Redbridge clubs news: North East London RSPB group, Essex and East London Ladies Circle and Redbridge Rotary Club

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 January 2016

The RSPB help protect wildlife such as birds and mallards. Photo: Rosalind Butt

The RSPB help protect wildlife such as birds and mallards. Photo: Rosalind Butt


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

North East London Royal Society Protection of Birds (RSPB) Group

The group enjoyed an illustrated talk by Rob Draper on Grange Farm’s history and wildlife on Tuesday.

The farm, which is developing a wide range of wildlife, covers 90 acres and has a colourful history which includes a strong bond with the City Parochial Foundation that was established in 1891.

In 1935 the foundation’s then clerk, Sir Donald Allen, who believed in exercise and fresh air for young people purchased 50 acres of land, in Chigwell Row, and in 1938 the Foundation purchased 106 acres in Grange Farm.

Now at 90 acres, Grange Farm Centre includes the wildlife-friendly Chigwell Meadows and a home for Essex Wildlife Trust, who manages the Roding Valley Nature Reserve just over the bridge.

The North East London RSPB is based in South Woodford and runs a range of activities including indoor talks on a wide range of subjects and guided walks at green spaces and nature reserves

New members and people who can give illustrated talks are encouraged to get in touch.

The group’s next event will be a water bird count in Wanstead Park on January 17.

For more information visit or contact David Littlejohns on 020 8989 4746.

Essex and East London Ladies Circle

This new group focuses on forming friendships and support networks, having fun and giving back to the community through charity work.

The group, which held its first meeting in December 2015 and are looking to connect with more ladies and is holding another meeting on January 13.

The dinner event will take place at 7pm at Prezzo in High Road, South Woodford with a the table booked under the name of Essex and East London Ladies Circle.

For more information visit the club’s Facebook page or call Tara on 07528 404390.

Redbridge Rotary Club

The club enjoyed its first event of the new year with a talk by John Walker, from London-based charity Sohm Schools Support, which was set up in 2012 to help educate young people in the village of Sohm in Gambia.

Although the Gambian government supplies the school building and the teachers’ salaries a shortfall in equipment funding to John and his wife Sandra to raise money to pay for text books, stationary and the refurbishing of classrooms.

Redbridge Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 7pm at Luigi’s restaurant in Beehive Lane, Gants Hill. Visit for further details.

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