a spokesperson for<br />

the City of London<br />

Corporation, which<br />

manages the park.<br />

Mara, Nina and<br />

Quinine are magic in<br />

an unexpected way.<br />

Calm down, you frantic<br />

urban creatures, they say.<br />

Though not in so many<br />

words. And just a few days<br />

after that first excitement, the<br />

park went quiet. The cow-gazers still<br />

came, but now there was acceptance that this<br />

was a special space to share and enjoy. Dog<br />

walkers, strollers, cyclists, joggers, we all have<br />

to make space for each other. And smile. And<br />

look.<br />

A heartfelt thank you to Epping Forest from<br />

the volunteer wardens for this wonderful<br />

opportunity to engage with the public in the<br />

park, to hear so many stories about cows in<br />

people’s gardens or back home in India or<br />

Ireland or Iran, and to enjoy the park we know<br />

so well from a new perspective.<br />

For more information about the cows in<br />

Wanstead Park, visit wnstd.com/wpcows<br />

© Gill James<br />

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Thoughts<br />

of<br />

a<br />

COW<br />

WARDEN<br />

Cattle warden volunteer<br />

Gill James reflects on the<br />

recent return of cows to<br />

Wanstead Park. Photo by<br />

Tony Morrison<br />

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AT CHRISTMAS <strong>2023</strong><br />

CHRISTMAS PARTIES, EVENTS + COMMUNITY SHINDIGS<br />

Fri 1st Dec<br />

Duke Community Christmas Trees<br />

go on sale - visit eastlondontrees.com to pick a<br />

Christmas Tree while supporting a local charity<br />

Fri 1st Dec | 21:30 - LATE<br />

Disco Volante<br />

Resident DJ Alex Patten takes you on a musical journey of<br />

disco, rare groove, and house classics. Two tequlia<br />

cocktails for £15 from 21:00.<br />

Sun 3rd Dec | 19:00 - 21:00<br />

DUKEBOX with From Round Here<br />

End your week with a blast of rhythm from local icons From<br />

Round Here. Don't forget 50% off for hospitality!<br />

Thur 7th Dec | 18:00 - 21:00<br />

Wreath Making Workshop<br />

A festive treat with florist Phillip Day. Class will include a<br />

12” wreath base and the best of British foliage. Impress the<br />

neighbours. Book at www.philipday.com , limited spaces!<br />

Fri 8th Dec | 21:30 - LATE<br />

Disco Volante<br />

Amelia goes through her personal collection, soul, Hip<br />

Hop, disco and plenty more.Two tequlia cocktails for £15<br />

from 21:00. Book for dinner, stay for the vibe.<br />

Sat 9th Dec | 12:00 - 18:00<br />

Duke Community Christmas Market<br />

A celebration of local business and Christmas all in one.<br />

Local stalls, Christmas trees, live music, mulled wine and<br />

more!<br />

Sun 10th Dec | 19:00 - 21:00<br />

DUKEBOX with Adam English<br />

Playing cover sets that will have you singing and dancing<br />

all night long. 50% off for hospitality as a bonus!<br />

Fri 15th Dec | 21:30 - LATE<br />

Disco Volante<br />

Rare groove and disco laid out by local superstars Drop Of<br />

The Hard Stuff. Two for £15 tequila cocktails from 21:00,<br />

don't miss it!<br />

Sun 17th Dec | 19:00 - 21:00<br />

DUKEBOX with Dan Kelly<br />

Professional vocalist & guitarist sure to finish your week on<br />

a high! 50% off for hospitality as a bonus!<br />

Fri 22nd Dec | 21:30 - LATE<br />

Disco Volante<br />

Resident DJs Scott and Dom takes you on a musical journey<br />

of disco, rare groove, and house classics. As per, two for<br />

£15 cocktails apply.<br />

Sun 24th Dec<br />

DINNER 12:00 - 19:00 FESTIVITIES to 01:00<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

