The History of Wantz Branch
Wantz branch was founded on 11 November 1974 at the Cauliflower, Rainham, Essex. It was given the provisional name of Rainham Branch but adopted its present title soon after. Wantz is reckoned to be an Anglo-Saxon name for that part of south west Essex, although there seems to be some doubt about this.
In 1978 the branch relocated to Romford, the HQ mostly being the now-demolished Royal Oak. After a brief return to Rainham (the Phoenix and the Bell) the branch moved to the Britannia Barking in 1989.
Steve Wicks was the first Chairman, replaced after a year by Alan Martin, who held the post for nearly 20 years before deciding to spend more time with his family. Roger Jacobson has been in control ever since.
For many years Wantz branch of the SPBW continued to meet at the Britannia in Barking but with most of the members of the branch now living or working in London, the branch moved to the Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Road, Hackney meeting on the third Monday of each month. With the rioting in August 2010 coming a bit too close to the Pembury for comfort the branch met that month at the Old Fountain, 3 Baldwin St, London EC1V 9NU. In view of its convenience the Fountain was adopted as the new, and current, branch meeting place although occasionally meetings have taken place elsewhere. The July 2015 meeting will be at the Golden Lion, Rochford.