The Wanstead pool is coming! And that’s not all

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The much-vaunted swimming pool for Wanstead is to go ahead, Redbridge Council has announced, along with a multi-million pound revamp for Wanstead High School which will include a new gym, classrooms, dining and changing area.

Work will begin in the Autumn, the council says. Proposals for the schemes will be presented to the council’s cabinet followed by a planning application. They are going to be funded from the council’s capital investment funds, and there will be a bid to Sports England to help.

Though there has been scepticism that the sums could add up, the council has restated its intention that the swimming pool and gym will be “cost neutral in the longer term when balanced with admission fees”.

The head of Wanstead High, Bob Hamlyn, issued a statement saying: “We are delighted that Redbridge has plans to make much needed improvements to Wanstead High School’s facilities. This proposed investment will go a long way to making sure we can continue to deliver first class education to the young people in this area”.


Good work, Wanstead, good work


Behold the fruits of an appeal by the team at the Manor House for blankets and clothing for those in need during cold weather.  The appeal was shared on social media, and this is some of what was donated.

Paul from the Manor House said the response had been “UNBELIEVABLE… if we’re honest, we’re speechless. What the people of Wanstead and community have done is amazing.”

Culture in Redbridge

A scene from the Wanstead Fringe 2017

Congratulations to Waltham Forest for being chosen as the first London borough of culture – a new scheme organised by the Mayor of London to make cultural investments in a particular borough.

And commiserations to Redbridge which was not successful in its bid, despite assembling a coalition of arts bodies from across the borough to back its case.

The Wanstead Fringe was one of the organisations backing the bid – but it won’t be deterred. The Fringe will be back in September – from 8-15 September. Planning is starting soon – watch this space for details and if you want to get in touch with Fringe organisers you can email

Letter to Wansteadium: Help save the Odeon

Reader Mami writes:

The land on which the South Woodford Odeon cinema is situated is being sold. We are therefore asking the new freehold owners of the land to publicly commit to maintain the building as a cinema. This is a much treasured local facility and the community want and need it to stay. You can sign a petition here and help keep the cinema in our area.