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Roger McGough will open the Redbridge Fabula Festival tomorrow. Picture: Colin Clarke

A celebration of libraries and the arts is taking over Redbridge this weekend with a schedule packed full of workshops, talks and activities.

Lighting diyas for Diwali

The colourful Hindu holiday Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is all about love and the victory of good over evil.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Press Gang: Stars of the week

Saturday, September 20, 2014
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.

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

Chadwell Heath historian John Barfoot

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.

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

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.

Delays on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line this morning

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Young Citizen 12 year old Aaron Floyd.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Young Citizen Laura Klein,

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

Alice White with a family photo album

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.

Final rehearsals for the show. Picture: Kenneth More Theatre

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

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

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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