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ello and welcome to the October issue of The Loop. It’s been a busy month trying to get the magazine together whilst dodging spider webs and sheltering from the storms, but here it is! In this issue we look at the Ilford Mammoth (yes, you read that right!). Plus we take a trip to Cyprus and sample the seafood under the Mediterranean sun. We also focus on your skin in this month’s beauty section, looking at ways to help you stay looking young. There’s four more fantastic businesses featured in ‘Meet the Locals’, and our charity partner is ‘Uniting Friends’. We also meet Ilford Netball Club for our ‘Club Focus’ page, plus loads more inside…

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GARDENING CLUB TO RAISE MONEY WITH GIANT PUMPKIN The Chigwell School Gardening Club is going from strength to strength with its members hoping their greenfingered talents will raise plenty of pounds for charity. The students have already seen a pumpkin growing on their vegetable patch swell to an estimated 100kg - but they now intend to let it grow even bigger and raise money for charity. Sarah Inch, the teacher in


charge of the Gardening Club, said: “The gardening club acquired the greenhouse in February. “Salad leaves, peppers and tomatoes were all sown at that time and are now cropping magnificently. “Subsequently carrots, mange tout, broad beans, beetroot, turnips wheat and pumpkins were sown and we are currently reaping the rewards of our labour!”

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Over 100 students and staff were in attendance at Redbridge College on Monday 15th September for the official launch of The GAME Room, which gives students a brand new hi-tech entertainment space as part of an ongoing partnership between the college and GAME, a national games retailer. Students met local GAME staff,


As you may already know Circuit is coming to Essex. Circuit connects with Essex on Friday 31st October; their opening night is now a double celebration as it is also Halloween. Circuit’s extensive investment from the team behind CTZN (Chelmsford), is no holds barred. A full Funktion One sound system, alongside progressive lighting design, brings to life the dance floor, in the industrial main room, the lavish VIP areas, outside terrace and chic second room defines Circuit. Circuit would not be complete without its diverse music values servicing two rooms. With international DJs confirmed as residents plus guests periodically added to the line ups, which will include Defected’s finest and Ibiza’s most wanted. Entertainment doesn’t stop with DJs. Circuit is only interested in pushing the boundaries, so be prepared for sensory onslaught.  Circuit, who are currently recruiting, can’t wait to welcome, passionate, energetic and devoted people to join the team. Visit to secure your opening night invitation. For vacancies, VIP bookings and enquiries email info@circuit or call 01708 733823.

received exclusive goodie bags and even challenged senior college managers to a few games on the afternoon before Chief Executive Theresa Drowley OBE gave a speech thanking GAME and all in attendance. GAME has outfitted Redbridge with a dedicated area that will include three Xbox One gaming pods with Kinect sensors and an extensive games library, as well as large screen Philips TVs, Xbox 360s, and PlayStation 3s. The new space will be open only to students who meet the attendance requirements as a reward to good students. Neil Broadhead of GAME said, “GAME are passionate about young people in the local community and were keen to work with the college. We recognise student achievements and wanted to give something back.” The Enrichment Programme, which

organises student activities and involvement at Redbridge College, has been instrumental in the success of the gaming scheme. Aaron Balfourth of the Enrichment Programme said, “I think it’s great that we have a partnership with GAME as it provides students with endless opportunities to not only have fun and socialise, but it also allows us as a college to retain students and boost attendance, and also reward our hardworking students.” This exciting facility is part of larger renovation projects at Redbridge College. Construction works are currently underway to develop a 250seat performing arts theatre and hi-tech teaching spaces as part of a £7m build scheduled for completion in 2015. Redbridge College still has limited spaces available on some of its courses for the Autumn Term and prospective students are urged to contact the college for enrolment as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


The founder of The Dream Factory charity, Avril Mills, has been presented with the British Empire Medal she was awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Avril, 55, received her honour from the Lord Lieutenant of Essex at a ceremony at Ingatestone Hall last month. She was accompanied by her daughter, Emma, son, Josh, parents Sara and Ron Kay. Also at the presentation were Lynda Clarke, chair of the Dream Factory trustees and charity patron Ruth Clarke. Avril said: “The honour of receiving such a special award from the Lord Lieutenant of Essex in front of my family is something I will remember for the rest of my life.” Avril founded the charity six years ago following the death of her nine-year-old son, Oliver, from leukaemia in 1999. Avril, who has been invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party next summer as part of her award, was told of her honour on Friday, June 13, on what would have been Oliver’s 24th birthday. Miss Mills began fundraising in 1994 when she raised money for

Barts and the London Hospital. In 2008 she founded The Dream Factory which has now granted 285 dreams for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions. The charity is currently working on more than 50 new dream requests. In the years since she founded The Dream Factory she and her fantastic team of volunteers have been able to grant dreams leaving the children and teenagers with special memories which help to ease their life of constant visits to hospital. For details about the charity visit


Circuit, the new go-to venue in Essex, is set to open its doors for the first time, and this is your opportunity to hear about what it is and why you should definitely take a look. Its location, soon to be announced, has an entertainment history of sorts… but that is the past… Ci Circuit is now. With international DJs confirmed as residents plus guests periodically added to the line ups, which will include some of Defected’s finest and Ibiza’s most wanted. Visit to secure your opening night invitation.


