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<strong>Mar</strong>ch /<strong>Apr</strong>il <strong>2024</strong> Issue No: 190<br />

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INSIDE: Historic photos • Art exhibition • Local policing • Churchfields School memories<br />

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

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Contents<br />

Features<br />

Art, art, art 16–17<br />

Fields of memories 20<br />

SoWo blueprint24<br />

On the case 26<br />

Colourful past30–31<br />

Welcome18 36<br />

Restoring the Roding40–41<br />

Making ill will 44<br />

DD’s 64th Woodford Diary 46–47<br />

Listen and learn 50<br />

Puzzles & competitions<br />

Sudoku22<br />

Crossword competition32<br />

Woodford anagram48<br />

Every issue<br />

Local news6–8 & 10–12<br />

Community events 55–58 & 60<br />

Community groups 62<br />

Useful numbers64<br />

Index of advertisers66<br />

Contact Us<br />

020 8819 0595<br />

Welcome...<br />

In a world often fraught with division,<br />

art serves as a unifying force, bridging<br />

differences and fostering empathy and<br />

understanding. It invites us to see the<br />

world through the eyes of others, to empathise<br />

with their struggles and celebrate their triumphs.<br />

Whether through painting, sculpture, music<br />

or literature, art has the ability to transcend<br />

boundaries and connect us in profound ways.<br />

You’ll see these very same words opening the latest issue<br />

of the Wanstead Village Directory. The people of Wanstead<br />

and South Woodford reading the same lines… and all<br />

wondering where those lines are leading. Like a motorist<br />

speeding from one end of Hermon Hill to the other, the E18-E11<br />

boundary is blurred. Like a (delayed) Tube from South Woodford<br />

heading west, two locations are unified. And it is indeed art<br />

which is that unifying force with an exhibition bringing together<br />

artists from both Woodford and Wanstead (see pages 16–17);<br />

bridging multiple groups that each proudly include their<br />

location in their name; collaborating to bring more art to more<br />

people; collectively offering a stimulating celebration of the<br />

visual arts… and making my job easier by duplicating content<br />

across two publications.<br />

Making my job easier, however, is nothing new for this<br />

community. Whether it be artists sharing their inspirations,<br />

community groups sharing their initiatives, new residents<br />

sharing their experiences or older residents sharing their<br />

memories, I’m never at a loss for content, duplicated<br />

or not. And any duplication is only a testament<br />

to the strong – and historic – Woodford<br />

and Wanstead connections. Long may<br />

that continue. And, yes, you can<br />

say that again.<br />

Lee <strong>Mar</strong>quis, Editor<br />

Calling local residents...<br />

The South Woodford Village Gazette proudly supports local<br />

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

help these businesses by mentioning the South Woodford<br />

Village Gazette when responding to adverts.<br />

A note to businesses...<br />

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

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

the May/June <strong>2024</strong> edition is 19 <strong>Apr</strong>il <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

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<strong>Mar</strong>ch /<strong>Apr</strong>il <strong>2024</strong> 5<br />

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Grand reunion to mark 150th anniversary<br />

of Churchfields Infants’ and Junior School<br />

Former pupils and<br />

members of staff are<br />

invited to attend a<br />

grand reunion event<br />

to celebrate the 150th<br />

year of Churchfields<br />

Infants’ and Junior<br />

School. “This event<br />

is a testament to<br />

the enduring spirit<br />

of Churchfields, and<br />

we look forward to<br />

welcoming back<br />

familiar faces as<br />

we celebrate our<br />

shared history and look ahead to a future<br />

of continued excellence,” said Headteacher<br />

Rebecca Emeny. The school first opened to<br />

the children of Woodford on 5 January 1874,<br />

consisting of two schools, one for boys and<br />

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and girls’ departments were amalgamated<br />

to form a mixed junior school in 1937. The<br />

reunion – which will take place on 8 June from<br />

11am – will include guided tours, refreshments<br />

and a performance by the school’s choir. To<br />

register, visit swvg.co.uk/c150<br />

Council chief<br />

executive<br />

The chief executive<br />

of Redbridge Council<br />

stepped down in<br />

February. Claire<br />

Symonds, who first<br />

joined the council<br />

in May 2022, cited a<br />

bereavement as the<br />

reason behind her<br />

decision. Following<br />

Claire’s departure, the<br />

council’s corporate<br />

director of people,<br />

Adrian Loades,<br />

who will continue<br />

as interim chief<br />

executive, said: “I<br />

would like to express<br />

my gratitude and<br />

appreciation for the<br />

leadership and vision<br />

that Claire has shown<br />

during her time here.”<br />

Snack time at the<br />

school in 1954<br />

Bigger fines for<br />

grime crimes<br />

Redbridge Council<br />

has introduced<br />

tougher sanctions<br />

for those who<br />

make a mess in the<br />

borough. “Anyone<br />

caught dumping<br />

their rubbish now<br />

faces a £1,000 onthe-spot<br />

fine for<br />

fly-tipping,” said a<br />

spokesperson. There<br />

will also be £200<br />

fines for littering<br />

and £500 fines for<br />

graffitiing or flyposting.<br />

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<strong>Mar</strong>ch /<strong>Apr</strong>il <strong>2024</strong> 7<br />

TfL confirms four local bus routes<br />

will be restructured this year<br />

South Woodford branch of Barclays<br />

remains open… for now<br />

© Geoff Wilkinson<br />

TfL will be going ahead with the proposed<br />

changes to the W12, W13, W14 and 549 bus<br />

routes between the Walthamstow, Wanstead<br />

and Woodford areas following a consultation<br />

last year. “We received 863 responses to<br />

the consultation and would like to thank<br />

everyone who took part,” said a spokesperson.<br />

The changes are expected to take place<br />

in September, with all routes restructured<br />

and the 549 withdrawn and replaced by an<br />

extended W14 route. The new routes are<br />

available to view online. Visit swvg.co.uk/bus<br />

Help create a display of memorabilia<br />

to celebrate cinema history<br />

The South Woodford Odeon is celebrating<br />

the building’s history by creating a display<br />

of memorabilia. “The building is 90 years old<br />

this year, and we invite anyone who has old<br />

photos, newspaper clippings or other items<br />

relating to the site to bring them in so we can<br />

copy them and add them to a display to be<br />

unveiled later in the year,” said a spokesperson.<br />

The cinema on the High Road – designed by<br />

SB Pritlove in the Art Deco style – was opened<br />

on 5 November 1934 by Winston Churchill and<br />

was originally called The Majestic.<br />

The South Woodford branch of Barclays has<br />

remained open despite plans to close in<br />

February. “I understand the delayed closure<br />

is due to an issue raised by LINK, who are<br />

concerned there will not be enough deposit<br />

solutions in the area. While I would prefer the<br />

branch to remain open permanently, I am<br />

pleased that Barclays will not be closing until<br />

appropriate deposit solutions are established,”<br />

said Councillor Joe Hehir. At the time of<br />

writing, there is no timescale for a new closing<br />

date. Visit swvg.co.uk/barclays<br />

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Wanstead Park’s cows move<br />

on to pastures new<br />

South Woodford men invited to join<br />

The Proper Blokes Club<br />

© Gill James<br />

Members of The Proper Blokes Club<br />

The three cows that had been grazing in<br />

Wanstead Park since October were removed<br />

on 8 February. “Our wonderful Longhorns<br />

have now moved on to pastures new,<br />

rejoining the 180-strong herd in Epping Forest.<br />

I know how much joy they brought to visitors<br />

whilst also supporting important conservation<br />

efforts. They will be back later in the year,” said<br />

Benjamin Murphy, Chairman of the Epping<br />

Forest and Commons Committee. Grazing<br />

improves biodiversity by removing course<br />

vegetation from the acid grassland.<br />

A community project which aims to break the<br />

stigma of men’s mental health has launched in<br />

Redbridge. “Our mission is to get men talking<br />

about mental health. We do this by offering<br />

free walk and talk groups across London. You<br />

don’t have to be in a bad place to join us,<br />

but at the core of what we do is create a safe<br />

environment where you can talk if you want<br />

to. It would be great to see South Woodford’s<br />

men joining us for our Redbridge walks,” said<br />

Scott Johnson, who launched The Proper<br />

Blokes Club in 2020. Visit swvg.co.uk/pbc<br />

TfL warns Central Line delays will<br />

continue for ‘some months’<br />

Easter event<br />

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TfL has responded to Redbridge Council’s<br />

request for urgent action over disruption<br />

to the Central Line. “Motor failures are still<br />

occurring at a higher rate than we have<br />

experienced before, which unfortunately<br />

will continue to disrupt services for some<br />

months… I apologise again,” said Glynn<br />

Barton, Chief Operating Officer for TfL. With<br />

10 Central Line stations across the borough,<br />

the impact is widespread. “We need to see<br />

immediate action to improve the service, not<br />

just apologies,” said Councillor Jo Blackman.<br />

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<strong>Mar</strong>ch /<strong>Apr</strong>il <strong>2024</strong> 9<br />

