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in Havering November 2018

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We will remember them Havering marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. See page 20


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Contents issue 183




Enforcement We report on progress in tackling rogue landlords and launch our newsletter

Building for the future

Safe streets

An update on how Havering Council is working closely with the Police to tackle crime

Cover picture: 'Tommy' alongside the war memorial at St. Andrew's Church, Hornchurch.

Better roads and pavements News of a major investment to improve journeys in Havering

Delivering high-quality affordable homes for Havering people

4N  ews The latest news from across Havering

25 T  asty Living tastes the food prepared by Havering College students

8 Festive  fun across Havering this winter Lots of ideas of ways you can celebrate the holiday season

26 K  eep well this winter Useful tips on staying healthy during the coldest months

19 L  ots to see, do, and buy in Romford Market News of new attractions and extended hours in the run-up to Christmas

29 H  istorical Havering Towers School celebrates a major milestone

20 W  e will remember them Havering marks 100 years since the guns fell silent

30 B  usiness focus News of a big investment from SEGRO, new businesses in Upminster and a Hornchurch

23 H  appy birthday We look back at 65 years of drama in Hornchurch

34 L  istings Your guide to what’s on in Havering

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Leader's welcome Welcome to the Autumn edition of Living in Havering – the last before the Christmas and New Year festivities. The Council that I am proud to lead has priorities that include: investing in our road and footpath network, supporting the local police service so that local residents feel safe in their homes and on our borough’s streets; building more affordable housing for local people with developments that are appropriate for our borough; and enforcing the rules and regulations that are there to keep our roads and parks clean and safe. In this edition you will see examples of work that is going on in all these areas plus on page 8 lots of useful information on a host of festive seasonal events that will be taking place around our borough. You can also read about our drive to recruit for volunteer governors for our local schools on page 29 and join in the celebrations of Towers Infant and Junior Schools celebrating their 50th birthday and Queen’s Theatre marking 65 years of great theatre in Hornchurch. Lastly, many of you will soon be honouring the sacrifice made by men and women who have served in our armed forces as we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on Sunday 11 November. Our striking cover image shows “Tommy” – a silhouette of a British soldier who fought in that conflict that has been touring our borough over recent weeks. You can read more about “Tommy” and how our borough is marking this most poignant of anniversaries on page 20.

Councillor Damian White Leader of the Council

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Budget consultation update Many thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to our budget consultation that ran through August and September. 180 residents attended our 10 public meetings and more than 826 submitted responses online. A further 250 residents used the paper copies of the budget consultation questionnaire which were available from all libraries and the Town Hall. In addition there were over a thousand engagements on social media as residents commented The results are now being collated in preparation for a Cabinet Report that will be discussed at an Extraordinary Cabinet Meeting called to discuss the budget on Wednesday 28 November. Cabinet members will be asked to agree the updated Medium Term Financial Strategy covering the next four years, agree the schedule of savings proposals recommended for implementation in 2019/20 and future and agree financial decisions “positive years, required to balance the 2019/20 dialogue” budget. This meeting will then pave the way for the Council’s 2019/20 Budget setting meeting on Wednesday 20 February 2019. Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, Cllr Roger Ramsey, pictured above, said; “I’m delighted we’ve had a really good response rate, as well as some very positive dialogue with residents at the public events. The outcomes of the consultation will now be collated and will support the Cabinet in the difficult decisionmaking around how to balance the Council’s budget over the next four years.”

Havering has the Midas touch Havering won a record number of Gold Awards in the London in Bloom 2018 competition.

including one for Raphael Park in Romford as Conservation Area of the Year.

The borough’s previous best haul of 12 Golds was exceeded with a total of 14 Gold Awards alongside nine Silver Gilt Awards, a Silver Award and five special awards

Among the gold winners were the Town Hall in Main Road Romford and Langtons in Hornchurch.





1 A wildflower meadow at St Andrews Park, Hornchurch, a Gold winner in the Park of the Year category. 2 A flower display in Rainham Village that helped it win a Gold Award

5 3-4 Views across the Gold Award-winning Hornchurch Country Park. 5 The view from Corbets Tey Road across Upminster Park, a Gold winner in the Large Park of the Year category

Vote for your fave Residents have until Friday 9 November to vote for their favourite pub, club, bar or restaurant in the Havering Night Life Awards 2018. The purpose of the awards is to showcase how joint partnership-working between Havering Council, local licensees, businesses and various agencies has helped to reduce crime and is improving the experience for visitors to Havering. You can vote online at The winners will be announced at a special awards night on Wednesday 28 November, at ATIK nightclub in Romford.  | November 2018  |  05


Recognition for a quality service

Havering Volunteer Centre, based in High Street, Romford was given national recognition for the quality of the service it provides when it recently achieved Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Commenting on the accreditation Shelley Hart, the CEO of the Havering Volunteer Centre said: “We are especially thrilled to gain this external recognition of the great work that our team is undertaking, particularly in these difficult and testing times both in terms of funding and the increasing demand on our services. ” In September the Centre held a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Dilip Patel, to unveil a plaque marking this national recognition. Among the volunteers attending the event was Julie Tripp from Rainham. She’s an administrative support volunteer working at the Volunteer Centre’s offices in Romford. “I went back to volunteering to regain the confidence to get back into work after suffering from Deep Vein Thrombosis” said Julie. “Volunteering has given me the confidence to become one of the organisers of the Libra Club, a club in Rainham where women get together and socialise that has been so successful it now has 50 members and a waiting list to join.” Cllr Viddy Persaud, the Havering Council Cabinet Member for

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1 Cllr Viddy Persaud talking with Shelley Hart and colleagues at the Havering Volunteer Centre 2 Chief Executive Officer Shelley Hart with the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Dilip Patel, at the unveiling ceremony 3 Volunteer Julie Tripp Public Protection and Safety who also attended the ceremony said; “There are so many people doing great volunteering work in our community. Often people just need to know where they can help and the Volunteer Centre is a great place to start.” If you would like to get involved in your community and volunteer call 01708 922214 or email:


Veggie Run, the first council-created gaming app in England, aimed at educating children about dodging unhealthy foods, has linked up with the West Ham United Foundation. The project will deliver the healthy Hammers programme to 2,400 children over a six-week period at over half of Havering's primary and junior schools throughout the academic year. To officially launch this collaboration West Ham United Football Club will host 10 lucky primary or junior school pupils at their stadium on 7 November. Pupils will also receive a free West Ham home football kit printed with a Veggie Run character, shin pads, and a full stadium tour. Since the partnership was announced the innovative app has two new exceptional players on the leader board. Hammers’ players Adrián and Arthur Masuaku had a chance to play the updated version of Veggie Run. After avidly playing the game

and seeing the benefits for children in Havering, Masuaku encouraged children to choose a healthy school lunch. The defender challenged pupils: “Is your score on the leader board?” he asked. Pupils need to keep playing Veggie Run to be in with a chance of winning West Ham United Foundation Soccer schools vouchers, and eat a healthy school catered lunch for the possibility of winning signed West Ham memorabilia.

i Download the app. Just search for Veggie RUN on the iTunes store or on Google Play



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To mark this year’s International Day of the Disabled Person Havering Council is linking up with the Salvation Army in Romford to put on a day of talks and demonstrations designed to help disabled women, men, and young people in Havering experience the same sense of freedom and inclusion as nondisabled people. The event held at the Salvation Army in the High Street Romford on Monday 3 December will help identify barriers to that freedom and be informed by the experiences and aspirations of local disabled people. Speakers from Havering Council will explain what Council services are doing to help disabled people across a number of areas of the Council’s work including services for children, housing and public health. Other speakers from Transport for London and the Fire Brigade will focus on how disabled people can use public transport in Havering and stay safe in their homes. To register for this free event that begins at 9.30am go to the Eventbrite website and search for International Day of the Disabled Person – Havering.


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Enjoying the festive season in Havering


See Romford's Christmas lights switched on

Performers on the day include the Decibella’s a local three piece teenage girl band, the Frances Bardsley school choir, Charlotte Ambrose a singer from Hornchurch and Charlie Dillon a singer from Elm Park who appeared on The Voice Kids this year. There will also be a preview of the Queen’s Theatre pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, plus James Smith, singer from Upminster who was a Britain’s Got Talent series eight finalist, and headliners Reggie and Bollie who were runners up in the 2015 X Factor Final. Thursday 15 November 4.30 – 6.30pm.


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Visit Santa's Grotto at Romford Shopping Hall

Meet Santa in his grotto and a chance to take pictures of your child with Father Christmas. 10am – 4pm every Saturday and Sunday from 17 November to 16 December and every day 20 – 23 December. Also open Christmas Eve until 1pm. £6 per child. Romford Shopping Hall. 43 Market Place, Romford. RM1 3AB.


Watch Jack & the Beanstalk – the seasonal

pantomime at Queen’s Theatre

See the giant fun-packed family panto at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. Produced by the same team as last year’s Beauty and the Beast and 2016’s Cinderella, this actor musician festive spectacular is bursting with audience participation and hilarious slapstick. 28 November – 6 January. Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT. Queen’s Theatre Box Office: 01708 443333



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Ride the winter train in Lodge Farm Park

Ride the miniature railway all the way to the North Pole to Santa’s grotto to meet the jolly man himself. Trains run by Havering’s Miniature Railway Club. Funfair rides and a range of stalls present on the day. Refreshments sold by the 21 Romford Scouts. Tickets sold on the day. Saturday 8 December 10am – 4pm.