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THE LOCALS Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham visits four local businesses.


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hen the 24 hour alcohol licensing law was passed in 2005, Kevin Small saw the opportunity to provide a delivery service for late night necessities. Afters Delivery runs a tight service and deliver to the whole of the local area including, Ilford, Gants Hill, Wanstead, Barkingside, Chigwell, Loughton, Ongar, Leytonstone all the way out to the City. They deliver all of your needs including alcohol; wine, beer and spirits, cigarettes, toiletries and have recently fitted a kitchen for hot food which includes traditional food as well as pizza and kebabs. Afters have a 24 hour license and operate from 2pm-3am midweek and for the weekend rush they operate from 2pm until 5.30am, the weekends are especially busy and the phones are always ringing off the hook. Afters have six delivery drivers and they all wear uniformed jumpers and carry photo ID in order to ensure personal safety and reassurance. There is a minimum spend of £20 plus a delivery charge of £1, they take cash and each van is fitted with a mobile card machine also. Afters is a fully legal and professional company and in order to secure a delivery, goods must be ordered to a residential address or office, they will never trade out of their van. Afters Delivery have a fully stocked unit and the average delivery takes up to 40 minutes, the same as any take away service. Afters have their own website, and also operate through Hungry House and Just-Eat. Tel. 0208 501 5577,



n 2006, Adrian, CEO of EESIT decided to branch out and create his very own one stop shop for computer repairs. After working in all areas of the IT industry throughout his career, he gained a wide knowledge on the spectrum of computers and decided to use his wealth of knowledge to start a successful business. It started in Manford Way and five years ago they made the move to Manor Road, a prime location beside Grange Hill Station. They have recently changed their shop front to say ‘Chigwell Computers’ which better explains the trade to passers, this has been invaluable to their business and trade has increased significantly. Chigwell Computers offers service repairs in both hardware and software, examples of their services include fixing laptop screens and liquid spillage in keyboards as well as system upgrade instillations. Recent years have seen the increase of spyware and adware which Chigwell Computers can fix readily and for Adrian, file recovery is an important facet of their services as people are not quite as clued up with Cloud storage as they could be. Chigwell Computers have strong community values and often wave charges for senior citizens as a chance to give back. With up to 70% of their

Adrian Ajibade business being referrals it is clear that they have a good reputation and profile when it comes to computer repairs. 171 Manor Road, Chigwell, IG7 5QB Tel. 020 3630 4042,


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he Loft Shop was established in 1987 and the Ilford Shop which has been on the same site for 15 years is now a well-known blue and yellow landmark on the corner of Gants Hill and Beehive Lane. The Ilford shop has been run by Phil Chakli for 15 years ably assisted by Demos Flouri and together they form a formidable team. As Phil says, “With more than 15 years experience in the retailing and installation of loft ladders and roof windows our customers can be confident that they are receiving the best possible service when they come to us. In our showroom they can try out the products on display and along with the information and advice we give them can be sure that they choose the product which best suits their needs”. Loft Shop runs a Fitting Service with insured fitters who are fast, tidy and fully trained in all fitted

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MAMMOTH STEPPES Ilford Celebrates 150 years since the discovery of mammoth remains.


By Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham

f you step into London’s Natural was discovered after a detailed History Museum, you will be study of the molars, finding that faced with the skull of the Ilford the Ilford Mammoth would not Mammoth. An astounding have been able to handle the view at the best of times, caustic grass and harsher however it is especially climates associated with significant this year as the wooly mammoth. 2014 marks 150 years What makes this type since the remains of of steppe mammoth the Ilford Mammoth so interesting is that were excavated by Sir studies have led Antonio Brady. experts to believe that Ilford is a very this was the only kind important town from of mammoth living a palaeontologist’s in Britain in the MIS 7 perspective as it is Interglacial age (around one of the world’s most 200,000 years ago), a lot prominent areas for fossils Sir Antonio Brady earlier than when the more (1811 - 1881) and prehistoric remains. common wooly mammoth Before the Ilford Mammoth was came to Britain. The steppe discovered, two more preceded mammoth also preceded Ice Age this. In 1824, the remains of a and would have existed when mammoth were found in Ilford in Ilford itself was a savannah. a clay quarry which was being Prehistoric mammals have excavated for bricks, and in 1844 been a focal point this year, Dr Richard Payne Cotton made a the Natural History Museum study of fossils in Ilford which were put on Mammoths: Ice Age found when digging for bricks in Giants which saw London’s order to build the Great Eastern first sight of the world’s Railway. The field in which these most complete wooly remains were found was owned mammoth Lyuba, a by Mr Thomas Curtis who was baby mammoth neighbour to Sir Antonio Brady which was which is said to have ignited his discovered in interest in palaeontology and fossils. the Russian In 1864, Sir Antonio Brady Arctic’s Yamal discovered the cranium of a Peninsula in mammoth, an animal that has 2007. In the local been extinct for thousands of area, Redbridge years, at Uphall Pit. This is the Museum has a display best preserved and only complete of mammalian remains mammoth skull ever to be found which were found at in Britain. While it was originally Uphall Pit which are believed that this was a wooly on a long term loan mammoth, studies have since from the Natural shown that it was the more History Museum. primitive steppe mammoth, this Ilford was not only


