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Owner Nicola Munday outside Hurst House, a stately mansion in Woodford Green which is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year

‘Landmark’ Woodford Green manor Hurst House reaches 300th anniversary

The fates of the borough’s historic manors have differed dramatically.

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L-R Judith (Sally Lawrence) and Gerry (Chris Rees)

Eric Chappell talks about the Ground Rules of being a successful playwright

Eric Chappell, the comedy writer, is happy to reveal how he came up with the idea for his new play, Ground Rules.

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Katharine Hurst as Marie with Mark Morgan as the drum major in last year's Redbridge Drama Centre production of the show. In the background are cast and audience members

‘Immersive, promenade production’ opens at Redbridge Drama Centre

There’s no interval, but there is the chance for a mid-show chat with the cast in a new production at Redbridge Drama Centre.

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Asian wedding planner Rajesh Chouham in his restaurant Pakwaan in Ilford.

Day in the life of an Ilford wedding planner

Organising a wedding is stressful for most, but one man has been taking the strain off couples for more than two decades.

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Poet Valarie Bloom talking to pupils at Gearies Primary School in Gants Hill

Poet Valerie Bloom inspires Gants Hill pupils for Black History Month

A children’s poet captivated school pupils as she performed and taught Jamaican Patois to celebrate Black History Month.

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Referee Ken Aston in 1962. [Picture: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport]

Gallery and feature: Local hero Ken Aston a ‘giant in the football world’

Some of the most inspirational figures in history have been known for their multitude of talents.

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Guests attend charity dinner dance and ball to raise money for Hatton School and special needs care centre

Dinner dance raises £7k towards splash pool for special needs children

A school will soon be making a splash after a parent organised a charity dinner dance, raising a staggering £7,000 to expand a swimming pool for children with special needs.

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Children's author Naomi Burman-Shine with copies of her first book. She is with Saba Rais, owner of The Village Bookshop, Woodford Green

Children’s author who grew up in Redbridge feeling ‘amazing’ after first book published

A former television production accountant who decided to become a children’s author has published her first book.

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Twins Bobby and Teddy, eight, have been nominated for star of the week, for improving their performance skills at performing arts school Make Beileve in Barkingside.

Press Gang: Stars of the week

Twins Bobby and Teddy, eight, have been perfecting their acting and singing skills at performing arts school Make Believe in Barkingside.

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Chadwell Heath historian John Barfoot

Profile: Chadwell Heath’s John Barfoot on why he became a First World War historian

Inspiration can strike in the most unusual of circumstances. For historian John Barfoot, his curiosity about the First World War was born as a child on the streets of Ilford.

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Kenneth More, who played Second World War hero pilot Douglas Bader in Reach for the Sky

‘Lovely and down to earth’ actor Kenneth More remembered on centenary of his birth

A man takes over a theatre bar during a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, pouring drinks until he smashes some glasses and a bottle.

But this is not a clumsy employee; it is a renowned star of stage and screen.

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Delays on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line this morning

Update: Greater Anglia expects delays on Shenfield line to last until 9.30am

A broken down freight train this morning has caused cancellations or delays of up to 20 minutes on the London Liverpool Street to Shenfield line.

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Margaret Quinney,Janet Wood and Khaleda Uddin are committee members of the Ilford Horticultural Society which are due to hold their 70th annual flower show on September 14.

Ilford Horticultural Society to hold its 70th Autumn Show

Everything from tulips and tomatoes to carnations and cabbages are to go on show as a group of passionate growers prepare to celebrate 70 years of their annual gardening show.

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Isabella Field receives the Young Citizen Award as she raised £76,000 for Haven House Hospice.after the death of her sister Molly.

Isabella wins August’s Young Citizen Award

A nine-year-old who raised more than £76,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice has been named August’s winner of our Young Citizen Award.

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Lashai Ben Salmi 14 and Tray - Sean Ben Salmi 9 set up an anti-bullying campaign after being victims at the hands of their peers in the school playground.

Young Citizen Award: Ilford teenager sets up anti-bullying campaign after suffering playground torment

A 14-year-old school girl and her brother have set up an anti-bullying campaign after being victims at the hands of their peers in the school playground.

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Young Citizen 12 year old Aaron Floyd.

Budding musician and entrepreneur nominated for Young Citizen award

A budding musician and entrepreneur has been nominated for this week’s Young Citizen award for using his music to raise money for children’s charities.

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Isabella Field receives the Young Citizen Award as she raised £76,000 for Haven House Hospice.after the death of her sister Molly.

Fundraiser nominated for Young Citzen award for helping raise over £76,000 for children’s hospice

A nine-year-old girl who caught the fundraising bug early in life has been nominated for the Young Citizen award after helping raise over £76,000 for a children’s hospice.

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Children enjoying themselves at one of the Splash days at the Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre. [Picture: Redbridge Council]

Pictures: An adventurous summer for the children of Redbridge

The Recorder has been keeping an eye on the exciting variety of activities that are keeping the children entertained this summer.

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Young Citizen Laura Klein,

Volunteer Laura Klein nominated for Young Citizen Award

An inspirational volunteer who helps children with learning disabilities has been nominated for our Young Citizen Award.

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Alice White with a family photo album

First World War centenary: Two-year prisoner of war experience left its mark on Ilford soldier captured by the Turks

Walking wounded trudge along a barren landscape for miles, feeling the absence of the thick army jackets which have been taken from them and the icy chill of winter drawing ever closer.

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Final rehearsals for the show. Picture: Kenneth More Theatre

Musical The Hired Man to open today at the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford

The First World War has had the Kenneth More Theatre treatment this weekend with two productions focusing on the conflict.

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World War One production, My boy Jack is being performed at the Kenneth More theatre.

Actor takes on role of well-known poet and writer in World War One play at KMT

A family tragedy in the First World War, based on the experience of one of the most well-known English poets and writers, is coming to the Kenneth More Theatre this weekend.

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Sheikh Hussain with some of the children he works with. Picture: Children First

Barkingside barrister helps rebuild the lives of orphaned children after Pakistan earthquake

A dedicated rescue worker has helped save the lives of hundreds of orphaned children in Pakistan and says there is still work to be done.

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Owner Nicola Munday outside Hurst House, a stately mansion in Woodford Green which is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year

‘Landmark’ Woodford Green manor Hurst House reaches 300th anniversary

The fates of the borough’s historic manors have differed dramatically.

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Nausheen Quraishi

Woman who conspired to have ex-boyfriend set on fire has appeal bid rejected

A woman who conspired to have her ex-boyfriend set on fire by her lover has been refused an appeal over her jail sentence.

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Young citizen Tiharna Vaja-Barthram

Nine-year-old fundraiser ‘pleased as punch’ at Young Citizen award nomination

A nine-year-old girl with a heart of gold has organised a programme of events at her school to raise £2,000 for the world’s poorest children.

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