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Join the Fabulous Litter Pickers: more<br />

help needed to keep Eagle Pond tidy<br />

Pay and display parking machines to<br />

be removed across Redbridge<br />

Members of the<br />

Fabulous Litter Pickers<br />

A former local resident is seeking help to<br />

organise more litter-picking sessions at Eagle<br />

Pond in Snaresbrook. “Myself and the other<br />

Fabulous Litter Pickers group leader no longer<br />

live here, so we can only organise monthly<br />

events. More locals would be great. When I<br />

lived in Wanstead, I litter picked every Sunday<br />

and got the litter down to a good level so we<br />

didn’t have to spend so long,” said Shelley<br />

Holmes. In February, 10 bags of rubbish were<br />

collected, including a knife, which was handed<br />

over to the police. Visit swvg.co.uk/fabpick<br />

Pay and display parking machines across<br />

Redbridge are no longer operational, with<br />

plans for a new PayPoint service to be<br />

introduced. “PayPoint is a widely recognised<br />

scheme offering the opportunity to pay for a<br />

range of goods and services at local retailers…<br />

Later this year, the machines will be physically<br />

removed and replaced by PayPoint, enabling<br />

people to pay for parking in cash,” said a<br />

council spokesperson. RingGo will continue to<br />

be the main method of payment for parking,<br />

via the app or by calling 020 3046 0010<br />

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<strong>Mar</strong>ch /<strong>Apr</strong>il <strong>2024</strong> 11<br />

New booking system for DIY waste<br />

disposal at Chigwell Road tip<br />

A day of action at South Woodford’s<br />

Community Orchard<br />

Any vehicle bringing waste from a DIY project<br />

to the Chigwell Road Reuse and Recycling<br />

Centre now requires an appointment. “This<br />

will make it easy for residents to use a new<br />

increased allowance of DIY waste while<br />

helping to protect the centre from misuse by<br />

those who are required to pay to dispose of<br />

waste,” said an East London Waste Authority<br />

statement. DIY waste includes rubble, kitchen<br />

units, structural wood and metal and soil.<br />

Bookings can be made between 24 hours and<br />

three months in advance. Visit swvg.co.uk/diy<br />

Local residents took part in a day of action at<br />

the South Woodford Community Orchard in<br />

February. “Many thanks to the volunteers who<br />

came out on a day set for rain, which ended<br />

up lovely and sunny! We dug a pit to replant<br />

our fig tree and lined it with bricks to restrict<br />

growth – a great tip if you don’t want your tree<br />

to take over the garden! Why not join us for<br />

our next session on 17 <strong>Mar</strong>ch from 11am?” said<br />

a South Woodford Society spokesperson. The<br />

orchard is located on the corner of Primrose<br />

Road and Mulberry Way. Visit swvg.co.uk/sws<br />

Wanstead and South Woodford<br />

Get ready to welcome this fabulous show!<br />

Tickets<br />

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7.45pm Weds 10 th to Sat 13 th <strong>Apr</strong>il<br />

& 2.30pm Saturday Tickets £15<br />

www.croads.co.uk<br />

Trinity Hall, Holy Trinity Church<br />

Hermon Hill, South Woodford, E18 1QQ<br />

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Historical society to present images<br />

of Woodford from the archives<br />

Motorists urged to adhere to parking<br />

restrictions on The Roses estate<br />

Images documenting local history will be on<br />

show at the Woodford Historical Society’s<br />

meeting on 14 <strong>Mar</strong>ch. “My talk will be a<br />

light-hearted review of archive information<br />

and illustrations of Woodford gleaned over<br />

the past year,” said Peter Lawrence, whose<br />

presentation will take place at All Saints<br />

Church hall from 2.30pm (visitors: £3). Among<br />

the images will be a photo of the Woodford<br />

Cycle Meet, an annual fancy-dress parade<br />

which ran from 1882 to 1914 to raise money for<br />

local hospitals. Visit swvg.co.uk/history<br />

Let us climb<br />

the ladder!<br />

Councillor Rosa Gomez is appealing for more<br />

consideration from motorists parking near<br />

St Aubyn’s School. “Parking has been a serious<br />

problem on The Roses estate in Woodford<br />

Green for years. A consultation took place in<br />

January 2021, and this approved morning and<br />

afternoon parking controls, with residents<br />

now paying a fee to park outside their homes.<br />

Things improved, but I have been contacted<br />

again by concerned residents. My message to<br />

those parking on the estate: please think of<br />

the residents and adhere to the restrictions.”<br />

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Local businesses urged to join the<br />

South Woodford Business Forum<br />

Broadmead Road bridge update:<br />

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The South Woodford Business Forum is<br />

keen to help more local businesses grow<br />

following a successful networking and<br />

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improve communication between businesses<br />

and provide support. If you would like to<br />

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The Woodford Arts Group are delighted<br />

to present an inclusive celebration<br />

of local artists to be held at the<br />

Sir James Hawkey Hall this <strong>Mar</strong>ch. Joining<br />

us are Art Group Wanstead and Essex Art<br />

Club, collectively offering a stimulating<br />

celebration of the visual arts.<br />

© John Rowlands © Leila Skye<br />

© Ged Rumak<br />

© Nataly Kenny<br />

Irrepressibly creative, painters, printmakers,<br />

sculptors and artists working in a variety<br />

of media reflect the thoughts, ideas and<br />

talents in Woodford and Wanstead and the<br />

surrounding area. Recognising the importance<br />

of nurturing new voices in the art world, the<br />

work of sixth-form students from Woodford<br />

County High School will also be showcased.<br />

Opportunities to exhibit, view and purchase<br />

original art from local artists are rare in the<br />

local area. Recognising this, when the Hawkey<br />

Hall became available, the Woodford Arts<br />

Group decided its spring exhibition should be<br />

open to all local art groups to exhibit. When<br />

purchasing at this exhibition, buyers will not<br />

only gain enormous pleasure and brighten<br />

their homes, they will also support the local<br />

artistic community.<br />

In addition, Woodford County High School’s<br />

jazz orchestra will be performing on 12 <strong>Mar</strong>ch<br />

between 1.30pm to 2pm. And further<br />

embracing the joys of music, Redbridge Music<br />

Lounge will be performing over the weekend.<br />

Representing creativity in garden design and<br />

horticulture, the Woodford Greeners and the<br />

South Woodford Gardeners will be on hand to<br />

explain their activities and plans for the area.<br />

Sponsored generously by The Stow Brothers<br />

and enthusiastically supported by Vision RCL,<br />

even if you have no intention of picking up a<br />

pencil, paintbrush, welding torch or musical<br />

instrument, I recommend a visit to this fun,<br />

dynamic and inspirational exhibition.<br />

The exhibition will run from 9 to 12 <strong>Mar</strong>ch<br />

at the Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill<br />

Road, Woodford, IG8 0BG, open from 11am<br />

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South Woodford Village Gazette<br />

Fields of Memories<br />

In the first of a series of articles to mark Churchfields Infants’ and Junior<br />

