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 wansteadium@gmail.com with a description – if it matches then we can facilitate a reunion. 

Roger Godbold's cows, as seen on Countryfile
Roger Godbold’s cows, as seen recently on Countryfile

We wrote on Sunday that we didn’t know what had happened to make the Manor House return as The Bull – well here are some answers.

The first thing to note is that the new name is a reference to the infamous roaming cattle of Wanstead (see here if you don’t know what that means).

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. 

Nobody will be surprised by this announcement from the organisers of the Wanstead Fringe:

2020 is a year like no other, and inevitably that means the Wanstead Fringe just isn’t going to be possible. So, like Glastonbury, we’re thinking of this as a fallow year and hope to be back in 2021, bigger and better than ever.

Having said that, we are cherishing the glimmer of a faint hope that one single special event might be feasible… we’ll be sure to let everyone know if it’s going to happen.

Thanks to all our supporters, participants, sponsors and volunteers over the past seven years. Here’s hoping we can do it all again in September 2021.

The Wanstead Fringe Association