Take a stroll down Nightingale lane to catch up with old<br />

friends for a cosy Christmas Eve in your favourite local. DJ<br />

and xmas cocktails.<br />

Mon 25th Dec | BAR 12:00 - 15:00<br />

Christmas Day<br />

...and the bar is open. Escape the madhouse at home for a<br />

festive tipple, invite the neighbours.<br />

Tues 26th Dec | KITCHEN 13:00 - 19:00<br />

Boxing Day<br />

Boxing Day recovery in action with Bloody Mary’s & all day<br />

dining. Open from 1pm.<br />

Fri 29th Dec | 21:30 - LATE<br />

Disco Volante<br />

Disco at its finest. 'Don't F*#k with Disco' Resident, local<br />

disco hero Harry takes us on a journey of Disco / Funk /<br />

Electro and house classics. Two tequila cocktails for £15<br />

from 21:00!<br />

Sat 30th Dec<br />

The Eve Of New Year's Eve With Disco Volante<br />

Surprisingly it’s packed to the rafters! One of the most<br />

revered nights in the Duke calendar, come party hard with<br />

the Disco Volante OG night, with those who cant get<br />

babysitters for NYE!<br />

Sun 31st Dec | Sunday Roasts<br />

12:00 - 20:00<br />

N YE Disco Volante 22:00 - LATE<br />

Roasts and DJ, bring in the new year at your local with the<br />

epic music selectors Drop Of The Hard Stuff.<br />

Mon 1st Jan | Sunday Roasts<br />

13:00 - 19:00<br />

New Years Day<br />

New Years Day recovery in action with Bloody Mary’s & all<br />

day dining. Open from 1pm.<br />

THE DUKE WANSTEAD | 79 NIGHTINGALE LANE E11 2EY | 02089890014<br />

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Community events<br />

FRANK CHARLES<br />

GIVE A GIFT APPEAL<br />

The Frank Charles Give a Gift Appeal is in<br />

its 20th year of collecting and delivering<br />

Christmas presents to sick children at Acorn<br />

Ward, Whipps Cross Hospital. Donate new,<br />

unwrapped gifts by 13 <strong>December</strong>.<br />

Date: until Wednesday 13 <strong>December</strong><br />

Venue: Wanstead Pharmacy, 75–77 High Street<br />

Enquiries: frankcharles.org.uk<br />

DEC<br />

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PANTOMIME:<br />

PETER PAN<br />

Date: until Sunday 7 January<br />

Venue: Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford, IG1 1BT<br />

Cost: £22.50 Enquiries: wnstd.com/peterpan<br />

DEC<br />

1<br />

WANSTEAD PARK WARD<br />

COUNCILLOR SURGERY<br />

Councillors Sheila Bain and Bayo Alaba.<br />

Date: Saturday 2 <strong>December</strong> Time: 10–11am<br />

Venue: St Gabriel’s Church, Aldersbrook, E12 5HH<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/councillors<br />

DEC<br />

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LOCAL MAKERS<br />

MARKET<br />

Date: Saturday 2 <strong>December</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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What’s happening,<br />

what’s on and where...<br />

Are you organising an event?<br />

Let us know... events@wnstd.com<br />

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 />

HAVEN HOUSE<br />

CHRISTMAS FAIR<br />

Activity trail and Santa’s Grotto (£15 per child).<br />

Date: Sunday 3 <strong>December</strong> Time: 10am–3pm<br />

Venue: Haven House, High Road, IG8 9LB<br />

Cost: £8 Enquiries: havenhouse.org.uk<br />

DEC<br />

3<br />

WANSTEAD<br />

COMMUNITY MARKET<br />

Monthly market offering a wide range of food<br />

and craft products.<br />

Date: Sunday 3 <strong>December</strong> Time: 10am–4pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead High Street<br />

Enquiries: aceeventsltd.co.uk<br />

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WEA FILM CLUB<br />

A screening of The Outfit (2022). Non-members<br />

may join the club at any film screening.<br />

Date: Monday 4 <strong>December</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 />

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NHS RETIREMENT<br />

FELLOWSHIP<br />

Featuring a Christmas carol concert. For<br />

retired NHS and social care staff.<br />

Date: Monday 4 <strong>December</strong> Time: 2pm<br />

Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes, E11 2PR<br />

Cost: £2 Enquiries: 020 8514 8286<br />

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THE GREAT FIRE<br />

OF LONDON<br />

It was the worst fire in London’s history,<br />

destroying a large part of the medieval city.<br />

Nick Dobson will look at events leading up<br />

to, during and after the Great Fire of 1666. A<br />

Wanstead Historical Society event.<br />

Date: Monday 4 <strong>December</strong> Time: 8pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07949 026 212<br />

