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

Wanstead nominated by the Kennel Club as Dog Friendly Place

Dog WalkWanstead High Street has been nominated in the Kennel Club “dog friendly Awards”. We are happily home to lots of dog-friendly businesses along our High Street so let’s get Wanstead officially on the map as a great place to take our pets. Go to the below link and vote for Wanstead – vote closes on 18th September 2015.


Local People, Local Life: Shelf Life – A new Book about Wanstead and its People

On 8th December a new book about Wanstead and its people is being launched at Geoff Wilkinson’s gallery at 84 Nightingale Lane.


The book, entitled Shelf Life by Mike Edwards, encapsulates the stories of local people and their experiences in East London.

Mike will be signing books between 2-5pm, so come and join him and meet some of the characters of Wanstead.

Past & Present Antiques & Crafts Fair – Saturday 12th November

Past & Present Antiques Fair

The next Antiques and Crafts fair takes place at Christchurch Hall next Saturday 12th November.

Whether you are looking for that perfect gift, something unique for your home, or just a great bargain, pop along and browse the wide variety of collectibles and other items including vintage jewellery, clothes, perfumes, handbags household items and curios, homemade preserves, greeting cards and lots more.

After you’ve browsed the many stalls, catch up with a friend over lunch at the cafe and enjoy the hot and cold refreshments and homemade treats available.

The fair runs from 10am to 4.30pm at Christchurch Hall on Wanstead Place; for more information email events2visit@gmail.com.


The Artist’s Eye – an exhibition at The Temple

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Inspired by our historical park, an exhibition at The Temple in the centre of Wanstead Park presents the work of local artists working in a variety of media.

As well as painting, printmaking, stained glass, sculpture and wood, the exhibition will include ceramics, photography, textiles and jewellery.

Artists from a rich variety of backgrounds will come together with their local connections and a love of the Park.

The show is being curated by local artist Barbara Sampson, working with the Corporation of London.


The exhibition will be open every weekend from 17th September to 30th October 2011 during the following hours:

  • Saturday 17th September – Sunday 2nd October 12 noon – 5pm.
  • Saturday 8th October – Sunday 30th October 10am – 3pm.

Admission is free and disability parking is available (access via Warren Road).

For further information, contact Sophie Lillington, Forest Centres Officer, at Sophie.Lillington@cityoflondon.gov.uk, 020 8529 7090; or contact Barbara Sampson at mailto:barbara.sampson@ntlworld.com, 020 8989 9996.