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 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.

http://www.bedogfriendlyawards.com/locations/search/

General Election Hustings – 25th April in Wanstead Library

The Wanstead Society is holding its Spring Social on 22nd April in the Duke Pub from 7:30pm, all members are welcome to come along and have a drink on us.  thedukewanstead.com

On Saturday 25th April 2015 the Society is hosting a hustings meeting. This is your opportunity to meet the candidates standing in the Wanstead and Leyton constituency and ask them what they would do for you if elected. This is a free event and held between 11am and 1pm in Wanstead Library