Editor's Welcome

August 2012

Written by the editor Saturday, 04 August 2012

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This month's London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are not just about athletes competing on an international stage, they are also about London marketing itself to a global audience. Our city is in the midst of a continuous advert, broadcast to TV sets watched by an estimated four billion people around the world, streamed to computers in countless offices and printed in publications across the globe. Will we benefit in the long term from this sustained promotion of the capital? The debates will, I'm sure, continue for some time to come, long after the celebrations are over and the bunting has been packed away. Wanstead's own local Olympic celebrations will be taking place this month, with a weekend of family fun on the final days of the Games

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July 2012

Written by the editor Sunday, 01 July 2012

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The countdown is almost complete, the time for planning is nearly up – the time for action has arrived. The Olympic flame has entered the home straight of its 70-day journey around the UK, and Stratford is all set to take centre stage for the greatest show on Earth. Preparations for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have not all been plain sailing, however, and there have been both national and local issues for organisers to contend with, including a campaign against the siting of a police muster, briefing and deployment centre on Wanstead Flats, which has seen a 3.4-metre-high wall enclose the fairground area of the Flats for police use until September

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June 2012

Written by the editor Saturday, 02 June 2012

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Four months of international, national and local celebrations are now underway. June kicks off with the nation raising a glass to Her Majesty the Queen, in honour of 60 years on the throne. The global spotlight will then illuminate London in July as the world's finest sportsmen and women take centre stage for the 30th modern Olympic Games. Following this, and on the day of the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, August will see the 11th annual Wanstead Festival return to Christchurch Green, while September will bring with it the visual delights of Wanstead's third art trail

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May 2012

Written by the editor Monday, 30 April 2012

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At the beginning of the year, we reported how Sustrans – a sustainable transport charity – would be urging local residents to get on their bikes for 2012. Known as the Biking Borough project and funded by Transport for London, the scheme certainly seemed ready to address, on a local level, the issues surrounding the nationwide problem of cycling safety. Plans included helping those who already cycled regularly to improve their road safety skills, while also encouraging those who hadn't cycled for some time to start safely making local journeys by bike. Click here to find out how the project has been progressing, and how it has been influencing the way both cyclists and drivers use our roads

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April 2012

Written by the editor Monday, 02 April 2012

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An influx of foreign visitors are anticipated to arrive here this month. These will not be Olympic spectators setting up camp early – although some will take up residence in Wanstead for a short while – instead, we will be looking skyward to spot the migrant birds arriving from their winter homes. From across Europe and Africa, they will return to the UK in their millions and, with Wanstead Park and Wanstead Flats on our doorstep, we shall be ideally placed to enjoy the sights and sounds of this myriad of avian invaders

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March 2012

Written by the editor Saturday, 03 March 2012

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The Growing Kids project, which promotes healthy lifestyle choices and respect for the environment, will be celebrating Climate Week this month with a special day of recycling themed activities for both children and adults. Elsewhere, the Wanstead and Woodford branch of Friends of the Earth will be offering food for thought by way of a free film screening at Wanstead library, which will be looking at the use of fossil fuels in the farming industry. The environmental group, which holds regular meetings in Wanstead, will then throw the evening open for audience members to discuss the issues raised.

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February 2012

Written by the editor Saturday, 04 February 2012

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The Wanstead Parklands Community Project have been at the forefront of archaeological work in the park since 2005. They have utilised a wide range of techniques to further their understanding of the area and to carry out a search for the location of Roman buildings long thought to have once been sited in Wanstead Park. This month the WPCP exclusively reveal to our readers two possible sites in the park where a Roman villa is now believed to have once stood

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January 2012

Written by the editor Sunday, 01 January 2012

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There's no denying the picturesque beauty of Wanstead Park. Whether it be a snow-covered scene with children playing in front of The Temple enclosure, or the serenity one of the park's five lakes on a winter's morning, the aesthetics of nature are hard to beat. For the Wanstead Parklands Community Project (WPCP), historical photographs and contemporary images are an important aid in their quest to fully understand the park's history and to safeguard its long-term future.

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