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Contents issue 176




A greener gateway in store for Rainham Enjoy the outdoors with our top 10 things to do this summer in Havering

Dumping waste in the borough reaches tipping point

Meet one of our invaluable foster carers in our special feature

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News in brief A round-up of the latest news in Havering

Safety in the borough Havering continues its crackdown on crime

Improving air quality Find out what Miles the Mole has been up to

Housing regeneration programme The bricks fall as work begins

Our children’s services Read about our huge funding boost and how it will help our services

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Historical Havering Step back in time to RAF Hornchurch

The Havering Show What's new at this year's biggest free event

Council Tax Let us help you manage yours

Business focus We meet Coborn Engineering and find out about grinding diamonds

Listings Your guide to what's on in the borough

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News in Brief Crematorium's 60th Anniversary

South Essex Crematorium welcomes visitors to an Open Day on Saturday 17 June to mark its 60th Anniversary. If you wish to book a place on a tour please visit: CrematoriumTour2017 Visitors will be able to meet a range of funeral professionals and view a display of alternative funeral vehicles. At 3.30pm the Mayor of Havering will unveil a new tree seat. Live music performances and delicious cream teas will combine to make this a memorable event.

Swimathon success at Everyone Active Centre

Hornchurch Sports Centre operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Havering Council, took part in the World’s Biggest Charity Swim on the weekend of Friday 7 to Sunday 9 April, raising money for Marie Curie. Since the first Swimathon 30 years ago, more than half a million swimmers have taken part, raising over £46 million for good causes. Many swimmers joined this year’s event at Hornchurch Sports Centre, swimming a 1.5km, 2.5km or 5km distance, individually or as part of a team. Participants of all ages and abilities took part, with youngsters taking on their first Swimathon challenge and personal bests achieved by more seasoned swimmers.

“We were delighted to see so many people take to the water in Havering,” says Everyone Active Contract Manager Steve Cox. “There was a great atmosphere with lots of family and friends cheering the swimmers on, and I would like to congratulate all those who trained so hard to complete their challenge.” Final fundraising totals will be released later in the year.


St Ursula’s Catholic Junior School - Outstanding Ofsted The Harold Hill based school is incredibly proud after their recent Outstanding Ofsted report which noted: “The behaviour of pupils is outstanding, and the creative curriculum truly inspires the pupils to reach high standards. Pupils take great pride in how they present their work. All staff are confident and empowered to develop their teaching skills. Staff relish taking on additional responsibility to improve the school. Teachers and teaching assistants know their pupils exceptionally well. This means pupils receive outstanding guidance in order to keep improving their work”. This is a great achievement for our Havering school and a wonderful resource for local residents. Chair of Governors, Mrs Kathy Smith says, “The governors are

incredibly proud of Mrs Clare D’Netto, the whole staff and our wonderful pupils. They have all worked so hard to achieve this ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted and it is richly deserved.”  |  MAY 2017  |  05

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Leisure Centre shapes up

Picture courtesy of Peter Coles

Here's the outside of the Romford Leisure Centre with the sapphire cladding. We can't wait for the opening! Can you?


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Safety in the Borough

Better neighbourhood policing in Havering Earlier this year Havering received 20 extra Dedicated Ward Officers (DWOs) as part of the Metropolitan Police’s ambition to improve neighbourhood policing. Havering is helping the Met to test a new model of neighbourhood policing as part of their Strengthening Local Policing Programme. Havering is now benefiting from an extra nine DWOs shared across demanding wards in the borough. There are also an additional 11 PCs working in the borough as part of the Met and Mayor of London’s commitment to ensure every ward across London has two dedicated ward PCs. This brings the total across Havering to 45 DWOs, along with 18 Police Community Support Officers. To find out about your ward officers, visit:


Havering Council’s borough-wide initiative to Havering Council’s ‘Days of Action’ initiative has been running for the past six months and has seen a crackdown on criminal activities including drug paraphernalia and fly-tipping alongside littering, antisocial behaviour, street drinkers, tenancy scams, licensing, food safety, amateur drifting and much more. During the series of Days of Action the Council has worked closely with the Metropolitan Police and has made a number of arrests for illegal activities including drug dealing and criminal damage to properties on South Street in Romford. Immigration services, Thames Reach homeless charity and Westminster Drug Project are other organisations that have worked with the Council on this initiative. The last Day of Action held in Romford also offered support to 14 rough-sleepers. They were given advice and/or offered appointments to meet with the Council’s Housing team and the homeless charity Thames Reach. Sarah Homer, Havering Council's Chief Operating Officer said, “While Havering is, and continues to be, one of the safest parts of London, there will always be a minority who try to flout the law, and this is why we are determined to work with all of our partners including the police to improve safety across our borough”. If you would like to report any issues in your area please visit:


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crime  |  MAY2017  |  07

Cut your speed! Havering Council is proposing to reduce the speed limits and use a range of measures to slow traffic on 23 mainly rural roads in the Upminster, Rainham & Wennington, Harold Wood, Gooshays and Cranham wards to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

targets for 2020 to reduce killed or serious injury accidents (KSIs) by 40 per cent, Child KSIs by 50 per cent, and pedestrian and cyclist KSI’s by 50 per cent from the average number of casualties for 2005-09. Our proposals will help to meet these targets.

There have been a total of 63 personal injury accidents including one death on these roads over a five year period.

Before a decision is made on implementing our plans, you have the opportunity to comment, which should be by email to by 2 June 2017.

The Government and Transport for London have set

What do you do when you see a rough sleeper


Havering Council has initiated a project to tackle the problem of rough sleepers that has recently increased in the borough especially in the Romford area.

The Council has appointed a homeless officer to help solve this issue. There are also open day sessions run by the Council, police and other organisations at the Salvation Army in Romford where rough sleepers can get help and advice. If you come across a rough sleeper here’s what you can do to help: Contact Streetlink to report a person sleeping rough at, or call the Street Link reporting line on 0300 500 0914 and the team will be happy to help you. This would ensure all rough sleepers can be easily identified and known to us for help with accommodation.