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BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ<br />

AFTERNOON SESSION<br />

For people struggling with feelings of loss.<br />

Date: Tuesday 5 <strong>December</strong> Time: 2–3pm<br />

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8505 3000<br />

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AN ACTOR’S<br />

LIFE FOR ME?<br />

The Arts Society Woodford Green welcomes<br />

actor Tyler Butterworth.<br />

Date: Tuesday 5 <strong>December</strong> Time: 8pm<br />

Venue: Bancroft’s School, High Road, IG8 0RF<br />

Cost: donation Enquiries: wnstd.com/artssociety<br />

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REDBRIDGE MUSIC SOCIETY<br />

CHRISTMAS EVENT<br />

Local community choir Modality will present<br />

an evening of seasonal music and readings.<br />

Date: Tuesday 5 <strong>December</strong> Time: 8pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: £12; members: £8 Enquiries: 07380 606 767<br />

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LAUGH-ABLE COMEDY NIGHT<br />

IN WANSTEAD<br />

An accessible comedy night in Wanstead<br />

featuring Robyn Perkins.<br />

Date: Wednesday 6 <strong>December</strong> Time: 7.30–9.30pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: £3.50 Enquiries: wnstd.com/laughable<br />

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COMEDY AT<br />

THE BULL<br />

Featuring Tom Ward, Fiona Ridgewell, Darran<br />

Griffiths, Rich Spalding and Lee Hudson.<br />

Date: Wednesday 6 <strong>December</strong> Time: 8–10.30pm<br />

Venue: The Bull, 129 High Street, E11 2RL<br />

Cost: £12 Enquiries: wnstd.com/bull6dec<br />

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FESTIVE TABLE CENTREPIECE<br />

WORKSHOP<br />

Make your own table centrepiece, guided by<br />

florists from Lillies of Wanstead. Refreshments<br />

included.<br />

Date: Thursday 7 <strong>December</strong> Time: 5.30–7.30pm<br />

Venue: Compassionate Funerals, Hermon Hill<br />

Cost: £55 Enquiries: wnstd.com/cfevents<br />

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GRIEF CAFE<br />

IN WANSTEAD<br />

A safe and confidential space to meet others<br />

and to share thoughts and feelings about the<br />

experience of grief and loss.<br />

Date: Thursday 7 <strong>December</strong> Time: 6.30–8.30pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: by donation Enquiries: wnstd.com/grief<br />

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WANSTEAD<br />

DEATH CAFE<br />

Talk openly about death and dying in a safe<br />

and confidential space.<br />

Date: Friday 8 <strong>December</strong> Time: 10.30am<br />

Venue: Chestnut Manor Care Home, Wanstead<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/cmcafe<br />

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WALKING FOR HEALTH:<br />

CHRIST CHURCH GREEN<br />

This walk features some gentle slopes and<br />

uneven terrain. Repeats every Saturday.<br />

Date: Saturday 9 <strong>December</strong> Time: 10.30–11.30am<br />

Venue: meet on Wanstead Place<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/walking<br />

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WANSTEAD VILLAGE WARD<br />

COUNCILLOR SURGERY<br />

Councillors Jo Blackman, Paul Donovan and<br />

Daniel Morgan-Thomas.<br />

Date: Saturday 9 <strong>December</strong> Time: 10.30–11.30am<br />

Venue: Allan Burgess Centre, High Street, E11 2AE<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/councillors<br />

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THE DUKE CHARITY<br />

CHRISTMAS MARKET<br />

Stalls, puppet shows, choir performance, food,<br />

drink and community fun with a festive twist.<br />

Date: Saturday 9 <strong>December</strong> Time: 12–6pm<br />

Venue: The Duke, 79 Nightingale Lane, E11 2EY<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: thedukewanstead.com<br />

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SNEAK AND PEEK: SANTA’S<br />