responsible for giving the Ilford Mammoth to the archaeological world, but there were also a host of different mammalian remains found such as aurochs, bison, horse, lion, and several species of deer. These great relics of history have all hailed from Ilford and in recent years there have been initiatives to celebrate this, in 2012, a commemorative plaque was installed in Ilford to replace one which had been previously stolen.

The Mammoth Steppes Festival held on 27-28th September at Ilford Town Hall commemorated 150 years since the remains of the Ilford Mammoth were excavated by Sirrady, these celebrations were presented in partnership with the Natural History Museum and East Ilford Betterment Partnership and included activities and talks regarding the rich history of Ilford’s fossils and a range of fun and engaging free activities for young and old alike. Wilson Chowdry, was

“In 1864, Sir Antonio Brady discovered the cranium of a mammoth”

instrumental with the installation of the plaque as well as organising Mammoth Steppes Festival and he is one of the key players in the aim of having a replica of the Ilford Mammoth’s skull built to be displayed in the town. There has been a cost mapped out and there is currently a pending application in order to grant permission for this artifact to be recreated for the benefit of Ilford and the local community. The Mammoth Steppes Festival was a wonderful opportunity for raising awareness of the mammoth, especially with children. Later in the year, a shop has been donated to the cause in the Ilford Exchange where memorabilia and educational tools will be sold to raise the funds for this replica to be built. I spoke to Wilson Chowdry who believes that Ilford is steeped in an immense pre-history and the people of Ilford are taking pride in their former past which can then inspire an interest in palaeontology and fossils for children now and in generations to come. For more information on exhibits please visit: Natural History Museum and Redbridge Museum www. Sources: Barking and District Historical Society, Ilford Historical Society (newsletter 115), East Ilford Betterment Partnership www.eastilfordbettermentpartnership.


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Above: The plaque in Ilford showing site of mammoth discovery. Right: The Ilford Mammoth skull at The National History Museum. Below: Illustration of a Steppe Mammoth.


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Someone who has never been described as average is athlete Lizzie Neave, London 2012 Olympian and British #1 K1 slalom canoeist.             NUTRITION... Make sure you’re fuelling right, a large bowl of porridge with honey and berries will start your day right whatever your training or event has in store.

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GO BEYOND… Go beyond your comfort zone, Jay says pushing yourself beyond the limits of what your brain and other people say you can do is the best motivator ever... Don’t be average...ever!

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Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion works by using a controlled method of skin resurfacing, gently exfoliating the outer layers of skin, while increasing new collagen and elastin formation to visibly rejuvenate and firm the skin of the face, neck and body. Results are visible immediately, however a course of treatments is often recommended to achieve maximum effects in the areas of: Lines, wrinkles, dull and dehydrated skin, sun damage, skin laxity, acne scarring and acne prone skin.

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This anti-ageing treatment will help boost collagen production significantly reducing the appearance of wrinkles and give back radiance and luminosity to the skin. It can also benefit many skin conditions such as hyper pigmentation, age spots & acne prone skin. Glycopeel is suitable for regular skin enhancement of all skin types and results are usually seen immediately with no down-time. The Glycopeel Facial is a unique resurfacing treatment which combines Glycolic Acid and Pomegranate Enzyme for optimum effect, leading to softer, smoother & brighter complexion. A 60 minute treatment cost £50 with a course of 6 being recommended for long lasting results.

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What is the most important thing in the bathroom? A recent survey indicates that over 75% of us deem this to be the shower. We couldn’t agree more! We use this every day of our lives, so for a start it needs to be reliable. But most importantly it needs to operate efficiently. ‘I want a Power Shower’ is the first thing we hear when we discuss this subject.