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Rainham Regeneration

A greener gateway Ingrebourne Marshes Last year Transport for London (TfL) awarded Havering Council £2m to design proposals for green parkland along the route of the A1306. It will provide a link between the Beam Beam Park at the western end of the regeneration area and Ingrebourne rivers It will help make Beam Parkway an area that people want to live and is an integral part of Havering Council’s regeneration plans for the Rainham part of in because of the great environment and great new transport links the borough and turning the A1306 trunk route into a pleasant once the brand new Beam Park station opens at the end of 2020. residential road. Due to its marshland origins certain features of the re-design of The aim is to create a unique landscape linked to the area’s rich the road and parkland on either side will look to accentuate water industrial, farming and river-related history and to provide places features. For example, rather than channelling surface water into for current residents, and new residents in the many new housing concrete gulleys and drains prone to blocking and flooding, the developments along the A1306, to sit, relax, play sport or socialise new pedestrian-friendly road will have swales alongside it. This with easy access to the large parkland areas of Beam Park at the is lush, wetland planting sunken by the roadside fed by surface western end and Ingrebourne Marshes and Hornchurch Country water from the road and pavement and providing shade on hot Park at the eastern end. days and play areas for children.

New homes for Rainham Havering Council are in discussions with Notting Hill Housing to form a joint venture to deliver more than 700 homes on sites along the A1306 in Rainham. The sites will be close to the new Beam Park C2C rail station for which a separate planning application will be submitted shortly. Plans are also being developed for a new three form entry primary school nearby. Notting Hill Housing has a proud and long record of providing social housing and the proposed joint venture will be looking to provide a significant proportion of affordable housing in one of the last locations in London where such housing can be built for local people looking to settle and raise their families.  |  MAY 2017  |  09

Consultation on development sites

The plans for a number of sites, mostly on the northern side of the A1306 were consulted on recently. The sites are mainly former industrial land and the plan is to bring them into residential use. The consultation sessions were held at Rainham Library on 29 March and at the Mardyke Community Centre on 3 April. More than 130 people attended the sessions and later over 65 written responses were received. The pictures show some of the display panels that were used at the exhibitions and these can also still be viewed online at:


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Miles the Mole  |  MAY 2017  |  11


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in local schools

Switch off your engine whenever possible to reduce pollution


Havering Council is teaching primary pupils about air quality with our new clean air ambassador - Miles the Mole. During the last week in March pupils were entertained by an interactive show from Performance in Education (PIE) based around air quality and featuring Miles the Mole.

Walk and cycle more to improve your health and the environment


Pupils at St Edward’s Primary School, Romford meet Miles the Mole at the campaign launch on Monday 27 March. Miles features in a new video, produced by the Council, in association with TfL and part supported by money from the Mayor's Air Quality Fund. It deals with the issue of how poor air quality has a negative impact on health; what individuals can do to improve the quality of the air locally, and how they can reduce their exposure to it through some simple preventative steps. It is especially aimed at highlighting the risks to most vulnerable groups, such as the very young and older people, and those with pre-existing health problems, like heart conditions or lung diseases – including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. The film will be distributed to all primary schools in the borough along with air quality lesson plans which will feature Miles’ accessories, including posters, badges and frisbees. Mark Ansell, Interim Director of Public Health at Havering Council, said: “Air pollution in London is linked to almost ten thousand premature deaths a year. In Havering our air is cleaner than in most other boroughs and the Council has been working hard to keep pollution to a minimum, but we all need to do more.

Get into greening; plant and grow more trees and flowers

4 Enjoy the outdoors in Havering’s beautiful parks and open spaces


“The Miles the Mole campaign is a great way to get the clean air message into schools and to educate our children and their parents on how we can all help to protect our environment.”

Look out for upcoming events where you and your children can meet Miles the Mole!


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Waste Minimisation

Dumping waste reaches In recent years Havering has been targeted by organised criminal gangs dumping large lorry loads of waste in lanes in the borough. In 2015/16 our staff collected more than 1,200 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish from the borough’s roads and green spaces. The total cost to Havering Council of removing fly-tips and enforcement officers’ time is fast approaching £1m a year. At a public meeting convened in Upminster in March to discuss the problem Havering Council’s Director of Neighbourhoods, Steve Moore, explained that much of the fly-tipping experienced in Little Gerpins Lane and neighbouring lanes is carried out by serious organised criminal gangs and not casual chancers. This means that traditional means of combatting fly-tipping, like using CCTV cameras, are therefore not effective when these gangs use false plates or stolen trucks. Steve encouraged the audience to lobby for tougher penalties for fly-tipping and for local residents to take personal responsibility; be particularly wary of using skips from companies charging £70 – £80 when the landfill tax alone is currently £88 per tonne. It’s by working as a team that we will tackle the problem. Each year we take between 350 and 400 enforcement actions and many of these are as a result of residents reporting fly-tips to us. Between April 2014 and April 2016 there were 16 successful convictions for fly-tipping. Despite the headlines generated by large lorry load fly-tips, everyday household waste remains the largest proportion in total by weight of all the fly-tips that we collect over the course of a year. If rubbish from your home is found strewn by the roadside we will seek to prosecute both the person dumping the rubbish and the person whose rubbish is being dumped. So please always ask for a receipt that any licensed waste carrier will be able to provide before removing your rubbish. If you want to get rid of large household items you can use our bulky waste removal service. For a charge of just £40 for up to three items, and £10 for each additional item, we will collect your waste from your home. Call us on 01708 432563 to book your collection. Better still – help us minimise waste and the cost to us (and you) of disposing of unwanted items by using one of the many organisations in and around our borough who can reuse your unwanted items – in some cases they will even collect.


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How do I report fly-tipping? Big stuff If you see large scale fly-tipping in progress, or suspect it’s about to occur please tell Operation Bayleaf. Operation Bayleaf brings together the Met Police, Essex Police, Crimestoppers, The Environment Agency and a number of local councils including Havering Council.

Call Operation Bayleaf on 0800 80 70 60 and quote “Op Bayleaf”.

Roadside fly-tipping If you see illegally dumped rubbish, like items of furniture, mattresses or bags on public land including local roads, pavements, car parks, footpaths or other council owned property) please contact Havering Council and we will clear it. Go to and search “report flytipping”. If the fly-tip you report is on private land we will investigate the report and then ask the private land owner to arrange removal of the fly-tip.  |  MAY 2017  |  13

Taking action to tackle the fly-tippers In recent years Havering Council has deployed an array of means to try and reduce fly-tipping. This has included covert operations with council officers supported by the police monitoring roads around the clock, to the use of solar powered surveillance cameras and temporary road closures. Now steps are being taken to restrict vehicles from accessing some of the most blighted roads. In phase one measures will be put in place in Sunnings Lane and Little Gerpins Lane. This will include a width restriction at the southern end of Sunnings Lane and the closure of various stretches of Little Gerpins Lane. Any changes to roads will be subject to public consultation and decisions of the Highways Advisory Committee but with the support of local residents then longterm measures will be in place later this year to alleviate the problems of repeated large scale fly-tips in these roads.