UNDERCOVER AGENTS<br />

An entertaining musical for all ages.<br />

Date: Saturday 9 <strong>December</strong> Time: 5–6pm<br />

Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB<br />

Cost: £12 Enquiries: wnstd.com/sneak<br />

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Steeped with only the freshest spices, chilli<br />

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menus and classic dishes are redefined to<br />

mouth-watering, modern stylish tastes.<br />

Stepping into a sensuous play of interior styling<br />

where cool elegant lines meet warm natural<br />

surfaces, The Lane offers an intriguing dining<br />

space, airy and light, yet also satisfyingly intimate.<br />

E X C L U S I V E F O O D<br />

BANQUET NIGHT<br />

(Tuesday’s only)<br />

5 course meal, any dish from the menu ONLY £16.95<br />

Any starter | Any main course | Any side dish<br />

Rice or Naan | Filtered coffee<br />

(Some fish dishes extra £3.50, Duck & King Prawn extra £3.50,<br />

Lamb shank £3.50. (Excluding Shahin and Sayed)<br />

E X C L U S I V E<br />

DINING IN VOUCHER<br />

£10 OFF<br />

*Excludes drinks and desserts. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.<br />

Excluding special days and events. One voucher per table. Expires 30 31 th <strong>December</strong> November <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

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BACK TO<br />

BETHLEHEM<br />

An immersive theatre experience suitable for<br />

families. Runs throughout the day.<br />

Date: Saturday 9 <strong>December</strong><br />

Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Hermon Hill, E18 1QQ<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: htsw.org.uk<br />

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WANSTEAD PARK<br />

LITTER PICK<br />

Hosted by the Friends of Wanstead Parklands.<br />

Date: Sunday 10 <strong>December</strong> Time: 11am<br />

Venue: the Temple, Wanstead Park, E11 2LT<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wansteadpark.org.uk<br />

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OPEN DAY AT THE TEMPLE<br />

IN WANSTEAD PARK<br />

Wanstead Park’s visitor centre is open.<br />

Date: Sunday 10 <strong>December</strong> Time: 12–4pm<br />

Venue: the Temple, Wanstead Park, E11 2LT<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/temple<br />

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CHRISTMAS DRAWING<br />

WORKSHOP FOR KIDS<br />

An interactive workshop making a Christmas<br />

bauble drawing.<br />

Date: Sunday 10 <strong>December</strong> Time: 2–4pm<br />

Venue: The Barrel Boulangerie, 151 High Street<br />

Cost: £15 Enquiries: wnstd.com/xmasdrawing<br />

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THE LEYTONSTONE<br />

MENORAH<br />

Enjoy hot chocolate, doughnuts and latkes<br />

at the lighting of the Menorah to celebrate<br />

the first night of Chanukah. Hosted by<br />

Leytonstone and Wanstead Synagogue.<br />

Date: Sunday 10 <strong>December</strong> Time: 4pm<br />

Venue: opposite Leytonstone Tube Station<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: lawsynagogue.org<br />

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FOREST PHILHARMONIC<br />

CONCERT<br />

Forest Philharmonic plays Elgar, Holst and<br />

Florence Price. Conductor: Mark Shanahan.<br />

Date: Sunday 10 <strong>December</strong> Time: 6.30pm<br />

Venue: Sir James Hawkey Hall, IG8 0BG<br />

Cost: £18 Enquiries: wnstd.com/fpo<br />

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NATIONAL TRUST TALK:<br />

THE CHRISTMAS GARDEN<br />

A talk by Nick Dobson for the Woodford and<br />

District Centre of the National Trust.<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>December</strong> Time: 10.30am<br />

Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA<br />

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07774 164 407<br />

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WANSTEAD COMMUNITY<br />

CLOTHES SWAP<br />

Bring along ‘gently used’ clean clothing, bags<br />

and accessories to donate for a rolling drop<br />

and swap (no shoes or underwear).<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>December</strong> Time: 5–7pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/clothesswap<br />

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FESTIVE<br />

ARRANGEMENTS<br />

An Aldersbrook Horticultural Society event.<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>December</strong> Time: 7.30pm<br />

