Friends of Wanstead Parklands: 26 Feb 2014

Annual General Meeting

The Friends' AGM this year will be taking place on Wednesday 26 February at Wanstead Golf Club, Overton Drive, E11 2LW, commencing 7:30.

The business part of the meeting, which is expected to take less than half an hour, will be followed by a guest speaker. This year professional photographer Geoff Wilkinson, of the Eightyfour Gallery in Nightingale Lane, will be talking about photography in Wanstead Park, using images from the group's last photographic competition as examples. Geoff is well-known locally: as well as running his gallery he teaches photography and has a regular feature on the Wansteadium website.

In addition to Geoff's talk, a new book by committee member Richard Arnopp will be launched at the meeting. Entitled "Wanstead and its Park", it is a new edition of an Edwardian classic by Oliver S Dawson, with contemporary photographs and other illustrations. The book also includes a fascinating newly-researched account of Dawson's life as well as comprehensive notes on his text.

Coffee Morning - Redbridge Crimestoppers: 25 Feb 2014

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Barkingside 21
Coffee Morning

And a talk on
Redbridge Crimestoppers
With our Guest Speaker
Mark Glazer
Co-Chair Redbridge NHW

in the Hainault Room,
Fullwell Cross Library

9:45 for 10:00am – 11:45am

Tuesday 25th February 2014

These events are free and are open to anyone and everyone. We do tea and biscuits too and it’s all Fairtrade

For further details contact,
John Sharrock, (Chair) 13 Fremantle Road, 020 8550 6629, or
Alan Howe, (Secretary) 85 Chalgrove Crescent, 0757 039 0339
Or e-mail

Re-engaging People with Politics: 24 Feb 2014

We are very excited to announce that our first public meeting of the year is just two weeks away. We are starting the year by confronting the debates surrounding apathy in the UK, and asking how parliamentary reform can reconnect people with politics.

How we re-engage people with politics
Public Meeting with Angela Eagle MP
Monday 24th February 2014 - 6:30pm doors for a 7pm start, 
Wilson Room, Portcullis House.

Our keynote speaker Angela Eagle MP will be focussing on parliamentary reform and how we can increase democratic participation. Tackling this debate with Angela Eagle will be our panel of speakers include the Hansard Society’s Senior Researcher and author of the ‘Audit of Political Engagement’ Matt Korris  and our director Alexandra Runswick.

This guest lecture will be a great opportunity to discuss parliamentary reform and how we strengthen our democracy in the twenty-first century.   Following speeches from our panel members, we are keen to hear what you have to say and will be taking taking contributions from the floor.

We are expecting a great turnout so please get there as soon as possible to ensure we get off to a prompt start. We hope that you can join us for what promises to be a lively and insightful debate on a subject of great importance. Please visit this page on our website to let us know that you’re attending.

Best Wishes,

Emily Randall,
Senior Campaigner, Unlock Democracy

Playing Rapunzel at Cricklefields: 21 Feb 2014

Our favourite female folk duo return to Ilford Sports Club this Friday to head a great triple bill!....and with that stork hovering over the gooseberry bush this may be your last chance to catch their exquisite performance for a while! Expect imaginative songs, beautiful harmonies and brilliant musicianship on a variety of instruments.
....and that's not all! Completing another excellent line-up we have captured two exciting new acts featuring old friends of the club. Al Neville & Rachel Eyres from the Spangles Gang have created a great mix of original songs and other material that demonstrate their individual talents in a compelling duo format.
We are also delighted to welcome Sarah Bailey from the popular teen band Dilemma for her first solo performance for us.

Now, be honest, where else can you get such a high-quality top-value live music evening in Ilford or anywhere remotely nearby? Hope to see you there. Be there by 8pm and you won't miss a minute! Details below.

