Listen and learn

In the 34th of a series of articles, David Bird discusses the work of Redbridge Music Society and introduces local community choir Modality, who will perform a seasonal concert in Wanstead

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Our Lord Mayor

Thomas Finnis died 140 years ago this month. He was the last Lord Mayor to have a procession on the Thames. Melissa Ford from the East of London Family History

donna-1Donna- Maria Maynard (née Bradshaw) with her friends Samantha Kloss and Cigdem Ulgen by the school’s art block

The high life

In the first of a series of articles to mark the 100th anniversary of Wanstead High School, former student Professor Donna-Maria Maynard reflects on a time in her life which


Tree ring plan

Local resident Delia Ray, a volunteer for countryside charity CPRE London, explains how the people of Wanstead and Woodford can help with a bold plan to mitigate the impact of climate


Magical place

ELHAP is a specialist playground for children with disabilities nestled in a large woodland off Roding Lane North. Fundraising manager Sophie Blythe is working to keep the magic of play alive

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Beyond the island

Marian Temple of the Wanstead Community Gardeners reports on Ingrid Howarth’s latest work revamping another neglected patch alongside the Island Garden

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Pollinator Pathways

Wanstead resident Karen Myers is a champion of Redbridge Council’s Pollinator Pathways, a scheme designed to reduce the use of pesticides on our streets and help residents grow wild flowers


Mrs Churchill

Often too busy to visit his Woodford constituency, Churchill would send his wife in his place. Now, director Chris Jaeger is bringing the play Mrs Churchill – My Life With

solar-panels-cllr-blackmanCouncillor Blackman alongside council vehicles fitted with solar panels

Doom Defying

There have been plenty of reasons for climate doom recently, says Councillor Jo Blackman, who is keen to highlight Redbridge Council’s work to tackle this locally, and give cause to

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Who do we think we are?

The Friends of St Gabriel’s has invited local historian Jane Skelding to host an event exploring the history of the Aldersbrook and Lake House estates. Georgina Brewis finds out more