Venue: Aldersbrook Bowls Club, E12 5DY<br />

Cost: £5 Enquiries: wnstd.com/ahs<br />

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THE BIKING BIRDER’S<br />

YEARS IN THE UK<br />

A talk for the North East London Local Group<br />

of the RSPB by Gary Prescott.<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>December</strong> Time: 8pm<br />

Venue: St Mary’s Church, South Woodford<br />

Cost: £4.50 Enquiries: wnstd.com/rspb<br />

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CAROLS ON THE<br />

HIGH STREET<br />

Led by the Parish of Wanstead, this community<br />

event will get everyone singing and in a<br />

festive mood.<br />

Date: Wednesday 13 <strong>December</strong> Time: 6.30pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead War Memorial, High Street<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wansteadparish.org<br />

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UPBEAT CHOIR<br />

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE<br />

A performance by Wanstead’s Upbeat Choir.<br />

Date: Wednesday 13 <strong>December</strong> Time: 7–8pm<br />

Venue: The Bull, 129 High Street, E11 2RL<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: thebullwanstead.com<br />

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בס״ד<br />

SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER - 4:00pm<br />

GROVE GREEN RD E11 - OPP. STATION<br />

FOOD, HOT DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, LED MARTIAL ARTS<br />

PERFORMER AND MENORAH LIGHTING - FREE ENTRY<br />

WWW.LAWSYNAGOGUE.ORG - 07434 631948<br />

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ELECTRONIC<br />

KEYBOARD CONCERT<br />

An East London and Essex Electronic Keyboard<br />

Club event featuring Nicholas Martin BEM.<br />

Date: Wednesday 13 <strong>December</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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WANSTEAD COMMUNITY<br />

LITTER PICK<br />

With mince pies for participants.<br />

Date: Saturday 16 <strong>December</strong> Time: 10am<br />

Venue: meet at the Woodbine Place bus stop<br />

Enquiries: jo.blackman@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

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WANSTEAD COMMUNITY<br />

CHRISTMAS MARKET<br />

A festive-themed market.<br />

Date: Saturday 16 <strong>December</strong> Time: 10am–4pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead High Street<br />

Enquiries: aceeventsltd.co.uk<br />

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WANSTEAD<br />

VINTAGE FAIR<br />

Date: Saturday 16 <strong>December</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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SPARKLE<br />

CHRISTMAS FAIR<br />

Christmas gifts and goods at all price levels.<br />

Date: Saturday 16 <strong>December</strong> Time: 11am–4pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: free entry Enquiries: 020 8989 9881<br />

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SANTA’S CHRISTMAS<br />

WORKSHOP<br />

Date: Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 <strong>December</strong><br />

Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB<br />

Cost: £15 Enquiries: wnstd.com/santaworkshop<br />

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SOUTH WOODFORD<br />

CHRISTMAS MARKET<br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>December</strong> Time: 11am–5pm<br />

Venue: George Lane, South Woodford<br />

Enquiries: aceeventsltd.co.uk<br />

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BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ<br />

MORNING SESSION<br />

Date: Tuesday 19 <strong>December</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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SANTA’S WANSTEAD<br />

DRIVE-BY<br />

Watch out for Santa as he tours Wanstead.<br />

Date: Wednesday 20 <strong>December</strong> Time: 4–7pm<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/santa23<br />

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CHARLES DICKENS’<br />

A CHRISTMAS CAROL<br />

The Woodhouse Players tell the famous story<br />

of Mr Scrooge.<br />

Date: Thursday 21 <strong>December</strong> Time: 6.30pm<br />

Venue: St Mary’s Church, Wanstead, E11 2LN<br />

Cost: £7 Enquiries: 020 8530 8743<br />

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CAKES AND CAROLS<br />

IN WANSTEAD<br />

A free event for the senior community<br />

(over-65s), with home-made cakes and<br />

performances by young musicians.<br />

Date: Saturday 23 <strong>December</strong> Time: 1.30–4pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead United Reformed Church<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: 07917 670 663<br />

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PARISH OF WANSTEAD<br />

CHRISTMAS DINNER<br />

A free Christmas dinner for those struggling<br />

with cost or likely to be on their own on<br />

Christmas Day. Booking required.<br />

Date: Monday 25 <strong>December</strong> Time: 1pm<br />

Venue: Christ Church Hall, Wanstead, E11 2SW<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8530 8743<br />