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Recognising quality is key when planning a new bathroom. Unfortunately many people fall into the trap of buying cheaply as ‘it looks fine’. Many of these cheaper products are unbranded which not only compromise the products performance but also without knowing who makes the product, what happens


Of course, other ways to enhance your bathroom and to escape reality is to relax in a Jacuzzi! Lots of people will tell you they have a Jacuzzi bath but the reality is that very few do. What they actually have is a whirlpool bath. A genuine Jacuzzi bath is the only bath system that mixes air and water through the jet, which is proven to massage, rejuvenate and re-energize the user. All of the Jacuzzi range now comes with a chromatherapy underwater light that enables you to light up the water according to mood! So not only does a Jacuzzi provide the WOW factor to your new bathroom, it is perfect for relaxation and improving health and lifestyle. If it’s not a genuine Jacuzzi, all you’re doing is moving water around!

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Look out for the harvestman in your garden this autumn, it is very distinctive with a round, compact body and extremely long legs. Although very close relatives, harvestmen are not actually true spiders as unlike spiders, which have two body parts, harvestmen have only one. They catch their prey by using hooks on the ends of their legs and feed on small insects, slugs, snails and worms.

A seasonal guide to help you get the most out of your garden.


elcome to my gardening guide for October. The darker shorter days are now drawing near and there is a distinct chill in the air. Preparations in the garden for the coming winter months should now begin. _ The mowing season is now drawing to a close, and the height of cut should now be raised by up to an inch to allow the grass to build up strength for the winter. Scarify your lawn using a rake to get rid of any old dead grass, moss and rubbish that has collected during the summer. Then spike the lawn with a garden fork in rows with holes 4 inches apart and 4 inches deep. Once spiked the compacted areas will benefit from a top-dressing of sifted soil

or soil mixed with fine sand. Brush it in well into the holes and then apply a low nitrogen fertiliser dressing which will help strengthen the grass for the winter. _ Geraniums, begonias, fuchsias, and other tender plants should be brought indoors or moved into a cold frame before the first frost arrives. _ Lift and divide clumps of perennials and mark out where they all are with permanent tags so you’ll know where and what they are when they die back. Divide up any large clumps of crocosmia and replant into freshly prepared soil. _ Thoroughly clean your garden tools ready to be put away for winter storage. Once clean apply a light coat of oil to prevent rusting.

_ Plant your crocus, daffodil and tulip bulbs out now to prepare for a delightful spring display. Step by step guide to planting spring bulbs: 1. Find a location where the soil drains well. Bulbs can be planted in pots too. 2. Choose an area in your garden where it gets sun for all or most of the day. 3. Dig holes and plant the bulbs with their pointed tops 4-7” below the soil surface with smaller bulbs placed more shallowly than larger ones. 4. After planting, water well to settle the soil around the bulbs. Written by Amenity Horticulturalist & gardening committee member of Copped Hall and Epping Horticultural Society Victoria Robertson.

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In sunny Cyprus

ry talking of Cyprus without lapsing into rhapsody. We’ve already lost, but the winners would be anyone who visits this incredible island. Legend cites it as birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love. Its location in the Eastern Mediterranean gives Cyprus a wonderful year-round climate, cool in the mountains and balmy by the sea. It is a great place to visit, combining beautiful beaches, pine-forested mountains, timeless villages, ten thousand years of history and a great choice of activities for special interests. Let’s not forget the cosmopolitan resorts with lively nightlife and great shopping opportunities. Take some time and hire a car to explore. The roads are very good and, like us, Cypriots drive on the left! We would recommend a trip to the Troodos Mountains or visiting any of the 10 Byzantine churches on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Enjoy a walk along one of the many hiking trails, ending the day with an al fresco meal in one of the traditional tavernas in any of the rural villages, where Cypriot hospitality is at its best. For the more active, there are a number of cycling routes to suit all abilities - a new trail of 69km runs from Limassol, through the picturesque countryside of the mountains to a height of 1200m.


Interested in wine? The island boasts over 40 boutique wineries that can be visited as part of seven designated wine routes. Many produce award-winning bottles comprising indigenous grapes combined with imported varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Interested in golf? There are four good courses at Tsada, Secret Valley, Aphrodite Hills and the new Elea Golf Club, designed by Nick Faldo. Handicap Certificates are required. Interested in food? Cypriot cuisine is based on fresh seasonal produce, ripened in the Mediterranean sun. There is a choice of traditional or modern fusion cuisine, based on age-old recipes, with a modern twist. Seafood and fish dishes abound including squid, octopus, red mullet and sea bass, but meat lovers are also well catered for with wonderful grilled lamb, pork and chicken dishes. Cyprus is also noted for desserts including the Cypriot version of Turkish Delight. For those that want a relaxing holiday, the island’s upmarket hotels offer the opportunity for chilling out in opulent surroundings and the enjoyment of being pampered in first class spas. Sun worshippers can enjoy swimming in the cleanest waters in the EU and have a choice of 57 Blue Flag beaches. Abbotts Travel, in partnership with Prestige Holidays, offer a

“Sun worshippers can enjoy swimming in the cleanest waters in the EU” Aphrodite’s Rock varied choice of accommodation in the western half of the island from Limassol in the east to Coral Bay in the west including the quieter resort of Pissouri and the popular and more lively resort of Paphos. For those seeking quiet relaxation we recommend the unspoilt area of north western Cyprus near the picturesque fishing village of Latchi.


