Monday, December 26, 2016
Sinbad the Sailor at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Alim Jayda (Captain Greenbeard) and Josephine Melville (Clanker) Credit Sharron Wallace

Remember those pantomimes you’ve been to as a child or taken your own children to?

From left, Biddy Buddle, Barbara Christie, Ann McGeogh at the Christmas lunch club held at Goodmayes Community Centre. Photo: Ann-Marie-Abbasah

Members of the community tucked into a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings last week, in what has become a thriving social hub.

You know it’s Christmas when you turn on the TV to see James Stewart running through the snow or see a cartoon snowman flying through the air.

Members of the Seven Kings Lions including the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Gurdial Bhamra giving away Christmas presents at the Newbridge Special Needs School

T’was the week before Christmas, and all through the borough, one group planned a giveaway unlike any other.

Santa's little helper. Picture: David Solomon

Santa Claus became Santa Paws this weekend as he treated a host of hounds to an early Christmas treat.

Christmas movie quiz

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Xmas supp

Are you a film buff? How much do you know about Christmas movies?

Father Christmas. Picture PA.

Children in Redbridge have until Friday (December 9) to get their present requests into Father Christmas.

The Christmas lights in Wanstead.

For the first time ever, residents on both sides of the tracks at Woodford Station will see Christmas lights switched on this year.

Cllr Lloyd Duddridge and Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, with teachers at Oakdale Infant School's Christmas Fayre.

A South Woodford school has held a Christmas Fayre for parents and children.

Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara, Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, Cllr Helen Coomb and Ilford South MP Mike Gapes at the annual Fairlop Waters Armistice Day service. Picture: Ron Jeffries

On a beautifully clear morning, overlooking the tranquil scene of Fairlop Waters, the young generation came together to pay their respects to their forebears.

The Arbeit Macht Frei sign, 'work sets you free', still looms large over Auschwitz I. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA

There are no Jews in Oswiecim today, the Polish town once known to the Germans as Auschwitz.

Ally's World author Karen McCombie is speaking at the first ever Redbridge Children's Literary Festival, taking place at the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford, in October half-term

A former journalist who gravitated from a teenage magazine writer into a best-selling children’s author is excited to be speaking at the Redbridge Children’s Literary Festival next month.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting has called the boundary review “gerrymandering”, while his constituency could be significantly altered.

Members of the public wear William Shakespeare masks during the parade marking 400 years since the death of the playwright in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Just what does a man, dead for 400 years and born 112 miles away, have to do with the people of Redbridge?

Capt Charlie May, who was killed at the Battle of the Somme, photographed with his wife Maude and daughter Maude Pauline. Picture: Gerry Harrison/Redbridge Museum (see

“My darling Charlie... For some time past, I have been dreading such news as you have given me. I think of all the danger you are encountering, my heart beats with fear.

German prisoners help to carry British wounded back to their trenches after an attack by XIV (Irish) Corps on Bavarian units holding Ginchy during the Battle of the Somme. Picture: PA/EMPICS

The unfulfilled promise of the “lost generation” is an enduring image of the First World War, with scores of young men lying in pieces on the battlefields of the Western Front and beyond, their hopes, dreams and futures all obliterated by the metal war machine.

A British Grenadier Guardsman keeping watch on No Man's Land as his comrades sleep in a captured German trench at Ovillers, near Albert, during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Picture: PA/EMPICS

The First World War’s bloodiest battle is to be commemorated by communities across Redbridge tomorrow.

Warren Grynberg, A London Blue Badge Guide, has dedicated his career to the history of London and its people

Maybe its because he’s a Londoner that a man has dedicated his career to the historic town and its people.

Plate labelling at Ilford limited c.1960. Copyright Redbridge Borough Council Archive

If a single photo can speak a thousand words, than the pictures, oral memories and documents collected about the Ilford photographic company can definitely make for an interesting conversation.

Young Citizen Award nominee Mukund Soni.

Albert Einstein is the epitome of genius, but a 10-year-old from Ilford has shown he is even more brainy than the superstar scientist.

Luke Wright winner of the Junior category with Geoff Wilkinson. Photo: Johnny Ng

The winners of a long-established photo competition, in honour of a much-loved member, were unveiled last week.

Amelia Rabinovitch four from Barkingside and her sister Olivia Rabinovitch six months enjoy dressing up in period costumes at Valentines Mansion's Easter trail and craft activity day. Photo: Melissa Page

For those wanting to make the most of the Easter holidays, lots can be found to do around the borough.

Dirty Pakistani Lingerie

As CVs go, American director Erica Gould’s is pretty impressive.

Easter egg hunt at Valentines Mansion, Valentines Park in Ilford.

Tag; Aqilah 5, Hanna 2

For those wanting a break from indulging in chocolate eggs, here’s our guide to what’s on in Redbridge over Easter.

German prisoners at an English prisoners of war camp in France. Picture: Prisoners of the British by Michael Foley

The cruelties of war all too often extend to the streets of the battling nations, with families, homes and livelihoods torn apart by the undiscriminating nature of conflict.

Members of the Valentine Singers. Photo: Kathleen Beaumont

A round up of news from the borough’s clubs and societies.

Jackie Morrison's uncle Bill, who fought in the First World War, suffering serious injuries. Two years after the war ended, he killed himself

The outbreak of the First World War heralded a wave of patriotic fervour in summer 1914, with Britain’s men, young and old, smelling the sweet scent of adventure, with the dash of danger they craved.

Nunez Martinez  from Seven Kings has been tormented by demonic spirits for the last thirty years after working in showbusiness and has written a book on her experiences.

Showbusiness veteran Irene Martinez speaks to Rosaleen Fenton about the ‘tremendous’ strain she has suffered on her health over the decades and why she decided to publish a book

Reg Fowkes, Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society member, whose annual competition is set up in his name. Photo: Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society

The memory of a much-loved historian and photographer will be honoured as a photography competition set up in his name opens to accept entries.

National Charity Froglife visited Forest Farm Peace garden for a workshop.

A round up of news from the borough’s clubs and societies

Jef Page with some pictures of his father who escaped death in concentration camps by being sent to Siberia

He closed his eyes and inhaled deeply before beginning the story of how his beloved father escaped the Nazi concentration camps after being captured by the Russian army.

Members of the LGBT community marching for equal rights. Photo:Julien Behal/PA Archive/PA Images

Five of YouTube’s hottest young stars will descend on Redbridge to help kick off celebrations for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) month.

Ruth Barnett at the service

Heads were bowed and prayers were said as multi-faith leaders and councillors from opposing parties stood united at the borough’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony held this morning in Valentines Park.

The Dragon Theatre Company rehearsing for its production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Photo: Ken Mears

For more than 250 years, the classic English fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk has endured, becoming one of the nation’s favourite children’s stories in the process.

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