School’s 150th anniversary, former pupil Robert Batchelor (class of 1955)<br />

reflects on his memories of school milk and rationed toilet paper<br />

I<br />

started at Churchfields County Infant<br />

School in 1949. I didn’t like school<br />

from day one. As my birthday was in<br />

December, I started school in the January<br />

term. I was shown into my class, which<br />

consisted of children who had started<br />

together the previous September and had<br />

formed friendships and did not take kindly<br />

to a stranger being thrust into their midst.<br />

Having been brought up virtually as an only<br />

child, I had no wish to meet other children<br />

and would prefer to be back home with my<br />

mother. By the time morning playtime came<br />

around, I had had enough of the whole thing<br />

and set off to go home, hotly pursued by the<br />

teacher on playground duties, who pulled me<br />

back, much against my will.<br />

The school day was broken up by playtimes,<br />

lunchtime and the morning milk round.<br />

Schoolchildren were each allocated one-third<br />

of a pint of milk each day. Older children were<br />

given milk monitor duties, which involved<br />

collecting the crates of milk and delivering<br />

them to classrooms, then later collecting the<br />

empties. I enjoyed this job; it got me away<br />

from my classmates and out of the classroom.<br />

Children often played with their milk bottles,<br />

spilling milk over the desks and floor, giving<br />

classrooms a strong smell of stale milk. This<br />

put me off drinking milk for life.<br />

At the end of the three years we could read,<br />

write and recite our times tables up to 12.<br />

On the last day, the top-year classes were<br />

marched into the playground and divided into<br />

four groups. We didn’t know it at the time, but<br />

we were being streamed into ability classes<br />

for the junior school next door. Much criticism<br />

is levelled today about streaming children<br />

by ability at 11 years old, but here we were,<br />

at seven, going through this process, purely<br />

on our teacher’s judgement and without any<br />

tests or exams. I went into the top class.<br />

I entered Churchfields County Junior School<br />

in September 1951. My first-year teacher was<br />

Miss Pettit, with Mr Walford as headmaster.<br />

We were taught in classes of 60, with several<br />

classes to each year. If you needed to use<br />

the toilet, I recall the teacher would issue<br />

a regulation four sheets of toilet paper.<br />

Everything was still in short supply, after all.<br />

My last winter at Churchfields was marked<br />

by heavy snowfall. One afternoon, the whole<br />

school was led out into the field, divided into<br />

two and told to attack in a snowball fight!<br />

When the time came to leave, I had mixed<br />

feelings. I realised the standard of education<br />

had been very good, and I had enjoyed good<br />

relations with all the teachers, and latterly<br />

made friends. However, I still regarded school<br />

as a necessary evil. Sadly, I didn’t keep in<br />

touch with any of my friends, and it wasn’t<br />

until many years later, through the medium<br />

of Friends Reunited, that I was able to contact<br />

some of them again.<br />

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From ideas for pedestrianising parts of George Lane to new play areas<br />

and green spaces, Pearl Arbenser-Simmonds reports on the local Design<br />

Code recommendations, a blueprint for the future of South Woodford<br />

In autumn 2023, we engaged with the<br />

community to garner site-specific<br />

insights to ensure the Design Code<br />

remains relevant to the community and<br />

rooted in South Woodford. These insights<br />

have allowed us to build on previous work<br />

to better understand what matters to<br />

people locally. The insights will be used<br />

to continue to shape the Design Code<br />

vision, targets towards 2040 and coding<br />

for development sites within the South<br />

Woodford Neighbourhood Forum area.<br />

The consultation took place via an online<br />

community portal. Everyone with an interest<br />

in South Woodford was invited to share<br />

their views; those who live, learn, work in<br />

or regularly visit the area. It focused on four<br />

digital activities to gather views: an interactive<br />

map, priority tool, ideas board and poll.<br />

The portal was viewed 2,926 times, by 1,036<br />

visitors, with 377 recorded insights (87% of<br />

contributors live in South Woodford). The<br />

interactive map, hosted via Social Pinpoint,<br />

was the most used tool. The map was used<br />

to capture, visualise and analyse place-based<br />

feedback within the area by enabling the<br />

community to show exactly where their ideas<br />

or concerns relate.<br />

The South Woodford Design Code, driven<br />

and informed by community priorities, local<br />

knowledge and expertise, has the potential<br />

to be a shining example of a community-led<br />

code. Much of the feedback focused on the<br />

huge potential that exists within the area.<br />

Here are some examples:<br />

“Redevelopment of [Station Estate] between<br />

George Lane and the Viaduct should include<br />

publicly accessible and usable space –<br />

perhaps including a community hub and<br />

pocket park,” suggested one resident.<br />

“The Viaduct adds absolutely nothing to South<br />

Woodford. It’s just an elevated car park…<br />

More people-friendly and green please!”<br />

commented another.<br />

Key recommendations:<br />

• Develop a Design Code which inspires the<br />

entire community to contribute.<br />

• Plan for smaller scale development<br />

(greening initiatives, local areas for play,<br />

street trees and street furniture), which can<br />

address some of the needs quickly.<br />

• Invest in improving existing run-down<br />

spaces, not just new development.<br />

• Prepare a feasibility study for the<br />

pedestrianisation of George Lane – a big<br />

ambition which would transform the area.<br />

• Utilise development sites Station Estate<br />

and Station Car Park to help achieve the<br />

ambitions of accessible green space, better<br />

public space, centrally located play spaces<br />

and improved walking and cycling routes.<br />

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ON THE CASE<br />

Inspector Chris Russell, who oversees neighbourhood policing for South<br />

Woodford, Churchfields and surrounding wards, explains how the<br />

Baroness Casey Review is improving local policing<br />

A<br />

warm hello from your new<br />

neighbourhood policing inspector<br />

for north Redbridge. I recently<br />

joined the team in January and am based<br />

at Barkingside police station, where I<br />

oversee neighbourhood policing for South<br />

Woodford, Churchfields and 10 other<br />

surrounding wards.<br />

I joined the Met in 2014 after a period of<br />

neighbourhood policing in South Wales,<br />

where I am originally from. I then took a leap<br />

of faith and moved to the bright lights of<br />

London. I initially worked in Barnet for six<br />

years on both neighbourhood and response<br />

policing. I then joined the Met’s counterterrorism<br />

command, working at Heathrow and<br />

London City Airport before gaining promotion<br />

to sergeant. After that, I worked as a custody<br />

sergeant, later returning to response policing<br />

in Hammersmith and Fulham. Most recently,<br />

I’ve been working with police forces nationally<br />

on how we can improve the vetting of new<br />

officers and enhance the checks we do on<br />

serving officers to ensure our officers and staff<br />

are fit for purpose.<br />

This takes me on to the Baroness Casey<br />

Review, which I’m sure most of you have<br />

heard of and has probably affected your<br />

opinion of us here within the Met. We invited<br />

the Baroness into our organisation and<br />

asked for a candid review of our culture and<br />

standards to identify how we can improve.<br />

The Commissioner then introduced the New<br />

Met for London plan in response to the review,<br />

which is a multifaceted approach to delivering<br />

more trust, less crime and high standards.<br />

The full report and a summarised version<br />

are available on the Met website. The key<br />

bit that will impact on the people of South<br />

Woodford is the plan to put more resources<br />

in to local policing and building the strongest<br />

neighbourhood policing ever. Work has<br />

already begun on this with the introduction of<br />

a dedicated neighbourhood superintendent<br />

for the Redbridge borough alone (compared<br />

to one for Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham<br />

and Havering previously) and three inspectors<br />

split across the north and south of Redbridge,<br />

along with Ilford town centre.<br />

But what does this mean for you? We aim to<br />

prioritise the community’s needs in everything<br />

we do. We are listening to you and working<br />

with our partners to deliver better policing<br />

for London. Every ward will have at least two<br />

dedicated ward officers (police constables)<br />

and one police community support officer<br />

responsible for that area. It also means that,<br />

as an inspector, I cover less area and can<br />

fully focus on my wards to drive specific<br />

improvements. I’m more available to you, the<br />

community, and will have a better oversight<br />

on what is going on. I specifically requested<br />

this role and look forward to making<br />

Redbridge, and specifically South Woodford,<br />

a safer place to live, work and spend time in<br />

for us all.<br />

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The Railway Bell, 1906<br />

Colourful past<br />

Local resident Roland Saunders discusses his interest in<br />

giving old photographs a new lease of life by recolouring<br />

them using artificial intelligence<br />

George Lane, 1955<br />

Recently, I’ve been looking at my<br />

collection of old photographs of<br />

Woodford and Wanstead. I have lived<br />

in South Woodford for most of my life, as<br />

did my parents and grandparents before<br />

me. During lockdown, I set up a Facebook<br />

group called Woodford, South Woodford<br />

and Wanstead Memories and Life to share<br />

these images, which I have enhanced to<br />

bring a new level of realism.<br />

In the digital age, our ability to interact with<br />

and enhance photographs using artificial<br />

intelligence (AI) has reached unprecedented<br />

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gained popularity in recent years is palette<br />

