June 2019


Young line-up for Christ Church’s annual operatic event

Screenshot 2019-06-26 13.55.18Jessica Norton, George Ireland and Lydia Haynes

An annual operatic event will return to Christ Church next month.

“Glamour on the Green is an evening of operatic singing in the church from young professional musicians, with two sessions of music surrounding a 90-minute interval for picnics in the garden,” said a church spokesperson. The performers for the event on 20 July (from 6.30pm; tickets from £20) are: Jessica Norton (lead soprano), Lydia Haynes (mezzo-soprano), George Ireland (piano), Clem Hetherington (tenor) and Tom Mole (bass).

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New Wanstead Youth Club leader oversees garden project


Members of the Wanstead Youth Club – which meet on Thursday evenings at Wanstead Youth Centre – took part in the launch of a gardening project earlier this month.

“Participants designed their own plant pots and filled them with their choice of flowers and shrubs. Other plans include putting up bird boxes and bird feeders, which the youngsters will have responsibility for, and installing trellises on the walls for climbing plants to add colour to the area,” said the club’s new leader Keith Cranmer.

Email keithc@essexboysandgirlsclubs.org


Eagle Pond clean-up: ‘what a difference we can make’


More than 20 people took part in a clean-up day at Eagle Pond in Snaresbrook earlier this month.

Wanstead Village councillor Jo Blackman organised the litter pick with the City of London Corporation – who owns the site – after a number of residents expressed concerns about the state of the pond. “It’s great to see what a difference we can make when we work together. A group of residents are now joining forces to make lasting improvements,” said Councillor Blackman.

Email jo.blackman@redbridge.gov.uk


Consultation launched on extension plans for WA and WB parking zones

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Redbridge Council is consulting residents over the possible extension of the WA and WB permit parking zones.

“Parking in some residential roads in Wanstead is becoming increasingly difficult as a result of commuter parking and displacement from adjacent controlled areas. A number of requests, together with signed petitions, have been submitted… asking for us to work with local residents to develop suitable solutions,” said a spokesperson. The consultation closes on 19 July.

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Local resident completes Three Peaks Challenge blindfolded

190306-Action-shotMatthew was guided by a group of friends, who spent the last few months training alongside him

Wanstead resident Matthew Lee completed the Three Peaks Challenge while blindfolded earlier this month, raising over £22k for the Royal Society for Blind Children.

Matthew was inspired to take on the challenge – which requires climbers to reach the summit of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon within a 24-hour period – by his nine-year-old daughter Alexa, who is losing her sight due to brittle cornea syndrome. “The climb was incredibly tough… but nothing compared to what Alexa has to tackle,” said Matthew.


Motorbikes and BBQ at St Mary’s in aid of Kenyan priest

bikethumbnailVenerable Elwin Cockett presented a bike to the vicar of Sololo parish, close to the border with Ethiopia, last year

The Archdeacon of West Ham will be displaying his Triumph Bonneville at a St Mary’s Church BBQ on 20 July (11am to 3pm).

It is hoped the event – open to all, including motorbike groups – will help to raise £2,300 to buy a Yamaha 125 for a priest in the Marsabit diocese in Kenya. The vehicle will help church workers better serve their parish, which covers an area the size of England. “These bikes are equipped to take the punishment that African tracks can inflict on a machine,” said the Venerable Elwin Cockett.

Visit wnstd.com/bk


Tributes to Jill Stock, a ‘model citizen looking after her neighbourhood’

Screenshot_20190618-093153_WhatsAppJill Stock

Tributes have been paid to Wanstead resident Jill Stock, who died on 25 May following a road traffic collision while visiting family in Somerset.

Jill worked as a nurse for some 46 years, and her hobby of making photographic collages developed into a small enterprise, creating jigsaw puzzles of Wanstead, which she sold at the farmers’ market. “She will be deeply missed. She was a beacon for a model citizen looking after her neighbourhood,” said Steve Wilks.

She leaves husband Mick and three daughters, Kate, Samantha and Polly.


Wanstead Climate Action to welcome Extinction Rebellion speaker

IMG_8004Wanstead Climate Action joined other campaigners in Ilford before Redbridge Council voted to declare a climate emergency earlier this month

An Extinction Rebellion speaker will visit Wanstead next month to discuss climate change and explain how non-violent, direct action can bring pressure on governments to act.

“Extinction Rebellion is helping us focus on the climate crisis we face. Yes, it is great the government has made a commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but most climate scientists say that is too late,” said a spokesperson for Wanstead Climate Action.

The talk will take place at Christ Church on 1 July from 7.30pm to 9.30pm (free).


Give feedback on Whipps Cross

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Residents with an interest in the redevelopment of Whipps Cross Hospital are invited to a meeting to be hosted by the Wanstead Park Women’s Club on 15 July from 8.15pm (£2; open to all).

The event at Aldersbrook Bowls Club will be attended by Community Engagement Leader Abbas Mirza, who is seeking feedback on plans to improve the hospital, which treats more than 1,600 patients every day.

Call 020 8925 4875


Would you like to be part of the 10th Art Trail Wanstead? Answers on a postcard

IMG_20180907_135458Eugene Coyle with postcards from last year’s exhibition

Wanstead residents and those from further afield are invited to take part in this year’s Art Trail Wanstead postcard exhibition.

“After the success of last year’s show, I am running the postcard art exhibition again, celebrating the trail’s 10th anniversary. There was such a fantastic mix of entries last year (around 150 cards) and we managed to sell many for charity. This year, I am issuing a call out to submit your entries based on the theme of ‘time’,” said exhibition organiser Eugene Coyle. Entries received before the 31 August deadline will be displayed at The Stow Brothers or Wanstead Library, and all forms of postcard-sized art are welcome, from paintings to poems, photos, textiles and collage.

Submissions can be left in the art trail letterbox at The Stow Brothers or posted to 117A High Street, Wanstead, E11 2RL.

Visit artgroupwanstead.com