The Wanstead Fringe Jumble Trail returns

As preparations for this year’s Wanstead Fringe are fully under way, here’s a bit of advance notice that the Wanstead Fringe Jumble Trail will take place this year on Saturday 15 September from noon until 4pm.

Every year the Wanstead Fringe Jumble Trail has got bigger and bigger and is now a cornerstone of the Fringe week. It’s an excellent opportunity to declutter, or get a bargain, and either way to see your neighbours and Wanstead chums.

Stalls can now be booked – they cost £5 – at the Wanstead Fringe site.

Wanstead in print: Pat for the Tap

Congratulations to the Wanstead Tap which received a huge pat on the back from the Guardian which featured it in Saturday’s business pages. It says:

Partly by chance and partly by design, it has  morphed into one of the many cultural and social hubs that have sprung up in changing communities – from the Kent coast to Glasgow.


Full story is here.

You’ll love this or hate it

So the signage for the successor to Longhorn/Smokehouse/Cinnamon is up, and looking very smart indeed. And a bistro will be a welcome addition to the High Street. Opening is currently planned for 1 August, and reservations are currently being taken by email. For those who are curious, a marmiton is a kitchen-hand.  And of course, as all the wags are pointing out, you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.

So the Gallic takeover of le Wanstead continues…  La Bakerie, Beauté Parfaite, Click Beautique, Provender Café Brasserie, Jo Jo Maman Bébé… c’est magnifique mais peut-être le Brexit  fera du tort à tous ce franglais.

(HT Debbie Jones, Steve Green.) 


Hucker… Lampard… who’s next?

Hucker on the left, with Lampard hanging back on the right

Great point from @MissCarolineW. So suggestions for the next logical step in the development of the shops round Nightingale Green are welcome.

Here we go…