November 2020


Local filmmaker’s new comedy about hobby horsing


Local filmmaker Marc Coleman has created a new comedy about a middle-aged man seeking redemption through the Finnish adolescent sport of hobby horsing.

“It is essentially dressage and show jumping, but with toy horses. It’s a real sport in Finland!” said Marc, whose new short film is a proof of concept for a feature film that has already been written, but requires funding. The film was shot at Redbridge Drama Centre, Wanstead Youth Centre and in Roding Valley Park.



Community appeal for rough sleepers to be repeated in December


A drive-through collection for clothing and toiletries in aid of rough sleepers took place at Wanstead Cricket Club last month.

“The response was incredible, and The Corner House Project couldn’t be happier! In addition to an overwhelming response for the donation of clothing, toiletries and sleeping bags, we also received some generous cash donations, which we will use to buy further supplies,” said Julie Harvey.

Another collection will take place at the Overton Drive car park on 5 and 6 December.

Call 07943 717 963


Let them eat Christmas cake: volunteer bakers wanted


Wanstead resident and keen amateur baker Paul Canal has relaunched his annual Christmas cake baking appeal in aid of Haven House Children’s Hospice, but with a difference.

“This year, I am seeking to match local volunteer cake bakers with eager Christmas cake buyers, with all proceeds going to Haven House. Several eager bakers and buyers have already signed up, with over 50 cakes pledged. If you would like to bake a cake – or buy one – please get in touch,” said Paul.



Redbridge Local Lottery launch

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The PTA at Our Lady of Lourdes in Wanstead will be one of the beneficiaries of a new lottery launching in the borough on 19 December (tickets to go on sale from 10 November).

Redbridge Local Lottery is a Redbridge Council initiative, with a £25,000 weekly jackpot. “From every £1 ticket, 60p will go to local good causes in the Redbridge area to improve our community,” said a spokesperson.