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in Havering July 2018

Issue 182 •

The Heat is on... So let's Party! Heatwave and

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Saturday 22nd September 2018 at The Liberty Centre, Romford RM1 3RL Grab your trainers and tiaras and join us as we paint the town orange for Star Walk’s 10th Birthday! Check in at 9pm, walk starts at 10pm. Sign up at or email from Entry er £20 p adult

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Contents 12 34 18 issue 182

Havering has a new Mayor Cover picture: Just two of the acts that will appear at this year's Havering Show See more on page 20.

4 7 10 24 27

Lots of ways you can enjoy the summer in Havering

Royal celebrations across the borough

News The latest news from across Havering

Supporting our men and women in uniform Havering marks Armed Forces Day

Care for Carers A new support service for carers

Your new Council The results of May's local election

Working for Havering residents We follow our Streetscene Enforcement officers

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Helping Havering children live healthy lives Dodging the sugar and the fat

Supporting new mums Benefits of breastfeeding

Historical Havering Havering's key part in the history of the RAF

Business focus Heathrow touches down in Rainham

Listings Your guide to what's on in Havering


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Come and join our 2–4 year olds in the nursery where playing is learning and learning is fun. We are able to offer the government entitlements of 15 or 30 hours as well as fee paying hours.

For further details please contact the school office 01708 746806 and ask for the Head Teacher or email

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Welcome to the Summer edition of Living in Havering, and my first as Leader of your Council. I am honoured to take on the role. Thanks to everyone who voted in May. You can see who was elected to represent you on page 24. My priorities, and those of the Cabinet that I will lead over the next four years, will be to use the latest technology to deliver ever improving services and value for money for residents; to invest in our road network and improve the borough’s transport infrastructure; to support our local police service to provide frontline community policing; to lead a drive for more affordable housing for local people, to ensure that new schools and health facilities are included as part of any new development; to support our vulnerable and elderly residents; and to build on the success of the recently opened Sapphire Ice and Leisure in Romford. Pupils from local schools report on the improved rail connections we will soon enjoy on page 26 and you can read on page 20 all about the biggest event in the borough as the Havering Show celebrates 40 years of free entertainment.

Heads up on school leadership

A Rainham school that the schools inspector, Ofsted, in May 2017 said “required improvement” has a new leader. Will Thompson has been appointed to the position of Principal at The Brittons Academy and he’ll take up the post this September. Previously he was the Headteacher at The Forest Academy in Hainault for eight years and oversaw that school’s progression from 'Special Measures' in 2010 through to its current rating of ‘Good’ by Ofsted (2013 and 2017). Mr Thompson said "I genuinely believe that Brittons is a school that has the potential to be great. Everyone I have met has welcomed me warmly and shares my passion to make Brittons even better." Mr David Forster, Chair of Governors, said in welcoming the new Principal "Governors believe we have secured a proven Principal who can make Brittons a very good school for all its students".

Officially open

I hope you have a wonderful summer, but if you’re short of an idea to pass the time take a look at page 34 where we have details of just some of the many activities that will be held around our special borough.

Councillor Damian White Leader of the Council

The Mayor cuts the ribbon

(Picture courtesy CMS Photography)

Mawney Foundation School in Romford was officially opened at the end of April following a complete rebuild that allows the school to cater for more pupils with much improved facilities, including allweather outdoor sports facilities. The then Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Van den Hende, performed the ribbon-cutting in front of all the pupils gathered in the main hall along with representatives of the Education Funding Agency, Havering Council and the construction firm, Bowmer & Kirkland. The school has expanded this year from a two form entry to a three form entry school. By 2024 the school will cater for 630 pupils compared with 480 now.

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Focus on Feathering Each year some of the 2,500 trees on the pavements and verges throughout Havering start to produce shoots near the base of the tree known as “feathering”. These shoots can lead to problems such as growth over pavements and roads, causing trip hazards. The main trees which require feathering are limes and acers. Over the last couple of months Havering Council has been running its annual feathering programme to remove this growth. Affected trees will be re-inspected in October so that any further shoots can be removed before winter sets in.

Upminster Windmill visitor centre work is now complete and the building is already being used for organised groups and meetings ahead of the re-opening of the windmill.

dismantled ready for transportation back to the UK. Extensive work has also been required to the existing smock tower timbers due to their poor condition.

Mill Milestones

Restoration works on the windmill are progressing well. Over the last couple of months the millwright has been working on the repairs to the cap frame in his specialist workshop in Holland. When it’s completed it will be

The millwright is expected to finish the repairs on the windmill at the end of December. External works and the fit out of the interior of the mill will follow with a view to opening both buildings to the public at the end of April 2019.

You can help: • Use secateurs to cut off the growth as close to the tree base as possible • Do NOT remove anything above head height, leave this to the Council • Dispose of the cut shoots in your compost bin, your green waste bin or take it to the Reuse and Recycling Centre at Gerpins lane in Upminster.


Weeding our way around the borough S.H Goss & Co. Ltd treats weeds on the highway on behalf of the Council. They have a programme of ward-based work that will continue until November. All visible weeds are treated by a chemical that will eventually kill most common weed species. It can take up to 21 days for a weed to show signs of die back. Some weather conditions such as rain and extreme heat can make the chemical ineffective, impacting the schedule. However, the contractors aim to complete four sprays in eight months.


















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Rogue landlords fined £126,500 for poor housing conditions Since March Havering Council has issued £55,000 in penalty notices to rogue landlords across the borough. The Council’s Landlord Licencing Scheme, which started in 12 wards across the borough earlier this year, requires private landlords of homes in multiple occupancy (HMOs) to apply for a licence. The scheme was introduced to tackle the poor management of private rented homes, overcrowding and anti-social behaviour. A landlord was served two fixed penalty notices totalling £20,000 for operating an unlicensed HMO in serious disrepair in Rainham. The property had no heating, exposed electrical wiring, and a dangerous outdoor staircase, which lead to the roof and acted as an entrance to the property. Cllr Joshua Chapman, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Rogue landlords in Havering are now receiving significant financial penalties for failing to obtain a licence for their HMOs. Everyone in Havering has the right to good quality housing and irresponsible landlords with overcrowded or poorly maintained properties, are no longer tolerated. We are being proactive in dealing with this issue and are pleased with what we have achieved so far, but there is much more to do! Landlords of HMOs should take note and get a licence now to avoid such financial penalties.”




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Fusing creative skills

Professor Aziz, (second from left) meets, from left to right, Sarah Stuchfield, a local music teacher who has worked in Indonesia and is co-ordinating and developing the project, College Principal Paul Wakeling, and Creative Arts Faculty Leader Brian Martin.

