Ginger Pig closed after break-in


Wanstead’s Ginger Pig is closed on Monday because of a break in.

A spokesman told the Wanstead Guardian:

“Our priority is establishing what’s happened and the situation inside the shop. The police are involved and they are dealing with it now. But we want to try to reopen as soon as possible.”

Another spring clean

image1-3There is a second opportunity to join a clean-up at Tarzy Wood on Saturday so that it can be opened up a bit for wildlife and visitors. It takes place between 10am and 1pm, and tea, biscuits and tools will be provided.

Tarzy Wood is the piece of woodland which starts at the corner of New Wanstead and the High Street. In the 19th Century it was saved from development by enraged Wanstead citizenry who tore down fencing put around it by its owner, who planned to build on it. The people – perhaps the very kind of people who read Wansteadium? – were determined to save it for public use.


The glorious twelfth

IMG_0274Marion Temple writes:
On Sunday 12 March, 12 enthusiastic would-be gardeners met with some of the up-and-running Wanstead Community Gardeners to form a commuter gardening group to maintain and improve the little garden behind platform 2 at Snaresbrook station.

This was started by staff members a few years ago but seemed doomed to oblivion when London Underground staffing structures changed. This leaves Snaresbrook Station with an ever-changing rota of staff. Gardens don’t survive under these circumstances.

Wanstead Community Gardeners could not take on this patch but we could use our expertise to start up another group specifically for this garden. It was a good mix of interested people, of various ages and experience but all sharing a desire to be part of this project.

We now have a steering group, an e-mail network and address and hopefully soon, somewhere to store tools. The general agreement seemed to be that ad hoc working parties of groups or individuals would work better than a regular work party. We wish this new group every success in maintaining this little patch which could give so much pleasure to station users.

Anyone interested in finding out more about this group, contact or drop a note into Wanstead Library. And if you want to contact Wanstead Community Gardeners here’s our address

Up West

Lyric & Apollo Theatres Close up posters, Shaftsbury Avenue - World © Geoff Wilkinson - All rights reserved

One of the sights of Theatreland as taken by friend of this site, Geoff Wilkinson. An exhibition of his photographs showing London and local theatres after dark “when all the lights and colours turn the buildings into something quite magical and everything seems to come alive” is now running at his gallery at 84 Nightingale Lane.