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The Safer Transport Team keeping the borough safe

Laying out our new Vision for Havering

The Council's budget overview

Upminster Windmill restoration

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News A round-up of the latest news in Havering

Safety in the Borough Our new PSPO scheme is up and running

Regenerating Romford Up-to-date news on Romford projects

Care in our community Working to change how care is delivered

Clear the air Meet Miles the Mole, our new cleaner air champion

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Historical view One local soldier’s story

Young people in Havering myplace celebrates five years of service

Greener Havering How we can recycle more

Business Focus Introducing Havering’s new business parks

What's on and Listings Arts and culture special and other events in the borough

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News in Brief

Havering float wins £4,000

Welcome to the spring 2017 edition of Living in Havering. A new year warrants a fresh outlook and in this edition we set out our exciting new vision for the borough. We also take a closer look at the borough’s Safer Transport Team, and showcase the regeneration projects taking place in Romford Town Centre and the restoration of Upminster Windmill. The budget has come around again and this year, as with previous years, we have had to look at ways to continue providing the services you care most about while tightening our belts on others. There is also the opportunity to catch up on all our latest business news featuring two brand new industrial parks and much more. Councillor Roger Ramsey Leader of the Council Next Meet the Leader session: 31 March, Waitrose, Upminster 1:00 – 2:00

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Chim Chim Cher-ee: London’s chimney pot skyline recreated for the Havering float in the 2017 London New Year’s Day Parade with the Mayor of Havering and students from Store Room Theatre on board. Picture courtesy: Havering College. Havering’s Mary Poppins float in London New Year’s day Parade was deemed Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious by the judges and won £4,000 for coming seventh. The theme of the 2017 parade was “lights, camera, action” and The Mayor of Havering, Cllr. Philippa Crowder, and her Consort, Cllr. John Crowder, were on board the float along with representatives

of the local charities that the Mayor is supporting during her Mayoral year, and a number of performers from Hornchurch-based Store Room Youth Theatre. Havering College staff and students built the float that was mounted on a truck donated by Chigwell Construction and the company tweeted their congratulations to the whole team behind the float for what they termed “a fantastic event.”

Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee Year

This year Her Majesty the Queen celebrates reaching her Sapphire Jubilee. To mark the special occasion, the Council will be organising a series of thanksgiving themed events, including a service, a flower display outside the Town Hall, a Sapphire Jubilee themed Langtons Summer concert and various activities across the borough. Look out for more information on our website, newsletters and in the next edition of Living.

Havering Train2Teach offers training and placements in Primary, Infant and Junior Schools across Havering. There will be the opportunity to: • Learn more about this route into teaching • Meet managers from TES Institute and receive personal advice • Speak to trainees currently on the training programme • Hear the views of past trainees • Ask for advice on student finance. i Tracy Marsh, ITT Coordinator, Engayne Primary School Email: or telephone 01708 223492





Brand new Noak Hill Sports Complex opens in Harold Hill The brand-new facility, managed by Everyone Active on behalf of Havering Council, has been completed following a £3.5m investment. The centre includes a full size 3G artificial turf football pitch, and a multi-use games area which has four floodlit tennis courts and can be used for netball, basketball and five-a-side football and archery.

Residents and visitors will also benefit from the new sports complex containing an indoor sports hall, dance studio, function suite, treatment rooms and is home to Havering Disabled Sports

Association (HDSA) Clubhouse. A new café and bar can also be found on site.


Better Boilers Child Sexual Exploitation Spot the SIGNS For Winter Warmth The Mayor's office has launched a scheme to replace and repair inefficient and broken boilers in the homes of around 500 owners or occupiers who are in receipt of qualifying benefits. The scheme is now open for applications.


• Changes in behaviour and/or appearance • Unexplained gifts • Missing from school or home • Breakdown of relationships with friends and family • Use of drugs or alcohol • Signs of physical harm (selfharm, unexplained bruising, pregnancies, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) • Involvement in gangs/youth violence

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Safety in the Borough PSPO scheme already proving effective Since November last year, a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) designed to protect children on the way to or from school has been introduced at four primary schools across the borough.

Head Teacher of The James Oglethrope School, Deborah Rowles, interviewed by ITV London about the new scheme around her school

Engayne School in Severn Drive, Upminster, is the most recent scheme and was launched on 16 January. This followed Wykeham Primary School in Hornchurch, Parsonage Farm Primary School in Rainham and The James Oglethorpe School in Upminster, all launching their schemes in November. The PSPO restricts drivers from dropping or picking up children in the designated zone around each school

between 8 and 9.30am and between 2.30 and 4pm during school term time. Drivers flouting the new rules can be given a fixed penalty notice for £100. The scheme is still in a trial period, but has already shown itself to be an effective way of protecting the lives of children and encouraging healthy lifestyles by getting more children walking to and from school. ITV London News reported from The James Oglethorpe School in December and the pictures they broadcast of clear roads outside the school entrance and children walking safely with their parents to class were in stark contrast to the chaotic and dangerous parking and driving behaviour recorded by the Council’s project team during the assessment period. “Since the PSPO has been in place it’s absolutely done its job. The school is now located in a calm, traffic-free environment and what parent wouldn’t want that for their child?” Deborah Rowles, Head Teacher, The James Oglethorpe Primary School, Upminster.






Better neighbourhood policing in Havering with 20 extra officers

In January, Havering received 20 extra Dedicated Ward Officers (DWOs) as part of the Metropolitan Police service's ambition to improve neighbourhood policing. Havering is helping the Met to test a new model of neighbourhood policing as part of their Strengthening Local Policing Programme (SLPP) which will see an extra nine DWOs deployed across demanding wards in the borough. An additional 11 PCs will work on the borough as part of the Met and Mayor of London’s commitment to ensure every ward across London has two dedicated ward PCs.

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This brings the total across Havering to 45 DWOs, along with 18 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). The SLPP will join local policing across Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge. Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of the Council said: “We are pleased to have extra police officers in the borough to help keep Havering safe. Although the borough is a safe place to live, a greater police presence is welcomed.”




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Safety in the Borough

Keeping our transport systems safe Living recently met up with two members of the Safer Transport Team Sergeant (Sgt) Craig Meredith & Police Constable (PC) Beveley Clapp to find out what they do to keep our transport systems safe. There are currently 12 PCs and 12 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) operating across Havering who focus on safety on buses and at bus stops, cab services and congestion problems. Highly effective CCTV

Lone young women Crime on our buses remains low, however there have been recent incidents where young lone women have fallen victim to inappropriate touching and behaviour. Sgt Meredith states,“In some cases women may be unsure whether a crime has taken place but our message is key, that no matter how small and insignificant you may think it is, all cases should be reported to the police.” In a recent repeat offender case involving four different bus routes in the borough, a female victim came forward to police and was given advice to approach the driver should she see the offender again. “She did just this,” adds Sgt Meredith, “and as a result, we were able to arrive at the scene and arrest him. After gaining witness statements and CCTV evidence, the offender was sentenced to three years and a deportation recommendation order was put in place, it’s a great result.”