An ambitious project for performing arts and creative media students to link up with a school in Indonesia is underway at Havering Sixth Form College in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch. Titled Island Fusions, the initiative will create the opportunity for a cross-cultural exchange between the Havering students and talented young dancers, musicians and theatre performers from the High School for Performing Arts in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. To mark the start of the project, the Cultural Attaché from the Indonesian Embassy, Professor Aminudin Aziz, visited the College at the end of April. It’s hoped the students from Indonesia will visit the UK for three weeks later this year and will work with Havering Sixth Form College students, attending lessons in music, dance and drama. The visit will culminate in a public performance event.  |  JULY 2018  |  07

Supporting our men and women in uniform Hundreds of Havering residents turned out to show their support as the borough marked national Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30 June. Shoppers and residents packed Romford Market Place and South Street to watch the parade, led by the Royal British Legion Band and Corps of Drums Romford and featuring soldiers from the Parachute Regiment. The Officer Commanding B Company 4 PARA Major Charlie Turner said: “It was again a privilege for B Company to participate in the Romford Armed Forces Day parade and to take the chance to further strengthen our ties with the local community. Our detachment based in London Road, Romford is steadily growing in size as we welcome a steady influx of new volunteers along with a number of ex-Regulars transferring to the Reserves.” i

The soldiers of 4 PARA, have just taken part in a two week intensive training exercise in South Wales designed to enhance and develop the infantry skills and marksmanship of the soldiers in order to enable them to fulfil their role as the designated reserve component of Britain’s high readiness force, 16 Air Assault Brigade. Over the past six months, members of the Company have deployed on exercises with their regular force colleagues to Jordan, Belize, Germany and Kenya, along with a multitude of professional development and career courses. 4 PARA are currently looking for new recruits in the 18 to 34 age bracket. Training is both physically demanding and highly rewarding. Anyone interested in being part of a close-knit team, should email 4PARA-BCoy-RECRUITING@ or call 0208 749 5694.

c o m pliant y l l u F

During April and May Havering Council worked with a company called Granicus to ensure that all email addresses held on our database of subscribers to our email bulletins were compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation that came into effect across the EU on 25 May. The new regulation is designed to protect the privacy of citizens and residents and more than 55,000 local residents have now opted to receive email bulletins from Havering Council. Bulletins range from updates on travel issues in the borough, to news of initiatives to keep Havering clean and green, to updates targeted at the local business community. Subscribers to any of the available topics also receive the fortnightly Living in Havering newsletter. If you haven’t already signed up to receive our newsletters it’s free, quick and easy to do so via our website.


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Looking after your money

Under pressure It’s been well documented in recent months that local authority budgets are under severe pressure. According to Richard Watts, the Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, town halls are facing a funding gap “in excess of £5bn a year by 2020,” and that they will be forced to make “difficult decisions about how best to use resources to support services and protect public assets.” Havering has always prided itself on sound financial management and in February this year agreed the budget for the current 2018/19 financial year. The then Leader of the Council, Cllr Roger Ramsey said at the time: “The 2018/19 budget proposals seek to balance the Council’s budget which is required by law, but also protect frontline services for residents.”

Revenue Support Grant from Central Government £30.4m



Financial Strategy Following the Council elections in May the new Cabinet is now reviewing Havering’s Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) that covers the next four years. This is against a backdrop of a dramatic reduction in the amount of revenue Support Grant that Havering Council receives from central Government as the chart to the right shows. This reduction has occurred at the same time as demand for council services has increased due to a growing population in general and in particular an increase in the number of elderly and very young people in the borough. With education, housing and social services accounting for around three quarters of all of the Council’s spending any increase in demand for these services, shown as service provisions in the chart to the right, puts added pressure on the Council’s financial resources.


-16 5 1 20

-17 6 1 20

-18 7 1 20

-19 18 0 2


-20 9 1 20

Increased demand for the Council's services Service Provisions: Childrens’ Services

Service Provisions: Adult Services



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Havering Council's forecast budget gap before savings £13.5m



-21 20 20

The MTFS indicates that without remedial action the Council will be faced with a cumulative budget gap of more than £37m over the next four years (see table on the left).

Balancing the budget


-20 19 20

Mind the gap

-22 21 20

-23 22 20

The Council is determined to set a balanced budget for the next (2019/20) financial year and to have a strategy in place for dealing with the gap over the next three financial years that the MTFS has identified. As part of its consideration of the savings and charges required to do this the Council will be seeking your views on what the Council should prioritize when it spends its money and where it should look for savings. We want as many people as possible to take part so in addition to the opportunity of expressing views by responding to an online survey, there will also be paper copies of the budget consultation available to pick up in all local libraries and from the Town Hall and a series of public meetings shown in the table below. In addition you’ll have the chance to have your say at the Havering Show over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The survey will be live on our website throughout August and September for you to complete and give your views.


The Timetable for the 2019/20 budget and MTFS consultation The Council reviews all departmental budgets and proposals for service changes or savings


Paper to Cabinet to set out transformation proposals and the proposed public consultation process

25 July

Public consultation on budget proposals


Paper to Cabinet setting out updated MTFS and public consultation findings

14 Nov

Budget setting Council

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Care for carers Havering Council has launched a new support service for carers living in the borough. Based at Community Reach House in the High Street, Romford the Havering Carer's Hub offers support to carers of adults with mental health issues, dementia, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and frailty. Carers can use the Hub as a central point of contact for all adult carers in the borough. Services provided include advocacy, emotional support, dementia services, social activities, training, specialised peer support groups, telephone support and advice. There will be carer forums three times a year with varying health and well-being themes. The contact number is 01708 961111 or you can email: Cllr Jason Frost, Cabinet Member

for Adults Care Services and Public Health, said: “Through launching the Havering Carers Hub we aim to support as many carers in the borough as possible. The Council understands the daily challenges many face and recognise the contribution carers make to loved ones, friends or neighbours but we know they also need a support system in place.” Frank Bullock, aged 91, is the main carer for his wife, who suffers from dementia, said: “After visiting the Carers Hub for the first time, I felt so much better for their wonderful support, and look forward to attending the dementia support group in the borough, run by carers for carers. Meeting other carers like me, who have similar situations will help me to not feel so alone.”


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News Don't forget to apply for your child's school place Schools in Havering receive large numbers of applications, we are proud we were able to offer 80 per cent of Havering children their first preference for starting at secondary school in September 2018 (the London average was 68 per cent) and offer more than 84 per cent one of their top three preferences.

Apply on time

All the information regarding secondary school applications is online at Don’t forget to: 1) Read each individual school’s admissions criteria. You will find out how to apply and how places are offered. 2) V  isit the schools you are interested in for your child. This is an invaluable opportunity to get a feel for a school, meet current pupils, review the schools ethos, speak with class teachers, and meet the head teacher. 3) Apply for and submit your online application, for up to six school places, between 1 September and 31 October 2018. All Havering Residents must apply using the online application form.

Travelling to and from school – things to consider • How will your child get to and from school and how much will it cost? Children travel for free after a one off fee on all Transport for London buses when presenting a valid Zip Oyster card. • Will they want to take part in before or after school activities?

Key dates for your diary • Secondary school closing date 31 October 2018 • Secondary schools offers are emailed out on the evening of 1 March 2019


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News New Mayor of Havering aims to


Climbing the mountains of Bhutan and trekking the Inca Trail, Borneo Cllr Patel has chosen Havering Mind, rainforest and Amazon the Rainbow Trust and the Lennox in Brazil, shows Children's Cancer Fund as his charities Councillor Dilip Patel for his mayoral year. He is also aiming has a sense of adventure to raise the profile of Havering outside and determination. of the borough as well. He said: Now as the new Mayor of Havering, he’s “Havering has a lot of attributes in relishing finding as which we can really be proud. We many opportunities as have both young and old residents possible to help the who make our borough a unique place borough prosper. Cllr Cllr Dilip Patel performs one if his first duties as Mayor and there is a lot to shout about.” Patel was elected Mayor as he congratulates outgoing Council Leader, Cllr Roger in May and is enjoying Ramsey, at the Annual Council meeting held on 23 May. Cllr Patel will be supported by the the chance to support Mayoress, his wife and fellow Councillor small charities and communities across the borough. A proud Nisha Patel who represents Romford Town ward. Together they Deputy Mayor of Havering last year, he says that role gave him are also members of Lions Club International. Deputy Mayor great preparation to be Mayor. is Councillor Michael Deon Burton, ward councillor for South Hornchurch. Cllr Patel said: “As Deputy Mayor, I visited a local charity that I never knew existed and it got me thinking about all the other “It will be a great experience to share with my wife. We both charities and organisations doing great work, but aren’t know what it means to be councillors and do what we can known to us. I decided that as Mayor I want to raise the for our communities. We want to contribute more to what profiles of all local charities in the borough, not only so we makes our borough special. I believe that if you put your can support them but also that residents know they are mind to anything, you can achieve it, the sky’s the limit.” there and can help them.”

