Redbridge clubs news: Art pop-up centre, valentines singers and bat walking in the park

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 September 2015

James Long and members of Art Group Wanstead outside the high street's first pop-up shop before its grand opening Grand opening on Saturday: Photo by Mike Edwards

James Long and members of Art Group Wanstead outside the high street's first pop-up shop before its grand opening Grand opening on Saturday: Photo by Mike Edwards


The latest news from Redbridge’s clubs and information

Art Group Wanstead

The group successfully opened Wanstead High Street’s first pop-up centre to promote the launch of the sixth annual art trail on Saturday.

The theme of this year’s art trail is ‘We Are the Environment’ and the pop-up centre is being used as an information hub for community art projects including drawing and craft classes.

The group are grateful to businessman James Long, who offered one of his properties to use for the event.

Donna Mizzi, art trail founder said: “We’re so lucky to have Mr Long.”

Mr Long, owner of a number of properties on the High Street said: “As a local man I am only too pleased to help in any way possible.”

More than 150 artists and schoolchildren are taking part in this year’s trail and will be showcasing work at almost 70 venues.

The pop-up centre, located at 149 Wanstead High Street, will remain open until the art trail ends on September 20.

For further information including a programme of art sessions visit

Valentines Singers

The Valentine Singers’ 2015/16 season resumed on Friday with an Open Rehearsal.

People were invited to the rehearsal to meet members or simply enjoy an evening of singing. The group was founded in 1998, and currently has 60 people in the group.

The choir’s new season includes a concert on Saturday 14th November at which Fauré’s Requiem will be performed, together with the Missa Brevis by Zoltan Kodály.

The Christmas concert on Saturday 19th December will include contributions from the Valentine Singers Community Chorus, which was launched with great success in 2013.

Anyone interested in joining the choir or for further information, call 01708 751097 or email

The choir rehearses on Friday evenings, 7.30 for 7.45 pm – 10.00 pm, at Gearies Junior School, Gantshill Crescent, Gants Hill. See for details

Nature Conservation Ranger Team

The team are taking explorers out on a night time walk around Wanstead Park and Roding Valley to discover bats, on Tuesday.

The walk will begin with an introduction and pictures of the different types of bats that can be found will be shown.

A bat detector which picks up the creatures high frequencey will be also be given to attendees to use.

The event is for children aged 7 up and adults.

Tickets are £3 and can be booked by calling 0208 559 2316

Mr Long and Art Group Wanstead members outside the shop

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