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See our light switch-ons across Havering

Hornchurch (17 Nov 11am – 5pm)

• U pminster (22 November 4 – 6pm) • H arold Hill (29 November 4 – 7.30pm) • R ainham (1 December 10am – 4pm) • Elm Park (6 December 4 – 6pm) • C ollier Row (7 December 4 – 7.30pm) i

There will also be Christmas illuminations in Harold Wood and Rush Green.


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Enjoy a Christmas Fair & Wedding Open Day


Graffiti Classics are best described as a kind of classical music version of Madness. The wickedly funny cabaret string quartet roll classical music, opera, stand-up comedy and exhilarating dance show into one madcap package. This hilarious quartet have made the Fairkytes Live Christmas concert an unmissable treat. Friday 14 December 8pm, tickets £18.15 from or phone 01708 456308 Fairkytes Arts Centre, 51 Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1AX



Treat the kids to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Enter the bedroom of a Christmas mad seven-year-old and join in the countdown to Christmas. Don’t forget to listen out for the elf bells! Based on Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem, this magical immersive festive treat is for children aged 3 – 7 years. Saturday 1 – Sunday 23 December at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Box office: 01708 443333


Visit the snow globe in Romford Market

The Globe is a free attraction that you can enter and take your own photographs. 15 to 23 December 10am – 4pm. Christmas Eve 10am – 3pm.

Langtons House is opening its doors to everyone for a free Christmas fair. In the courtyard there will be Yuletide themed stalls, craft activities (such as wreath making), and music, for the whole family. Inside the house there’ll be a Wedding Open Day showcasing the beautiful ceremony rooms and grand hall. Saturday 8 December 10am – 3pm


Hear live music at Fairkytes

Have an adventure with Sparky the Elf

Children aged 7 – 11 can enjoy an elftastic adventure with one of Santa’s most trusted head elves Families must arrive 15 minutes beforehand by the Help Desk on Level 2 (Street level) of Romford’s Mercury Mall Shopping Centre, where they will be met and led to Sparky’s secret toyshop. 15 – 30 December. Queen’s Theatre Box Office: 01708 443333



See a classic Christmas story on stage

Ready for Christmas? Neither is Scrooge. But it can take just one night to change your life forever...Dickens’ ghost story is brought to life in an exciting new musical version at the Brookside Theatre, Eastern Road, Romford. Wednesday – Saturday 22 December.



Have fun at the funfair

There’ll be a free mini funfair in Romford Market from 15 to 24 December, 11am to 5pm, plus a mini Christmas Show on the Time 107.5FM stage featuring: Little Miss Santa’s, Percy the tap dancing penguin and a Frozen sing-along from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 15 and 22 December.  | November 2018  |  09


Cracking down on criminal landlords

“We will use the strongest possible action against them every time” Cllr Viddy Persaud

Action to crack down on landlords operating inadequate and dangerous living conditions in Housing of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) has resulted in the issuing of £261,750 in penalty notices to criminal landlords. Between March and September of this year, the Council’s enforcement team has:


81 financial penalty notices


9 notices addressing poor housing standards


£124,191 in licensing fees

The Council’s Landlord Licencing Scheme, which started in 12 wards across the borough earlier this year, requires private landlords of HMOs to apply for a licence. The scheme was introduced to tackle the poor management of private rented homes, overcrowding and anti-social behaviour. To date 143 licence applications have been made. Landlords of properties that have five or more occupiers in two or more households now need to have the mandatory HMO licence, a regulation that came into force on 1 October 2018. Enforcement action by the Council will check to see 10  |  November 2018 | LIVING in Havering

those landlords are licensed and if not, are served with a financial penalty notice for up to £30,000 or face prosecution. On a visit to a property in Hornchurch in August, an unlicensed HMO in poor condition was found being let out to multiple families. The three-bedroomed house had no heating, inadequate fire safety escape exits, faulty electrics and a staircase in dangerous condition amongst other areas that breached regulations. Financial penalty notices were served on the property manager and the Council’s officers have offered housing advice to the tenants. Cllr Viddy Persaud, Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety, said: “Our Landlord scheme is successfully rooting out those landlords that think they are above the law. We won’t tolerate these landlords taking advantage of local families and individuals by providing overcrowded and poorly maintained properties. We also won’t stand for landlords not having the correct licences. Our officers will continue to be proactive to make sure tenants are living safely in private rented accommodation. Landlords of HMOs that breach the regulations must be aware that we will use the strongest possible action against them every time.”

Caught on camera

“We will not tolerate the illegal dumping of waste” Cllr Osman Dervish

Enforcement officers from Havering Council passed CCTV footage to the Environment Agency and Metropolitan Police which helped to prosecute a man who was found dumping waste on private land in Romford. Cllr Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "This is a great example of the Council, police and Environment Agency working in partnership to crackdown on fly-tippers and ensuring we take the strongest possible action against them.

will do everything in our power to help bring perpetrators to justice, especially when it jeopardises the safety and wellbeing of our residents. “We urge the public to continue to support us in the fight against fly-tipping by reporting it and disposing of their waste legally and responsibly.” You can report fly tipping by visiting:

“We will not tolerate the illegal dumping of waste and we

Safer Havering Enforcement news

A newsletter that is packed with information on the latest enforcement action carried out in Havering was launched last month. Focus on enforcement action such as a crackdown on weapons and drugs by the Council and police, the latest on law changes in landlord licensing and how the Council is guaranteeing a local police presence in the borough is included. If you are not already signed up, you can do here:  | November 2018  |  11

Safe Havering

Working together

“We are focused on a common goal”

Detective Superintendent John Ross

One of the main priorities for Havering Council is keeping residents safe. To prevent crime and the threat of crime, your Council works in partnership with many other organisations to carry out the work that needs to be done. The Metropolitan Police is one such organisation that the Council works closely with on a daily basis and the two have a goal of making sure the borough is safe to live in, work and go to school in, and enjoy leisure activities. The two organisations want residents to feel secure as they walk in the street night or day and tackle issues to ensure that anti-social behaviour is dealt with as quickly as possible. Recently, the Council supported our local police officers, highlighting the work being carried out against knife crime in the borough. Cllr Viddy Persaud (pictured above), Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety, joined Detective Superintendent John Ross from East Area Police which covers 12  |  November 2018 | LIVING in Havering

Havering, at Romford Police Station where a special bin has been placed at the front office of the station in Main Road where knives can be surrendered and binned anonymously by the public. This had followed a visit from the Met’s Commissioner Cressida Dick and the Violent Crime Task Force, who teamed up with local police and Council officers for a high visibility patrol in Elm Park, resulting in arrests and the seizure of street weapons and drugs. There are also regular link-ups with counter terrorism officers.

Visible presence The Council and police team up for a number of early morning operations around the borough, including helping rough sleepers and tackling anti-social behaviour and offering a visible presence which reassures the public. Other joint operation work has included the continued development of projects at night and through the early hours. The Safe and Sound Partnership includes a youth bus which is often stationed in town centres on Friday evenings, supported with a police presence and members of the Council’s community safety team. The bus is somewhere for young people to get advice and support. Cllr Persaud said of the partnership: “It is vital we work together

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with our local police to ensure our residents can enjoy a safe borough. We have a good working relationship that allows us both in our respective roles to keep improving that. Havering is and continues to be one of the safer boroughs but both ourselves and the police remain vigilant. We will tackle the issues that residents report and anti-social behaviour that makes people’s lives a misery, won’t be tolerated.” Police officers also join the Council’s public protection and licensing officers on visits to properties that are suspected to be unlicensed Houses of Multiple Occupation. The Council looks to take action on those landlords who are not complying with regulations and are providing less than adequate living conditions and the police presence helps to tackle any antisocial behaviour as well as making sure that those living there are reassured.

Clean-ups Other areas of work that the partnership lends itself to include clean-up events where fly-tippers have dumped rubbish and this has led to anti-social behaviour, visits to local businesses to take action against those who sell knives and alcohol to those under age, and the annual Junior Citizen initiative. Junior Citizen was created in order to educate young people at a crucial point in their educational and social development right before they move into secondary school. This year, at

sessions led by the Council, police, London Fire Brigade and other organisations, pupils from schools across the borough looked at challenges related to hate crime, drugs awareness, knife crime, littering, road and transport safety.

Advice Occasions such as the first Pride event which took place in Romford in the summer, saw police and the Council join up to give support but also provide reassurance with their presence. Other community events such as the recent Safer Neighbourhood Board day in Romford Market at the end of September, got residents, volunteers and community groups talking with the Council and police about getting advice on how to deal with or report criminal activity including burglaries and cold-callers. Detective Superintendent John Ross said: “There is a long established practice of partnership working with Havering Council. – that partnership expands with us also both working with other emergency services, voluntary sector, community groups and the public directly. “It is proven to be essential if we are to tackle the issues causing harm in our communities, issues that impact on the residents of the borough. Our determination together to protect the vulnerable and make Havering a safe place to live, work and visit is shared across all of us – we are focused on a common goal.”  | November 2018  |  13

Investment in roads & pavements

Better roads, better

Havering has the second largest highways network in London. 740 kilometres of road and nearly 1,070 kms of footways must be maintained but with budgets tight, it is critical that the funding allocated for improvements and repairs to our roads and footways is spent in the most effective way to get the maximum overall benefit to road and footway users across the borough.

