Redbridge clubs news: Cubs at camp, Ilford’s entertainment past and why relationships matter

2nd Ilford North Cub Scouts camping weekend.

2nd Ilford North Cub Scouts camping weekend. - Credit: Archant

Ilford North Cub Scouts

The cub scouts made fire and walked on water during a camping weekend.

The 2nd Ilford North Cub Scouts learned how light fires, played crazy golf and went water zorbing – where they graced water in secure floating ball-pods.

The camping trip, held at the Chigwell Row Campsite in Lambourne Road, Chigwell, saw the cubs build dens in trees and learn a wealth of life skills.

Cub Scout leader Denise Taylor, 51, wants more people of all ages to get involved with the Scouts movement – she claims more than 90 per cent of the group’s adult volunteers have developed key skills.

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Ms Taylor, of Gants Hill, said: “Everyone should find their local group and sign up.

“I started out as a Brownie and I’ve learnt so much while getting to do all sorts of amazing activities that I would normally never get to do.”

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The veteran volunteer is supported by a young team of leaders, which works to ensure that all trips and activities are safe.

Ms Taylor added: “Children can become more independent when they join and it’s an experience that they will remember for a lifetime.

“Just seeing the cubs on the camping trip enjoying themselves was fantastic – it’s all about them respecting each other and making new friends along the way.”

For more information on the scouts visit

Ilford Historical Society

Entertainment in early 20th century Ilford was the topic of a talk by Vivyan Ellacot.

The group delved into the world of the Kenneth More Theatre’s early days and the buzzing crowds at Valentines Mansion, which came to see variety acts from across the country perform.

Vivyan talked about Ilford’s thriving music circuit with the likes of Bill Hayley and His Comets and The Who playing at the Harrison Gibson building in Ilford Town Centre.

The event came to a close with a quiz on Ilford’s famous entertainment guests, which was won by society member Pam Williams who scored 100 per cent.

For more information on the group visit

Barkingside 21

Why Relationships Matter is the title of a talk hosted by the community and environment group.

The talk by guest speaker Patsy Whiteside, of charity Relate, will explore family counselling, sex, separation and divorce.

The event takes place at the group’s coffee morning in the Hainault Room at the Fullwell Cross Library, Barkingside, from 9.45am to 11.45am on October 28.

Entry is free with fairtrade tea and biscuits on offer to guests.

If you would loke more information call 020 8550 6629.

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