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Contents Features Wanstead's Roman villa��������� 12-13 Taking on a major project������������18 Food for thought�������������������������������24 Kids who grow������������������������������������30 Top of the class�����������������������������������36 Nature and nurture������������������ 48-49 An operatic vision�����������������������������54 Great memories����������������������������������62 Caring for garden tools������������������68

Puzzles and Competitions Mind benders��������������������������������������22 Sudoku�����������������������������������������������������38 Crossword����������������������������������������������58 Lateral thinking�����������������������������������70

Every Month Local news�������������������������������������������6-7 Wanstead map���������������������������� 44-45 Community events������������������� 72-74 Community groups������������������ 76-77 Useful numbers����������������������������������77 Index of advertisers��������������������������78

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Welcome... Being environmentally friendly is a choice the majority of us would make given the option. In reality, however, being green requires proactive decisions which are not always the cheapest or easiest to make, at least not in the short term. It's easier, for example, to discard all household waste in one big bag, but clearly more sustainable to spend a few moments sorting out the recyclables. Similarly, it may be cheap to buy a supply of fruit and vegetables from a supermarket, but factor in the food miles and the carbon footprint of the produce and the cost to the environment may be racking up a debt that future generations will struggle to repay. With national Climate Week taking place this month, we will be asked to consider the environmental impact of the decisions we take in our everyday lives. The Growing Kids project, which promotes healthy lifestyle choices and respect for the environment, will be celebrating this climate change campaign with a special day of recycling themed activities for both children and adults (see page 30). Elsewhere, the Wanstead and Woodford branch of Friends of the Earth will be offering food for thought during Climate Week by way of a free film screening at Wanstead library, which will be looking at the use of fossil fuels in the farming industry (see page 24). The environmental group, which holds regular meetings in Wanstead, will then throw the evening open for audience members to discuss the issues raised. It is perhaps no surprise that the conveniences of modern life are impacting the world around us. Throughout the ages, humans have always left their mark on the world – much to the delight of archaeologists and historians. The traces left by the Roman inhabitants of Wanstead are a case in point, and as research into the buried history in Wanstead Park continues (see page 6), the Wanstead Parklands Community Project provide us with an insight into the buildings constructed by these former Roman residents (see Lee Marquis, Editor pages 12-13).

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Volunteers help to clear site of Wanstead Park's Roman villa Members of the Wanstead Parklands Community Project (WPCP) were joined by volunteers last month, as they set about clearing an area of Wanstead Park in preparation for an archaeological survey. Using groundpenetrating radar, the group will be studying a buried Roman villa believed to be located at the site on the north side of Perch Pond. “The idea was to create a space that was open enough for us to work in, but still containing vegetation

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the WPCP will produce a report of their findings and only then might the possibility of digging be discussed.

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A Traffic Management Order will see the speed limit on Blake Hall Road reduced from 40 mph to 30 mph this month, between its junction with Aldersbrook Road and a point 48 metres south of its junction with Bush Road. In a statement of reasons for the order, it is explained that the reduction is required in order to 'assist in discouraging vehicles from travelling in excess of 30 mph, reducing the likelihood of speedrelated collisions." Redbridge Council have confirmed that no additional fixed camera enforcement is planned at this stage.

Members of the Wanstead Place Surgery Patient Participation Group are asking residents to think carefully about whether they need emergency care before visiting A&E. There has been an increase nationally in the number of people visiting A&E departments and, depending on the symptoms involved, the group are advising that people could find the right help quicker by using one of the many alternatives, such as visiting their pharmacist or GP. For more information on finding the right service, visit

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A group of students from Wanstead High School, who will be embarking on a World Challenge expedition to Tanzania in 2013, are organising a fundraising race night at the school this month. Part of the World Challenge experience – which will include visits to projects in Tanzania that focus

on helping schools and orphanages – is for those involved to raise money towards the cost of their trip, and it is hoped the race night will be well supported by local residents. Tickets to the event, which takes place on Saturday 17 March, are £8 each. To book, call 07956 471 422

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Two young girls from the Redbridge Classical Dance Studio school of ballet, which holds classes at Wanstead House, have been selected for the London Children’s Ballet performance of The Little Princess in the West End this spring. Madeleine Cole, 11, and Ella Murray,

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to 12.15pm. Jano Goodchild, chair of the Redbridge NCT, says: “NCT’s nearly new sales are a win-win situation for parents. They can make a bit of cash by selling items they no longer need and pick up a bargain, all while preserving the environment." Visit

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Roman Villa what was it?

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In the previous article in this series, Wanstead Parklands Community Project (WPCP) member Richard Arnopp discussed the clues as to where Wanstead's Roman villa may have stood. This month, Richard studies the evidence for what kind of building it might have been

Reconstruction of Lullingstone Roman villa in Kent, similar to that believed to have stood in Wanstead Park


he term "villa" has come to be applied to any Roman-style house in a rural setting. The distinguishing characteristic is the "Roman-ness" of the materials, construction methods and decorative finish, rather than size or status. Some villa types – though thoroughly "Roman" in their construction – bore no relationship to Mediterranean or Gallic prototypes and were unique to Britain.

The Roman character of villas should not be taken to imply that the farmers and landowners who built and lived in them were necessarily settlers (although some were). The majority would have been prosperous people of British origin who had chosen to adopt the standards, way of life and material culture of the Roman world. In some cases they may have seen Romanisation as a route to advancement or as a way of advertising their status. In others, it may simply have been a matter of personal preference or identification.