Paphos has in recent years grown into a popular resort and the range of shops and restaurants is very good, but what makes Paphos different is the remarkable amount of history it has, great for exploring when you feel like a rest from chilling out! If you like a contemporary design hotel we love the five-star Almyra Hotel in Paphos. Almyra means ‘taste of the sea’ and the hotel is situated in an ideal location on the seafront with uninterrupted views across the bay to Paphos Harbour with shops and antiquities nearby. Hotel Almyra, from £569pp Price is based on 2 adults staying in a twin bedded room on 2 December 2014 for 7 nights including


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Hotel Annabelle view return flights with Ryanair (including 2x checked bags) from London Stansted to Paphos and private transfers. Includes Complimentary Half Board for minimum stays of 5 nights saving at least £179 per person per week and an early booking discount of at least £30 per person per week for bookings made by 31 October 2014 for stays between 1 November 2014 - 22 March 2015.


Adjacent to the Almyra you will find its more traditional sister hotel, the five-star Annabelle with excellent standards of service and a relaxing atmosphere. Hotel Annabelle, from £579pp Price is based on 2 adults staying in a twin bedded room on 20 February 2015 for 7 nights including return flights with Ryanair (incl 2x checked bags) from London Stansted to Paphos and private transfers. Includes complimentary Half Board for minimum stays of 5 nights saving at least £57 per person per week and an early booking discount of at least £30 per person per

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The small fishing village of Latchi is situated on the edge of the Akamas Peninsula, a superb nature reserve. Close by you will find the Baths of Aphrodite, a beauty spot where, as its name suggests, the goddess of love used to bathe and where she met her lover, Adonis. The moment he drank the water, Adonis fell in love. Situated in a quiet unspoilt area just 21/2 kms from Latchi, the five-star Hotel Anassa, sister hotel to both the Annabelle and Almyra hotels, looks across a beautiful beach. The location is perfect, in a sloping garden setting, a wonderful place to relax and retreat from the rest of the world. Hotel Anassa, from £1479pp Price is based on 2 adults staying in a Garden View room on 20 March 2015 for 7 nights including return flights with Ryanair (incl 2x checked bags) from London Stansted to Paphos and private transfers. (The hotel closes between 10 November 14 - 16 March 2015)

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Classic Italian recipe by Luigi’s

uigi’s Italian Restaurant is a family business owned by Luigi Meola that has been situated on Beehive Lane for over 20 years. It is such an iconic local landmark that it has even made it into ‘The Knowledge’ taxi driver test. Luigi’s team pride themselves on serving handmade, authentic

Italian cuisine (plus a small amount of French and English) using only the freshest ingredients possible. Sunday’s are a busy day in the restaurant with their Sunday brunch menus including three courses and wine proving popular with customers. It is an exciting time for Luigi’s as they are currently undergoing refurbishment to give the restaurant a more modern feel and look


BAROLO Barolo is often described as one of Italy’s finest wines. It is made from the Nebbiolo grape in several specific zones within the Piedmont region of Italy, on slopes of calcareous clay soils. A big, powerful wine rich in tannins, it only pairs well with food of similar weight that can stand up to its full bodied flavour, and is the perfect


forward to welcoming many new customers to enjoy their live music nights, authentic pizza oven and log fire for the winter nights.

Here is their recipe for Venison Buongustaia, this dish will also work well with lamb cutlets. Method 1. Chop onion and slice

accompaniment to Luigi’s hearty venison dish. Barolo Milani Rocca is aged for two years in oak and a further one year in the bottle to smooth the ample tannins. It has a warm garnet colour with ruby highlights. It is complex on the nose, with subtle notes of pencil lead and violet accenting a hint of cherry and plum fruit. Barolo Milani 2010 Rocca £18.99

We only use the best ingredients in our authentic Italian cuisine. We pride ourselves on cooking delicious food, using traditional methods, and for that reason, we never let our standards drop when it comes to quality. Our years of experience have taught us that, our loyal customers enjoy our great food.


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the garlic cloves. 2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. 3. Braise the venison cutlets for 3 minutes on each side then

remove from the pan and set to one side. 4. Add the onion, garlic, rosemary and chilli peppers to the pan and cook for 3 minutes. 5. Place the venison cutlets back into the pan and cook for a further 3 minutes. 6. Add the balsamic vinegar and red wine.

