AGM Statement

Wanstead Society AGM

2020Every year since 1997 the Society has held an AGM. However, 2020 is a different year and with regret we are unable to hold a socially distanced AGM.

Although the Society has been out of action due to COVID we remain committed to protecting and enhancing Wanstead. We continue to keep an eye on planning submissions for the area, support the gardening club and take part in community litter picks. But we are sure you all understand that this has been a strange year, and we have not been able to do as much as we would have liked.

Financially we continue to be in good health. This year we have not made any profits or losses, and have asked members to have a membership holiday. We would rather you spent that extra £10 in our local shops and businesses that so desperately need our support.

We hope that, when we return to normal activities, you will be there to join us. In the mean time, please take care and stay safe.

All at the Wanstead Society.

This years membership is waved- spend your cash in the High St instead

High Steet

About now the Society would ask its members to re-new. But not this year. If you are a member from 2019-2020, we will roll it forward to 2021.

The COVID crises has affected us all, and we know that with tough times ahead, every penny counts.

That’s why we will give all our members a years free membership, if they want it.

If you would like to donate to our volunteer organisation we will be truly grateful. However, if you have any spare cash. Spend it on the High Street in one of our wonderful shops. The lockdown has been extreme for these businesses and we want to do all we can to support them. Lets shop local. Save our shops. And help the High St thrive.

Welcome 2020 and Thank You


A very happy new year to all our members, and on behalf of the Society we would like to thank all those businesses in Wanstead, their staff and suppliers that stayed open throughout the festive period.

We have a fantastic High Street full of shops, bars and restaurants. They stay open so we can enjoy our Christmas period. So from all of us, to all of the businesses in Wanstead – thank you.

Thank you to More Italy for our autumn social

Wan Soc Winter Social 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to our social event on 12th November. It was a great success and we would like to especially thank More Italy who hosted us. The food and drinks were amazing.

If there are other local businesses that would like to offer us a venue for a Spring social, please contact us on

We have longed sought to enhance the local environment by working with developers to ensure good design in new buildings, planted trees in public spaces and funded gardening schemes across the area. But there is little point in improving the area, if we don’t bring the people who live in it together.

This year we held a summer social in the Nightingale pub, and a winter one in More Italy. Both laid on great food and a welcoming atmosphere, and we would like to say thank you to every pub or café that has held one of our socials. We are lucky to be spoilt with such good choices in such a small area.

These are informal drinks events with free nibbles and a drink provided by us. We have been overwhelmed by support from local businesses which have offered us rooms for free and discounted rates on food and drink. This is our opportunity to thank Wanstead Society members for their support and offer a chance to meet other members for a catch up over a few informal drinks.