The end for another Wanstead garage?

Stevens Motors, a mechanic’s situated behind the Cuckfield pub, is facing closure following a planning application which would see two semi-detached houses built on the site.

Redbridge Council is to consider the application which would mean a four- and a three-bedroom house being built on the site where the garage has been operating for more than 40 years.

Mr Stevens himself has many longstanding customers who have relied on his service. One told Wansteadium: “Mr Stevens is a local hero and has provided an essential service in car servicing and repairs for Wanstead residents for many decades.”

If the plan is approved it will mean the end of another garage in Wanstead – in 2015 the former I&K Brown garage on Church Path closed and was converted into very stylish residences (see below).

People wanting to object to the proposal must however do so immediately as the consultation period ends on Tuesday 21 October. Details can be found here, ref 187753. [The short notice is Wansteadium’s fault. Apologies.]

Farewell Poppy Pantry

Poppy Pantry, the cafe set in the grounds of the City of London Cemetery which has hosted innumerable funeral receptions and contemplative moments, has shut after the Corporation of London ended its lease.

Paul Charters, who has run it for several years, vacated the premises on Sunday following his lengthy but unsuccessful campaign to persuade the authorities he should be allowed to stay.

He collected more than 6,000 signatures from supporters, and also hoped that his support for the Royal British Legion and other causes would help support his case.

To Paul and his staff, though, go the thanks of former customers.

New recycling shock

Redbridge residents can now recycle additional items in their household collection, the council has informed them. It is now possible for people to include:

  •  Plastic Pots, Tubs and Trays (e.g. yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat /ready meal trays and fruit/veg punnets – but no black plastic as it cannot be recycled).
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Clean aluminium foil and foil trays

This is welcome news – it’s all good. But it comes as a bit of a shocker to Wansteadium which thought some of these items could be recycled already. Still, now we know. And in case there is any doubt, we’re including the complete list below. The council is also offering these updated tips:

Here are some tips and important things to remember when recycling:

  • Always rinse out any food waste. Food contaminates – making your recyclables, unrecyclable
  • Stacking or carefully packing plastic pots, tubs and trays will allow you to fit more into your recycling boxes
  • Rinse and scrunch up any foil for recycling
  • Black plastic can’t be recycled so please don’t put it in your recycling box.

More scenes from the Wanstead Fringe 2021

The eighth Wanstead Fringe concluded at the weekend and, though Wansteadium has a vested interest in this, was a huge success. Many hundreds of people took part in events ranging from comedy to open air film to book talks to the Jumble Trail to a groundbreaking spoken word night.

Giles Wilson, chair of the Wanstead Fringe Association, said: “The Fringe was a massive success this year – there was so much pent up appetite for events that nearly every event sold out. Thank you to the event organisers, venues, sponsors, volunteers, and ticket-buyers – none of it could have happened without you. 

“And now is the time to be thinking about what Wanstead Fringe 2022 might look like. If you want to get involved, or even plan your own event, please do get in touch now with us via”

Ibizo Lami at the Spoken Word night
Film critic Ben Walsh talks about the great days of British horror
The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones on technology and social media

The nightingale arrives

Wanstead’s new mural in development.

It came about through the good offices of organiser Kathy Taylor, the hospitality of India Garden, and the skilled brushwork of mural specialist Gavin McPhail. Kathy has been running the Mini Festival of Nightingales, something which we hope will grow in years to come.

Attendees to the Wanstead Festival (one of the largest in recent years, surely?) were among those seeing Gavin working at first hand as he put the finishing touches to the bird.