Best wishes
Steve Collins & Chris Wyatt
Redbridge Green Fair Music Club

PS Forthcoming dates:
Friday 7 March Acoustic Zone at the RAFA Club: Storm in a Teacup + Lizzie B
Friday 14 March GF Music Club at Ilford Sports Club: Damaged Goods + Linda M + NtT
Friday 21 March Redbridge Green Fair Quiz Night at Ilford Sports Club (contact me to book table for 8)

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Ilford Sports Club Cricklefield Stadium, Cricklefield Place
486 High Rd Ilford IG1 1UE
(10 minutes walk Seven Kings Station, opposite Cauliflower pub)

Friday 21 February 7.30 – 11.00pm

Playing Rapunzel
Stories & myths in folk song

Al Neville & Rachel Eyres
Guitar, violin and vocal duo playing original songs with some tunes thrown in!

Sarah Bailey
Singer/guitarist from The Dilemma

Admission only £4. (Under 18’s £2) (No membership required)

More information: Steve Collins 07917 050490

The Bugs, Superheroes & Villains of Woodford Bridge: 17 & 20 Feb 2014

February half term events
Monday 17 February
Meet the Bugs! (5 years +)
Come and meet our bugs which live at the James Leal Centre. We will then learn about other bugs which call Ray Park home by carrying out our own mini-beast hunt!
10.30am – 12.00pm
£3.00 per child
Booking essential as places are limited (Phone 0208 5592316)
Ray Park, IG8 7JQ

Thursday 20 February
Natures Superheroes (7 years +)
Learn some amazing facts about the superheroes and villains of the natural world; create your own superhero outfit complete with mask and cape.
10.30am – 12.00pm
£3.00 per child
Booking essential as places are limited (Phone 0208 5592316)
Ray Park, IG8 7JQ

Nature Conservation Ranger Team
Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure (VRCL)
In partnership with London Borough of Redbridge
Nature Conservation Ranger Team
James Leal Centre, Ray Park
Snakes Lane East
Woodford Green, Essex IG8 7JQ
Tel: 020 8559 2316

Mayor's Appeal - Dine at Sahan: 19 Feb 2014

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Mayor’s Appeal 2013/14
Dine out
at Sahan Turkish Restaurant
Wednesday, 19th February
at 7.00 for 7.30pm
Unit 3, I-Scene Complex,
Clements Road, Ilford IGI 1BP
Tickets: £22.00
(includes 3 course meal & first drink)
To book, contact the Mayor’s Appeal Secretary:
or Mary O’Shea: 07748 155 680
Registered Charity No 1020016

Fusion - Dance for Boys: 15 Feb 2014

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Fusion a dance experience for boys
Saturday 15 February 2014
West Hatch High School
Chigwell High Road, IG7 5BT
Fusion is a one off event for boys aged between 7-18 who are interested in or have experience of dance.
Call to book your space in advance only £15
Contact Micheal on 07903 232 873

Book & LP Sale at FX Library: 15 Feb 2014

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Fullwell Cross Library
Book and LP sale
Saturday 15 February 2014
9:30am - 3:30pm

Peachy Quiz Night: 15 Feb 2014

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Peachy Quiz Night
Saturday 15th February 2014
The king's Centre
14 Granville road, IG1 4JY
7:15pm for 7:30pm start
Tickets £5, children £3
Tel Maria 07956 803024

Development of Hainault Forest Country Park: 13 Feb 2014

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Development of Hainault Forest Country Park
We are looking at the long term improvement of Hainault Forest Country Park. Vision Redbridge Culture & leisure have arranged the following meetings to consult with residents and park users for their thoughts and ideas.
Come along to our guided wlak around the country park, followed by a short presentation and facilitated discussion with refreshments.
Sunday 9 February, leaving the cafe at 10:30am
A presentation of Hainault Forest Country Park including current facilities and explanation of consultation process. Followed by a facilitated group discussion about what residents/users would like to see.
Thursday 11 February at 7:45pm
Main Hall, Town Hall, Ilford
Thursday 13 February at 6:30pm
Fullwell Cross Library, Barkingside
We want to hear what you have to say!
If you can't make any of the meetings above please complete our short survey on line at
Don't miss out on this opportunity for you to have your say in the country parks future
Vision, Redbridge Culture and Leisure

Red Kites: 11 Feb 2014

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North East London RSPB Group
Red Kites in the Chilterns
8pm Tuesday 11th February 2014
Admission £3.50, £3 for RSPB and Wren members, children free

