News archive

December 2018

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Festive Greetings / Albatross stamp changes

Festive Greetings / Albatross stamp changes

A rather belated seasonal greeting as Christmas Day has now passed but we would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

We urged you to save all those used stamps from your Christmas cards for the Albatross Appeal so it is on a more disappointing note, we have to tell you that we can no longer accept these.

Following a press release on 30th November from The Charity Commission, and subsequent stories in the national press regarding the fraudulent use of used postage stamps, the RSPB has been reviewing the Albatross Stamp Appeal scheme.

The decision has been made to cease collection of used bulk postage stamps immediately but, continue with requests for the donation of stamp collections, first day covers and albums.

Details can be found on the RSPB website at

or click on the link below.

A huge thank you if you have been collecting stamps over the years and please know that all your hard work has made a considerable difference to the work to save the Albatross.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Social Evening with Local Wildlife Talk

Social Evening with Local Wildlife Talk

We enjoyed a get together with, in addition to the short talk, a selection from quizzes, free raffle and home made treats such as mince pies and other goodies. They were delicious again!

Buteo Wildlife (who provided an illustrated talk, a variety of quiz questions, plus cards & photos for sale) is a partnership of three local birders who lead walks and can help those with an interest find and identify birds and other wildlife - we had Roy Woodward and Dave Hutley with us tonight.

There was a chance to chat to them about what they do (they also lead East London Bird Forum walks). Roy is a keen photographer so the excellent images were provided by him, plus ones from Dave too.
Click on the link below for more info from Buteo Wildlife's website (

Please go to the Events page where this item has a Google Map link to our location at

St Mary's Church (Gwinnell Room)
207 High Road
South Woodford
E18 2PA

We meet on the second Tuesday of most months at 8pm
Our nature talks cost: £4.00 for RSPB & Wren members, £4.50 for non-members, Free to schoolchildren

St Mary's Church is a short distance from the junction with Chelmsford Road. Parking is allowed on the single yellow lines outside in the High Road after 6.30 pm. There is also free parking at Derby Road car park.
It is about a 15 minute walk from South Woodford tube station (on Central line). Buses 179 and W13 stop nearby.

If you click on the 'Download file' link, then you will see the poster that was produced to advertise this talk.

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Sunday, 2 December 2018

Rainham Marshes Christmas Fair

Rainham Marshes Christmas Fair

Rainham Marshes is always a good place to visit and next Sunday (2nd December, 10am to 7pm) there is the added bonus of their Christmas Fair! A chance to buy some seasonal gifts.

There will be hand made crafts, art, photos, jewellery, bags, decorations, TuiNa massage, local honey and gin, a special cafe menu and of course some appropriate musical accompaniment.

Click on Download file to see the poster - this lets you view / save / print it. Perhaps there is somewhere you could put it to advertise the fair for Rainham.

You can find out more about Rainham Marshes by clicking on the link below (or by going to

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