Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club – who last year become cricket’s National Club Champions – won against the MCC at Lord’s this week. They were invited to play because they start the season as reigning champions.
They won the 50-over match with nearly three overs to spare, thanks to high scorers Hassan Chowdhury, who scored 75, and Robin Das who made 54.
Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC – on behalf of the people of Wanstead, we salute you!
In the kind of barbed review that we used to indulge in, the paper says:
Before you flee London for the country, check out Wanstead. Just three stops beyond Stratford on the Central line, it has a village green and a gothic-revival church, cricket and golf clubs, and rowing boats for hire at Hollow Ponds. The high street supports a butcher, a baker and a fishmonger, and bustles with cafe tables in summer.
The population used to be a bit older, but there’s a baby boom as families are priced out of the East End. It’s getting downright trendy, too, with a Gail’s bakery and a Ginger Pig butcher’s. Bare Brew coffee has cute dogs and bearded guys; the Duke pub hosts co-working mornings. But it’s a bit too Towie to be hipster — it’s on the Essex borders.
After living in Wanstead for over 20 years it seemed entirely appropriate to hold my first travel photography exhibition in my hometown. My work as the Chief Political Photographer at the Press Association has taken me to every corner of the world with four successive Prime Ministers, so alongside the hectic schedules and highly stage managed political engagements I have always tried to escape the ‘bubble’ and photograph local daily life in between the endless press conferences and photo ops.
Among the many places I’ve travelled to, the colour and diversity of Japan and India have always caught my imagination and so I’ve chosen fifty of my favourite photographs that I’ve shot over recent visits to be the subject of a month-long exhibition at Geoff Wilkinson’s Eightyfour gallery on Nightingale Lane from March 25. I find the people from both cultures are friendly, polite and welcoming yet incredibly different in so many ways and I’ve tried to reflect this in the exhibition.
The pictures, taken over several years, are candid street scenes of everyday life in two very contrasting countries; one being a huge developing and eclectic nation, the other, possibly the most advanced and civilised country in the world. The ‘East meets East’ exhibition displays a small comparative example of these cultures.
As I mark my 30th year as a press photographer, travel photography has allowed me to renew my enthusiasm for photojournalism.
The exhibition starts on Sunday at eightyfour, the photography gallery at 84 Nightingale Lane.
A community project which aims to create a “multi-garden nature reserve” in the heart of Wanstead is being launched this week in an attempt to help compensate for loss of green space.
Wild Wanstead is encouraging residents to add their own gardens, balconies or outdoor space to a “jigsaw nature reserve” by adding pollinator-friendly flowers and other small changes such as building log piles.
Organiser Susie Knox said: “The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world and many birds, insects and other creatures are in a period of sharp decline. London’s gardens make up nearly a quarter of the capital’s area and play a vital role as a home for wildlife. But like other parts of the city, gardens in Wanstead are getting squeezed as room is needed for parking, patios and extensions. Actively using the space that’s left to help wildlife can make a big difference.”
Several local green spaces have already got involved in Wild Wanstead including St. Mary’s Churchyard and the Corner House garden. Acting together to improve wildlife habitats in built-up areas of Wanstead will help nurture a vital green corridor linking the Flats, Wanstead Park, Epping Forest and the River Roding, Susie says, so that “birds, insects and other creatures can thrive on our doorsteps”.
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