23 Dec 2014: Free Piano and Organ Recital (Iraqi Christians in Need)

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St Mary the Virgin
426 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1TX
Free Lunchtime Christmas Piano & Organ Recital
Readings and Carols with buffet lunch in aid of Iraqi Christians in Need (ICIN)
played by Carl Bahoshy
Tuesday December 23rd, 12.30pm

None of us remains untouched by the plight of Christians and other minority groups barbarically persecuted, tortured and murdered by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. This FREE recital will help raise awareness of this terrible humanitarian crisis, reflecting before his birthday at Christmas on the birth of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Carl Bahoshy is an accomplished organist and pianist with an Iraqi Christian heritage. He is giving his time and talents free of charge by visiting churches before Christmas, playing pieces by Bach, Vierne, Messiaen, Widor, Chopin, Debussy and Schubert, together with popular Christmas carols for all to join in with. Afterwards a light lunch will be served. A voluntary retiring collection will be taken, 100% of which will be sent to local church leaders in Iraq via ICIN to help with medical care, primary and adult education and support widows, orphans and others in need.

020 8478 0546

18 Dec 2014: Barkingside's Winter Warm Up

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Barkingside’s WINTER WARM UP
Ken Aston Square
Thursday 18 December
Hosted by Lucylu and Lee Knell
Face Painting
The Land Train Company
Food Stalls
Craft Stalls
Christmas Lights Switch On
Christmas Grotto & Santa
Live Music Essex
– Hosted by Lucylu and Lee Knell
Photos by Elsa
Frozen – Sing a Long
Organised by Silver Wheels Events in Conjunction
with Barkingside Traders Association and London Borough of Redbridge

12 Dec 2014: Winter Solstice at Forest Farm Peace Garden

Winter Solstice at FFPG

Our solstice celebrations are happening at the garden this year on Friday the 12th December from 4pm till approximately 7pm, and if you can join us we would love to see you there!

The winter solstice in the northern hemisphere is the point in time at which the sun is shining furthest to the south, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. But since it’s a mere moment in time, not the whole day, and actually it’s the earth that’s moving, not the sun, it will vary depending on where you are – trickier to work out than we thought. Sometimes it’s not even on the 21st of December at all, which has got to really irk if you’re trying to work out where to build your henge.

Luckily for us, our winter solstice just involves a little bit of a social get-together for FFPG staff, volunteers, and any friends you care to bring along to enjoy some refreshments and a catch-up by the fire*. Bear in mind it will definitely be dark by 4pm and the main light source will be from the raised fire pit, so the super sensible among you may wish to bring a torch just in case. Apart from that, wrap up warm, and if you’d like to bring any food/refreshments that you think might be nice to share, please do, especially if it’s something which might be toast-able over the fire. We’ve got some marshmallows earmarked for precisely that.
*I will be trying so hard to get the fire going well; if it turns out to be too wet on the day, please don’t despair/ blame me/ add me to the fire to see if that makes any difference – Ben

We hope to see as many of you as possible on the 12th! 

12 Dec 2014: Home Energy Efficiency Workshop

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Sponsored by
Big En£rgy Saving network
Home Energy Efficiency Training Ltd
Transition Leytonstone

Cold home? Fuel Bills high? Come for a chat
Impartial advice on how you can reduce your bills, and information about local support to keep your home warm

Friday 12th December 2-4pm
Portfolio Space, 877 High Road Leytonstone (Next to Star of India)

The Big Energy Saving Network is funded by the Department of Energy

12 Dec 2014: New Giants at Cricklefields

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Ilford Sports Club Cricklefield Stadium Cricklefield Place 486 High Rd Ilford IG1 1UE (10 mins walk Seven Kings Stn, opp Cauliflower pub)
Friday 12 December 8 – 11.30pm

The New Giants
Original 4-piece guitar-based rock band whose influences include REM, Neil Young/Crazy Horse, Tom Petty, Who, Teenage Fan Club A very welcome and eagerly awaited return performance www.myspace.com/thenewgiants

Young singer-songwriter from Highams Park with own songs and covers

Dr Hows Couch
Indie pop & rock from singer-songwriter Dr HowsLounge – tonight with the full band! https://soundcloud.com/drhowslounge

Admission only £4 (Under 18’s £2)
No membership required – all welcome
More information: Steve Collins 07917 050490
rgfmusicclub@gmail.com www.rgf.org.uk

11 Dec 2014: TTIP Explained

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TTIP, The EU-US Trade deal - Take back the power
Free Public event
7:30pm Thursday 11th December 2014
Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS
Tube: Aldgate East

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a giant trade deal between the EU and the US being negotiated behind closed doors. It could affect every aspect of daily life, here and around the world.