£3.2 million commitment The highways capital spending programme was approved in September with a commitment to spend £3.2 million during the current financial year.

Minimising disruption There will undoubtedly be disruption to residents in roads where work is being carried out and disruption to journeys made by residents and visitors around the borough. The aim is to keep this to a minimum. Notice will be given ahead of works so residents can make alternative plans if they need to while the job is being carried out.

Annual Surveys One of the key strands of the investment in roads and footways programme is to proactively resurface roads and pavements before they reach a state where emergency repairs are required. The locations in the borough identified for surfacing works are prioritised according to data collected from the United Kingdom Pavement Management System (UKPMS) condition surveys undertaken of every road and footway in havering which is then verified by Havering Council officers. This data is then fed into a software program called “Horizons” which identifies and prioritises highway maintenance schemes and most importantly determines the cost implication of various treatments that could be used. Further annual condition surveys will help determine the levels of funding will be required in the future to keep roads and footways up to standard. Despite tough financial constraints the Cabinet agreed that to not invest in our highways this year would result in more costly future repairs and pose potential safety risks. Half of the budget will be spent 14  |  November 2018 | LIVING in Havering

on footway resurfacing and the other half on road surfaces. Commenting on the decision, Cllr Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, pictured above left, said: “The Council wants residents to feel even more proud of where they live, work and go to school. Not only are these works designed to make the area look better, they will also improve safety, for both pedestrians and drivers.”

In order of priority, these are the roads, or sections of these roads, that will be resurfaced this year: Road








Rainham & Wennington Harold Wood, Heaton and Gooshays South Hornchurch









Squirrel's Heath









St Andrews






Elm Park









St. Andrews








St. Andrews






Rainham & Wennington



Emerson Park






Romford Town


Appointment of Independent Persons Are you… Independently minded? Interested in education? Confident about weighing the advantages and disadvantages of an argument?

If so, we are looking for you!

These are the footways, or parts of footways, that will be resurfaced: Road













Squirrel's Heath






Havering Park



Emerson Park






Squirrel's Heath



Rainham & Wennington






Harold Wood









Harold Wood



Harold Wood






St. Andrew's









St. Andrew's



Emerson Park





Harold Wood



Mawneys and Havering Pk









St. Andrew's



Rainham & Wennington

We need more Independent Persons to deal with: • School Admission Appeals • Appeals against exclusion from school The position is voluntary and the minimum time commitment would be two full days a year to sit on Panels and one day for training & development. Expenses will be paid. We are particularly interested to hear from people with a background in education, such as current and retired Head Teachers (Within 5 years). For an application pack, please contact: Jacqui Barr Telephone: 01708 432439 Email: The closing date for applications is 30 November and interviews will be conducted during the week beginning 10 December 2018

The London Borough of Havering's Arts team is looking to recruit art tutors for 2019 from a variety of creative backgrounds, visual arts, craft, media, music, drama etc, in order to expand the arts and culture offer for adults, young people and children across the borough. Sessions will be delivered in arts facilities and a wide range of community venues throughout the London Borough of Havering. To express your interest and for more information, please contact including examples of previous work and ideas for future sessions.

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Regeneration – Housing

Regeneration – your way

“Great places for people to live, work & visit”

12 Estates Residents have been having their say on two of the borough’s biggest regeneration projects. At a number of consultation events, people were given the chance to view designs, meet architects and share their views on the joint venture partnership between the Council and Wates Residential to redevelop 12 Council estates, creating 3,000 new homes. The first phase of the work will include the Waterloo Estate in Romford, Serena, Solar and Sunrise Courts in Hornchurch, and Napier and New Plymouth Houses in Rainham. Cllr Damian White, the Leader of the Council said: “We are keen to get the views from as many residents and local businesses as possible as we aim to deliver genuinely affordable homes and increased social housing, but most importantly thriving communities. "This joint venture with Wates Residential will allow us to deliver more job and career opportunities, better infrastructure, and great places for people to live, work and visit.”

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More than just bricks & mortar Our new feature looks at the benefits of regeneration, going beyond just homes and business. In our first instalment we catch up with James Rogers, 21, a student at Havering College. He’s just started an apprenticeship with Clarkebond, one of the engineer companies working on the 12 estates regeneration project. James is one of two students given the chance to pursue their ambitions and dreams of a career in design, thanks to the opportunities created through Havering Council’s joint venture with Wates Residential. What originally interested you in this opportunity? “The apprenticeship interested me, because at college I learnt how to use CAD (2D and 3D computer-aided design software) and it was one of my best subjects as I enjoy both computers and engineering. After researching Clarkebond online, I thought it would be a really good opportunity to learn more about CAD and develop my skills.” What are you most looking forward to about your apprenticeship? “I'm really excited to be developing my skills with CAD and working on different projects with Clarkebond.” What new skills do you hope to learn? An artist's impression of the Bridge Close development alongside the River Rom.

Bridge Close At the Brewery, Romford, residents have also been given a first look at plans to transform Bridge Close, an area of Romford within the ring-road. The Council has entered into a joint venture with First Base and Savills Investment Management to deliver new homes, workspace, a new school and health services for Romford. The plans also include a new pedestrian bridge with direct access to Romford station and the revitalisation of the stretch of the River Rom so that it can be enjoyed by the whole community.

“I would like to learn more about building design using CAD software as I previously have been taught to use it for small objects but haven’t had much of a chance to use it for bigger designs.” What do you hope to do in the future? “In the future, I would like a career in design and to continue using CAD and exploring its potential.” Nine local students from Havering College have also been offered work experience placements at companies working on the joint venture, including global engineering firm Aecom and architecture firm JTP. As the 12 Estates scheme develops, Havering Council and Wates Residential will continue to work together to unlock meaningful opportunities for local residents.  | November 2018  |  17

Havering Refuse & Recycling Collection Dates Christmas/New Year 2018/19

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Collection times are likely to change. Please present waste/recycling by 7.00am on the day of collection. There will be no Garden Waste collections from Monday 24 Dec. Collections will resume the week commencing Monday 7 Jan. Seasonal opening times at Gerpins Lane Reuse & Recycling Centre, Upminster:


Christmas Eve Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day All other times (Mon - Sun)

7.30am – 4.30pm Closed 9.30am – 4pm 7.30am – 4.30pm 9.30am – 4pm 7.30am – 5.45pm

Collection dates may change depending on weather conditions. Keep checking

Collections will run as normal, up to and including 24 Dec Normal collection date

Revised collection date *

Tues 25 Dec Thurs 27 Dec Wed 26 Dec Fri 28 Dec Thurs 27 Dec Sat 29 Dec Fri 28 Dec Mon 31 Dec Mon 31 Dec Wed 2 Jan Tues 1 Jan Thurs 3 Jan Wed 2 Jan Fri 4 Jan Thurs 3 Jan Sat 5 Jan Fri 4 Jan Mon 7 Jan Mon 7 Jan Tues 8 Jan Tues 8 Jan Wed 9 Jan Wed 9 Jan Thurs 10 Jan Thurs 10 Jan Fri 11 Jan Fri 11 Jan Sat 12 Jan

Normal collections resume Monday 14 January 2019 *This also applies to the Clinical Waste Service. There will be no Bulky Waste collection service from Monday 24 Dec. Service recommences Monday 7 Jan.

Tel: 01375 430026 & 07383 094234

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Romford Market events


every month

Romford Market is one of the oldest Charter Markets in the country. As with many other markets and retailers around the country the growth in online shopping is putting pressure on the future success of this vibrant and important part of Romford and the borough’s heritage. A customer survey about the Market that was carried out last year and interviewed more than 3,000 people showed that there was support for live music, street art, children’s activities, and regular programmed events. In response Havering Council is planning to hold a series of events and activities to support the traders in the Market Place. Following on from the Halloween Spooktacular last month there will be one main event each month with additional regular street entertainment and childrens' activities on the weeks immediately before and after the main event. The programme of events will complement the events previously organised during the holiday season by the market’s team, such as funfair rides during the Easter holidays.

Market Events you must not miss Here are some of the events planned for next month:

Saturday 15 – Monday 24 December Christmas in Romford Market

Get in the traditional festive spirit with a free mini funfair, large interactive snow globe and a mini Christmas show on Saturday 15 and 22 December.There’ll be reindeer, special Christmas market stalls, food and much more to entertain you as you catch up on your Christmas shopping.



in Romford

We are looking for Christmas Market traders to be part of our Christmas event Our event includes:

Free fairground rides


Interactive photo snow globe

Music and entertainment

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Marking the




“We should all be proud to stand as a community to mark this significant occasion highlighting the sacrifices our Armed Forces have made.” Cllr Damian White

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This year is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice at the end of the First World War. Havering Council is supporting a campaign called ‘There But Not There' that will see large six foot high silhouettes of a British soldier from the First World War placed at locations across the UK to remind people of the enormous sacrifice made by servicemen and women in that conflict. In Havering you will be able to see one of these ‘Tommy’ silhouettes at many locations across the borough until the end of the year. A plaque will be placed alongside the silhouette explaining the campaign. ‘Tommy’ has been on display in various locations around the borough and will also be present at the main Remembrance Sunday service in Coronation Gardens, Main Road, Romford on the morning of Sunday 11 November and later that day at a special event in Havering-atte-Bower. That evening a beacon will be lit at the highest point in the borough as part of a national chain of more than 1,200 beacons called ‘Battle’s Over’ – a tribute to the millions who were lost or who participated in the war.

