cake-1Baking for a past garden party

Bake is Back

Following her successful pop-up cake trail last year, Michelle Vanlint is planning the return of her annual garden party and 16th charity cake sale. With a £25,000 fundraising target, plenty of volunteers are


Spring clean spring back

As the South Woodford Society plan for the return of community litter picks this May, Louise Burgess praises the efforts of a group of local teenagers who have been keeping South Woodford tidy

IMG-20210305-WA0003Diana Varakina planting trees in South Woodford


Diana Varakina, Co-op Member Pioneer for Wanstead and South Woodford, reports on the supermarket’s latest Local Community Fund awards and encourages applications for the new round

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Art, Past & Park

Historian and author Dr Hannah Armstrong talks about her earliest memories of Wanstead Park and her personal journey to writing Wanstead House: East London’s Lost Palace

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Blossoming art

Artist Alison Stenhouse – who has been inspired by the blossoming trees of Wanstead and South Woodford – introduces her fellow Woodford Arts Group members, who will all be taking part in a

DSCF3726©Geoff Wilkinson

Elmhurst for Everyone

Kathie Teahan is one of many residents who would like to see the empty bowls club behind the hedges in the centre of Elmhurst Gardens become a resource that is open to everyone

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Springing back

As Woodford Arts Group make tentative plans for an exhibition in June (with a virtual display back up), group member Ged Rumak compares and contrasts two of his spring-themed paintings

DSC_8650-copyElmhurst Gardens by Geoff Wilkinson

For the trees

Redbridge Council’s Principal Arboricultural and Horticultural Officer Peter Marshall heads up a team responsible for thousands of trees across the borough. With South Woodford’s felled trees being replaced in March, Peter explains the

fen-2-copyThe National Trust’s Wicken Fen nature reserve. ©Andy Mabbett

Opening doors

While National Trust properties remain closed, Richard Speller, chairman of the charity’s Woodford and District Centre, is pleased to have launched the group’s programme of virtual talks


Current climate

Paul Kaufman, Chair of East London Humanists, introduces their March public event on climate change and explains what the local group is up to in the Covid era