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7. Deglaze the pan by adding 4 tbsp. gravy and 50g of butter. Stir the sauce for approximately 3 minutes. 8. Serve with a mixed leaf salad or winter vegetables. Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, 5 Beehive Lane, Ilford, IG1 3RG Tel: 0208 554 1229

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ussell Lerner founded Uniting Friends in 1996 in association with Barnardos. Situated in Gants Hill, it is a charity service which provides a safe and nurturing environment for adults with learning disabilities. Uniting Friends leads forty two activities a week, all of which are completely affordable and accessible, and is all about empowering these adults, building their confidence which can amount to achieving independence, and Russell will not stop until he has touched as many lives as possible. Uniting Friends has five main projects, ‘Out There’ being the first which provides daytime opportunities, these include an employment programme, training and leisure and recreational activities such as art and crafts and computer skills. The second project is the ‘Personal Plan’ which is individual and tailor made to suit each visitor’s needs, these include forming objectives and learning how to develop skills needed to attain independence. From this,

the ‘Ongoing Plan’ adapts and grows with each individual, an introduction to new experiences providing constant support without the condescending tone which other organisations might adopt. Evening and weekend programmes are in place, including drop in sessions for visitors which help develop friendships and relationships, which these adults may not be privy to without the support of Uniting Friends. The fifth programme is the ‘Health Programme’ which encourages healthy living, this involves cooking, not only learning how to prepare a healthy meal but also the process of homegrown ingredients: Uniting Friends has an allotment in Wanstead (an initiative called Sprout There) in which visitors are able to learn the complete process of food to fork. This charity also has an in-house nutritionist and dietician which helps in making healthy choices. The aforementioned ‘Sprout There’ is a project in which the whole community gets involved,

a lot of schools visit as an introduction to working alongside people with learning disabilities in order to create a pathway for this to be an occurrence of normality and not an unusual experience, which is one of the most important facets of Uniting Friends. All of the produce grown is used in the Uniting Friends cafe and excess is boxed and delivered to people who live independently. Aside from providing a nurturing environment, there is also a wonderfully social side to Uniting Friends; each month they host a club night in Ilford in which they work front of house as well as taking to the DJ stand. There are also residential holidays both in England and Europe, recent trips have taken them to Turkey and Greece. Uniting Friends employs 26 staff, 12 of whom have learning disabilities who run certain services, making for an inclusive organisation. For more information on this wonderful charity visit


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WHEN: Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays WHAT: Swimming Lessons London Borough of Redbridge Swimming Club LBRSC run swimming lessons for all abilities of swimmers ranging from Learn to Swim through to National level. The club follows the National Teaching Plan. All enquiries should be via email to WHERE: Caterham High School, Clayhall, IG5 0QW

WHEN: Every Saturday (term time only), 10.30am-11.30am WHAT: Reading Buddies Club Practise your reading skills with friendly volunteers, suitable for ages 5 to 12 years. WHERE: Hainault Library, 100 Manford Way, Chigwell, IG7 4DD WHEN: Tuesday 7th October, 10am-2.30pm WHAT: Fairlop Lake Island

Clearance - We’ll be cutting and clearing vegetation from the lake island to improve the habitat for ground nesting birds. Wellies recommended. Will involve a short boat ride. Booking 020 8559 2316. WHERE: Meet at Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre Car Park, Forest Road, Ilford, IG6 3HN

WHEN: Wednesday 8th October, 1.30pm-4pm WHAT: Tea Dance - Shimmy and sway your way down to our Tea Dance! Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure invites you to put on your dancing shoes and step back into an age of elegance. Dance the afternoon away with Mr.Wonderful in the beautiful surroundings of Sir James Hawkey Hall. Tickets £5, £4 Redbridge leisure pass holders. WHERE: Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford

WHEN: Sunday 12th October, 11am-3pm WHAT: Best of the Music Fest - The Redbridge Green Fair Music Club and the Redbridge Music Lounge invite you to visit the Walled Gardens at Valentines Mansion to experience the last music sessions for the season. Enjoy a delightful selection of acoustic music performances in a beautiful setting. Arrive early to get the best spot! Picnics are welcomed but please bring your own seating or ground covers as chairs & blankets are not provided WHERE: Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Valentines Park, Ilford

WHEN: Friday 24th October, 8.30pm-midnight WHAT: ABBA Tribute Night - Be prepared to dance the night away to all your favourite ABBA tunes in the library. In Partnership with The 72 Club. Light refreshments will be provided and alcohol can be purchased at the event. Adults and children over 14 yrs, £6 each for groups of 8 or more, otherwise £8 each. To purchase tickets please call Terry on 07908 070 174. WHERE: Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA WHEN: Saturday 25th October, 3pm-6pm WHAT: Graffiti Art - Create art using aerosol spray paint and marker pens, using techniques in freehand and stencil spray painting and get informed on the rights and wrongs of Graffiti Art.11 years plus. Tickets for Graffiti Art can be purchased at Redbridge Central, Goodmayes, Gants Hill, Fullwell Cross and Woodford Green Libraries. WHERE: Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA WHEN: Friday 31st October, 6pm-9pm WHAT: Spooky Halloween Lantern Walk - Follow the blood trail, listen to spooky stories, spot the monsters and enter the zombie zone … all whilst the sun hides in fear behind the ancient trees. Please book in advance using our online booking system: www.woodlandtrust. WHERE: Hainault Forest Country Park, Romford Road, IG7 4QN