Want to understand how it will affect people in the global south, the climate, access to food and jobs? Want to meet others campaigning on TTIP?
Come and join the debate
John Hilary War on Want
Liz May Traidcraft
Nick Crook Unison

+ Award winning theatre company "Common Wealth" present a performance of "Deal v. People"

Please register at https://katetjm.wufoo.com/forms/ttip-take-back-the-power/

11 Dec 2014: Area Forum - Ilford North (South)

Area Forum
Barkingside, Aldborough, Roding and Clayhall wards
Thursday 11th December 2014
Sinclair House, Woodford Bridge Road, Ilford, Essex IG4 5LN

This is the second in a series of Area Forums organised by Lee Scott, MP for Ilford North, with the support of Redbridge Conservatives. They are intended to "allow local people to hear from their Councillors and local groups and to raise their own issues and concerns" in response to Area Committees being scrapped and replaced with the council's Local Forums which are also advertised on these pages.

10 Dec 2014: Christmas Quiz - Ilford Horticultural Society

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January 22nd 2:00pm – 4pm The Impressionists in London & Paris-Blooming Lovely Jef Page
February 26th 8.00 pm – 10.00pm Managing Nature Reserves Peter Spence
March 26th 7.30pm – 10.00 pm SPRING SHOW History of Willow Deb Hart
April 23rd 8:00pm-10.00 pm Plants in my Garden John Jackson
May 28th 7.30 pm-10.00pm Rose Gardens of London & East Anglia Plant sale from 7.30 pm Robert Wiseman
Sunday September 14th 70th AUTUMN FLOWER SHOW At Valentine Mansion
September 24th 8pm-10pm Growing Flowers From Seed Alan Gillingwater
October 22nd 8pm-10pm A Gardener’s Year Harry Brickwood
November 26th 8.00 pm – 10 pm A.G.M. plus Cheese & Wine
December 10th 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm Christmas Quiz with Fish & Chip supper
All events, except the Autumn Show, are held at Fullwell Cross Library Barkingside IG6 2EA.

10 Dec 2014: Redbridge Safer Neighbourhood Board - Public Meeting

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Redbridge Safer Neighbourhood Board

Public Meeting
Wednesday 10 December 2014
RedbridgeCVS, 5th Floor Forest House,
16-20 Clements Road, Ilford IG11BA

Agenda includes:

• Presentation on Community Trigger
• Presentation on work of Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch
• Updates from the Police and Local Authority

For more details, or to let us know your access requirements,
please contact Karolina Dylewska: 020 8514 9622 or email:

Funded by:
MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime)

10 Dec 2014: Local Forum - South Woodford

Redbridge Local Forum
Wednesday 10 December 2014
6pm to 9.15pm
Churchfields Junior School, Churchfields, South Woodford, E18 2RB
This is the third of the flagship community engagement meetings of the new Labour administration which replace Area Committees. There is no formal agenda.

· Problems in your local area?
· Want to get involved to change things?

Come to a Local Forum and talk to us about ideas and issues in your local area. Raise questions and concerns about Council services that affect you.

Local Forum meetings will be held every month at venues across the Borough.
There will be two parts to each Local Forum: a Market Place and a Question Time. Most Local Forums will be held in the evening and occasionally some will be held in the day.

Market Place (6-7pm)
The first part of the Local Forum is the Market Place. You can browse stalls staffed by Council officers and Councillors to discuss issues that affect you, including planning, litter, parking, benefits and housing.
Partners including the Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Liberty Credit Union, HealthWatch and local voluntary sector groups will also be at the Market Place.

Question Time - 7:15pm
The Market Place will be followed by a more formal Question Time, where you can put questions to Councillors and senior Council officers. Questions can be submitted in advance using the form at www.redbridge.gov.uk/localforums or asked on the night.