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These Remembrance Sunday parades, services and events will take place in Havering on 11 November:

Elm Park The two minute silence will be observed at 11am in Maylands Avenue outside the Royal British Legion, followed by a parade to St. Nicholas Church where there will be a service.

Harold Hill The two minute silence will be observed at 11am at the war memorial, followed by a service at St. George’s Church Centre.



Harold Wood A short service will take place at 10:50am at Memorial Hall before a parade to St. Peter’s Church for a service.

Havering-atte-Bower Battle's Over: a Nation's Tribute. A Beacon of Light will be lit on the green in front of St. John the Evangelist Church at 7pm.


4 1 Troops in South Street Romford in 1914 2 Exhausted soldier asleep in front line trench at Thiepval 3-4 Remembrance Sunday Parade, Romford 2017

Commenting on the events planned the Leader of Havering Council, Cllr Damian White said: “No one plays a greater role in keeping us safe than our Armed Forces and these services will give us a chance to remember and honour servicemen and women past and present.“

New memorial in Harold Wood A brand-new war memorial has been unveiled in Havering. Located outside the library in Harold Wood, the new monument was officially inagurated at a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Havering and local councillors.

A parade commencing at 10:15am will make its way along Hornchurch High Street to St Andrews Church where a short outdoor service and wreath laying ceremony will take place. This will be followed by a service in St. Andrew’s Church.

Rainham There will be a parade from Rainham Working Mens’ Club at 10:30am, followed by a service at the war memorial.

Romford A parade will start at 10:30am in Western Road, followed by a service at 10:55am in Coronation Gardens.

Upminster A parade at 10:40am from the Royal British Legion will be followed by a short service at the war memorial in Corbets Tey Road. For more information on Remembrance events taking place across Havering, and locations where “Tommy” can be seen, click online.

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A dramatic performance 65 years of entertainment

‘Rocky’ Photo: Gary Summers, SMD Photography Ltd

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch celebrated its 65th birthday in style in September with a 70s themed fundraising event and by scooping an award as UK Theatre’s Most Welcoming Theatre in the East of England. Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul said: “We’re delighted to win this award for the third year in a row. Thanks to our teams and everyone who voted. After 65 years of providing entertainment for the people of Havering and surrounding areas we have now set ourselves the goal of reaching out to many more members of our community who may not have previously felt able to visit the theatre. We’ll be doing that by offering a more diverse programme, special ticket prices for under 26 year olds, relaxed and dementiafriendly performances, more audio described performances and £1 tickets for first-timers.”

Over 200,000 people visit the theatre each year and the theatre's team also run a variety of projects in the community In order to keep the Queen’s Theatre alive as a safe and environmentally friendly space well into the future, a number of new projects have been announced for 2019 under the QNew banner. These include:

• equipping a new on-site rehearsal facility dedicating a space for the expanding range of learning • and participatory work with the local community creating a special room for local and regional artists to try • out new ideas b  uilding a new look ground floor bar to complement the • existing café making front of house and backstage much more • accessible to deaf and disabled people replacing outdated equipment so that it’s cheaper and • safer to run and installing better air conditioning in the foyer so • everyone can be comfortable all year round e  nsuring the roof and exterior of the theatre are • weather-proofed for the future. i


Box office for 65 years 1953 The theatre occupies a converted cinema on Station Lane. The opening production is Philip King's farcical comedy, See How They Run. 1953 The Queen’s Theatre Club is founded, initially as an Amateur Dramatic Society. It now has over 250 members helping create new productions. 1965 A Winter's Tale is the second production produced by the Queen's Theatre. It stars Anthony Hopkins, now widely considered to be one of the world's greatest actors. 1975 As the original theatre on Station Lane deteriorates, Havering Council builds a new theatre on Billet Lane. It’s declared open on 2 April by Sir Peter Hall, Director at the National Theatre. 1978 The world premiere production of Tommy by Pete Townshend and The Who. It transfers to the West End the following year. 1987 The Queen's Theatre is the original home to Blood Brothers before it moves to the West End where it plays for 24 years. 1992 A youth theatre group is set up. QClub starts with just eight members and grows to accommodate over 120 young people each week. 2003 The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh tour Havering with the theatre being the first point of interest. They spend time with supporters and staff and are entertained with a performance of The Lost World as well as songs from Our Day Out, performed by the theatre's young company. 2011 The Queen's Theatre production of Richard O’Brien’s world-famous musical The Rocky Horror Show is a huge hit and becomes the theatre's most successful production. 2014 Artistic Director Bob Carlton's final production at the Queen's Theatre after 17 years is his Olivier award-winning musical, Return to the Forbidden Planet. 2018 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is seen by 13,302 people and generates 30 percent more in sales than the theatre’s previous front runner, The Rocky Horror Show. It's now the theatre’s most successful production ever outside of its annual pantomime.  | November 2018  |  23

Fulfilling ambition

Fostering in Havering

Cllr Robert Benham, Havering Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, is urging people with a spare room to consider becoming a foster carer. He recently met up with foster carer Linda Norman to find out what it involves.

“It's amazing what transformation can take place when you give someone a safe home and loving family” A series of life’s challenges led Linda to fulfil one of her ambitions to foster a child in need of a loving home. Fostering was something she had wanted to do since she was young, but the 57-year-old said she didn’t think she would be considered because she’d been divorced and was a single mum. However, it wasn’t until five years ago when she had a sense of peace in her home that she really considered doing it. Linda now fosters teenagers. “I’ve had three teens of my own and three step teens and really enjoyed being with them at that age. Teens also fit in with our lifestyle as I work part-time and so does my son. He is not the other carer but more like a big brother to them and he helps me a lot. “The 15-17-year age group breaks my heart as they have often been crushed and devalued by life’s circumstances and you just want to restore a sense of self-worth in them. As a foster carer you have to look past any negative behaviour to see what is

Live life live Local Arts Opportunities

If you live, work or attend full time education in Havering and are interested in the performing arts then you should know that there are performance opportunities throughout the year with Fairkytes Live, in Hornchurch. Fairkytes Live hosts many community events including open mic nights, Havering’s Voice singing competition, and ’Battle of the Bands‘ for youths and adults. These community events are open to all aged 11 years and older and there is no upper age limit. The only requirement is that the content is family friendly. The venue is wheelchair accessible. The aim of Fairkytes Live is to provide local performers with an additional performance platform, whether they are beginners, regular performers or looking for extra experience beyond their regular training. It’s free for performers to take part, they just need to register in advance. The ticket price for audience members is £6 plus a booking fee in advance, or £8 on the door. The evenings make a great night out giving audiences the chance to see the local talent that Havering has to offer. For more information, or to register to perform: email or call 01708 434135.


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Cllr Robert Benham with Linda going on inside and try to understand what has made the child like this. I used to take things personally, but I now try to look at things more objectively as it is usually not directed at me but at what that person has been through in the past. Any negatives that come along are always outweighed by the positives and it's amazing what transformation can take place when you give someone a safe home and loving family.”


Dates you must book

Havering Literary Festival

The first Havering Literary Festival is on until 24 November. A fantastic array of award-winning and internationally – acclaimed writing talent will be attending events organised in all ten libraries across our borough.

Thanks to sponsorship from Mullis & Peake Solcitors, Waterstones, Tesco, Cervello, Percy Ingle Bakers and The Mercury Mall in Romford many of the events are free or can be attended by purchasing reasonably-priced tickets.

Hugely successful authors like Jeffrey Archer who has sold more than 330 million copies of his books worldwide and Alison Weir, the UK’s best-selling female historian will be joined by Candice Brown who rocketed to fame after her appearances on TV programme Great British Bake Off, West Ham football legends Tony Gale and Tony Cottee, and famed poet Roger McGough in a packed programme of talks, readings and workshops.

Cllr Viddy Persaud, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “We are really proud to be hosting the first Havering Literary Festival. It’s an opportunity for us to bring communities from across the borough together and encourage residents of all ages to enjoy reading and further their interest in books and perhaps introducing them to books they have never read before.”




1 Alison Weir 2 Jeffrey Archer 3 Candice Brown 4 Mike Gayle 5 Kimberley Chambers 6 Roger McGough

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Havering College restaurant re-opens

1 Desserts are prepared by Havering college students. 2 From left to right: Maureen Mills, Kathy Denby, Mary Connell and Pauline Craven, all residents from a retirement home in Peacock Close, Hornchurch. 3 The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Dilip Patel, tucking in. 4 Tony Pecoraro, Food Service Lecturer and Restaurant Manager in the Jubilee restaurant.

“absolutely excellent” Havering College recently re-opened their restaurant and invited local dignitaries and residents to sample the food, and the service, provided by first and second year students at the College’s Quarles Road campus. NVQ Level 1 and 2 students studying hospitality services and the preparation and cooking of food attended to guests as they tucked into a British Isles themed menu. Dishes on offer included mushroom tartlets for starters, fish and chips and Bakewell tart for dessert.


To give students as close to real-life experience as possible the college’s Jubilee restaurant is open for lunch to the general public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays during termtime. It is also open for a fine dining experience on Thursday evenings. Festive lunches and dinners will be served from the 4 to 20 December. The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Dilip Patel, who was one of those dignitaries attending said: “It’s good to see the restaurant open again. The menu and service were absolutely excellent.”

