Author: Wansteadium

Wanstead High School would make the perfect setting for a horror movie at night… Any directors fancy taking the challenge?less than a minute ago via TwitBird iPhone

Wanstead’s own Buddhist temple in Blake Hall Road is a lesser-known tourist attraction.

Ian from has posted the video essay of the Wat Buddharam temple, below, and says:

This is a lovely temple situated in a normal suburban house.The four monks who live there are very friendly and speak good English – always worth a visit and if you go at the weekend at 11.00 am you will be able to partake in delicious Thai food offered to the monks once they have finished their main meal of the day.

The monks have had planning battles largely because of noise and parking issues, as documented here in the Wanstead Guardian, but can apparently still operate as a temple so long as they don’t hold festivals.

Wanstead’s Tesco may only be four months old, but the newest entrant to Wanstead High Street seems to indicate that the giant’s juggernaut-like qualities haven’t yet squished out all other entrepreneurs.

A 7-eleven opened on Sunday in the former Thresher premises at the top of Wellington Road. It’s selling a fairly conventional range of convnience store products, with newspapers, magazines and fruit and veg coming next week.

And while it’s hardly the high end boutique that the High Street might have wanted in the wake of Horsfall and Wright’s departure, at least it’s better than another empty shopfront.

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  • Wanstead is now in a “no cold-calling” zone, meaning in theory there should be no more dusters/ironing board covers/electricity company salesmen a-knocking. Time will tell, though. And commenters to the Wanstead Guardian are a bit equivocal on the matter, one saying:

    This is local government nannying gone mad! What’s next, The Redbridge no rain at weekends partnership? So is knocking on the door to sell electricity or windows now illegal? Or is this just pointless posturing from a local semi-quango trying to justify its own existence?

  • There’s a row about parking. And schoolchildren are unruly in public places, even in Wanstead.
  • A scholarship pupil from Forest School in Snaresbrook has won a place at Harvard.
  • And finally, Mr Singh’s Chilli Sauce, the centre-piece of a new BBC One series which aims to give small businesses a break, comes, it turn out, from Manor Park. You can see how they got on here. And they told Wansteadium that they would be grateful for suggestions of stockists in Wanstead.

Addition from Twitter: @cocabeenslinky Wanstead woman doing the Moon Walk [saturday] night #t1ttwits