2019 Calendars are on sale now!

2019 Is it too early to buy a 2019 calendar? We say, no it isn’t! and our 2019 Wanstead Society calendars are on sale now from Bennet’s the newsagent. Lots of people have asked us for the calendar and we have a limited supply of 200.

With huge thanks to Geoff Wilkinson Photography – who supply all the pictures of Wanstead for free, and Petty Sons who sponsor us, we hope you will enjoy the 2019 intake. They make a great Christmas gift.

If you would like to pre-order any, please contact us on info@wansteadsociety.org.uk

George Green Litter Pick Success

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litterThanks to local residents and community groups who took part in the March litter pick on George Green and the surrounding area.

Local residents were so fed up with the state of Wanstead, we decided to take matters into our own hands and clean the place up.

One Saturday morning in late march we collected over 40 bags of litter with the help of 20 volunteers. So successful was the event that we have decided to have these once every other month. The next event will be held on Saturday 6th May – please bring gloves and black sacks!

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/

Residents Adopt Tree Pits to Help Local Wildlife Flourish

Tree Pit in Addison Road

The Wanstead Society and Friends of the Earth are urging local people to take control of street tree pits and plant native flowers to help wildlife.

In Snaresbrook alone over 2km of the land within ordinary streets are made up of tree pits, which can act as a thriving resource for the bee and bug population.

Recently, wildlife – especially bees – have been hit by poor weather conditions and an erosion of the native habitats which enable them to thrive.

Addison Road in Wanstead provides a prime example of where locals have taken this issue to heart. Wanstead Society member Colin Cronin got out and planted daffodil bulbs and native wild flowers in all the tree pits in this road in order to help promote native wildlife. He said “It’s an inexpensive and positive way to make good use of this land, but it also shows that residents living in these streets care about their neighbourhood as well as local wildlife. To make sure that the Council do not come along and spray weed killer on emerging bulbs always let them know which pit you have adopted”

Wanstead Society gardening supremo Marian Temple advises “always ensure you plant native or wild flowers as these require the least amount of care. If you adopt a tree pit, just make sure you give the flowers a drink once in a while

The photos on this page are from Addison Road and show what can be done to brighten up your street and give wildlife a helping hand.

The Wanstead Society celebrates 15th anniversary with free party for all our members

Happy Birthday

The Wanstead Society is 15 this year, and we plan to celebrate wit h a party in The George on Wednesday 20th June from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, so put the date in your diary!

 It’s free for all our members and we are throwing in some free wine and nibbles as well. Please bring a friend who is not a member as we hope to get some new faces on board and show you what we have been up to over the last 15 years, and how we can protect, promote and improve Wanstead over the next 15.

A lot has changes in 15 years……………….

In  Wanstead, in 1997,  a pint was £1.97, the average house price for a terrace was £123,000, the M11 link road was still being built, a zone 1-4 travelcard would set you back  £5.50, a litre of petrol was 61.7p and the current Chairman was still doing his A levels at Wanstead High!

Over the last 15 years the Wanstead Society has had a great deal of success in protecting and improving our community. We win some battles, lose some and some we continue. Below are a few of our more notable successes, failures and future campaigns.

1. Past Successes

Save the Evergreen Field –(the fenced off area fronting the High Street, between the park and the doctors surgery)

The Society originally formed out of the campaign to save the Evergreen field from development. Flats, a supermarket, a car park and much more have been mooted for the site. The Society maintains that it should be given over to the community for a park. It is currently owned by Furlong Homes, who – as yet – have no plans to develop the site.

Preserve the Day Care Centre in the Corner House and Maintain its Garden

A long campaign by the Society and local Councillors ensured that the day care centre for the elderly at the corner of Grove Park and the High Street was kept open, renovated and the Society maintains the garden free of charge.

Campaign to Renovate the Fountains at both ends of Wanstead High Street

The drinking fountains at either end of the High Street were renovated in 2007 after lobbying by the Society. Sadly, they are no longer “drinking” fountains as it is not cost effective to reconnect the supply.

 Tree Planting and Extra Litter Bins in Christchurch Green

Over the last 15 years we have ensured that all available spots for tree planting on Christchurch Green are full. In addition, in 2011 we secured and part funded new litter bins with lids for this park.

Supported the First Art Trail Wanstead in 2010

 In 2010 the Society was instrumental in starting up the first Art Trail in Wanstead and we wish it well for the future.

2. Continuing and Future Work

Fully Support the Wanstead Festival

 Since 2003 the Wanstead Society has been supporting and attending the Wanstead Festival and we hope to see it continue well into the future.

Planning

 Our primary focus is to ensure that the character and historic nature of the area is maintained. We continue to support and object to planning applications on a weekly basis, work with developers and have a permanent seat on the Council’s Conservation Advisory Panel (CAP) which examines all applications in conservation areas. In the past we have worked with major developers, such as Chepstow, to ensure good quality design for new buildings. To date, we are seeking to work with the developers of the Kinema next to the George Pub to ensure any new development is undertaken in a sensitive way.

 King George Hospital

 King George maternity units are planned to move to Queens Hospital in Romford along with the A&E departments. This will mean that Redbridge, which has a population of 260,000, would be left without a fully functioning hospital. The Society has attended every major meeting on this matter, as well as having made representations to Downing Street and MPs. The fight to save our only fully functioning hospital goes on.

Wanstead Police Station

Our local police station is not safe, and we continue to fight for it! We asked the Mayor of London if he would commit to keeping the station open for at least 18 hours a day with a staffed counter service – and he said “No decisions have been taken in relation to the future of Wanstead police station. The MPS is reviewing the whole of the property estate” (Question No: 2019 / 2011)

We also asked Ken Livingstone, Labour candidate, and Brian Paddock, Liberal Democrat candidate – both failed to give an answer. Until we have written proof that this station will continue to operate as it does, we will continue our campaign.