Then, as now, rural dwellings came in a variety of forms. It goes without saying that individual buildings were influenced by the particular site and materials available, and the means of the owners. Villas also varied according to their uses. Some were functional farmsteads, with very modest domestic quarters and much of the space given over to animals, storage, or agricultural or craft work. Others, by contrast, were primarily designed for comfort, display and entertainment. Of the latter, some were designed as the primary residence for a wealthy landowner, others were rural retreats or hunting lodges – a spearhead found at Wanstead in 1995 may suggest that hunting for boar or deer was one of the pastimes carried out there. In addition, many Roman estates, like some of the mediaeval manors which succeeded them, were owned by absentee landlords who rarely or never visited. In these cases the buildings were likely to be utilitarian establishments where agents or stewards held sway. Along with the main house,

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larger estates often had a variety of other structures – slave quarters, stables, barns, shrines, bath suites and family mausolea, for example. Although we don't yet have a ground plan, we already know some things about the estate focused on Wanstead Park. In the first place, it appears that there was more than one building. As well as the mosaic pavement found in 1715, we are told there were "foundations" some 300 yards to the south associated with "mounds". Perhaps this was an estate cemetery with a temple or mausoleum, though we may never know for certain. Our own geophysical surveys in recent years may also hint at more than one building or phase of activity in the general area where we believe the mosaic was discovered. Unfortunately, all of the Roman remains discovered in the 18th century were destroyed, and the only useful description we have is of the mosaic itself. This was quite large, being some 20 feet by 16 feet. The design comprised "a border about a foot broad. . . composed of red dice, about threequarters of an inch square, within which were several ornaments". Inside this was "the figure of a man riding upon some beast and holding something in his hands". As suggested by the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments in 1921, this description seems consistent with the popular motif of Bacchus riding on a tiger, leopard or panther and holding a thyrsus, or festive staff. Where they occur in Roman houses, Bacchus mosaics were most often to be found in dining rooms. An image of the god in a place devoted to entertaining would have seemed appropriate to a Roman audience – Bacchus freed his followers from care through wine, music and dance. A mosaic of this kind indicates a building of high status. Tessellated pavements, and especially those incorporating geometric and figurative designs, were very expensive, as they required teams of specialist craftsmen to lay them. We also know that the floors in this villa were not purely decorative: fragments of box flue tiles found in the vicinity indicate that it had a hypocaust system – the Roman version of under-floor central heating. The house also had sophisticated painted decoration. Jack Elsden Tuffs found pieces of painted wall plaster in the 1960s, and much more was discovered by Frank Clark two decades later. He observed that "The plaster. . . on examination, showed a basic geometrical pattern possibly infilled with some landscape and human figures". The pigments used were a mixture of natural

Painted Roman wall plaster from Wanstead Park

earths, such as yellow ochre, and expensive artificial colours, such as coeruleum or "Egyptian blue". They were applied to the damp plaster using the fresco technique, another highly skilled process. How the villa was constructed is more difficult to answer. A good deal of building material has been found in the dam between Heronry and Perch Ponds, including fragments of worked stone. Some brick, tile and mortar was certainly of Roman date, but late mediaeval material was also present, which could indicate that the stone was rubble from old Wanstead House, which was demolished around 1715. One possibility is that, apart from the foundations (and the bath suite, assuming there was one), the villa may have been mostly of timberframed construction. Certainly, large numbers of nails have been found scattered around the site. Roman pottery has been found in Wanstead Park dating from the first century to the end of the Roman period. However, at least in the area which has received most archaeological attention, there seems to have been a step-change in the scale of activity from the late third or early fourth century. This may indicate a change of ownership and use, with a grand house being built on, or moved to, a fresh site. The fourth century has been called the "Golden Age" of the Romano-British countryside, with many villas being built or expanded. The latest dateable object so far found in Wanstead Park is a coin of Valens, who was killed in battle in 378. By this time the shadows were lengthening over the Roman West. Within a few decades the villas were being abandoned as the state and economy which had supported them withered, and Britannia embarked upon the journey that was to turn it into England. For more information on the work of the Wanstead Parklands Community Project, visit

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Taking on a major project Donna Mizzi explains why the Snaresbrook Arts Project (SAP) urgently needs to raise its profile in order to continue using art as a way to train and employ adults with learning difficulties


AP is not to be confused with Wanstead's ultra-smart Woodbine Centre and Cherry Tree CafÊ, which it sometimes links up with for activities. Unlike the Woodbine Centre, SAP is not funded by the local authority. It concentrates on art and craft – for therapy and as a way to produce an income.

And what a difference it makes to about 20 people a week who use the project in some way. Its "workers", aged from 16 upwards and from a wide range of multi-cultural backgrounds, are encouraged to learn new skills, which have far-reaching effects on their self-worth. With its stimulating art projects led by a small team of caring staff and dedicated volunteers, SAP is much more like a club than a workplace. It doesn't have flash offices; it works from "studios" built at the bottom of a garden on Hollybush Hill that resemble images of Santa's workshop, with shelves of craft materials and colourful goods. At one end of the small office area Cellophane-covered greetings cards are displayed in a rack. These are clearly professional and expensive, maybe bought for inspiration, so where are the cards produced by the project workers? Manager Mazhar Malik, who started the project, points to the same rack: "All of those." That's one of the marks of its products. The appealing and professional-looking work would be snapped up anywhere. SAP has even sold piles of goods at the prestigious Country Living Fair in Islington. A style spotter from the glossy Period Living magazine recently homed in on its products. In turn, the clients have produced everything from arty hand-decorated bags to vintage-style boxes, jewellery, paintings and party signs. It can even consider making special orders for a shop to sell. Mazhar, who lives near the project's Hollybush Hill base, explains that she set up the SAP four years ago when working as a carer for her sister-in-law. "She kept coming home depressed from the day centre she was sent to. They were apparently just moved from room to room all day, hardly doing any activities; unfortunately that sort of thing is far too common. I couldn't leave her there."

Caring staff: (from left) Nafeesah, Tatiana, Nelum, Punsala, Mick Parker and manager Mazhar Malik

Mazhar rapidly discovered a need for a stimulating environment for adults with learning difficulties, and community support worker Mick Parker helped her build up the centre. He can frequently be seen accompanying people from the project and gently bolstering their confidence and ambitions. But Mazhar soon realised her own plan to help train the adults to be employed was over-optimisitic. "Again and again local businesses said they would like to take on someone from the project, but were worried about insurance, health and safety. Understandably, they couldn't pay for a member of staff to keep an eye on them." The centre had to take on a number of daycare "clients" from Redbridge and Waltham Forest in order to keep going. Before long, Mazhar realised that the only way the adults with learning difficulties could continue to enjoy their sense of purpose in training for work, would be if SAP continued to train and then sold the work itself. Snaresbrook Arts Project is making an appeal to owners of empty shops on the High Street. It needs at least a temporary retail space so that it can raise money to cover its costs. Donations or fundraising are always welcome. Visit

