31 Dec 2017: New Year's Sing Song Club @ The Chequers


Sunday, December 31 at 8 PM - 3 AM

The Chequers Pub Barkingside
2 High Street Barkingside, IG6 2DD London, United Kingdom

Tickets are on sale now

Please message Ravi at singsongclub@outlook.com asap for table reservations in the area immediately around the stage. Please note there are only a total of 7 tables in the stage area with space for 40 people so this will be dealt with on a first come first serve basis via email. There will be plenty of seating on the night throughout the rest of the pub so please don't worry if you weren't successful.

16 Dec 2017: Steve Geller's Christmas Cracker

St Peter’s Aldborough Hatch
Christmas Concert 
Steve Geller’s Christmas Cracker


A family evening for the Festive Season
Saturday 16th December - 7pm for 7.30pm
St. Peter’s Church Halls
Tickets £8 including festive refreshments from: 
Jenefer Allen (020 8599 8738)

Steve is one of the UK’s most sought after speciality acts, celebrating more than 35 years in show business with his unique blend of comedy and music – sparkling virtuosity and charming humour combined with great songs. He appears in ‘The Good Old Days’ at The City Varieties, Leeds, and with The Player’s Music Hall Company at the Charing Cross Theatre, whilst he has travelled the world entertaining on Cruise liners. A member of the Grand Order of Water Rats, he has appeared before the Royal Family.

12 Dec 2017: Hainault Ancient Forest Project - Talk with RSPB North East London

RSPB North East London

Illustrated Talk:
Hainault Ancient Forest Project

Tuesday 12 December 2017 at 8pm

Relax from Christmas preparations!

We often show a film, but this year we can briefly hear about the interesting future developments at Hainault Forest from Francis Castro, who is leading a major Heritage Lottery Fund project there.

Come and enjoy a get together with, in addition to the short talk, a selection from a quiz, free raffle and home made treats such as mince pies and other goodies. They were delicious last year!

Admission £3-50, £3 for RSPB and WREN members, children free

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.

Telephone: 020 8989 4746
E-mail: nelondonRSPB@yahoo.co.uk

12 Dec 2017: Carol Service - Town Hall Steps

Carol Service
Tuesday, 12 December, 2017 - 13:00



On the steps of Redbridge Town Hall - with festive refreshments - all welcome

Organised by Redbridge Christian Workplace Group with The Salvation Army and in the presence of the Mayor of Redbridge

10 Dec 2017: Old Parkonians Christmas Concert

Old Parkonians Christmas Concert
at the Old Parkonians Sports Club
Oakfield Playing Fields
with Fairlop Brass


Sunday 10th December, 
doors open 6:30pm, 7:30pm start
Licenced Bar (loud singing encouraged)

Adults £7, accompanied children £2
(proceeds go to charity)
Free mince pies and Christmas cheer. The bar will be open.
Contact mailus@fairlopbrass.co.uk for tickets, or buy on the door.


9 Dec 2017 - Green Pop-up Market in Ilford Town centre

After a successful 2016 the green pop up market and community cafe in Ilford Town Centre is now ready to scale-up in 2017. In this new year there will be a theme each month with music and workshops/activities to complement 2016 market ingredients. Your ideas are needed and contacts to scale up in 2017. Please do get in touch with hannunna@yahoo.com 07985 540786 Begona Belmonte, Green Pop Up market volunteer.

Second Saturday of the Month from January ...

Saturday 14th January 2017
Saturday 11th February 2017
Saturday 11th March 2017
Saturday 8th April 2017
Saturday 13th May 2017
Saturday 10th June 2017
Saturday 8th July 2017
Saturday 12th August 2017
Saturday 9th September 2017
Saturday 14th October 2017
Saturday 11th November 2017
Saturday 9th December 2017

10am-2pm
Just off the pedestrianised area at the Salvation Army centre in Clements Road


This is a collaboration between:
Recycles Ilford is a social enterprise that repairs bikes and sells them on. They have a contract with Shanks to hand over all thrown away bikes. The volunteers are often homeless and looking to learn a skill, build confidence and get involved in community life. They have been holding a Saturday sale for a couple of years in the borough.

For more information please contact Begona Belmonte on hannunna@yahoo.com. To see the Sophia Hubs green business directory see the ‘green’ page.

9 Dec 2017: Recycles Santa Ride


9 Dec 2017: St Cedds Christmas Tree Festival


8 Dec 2017: Historical Walk for Older Adults - South Park

Free historical walk for older adults
Friday, 8 December, 2017 - 11:00 to 12:00


Living Streets are the UK charity for everyday walking. They will be holding a historical walk around South Park, South Park Crescent Ilford IG1 1XU.

The meeting point will be at the main entrance by the flag at the junction of South Park Crescent/Road.

Refreshments will be provided. You can book on here.

Contact:: Patricia Edeam on 07714 616 599 patricia.edeam@livingstreets,org.uk

6 Dec 2017: Local Forum - Ilford

Redbridge Local Forum
Wednesday 6 December 2017
2pm to 4pm
Karamsar Centre
400 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1TL

· 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.