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Stay Well this Winter

Wellbeing in Havering

“You can get a free flu jab if you’re pregnant to help protect you and your baby.”

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and people with longterm conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, diabetes, or heart or kidney disease. Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate any existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to respiratory winter illnesses. But there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.

you are eligible for the pneumococcal vaccine, which will help protect against pneumonia. Ask your GP.

5 Things You Can Do:

Prevent the Spread of Colds & Flu Remember to Catch It, Bin It, Kill it by coughing or sneezing into a tissue and washing hands regularly.

Feeling unwell? Don’t wait – get advice from your nearest pharmacist

Keep Warm

At the first sign of a winter illness, even if it’s just a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist, before it gets more serious. Getting advice on the best course of action from pharmacists can be the quickest way to help you recover and get back to normal.

Stay Active

If you can’t get to a pharmacist yourself, ask someone to go for you or call your local pharmacy.

If you think you need immediate medical help call: NHS 111 Make sure you get your flu jab The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly. That’s why the flu jab is free if you’re aged 65 or over, or if you have a longterm health condition.

Keep your home at 18oC (65oF) or higher if you can. Wear lots of layers of light cotton or fleecy fibres.

Keeping active keeps you warm. When you’re indoors, try not to sit still for more than an hour. Get up and walk around, make yourself a warm drink and spread any chores throughout the day. Chair-based exercises and simply moving your arms and legs and wiggling your toes are helpful if walking is difficult.

Seek Advice Visit your local pharmacist as soon as you start to feel unwell.

Look After Others Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over the winter.

If you have young children or grandchildren they may also be eligible for a free flu vaccination. And if you are the main carer of an older or disabled person you may also be eligible for the free flu jab. Just speak to your GP or pharmacist. Remember that you can also get a free flu jab if you’re pregnant to help protect you and your baby. If you’re aged 65 or over, 26  |  November 2018 | LIVING in Havering



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Get to govern

The search for school governors and trustees

School governors make up the largest volunteer force in the country, with more than a quarter of a million volunteers in statefunded schools in England. In Havering, we’re seeking school governors and trustees for a number of schools and academies. Living in Havering spoke to two current school governors.

Julie Deacon If you have an interest in education and enjoy seeing children thrive, then being “It gives you a real “We provide an a school governor could be sense of achievement” overview and support” the role for you, says chair Julie Deacon Brian Davy of governors at Upminster’s Engayne and Branfil Schools. To book a place at the event email: Mother of four, Julie Deacon, first become a school governor eight years ago. “I wanted to do something that would keep my brain ticking over. Being a parent you see things from one If you’re unable to attend the event but are interested in perspective, when you’re a governor you get to understand more learning more about the role, please contact Havering about why the decisions are made.” Governor Services at Earlier this year, 44-year-old Julie was asked to become governor at Branfil School too. “Being a governor takes a lot of commitment but you are rewarded by seeing the difference that Before After Before After it makes and seeing the school prosper and thrive. It gives you a real sense of achievement.”

Brian Davy Brian Davy wanted to put something back into his local community and he felt that becoming a school governor was a way that he could do that. 27 years on, Brian, a former airline accountant, is still a governor. He’s chair of governors at Hilldene Primary School, Harold Hill, and was a governor at Crowlands Primary School, Romford. “I was influenced by a dedicated governor at Hilldene. My children were at the school and I would attend parents' meetings and ask questions. I was invited to think about joining the governing body. I always hope that as governors we can make a difference for the local children in our community. “Governors do not get involved in operational matters, we provide an overview and support and challenge for our head teacher whilst bringing our varied skills as well as our experience in the wider world.“ On Wednesday 21 November, Havering Governor Services Team, along with Governors for Schools, are holding an information evening at Hornchurch Library from 5.30 until 8pm.

If you’re over 18, and have valuable skills in areas such as education, finance, human resources, marketing and property and estate management skills, come and meet current governors and find out more about what’s involved. 28  |  November 2018 | LIVING in Havering

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1. Year 2 pupil on 1967 Day 2. Class photo 1972 3. School gates decorated by the children

“something to be remembered forever” Two schools recently celebrated 50 years of teaching Hornchurch youngsters. Towers Infant and Junior Schools in Osborne Road and Windsor Road respectively, first opened their doors to pupils in September 1967. The culmination of a year-long celebration was ‘1967 day’ held on 22 June. Pupils and teachers came to school dressed as if it was 1967 and they had a day of lessons and activities using the 1967 curriculum. Whiteboards were replaced by blackboards, children had maths lessons using pounds, shillings and pence and there wasn’t a computer or iPad in sight. The next day an Exhibition Day and Summer Fete was held with a display of school photos from 1967 to current day as well as resources and artefacts from the past 50 years. Staff were on hand as tour guides so past pupils could take a trip down memory lane. Outside, there was a Swinging Sixties theme to

4. 'Friends of Towers' Team on the day of the Fete 5. Year 1 class on 1967 Day 6. Teachers on 1967 Day

events that included a live band playing all the hits from ’67 and a ‘Beat the Goalie’ game with ex-West Ham footballer Alvin Martin whose grandchild attends the school, as well performances by school choirs, dance troupes and gymnastics teams. Sarah Meacher, the Head of Towers Infant School said: “ I’d like to thank the parents association ‘FOTFA’ and all the parents, grandparents, staff and friends who gave up their time so generously to help prepare, set up, run stalls and clear away. It was the most incredible celebration and something to be remembered forever.” Originally, Towers Infant School was a two form entry school. It had a central hall with six classrooms in pairs leading from small foyer areas from three of the corners. In 2013, the school expanded to three form entry, in order to help to meet the increased demand for school places, and it now has a purpose built Early Years building, bringing the total number of classrooms to nine. The school shares a site with Towers Junior School, separated by a sizeable field. The kitchen, part of the infant building, provides meals for both the infant and junior schools.  | November 2018  |  29

Business Focus

Highlighting Hornchurch

An eclectic mix is always on offer in ‘the village’ The village, as Hornchurch is affectionately known, offers an eclectic mix of exceptional independent shops, high street retailers, restaurants and pubs and has an impressive cultural offering through Fairkytes art centre, Langtons Gardens and Queen’s Theatre. Representing the interests of businesses in Hornchurch is the Hornchurch Town Team. They meet regularly to promote the high street, organise community events and to work effectively with Havering Council to improve ‘the village’. Tom Lowe, is the Chair of the Hornchurch Town Team and writes here for Living in Havering:

Working in partnership “Over the last year the town team has developed considerably. Working in partnership with the Council we consulted regular shoppers of the high street and the shop owners, developed a new brand and identity for Hornchurch based on the customers feedback plus celebrating the proud heritage of Hornchurch. This created the strapline ‘Hornchurch – Your Modern Village’. The skills of local traders were improved through digital workshops where businesses were shown 30  |  November 2018 | LIVING in Havering

how important social media has become with easy practical ways it can be utilised for the benefit of their businesses. It was decided a new town team twitter account should be created to promote Hornchurch as place to visit, support events, news and the traders in the town. You can now follow us through @HornchurchTT.

Working in partnership We recently submitted an application to the GB High Street Awards. Unfortunately we were not shortlisted, however, our hard work was recognised by the shortlisting panel and we were given a ‘special mention’ on the GB High Street awards website, so we were one of the 80 high streets out of 240 to be mentioned. In August, the team developed their first Summer Fayre and launched the new brand for Hornchurch via a range of media and branded merchandise. It was a huge success with many traders taking part with fayre games, music or stalls outside their shops. It raised the profile of the town and created a real buzz and community spirit. The next event will be the Christmas Cracker on Saturday 17 November, 11am - 5pm, culminating in the Christmas Lights Switch On. There will be entertainment throughout the day, games and rides, and a very special ‘Santa’s Grotto.‘


Investing in skills Further funding for CEME

In September, SEGRO announced that it will be providing further funding to the Rainham-based Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence’s (CEME) Gateway to Skills programme, for the current academic year. SEGRO provided CEME with £35,000, taking the total invested in the programme to £105,000 over three years. The Gateway to Skills programme provides an introduction and awareness to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects at local schools in Havering, Newham, and Barking & Dagenham – the boroughs that are part of SEGRO’s East Plus scheme. The additional further funding will benefit 500 secondary school students who will attend ‘taster days’ at CEME to bring to life STEM in a fun and engaging way. Neil Impiazzi, Partnership Development Director, at SEGRO, said: “In addition to delivering modern industrial space, we work hard to ensure our presence benefits the local community. Supporting young people to develop their employability skills and improve their skills and education is important to us

and our customers, which is why we’re delighted to support CEME for another academic year. 1,000 secondary school children have already been through the Gateway to Skills programme and we look forward to inspiring a further 500 into STEM careers.” Bill Williams, CEO of CEME, said: “We would like to thank SEGRO for its continued support on behalf of all schools, parents and students in the region for enabling young people to better understand what a career might look like in manufacturing, engineering and technology.”

“Inspiring a further 500 into STEM careers” Neil Impiazzi, Partnership Development Director SEGRO

“We would like to thank SEGRO for its continued support” Bill Williams, CEO of CEME  | November 2018  |  31


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Business Focus

Comic Book Heroes began trading from

Bella Sposa – Bridal Boutique has

Jason Rutland is the owner of the business that sells comic books, collectables, and action figures related to superheroes and comic characters.