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Mill Garage, 1962


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Palette recolouring involves selecting a new<br />

colour palette for an image while preserving<br />

its original structure and details. This<br />

technique is not about altering the content of<br />

a photo but rather reimagining it through a<br />

fresh set of colours. It can be applied to blackand-white<br />

photos, sepia-toned images or<br />

faded colour pictures, effectively transporting<br />

them to a different era or infusing them with a<br />

contemporary aesthetic.<br />

One of the key challenges in palette<br />

recolouring is maintaining the authenticity<br />

and emotional resonance of the original<br />

photograph. Artists and enthusiasts must<br />

strike a delicate balance between introducing<br />

new colours and preserving the historical<br />

or sentimental value of the image. Careful<br />

consideration of the subject matter, historical<br />

context and cultural nuances is essential to<br />

ensure the recolouring enhances rather than<br />

detracts from the photo’s significance.<br />

Palette recolouring offers an opportunity to<br />

bridge the gap between the past and present.<br />

By infusing old photos with contemporary<br />

colour schemes, we can engage with historical<br />

moments more personally, such as seeing<br />

photos of the local area from 100 years ago in<br />

colour for the first time.<br />

Recolouring<br />

vintage<br />

images allows<br />

us to gain<br />

a renewed<br />

appreciation<br />

for the past,<br />

fostering a<br />

stronger connection<br />

between generations.<br />

It is a means of<br />

ensuring the stories<br />

encapsulated in old<br />

photographs continue<br />

to resonate with those<br />

who come after us.<br />

George Lane, 1940<br />

Electric Parade, 1935<br />

We still have some way<br />

to go before, as in the<br />

film Bladerunner, we can<br />

actually go inside the<br />

photograph and explore, but I’m sure we<br />

will be heading that way. I imagine one day,<br />

we’ll be able to combine multiple images and<br />

maps to create an explorable 3D area of the<br />

past. Using AI technology, we can already<br />

build missing parts of a picture, upscale the<br />

resolution and, of course, recolour them.<br />

Software is improving all the time, taking<br />

images to new levels of realism.<br />

George Lane, 1957<br />

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WELCOME18<br />

Having moved from Toronto to South Woodford last year, law student<br />

Nashwah Turshin has found her new London home to be surprising and<br />

welcoming in equal measure<br />

Throughout my life, I have always lived<br />

within cityscapes. My concept of a<br />

tranquil neighbourhood included<br />

the sounds of chaotic traffic and mumbled<br />

conversations right outside my window.<br />

If there was an absence of glass buildings<br />

in the background, I would consider it<br />

strange. The hustle and bustle of Toronto<br />

had always been my safe haven. For me, the<br />

notion of living outside an urban landscape<br />

was unimaginable.<br />

When my home city is compared to my<br />

new one, I often hear: “London is the better<br />

Toronto,” followed by the similarities between<br />

the two. So, it was no surprise that I was<br />

under the assumption that all of London was<br />

essentially a giant Canary Wharf. You can<br />

imagine my surprise when I discovered it’s not.<br />

I’m not going to lie; it’s been a tough<br />

adjustment. I was no longer falling asleep<br />

to the white noises of traffic sounds and<br />

murmured conversations outside my window.<br />

I was no longer waking up to the sunrise<br />

glittering over glass buildings. I no longer had<br />

a strip of coffee shops within five minutes<br />

from my home that were open until the early<br />

hours of the morning (as a university student,<br />

you can imagine the need for those). However,<br />

growth will never come without change,<br />

and one’s environment is often the most<br />

significant change. For any Gilmore Girls fans,<br />

I found comfort in knowing I was finally living<br />

out my Stars Hollow fantasy.<br />

In the past five months since my move, I’ve<br />

forged a routine that I religiously stick to.<br />

Rather than opting for the bus to the station,<br />

I relish the 15-minute stroll, taking in the lush<br />

greenery and the fresh, dewy morning air<br />

that was new to me. The mornings in South<br />

Woodford are so serene and are a great way<br />

to clear my morning grogginess and jumpstart<br />

my day. George Lane holds a special<br />

place in my heart and I take frequent walks<br />

there. On the weekends, my roommate and<br />

I will walk around, making a mandatory stop<br />

at Bobo & Wild – the friendliest staff and the<br />

most welcoming ambience – for giggles and<br />

catch-up over coffee.<br />

Wherever I go, there is nothing but friendly<br />

faces and polite greetings. Watching the<br />

day-to-day lives of the abundance of families<br />

makes me think how this will be me one day,<br />

whether in South Woodford or elsewhere. I<br />

never thought I’d fit so well into the quiet,<br />

suburban life as I do now.<br />

Living in South Woodford has led me to<br />

conclude that life has a curious way of leading<br />

us to unexpected places, and we come<br />

to learn, grow and find unknown parts of<br />

ourselves in these foreign environments. My<br />

move has been so transformative, allowing me<br />

to embrace change. While I do occasionally<br />

mourn my old life, I find so much comfort<br />

knowing gentle South Woodford welcomed<br />

me with open arms.<br />

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GEOFF WILKINSON PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

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RESTORING<br />

Environmental charity Thames21 is making improvements to the<br />

River Roding adjacent to Wanstead Park. River Restoration Support<br />

Officer Tyler Randall invites you to get your hands dirty (and wet)<br />

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settings: fallen trees are removed to prevent<br />

flooding and rivers are straightened in areas<br />

to simplify the landscape. Rivers have been<br />

dredged and banks raised, separating rivers<br />

from their floodplain. All of these actions<br />

ultimately remove habitats and make rivers<br />

less diverse and more ecologically simple.<br />

But nature is inherently messy and thrives on<br />

complexity. So, in this section of the Roding,<br />

Thames21 is installing large wood debris into<br />

the river, otherwise known as deflectors.<br />

This intervention aims to mimic the natural<br />

process of trees falling into the river. Ash<br />

trees that were suppressed or dying from<br />

‘Ash dieback’ (a fungal disease afflicting many<br />

Ash trees across Europe) were felled and cut<br />

to the correct size. We then positioned these<br />

deflectors in the river and pinned the trees to<br />

the bank and riverbed with stakes and wire to<br />

stop them from moving.<br />

Throughout history, rivers have<br />

undergone extensive modifications<br />

to align with human needs. The River<br />

Roding, the third-largest river to traverse<br />

London, flowing through Wanstead Park,<br />

presents a rewarding area of intervention<br />

for Thames21. In this wide and deep stretch,<br />

where banks rise to heights exceeding 2m,<br />

the river has carved a profound trench in<br />

the landscape due to its rapid flow.<br />

Prior to human intervention, the Roding’s<br />

shape and the landscape were in constant<br />

flux, the lines between river and land far less<br />

defined than now. However, to build cities<br />

and civilisations, controls were implemented,<br />

and certain banks in this Wanstead stretch are<br />

concreted, particularly where houses border<br />

the river or where erosion tends to occur.<br />

These types of interventions have led to many<br />

rivers lacking character, particularly in urban<br />

Deflectors influence the river in many<br />

ways: slowing water around the banks and<br />

accelerating water in the centre, creating<br />

turbulence and complex flow patterns which<br />

oxygenate the water, providing food and<br />

habitat for invertebrates, fish and bird species,<br />

creating varied sediment types which, in turn,<br />

promote plant growth and cleaning gravels<br />

for fish spawning. It also acts as a place for<br />

biofilms and algae to grow, which purify<br />

water and reduce the impact of pollution.<br />

Prior to our interventions, this complexity was<br />

notably absent in this stretch of the Roding.<br />

This is a fairly simple intervention, but it can<br />

have a profound effect on the biodiversity<br />

within a section of the river. Imagine a whole<br />

catchment, a whole city.<br />

Volunteers have been playing a crucial role<br />

in completing this work. If you are available<br />

and eager to contribute to the work Thames21<br />

does, improving the health of London’s rivers<br />

with community support, please get in touch.<br />

Volunteer sessions will take place on 4, 7,<br />

12 and 18 <strong>Mar</strong>ch from 10am to 2.30pm.<br />

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Ethically resourced woods<br />

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MAKING ILL WILL<br />

Disputes concerning wills and inheritance can be tricky and sensitive,<br />

and the courts have jurisdiction to make changes, says Kavita Rana from<br />

local solicitors Edwards Duthie Shamash<br />

When a person dies, their estate<br />

is administered in accordance<br />

with their wishes in the will. If the<br />

deceased does not have a will and dies<br />

intestate, the intestacy rules govern the<br />

distribution of the estate.<br />

There are a number of grounds to contest a<br />

will. One ground considered by the courts<br />

is whether the deceased had the relevant<br />

mental capacity to understand their decisions<br />

at the time the will was signed. A person<br />

making the will must be of ‘sound mind,<br />

memory and understanding’. Dementia and<br />

old age is often a common complaint in<br />

deciding whether the deceased had capacity,<br />

but it is not the only factor. A failure to<br />

satisfy the test could result in the will being<br />

invalid.<br />

It is important that any lawyer advising on<br />

the will checks whether the person making<br />

it understands the consequences of their<br />

actions and is of sound mind. If this did not<br />

happen, you may have a claim in negligence<br />

against the professional.<br />

A will can also be overturned for undue<br />

influence. If you feel the deceased was<br />

pressured, forced or coerced into making the<br />

will or the content of it, this may give rise to an<br />

action to declare the will invalid.<br />

If an individual feels they have been<br />

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DD’s 64 th Woodford Diary<br />

