Wanstead and Woodford

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From family friendly pubs to tap rooms and gastropubs, here is our pick of east London beer gardens, now that pubs are reopening.

A group of Newbury Park residents are opposing a planning application to build flats following the withdrawal of a similar proposal two years ago.

The heartbroken family of angler Charlie Hilder, who died of a heart attack after rocks were thrown at him at a picturesque castle lake, have made an emotional plea for people to come forward with any information that could help police.

Teenager Soumya Krishna Kumar has continued to grow her Letters to the NHS scheme but has also opted to launch another venture called Letters to Care Homes.

As “Super Saturday” approaches when pubs are allowed to re-open, some owners are choosing to stay shut and others are cautiously seeing how things go.

Ilford’s own Tamzin Outhwaite joined an effort to tackle food poverty by delivering meals for vulnerable children and families.

A Woodford Green man has pleaded guilty after he was found to have downloaded more than 200 indecent images of children and hiding a USB in his shoe, despite being subject to a suspended sentence for the same offence.

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

A Wanstead dance school celebrated its 30th anniversary with a “Super Zoom” event and the founder talked about the pros and cons of teaching under lockdown.

A blaze at Wanstead Flats broke out one day after firefighters issued a warning about grassfires.

A teenager has started a telephone box street library in a bid to help people escape reality through reading.

A ban on disposable barbecues is being urged by firefighters fearing a spike in grass fires.

Residents across the borough took advantage of the warm weather and the slight easing of lockdown to help clean up Redbridge parks.

To mark Children’s Hospice Week, South Woodford’s Haven House is celebrating the families it supports and the care staff who have continued to work tirelessly during the coronavirus crisis.

Further data from the department of work and pensions (DWP) shows a spike in universal credit claims across both Ilford constituencies between April and May.

Thousands of people in Redbridge have signed a petition calling for Britain’s colonial history to become part of the school curriculum.

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

During lockdown a Woodford Green councillor set up a micro social enterprise refurbishing donated bicycles to auction off to support Haven House children’s hospice.

Mock The Week star Hugh Dennis led a special Zoom event for the charity Mitzvah Day, showing people across the country how to make their own homemade masks using just an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors.

A fundraising cake trail set up to support Haven House was a smashing success, raking in £20,000, more than double the amount raised before.

New figures have revealed the areas in Redbridge with the most deaths linked to the coronavirus.

A Chigwell man has launched mask vending machines in Woodford Tube station, Chigwell and the West End to help protect people as lockdown measures are eased up today.

Haven House Children’s Hospice marked national Volunteers’ Week by paying tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped it, even during lockdown.

An elderly man was rescued from a fire which broke out in his flat yesterday afternoon and more than 40 people had to be evacuated from the block of flats.

An elderly man was rescued from a fire which broke out in his flat today.

A statue of Winston Churchill in Woodford Green was vandalised on Tuesday night and police have stepped up patrols in the area.

A woman is running an international cake bake trail starting from her South Woodford home to raise money for Haven House.

Police are investigating the unexplained death of a man who died after reports of a fight at a Chadwell Heath home.

Historian Professor Ged Martin returns to Australia’s Ilford

A makeshift morgue set up to cope with increased fatalities from Covid-19 is being scaled back.

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

Redbridge Dippers founder Hilda Lyons will have to postpone her 100th birthday party celebration until the coronavirus pandemic comes to end.

Redbridge is marking Volunteers’ Week 2020 by shining a spotlight on some of the fantastic efforts residents have made to help their community.

Two deaf sisters from South Woodford are looking to raise money to fulfil their dream of running a food truck business for deaf people.

Redbridge Roundabout is about to become a biodiverse wonderland with more than 3,000 square metres turned into another of the borough’s Grow Zones.

Investigation into Woodford mosque row puts pressure on Jas Athwal

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

Seven weeks after the small business grant was set up some Redbridge businesses fear they will go under while waiting for their relief with no guidance as to when or if they will receive it.

Actress and TV personality Maureen Lipman was joined by 400 people of all faiths and backgrounds for a lockdown cook-along to help someone in need.

Woodford Bridge residents are celebrating after Redbridge Council was forced to back track and act to protect the Village Rest, a local landmark and site of a First World War memorial.

Residents across Redbridge celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day in style.

The Second World War in Europe lasted from September 1, 1939 to May 8, 1945 when Germany signed the unconditional surrender.

Using unique archives, newspapers, photographs, oral histories and film, Gerard Greene of Redbridge Museum and Heritage Centre explores the victory celebrations 75 years ago.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre has released a new online film exploring Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford during the war.


The NHS Test and Trace service brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management into an end-to-end service to stop the spread of the virus and help us move out of lockdown.

The UK Government has launched a campaign to shine a light on businesses and employees across the country who have responded to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in remarkable ways and are now going back to business.

Veterans are providing vital skills across a range of projects to help the country tackle the current coronavirus outbreak. From helping to build Nightingale Hospitals to delivering essential supplies to those who are shielding, they have helped thousands of people across the country. We take a look at how one such veteran is helping out.

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