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As part of Climate Week 2012, which runs from 12 to 18 March, Wanstead and Woodford Friends of the Earth will be hosting a special film screening at Wanstead Library. Diana Korchien reports


limate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. Culminating in a week of activities, it showcases practical solutions from every sector of society. The first Climate Week, in March 2011, saw half a million people attending 3,000 events for Britain’s biggest ever environmental cause. As part of the occasion, Wanstead and Woodford Friends of the Earth – with the kind support of Redbridge Council – are inviting local residents to a Climate Week film screening of the celebrated BBC documentary A Farm for the Future, by wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking. In the film Rebecca returns to her family’s farm in Devon to explore effective, low-energy ways of farming without the use of fossil fuels. Essentially, A Farm for the Future is all about food. You just cannot get away from the stuff! We all need it, and in the West we all take it for granted. But maybe we shouldn’t. The abundance that we see all around us is quite simply enabled by the availability of cheap fossil fuels. Fuels to till the soil and farm the land; fuels from which to create artificial fertilisers; fuels to create packaging; fuels to transport foods. The food system emits four of the greenhouse gases associated with climate change, and the livestock industry alone, from farm to fork, currently creates an estimated 18% of the world's total annual carbon emissions. But it's not only temperatures that are rising. So is the price of oil. There's no getting away from it, we need to eat – all seven billion of us. So how would we cope without all of this oil? A speaker from Friends of the Earth's climate team will be introducing the film. After the screening audience members will be invited to stay for a moderated discussion, with special guests from local sustainability and food-growing groups such as the Wanstead Transition Initiative and Redbridge Allotments. There will also be a chance to try your luck at a quiz based on the film and go home with a reusable cotton bag filled with useful information and sustainable goodies from Friends of the Earth.

A Farm for the Future will be shown in the Churchill Room of Wanstead Library on Friday 16 March at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm with refreshments available). Audience discussion will follow at 8.15pm. The event is free of charge but space is limited. To book a seat, visit Wanstead and Woodford Friends of the Earth meet on the third Thursday of every month at 7.30pm at The Nightingale public house in Wanstead. For more information, call 07747 014 235

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Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking returns to her family farm in Devon to explore low-energy ways of farming without the use of fossil fuels. She discovers that nature holds the key.

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Kids who grow Growing Kids provide a local teaching and learning space for children and young people in which they can grow their own fruit and vegetables. Stephanie O’Leary, CEO of Community Healthcare Innovations, outlines two special activity days planned for this month


rowing Kids is a community project where children can experience growing their own produce. We are based at the Roding Lane North allotments and have around 60 small spaces for families, schools and clubs as well as a playing and learning area, wildlife pond and garden. Growing Kids has been open since 2008. The project aims to educate children and their guardians to eat more healthily by growing some of their own vegetables. It is a sad fact that there are significant numbers of children starting school overweight or obese. If this trend is not reversed there is a very high risk that these children will develop diabetes and have other long term conditions, such as heart disease. If we can help to encourage children to get into good habits early, and parents are empowered, hopefully this will make a positive difference and lead to families making healthy lifestyle choices and spending quality time together. Why not bring your family down to the allotment for a visit? You could have your own growing space and bring the children anytime we are open. Experience the joys of planting, nurturing and then harvesting your crops. Meet up with and share ideas with other families. We will provide all the tools and seeds that you will need.

This month is Climate Week, and we have an exciting day planned for children and adults alike. There will be fun activities around the theme of recycling for the young ones and, for the older children and adults, we need your help in making a start on our rain conservation programme by installing two water butts and guttering. Other activities on the day will include making a zerowaste picnic, a recycled bird feeder, recycled plant pots and the building of a wormery. To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, this month we will also be planting a hedgerow – donated by The Woodland Trust – which will

provide a home for wildlife at the allotments and, when big enough, will start to produce fruit. We know how important wildlife is in pollinating our crops and so we will do our part in ensuring that Growing Kids has a great environment to promote a good harvest for the children involved in the project. Having a hedgerow and encouraging wildlife will have such a beneficial effect. Growing Kids' Climate Week recycling day will take place on Saturday 17 March from 1pm to 4pm at a cost of £3 per child. The hedgeplanting day will take place on Saturday 24 March from 10am to 3pm at a cost of £5 per child. For more information, or to book a place, call 020 8505 3575. Community Healthcare Innovations run a variety of health-related projects. For more information, visit

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Do you know how many different species there are? Do you know how many young they give birth to, or how long the young are dependent on their mother? Bats are remarkable animals. One of the most common species to be found in Wanstead, the common pipistrelle, can eat up to 3,000 small insects in a single night. Yet this tiny creature has a body only 4cm long and it weighs less than a two pence coin. Bats are able to detect tiny insect prey – as well as obstacles – on a dark night using echolocation. Basically, they shout at very high frequencies and listen for the sound waves bouncing back at them. Can you image trying to pinpoint the location of a fly by shouting and listening for the echo? A female bat can delay fertilization to control when she gives birth. She will then suckle the newborn for a few weeks until it gains independence. Some species of bat, despite their tiny size, are capable of long flights to find food or to avoid the cold. In the UK, when the weather gets cold and insect food becomes rare, bats slow down their metabolism. Their heartbeat reduces dramatically, from 400 beats per minute when they are active to just 20 beats per minute during hibernation.