Police crime prevention message for lone women travelling on buses, particularly at night

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approach the bus driver

• Avoid the top deck, and don’t sit at the back

• Do not sit by the window, being in an aisle seat gives you easy access away from a threatening situation

Bus CCTV now has high-quality sound, and cameras have been installed on the outside of all buses. This proved invaluable in a recent serious sexual assault in Romford. Out of range footage from Havering Council CCTV was not able to capture significant evidence of the offence but it was able to identify an out of service bus passing the area at the exact time. PC Clapp recounts,“By interlinking Council CCTV, we were able to track the bus back to Rainham Bus Garage where it was identified and TfL released the CCTV to us. The footage corroborated our witness’s statement and incredibly showed the perpetrator leaving the scene. Within 48 hours, we had traced the car to Scotland and made an arrest. It’s the excellent advances in CCTV and tracking devices that made this result possible but reporting crime quickly to us is just as important, only two to ten days-worth of CCTV is kept at any one time.”

School Zip Cards School children can sign up to the Oyster zip card service which allows free transport on buses in the borough. Two dedicated PCSOs go into schools to introduce the scheme, which is not only a good way of monitoring behaviour on public transport but also welcome financial family support; each zip-card equates to an annual saving of £600 per child. Sgt Meredith details, “Once a child has ‘tapped in’, the bus driver will hold that child’s personal information which can be passed onto us should there be any reports of on-board antisocial behaviour. This means we can also report any incidents to TfL who have the power to revoke the Oyster card at any time. Doing this means parents will then have to pay for their child’s transport which is not something that they will want to do – it’s a very good deterrent.”

Vulnerable people and those suffering from dementia can be easily traced with an Oyster card. “Buses are often checked as a priority for missing people as they are warm environments,” PC Clapp advises, “so if you do have a relative with a disability, ensure their card is registered and take a visual record; from this we can easily trace their whereabouts.”

Numerous Safer Transport events take place across the Borough. The events are packed full of useful advice and provide plenty of fun for children. The next Safer Transport Fun Day will take place at Romford Market on 4 August 2017. The team also rely on their social media to keep the public aware of incidents and offer advice on keeping safe in the community. Keep up-to-date @mpsHavering #STThavering



Transport for London has joined forces with the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police to run Community Roadwatch - a road safety initiative which aims to reduce speeding in residential areas. Community Roadwatch gives local residents the opportunity to work side-by-side with their local police teams, and use speed detection equipment to identify speeding vehicles in their communities. To take part in Community Roadwatch, or to suggest a residential area where there are community concerns around speeding, contact stating the borough you live in.

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Money and finances Budget 2017 Dedicated schools grant £124.7m

Where the cash comes from...

Un-ring-fenced grants £9.7m Specific grants £78.3m

Public health grant £11.2m

Central Government financing £12.3m

Fees and charges £57.6m

Council Tax payers £116.6m Business rate payers £33.5m

... and where it goes

Housing £85.2m (of which £75.6m is Housing Benefit payments funded by Government Grant)

Education £175.4m

Social Services £75.2m Environmental Health and Trading Standards £3.5m

Levies £15.7m Roads, pavement and car parking £15.1m Other services and contingency £33.4m

Public Health £11.5m

Planning and Economic Development £8.2m Culture and Leisure £11.9m Rubbish, Waste Collection and Street Cleaning £8.8m

Government Funding reductions 2013 – 20 The Local Government £45.4m Financial Settlement for 2017/18 was announced on 15 December 2016 and £38.9m it confirmed the funding reductions that the Council was expecting following the 2016/17 settlement in £30.4m December 2015. Havering’s Revenue Support Grant, the main part of the £20.9m funding we receive from Central Government, will reduce from £20.9m in 2016/17 to £12.3m in £12.3m 2017/18. And, by 2019/20, it will have fallen to £1.4m, a loss of £19.5m over four years. The Council has already made a considerable dent in £1.4m the savings required while 18 20 protecting the services that - 16 - 17 -14 4 - 15 7915 16 13 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 matter the most to residents

and continuing to deliver their most keenly-felt priorities. The continued austerity measures places Havering, and many local authorities, with the significant challenge of providing statutory services whilst balancing its annual revenue budget. The Council faces particular pressures in the growing demand for supporting vulnerable children and adults through social care services. The 2017/18 budget will maintain the investment in these services while increasing income from more commercial activity and recovering the full cost of service provision from fees and charges and protecting frontline services for residents.




Why you pay Council Tax Your Council Tax payments fund vital services; care for the elderly, educating children and keeping the streets clean. Havering Council is committed to reducing debt by taking a tough approach with enforcement. This approach has been made possible by extra funding allocated by Councillors to strengthen the Debt Recovery team's work with solicitors to trace and pursue debtors. This investment has resulted in more debtors being bailed to appear in court, charges being placed on homes and imprisonment of debtors. The most safe and secure way to pay your rent or Council tax is through direct debit. This is the cheapest form of payment and maximizes the income available to spend on vital public services. Residents who are having difficulties in paying and are on a low income can apply for Council Tax Support by visiting:


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Regenerating Romford Redeveloping Bridge Close Industrial Estate

Plans to transform Romford town centre with new homes and workspace have moved forward after Havering Council announced that it is in discussions to enter into a joint venture (JV) to redevelop the Bridge Close industrial estate, close to the centre of Romford. The JV between the council and mixed use developer First Base will see around 840 new homes delivered alongside a mix of workspace and community amenities, as well as a bridge linking the site to nearby Romford rail station.

of flagship developments in East London. These include over 1,300 residential units at East Village, Olympic Park (as part of Triathlon Homes) and a role as the delivery partner of a 62-acre mixed-use scheme at Silvertown, in the Royal Docks area.

The announcement follows news in March 2016 that the centre of Romford had been designated a Housing Zone by the Mayor of London which will see £35m invested in unlocking sites. This will pave the way for mixed-tenure homes and new employment opportunities and fits in with the Council's wider vision for a changing Romford.

Councillor Damian White, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

First Base own a significant proportion of land in Romford and has already been involved in a number

“This is positive and welcome news. Our potential joint venture with First Base will act as a catalyst for further investment and regeneration in Romford. We believe that First Base has a proven track record and share our vision of a new neighbourhood with well-designed buildings and easy links to public transport that supports the economic growth of Romford.”





