Wanstead and Woodford

Ilford’s Labour MPs have called for a second referendum to be held on Brexit after prime minister Theresa May called off a Parliamentary vote on her deal.

Neighbours are protesting what they fear is the underhand conversion of a former South Woodford vicarage and adjoining flats into a 24-person HMO complex.

Wanstead churchgoers came together to craft hundreds of Christingles to give to senior congregation members on the 50th anniversary of the festival in the UK.

The borough’s London Assembly Member Keith Prince took London’s Night Czar on a tour of Gants Hill’s top haunts including the library and former Valentines pub, whose futures remain unclear.

Haven House Children’s Hospice was transformed into a Christmas Wonderland at the weekend and helped to raise nearly £7,000 for charity.

Plans for a six-storey block of flats in South Woodford High Road have been thrown out.

Saint Francis Hospice has opened a new boutique charity shop in Wanstead.

The importance of fighting religious persecution will be at the forefront of many in the Jewish communities’ minds as Chanukah begins this weekend, a South Woodford Rabbi has said.

Woodford County High School has been named the best secondary state school in London.

Last night I spoke to a gentlemen sat at the bar who said that, when looking for somewhere to go for dinner, nothing is quite like a personal recommendation from a friend or from someone you trust.

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

A working definition of Islamophobia has been released by an all-party parliamentary group (APPG) co-chaired by Ilford North MP Wes Streeting.

On the first day of Christmas, what did my milkman give to me? He switched on my eco-friendly tree!

Redbridge Council has blasted plans to “force academisation” on all Roman Catholic schools in the borough, and declared it will take action to fight any such move.

Figures from the Met Police show there have been more than 170 knife attacks in Redbridge this year, which is an increase of more than 50 per cent from last year.

A man has been taken to hospital after a fire broke out in Woodford Green.

Four fire engines were called to a blaze at an historic Clayhall Pub under refurbishment. 
Around 25 firefighters were called to a fire at Longwood Gardens in Clayhall at around 8.30pm last night, November 22.

A 10-year-old Woodford Green student who has just published her very first book is this week’s Young Citizen nominee.

As the school terms wind down for holidays, a sense of excitement builds around classrooms across Redbridge.

A monthly drop-in service for asylum seekers has been set up at a South Woodford synagogue – reportedly the first in East London – as part of Mitzvah Day.

A man who went on the run for almost four years to escape drug trafficking charges has been jailed.

Two of the borough’s Jewish congregations look set to form one 2,000-strong shul after voting in favour of merging.

A planning application has been submitted to erect a 20metre phone mast in Wanstead.

From feeding the homeless with freshly-brewed chicken soup to gathering gifts for charity, dozens of Redbridge volunteers took part in Mitzvah Day.

Redbridge Council has removed a plaque honouring Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein that mysteriously appeared over the weekend on a bench in Wanstead High Street.

An aspiring musician who has overcome his own special learning needs to teach the basics of Judaism to children is this week’s Young Citizen nominee.

The prime minister has praised the work of Mitzvah Day as people around Redbridge held a special 10th birthday party and geared up for the UK’s biggest faith based day of social action.

The Mayor of Redbridge’s good old Cockney knees up and sing-along raised more than £2,000 for ELHAP.

Charities are concerned that rough sleepers’ bedding was reportedly removed from the car park in which Sodhi Singh stayed days before he died.

Bulldozers will not be sent to five different locations to “desecrate” libraries in the borough under plans for regional community hubs, Redbridge Council confirmed.

An emotional Remembrance service was held in Wanstead as residents gathered at the town’s war memorial to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

There was a “spine-tingling” reading of the names of 70 South Woodford men who died fighting in the First World War at the town’s Armistice centenary memorial service this morning (Saturday, November 10).

A new support group has been set up for Redbridge residents affected by cancer or any life-limiting illness.

Frank Charles has been handing out breakfast to rough sleepers in the car park of Redbridge Council’s Lynton House building every Friday for more than a year.

An 18th century church in Wanstead – the borough’s only Grade I listed building – is one step closer to being saved from closure.

A talented 23-year-old singer who has volunteered her time to unite two of the borough’s Jewish choirs is this week’s Young Citizen.

It was only in his final days that Mary McCarten’s 91-year-old father came clean that his own dad – an Ilford barber – had been interned as an “enemy alien” during the First World War.

Nearly 50per cent of children are living below the poverty line in some parts of the borough, it can be revealed.

A pigeon-feeding pensioner who would who sneak into her neighbours’ gardens and scatter offerings of raw meat and nuts has been fined.

Plans for Gants Hill library to become a purpose-built residential housing complex with GP, police and book facilities have been unveiled by Redbridge Council.

An eager troupe of Recorder staff were put through their paces in game of walking football with a group of Jewish gents to mark Mitzvah Day.

In grave news, Redbridge Council is planning to increase the cost of lawn burials as the prices are too competitive and the plots are too sought after by people living outside the borough.

The Diocese of Brentwood has announced plans to turn all Roman Catholic schools in Redbridge into academies – to the outrage of Wanstead parents and councillors.


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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