Winter Solstice at FFPG; 21 Dec 2012

Friday 21 December 2012
Forest Farm Peace Garden 
Winter Solstice Event

Forest Farm Peace Garden continues to be open for volunteering Wednesdays and Fridays until Friday 21st December 2012 - when we will celebrate the Winter Solstice before we take a break for the winter holidays. Join us on the 21st from 11am to prepare the community garden for the winter, and enjoy hot soup and food together on the shortest day of the year!

Address: Hazelbrouck Gardens (off New North Road), Hainault, Ilford, IG6 2XL
Get in touch with for more details. All Welcome!

Christmas Cheer @ Aldborough Hatch: 15 Dec 2012

photo by Ron Jeffries
Following the sell-out success of the Concert ‘Christmas around the tree’ two years ago in 2010, St Peter’s Aldborough Hatch is bringing Christmas cheer to Redbridge with a Christmas treat of festive songs and readings from members and friends of St Peter’s.

Entitled, appropriately enough, ‘Christmas Cheer’ the evening will include well-loved Christmas songs and carols, and reading from the likes of John Betjeman and Charles Dickens.

Taking part will be members of St. Peter’s Choir and Church, who will be joined by members of the Ilford Operatic and Dramatic Society – whose most recent show was ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at the Kenneth More Theatre.

The Concert on Saturday 15th December will take place in the historic and beautiful surroundings of the 150 year old St. Peter’s Church in Aldborough Road North. Seasonal refreshments, including mulled wine and mince pies, will be served during the interval.

The Revd. Kate Lovesey, Priest–in-Charge, said: “This will be my first Christmas at St Peter’s and ‘Christmas Cheer’ promises to be a great start to the festive season. A warm welcome awaits and we look forward to welcoming friends old and new from far and wide.”

Tickets are £7 including seasonal refreshments and may be obtained from Yvonne Jeffries (0208 599 7250). Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. St. Peter’s Church is in Aldborough Road North – Post Code IG2 7QN.

Volunteering Fair: 13 Dec 2012

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Climate Change, Migration & Communities: 12 Dec 2012

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Redbridge Police Community Engagement Group: 11 Dec 2012

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Golden Years - Christmas Afternoon Tea: 11 Dec 2012

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Mayor's Appeal Table Top Sale: 8 Dec 2012

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Live Music: 7 Dec 2012

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FX Poetry Group: Starts 5 Dec 2012

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Live Music at RAFA: 30 Nov 2012

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Better Barkingside - Detailed Design: 29 Nov 2012

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Mayor's Tribute Evening: 23 Nov 2012

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RAFA hosts Live Music: Nov/Dec 2012 Schedule

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Save KGH Campaign Photo shoot: 23 Nov 2012

Iain Duncan Smith MP to do photo shoot

Iain Duncan Smith MP is to do a photo shoot in support of the campaign to keep open King George Hospital A&E and maternity units on Friday 23rd November at 11am outside Ilford Town Hall.

It would be helpful if we could could get 40 or so people there to support Iain on the day. If you cannot make it please pass the message on to friends and family.

Many thanks to Iain for helping the campaign and to Helen Zammett for organising the photo shoot

via Andy Walker

High Street Christmas Lights Switch On: 22 Nov 2012

We don’t have a poster or flyer for this event so we are at present unable to confirm the details. Posters and flyers have been delivered to High Street Traders and there is, apparently, an advert in last weeks Ilford Recorder but unfortunately that is not on-line yet.

However, according to the Twitter account of Toby the Toymaster at Toyology in the High Street there will be:

Santa Claus and a real live Reindeer (bring a bucket)
The Salvation Army Band
The Kenneth More Theatre Panto Players
A Red Carpet Doggie Fashion show
Hot Food Stalls
Charity Stalls
A Surprise celebrity guest & so much more?
Culminating of course with the switch on of the High Street Christmas Lights.

We don’t know where in the High Street this event is to take place or what time, but if previous years are anything to go by we expect it to be located on the square somewhere between the Library and Redbridge Council’s one and only Swimming Pool.

We expect the event to commence at about 2pm with the lights switch-on after dark, and after the children are out of school, at about 4:30pm – 5:00pm.

Thursday 22nd November 2012
Barkingside High Street

Introduction to Forest Gardening Workshop: 18 Nov 2013

As the days get shorter and crisper, the community garden is still a hive of activity. We’re looking forward to the final workshop of our Orchard Skills programme and are very excited to have Graham Burnett, a leading UK permaculturalist, leading the workshop.

Introduction to Forest Gardening Workshop
Sunday 18th November, 10am - 4pm
Free of charge, RSVP essential

We are pleased to announce that the well known and expert permaculture teacher Graham Burnett will be leading a free, day-long workshop on forest gardening at Forest Farm Peace Garden on the 18th November.

Forest gardening is a cutting-edge food growing system which replicates woodland ecosystems to create a sustainable, low maintenance and high yield garden producing fruit, nuts and vegetables. The workshop will provide an engaging introduction to forest gardens through theory and activities, with plenty of opportunities to get stuck into designing and planting a forest garden on our beautiful two acre site.

The course is free of charge, but booking is necessary. Please email with your name, email address and the borough you live in to reserve a place.

Attendees should wear clothing suitable for working outdoors and bring a packed lunch. Herbal tea from the Garden will be provided.

Coffee Morning with Cllr Sue Nolan: 15 Nov 2012

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Reuse Craft Jamboree: 11 Nov 2012

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Fairlop Remembrance Ceremony: 11 Nov 2012

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Quiz Night with the Mayor: 10 Nov 2012

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Live Music: 9 Nov 2012

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Thanks to all of you who supported our opening Acoustic Zone night at the RAFA club last Friday. Everyone there told us how much they enjoyed Playing Rapunzel and Mike 'Dr Blue' McKeon, and the venue. We'll be back there on 30 November with two more excellent acts, The Raven and Nick Pickett, and that will become our regular second venue every month!

