Monday, November 9, 2020

Remembrance Sunday services across Redbridge this year were a much quieter affair, with people privately paying their respects and some services going virtual.

Local historian Professor Ged Martin relates how a kitten helped local police nab a serial cat burglar

A memorial service has been held to pay tribute to seven firefighters who lost their lives at the start of the Blitz.

Fairlop Waters today stands as a monument to what can be achieved when concerned residents and elected councillors are prepared to stand up to be counted when the openness of the Green Belt is under threat from developers.

A feasibility study on the Gants Hill Community Hub programme is to start next month, as plans for the current library site continue to attract controversy.

A virtual memorial has been held to mark the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide which killed more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims.

In the second of his two cricket history features, Prof Ged Martin asks: Did two Yorkshire batsmen really set a world record against Essex in 1932?

In a cricket season that’s been cancelled, Professor Ged Martin looks at an infamous County match that probably never happened.

Historian Professor Ged Martin returns to Australia’s Ilford

For centuries, Chadwell Street (sometimes just called Chadwell) was a small but important spot on the map of Ilford’s High Road.

Valentines Mansion in Ilford is now offering a free virtual escape rooms game following the original launch of its escape rooms just before Christmas.

Dame Vera Lynn has thanked people for commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day during the coronavirus crisis.

The Second World War in Europe lasted from September 1, 1939 to May 8, 1945 when Germany signed the unconditional surrender.

This Friday marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War.

Using unique archives, newspapers, photographs, oral histories and film, Gerard Greene of Redbridge Museum and Heritage Centre explores the victory celebrations 75 years ago.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre has released a new online film exploring Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford during the war.

The nation has been invited to toast the heroes of the Second World War as the country marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

While we all wonder when we will emerge from lockdown readers share memories of coming out for the joyous celebrations for VE day 75 years ago.

Prof Ged Martin looks at the way Essex people spoke 100 years ago

A new plaque commemorating the life of a Titanic survivor has been installed in St Chad’s Park.

Early in the 19th century, the Forest Side School in Horns Road, Barkingside, was built by Charles Welstead of Valentines.

This year we mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and to celebrate we would like to share readers’ memories.

Local historian David Martin shares more tales of what life was like for pilots flying out of RAF Fairlop

Ron Jeffries of the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association tells the history of the popular Dick Turpin pub.

We take a look at Ilford’s pantomimes of the past

Christmas at war time was very different to the home comforts we enjoy every December. David Martin writes about the 1944 festive period at RAF Fairlop


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start. All companies that trade with the EU need to act now to make sure they are set to go.

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