Logic problem

Not sure the logic of directing passengers with accessibility needs to Snaresbrook while the Wanstead station escalator is being repaired really stands up to much scrutiny. There is no shortage of stairs to climb at Snaresbrook, unless you’re going eastbound.

It’s only going to work if passengers:
*want to go eastbound to stations from South Woodford to Epping, (in which case they shouldn’t have been at Wanstead anyway)  or
*are prepared to go to Woodford to change on to a central London via Hainault train, which would be an extremely long way round, or
*can cope with the stairs, in which case they might as well stick with those at Wanstead.

Jo Jo’s a go go

There’s no doubt now that trendy baby shop JoJo Maman Bebe is opening on Wanstead High Street, with signs and adverts now visible. Breton-styled babies are now expected to become a familiar sight. The shop is taking the former (lamented) Londis site, which means the rumours that Superdrug was to take over the former HSBC and knock through are not right.

Incidentally there hasn’t been much noise lately about the Superdrug plan, but it appears to be on course – a job advert for a manager’s position is still on the firm’s site.

Wanstead songbirds

Congratulations to singers from Wanstead-based company Songbird Sessions who were on BBC One on Saturday night in the choir competition Pitch Battle. Director Gemma Knight Jones, who is pictured fourth from left, above, with Gabriella Groves, Ruby Murphy, Kelly Fraser,  Catherine Devlin and Cas Jones, has lived in Redbridge all her life and in Wanstead for the past two-and-a-half years, and used local spots like the Art Shop and Manor House as backdrops for their videos. More details about the company are here, and below is a taste of their singing.

Hip brew

We must mark the full opening of Wanstead’s latest café, Bare Brew, the fruits of much hard work by friends Gemma and Lisa who have done a great job in turning a derelict empty shop into something cool and hip. It’s well worth a visit and Wansteadium wishes them all the best (so long as the PBJ sandwiches aren’t restricted to kids).

The outside of the shop, next door to the Tool Box at the Snaresbrook end of the High Street