Havering Carers’ Hub

Striving to make a


Are you a Carer, who provides unpaid support to a loved one, friend or neighbour who has a long term illness? We can offer support, information as well as a range of activities and other services.  |  JULY 2018  |  13

News Capable cadets Many young people and adults miss out on challenges and adventures that could transform their lives. Joining the Army Cadets has changed that for many Havering youngsters. They have participated in rock climbing, quad bike racing, canoeing and many other activities and courses which focus on developing the next generation of leaders including, bizarrely, herding sheep! Each year the Worshipful Company of Woolmen continue the ancient tradition of herding sheep back and forth over London Bridge. Havering cadets including Sophie Abbott and Courtney Martin-Gannon were privileged to escort Freemen of the City of London in relays across the bridge. At the end of a very busy day the cadets were given the opportunity to herd the sheep - an honour usually only given to Freemen.

Getting their hands

As a youth organisation sponsored by the Ministry of Defence, the Army Cadets have strong links with their adult colleagues. Havering cadets recently worked with the Queen’s Guard at the London Regimental Parade. Cadet Julie Bennett from Harold Hill said: “It was the best day ever. We were able to go into the guard area and felt like celebrities as tourists took photographs because we were in uniform. We even got to wear the bearskin hats.” Julie Bennett describes how she went from sitting on the couch to adult volunteer when she joined the cadets: “I turned up at the cadet training centre with no experience of Army Cadets. The volunteers showed me how to use my skills to assist the next generation. I was given all of the training and support Julie Bennett required. Now, for a few hours each week, I teach and inspire cadets to achieve their best, even when out of their comfort zone”. Volunteers are essential to cadet success and progression. If you are over 18, looking for your next big adventure and can commit to a few hours each week, telephone the admin officer on 020 8518 7346.


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Fabric and Alterations

The Council’s Chief Executive, Andrew Blake-Herbert, (left of picture) and Director of Neighbourhoods, Steve Moore, (wielding the pickaxe) were joined by a team from Wates Residential – the Council’s partner for the regeneration of 12 of our local estates – as a number of Havering’s housing schemes benefitted from a major week-long volunteering event led by the developer. More than 30 staff from Wates Residential swapped their day jobs to spend time volunteering to support local residents in Havering as part of the company’s ‘Reshaping Tomorrow Week’ in June. In total, three flower beds and three raised vegetable patches were built and planted at six locations across the borough, including at sheltered schemes, temporary accommodation facilities and homeless hostels.

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News Footballers score a fundraising A group of friends from Romford have scored an award from charity Diabetes UK for raising £25,000 for diabetes research. The college friends who live in and around Romford and used to play for Cromer Park Football Club, get together for an annual fundraising event and have won an Inspire Award in recognition of their fundraising efforts. They stage an annual family day in memory of team member Matthew Sell, who had Type 1 diabetes and passed away in 2002. Wayne Hannaway, one of the event organisers, said: “We are thrilled to accept the Fundraising Award on behalf of the Cromer Park Fundraising Team in memory of our dear friend Matt. To be nominated for an award is wonderful, but to win in the presence of so many other deserving nominees is very humbling. Our annual event takes a lot of effort to arrange and it would not be possible without the support of the whole community. “As we look forward to our fifth year of fundraising, we would like to extend our deepest thanks to all our volunteers, club members, partners and those who donate time, money or gifts to help our cause.”


Wayne Hannaway receives the award on behalf of the Cromer Park fundraisers from Colette Marshall, Operations Director at Diabetes UK For the past three years the Cromer Park fundraising day has been based around family fun with music, stalls and a charity football match. Planning is already well underway for the 2018 event which will be held in the grounds of Henderson’s Sports and Social Club, Kenilworth Road, Romford, on Saturday, July 21, from 12 noon until the evening.  |  JULY 2018  |  15


Share your thoughts

It’s not too late to have your say on proposals to transform New Road, the A1306, in South Hornchurch and Rainham.

How the A1306 could look after the transformation work

South Hornchurch and to pass on your views which are important to us. “There is a now a greater awareness of the impact that transport has on well-being and so we encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport where possible to improve health and reduce air pollution. This scheme will greatly support that ambition as well as enhance the area for residents for years to come.”

i First reported in Living 176 last May, Havering Council now has detailed plans to enhance New Road and make it into a greener and more pleasant place, which will allow local residents and visitors to walk and cycle safely in the area. The Council has secured £4.5m of funding from the Mayor of London and £1.8m from Transport for London for the project. A series of public consultation events were held earlier this month but if you missed those and want to find out more, or have your say on the proposals, you can still do so online until Sunday 22 July. Visit the web address shown at the end of this article. Residents can also present their views by post to: Lauren Gee, Beam Parkway Consultation, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BB. Cllr Osman Dervish, Havering Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “I encourage everyone to have a look at these exciting plans for regenerating this part of Rainham and


Apologies to Victoria Porter and Emily Elkin, two of the candidates for election to this year’s Youth Parliament. Their pictures were transposed on page 17 of the last edition of Living in Havering.

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Whether you’re a resident or run a business in Havering, you can enter the prestigious Havering in Bloom competition. You’ll be making the borough an even more attractive place to visit, live and work in.

Here are this year’s categories:

• Best Front Garden

That is clearly visible to the passing public.

• Best Community Garden

Awarded for a garden, patio or frontage of a building where the displays have been created for the shared benefit of others, including visitors or residents. This category includes community centres.

• Best Allotment Plot and Site

Awarded to the best plot and overall site.

• Best Royal Display

Awarded to the display which celebrates the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, this can be an individual, school or group entry, and can consist of flowers, shrubs or ornamental foliage.

• Best Commercial Site

This may include industrial or office premises, shops and garage forecourts, restaurants and pubs. They must be clearly visible to the passing public.

• Best Hanging Basket

• Best Cleaner Air Display

• Best School Grounds

• Sunflower Competition

Awarded to the best hanging basket, this can be individual display or a group display. Awarded for examples of vegetable gardens, wildlife areas and attractive well maintained grounds containing trees, shrubs and flowers. Judges will be looking for evidence of the educational use of grounds and the direct contribution of children and young people.

This would be a scheme that utilises plants that are known for their air cleaning properties and assisting the lowering of air temperature. This is awarded to the tallest sunflower.

How to enter Please send your photos to Harrow Lodge Depot, Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, RM11 1JU or, all entries to arrive by Tuesday 31 July 2018. Judging will be held on 9 August. Award Presentations will take place a few weeks later.