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Bobbing for apples is a traditional Halloween game that is easy to setup and fun for children of all ages. Just fill a tub with water and a few apples. The aim of the game is to pick up the apples using only your mouth! Alternatively you could also hang apples (or even donuts) on strings for a drier version on the game.

If you are planning to take the kids trick or treating then they will need a bag to put all their goodies in! Incorporate some messy play and let them decorate their own bags with handprint or footprint ghosts. Get a black bag, some white and black paint and make the prints upside down and paint on the eyes and mouth. Personalise with each child’s name.


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RIP For a toddler friendly Halloween activity try no-carve pumpkin decoration. Set up a table with a range of different craft materials including scrap paper for cutting and sticking, glitter, paint and even fallen leaves and get creative with your jack-o-lantern designs! Apples and pears are also perfect for this activity as they are easy for little hands to work with.


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d hat do those 3 little words f mean to you? i If you have a child, most i likely a daughter, most likely between the T ages of 2 and 7, those 3 little words could be the bain of your life. They are mine. Yes, I am talking about our favourite musical, the Oscar-winning Frozen that has been acclaimed the best Disney movie since the renaissance era, and my 3 year old daughter gives her full support to the critics. But even if you’re one of the lucky ones and have escaped the craze, as a parent, I am learning over and over again, that sometimes, in the words of Queen Elsa, we really do just have to LET IT GO. The parental surrendering de jour in my house is, ironically, the whole ‘Disney Princess thing.’ My pre-parent (and really, pre-Frozen) mildly feministic self, believed that unless you encouraged gowns and wands and tiaras, they simply wouldn’t get into ‘the princess thing’ and I believed I’d do what I could to avoid it. Why? Well to dear old Walt, beauty means thin and fair, and ‘happily ever after’ means finding S




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your prince, often being rescued by him, and living out your days swanning around in your castle. I’m sure, smart and wise readers, you agree that this is NOT what we want our daughters aspiring to or believing in. I certainly don’t. But would you believe me if I told you my daughter has not worn actual clothes for about 3 months? She has lived, daily, in her Elsa dress, Elsa shoes and straggly old homemade hair plait, occasionally swapped over with her Cinderella or Tinkerbell outfit, if I can peel it off of her. Well, it’s true and she loves it. She knows all the

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words verbatim, complete with a perfected American accent and is wholly transported into a world of balls, castles, sorcery and singing snowmen the second she pulls the blasted thing over her head. How has this happened? I often stare at her in amazement! It’s certainly not learned behaviour, she hasn’t seen it! I do not swan around in ball gowns waiting to be rescued by my Prince! Na-uh, mummy is the captain of this ship. So, how then? Well, it’s everywhere. It’s in the supermarket, the classroom, wrapped up in Auntie Doris’ Christmas present, it’s pretty unavoidable. So, when it came to Frozen, I decided to throw in the towel. And as it goes, it’s relatively womanist compared to some of the classics. Despite Elsa’s ample cleavage and undeniably sexy icy-get-up, the girls come good in the end. The ‘act of true love’ comes from the sisters, and the scene is finished off nicely when Anna gives Hans a commendable right hook and boofs him overboard. So, I guess we just have to hope that, despite the power of Disney’s marketing, it’s the power of our love, encouragement and esteem building at home that will preside, and the rest of it? You got it - just let it go.

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his month we have introduced the little man to spiders, danced under lasers at a disco, ridden some kittens, eaten paint and found a Gruffalo! But firstly, I must report that he is becoming firmer in his own mind and not as easily swayed as before (unless coaxed with food). This was never more evident than when we recently took him for a walk near the River Roding, he wanted to explore areas that were not best explored, so we pretended to wave goodbye and walk on, in the expectation he would follow us. Instead, he gave a cheery smile, casually waved back, and then ran in the opposite direction, at which point I had to give chase! This also happened when we went on the Gruffalo Trail at a nearby country park, the lady and I eagerly got our map and set foot into the forest, looking for the big wooden Gruffalo statue, whilst the little fella found stones… hundreds of different stones, each one given to me with a face of joy. After 20 minutes my pockets were dragging beside my ankles. In the forest we also encountered a few spiders, but it’s nothing to the amount we have encountered at our home, as I’m sure most people have found out themselves over the last few weeks, I’ve actually lost count of the times I’ve had to fling my arms across my face as I walk, doing mid-air karate chops in the hope of not face planting into another web. Spiders don’t bother me though, and I’d like to pass that onto our son, so I made sure to show him the spider up close and calmly tell him how nice they were. I didn’t expect him to then try and kiss one! Half way through my little monologue he lurched forward with lips puckered


