• Wanstead woman Penny Bickerstaff was going to Trafalgar Square in a black cab which had a crash. She was hurt and had to go to hospital. The cab charged her the full fare plus waiting time. Story here at the Daily Telegraph.
• Parents of children at the Wanstead Church School have launched a petition to “save” Derek the lollipop man who helps children cross the high street outside the Cuckfield pub. Redbridge Borough Council is attempting to save money, and in August a spokesman told the Wanstead Guardian:
“(Lollipop people) provide a valuable service and will be appreciated by people but they are mainly at existing crossings, and a large number of primary school children are accompanied anyway. We have to ask the question whether it is value for money.”
• A sermon by the Rev Robert Hampson at Holy Trinity church on Hermon Hill has angered Guides leaders. His message, he says, was against the sexualisation of children, including the sentiment that it was “better to wait until they were married before having sex with boyfriends and girlfriends although I made sure I did not use the word sex”. Some parents have told the Guardian that because there were young children there, they felt it was inappropriate. Wansteadium hopes to be able to bring you the transcript of the sermon.
People queued outside the Oxfam bookshop on Wanstead High Street on Saturday morning, anticipating the 10am opening of what, according to reliable sources, is believed to be Wanstead’s first bookshop in at least 50 years.
And here, exclusively to Wansteadium, are the first ten purchases made at the shop:
1. Rembrandt’s Eyes by Simon Schama
2. The Great Moghuls by Bamber Gascoigne
3. American Prince, My Autobiography, by Tony Curtis
4. Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front 1914-18, by Richard Holmes
5. Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus 2004
6. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Audio CD)
7. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens (Audio book)
8. Beatles by Lars Saabye Christensen Bob Dylan Chronicles book one Tarantino A-Zed by Alan Barnes and Marcus Hearn Classical 1000 – Top recordings of all time, by Rob Cowan
9 . The Young Lloyd George, by John Grigg WG’s Birthday Party by David Kynaston
10. Coast – The Journey Continues, by Christopher Somerville The Somme Day by Day Account by Chris McCarthy
Thanks to Mark Appiah and shop manager Jillian White.
• Campaigners are calling on Redbridge Council to introduce food waste collections – it is just one of nine London boroughs which does not offer the service. But at the same time well over 1,000 people have been taking part in the Redbridge Conversation, an impressive online tool for weighing up where spending cuts should fall. (More about this tool on Wansteadium later this week.)
Wanstead’s Oxfam bookshop will open on Saturday morning at 10am, Wansteadium can reveal.
The preparations, which have included completely overhauling the inside of the former travel agent on Wanstead High Street, have been completed; the shelves are filled with books and volunteers have been signed up, though more are still welcome.
Oxfam area manager Mark Appiah confirmed the opening plan to Wansteadium. Reviews from readers welcome here from Saturday.
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