Friday, November 11, 2016
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.

Journalist Ellena Cruse visitedTunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) in Ilford and was shown round by Melvyn Parr

I spend hours playing trains with my “choo choo” mad toddler.

Havering police out and about dealing with drink drive offenders in the run up to Christmas

With end of year celebrations in full swing, officers from the road and transport policing command team are on the beat to ensure everyone gets home safely.

Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Jay McGuiness, Aliona Vilani - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

When I first found out I would be taking ballroom classes I thought it would be a great way to battle the Christmas bulge and get New Year fit.

Dagenham and Redbridge Players Andre Boucaud (left) and Jack Connors with Harkirat Singh and Jasveer Kaur in a visit to King George Hospital

Children staying at King George Hospital enjoyed a visit from Dagenham and Redbridge FC players.

Carols being sung at a Christmas concert at the Wanstead United Reform Church

Revellers of all ages turned out for an afternoon of cake and carols in Wanstead on Saturday.

Punjabi Lounge feed homless on christmas day

While many households are waking up and opening their stockings, staff from one restaurant will head to the streets to make Christmas dinner for the homeless.

Recorder reporter Rosie Fenton on the ice with Alan Paul

Ice skating is normally associated with elegance, sparkling costumes and a festive snowstorm – if you’re lucky.

Pat Chapman, whose granddaughter Charlotte attends the Indigo Project

An 89-year-old who has lived in Ilford all her life – and whose granddaughter is a regular at Barnardo’s Indigo young carers’ service – is among those looking forward to the Recorder’s Christmas party.

The Ilford Islamic Centre is holding a big conference of around 200 people to discuss how Muslims can contribute to community cohesion in the wake of recent events

The strength and unity of the Redbridge faiths community was celebrated at the League of British Muslims’ annual December dinner.

Laura Burnip and Ralph Blackburn using

We weren’t sure what to expect buying raffle prizes using Ilford’s new Yoohopp service.

I haven’t been a fan of pantomime since I was eight, and even then it was pushing it, but I kept an open mind to watch Kenneth More’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and I am so pleased that I did.

Video: Father Christmas answers your questions

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Father Christmas at Romford Shopping Mall

The Recorder has been lucky enough to secure an exclusive interview withe the man of the season – Father Christmas.

TOWIE’s Debbie Douglas and daughter Lydia Bright launching an appeal for more Barnardo’s foster carers in Redbridge

A TV reality show star has sent a heartfelt message praising Redbridge’s young carers supported by the Barnardo’s Indigo Project.

Father Christmas

The Recorder has a secured an exclusive interview with the man of the season this weekend.

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