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From tiny acorns…

Kerry Oliver tells the story behind Elmhurst Garden’s dragon – and other creatures – carved from a fallen oak tree. Additional reporting by Olivia McCarron, Hannah Adams and Kathie Teahan. Photo by Geoff

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Walk the block

Walking around Woodford (and Kent) provided Woodford Arts Group member Darren Evans – who goes by the name The Suburban Artist – with the inspiration he needed to break his lockdown artist’s block


Future for Whipps

In the fifth of a series of articles looking at the redevelopment of Whipps Cross Hospital, Charlotte Monro reflects on a recent public meeting and expresses concern over plans for 51 fewer beds...

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Is he ‘Our Churchill’?

An article about the vandalism of the Woodford Green Churchill statue in our last issue prompted a number of objections to how the former prime minister was presented. Reader Sarah P was invited

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Ward off Crime

Ward Panels in Wanstead and South Woodford are keen to welcome a wider diversity of members from their respective communities to help support neighbourhood policing. Elaine Atkins reports


Why can’t you see me?

Wanstead teenager Grace Wolstenholme invites you to watch her YouTube channel for an insight into her life with cerebral palsy. In the first of a series of articles, the aspiring actor talks about


Breath of Fresh Air

Cities around the world are starting to prioritise the needs of people over cars. Let’s seize the moment to do something in Wanstead too, say Wanstead Climate Action members Kathy Taylor and Susannah

Little-Egret-by-Mark-HoldenA little egret in Wanstead Park. © Mary Holden

Zoom, naturally

When lockdown was announced, the Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group had to come up with alternatives to replace their spring and summer plans. Enter Zoom. Tim Harris reports

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Wanstead – always in vogue

As a portrait photographer who became as famous as his celebrity subjects, David Bailey needs no introduction. As a ‘place of heaven in the East End’, Wanstead Park needs no introduction either. When


Remembering Peter

Essex Art Club is sorry to announce the death of Wanstead resident Peter Luscombe, whose training as an architect led to a lifelong hobby.  Chair of Essex Art Club Mary Springham reports