Following the first phase of road changes a wider area around these roads will be surveyed to establish whether further changes to vehicle access are required.


Under attack from fly-tippers Number of significant (larger than skip sized) fly-tips during the financial year 2016/17:

Pea Lane •



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Sunnings Lane •

Little Gerpins Lane •

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Housing Regeneration Programme Briar Road groundbreaking is

concrete evidence of regeneration vision The first bricks fell last month as work began to prepare a site in Briar Road, Harold Hill, where 46 new homes and two new shops will be built as part of the latest phase of Havering Council’s regeneration vision to build more affordable homes for Havering people. The Housing Regeneration Programme will deliver around 3,500 new homes across 12 parts of the borough during the next 15 years, and you can read more about that below. By making better use of smaller sites like this one in Briar Road, it will help the Council deliver around 500 new homes in addition to that. These new properties will be built to a high standard, be energy efficient and demand for them is expected to be high. The Briar Road scheme includes the demolition of a small parade of shops, the flats above and some nearby properties.

The bigger picture Havering is launching a contract to build 3,500 homes across 12 development sites. The Council is seeking to form a Joint Venture partnership with a housing developer to deliver this over the next 15 years. This is one of the most ambitious local authority home building programmes in the country. The land being used will remain in Council ownership. Since Right to Buy started, around 4,000 Council homes have been sold and these need to be replaced. Many of the 3,500 new homes will be for rent but some will be Low Cost Home Ownership, where the Council retain a share in the property and it must be sold back to the Council when the owner moves. There will also be some properties for sale where the buyer will have full ownership. The intention is to deliver the Housing Regeneration Programme through a Joint Venture Company, half owned by Havering Council and half by a development partner. The Housing Regeneration Programme is part of a wider vision for Havering, encompassing the development of three Crossrail stations, a brand new railway station at Beam Park in Rainham, and new schools.

As part of this vision two new Housing Zones will be developed in Romford and Rainham, and funding has been received from the Mayor of London’s office and GLA respectively, to provide much needed new homes. For more information on the 12 sites in Havering Council’s Housing Regeneration Programme – view our interactive map.

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We’re closing in on A crackdown on tenancy fraud has seen 63 homes made available and saved the Council more than £3 million since January last year. 26,000+ visits More than 26,000 visits have been made by the Council's Tenancy Audit Teams with 367 referrals to the Council's Fraud Team. This has led to almost 30 Council properties being returned for letting to people in real need, and 36 Right to Buy applications halted.

Body cameras As part of this crackdown Council officers are making unannounced visits on all Council properties. The specialist officers can call anytime between 7am and 8pm, usually calling outside normal office hours, when people are most likely to be in. All the officers carry ID badges and use a body camera so we have an accurate record of the visit.

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Property checks During the visit officers will enter the property to confirm that the people living there match the people registered as Council tenants. They will also take photographs and check that the property is being properly maintained and isn’t being used for illegal purposes.

If you provide information about someone who is illegally subletting their property and the Council gets control of the property back, you can receive up to £500 reward.

Over to you If you know about someone committing tenancy fraud and provide information leading to the Council retaking control of the property, you can receive a reward of up to £500.

Tenancy Fraud hotline

Any personal details provided will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Remember - our fraud clampdown means more homes for genuine tenants!


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Fostering Children's Services

Fostering transforms lives

Alison Fox makes a cup of tea at home

Havering is proud to showcase the indispensable work our foster carers undertake. We are keen to celebrate this hidden workforce, who open their hearts and homes on a daily basis to look after children in our community. One of Havering Council’s invaluable foster carers, Alison Fox, has been sharing her moving story with Living. “I've been fostering children for the last 12 years, providing a safe home environment and acting as a voice for the young person living in my care. I want to provide new experiences for all the children who have lived with me over the years, which in turn gives me an enormous sense of pride. “People should be aware that fostering also comes with a lot of heartache. For example, like many people, we take eating a simple meal at home for granted, but I’ve cared for children who are not used to living in a home where food’s readily available, and supporting them while they get used to this change reinforces the importance of fostering.

“I’m also really keen to highlight what a positive impact fostering has had on my own family, with even my 98 year old grandad being involved. My own children have also helped a lot and that’s heart-warming and makes me really proud as a parent. “Whilst a foster child lives in my care, I nurture them as if they're my own. I'm still in contact with teenagers and young people who had previously lived with me and I continue to support them in their development into adults. Fostering doesn’t just transform the lives of foster children; it totally transforms the lives of the foster carers!”  |  MAY 2017  |  17

Havering has just over 250 children in care who need the help and support of a foster carer. We always need to recruit new foster carers from all backgrounds and ethnicities. If you are aged 25 years or older and have a spare bedroom, apply today to foster a child or young person. Our fostering service offers full training, financial rewards, continued learning and constant support. The all-encompassing approach was reinforced by Alison: “I can't fault the fostering team, I've received 24/7 support from either my Supervising Social Worker, Duty Social Worker or out of hours team. There is also continual support from other Havering foster carers, with monthly support groups, summer activities, group fun days and even foster carer nights out.” Take the next step and learn more about fostering at one of our monthly information events held on the first Thursday of every month at Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, from 6pm - 7.30pm. Full details at or please call the fostering team today on 01708 434 574.

Children’s Services were recently successful in being awarded £2.4m from The Department of Education’s Innovation Fund; this partnership will support the launch of an Enhanced Fostering programme aimed at offering the borough’s most vulnerable young people specialist care.

Patricia – an inspiration to us all Patricia has been fostering in Romford for more than 35 years taking two, three, or even four children at a time and over those years has cared for over 100 children. Many still come to see her now but finally at the age of 81 she has retired from fostering and she and her husband Colin were honoured at the Town Hall last month with Civic Awards from the Mayor. In presenting the award the Mayor described Patricia “as an inspiration to us all.”

