A Wanstead Art Treasure

The 17th century painting, ‘The Entombment of Christ’ has hung above the altar in St Mary’s Church for over 100 years.  It has now been assessed by a Masters student from the Courtauld Institute, confirming its age, and its status as a studio copy of the original painting by the Italian artist, Guercino.  The Parish of Wanstead has therefore decided to restore the painting.  A series of events are being held to contribute to the costs of restoration.

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Death of Peter Brown reported

Peter Brown during the restoration of St Mary's Church. Photograph taken from the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian
Peter Brown during the restoration of St Mary's Church. Photograph taken from the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian

The sad news has been reported that Peter Brown, Churchwarden of Wanstead Parish, has died suddenly at his home. Mr Brown oversaw the recent restoration of the Georgian St Mary's Church, Overton Drive, and this will be a fitting momorial of his many years of dedication to preserving the heritage of one of London's lesser-known architectural gems. Mr Brown was also a member of the Steering Group for the Wanstead Park Project, in which the Parish of Wanstead has been a key particpant from the outset.

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands offer their condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

AGM report Part 1

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The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands was held yesterday, 25 February, at Wanstead Cricket Club. There was a record turnout, with 44 names on the attendance list, though a rough headcount suggested that was an understatement. We were pleased to welcome as guests the Superintendent of Epping Forest, Paul Thomson, and Verderer Dr Jo Thomas.

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Friends of Wanstead Parklands recognised in 2013 Heritage Angels Awards

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We are delighted to be able to tell our members and supporters that the Friends of Wanstead Parklands have been awarded a "certificate of recognition" in this year's Heritage Angel Awards. Founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber to reward the efforts of local people in saving their heritage, the Heritage Angel Awards are now in their third year. The Friends were nominated from within English Heritage rather than applying on our own account, and we are being encouraged to enter again next year, on the assumption that more concrete progress will have been made toward the restoration of Wanstead Park by then. The nomination was prompted by our contribution to the Strategic Assessment and Conservation Measures for Wanstead Park, though it also took into account previous work by the Friends and our predecessor organisation the Wanstead Parklands Community Project.