A radical suggestion from Wansteadium reader Dan:

Like most people I am missing my family and social interaction. One key area is having a meal and meeting friends and family for a light drink and chat.

Given the social distancing constraints this has meant closing all of our lovely bars and restaurants in Wanstead.

If social distancing restrictions lift many of our bars and restaurants are too small to allow for effective social distancing. However if we allow the high street to close during evenings during  the summer months we could go alfresco using the pavement for tables and the road as a walkway for pedestrians. Do you think this is something we could get some support from the local community. Happy to chat through with anyone.

Kind regards

Some delightful diversion created for the people of Wanstead by a local contributor who prefers the air of mystery. Answers will follow.


1. A mineral water spring in Wanstead’s park (3)
4. Peace-keeping force injury unravelled (7)
8. Crazy cool korma coat store (9)
10. Local blog criticises a new stadium (11)
12. An ordered formation right inside a beam of light (5)
13. Access the hospital department by the trauma centre (5)
15. Sounds like support for member of the House of Lords (4)
16. It’s inherited as part of a large, neglected estate (4)
17. Initially, eat nothing. Don’t stop (3)
18. Ineffectual short man (3)


1. Take a swipe at tactical response team (4)
2. Jab at unfinished card game (4)
3. Mystical light removes top from Laura (4)
4. Lunar vibration relates to a bone in the forearm (5)
5. Curious son returns before end of day (4)
6. Restructuring done for growth (4)
7. Demented dingo performing (5)
8. Looked after sprawling cedar (5)
9. Soft sounds mouthed without exclamation (5)
10. Architect a small bird? (4)
11. “Blokes”, you said, “lunch options?” (4)
12. Animal found in a permanent stupor (3)
14. Colour every other friend (3)

Apologies for the delay in posting this video, but here is the Wanstead Social Distance Club conversation with printing ace Russell Frost who runs the wonderful Hooksmith Press. It was a joy to hear from Russell and we hope to repeat the event during the Wanstead Fringe, if that takes place this year (TBC).

Recycling and gardening waste collections are resuming across Redbridge after a break of several weeks caused by the coronavirus lockdown.

Fortnightly green bag garden waste collections are resuming today, Monday 11 May, while separate recycling collections will begin again next week on Monday 18 May.

Both stopped because there were not enough staff available to make the collections while following social distancing. Regular refuse collections were also brought forward, meaning residents had to place their rubbish at the edge of their property by 5am (incidentally supporting the local fox population).

Redbridge Council has also announced that the Chigwell Road tip has reopened; the area is bracing itself for long queues. Deposits are restricted to domestic waste only.

Font geeks, typography addicts and ink-heads should all make sure they take part in the Wanstead Social Distance Club Zoom meeting at 1pm today (Wednesday) to hear from Russell Frost, the genius behind the Hooksmith Press.

Russell’s type-based prints can be seen all round Wanstead – particularly in Bare Brew where a few are normally on display. At the meeting he will talk about how he creates his prints from old print blocks, and what brought him to this unusual trade.

All Wansteadium readers are welcome to join the meeting at 1pm through this Zoom link: