On Sunday 1st July I had the great privilege of attending the R.A.F Bomber Command Memorial Service at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Barkingside.
The Mayor, Councillor Muhammed Javed was amongst those in attendance at a very moving service.
My thanks to Holy Trinity Parish Church and a particular mention must go to the organiser, David Westgate for the invitation and for arranging such a memorable occasion.
Armed Forces Day was held on Saturday 30th June 2012. Events were held up and down the country in support of the Day.
Here in Redbridge an event was held in Ilford Town Centre.
Cadets, soldiers and veterans formed the parade contingent and gathered outside the Town Hall at 10:15am to witness the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag.
The Mayor, Councillor Muhammed Javed inspected the parade and made a speech. The Mayor’s Chaplain offered prayers for the armed forces before the dismissal of the parade.
Once again we showed our support for Armed Forces Day and the massive contribution made to the country by those who serve and have served.
This event is an important way for Redbridge to show its gratitude. It also gives the nation an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families and from veterans to cadets
The Royal British Legion, Army Cadet Force, Air Cadets, SSAFA Forces Help, 217 Squadron and Royal Naval Association had display stands in the Town Centre providing information about their work and how to get involved.
Find out more about Armed Forces Day.
217 Squadron Territorial Army unit taking part in Armed Forces Day Service
Captain Blowtell with Territorial Army unit from 217 Squadron Redbridge
Armed Forces Day Flag
Lee Scott MP for Ilford North, The Leader Cllr Keith Prince and Guest, Cllr Mrs Tania Solomon and husband.
Cllr Harry Moth, MP Lee Scott, Leader Cllr Keith Prince and guest, Cllr Tania Solomon, Cllr Athwal, Mr Solomon, Cllr Mrs Vanessa Cole, Cllr Parkash, Cllr Kay Flint, Reverand Jonathan Evans
Captain Blowtell with the Territorial Army unit from 217 Squadron Redbridge
Councillor Prince with Big Up Redbridge Crew
To celebrate the Olympic Countdown we have a series of roadshows taking place across the Borough this summer.
I have been to two of the roadshows, the first which took place on 9th June at Barkingside Recreation Ground and on Saturday 23rd June I attended the event at Manford Way, Hainault. I was very impressed by the range of activities on offer and met with members of the Big Up Redbridge Crew project.
The Big Up Redbridge Crew project was an initiative to get more young people from Redbridge engaged in our summer 2012 programme, and to give them the skills and confidence to be comperes and event hosts at some of our most important events.
12 Young People aged between 14 and 18 attended a 1 day workshop at Redbridge Drama Centre working with a professional actor and compere to prepare themselves for their debut at the Barkingside Inspiration Roadshow. At the roadshows the young people welcome the audience, set the context, introduced the acts and lead the interactive activities such as the 2012 quiz, a mass tug of war and the medal ceremonies for prize winners.
The Big Up Redbridge Crew will also be at the:
The roadshows have something for everyone from performances to sports taster sessions and will be taking place at the following locations:
• 21 July, Elmhurst Gardens, South Woodford
• 22 July, Ilford Town Centre – Get up and see the Olympic Torch (from 8 am)
• 28 July, Inmans Row, Woodford Green
• 5 August, Barley Lane Recreation, Chadwell Heath
• 12 August, Christchurch Green, Wanstead
(The roadshows will run from 12 pm to 4 pm unless otherwise stated)
On Saturday 23 June the newly expanded Redbridge Drama Centre held an open day to showcase a whole host of new opportunities and facilities now on offer to the public.
The open day ran from 2pm to 8pm at the Centre in Churchfields, South Woodford, and also launched a week-long Youth Theatre Festival which includes performances and plays.
The new building also provides a large new foyer, extra rooms and a dedicated circus space where a new circus residency has been planned. This will allow the Drama Centre to host a circus company which will offer workshops and performances in juggling, trapeze, and clowning.
I along with Councillor Mrs. Joyce Ryan, Chairman of the Drama Centre Advisory Panel, Councillor Ian Bond, Deputy Leader, Councillor Robin Turbefield, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Youth Services had the privilege of attending the launch by the Mayor, Councillor Muhammed Javed of The Youth Theatre Festival which has been inspired by London 2012 and Team GB & NI.
As well as the Redbridge Youth Theatre Workshop representign England, young actors from other parts of the country took part:
- Methodyoutheatre from Belfast representing Northern Ireland
- Scottish Youth Theatre representing Scotland
- West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Co. representing Wales
This event was a significant contribution to Redbridge’s Cultural Olympiad and I would like to congratulate all of the actors for their wonderful performances and wish them every success with the events taking place throughout the week.
For more information about the Redbridge Drama Centre please visit www.redbridgedramacentre.co.uk
The 32nd Flower Festival took place over the weekend of 23rd-25th June with the theme “The Best of Britain”.
The programme of events included a craft market, music, dancing, choral recitals and of course the wonderful floral arrangements.
Councillor Prince at the Aldborough Hatch Flower Festival
The impressive displays included everything from the weather, the Ascent of Everest, the Coronation through to the Olympics. Well done to the flower arrangers and to all of those involved with the Flower Festival.
It was a real honour to welcome HM The Queen to the Borough in March, and now the Jubilee weekend is here I hope everyone who lives, works or visits Redbridge has a really time good.
HRH The Queen meets Redbridge residents with Councillor Keith Prince
If you are involved in one of over 50 street parties across the Borough, I hope it goes well.
There are plenty other events to enjoy in the Borough this weekend, including the Redbridge Carnival in Ilford town centre and Redbridge Green Fair in Valentines Park.
For more information look on Redbridge i. All we need is some good weather and the Jubilee weekend should be one to remember.
I was delighted to be invited to the launch of a new project on 18th May called the Redbridge ESOL Conversation Club, which offers a new layer of support for residents in the Borough learning to speak English. ( ESOL stands for English for speakers of other languages.) The project is run by the Redbridge Institute for Adult Education, which has trained volunteers to lead the clubs to help people learn English. The great thing about the Conversation Clubs is that they are free to join and held all over the Borough – in schools, libraries and Children’s Centres, as well as Redbridge Institute itself. I am sure the Conversation Clubs will carry out an important role in helping residents from Redbridge’s diverse communities learn English and play a full part in Borough life. If you want to find out more about the Conversation Clubs, go to Redbridge i.
On 10th May I attended an event about the Olympics at Cineworld I Scene, along with Cabinet Members for Resources and Leisure, and several other Members. The event was jointly organised by Ilford Town Business Improvement District(BID) and the Council. The aim of the event was to let local businesses know about the likely impact of the Olympics on their business, and also to encourage them to think about this global event on our doorstep as a major opportunity. There was an impressive turnout of local businesses and Guy Conway from Transport for London left us in now doubt that traffic in the Borough is going to be massively affected. Businesses were asked to think about the impact on their customers, staff and suppliers. There were also presentations by the Police and Cleansing Services Officers. However the Council, Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure (RCL)- who run our leisure services – and Ilford Town BID are confident there will be an upside for some local business who can capitalise on increased footfall in the Borough. If you are a local business owner, I urge you to plan ahead and make the most of this opportunity. A good place to start is the Council’s website. You can also check out the Ilford BID website.
On Sunday 31st March I tried White Water Rafting at Lee Valley Regional Park. To ride the rapids before the world’s best athlete’s paddle for Gold in the canoe slalom events at the London 2012 games was an exhilarating experience.
Although the season has now ended before the Olympics the centre reopens in September for rafting and canoeing.
Visit Lee Valley White Water Centre
The White Water Centre is one of many facilities run by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, the Authority is a statutory body responsible for managing and developing the 26 mile long, 10,000 acre linear Regional Park. A zone of sporting excellence is being created which includes centres for athletics, horse riding, ice skating, sailing and golf.
There are a variety of things to see and do including sports and outdoor activities, nature reserves, farms and heritage sites.
The Authority has an appointed board of 28 members; the Redbridge representative is Councillor Mrs Joyce Ryan.