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Children's Services

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Children’s Services in the borough are going through some exciting changes. Last summer we launched the Face to Families en joying the a rts and craft Face campaign, which aims to ensure Children's C s taster sess entre's Lau ions at Rain n ch Day. that social workers spend less time ham Village at their desks and more time working directly with families. This approach is proving very successful and we have been able to recruit many Tim Aldridge, Director of Children's Services, said: of the social workers we need, as they see this as a dynamic way of working. “This £2.4m will have a huge impact on the services we provide for young people who need our support in the In March the Service was given a huge boost when the borough, and shows great confidence from the Government Department for Education awarded a £2.4m fund to in our ability to deliver. support, among other things, the assistance we give to young people leaving care and going into their adult “Through innovation, enhanced resources and working with lives. Much of this money will be used to ensure that the young people themselves, we will design a service that they are supported into continuing education, work or truly meets their needs. A large focus will be on keeping other opportunities available to them. young people out of care in the first place, enabling them to stay with their families wherever possible, ensuring that Another project this money will fund is a team that those who do need care get it in a consistent way, and works intensively with families where there is a risk those leaving care are given the very best life chances in of breakdown and aims to ensure, where possible, education and employment.” families are supported to remain together.  |  MAY 2017  |  19

Magical faces created at the face painting ac tivity table at Collier Row Children's Centre's Launch Day. This April we re-launched our Children’s Centres in a series of exciting afternoon events which showcased the activities available including musical jelly beans, pre-walkers stay & play, creative food, face painting, baby massage, arts & crafts and parachute games. Commenting on the re-launch, Tim Aldridge said: “Our children’s centres go from strength to strength, and their relaunch in April was a huge success. Although the children who attend have a great time, they are also learning essential life skills and the ability to mix and socialise, which is so important for future development.”



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1Fallow Deer at Dagnam Park

Come and see the fallow deer amongst a variety of other wildlife including butterflies, terrapins, herons and many more. The park sits in around 345 acres of beautiful nature reserve green park and is open to the public daily.


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2 Red Poll Cattle at Bedfords Park

Take a visit to Bedfords Park where you will find a rare and traditional breed of Red Poll Cattle. The cows are one of the best breeds for grazing meadows as they have a gentle temperament and no horns, so are ideal for public parks.


4 Fishing and lakes 3 Birdwatching

Havering is rich in birdlife and Rainham Marshes is home to flocks of breeding birds and is a great place to see grey herons and lapwings or take an early morning walk accompanied by the dawn chorus.


There are a whole host of fishing opportunities in the borough and many of the lakes can be used, including: Bedfords Park, Bretons Outdoor Recreation Centre, Dagnam Park, Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch Country Park, Parklands Outdoor Space and Raphael Park. Anyone wanting to fish is required by law to hold a fishing rod license. Apply online:


5 Raphael’s Restaurant and Meze Bar

After a stroll taking in the beautiful surroundings of Green Flag awarded Raphael Park, relax with a coffee or afternoon tea or enjoy an al fresco lunch with views overlooking the lake. The restaurant is also open for dinner reservations.

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Do you have some free time on your hands to make a valuable contribution to the maintenance of Havering’s green spaces? Friends groups support schemes such as the restoration and maintenance of Raphael Park, and improving Lake Farm Park.


9 King George's Playing Field, Collier Row

Running alongside the River Rom is this flat area of grassland which is the ideal place for play time with the kids. Children of all ages can use the play area with skate/bmx equipment, outdoor gym, bowls green and football pitches for hire.


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Fallow deer pictured in Dagnam Park

6 Hornchurch Country 7 Langtons Gardens Park Café Hornchurch Country Park is a great place to be active and discover wildlife and amble through woodland. The facilities include a play and picnic area, outdoor gym, fishing and conservation area. Visit the centre and recharge with tea and cake whilst overlooking fantastic marshland and reed beds of the River Ingrebourne Valley where you may even spot a water vole or two.


Explore the well-loved and popular manor house, gardens and wedding venue in Hornchurch which have recently benefited from a £2m funding injection, restoring them to their former glory. It’s the perfect place to sit, relax and unwind. A new café will be opening soon and a children’s woodland play area is planned to go into the newly reconnected Fielder’s Field.




Harrow Lodge is one of the largest parks in the borough and one of the most popular due to its range of facilities. A new and exciting addition is the callisthenics area, where the visitors can take part in some parkour activity as well as outdoor gym exercises.

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Historical Havering “First Things First” with RAF Hornchurch For 47 years between 1915 and 1962, 90 acres of land in Hornchurch was home to RAF Hornchurch. It was one of Britain’s first home defence airfields. Aircraft flying from Hornchurch achieved multiple firsts such as destroying the first German airship over England. Aircraft hangars, aviation, weapons and bomb racks quickly took over Sutton’s Farm when the land was requisitioned by the RAF for the Royal Flying Corps. It was a prime location to help protect the Home Counties and London’s skies from German aircraft. Ground-staff were billeted in local farmhouses while pilots were housed in ‘The White Hart’ pub and regularly visited ‘The Good Intent’.

William Leefe Robinson (Havering Libraries-Local Studies)

During World War I, on the night of the 2 September 1916, Second Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson (No. 39 Squadron) was on patrol between Sutton’s Farm and Joyce Green. In the early hours of the morning he saw a German airship and followed its path but lost sight of it in the clouds. After 15 minutes Robinson caught sight of the airship once more and honed in, shooting at it with his plane’s machine guns. Next thing, he saw the airship falling out of the sky, ablaze, and eventually crashing at Cuffley, Hertfordshire. Robinson was the first person to bring down a German Zeppelin. He was rewarded with the Victoria Cross by King George V at Windsor Castle only a couple of days later. A few days later fellow RAF Hornchurch pilots, Lieutenant Fredrick Sowrey and Lieutenant Wulstan Tempest, brought down two more German Zeppelins and were awarded with Distinguished Service Orders.

When the Battle of Britain (10 July 1940 - 31 October 1940) began, RAF Hornchurch protected convoy shipping in the English Channel and North Sea. Hornchurch’s airfield was targeted near the end of the Battle of Britain with raids that damaged the runway and squadrons had to move temporarily to other bases.

RAF Hornchurch 1937 Airshow (Havering Libraries-Local Studies)

After the World Wars, Hornchurch airfield was kept in the military and continued its aviation duties and activities. It was made into an Officers’ Advanced Training School from Spring 1947 until August 1948, where both comedian, Ronnie Corbett, and actor, Edward Hardwicke, were stationed. After this, an RAF Volunteer Centre, which re-trained ex-RAF personnel, moved to RAF Hornchurch and later 17 Reserve Flying School used the land and the remaining buildings. In 1962, the airfield closed after spending its final years as an RAF Aircrew Selection Centre. In the 1960s, some buildings and hangars were demolished and the street names on the Airfield Estate that replaced them commemorate pilots and aircraft that flew from RAF Hornchurch. The Officers Mess, Astra Close, is now a medical centre serving the local community.