Romford Leisure Centre takes shape Romford Leisure Centre – the new multi- million pound centre will include two pools, a 25m eight-lane lane main pool, and a 15 x 8m learner pool, a fitness area with two studios, sauna and steam rooms; along with the borough's only ice rink with capacity for hundreds of skaters. The centre is due to open by April 2018.

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Restoring Havering

Upminster Windmill gets a Upminster Windmill is being restored to working order thanks to a partnership between the Friends of Upminster Windmill, the Council and a ÂŁ1.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Veolia North Thames Trust.


Upminster Windmill is one the best surviving windmills in the country. Built in 1803, it was the centre of a family-run corn-milling business for over 130 years until its closure in 1934, by which time mechanisation had rendered traditional milling uneconomic. Over the following 25 years the Mill and its outbuildings became derelict. In 1960, work was undertaken to stabilise the Mill and improve its appearance but the surrounding buildings were demolished. Since then, the Mill has been opened to the public by volunteers from the Friends of Upminster Windmill, though its fabric has continued to deteriorate. However, restoration plans produced by the partnership led to very generous grants by Heritage Lottery Fund and Veolia North Thames

Windmill with cap removed

New visitor centre

Trust which has allowed the restorative works to take place. The work is now well underway. The cap (the wooden-structured roof that turns at the top of the tower) and windmill sails were removed last year and are now undergoing refurbishment in a Dutch millwrighting workshop. The removal of the cap was an exciting event and can be viewed at Dutch millwright, Willem Dijkstra, will start work on the Mill’s tower in the spring. The external gallery will be removed and scaffolding erected, enabling the structural repairs. The internal milling machinery will also be restored, either by Willem or by volunteers working with him. To bring the Mill’s story to life, a visitor and education centre is also being built as part of the overall project where visitors and school groups can learn about the Mill and its history through exhibitions and interactive technology. It is hoped that the visitor centre will be opened during 2017, in advance of the restoration of the Mill which is due to be completed in 2018. During the project, archaeology led to the discovery of the foundations of the former steam mill, which adjoined the windmill and enabled productivity to be increased. Visitors can find out more information on the story of the steam mill in the new visitor and education centre. The area around the new building, currently fenced, will be set out as a garden area by volunteers for the public to enjoy. If you would like to help with the garden during the spring and summer, please email





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Care in the community

Transforming the way we treat your health The Council, working with its partners across the NHS, local Pharmacies and Voluntary Sector, is in the process of transforming health services in the borough. We have been looking at different ways of working from across the Country, our European neighbours and the USA to find the best ways of joining up services in a way that addresses the unique needs of Havering. Residents will have a greater selection of places they can seek health advice and treatment. At the moment it is estimated that up to one fifth of trips to A&E were unnecessary, and could have been more easily dealt with on a local level by a doctor or pharmacy, which in turn has wasted an estimated £100 million of vital NHS funds.



35% of people who go to A&E do not need a same day service and could have been seen by their GP

25,000 people passed through A&E at Queen's and King George's Hospitals in November 2016

1in 5


1 in 5 residents are providing informal care and are more likely to report being confused about the different services available

72% think health and social care services in their area will improve if they work more closely with health and care professionals

Councillor Wendy Brice-Thompson, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “The Council is in partnership with two other local authorities involved, Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham on this project and it’s going to transform health services in all of our boroughs. We are aiming to provide a more seamless approach, drawing the right support from a range of options, including GPs, therapists, carers, the voluntary sector and pharmacists. Our aim is to support people to live independently on their own at home, and to try to avoid unnecessary stays in hospital or visits to A&E. It will also help to get people home from hospital as soon as possible and look after them to get settled at home and recover quickly.” i

52% 52% of carers feel the support they receive locally is not adequate

80%+ Over 80% of people are wanting to consider making a positive change of lifestyle


8x 8 times the number of people visited A&E over the last 6 months compared with Urgent Care Centres

4 Although there is a good awareness of available A&E health and social care services, it still needs to be simpler and clearer about what each service can offer





Helping you home after hospital The Council, in partnership with the British Red Cross has relaunched its free Help not Hospital service which supports anyone over 18 back to their homes after a stay in hospital. The service is now available seven days a week, up from five previously, and those using it will access a whole range of services and support, including: • Assistance getting home from hospital • Assurance that their home will be fit to return to, including some light house work like cleaning, checking electricity and gas supplies, and, if necessary arranging for a ‘deep clean’ for someone who has been away for a long period • Arranging for fresh food and a meal prepared for when they return • Support with accessing other services available, for example how to arrange for hot meals to be delivered, as well as information and advice on what is available locally to support them to be safe and well. The Council aims to provide practical and emotional support for people wanting to regain their independence after a hospital stay, which is in line with our philosophy of supporting people to stay living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Right now the Council is focusing on recruiting volunteers to support the service. Anyone who has a few hours to spare each week is welcome to apply, and if they are successful and wish to progress, the British Red Cross will provide full training. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit: email or call 07903 047648



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Care in the community

The Great Weight Debate London has more overweight and obese children than any other global city, including New York, Sydney, Paris or Madrid. It also has a higher rate of obesity than anywhere else in the country with more than a third of all children in London overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. Obese children are at increased risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, bone and joint problems and breathing difficulties. Being overweight or obese can affect a child’s mental well-being, lead to low selfesteem and absence from school which

can affect their learning. Havering residents are being invited to share their views on how children in the borough can be supported to lead healthier lives. Havering’s Prevention of Obesity Strategy 2016-2019 shows how we will shape our local environment to promote healthy lifestyles; develop a culture that makes healthy choices the norm; and encourage residents both young and old to eat well and be more active. The action plan associated with the strategy will be refreshed annually, and by joining the conversation residents can help to shape these plans in the future. Havering Council has joined other councils and NHS organisations across London to launch the Great Weight Debate and is encouraging all residents to complete a short survey to share their views on childhood obesity and what they think can be done to tackle it. i

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Havering has some of the lowest air pollution in London, so let's all help keep it that way, but it's important to recognise that air pollution in London is a growing problem. It’s linked to almost 10,000 premature deaths a year. In Havering, pollution from road traffic, makes up for around 70 per cent of air pollution in the borough – with the two most common pollutants being microscopic airborne particles (particulate matter) and nitrogen dioxide. Poor air quality affects everyone, but can be particularly dangerous for young children and older people with pre-existing health problems, like heart conditions or lung diseases – including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Havering Council has been working hard to keep the air clean – we’ve planted over 100 trees in Romford and have just been given around £16,000 by the Mayor of London to plant 250 more. We’re also introducing Miles the Mole, our ‘cleaner air champion’ into schools in the borough to teach our children about the dangers of air pollution and what we can all do to help.

