Redbridge Club News: Redbridge Rotary Club, dance classes for the vision impaired and Redbridge 18 plus

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:36 19 October 2015

Swingers dancing the night away at Redbridge Rotary Clubs 40s night. Picture Sandra Davidson/Redbridge Rotary Club

Swingers dancing the night away at Redbridge Rotary Clubs 40s night. Picture Sandra Davidson/Redbridge Rotary Club

Picture Sandra Davidson/Redbridge Rotary Club

A round up of news from the borough’s clubs and societies.

Redbridge Rotary Club

Members of the club turned the clock back in time to host a swing evening and danced the night away to music from the 1940s.

The event, held at the Wanstead Tap in Forest Gate, featured a range of activities.

Members dressed up in 1940s costumes and were given ration books so they could redeem their fish and chip suppers.

Sandra Davidson, public relations officer for the club, said: “The joint was really jumping. We had such a good time.”

Live music was provided by Cody Lee Smart, a retro band who enjoy playing rock ‘n roll, jive, swing, 
boogie woogie, blues and jazz.

The evening also included dance lessons, provided by Swing Patrol, a community of dancers who hold weekly lindy-hop and blues social dances.

The club meets every Tuesday at 7pm at Luigi’s Restaurant, Beehive Lane, Ilford.

New members are welcome.

For further information visit

ActivEyes Redbridge

The group holds weekly dance exercise programmes for blind and partially sighted adults.

The sessions are fun and aimed at improving participants’ health, balance, mobility and co-ordination.

Sessions will be led by a professional dance tutor who will lead participants through the steps and moves.

The activity runs every Tuesday between 2.30pm and 3.30pm at Redbridge Town Hall and cost £2.50

For more information call 020 3697 6464 or email

Redbridge 18 Plus

Redbridge 18 Plus recently celebrated its 40th birthday at their regular Friday night meeting at Goodmayes Community Centre.

Some people dressed up in ‘70s clothes to the themed party in Green Lane, Ilford and also enjoyed dancing to ‘70s themed music.

A fancy dress dress and a cake sale was also held to raise money for the Chigwell Riding Trust.

Terry Little, member of the community group said: “Everyone had a good time at the part and it was an opportunity to look at photos, events and people from earlier years.”

Additional events to mark the group’s milestone include a charity music quiz and a sponsored walk.

The group also visited Hastings recently where they stayed at the caravan resort of Combe Haven Holiday Park for a weekend away.

During the day, members explored Hastings town and the seafront where they took part in traditional seaside past-times including pirate crazy golf, go-karting, and eating ice-cream.

For more information and meeting details, contact 0208 554 1364 or visit

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