With Ye Traditional Boxing Day Walk in Wanstead Park being rained off, it’s time for the other tradition – the Wansteadium Christmas puzzle. Send pics of completed grids to info@wansteadium.com for max kudos. Answers later in the week.

(See it here in PDF format for easy printing.)


4) Fringe stalwart and chaser
5) Hardy’s hardly this, except in Wanstead
7) – The Fish
8) Cad
10) Costs a guinea on 17 July
14) AKA Stephen Lewis, late of this parish
16) Park landmark
17) A girl on the High Street
18) Was 50 in 2019
20) Wanstead’s dancer, strictly speaking
24) Doctor of the House
26) Harry –
28) River
29) County
32) AKA Gale
33) Wanstead through the Ages author


1) County
2) High Street stroller
3) Wanstead son who became a state
5) Cad
6) Small fringey instrument
9) Cad
11) County
12) Children of the Fringe
13) The Padre of Bombetta
15) Italian for hops
17) Park landmark
19) French city or weak adjective? No one knew.
20) John –
21) Used to be on Woodbine Place
22) Wanstead’s star-gazer
23) Poet
25) What Winston wears in his old place
27) A field, a lane, there are a lot of them around
30) The fish go in two by two
31) Cad (with 5,8 and 9)

Services for Christmas in Wanstead this year. Have a lovely time, everyone. See you in Wanstead Park for ye traditional Boxing Day walk.


As expected it was a comfortable win for John Cryer who had a slightly reduced majority over the Conservatives. 

Elsewhere nearby, Wes Streeting retained Ilford North, Iain Duncan Smith saw off a challenge to keep Chingford and Woodford, and Stella Creasy got a majority of more than 30,000 in Walthamstow.

Kicking things off we have Jake the Cavalier at the polling station on Hermon Hill. Please do send more – or indeed other politically interested pets – to info@wansteadium.com.

He wasn’t

Apart from some leaflets and a little bit of canvassing, the general election seems happy to let Leyton & Wanstead do its own thing.

The indications are that people are solidly behind Labour’s John Cryer, with the latest large-scale MRP study indicating that his position has strengthened during the campaign.

Despite some fake news graffiti (see above) it seems the parties are concentrating their campaigning efforts elsewhere, in more marginal constituencies.

★ There was however a flurry of confusion in Cranbourne Avenue and Newbury Court where residents were informed they were in the Ilford North constituency before corrected polling cards were issued. They are, as they have long been, part of Leyton and Wanstead.

A spokesperson for Redbridge Council told Wansteadium: “The error was quickly identified and resolved. Letters explaining the situation were hand delivered the following day to all affected electors, along with replacement poll cards and postal voting packs where appropriate. The streets named above were the only ones affected.”

★ An honourable mention should go to the independent candidate, Henry Scott, who has the distinction of being the youngest candidate in the whole country. He is 18 years old, grew up in Leytonstone and Wanstead, and is campaigning on backing Whipps Cross, stopping Brexit democratically, and climate action.

★ In terms of local interest, Chingford and Woodford Green is on many people’s lists of seats to watch. Iain Duncan Smith has been MP there since 1992 but is seen to be vulnerable to tactical voting. One of the tactical voting sites, Remain United, has the seat as 14th highest target seat. Based on 2017 figures, it requires under 1,000 to vote tactically to force an upset.

★ However you’re voting, we wish you a happy polling day. Photos of dogs at polling stations are welcome, as ever (info@wansteadium.com).