30 Apr 2014: London's #Housing Crisis - Public Meeting

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Public Meeting
Called by Waltham Forest and Redbridge Trades Councils
John Cryer (MP for Leyton and Wanstead)
Heather Wakefield (Unison – Head of Local Government)
Eileen Short (Defend Council Housing campaign)
Rosie Walker (Waltham Forest Renters)
Meeting supported by Waltham Forest Trades Council, Redbridge Trades Council, Waltham Forest People’s Assembly, Unite the Resistance
CUT rents not benefits
BUILD more council homes
Wednesday 30th April 7.15pm at Leytonstone Library, ChurchLane E11 1HG
Angry at being priced out of the housing market? Fed up with exhorbitant rents and constant increases? Being let down by your landlord? Hit by the bedroom tax or other benefit cuts? Living in fear of eviction? Mortgaged to the hilt because of ridiculous house prices?
Over 80% of Londoners in a recent poll said they believed that there is a housing crisis, and a majority think housing should have top priority as a political issue.
Young people in particular are finding the housing market in London impossible and many worry that they will never be able to afford a decent family home. We are now going back to where we were 100 years ago, when 90% of properties were privately rented and millions were forced into overcrowded slums.
We overcame these problems by introducing rent controls and mass council house- building between the 1920s and the 1980s. Then Thatcher scrapped rent control, stopped council house-building and introduced Right to Buy. In an unregulated housing market private landlords are now buying up everything and people are once again at the mercy of “the market” (ie landlords who can do whatever they want).
Can rent controls work? Can the Government afford to build genuinely affordable housing?
Please come and join the discussion, and find out what you can do.

29 Apr 2014: Mayor's Appeal - Dine at Papillon

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Mayors Appeal 2013/14
Come Dine with The Mayor
Tuesday, 29th April
at 7.00pm for 7.30pm
13, Brook Parade, High Road
Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6PF
Tickets: £24.00
(includes 2 Courses with Wine on the table)
To book, contact the Mayors Appeal:
Tel: 0208 708 2297 Mob: 07748 155 680
or Email: broadwaymandv@aol.com
Registered Charity No 1020016

28 Apr 2014: B21 AGM + Hustings - the next generation

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Barkingside 21

Public Hustings
(the next generation)

For the
Redbridge Council Elections
(Due on Thursday 22nd May 2014)

We are inviting one candidate from each serious party who is standing in an Ilford North ward and is not already a councillor and who has never been a councillor.

in the Aldborough Room,
Fullwell Cross Library, Barkingside
8:00pm – 9:15pm

Monday 28th April 2014

Preceded by the Barkingside 21


Commencing at 7:30pm

For further information contact
John Sharrock (Chair, Tel. 020 8550 6629) or
Alan Howe (Secretary, Tel. 0757 039 0339)
email: barkingside21@btinternet.com
website: http://barkingside21.blogspot.com

25 Apr 2014: Traveling Tilburys at Cricklefields

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Ilford Sports Club Cricklefield Stadium, Cricklefield Place
486 High Rd Ilford IG1 1UE (10 minutes walk Seven Kings Station)
Friday 25 April 8 – 11.30pm

The Traveling Tilburys are a unique tribute to the Traveling Wilburys and the songs spanning the Atlantic by Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty. Enjoy this memorable mix of song-writing talent!
The Paperbacks
Debut appearance at the club for new band with some old friends! https://soundcloud.com/#the-paperbacks

Admission only £4. (Under 18’s £2)
More information: Steve Collins 07917 050490
Email: rgfmusicclub@gmail.com
Website: www.rgf.org.uk

25 Apr 2014: More Than Honey - Free Film Screening

Wanstead & Woodford Friends of the Earth
Friday, 25 April 2014 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST)
Wanstead Library
Spratt Hall Road
E11 2RQ London
United Kingdom

Wanstead & Woodford Friends of the Earth are holding a free public screening of More Than Honey in the context of an exciting Bee Cause project entitled 'Seeds for Snaresbrook'. This project involves working with the local community to plant up all the tree pits in Snaresbrook Ward with wildflower seeds. This will create a healthy environment for bees and other pollinators. It will also obviate the need for spraying pesticides/herbicides in the tree pits, thereby reducing local pollution at a stroke, and making our streets lovely to walk through. Local residents will be adopting tree pits and will be responsible for their maintenance, another social benefit!

There will be a half-hour Q&A after the screening, with representatives of the Bumblebee Trust, Essex Beekeepers and Francis Castro from Redbridge Council's Nature Conservation Team.

