Redbridge clubs news: Rotary O2 climb, grave robbery and a chess win

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 March 2015

Rotarians climb the O2 Arena. Picture: Rotary GBI

Rotarians climb the O2 Arena. Picture: Rotary GBI


News from Redbridge clubs, societies and voluntary organisations.

Redbridge and Barkingside Rotary Club

The rotary clubs celebrated more than a century of the worldwide movement by climbing a famous dome.

Members from the Redbridge and Barkingside groups joined more than 150 Rotarians from across the country to mark 110 years of the international organisation by climbing the O2 Arena.

The climb was also organised to raise awareness of the Rotary End Polio Now campaign, which has seen 51,000 members in the UK raise more than £20million.

The campaign has seen more than two billion children immunised in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 deaths.

Redbridge Rotarian and Rotary International UK vice president elect Eve Conway said: “The world is on the verge of polio eradication, a feat that will mark one of the greatest global public health achievements of all time.

“However, we are not resting on our laurels as there is still lots that can be done.”

Rotarian Adrian Brewer, who organised the event, added: “We organised the climb of the O2 Arena to mark both our continued efforts in the fight against polio and to celebrate Rotary’s 110th anniversary. As part of this, we have literally flown the End Polio Now campaign flag high above the capital’s skyline. I would like to urge the British public to get behind Rotary and help make history by ridding the world of this disease forever.”

Visit to get involved.

Wanstead Historical Society

The group is due to delve into the world of murder and grave robbery in 1830s London.

Sarah Wise will be giving a talk on three body snatchers put on trial for supplying the anatomy schools of London with suspiciously fresh bodies for dissection.

They later became known as The London Burkers and their story was dubbed the case of “The Italian Boy”.

The talk is set to take place on Thursday March 19 at 8pm.

It will be held at the Churchill Room in Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead.

Refreshments will be available and there is a £3 entry charge for visitors.

Call 079 4902 6212 for more information.

Ilford Chess Club

The chess club is celebrating a comfortable win after it beat Upminster 4.5 to 1.5.

Howard Berlin, Jamie Berlin, Umar Yunis and Prathees Kishore won a game each, Aditya Verma drawing one match to earn half a point for the Ilford team.

The win comes after a three-all draw with Wanstead.

To get involved with the chess club visit

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