A Natterer's Bat photographed in Epping Forest last September

The UK has 18 regularly occurring bat species, 17 of them breed here and most of these have been recorded in Epping Forest in the last few years. Each has its own feeding behaviour, breeding cycle and roost habits. Some prefer trees, for example, and others go for cavities in houses. Each is incredibly fascinating. In Wanstead Park alone, three different kinds of pipistrelles were detected in 2011 and there are several others, including Daubenton’s, which tend to feed very low over the surface of ponds. Perch Pond is a good place to look for this species, about half an hour after sunset. We also have the UK’s largest bat, the noctule, which tends to hunt much higher; a good place to look for it is near Alexandra Lake, on Aldersbrook Road, just after sunset. Forest services manager Keith French and forest ecologist Andy Froud have devoted years to studying the bats in Epping Forest, and have uncovered many surprising facts. They will be giving an illustrated talk at Wanstead House on Monday, 20 February at 7.30pm (£2.50 entrance fee). For more information, call the Wren Conservation and Wildlife Group on 020 8989 3243

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ost parents would agree that girls and boys learn in different ways, and respond differently when given instructions by adults. It is surprising therefore, to those of us working at Braeside School, that the main thrust of our education system in the UK favours co-education. We are a day school for girls and currently teach 198 pupils aged between three to 16 years. Situated on the border of Essex and Redbridge, the school was founded in 1944 by Miss Marjory Wakefield, who wanted to provide good quality education for girls in the area. Braeside follows the principles of the Victorian educationalist Charlotte Mason, placing an emphasis on engaging parents in the education of their children. In a school dedicated to the teaching and wellbeing of girls, it is obvious to us why co-education is promoted on a national level. Girls’ work ethics and GCSE results are, on average, better than those achieved by boys at a similar age. Therefore, in a coeducational school, girls help to generate improved GCSE statistics. I, and my staff, would argue that mixed gender education is not beneficial to girls, and indeed girls do not always get a fair deal within that setting. Our commitment to the education of girls was vindicated last November when the school underwent an inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). We found the experience very positive as it allowed us to demonstrate our strengths and for the inspectors to make judgements about the pupil experience at Braeside on a day-to-day basis. The lead inspector reflected how open and welcoming the staff and pupils had made them feel and that there was a real sense of community about the school. We have always believed that an important part of our undertaking to our girls – and to their parents – is to prepare them for when they leave Braeside. Indeed, the secure and stable environment intrinsic at Braeside School enables us to do this, and we were therefore delighted to read the following

comment made in the report: “From their earliest days in the Early Years Foundation Stage, through the junior and then the senior school, the pupils' personal development is excellent. As a result, by the time they leave the school the pupils are well prepared to face the challenges of the next stage of their lives.” Below are some of the comments from the ISI report into Breaseide School: zz Excellent levels of challenge are provided in the Junior School. zz At GCSE, the pupils are offered a good range of options; much thought is given to find the best possible fit for each pupil, and to suit individual pupils’ strengths and wishes. zz They [the pupils] demonstrate an excellent appreciation of right and wrong and they understand the need for rules. This is borne out by their excellent behaviour. zz The curriculum is supported by an excellent range of extra-curricular activities. To view the full report, visit For more information about Braeside School, call 0208 504 1133.

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THE LEBANESE now twilights at the Bungalow Café in Wanstead on Spratt Hall Rd

After serving the community for over 50 years the Bungalow Café has just undergone an extensive refurbishment and has redesigned its kitchen to cater for Lebanese food after the hours of 6pm. Jimmy our Lebanese chef has flown over from Cyprus to help create the perfect menu to test even the most fastidious of taste buds. Bring your own bottle with no corkage charge and no service charge and enjoy a sumptuous meal for a fraction of the cost.

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Aspid Jesh £8.95 Chicken liver cooked in a traditional Lebanese manor, with garlic, lemon, special spices, finished with a brandy flambé *served with chips or rice Harouf Bilforen £11.95 Shoulder of lamb cooked over several hours in the oven *served with vegetables and roasted potatoes Dawood Basha £9.95 Hand-made Lebanese beef meatballs *served with Bourkouri (cracked wheat) and traditional Lebanese yogurt Shish Taouk £8.95 Charcoal-grilled skewers of marinated chicken *served with salad garnish & chips or rice Kafta Meshwi £8.95 Charcoal-grilled skewers of seasoned beef minced with onion and parsley *served with salad garnish & chips or rice Mixed Grill £10.95 Shish Taouk, Kafta Meshwi, Maqaneq, Jawaneh *served with salad garnish & chips or rice Lebanese meze (minimum 2 persons) £15.00 pp Starting with: Olives, Tabbouleh, Fattoush, Hommos, Moutabal baba Ghanouj, Tzatziki, Tahine, Falafel Followed by: Lounza Haloumi & Aspid Jesh Ending with: Maqaneq, Jawaneh, Shish Taouk, Kafta Meshwi *served with chips and pita bread.

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Nature Nurture and

Wanstead Nature Club organiser Gill James explains what is in store for youngsters keen to learn more about the local environment, while Paul Ferris presents a selection of his wildlife photos depicting species to be found on Wanstead Flats in the coming months


new nature club will be set up on Wanstead Flats this month. The club is for children aged eight to 13 years who are excited by the natural world and want to find out more about it. We hope to be running outdoor activities all year round, whenever possible.

Despite its urban setting, Wanstead Flats is a great place to learn about local wildlife – it is not just a collection of football pitches. For a start, it has an area of grassland beloved of the largest skylark population in London. It is a delight to walk there on a summer's day when they are spiralling upwards high into the sky singing lustily. At present, there is no such club for children in the southern part of Epping Forest, so a group of interested adults got together to start one up, with the blessing of the City of London – who manage Wanstead Flats – the Forest and the Wren Conservation and Wildlife Group.


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Discover what the frogs and toads have been up to in nearby Cat and Dog Pond; find out how easy it is to make a birds' nest; have a closer look at what birds can be found on Jubilee Pond; or see what insects are out and about in March. Those who want to sign up to the monthly club will be able to see how Wanstead Flats changes throughout the year, with activities such as wildlife walks, games, minibeast hunts, pond-dipping and craft activities, both indoors and outdoors. Wanstead Nature Club will be hosting a free taster session on Saturday 24 March from 10am to 12 noon at the Harrow Road changing rooms on Wanstead Flats. Monthly sessions thereafter will be charged at £1.50 per child. Call 020 8989 4898 to register. To find out more about Wanstead's local wildlife, visit

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An operatic vision Vision Voices Community Opera is a Leyton-based opera group seeking to change the common perception that opera is old fashioned and elitist. Group member Anny Wortley-Millek reports


ision Voices was formed in 1999 by Deborah Aloba as a result of a conversation in which it was suggested that residents of East London would not appreciate opera. This comment motivated Deborah to set up Vision Voices with the aim of making opera more accessible, both in terms of attending opera performances and participating in them. The learning curve was extreme and Vision Voices were helped enormously by members of the community. Leytonstone Small Grants helped to fund the first performance of Cavalleria Rusticana, a story of love, unwanted pregnancy, adultery, jealousy, betrayal and murder. This is opera on a shoestring. We have been lucky to receive funding from various bodies and donations from local businesses and individuals. Although there have had to be some sacrifices, we have never been willing to compromise the standard of the music. The talent pool within the community has provided us with an amazing chorus, as well as professional and semiprofessional singers for the principal roles along with inspiring and skilled musical directors. Many people think operas are all set in a bygone era, but think again. We are currently rehearsing Aida, a love triangle set against a background of war in ancient Egypt. Our story, however, has been updated to the recent Egyptian revolution. The opera – sung in English – opens with young children singing arias and providing the audience with an insight into the main characters' backgrounds, followed by a performance by older children portraying Egyptians through modern music, prior to the performance of the opera itself. Win two tickets to see Vision Voice's Aida by answering the following question: What are the names of the two main characters in Aida? Email your answer to by 12 March.

