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Lights, Cameras, Christmas

Residents gathered on George Green last month for the switching on of Wanstead’s Christmas tree lights. Here, local councillors Jo Blackman, Paul Donovan, Daniel Morgan-Thomas, Sheila Bain and Bayo Alaba reflect on

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History comes home

Redbridge Museum will open a new permanent exhibition early next year exploring 200,000 years of local history. In the ninth of a series of articles, Museum Officer Nishat Alam looks

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Have you heard?

Voice-over artist Sally Dunbar gives us the inside story on the Redbridge Talking Newspaper, a weekly publication for those living with blindness or visual impairment. And as a free service,

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A Growing Society

2022 has been an eventful year for a number of reasons, but it has also been a year when the Wanstead Society, a small charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing


Stepping up

Last year, April Mehmet founded Walk it Out, a project dedicated to empowering women in Redbridge. As the initiative grows, more female mentors are now needed in Wanstead to continue


Music & More

The UK’s oldest competitive music and drama festival will be taking place locally in February 2023. Applications are now open for performers of all ages. Sheena Bronson reports


A local star

At this month’s meeting of the Wanstead Historical Society, Dr John Fisher will give a presentation about James Bradley (1692–1762), a local unsung hero of science who proved the Earth


The digital age

Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering has launched a new Digital Champion Programme to help older people get online and learn how to use digital devices. Project coordinator Vivienne Greengrass

shadowBecause of the site’s elevation, campaigners say a six-storey block will tower above neighbouring houses

Real Snaresbrook

Liz Calvert is one of many residents who will be living in the shadow of the blocks of flats proposed for Snaresbrook Station car park. The Real Snaresbrook campaign believes

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All hands on deck

Participating in an art workshop can complete an ideal leisure day, as young Wanstead Festival visitors discovered last month. Art Group Wanstead’s Donna Mizzi reports on the organisation’s “Hands On” project

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local focus

James Ball was one of the winners in the Wren Wildlife Group’s photography competition, announced in Wanstead last month as part of their 50th-anniversary celebrations. Here, the estate agent explains



Redbridge Council is making progress towards its carbon zero target, but there is more to do, says Councillor Jo Blackman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride