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in Havering February 2019

Issue 184 •

The heart and soul of Romford town centre Celebrating the Market’s heritage and future. See pages 20 & 28


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Contents issue 184



Enforcement How and why a CCTV car is used to keep the traffic moving, and children safe

Safe streets How the council helps rough sleepers and how you can help keep our streets safe

Cover picture: Romford Market trader Kalyan Singh Premi serving a customer.

4N  ews The latest news from across Havering

Building for the future Better roads and pavements

It's about more than just bricks and mortar

Keeping Havering moving, whatever the weather 26 A  leader by example A profile of an autistic adult helping others

18 Moments  in time An ambitious local photography project is showcased

27 L  ocal life on stage A look at a celebration of local talent

20 L  ots to see, do, and buy in Romford Market News of events for all the family in the centre of Romford

29 H  istorical Havering Romford Market marks 50 years of being car-free

22 E  asy swaps for a better 2019 Kick bad habits and improve your health

30 B  usiness focus A new service to help local people find work, and a digital boost for Rainham

25 F  lying high Butterflies, the postnatal support group, is one year old. We talk to mums and dads who use the service

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

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Leader's welcome

Welcome to the February edition of Living in Havering. In the run-up to Christmas thousands of you came to visit Romford Market and enjoyed the entertainment for all the family alongside the wide range of fashion, food and food stalls. In this edition we look back at a key moment in the history of Romford Market and at the attractions that Havering Council is planning for the months ahead. Strengthening our historic market is just one of my priorities to make Havering an even better place to live, and work, in 2019. Recently we announced plans to spend £10 million a year improving the condition of our roads and pavements in response to what residents told us is their number one concern. You can read more about this on page 15. Alongside this we are investing in making the borough safer and cleaner by earmarking £250,000 for better CCTV, keeping weekly bin collections, targeting fly-tippers and improving our street cleaning. However, the next four years will also bring us some tough choices. A reduced government grant means we need to find £37 million of savings and efficiencies. We have already started to do this but much more needs to be done. It is with this backdrop I will continue to protect and enhance the unique character of the borough while making sure that our sons and daughters can continue to afford to live here. That’s why we are bringing over £3 billion pounds of new investment to Havering to build more genuinely affordable homes, create new jobs, and improve our town centres and connections across the borough. I am sure 2019 will be another great year for Havering Council as we work towards a cleaner, safer and prouder borough for all our residents. I look forward to meeting you at one of my upcoming local surgeries, details below.

Plane float lands cash for charities

Performers alongside the float during the parade

“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of the participants for taking part in the London New Year’s Day Parade”

Havering’s Mayor greets the crowds thronging the parade route

Cllr Dilip Patel, Mayor of Havering A flag-covered jetliner float won Havering second place in London’s New Year’s Day Parade. It was the borough’s best ever result and resulted in winning £9,000 for Havering charities.

Councillor Damian White Leader of the Council

Meet the Leader Cllr Damian White, the Leader of Havering Council, holds regular surgeries in order to meet residents and help resolve issues that need addressing. You can meet him at these times and places: Thursday 14 March, 5.30 - 7pm, Elm Park Library Friday 15 March, 11am - 12.30pm, Gidea Park Library Friday 26 April, 3 - 4.30pm, Harold Hill Library

Full address details of the libraries can be found on page 36 of this magazine. 04  |  February 2019 | LIVING in Havering

Vote for Havering!

This year’s theme - ‘London Welcomes the World’ attracted more than 650,000 spectators and 8,000 participants from 15 London Boroughs.

The prize money will go to Havering’s Mayoral Charity Appeal, which supports Havering Mind, Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund and the Rainbow Trust. The parade float was built by construction students at Havering College, and was accompanied by a performance from around 90 performers led by the Store Room Theatre group. Mayor of Havering, Cllr Dilip Patel said: “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of the participants for taking part in the London New Year’s Day Parade. Some of the most memorable moments of the day were all the performances and team work which was truly impressive and I am so proud that our borough holds such talent.”

Veggie Run

gets children fit

Veggie Run, Havering Council's healthy living campaign for children announced a unique partnership with Stubbers Adventure Centre in January. The collaboration aims to offer primary, infant and junior pupils increased access to outdoor adventure at the largest activity centre in the Southeast.

A unique partnership with Stubbers Adventure Centre To celebrate this partnership Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster, has created six bespoke Learning Outside of the Classroom activity days for primary, infant or junior schools. Classes could win this free day by encouraging pupils to eat a healthy school catered lunch from HES Catering Services. The activity days are a great opportunity for children to participate in archery, climbing, bush craft or woodland construction. These days have been designed to develop children’s independence, confidence and problem-solving skills outside of the classroom.

Competition time for children To ensure as many Havering pupils can benefit from this new friendship, Veggie Run is offering 20 children and their parents or guardians aged over 18 years old a chance to also win a free visit to Stubbers Adventure Centre for a Family Adventure Day on Saturday 11 May, Sunday 19 May, Sunday 2 June or Sunday 23 June. To be entered with a chance to win, pupils just need to eat a healthy school lunch every Tuesday in March.

The prize is for you and your child to join Stubbers for a full day of outdoor fun where you will get to experience four adventure packed activities, which may include the following:

• Open Canoeing • Climbing • Archery • Bushcraft • Water activities • Commando course

The day will kick off at 9.15am and finish at 4.30pm. The 20 lucky pupils will be notified of their prize via their schools on Friday 29 March.

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Travel stars

A Havering school has been celebrated by Transport for London (TfL) for their work championing active and safe travel on the journey to and from school.

The Campion School in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, was named as the ‘School of the Region: East London’ at an event held recently at City Hall. As part of TfL’s STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) schools programme, the winners received awards for being the highest performing of around 1500 participating London primary and secondary schools in reducing car use, increasing walking and cycling and using public transport. All STARS schools ran initiatives that have led to an average

1 1. Group picture of all the STARS winners 2. Two Youth Travel Ambassadors from The Campion School collecting their award


eight per cent reduction in car use on school journeys. Nine pupils from years 7,8,9 & 12 formed the Youth Travel Ambassador (YTA) team at The Campion School, and they planned, developed and delivered a year-long campaign focussing on increasing numbers of those who cycle to school. According to the judges the simplicity and clear objectives of the project strengthened the campaign and gave space for the group to be creative with their promotional tools. The campaign consisted of three main components:

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• Cycling promotion – through assemblies and workshops, the

YTA team promoted cycling as an enjoyable and healthy way to travel. During their Smoothie Bike promoBritish day, thefurniture group Assembled spoke to over 100 pupils during aboutBespoke the benefits Madelunchtime to Measure Beds of cycling and how they could take part in the campaign.

• Bikeability – provided students with the tools to cycle

confidently on the roads - 65% of the students are now trained in Bikeability. Assembled British furniture Made to project Measure Bespoke Beds • Cycle challenge – The culminated with a cycle to school scheme, whereby participants were entered into prize draws depending on how many times they cycled over a period of 2 weeks. The YTAs were committed throughout the campaign, attending weekly meetings to ensure the success of the project and liaising with Council officers to organise a map route planning workshop and the Smoothie bike day. The boys arrived at school early during the Cycle Challenge to register 3+2 the students thatSeater had cycled to school. Sofa Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We’re very proud of all the pupils, teachers and everyone involved for promoting safe and smarter travel in so many different ways. “It’s great to see how they have put together ideas and activities to encourage everyone around them, to look at more environmentally-friendly travelling to and from school and around the borough.”

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Winners all One of the highlights of our local sporting calendar year is the Havering Sports Council's Annual Presentation Buffet. Sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants of Romford, this year’s event was held on 11 February at Upminster Golf Club in the presence of the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Dilip Patel. Eight awards were presented. In addition to their awards, winners in the first three categories also received a £200 cheque donated by Lodge Farm Tennis Club.

Junior Sports Competitor-of-the-Year

(Sponsored by West & Coe) Max Law – Athletics. Max has continued to display great improvement in his chosen event – the javelin. A series of top performances led to him being picked for the European Under 18 Championships in Hungary. Progress saw him in Great Britain colours by July where he threw a personal best of 75.3 metres which was the second-longest throw ever by a British Under 17 athlete.

Kudos for the UK's No.1

Sports Competitor-of-the-Year

(Sponsored by MDS Printers of Upminster) Shandell Taylor – Athletics. Fred Alsop is Havering Athletic Club's greatest ever athlete, having been selected for three Olympics in the 1960s. So when an athlete comes along who can beat one of Fred's club records, which has stood since 1964, he truly deserved the kudos this feat attracted. Shandell's 2018 improvement was eye-catching as he progressed from a good standard club athlete to being the UK’s No.1 ranked long jumper for his age.

Disabled Sports Competitor

(Sponsored by the Beadle Family) Keiran O'Hara – Athletics. 19 year-old Keiran, who belongs to Havering Athletic Club, excels at 400, 800 and 1500 metres events as well as crosscountry running. He has autism and learning difficulties and attends Havering College's Unit for Special Needs. At the Eastern Region Disability Championships he won gold medals at both 400 and 800 metres.

Sports Volunteer-of-the-Year

(Sponsored by Cllr John Mylod) Tony Benton – Athletics. Tony is chairman of Havering Athletic Club. He’s also a committed coach of both hurdles and sprints events and has a successful squad under his wing – three of whom became national medalists.

Havering Sports Council Presentation 2019

Senior School Team-of-the-Year

(Sponsored by Brentwood M&E Services Ltd) Coopers Company & Coburn Intermediate Girls Athletics Team This team became National Champions, beating over 600 schools, having improved on their runners-up position of a year earlier. At the grand final at Gateshead they scored a record 520 points and achieved an event record winning margin. Being the most successful team in the competition's history made it a formality for them to earn selection to represent England at the World School Athletics Championship in Croatia.

Primary School Team-of-the-Year

(Sponsored by Cllr Melvin Wallace) James Oglethorpe School Girls Cricket Team In 2018 it was decided to introduce pupils to cricket, which commenced with a once-a-week after-school session. It caught on and soon this school were playing in the Havering Kwik Cricket Tournament. They won all their group games. These victories saw them qualify for matches against winners from across Essex. At this higher standard they made the final four. Organisers of the tournament praised them for their team spirit.

Sports Club-of-the-Year

(Sponsored by Moments of Memory Photography) Hornchurch Cricket Club 2018 was the best of their 235 year history as they won 'The Treble': the Essex Shepherd Neame Premier League, the Essex League Cup and the Essex 20-20 Competition. This has never been done before. The icing on the cake was that seven of their regular best first-teamers were home-grown talent who'd come through their youth 'Cricket-for-All' programme.

Doug Riden Lifetime Achievement Award

(Sponsored by McDonalds of Romford) Neil Walker – Tennis Player and Coach. As a player Neil was selected for the Great Britain Junior Team and became British Under 18 singles champion – beating Tim Henman on route to the final. He made his name in Havering by coaching at Gidea Park Tennis Club for four years and then at Upminster's Cranston Park Tennis Club for the next 22 years.  | February February 2019  2019  |  07



victims honoured

Holocaust Memorial Day was marked on Sunday 27 January at a special service held in Coronation Gardens, Romford. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Torn from Home’ focusing on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of their homes because of persecution and the threat of genocide. This year’s event was especially poignant as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda, and the 40th anniversary of the end of the Genocide in Cambodia. Cllr Dilip Patel, Mayor of Havering, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity for everyone to pause and remember the millions of victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. “This incredibly important and emotional event reminds us that we should be building bridges with people of all faiths and backgrounds. With fewer survivors each year, it is vital that the next generation must preserve and share the memory of the Holocaust and other genocides more widely than ever before.”

Your Romford:

your say

“A real chance for the Council to understand local people’s ideas, aspirations and priorities for Romford Town Centre”

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Cllr Damian White, Leader of the Council

Havering Council is asking residents and businesses for their thoughts on how to improve Romford Town Centre and surrounding area. A series of public engagement events to gather ideas for the Council’s Romford Masterplan began with a consultation event in Romford Market Place on 25 January and they will continue until June. Residents can also have their say online. The Council wants to know what local residents and businesses think of Romford now, what they would like to change, and what they think would make Romford even better. Cllr Damian White said: “The Masterplan engagement events are a real chance for the Council to understand local people’s ideas, aspirations and priorities for Romford Town Centre in the future. “Whether it’s the historic market or our variety of shopping centres, our job is to protect what we love about Romford and look at ways to improve it. We need to make sure that the homes built in the future are genuinely affordable so our sons and daughters can afford to live here. “We want to make sure that any new developments bring the shops, restaurants and green spaces that people want, along with the schools, health centres and transport infrastructure that we need.” 08  |  February 2019 | LIVING in Havering

The Sapphire Ice and Leisure centre in Romford is one year old. Its opening on 3 February 2018 kick-started an ice hockey revival in the area and the Sapphire-based Raiders team have enjoyed a very successful year. Their rapidly growing fanbase love the new rink, enjoying the comfort and warmth whilst encouraging their new favourite team. 'Sold out' signs are expected to be seen again outside the Sapphire centre for Raiders’ home matches before the end of the season. The Raiders Ice Hockey Club now boasts a full junior development system with GB national team coaches teaching youngsters from four years of age right up to the under 18 and Division 2 Raiders teams.

Trust awards cash

to community projects

Thames Chase site in Upminster in winter The Veolia Havering Riverside Maintenance Trust has awarded £580,000 for the 2018/19 financial year to 11 community projects to be delivered in Havering. The Trust distributes Landfill Community Fund) monies secured from Veolia UK Ltd. Veolia UK Ltd and other landfill operators contribute a proportion of their landfill tax liability to community and environmental organisations. The largest grant awarded was £179,000, which went to the Thames Chase Trust, to allow them to purchase cottages at the Broadfields Farm site in Pike Lane, Upminster, (pictured) from Essex County Council. This investment will provide the Trust with increased security on the site and will help them reduce annual running costs, thus allowing them to offer more community activities at the site. Hornchurch Cricket Club received £113,365 to make improvements to their Clubhouse, improve their cricket

square and purchase various items of equipment. Cranham Community Association received £14,000 to progress repairs to the roof and flooring. The majority of the awards went to community projects in parks and open spaces, which are due to be delivered by Havering Council, in partnership with local organisations such as Friends of Parks groups. Improvements will be made at Spring Farm Park, Gidea Park, Bedfords Park, Raphael Park, Dagnam Park, Lodge Farm Park, Fielders Field (next to Langtons House and Gardens), Granham Brickfields, Rise park, Brittons Playing Fields, and Harold Wood Park. If you work or volunteer for an organisation interested in seeking funding from the Veolia Havering Riverside Maintenance Trust for a project that will benefit the community in the Havering area, you should contact Gary Baker:

Funding secured to support training

The Havering Volunteer Centre, in High Street, Romford, has been successful in securing a Wates Giving grant for £11,500 to support its Stepping Stones project. Although not directly part of the joint venture partnership, this additional grant will provide 20 weekly three-hour lunch and learn training sessions and mini-workshops. These events will be for lone parents, people with emotional and mental health issues, people with disabilities issues, and those who have become socially isolated. They will aim to improve their confidence and skills of attendees by encouraging them to volunteer in preparation for leading them on to employability. Work in conjunction with ‘The Skills Network’ will offer NVQ Level 2 qualifications in a range of subjects chosen by participants.  | February February 2019  2019  |  09


As seen on CCTV



“The work we are doing outside schools is to protect children and reduce the risk of an accident because of unsafe parking” 'KP' – Havering Council parking enforcement officer It’s a chilly Wednesday morning and Living in Havering is meeting Khuphukile, known by all his Havering Council work colleagues as KP. He is one of Havering Council’s parking enforcement officers and today he’s on camera car duty. He’s worked with closed circuit television or CCTV enforcement since 2004. Originally he worked in a CCTV control room, but since joining Havering Council in 2016, he splits his time between on-foot parking control duties and work in one of the Council’s Ford Fiesta mobile CCTV cars. Inside the vehicle, KP can see and record all the pictures captured by the roof-mounted CCTV camera that can be extended on a pole and manoeuvred to provide 360 degree coverage. The hand-held tablet screen that displays the camera pictures also includes the exact GPS geographical location of the vehicle and a timestamp. This morning KP has been parked up near St Edward’s Primary School in Havering Drive in Romford between 8 and 8.45am. “One of our main priorities each day is to monitor the keep clear 10  |  February 2019 | LIVING in Havering

areas outside schools during the morning and afternoon school runs. Usually there are two cars operating with the borough split into a north and south zone so that we can cover a number of schools each day” says KP. Each car that KP witnessed stopping in the school keep clear zone is captured on CCTV and then he also manually logs all the details: the registration number, make and model of the vehicle and the time. During his 45 minute stay outside St Edward’s that morning KP found 11 cars flouting the keep clear restriction. At the end of his shift all the pictures will be downloaded and reviewed by a fellow officer along with KP’s log. Where appropriate, penalty notices will then be issued to the addresses of the registered keepers of the vehicles caught breaking the parking restrictions. Does he receive much abuse for doing his job? “Most of it is just ignorance” says KP. “I’ve been accused of taking pictures of children but I explain that we are not allowed to take pictures of kids and that the work we are doing outside schools is to protect children and reduce the risk of an accident because of unsafe parking. We’ve also been accused of playing on our mobiles or watching movies by people who don’t realise that when we are parked up we are spending a lot of our time looking at the CCTV images on a hand- held tablet.” Following his work at the school KP has now parked up near the Lidl store in Atlanta Boulevard in Romford. “I’m here to make sure that people don’t park or drop-off people in the bus stops. If there’s little or no problem here I’ll move on in 10 or 15 minutes. My priorities for enforcement are parking on school keep clear markings, bus stops, and making sure people obey no right turn signs” says KP. “Our CCTV cars have a special dispensation to allow

1. Monitoring camera images 2. CCTV car monitoring in Corbets Tey Road, Upminster 3. 'KP' logging details 4. CCTV car in a parking bay monitoring bus stops



us to temporarily park on yellow lines if necessary to get good images of the area we are monitoring, but wherever possible we stop in parking bays.” We move on to Corbets Tey Road in Upminster. KP is looking for a place he can park that will allow him to monitor three different bus stops long the busy shopping street. After a trip up and down the street we find a free parking bay. Why are we monitoring bus stops? “If people park in the bus stops

Check before you get rid

it then means that the buses have to stop to pick up and drop off passengers in the middle of the road. That’s dangerous for those passengers and also causes traffic congestion which is an inconvenience to many other people.” It’s time for Living in Havering to let KP get on with his work without interruption. He clearly enjoys his work and believes that the camera car work makes a positive difference, helping keeping the traffic moving and children safe. Getting someone else to get rid of your rubbish might sound like a good idea. But if you don’t check if the person or company is a licensed waste carrier, then there is a risk that the waste becomes fly-tipping and the responsibility comes back on you, with the risk of prosecution. Enforcement action by Havering Council towards the end of last year saw a resident, who had used a waste disposal company they had found details for on Facebook, fined for failing in their duty of care to dispose of waste correctly. The resident was fined £730 and had to pay costs of £400 and a £30 victim surcharge. Cllr Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This shows how important it is for residents to ensure they pass their unwanted items to a licensed waste carrier and get a receipt of a waste transfer note.”

A fly-tip in East Hall Lane, Wennington is visited by Havering Council’s Streetcare enforcement team  | February February 2019  2019  |  11

Safe Havering

No need

to sleep on the

“We’re geared up to help rough sleepers with vital help and support” Cllr Joshua Chapman, Cabinet Member for Housing Ensuring that no one needs to sleep on the borough’s streets is one of the key priorities for Havering Council. Regular checks of Havering's streets The Council has been carrying out regular checks of the borough’s streets in order to identify and help people sleeping on the streets. It's been working in partnership with the police, charities, local residents and voluntary organisations to ensure that the message gets out to those most in need. Rough sleepers have access to our hostels, the Hope4Havering night shelter, meals at the Salvation Army, as well as other venues across the borough, where food, shelter and support are being provided.

Ongoing support Last year 23 people were found homes and have ongoing support. A further 20 moved into self-contained properties provided by local organisations. Cllr Joshua Chapman, Havering’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We have been working closely with different agencies and we’re geared up to help rough sleepers with vital help and support. “During the winter months, the Council has been operating the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol to ensure that when the temperate falls to zero Celsius, shelter is provided for rough sleepers.” When this happens rough sleepers are able to access the night shelter, or will have a place in one of the Council’s local hostels. Cllr Chapman added that not everyone who is offered help accepts it. Some prefer to remain on the streets. He said: “If a person refuses help, or is not willing to engage with us, our team has to assess how best to support them. “Every two months the Council counts the number of rough sleepers in the borough to ensure we know what the situation is and that we continue to meet their needs.”

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During the official count in November 2018 two rough sleepers were identified in the borough, in addition to the homeless people who have been provided with temporary and longterm accommodation. “We recognise that the count is a snapshot in time and also carry out a bi-monthly count based on local intelligence gathered from police teams in all 18 wards targeted at rough sleeping hotspots. If members of the public wish to support rough sleepers and other homeless people, we encourage them to give to charities supporting them rather than people begging on the streets as they may already have accommodation and be receiving support” said Cllr Chapman.


How you can help us help rough sleepers


You can report rough sleepers to help locate and support those that need assistance. This can be done online, via the StreetLink app or by calling 01708 431180 during work hours or 01708 433999 outside of work How you can helphours. us help rough sleepers


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Investment in roads & pavements

Keeping Havering mo wha the we

The Council has a fleet of salting lorries on stand-by and ready to roll for any further winter weather – to keep the roads clear and the borough moving. Havering has:

• fi ve gritting lorries on stand-by  ,000 tonnes of salt in its depot – enough to grit up to over • 2380 miles of roads and sufficient for almost three weeks of continuous snowfall

• a snow plough to clear roads in the event of a heavy snowfall. To ensure there is enough salt to grit the roads, the Council has an arrangement with Compass Minerals – one of the largest rock salt providers in the UK – to be able to restock if and when needed, in order to keep the borough moving. 14  |  February 2019 | LIVING in Havering

Cllr Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We have teams on stand-by 24 hours a day to make sure we keep the Borough moving, especially our emergency services, in the cold weather. Our staff have the tools and commitment to respond quickly to weather warnings to make sure our residents can get on with their lives safely and with as little disruption as possible.” When the borough is hit with wintry weather, as many roads as possible will be salted, with priority given to bus routes and other major roads. A dedicated gritter will also be sent out to ensure all access routes to schools are kept open. Once priority roads are clear, the team will look at side roads so that rubbish collections can still take place as part of the regular schedule. During severe weather, the Council’s street cleansing team will also do their best to keep pavements and bridges as clear as possible.

oving, atever eather Cllr Damian White, the Leader of the Council, sees pavement work in progress

Better roads, better journeys

The Council's commitment to create better journeys for residents Havering Council is set to deliver one of the biggest investments to local roads and pavements in London. Extra funding of £40 million over the next four years has been earmarked for road and pavement improvements and is part of the Council’s commitment to create better journeys for residents. This significant funding to improve what is the second largest highways network in London, will follow the £3.2 million already invested in this financial year. The investment comes in response to residents’ concerns around increased congestion, as well as demands to upgrade road surfaces and fix potholes. Cllr Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“We have teams on stand-by 24 hours a day to make sure we keep the Borough moving” Cllr Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment

“People told us both in the budget consultation, and in our Residents Survey, that the quality of roads and pavements is a key issue and concern. We have listened to these concerns, which is why we are fixing the problem by prioritising the roads and pavements across the borough that need urgent attention.”

Be safe in wintry weather

Consider where you park on narrower side roads during adverse weather. If possible, • only park on one side of the road so gritter trucks can get through. It's not possible to cover every road and pavement in the borough, nor can it be • guaranteed that surfaces are free of ice and snow at all times. Even when icy streets have been treated, they can still be dangerous. Take extra care, • and in heavy snow only travel if you have to. • Check for the latest information and up-to-date safety advice.  | February February 2019  2019  |  15

Regeneration – Housing

More than br “The plans are truly transformational and will deliver new communities, with high quality homes for our residents” Cllr Damian White was first elected to Havering Council in 2010 and since May last year has been its Leader. He also has Cabinet responsibility for regeneration. He writes: “One of the most exciting opportunities is our regeneration programme. Comprising of three joint ventures, the plans are truly transformational and will deliver new communities, with high quality homes for our residents. We want to utilise all of these opportunities to support the growth of the local economy; to provide more jobs and improve productivity, and to create a legacy of construction excellence. It was my pleasure to share some of these opportunities at the Wates Meet the Buyer event in January. This was an opportunity for construction sector businesses to meet senior decision makers, and enter into the prequalification questionnaire process. Expectations were clear from the start, and businesses were able to understand how future contracts will be managed through these developments. These expectations include prioritising Havering businesses, recruiting local people and apprentices, hosting work placements and working with schools, mentoring smaller businesses and sharing best practice, and engaging in volunteering days in the local community. These expectations demonstrate our commitment to see beyond bricks and mortar, even before the homes are built; it is about embedding a community culture in our borough from the start. If you run a construction business in Havering, we want to support you in accessing these opportunities and we have a dedicated team of advisers to assist you. If your construction business isn’t in Havering, you can still engage with us. We can assist you in finding suitable workspace in Havering, and provide details of future procurement opportunities. If you didn’t attend the recent Meet the Buyer event, I encourage you to engage with us and attend a future event. If you are a good business, that understands our expectations, then you are the type of business we want to work with on our exciting regeneration project.” 16  |  February 2019 | LIVING in Havering

Putting local people first Havering Council is working across the borough to build homes that put local people first and will help to deliver an exciting new chapter in the borough’s history, for the benefit of all who live and work here. Our regeneration projects aim to not only create new, high quality affordable homes for local people, but to also deliver a borough-wide legacy that means these new homes and our community will flourish and benefit from them for generations. When it comes to regeneration, though, it's not just about bricks and mortar.

Social value – driving our plans

Social value represents all the things that are important to the Council and residents, but can’t be measured in the same way that financial value might be. By considering the wider economic, social and environmental effects that the Council’s plans have, more opportunities will be available for local people.

Community and places

The Council will make sure our neighbourhoods and homes are places that residents are proud to live and that they know will provide for their health and well-being. The focus will be on young people and older people to make sure they are socially included and can access opportunities that benefit them.

ricks and mortar Fifteen pupils from Rainham Village Primary School spent a morning using the computer game Minecraft to explore and redesign the Napier House and New Plymouth House sites. They were then given the chance to think about what they treasure most about the site, what they would trash and if they had any big ideas for improving the area. Rebecca Taylor, Partner at JTP, the architects working on Napier House and New Plymouth, added:

Cllr Damian White, the Leader of the Council, with pupils and staff from Rainham Village Primary School

“The designs put forward by the children were thoughtful and considerate with a strong emphasis on community facilities and sustainable interventions. Suggestions to improve the landscape by increasing the number of flower beds, benches, parks and cafes demonstrated their ability to plan for the benefit of the whole community. As well as the overall landscape strategy, their flexible and sustainable approach to roof treatments will be considered as part of the plans moving forward. There is also an opportunity to incorporate some mixed community uses within the open spaces."

Opportunities Council and partner expertise will be used to increase the number of Havering residents entering employment or progressing in their careers. Supply chain opportunities will support business growth and development. If you are a local business and want to register for updates about contract opportunities, please visit: supplychain.

Connections The Council will work with partners to give residents better access – through digital connectivity as well as through improving transport links, for example, by working closely with Transport for London and the development of the Crossrail. Through the Council’s 12 Estates/Wates joint venture alone, social value benefits for Phase One of the project are predicted to be worth around £6.8 million. Commitments include a comprehensive programme of community initiatives from school curriculum support to financial literacy workshops, catering and hospitality training, and the delivery of around 165 apprenticeships across the life of the scheme. Likewise, the initial proposals for the Rainham and Beam Park project predicts 37 construction apprenticeships and 77 training opportunities to people living within the borough, through the Notting Hill Genesis/Havering Council joint venture.


Christmas dinner

with the Salvation Army Dozens of homeless people in Havering were served a special three-course Christmas meal thanks to volunteers from Wates, the Council and The Salvation Army. The second event saw 40 local volunteers from The Salvation Army enjoy a festive lunch. It was attended by Cllr Joshua Chapman, Cabinet Member for Housing, and Gerri Scott, Director of Housing Services at Havering Council, along with 14 volunteers who helped celebrate and thank the group for their crucial work helping those who are in need. Cllr Chapman said, “The Council is working hard with our partners to provide essential help and support to rough sleepers. Events like these are a fantastic opportunity for us to be able to say thank you to the volunteers who work hard all year round to support some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”  | February February 2019  2019  |  17

Moments in time

Lynda Shepherd writes for Living in Havering about an ambitious local photography project.

Lance Jackson poses with his 1964 Morris Minor, in front of St. Laurence Church by Bob Brabner APRS The Renee School of Performing Arts opened 16 years ago. Renee has a school at Cranham Community Centre and also in Romford and Shenfield. They hold an annual show in Southend. Renee is affiliated to the British Association of Teachers of Dance, for dancing exams. Her schools teach tap, ballet, modern, musical theatre, singing, and street jazz.

Lance is a longtime resident of Upminster and was brought up in the area. Apart from his many activities associated around the church he is a member of a local Probus Group, he is handy with wood work, and keen on vintage cars, for the last four years, the Morris Minor. Renee Leborgne teaching one of her classes by Dave Wilcox DPAGB-AV

“a marvellous way to capture the life of a town over the course of a year” Simon Donoghue, Havering Libraries’ Local History Librarian

Upminster People 2019 was a project undertaken by Upminster Camera Club lasting the whole of 2018. They were aiming to capture images of people living, working or visiting Upminster. When the club announced a ‘Half Way’ exhibition in Roomes Stores, I had to investigate. Greeting me was a wonderful wall 18  |  February 2019 | LIVING in Havering

mounted display and an interactive version that you could swipe through on a screen much as you would on a mobile phone but much, much better. I was mesmerised. Dave Wilcox, Club President, explained the idea had started when they did a project for the Millennium, photographing Upminster. An idea to photograph a thousand faces from Upminster stayed in his mind till last year, when during a Club vacation, a couple of members helped expand his original concept. Projects are an excellent motivator for camera clubs; so the seeds were sown. In the months leading towards January 2018, a small core team solidified the ideas into a statement of intent. Key to the project’s value would be the destiny of the photographs. Through established links, the Club approached Havering Museum and Havering’s Library Service. The museum agreed to schedule a six week exhibition from Saturday 29 June to 10 August 2019. The museum gallery has space for around 45 prints, however all the images will also be viewable through

Terry Murphy, a bodyguard in the 80s for Stringfellows nightclub, is no stranger to being photographed. He has owned and run “Fishy Business” for the past 25 years and is well known in Upminster as “Terry the Fish”. Terry Murphy, Fishy Business, Corbets Tey Road by Dave Wilcox DPAGB-AV Martin Saurma at Havering Sailing Club, Stubbers, Ockendon Road by Alf Ellis Martin is from Cape Town in South Africa. He has been in the UK since 2004 and lives in Upminster. He has been sailing for 33 years. He works as the Finance and Operations Director for a charity.

Ken Slaney celebrating his 75th birthday with a Tiger Moth Flying Experience by Martyn Addison Smith the project’s large interactive display. Peter Stewart from the Museum said there will be an image catalogue and visitor feedback facilities to record reactions. Simon Donoghue, Havering Libraries’ Local History Librarian explained: “Upminster People 2018 is a marvellous way to capture the life of a town over the course of a year. The Local Studies Library is looking forward to accepting copies of the photographs taken by the club for our permanent illustrations collection which includes artwork, prints, postcards and photographs of Havering's people and places. Upminster Camera Club have worked with the Havering Library Service before and have shown a keen interest in recording the changing appearance of the district. We will ensure the photographs are available for future generations to view and recognise the project as a unique contribution to the story of life in the borough.” Photographers in the club have worked hard to capture a large cross section of Upminster life. They have enjoyed the cooperation of hundreds of people in Upminster, sharing

“I enjoy looking at old photographs and seeing how things were and comparing them with today,” said Ken Slaney. Ken worked in newspapers as a printer before starting 1st Kenclean a drain cleaning and investigation company.

their background and agreement to having their photograph taken. The project has also given the photographers a reason to venture into environments they would not have otherwise justified. “We have experienced a real sense of community and a privileged insight into how people of Upminster are ‘wired’. It has been fantastic to see under the surface and how people and organisations contribute to making Upminster such a nice town” said Dave. I asked Dave, how they would select prints. He explained: “Images are aimed to essentially capture people (mainly individuals) in their environment, and a moment in time. Some photographs will more naturally lend themselves to being an interesting portrait for display e.g. interesting hair style, tattoos etc. Each photographer has their own style, so this will also be evident in the exhibited pictures”.

Living in Havering thank the club for sharing a taster of these images.  | February 2019  |  19

Something to ce every

Romford Market is one of the oldest markets in the country. Founded in 1247 it remains a vibrant and important part of Romford and the borough’s heritage. A customer survey in 2017 that saw more than 3,000 people interviewed showed that there was support for live music, street art, children’s activities and regular programmed events. These are just some of the events you can look forward to this Spring:

Some of the entertainment waiting for you at Romford Market this Spring Saturday March 16 – St Patrick's Day celebration Live Irish music provided by ‘Ceilidh With Us’


Saturday March 23 – Classic Cars and Live music 11am to 3pm Classic cars on display alongside the regular market stalls Vintage Lianna - with timeless elegance, beautiful vocals and authentic attire, Lianna will perform 50's and 60's rock'n'roll, jazz & doo-wop songs.

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Saturday April 20 – Easter Fun Children’s Easter characters An Easter egg hunt Face-painting Creative card-making and Easter bonnet workshop Music from Time 107.5FM

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Wednesday April 24 – St George’s Day celebration Cockney musical entertainer Harmonica Lewinsky will get you in the mood for a traditional East End knees-up Punch and Judy puppet show and medieval musicians A 4.5 metre long mystical and ancient animatronic dragon Loads of flags, and bunting to make it a day not to be missed.

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1. V  intage Lianna 2. H  armonica Lewinsky 3. Medieval musicians

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App and away


‘Trolleywise’ app launched

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In 2017 across the UK 520,000 abandoned shopping trolleys were collected and returned to supermarkets. If you are fed up with seeing abandoned shopping trollies on your street or in your local shopping centre there’s now an app that will help get them collected.

‘All the fun of the fair’

A new, free to download, app has been developed to make reporting abandoned shopping trolleys quick and easy. Available on most smartphones via the Google Play store or Apple store, the trolleywise app enables you to take a picture of the offending trolley and report it in just a few seconds.

enjoyed at our Winter Market

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The app then automatically alerts the nearest Trolleywise collection team, who will then collect the trolley and return it to its rightful home. You will get an immediate message confirming if the trolley can be collected and then a second message when the trolley has been returned to the local store. In Havering trolleys are typically collected within just a day or two of Sub-brand logobeing reported.

Under the HES umbrella are other service providers, such as HES catering services. Their logo should be shown as follows. The colour palette used is as page 16 of this guide. The logo should not be altered without permission from the Head of Education Traded Services.

Under the HES umbrella are other service providers, such as HES catering services. Their logo should be shown as follows. The colour palette used is as page 16 of this guide. The logo should not be altered without permission from the Head of Education Traded Services.

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This year is the fiftieth anniversary of Romford Market being closed to through traffic. See the Historical Havering feature on page 28.



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Easy swaps for 2019 Wellbeing in Havering

Pick up momentum for a healthier 2019, by making some easy swaps to improve your wellbeing. Anyone who has tried to stop a bad habit will know that it’s very difficult thing to do. One way of ditching a bad habit for good is to replace it with something new. Here are some practical swaps, which can be mixed and matched, depending on what you want to achieve.

Swap the lift for the stairs

Physical exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. It can also boost your mood, sleep quality and energy. Build extra activity into your day:

• Swap the lifts for the stairs which will give a

workout for your heart, and strengthen your bones and muscles.

• S wap the ride on the escalator for the stairs or walk up the escalator.

Small daily incremental gains add up to health benefits that really make a difference!

Swap high sugar for low sugar alternatives Some foods and drinks contain a surprisingly high amounts of added sugar. Try these simple swaps to help keep your sugar intake within recommended maximum daily amounts.

• S wap sugar-coated breakfast cereals for wholegrain options like porridge or shredded wholewheat cereal and add chopped banana or raisins.

• S wap sugary drinks for water or diet and sugar-free options. • S wap sweet, flavoured yoghurts for plain yoghurt and add a few raspberries or blueberries.

Swap smoking for e-cigarettes E-cigarettes can help you to stop smoking which means saving money, having more energy and looking better. Evidence shows that e-cigarettes are 95 per cent less harmful than tobacco. Find a vape shop retailer who can offer expert knowledge and advice by searching on the Independent British Vape Trade Association website: Quitting smoking means more oxygen available to restore your skin’s natural glow. So when you quit your skin will improve and you’re going to look great!


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Swap a few minutes of social media time to focus on mental wellbeing It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Learning how to relax takes practice; a few minutes of mindfulness during the day or bedtime meditation can help to release tension, clear thoughts and improve mental wellbeing. Enter the word 'mindfulness' into the search box at for apps, audio guides, videos and further information.

Swap to alcohol-free days and feel a whole lot better A couple of drinks most nights a week may seem harmless, but they could be damaging your health. Also, because alcohol is made from sugar or starch, it contains lots of calories. It can can get in the way of achieving a healthy weight. A pint of lager contains the same amount of calories as a slice of pizza, and a glass of wine the same calories as four cookies. Visit where you can also find out more about other easy swaps to reduce alcohol, such as:

• S wapping to low alcohol and alcohol free options

• S wapping to an alcohol-free night out

Rebecca Reid was still many years away from retirement when she started to consider what to do next. As a mental health nurse, working busy and often stressful shifts, she wanted to maintain an active lifestyle while bringing joy and happiness to someone else. After reading about fostering in a magazine, she decided to find out more and applied to do Havering’s Skills to Fostering training course. “I have got spare rooms as my children are grown up. I thought I could use the skills I’d learned in the hospital at home to make other people happy and to help young people to achieve their goals,” said Rebecca, a mother of four from Harold Hill. After speaking to her manager, she was offered parttime work, which gave her more time to focus on becoming a foster carer. When she began fostering in 2005, she said the process was very long, but now, although, still as rigorous, it can be as little as six months to be assessed and approved. “I went along to training where I met all kinds of people from different backgrounds. We exchanged our telephone numbers and ideas and we became friends,” said Rebecca, now 72.


good relations “I am happy I am able to give back what has been given to me in this country” Rebecca Reid, foster carer

She described becoming a foster carer for the first time as “challenging”. “For someone who has never worked in this environment, it can be very scary” she added. But she says that seeing the young people develop from having very little life skills to washing, cooking, looking after themselves and achieving their dreams has been rewarding. Over the past 13 years she has fostered over twenty 16 and 17-year-olds. Rebecca also praised the support she receives: “The social workers and staff are very considerate and treat you as if they have known you for a long time. Anyone who is a responsible adult can become a foster carer if they have a spare room and meet the requirements. I am happy I am able to give back what has been given to me in this country.”

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Scampdoodles –

a helping hand and paw

Scampdoodles is a Havering-based charity that helps connect volunteers to people in crisis. For many people their dog, cat or other pet is often their sole companion and a real priority for people in poor health is their pet’s welfare. Scampdoodles volunteers might just pop in for a cuppa and a chat, help walk a dog if the owner feels to unwell to do so, or accompany both owner and dog on a walk and provide encouragement and companionship. They might help feed a dog, cat, rabbit or bird, or clean a pet’s environment. They might provide respite care for a pet whilst the owner receives treatment, or when the time comes help people choose a new home for their pet. The aim of Scampdoodles is to give people more choices, a feeling of empowerment and peace of mind by ensuring continuity and care for much loved pets. Laura Hill from Hornchurch was inspired to set up the charity by her

Labradoodle called Alfie. Laura said: “I had a cancer scare and the thought of Alfie being placed at a rescue centre, with an unknown future, and having no further contact with him was heart breaking. Alfie loved visiting people being cared for at Saint Francis Hospice, and it was always so very sad to hear how many people had given up much loved pets and lost all contact with them. So I set up Scampdoodles to help people keep their pet for as long as possible – and if a new home needs to be chosen, help people keep in touch with their pet through messages and visits.” Could you help someone and their pet by helping with day care, respite care, or rehoming? If you think you can help, or need help, you can register on the charity’s website:


Paul, Lola & volunteer John – a case study Paul lived alone and didn’t have much contact with friends or family. When he was diagnosed with cancer he was worried what would happen to his Staffordshire terrier, Lola. Paul’s vet mentioned that Scampdoodles might be able to put him in touch with someone who could help. So with the help of Scampdoodles, volunteer John met up with Paul and Lola. John said: “Lola helped break the ice immediately as we chatted about the 24  |  February 2019 | LIVING in Havering

dogs we’ve owned over the years. We also discovered a shared love of gardening. It feels great to be useful and help someone out.” Over the next few months Paul, Lola and John would often go for a little walk together, and all three would potter around Paul’s garden checking out the latest blooms. Paul said: “All three of us have become such good friends. John is fabulous with Lola and a great help keeping my garden nice. It’s great knowing

I’ve got a friend I can call whenever I need help”. Paul became very ill very quickly. He was rushed into hospital and John went to pick up Lola. She settled easily into John’s home as she already knew him well. When Paul was moved to the hospice, John and Lola would visit with blooms from the garden. “I’m sure those visits with Lola kept Paul going a little longer” said John. “We both miss our friend but at least we have each other.”

Butterflies – flying high after a year

“This is the most successful postnatal support group I’ve seen”

Lindsey Batty, health advisor

Mum Nikki has been so impressed with Butterflies that she can’t stop talking about it. If she overhears another mum talking about the difficulties of parenting, feeling depressed or struggling to cope, she invites them to come along to the weekly support group in Collier Row. Over the past year, the service for mums and dads who are struggling with depression and anxiety, has built up a solid group of parents who get advice and support and most importantly know that they are not alone in their situation. The group was set up by Perinatal Champions Natasha and Michelle to support parents to be and parents experiencing low mood, anxiety or depression after noticing a gap in this area. The service is believed to be one of a very few run across the country and a year since launching, more than 70 families, including fathers and partners, have been supported. Its success has led to plans for a second group to launch this year in the south of the borough. Mum Hayley lost one of her twins at birth seven months ago and was recommended to join the group by her health visitor.

She said: “I wasn’t sure about attending at first as I thought it was going to be one of those ‘crying’ groups and I didn’t want that as I’m a really positive person. But it wasn’t like that at all. Everyone was so welcoming and it has made a really big difference to me. I haven’t looked back.” Meanwhile Nikki joined the group at the outset and has enjoyed it so much that as well as telling other mums about the group, she’s set up a Facebook Chat page so parents can speak to each other when the group isn’t meeting. She said: “I’ve learned how to pick up on depression in other people and refer them here so they can get help too.” Dad Taj was visiting the service for the first time to see how his wife Stacy and their son are being supported. “It’s good for me to have some time here. Not a lot of boroughs provide something like this.” On the day that Living in Havering visited, the mums chatted, while their children played. They then had a discussion around their aspirations for the year, before ending the session with a singsong. If they wished, they could also speak to health visitor Lindsey Batty. Lindsey said: “I know many people have tried to set up a postnatal support group and this is the most successful one I’ve seen. Michelle and Natasha are so supportive. If I refer someone, I know they will come into reception and give them a warm welcome. I think they do a fantastic job.” The session is run every Tuesday, at Collier Row Children's Centre in Clockhouse Lane, between 10am and 11.30am. Parents can drop in to the centre or check out the website.

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A leader by example everything, forever” says Danny.

As a 26 year old autistic adult, Danny was at a low point feeling really down and not knowing where his life was heading, Fast forward seven years and Danny is successfully running a home, and is due to get married. Until 2018 he was co-chair of Havering’s Learning Disability Partnership Board and is an ambassador for supported housing. “I have found I can help people who can’t speak for themselves” says Danny. He now mentors prospective and new tenants. He also gives passionate talks and training around combatting hate crime and personal safety. He helps train GPs and hospital staff on learning disability awareness and he’s a frequent guest on local radio publicising Learning Disability Awareness Days.

Help from Family Mosaic

“I can help people who can’t speak for themselves.”

Danny French

In December, Dimensions, a support organisation for people with learning disabilities and autism, announced their 2018 Leaders’ List. From more than 600 nominations across the country 60 winners were announced. These winners were people with learning disabilities and autism who the expert panel appointed by Dimensions felt were helping make society better for everyone. A Havering Council tenant who has learning disabilities and autism was one of those winners. Danny French has been influential in the work of the Council and the NHS locally as well as working with other organisations. He was helped by Family Mosaic, based in Western Road in Romford who also run weekly drop-in sessions in Collier Row and Harold Hill.

Danny’s journey “I was badly bullied at school, and the names stuck. Because of that I grew up thinking I’d never amount to much, never achieve anything. I thought I’d be dependent on my family for 26  |  February 2019 | LIVING in Havering

“When I first came under the help and support of Family Mosaic I was really down, depressed and not knowing where my life was heading. That was because I had always lived with my parents and brother and sister. I have a brother and a sister, I’m the eldest. I shared a room with my brother for as long as I can remember and that was tough and difficult as it was like two grown men in a small house. I like my own space and company at times and that wasn't easy because at the time my brother was working in London and as such he would have to be up early and in the evening he would want the room to himself as much as I did. This led to arguments and that would get me stressed out and I found it difficult to sleep. But then I got referred to Family Mosaic. I had never lived away from home before or had had real independence. I was sent to look at Harold Wood Hall. At first I thought it sounded like a hostel but I looked at a tenant’s flat and I fell in love with how modern and fresh it was. After moving into Harold Wood Hall slowly but surely I grew in confidence and ability as I knew that I could cook for myself and pay utility bills on time and clean and keep my flat tidy. I now am a 'Tenant Rep' for Family Mosaic and I do other volunteering in my local community. I couldn't have done that at all without the encouragement and support of Family Mosaic. I am more outgoing, and I am now less scared than I was because I now know than I can be independent in the future because of the support given by Family Mosaic.

Looking ahead I would love in the future to have my own flat in the community and live independently regardless of the fact I have a learning disability. I strongly believe that if you have a mental health issue or a learning disability you should be able to live as everyone else and do the same things as everyone else. With the right encouragement and mind-set we can do it!”

Local life on stage “The Queen's Theatre occupies a special place in my heart” David Eldridge, Playwright

Essex on Stage is an ambitious new two year programme led by the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch. It champions positive notions of Essex and outer East London, celebrates theatre made by working class people and raises aspirations for emerging artists from the area. It includes commissioning new plays, establishing a network of venues, touring drama about the area across the area, and organising local events to develop talent.

Revival Premiere The programme will kick off with the regional premiere of David Eldridge’s play In Basildon in March 2019. It tells the story of Len, a die-hard West Ham supporter who proudly made a career at Ford Dagenham. Now he’s on his deathbed with the nearest and dearest gathered to say goodbye. His sisters, slogging away on the checkouts at Asda Romford and Tesco Basildon, haven’t spoken in 20 years. Over a ham sandwich spread, the banter soon flows and old animosities emerge as it’s time to read the will. David Eldridge said: “I am delighted that the first revival of In Basildon is being mounted at my local theatre. The Queen's Theatre occupies a special place in my heart. It is where I did my work experience aged 18, and it's where I was the late Bob Carlton's

Literary Associate for six years, running the theatre's writers' groups and advising on new work for the program. I can't wait to be back with a play of my own.” Alongside this play there will be rehearsed readings of new plays in development from three Essex playwrights – Sadie Hasler, Kelly Jones and Dan Murphy that can be heard in one day on Saturday 23 March. Essex on Stage has been made possible by support from The Clothworkers’ Foundation. Queen’s Theatre was the recipient of the 2018 Clothworkers’ Theatre Award, a competitive annual prize given to a regional producing theatre, that has only ever been awarded five times. Douglas Rintoul, the Artistic Director at the Queen’s Theatre said: "Essex on Stage is an exciting and vital two-year programme, championing positive notions of contemporary and historical Essex, celebrating theatre about and made by working class people from Outer East London and Essex. It will joyfully debunk some of the stereotypes while celebrating the unique character and voice of the region."

Essex on stage

Readings of new plays at Queen’s Theatre on Saturday 23 March

Tammy by Kelly Jones

Legacy by Dan Murphy

11.30am – Set in Dagenham, Tammy is a play about female sexuality, family secrets and the fractured relationship between mother and daughter. The play won the Wales Drama Award (BBC Writersroom and National Theatre of Wales) in 2014.

2.45pm – Legacy follows a group of builders working on the 20th floor of a luxury apartment block in Stratford, overlooking the Olympic Stadium on ‘Super Saturday’ 2012. As the world is glued to Britain’s greatest sporting day, the builders watch on as the place they call home becomes unrecognisable.

Stiletto Beach by Sadie Hasler 5.30pm –When a beach is left burning, fingers are pointed at a gang of Essex Girls. But what is an Essex girl anyway, and why shouldn’t they burn it down?

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50 years of a car-fr

“This market started in 1247 and now it’s going back to how it was in those days” Mayor of Havering, Cllr William Tansley Smith in 1969

2019 marks 50 years since Romford‘s Market Place was closed to through traffic and the birth of the first part of the ring road around the town centre. Both developments were part of Romford Rebuilds, a planning scheme for the town centre first published in 1962 by Romford Borough Council and then revised in 1967 by the new London Borough of Havering Council. This plan laid the foundations for the wholesale remodelling of the town which saw the building of the Liberty Shopping Centre, the demolition of the Duke of Wellington, The Swan and the King’s Head pubs, and the Laurie Hall. On Sunday 14 September 1969 almost five thousand people turned up to see the Mayor and Mayoress of Havering take a horse-drawn landau on the last trip through the Market Place before the road was closed to through traffic. 722 years of history was drawn to a close as members of local theatrical 28  |  February 2019 | LIVING in Havering

groups dressed up in Victorian costumes and Romford’s Drum and Trumpet Corps entertained crowds outside the Lamb pub. Historic vehicles including an old open-topped London bus and cars from the 1920s and 30s were part of the show that was also attended by Bill Pike, a former Mayor of Romford and the chairman of the Romford Town Planning Committee who ten years earlier had given the go-ahead for the original ring road scheme. “This market started in 1247 and now it’s going back to how it was in those days” said the Mayor of Havering, Cllr William Tansley Smith. 50 years on, the Market Place remains closed to through traffic and the market continues to operate every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Soon after the ceremony and the opening of the first part of the ring road in 1969, work began on demolishing one of Romford’s iconic buildings. The Laurie Hall was originally one

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Historical Havering

50 years ago…

Mayor of Havering William Tansley Smith and Mayoress in a carriage at the ceremony to mark the closure of Market Place to through traffic and the opening of the Romford ring road. Sunday 14 September 1969.

All pictures courtesy of Havering Libraries – Local Studies


2 of two halls built in the mid-19th Century in the area now occupied by the clocktower building at the top end of the Market Place. Laurie Hall was initially called the New County Court though it seems to have quickly proved unsuited to that purpose, and it sat alongside a second hall called St. Edward’s Hall. St Edward’s Hall was demolished in the 1870s. Laurie Hall was put to a variety of uses including as a literary institute where Charles Dickens is said to have performed, a wine and spirit merchant on the lower floor with the Catholic Apostolic Church and later the Romford Town Mission upstairs, and then in 1913 it was converted into a cinema. The Laurie Cinema continued through the Second World War and was renamed The Vogue, though its condition never matched the modernity of the name and it soon became a general purpose meeting room. In 1970, as part of the town’s redevelopment the hall was demolished.

Vintage bus outside the old Littlewoods store as part of the same ceremony. 1. Market Place, Romford photographed on a market day in October 1967. The view includes Laurie Hall with the new Central Library in the background, as well as the now demolished Victorian villas of Laurie Square. In the 1960s much of the area that is now used for market traders was filled with parked vans and cars, and used for the through road and its bus stops. 2. Construction of the new ring road in Romford in 1970, showing the Laurie Hall and the then newly (opened in 1965), Central Library in the background.

