Thursday sees the first occasion where “Wanstead Village” is an actual thing, rather than just
a romantic fondly-held notion the name on a couple of road signs.
Yes, it’s election time, and for the first time the new council ward Wanstead Village – encompassing most of Snaresbrook and Wanstead and even a bit of Aldersbrook (but not the area closest to Wanstead Park) – is up for grabs.
This will mean some new faces among councillors, and some stepping down after many years’ service. And with power delicately balanced on Redbridge Borough Council, campaigning activity has been pretty visible.
Here for your easy reference is a list of the candidates standing, with links to their profiles on the Democracy Club website. Polling is on Thursday.
A tiny camera, almost like the kind of thing you might expect to see in the Moscow Ritz-Carlton? On a lamp-post on George Green? Whatever can it mean?
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!
(The subtitle to this piece by Terry Law could have been “Happier times”.)
Scenes from the annual silent witness march held by Wanstead churches on Good Friday.
With our apologies for not paying sufficient attention, we are happy to report Wanstead’s reappearance on one of those “best places to live” lists, this time in last weekend’s Sunday Times.
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.
The paper assesses property prices as being
- £287,000 for a starter home
- £652,000 for mid-market
- £966,000 for a family home