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.

Local Forum meetings are held every month at venues across the Borough.

This forum is the more formal Question Time element only and does not include a Market Place, but please check here as this sometimes changes without notice.

28 Nov 2017: Local Forum - Seven Kings

Redbridge Local Forum
Tuesday 28 November 2017
6.30pm to 8.30pm
Marjorie Collins Centre
237 Grove Road, Romford, RM6 4XF

· 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.

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.

Local Forum meetings are held every month at venues across the Borough.

This forum is the more formal Question Time element only and does not include a Market Place, but please check here as this sometimes changes without notice.

18 Nov 2017: Guided Walk - Fairlop Waters

RSPB North East London

Guided Walk
Fairlop Waters

Forest Road Barkingside IG6 3HN
Saturday 18 November 2017 at 9:00am

Now serviced by the 462 Bus.

Come and join us for another local walk at Fairlop Waters with Neil Twyford as our leader.

This is Neil's local patch and he will show us the areas where he regularly walks to see what is about.

Please contact us to provide your details so we can tell you of any late changes (and to make sure we do not have too many people on the walk).

For all outings we advise strong waterproof footwear and warm waterproof clothing plus, of course, binoculars.

Time: 9.00 am
Price: £2.00 for RSPB & WREN members; £3.00 for non-members

Booking essential

Telephone: 07582 996 315
E-mail: nelondonRSPB@yahoo.co.uk

18 Nov 2017: St Peter's Christmas Market


St Peter's Christmas Market
Saturday 18 November 2017
10am - 4pm
St Peter's Church Halls

Grand Draw
  • Fist Prize: £125 John Lewis voucher
  • Second Prize: Luxury Hamper
  • Third Prize: Half-case of Selected Wines
  • Plus many other prizes
Amongst the stalls will be be Christmas goods, Homemade cakes and preserves, Craft, Christmas Card and notelets, Refreshments

Come and visit the exhibition of Nativity sets in church Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 11:30am to 6:30pm
Do you have a nativity set? Would you be prepared to loan it for the exhibition?
Contact Shirley Rudge on 020 8590 5882

Father Christmas in his Grotto from 12-2pm Saturday

Find us here:

18 Nov 2017: Winter Tree Walk in Claybury Park

Winter Tree Walk
Saturday 18 November, 11am-1pm, Claybury Park


As the temperature falls, so do the leaves from our broadleaf trees. Join the Redbridge Nature Conservation Rangers for a nice winter walk in the woods and learn how to ID trees without their leaves.

Walk will last approximately 2 hours. Suitable for 7 years+

Meet at: Gate on Roding Lane North opposite Claybury Road, Woodford Green IG8 8JE

14 Nov 2017: Interfaith Social Evening with Buffet Meal


14 Nov 2017: Scottish Wildlife - Talk with RSPB North East London

RSPB North East London

Illustrated Talk:
Scottish Wildlife

Tuesday 14 November 2017 at 8pm

Duncan MacDonald has for 16 years acted as a guide to wildlife watching groups in the Highlands. He still leads groups for Speyside Wildlife, as well as being a countryside ranger for the Highland Council.

Admission £3-50, £3 for RSPB and WREN members, children free

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.

Telephone: 020 8989 4746
E-mail: nelondonRSPB@yahoo.co.uk

13 Nov 2017: Emergency Department Focus Group

Healthwatch Redbridge is currently working in partnership with Redbridge Health Scrutiny Committee to review the proposed closure of KGH A&E and consider the provision of Urgent and Emergency health care services in Redbridge.

A Focus Group event is planned to take place on Monday 13 November from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and if you are interested in attending please click here for more information. 

11 Nov 2017: Remembrance at Fairlop Waters


This year we are remembering P/O RC Schuren from the Netherlands.

He flew with 64 Squadron and they had severe problems with the Luftwaffe to the extent that many pilots nearly ran out of fuel and had to make emergency landings on the airfields of Kent.
P/O Schuren, in the process of taking off one morning ran a wheel off the runway and the spitfire went in on its nose.
In the afternoon, another sortie and the Squadron came under attack and when P/O Schuren landed he had no brakes and crashed into the embankment at the runway end.

Three years ago, believing P/O Stanisƚaw Kurowicki to be Russian, we remembered him as such.
Subsequent research with the MoD Polish section has revealed his Polish nationality, so we will remember him with the correct flag and national anthem.

David Martin

11 Nov 2017: St Cedd's Autumn Fair


8 Nov 2017: Redbridge Volunteer Fair

Redbridge Volunteer Fair
Wednesday 8 November 2017
11am-2pm
Redbridge Town Hall


The Redbridge CVS annual volunteer fair always attracts hundreds of people interested in volunteering with local community groups.

Free stalls are still available to "not for profit" organisations working in Redbridge.