See details of events taking place in the Market Place this year on page 20.  | February 2019  |  29

Business Focus

Havering Works –

just the job for local employers

The Havering Works team with Cllr White, (second from right), Cabinet Members Cllr Dervish, Cllr Benham, Chief Executive Andrew Blake-Herbert and Amjad Agil from SEGRO (fourth from left) at the launch event in December

“Offering coaching and employment opportunities for local people” Cllr Damian White, Leader of Havering Council

The Council has launched a new service to help local people find jobs and develop key employment skills, while providing local businesses with essential new talent. Havering Works has been developed alongside the Council’s Employment and Skills plan which was approved by the Council’s Cabinet last year. The aim of the plan is to develop the local workforce and make sure that local people have access to training and employment opportunities with local businesses. The new service has been sponsored by SEGRO. Cllr Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said: “Havering Works is part of a wider Council commitment to support our residents, businesses and communities to succeed. This service offers coaching and employment opportunities to local people, and provides direct links to local employers. By working with both residents and businesses, Havering Works will improve the prospects of local people finding local jobs, and will create a greater sense of aspiration for many residents.” The service will provide residents with:

• c onfidential one-to-one assessment of individual skills and 30  |  February 2019 | LIVING in Havering

training development needs

• g uidance from a qualified personal mentor to help develop an action plan with steps towards achieving work/training/ further or higher education aims

• job coaching and mentoring  atching transferable skills and experience to job vacancies •m • job search support (a CV review, help with job applications, and interview preparation)

• s upport once in work. To employers Havering Works offers:

• a dedicated Employer Engagement Officer that will works with in partnership with the business

• h elp to a business to recruit, train and retain valuable employees

• z ero cost recruitment and talent match services • individual support and assistance during recruitment open days

• p ost-employment

support to help the individual remain in work.


£800k digital boost for Rainham Improving Rainham’s digital connectivity

As part of the Local London Partnership, Havering has secured £800k through the Mayor of London’s Strategic Investment Pot, to be used to improve digital connectivity in the Rainham area. The new fibre connection will provide a world class infrastructure and could be used to help manage transport, traffic planning, community safety and environmental monitoring. It is also anticipated that the introduction of this new digital infrastructure will help to stimulate additional investment by the private sector, allowing for greater connectivity for businesses within the Rainham area. Through the introduction of new ultrafast (gigabit) broadband capable infrastructure, it will improve the financial case for suppliers to expand networks into this part of the borough and serve new business clusters.

This runs alongside the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Gigabit voucher scheme. That voucher is worth £2,500 and can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a Gigabit connection. Cllr Damian White, Leader of the Council, said: “This is great news for Havering. This funding will deliver new digital infrastructure and will provide greater support to businesses to gain better online access. “Along with the recent announcement of £1.6m secured for Rainham through the Good Growth Fund, this continues our commitment to ensuring that the benefits of regeneration continue to improve the lives of as many local businesses and residents as possible.” The programme of works is scheduled to begin in April 2019.  | February 2019  |  31

Business Focus

RU ready for ULEZ? Introducing the Ultra Low Emission Zone to Central London

Toxic air in central London contributes to thousands of early deaths each year and is damaging Londoners’ health, especially among children, older people and people who live and work in the most polluted areas. From 8 April 2019, the Mayor of London is introducing a new Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London, operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year, in the same area as the Congestion Charging zone. It will contribute to improved air quality for millions of people in London.

Meeting new, stricter emission standards As the ULEZ will apply to vans, lorries, coaches, buses, cars, motorbikes it will particularly impact any businesses sending vehicles to deliver or collect goods in central London. Electric and newer petrol and diesel models will tend to meet the new standards but for example diesel vehicles that are six years old and met the Euro 5 standard won’t. All vehicles will need to meet the new, stricter emission standards, or pay the daily ULEZ charge. This will be £12.50 per day for cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes), and £100 per day for heavier vehicles, including lorries (more than 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (more than five tonnes). Some drivers and vehicles will qualify for a temporary discount or full exemption from the ULEZ charge. These include vehicles registered with a ‘disabled’ or ‘disabled passenger vehicles’ tax class and not-for-profit minibuses.

ULEZ – an additional charge to the weekday Congestion Charge The ULEZ charge is in addition to the weekday Congestion Charge. It will replace the T-Charge (officially known as the Emissions Surcharge) which was introduced in October 2017. You can use an online vehicle checker to see if a vehicle meets the new ULEZ standards at www. From 25 October 2021, the ULEZ will be expanded to include the inner London area, bounded by the North and South Circular roads. From 26 October 2020, throughout London, the most heavily polluting vehicles (including buses, coaches, lorries and other specialist vehicles) will need to meet even tougher standards as part of the London-wide Low Emission Zone (LEZ). This is in addition to the central London ULEZ charge.

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Arts & Culture Art

ELMWOOD ART SOCIETY for tickets to any event go to

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



Tuesdays, 2 – 4pm e


Tuesdays, 7.45 –10pm


Wednesdays, 10am –12pm t 229715 e

Museums & Exhibitions HAVERING MUSEUM

19 High Street, Romford, RM1 1JU t 766 571 e Vivian Maier Talk by Dr. Ian Browne Saturday 27 April The talk will explore the fascinating and unravelling story of street photographer extraordinaire Vivian Maier. Between the 1940s – 80s Maier took thousands of photographs in Chicago and New York, capturing the many faces of twentieth century city life. The talk includes material exclusive to the Tate franchise. Tickets £5, including refreshments. Advance booking required.

Music FAIRKYTES LIVE Fairkytes Arts Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1AX

Claire Martin and Ray Gelato: ‘Let There Be Love’ Friday 1 March, 8pm Two of the world’s greatest jazz performers present an evening of cool classics from the American Songbook. Martin Turner (ex-Wishbone Ash) Friday 29 March, 8pm The founder of one of Britain’s finest progressive rock bands performs material from classic Wishbone Ash albums Argus and New England.


Saturday 13 April, 7.30-9.30pm Havering Singers perform Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. St. Peter’s Church, Gubbins Lane, Harold Wood, RM3 0QA Tickets: Adults £15, discounted to £13 if bought by 10 April. £5 for children aged 5 – 17. e

Theatre BROOKSIDE THEATRE Morgan & West-Time Travelling Magicians Friday 1 March Incredible TV magicians and illusions are back with a mindblowing, brand new show. Fleetingwood Man Saturday 2 March A tribute to the legendary super group, Fleetwood Mac. And the Beat Goes On Thursday 14 March A celebration of the music of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Quadrophonia presents Tommy in Concert Saturday 23 March

The Who tribute band perform the legendary concept album in its full rock glory. What a Glorious Feeling - The Story of Singin’ In The Rain Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 April A new musical inspired by true events; bringing to life the little known behind-the-scenes story of the tempestuous love triangle between Hollywood legends Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen and Jeanne Coyne during the creation of the musical Singin' in the Rain. Bette & Joan Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 April A powerful new biographical play which tells the story of the longstanding feud between screen goddesses, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

QUEEN'S THEATRE HORNCHURCH Kiss Me Quickstep Friday 22 February – Saturday 9 March A sequin-studded warm-hearted ballroom drama. This bittersweet comedy reveals the backstage stories behind the fabulous frocks, fixed smiles and fake tan, looking at the real lives of those for whom dancing is everything.

lays bare the everyday struggles of a post-industrial generation of British men.

MilkShake Live Saturday 13 April (2 performances) Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen! The Hired Man Saturday 27 April – Saturday 18 May An epic and heroic musical tale of love, betrayal and loyalty, set against a backdrop of English country traditions being swept away as a new century faces the gathering storm of war.

Cabinet and Council meetings

In Basildon Thursday 14 - Saturday 30 March A juicy slice of Essex family life written by Romford playwright, David Eldridge. A sharply funny play, charting an East End family’s history from the homelands of Hackney, via Romford, to Basildon and beyond.

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.

An Evening with England’s World Cup Winner Geoff Hurst Monday 18 March An unmissable event for football fans! Sir Geoff will be sharing stories and fascinating insights about his illustrious West Ham and England football career.

Cabinet – 13 March

Approaching Empty Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 April Set in Northern England in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher’s death, Approaching Empty is a razor-sharp new drama by awardwinning playwright Ishy Din, which

Forthcoming meeting dates are as follows: Full Council – 20 March Cabinet – 10 April Annual Council meeting – 15 May They can also be watched online at webcast Dates may change, please check calendarmeetings for latest information.  | February 2019  |  33

What’s on

Harold Hill Library – Friday 2-2.30pm Upminster Library – Thursday 11.15-11.45am YOGA FOR CHILDREN Mondays, 5-6pm at Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association