Some South Woodford scribbles from DD,<br />

our resident diarist and observer of all things<br />

local. Illustrated by Evelyn Rowland<br />

I’ve never been any good at painting. I<br />

am perfectly OK when giving the garden<br />

shed an occasional coat of preservative. If<br />

it’s a nice warm day. (I favour willow green.)<br />

But a ‘still life’ or a portrait? Impossible.<br />

I do remember drawing a square box with<br />

four windows, a door, roof and chimney,<br />

identical to what the rest of the class<br />

produced when we were five. I recall my art<br />

teacher at Woodford High with great affection,<br />

but I think she appreciated my willingness to<br />

scrub up the palettes over the butler sink<br />

rather than any skill with brush on paper.<br />

David’s dad was a fine artist and my son is<br />

very gifted. So, there might be some talent<br />

hovering around in our genes. Perhaps I had<br />

always, secretly, wanted to advance beyond<br />

the kindergarten crayons stage. Over the<br />

years, I have assembled a large collection of<br />

sketchbooks and paints and brushes from<br />

jumble sales and markets. But putting them to<br />

use always seemed to slip down the priorities<br />

on my to-do list.<br />

So, when an invitation to enrol in a 14-week<br />

beginners’ art course came through the door<br />

last July, I put it to one side. And later picked<br />

it up again. “Are you thinking of doing that<br />

course?” asked David. “I’ll come with you if you<br />

like.” (Newspapers do regularly feature advice<br />

on exercising the brain by learning something<br />

new, don’t they? Especially as we get older.)<br />

We started in September. Within easy walking<br />

distance too, down at the Salvation Army<br />

premises on Daisy Road. The local residents<br />

must have become accustomed to the bevy<br />

of hopeful Picassos passing by, carrying their<br />

rather promising portfolios, every Thursday<br />

afternoon. We’ve both done our share of<br />

teaching in the past; now, we’d gone back to<br />

school. As very ‘mature students’.<br />

A sense of community soon developed.<br />

“Avoid looking at other people’s efforts,”<br />

we were advised. But “stroll round and<br />

chat and see how others are doing,” was<br />

also recommended, which led to some<br />

much-appreciated mutual encouragement.<br />

Imagine my warm glow of hope when one<br />

fellow beginner, en route to the coffee and<br />

biscuits trolley, paused to comment: “You can<br />

definitely see that’s supposed to be a fox!”<br />

As the weeks went by, the social aspect of<br />

our ‘predicament’ intensified. We talked. “I’ve<br />

been taken right out of my comfort zone,”<br />

admitted Nicole. “I’m engrossed. This blocks<br />

out everything else. Great therapy.” I asked<br />

Eric how he came to register on the course.<br />

“I’m retired now. Wanted to get out of the<br />

house”. But it was so much more: Eric had<br />

visited Venice and Rome, been stunned by<br />

the lavish murals in churches large and small.<br />

“Everywhere you looked, astounding art. I<br />

wanted to learn more.”<br />

Diane impressed me deeply as she explained<br />

and analysed her feelings. She had been<br />

the head of a primary school. Now, she was<br />

finding this course “immensely difficult”. She<br />

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felt uncomfortable, even threatened<br />

by being unable fully to grasp<br />

and carry out the set projects. But<br />

underlying this discomfort was her<br />

deepened awareness of how this had<br />

probably been what some of her young pupils<br />

experienced when the smiling teacher urged<br />

them to tackle a challenging new task. Diane<br />

did admit that she had, just minutes before,<br />

managed to complete that day’s painting. Her<br />

daughter, leaving for work that morning, had<br />

called out: “Just try and enjoy it today, Mum.”<br />

Now, perhaps, things were moving that way.<br />

Valerie was only too happy to chat.<br />

Appreciated a pause to sit back and gaze<br />

at her progress so far. “I’ve never drawn a<br />

partridge before! I’m trying to decide if I’ve<br />

overdone it, or underdone it. You don’t want<br />

to spoil the OK bits of your picture. But is<br />

there some tweaking that could improve it? A<br />

picture has got to grab you, hasn’t it? There’s<br />

a Madonna in the National Portrait Gallery<br />

that I always make a beeline for. So beautiful.<br />

I could take it home with me. But I’m not a<br />

religious person.” Nagma was thoughtful too:<br />

“I’m loving the course. I feel I’m getting better.<br />

But I really wish we could all paint each other.<br />

I’d love to be a portrait artist.” Janice treated<br />

me to a dollop of delightful philosophy: “I’ve<br />

worked in a high-octane career all my life.<br />

There was no time to nurture any creative gift<br />

I might have had. What happens is, you sort<br />

of stop learning. When you do that you finish<br />

expanding yourself. This course is like going<br />

back to childhood! No weight of responsibility.<br />

You can start again. You don’t know what you<br />

are capable of until you try. It’s been a joy!”<br />

And what about us? We’ve learnt about<br />

perspective and the basics of figure drawing.<br />

(But no nudes, in case you were wondering!)<br />

We’ve tried pencil sketches and watercolour<br />

landscapes, a trio of gorgeous figs in oil<br />

pastels. Assorted subjects in acrylics: David<br />

said my ‘abstract lemons’ looked like casserole<br />

dishes. I thought his looked like a cross<br />

between bulldog clips and high-viz helmets.<br />

A pair of shoes proved unexpectedly tricky<br />

as a subject. Our tutor described mine as<br />

“caricaturistic”, which I took to be her kindly<br />

way of saying “decidedly odd”. I realised when<br />

applying my final brushstroke that both shoes<br />

were for a right<br />

foot. We’ll never<br />

be hanging in the<br />

Tate Gallery. But we<br />

have been surprised<br />

by the pleasure of the experiment<br />

and even some modest sense of<br />

achievement. Next time we pack for<br />

a holiday, sketchbooks may well be<br />

included. Certainly, we have made a small step<br />

forward in appreciating more about the skill<br />

of the great artists. And the kids have had fun<br />

posting their comments on WhatsApp. One of<br />

the most challenging classes was dedicated<br />

to painting objects made of glass. “Could you<br />

tell which of us painted which?” David asked<br />

his daughter. “Of course,” she said. “DD painted<br />

one wine bottle and two glasses. You<br />

painted two wine bottles and<br />

one glass.”<br />

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Listen and learn<br />

David Bird discusses the work of Redbridge Music Society and<br />

introduces local flautist Daniel Swani, who will be performing at<br />

Wanstead Library this <strong>Mar</strong>ch<br />

Redbridge Music Society’s current<br />

programme of events aims to bring<br />

high-quality, live chamber recitals<br />

to the Redbridge public and to promote<br />

young, talented musicians by providing<br />

them with the opportunity to perform in<br />

front of an appreciative and supportive<br />

audience. On 12 <strong>Mar</strong>ch, outstanding young<br />

local flautist Daniel Swani will perform<br />

an exciting programme of works, ranging<br />

from the baroque to contemporary,<br />

including music by Bach, Fauré, Ian Clarke<br />

and others at the Churchill Room in<br />

Wanstead Library.<br />

Daniel started flute and recorder lessons at the<br />

age of 10, and whilst attending Woodbridge<br />

High School he also studied at Redbridge<br />

Music School. He has fond memories of his<br />

time there and also of when he was principal<br />

flute in the Redbridge Music School Orchestra.<br />

He also studied at the Purcell School and the<br />

Junior Royal Academy of Music, winning the<br />

senior woodwind prize at both institutions. He<br />

was a member of the National Youth Orchestra<br />

and was also principal flute with the London<br />

Schools’ Symphony Orchestra.<br />

Daniel studied flute, recorder and baroque<br />

flute at the Royal Academy of Music,<br />

graduating with first-class honours in 2021.<br />

Whilst a student, he won a number of prizes<br />

and awards, including the Nancy Nuttall Early<br />

Music Prize and the Jonathan Myall Piccolo<br />

Prize. He also gained a teaching diploma and<br />

currently teaches at the Royal Academy of<br />

Music (Junior Department), the City of London<br />

School for Girls and Wellington College in<br />

Berkshire.<br />

Daniel is a particularly versatile multi-flute<br />

player, and since graduating, has embarked<br />

on a varied musical career. He is active as an<br />

orchestral musician – having performed with<br />

leading orchestras such as the Royal Opera<br />

House, BBC Concert and London Chamber<br />

Orchestras – and also as a chamber player and<br />

has played at major venues such as London’s<br />

Wigmore Hall. He co-founded the awardwinning<br />

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he has performed in the West End show<br />

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the West End’s Upstart Crow starring David<br />

Mitchell and has performed with Damon<br />

Albarn for the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland.<br />

He has also recorded for BBC TV, Apple TV,<br />

Netflix and BBC Radio 3.<br />

Please come along to hear and support this<br />

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Daniel will perform at Wanstead Library<br />

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Community events<br />

RIVER RODING RESTORATION<br />

AT WANSTEAD PARK<br />

Repeated on 7, 12 and 18 <strong>Mar</strong>ch.<br />

Date: Monday 4 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 10am–2.30pm<br />

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BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ<br />

AFTERNOON SESSION<br />

Date: Tuesday 5 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 2–3pm<br />

Venue: St <strong>Mar</strong>y’s Church, South Woodford<br />

MAR<br />

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CUPPA WITH COPPER IN<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD<br />

