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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Hope is hugely important for everyone at this difficult time.

The Covid-19/coronavirus crisis is a national emergency and the government are asking a huge amount; students to put their education on hold and people not to socialise in the normal way.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

The coronavirus crisis is dominating the headlines, with the number of confirmed cases standing at 3,269 as of yesterday (March 20).

This has been an extraordinary couple of weeks in Westminster.

Every year for 19 days in March, Baha’is all over the world participate in a period of fasting where, from sunrise to sunset, food and liquid are not consumed.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Lent (from Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday) is a time when Christians observe a period of fasting, contemplation, and self-denial.

The expansion of Heathrow airport has been ruled unlawful by the Court of Appeal in a victory for climate campaigners fighting to block controversial plans for a third runway.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Congratulations to The Salvation Army and Redbridge Council on the opening of 42 accommodation units to shelter homeless people in the borough of Redbridge as part of Project Malachi.

We are in the Christian season of Lent – a time of preparation for the observance of Jesus’ suffering and death, and for the celebration of his resurrection.

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Amelia writes: If you had told me a year ago that I would give a speech in the House of Commons I wouldn’t have believed you, I didn’t even think I could become a member of youth parliament (MYP).

Eden Church is a thriving, multi-cultural Church in the heart of Ilford, Essex, a fresh, vibrant, Jesus-centred church.

After the recent political turbulence, 2020 might feel like a fresh start but many of those keen to sell or let property this year may still have concerns.

Recently we examined Sadiq Khan’s final budget as Mayor of London. As we all know, London is currently facing massive challenges, none more concerning than the inexorable growth in violent crime.

They say that an optimist sees a glass half full, a pessimist sees a glass half empty and a spiritualist will tell you that you are measuring the content with the wrong size glass, find a smaller glass and you will find that it’s already full.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Over the last few weeks, our community has witnessed horrendous incidents of violence. This has shocked us but we must also admit that, in many ways, it has not surprised us.

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In a new parliament with a large Conservative majority, many expect that Labour MPs like me will find it hard to make a difference.

Last week we commemorated across the world, the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945.

I often write these columns while sitting in a pub. You can tell which because they end with many typos and me saying, “I love you, you’re my best friend.”

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In recent days Conservative MPs rejected bid to help child refugees as the commons overturned Lords changes to the Brexit Bill.

One of the things I love is social media. Facebook and Twitter especially. There we see the views of all walks of life over the whole world.

How will you feel when Brexit happens in silence? For many that should be a good thing. Lots of people have been desperate to get Brexit done and even more have been begging for a bit of peace and quiet on the issue.

The fatal stabbings in Seven Kings are deeply shocking and I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the families of the three men who died.

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As the new year has arrived, so have the Redbridge Youth Elections.

It is widely accepted that a child is a gift from God, which is entrusted to a couple and it is their inalienable duty to give that child a holistic upbringing.

As we move into a new decade, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all Redbridge residents a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2020.

We are still basking in the advent of the year 2020 and for some of us, it is full of promise and opportunities whilst for others, it brings trepidation and uncertainty about the days ahead.

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Test your festive lyrics knowledge in our Christmas Eve quiz.

It was approximately 1am on December 10, 2019, I stood in an operating theatre of an NHS hospital with my wife attached to monitors and medical teams working flat out in an attempt to safely deliver our new born son.

Christmas is traditionally a time of extravagance and a chance to spoil loved ones with gifts, great food and merry cheer. But can we enjoy the festive season sustainably?

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We are in the sweet spot. The stress of the election is over, the worry of food shortages can’t kick in till next year even if they are real, so now we have Christmas. It’s time to eat, drink and be merry.

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