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 All numbers are 01708 KIDS BIRDWATCHING CLUB e GENERAL COMMUNITY unless stated. Join the RSPB to explore the CRAFTY ARTS KNIT Rainham Marshes nature reserve, ANTIQUES AND CRAFT MARKET AND NATTER GROUP watching and learning about the Every Wednesday and Saturday Tuesdays, 10am -12noon birds that visit and live there. 10am-4pm e Held once a month at RSPB Rainham Romford Shopping Hall, Market Place, CHILDREN CRANHAM ENGAYNE Marshes New Tank Hill Road, Romford. Tables £20 each WOMEN'S INSTITUTE Purfleet, RM19 1SZ between 9.30am Call Michelle on 740492 to book. 6TH SQUIRRELS HEATH Second Monday of each month and 12.30pm SCOUT GROUP BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT e Headway East London the brain injury t 228119 Wednesdays, 5-6.30pm e LIMITLESS YOUTH GROUP charity runs a Romford Support Group. DIABETES UK – HAVERING GROUP Third Monday of each month Fun, games and chill time. BASKING BABIES ROMFORD It meets on the third Tuesday of the For 11 – 18 year olds. Tuesdays, 9.45-11.15am month from 6 – 7.30pm at the YMCA, (except January) North Street Halls, Hornchurch Every Friday night 7 – 9pm t 07701 367883 29 Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 t 935779 0PH. BROWNIES The 1st Hornchurch Brownies for BRITISH CACTUS & SUCCULENT EAST OF LONDON FAMILY girls aged 7–10 years old meet in SOCIETY, HAVERING BRANCH Vicarage Road on Thursdays Third Saturday of the month, 7-10pm HISTORY SOCIETY First Saturday of the month, between 6 and 7.30pm. t 447778 11am-4pm t 07736 232239 COLLIER ROW BRIDGE CLUB e e Thursdays, 7-10.30pm FAMILY HISTORY The 6th Harold Hill (Salvation Army) Havering Branch of the East of Brownie Unit for 7-10 year olds COLLIER ROW HORTICULTURAL 2A Newmarket Way, Hornchurch, London Family History Society meet every Monday at 6pm at SOCIETY AND ALLOTMENTS RM12 6DS Genealogy help and advice on Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill. ASSOCIATION e limitless@haveringchristian tracing your family history. t 07834 206562 Saturdays and Sundays The first Saturday of every month, e 10am-12.30pm 11am-4pm, Trinity Church, Station LITTLE LAPWINGS CRICKET COACHING SESSIONS t 756005 Road, Upminster, RM14 2JS A regular toddler group with outdoor Colt Coaching Sessions (aged 5+) COLLIER ROW t 225313 fun and early learning for preare organised by Havering-atteschoolers and their parents/carers at TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD FAIRKYTES ACCORDION CLUB Bower Cricket Club, Broxhill Road, First and third Tuesday of the RSPB Rainham Marshes New Tank First Wednesday of month, 7.30pm Romford, RM4 1QH month, 1.30 -4pm Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ Enquiries to Val Coe: t 07718 944051 e Every Monday during term time t 225313 COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS 9.30-10.30am FIREWORK DISPLAY uk/colts e Wednesdays, 09.30 – 11am At The Coopers' Company & Coborn ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST Ardleigh House Community MOTHER AND BABY YOGA CLASS School. Saturday 10 November 5.30 To book your place on any of the Association Buddha Babes mother and baby – 8pm events at the Ingrebourne Valley 42 Ardleigh Green Road yoga/massage class for ages 6 St Marys Lane, Upminster, RM14 Visitor Centre in Hornchurch Country Hornchurch RM11 2LG weeks+. Every Friday 12 noon-1pm 3HS Park call 01708 520364. t 440660 St Andrews Church Hall, 222 High On the night tickets – £6 Adults, £4 Free Buggy Walks e Street, Hornchurch RM12 6QP Children under 16 Every Tuesday 1.30-2.15pm COLOURING CLUB Cost: £9.50 t 07740 901297 Bring your little one in their pram or e At the United Reformed Church, e buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk Western Road, Romford, RM1 3LP. WIGGLE AND GIGGLE FUNKY VOICES around Hornchurch Country Park. A lively session of action songs and Every Friday, 1.30-3pm. Every Monday 8-10pm t 07890420598 Little Badgers Parent and Toddler rhymes for children aged 2-4. Group CONCERT PARTY Term time only. Free Event. GADABOUTS Every Tuesday and Friday The Entertainers are a concert party A social club for single/widowed/ Elm Park Library – 10.30am-12 noon providing entertainment to care Wednesday 11.30am-12noon

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

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

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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 Illustrated talk by Paul Becket from the City of London Corporation on Greening the City for people and wildlife. 11 March, 9.45pm. 1st floor meeting room Hornchurch Library, North Street, Hornchurch. £3 donation to help cover hall hire costs tea, coffee and biscuits included. t 473927 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 U3A University of the Third Age. Meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month at 2.30pm at St. Michael's Church, Gidea Park. e 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 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY Charity First Step are holding an event Saturday 9 March at their Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch centre from 12noon to 4pm. Guest speakers, stalls, reflexology, and more. t 556355 e 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 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  | February 2019  |  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. 12.30-2pm. 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 07771 635847 e 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 1.30-2.30pm / 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 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. READING GROUP FOR ADULTS Collier Row Library – First Wednesday of the month 11am Elm Park Library – First Thursday of the month 6.30pm / First Friday of the month 10.30am

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

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


Thursdays, 7-8pm 50+ EXERCISE MOVEMENT AND TEA DANCE DANCE Every Thursday at the New Windmill An exercise, movement & dance Hall, Upminster, 1.30-3.30pm class to help keep you flexible, £3 or £6 with a lesson from mobile and improve strength. Every 12.45-1.15pm Wednesday during school term time. t 433768 2-3.30pm e St Laurence Church Hall TUESDAY GROUP (OVER 50s Corbets Tey Road, Upminster LGBT+) e chrisbannister104@btinternet. Meets on the first Tuesday of each com month at Tapestry, CRANHAM OVER 60s CLUB HOPWA House, Inskip Drive, Cranham Social Centre Hornchurch, RM11 3UR. Every Thursday, 1-3pm t 07757 122749 Entertainment, dancing and more. t 020 8593 5625 UPMINSTER AND DISTRICT t 740492 PROBUS CLUB HAVERING OVER 50S FORUM Variety of events on the website 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 Wednesday 10.30-11.30am t 07722174210 e TAPESTRY – WALKING FOOTBALL Mondays, 12 noon-1pm

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

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 RCCG LIFE CHANGERS ASSEMBLY Every Sunday, 10-11am e ROMFORD BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP Meets third Wednesday of each

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 CIRCUIT TRAINING Circuit training for people who find gyms intimidating. Every Tuesday, 9.30-10.30am. Ardleigh House, 42 Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LG. £6 t 07446 761872 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 GIDEA PARK BOWLING CLUB Daily, from April to October. New members of all ages welcome. No experience needed. Gallows Corner Sports Ground,  | February 2019  |  37

227 Main Road, Gidea Park, Romford, RM2 6NP t 07941 674938 e 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 HAVERING 90 JOGGERS Meet at Abbs Cross sports centre every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7pm. Membership from 18 years upwards. All abilities welcome to run courses provided. HAVERING SAILING CLUB Saturdays, March – November 12noon-6pm HEARTFELT YOGA Tuesdays, 8-9.30pm HYLANDS TENNIS CLUB HYLANDS MINI TENNIS ACADEMY Tots at 6pm and Red balls at 7pm classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Orange ball at 6pm and Green ball at 7pm on Mondays. JISSOKAN MARTIAL ARTS Wednesdays, 7.30-9pm e JU JITSU Variety of classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays KAIZENS GUNNS KARATE CLUB Family run karate club open to everyone over the age of 6. Saturdays 12noon-1pm and Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm Frances Bardsley School, Brentwood Road, Romford RM1 2RR t 407919 884679 e LEARN TO RUN – SOFA TO 5km! If you fancy starting to jog, but don't want to join a gym, or go on your own consider running at Rainham Marshes nature reserve. 9.30-11am every Sunday RSPB Rainham Marshes New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ e LYDIA LACEY YOGA Wednesdays, 7.30-8.30pm

RUSH GREEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION INDOOR BOWLS CLUB Alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.30-10pm

MYPLACE COMMUNITY TABLE TENNIS CLUB myplace Centre, Dagnam Park Drive Harold Hill RM3 9EN Tuesdays 10am-12noon Thursdays 1-3pm t 340761 NORTH ROMFORD SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Mondays and Wednesdays 9am-12noon Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays, 1.30-4.45pm t 766308 OCCASIONAL DANCE Variety of classes on website PILATES Pilates matwork with Angela Gill Friday 9.15am at Ardleigh House, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch (£7 per session), Monday 9.15am and 6.45pm, and Saturday 8.10am and 9am at Tesco Community Room, Roneo Corner (£6.50 per session) Beginners welcome. Mats provided. t 07961 428911 PILATES CLASSES Beginners/mixed ability Monday 10-11am Senior Citizen Monday 11am12noon Emerson Park Community Assembly Hall, Slewins Lane Hornchurch Beginners/mixed ability 9.30-10.30am Senior Citizen 10.30-11.30am Tweedway Hall, Rise Park t 07722 174210 e beverleycracknell@btinternet. com RAPHAEL PARKRUN Saturdays, 9am e ROMFORD AUTISTIC GROUP MULTI-SPORT SESSIONS Fridays, 5.15-6.45pm

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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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Living in Havering 184 February 2019  

Living in Havering is a free community magazine published by Havering Council and delivered to 106,000 residents, businesses and outlets acr...

Living in Havering 184 February 2019  

Living in Havering is a free community magazine published by Havering Council and delivered to 106,000 residents, businesses and outlets acr...