Sunday, November 22, 2015

Museum’s new exhibition shows off fossils found in Ilford which date back thousands of years.

Fawlty Towers- St Augustine's Players

It’s 40 years since Fawlty Towers opened its doors.

Jenni Allen and Phil Clarke rehearsing as Rosalind and Orlando in the Wanstead Players production of As You Like It. Picture Sarah Jones

Wanstead Players director Peter Wilson talks to Ann-Marie Abbasah about their rich history – and why the Bard still matters

The Recorder and historian Brian Evans are hosting a spooky tour of Romford for Halloween, raising money for our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

We’ve rounded up the spookiest Halloween events and some cracking fireworks displays for Guy Fawkes’ Night, all taking place in Redbridge this week.

Behind the scenes of Downton Abbey in 2011. Picture: Simon Paulin/TT News Agency

As the final chapter of the Downton Abbey drama begins to unfold on TV screens, it is time too to tell the story of the sublime life and loves of Dame Maggie Smith, its star performer as the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

John Coombes' father George (third from left) with his First World War comrades

Rubble and ash coat cobbled streets, the ghosts of war all too present in a grey landscape where life as it was known has died.

Author Curtis Jobling meets fans at Ilford County High School

As part of a nationwide tour, Curtis Jobling visited pupils at Ilford County High School, to talk to them about his new title.: World of Warriors: A New Hero

Bancroft's School, in High Road, Woodford Green, which is taking part in Open House London this weekend. Picture: Bancroft's School

Some of Redbridge’s hidden architectural gems will be fully opened for members of the public to admire free of charge this weekend.

Author Georgina Green with her new book

A historian and lecturer has sailed the seas of history in her new book, to unveil the truth about a captain who bought Valentines Mansion in 1754.

Valentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this month. Artist Lisa Atkin with her work

With another Tube strike planned next month, commuters will be dreading their journey to work as London’s transport network shuts down causing misery for millions.

Paul Oliver with a photograph of his father Harry (Henry) Oliver, who survived the First World War

In July 1915, 100 years ago, my father went to Holborn and enlisted in the British Army.

A depiction of Wanstead House as it was before it was demolished in 1824. Picture: Geraldine Roberts

A palatial manor looms over a wooded landscape, its elegance reflected in the sparkling lake below.

Eric Parrish, 84, with his wife Maureen, celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary last year in the Isles of Scilly. Eric has shared his memories of living during the Battle of Britain to mark its 75th anniversary. Picture: Eric Parrish

Shrapnel and bullets punching through the air, puffs of smoke materialising as shells explode – these were common sights for Eric Parrish in 1940.

Hardbackers reading group member Kipti Nicol at Redbridge Central Library

Libraries have suffered in recent years, with funding cuts and even closures. But Redbridge’s branches are pulling away from the trend

Tansy the pony from the Chigwell Riding Centre for Special Needs visited Bancroft's Preparatory School on their charity day

A very special guest visited the children at a school in Woodford Green last week.

The children of Eastcourt School in Goodmayes on a raft they built themselves at Stubbers Adventure Park in Upminster

As the summer holidays loom closer, activities in the classroom relax a little while the sun shines on the desks through school windows.

Veteran Len Brace, from Clayhall, photographed at Arnhem, in the Netherlands, during a trip commemorating the 70th anniversary of the country's liberation from the Nazis in the Second World War. Picture: Keith Collman, from

A silence descended on the world 70 years ago, as the deadliest war to ever ravage our streets came to an end.

Eat Like A Champ, Science Museum March 2015, winner Isbah Anzaq, from Fairlop Primary School, and runner up Su Nash, with TV presenter Helen Sketon

A schoolgirl has been recognised for her work in a national award for a healthy eating programme and was presented with her prize by former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton.

The 19th Woodford Brownies enjoying a party celebrating the 70th anniversary of VE Day

The spirit of jubilation which swept over communities on VE Day was embodied at a special party.

Alan Simpson holding his relative Alf's Memorial Plaque - also known as a

Rifle fire pierced the air as sergeants Alfred Cleall and Charles Gibbs set upon the oncoming German troops, ammunition fast exchanging from their comrades’ hands to theirs.

The group at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park in the Somme. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

A curtain was drawn on an era when 111-year-old Harry Patch drew his last breath in 2009.

Reporter Beth Wyatt at the grave of her great-great uncle Sidney Stone, in the Somme. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

As a former history student and the co-ordinator of my team’s First World War centenary coverage, I jumped at the chance to go on the tour.

Teacher Joshua Alford and pupils Raul Simmons-Perez, 16, and Nico Zavrou Blackstock, 16, from East Barnet School, Barnet, with their clay figures. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

After visiting eight cemeteries and memorials, one museum and a commemorative workshop, our tour came to an end.

The group at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park in the Somme. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

On July 1 1916, thousands of soldiers walked across to German lines on the Western Front and began their assaults, confident their enemy had been weakened by a week-long bombardment of 1.6 million shells.

The British ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose (centre), with the soldiers and pupils at the Menin Gate before the ceremony. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

The fate of British deserters and the stories which lie behind every war grave were among topics considered by the students yesterday.

A British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a comrade. Picture: PA

Sixteen million deaths, 20 million wounded, six million missing. These are the cold, stark facts of the Great War, the world’s first truly modern conflict.

St James' Court, A Taj Hotel Lobby

With the run up to New Year well under way, using up those last days of holiday to jet off somewhere warm may be impossible - with limited time to plan and spiralling Christmas prices. But, though the next few months may be cold and dreary, there is no other city quite like ours and taking steps to enjoy it is easier than you think.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until: 06/12/2014 - Programme Name: Doctor Who Christmas Special - TX: 25/12/2014 - Episode: Last Christmas, written by Steven Moffat (No. 1) - Picture Shows: ***EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01hrs 6TH DEC 2014*** Santa Claus (NICK FROST), Doctor Who (PETER CAPALDI) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Adrian Rogers

There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy on TV this Christmas as the channels compete with a bumper feast of festive delights to draw the viewers in. From a selection box of brand new programmes, to a stocking full of seasonal specials, we take a look at what’s on offer this Christmas on TV…

Christmas Eve at Crisis Centre

A donation of just £21.62 would buy one homeless person warmth, food and support this Christmas.

Recipe: Apple Snow with Fennel Biscuits

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Apple Snow with Fennel Biscuits. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Clare Winfield.

Food writer and cook James Ramsden believes in preparing in advance to make the festive season, Christmas day in particular, as stress-free as possible.

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