Centre of Attention

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Councillor Jas Athwal, explains the decision to convert Wanstead Youth Centre into an education and youth hub, and why it must temporarily close in order

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Carving out memories

Chainsaw artist Marshall Lambert has created three new wood carvings for the play area in Wanstead Park, a place he used to visit as a child. Photo by Geoff Wilkinson...


The Law, Seriously

Derek Inkpin from local solicitors Axiom DWFM takes the law seriously, but even he knows sometimes the law can be an ass… especially if you get a bit tipsy in a pub

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Only when it rains

Wren Wildlife Group member Nick Croft shares his experience of breathing life back into Cat and Dog Pond on Wanstead Flats. Additional words by Tony Morrison. Photo by Mary Holden

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Friends at work

In the second of two articles looking at the work taking place to improve Wanstead Park, the Friends of Wanstead Parklands’ chairman Peter Brimson expresses concerns over the condition of

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Planting ideas

The Aldersbrook Horticultural Society’s new season of talks kicks off this month with a presentation by Danny Clarke, aka The Black Gardener. Here, Ruth Martin introduces some of the other


Ageing comedy

Over the last 40 years or so, a lazy mythology has built up around the evolution of stand-up comedy in the UK, says Jon Fentiman, organiser of the Fringe’s comedy

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Take a Bow, Wanstead

From rugby to robots, Fiona Gordon takes a look at some of this year’s Fringe theatre offerings, and thanks the local venues that will make these performances truly memorable

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The Wheel Argentina

In a Wanstead Fringe travelogue with a difference, Carole Edrich invites you to sample some of the wines emblematic of her experience of cycling to every winery in Argentina


Fringe starts here

It all began in 2013, and now, as the Wanstead Fringe gears up for its 10th instalment of 100-plus cultural events, director Giles Wilson reveals what he’s looking forward to