Redbridge clubs news: LGBT History Month, magic for charity and a chess win

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 February 2015

Cllr Jas Athwal, centre, at the LGBT event. Picture: East Side Community Heritage

Cllr Jas Athwal, centre, at the LGBT event. Picture: East Side Community Heritage


The latest news from Redbridge’s clubs and societies.

Redbridge Rainbow Community

The group spoke at the launch of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month, which is expected to bring the community together.

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal and deputy leader Wes Streeting both showed their support at the rally and spoke about the need to support LGBT groups in the borough.

History group East Side Community Heritage introduced an oral history project called Being Civil in Redbridge, where people were interviewed about their views in an online video.

Judith Garfield, executive director of East Side Community Heritage, was delighted with how the rally event at Redbridge town Hall went.

She said: “It was very successful and there was a good turnout. It brought people together and the whole thing was very positive.”

For more on the Redbridge Rainbow Community visit

Ilford Magical Society

The society has begun the year just as it left it – with more magic shows and performances.

Barry Hicks, president of the society, took his show to the Bulphan in Bloom society in Thurrock. He was joined by 10 close up magicians, three stage acts and two crew members responsible for staging and lighting.

The crowd were treated to a magic show and raffle to raise money for the Bulphan community centre and according to Barry Hicks they “really enjoyed themselves”.

The society expects to perform up to 12 shows a year and the money raised has always gone to a charitable cause.


Ilford National Trust

The National Trust branch in Ilford is hoping to raise even more awareness of historical sites and spaces this year.

Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every month, except August, and members and new recruits can socialise and discuss issues relating to the borough historic places and spaces.

Refreshments are available.

Members can also look forward to summer trips to Basildon Park, Igtham Mote and Osterley Park.

To find out more about the group, which meets at St Andrew’s Church Hall, The Drive, Ilford, call 020 8554 8786.

Ilford Chess Club

The Ilford group came out on top as they beat Barking 3½ to 2½.

Ilford risked playing three junior members, but returned triumphant after trumping the division leaders.

To get involved with the club visit

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