Now located opposite Upminster Park the shop offers wedding dresses, evening wear, shoes and accessories. Cassandra Williams is the owner and is currently busy organising a charity event to be held at the shop on Saturday 24 November to raise funds for the ‘Gift of a wedding’ charity – a UK charity that provides free weddings to people with a terminal illness. “Before I bought the shop I had a friend who had mouth cancer and this charity paid for her wedding so I know it’s a good cause” said Cassandra.

premises at 67 Station Road in Upminster on 3 September.

“I was born in Hackney but moved to Romford six years ago” said avowed Spiderman fan Jason. “I always wanted to open-up a comic book shop and after an opportunity to do that in Romford fell through, I then saw there was a vacant unit here in Upminster which is great. We’re just a minute’s walk from Upminster station – on the right of the Balgores estate agency shop.” The shop is open Monday to Saturday 10.30am – 6.30pm.

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recently moved to new premises next to Boots at 61 Corbets Tey Rd, Upminster.

The shop is open 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 9am – 5pm on Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunday.

Arts & Culture Art


Mondays, 7.30 – 9.45pm Hall behind Baptist church in Rosewood Avenue, Elm Park t 458772 e


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


Fairkytes Arts Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1AX for tickets to any event go to Ronnie Scott’s All Stars World class music from the legendary Soho jazz club’s touring quintet, led by its artistic director James Pearson. Friday 9 November, 7.30pm, £33,


A Christmas Carol Wednesday 12 – Saturday 22 December A brand new version of one of the longest running Off-Broadway musical comedies of all time.


The Lonnie Donegan story Saturday 2 February Son, Peter Donegan and The Lonnie Donegan Band tell the story of “The King of Skiffle”.



Mondays, 7.15 – 10pm

Tuesdays, 2 – 4pm e Tuesdays, 7.45 –10pm

Fleetingwood Mac Friday 23 November


Wednesdays, 10am –12pm t 229715 e Haunting Julia A chilling and deeply felt ghost story. Until Saturday 17 November

Cabinet and Council meetings Cabinet and Full Council meetings are open to the public and are held at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BB.

Cabinet – 13 November Full Council – 21 November

Graffiti Classics Friday 14 December

19 High Street, Romford, RM1 1JU t 766 571 e

Monday 4 – Thursday 14 February

Forthcoming meeting dates are as follows:

Museums & Exhibitions


DNA In the darkness of the night, we all have our secrets…

Gary Ryan A performance by one of the world’s finest classical guitarists.Friday 25 January, 7.30pm, £12.10, www. or 01708 456308


Extraordinary Cabinet Meeting – Budget – 28 November Jack and the Beanstalk Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, it’s panto fun for everyone. Wednesday 28 November – Sunday 6 January

Cabinet – 12 December Cabinet – 16 January Full Council – 23 January Cabinet – 6 February

Shema Ladya Art Exhibition Until 15 December Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm Cost: £3 adults, under 16s free


Full Council – 20 February

One Night of Ska Friday 23 November


A two hour homage to the music, bands and artistes that influenced two generations of teenagers.

They can also be watched online at webcast

Chris Cleverley Plays Haverfolk Folk Club Wednesday 21 November 8 – 10pm The Golden Lion, 2 High Street Romford, RM1 1HR t 341265 e

ELO Encounter Saturday 1 December Roll over Beethoven, the UK’s No.1 Electric Light Orchestra tribute show returns by overwhelming popular demand.

Sparky the Elf and the Secret Toyshop A new festive adventure for 7 – 11 year olds. Saturday 15 – Sunday 30 December

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What’s on

If you would like your event featured for free in future Listings or on Havering’s website, please complete the online form at www.

All numbers are 01708 unless stated.

CHILDREN 6TH SQUIRRELS HEATH SCOUT GROUP Wednesdays, 5-6.30pm e BASKING BABIES ROMFORD Tuesdays, 9.45-11.15am t 07701 367883 BROWNIES The 6th Harold Hill (Salvation Army) Brownie Unit for 7-10 year olds meet every Monday at 6pm at Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill. t 07834 206562 e BUMPS AND BABIES GROUP (organised by Havering NCT and sponsored by Soft Play Essex) at Mothercare Romford, Rom Valley Way, Romford, RM7 0AF Thursdays from 1.30-3pm t 07910 217605 e parentsupport.havering@nct. CRICKET COACHING SESSIONS Colt Coaching Sessions (aged 5+) are organised by Havering-atteBower Cricket Club, Broxhill Road, Romford, RM4 1QH t 07718 944051 uk/colts ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST To book your place on any of the events at the Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre in Hornchurch Country Park call 01708 520364. Free Buggy Walks Every Tuesday 1.30-2.15pm Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park.

Little Badgers Parent and Toddler Group Every Tuesday and Friday 10.30am-12 noon Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with parents and carers. £6 per child per session JUNIOR TABLE TENNIS COACHING Tuesdays 7-9pm The Havering Table Tennis Club run junior sessions (9+) at the Coopers' Company & Coborn School, St. Marys Lane, Upminster

MOTHER AND BABY YOGA CLASS Buddha Babes mother and baby yoga/massage class for ages 6 weeks+. Every Friday 12 noon-1pm St Andrews Church Hall, 222 High Street, Hornchurch RM12 6QP Cost: £9.50 e WIGGLE AND GIGGLE

A lively session of action songs and rhymes for children aged 2-4. Term time only. Free Event. Elm Park Library – KIDS BIRDWATCHING CLUB Wednesday 11.30am-12noon Join the RSPB to explore the Harold Hill Library – Rainham Marshes nature reserve, Friday 2-2.30pm watching and learning about the Upminster Library – birds that visit and live there. Thursday 11.15-11.45am Held once a month at RSPB Rainham YOGA FOR CHILDREN Marshes New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ between 9.30am Mondays, 5-6pm at Havering Asian Social and Welfare and 12.30pm e Association


LIMITLESS YOUTH GROUP Fun, games and chill time. For 11 – 18 year olds. Every Friday night 7 – 9pm 2A Newmarket Way, Hornchurch, RM12 6DS e limitless@haveringchristian

ANTIQUES AND CRAFT MARKET Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am-4pm Romford Shopping Hall, Market Place, Romford. Tables £20 each Call Michelle on 740492 to book. BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT Headway East London the brain injury charity runs a Romford Support Group. It meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6 – 7.30pm at the YMCA, 29 Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0PH. BRITISH CACTUS & SUCCULENT SOCIETY, HAVERING BRANCH Third Saturday of the month, 7-10pm t 447778 COLLIER ROW BRIDGE CLUB Thursdays, 7-10.30pm

LITTLE LAPWINGS A regular toddler group with outdoor fun and early learning for preschoolers and their parents/carers at RSPB Rainham Marshes New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ Every Monday during term time 9.30-10.30am e

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COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS Wednesdays, 09.30 – 11am Ardleigh House Community Association 42 Ardleigh Green Road HORNCHURCH RM11 2LG t 440660 e

COLLIER ROW HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AND ALLOTMENTS ASSOCIATION Saturdays and Sundays 10am-12.30pm t 756005 COLLIER ROW TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD First and third Tuesday of the month, 1.30 -4pm e

CONCERT PARTY The Entertainers are a concert party providing entertainment to care homes and social groups in Havering and the surrounding area. They perform group and solo songs with movement and costume changes, comedy sketches and jokes. Performances usually take place on weekday afternoons and rehearsals are on Tuesday mornings. t 07770 325720 e CRAFTY ARTS KNIT AND NATTER GROUP Tuesdays, 10am -12noon e CRANHAM ENGAYNE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE Second Monday of each month t 228119 DIABETES UK – HAVERING GROUP Third Monday of each month (except January) North Street Halls, Hornchurch t 935779 EAST OF LONDON FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY First Saturday of the month, 11am-4pm e FAMILY HISTORY Havering Branch of the East of London Family History Society Genealogy help and advice on tracing your family history. The first Saturday of every month, 11am-4pm, Trinity Church, Station Road, Upminster, RM14 2JS t 225313

FAIRKYTES ACCORDION CLUB First Wednesday of month, 7.30pm e FIREWORK DISPLAY At The Coopers' Company & Coborn School. Saturday 10 November 5.30 – 8pm St Marys Lane, Upminster, RM14 3HS On the night tickets – £6 Adults, £4 Children under 16 t 07740 901297 e FUNKY VOICES Every Monday 8-10pm GADABOUTS A social club for single/widowed/ divorced people age 40-70. Meet at Harrow Lodge Bowls Club, Hornchurch on the first Tuesday of each month at 8pm. e GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG CLUB OF ESSEX Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm e HAROLD WOOD EVENING WI First Wednesday of each month, 7.30-9.50pm Harold Wood Memorial Hall e dianetyrrell@haroldwoodwi. 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 BRANCH ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST 1st floor meeting room, Hornchurch Library Second Monday of each month, 8 - 9.45pm t 07771 635847 e HAVERING CONCERT ORCHESTRA (HCO) Wednesdays, during term-time 7.30-9.30pm