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WANSTEAD PARK<br />

BOXING DAY WALK<br />

Meet at Wanstead Station for a circular walk<br />

through Wanstead Park, ending back at the<br />

station. A West Essex Ramblers event. First<br />

walk free.<br />

Date: Tuesday 26 <strong>December</strong> Time: 10.30am<br />

Venue: meet at Wanstead Station, E11 2NT<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: wnstd.com/walk26dec<br />

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www.valentinesmansion.com<br />

Emerson Road, Ilford, IG1 4XA<br />

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Local community groups<br />

ART GROUP WANSTEAD<br />

For local artists. Visit wnstd.com/art<br />

FRIDAY SOCIAL CLUB<br />

Games, quizzes and socialising every Friday<br />

from 8pm to 10pm at Wanstead House (£3 per<br />

meeting). Call 020 8556 1585<br />

FRIENDS OF WANSTEAD PARKLANDS<br />

Campaigning for the enhancement of<br />

Wanstead Park. Visit wansteadpark.org.uk<br />

GRAPES WINE SOCIETY<br />

Meeting on alternate Tuesdays from 7.30pm at<br />

St Gabriel’s Church hall in Aldersbrook. Email<br />

grapeswinesoc@gmail.com<br />

ROTARY CLUB OF LEYTONSTONE<br />

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Meeting every Thursday at 6.30pm at The<br />

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STRIDES BADMINTON CLUB<br />

Every Sunday from 3.30pm at Wanstead<br />

Leisure Centre (over-18s). Call 020 8598 8435<br />

WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD BLIND CLUB<br />

Meeting Thursday afternoons (2pm to 4pm) in<br />

South Woodford. Call 07840 850 838<br />

WANSTEAD BOWLS CLUB<br />

Located on Overton Drive, E11 2LW (next to<br />

Wanstead Golf Club). Visit wnstd.com/bowls<br />

WANSTEAD CENTRAL BOWLS CLUB<br />

Located on Nutter Lane, E11 2JA and open daily<br />

from 2pm. Call 020 8505 7806<br />

WANSTEAD CLIMATE ACTION<br />

A local group sharing concerns about the<br />

climate emergency. Visit wnstd.com/climate<br />

WANSTEAD COMMUNITY GARDENERS<br />

Tending to the flower beds across Wanstead.<br />

Visit wnstd.com/wcg<br />

WANSTEAD COMMUNITY HUB<br />

A Facebook group for all who live in Wanstead.<br />

Visit wnstd.com/wch<br />

WANSTEAD COMMUNITY FORUM<br />

A Facebook group discussing local issues.<br />

Visit wnstd.com/wcf<br />

WANSTEAD SOCIETY<br />

Making Wanstead a better place to live and<br />

work. Visit wansteadsociety.org.uk<br />

WILD WANSTEAD<br />

A project to create a multi-garden nature<br />

reserve across Wanstead. Visit wnstd.com/ww<br />

WOODFORD AND WANSTEAD<br />

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY<br />

Meeting virtually or at Wanstead House every<br />

Monday. Visit wnstd.com/wwps<br />

WREN WILDLIFE GROUP<br />

Promoting learning and conservation of local<br />

wildlife. Visit wrengroup.org.uk<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 />

FULLY LICENSED WASTE CARRIER<br />

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WE DO ALL THE LOADING<br />

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HOUSE & FLAT CLEARANCE<br />

Tel: 020 8529 7589<br />

Mobile: 07944 502992<br />

arbiswaste@googlemail.com<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 />

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Electricity emergency 0800 40 40 90<br />

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ACTING LESSONS<br />

Everywhere Theatre12<br />

AERIALS<br />

Aerials Direct 36<br />

BALLET<br />

Redbridge Classical Dance27<br />

BALLOONS<br />

OBalloons 70<br />

BATHROOMS<br />

Bathworks 59<br />

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The Beauty Spot 87<br />

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Glenward33<br />

North London Loft Rooms57<br />

Trim Loft Conversions72<br />

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Epping Forest 2024 Calendar 6<br />

