Sunday, February 7, 2016
National Charity Froglife visited Forest Farm Peace garden for a workshop.

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

Cher look a like Lisa Mills empties the tumble drier

For many people, living the life of a popstar would be a dream come true and for one mum-of-two it has - by impersonating her idol.

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.

Rude Kid

A grime producer is feeling overwhelmed by the support he has had so far for his latest musical endeavour with a veteran of the genre.

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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.

Sarie Miell jewellry

Black Friday bargains may have saved you some money, but were they made with care and thought?

Seven Kings Station

Trains on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line will be severely disrupted between Christmas and New Year as work on Crossrail progresses.

Haven House Children's Hospice volunteers meet Santa in the Christmas fayre at Wanstead Reformed Church

A Christmas Concert in aid of Haven House Children’s Hospice will take place at Woodford Baptist Church.

Recorder Appeal: Dreaming of an Indigo Christmas

An extra touch of Christmas sparkle will be added to our Indigo party – thanks to the Ilford Business Improvement District (BID).

Barnardos christmas appeal.
Jo Chaney, (Managers)

For many children, a day at school is filled with carefree fun and laughter, continued at home with a nice cooked meal and an evening in front of the television.

The release of the John Lewis advert has become an much-anticipated event in recent years. Picture: John Lewis/PA

Christmas adverts have boomed in recent years with the likes of John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Tesco leading the way.

Christmas festivities have begun in Redbridge. Picture shows a seasonal greetings banner on Redbridge Town Hall last year

With Christmas on the horizon, a range of festivities are now taking place across the borough.

Paw-fect dog groomers, Longwood Gardens, Clayhall, is hosting a Christmas grotto for dogs. Picture: David Solomon

Life size reindeers, bags of fake snow with Father Christmas sitting slap bang in the middle – a grotto fit for your excited little ones?

Hannah Chowdhry, Wilson Chowdhry and Gerard Greene at Redbridge Musuem where they have put on an exhibition about the Ice age including a replica skull of the Ilford Mammoth

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

Visage 80s Bar. Picture: Virtual tour by

The venue for our Indigo Christmas party has been chosen – and it’s got an 80s vibe.

The vital services offered by the Indigo Project would not be possible without its team of dedicated volunteers.

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

Recorder Appeal: Dreaming of an Indigo Christmas

It’s a day when many of us will be looking forward to putting our feet up, sharing presents and eating and drinking with our friends and family.

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.

Rockin' Santa!

If the answer is yes then test your knowledge of Christmas songs with our quiz.

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.

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