Meanwhile our next session at Ilford Sports Club on Friday 9 November features three more great acoustic acts:
Robin Grey's last visit to the club as a support act drew such a positive reaction from the audience that we just had to have him back as our headline act. His songs, his voice, his accompanying musicians and his whole presentation should not be missed. We look forward to hearing a selection from his first three albums, and hope to hear news of a new cd too. You may have caught his lovely performance at the re-opening of Ilford Library back in July too, but if you haven't seen him yet this will be a real treat.
Peppercorn Rent promise to be a really interesting addition to our club guest list. With 6 musicians and a tempting selection of acoustic instruments including guitar, violin, melodeon, trumpet, sax and voices, and the offer of an alt country, rock, blues & folk set, we can't wait to see them perform for the first time at one of our events!
Ryan Green's accomplished sets of pop and rock covers continually earn him more fans, and he proved to be one of the most popular performers during the 15 day Active Ilford live music sessions in Ilford Town Centre during the Olympic summer, as well as many other summer festivals.

So, you know what we're about - high quality live music in a friendly atmosphere for a very modest admission price - don't miss this great evening of entertainment. Look forward to seeing you. Please forward the attached flyer to your friends and contacts.
Best wishes
Steve Collins & Chris Wyatt

Live Music at RAFA: 26 Oct 2012

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Jalalabad: 25 Oct 2012

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RFF Peace Walk: 21 Oct 2012

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RAF Squadronaires: 14 Oct 2012

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Abundance Day: 14 Oct 2012

Sunday 14th October 2012, 12 – 4 pm:
Abundance Day

We hope you will all join us for our autumn open day - Abundance Day – to celebrate the harvest. Come along to press apple juice from local apples, sample and buy preserves and food made from Garden produce, and get food growing and “gardening for wildlife” tips. All are welcome – there will be activities suitable for all ages.

Free entry – no booking required. For more information,
contact natalie [at] or 07913 089 979.

Please also get in touch if:
  • you live in Hainault or Barkingside and would be happy for us to collect any excess fruit from trees you have in your garden
  • could donate empty and cleaned jam or honey jars and glass bottles (with metal lids) for making preserves and storing apple juice
  • or would like to be involved with organising Abundance Day.

Give & Take Day: 14 Oct 2012

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Nick Dobson Reads Dickens: 13 Oct 2012

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Newbridge Autumn Fete: 13 Oct 2012

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Live Music: 12 Oct 2012

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Community Safety Day: 7 Oct 2012

You are cordially invited to

The Woodford Community Safety Day
on 7th October 2012.

As part of the Woodford Festival, Woodford Fire Station will again be opening its doors to the public on Sunday 7th October 2012, 11am to 5pm.

This year the London Fire Brigade will be joining forces with the Metropolitan Police and other partners to offer a "Community Safety Day". This consists of the opportunity to view the station and emergency vehicles, meet local Fire-fighters and Police Officers, watch a presentation advising residents (particularly the elderly and vulnerable) about how to avoid falling prey to bogus callers, obtain free crime and fire prevention advice, and find out about the success of local Neighbourhood Watch groups.

A number of stalls will be set up distributing information and advice to the public.

As always admission is free and free parking is available on Sundays at nearby Hawkey Hall car park.

Mayor's Fundraising Evening: 29 Sep 2012

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Redbridge Police Community Engagement Group
- Public Meeting 24 Sep 2012

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Dragon Boat Race: 23 Sep 2012

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And the Live Music schedule from Redbridge Green Fair Music club

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Open House @ The Hatch: 22-23 Sep 2012

Open House London 2012
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2012
St. Peter’s Church
Saturday 9.30am to 7pm
Sunday 12 noon to 6pm
The Chapel Aldborough House Farm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm
Entry via the footpath from St. Peter’s or from Oaks Lane

Exhibition of photographs and maps of Aldborough Hatch
All are very welcome at both buildings

Live Music: 21 Sep 2012

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Barkingside Light Night: 8 Sep 2012

Nuit Blanche in Barkingside

on the patio outside the library

Saturday 8 September, 4-9pm

Celebrate a cultural evening with a French theme. Food sellers will line the square with fresh local produce that can be cooked for you on the spot; join the crowds on one long table to eat and be merry in a colourfully lit area outside the library and the leisure centre; which will both be opening late for the occasion. Musicians will play for you to dance to in the French style dance area and a ‘secret cinema’ will show old French films to enjoy in the open air.

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In Concert @ The Hatch: 15 Sep 2012

St. Peter’s Aldborough Hatch
Sarah-Jane Lewis
In Concert
In the Church
Saturday 15th September - 7.30pm
Accompanist: Kentaro Nagai
The programme will include pieces by Bernstein, Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein, Strauss and Mozart

Tickets £10 (including light refreshments)
from Jenefer Allen (Tel: 020 8599 8738)
Local connections
Sarah-Jane was a Brownie Guide at St. Peter’s Church, Aldborough Hatch, and attended the William Torbitt Primary School, Seven Kings High School and Redbridge Music School.
In 2010 Sarah-Jane was Essex Young Musician of the Year.
Sarah-Jane trained at the Royal College of Music from 2005-2009 (BMus Hons) and is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music on the Master of Arts Course.

Aldborough Road North, Newbury Park IG2 7QN
Buses: 66, 296, 396 Underground: Newbury Park (Central Line)