A fantastic free event for all the family to celebrate all abilities. Live music, sports, workshops, bouncy castle, face painting, refreshments and much more. 12-9pm, Christchurch Green on Wednesday 17 July. Come and join in the fun.
Wine Tasting, six of the best (in our opinion) England has to offer!
We’ll be tasting a selection of styles from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to the more unusual English varieties Bacchus and Dornfelder…and of course some fabulous fizz which is what has really put England on the wine map!
England shares a similar climate and the same chalky soils as the Champagne region. Again and again English wines have beaten famous Champagne houses in expert blind tastings, particularly the likes of Ridgeview, Nyetimber, Langham and Chapel Down – to name just a few of the 500 (and growing) number of vineyards we have!
Seen any ghosts on your smartphone lately?
As we’re compelled to capture, store and share more and more of our personal information, there’s something we often forget. All that data doesn’t just disappear when our physical bodies shuffle off this mortal coil. If the concept of remaining socially active after you’re no longer breathing sounds crazy, you might want to get used to the idea. Digital afterlives are a natural consequence of the information age, a reality that barely anyone has prepared for – and that ‘anyone’ probably includes you.
In All the Ghosts in the Machine, psychologist Elaine Kasket sounds a clarion call to everyone who’s never thought about death in the digital age. When someone’s hyperconnected, hyperpersonal digital footprint is transformed into their lasting legacy, she asks, who is helped, who is hurt, and who’s in charge? And why is now such a critical moment to take our heads out of the sand?
Weaving together personal, moving true stories and scientific research, All the Ghosts in the Machine takes you on a fascinating tour through the valley of the shadow of digital death. In the process, it will transform how you think about your life and your legacy, in a time when our technologies are tantalising us with fantasies of immortality.
Elaine Kasket, PsyD is a digital immigrant masquerading as a digital native, but she is a genuine psychologist, writer and public intellectual. A former principal lecturer in counselling psychology, she now spends her time communicating about the weirdly compelling junctures where life, death and the digital meet, as well as providing psychological therapy. She has appeared in various print, broadcast and online media, including the BBC, ITN and Channel 4.
Elaine will be in conversation with Dr Stacey Pitsillides, whose own research considers how technology and design shift our understanding of death and bereavement.
This event will propel you into taking action, before its too late!
Copies of All the Ghosts in the Machine will be available for purchase and signing.
We hope you can join us at our Spring edition of Local Makers Market at Christchurch Hall, Wanstead. It’s free entry and we’re open from 10am until 4.30pm.
Local Makers Market showcases handmade products from local designer-makers. When visiting our markets you can expect to find screen prints, ceramics, jewellery, homewares and textiles from a wide selection of talented artisans.
We have a vegan pop-up cafe at all of our markets featuring delicious handmade cakes and savoury snacks by Herons Nest Cakes.
Good As You is an important book that celebrates the seismic shift that turned gay men in Britain from enemies to friends of the state. It’s a story of how the power of pop culture can place real pressure on the government and the media, to make tangible steps towards change.
From ‘Small town Boy’ to same sex marriage, Paul interviews the figures integral to his own personal journey and to so many young gay men who found their voices were finally being heard in the 1980s. Paul speaks to Holly Johnson about anthems, Kylie Minogue about icons, and Will Young and Davina McCall about the landmark of reality TV. He speaks to Gary Hailes about being half of the first gay couple on EastEnders, and to David Furnish about being in one of the first publically celebrated gay couples in the UK.
But for Paul, Good As You is as much about celebrating the unsung heroes out of the limelight. Alison, a life-long friend talks about the individuals she met and helped undergoing treatment for HIV at The Lighthouse, while activist Rupert Whitaker, discusses his early encounters with an unknown disease, his own diagnosis and the impetus behind the Terrence Higgins Trust.
This is the story of Britain’s brothers, cousins and sons. Sometimes it is the story of their fathers and husbands. It is one of public outrage and personal loss, the (not always legal) highs and the desperate lows, and the final collective victory as gay people were final recognised, as Good As You.
Copies of Good As You will be available for purchase and signing at this event.
Paul Flynn is a prolific London-based writer and pop cultural commentator who writes for i-D, Attitude, Fantastic Man, the Sunday Times, GQ Style and Grazia. Paul was also one of the co-writers of Enquirer, the brilliant 2012 play about the present state of British journalism.
A pay bar provided by The Wanstead Tap will be available on the night
â€¢ Plans for a homeless hostel on Cambridge Park were approved by the Redbridge Planning Committee. More than 150 Wanstead residents had opposed the plan. Voting on the committee was split, but the plan went through on the chair’s casting vote. Opponent Mick Goodenough told Wansteadium legal advice
was being taken with a view to mounting a judicial reviewÂ indicated a judicial review of the decision was unlikely to succeed.
â€¢ Litter bins on Christchurch Green are too small for the amount of litter, the Wanstead Society has told Redbridge Council. That, or foxes, or something else, Â might be the reason for the regular sight of overflowing litter, though tweeter Paddy Fantastic (below) has other thoughts. The council says it will replace the bins, when the current ones wear out.
â€¢ Welcome to the Larder Mark III. After opening a new branch in Bethnal Green, Wanstead’s favourite is also taking over the Butlers’ Retreat tea rooms in Chingford Plain. The Larder is turning into a Wanstead success story.
â€¢ Speaking of which, Little Bears nursery on The Green has announced a pretty big expansion. From having places for 35 children, it is growing by adding a further 90 places, and is creating 20 new jobs.
â€¢ They are not the only things growing. The ArcelorMittal Orbit (also known as that weird red sculpture next to the Olympic stadium) is now about a third of the way through its construction. When it reaches its full height, it will disrupt the Freeview signal to houses on Hermon Hill.
â€¢ Wanstead is gearing up for the second Wanstead Art Trail, which runs from 11 September. The event’s new website is taking shape too; it’s here.
â€¢ Where Wansteadium goes today, the Sunday Times will go tomorrow. After our efforts to prove – despite apparent odds – that hedgehogs still roamed through Wanstead gardens, the paper reported this week that:
Hedgehogs could be wiped out in Britain within 15 years, a study has warned. They are on a list of the 10 indigenous species suffering the biggest decline in numbers in recent decades, along with the cuckoo, left, turtle dove, brown hare and Scottish wildcat. According to the Eden Species Report, which measures native speciesâ€™ populations and rates of decline, there are about 1m hedgehogs left in the UK â€” a decline of about 25% over the past 10 years. In some parts of Britain the fall could be as high as 50%. With populations becoming more isolated as a result of the decrease in numbers, naturalists fear that the species will struggle to maintain a sufficiently large gene pool to sustain a healthy and viable population.
â€¢ There’s a full calendar of events in Wanstead here. You can submit your events at firstname.lastname@example.org
â€¢ Wansteadium’s fledgling free classifieds advert service, which allows you to sell your unwanted items to other Wanstead residents, can be found here.