Recorder letters: Valentine Pub, Kenneth More show, Christchurch Green bench and Ilford Town centre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 July 2018

The Valentine Pub no longer faces the threat of demolition. Picture: KEN MEARS

The Valentine Pub no longer faces the threat of demolition. Picture: KEN MEARS


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

Joy as Valentine saved

Barbara White, full address supplies, writes:

I was delighted to read that the Valentine Pub no longer faces the threat of demolition. I was also very pleased to be invited onto the committee to save the Valentine which has been formed by Kim Judge and Paul Scott with Kim taking the lead.

This will be the second time I have been involved in saving this pub as about 30 years ago there was a plan to change it to a Phineas Phogg’s.

We won the day then, also the battle to save our homes in Bramley Crescent so let’s hope that we can win again.

As a dedicated community activist who cares passionately about Redbridge I hope that others will join us.

The hope is that the pub will be protected under the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s London Plan protecting the night time economy.

Sadly we lost our Purple Flag status at Gants Hill, a scheme set up to raise standards and improve the quality of towns and cities rather like the Green Flag for parks and open spaces.

Purple flag towns can expect to benefit from a lower crime rate, less anti social behaviour and increased footfall for businesses. Obviously with so many new buildings the Agent For Change rule should be introduced.

Our aim is for the Valentine to be listed as an asset of community value and from there become a community hub.

Please support us.

Another thrilling show at the Kenneth More

K Gaunt, Greenslade Road, Barking, writes:

The Palmerstone Stage School gave as a stunning performance tonight of Jerry’s Girls with the great music of Jerry Henman, all-American master of song who won multiple Tony awards, Grammy, Olivier and Drama Desk awards.

The girls and boys performed some of Broadways best musicals, including Hello Dolly, Mame, Mack and Mabel and La Cage Aux Folles.

Appearing on stage tonight until Saturday was principal of the stage school Loraine Stone who gave us a rendition of Bosom Buddies with her niece Zoe PIlgrim teacher of the stage school. Tami Stone showing us her vocal talent and Rikki Ston and Zak Pilgrim showed us singing and dance skills.

Also a brilliant rendition of It Only Takes A Moment and Hello Dolly by Michelle Bock and Time Heals Everything from Mack and Mabel.

Not forgetting the brilliant Palmerston Dancers who wowed us all with their dancing singing and acrobatci skills from babies, juniors, seniors up to adults showing us all your never to old to tap and dance.

The costume and choreography was super and the show an extravaganza in its self.

Last but not least well done to the whole orchestra conducted by theatre manager Steven Day.

A great night out and two hours of sheer delight a big round of applause to all, and all behind the scenes.

Community spirit alive and well

Paul Donovan, Dangan Road, Wanstead, writes:

It was fantastic to see a bench recently vandalised on Christchurch Green repaired, so that people in our community can once again enjoy resting there.

The repair resulted from the intervention of a local lady, who spoke to some builders working nearby.

They generously fixed the bench without charge. A real case of community action and putting something back.

It is this type of community spirit that is so important in our often anonymous and sometimes seemingly uncaring society. This action was Wanstead at its best.

There are so many people that quietely contribute to the common good of life in Wanstead.

The guerrilla gardeners who tend and create flower beds. The new Wild Wanstead initiative, which has planted tree pits in so many of our roads. The sea of colour expected is beginning to emerge, though slightly delayed due to the dry weather.

There are those helping out neighbours by picking up some shopping for them. Much voluntary work goes on in Wanstead Park. There is a relative army of litter pickers who go around the park ensuring that rubbish is removed.

Members of the Wren group do other restoration work in the park.

Litter picking extends well beyond the park, with activities taking place on Christchurch Green, George Green and around the Tarzy Wood area.

These are all actions taken by individuals coming together in community to make our area a better place.

There is more that can be done though, especially on litter.

It never fails to amaze me, how human beings will just drop rubbish around them and move off.

I am not sure there is any other creature in the animal kingdom that behaves in such a way. Dirtying once own pitch as it were?

If those who drop rubbish in Wanstead Park and elsewhere just took the stuff home and disposed of it through the correct channels, a lot of effort would be saved.

But enough of the negative.

The voluntary efforts of so many people in Wanstead should be recognised and applauded because it is they who make this such a lovely place to live.

The mystery of the replaced pavement

Mr A Still, York Road, Ilford, writes:

Why are all the paving stones being replaced in Ilford Town Centre area? There’s nothing wrong with the existing paving?

And, what are these dirty black splodges that appear on all the pavements? Why spend all this cash on paving stones when it could go to King George Hospital (or is that too easy)? Is there some nefarious reason for replacing perfectly good paving stones?

What happened to Ilford town centre?

Jeanne Burke, Chingford Lane, writes:

I write regarding recent thoughts about Ilford.

I wonder why anyone would want to live there. It’s dirty and messy. The pavements are stained (with what?).

Yes the Exchange is clean, what a pity the pavements could not be given a mighty wash over as is the case on the continent, to keep them clean.

I also had the misfortune recently of having to catch a 179 bus from the stop near the library. The bus shelter had obviously been used as a urinal and the stench was horrible.

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