Editor's Welcome

December 2012

Written by the editor Saturday, 01 December 2012

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Mankind has been attempting to predict the weather for thousands of years. What was once based on little more than simple skyward observations is now driven by complex computer models and chaos theory - we've come a long way since the first BBC weather bulletin in 1922. As clichéd as it may be, we just love to discuss the weather and express our dismay or delight at the prevailing conditions. And what better time of year to indulge in this national pastime than in the run up to Christmas?

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November 2012

Written by the editor Saturday, 27 October 2012

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Your Christmas shopping list may still be a work in progress, but one item you can add to it right now will be a gift to yourself and to the wider community in and around Wanstead. That gift is the simple action of making the High Street your first port of call this year as you begin working your way through your checklist of festive essentials (and non-essentials). It is a gift that will be greatly appreciated, not only by our High Street traders, but also by all those who enjoy Wanstead's trove of unique shops and eateries

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October 2012

Written by the editor Monday, 01 October 2012

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If ever there was concern that interest in local issues is dwindling, or that people no longer feel compelled to attend community discussions, then last month's extraordinary meeting of Redbridge Council's Area One Committee put paid to any such fears – in Wanstead at least. With standing room only for a 130-strong crowd, the meeting at the library was a clear indication of the passion that exists among local residents when it comes to issues affecting the heart of the community – in this case, that issue being the future of our local police station

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September 2012

Written by the editor Saturday, 01 September 2012

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"We're going to be on a stamp!" That was Katherine Copeland's initial response following her Olympic gold-medal-winning performance with Sophie Hosking in the lightweight double sculls last month. Despite their ubiquitous nature and their relatively low face value, stamps do carry a certain air of authority and lend themselves well to celebrating unique achievements or marking special occasions. While Royal Mail may not be issuing commemorative stamps to mark Wanstead's third art trail taking place this month, the trail itself will be acknowledging the visual power of the stamp with this striking montage produced by Ilford County High School, to be displayed at Wanstead Pharmacy, one of the many Art Trail Wanstead venues

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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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