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The stars of Barkingside’s Make Believe performing arts company took part in their Christmas pantomime last week.

Artist Lucy Harrison at the free motion sewing event at Regent Home of Sewing in Ilford

The Ilford Palais nightclub, the Ilford Hippodrome and Fairchilds department store were all famous landmarks in the borough which have now been resigned to history.

The mayor and mayoress of Redbridge, Cllr Ashley Kissin and wife Hilary, with their grandchildren at Ken Aston Square's Christmas event

Christmas fever officially came to Barkingside last night at the switch-on for the festive lights.

Shazim Zaheer and other children in Pakistan remembering the victims. Picture: Abida Iqbal

The world has stood united in sorrow and horror since the Peshawar school attack, which saw more than 100 children murdered by the Pakistani Taliban.

Wes Streeting, deputy leader of the Redbridge Labour Group and cabinet member for health wellbeing

Funding cuts to councils will have an impact on frontline services, the deputy leader of Redbridge Council has warned.

A £600,000 project has seen a major refurbishment of the library and the installation of a new 40 station gym and a studio. in South Woodford.

A £600,000 project to transform a library and provide a new gym has been completed – with the new facility set to open in January.

The council announced plans it will be providing a second new pool in the borough, just weeks after unveiling plans for one at Mayfield School

Plans for a second new public swimming pool in Redbridge have been announced today.

Residents at the former Mecca Bingo in Chadwell Heath, previously The Top Rank Club

The proposed swimming pool at Mayfield School has sparked off opposition from some corners of the community, with objectors arguing the council has selected the wrong location.

A dog poses in a Christmas outfit after being groomed at Paw-fect

A Christmas grotto with a twist raised hundreds of pounds for charity by hosting a raffle and glamorous photo shoot for dogs last weekend.

Crime & Court

Thu, 07:01

A grandmother who was held up at gunpoint in her jewellery shop by two men dressed as couriers has said she “won’t let them win”.

Tue, 16:57
Mohsin Mallu, 28, admitted stealing almost £100,000 from the post office. Picture: PA

A post office manager who stole almost £100,000 and gambled most of it away on a betting website has had his sentencing deferred while he pays £10,000 back.

Monday, December 8, 2014
A police vehicle outside Frank Slater House Picture Ellie Hoskins

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 26-year-old woman in Goodmayes last week.

Health

Mon, 07:01

A patients’ watchdog has renewed calls for the planned closure of Wanstead Hospital to be referred to the Health Secretary after proposals were agreed by commissioners last week.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Sally Edwards with her petition to keep Wanstead Hospital's Heronwood and Galleon wards open in Snaresbrook, London on September 16, 2014. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Plans to close Wanstead Hospital have been given the go-ahead by health commissioners despite a 5,000 signature petition against the proposal.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
King George Hospital, Barley Lane

Coughs, colds and bruises are among reasons parents in Redbridge inappropriately rush their babies to A&E, according to health bosses.

Environment

Mon, 18:30

Woes for housing tenants can be anything from plumbing troubles, to a lack of heating and hot water.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Special enforcement day in Ilford.

“I thought there had been a murder,” said one resident when met with a street full of police and council officers.

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles

The secretary of state for communities Eric Pickles has agreed to review any plans to build on green belt land in Redbridge.

Politics

Yesterday, 11:44

Funding cuts to councils will have an impact on frontline services, the deputy leader of Redbridge Council has warned.

Thu, 16:42
The council announced plans it will be providing a second new pool in the borough, just weeks after unveiling plans for one at Mayfield School

Plans for a second new public swimming pool in Redbridge have been announced today.

Thu, 11:46
Barkingside Magistrates Court

A man has been charged with GBH after a 32-year-old was found with serious head injuries in a Seven Kings street.

Education

Yesterday, 07:00

A £600,000 project to transform a library and provide a new gym has been completed – with the new facility set to open in January.

Wed, 07:00
Al-Noor Primary School pupils at the Recorder's offices

Their pages are filled with stories about Lionel Messi, astronauts and exotic sea creatures.

Monday, December 8, 2014
Abdul Jabbar with a bird of prey

School children got up close and personal with birds of prey.

Heritage

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fans of the historic Cauliflower pub have rallied behind its owners after the opening was delayed.

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Wing from a First World War biplane and a shell at Redbridge Museum's exhibition

Discover more about the borough’s connections to the Great War through a new attraction.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Barkingside having a plaque and dedication service to mark Armistice Day. The mayor Cllr Ashley Kissin attended the service at Barkingside Cemetery

The community took a moment to pause today and remember all those who have served our country.

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