HAVERING DEMENTIA CARERS SUPPORT GROUP A dementia carers group run by carers for carers. Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) 10.30am-12 noon, 2a Newmarket Way, Hornchurch, RM12 6DS t 07811 344523 e HAVERING EAST ROTARY CLUB Tuesdays, 7.30-10pm HAVERING MUSIC MAKERS Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-10pm e join@haveringmusicmakers. HAVERING WRITERS CIRCLE First Monday of month, 7.30-10pm t 375549 HORNCHURCH AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Last Friday of the month except December, 7.15pm e HORNCHURCH WARGAMES CLUB Mondays, 7-11pm e HUMANISTS OF HAVERING Second Saturday of the month 2-4pm Meet in the Community Room, Tesco, Roneo Corner t 442161 JOB SEARCHING AND COMPUTER CLASSES FOR ADULTS Free courses for beginners up to advanced level Mardyke Community Centre, South Street, Rainham, RM13 8PJ Tuesdays, 2-4pm t 07951 789590 e

LONDON AND ESSEX HERITAGE CLUB Tuesdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm Langtons, Billet Lane, Hornchurch A friendly heritage group who meet for talks from a variety of invited speakers. t 07443 594240/607614 e

NELMES (HORNCHURCH) WOMEN'S INSTITUTE Second Wednesday of the month 1.45-4pm e NORTH OCKENDON HANDBELL RINGERS Tuesdays, 7.30-9.30pm t 459339 PARKINSON’S UK HAVERING & DISTRICT BRANCH SUPPORT MEETINGS First and third Tuesday of each month, 2-4pm Langtons Registry Office t 345424 e PASSIONE ITALIANA Interactive talks on Italy. Every Monday of the month, 6.30-8.30pm t 07867 726634 e RAINHAM HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Tuesdays, 10am-12noon Saturdays, 9am-12noon Sundays, 10am-12.30pm www.rainhamhorticulturalsociety. org REIKI SHARE Second Wednesday of the month 7-10pm e ROMFORD AND BRENTWOOD FOLK DANCE GROUP Wednesdays, 8-10pm www.randb-folkdancing.btck. ROMFORD DRUM AND TRUMPET CORPS Thursdays, 7.30-9.30pm ROMFORD EMBROIDERERS GUILD Second Saturday of the month, 2- 4pm ROMFORD SCRABBLE CLUB Wednesdays, 7.15-10.30pm e 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 SILVER LYNX CRAFT AND SOCIAL CLUB Mondays, 10am-2pm e

SQUIRRELS HEATH GARDENING CLUB Last Monday of each month 8-10pm e ST JOHN AMBULANCE HAROLD HILL AND HAROLD WOOD UNIT Wednesdays, 7-9pm e THAMES CHASE EVENTS Thames Chase Forest Centre Pike Lane, Upminster t 642970 e Sunday Markets in the barn. Third Sunday of each month, 10am-3pm. Free entry TRAIN AID – LEVEL 2 EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK COURSE First Saturday of the month, 9am-3.30pm emergency-first-aid-at-work TRINOVANTE Is a Ladies club attached to the United Reformed Church in Western Road, Romford RM1 3LP. Weekly meetings are held on Tuesday afternoons from 1.30 – 3.30pm. All ladies are welcome for talks, outings and social events. t 07890 420598 UPMINSTER AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY New Windmill Hall Upminster www.upminsterhorticulturalsociety. UPMINSTER FLORAL ART SOCIETY Windmill Hall, St Mary's Lane, Upminster. Third Wednesday of every month, 7.45-10pm £7 visitors. Free for members. An evening watching expert floral designers display their artistry. t 01708 471977 UPMINSTER U3A University of the Third Age. Meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month, 1pm New Windmill Hall, Upminster UPMINSTER WINE AND SOCIAL CLUB Third Thursday of the month, 8pm t 223956 VOLUNTEERING AT BEDFORDS PARK WALLED GARDEN Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-3pm  | November 2018  |  35

WHIST CLUB Wednesdays and Fridays, 7.30-9.30pm e

WILDLIFE WALK A walk around the marshes. RSPB Rainham Marshes New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ First Wednesday of the month at 9.30am. Second Friday of every month at 10am. Third Sunday of the month at 1pm. e YAPPY YARNS KNITTING CLUB A chance to make new friends suitable for all ages and abilities Mondays, 9.30-11.30am Romford Shopping Hall, Market Place, Romford

LIBRARIES ADULT CRAFT WORKSHOP Upminster Library – Craft workshop on the third Tuesday of the month 9.30-11am. Booking required. AFTERNOON TEA GROUP Harold Hill Library – Wednesday 2-3pm BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE GROUP Romford Library – 2nd Friday of the month. 12.302pm. Chargeable event: £2 members / £3.50 non-members per session FAMILY HISTORY Help with researching your family history. Hornchurch Library – Tuesday 3-5pm Upminster Library – Thursday 2-4pm HORNCHURCH LIBRARY WRITERS’ GROUP Meet at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month. All writers (beginner or established) are welcome to join, and it’s free. t 440297 IN STITCHES GROUPS Join a friendly knitting and sewing

group (small charge for refreshments) Collier Row Library – Fridays 10.30am-12noon and 1.30-3pm Elm Park Library – Thursday 2-4pm Gidea Park Library – Thursday 2-3.30pm Harold Hill Library – Monday 1.30-2.3pm / Thursday 10am12noon Harold Wood Library – Friday 10am-12noon Hornchurch Library – Tuesday 2.30-4pm and second Wednesday of each month 6-7.45pm Rainham Library – Tuesday 2-4pm and second Wednesday of each month 6-7.45pm Romford Library – Wednesday 10am-12noon South Hornchurch Library – Wednesday 1.30-3.30pm Upminster Library – Wednesday 10am JEWELLERY MAKING Wednesday mornings, 9.30 – 11.30am at Harold Hill Library Booking essential. £12 t 434973 Friday mornings, 9.30 to 11.30am at Upminster Library Booking essential. £12 t 434933 JOB CLUB Hornchurch Library – Thursday 10am-1pm LISTENING GROUP Adults listening to books on CDs Rainham Library – First Tuesday of the month 10am QUICK READS READING GROUPS (Adults reading shorter books) Harold Hill Library – First Friday of the month 11am-12noon South Hornchurch Library – Second Thursday of the month 2pm RELAX AND INDULGE SESSIONS Treatments by trained therapists include Indian head massage, neck and back massage, reflexology. The first two Saturdays in each month At Gidea Park Library.10.20am-3pm Cost: £9 per 20 minute session t 434978 e gideapark.library@havering.

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READING GROUP FOR ADULTS Collier Row Library – First Wednesday of the month 11am / Thursday 7-7.30pm Elm Park Library – First Thursday of the month 6.30pm / First Friday of the month 10.30am Gidea Park Library – Second Thursday of the month 6.45-7.45pm (every other month) Harold Wood Library – Thursday 6.30pm (approx. every 4 weeks) Hornchurch Library – First Monday of the month 2.15pm / First Thursday 7.30pm / First Friday 2.15pm Rainham Library – Last Monday of the month 6.30pm Romford Library – First Thursday of the month 2-3pm

Upminster Library – Last Monday of the month 2-3pm / First Thursday 6-7pm TECHY BUDDIES Sessions with our volunteer Techy Buddies to help you with your ICT problems. Collier Row Library – Saturday 1.30-3.30pm


Gidea Park Library – Wednesday – 5 week beginners course 10-11am (booking required) Harold Hill Library – Contact library for details. Harold Wood Library – Wednesday 10.30am-12.30pm / Thursday 2.30-4.30pm (booking required). Hornchurch Library – First Tuesday of the month 2-4pm Rainham Library – Thursdays 4 week course 10am-12noon. Booking required. Romford Library – Wednesday 10am-12noon South Hornchurch Library First Wednesday of each month 10.30-11.30am Upminster Library – Thursday 10.30am-12.30pm (booking required, other appointments by arrangement.) VICTIM SUPPORT DROP-IN SESSION Gidea Park Library – Friday 10am-12noon YOUNG AT HEART GROUPS Collier Row Library – Thursday 2-4pm Elm Park Library – Last Wednesday of the month 2.30-3.30pm) Harold Hill Library – Last Tuesday of the month 11am-12noon

Havering Libraries hold many events, please check the website for latest details or contact your local library. Booking is usually advisable. COLLIER ROW 45 Collier Row Road Romford RM5 3NR ELM PARK St Nicholas Avenue Elm Park RM12 4PT GIDEA PARK Balgores Lane, Gidea Park RM2 6BS HAROLD HILL 19A Farnham Road, Harold Hill RM3 8ED HAROLD WOOD Arundel Road, Harold Wood RM3 0RX HORNCHURCH 44 North Street, Hornchurch RM11 1TB RAINHAM 6 Celtic Farm Road Rainham RM13 9GP ROMFORD St Edwards Way, Romford RM1 3AR SOUTH HORNCHURCH Rainham Road, Rainham RM13 7RD UPMINSTER 26 Corbets Tey Road, Upminster RM14 2BB

Harold Wood Library – Second Wednesday of the month 11am-12noon Rainham Library – First Tuesday of the month 2-4pm