Havering Council set aside 160 acres of land for Hornchurch Country Park which is still maintained today. Evidence of its previous role as an RAF station can still be seen with guard pillboxes, gun emplacements and the last Blenheim Bomber dispersal bay.

RAF Hornchurch Scramble (Havering Libraries-Local Studies)

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The greatest show in Havering! After setting a record with more than 50,000 visitors last year, the Havering Show 2017 is shaping up to be even bigger. We are pleased to announce that local radio station Time 107.5 FM will be sponsoring the main stage introducing the acts and entertaining the crowds with great music, live games and competitions. Lorna Waters, Time 107.5 FM Station Manager, said: “We’re really excited to be sponsoring the Havering Show again this year. Being a part of such a great event is fantastic for us, as it not only puts us in front of the large audience which attends the event, but it gives us an opportunity to get the Time 107.5 FM brand out there to thousands more, both inside and outside of the borough. “This year the line-up is looking really exciting and we look forward to being part of such a fun and inclusive community event”. The Havering Show already has great support from our sponsors including Romford Kia, West & Coe and Tony Levoi Vauxhall. Join them! Your business brand will feature on all of our marketing material, and you will also be an integral part of the event, helping us to deliver a bigger and better show for 2017. For more information on our sponsorship packages; email

Main Stage Highlights Kenny Thomas

Blockheads The legendary band which was originally led by frontman Ian Dury, and famous for their hits ‘Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick’ and ‘Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)’, will perform on the main stage on Monday 28 August.

The Dualers

The multi-platinum selling soul artist who dominated the charts in the 90s, will perform on Sunday 27 August – listen out for his hits including ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Thinking About Your Love’!

Ray Lewis & the Drifters

After Tyber and Pete played a brilliant set at the show last year, the full nine-piece line-up of the much-loved ska-reggae band is set to rock the main stage on Sunday 27 August.

Come and see the legends close the show as they take to the stage on Monday 28 August. Original Drifter Ray Lewis will front the band performing all the classics including ‘There Goes My Baby’, ‘Up on the Roof’, and ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’.

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General Election 8 June 2017 The General Election will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017. You can vote in this election if you're registered to vote, 18 years old or over on the day and a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen. There have been some changes to polling stations in some areas and here are the details:

BL2 – The Mawney Foundation School There's no parking available on the school site. The nearest pay and display car parking is in Olive Street.

GS1 & GS2 – Harold Hill Library Harold Hill Library is now located at 19a Farnham Road.

HN3 – Hacton Primary School The school has been rebuilt and is located right next to the site of the old school building. The school can only be accessed from Goodwood Avenue. There is an approximately 150m walk from the entrance at Goodwood Avenue to the polling station.

HN4 – Suttons Primary School The school has been rebuilt and is located next to the site of the old school building.

HP3 – Highfield Tower’s Community Centre The old Community Centre has been demolished, so the polling station will be in a portacabin, located to the right of the entrance to Highfield Tower.

HW4 – Harold Wood Methodist Church The polling station will be located in the church foyer, rather than in the hall.

PT4 – Marshalls Park Academy The polling station will be located inside the main building. Voters should use the main school entrance.

RT1 – Romford Baptist Church The polling station will be in the foyer at the front of the church.

ST3 – Olive AP Academy Birnham Wood PRU has changed its name, but is still located in the same place.

To find out which is your polling station, to see if you are registered to vote, and what you can do if you can’t get to the polling station on 8 June visit

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Managing your Council Tax You will have recently received your annual Council Tax bill through the letter box. This is the money the Council collects from residents to pay for the services it provides. These services include protecting children from abuse, supporting vulnerable adults and older people, providing libraries, cleaning our streets, maintaining roads, pavements and parks, as well as the services you recognise each day; rubbish collections and street lighting for example. The easiest way to pay your Council Tax is by direct debit. This means the same amount of money comes out of your bank each month. 93 per cent of people use Direct Debit or go online to pay their Council Tax. Direct debit costs you nothing and, unlike other ways to pay, more money actually comes to the Council to fund those important services. You can set up a direct debit easily at: i If you find that you cannot make a payment on a particular month, please let us know immediately. Ignoring the situation may lead to additional bank charges and increased debt, plus the personal worry that goes with that. You can contact us at: i Ignoring the problem may lead to undue concerns and stress.

If we don’t know you’re in trouble we can’t help.

The Council has considered feedback from an informal public consultation carried out earlier this year on the proposals to introduce landlord licensing in the borough. It's part of a coordinated approach to tackle significant and persistent anti-social behaviour as well as the poor management within some multiple occupied private rented property.

The Council is now finalising its proposals to carry out a formal consultation before taking them to the September Cabinet meeting. It is anticipated that the consultation will start shortly and will run for a minimum of ten weeks. Full details of the final proposals and further information will be posted on our consultation webpage:

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Spring & Summer Rubbish & Recycling Collection Dates 2017 Normal Collection Date Revised Collection Date May

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Thursday 1 June

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Collection times are likely to change. It is important that all sacks are presented by 7am on your revised collection day. Please note that all revised collection arrangements also apply to the garden, clinical and bulky waste services.

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Launchpad Centre takes-off!

CEME in Rainham has launched its brand new business centre for start-ups and small businesses looking to accelerate the growth of their companies. The Launchpad Centre offers a mix of high quality co-working space (hot desks and fixed desks) and small office space to let, with in-built business support included from its resident entrepreneur. Available to any business working within the manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors and in partnership with The Mayor of London and Havering Council, the Launchpad Centre has been designed to nurture and grow young businesses. Businesses can sign licence agreements with CEME for hot desks, fixed desks or small office units on a rolling monthly basis, and all include features such as super-fast broadband. Bill Williams, CEME’s Chief Executive said: “The new Launchpad Centre is a shining example of what can be achieved when the public and private sectors come together to support the growth of young technology businesses. We are delighted with the look and feel of the new building and, most importantly, the opportunities that it offers businesses in the London Riverside Opportunity Area. We are grateful to The Mayor of London and Havering Council for their involvement and support in enabling this project.”

