George Lane: the greatest British high street?

The South Woodford Society has nominated George Lane in the Great British High Street awards. The annual competition – run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – offers a £10,000 prize for a local community project. “As we all know, South Woodford is a wonderful place to live and work, and the residents enjoy the community and village atmosphere of the area, particularly our main shopping street, George Lane. The South Woodford Society wants to encourage individual shops and new eateries to allow our high street to thrive and to enhance and protect our local spaces, which is why we have nominated George Lane,” said Louise Burgess. A shortlist will be put to a public vote in October, with the winner announced in November....

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‘There But Not There’: local youngsters will be the voice of Woodford’s WWI soldiers

Local soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War will be honoured at an event in South Woodford this October. “Using information researched by local resident Adrian Lee, a small number of soldiers will be given a voice through words, pictures and music. They will represent the many soldiers whose names are on memorial plaques throughout Woodford,” said Viveca Dutt, a trustee of the Woodford Memorial Hall, which is hosting the ‘There But Not There’ presentation. Young people from St Mary’s Church, local schools and cadet groups will provide the voices of these soldiers, many of whom will have been the same age when they enlisted and died. Most of Woodford’s casualties during the Great War were those who volunteered between 1914 and 1916 and...