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Welfare update Are you ready for Universal Credit? Universal Credit is a new social security benefit for people of working age. It combines six means tested benefits into one benefit for adults, children, and housing costs. Last month (June 2018), Universal Credit was fully rolled out in Havering. That means if you make a new claim or have a change of circumstances, you’ll need to claim Universal Credit.

What will it replace? • Child Tax Credit • Housing Benefit • Income Support • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) • Working Tax Credit


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Royal visit to Havering’s jewels

Havering welcomed His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent on Tuesday 12 June and showed how the borough is flourishing in business, heritage and leisure. His Royal Highness visited Coborn Engineering, Langtons House and Gardens and the Sapphire and Ice Leisure complex. At Coborn Engineering The Duke was given a brief introduction to the company by management and staff. He was then given demonstrations of their work, including design and machine fitting. At Langtons The Duke was told about the history of the Grade II Listed 18th Century House and landscaped gardens, which

acts as the borough’s register office for birth, deaths and marriages as well as hosting wedding ceremonies. The final stop of the day was at the borough’s newly-opened Sapphire Ice and Leisure, where he was given a tour of the leisure facilities and ice rink, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the centre. Councillor Dilip Patel, Mayor of Havering said: “We were privileged to have His Royal Highness here to see one of our jewels, Langton House and Gardens and to take an interest in one of our thriving local businesses, in Coborn Engineering. We are thrilled that he agreed to officially unveil the commemorative plaque at the Sapphire Ice and Leisure.”

Celebrating the royal wedding People all over the borough threw themselves wholeheartedly into the spirit of the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May. There were four street parties organised across Havering in Crescent Avenue, Farnes Drive, Edward Close and Petersfield Avenue/ Fairford Way, with hundreds attending and enjoying the glorious sunshine, good food, drink and community spirit. The market had festivities from 10am until 4pm, with stilt walkers, balloon animals, a spot the Royal hunt for youngsters and more. Our libraries got in the swing of things holding special art sessions for children to design their own crown and putting up royal displays in celebration.

Iain Lockwood fires up one of the barbecues as the Edward Close, Ardleigh Green street party gets underway in glorious sunshine

Romford Market decked in royal flag bunting

The crowd gathered for the Crescent Avenue, Elm Park street party that also featured a bouncy castle and ice cream van  |  JULY 2018  |  19


bigthe day

As the sun shone down, Saturday 19 May was not just the big day for Prince Harry and Meghan. While Windsor Castle was the focus of the nation’s attention, Langtons hosted several weddings that day, and Living caught up with a few of the couples who shared their special day with the Royal family.

Jamie and Sharifa met on a dancefloor in an Essex nightclub over 12 years ago. They told us “We got engaged on the same day as Harry and Meghan and booked 19 May forgetting it was the royal’s big day – it’s been a nice way to get into the wedding spirit! “We picked Langtons because it’s a beautiful setting, close to home and our friends that have got married there have had lovely weddings. “We are taking time to plan our honeymoon, but very likely to be in the United States and Barbados.”

Emma and Louise, who went on a family holiday, then Las Vegas for their honeymoon, also decided on Langtons because of its wonderful grounds. “We booked our ceremony before the Royals and were worried ours might be overshadowed.” “But, sharing our anniversary with the Royal couple will highlight ours too, making it feel even more real.”

Claire and Lewis, who plan to go to Vietnam for their honeymoon later this year met on Claire said they picked Langtons because “We wanted a registry office local to where we live in Brentwood and Langtons is by far the most picturesque with lovely grounds, so it was an easy decision. “We are pleased to share the day with them, it is a funny coincidence and I’m hoping it means my husband doesn’t forget our anniversary!”


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Bank Holiday entertainment

Forty years

The Havering Show is the borough’s biggest free event and takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August 2018. This year the Show marks its 40th anniversary and celebrates music from the four decades in which the show, has been running. This year’s show will be held at Harrow Lodge Park in Hornchurch between 11am and 6pm on both days. You can follow the event on social media using the hashtag #HaveringShow. Last year around 55,000 people attended the event that was blessed with glorious weather. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for great weather again!



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young! As well as the main music stage, there will be the Fairkytes Live stage which will be hosting local bands and acoustic artists as well as a special performance from Toyah Willcox. But it’s about so much more than the music! There will be something for absolutely everyone, young and old, at the show. Over the two days there will be a wide range of attractions including craft stalls, a range of street food and licensed bars. The RCWA wrestlers will be performing again on both days due to their exciting performances over the past two years. For the youngsters you’ll find giant inflatables, a 60ft zip line for the adventurous, soft play for the toddlers and an interactive animal experience from Wild Science which includes mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.


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Supporting children

The first ballot boxes arrived at the counting centre soon after polls closed at 10pm

Start that journey Don’t wait to start your fostering journey, be inspired like Michelle and start supporting a child. Our experienced foster carer shared how she couldn’t wait until retirement and within two years decided to apply to become a foster carer with Havering Council. “Since becoming an approved carer, my husband and I have supported five children, including two sibling groups. We provide care for children aged from 0-18 year olds, but my preference is teenagers, as I have younger children of my own and this dynamic works best in our household. “When a young person enters my house for the first time I always want them to know that they are accepted for who they are, as many have had tough experiences and many upheavals already in their young lives.”

Don’t delay. Start your fostering application today.


really changes you for the better and you appreciate so “ Fostering many new things. You feel so proud when a teenager who previously

used to avoid school is now willing to attend and engage due to your own encouragement. Bringing out the best in a child is a blessing.

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Havering has its say

Counting your votes

All votes were counted at Hornchurch Sports Centre Havering went to the polls on May 3 to elect the councillors who will represent you over the next four years. 134 polling stations were open from 7 in the morning to 10 at night and 70,801 people took the opportunity to cast their votes. More than seven hundred staff were required to run the polling stations during the day and count the votes during the night at Hornchurch Sports Centre. Who was elected is shown on the following two pages. After the election a new administration was formed. The Cabinet members are shown on page 25. Key committee positions were also filled following the Annual Council Meeting held on 23 May and details of them, and of the six Member Champions whose role is to represent those groups in Council discussions and represent the borough in meetings with organisations involved in the area they champion, can also be found on the Council’s website.


HELP parents Havering Council is recruiting passionate parents, grandparents and carers who have experience of looking after a child aged from two four years to become Parent Group Leader volunteers. In this role you could help support the new Empowering Parents Empowering Communities project that helps other parents in the community to build positive relationship such as listening and communicating with their child in an effective way to help parents cope with stress and to build trusting relationships. Volunteers will only need to dedicate a few hours a week of their time as a Parent Group leader. i /earlyhelpvolunteer

Year 7 Open Evening Tuesday 18th September 2018 5.45 - 9.00pm

The Headteacher will speak at 6.00pm and 7.00pm

Visit for more information or for a Prospectus call 01708 447368 Brentwood Road, Romford RM1 2RR

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Havering has its say

Your new Co

Thursday 3 May was Polling Day with 192,394 Havering residents eligible to elect 54 councillors – three in each of 18 wards across the borough – at 134 polling stations. On the day 207 candidates stood and a total of 70,801 ballot papers were issued giving Havering a turn-out of 36.8 per cent. Election results are available to view on the Council's website. i

At the Annual Council meeting Councillor Damian White was elected Leader of the Council with a minority Conservative administration. He has appointed Councillor Robert Benham as his Deputy Leader. There are seven members of the Cabinet. Councillor Dilip Patel was elected Mayor of Havering and Councillor Michael Deon Burton appointed Deputy Mayor.

