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A dedicated team of long distance runners will be pounding the capital’s pavements on Sunday as they take part in the Virgin London Marathon to raise funds for a Woodford Green children’s hospice.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

It was largely as a result of Ilford Borough Council promoting a bill in the Houses of Parliament seeking county borough status in the 1950s that in 1957 a Royal Commission was set up to examine the system and working of local government in the Greater London area.

Catriona Rowland can usually be found cheering on London Marathon runners - but this year she’ll be taking on the challenge herself.

More than 400 protestors have been arrested in the Extinction Rebellion protests that have brought areas of central London to a standstill. A Wanstead campaigner among them tells the Recorder what the purpose of all this disruption is.

It’s the Easter holidays and you’ve got four days off work. If you don’t want to go away, there’s plenty of fun things to do on your doorstep.

An animal welfare charity has launched an investigation after the bodies of two dogs were found dumped in the River Roding.

A South Woodford builder has been ordered to refund a couple the £17,500 he charged them for work worth only £1,124.

A person has been taken to hospital after a car crashed into a shop front in Woodford Green today.

The main children’s centres in the borough will stay open Redbridge Council has announced.

Two teenagers from Upminster and Woodford Green have been arrested on suspicion of robbery after reports expensive coats were being targeted in Brentwood.

A South Woodford synagogue raised more than £1,400 for a Jewish charity aiming to tackle extreme poverty in the UK and overseas.

City Airport has been working with 300 female pupils from east London to hone their skills and show them what opportunities there are in aviation.

The principal of a Redbridge secondary school – who has overseen its rise to the top of the borough’s rankings tables – is stepping down after 21 years of service.

An animal welfare charity has launched an investigation after the badly-burned body of a dog – believed to be soaked in petrol – was discovered in a Wanstead woodland.

A 15-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of mugging a reality TV star’s foster brothers of a bicycle in Woodford Green has been released under investigation.

A South Woodford woman who worked as a Conservative Party election agent in the 2018 Local Elections has been charged over forged signatures on candidate nomination forms.

Faith leaders in the borough are calling on residents to tie the knot as new figures reveal that marriages – particularly those with religious ceremonies – are on the decline.

A much-loved bagel shop lives to fight another day after a planning inspector refused an application to turn the premises into a private medical clinic.

A Wanstead dad was stunned when his attempt to drop off his daughter’s forgotten packed lunch at her South Woodford primary school ended with a blazing row that saw the police called out.

A reality TV star is “absolutely heartbroken” after her two teenage foster brothers were mugged at knifepoint in Woodford Green on Tuesday (April 2).

The Woodford depot Transport for London uses to operate its east London Dial-a-Ride service will close this autumn, sparking fears from users that the service might stop operating effectively.

A Woodford Green man has appeared in court charged with robbing a group of teens in Loughton.

I recently asked the health minister Matt Hancock to visit Whipps Cross Hospital, parts of which date back more than 100 years, after raising its condition at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Officers with guns were sent to Woodford Green following reports of a man “in possession of a firearm”.

A Wanstead drug dealer who operated out of a Travelodge has been jailed.

Firefighters have established the cause of a blaze which tore through three floors of a Woodford Green townhouse.

Redbridge’s MPs have joined their colleagues from around the country in voting on options for the next steps in the Brexit process.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Redbridge Council have awarded two of the borough’s primary schools £10,000 each to cut harmful emissions.

The number of children being born underweight in Redbridge is higher than the national average, but one in four of the borough’s children are obese by the time they leave primary school according to a new report from Public Health England.

Firefighters have tackled a blaze which tore through three floors of a Woodford Green townhouse.

To combat Ilford town centre getting “eroded” by changing habits and competition from Stratford and Romford, Redbridge Council is applying for a grant to turn it back into a shopping “mecca”.

More than 80 business owners and community members attended the grand unveiling of Wanstead estate 
agents’ swanky new office space.

Redbridge Council plans to fine people for begging in South Woodford and Wanstead.

The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (Ulez) is coming to Redbridge on October 25 2021.

More than 35,000 people from across Redbridge have signed the petition to cancel Brexit and keep Britain in the EU.

Redbridge Council can now take ‘behind-closed-doors’ decisions on £100,000 recruitment and lay-off payments following a policy change, Conservative councillors have warned.

More than 150 people gathered in Clayhall Park on Saturday, March 23, to pay their respects to the victims of terror attacks across the world, including the New Zealand mosque attack.

Gangs in Redbridge are moving away from postcode rivalries and working together for business reasons.

Police are searching for a man who asked a 15-year-old girl to get in his car multiple times as she walked to school in South Woodford.

Seven teens have been arrested in connection with a suspected robbery near South Woodford Tube station in which a police officer was injured.

Tributes have been paid by the family of east London pie and mash queen June Robins, after she died last week.

South Woodford Tube station is officially step-free now that a ramp has been installed on its western flank.

A man who sells survival and slash-proof gear from his Woodford Green outlet is beginning to market his wares to parents in the current wave of knife crime.


Defence classes for children such as Krav Maga are fun, healthy activities that can reduce the risk of bullying, build self-confidence and teach discipline

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The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime


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