and the spider ran like a gazelle across the web and under a leaf, no doubt explaining to any friends of his “Don’t go out there lads, some crazy kid is trying to kiss spiders!”. Indeed, “kissing” is another new skill that he has picked up, but he’s not very picky, no sooner has he kissed his mother, that both his shoes and the bath plug receive a smooch, which can be a little crushing for his mum to see him handing the kisses out so freely. Its often a mixture of a kiss and a head-butt as well, as he launches forward with great gusto, only to look surprised when he pulls away and sees the blood slowly trickling from the nose of the lucky recipient.

“Once he had the food he was ready to boogie.”

To calm down all the kissing we decided to distract him with some paints and felt a few hand prints would be superb. He, on the other hand, felt that the paints would taste superb and promptly licked his fingers, smothering his face in blue paint. The kittens took one look at him and ran, I think they are still upset from when he tried to ride them recently. He had been at his grandparents and ridden their dog around the front room, so after coming back to ours he felt the back bone of the kittens would easily be as strong as the mature dog, and tried to leap on board. A screeching “Meee-ooow!!” quickly informed him that the kittens didn’t appreciate his John Wayne impression and they would not be playing the ‘saddle up & ride’ game.

The month ended with a surprise birthday party for his Nan, we got to the venue early and the little lad was already a bit tired and hungry. We sat near the buffet but it was all covered in cling film waiting for the Nan to arrive and the big surprise, but we couldn’t explain that to our boy, all he saw was tables full of food, which remained out of bounds to him. As the minutes ticked by we could hear his stomach rumbling over the music and suddenly the doors burst open to reveal the birthday girl, everyone did the big “Surprise!” but the little lads eyes remained fixed on the prize, the time had come to unleash the food and you could see the saliva cascading from his hungry chops as the cling film began to be pulled back. His cries of joy filled the air as he ran like a cheetah across the dance floor and up to the buffet, pointing at the food, grabbing it with both hands and flinging it into his face. He was like a human hoover. I felt we could start to use him around the house, holding him by the legs and running him across the carpet. So, once he had the food, he was ready to boogie, and strutted out to the centre of the dance floor. The lasers lit the space around him and he began shape shifting under the lights as though he was doing robotics, it was incredible. After that he did another run, and skidded on his knees to land at my feet with another huge smile, the boy was clearly enjoying himself. Another trip to the buffet bar and he was fuelled again, more dancing and skidding ensued and I think it’s only a matter of time before he’ll be doing the caterpillar. ...TO BE CONTINUED

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ILFORD NETBALL CLUB By Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham


lford Netball Club, has been playing, competing and attracting ladies from the local area since the 1960s. Ilford Netball Club trains at Oaks Park High School in Newbury Park on a Tuesday evening from 8-10pm. Training sessions consist of warm ups, drills, different plays and focus points are concentrated on as well as game play in the sports hall. There are four teams within Ilford NC who all play in the Essex Met League which is comprised of eleven divisions. In the last season the Second team maintained their position in Division Four and their Fourth team gained a promotion from Division Eleven to Ten. The Essex Met League takes place at Redbridge Sports Centre on Saturdays. Ilford NC is a club for adults, their youngest player is 16 years old and goes all the way up to players of 50 plus, a wide range of ages and abilities, who are always keen to welcome new players. While you don’t have to be the next Jade Clarke to play for Ilford NC, a little experience is preferred and a free taster session is offered to see if a potential member enjoys the sport and wants to take on the commitment. While being extremely motivated and fairly competitive,


Ilford NC is also a highly sociable club who have an interest in Netball outside of their own competitive field. If the National team is playing in London, they will organise a trip to go and watch the match, and player and publicity secretary, Shelley Wyatt even volunteered at the Commonwealth Games this summer in the netball mixed zone. Ilford NC also meet for end of season dinners, quiz nights and form good friendships with each other. Netball is also highly social out of Ilford NC, Shelley says that at Saturday tournaments people will stay all day, beyond their games in order to talk to and watch matches from neighbouring teams. This social aspect is one of the reasons why 80% of their players have joined through word of mouth alone. Ilford NC raise all of their funds alone, £18 per month covers the cost of hall hire, balls, vests and other costs, the kit is paid for separately. At games, an extra £3 is paid as an umpire’s fee. Over the coming season, Ilford NC would like to grow their team and source out new players who have a passion for netball, they would also be open to the opportunity of gaining sponsorship. There is an upcoming quiz night on November 14th at Bancrofts Rugby Club. For more information find Ilford Netball Club on, or e-mail

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