North Havering Residents' Group 3 seats

Conservative Group 26 seats

Labour Group 5 seats Brooklands



Havering Park

Robert Benham Conservative Group

Viddy Persaud Conservative Group

Timothy Ryan Conservative Group

Clarence Barrett Upminster and Cranham Residents' Group

Elm Park

Gillian Ford

John Tyler

Upminster and Cranham Residents' Group

Upminster and Cranham Residents' Group

Heaton Pettits



Squirrels Heath

Emerson Park Romford Town


Brooklands Hylands

Sally Miller Residents' Group

Barry Mugglestone Residents' Group

Timothy Ryan Stephanie

Nunn Residents' Group

Conservative Town Hall Main Road Romford RM1 3BB

Bob Perry

Ryan Roger Ramsey Timothy Matt Sutton

Conservative Group

Conservative Group


Conservative Town Hall Main Road Romford RM1 3BB 01708 432havering.

St Andrews


Conservative Group

Elm Park

Hacton South Hornchurch Rainham and Wennington

Carole Beth

Paul McGeary Jan Sargent

Nic Dodin

Labour Group

Labour Group

Residents' Group

Independent Residents' Group

Harold Wood

North Havering Residents' Group

Reginald Whitney Residents' Group

Havering Park

Brian Eagling Martin Goode Darren Wise North Havering Residents' Group

Raymond Morgon Residents' Group

North Havering Residents' Group

Raymond Best Conservative Group


Ryan John Crowder Timothy Christine Conservative Vickery Town Hall Main Road Conservative Conservative Romford RM1 3BB Group Group 01708 432027 (TH) timothy.ryan@

Keith Darvill

Tele Lawal

Timothy Denis Ryan O'Flynn

Labour Group

Labour Group

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Council, Mayor and Cabinet Residents' Group 8 seats Upminster & Cranham Residents' Group 6 seats

Leader Deputy Leader and Cabinet Cllr Damian White Member for Education, Children & Families Cllr Robert Benham

Independent Residents' Group 6 seats

Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Joshua Chapman

Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Osman Dervish

Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Care Services Cllr Jason Frost

Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety Cllr Viddy Persaud


Cabinet Member for Finance and Property Cllr Roger Ramsey

Mayor of Havering Cllr Dilip Patel



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Jason Frost

Dilip Patel

Timothy Ryan Carol Smith

Conservative Group

Conservative Group

Conservative Group

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Philippa Crowder Conservative Group

Rainham & Wennington Park

Robby Misir Conservative Group

Romford Town



David Durant

Tony Durdin

Jeffrey Tucker

Independent Residents' Group

Independent Residents' Group

Independent Residents' Group

Joshua Chapman Conservative Group

Saint Andrews


Osman Dervish Conservative Group

For contact details for any of the Councillors visit:

Paul Middleton Residents' Group


Christine Smith Conservative Group

Maggie Themistocli Conservative Group

John Mylod Conservative Group

Conservative Town Hall Main Road Romford RM1 3BB 01708 432027 (TH) timothy.ryan@

Conservative Group

Melvin Wallace Conservative Group

Damian White Conservative Group

Nisha Patel

Conservative Group

Conservative Group

South Hornchurch

Gerry O'Sullivan Residents' Group

Michael Deon Burton Conservative Group

Natasha Summers Independent Residents' Group

Graham Williamson Independent Residents' Group


Squirrels Heath

Timothy CiaranRyan White

Judith Holt

Michael White Conservative Group

Linda Hawthorn Upminster & Cranham Residents' Group

Ron Ower Upminster & Cranham Residents' Group

Christopher Wilkins Upminster & Cranham Residents' Group

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Your representatives

Youngest and longest-serving The Council elections in May saw a raft of new faces elected plus the return of some long-serving Members. The youngest councillor elected was Tele Lawal representing the Heaton ward. New to the Council she’s just 22 years old and lives in Wrexham Road, Harold Hill.

Tele explains why she decided to stand: “If there's something I hate the most, it's feeling helpless and powerless. I decided to look at various ways to help people and found politics was the most effective way to change lives and shape communities.” “I aim to work with other councillors to champion residents’ opinions and make a real difference to the quality of their daily lives and prospects. Housing, crime, children services, equality and diversity are key areas for me and where I want to the make the most impact.” Since the election Cllr Lawal has been appointed to be the Council’s Member Champion for Equalities and Diversity. When not representing her residents Tele works as an External Communication Assistant at Metro Bank. She enjoys fashion and finds it’s a great way to express herself. “It shows people who you are before you even speak” she says.

Representing Upminster ward Cllr Linda Hawthorn from Cedar Gardens in Upminster is now the longest continuously serving councillor following her initial election in May 1990. “I was very surprised back in 1990 to be elected, but soon started to find it interesting and rewarding, and to enjoy helping my residents.” “As in most wards the most comments I receive relate to street care issues. Upminster is semi-rural, and has much green belt, which we need to keep an eye on. We also have many heritage buildings and three conservation areas to protect. With the third biggest shopping area, Thames Chase and Stubbers, it's a busy ward, but we like to think it's the best one in Havering. Sometimes the little things we achieve stand out most, like getting a road safety issue addressed,” said Linda. Outside of politics Linda’s interests include animal welfare, and family tree tracing. “I've just had my DNA done - and was surprised to find I'm only 41 per cent British - the rest being mainly French, Belgian, Spanish, Scandinavian and even Russian!” said Linda.

Are you eligible for 30 free hours childcare in a school nursery? At St Edward's Primary School, ten minutes from Romford Rail Station, you will be able to access full-time nursery provision from September 2018.

What makes us special?

• A team of dedicated, experienced staff, led by specialist teachers • Exciting learning opportunities in large

well-organised classrooms and outdoor play areas Happy, caring and fun environment • • Close partnership with parents and regular 'stay and play' sessions. Find out more by contacting us at St Edward's Primary School, Havering Drive, Romford, RM1 4BT. Please ring the school to arrange a time to visit to meet our Nursery staff and children or visit our website: Telephone: 01708 745971 Email: We also have a few places in our Reception year, starting in September 2018, for interested families.

”Pupils are very caring, friendly and respectful towards each other. They behave well and feel safe in school“

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Working for Havering residents In another of our series of articles looking at the people who work for you in Havering Council’s enforcement teams, we go and visit dumped rubbish in Wennington.

Staff profile: Streetscene Enforcement team – Paul, Denise and Barry We’re on our way to inspect reports of fly-tips in East Hall Lane, Wennington. Living is travelling with Enforcement Officers Paul, Denise and Barry. They will check the dumped rubbish for any evidence that will tell them where it is has come from, and who may have dumped it. “We’ve found all sorts of things in the past” says Barry whose usual patrol area is the Mawneys, Havering Park and Petits wards and has worked for Havering Council for three years. “Last year I found a pile of waste that had come from an embassy in Kensington and Chelsea. You get waste from all sorts of surprising sources – I’ve even

Denise clambers over dumped rubbish looking for clues as to its orgin found dumped rubbish on the public highway that included confidential patients’ records from a doctor’s surgery!”

also involves putting cases together in order for prosecutions to be brought through the courts” says Denise. She has to regularly give evidence in court. The reliability of the evidence is crucial and as we inspect the piles of dumped waste in East Hall Lane, Denise and her colleagues are careful to log all the details precisely and use evidence bags that can be produced in court later.

