Clubs news: Woodford Brownies celebrate and birds of Wanstead Flats revealed

The 14th Woodford Brownies celebrated the group's first birthday in January.

The 14th Woodford Brownies celebrated the group's first birthday in January. - Credit: Archant

The latest news from clubs, groups and societies across Redbridge.

14th Woodford Brownies

A new brownie group that was resurrected last year after a lack of leaders stopped it running for a decade has been celebrating its first birthday.

The 14th Woodford Brownies had a special cake in honour of the occasion and played games.

Wren Conservation Group

The beautiful birds living on Wanstead Flats will be the subject of a talk next Monday (17).

Speakers Tim Harris and Nick Croft will be telling the Wren Conservation Group why so many species choose to make the area their home.

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Tim described the flats, on the border of Redbridge and Newham, as one of London’s “best-kept wildlife secrets”.

Its population of breeding skylarks are the closest found to central London and rare birds are regularly seen in spring and autumn, including the stone curlew, wryneck and qual.

The presentation will showcase some of the most interesting and beautiful feathered visitors to the area.

The Wren Conservation Group records information on the wildlife and maintains parks and woodlands around Wanstead and Epping Forest, as well as organising events and outings.

Everyone is welcome to the talk starting at 7.15pm at Coffee7 cafe, Siebert Road, Forest Gate. Entry £2, children free.

n For more information on the group, email Tim on or call 07505 482328.

Redbridge 18 Plus

A social group has been awarded for its excellent events and support for local people.

Members of Redbridge 18 Plus had a lot to celebrate as they took home a clutch of trophies for their charity work, events and even their website.

The society is part of a national network and won the awards at the annual East Anglia area conference held in Romford.

The Best Group Trophy was for the quality of events put on by the group, which include day trips, holidays and regular quizzes and activity evenings.

Support for the local area and efforts to promote 18 Plus groups were also assessed.

They won the Roy Gordon Trophy for winning the most sports competitions and the charities award was shared with the Barking and Dagenham Group.

Redbridge 18 Plus also won awards for publicity and having the best website.

Member Trevor Eley said: “I am really pleased the group won the awards, as the members deserve them for the enthusiasm, dedication and great spirit within the group.”

Redbridge 18 Plus is a social group offering organised events and trips for 18 to 40-year-olds.

The group meets on Fridays at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, from 8.30-10pm.

n Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 020 8553 0947 or 020 8554 1364.

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