Wanstead and Woodford


A Wanstead dance school has launched seated dance classes to help elderly and disabled people express themselves.

A new biodiverse woodland area is being created in Redbridge, offering picturesque natural green space for residents to enjoy and for wildlife to thrive.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Wanstead woman Peggy O’Riordan has decorated her Christmas tree with face masks to pay tribute to the NHS.

Plans to build on the car park of a college were rejected after accusations it would discriminate against disabled students.

A pregnant woman, who later miscarried, was kicked in the stomach during a robbery at a bus stop in Wanstead.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of 12 fraud and distraction thefts.

A secondary school in Woodford Green continues to lead the way with its innovative approach to climate change.

Parents are furious at Redbridge Council after “hundreds” of students were barred from an exam to get into the borough’s grammar schools.

As part of a community enterprise scheme a group of primary school pupils in Woodford Green raised almost £2,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice.

Haven House have launched their online auction with an array of 50 unique prizes to support the Woodford Green-based children’s hospice.

Redbridge Foodbank has put out a further call for donations after revealing it delivered 7128 food parcels between April and September this year.

A young woman in Woodford Green who started a personal finance blog to help young people manage their pandemic finances is this month’s Young Citizen nominee.

A Wanstead medic who starred in a BBC One documentary is urging NHS staff to speak up and seek help over their mental health.

Schools and organisations across Redbridge performed acts of kindness as part of Mitzvah Day.

ITV’s GMB and Tipping Point host Ben Shephard wants you to spend Christmas Night In with him to raise money for Haven House Children’s Hospice.

More than 130 organisations planted 40,000 spring-flowering bulbs across Redbridge as part of the Big Planting Weekend.

Wanstead Parish is fundraising to provide emergency accommodation for rough sleepers after its night shelter is not able to open this winter due to Covid restrictions.

A world-renowned opera singer held lockdown concerts with her musician husband outside their Wanstead home during the first wave and are now offering personalised concerts for those who miss live music.

Remembrance Sunday services across Redbridge this year were a much quieter affair, with people privately paying their respects and some services going virtual.

The family of an NHS doctor who suffered head injuries in an attempted robbery in Woodford Green is appealing for information to help bring the perpetrator to justice.

Councillors have criticised the long delays for blood tests in Redbridge.

Redbridge politicians have reacted to the news that the children’s emergency department at King George Hospital is to close overnight during winter.

Remembrance Sunday will be different this year.

Wanstead Village ward councillors and the council leader welcomed the installation of new play equipment in Christchurch Green just in time for half term.

Children in South Woodford and East Ham celebrated winning an Olivier Award for being a crucial part of an opera ensemble.

Shopping local is booming in Wanstead, shop owners say.

A South Woodford woman has been named an ambassador for Models of Diversity, a charity which encourages more diverse representation in the modelling industry.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Three brothers in South Woodford who look after their neighbours and gave them sunflowers to brighten their spirits during lockdown, are this month’s Young Citizen nominees.

While the world is still ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, Rotarians marked the fight to eradicate another disease - polio - by planting 700 flowers in Woodford Green.

A fallen oak tree, which was transformed into a dragon by a master wood carver, grew so popular with children that nearby residents complained of noise, so it needed to be moved closer to the playground.

A Goodmayes shisha lounge was ordered to shut down for 20 days after fire extinguishers were used on police officers trying to stop an illegal event.

Volunteers and staff from Vision RCL sowed the seeds in the latest Grow Zone in Wanstead.

A South Woodford off-licence has been refused permission to sell alcohol until at least midnight.

Redbridge Council will be holding four online Local Forum meetings for residents in November, providing information on issues specific to each area of the borough, particularly Covid-19 infection rates.

The Exchange Shopping Centre is hosting an art exhibition showcasing how the borough’s artists are making sense of the pandemic and challenging times.

Redbridge Conservatives have launched a new virtual forum for residents, after the council voted to limit questions that could be asked at council meetings.

After the government voted against a motion to help feed disadvantaged children during school holidays, Redbridge Council pledged to take the burden on itself and feed the 7,000 children who need it.

People will move into temporary housing in a park “very soon” despite the council being unable to confirm if a full-time fire warden is needed.

Redbridge Council is hosting a public meeting on Covid-19 for people and businesses in the borough on Tuesday, October 27.

Wanstead UpCycles, which had three bikes stolen by thieves, has had them replaced by a generous police officer.

We come to you on a mission – to encourage you to support your local independent businesses.

A developer is hoping to build a 28-storey tower block on an Ilford car park and is holding two public consultation webinars tomorrow, Thursday, October 22.

An off-licence has applied to sell alcohol one hour longer - until midnight – but police fear it would add to problems in the area.


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start. All companies that trade with the EU need to act now to make sure they are set to go.

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