Can you help tidy up Nightingale Green?

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image1In early October a group of local residents took over Nightingale Green to help clear the place of weeds and litter, install new plants and cut back old growth. However, the site needs looking after and Marian Temple and our community gardeners cant do it all. We need your help.

Every other month we take part in the litter picks organised by Dan Slipper. Nightingale Green is further from our litter picking patch, but we aim to include on the rounds. Can you help us look after the green? Just keep an eye on it and let us know if anything needs to be done? Then please e-mail info@wansteadsociety.org.uk

Wanstead Playground Association Opens Play Park

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playground 1On Saturday 16th July, the Wanstead Society was pleased to Welcome the Mayor of Redbridge in formally opening the Wanstead Playground. Our Chairman, Scott Wilding, has been a trustee of the Playground Association for 2 years working with parents and guardians to raise over £100,000 for this great cause.image2

The Wanstead Society donated £1,200 which paid for new pic-nic tables.

It has been a long campaign but its finally open. Scott Said: “My nan used to take me to play at that park when I was little, and now future generations can enjoy this facility. It’s a great bit of news – well done Wanstead for raising all the funds needed”

It is hoped that the play-park will provide free fun for kids for at least 20 years before needing to be replaced again.

Wanstead Society Donates £1000 to Wanstead Playground Association

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PlaygroundThe Wanstead Society has donated over £1,100 to the Wanstead Playground Association since it was formed 2 years ago. Our Chairman, Scott Wilding, is a trustee of the Charity and has worked with the Committee to ensure this great appeal has as much funding as possible.

The fund raising activities have been so successful that work is due to start in the next few months. It’s a great achievement for the whole community and one that will see our children use a vital community asset. Overall over £100,000 has been raised for this small corner of Wanstead and 90% of that was from volunteers and donations. It’s a real testament to what can happen when the community pulls together.

Wanstead’s very own Fake or Fortune

GuercinoA painting that hung in St Mary’s Church in Wanstead for over 100 years of Christ’s resurrection was thought to be a 19th Century painting. It is in fact a 16th Century studio copy of the original Guercino which sits in the Chicago Museum of Art.
The Wanstead Society has pledged to help restore this painting, expected to cost around £30,000. When the painting is restored it will go back on display having had over 400 years or dirt removed to reveal the beautiful colours that hide behind.

St Mary’s is hosting a music concert on 26th September 2015 to raise funds for the restoration of this painting. If you are interested to know more, please e-mail info@wansteadsociety.org.uk