Redbridge clubs news: Female empowerment, wartime Ilford and the Redbridge Marquetry Group

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 September 2014

Marquetry Group members creating their masterpieces.

Marquetry Group members creating their masterpieces.


News from Redbridge clubs, societies and voluntary organisations.

Redbridge Marquetry Group

The group is seeing a surge in new memberships after numbers were dwindling when they moved from Beal High School in Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge, to the Redbridge Social Centre in Beehive Lane.

Despite interest, the group wants more people to get involved with the ancient art of creating images with wood veneer.

Members have gone from meeting twice a month to every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm.

The weekly sessions provide one-to-one tutoring for members wanting to perfect their technique.

Call 020 8924 9917 or visit

Friends of Wanstead Parklands

A historic gardens expert delved into the colourful past of Wanstead Park last week.

The Historic Gardens of Wanstead House talk, led by historian Dr Sally Jeffery, explored the rich heritage of the grade II listed park at the event, held at the Salvation Army Hall in Southwell Grove Road, Wanstead.

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands event also hosted a raffle with prizes, and a book stall.

To get involved with the group, which promotes the park, and its events email

Ilford Historical Society

The society opened its season of talks with historian John Barfoot looking at life at home and on the front line during the First World War.

Special Police constables to deal with unrest on the streets, Zepplin raids on Ilford and a lieutenant-turned-star who shot down German aircraft, featured in the Over Here and Over There talk.

The group’s next talk will tackle the history of immigration in Ilford, with speaker Roger Backhouse’s talk Bloody Foreigners or Welcome Citizens: Migrants to Ilford.

The October 13 talk will take place at the Ilford Hospital Chapel in Ilford Hill, Ilford, from 7.30pm, with entry costing £2.

Historical Society chairman Jef Page, of Ilford, said: “John’s talk went really well - he is very good at what he does.

“Roger’s talk tackles some touchy subjects but we’re keen to explore contemporary issues too.”


East London Soroptimists

The group, which is actively working towards helping and empowering women globally, is inviting people to come to its open day.

Female genital mutilation, human trafficking and female economic empowerment are some of the issues the group is concerned about.

The open day is on October 21 at Valentines Mansion in Emerson Road, Ilford, at 7.30pm.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Soroptimists secretary Thelma Corless, of Clayhall, said: “We want to empower and educate girls and we want to help girls that are underprivileged.

“I think anyone who’s concerned about issues surrounding women and children should come and join us - it’s the organisation for them.”

Call 020 8551 9180 for more information.

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Redbridge clubs news: Walking in Woodford Green, Ilford charity gig and debating voluntary sector

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