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AN EVENING WITH ANN WIDDECOMBE Spend an evening in the company of larger-than-life politician, novelist and TV celebrity Ann Widdecombe. Ann has delighted audiences across the land with her witty and controversial speeches, and is no less compelling on the dance floor with her professional dance partner Anton du Beke proving that personality and panache are as important as fancy footwork in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. In this unmissable evening Ann will share anecdotes from her life in the limelight and take questions from the audience.

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LALITA’S BIG FAT ASIAN WEDDING Lalita’s Big Fat Asian Wedding has been revived and remastered after sell out performances in 2010 & 2011. It is Saturday, any Summer Saturday in London. Dawn breaks on an enormous, chaotic, and expensive wedding for Lalita. All generations of the extended family come together from all corners of the globe to share their hopes, dreams and disappointments. Be prepared for fireworks! A vibrant fusion of dance, drama & music. An enchanting revival of Hathi’s original show at London’s National Theatre.

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Thur 29th Mar




THE DIAMOND JUBILEE SHOW - Tony Jacobs & Friends A musical journey celebrating the Queen's birth in 1926 (Baby Face, Birth Of The Blues, Black Bottom), her childhood and teenage years (Ain't She Sweet?, When You're Smiling, Singin' In The Rain, Isn't This A Lovely Day?, But Not For Me, Georgia On My Mind, Temptation, I Get A Kick Out Of You, The Very Thought Of You, Begin The Beguine), her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip (Almost Like Being In Love, Tenderly) to her Coronation in 1953 (From This Moment On, I Love Paris and even Rock Around The Clock!!!)

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Have vacancies for new Bowling Members All ages - Male & Female Free Tuition Given A game that can be played by the whole family

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Discos - Quiz Nights - Music Nights - Race Nights Christmas Market Trips

Hall bookings phone Alan 020 8989 4906 Catering bookings phone Linda 07949 380073 Why not call in and see for yourself, we will be pleased to show you around, and why not have a drink why you’re here?

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Travel creates memories, and some holidays will give you memories that will last a lifetime. Escape Worldwide’s Darren Vurnum takes a look at some of the destinations that will live long in his memories


For wildlife-based memories there’s nowhere quite like the Masai Mara in Kenya, one of the world’s most diverse and rewarding game reserves. You’ll see pretty much everything you could wish for on a safari there, from big cats to herds of elephants, but your memories are likely to be created by individual encounters that will be different for everyone. A lion stalking a group of wildebeest, hippos swimming in the Mara River (they make the most incredible sound) or a cheetah using the back of your safari vehicle as a lookout point – now that’s one to remember. Some locations come with a story that may bring a tear to your eye, such as the Taj Mahal in India, and it’s the combination of the story and the setting that will stay in your memory. The Taj Mahal is perhaps the world’s greatest monument to love, and the story of a dying wife asking her husband to show the world their love from her deathbed turns it from a stunning piece of architecture to something else. Find a quiet spot in the gardens to take it all in (easier said than done at times) before ascending the plinth and the tomb to see the beauty of the building up close – the marble, mother of pearl and precious stones from around the world shine in the sunlight.

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ome monuments and locations seem familiar from TV and magazines, but nothing quite prepares you for visiting them in person. The Great Wall of China is breathtaking in its sheer scale (although it is a myth that it can be seen from space), but the only way to get a true sense of it's size is from walking along it. The Wall stretches across a huge swathe of northern China and some sections are easier to reach than others, although the most popular sections close to Beijing receive so many visitors that your memories are likely to include crowds of Chinese tourists pushing past you. However, the majority of visitors don’t stray too far from the entrance, so by walking a few hundred yards along the wall you’ll be able to find some relative peace and quiet to take in the grandeur and scale of the Great Wall, and the stunning views it provides. The Great Wall of China

Natural wonders often give an immediate ‘wow factor', and none more so than the mighty Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. At a mile wide and falling over 100 metres, the Zambezi River creates a haze of spray that can be seen for miles around – the ‘smoke that thunders’, as the Falls are known in the local Kololo language. In the rainy season the ‘smoke’ is so powerful that its hard to see the Falls themselves, so try visiting just outside of this period, when the flow is still awe-inspiring but the whole effect is easier to appreciate. For a real once-in-a-lifetime memory, take a helicopter trip over the Falls (not as expensive as it may sound) and you’ll get a true idea of the scale – the bridge that takes the railway line over the Zambezi River looks tiny in comparison to the vastness of the Falls. For more information on these and other long-haul holiday destinations, contact Escape Worldwide on 020 8989 0970

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Garden tools Caring for

Garden tools that have been badly stored may develop all manner of problems during their enforced rest period. As spring begins, it’s time to take stock of your equipment, explains Gracie Chapman


deally, garden tools should have been cleaned, sharpened, polished and carefully stored at the start of winter. If they were you can pat yourself on the back and skip this month’s advice. Still with us? Oh dear, then you need some help.

First, check electric power tools. Are the plugs and flexes in good, safe working order? If not, have them repaired or replaced. Clean off any dust, then spray the metal surfaces of the tools with some general-purpose oil. Turn the tool on so that the oil is worked into all the hard-to-reach areas.