To celebrate the Official Opening of CEME Launchpad the centre is hosting TECHVENT - a showcase event for the latest digital inventions revolutionising the business world. This will be a chance to see show-stopping demonstrations from cutting-edge tech specialists, hear from industryleading speakers discussing the fast-moving digital landscape and discover the hot trends likely to transform the market. Follow CEME on social media for details of the date and more information. To find out more about the Launchpad Centre or accessing the Centre’s business support service, talk to Tom Ashby on 020 8596 7050 or email  |  MAY 2017  |  31

Launchpad Case Study: ITF Tech

ITF Tech is based at the CEME in Rainham. They provide IT support to local small and medium sized businesses. Their core product is a managed IT service, where the customer pays a fixed amount each month for pro-active monitoring and unlimited computer support and advice. Other services include cloud-based backup and disaster recovery, software licensing, server installation, network cabling and hardware and software sales. Paul Willis and Terry O’Donnell had known each other for almost 30 years before they decided to start ITF Tech together in 2014. Until the end of 2016 they were based at a client’s premises, but when that contract came to an end, the business partners began looking for a new office. After Paul and Terry had viewed a line-up of serviced offices they toured The Launchpad Centre at CEME and it didn't

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take them very long to decide where to choose to grow their business from. Paul said: “The other serviced offices that we viewed felt like prisons, once the office door was closed you would not see anyone. Here at the Launchpad Centre there’s a community feel. It’s bright and airy and the CEME campus facilities are second to none.” Terry said: "When we were shown around the Launchpad building, we knew it was right for us. We chose an office adjacent to the co-working space, as we wanted to be close to the buzz and vibe, and to be part of what was going on. The technology aspect of the targeted tenants appealed along with the business support services offered and the potential opportunity to collaborate with any of the start-up companies in terms of their IT needs was a bonus.”

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Going for growth:

Coborn Engineering

Coborn Engineering's Managing Director Steve Westlake alongside one of his company’s latest grinding machines

Chances are that if you own an iPhone a long-established Romford business played a part in making it. Coborn Engineering Company Limited is a family-run firm celebrating 75 years in business in our borough. The company manufactures polishing and grinding machines for diamonds and other super-hard materials. The largest market for their highly specialised machines is China where the diamond cutting tips produced by their machines are used by companies like FoxConn to cut the aluminium used in the assembly of Apple smartphones.

The De Beers Centenary diamond

Based in three adjoining units in Chesham Close, just off North Street in Romford, Coborn have a turnover of around £11 million a year and employ more than 70 people, the vast majority of them local people.

“It’s very important that I maintain excellent personal relations with our customers in China. I first went to China in 2008 but it was 12 months and four visits later before we received our first order so you have to invest in relationships over the long-term” said Steve.

Steve Westlake, the Managing Director, is one of them and he lives in Romford’s Market Place. Over the last 10 years he has spent an average of six months each year in China building up contacts and new customers.

“We have seen rapid growth between 2009 and 2013 but then that growth stalled a bit so we took stock of why that was and conducted a complete review of our business. That’s led to a new strategy and vision that will see us put considerable effort in to developing our business in  |  MAY2017  |  33

Royce” of precision equipment but he says that the main asset of the business is its people. “Our workforce is incredibly loyal and staff turnover is really low. We can achieve growth and remain based in Romford but we really need to make sure we get full value out of every member of our workforce. I meet many other MDs who are squeezing margins to survive but we are a global company with huge growth potential and I’m very confident for the future.”

Coborn Engineering Fact Box •F  ounded: 1941 – early work included balancing the engines used in Spitfire planes •E  xports account for more than 90% of its turnover • Havering Business of the Year 2010 Matthew Innocent, grandson of the founder of Coborn Engineering, and son of the current chairman, with parts for a £1m diamond polishing motor order.

•W  inner of Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2012 •W  inner of the Golden Anniversary Award for Achievement at the Havering Business Awards 2015 •T  he vast majority of the world's gem diamonds are polished on Coborn spindles, including the De Beers Centenary diamond valued at 100 million US dollars, pictured opposite.

India too and we have a target of doubling our total turnover to more than £20m over the next five years.” Steve’s immensely proud of the company’s products. He describes their Scaive Gem Polishing motor as the “Rolls

Havering recognised as Business Friendly Borough Havering’s work to promote and support small businesses has been recognised as the borough was highly commended at a London awards ceremony recently. Havering Council won its award at the Small Business Friendly Borough Awards run by London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London, and the London region of the Federation of Small Businesses. The Council was highly commended for its comprehensive programme of support, including over 1,500 advice sessions to small and medium sized businesses, 40 workshops and network meetings, and an intensive programme of support for the construction industry. The commendation for Havering’s work highlighted the quarterly meetings of the Women in Business Network, the Havering Business Awards, the regular Havering Business network events and the creation of three new workspaces to assist start-up businesses with the Workery in Rainham, the Retailery in Romford's Market Place (pictured right) and the Launchpad Centre at CEME in Rainham as examples of the borough’s good work. This award follows Havering being recognised by creditrating website Experian as the Start-Up Capital of Britain in 2015.


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Havering Arts Council represents arts groups in Havering and has a full programme of events



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Martin Turner (ex-Wishbone Ash) Saturday 3 June, 8pm. £16 or £13 concessions + plus booking fee

Down Memory Lane – Dementia Friendly Wed 14 June, 2.30pm

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Bring on the Bollywood 13 – 17 June Julia Fordham Friday 21 July, 8pm £27.50 (inclusive of booking fee) Havering Music School Summer School 24 – 29 July A week of musical creativity, fun and tuition for children aged 7+. £150 for the week.

