Redbridge clubs news: Redbridge Rotary Club and memory lane trip with Ilford Historical Society
PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 February 2016
A round up of news from the borough’s clubs and societies.
Redbridge Rotary Club
Rotarians are encouraging young chefs to take up cooking after they held the district finals of a “Young Chef” competition at Redbridge College.
Sponsored by olive oil makers, Filippo Berio, youngsters cooked up a storm.
The competition aimed to encourage teens to learn how to cook a nutritious meal and present it in a skilful and appetizing way.
Open to pupils and students aged between 11 and 17, youngsters were challenged to stick to a tight budget and consider food hygiene issues.
Culminating in a preparing a two-course healthy meal - main and desert - cooked in two hours for two people, costing less than £10.
Ella Margetts, 12, from Roding Valley High School in Loughton was judged the winner.
Her delicious winning menu included Salmon en Croute and crushed potatoes for her main course followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert.
The event, two weeks ago, as well attended by family members, teachers, Rotary district governor Helen Antoniou, Barbara White - mayor of Redbridge and many Rotarians.
Runners up were Thamina Rahman from St Augustine’s Church of England School in central London and Nell Cairo from Harris Academy in Battersea.
Ella will now proceed onto the Rotary Young Chef Regional Finals in April at Harlow College.
Redbridge Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 7pm at Luigi’s restaurant in Beehive Lane, Gants Hill. Visit redbridgerotaryclub.or for further more information.
Ilford Historical Society
Historians took a guided tour of ‘Leytonstone Through Postcards’ last Monday evening with Alan Simpson.
His vast collection of slides showed Leytonstone grown from a mid-Victorian village surrounded by farmland to a trendy town .
The 1930s saw grand cinemas such as the Arcade and Rex grow in popularity and trams brought shoppers to the Bearmans department store founded by Frank Bearman in 1898.
The store’s claim that there was no need to go up to the west end- was very popular and a well known landmark for years until it closed in 1963 - a blue plaque now marks the site.
Famous residents included celebrity cook Fanny Cradock, fashion photographer David Bailey and at the station mosaics show scenes from the films of renowned Hollywood director Alfred Hitchcock who grew up in the area with his family.
The club’s next event will be on Saturday March 5 at Redbridge Central Library celebrating “amazing local women” for International Women’s Day. Visit thelittleboxoffice.com/vision to book. The society welcomes new members, for more information visit ilfordhistoricalsociety.weebly.com
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