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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


Special General Meeting: 11 May

Dear Friend of Wanstead Parklands

You are invited to a Special General Meeting of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands on the Wednesday 11th May at 7.00pm at Wanstead Golf Club. We are meeting because we need to further slightly amend our constitution to receive charitable status and require a minimum of 20 members to do so.  Please see the updated draft constitution.

So we thought we would make the meeting a bit more than just a meeting! We are going to include a finger buffet and short tour of the historic buildings and feature around the Golf Club.


7.00pm Meet at bar and finger buffet

7.30pm Walk through former stables (Golf Club!), past the church and onto the Golf Course to visit the site of the House and if we have time to return via the Octagonal Lake which once graced the front of the House.

8.00pm Special General Meeting


Introduction to the Meeting

Change of constitution and charity status

Update on Park Plan and Heritage Lottery Fund application

Update on Tea Hut Tesco’s application


The Meeting will finish at 9.00pm and those who chose can retire to bar

Renewal of Benches by the Tea Hut in Wanstead Park: Your Support Needed

Are you concerned about the poor condition of the seats and benches by the Tea Hut in Wanstead Park?IMG_4265

Are you fed up with drinking your tea over 5 worn out benches, standing in puddles after rain?

We could replace this old stuff with something fit for purpose:

  • 4 brand new solid oak picnic suites, consisting of a table (8’x4’) and a bench on either side
  • Together with 3 new solid oak benches up to 8’ long.
  • With every seat and bench resting on a gravel base – so no longer will your feet rest in puddles

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands will apply for funding for the above from a Tesco community grant scheme called “Bags of Help”.

But Tesco needs you to show your support for this new Tea Hut furniture.

So, email stating: YES, including your contact details to show that you do want new tea hut furnitureOr sign the petition at the Tea Hut.

We need as many responses as possible to persuade Tesco to give us a grant, so please reply.

Of course, if you like the present stuff, you can always say no.

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!