Denise, Paul and Barry are part of an eight-strong team tackling waste in all its forms across our borough. “We follow up on reports we receive from the public about fly-tipping but also help residents to help us keep the Barry and Denise compare notes borough clean” says Paul. “At times we try and get our message across in a fun way – like when we use very realistic, but artificial, dog poo, to demonstrate to residents how to properly use dog poo bags, and to correctly dispose of them afterwards. I regularly visit schools and we attend the Freshers’ Week at Havering College where we teach children not to drop gum and other litter and why Paul examines a document that includes an keeping the borough address found in a flytip in East Hall Lane clean is great for wildlife as well as humans.”

“If we identify where the waste has come from we can go to the resident or business and issue a warning notice and encourage them to always check that they only use licensed waste carriers in future” says Denise. Denise has worked for Havering’s Streetscene Enforcement team since 2009 and has been with the Council since 2001. “Anyone collecting rubbish from a residential home or business who’s legit should provide the person whose rubbish they are collecting with a waste transfer notice. Our job is to educate people to do the right thing, but if they don’t then we can take the legal route so my work

The worst aspect of their job? “Sifting through human hair and nappies” says Paul. “Maggots” says Denise.

“We aim for a very high standard of cleanliness,” says Paul “and everyone in the team has a ‘can do’ attitude” chips in Barry.

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Helping Havering children live healthy lives

Dodging the sugar and the fat Havering Council has launched England’s first council-created app. Designed with the aim of promoting healthy eating to primary and junior school children across the borough, the Veggie RUN app also links with the new in-school healthy meal plans to encourage pupils to make healthy choices. The benefit of playing Veggie RUN is that your child can compete to win sporty prizes for themselves and their school. All primary and junior schools have been issued with their individual four digit code to share with parents, as without the code we cannot reward prizes, so if you haven’t received yours – contact your school.

Bikes, bikes, bikes Head of Catering, Dennis Brewin has been delivery bikes to lucky winners around our borough. Next term the scoreboards will be reset and many new prizes will be offered to pupils and schools.

Ayla Allen, aged 8,


ging “It’s very challen e to and it helps m e the g understand to dod unhealthy foods.”

Dylan Rynhoud, aged 9, said:

“Better than Sub way Surf!”

Save time, buy your child a school catered lunch It is so simple to purchase a school catered lunch priced at only £2.20, (free for pupils in Reception or Years 1 and 2). It includes a free fruit, salad and dessert. All you need to do is buy lunch credit via your school’s website. This saves you time and ensures your child is eating a healthy and nutritious meal, as a recent study by School Food Plan showed only one per cent of packed lunches meet the government’s criteria on nutritional lunches.

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


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Havering has great connections All aboard Crossrail with Our trip to the Elizabeth Line train simulator The Gidea Park Primary and Harold Wood Primary Taking Steps editorial team, write: On Monday 6 November last year, Gidea Park Primary School and Harold Wood Primary School went to the Bombardier Depot, Ilford. The reason we went there was to meet Steve Murphy – the Managing Director of MTR Crossrail, and some of the trainee Elizabeth Line drivers. We were also lucky enough to try the state of the art train simulator. They use it to instruct their train drivers in how to cope in difficult situations. When we arrived, we walked through the Bombardier site, managing to see their new trains. Crossrail is the biggest engineering project in Europe, not just the UK, costing billions of pounds. We also learnt that the Elizabeth Line will make it much easier to travel through London. After interviewing Steve and the drivers, we went downstairs to try out the simulator. Each of us had two goes; it was very realistic, it replicates the real stations and has people moving on and off the trains, the weather changes too, and luckily none of us crashed! Even the adults had a go, we all really enjoyed it. We were so lucky; we travelled on the new trains back to school. Taking Steps magazine is produced quarterly in collaboration with Havering Council and is distributed free-of-charge to primary schools.  |  JULY 2018  |  31

Supporting you to feed your baby Benefits of breastfeeding

The benefits of breastfeeding to baby and mother are clear. It protects against cancer, obesity, diabetes, infections and sudden infant death, and supports loving relationships and brain development. There are many challenges that prevent breastfeeding being the norm, so organisations across Havering are taking action to create a supportive and informed environment for all parents. Queen's Hospital was recently awarded the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative Stage 2 award, meaning staff are trained to provide sensitive and effective support for mums to breastfeed. Health Visitors have also been trained to provide support. Mums often have questions and setbacks, so face-to-face support is available across the borough every week at free dropin sessions run by Havering Council and LatchOn. The sessions at Children’s Centres also provide advice on bottle-feeding (whether expressed breastmilk or formula milk) in a way that’s responsive to babies’ needs. • Tuesdays 10.30am – 12noon at St Kilda Children’s Centre (Havering Council) • Tuesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm at Queen's Theatre (LatchOn) • Wednesdays 10.30am – 12noon at Collier Row Children’s Centre (Havering Council)

“Parents often come to us confused about all the different messages they receive about breastfeeding, so at the Infant Feeding Cafés we take time to sit and chat, and provide practical support, to enable them to make the right choice for them and their baby.” Michelle and Becky, Early Years Practitioners During World Breastfeeding Week from 1–7 August, Havering Council will be launching a Breastfeeding Welcome scheme. The scheme is aimed at making it easy for mums to find welcoming and supportive places to breastfeed when out and about in the borough, and recognising businesses and organisations for promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

Want to talk to someone about breastfeeding?

Visit us in the Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford on Thursday 19 July where we’ll be on hand to provide support and answer any questions you have – whether you’re an expectant mum, friend or relation of someone who is breastfeeding or wants to do so, or someone with a venue you’d like to register as Breastfeeding Welcome. Alternatively, email or attend any of the support sessions listed.

• Alternate Thursdays 10am – 12noon at The Pink Parachute, Hornchurch (LatchOn)

“At LatchOn, we specialise in facilitating parents to make informed decisions about feeding and provide them with support to help them achieve their personal breastfeeding goals, in whatever form these take.”

• Fridays 12.30 – 2.30pm at Tesco Roneo Corner (LatchOn)

Katharine and Sarah, LatchOn

• Thursdays 10.30am – 12noon at Rainham Village Children’s Centre (Havering Council)

If you have a café, restaurant, nursery or other premises that you’d like to register as Breastfeeding Welcome, you can do so at



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Working to keep residents safe Crime prevention is one of the key priorities for the Havering Community Safety Partnership. The partnership is made up of Havering Council, the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade and other organisations.

Going away

during the summer? Follow these tips to keep your home safe: •M  ake sure your house looks like someone is at home. Ask a family member or a trusted friend to house sit if possible while you are away. •D  on't close your curtains in the daytime. This is a clear sign that your house is empty. • Cancel any milk or online deliveries. •A  void discussing specific date and times of when you’ll be away on social media. •A  sk a family member or a trusted friend to pick up your mail and clear out any junk mail. • Install a light on a timer switch that comes on in the evening. i

Keeping you safe Specially trained drugs dogs and their handlers have been patrolling Romford Town Centre, as part of a Havering Council-funded operation, supported by local police.

