The lost stories of 54 Goodmayes parishioners who gave their lives in the First World War are set to be uncovered with the help of a £10,000 grant.

Twenty pubs in Redbridge have closed their doors since 2001, figures have revealed.

Redbridge Council has quietly splashed out £25 million on commercial properties, including the sites of two nightclubs, an investigation has found.

A woman from East Ham who was famously sentenced to the death penalty in the 1920s is to be reburied in her family grave.

An emotional Remembrance service was held in Wanstead as residents gathered at the town’s war memorial to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Crowds including local police officers, firemen and local children paid their respects to the fallen on the centenary of the end of the First World War at a special ceremony in Hainault.

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, pupils in Seven Kings installed more than 1,000 handmade poppies at the front of their school.

Hundreds from the borough’s diverse faith communities gathered in Newbury Park to pay their respects to those from Ilford who gave their lives during the First World War and commemorate a century since Armistice Day.

When the alarms sounded to let people know the war had ended many thought they were under attack.

There was a “spine-tingling” reading of the names of 70 South Woodford men who died fighting in the First World War at the town’s Armistice centenary memorial service this morning (Saturday, November 10).

On Armistice Day, 1918, men, women and children united to celebrate the war’s end, but the relieved crowds without meaning to helped spread a deadly disease.

Thousands of men and women whose deaths can be linked to the First World War have yet to be commemorated.

It was a summer’s day when the discharged soldier’s body was fished out of the river.

It was only in his final days that Mary McCarten’s 91-year-old father came clean that his own dad – an Ilford barber – had been interned as an “enemy alien” during the First World War.

Policing across London has changed a lot since the Metropolitan Police Service was first formed 189 years ago, here’s a look at how they started in Redbridge

Hainault resident Derek Hall remembers a bicycle trip he took as a schoolboy with five friends to Weston-super-Mare

The owner of an Ilford pub where a fire broke out says the venue will re-open in December.

Black History Month events in Redbridge

Friday, September 28, 2018

October is Black History Month and in celebration Redbridge has a packed programme of events, talks and activities to foster an understanding of black history and honour black contributions to society. Here is a list of some of the exciting events on offer.

At the beginning of the 20th century Colonel the Honourable William Frederick Cody was one of the most famous men in the world.

Not all superheroes wear capes and not all wonder women prance about in blue hotpants and gold encrusted headdresses (though they can if they want to of course).

Chingford and Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith and residents gathered for a special Battle of Britain exhibition to mark the 78th anniversary of the battle during the Second World War.

Today – September 17, 2018 – the Recorder celebrates 120 years since the publication of its first edition, and to mark the prestigious occassion, we are thrilled to take a look back at the last 12 decades we have spent serving the different communities of Redbridge.

In the first of a two-part special, Prof Ged Martin looks at the history of the stations along the Liverpool Street line.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 60, 40 and 20 years ago.

Talking marksmen, Typhoons and tanks

Sunday, August 19, 2018

In this second article, following on from last month’s tale, local historian David Martin, recalls meeting Lord Carrington a second time at Hainault Forest Country Park’s centenary celebrations.

A look back at the biggest local news stories from this week 60, 40 and 20 years ago.

Hainault will be transformed into an “urban woodland” after the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced thousands of trees will be shipped to Redbridge.

One of east London’s biggest-ever horse-drawn funerals paraded through the streets for the funeral of ‘the king of Roman Road Market’ with nearly 300 mourners.

From the lost Roman villa in Wanstead to the Iron Age camp in Ilford, grab your little ones and a sense of adventure and head on down to an interactive exhibition about the borough’s buildings past and present.

Being a pilot in the Royal Air Force is a source of pride for many, but for one veteran it was also a cause of frustration.

Women have served in the Royal Air Force throughout its 100 year history though the fight for equal opportunities took almost as long.

Love or hate Ilford, very few would disagree that Bodgers department store, in all its locations and formats, was a town centre icon.

The capital’s RAF Museum has welcomed visitors to new galleries for the first time following a £26million makeover.

The RAF’s next generation are playing a vital role in the service’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

One hundred days after the Royal Air Force’s official 100th birthday, the service is to stage a spectacular one off event.

This year Britain’s youngest armed service marks its centenary anniversary.

Hundreds came together in their sharpest suits and dresses to mark the arrival of the Windrush, and its Caribbean passengers from, in Tilbury Docks 70 years ago to the day.

Former RAF Leading Aircraftsman (Group 2) John Wilkinson, in conversation with David Martin

1958: Local busmen were annoyed at attempts by suspected conmen to make money from their strike by going around to houses and asking for money to support the strikes.

Once more, former Hainault schoolboy Derek Hall takes a stroll down memory lane and remembers what it was like in his family’s air raid shelter.

A Woodford Green author has received international success from his book about secret Soviet maps of the world.

A Redbridge charity dedicated to recording and preserving powerful stories from the past celebrated turning 20 with a Houses of Commons party.

There was a lovely summer house over Hainault Park with a tiled roof, it was beautiful.

In this week’s column, former Hainault schoolboy Derek Hall reminisces about the various different ways boys and girls used to keep themselves entertained while the Second World War raged.

Whether you grab your girls or your granny, call the troops together and join tens of thousands of other women celebrating how far women have come in the past 100 years.


The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

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