A Giant of Steam Reborn Thursday, 8 June, 7pm £5 Brian Hall talks about a project to bring back to life the only 4-6-0 locomotive designed by Sir Nigel Gresley which changed the face of passenger trains in East Anglia. e


London’s Dreadful Visitation: The Great Plague, 1665 20 May – 8 July e

The Billy Bo Bubble Show 4+ year olds Sat 3 June, 11.30am

QUEEN’S THEATRE HORNCHURCH Footloose 22 May – 27 May

The Simon and Garfunkel Story – 50th Anniversary Tour Tue 6 June, 7.30pm

Sea Shore Sculptures – Crafty Kids! 5 – 7 year olds. Sat 17 June, 10am Mr Popcorn and Suzy Sparkle 2 – 6 year olds Sat 17 June, 11.30am Fairlytes Singers Fri 30 June, 2.30pm The Magic of the Beatles Mon 10 & Tue 11 July, 7.30am Jungle Animals – Crafty Kids! 5 – 7 year olds Sat 15 July, 10am Bubble Science 7 – 12 year olds Sat 15 July, 11.30am The Staff Room 2 – 6 year olds Sun 23 July, 6pm Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer Sun 23 July, 7.45pm The Elvis Years – The Story of the King Tue 25 & Wed 26 July, 7.30pm Planting with the Conservation Team Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30am – 2pm


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Upminster Tithe Barn Upminster Windmill If you would like your event featured for free in future Listings or on Havering’s website, please complete the online form at All numbers are 01708 unless stated.  |  MAY 2017  |  35

COMMUNITY HORNCHURCH LIBRARY HALF TERM CRAFT Thursday 1 June, 2pm Make fabric butterflies and crystal mosaic pendants, ages 4+, £4 members, £5.50 non-members t 434903 ELMER THE ELEPHANT STORY AND CRAFT Friday 2 June, 11am – 12noon South Hornchurch Library, ages 2-6, £3 members, £4 non-members t 434921 booking essential FATHER’S CRAFT DAY Craft session for children to make a card tool belt for Dad, materials supplied. Collier Row Library, £2.50 members, £4 non-members t 434936

BRITISH CACTUS & SUCCULENT SOCIETY, HAVERING BRANCH Third Saturday of the month 7 – 10pm t 447778 COLLIER ROW BRIDGE CLUB Thursdays, 7 – 10.30pm COLLIER ROW TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD First and third Tuesday of the month, 1.30 – 4pm e CRAFTY ARTS KNIT AND NATTER GROUP Tuesdays, 10am – 12noon e CRANHAM ENGAYNE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE Second Monday of each month t 228119 EAST OF LONDON FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY First Saturday of the month 11am – 4pm e ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST Second Monday of each month FOUR SEASONS KNITTING & CRAFT CLUB Mondays, 7pm – 10pm

FAIRKYTES ACCORDION CLUB First Wednesday of month, 7.30pm e

HAVERING WRITERS CIRCLE First Monday of month, 7.30 – 10pm t 375549

FUNKY VOICES Every Monday 8 – 10pm

HORNCHURCH AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Last Friday of the month except July August and December, 7.15pm e

GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG CLUB OF ESSEX Wednesdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm e HAVEN LADIES CLUB Alternate Tuesdays, 8 – 10pm HAVERING ACTIVE TEA DANCE Thursdays, 1.30 – 3.30pm e HAVERING ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB Third Friday of the month from 7.30 – 9.30pm t 07947 367258 HAVERING BOARD GAMERS First, third and fifth Thursday of the month 7.30 – 10pm e HAVERING CONCERT ORCHESTRA (HCO) Wednesdays, during term-time 7.30 – 9.30pm HAVERING EAST ROTARY CLUB Tuesdays, 7.30 – 10pm HAVERING MUSIC MAKERS Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 – 10pm e

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HORNCHURCH WARGAMES CLUB Mondays, 7 – 11pm e HUMANISTS OF HAVERING Second Saturday of the month 2 – 4pm MAKE AND TAKE CARD-MAKING CLUB Wednesdays, 12.30 – 3.30pm e NELMES (HORNCHURCH) WOMEN'S INSTITUTE Second Wednesday of month 1.45 – 4pm e NORTH OCKENDON HANDBELL RINGERS Tuesdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm t 459339 PASSIONE ITALIANA ITALIAN AND ENGLISH BILINGUAL PRESENTATIONS Second Monday of the month 6.30 – 7.30pm e PSYCHIC CAFÉ Last Friday of the month, 7 – 9.30pm e

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RAINHAM HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Tuesdays, 10am – 12noon Saturdays, 9am – 12noon Sundays, 10am – 12.30pm




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Havering Libraries hold many events, please check the website for latest details or contact your local library. Booking is usually advisable.

ELM PARK St Nicholas Avenue Elm Park RM12 4PT GIDEA PARK Balgores Lane, Gidea Park RM2 6BS HAROLD HILL Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill RM3 8DJ HAROLD WOOD Arundel Road, Harold Wood RM3 0RX HORNCHURCH 44 North Street, Hornchurch RM11 1TB

RAPHAEL PARKRUN Every Saturday 9:30am e

RAINHAM 6 Celtic Farm Road Rainham RM13 9GP ROMFORD St Edwards Way, Romford RM1 3AR

REIKI SHARE Second Wednesday of the month 7 – 10pm e ROMFORD AND BRENTWOOD FOLK DANCE GROUP Wednesdays, 8 – 10pm ROMFORD AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Last Monday of the month (except August), 7.30 – 9.30pm ROMFORD DRUM AND TRUMPET CORPS Thursdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm ROMFORD EMBROIDERERS GUILD Second Saturday of the month, 2 – 4pm RSPB RAINHAM MARSHES Variety of events on the website RUSH GREEN FLORAL ART CLUB Third Monday of the month, 8 – 10pm SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING Mondays, 1.30 – 3.30pm Fridays, 10 – 11.45am t 07976 438950

SOUTH HORNCHURCH Rainham Road, Rainham RM13 7RD Cream Tea Third Friday of each month 2.30 – 4.30pm Community Market Third Sunday of each month 10am – 2pm The Old Chapel at Sacred Heart of Mary’s Girls’ School, Upminster Tuesday 30 May, 10.30am – 12.30pm Craft session. Sunday 4 June, 2 – 5pm General Open Day Wednesday 14 June, 10.30am Tea and Talk, Larger than Life Victorian and Edwardian Upminster Characters. Resident local historian Tony Benton returns for another talk about Upminster’s past. Free for friends of Old Chapel or £2 for non-members. Sunday 18 June, 2 – 5pm Victorian Tea Room A traditional afternoon tea whilst listening to harpist Hilary Barkwith play. There will also be Victorian themed crafts for children to enjoy. Free Entry. t 2242145

UPMINSTER 26 Corbets Tey Road, Upminster RM14 2BB

TRAIN AID – LEVEL 2 EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK COURSE First Saturday of month 9am – 3.30pm emergency first-aid-at-work UPMINSTER AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Tuesday 9 May Happy Healthy Roses 7.45 – 9.45pm New Windmill Hall Upminster. UPMINSTER WINE AND SOCIAL CLUB Third Thursday of month, 8pm t 2242145 WHIST CLUB Wednesdays and Fridays 7.30 – 9.30pm e ROMFORD SCRABBLE CLUB Wednesdays, 7.15 – 10.30pm e