Date: Friday 8 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 3pm<br />

Venue: Starbucks, 105 George Lane<br />

Enquiries: sntji-south-woodford@met.police.uk<br />

MAR<br />

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LOCAL POLICE<br />

STREET BRIEFING<br />

Date: Saturday 9 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 10–11am<br />

Venue: Grove Road/Buckingham Road junction<br />

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Date: Saturday 9 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 11am–4.30pm<br />

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MAR<br />

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THE WOODFORD ARTS<br />

SPRING EXHIBITION<br />

A collaborative exhibition by Woodford Arts<br />

Group, Art Group Wanstead, Essex Art Club<br />

and Woodford County High School.<br />

Date: Saturday 9 to Tuesday 12 <strong>Mar</strong>ch<br />

Time: 11am–6pm<br />

Venue: Sir James Hawkey Hall, IG8 0BG<br />

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MAR<br />

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WANSTEAD PARK<br />

LITTER PICK<br />

Date: Sunday 10 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 11am<br />

Venue: the Temple, Wanstead Park, E11 2LT<br />

MAR<br />

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MONTHLY SOUP AND<br />

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH<br />

Bring your knitting, play games and make new<br />

friends. Repeated on 8 <strong>Apr</strong>il.<br />

Date: Monday 11 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: from 11am<br />

Venue: Salvation Army, 26 Daisy Road, E18 1EA<br />

Cost: £3 donation Enquiries: 07454 926 526<br />

MAR<br />

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WEST ESSEX<br />

ARCHAEOLOGICAL GROUP<br />

AGM followed by a talk by the group’s<br />

president, Harvey Sheldon. Visitors welcome.<br />

Date: Monday 11 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 7.30pm<br />

Venue: Woodford County High School, IG8 9LA<br />

Cost: £2 Enquiries: weag.org.uk<br />

MAR<br />

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FLAMINGO FAIR FOR<br />

MOTHER’S DAY & EASTER<br />

Date: Saturday 9 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 11am–4pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: free entry Enquiries: 020 8989 9881<br />

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BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ<br />

EVENING SESSION<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 7–8pm<br />

Venue: Christ Church, Wanstead Place, E11 2SW<br />

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THE LIFE AND WORKS OF<br />

GIACOMO PUCCINI<br />

A talk by Roger Askew for The Arts Society,<br />

Woodford Green. Visitors welcome.<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 7.30pm<br />

Venue: Bancroft’s School, High Road, IG8 0RF<br />

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MAR<br />

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WETLAND RESTORATION<br />

AND MANAGEMENT<br />

A talk for the North East London Local Group<br />

of the RSPB by Dr Iain Boulton.<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 8pm<br />

Venue: St <strong>Mar</strong>y’s Church, South Woodford<br />

Cost: £4.50 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/rspb<br />

MAR<br />

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REDBRIDGE MUSIC<br />

SOCIETY RECITAL<br />

Featuring flautist and former Woodbridge<br />

High School student Daniel Swani.<br />

Date: Tuesday 12 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 8pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: £12; members: £8 Enquiries: 07380 606 767<br />

MAR<br />

12<br />

TREASURES OF THE<br />

NATIONAL TRUST<br />

A talk by David Simmonds for the Woodford<br />

and District Centre of the National Trust.<br />

Date: Wednesday 13 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 2.30pm<br />

Venue: All Saints Church Hall, Woodford Green<br />

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07774 164 407<br />

MAR<br />

13<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD WARD<br />

COUNCILLOR SURGERY<br />

Discuss issues with local councillors. Repeated<br />

on 10 <strong>Apr</strong>il. Booking required.<br />

Date: Wednesday 13 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 6–7pm<br />

Venue: Salvation Army, 26 Daisy Road, E18 1EA<br />

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

MAR<br />

13<br />

WOODFORD: MORE<br />

DIGGING IN THE ARCHIVES<br />

Woodford Historical Society AGM followed by<br />

a talk by Peter Lawrence. Visitors welcome.<br />

Date: Thursday 14 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 2.30pm<br />

Venue: All Saints Church Hall, Woodford Green<br />

Cost: £3 Enquiries: woodfordhistoricalsociety.org<br />

MAR<br />

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throughout history right up to the present present day. day.<br />

Women’s<br />

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Join Redbridge Libraries for a host of events<br />

and activities to celebrate womenʼs achievements<br />

www.visionrcl.org.uk/womenshistory<br />

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FELICITAS CHAMBER CHOIR:<br />

DARKNESS TO LIGHT<br />

Date: Saturday 16 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 7.30pm<br />

Venue: St <strong>Mar</strong>y’s Church, South Woodford<br />

Cost: £12.50 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/darkness<br />

MAR<br />

16<br />

RODING VALLEY<br />

ACTION DAY<br />

Help prepare the wild flower meadow.<br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 10am–1pm<br />

Venue: Roding Valley Park, Whitney Avenue<br />

Enquiries: nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk<br />

MAR<br />

17<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD<br />

COMMUNITY MARKET<br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 11am–4pm<br />

Venue: George Lane, South Woodford<br />

MAR<br />

17<br />

GARDENING SESSION<br />

AT THE ORCHARD<br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 11am–1pm<br />

Venue: Community Orchard, South Woodford<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: southwoodfordsociety.org<br />

MAR<br />

17<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD<br />

SOCIETY LITTER PICK<br />

Repeated on 14 <strong>Apr</strong>il. Organised by the South<br />

Woodford Society.<br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 11am–1pm<br />

Venue: Community Orchard, South Woodford<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: e18society@gmail.com<br />

MAR<br />

17<br />

THE EDGE<br />

OF THE UNIVERSE<br />

A talk by Chris Crowe for the North East<br />

London Astronomical Society.<br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 1.30pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead House, 21 The Green, E11 2NT<br />

Cost: £3 Enquiries: stevek1951@hotmail.com<br />

MAR<br />

17<br />

CRESCENDO MUSIC<br />

ACADEMY CONCERT<br />

Crescendo Music Academy students will be<br />

playing a variety of instruments and genres.<br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 3.30pm<br />

Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA<br />

Cost: £6; under-15s: £3 Enquiries: 07799 778 565<br />

MAR<br />

17<br />

THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT TOUR<br />

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EVERY SATURDAY<br />

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Or call Gary Lewis on 0779 381 7759 to book your spot<br />

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE<br />

HUMAN IN AN AGE OF AI?<br />

Talk and Q&A with Rev Dr Simon Cross, senior<br />

subject matter expert and AI policy lead for<br />

the Church of England.<br />

Date: Sunday 17 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 3.30–5pm<br />

Venue: St <strong>Mar</strong>y’s Church, South Woodford<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/ai17mar<br />

MAR<br />

17<br />

FLOWER ARRANGING<br />

DEMONSTRATION<br />

Angela Woodley presents to the Woodford<br />

and District Floral Arrangement Group. Visitors<br />

welcome.<br />

Date: Monday 18 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 7.30–9.45pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road<br />

Cost: £9 Enquiries: 020 8508 9765<br />

MAR<br />

18<br />

BEREAVEMENT CAFÉ<br />

MORNING SESSION<br />

For people struggling with feelings of loss.<br />

Date: Tuesday 19 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 10.30–11.30am<br />

Venue: Christ Church, Wanstead Place, E11 2SW<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8505 3000<br />

MAR<br />

19<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD SOCIETY<br />

QUIZ NIGHT<br />

Bring your own refreshments.<br />

Date: Friday 22 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 7pm<br />

Venue: Woodbridge High School, IG8 7DQ<br />

Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/quizz22march<br />

MAR<br />

22<br />

EAST LONDON ME/CFS<br />

SUPPORT GROUP<br />

Conversation, information and support.<br />

Date: Saturday 23 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 2.30–5pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead House, 21 The Green, E11 2NT<br />

Cost: by donation Enquiries: 07957 152 566<br />

MAR<br />

23<br />

NATURE-BASED<br />

MEMORY CAFÉ<br />

Providing hands-on access to nature items,<br />

story-gathering and singing for those living<br />

with dementia and their carers.<br />

Date: Sunday 24 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 2–3.30pm<br />

Venue: St <strong>Mar</strong>y’s Church, South Woodford<br />

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

MAR<br />

24<br />

ESSEX ART CLUB SUNDAY<br />

DEMONSTRATION<br />

Date: Sunday 24 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 2.30–4.30pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead House, 21 The Green, E11 2NT<br />

Cost: £5 Enquiries: essexartclub.co.uk<br />

MAR<br />

24<br />

REDBRIDGE RHYMESTERS<br />

POETRY WORKSHOP<br />

This over-55s poetry group welcomes visitors.<br />

Date: Tuesday 26 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 10am<br />

Venue: Allan Burgess Centre, High Street, E11 2AE<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: 020 8989 6338<br />

