Council Abolishes Conservation Advisory Panel

Budget cuts affecting WansteadOn 23rd July 2015 the Council formally abolished the Conservation Advisory Panel (CAP). This Committee was staffed by volunteers and met every 6 weeks to look at planning applications in Conservation Areas. It was abolished to save money. The Society undertook a spirited campaign to save this committee, but the Council ignored us and some of our local Councillors.
We have asked how much this will save, and await an answer. Without CAP and with the Conservation Officer post at the Town Hall also gone, there is very little that stands in the way of over development in Wanstead; well, except for the Wanstead Society that is!

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

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.

Wanstead Societies second AGM as a Charity: 4th December 2013

George Pub

Wednesday 4th December will be the second AGM of the Wanstead Society in its new guise as a small charity. All members are welcome to come along and meet the committee and hear about what we have been doing over the last 12 months.

 This is your opportunity to meet the Executive Committee, other local residents and Society members. We will also be seeking a social secretary to help us organize some events for our membership.

 Want us to do something differently, take up an issue? This is your chance to tell us how we can improve or what we have been doing right.

Date: Saturday 12th October 2013.

Time: 11-12noon with tea, coffee and cake after until 1pm

Place: Corner House inGrovePark andWanstead High Street