Nuru, Nina and Quinine Go To Wanstead Park

Inspired by the arrival of the three cows in Wanstead Park this summer, local artist Karen Humpage has created a painting to mark the occasion.

The image above shows her response to their arrival. She is also offering prints for sale at this web address. And for every copy sold via this link Karen will contribute £5 to the Friends of Wanstead Parklands.

So, treat yourselves!

Children celebrate the New Year – Roman-style!

At the Temple open weekend (5 and 6 January 2019), local children celebrated the New Year with a Roman themed event - after all, the month of January is named after the Roman god Janus, who presided over gateways, transitions, beginnings and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks both to the future and to the past.

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Special General Meeting

A Special General meeting of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands is to be held at 6:30pm on Saturday 10 October, immediately prior to the Gala Dinner at Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club.

The object of the meeting will be to adopt a new consitution for the Friends which will pave the way for us to apply for Registered Charity status. This in turn will unlock sources of grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sources, allowing us to contribute more actively to securing Wanstead Park's future.

The agenda for the Special General Meeting, of which formal notice is hereby given, is as follows -

  1. Chairman's opening remarks.
  2. Questions from the floor.
  3. To vote on the motion "This meeting endorses the Committee's objective to apply for charitable status and, to that end, adopts the new constitution which has been circulated in advance of this meeting".
  4. Signing of the new constitution by the Chairman.

The new constitution may be read or downloaded here, and the existing text here for comparison.

The meeting is expected to be very brief, and those who make the effort to attend will be welcome to stay for drinks until guests for the gala dinner take their seats at 7:30pm.

Summary of wildlife in the Wanstead area

For an area that is so close to the built up parts of residential east London, Wanstead Park and the nearby areas of southern Epping Forest - together with such habitats as the City of London Cemetery amongst others - has a varied and numerous wildlife population. The following summary is taken from the Wanstead Wildlife website, where much more detailed information is available. Continue reading "Summary of wildlife in the Wanstead area"