MAR<br />

26<br />

OPEN TABLE AT HOLY<br />

TRINITY CHURCH<br />

Join a community meal open to all.<br />

Date: Wednesday 27 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 5.30–7pm<br />

Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Hermon Hill, E18 1QQ<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: htsw.org.uk<br />

MAR<br />

27<br />

WATERBIRD WALK<br />

FOR FAMILIES<br />

Hosted by the Wren Wildlife Group.<br />

Date: Saturday 30 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 9am<br />

Venue: Wanstead Park Enquiries: wrengroup.org.uk<br />

MAR<br />

30<br />

ELMHURST GARDENS<br />

ACTION DAY<br />

Help with planting flowers, weeding, watering,<br />

maintenance projects and litter picking.<br />

Date: Saturday 30 <strong>Mar</strong>ch Time: 11am–12pm<br />

Venue: Elmhurst Gardens, South Woodford<br />

Enquiries: parks.enquiries@visionrcl.org.uk<br />

MAR<br />

1 APR 4 APR<br />

30<br />

WANSTEAD & WOODFORD<br />

WEA FILM CLUB<br />

A screening of Brian and Charles (2022).<br />

Date: Monday 1 <strong>Apr</strong>il 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 />

HAVEN HOUSE<br />

EASTER EGG HUNT<br />

Date: Thursday 4 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 10am–1pm<br />

Venue: Haven House, High Road, IG8 9LB<br />

Cost: £10 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/hhegg<br />

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Crescendo Music Academy<br />

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& Variations Dance Studio<br />

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Established in 1998, we provide excellent qualified tuition in a variety of<br />

musical instruments, singing and several dance styles at an affordable price.<br />

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Dance Performances : 9 th <strong>Mar</strong>ch and 7 th July <strong>2024</strong><br />

Music Concert : 17 th <strong>Mar</strong>ch <strong>2024</strong><br />

Examinations • Shows • Concerts • Audition Preparation<br />

INSTRUMENTAL AND SINGING LESSONS IN GEORGE LANE,<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD & DANCE LESSONS IN SOUTH<br />

WOODFORD, WANSTEAD (ALDERSBROOK) & LEYTONSTONE<br />

Children welcome from age 4 to adult for music lessons (1-to-1,<br />

2-to-1 and small groups) and from age 2 for dance classes.<br />

Email: sara@variationsdancestudio.co.uk Tel: 07799 778 565<br />

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WANSTEAD<br />

COMMUNITY MARKET<br />

Date: Sunday 7 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 10am–4pm<br />

Venue: Wanstead High Street<br />

APR<br />

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ON THE TRAIL OF<br />

THE CRANE<br />

A talk for the North East London Local Group<br />

of the RSPB by Ralph and Brenda Todd.<br />

Date: Tuesday 9 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 8pm<br />

Venue: St <strong>Mar</strong>y’s Church, South Woodford<br />

Cost: £4.50 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/rspb<br />

APR<br />

9<br />

REBUILDING LONDON<br />

AFTER 1066<br />

A talk by Pete Smith for the Woodford<br />

Historical Society. Visitors welcome.<br />

Date: Thursday 11 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 2.30pm<br />

Venue: All Saints Church Hall, Woodford Green<br />

Cost: £3 Enquiries: woodfordhistoricalsociety.org<br />

APR<br />

11<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD<br />

FIVE-MILE WALK<br />

A walk from the station, along tracks beside<br />

the River Roding to Snaresbrook, up to<br />

Waterworks Corner and back. Hosted by the<br />

West Essex Ramblers. Booking required.<br />

Date: Friday 12 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 10.30am–1pm<br />

Venue: meet at South Woodford Station<br />

Enquiries: west-essexramblers.org.uk<br />

APR<br />

12<br />

PUPPET SHOW:<br />

THE THREE BEARS<br />

A winter adventure in the woods with original<br />

music and puppets. Suitable for six-year-olds<br />

and under.<br />

Date: Friday 12 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 11am–12pm<br />

Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB<br />

Cost: £11.50 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/3bears<br />

APR<br />

12<br />

CHIGWELL<br />

RIDING TRUST<br />

A talk by Deborah Hall for the Woodford and<br />

District Centre of the National Trust.<br />

Date: Wednesday 17 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 2.30pm<br />

Venue: All Saints Church Hall, Woodford Green<br />

Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07774 164 407<br />

APR<br />

17<br />

PRE-LOVED<br />

MARKET<br />

Including fashion, toys, art and homewares.<br />

Date: Saturday 20 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 8am–12pm<br />

Venue: Christ Church Hall, Wanstead, E11 2SW<br />

Cost: free entry Enquiries: 07912 282 088<br />

APR<br />

20<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD<br />

COMMUNITY MARKET<br />

Monthly market offering a range of products.<br />

Date: Sunday 21 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 11am–4pm<br />

Venue: George Lane, South Woodford<br />

Enquiries: aceeventsltd.co.uk<br />

APR<br />

21<br />

IODS PRESENTS:<br />

CURTAINS<br />

A parody of whodunnit classics.<br />

Date: Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 <strong>Apr</strong>il<br />

Time: 7.30–9.30pm<br />

Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB<br />

Cost: £17.50 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/curtains<br />

APR<br />

25<br />

TRY ORIENTEERING IN<br />

WANSTEAD PARK<br />

Hosted by Chigwell and Epping Forest<br />

Orienteering Club. Maps will be provided<br />

and club members will be on hand to give<br />

instructions.<br />

Date: Saturday 27 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 10am–12pm<br />

Venue: meet at the Temple, Wanstead Park<br />

Cost: free Enquiries: info@chig.org.uk<br />

APR<br />

27<br />

BUTTERFLY IDENTIFICATION<br />

WORKSHOP IN THE PARK<br />

A one-hour presentation followed by a guided<br />

walk. Hosted by Big City Butterflies and the<br />

Friends of Wanstead Parklands.<br />

Date: Saturday 27 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 1pm<br />

Venue: meet at the Temple, Wanstead Park<br />

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

APR<br />

27<br />

RUMBLE WRESTLING AT<br />

KENNETH MORE THEATRE<br />

Suitable for all ages.<br />

Date: Saturday 27 <strong>Apr</strong>il Time: 7–9.20pm<br />

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

Cost: £17 Enquiries: swvg.co.uk/rumble<br />

APR<br />

27<br />

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GARDENCARE<br />

• PAVING & PATIOS<br />

• TURFING<br />

• ARTIFICIAL LAWNS<br />

• FENCING<br />

• VICTORIAN PATHS<br />

• DRIVEWAYS<br />

• BRICKWORK<br />

• RENDERING<br />

• DECKING<br />

• DESIGN<br />

• PLANTING<br />

• RAISED FLOWER BEDS<br />

Tel: 020 8539 4443<br />

enquiries@lancastersgardencare.com<br />

Visit us today Garden Maintenance Tree Service<br />

Shop online at lancastersonline.com or call 020 8520 1088<br />

UNIT 2, THE OLD STATION YARD, WALTHAMSTOW, E17 3NZ<br />

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Local community groups<br />

FRIENDS OF WANSTEAD PARKLANDS<br />

Researching and promoting Wanstead Park.<br />

Visit wansteadpark.org.uk<br />

NCT REDBRIDGE & DISTRICT<br />

Offering support and information to parents<br />

and parents-to-be. Call 0300 330 0700<br />

ROTARY CLUB OF LEYTONSTONE<br />

AND WOODFORD<br />

Meeting every Thursday at 6.30pm at The<br />

Royal Oak, Chingford. Call 020 3597 2921<br />

SCOTTISH DANCING FOR FUN<br />

Mondays from 8pm at St Barnabas Church.<br />

No partners needed. Call 020 8504 3376<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD BUSINESS FORUM<br />

