Your Whipps Cross Hospital needs you!!

saveourhospitalThe Whipps Cross Community Engagement Action Group has approached us to ask for you to send your opinions to them at

They would like to know what matters most to you in how Whipps Cross might change in the future? 

  1. An accessible site with flexibility to change and space to accommodate growth
  2. An urban framework that responds to the existing  site to deliver economic, social and environmental well-being

An accessible site that promotes sustainable and active travel by limiting the impact of vehicles of site, anticipating gradual reduction in car use.

  1. Capturing the benefit of the hospital’s green setting and providing new green space for the community.
  2. Retaining key elements of locally listed historic buildings within the hospital site.

They are also keen to know if you think that there any priorities missing from the list above.

To find out more about the Whipps Cross Community Engagement Action Group and how you can take part in their work on the potential redevelopment of Whipps Cross Hospital email Councillor Daniel Morgan-Thomas at

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.