For more information or to book a stall, contact Alice Browne on 020 3874 4139 or at aliceb@redbridgecvs.net.

4 Nov 2017: London International Arts Festival 2017 at Redbridge Town Hall


London International Arts Festival 2017, 
Redbridge Town Hall
by Dhruv Arts

Saturday 4 November 2017
2:00pm - 10:00pm

Line up and tickets here, click!

24 Oct 2017: Local Forum - Wanstead

Redbridge Local Forum
Tuesday 24 October 2017
6.30pm to 8.30pm
Wanstead House
21 The Green, London E11 2NT

· 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.

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.

Local Forum meetings are held every month at venues across the Borough.

This forum is the more formal Question Time element only and does not include a Market Place, but please check here as this sometimes changes without notice.

24 Oct 2017: Coffee Morning - Humanism

Coffee Morning

and a talk on

Humanism 
an Introduction

with our guest speaker
Paul Kaufman
Chair
East London Humanists

In the Hainault Room
Fullwell Cross Library
09:45 for 10:00am - 11:45am

Tuesday 
24th October 2017

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 e-mail Barkingside21@btinternet.com

Paul has featured in the Ilford Recorder recently.

22 Oct 2017: Guided Walk - Hainault Forest

RSPB North East London

Guided Walk
Hainault Forest



Hainault Forest Country Park IG7 4QS
Sunday 22 October 2017 at 9:30am

Come and join us for a walk at Hainault Forest - an area we have not visited for a while.

Please contact us to provide your details so we can tell you of any late changes (and to make sure we do not have too many people on the walk).

For all outings we advise strong waterproof footwear and warm waterproof clothing plus, of course, binoculars.

Time: 9.30 am
Price: £2.00 for RSPB & WREN members; £3.00 for non-members

Booking essential

Telephone: 07582 996 315
E-mail: nelondonRSPB@yahoo.co.uk

21 Oct 2017: Taste of the Caribbean Community Day

"Taste of the Caribbean" Community Day
Saturday 21 October 2017 - 11:00 to 15:00
At Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1EA
FREE - just turn up

The food of the Caribbean is as diverse as its people, rich influences from indigenous Caribs, Africa, Asia and Europe. Sample some of these foods presented as mouth-watering nibbles, at the Hardback Café. Enjoy Steel Pan Music, an Exhibition of Carnival Costumes, surprise guest, great raffle prizes and much more.

An event presented in partnership with The Association of Redbridge African Caribbean Communities and Redbridge Equalities Community Council.

Organised by Association of Redbridge African Caribbean Communities for Black History Month


14 Oct 2017: Mayor's Appeal - Cockney Sing-a-long


14 Oct 2017: Save KGH A&E March and Rally

Save KGH A&E March and Rally


Saturday 14th October 2017
Assembly 11:30am at Dagenham Central Park
Rally 3:00pm at Redbridge Town Hall

Councillors Athwal and Rodwell, the Leaders of Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham Councils will lead a march from Dagenham Central via Queens Hospital to Redbridge Town Hall on 14th October calling on Mr Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, to review the plan to close King George A&E in 2019 due to the expanding North East London population.

This is the first time that all three councils have called for a review of the plan to close King George A&E and is a big advance for the campaign to keep King George A&E open.

The campaign team is asking residents to support the call for a review by assembling at Dagenham Central Park from 11:30am on Saturday 14th October to hear speeches and to start walking at 12:15 on to Redbridge Town Hall for a rally at 3pm.

Our senior politicians need public support to show Mr Hunt that there is a mass support for King George A&E to stay open. Local trade unions are organising a professional filming of the march with the aim of footage being used by TV stations.

If you cannot manage the walk, the 128 bus runs from Queens Hospital to Iltord Town Centre.

Spread the word to friends and family and help build the turn out on October 14th

14 Oct 2017: Newbridge School Autumn Fete


11 Oct 2017 Handa's Surprise - Children's Theatre at FX Library


Handa’s Surprise - Children's Theatre

Wednesday 11 October 2017
11:00 – 11:35
Fullwell Cross Library, IG6 2EA

£3 each person - booking

For 2-6 year olds and their adults!

A Little Angel Theatre Production

Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village. Handa is taking 7 delicious fruits as a surprise – but 7 different animals have 7 very different ideas… could you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit?

A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation. Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise!

“Vibrant performers.. Singing and stomping in Swahili rhythms”

“A short, sunshiny little show with a delicious citrus finish.”

Critics’ Choice Time Out

Based on the book by Eileen Brown, published by Walker Books Ltd

10 Oct 2017: Rainham Marshes Update - Talk with RSPB North East London

RSPB North East London

Illustrated Talk:
Rainham Marshes Update

Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 8pm

One of the wardens at our local RSPB reserve will update us on recent observations and future changes in a reserve fast developing from a notable to a significant site. [This talk was originally planned for September.]

Admission £3-50, £3 for RSPB and WREN members, children free

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.

Telephone: 020 8989 4746
E-mail: nelondonRSPB@yahoo.co.uk