Bookings at eventbrite

Film Trailer

15 Apr 2014: New Artwork for Fairlop Waters South Entrance
- Pre-Design Meeting, Your say

A chance for all those who complained about the Fairlop Waters memorial, the Oak and Vine, The Egg Whisk etc. etc. to come up with some ideas yourself ....

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Help design the entrance of the new Fairlop Waters Path
Date and time: Tuesday 15th April, 7-8.30pm
At: Clubhouse, Fairlop Waters Country Park, Forest Road, Barkingside, IG6 3HN
What is inspiring, unique and important about Barkingside and Fairlop? What symbolises the area for you? We need your ideas!
Sustrans and Vision Redbridge are building an exciting new walking and cycling path through Fairlop Waters Country Park to link Barkingside and Fairlop.
We would like to mark the path’s entrance with an outdoor art installation to attract people to the park. We are seeking your ideas for the artwork’s theme so we can produce a design that reflects the local area.
Please come and share with us your ideas about what is important and interesting to you about the place where you live and work.
For further details and to let us know you are coming, please contact: Toby Jones 020 7780 7238, toby.jones@sustrans.org.uk or Bryn Lockwood 020 7780 7204, bryn.lockwood@sustrans.org.uk

13 Apr 2013: Sunday Music Fest at Valentines

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Best of the Music Fest

Redbridge Music Lounge and the Green Fair Music Club
A second season of FREE and diverse live music once a month on Sundays in
The Walled Garden, Valentines Mansion and Gardens
Emerson Road Ilford IG1 4XA

Sunday 13 April 2014 from 11am to 3.30pm with
v Dr Hows Lounge – acoustic folk rock
v Rimpy & Kuldeep – Indian classical sitar & tabla music
v The Redbridge Music Lounge Players – popular songs
v Rachael Silver – soulful singer & songwriter
v Dread Fury – original one-man-band with a loop pedal!
v Ten String Fever – folk,classic,jazz,film on violin/guitar

Future events (subject to further funding)
Sundays 11 May, 8 June, 13 July,
10 August, 14 September, 12 October

Supported by Vision RCL, Community First & LB Redbridge

All welcome – bring your picnic blanket!
Information: rgfmusicclub@gmail.com
Phone 07917 050490

www.rmluk.org www.rgf.org.uk

12 Apr 2014: Mayor's Appeal - Afternoon Tea in Wanstead

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Mayor’s Appeal 2013/14

Afternoon Tea in Wanstead
The Boden Hall, Wanstead House
21 The Green, Wanstead E11 2NT
(opposite George Green)
Saturday, 12th April 2014
2.30pm to 5.00pm
Tickets: £15.00
Includes Bucks Fizz on arrival,
afternoon tea and entertainment

To book, contact the Mayor’s Appeal Secretary:
Email: annywm@onetel.com
or Mary O’Shea: 07748 155 680

10 Apr 2014: Redbridge NHW Annual General Meeting

This meeting is for Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators. You do not have to be registered with Redbridge NHW.

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You are cordially invited to Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch Trust 2nd Annual General Meeting
Date: Thursday 10th April 2014
Time: 7.00 PM
Venue: Ashurst Drive Baptist Church Hall - Ashurst Drive, Gants Hill IG2 6QH

Location map
Address: Ashurst Drive Baptist Church, Ashurst Drive, Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex, IG2 6QH

By car:If you are coming by car, there is a car park on the premises with ample spaces.

By tube: It is conveniently located about 8 minutes' walk from Gants Hill Underground station, which is on the Central Line.

By bus: Venue is served by local buses (66, 296, 396) which stop along the Eastern Avenue (alight at bus stop "ED" which is just before the junction with Ashurst Drive if coming from Gants Hill direction).

There is a large car park which can be accessed from Ashurst Drive

8 Apr 2014: “Political change - but how?” Public Meeting with Natalie Bennett

Only a few months into the year and already we’ve seen the introduction of the Gagging Law and proposals to restrict the Freedom of Information Act. This raises many questions about the future of democracy, but for us it comes at a time when we are also reflecting on 26 years since Charter 88 was formed.

Charter 88 was one of the founding organisations of Unlock Democracy. During this year, we will be thinking about the changes to democracy and where we go next as we continue to campaign for reforms. We are very excited to announce the second public meeting in our series ‘Celebrating 26 Years of Charter 88’.