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If your mower is petrol-driven, the spark-plugs should have been disconnected when the mowing season finished. If it takes unleaded petrol, then this loses ignition quality over time, so ideally should have been siphoned off or run down at that point too. If you didn’t do this, then you’ll need to check the spark plugs and fuel, but before you do that, use a stiff brush to remove all the dust and old grass. You will then need to apply some grease to the height adjusters, turning them to work it through and preventing them from seizing up. Check the throttle and clutch cables for wear and tear, oil them, then clean any dust and dry grass out of the air filter. Check the blades, if they are very blunt or damaged they will need to be replaced or sharpened professionally. Electric mowers should have their cable checked, their plastic cover checked, and then be up-ended and any caked grass or dirt cleaned off with a stiff brush. Sharpen or replace the blades. Take a good look at your hand tools. Are shovels, forks and trowels looking sharp and clean? Most of us don’t care enough for these hard-working implements and then wonder why they don’t work very well. Find a large bucket and fill it with about two and a half kilos of rough builders' sand and a litre of general-purpose oil. Mix it all together until the sand is thoroughly moist.

Clean any dried-on soil or rust off the tools using a stiff wire brush, then plunge them into the oily sand and leave them for a day or two. Remove and rub them with a rough cloth. Finally, sharpen the cutting edges with a fine metal file or sharpening stone. Some DIY stores offer this service if you don’t feel confident yourself. Bare wooden handles can be returned to smoothness if you give them a good rub with linseed oil. They’ll be much more comfortable on your hands if you do this. Remember, all of this should have been done before the winter. With this new-found knowledge you can be better prepared in 2012.

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Wanstead United Reformed Church Worshipping at the Methodist Church, Hermon Hill

Sunday Worship Important Notice Until further notice, Wanstead United Reformed Church are worshipping at the Methodist Church on Hermon Hill with morning services at 11.30am and evening services at 6.00pm. We are very grateful to our friends in the Wanstead Methodist Church for the kind and very warm welcome they are extending to us whilst the work is being done on our own premises.

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Christ Church, Wanstead Place

08.00: Holy Communion 09.30: Family Eucharist with Nursery Church, Sunday School and Young People Groups 18.30: Evensong (Except last Sunday of the month)

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Wanstead farmers’ Market Date: Sunday 4 March Time: 10am to 3pm Venue: Wanstead High Street Enquiries:

Woodford's Indoor Boot Sale Date: Sunday 4 March Time: 10am to 12 noon Venue: Woodford County High School, IG8 9LA Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8491 0054

Wanstead Park conservation task Organised by the Wren Conservation Group. Date: Sunday 4 March Time: 10am Venue: Meet at the Temple, Wanstead Park Cost: Free Enquiries:

Wanstead & Woodford Centenary film club A screening of Oranges and Sunshine (2010), a sobering film that looks back from the viewpoint of the 1980s at the forced migration of children in care from Britain to Australia in the 1940s to 1960s. Date: Monday 5 March Time: 12 noon Venue: Odeon cinema, South Woodford Cost: The cinema’s usual charges will apply Enquiries:

Leyton and Wanstead Flower Club MEETING An evening of spring-themed flower arranging with Margot Cooper, plus the chance to win one of the designs in a raffle. Date: Tuesday 6 March Time: 7.15pm Venue: Quaker Meeting Hall, Bush Road, E11 3AU Cost: £4 Enquiries: 020 8524 6526

Woodhouse Players spring double bill Two one-act plays: Bed by Jim Cartwright and TrueFM by Andy Harker. Date: Fridays and Saturdays 9, 10, 16 and 17 March Time: Fridays: 8pm, Saturdays: 2.30pm and 8pm Venue: Welsh Church Hall, Leytonstone, E11 1HR Cost: Adults: £8, concessions: £5 Enquiries: 020 8504 3872

WANSTEAD VINTAGE FASHION & BROCANTE FAIR Over 30 stallholders selling vintage fashions and accessories. Cakes and light lunches will be served on charming vintage china in the Vintage Café. Date: Saturday 10 March Time: 9.30am to 4pm Venue: Christ Church Hall, Wanstead Place Cost: £2 Enquiries:

Charity bric-a-brac sale and collectors fair A sale of collectables, books, furniture, garden tools and more, in aid of the Tatenda Trust. Tea, coffee and home made cakes will be served. Date: Saturday 10 March Time: 10.30am Venue: Aldersbrook Baptist Church, E12 5DY Cost: 20p Enquiries: 020 8555 6357

Art and craft Fair for Mother's Day Find the perfect gift for Mother's Day. Sales of refreshments will help support the Snaresbrook Arts Project. Date: Saturday 10 March Time: 11am to 4pm Venue: Churchill Hall, Wanstead Library Cost: Free entry Enquiries: 020 8989 9881

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March 2012 Wren Group Water Bird Count You don’t have to be an expert in identifying birds to join these walks. Date: Sunday 11 March Time: 10am Venue: Meet at refreshment kiosk, Wanstead Park Cost: Free Enquiries:

ROUGH GUIDE TO BIKE MAINTENANCE A four-week course of self-help practical evening workshops to help you get to know your bike. Advanced booking is essential. Date: Wednesdays, from 14 March to 4 April Time: 7pm to 9pm Venue: Wanstead House Cost: £40 Enquiries: 020 8989 4898

Nicholas Martin Concert at Wanstead Library An East London and Essex Organ Society event. Date: Wednesday 14 March Time: 7.50pm to 10.15pm Venue: Wanstead Library Cost: Members: £5, guests: £7, under 16’s: £1 Enquiries: 020 8530 3717

The Thames and sir joseph bazalgette A Wanstead Historical Society presentation about the sewer system created by Bazalgette in the 19th century. Date: Thursday 15 March Time: 7.45pm Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road Cost: £3 Enquiries: 07949 026 212

The Natural History Museum at Tring A Wanstead WI illustrated talk by Teresa Wild, director of the Natural History Museum (Tring). Visitors should make contact in advance. Date: Thursday 15 March Time: 8pm Venue: Christ Church Hall, Wanstead Place Cost: £3 Enquiries:

Film Screening: a farm for the future Organised by Wanstead and Woodford Friends of the Earth as part of Climate Week (see page 24). Date: Friday 16 March Time: 6.30pm to 9pm Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road Cost: Free Enquiries:


