Our 20th Birthday Party: Sunday 24th Sept

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September is a busy month for us, but this is quick update to let you know that we turn 20 on Sunday 24th September.

 To mark the occasion we are holding a small get together in Gallery 84 in Nightingale Lane between 3-5pm. Come and have a glass of prosecco on us to celebrate. If you would like to attend, please just reply to this e-mail as we need an idea of numbers at Info@wansteadsociety.org.uk

 On Sunday 17th September we will have our usual stall at the Wanstead Festival. If you are free, pop over and see us. It always a great day and we would love to meet as many of our members as we can

 

Tidy up Tarzy Wood Event

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One SaTarzyturday in March the Epping Forest rangers, local volunteers and the Wanstead Society took part in the “tidy up Tarzy” event.

Tarzy Wood – which is the woodland sitting just behind the War Memorial – is owned by Epping Forest. Sadly, litter and invasive species of plant have taken over much of the woodland. Our job was to cut this back, remove bags of litter and allow light into the forest floor to promote growth of natural plant life.

To celebrate this piece of forgotten woodland, on Saturday 16th July the Epping Forest Rangers will hold a fun day in the forest from 10am with bouncy castles, stalls and woodland activities or kids. Its a great event and we hope that some of you will want to come along and enjoy the space in July.

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’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