Wednesday 10.30-11.30am t 07722174210 e beverlycracknell@btinternet. com TAPESTRY – WALKING FOOTBALL Mondays, 12 noon-1pm Thursdays, 7-8pm OVER-50s TEA DANCE 50+ EXERCISE MOVEMENT AND Every Thursday at the New Windmill DANCE Hall, Upminster, 1.30-3.30pm An Exercise, Movement & Dance £3 or £6 with a lesson from Class to help keep you flexible, 12.45-1.15pm mobile and improve strength Every t 433768 Wednesday during school term time. e 2-3.30pm TUESDAY GROUP (OVER 50s St Laurence Church Hall LGBT+) Corbets Tey Road, Upminster Meets on the first Tuesday of each e chrisbannister104@btinternet. month at Tapestry, com HOPWA House, Inskip Drive, CRANHAM OVER 60s CLUB Hornchurch, RM11 3UR. Cranham Social Centre t 07757 122749 Every Thursday, 1-3pm www.romfordtuesday.simplesite. Entertainment, dancing and more. com t 020 8593 5625 UPMINSTER AND DISTRICT t 740492 PROBUS CLUB Variety of events on the website HAVERING OVER 50S FORUM Second Tuesday of the month 10.30am-12.30pm TWEEDWAY (50+) SPORTS CLUB Darts, short mat bowls, snooker, pool, OVER 50s CLUB table tennis, scrabble and more. KingsHeart Church, 262 Pettits Lane Alternate Tuesdays, 8-10pm at North, Rise Park, Romford. Havering Road Methodist Church Every other Thursday from 2-4pm. Hall, Rise Park, Romford, RM1 4YD Games, quizzes and more. t 01708 728448 t 733724 e


OVER 55s FRIENDSHIP CLUB Every Thursday, 10 – 11am Romford Shopping Hall, Market Place, Romford, RM1 3AB Free cup of tea for all visitors t 740492 RGCA CHAIR ZUMBA Thursdays, 2-2.45pm SENIOR CITIZENS PILATES CLASSES Emerson Park Community Assembly Hall, Slewins Lane, Hornchurch Monday 11am to 12noon Hornchurch Conservative Club North Street Hornchurch Tuesday 9.30-10.30am Friday 10.30-11.30am Tweedway Hall, Rise Park

BACK TO NATURE BOOTCAMP Sessions to get you active and outdoors, improve your fitness and meet new people. Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ Saturdays, 10 – 11am e CHAIR PILATES Exercise class every Wednesday, 12.15-1pm Ardleigh House Community Association 42 Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch RM11 2LG 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 Fitness Fusion Thursdays, 11.30am-12.30pm Bollywood Dancing Tuesdays, 11.30am-12.30pm Coffee Stop Thursdays, 11am-1pm Punjabi Class Thursdays, 6-7.30pm HAVERING NUMISMATIC SOCIETY Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch. First Tuesday of month 7.30-9.30pm e HUBB (HELPING USERS BOUNCE BACK) SUPPORT GROUP First Thursday of the month, 5 -7pm e

RCCG LIFE CHANGERS ASSEMBLY Every Sunday, 10-11am e ROMFORD BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP Meets third Wednesday of each month, 6-7.30pm at YMCA, 29 Rush Green Road, Romford RM7 0PH e TRUE COLOURS OF A BEAUTIFUL MIND Autism and SEN parent support group. Fridays 9am-12 noon Meet next to the soft play in Frankie’s café at myplace in Harold Hill. YOGA AND MINDFULNESS Gentle movement, seated/ meditation practice and relaxation. 410 Brentwood Road, Gidea Park, Romford, RM2 6DH 9:30am-12 noon Saturday 17 November. Cost: £40


PARKINSON'S UK HAVERING & DISTRICT BRANCH First and third Tuesday of the month 2-4pm Langtons Registry Office Hornchurch, RM11 1XL T 07793 642115 e janet.sampson1@btinternet. com parkinsonsuk.havering PHASE (Prostate Health, Advice, Support and Education) Meets last Friday of each month (except December) at 7pm at the Harold Wood Neighbourhood Centre in Gubbins Lane t 0203 745 7318 POSITIVE LIVING GROUP Alternate Mondays, 7.45-10pm PREGNANCY YOGA All abilities pregnancy yoga class in Hornchurch from 12+ weeks Wednesdays 7.15 – 8.15pm Fairkytes Art Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch. RM11 1AX £12.50 RAGS ROMFORD AUTISTIC GROUP SUPPORT Supporting families living with Autism in Havering

ATTE BOWER SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Bower Hall, Wellingtonia Avenue, Havering-atte-Bower, RM4 1QP Mondays 7.15-10pm and Thursdays at 9.15am-12noon Beginners welcome t 706833 ARDLEIGH HOUSE SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Mondays and Tuesdays, 12.302.30pm. Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-12noon t 440660 e DUKES MODERN SEQUENCE DANCE CLUB Wednesdays, 1-3pm FIVE STAR BASKETBALL ACADEMY Tuesdays, 5-6.30pm e FUN AND FUNKY DANCE Variety of dance classes available FUSION STREET DANCE TEAM Tuesdays, 5-8pm HARE PARK BADMINTON CLUB Thursdays, 7.30-9.30pm e  | November 2018  |  37

HARROW LODGE PARKRUN Meet at Warren Drive car park Seniors: Saturdays, 9-10am Juniors: Free 2km run aged 4-14 years, Sundays, 9am

LYDIA LACEY YOGA Wednesdays, 7.30-8.30pm

MYPLACE COMMUNITY TABLE TENNIS CLUB myplace Centre, Dagnam Park Drive Harold Hill RM3 9EN Tuesdays 10am-12noon HAVERING 90 JOGGERS Thursdays 1-3pm Meet at Abbs Cross sports centre t 340761 every Tuesday and Thursday NORTH ROMFORD evening from 7pm. SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Membership from 18 years Mondays and Wednesdays upwards. All abilities welcome to 9am-12noon run courses provided. Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays, 1.30-4.45pm HAVERING SAILING CLUB t 766308 Saturdays, March – November 12noon-6pm OCCASIONAL DANCE Variety of classes on website HEARTFELT YOGA Tuesdays, 8-9.30pm PILATES Pilates matwork with Angela Gill HYLANDS TENNIS CLUB Friday 9.15am at Ardleigh House, HYLANDS MINI TENNIS ACADEMY Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch Tots at 6pm and Red balls at 7pm (£6.50 per session), Saturday classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 8.10am and 9am at Tesco Orange ball at 6pm and Green ball Community Room, Roneo Corner at 7pm on Mondays. (£6 per session) Beginners welcome. JISSOKAN MARTIAL ARTS t 07961 428911 Wednesdays, 7.30-9pm PILATES CLASSES e Beginners/mixed ability Monday JU JITSU 10-11am Variety of classes on Mondays, Senior Citizen Monday 11amWednesdays, Fridays and Sundays 12noon Emerson Park Community KAIZENS GUNNS KARATE CLUB Assembly Hall, Slewins Lane Family run karate club open to Hornchurch everyone over the age of 6. Beginners/mixed ability Saturdays 12noon – 1pm and 9.30-10.30am Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30pm Senior Citizen 10.30-11.30am Frances Bardsley School, Brentwood Tweedway Hall, Rise Park Road, Romford RM1 2RR t 07722 174210 t 407919 884679 e beverleycracknell@btinternet. e com LEARN TO RUN – SOFA TO 5km! RAPHAEL PARKRUN If you fancy starting to jog, but Saturdays, 9am don't want to join a gym, or go on e your own consider running at Rainham Marshes nature reserve. ROMFORD AUTISTIC GROUP 9.30-11am every Sunday MULTI-SPORT SESSIONS RSPB Rainham Marshes New Tank Fridays, 5.15-6.45pm Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ e 38  |  November 2018 | LIVING in Havering

RUSH GREEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION INDOOR BOWLS CLUB Alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.30-10pm SYM SAILING CLUB Sundays, until 30 November, 9am-4pm TABLE TENNIS COACHING Tuesdays, 7-9pm The Havering Table Tennis Club run junior sessions (9 years +) at the Coopers' Company & Coborn School, St. Marys Lane, Upminster t 01708 340761 TABLE TENNIS COACHING Saturdays 9am-12 noon Junior table tennis coaching from the age of 8 years . Maylands Junior Table Tennis Club, Bretons Outdoor Community Centre, The Barn, Rainham Rd, Rainham. t 0208 503 8757 or 07932 233824 e

TWEED MODERN SEQUENCE DANCE CLUB Thursdays, 7.30pm-10pm e UPMINSTER SPORTS MASSAGE & PILATES Around 20 classes held each week held in locations around Upminster, Cranham and Bulphan. Classes are every morning Monday – Friday and every evening Monday – Thursday and include post-natal Pilates and pilates for seniors. t 07411 826721 www.upminstersportsmassage. 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 www.inspiredhealthandfitness.

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Happy Christmas everyone! & a warm welcome to the Christmas events in Havering 2018 Romford Christmas Lights Switch-on

Market Place, Romford Thursday 15 November 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Hornchurch Christmas Cracker Event Hornchurch Town Centre Saturday 17 November 11.00am – 5.00pm

Upminster Christmas Event

Upminster Town Centre Thursday 22 November 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Harold Hill Christmas Event

Collier Row’s Christmas Event

Rainham Village Christmas Fayre

There will also be Christmas illuminations in Harold Wood and Rush Green

Hilldene Avenue/Farnham Road Thursday 29 November 4pm to 7.30pm

Collier Row Town Centre Friday 7 December 4.00pm – 7.30pm

Rainham Village Saturday 1 December 10.00am – 4.00pm

Illuminating Elm Park Christmas Event Elm Park Town Centre Thursday 6 December 4.00pm - 6.00pm

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