Wansteadium reader Roger Estop writes in reaction to the news that Andrews Builder’s Merchants is to close:
Great shame. I have bought some excellent wire, screws, glue, undercoat and gardening gloves here and always enjoyed browsing the brooms and rope. Such regrets – why did I still go to Homebase? The big Andrews sign is a local landmark. Mind you, this is also one of the most charmingly scruffy bits of Wanstead with the forecourt mixed up with display goods, car parking, pavement and the adjacent exposed yard behind cafe Brunch. Whatever happens next, let’s enhance this little spot (and the public conveniences opposite). A nicer Woodbine Place campaign?
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Reactions via Twitter and Facebook to the hustings between Leyton and Wanstead candidates held at Wanstead House on Saturday 24 April.
3.59pm Yenwodt: At Wanstead hustings meeting, where are the Lib Dems? Could be worse no BNP either. (on Twitter)
4.02 Yenwodt: Tory & Labour shock horror at Wanstead hustings ! Both wearing the same outfit! [see picture, above]
5.00 Yenwodt: Wanstead hustings – Local council candidates: Tory quite good, Labour boring, Lib Dem terrible old fart & Green earnest
Dave Buba: The local Tory boy candidate for Wanstead. Jumped up and down alot puffed out a lot of hot air but Ed Northover cannot be allowed in to E11. (on Facebook)
5.23 rhodri: At an election hustings in Wanstead. Sadly no BNP candidate to chuck decaying matter at. (on Twitter)
5.27 Dave Buba: And the lib dem candidate couldn’t even be bothered to turn up!!!
5.40 Dave Buba: is loving John Cryer… John Cryer his northern his gritty and he has done some good things. Voted against the war, led a campaign to save huge areas of Essex marshland and I man we could do business with!
6.04 Dave Buba: John Cryer summing up with a quote from Tony Benn. Suck on those apples Tory boy Ed Northover.
6.08 Yenwodt: Wanstead hustings: National Candidates Tory – good, Labour – very good , Green – not bad.
6.10 markb999: So, why did only half the candidates turn up for Wanstead Hustings? (on Twitter)
8.23 PaulVale: Wanstead hustings. LD candidate a no show. Shame. My vote was up for grabs. Tory chap slick. Labour – classic northern trade unionist. (on Twitter)
It’s Wanstead’s oldest shop – it’s been there for more than 50 years – but Andrews’ Builders’ Merchants in Woodbine Place, Wanstead, is to close. If tributes come they’ll be posted here.
Exclusive: Trendy gift shop Horsfall and Wright is moving out of Wanstead, Wansteadium understands. It is planning to relocate in bigger premises in a busier High Street, though it is not yet clear where that will be. The move is expected within the month.
The shop, which came to Wanstead High Street three years ago, has been opening less frequently lately as preparations are made for its move.
Last year its minimalist chic earned it a nomination in the Wanstead Society’s best shop front competition, when it was commended for a “well thought-out design” and for being a “smart injection into less-favoured end of the High Street”.
The news will come as a blow to shoppers as well as other retailers, and comes just a few weeks after it was revealed that delicatessen The Olive Branch had been put up for sale. Hardened Horsfall and Wright fans will still be able to buy online.
UPDATE: Tweet from Mark Bentley: Andrews Builders Merchants to close in Wanstead. Too many people coming in for just a washer, it would seem. Sad though, been there forever.
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The Redbridge Book and Media Festival hits Wanstead on Thursday (15 April). Events in the festival are shared around Redbridge, but the Wanstead events – most of which at the Library on Spratt Hall Road are below. There are some more details here, but sadly the festival brochure is unavailable for download – all links on the Redbridge site to the PDF are broken.
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The mystery of Wanstead’s random flag appearances has returned, with a St George’s Cross appearing atop a tree on the Green, Wanstead. First spotted by Wanstead tweeter @Gradiate, who posted the following picture and comment:
Someone has placed a St Georges cross up an ancient tree near my house – looks beautiful in the sun.
Also later reported by the Wanstead Guardian, here, which adds the back story of the spate of mystery flags on Wanstead golf course last year.