So we can really celebrate the achievement of the Wanstead Cricket Club, based in Overton Drive, which consistently performs at every level – and which also is a model for junior cricket, boys and girls.
When Wanstead became ECB Royal London national club champions in 2017 in a final at Lord’s, seven of the team playing had gone through the club’s junior cricket programme as boys.
And when so many are asking how young people can be introduced to the game, Wanstead should be something of an example. There is a way that cricket-lovers can help.
The club is raising money to install new nets at Overton Drive which would massively improve training facilities. It recently received a £25,000 grant towards the nets from Sport England, which helps towards the total of £75,000 which is needed.
A planning application to rebuild a house on Grove Park included rooms marked “gentleman’s club” and “bar” and one with a “dancing pole”, leading to objections being lodged against the plan.
But the plan, it has emerged, was submitted in error and the rooms in question will actually be a home office. It appears to have been a private joke between the homeowner and architect. The applicant has written to Redbridge explaining the following:
“The architect who drew the plans is a close friend of mine and on an earlier draft set of plans, the room was labelled as a Gentleman’s Club. This was changed to a Home Study/Office on a later set of plans which was intended to be submitted with the planning application. However, on submission of the planning application, the earlier draft plan was inadvertently included with the application instead of the true plan (the only difference being description of the room as a Home Study/Office).”
Reader Jon sent us this picture that his daughter Elsie had taken in Wanstead Park last weekend. The hog was “very active”, he said, and was “heading down the main track towards the Temple, no doubt en route to the tea hut”.
Remember folks, don’t leave tea and coffee out for hedgehogs. And if there are any more sightings, please send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wansteadium reader Sarah spotted Wanstead’s last surviving hedgehog. Once upon a time we used to invite people to send in pictures of any hedgehogs they saw in or about Wanstead, but sightings dwindled and we concluded there can’t be any left. We may be wrong though – if so, please send pictures to email@example.com. Please do prove us wrong. And if you need hedgehog care advice, here is some.