Recorder letters: Live council meetings, no Tories at budget, Mayfield Class ‘78, Bodgers and ovarian cancer

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 March 2018

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

Broadcast council meetings live

David Stephens, chairman, Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents Association, writes:

For a long time Andy Walker has been trying to get Redbridge Council to live broadcast its council and committee meetings. He has suggested that this could be done easily via a smartphone with the broadcast being uploaded to Facebook.

The cost would be minimal but it would give thousands a chance to see what our council is doing.

A group of us attended the council’s budget meeting on February 22, hoping to argue the case but we were not allowed to speak.

This week I have been watching Parliament TV live. Watching live broadcasts of debates in both the House of Commons as well as watching live broadcasts of committees and select committees. If the “mother of all parliaments” and the “seat of democracy” is content to have live broadcasts, why not Redbridge Council?

It is 100 years since women started getting the vote. Redbridge Council has been involved in some of the events celebrating this milestone in democracy and lauding the rights given to women. So why isn’t it prepared to take local democracy another step forward? What has it got to hide?

Why so few Tories at budget meeting?

Ved Vias Vats, Henley Road, Ilford, writes:

As you would know, Redbridge Council met last Thursday to set its budget for 2018-19. I had nothing planned for the evening so decided to go to Ilford Town Hall to watch council proceedings.

Sadly, the meeting was cut short because of a member being taken ill during the course of his speech. This understandably led to a great deal of concern from members on all sides and, at the council leader’s suggestion, the mayor suspended the meeting temporarily.

At the resumption of the meeting, the council agreed to pass the budget without debate as a mark of respect for the unwell colleague.

It was doubly sad for me – concern for the unwell member and missing the debate.

Budget night is usually an occasion when members engage in passionate and occasionally entertaining debate.

However, what I found strikingly noticeable and mystifying was the absence of a large number of Conservative opposition members on the budget meeting night when parties expect every member to be present under the three-line whip rule.

On the other hand, members of the Labour party seemed to be present in full force. Is it a reflection of the state of the political parties in Redbridge I wonder?

Mayfield Class of ’78 reunion

Julie Cooper, via email, writes:

Are you the Class of ‘78 at Mayfield Girls School, Christie Gardens, Chadwell Heath?

We are holding a special school reunion in May – 40 years since we left school!!!

If you were in the Class of ‘78 and would like more information please leave a message, send me a private message or join a Facebook page for Mayfield Girls –

If you are any of the girls below (maiden names used) or unfortunately I have left you off the list, or you know a lady who was at the school in this year please get in touch we are trying to find as many as we can and get as many as we can to meet up.

So far we have found and made contact with over 65 ladies. Fifty-seven are on our Facebook group. We would like to find more.

Beverly Pinborough; Karen Ulrich; Tracey O’Brien (last known to be living near Poole, Dorset); Sharon Curtis; Carol Weeks; Sonia Glover; Marlene Barclay (works for the NHS); Carole Bullock; Linda Bream; Debbie Naylor; Tracy Beavis Katie Attwood; Ruth Baron; Sally Greenwood; Ann Cross; Pat Bryce Julie Dear; Carol Emberson; Linda Duffy; Jennifer Green; Teresa White (lives in Spain); Michelle Powditch; Angela Robinson (last known to be living in Mid Glamorgan); Karina Krouch; Deborah Turner; Stephanie Miller; Jasmine Wilson; Marion Brennan; Beverley Smith; Michelle Faber; Vicky Kelly; Jodie King; Caroline O’Connell; Debbie Cox; Rosalind Brand; Ruth Barro;n Sherry Downes; Susan Barrett; Linda Caton and Debbie Golbourne.

The last bastion of civilisation

Mr A Still, York Road, Ilford, writes:

I’m in Bodgers restaurant. It’s Sunday 1.35, I’ve been lucky enough as a regular to get an official invitation to this end of an era occasion, cream jam cake!

There was a cabaret from an older person, nice, nice, nice classy songs. The last bastion of civilisation in Ilford has nearly gone. It’s no good saying no, there’s nowhere civilised now, nowhere people dress decently, don’t swear and curse.

I’m 84, when young I worked at Bearman’s Store, Leytonstone. We used to play Bodgers and Harrison Gibson at football and cricket. We beat them at the football, they wiped the floor with us at cricket!

This afternoon’s show and entertainment was laid on for us by the manageress Leslie, Betty, Jane and the rest of staff.

Congratulations and thank you so much.

Know symptoms of ovarian cancer

Susan Calman, comedian, presenter and Target Ovarian Cancer ambassador, writes:

I used to be one of the four out of five women in the UK that can’t name bloating as a major symptom of ovarian cancer. Then my role model, the wonderful comedian Linda Smith, died from the disease. Now as an ambassador for Target Ovarian Cancer, I am calling for more awareness of the disease during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this March.

I want everyone to know the four symptoms – it could save lives: persistent bloating; feeling full; tummy pain; needing to wee more.

I’m asking your readers to join us to raise awareness and money to support Target Ovarian Cancer this March. It’s time to TAKE OVAR. Together we can make sure every woman knows the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Join us at your workplace, school or community: Bake Some Noise with a cake sale or coffee morning, join us on Friday, March 9 for The Big Colour Clash by wearing your loudest outfit for a donation, or Challenge yourself to tell 50 people about the symptoms and raise £50.

We’ll send you everything you need for free – stickers, symptoms leaflets, badges and wristbands. Call 020 7923 5474 or visit

Raise awareness, fund research, and save lives this March.

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