Wanstead conkers? In July??

Last August, some newspapers got excited by the early falling of conkers, a combination of unusual seasonal conditions. Conkers shouldn’t fall until September, they said. And this is August.

Well, this was the scene on Wanstead’s Christchurch Green on Thursday. Which was definitely in July. Fleet St can’t be far behind.

Wanstead news roundup, 14.07.10; Music in Wanstead Park, Learner drivers, Olympic policing

The Music in Wanstead Park event is taking place on Saturday. The line-up includes pop, indie rock, folk, blues and 30’s swing, modern & classical, string & sax, Indian sitar and tabla. Also It’s a Knockout style events and blues band Nine Below Zero in the evening. It’s from 2-11pm, and details are here.

Nice observation from Yenwod Samoth, who took this picture, right, and commented: “Conservation at it best in Christchurch park, Wanstead. Nice to them saving the old wood.”

The Drive and nearby streets in South Woodford have been highlighted as the most popular for learner drivers, according to this story in the Daily Telegraph which claims 409 learners in one hour. Wanstead, of course, is no stranger to L-plates, some of which are on the same test routes from the Wanstead Test Centre on Hermon Hill.

People opposing a Metropolitan Police application to build a temporary Olympic policing base on Wanstead Flats held a public meeting in Forest Gate on Wednesday. Here is a Q&A from the City of London Corporation, which owns Wanstead Flats. And here is a Facebook group opposing the plan.

World’s oldest profession in Wanstead?

The Wanstead Guardian now has a story about the raiding and closure of the Wanstead Sauna, due (as Wansteadium pictured last week) to a magistrates order following “activities relating to one or more specified prostitution offences”.

Regular commenter on the paper’s stories, Rubbernecker of Walthamstow, comments:

Not that I have been there, honest, but I am told by a friend who also has not been there that this place has been there for over 40 years and if this is an example of ‘swift action’ by police to stamp out crime we have no hope!

He raises an interesting point – just how long has Wanstead Sauna been in business? Anyone who knows can e-mail in confidence to wansteadium[at]gmail.com

Fonts helps even Wanstead

Ahh what a bit of design can do. For anyone who thought the former New Wanstead pub The British Queen (Gothic font, white on stark black) might feel a bit too earthy, its replacement might seem a bit more palatable. In a relaxed serif font on grey background, Queen’s – British Steak House and Grill.

UPDATE: Dolly Creative tweets in reaction:

@Wansteadium I’m going to call the Heritage Secretary – how dare they get rid of the Old English?less than a minute ago via web

UPDATE 2200: Mark Bentley adds:

new steak house in wanstead. Menu and sourcing policy facts please. This could be a major breakthrough. Any font will do.less than a minute ago via web