Category Archives: Events

Chairman Runs for Charity

Heart UK

On the 23rd April I will be running the London Marathon for Heart UK, a national charity focussed on preventing unnecessary and early deaths caused by high cholesterol.

I am running for Heart UK as sadly Heart disease has had a devastating effect on my family. Both my parents died of heart failure and so to did my brothers Pat, Tony and Eamonn, all in their 40s.

Seventh Marathon

This will be my 7th Marathon and I hope to raise as much as possible for Heart UK. I am looking forward to next April as London is the best supported of all the Marathons.

I hope you can support me in any way you can. Below is my fund raising page if you would like to donate.

Best Wishes



The Wren Group is putting on a photo exhibition at The Temple in Wanstead Park in January 2017 to celebrate the area's wildlife diversity/Wanstead 1000.

Please send in your best photographs of any animals, including insects, and plants. 20 will be selected by a panel of Wren committee members. The selected images will be professionally printed, mounted and framed. And, after the exhibition, they will be presented to the photographer.

All submissions should be hi-res files, and should be sent to Tony Morrison at

A chance to volunteer

Did you ever fancy being a National Trust volunteer but there's no historic properties nearby to love and cherish?  Do you  have an interest in history and a knowledge of  the heritage Wanstead Park in particular? Now is your chance  to help out at the historic property on our doorstep! The Temple in Wanstead Park is  a Grade 2 listed building dating from the 1760s and is a survival from the heyday of Wanstead Park. It is open to the public every weekend.  This gives visitors the opportunity not only  to visit this unique and beautiful building but also to learn about the extraordinary history of the Park. Continue reading A chance to volunteer

Dwight & Son bike on

Dwight (59) and; Lewis 13 Cycle Cycle Tour around the coast of the UK. 2014 to 2016, over 3 summers: 1st summer:-2650(ish) miles Exeter to Edinbugh in (roughly) 42 days then 2nd summer 2015 600 miles 10 days, Edinburgh to London.  3rd Summer 2016 10 days complete full round uk coastal tour 500 Exeter to London miles (total mileage well over 3000 miles) a Young persons record!

For more and to support Dwight and Lewis follow this link.



July 16th 2016 will be the last Music in Wanstead Park. After seventeen years it is time for a come along and enjoy one of East London's only community-based large outdoor events for the last time.

We start an hour earlier at 1pm -just in time for lunch.
You could help make the last Music in Wanstead Park the best one by helping our team of volunteers, eg on the Main Gate or running craft workshops. Friends of Wanstead Parklands will be hosting a stall. New ideas for activities or stalls are always welcome.

The event begins with a bang with the London School of Samba Procession and ends with lively dance band Grooveability. Excellent refreshments will be on sale. Or bring your own picnic- but remember this is a glass-free event!

Tons of excitement : Spider Mountain, Crazy Bikes, Rollapaluza static bike racing, live snakes and ferrets, Mr Alexander's astounding Travelling Show, Kinovan vintage  London film etc etc....

2016 ticket prices : a day's fun for £5 for children and £10 for adults ; free for under 4's


AGM Spectacular for Friends of Wanstead Parklands

The AGM to attend and be seen at

Wednesday, 24th February 2016

7pm for 7.15pm  at  Wanstead Golf Club, E11 2LW

Introduction by the Chair

Keynote speakers including:

1.    John Cryer MP representing the Parliamentary Support Group for Wanstead Park
2.    Geraldine Roberts author of The Angel and The Cad

Meet and greet with local supporting groups

Drinks and nibbles available

Fireworks Spectacular

Book a place on Eventbrite

Download flyer

Register for free at

Free for members | £5 non-members (incl membership) | Affiliate members: £1

All ages welcome to celebrate our achievements and have a good time!

2016 AGM


You'll want to be at our next big event, our AGM on 24th February, 2016 (19:30- 21:00). It will truly be a date not to be missed.


Featuring a firework display finale (courtesy of
Harking back to over 200 years ago when fire work displays were common place in the Park.

The AGM will have a few interesting and brief presentations:
John Cryer MP
We will hear John's progress lobbying heavily with the City on our behalf together with 12 other local MPs.
Geraldine Roberts Author of The Angel and The Cad
With insights into the intrigues of Wanstead House... Was it social media at its very beginning..?

Light bites, wine and a pay bar will be on hand

Event is free to members and only £5 for non-members (which then includes membership)

N.B. This event is children-friendly & will finish by 9pm

It's simple to let us know you're coming- just register on eventbrite so we can cater for numbers.