8 Dec 2014: Mayor's Appeal - Dine at Morello

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Mayors Appeal 2014/15
Come Dine with The Mayor
Monday, 8th December 2014
at 7.00pm for 7.30pm
18, High Road
South Woodford, London, E18 2QL
Tickets: £25.00
(includes 2 Courses with Welcome Drink)
To book, contact the Mayors Appeal:
Tel: 0208 708 2297 Mob: 07748 155 680
or Email: maryallen43@btinternet.com

6 Dec 2014: Welcome Gift and Craft Fair

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Welcome Gift & Craft Fair
Join us for a Day of shopping, food and entertainment
A Fun packed Christmas Themed activity Day
Free entrance
Saturday 6 December 2014
11:00 am to 4:00pm
Recycled gift ideas - Local vendors - Craft jewellery - clothing rail
Textile creations - Toy exchange - Head and hand massage
Home baked cakes and tasty food
The Welcome Centre
2 - 6 St Mary's Road, Ilford, IG1 1QX
The Healthy Living Project

5 Dec 2014: Community Skills Swap @ Flirt Cafe

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Sophia Seven Kings Timebank Event
Community Skills Swap

Friday 5 December 10:30am to 1pm
Flirt Cafe 361 Ley Street, IG1 4AA
Upstairs: group classes: Hatha and Kundalinii Yoga and Yogic Breathing

In the cafe: one-to-one skill sharing: Foreign langauge conversations, Facebook, Twitter, website building, green gardening, crochet, metal detecting finds ...

Drinks and food available to purchase
Please contact us to book an hour to give or take
Contact 7KTimebank on 07707 460309 or

5 Dec 2014: A Victorian Christmas @ Valentines Mansion

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The Friends of Valentines Mansion
Registered Charity No. 1101835

Friday 5 December 2014
7.30 pm at Valentines Mansion
MUSIC from Ann Ross, John Manuel, Philip Norman
Daniel Walton, St. Joseph’s Convent School Choir
Marion Panzetta & Jackie Marshall-Ward

Tickets £10 members; £12 non-members – seasonal refreshments included
To book please return the slip below with your cheque payable to the Friends
of Valentines Mansion and a stamped addressed envelope to:
FOVM, c/o 114 Westbury Road, Ilford, Essex. IG1 3BW.
Enquiries 020 8553 5940

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5 Dec 2014: River Bird at the RAFA

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ACOUSTIC ZONE R.A.F.A Club 295 Cranbrook Rd Ilford IG1 4UA
(10 minutes walk Ilford or Gants Hill Stations)
Friday 5 December 7.30pm
River Bird
Gentle jazzy soulful trio with a touch of Latin!
Fernanda, Luis & Mick on vocals, keyboard & guitar www.riverbird.net
The Happy Couple
Another debut appearance from a fascinating and delightful duo featuring jews harps, guitars and other stringed instruments
Admission only £4. (Under 18’s £2)
More information: Steve Collins 07917 050490
E-mail rgfmusicclub@gmail.com Website: www.rgf.org.uk

4 Dec 2014: Area Forum - Ilford North (North)

Area Forum
Hainault, Fairlop, Fullwell and Bridge wards
Thursday 4th December 2014
Broadmead Baptist Church, Chigwell Road, IG8 8PE

This is the first in a series of Area Forums organised by Lee Scott, MP for Ilford North, with the support of Redbridge Conservatives. They are intended to "allow local people to hear from their Councillors and local groups and to raise their own issues and concerns" in response to Area Committees being scrapped and replaced with the council's Local Forums which are also advertised on these pages.

1 Dec 2014: Save Our Suburbs Public Meeting

Save Our Suburbs Public Meeting
7pm on 1st December at
Woodford Parish Church Memorial Hall

The Save Our Suburbs campaign team are holding a public meeting on the Local Development Framework and it's potential impact on Woodford and Wanstead.

Redbridge council is currently consulting on four options to replace the previous proposal to develop the Oakfield site in Barkingside, one of which is a “growth corridor running from Woodford Town Centre to South Woodford District Centre and on through Wanstead” where a number of sites have been identified for potential housing development. These are generally quite small sites, spread over a large area with potential for high rise development and therefore a greater housing density. These new proposals are the result of the Redbridge Cabinet member at the time (pictured centre bottom row in blue shirt) pulling the previous plan and asking officers for alternatives.

However, the scope for improving infrastructure in this area - things like schools, doctors, transport links would all need significant funding - is limited just as it was when all those tower blocks in Ilford and Gants Hill were approved by the same councillors pictured above.

The meeting will start with a short presentation on the Local Development Framework Consultation, particularly focused on the impact it could have on Woodford and Wanstead, followed by a Q&A session.

This post is a translation of an "In Touch" eNewsletter produced by Church End Conservatives.