Political change must come - but how?
with Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
Tuesday 8th April - Doors will open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start,
Committee Room 3, Houses of Parliament

Save your place here

It is shocking that many of the problems facing democracy in the UK that led to the creation of Charter 88 still remain. Our keynote speaker Natalie Bennett will be addressing the question of; 'How can we predict and how should we react to potential forthcoming political change – and how and why should we respond?' This guest lecture will be great opportunity to talk about how we bring about political change, and ways of strengthening our democracy in the twenty-first century.

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

8 Apr 2014: The State of Nature: What can we do?

North East London RSPB
Illustrated Talk: The State of Nature: What can we do?

Location: Gwinnell Room, St Mary's Church
207 High Road, South Woodford
Postcode: E18 2PA

Martin Harper has been Director of Conservation of the RSPB since May 2011. We think he is inspirational as well as authoritative and are really pleased that you will get a chance to hear one of today's leaders of the conservation movement.

Date: Tuesday 8th April 2014
Time: 8 pm
Price: £3.00 for RSPB & Wren members; £3.50 for non-members; (no charge for schoolchildren)
Telephone: 020 8989 4746
E-mail: nelondonRSPB@yahoo.co.uk

7 Apr 2014: Area 4 Committee

Area 4 Committee

Aldborough, Barkingside and Clayhall wards
Monday 7th April 2014
Venue to be decided
Agenda will magically appear here 5 working days before the meeting

5 Apr 2014: Wanstead Temple Tea Party

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'It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife ….' and a lovely tea at the Temple in Wanstead Park!

Miss Jane Austen invites you to attend a.....



SATURDAY 5TH APRIL 2014 from 3.00pm – 5.30pm

Afternoon tea will be served by local chef John O'Grady of 'Consume' Catering.

Musical entertainment by The Almeria Trio

The Almeria Trio play with the Pemberley Players, who have provided dance music for many Jane Austen film and TV productions and events.

COSTUME: Please come suitably attired in Regency dress (1790-1817). Costumes may of course be home-made.

Browse The Jane Austen Centre in Bath http://www.janeausten.co.uk for great ideas.

Temple staff propose a Bonnet Workshop - date and details to follow. Costumes can be hired from The Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford.

Artisan Costume Hire http://www.artisancostumehire.com / in Great Dunmow, Essex stocks a fantastic range of Men's and Ladies' Regency costumes , including uniforms and livery, for £35 for 4 days' hire.

The ENTERTAINMENT may include some surprises. If you like to dance, we need volunteers, so please let the organiser know.

TEA TIME: Guests who like to cook are welcome to bring a home-made teatime Regency period cake or snack to share (Recipe ideas in 'Dinner with Mr Darcy' by Pen Vogler).

TICKETS are £20. Availability is strictly limited so book your place soon! Buy tickets direct from the organiser: gilljames@btinternet.com tel 020 8989 4898 or via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jane-austen-period-tea-tickets-9861812948

(Profits to the Friends of Wanstead Parklands)

'The day of the party is settled, and drawing near...'

4 Apr 2014: Over 70s needed for Research into Ageing

Action Learning
What are the important questions for research into ageing?
Friday 4 April 2014

Venue: UCL School of Pharmacy, Maplethorpe Lecture Theatre, 29/39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX

Time: 10.30am to 3.30 pm – lunch and refreshments will be served

This workshop aims to seek the views of older people aged 70 and over from older peoples' organisations or groups on what are the important issues that need further research. We will share ideas and problems, identify questions that may need further research to address, and prioritise which of these are important. This may include, for example, access to health care, social care, the environment, transport, technology or financial issues. The findings from the workshop will be used to guide future research at University College London and Age UK London. Our target audience is those over the age of 70.

Please register at the following link:

or email Janine Aldridge on Janinealdridge@ageuklondon.org.uk 
or telephone 020 7091 2594.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. 

4 Apr 2014: Blue Roses at the RAFA

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R.A.F.A Club 295 Cranbrook Rd Ilford IG1 4UA
(10 minutes walk Ilford or Gants Hill Stations)
Friday 4 April 7.30pm
Blue Roses
Jazz/swing trio aka Bernice & Friends: Bernice vocals, Gabriel Keen keyboard, Geoff Seeff tenor sax & violin. Great American songbook favourites with some modern gems!
Davida & Jerry
Vocal/guitar brother and sister duo with original songs, popular covers and delightful harmonies
‘Rimpy’ & Kuldeep
Beautiful and compelling Indian music on sitar and tablas
Admission only £4 (Under 18’s £2)
More information: Steve Collins 07917 050490
Email: rgfmusicclub@gmail.com
Website: www.rgf.org.uk