Wanstead NatWest NOT on closure list


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Wanstead’s last remaining High Street bank is apparently safe from a widespread branch closure plan announced on Friday by RBS/NatWest.

179 NatWest branches across the country are closing by the middle of 2018, but Wanstead is not on the list. A large number of customers still use the branch, including many elderly people and Wanstead traders, so there will be plenty of sighs of relief.

Closures of the HSBC and Santander in the past year, which followed Barclays, leave the NatWest as the last bank standing. The Nationwide Building Society also remains.

(HT J Wagstaff Esq)

Aldersbrook… you’re breaking up…

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Wansteadium reader Sue writes: 

“We’ve been having real problems for a month now with our Vodafone supply in Aldersbrook. Calls cut out after one minute or simply can’t make calls. Vodafone won’t take ownership of the problem. I had yet another chat with them today- on my landline – and they said it’s not a Vodafone problem as the mast is working ok but the signal for some unexplained reason “Perhaps a new building has gone up” meant the signal isn’t getting into the houses of one or two postcodes so it’s a coverage problem.”

Anyone else experiencing similar problems?

Lights on early

Newcomers to Wanstead will need to know about a quaint tradition we have in these parts in which every aspect of the Christmas Tree on George Green, opposite Wanstead Tube station, is picked apart in minute detail. The size, the shape, the functioningness of the bulbs, the similarity (or not) to badgers etc etc.

And while we fully expect that tradition to be maintained, there is a notable change to tradition this year: the lights will be turned on with children singing TONIGHT, THURSDAY, from 4pm. (The ceremony usually takes place on Friday, but not this year.)

You have been told. Comments will be expected

A bid for Redbridge

Redbridge is bidding to become London’s first Borough of Culture in a new competition being run by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The competition would see a prize of a million pounds in funding for cultural activities and would bring a London-wide focus to events in the winning area.

Some of London’s leading arts organisations, including the Tate and Shakespeare’s Globe, have said they will partner with the winning borough to stage events.

As part of the preparation of the bid, Redbridge is asking for ideas for cultural development – which can be submitted via the bid’s website, thisisredbridge.org or via Twitter with the hashtag#thisisredbridge.

Thanks to its involvement in the Wanstead Fringe, Wansteadium reckons a good supporting role could be played by what goes on here (and will be suggesting that if a planning proposal were ever approved for the Evergreen Field, it should include provision for a flexible arts & cultural events space).