CARPENTRY & JOINERY<br />

K&D Joinery 39<br />

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Barnardo’s61<br />

British Heart Foundation60<br />

Guide Dogs 76<br />

Oxfam61<br />

Saint Francis Hospice60<br />

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Everywhere Theatre12<br />

Redbridge Classical Dance27<br />

Robin Hood 11<br />

Rumble Wrestling 32<br />

Tumble Tots42<br />

CHRISTMAS TREES<br />

The Duke 46–47<br />

COMMUNITY & GROUPS<br />

Grief Cafe73<br />

Parish of Wanstead 53<br />

The Leytonstone Menorah 83<br />

Wanstead House61<br />

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE<br />

Computer Solutions 16 & 86<br />

DANCE LESSONS<br />

Redbridge Classical Dance27<br />

DECORATORS<br />

Jason’s Decorating 8<br />

MG Décor62<br />

DENTIST<br />

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Woodford House31<br />

DOORS<br />

K&D Joinery 39<br />

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ELDERLY CARE<br />

Chestnut Manor Care Home 67<br />

Home Instead29<br />

Homesdale17 & 60<br />

ELECTRICIAN<br />

SW Radley Electrical Contractors 76<br />

ESTATE AGENTS<br />

Churchill Estates22–23<br />

Martin & Co49<br />

Petty Son & Prestwich 63<br />

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES<br />

Laugh-Able Comedy Night 4<br />

Nightingale on the Green5<br />

Parish of Wanstead 53<br />

Robin Hood 11<br />

Rumble Wrestling 32<br />

Stratford Music Festival13<br />

The Duke46–47 & 78<br />

The Leytonstone Menorah 83<br />

FISHMONGER<br />

Wanstead Fish60<br />

FLORIST<br />

Lillies of Wanstead1 & 61<br />

FOSTERING<br />

Foster For Redbridge 70<br />

Ryancare Fostering61<br />

FUNERAL DIRECTORS<br />

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GARAGE SERVICES<br />

Belgrave Motor Services28<br />

DC Dodd Motor Repairs 36<br />

GARDENS & LANDSCAPING<br />

Growing Gardens 38<br />

Weald Hall Landscapes42<br />

GIFTS<br />

Creative Giftware54<br />

Grace Cuddle Art44<br />

HANDYMAN<br />

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Stuart Green Property Solutions28<br />

HEALTH<br />

Meducate66<br />

JEWELLERS<br />

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KITCHENS<br />

London Kitchen Designer77<br />

LOCKSMITH<br />

Barry & Sons16<br />

LOFT CONVERSIONS<br />

North London Loft Rooms57<br />

Trim Loft Conversions72<br />

OSTEOPATH<br />

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PHARMACY<br />

Wanstead Pharmacy60<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Geoff Wilkinson54 & 60<br />

PILATES<br />

The Reformery 9<br />

PLASTERING<br />

Heritage Plaster Services 65<br />

PLUMBING & HEATING<br />

Heating Plus 58<br />

Rightio Plumbing & Heating 38<br />

Wanstead Group50<br />

POLITICS<br />

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The Duke46–47 & 78<br />

RESTAURANTS & CAFÉS<br />

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The Bungalow Café61<br />

The Duke46–47 & 78<br />

The Lane81<br />

ROOFING<br />

Cox and Sons Roofing62<br />

SCHOOLS & NURSERIES<br />

Avon House Prep School37<br />

Loyola Preparatory School18<br />

Our Lady of Lourdes School15<br />

St Aubyn’s School 55<br />

Woodford Green Prep School 43<br />

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Barretts Law 25<br />

Edwards Duthie Shamash69<br />

Paul John & Co Solicitors66<br />

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Sylvestrian Leisure Centre89<br />

STYLIST<br />

What I Am Wearing91<br />

TREE SERVICES<br />

Scott Whitehead Trees 32<br />

TUITION & COURSES<br />

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VOUCHERS<br />

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WASTE DISPOSAL<br />

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WEDDING VENUE<br />

Valentines Mansion 85<br />

WINDOW RESTORATION<br />

McCarty & Smith19<br />

WINDOW SHUTTERS<br />

Woodthorpe Joinery92<br />

WRESTLING<br />

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