We asked earlier this week if anyone was missing a smart-looking bike which had been recovered from a would-be thief. It turns out lots of people are missing their bikes – though none of them yet are missing the bike in question which is still unclaimed.
It does make Wansteadium think… if there’s a crime wave for bikes, perhaps a page where people can post details of their stolen bikes, perhaps even including photographs, might be a useful resource. Any views, cyclists of Wanstead?
A bike thief who was chased by a member of the public ditched his ill-gotten gains by the side of Elmcroft Avenue.
The thief ran off after being challenged last Friday night, leaving the very smart bike behind – it is now being stored by a resident who is anxious to find the rightful owner. The police are aware of the incident.
So anyone who has lost a bike is invited to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description – if it matches then we can facilitate a reunion.
Mark Foster, the man who converted the empty Allied Irish Bank into the Manor House, has explained what led to the rebranding and the eventual reopening of the pub which took place over the weekend. He writes:
There has been plenty of questions and speculation on what’s been happening with The Manor House so it’s time to clarify.
It’s been a challenging few months for many industries. Hospitality is one that was hit particularly hard. With forced closure and no funding available, the business running the pub failed to survive and the staff, who were all furloughed, were made redundant.
There was a possibility of the doors being closed permanently. Thankfully that isn’t the case.
The name change didn’t need to happen but it’s the right time to reset. The venue has been a pub since it opened in 2014 but its name has often meant people expected something else or thought it had a lofty opinion of itself. It’s a pub. It has been from the start and The Bull firmly underlines that, with a little nod to the roaming cattle from Wanstead’s past.
As for the team that work there, the business is smaller due to where we are in the covid-19 situation and therefore the staff numbers are too. The offering is a little different from before. The menu will be changing to what’s been in place previously and now there is more focus on table service due to the virus risk mitigation processes that we’ve put be in place so the skills required change too.
Absolutely, there will be some familiar faces from the old pub that have helped it deliver previously and we look forward to seeing you soon. This has been incredibly tough for all pubs and the High Street as a whole. Hopefully we’re getting to the other side of it, good luck to all.
Thank you for all your nominations for the Wanstead Lockdown Awards. We are proud to present the following, and on behalf of all readers and the Wanstead Society express our appreciation to all those who are named – and others who remain nameless but whose service has helped in this difficult period.
We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of nominations for the Wanstead Lockdown Awards, a scheme to say thank you to all those who have gone out of their way in service of the community which we are running jointly with the Wanstead Society.