New Tobacco Regulations In May 2016 new regulations concerning tobacco products and electronic cigarettes came into force. The main changes are: • Plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco • Ban on flavoured cigarettes and tobacco • Ban on packets of 10 cigarettes • Ban on use of misleading terms such as “light”, “natural” and “organic” • Size limit of 10ml for e-cigarette refill liquids and 2ml for disposables • E-cigarettes must be child-proof and carry health warnings.

All of the above must be in place by May 2017.


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Havering – Making Our new vision Havering is London’s next big opportunity. Over the past few months Havering’s Cabinet and senior leadership team have been working on a new vision for Havering. This sets out our ambition for the whole borough and the Council’s role within that. “Since February 2015, we have been working towards a clean, safe and proud borough. While these are key values to the people of Havering, we feel our borough has so much more to offer, not just to our own residents but to the whole of London. “This is a time of real excitement for the borough; new business developments and links such as Crossrail are putting Havering on the map and opening doors to showcase what we have to offer as a partner to the rest of London.” Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of the Council.

Our vision is focused around four priorities:

> Communities > Places > Opportunities > Connections London's Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said:

“With its excellent transport links into central London, extensive town centre regeneration and the highest concentration of green space anywhere in London, Havering has a unique offer as a place to live, work and visit.”


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> Healthy and active lives > A good start for every child to reach their full potential > Families and communities look after themselves and >

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> A clean, safe environment for all > High-quality homes > Award-winning parks and open spaces > A vibrant cultural and leisure destination

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> First-class business opportunities > High-quality skills and careers > Dynamic development and infrastructure > A thriving local economy

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> A digitally-enabled borough > Capitalising on our location and connectivity > Fast and accessible transport links > Access to jobs and opportunities







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Whatever fish it is you would like, just let minnow... The Crosbie family fishmonger stall at Romford Market dates back to the early 60s when David's father originally ran it. David started working at the stall before and after school to earn some pocket money, until he eventually took over the stall himself 10 years ago. A working day for David starts at 2.20am, he arrives at Billingsgate by 4.00am and once he has finished buying his stock, heads back to Romford to start work. He is normally home by 8.00pm of an evening after unloading and washing down his van.

improve and increase trade for stall holders. Supermarkets have also changed the way people shop, where before people went to the butchers the bakers and the greengrocers, they can now go to one store for everything.

“And the internet means people don’t even need to leave their sofas,” says David. “However, convenience is not always the best. For a start you cannot choose your own items and specialist traders can offer a lot more variety and the quality is better. The people in these “It’s a long day”, David states, professions have been doing this “but if you enjoy what you do for a lot of years, they are experts it doesn’t matter, I enjoy the in their produce, and the fish I interaction with some of the sell is as fresh as possible.” characters and it beats sitting in David with his son George Crosbie One thing that has improved over an office, if you can put up with the years is the variety of stock the weather that is”. that is now on offer, “We are able to source far more fish He has noticed many changes over the years, at one time from around the world”, notes David. “He is able to take all the market was the main thoroughfare in Romford but due kinds of requests for certain tastes or a special dinner party to its position and trading laws things are different today. and promises that he can deliver whatever is required.” He welcomes investment from the Council in the future to

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Historical Havering

The story of one man in honour of all those buried in Havering cemeteries who sacrificed their lives in


experience, George waited in the trenches at the Carnoy defences.

“At 5:30am, the men had hot tea and rum, bacon and bully beef and at 7:30am the men went over splendidly, full of eagerness”, reported L/Cpl J Fisher 10th Essex Battalion, officer in charge. August and September was spent in thorough preparation for the Battle of Thiepval Ridge and on 14 August King George V came to watch the Company train.

Marching down South St.

Private George James Hawkins George’s mother Catherine spent MM 26715 10th Battalion Essex her early years in the hamlet of Regiment died just one month Five Elms, Dagenham, and later before the Battle of the Somme moved, with her family to was halted by allied forces on 18 Creekmouth just south of Barking November, 1916 – a little over a where she met George’s father century ago. During the 141 days who worked as a docker at the of battle, men from every part of Tilbury docks. Britain and across the In 1911, after the death of his Empire took part and mother to malaria, George more than 1,000,000 moved to Marks Road in Commonwealth, Romford with two of French and his brothers and sister German soldiers and in 1912 along with were wounded, the rest of the captured, or Battalion Essex killed. On an Regiment, he proudly early autumn An exhausted 'Tommy' marched down South afternoon members Street with little idea of of Havering Poetry what was to come. Group were taken back Ironically, George’s funeral in time to the world that cortege was to travel those same belonged to George, to meet his streets on 26 October 1916 when family and hear his story. he was laid to rest in Crow Lane The battle of the Somme was the first to be fought by an army of civilian volunteers rather than professional soldiers; George and many like him would have had no battlefield experience.

Cemetery in a grave owned by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission (CWGC). On the first day of the Somme, after a week of heavy artillery bombardment and with no

On 26 September the Battalion crept forward into “No Man’s Land” and after three days of intense shelling and fire, they were relieved.

Royal Manchester Infirmary

It is not clear at which point he was wounded during the Battle, but George endured a very slow journey back by hospital train to the Royal Manchester Infirmary where he later died, aged 28, on 18 October 1916. At his funeral he received full military honours and was later awarded the Military Medal for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire.

Following the war, his brother Ernest had the following inscribed on George’s Headstone, ‘Peace perfect peace, with loved ones far away’. His grave can be visited in Crow Lane Cemetery.

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Youth and Young People

5 Years at myplace

myplace will be celebrating its 5th anniversary since opening on 6 June 2012.

Cupcake decorating

Youth Service summer arts project

Since opening, myplace has had over 225,000 people visit the building. The building was paid for by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to provide new youth centres to the public and for young people, parents and communities to have an attractive and safe place to go to in their leisure time. myplace is run by the Council's youth services who deliver a wide variety of events for local young people to take part in positive activities and engage in social development programmes. myplace had over 70,000 visitors last year and has recently held a Queen’s 90th Birthday Street Party, BBC Question Time, and many performances by local groups. Jane Herbert, myplace Centre Manager, said:

"myplace is a fantastic community resource and an excellent provision for young people. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work in this community and we are looking forward to increasing our offer over the next five years. We have many new, exciting initiatives coming up including, increasing our arts offer and working in partnership with the London College. Young people are the heart of myplace and we are very proud of their achievements and their association with the building.”


Did you know? • myplace has a pre-school based in the building. • myplace has a variety of rooms available for residents to book including a performance hall, conference facilities, health suite and music studio. • The myplace café is due to reopen in spring 2017 with a soft play area and themed 1950s diner style menu. • myplace has two dance schools, a theatre performance group, circus troupe, fencing school, table tennis club, and seniors social club based in the building.