We welcome back Ann and Phil Farrer, talking this time not about distant lands but about something rare - a successful species re-introduction programme not far from us. You probably know it worked, but why was that?

our new location:
St Mary's Church (Gwinnell Room)
207 High Road
South Woodford
E18 2PA

St Mary's Church is a short distance north of our old meeting place. Parking is allowed on the single yellow lines outside in the High Road after 6.30 pm. There is also free parking at Derby Road car park.
It is about a 15 minute walk from South Woodford tube station (on Central line). Buses 179 and W13 stop nearby.

10 String Fever at the RAFA: 7 Feb 2014

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R.A.F.A Club 295 Cranbrook Rd Ilford IG1 4UA
(10 minutes walk Ilford or Gants Hill Stations)
Friday 7 February 7.30pm

From Celtic sounds of Irish jigs, film music, classical, jazz, gypsy, to the tangos and bossa novas of South America

Rachael Silver
Singer-songwriter with a sweet and soulful voice with songs in diverse styles from her recent album ‘Sweet Release’

Lewis Hammond
Young singer & guitarist from The Dilemma

Admission only £4 (Under 18’s £2)
More information: Steve Collins 07917 050490

Looking ahead....
21 February: Playing Rapunzel + Al Neville & Rachel Eyres + Sarah Bailey at Ilford Sports Club
7 March: Storm in a Teacup + Lizzie B at the RAFA Club
14 March: Damaged Goods + Linda Em at Ilford Sports Club

Mayor's Appeal - Quiz Night: 7 Feb 2014

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Mayor’s Appeal 2013/14
Quiz Night at
Sir James Hawkey Hall
Broomhill Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0BG
Friday, 7th February
at 7.30pm (prompt start)
Tickets: £12.00
(includes Fish & Chips, tea & cakes)
Bring your own drink and nibbles
To book, contact the Mayor’s Appeal Secretary:
or Mary O’Shea: 07748 155 680
Registered Charity No 1020016

Women's Interfaith Workshop: 5 Feb 2014

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Redbridge Faith Forum
National Compacts Award Winners for Advancing Equalities 2012
c/o Redbridge Town Hall, 128 - 142 High Road, Room 76 Third floor, Ilford, Essex IG1 1DD
Tel: 020 8708 2478
RFF warmly invite you to join us at our
Women’s Interfaith Workshop:

An interfaith perspective of what happens after we die

Interfaith women workshops are held to enable women of all ages and from different faith backgrounds to meet together and discuss topics that really matter to them. We have discussed many topics over the past 2 years– and forged new friendships and understanding. The topic for this workshop resulted from questions which arose during our previous workshop Please come and join in the discussion and help plan our future events. As the discussion on this topic promises to be so animated, with so many people having thoughts we will not have our usual presentation on a specific faith.
Getting there by public transport: travelling from Ilford take bus 179, a light stop E or D next to South Woodford Tube station. You have arrived. The Mosque is very nearby, opposite the dry cleaners.
Getting there by car: From Woodford Avenue turn left at Charlie Brown' Roundabout then turn right into George Lane from Hermon Hill and follow the one way system. The Mosque is on left just before the viaduct. A paying car park is at the back of the Mosque.

Date: Wednesday 5th February 2014 Time: 1.30pm—3.30pm (earlier time)
Venue: Qur'ani Murkuz Trust : 14 Mulberry Way, London E18 1ED, Tel 020 8989 4759
Cost: £3 Voluntary contribution as agreed at the first workshop

Teas/coffees and biscuits will be provided QUR’ANI Murkuz Trust
For more information, and to book your free space please contact Saira Yakub on 020 8708
2478/2445 or email

Cinderella: 30 Jan - 1 Feb 2014

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St Augustine PLayers Present
Thursday 30 Jan 2014 7:30pm
Friday 31st Jan 2014 7;30pm
Saturday 1st Feb 2014 2pm & 7:30pm
Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Mossford Green, Barkingside, IG6 2BX
Adults £8
Children concession £5
Box office 0743 278 9276