Don’t get

distracted Distraction burglary is where criminals try to trick their way into your home and use a number of bogus excuses as a ruse to gain access to your home unlawfully. It’s still a rare crime, but you can stay one step ahead: •If you are not sure who is at your door, don’t open it. Use a chain or look through your door viewer or the front window. Beware of anyone who claims to want to get into your home in a hurry. • If an unexpected caller claims to work for a utility company, you can check their identity by calling the company they are claiming to represent. Use telephone numbers you have for the organisation yourself. Never use any telephone numbers or contact details by the caller – they may be bogus. • If in doubt, call a relative or a neighbour or the police – genuine callers won’t mind waiting. •M  ake sure your property is locked at the back if you are talking to someone at the front door. A bogus caller will often try and distract you while an accomplice enters the home at the back.


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For young children

Havering Children’s Centres are running their popular summer activity programme from 23 July until 31 August. It includes drop-in sessions, infant feeding cafes and Butterflies Group for new mothers. Spaces are limited so i book early. For full details see the website.

These drop-in sessions will run at centres across the borough:


Baby Stay & Play (Pre-walkers) A chance for babies and parents to socialise together, play, explore and learn with other children within a safe and stimulating environment. The group will include an interactive singing and rhyming time for you and your baby.

Musical Jelly Beans (For ages 0 to 5) Get active and get moving with a fun, interactive, music, singing and rhyming session. Activities include dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, parachute games and bubbles.

Stay & Play (For ages 0 to 8) A chance for children and parents to socialise together, play, explore and learn with other children within a safe, informative and stimulating environment. The group also includes a fun interactive singing and rhyming time for you and your child.

Top 5 outdoor things to do in Havering

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

Get fit in Hornchurch Country Park Hornchurch Country Park is a wonderful place to be active and discover wildlife and enjoy beautiful views of marshland and reed beds. The facilities include play areas, and an outdoor gym. i

Go birdwatching Havering is rich in birdlife and Bedfords Park is also home to flocks of breeding birds and is a great place to see Britain’s smallest bird of prey, the Hobby, along with Great and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Canada Geese, Little Ringed Plover and seasonal visitors such as Swifts and House Martins. i

Play outside Running alongside the River Rom on the north side of the A12 in Collier Row is this flat area of grassland known as King George’s Playing Field. It’s an ideal place for some play time with the kids. Children of all ages can use the play area, multi-use games ball court, skate/bmx equipment, outdoor gym, bowls green and football pitches for hire. i

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


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Good work in the local community We are

all beautiful

A local photographer is using her experience with the rare skin condition vitiligo to encourage other sufferers to step in front of the camera and show the world how truly beautiful they are.

Emma Thomson, the owner of Emma Corrine Portraits, who hires a studio at Fairkytes Arts Centre in Hornchurch, has had vitiligo since she was 14. She used to suffer from severe anxiety and depression due to the bullying and low self-esteem it caused. Vitilgo makes the skin, and sometimes the hair, turn white in patches. The way the condition develops varies from one person to another. It can spread to cover the whole body, but this does not necessarily happen. The most common form of vitiligo affects both sides of the body, but it can affect one side only. “Kids at school used to call me a leopard or say that I had leprosy” says Emma. “In some cases the natural skin pigment goes away and then comes back” explains Emma. “I’m also very prone to sunburn and have to use Factor 50 suncream.”

One of Emma’s portrait photographs

For years Emma would hide her vitiligo and cover it with fake tan and make up. However, in recent years Emma has learned to love and accept herself and is inspired by the likes of fashion model Winnie Harlow who is in the public eye and makes no attempt to hide her condition. Emma has been working with local vitiligo sufferers to encourage them to step in front of her camera and to love and accept themselves for who they are. She has created a Facebook group called 'Vitiligo Project 2018' and is now arranging local meet-ups for vitiligo sufferers.


Focus on local charities:

A selfportrait of Emma Thomson

Home from Home

Home from Home for the Elderly’s primary aim is to establish a residential care home and day centre for the elderly in Havering. Granted charity status in 2012, the charity is striving to provide first class care in a loving “home from home” environment where elderly people can live in the way they choose to live. In October 2014 they began a befriending scheme providing non-technical care and companionship to individuals in their own homes. The befrienders are all volunteers, co-ordinated and supported by the charity. Nearly thirty elderly people are being visited on a regular basis by the charity’s trained volunteer visitors. The charity also brings together elderly and young people to allow elderly resident to pass on their wealth of experiences and practical skills such as knitting and sewing. i  |  JULY 2018  |  37

Historical Havering

RAF1 This year marks 100 years of the Royal Air Force (RAF), the world’s first - and most famous - independent Air Force. The celebratory events officially launched on 1 April and earlier this month there was a centenary service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and mass flypast. A former airfield in Havering plays a key role in the RAF’s glorious history. Soon after the First World War ended it was decided that Suttons Farm airfield in Hornchurch was

Air Chief Marshall Sir Harry Broadhurst unveiled a memorial to RAF Hornchurch in 1983

41 Squadron who were based at RAF Hornchurch during the Battle of Britain

During the Second World War RAF Hornchurch was a fighter station and squadrons from Hornchurch played a key role in the Battle of Britain. Hornchurch became the most renowned Spitfire station in Fighter Command. 54 Squadron destroyed the most Luftwaffe aircraft during the battle and Eric Lock of 41 Squadron achieved the most individual hits. Many famous names flew from Hornchurch including Douglas Bader, Derek Dowding, Paddy Finucane, and Robert Stanford-Tuck. After the war RAF Hornchurch was an Officers’ Training School and later an RAF Volunteer Centre and aircrew selection centre. The airfield closed in 1962.

surplus to requirements and the airfield was decommissioned. Most of the buildings were demolished and farming resumed once more.

A memorial to RAF Hornchurch was unveiled by Air Chief Marshall Sir Harry Broadhurst on 5 July 1983. Harry or “Broady” as he was known during the Battle of Britain, was posted to command the Hornchurch Sector of No. 11 Group However following the decision in the early 1920s to Fighter Command in December 1940 and continued to fly expand the new Royal Air Force, former First World War airfields were inspected to ascertain their suitability for use. on operations, even as a group captain. Although small, Suttons Farm was ideally located to be able to defend the north-eastern approaches to London. After to the Local Studies team of the Havering protracted negotiations, the original land was re-purchased, Library. If you are interested in Havering's history, want together with some further land to the south of the original to start tracing your family history, find an old newspaper airfield. report, information about your house or street in the past, a photograph or other illustrations of Havering's The new airfield took four years to build and opened, as RAF buildings and historical events, Local Studies may be Sutton’s Farm, in April 1928. Two months later the name able to help you. You can find them on the first floor of was changed to RAF Hornchurch and the first unit to be Romford Library. based there was 111 Squadron, led by Squadron Leader


Keith Park, who also became the first station commander.