Past and Present Antiques and Crafts Fair Collectables, antiques, vintage jewellery, clothes, perfumes, handbags, plants and lots more. Date: Saturday 17 March Time: 10am to 4.30pm Venue: Christ Church Hall, Wanstead Place Cost: £1 Enquiries:

Paul Mason: Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere Paul Mason, the economics editor of BBC Newsnight, will be discussing his new book. Date: Saturday 17 March Time: 7pm to 9pm Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road Cost: £5 Enquiries: 020 8708 7400

Race Night at Wanstead High School A family event to raise funds for a group of Wanstead High School students who will be embarking on a World Challenge expedition to Tanzania in 2013. Admission price includes food. Date: Saturday 17 March Time: 6.30pm to 10.30pm Venue: Wanstead High School, Redbridge Lane West Cost: £8 (concessions: £4) Enquiries: 07956 471 422

Redbridge council Area one Committee meeting Discuss local issues with councillors from the Area One Committee (Snaresbrook and Wanstead). Date: Monday 19 March Time: 7.15pm Venue: Wanstead Church School, Church Path Enquiries: 020 8708 2160

Cockney Night at Aldersbrook Bowls Club An evening of typical cockney entertainment, including a pianist/singer and a meal of sausage, mash and beans. All profits will go to Haven House. Date: Friday 23 March Time: 7pm to 9pm Venue: Bowls Club, 34 Aldersbrook Road, E12 5DY Cost: £10 Enquiries:

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Hedge-Planting day Children are invited help plant a hedgerow to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee (see page 30). Date: Saturday 24 March Time: 10am to 3pm Venue: Roding Lane North allotments Cost: £5 Enquiries:

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Help to clear holly from around the oak trees. Bring a packed lunch. Advanced booking is required. Date: Saturday 24 March Time: 10am to 2pm Venue: Meet at the car park on Whipps Cross Road Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8508 0028

WANSTEAD NATURE CLUB Taster session A new monthly club for children aged eight to 13 years (see page 48). Advanced booking is required. Date: Saturday 24 March Time: 10am to 12 noon Venue: Harrow Road Changing Rooms, E11 3QD Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8989 4898

NCT Redbridge Branch Nearly New Sale A sale of used baby and children’s items. Those with goods to sell keep up to 70% of the proceeds while the rest is returned to fund NCT’s work. Date: Saturday 24 March Time: 11am to 12.15pm Venue: Christ Church Hall, Wanstead Place Enquiries: 0844 243 6247

Community Quiz Night and Social evening Organised by the Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents Association who are looking to bring everyone together for a social evening. Price includes the quiz and a meal. Date: Saturday 24 March Time: 7pm Venue: St John's Church Hall, Newbury Park Cost: £9 Enquiries: 020 8598 8435

The Meljon Singers present Northern Lights A programme of music from Scandinavia, Finland, Latvia and Estonia. Conducted by Janette Ruocco. Date: Saturday 24 March Time: 7.30pm Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Hermon Hill, E18 1QQ Cost: £12 Enquiries:

Guided walk: The Birds of Wanstead Flats Bird expert Tim Harris leads a walk across the Flats in search of the many species to be found there. Date: Sunday 25 March Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm Venue: Meet at the Jubilee Pond car park, E11 3NW Cost: Free Enquiries: 07505 482 328

The East of London Family History Society A presentation about the history of the post office. Date: Wednesday 28 March Time: 7pm Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8530 4514

Daisychain Pre-School Easter Fête Easter fête with bouncy castle, face painting, toy and book stalls and Easter themed family fun. Date: Saturday 31 March Time: 10am to 12.30pm Venue: Methodist Church Hall, Hermon Hill, E11 2AR Cost: Free entry



A car boot sales on the first Saturday of the month in aid of the Whipps Cross Hospital League of Friends. Date: Until 3 November Time: 7am to 12 noon Venue: Whipps Cross Hospital staff car park Cost: Free entry for buyers Enquiries: 020 8556 3492


Exhibition: What’s been happening in the Forest?

Date: Until Sunday 25 March Time: 10am to 3pm (weekends only) Venue: The Temple, Wanstead Park Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8508 0028


An exhibition in celebration of bluebells

An miscellany of bluebell images and artwork. Date: Saturday 31 March to Sunday 27 May Time: 10am to 3pm (12 noon to 5pm from April) Venue: The Temple, Wanstead Park (weekends only) Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8508 0028

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First, third and fifth Friday of the month, 8pm at St. Pauls Church Hall, Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge. Call Martin Page on 020 8504 9430 or visit


Drummond Lawn Tennis Club

Family oriented club providing tennis for all ages and abilities at the Nutter Field, Nutter Lane. Visit

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Live concerts held every second Wednesday of the month from 7.50pm to 10.15pm in the Churchill Room at Wanstead Library. £7 for guests, £5 for members or £1 for under 16’s. Call 020 8530 3717

Every third Thursday of the month from September to May, 8pm at Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead. Cost: £3. Call 07949 026 212


The East of London Family History Society

Every Sunday, 3.30pm at Wanstead Leisure Centre, Redbridge Lane West. New members welcome. Over 18’s only. Call Mark on 020 8598 8435

Cocaine Addicts Anonymous

Every Saturday, 5.30pm to 7pm at Wanstead Baptist Church, Wellington Rd. Call 0800 6785973

Wanstead go club

Learn to play the oriental board game ‘Go’. Thursday evenings 7.15pm to 10:30pm at Wanstead House. £2.50 per visit (first three visits are free). For more information call Alistair Wall on 020 8556 4232

Leyton & Wanstead Flower Club

Monthly flower arranging demonstrations on the first Tuesday of every month, 7.45pm at Wanstead Quaker Meeting House, Bush Road. Cost: £4. Call 020 8524 6526

Westdene Table Tennis Club

Every Thursday evening from 8pm at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Hermon Hill (minimum age: 14). Call 020 8505 0061 or visit

Family History classes

Free classes on family history suitable for beginners or advanced. Held second, third and fourth Tuesdays of every month, 10.30am to 12.30pm at Wanstead Baptist Church, Wellington Road. Call 0208 518 8022

Woodford and District floral Arrangement Group

A guest floral demonstrator, raffle and refreshments every third Monday of the month, 7.30pm at Wanstead Library. Cost: £4. Call 020 8530 2427