Volunteer with children, young people and families Want to give your time to support Havering children, young people and their families? Gain some valuable experience, make a difference in your local community and give something back. If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact Rachel Tapp (Early Help Volunteer Co-ordinator) on 01708 432321 or





Youth spark debate and have their say at the Commons The UK Youth Parliament, for 11-18 year olds, started back in the 1990s so that teenagers could have a voice and be heard by local, regional and national government as well as service providers. Over 360 seats are now available nationwide. In Havering, Eddie O’Sullivan (17) and Victor Sarpong (15) were voted as the borough’s Members of Youth Parliament back in March 2016 for a two-year term. They work in partnership with the British Youth Council and the UK Youth Parliament along with the local Children in Care council. Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) run campaigns for their local areas, organise events and projects and influence decision making for what matters the most to young people. Make Your Mark campaign during Democracy Week where MYPs from all over the UK come together to debate and vote

on the five chosen topics: Curriculum for life, transport, votes for 16/17 year olds, tackling racism and first aid education for all young people happened in November last year. Victor Sarpong (pictured above) was nominated nationally by his fellow MYPs to speak on the curriculum for life, and is one of 100 who have ever done this in the House of Commons. He said, “Being one of a 100 people (besides ministers) to speak at the despatch box in 400 years is an outstanding feat. Standing there in the heart of British democracy was a surreal experience. I was proud to represent Havering and London in the House of Commons and I thank everyone for helping me get there; it was truly an honour.”


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Greener Havering

We can Recycle More!

In Havering, we currently recycle around a third of our household waste, which is good but there’s more we can do. There are many items around our home that can go into our orange sacks for recycling, items which you may not have realised, otherwise known as ‘the Unusual Suspects’* Waste prevention, which means taking steps to stop items or products becoming waste, is best, but may not always be possible. So, if you do have items to throw away it is important to recycle as much as you can. Apart from the obvious items that are typically put in the orange sacks, there are many other items around our homes that can go into the sacks which may get missed. These items include detergent and toiletries bottles such as floor cleaner, shampoo, shower gel and washing up liquids. For paper and card - toilet roll tubes, toothpaste boxes, greeting cards, wrapping paper, and tissue boxes are examples. Chocolate/biscuit selection tins and pet food tins count as food tins, and pet food boxes and postage boxes are suitable cardboard items. Just take a fresh look around your home, in each and every room, and see which items are from materials which can be recycled in our orange sacks. For lots of examples of those ‘unusual suspect’ household items visit i

Take a look at the list below to see what can be recycled in Havering and how: Household Items that can be recycled

How to Recycle

Plastic bottles; includes milk, cleaners, toiletries, liquids, soft drinks.

Orange Sack or Recycling Bring Bank. Ensure containers and bottles are empty.

Paper, newspapers, magazines, leaflets, envelopes.

Orange Sack, Recycling Bring Bank or compost bin. Visit for details.

Thin card; includes cereal, tissue, toothpaste and pet food boxes.

Orange Sack.

Food tins & drink cans; includes beans, tomatoes, large chocolate tins, pet food.

Orange Sack or Recycling Bring Bank, please rinse first.

Cardboard boxes and packaging.

Orange Sack or compost bin.


Place in a carrier bag next to your orange sack on collection day.

Small electrical appliances; includes hair dryers, iron, kettle.

Place in a carrier bag next to your orange sack on collection day.

Glass bottles & jars.

Recycling Bring Bank. For Bring Banks sites around the Borough visit

Cartons; includes juice, milk, chopped tomatoes.

Recycling Bring Banks. For information, visit

Clothes, shoes, textiles.

Recycling Bring Banks. For information, visit

Household items that can’t be recycled

Recycling Options


Have you considered re-usable cloth nappies?

Yoghurt pots, meat trays, margarine tubs.

Not currently recycled by Havering Council but some supermarkets may have collection facilities


Not currently collected by Havering Council. Some items can go in a compost bin. For information on reducing food waste visit

*'Usual Suspects' part of the Recycle for London campaign

For further information visit *'Unusual Suspects' part of the Recycle for London campaign

Together in your care Foster with Havering Council Information evening Havering Town Hall Thursday 6 April 6pm - 7.30pm Thursday 4 May 6pm - 7.30pm

Call today 01708 434 574 email

Help keep brothers and sisters together and foster siblings. We provide full training, continued support and great financial rewards.

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Greener Havering Purple 4 Polio Last season Havering became involved with The Purple 4 Polio campaign being run by the Royal Horticultural Society in conjunction with The Rotary Club of Great Britain. 100,000 purple crocuses have been planted throughout the borough, in parks, schools, roadside planters and green areas by the Girl Guides, Friends of Community groups, and school children to bring awareness to the campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. The colour purple represents the dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.

School children planting bulbs in the school grounds

The Crocus planting kicked off during October 2016, with 5,000 bulbs being planted by local Girl Guides within the grounds of Clockhouse Gardens, in the area adjacent to the bowling green.

Court Road, with further plantings in Lodge Farm Park, Cottons Park and King George’s Playing Fields. Every child at Drapers Brookside School took part in planting 10,000 bulbs in their school grounds, which look spectacular now they have bloomed. The borough roadside planters all have 100 Purple Crocus corms planted in each of them. They are located in key areas around the borough, including shopping centres, and the Romford Ring Road, so be sure to look out for an array of purple when you travel around the borough. The following link will give more detail for The Clockhouse project:

Harold Court Primary School planted 5,000 bulbs in Harold Wood Park, and the local community planted 5,000 in Upland


Smoothing out the feathers Every year more than 2,500 trees across Havering start producing epicormic growth known as feathering – shoots that come from the base of the tree. These can cause problems by blocking sight lines or growing over pavements and roads. See the box on the right to see how you can help. One of the Council's Senior Arboricultural Officers, Robin Parker, explained, “The main trees that have these growths are Limes and Acer Saccharinium, we have an annual programme to remove the feathering from mid-May which will be completed by mid-June. “Our problem is that if we cut too early the growth reappears and if we leave it too late the growth becomes an obstruction so we try to get our timing right. “All the trees are then re-inspected in October so that any further growth can be removed before winter sets in. We are also proactively adding other ornamental trees such as cherry and apple to our programme; these will be incorporated within the second phase of the process.”