Quarterly meetings providing a voice for<br />

South Woodford’s businesses and networking<br />

opportunities. Visit swvg.co.uk/swbf<br />

Creative<br />

Giftware<br />

A family business based in Wanstead, specialising in<br />

embroidered homeware and gifts for all occasions<br />

Call: 0208 530 1244<br />

84 Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, E11 2EZ<br />

SOUTH WOODFORD GARDENERS<br />

Tending to and improving the flower beds<br />

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

SOUTH WOODFORD SOCIETY<br />

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

Visit southwoodfordsociety.org<br />

ST BARNABAS CHURCH LUNCHEON CLUB<br />

Every Friday, 12 noon to 2pm at St Barnabas<br />

Church Hall, 127 Snakes Lane East. All over-55s<br />

welcome. Cost: £4. Call 020 8491 1134<br />

ULTRASOUND CHOIR<br />

Female choir singing a wide repertoire every<br />

Tuesday at Derby Road Methodist Church<br />

from 7.30pm. Call 07799 196 241<br />

WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD BLIND CLUB<br />

Social club for people with sight problems<br />

meeting Thursday afternoons (2pm to 4pm) in<br />

South Woodford. Call 07840 850 838<br />

WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD<br />

CENTENARY FILM CLUB<br />

Meets on the first Monday of each month<br />

(except August), 12.30pm at the Odeon, South<br />

Woodford (the cinema’s usual charges apply).<br />

Email weafilmclub18@gmail.com<br />

WEST ESSEX RAMBLERS<br />

Local walks every week. Visit swvg.co.uk/wer<br />

WOODFORD AND WANSTEAD<br />

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY<br />

Meeting virtually or at Wanstead House every<br />

Monday. Visit swvg.co.uk/wwps<br />

WOODFORD ARTS GROUP<br />

All Woodford-based artists are welcome to<br />

apply to join. Visit swvg.co.uk/wag<br />

WOODFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY<br />

Stimulating interest in the history of the local<br />

area. Visit woodfordhistoricalsociety.org<br />

WREN WILDLIFE GROUP<br />

Wildlife conservation. Visit wrengroup.org.uk<br />

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Useful numbers<br />

ADVICE & SUPPORT<br />

Citizens Advice Redbridge 0300 330 9063<br />

Community Legal Advice 0845 345 4 345<br />

Samaritans116 123<br />

HEALTH<br />

NHS 111 111<br />

Whipps Cross Hospital 020 8539 5522<br />

Shrubberies Medical Centre 020 8530 4108<br />

Glebelands Practice 020 8989 6272<br />

South Woodford Health Centre 020 8491 3333<br />

Elmhurst Practice 020 8491 3310<br />

The Broadway Surgery 020 8505 3204<br />

Southdene Surgery 020 8530 3731<br />

Out of hours GP 020 3770 1888<br />

LEISURE & LIBRARIES<br />

South Woodford Library & Gym 020 8708 9067<br />

Woodford Green Library 020 8708 7444<br />

Wanstead Library 020 8708 7400<br />

Wanstead Leisure Centre 020 8989 1172<br />

in South Woodford<br />

LOCAL COUNCILLORS South Woodford ward<br />

Beverley Brewer (Lab) 020 8554 5000<br />

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

Joe Hehir (Lab) 07741 904 709<br />

joe.hehir@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

Saiqa Qayum Hussain (Lab) 07918 277 502<br />

saiqa.qayum@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

LOCAL COUNCILLORS Churchfields ward<br />

Lloyd Duddridge (Lab) 07799 579 763<br />

lloyd.duddridge@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

Rosa Gomez (Lab) 07799 057 030<br />

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

Guy Williams (Lab) 07918 278 865<br />

guy.williams@redbridge.gov.uk<br />

LOCAL MP Chingford and Woodford Green<br />

Iain Duncan Smith MP 020 7219 3000<br />

iainduncansmith.org.uk<br />

LOCAL MP Ilford North<br />

Wes Streeting MP 020 3475 7901<br />

wesstreeting.org<br />

IN THE BUILDING TRADE FOR 30 YEARS<br />

LOCAL MP Leyton and Wanstead<br />

John Cryer MP 020 8989 5249<br />

johncryermp.co.uk<br />

POLICE & NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH<br />

Emergency 999<br />

Non-emergency 101<br />

Crimestoppers0800 555 111<br />

SNTsntji-south-woodford@met.police.uk<br />

SNTsntji-churchfields@met.police.uk<br />

REDBRIDGE COUNCIL<br />

Customer contact centre 020 8554 5000<br />

Report antisocial behaviour 020 8478 4679<br />

UTILITIES<br />

Electricity (power cut) 105<br />

Electricity emergency 0800 40 40 90<br />

Gas emergency0800 111 999<br />

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

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Agy’s Barber Shop 52<br />

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Bathworks 65<br />

BEAUTY<br />

Skintap 6<br />

BUILDERS<br />

North London Loft Rooms 63<br />

CAFÉS<br />

Fresh As A Daisy Cafe & Diner 9<br />

CARPENTRY & JOINERY<br />

K&D Joinery42–43<br />

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES<br />

Rumble Wrestling 38<br />

School Holiday Family Fair54<br />

COMMUNITY & GROUPS<br />

South Woodford Society 25<br />

COUNSELLING<br />

Counselling Helps18<br />

DANCE<br />

Variations Dance Studio 59<br />

DECORATORS<br />

E18 Handyman64<br />

Stuart Green Property Solutions28<br />

DENTIST<br />

Smile in London 39<br />

Woodford House21<br />

DOORS<br />

K&D Joinery42–43<br />

EMBROIDERY<br />

Creative Giftware62<br />

ESTATE AGENTS<br />

Churchill Estates34–35 & 68<br />

The Stow Brothers 53<br />

Yellands10<br />

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES<br />

Easter Event 8<br />

Rumble Wrestling 38<br />

Sister Act 11<br />

The Rocket Man 32<br />

Women’s History Month <strong>2024</strong> 56<br />

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Lancasters Gardencare61<br />

FITNESS<br />

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre2<br />

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Belgrave Motor Services28<br />

Woodbridge Autos15<br />

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Lancasters Gardencare61<br />

GIFTS<br />

Creative Giftware62<br />

Heartwood42–43<br />

Room 22 38<br />

GUTTER CLEARING<br />

Gutter Cleaning Services12<br />

HANDYMAN<br />

E18 Handyman64<br />

Stuart Green Property Solutions28<br />

HEALTH<br />

Healthy Body Healthy Mind33<br />

Practice Plus Group49<br />

JEWELLERY<br />

Gemstone Detective7<br />

JOB VACANCIES<br />

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre2<br />

LOFTS<br />

North London Loft Rooms 63<br />

MORTGAGES<br />

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Belgrave Motor Services28<br />

Woodbridge Autos15<br />

MUSIC<br />

Crescendo Music Academy 59<br />

NUTRITION<br />

Healthy Body Healthy Mind33<br />

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Bayfields Opticians & Audiologists37<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

Geoff Wilkinson 38<br />

PILATES<br />

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PLASTERING<br />

Heritage Plaster Services51<br />

PLUMBING & HEATING<br />

Rightio Plumbing & Heating 22<br />

Smart Heat Solutions14<br />

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE<br />

E18 Handyman64<br />

Gutter Cleaning Services12<br />

North London Loft Rooms 63<br />

Stuart Green Property Solutions28<br />

PROPERTY SERVICES<br />

Churchill Estates34–35 & 68<br />

The Stow Brothers 53<br />

Yellands10<br />

SCHOOLS & NURSERIES<br />

Avon House Preparatory School 67<br />

Loyola Preparatory School19<br />

Woodford Green Prep School29<br />

SHOWERS<br />

Bathworks 65<br />

SINGING<br />

Crescendo Music Academy 59<br />

SOLICITORS<br />

Edwards Duthie Shamash45<br />

SPORT & LEISURE<br />

Sylvestrian Leisure Centre2<br />

STAIRS<br />

K&D Joinery42–43<br />

SUIT HIRE<br />

Mode London5<br />

THEATRE<br />

Sister Act 11<br />

The Rocket Man 32<br />

TOURS<br />

Hitchcock Talks & Tours 4<br />

The Graveyard Shift Tour57<br />

TUITION & COURSES<br />

MagiKats 4<br />

VOUCHERS<br />

Village Vouchers 52<br />

WARDROBES<br />

Woodthorpe Joinery 1<br />

WEDDING VENUE<br />

Valentines Mansion 23<br />

WINDOW RESTORATION<br />

McCarty & Smith27<br />

WINDOW SHUTTERS<br />

Woodthorpe Joinery 1<br />

WRESTLING<br />

Rumble Wrestling 38<br />

YOGA<br />

Studio East13<br />

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


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AVON HOUSE<br />

PREPARATORY SCHOOL<br />

Independent Prep School For Children Aged 3-11 Years<br />

NURSERY (3+ YEARS), RECEPTION (4+ YEARS)<br />

AND PREP (7+ YEARS) PLACES AVAILABLE<br />

• 3+ Years Entry<br />

• 4+ Years Entry<br />

• 7+ Years Entry<br />

• Small Class Sizes<br />

• Specialist Subject Teachers<br />

• Extensive Sports Facilities<br />

• Co-Curricular Clubs<br />

• Qualified School Nurse<br />

September 2023 fees from £3,800 per term / £11,400 annual<br />

To book your place, contact:<br />

admissions@ahsprep.co.uk / 020 8504 1749<br />

490-492 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0PN<br />

www.avonhouseschool.co.uk<br />

• SENCO Support<br />

• School Counsellor<br />

• Wraparound Care<br />

• Holiday Clubs<br />

Please mention the South Woodford Village Gazette when responding to adverts


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