Building up

Permitted development rights in place since 1 September 2020 allow homeowners to extend upwards without planning permission. But it’s not without obstacles, says Derek Inkpin from solicitors Wiseman Lee

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Waste on wheels

The wheelie bin roll-out begins in South Woodford this March. The scheme will keep streets cleaner and encourage more recycling, says Councillor Jo Blackman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride

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Making plans

Co-chair of the South Woodford Society Pearl Arbenser-Simmonds reports on the group’s progress as they prepare the South Woodford Neighbourhood Plan. Photo by Geoff Wilkinson

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Saving the Crown (Post Office)

Residents have until 11 March to take part in the consultation over the closure of South Woodford’s Crown Post Office. Communication Workers Union rep Clive Tickner urges you to do so. Photo by


Bereavement Café

Judy Noble is one of several volunteers from churches in Wanstead and South Woodford who have been hosting Bereavement Cafés since 2016. Having stopped in lockdown, sessions will now resume virtually


Trust in your Trustees

A trust allows you to place assets under the control of chosen trustees, either during your lifetime (by deed) or on your death (by will). Hollie Skipper from local solicitors Wiseman Lee explains

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A new Regency era

Our community gardeners have been at it again, this time applying their magic to the beds in front of Regency Court on the High Road. And the work will continue throughout winter, says


Home of history

Woodford and District National Trust Chairman Richard Speller explains why – in normal times – Copped Hall is well worth a visit. It tells a story of history, restoration and engagement

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Zooming in

Having embraced Zoom for their fortnightly meetings, Woodford & Wanstead Photographic Society member Alan Simpson gives a snapshot of what the historic club offers to the community