How you can help • Use secateurs to cut the growth off as close to the tree base as possible • Do NOT remove anything over head height – leave that to the Council • Dispose of the cut shoots in your home compost bin, your green waste bin or take them to the Reuse and Recycling Centre at Gerpins Lane, Upminster

Brookside School Greenhouse



Easter & Summer Rubbish & Recycling Collection Dates 2017 Normal Collection Date Revised Collection Date April

The Mayor opens the greenhouse, with Michael Sander and Adrian Wager of SH GOSS In June 2016, Brookside School was flooded with contaminated water meaning half of the school was closed until September, with the rest due back in use by the end of the year. The school was due to be part of the Britain in Bloom judging tour in August, but the flood had devastatingly destroyed the garden beds and vegetable plots. SH GOSS, who are the contractor responsible for weed control in the borough, became aware of the school’s plight and decided to purchase and donate a greenhouse and planting, equipment to the school to get their gardening club 'up and running' again. Council staff worked with staff from SH Goss to create a greenhouse base which was installed and officially opened by the Mayor in November 2016.

Proposed Landlord Licensing Scheme update The Council recently carried out an informal consultation regarding its proposal to introduce two types of landlord licensing schemes. All comments received from landlords, agents and residents are currently being considered and a decision is expected to be made shortly whether or not to proceed with both, one or neither of the proposed schemes. If the Council decides to proceed with some form of landlord licensing, a formal consultation will be launched in the coming weeks and will, of course, be widely publicised to ensure everyone has the opportunity to put forward their views.



Collections will go ahead as normal on Good Friday (14 April) Monday 17 April

Tuesday 18 April

Tuesday 18 April

Wednesday 19 April

Wednesday 19 April

Thursday 20 April

Thursday 20 April

Friday 21 April

Friday 21 April

Saturday 22 April

Collections return to normal on Monday 24 April May

Monday 1 May

Tuesday 2 May

Tuesday 2 May

Wednesday 3 May

Wednesday 3 May

Thursday 4 May

Thursday 4 May

Friday 5 May

Friday 5 May

Saturday 6 May

Collections return to normal on Monday 8 May Monday 29 May

Tuesday 30 May

Tuesday 30 May

Wednesday 31 May

Wednesday 31 May

Thursday 1 June

Thursday 1 June

Friday 2 June

Friday 2 June

Saturday 3 June

Collections return to normal on Monday 5 June Aug

Monday 28 August

Tuesday 29 August

Tuesday 29 August

Wednesday 30 August

Wednesday 30 August

Thursday 31 August

Thursday 31 August

Friday 1 September

Friday 1 September

Saturday 2 September

Collections return to normal on Monday 4 September

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

For further information


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Business Focus

Romford heralded as a start up capital

A woman who has started a plus size online network, a florist and a HR consultant are among the Havering-based businesses to have already Emma Jones, engaged in an intensive founding director programme of start-up support aimed at empowering local entrepreneurs and taking them to the next level.

A partnership between small business support group Enterprise Nation and the Havering Council started in June last year and has already delivered more than 760 hours of support, including one-to-one consultations, online advice and regular workshops held around the borough.

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “We’ll be running the scheme for the next 12 months and hope to see another 100 businesses from the borough get involved. We hold regular workshops for those signed up to the free programme on a range of topics, from social media to finance and marketing.”


Planning to Advance – Riverleigh HR Consulting A HR consultant Lynn Schofield has been running Riverleigh HR Consulting from her Hornchurch home since last February. A seasoned professional, Lynn set up on her own after having worked both in-house and for consultancies around the UK. While she was confident about her expertise in HR, she recognised she needed support with the other elements of setting up and running a successful business like planning, accounting and social media. Lynn said: “The sessions with Enterprise Nation made me focus on the business plan, really think about where I wanted to go with the business - and crucially what I needed to do to get there. “One of the best things about the workshops was the networking and support on hand from other people who, like me, were in the first year of starting up.’’

Havering’s innovative workspaces for ambitious and exciting businesses If you are looking to base your business in an innovative, collaborative and flexible workspace, Havering has what you need:

The Retailery, Romford Offers a playground for makers, thinkers and doers, bringing a selection of the finest independent start-up businesses, retailers and food outlets to the heart of Romford.

The Workary@Rainham Offers affordable co-working office space with high-speed Wi-Fi and unlimited free tea and coffee at a convenient location. Just two minutes from Rainham train station (C2C line), this space provides fixed and flexi desk space, breakout space and meeting rooms.

CEME Launchpad, Rainham Offers an open and collaborative environment start-ups and early stage businesses that are innovative, growthoriented and fit within engineering, manufacturing, technology, specialist construction and intelligent transport sectors.

BHive gets buzzing on back of start-up programme The start-up support programme has seen a new creation as a direct result of its local support. It’s a brand new local business support group, run by accounting start-up, Kim Lee, who runs Mawney Accounting, and who benefited herself from being on the start-up programme. She said: “I see this group as being just what I would have liked when I first started, welcoming and friendly, somewhere you can go when you're just starting or established and working on your own to receive support, share ideas and make contacts.” The network is kicking off with four monthly breakfast meetings which will bring together businesses that have met on the start-up programme, so that idea generating and peer-sharing can continue!





Fabulous & Flourishing – Plus Size Network

Passionately Blossoming – Parvis d’Or Ltd

Single mum-of-two Sharron Goldstone set up a website that curates information about events, awards and crucially retailers that cater specifically for curvy women like her. Sharron set up the Plus Size Network (www. in May last year after noticing high street retailers for larger people were quietly moving to online only.

Mum-of-four Martine Connell was one of the first to get on board with the programme to help her build sustainability into the new floral designs and décor business called Parvis d’Or Ltd, which she runs from her Romford home.

Sharron, who is currently holding down a full-time job working in retail at Lakeside while she builds her business, said: “The effect of these firms moving away from the high street meant that women like me could no longer try on clothes, or find things like wide shoes without having to do a lot of independent research. “The workshops are great because I have met people from within the borough that are growing great businesses. Many of these people have been there and done that, so when I’ve got a block on something, they often say, ‘well, have you tried this’ or ‘have you tried that?’ They’ve usually got the answer!”

After a floristry course at Havering Adult College in 2015, Martine found she had a real talent for flower arranging. After more courses including bridal floristry – Martine realised she’d found a business idea. She now delivers her blooms to order around the borough and beyond. Martine said: “When I heard about the business support scheme, I jumped at the chance to really grow my enterprise as I recognised I needed help making sure the business can be a commercial success.”

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We are delighted to announce the opening of Avocet Industrial Park in Rainham. Avocet Park is a site of circa 25 acres with outline planning consent for up to 480,000 square feet of industrial/warehouse space, available to let on a bespoke ‘build to suit’ basis. The park is located immediately off the A13 junction at Ferry Lane, and offers a range of high quality facilities and rental size options from 25,000 square feet up to 410,000 square feet.