Fourth Wednesday of every month, 7pm for a 7.30pm start at Wanstead Library. There is a bookstall, help corner and refreshments. Free entry. Call 020 8530 4514 or visit


For retired people. Lunch first Monday of every month. London visits, coach trips and holidays. New members welcome. Call 020 8530 5670


Second Saturday afternoon and fourth Monday evening most months at Wanstead House. For those interested in stamps or postal history. For more information call 020 8989 2885

The Wren Conservation Group

Wildlife society organising practical work, walks and recording wildlife locally. Call 020 8989 3243 or visit

Wanstead Parklands Community Project

Campaigning for the preservation and improvement of Wanstead Park. To become a member of the associated ‘Friends of Wanstead Parklands’ group visit


Third Thursday of every month (except August), 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Nightingale pub, Nightingale Lane, Wanstead. A local group campaigning on green and environmental issues. Visit

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March 2012 Aldersbrook Voice

A tenants’ committee aiming to give the Aldersbrook Estate a voice in the decisions that are made by both Redbridge and Newham council. Visit

Wanstead and Woodford Centenary Film Club

Formed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the WEA. Meets on the first Monday of each month (except August), 12.30pm at the Odeon Cinema, South Woodford (the cinema’s usual charges apply). Download the programme at

Wanstead and Snaresbrook Rotary Club

Every Thursday at the County Hotel, Oak Hill, Woodford Green. Ladies & gentlemen are welcome. For meeting times, call 020 8989 2701

Counties Residents’ Association

The CRA is a non-party-politcal and non-sectarian organisation, founded in 2006, which represents the interests of the residents of the Counties Estate and neighbouring roads in Wanstead.

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Wanstead society

A non-political organisation working to protect and improve the local area. The committee meet the last Wednesday of the month, 7.45pm at Wanstead House. Visit

Wanstead Youth Centre

Activities for 11 to 25 year olds. Also used by many other groups made up of a range of ages. Located in Elmcroft Avenue. Call 020 8989 1711

Woodford and Wanstead Camera Club

Alternate Tuesdays from September to July, 8pm at ‘Dulverton’ (rear of 55 Cambridge Park). Visit


The AFA is a non-political group which arranges events to encourage the social life of the local community in Aldersbrook. Call Maura Cardy on 020 8530 8641 or visit

The Allan Burgess Centre

Offers a wide range of activities for people aged 50+. Freshly cooked meals also available. Located at 2 Grove Park, Wanstead. Call 020 8989 6338

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One Addison������������������������������������������������45 Wanstead Osteopaths����������������������������45


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Smile in London�������������������������������45 & 46 Wanstead Village App�����������������������������28 Weald Hall Landscapes��������������������������28 Arc Electrical������������������������������������������������27 Wanstead Electrical����������������������������������50 Epping Forest����������������������������������������������57 Kenneth More Theatre����������������������������55 .The Meljon Singers������������������������������������20 Vision Voices Community Opera��������54 .Woodhouse Players����������������������������������20


Churchill Estates����������������������������������������35 Martin & Co��������������������������������������������������11 Petty Son & Prestwich������������������������������75


Friends of the Earth����������������������������������25 Growing Kids�����������������������������������������������31 The Wanstead Society�����������������������������44 Wanstead House���������������������������������������45


Computer Solutions���������������������������������14 Problem Computers����������������������������������� 6 Rent A Geek��������������������������������������������������46


Performance Art PET SERVICES

K9 and Felines���������������������������������������������34


Wanstead Pharmacy�������������������������������44

Plumbing services

Arc Electrical������������������������������������������������27 Ignite Plumbing & Heating�������������������66



Belgique����������������������������������������������������������� 2 Robins Pie & Mash�������������������������������������44 The Bungalow Caf����������������40-41 & 44

Curves�������������������������������������������������������������33 Love London Fitness���������������������������������38 Mini-Me Sports�������������������������������������������50 Sylvestrian Leisure Centre����������������������80

Benefax����������������������������������������������������������56 Time For You������������������������������������������������21


John Cryer MP���������������������������������������������26






Grace Church����������������������������������������������64 Our Lady of Lourdes���������������������������������70 The Parish of Wanstead��������������������������70 United Reformed Church�����������������������70



Children's Activities

Mini-Me Sports�������������������������������������������50 Sylvestrian Leisure Centre����������������������80



Lillies of Wanstead��������������������������14 & 44

Restaurants & Cafés Schools & Nurseries

Braeside School������������������������������������������37 Park School For Girls��������������������������������14

Security systems


Sound Alarm Systems�����������������������������34


Arc Electrical������������������������������������������������27

Ryancare Fostering�����������������������������������44 Hinson & Co�������������������������������������������������26 The Orange Tree������������������������������������������� 4


D.C. Dodd & C.E. Autos����������������������������64 Stevens Motors���������������������������������42 & 44

Garden services

Solar PV Systems Sport & Leisure

Aldersbrook Bowls & Social Club��������59 Wanstead Golf Club����������������������������������� 9


Escape Worldwide������������������������������������63


Growing Gardens��������������������������������������22 Lancaster’s Home & Garden�����������������69 Weald Hall Landscapes��������������������������28

First Class Learning�����������������������������������51

Hinson & Co�������������������������������������������������26


Kirsh Curtain Track Fitters����������������������10 Magic Moo���������������������������������������������������26 The Orange Tree������������������������������������������� 4

Heating Plus������������������������������������������������71


The Orange Tree������������������������������������������� 4

McCarty & Smith����������������������������������������� 1

Bike Works����������������������������������������������������22 Sustrans���������������������������������������������������������79

Keating Jewellers�����������������������������44 & 66

Woodthorpe Joinery��������������������������������29

Cosmetic Surgery

The Body Clinic��������������������������������������������� 5

Curtains & Blinds Cycling

Handyman HEATING

Interior Design JEWELLERS


FS Design������������������������������������������������������47



Window restoration Window Shutters

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March 2012


Pick up some cycling tips while you pick up your fruit and veg FREE cycling advice, local route info and Dr Bike health checks. Wanstead Farmers Market. 4th March, 1st April, 6th May. Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today. Registered Charity No. 326550 (England and Wales) SCO39263 (Scotland)

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