LIBRARIES GIDEA PARK LIBRARY Baby bounce (term time only) Wednesdays, 11 – 11.30am Storytime for children aged 2-5 years (term time only) Fridays, 11.15 – 11.45am HORNCHURCH LIBRARY Wiggle and Giggle for children aged 2 – 4 years Wednesdays, 11.30am – 12noon Baby bounce (term time only) Fridays, 10.30 – 11am British Sugarcraft Guild Hornchurch and Upminster Branch First Saturday of the month 1.30 – 3.30pm A year in the job and future plans with Andrew Impy, the Essex Wildlife Trust CEO 2nd of each month 8 – 9.45pm  |  MAY 2017  |  37

CHILDREN 6TH SQUIRRELS HEATH SCOUT GROUP Wednesdays, 5 – 6.30pm e BASKING BABIES ROMFORD Tuesdays, 9.45 – 11.15am t 07701 367883

OVER-50s HAVERING OVER 50S FORUM Second Tuesday of the month 10.30am – 12.30pm RGCA CHAIR ZUMBA Thursdays, 2 – 2.45pm

TAPESTRY – WALKING FOOTBALL Mondays, 12 noon – 1pm Thursdays, 7 – 8pm UPMINSTER AND DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB Variety of events on the website TWEEDWAY (50+) SPORTS CLUB Darts, short mat bowls, snooker, pool, table tennis, scrabble and more. Alternate Tuesdays, 8 – 10pm e

WELLBEING EPILEPSY ACTION ROMFORD COFFEE AND CHAT GROUP Third Wednesday of the month 12noon – 2pm t 07704 979 654 HAVERING ASIAN SOCIAL AND WELFARE ASSOCIATION (HASWA) Yoga class Mondays, 10 – 11.30am Wednesdays, 10 – 11.30am

Lunch Club Wednesdays, 12noon – 2pm Punjabi Class Thursdays, 11.15am – 12.15pm Coffee Stop Thursdays, 2 – 4pm Punjabi Class Thursdays, 6 – 7.30pm HAVERING NUMISMATIC SOCIETY First Tuesday of month 7.30 – 9.30pm e HUBB (HELPING USERS BOUNCE BACK) SUPPORT GROUP First Thursday of the month, 5 – 7pm e PARKINSON’S UK HAVERING AND DISTRICT BRANCH SUPPORT MEETINGS First and third Tuesday of the month 2 – 4pm Langtons Registry Office Hornchurch, RM11 1XL e

Cabinet and Council meetings Cabinet and Full Council meetings are open to the public and are held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BB. All meetings are on Wednesdays and start at 7.30pm. They can also be watched online at Dates may change, please check calendarmeetings for latest information. DUKES MODERN SEQUENCE DANCE CLUB Wednesdays, 1 – 3pm FIVE STAR BASKETBALL ACADEMY Tuesdays, 5 – 6.30pm e

RCCG LIFE CHANGERS ASSEMBLY Every Sunday, 10 – 11am e

SPORTS & FITNESS ARDLEIGH HOUSE SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Tuesdays, 12.30 – 2.30pm Thursdays and Fridays, 10am – 12noon t 440660 HATHA/DRU YOGA CLASSES Tesco Community Room Roneo Corner, Hornchurch Sundays, 10 – 11.30am e

Tuesdays, 8 – 9.30pm HYLANDS TENNIS CLUB HYLANDS MINI TENNIS ACADEMY Tots at 6 pm and Red balls at 7pm classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Orange ball at 6pm and Green Ball at 7pm on Mondays. TENNIS 4 GIRLS Selected Fridays, 5.30pm One term free to first time applicants

POSITIVE LIVING GROUP Alternate Mondays, 7.45 – 10pm RAGS ROMFORD AUTISTIC GROUP SUPPORT Supporting families living with Autism in Havering


TENNIS 4 U Four weeks tennis lessons free on Saturday mornings e FUSION STREET DANCE TEAM Tuesdays, 5 – 8pm HARE PARK BADMINTON CLUB Thursdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm e HARROW LODGE PARKRUN Meet at Warren Drive car park Seniors: Saturdays, 9 – 10am Juniors: Free 2km run aged 4 – 14 years, Sundays, 9am RAPHAEL PARKRUN Saturdays, 9am HAVERING SAILING CLUB Saturdays, March – November 12noon – 6pm

JISSOKAN MARTIAL ARTS Wednesdays, 7.30 – 9pm e JU JITSU Variety of classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

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FUN AND FUNKY DANCE Variety of dance classes available NORTH ROMFORD SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Mondays and Wednesdays 9am – 12noon Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays, 1.30 – 4.45pm OCCASIONAL DANCE Variety of classes on website ROMFORD AUTISTIC GROUP MULTI-SPORT SESSIONS Fridays, 5.15 – 6.45pm RUSH GREEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION INDOOR BOWLS CLUB Alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.30 – 10pm

SYM SAILING CLUB Sundays, 1 March to 30 November 9am – 4pm TWEED MODERN SEQUENCE DANCE CLUB Thursdays, 7.30pm – 10pm e US GIRLS ACTIVITIES Sports and physical activities for women YOGA FOR ALL Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays YOGA, PILATES AND BARRE PILATES Classes on Monday to Saturday or telephone 01708 433247. Advertisements are accepted subject to available space and Havering Council’s approval of copy. Terms and conditions available on request. Products and services mentioned in advertisements or editorial do not carry the endorsement of Havering Council. Living in Havering is written, designed and published by Communications, Havering Council, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford RM1 3BD. Reproduction in whole or in part is strictly forbidden without the prior written permission of Havering Council. If you would like to receive this publication in another language or format please contact us. An audio version is available online thanks to Havering Talking Newspaper. More information

Congratulations to the Russellettes majorette troupe based in Rainham

Their competition season runs from October to April and they have been competing at a regional level leading up to a national competition at Camber Sands. Across the season the troupe won an astounding 207 trophies! They currently have 20 members ranging from 3 to 16 years of age and many of them were competing for the first time this season.



Saturday 24 June 2017, 10.30am Start South Street Romford Finish Tollgate House Romford SHOW YOUR SUPPORT @LBofHavering /haveringevents

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