Call for businesses to tender as work starts at SEGRO Park Construction will be completed in two phases. Phase one will provide over 235,000 sq ft of modern industrial space. The development will consist of an ‘Enterprise Quarter’ with 42 units ranging from 500 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft, designed to attract and grow start-up and small businesses. Phase two, which will begin in 2018, will be developed on a pre-let basis, and will see the construction of one detached industrial unit of more than 100,000 sq ft. It is anticipated that the completed development could deliver up to 1,000 direct jobs and, in addition to its partnership with CEME, SEGRO is working with Havering Council to deliver a dedicated skills, training and employment programme to support both construction and occupation of the development.

Cllr Ramsey takes part in the groundbreaking ceremony in Nov 2016

The completed scheme will be one of the most sustainable industrial locations in London and the South East featuring a number of the latest environmental technologies including photovoltaic panels and solar walls to help reduce energy costs by up to 30 per cent, as well as LED lighting and electric car charging points.






2017 heralds a great year for Haines Watts Hornchurch Being a business owner is full of challenges but it can be immensely rewarding – while 2016 brought with it much uncertainly it was also a year in which our business grew significantly. We beat off several larger Haines Watts offices to be awarded Fastest Growing Haines Watts M25 office in 2016, partly due to our determination to stick to our business plan and through the efforts of the fantastic team we have built over recent years.

Mac Robertson, Managing Partner, Haines Watts Hornchurch

Based in Hornchurch, we’re extremely proud to be part of the thriving Havering business community. We work with many local growing businesses and have seen a marked increase in the number of these businesses buying and selling. Start-up businesses are on the increase and if our involvement in the Havering Business Awards is anything to go by, there is no shortage of hungry and ambitious business owners.

Another highlight for me has been the formation of the Havering Young Professionals network. Supported by Haines Watts it aims to give young professionals in the Havering area a forum to share experiences and forge new working relationships. Investing in tomorrow’s business leaders is not only good for our business but also for the long-term outlook for Havering as a whole. We’re passionate about helping local people build enduring companies, we’re committed to investing in young talent and we’re certainly optimistic about the outlook for local business.


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Arts & Culture Art




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


27 March – 18 April Brentwood Road Gallery Frances Bardsley School By appointment

Last Band Standing Adult Competition Friday 12 May, Tickets 456308 Beverley Craven Friday 5 May, Tickets 456308 Toyah Live Friday 26 May, Tickets 456308

Create & Play Mornings 12 & 13 April, 10am-12pm. Suitable for kids aged 4-6

Forever Dusty – UK Premiere Friday 12 May, 8pm Tickets £16

Room on the Broom 12 April & 13 April Forever in Blue Jeans Friday 14 April, 7.30pm Nicky Trix Saturday 15 April, 11.30am Fun for all the family

Historic Buildings & Gardens





Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am – 3pm

27 March – 4 May Brentwood Road Gallery By appointment

Mondays, 7.45 – 10pm


Tuesdays, 2 – 4pm e


Tuesdays, 7.45 – 10pm


Wednesdays, 10am – 12pm t 229715 e

Museums & Exhibitions HAVERING MUSEUM Historical Crime & Policing Exhibition Until 25 March Wednesday – Saturday


Café with Soul 4 March 7.30pm St Luke’s Church e


Educating Rita 22 April – 13 May Mondays,Tuesdays Wednesdays 7.30pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8pm Twice upon a time set in the land of not so far away Tickets www,

THAMES CHASE EVENTS Planting with the Conservation Team Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30am – 2pm


Worst Wedding Ever 15 March – 1 April

Barry Cryer and Colin Sell Strictly Come Joking Sunday 26 March, 7.30pm Trevor Cline’s Amazing Magic and Balloons Saturday 1 April, 11.30am The Greatest Hits of Motown 2 & 3 April, 7.30pm

Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 12.30pm t 756005

BROOKSIDE THEATRE An Evening with Cheryl Baker Saturday 8 April, 8pm Tickets £20 Travelin’ Man- The Ricky Nelson Rock ‘n’ Roll Show Saturday 22 April, 8pm Tickets £16

Last Monday of each month 8 – 10pm e Rainham Hall rainham-hall Upminster Tithe Barn Upminster Windmill If you would like your event featured for free in future Listings or on Havering’s website, please complete the online form at All numbers are 01708 unless stated.

What's on COMMUNITY MEET THE LEADER AND CABINET Friday 31 March Waitrose, Upminster Friday 28 April The Liberty, Romford All events between 1 – 2pm t 432031 BRITISH CACTUS & SUCCULENT SOCIETY, HAVERING BRANCH Third Saturday of the month 7 – 10pm t 447778 COLLIER ROW BRIDGE CLUB Thursdays, 7 – 10.30pm

FUNKY VOICES Every Monday 8 – 10pm GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG CLUB OF ESSEX Wednesdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm e HAVEN LADIES CLUB Alternate Tuesdays, 8 – 10pm HAVERING ACTIVE TEA DANCE Thursdays, 1.30 – 3.30pm e HAVERING ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB Third Friday of the month 7.30 – 9.30pm t 07947 367258 HAVERING BOARD GAMERS First, third and fifth Thursday of the month 7.30 – 10pm e

COLLIER ROW TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD First and third Tuesday of the month, 1.30 – 4pm e CRAFTY ARTS KNIT AND NATTERGROUP Tuesdays, 10am – 12noon e CRANHAM ENGAYNE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE Third Tuesday of the month 2 – 4pm t 228119 EAST OF LONDON FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY First Saturday of the month 11am – 4pm e EASTER EGG HUNT Tues 11 April, 10am – 4pm Romford Shopping Hall 43 Market Place, Romford RM1 3AB £2 per child includes facepaint ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST 2nd Monday of each month from t 440297 FOUR SEASONS KNITTING & CRAFT CLUB Mondays, 7 – 10pm FAIRKYTES ACCORDION CLUB First Wednesday of month, 7.30pm e

HAVERING EAST ROTARY CLUB Tuesdays, 7.30 – 10pm HAVERING MUSIC MAKERS Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 – 10pm e HAVERING WRITERS CIRCLE First Monday of month, 7.30 – 10pm t 375549 HORNCHURCH AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Last Friday of the month except July August and December, 7.15pm e HORNCHURCH WARGAMES CLUB Mondays, 7 – 11pm e HUMANISTS OF HAVERING Second Saturday of the month 2 – 4pm




MAKE AND TAKE CARD-MAKING CLUB Wednesdays, 12.30pm – 3.30pm e

REIKI SHARE Second Wednesday of the month 7 – 10pm e

NELMES (HORNCHURCH) WOMEN'S INSTITUTE Second Wednesday of month 1.45 – 4pm


e NORTH OCKENDON HANDBELL RINGERS Tuesdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm t 459339

ROMFORD AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Last Monday of the month (except August), 7.30 – 9.30pm


ROMFORD DRUM AND TRUMPET CORPS Thursdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm

PSYCHIC CAFÉ Last Friday of the month 7 – 9.30pm e RAINHAM HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Tuesdays, 10am – 12noon Saturdays, 9am – 12noon Sundays, 10am – 12.30pm

HAVERING CONCERT ORCHESTRA (HCO) Wednesdays, during term-time 7.30 – 9.30pm


ROMFORD EMBROIDERERS GUILD Second Saturday of the month, 2 – 4pm RSPB RAINHAM MARSHES Variety of events on the website RUSH GREEN FLORAL ART CLUB Third Monday of the month, 8 – 10pm

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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 ST JOHN AMBULANCE HAROLD HILL AND HAROLD WOOD UNIT Wednesdays, 7 – 9pm e THAMES CHASE EVENTS

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


Cream Tea Third Friday of each month 2.30 – 4.30pm Community Market Third Sunday of each month 10am – 2pm Train Aid – Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work Course First Saturday of month 9am – 3.30pm emergency first-aid-at-work UPMINSTER AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Second Tuesday of the month 11.30am – 12noon www.upminsterhorticultural UPMINSTER WINE AND SOCIAL CLUB Third Thursday of month, 8pm t 224214 WHIST CLUB Wednesdays and Fridays 7.30 – 9.30pm e ROMFORD SCRABBLE CLUB Wednesdays, 7.15 – 10.30pm e

SHIRLEY’S COACH TOURS Thursday 27 April, Brick Lane Music Hall + Afternoon Tea Thursday 4 May, New Musical The Girls, by Gary Barlow/Tim Firth. t 227884

CHILDREN 6TH SQUIRRELS HEATH SCOUT GROUP Wednesdays, 5 – 6.30pm e BASKING BABIES ROMFORD Tuesdays, 9.45 – 11.15am t 07701 367883 e hornchurch.library t 0434903

OVER-50s HAVERING OVER 50S FORUM Second Tuesday of the month 10.30am – 12.30pm OVER 60S SOCIAL CLUB Thursdays, 12.30 – 2.30pm Robert Beard Centre, Hornchurch RM11 2UX RGCA CHAIR ZUMBA Thursdays, 2 – 2.45pm

Libraries 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 Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill RM3 8DJ 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 TAPESTRY – WALKING FOOTBALL Mondays, 12 noon – 1pm Thursdays, 7 – 8pm UPMINSTER AND DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB Variety of events on the website TWEEDWAY (50+) SPORTS CLUB Darts, short mat bowls, snooker, pool table tennis, scrabble and more. Alternate Tuesdays, 8 – 10pm e

WELLBEING EPILEPSY ACTION ROMFORD COFFEE AND CHAT GROUP Third Wednesday of the month 12noon – 2pm t 07704 979 654 LIVING WITH EPILEPSY WORKSHOP Tuesday 6 December, 10am – 4pm t 0113 210 8885 HAVERING ASIAN SOCIAL AND WELFARE ASSOCIATION (HASWA) Yoga class Mondays, 10 – 11.30am Wednesdays, 10 – 11.30am Lunch Club Wednesdays, 12noon – 2pm Punjabi Class Thursdays, 11.15am – 12.15pm

Coffee Stop Thursdays, 2 – 4pm Punjabi Class Thursdays, 6 – 7.30pm HAVERING NUMISMATIC SOCIETY First Tuesday of month 7.30 – 9.30pm e HUBB (HELPING USERS BOUNCE BACK) SUPPORT GROUP First Thursday of the month, 5 – 7pm e PARKINSON’S UK HAVERING AND DISTRICT BRANCH SUPPORT MEETINGS First and third Tuesday of the month 2 – 4pm Langton's Registry Office Hornchurch, RM11 1XL e POSITIVE LIVING GROUP Alternate Mondays, 7.45 – 10pm RAGS ROMFORD AUTISTIC GROUP SUPPORT Supporting families living with Autism in Havering RCCG LIFE CHANGERS ASSEMBLY Every Sunday, 10 – 11am e

SPORTS & FITNESS ARDLEIGH HOUSE SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Tuesdays, 12.30 – 2.30pm Thursdays and Fridays 10am – 12noon t 01708440660 DUKES MODERN SEQUENCE DANCE CLUB Wednesdays, 1 – 3pm ourclubs

FIVE STAR BASKETBALL ACADEMY Tuesdays, 5pm – 6.30pm e




Cabinet and Council meetings

FUN AND FUNKY DANCE Variety of dance classes available

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


They can also be watched on line at

HARE PARK BADMINTON CLUB Thursdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm e

Dates may change, please check calendarmeetings for latest information.

HARROW LODGE PARKRUN Meet at Warren Drive car park Seniors: Saturdays, 9 – 10am Juniors: Free 2km run aged 4 – 14 years, Sundays, 9am HATHA/DRU YOGA CLASSES Tesco Community Room Roneo Corner, Hornchurch Sundays,10 – 11.30am e HAVERING SAILING CLUB Saturdays, March – November 12noon – 6pm


The next Cabinet meeting is scheduled for 12 April.

HEARTFELT YOGA Tuesdays, 8 – 9.30pm HYLANDS TENNIS CLUB HYLANDS MINI TENNIS ACADEMY Tots at 6 pm and Red balls at 7pm classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Orange ball at 6pm and Green Ball at 7pm on Mondays JISSOKAN MARTIAL ARTS Wednesdays, 7.30 – 9pm e JU JITSU Variety of classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

LEARN TO PLAY TABLE TENNIS myplace, Harold Hill Tuesdays 10.30am t 796611 LONDON YOUTH GAMES TRIALS Havering Hurricanes London Youth Games team competes for the borough in more than 30 sports. Anyone who would like to compete, please check trials information on LYDIA LACEY YOGA Wednesdays, 7.30 – 8.30pm

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MEN’S FOOTBALL Monday’s 7.30 – 8.30pm Brittons Academy 3G Pitch, Rainham t 433768

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

NORTH ROMFORD SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Mondays and Wednesdays 9am – 12noon Mondays, Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays, 1.30 – 4.45pm OCCASIONAL DANCE Variety of classes on website PARA ACTIVE SPORT For a wide range of sporting activities for people of all ages with physical, sensory or learning disabilities

SYM SAILING CLUB Sundays, 1 March to 30 November 9am – 4pm TENNIS 4 GIRLS Selected Fridays, 5.30pm One term free to first time applicants

RAPHAEL PARKRUN Saturdays, 9am

TENNIS 4 U Four weeks tennis lessons free on Saturday mornings e



US GIRLS ACTIVITIES Sports and physical activities for women YOGA FOR ALL Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays

YOGA, PILATES AND BARRE PILATES Classes on Monday to Saturday ZUMBA GOLD All the fun of Zumba at a slower pace. Tuesdays 9am St Helen’s Church Hall, Rainham t 433768

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