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Business focus

50 years young Now one of the leading office in Corbets Tey Road to independent estate agents our stunning office in the heart of the in the south of England, town centre in Station Road reflects how we have Beresfords opened its first progressed in other areas” said Paul. “But Upminster still office on Corbets Tey Road in Upminster in 1968. feels like ‘home’ and I’m proud that our team there, some of whom have lived and worked in the area for over 20 years, Fifty years on, Beresfords employs over 200 local people are conducting themselves in a manner that my parents over 17 locations across Essex, and has won multiple industry awards at local, regional and national level, but the would be proud of.” company still champions the ethos that was instilled by Reg “We’re still heavily involved in the local community, and Eileen Beresford half a century ago; to offer a personal supporting local schools and charity events such as the and professional service at one of the key stages of people’s STEP2IT Havering 5K Run and First Step a fantastic charity lives, moving home. supporting special needs children which is itself celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018. We’re also immensely proud With son Paul now CEO and grandson Alex an Area Director, of our annual charity ball which has raised over £45,000 Beresfords remains a family run business. Spending most of for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance within the space of just his life living in Upminster, Havering will always hold a two years.” special place in Paul’s heart. “Our transition from that tiny

Starting up Havering Council, in partnership with Enterprise Nation, has supported over 200 start-ups since 2016 by providing nearly 3,000 hours of 1-2-1 support, workshops, webinars and ‘meet the buyer’ events. A showcase evening held at the Town Hall in May provided networking opportunities for more than a dozen of Havering’s emerging entrepreneurs. Businesses present included interior design and branding outfit Brennan and Burch, who's work can be seen around Romford including in the Retailery in Market Place, and telephone and webchat handling company Handlr. Handlr’s founder, Aaron Henriques (pictured), was invited to meet Jimmy McLaughlin, the business adviser to the Prime Minister, last month to discuss how the government can better support small businesses.

Cafés and restaurants are being encouraged to sign up to Havering’s Breastfeeding Welcome scheme. For more information see the article on page 31 or visit:

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Business focus

Heathrow touches down in Rainham

Phil Wilbraham, the Heathrow Expansion Programme Director (with arm raised) responds to Havering’s Heathrow Logistics Hub presentation at the recent meeting held in Rainham.

A delegation from Heathrow Airport visited SEGRO’s Beam Reach 6 site in Rainham in June as part of a nationwide tour of sixty-five sites, still in the running to be construction centres for Heathrow expansion. Havering is bidding to be one of the Heathrow Logistics Hubs by highlighting Rainham’s unrivalled connectivity to Heathrow by rail, road, river and air. Logistics Hubs will help ensure that businesses across the UK can form part of the airport’s supply chain, enabling Heathrow’s new runway to deliver a legacy of construction excellence across the UK. Logistics Hubs, where components of the airport will be pre-assembled before being transported in consolidated loads to the airport, feature in the Government’s Industrial Strategy, listed as an example of how to develop skills across the UK and create conditions where successful businesses can emerge. Heathrow has also begun working with infrastructure companies to explore how the final sites could be used for future projects, creating a long lasting legacy for Britain. The proposed location is in the centre of the Riverside Opportunity area that stretches from Newham through to South Essex. Around 70 transport and logistics companies are already based in the area alongside a growing engineering sector presence and construction industry training resources. A successful bid in an area already earmarked for industrial development will help support a growth in employment opportunities for local people and the establishment of a sustainable and innovative

manufacturing centre. Heathrow representatives were taken on a tour of part of the location in Consul Avenue, Rainham and met with former leader and current Cabinet Member Cllr Roger Ramsey, Senior Havering Council staff, and local business leaders including Alan Holland, the Business Unit Director for SEGRO and Ilker Dervish, the Chair of the London Riverside Business Improvement District. Cllr Damian White, the Leader of Havering Council, said:

“It’s great to be shortlisted and we will be demonstrating all the reasons we think this site would be an ideal location for one of Heathrow’s Logistics Hubs. Whichever way you look at this, Havering is special. We have the connections, infrastructure, and skilled workforce, coupled with drive and ambition, to make this a success. With sustainability and the support of a leading, experienced logistics and development partner at the heart of this bid, we can deliver a lasting legacy for the Thames Gateway and east London region.”

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Arts & Culture



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


Havering Singers present Songs of the Silver Screen Saturday 21 July, 7.30pm St. Peter's Church, Gubbins Lane, Harold Wood, RM3 0QA From Goldfinger to Prince Aladdin and everywhere in between. Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door, Children 5-17 £5 t 341265 e

FAIRKYTES LIVE Fairkytes Arts Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1AX for tickets to any event go to

Battle of Britain airfield, attracted by the allure of flying Spitfire fighter planes. The Great Rock 'n' Roll Showdown Thursday 2 August, 8pm A one-off, evening of the very best rock ‘n’ roll hits performed by several of the theatre’s favourite tribute artists and staged in aid of the Brookside Theatre Seating Appeal. Goodnight Sweetheart The Musical Wednesday 12 - Saturday 22 September, 8pm By special arrangement with authors Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, this is a world premiere of a new musical comedy based on the award-winning BBC TV series.

An evening with Mark StanwayEx-Magnum Friday 7 September, 7pm Formerly of British melodic rock band MAGNUM, Mark shares a lifetime of experiences within the music business in this unique evening of music and conversation. Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro Saturday 22 September, 7pm Martin Harley is a talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.

Joe Longthorne – 50th Anniversary Tour Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October, 8pm Joe Longthorne makes his debut appearance at the Brookside Theatre, joined on stage by a live band and special guest.


Little Shop of Horrors Tuesday 30 October - Saturday 3 November, 8pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday. One of the most popular musicals of all time it tells the tale of the misfits of Skid Row where life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. A gory, scary, glitter and sequin fuelled Halloween treat for all the family.



TITANIC: HONOUR & GLORY EXHIBITION Until 1 September. Book for group talks, events and school visits.

The Good Intent Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 July, 8pm plus Saturday matinee at 2pm One heroic deed by an American Spitfire pilot changed the lives of the people of Havering forever. Written by local playwrights, Dave Ross and Gerry Sweeney it tells the true story of Raimund SandersDraper, a young American who finds himself posted to Hornchurch’s

The Little Mix Experience Sunday 22 July, 6pm Legend – A Tribute to Bob Marley Monday 23 July, 7.30pm Thank ABBA for the Music Tuesday 24 July, 7.30pm The Elvis Years Thursday 26 & Friday 27 July, 7.30pm

Message in a Bottle Sunday 29 July, 7.30pm That’ll be the Day Monday 6 August, 7.30pm Skin Sunday 23 September, 8pm Fusing urban and contemporary styles with an original score, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of seven dancers in a fast-paced, emotionally driven story of family, identity and belonging.

Dishoom! Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 September When Simon’s cousin Baljit comes to stay, she introduces him to the Bollywood classic, Sholay. Inspired by the film’s dynamic duo, Simon and Baljit find their inner superheroes and set out to change their world forever. Once Wednesday 3 - Saturday 20 October Winner of eight Tony Awards® in 2012, including Best Musical, Once tells the unforgettable story of a Dublin street musician and a funny Czech woman, drawn together by their shared love of music. Love Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 October Described by the Evening Standard as ‘the National Theatre’s play of the year’ in 2017, this heartbreaking production shines the spotlight on ‘the dehumanising reality of being homeless’ (Financial Times).

What's on If you would like your event featured for free in future Listings or on Havering’s website, please complete the online form at eventsform All numbers are 01708 unless stated.

CHILDREN 6TH SQUIRRELS HEATH SCOUT GROUP Wednesdays, 5-6.30pm e BASKING BABIES ROMFORD Tuesdays, 9.45-11.15am t 07701 367883 BASKING BABIES MASSAGE AND YOGA HORNCHURCH Baby Yoga for both parent and baby Every Thursday until 9 August 10.30-11.15am, The Hayloft, The Broadway, Rainham, RM13 9YN Also sessions at Fairkytes in Hornchurch on Mondays and at David Lloyd Centre in Gidea Park on Wednesdays. e t 07798 726186 BROWNIES The 6th Harold Hill (Salvation Army) Brownie Unit for 7-10 year olds meet every Monday at 6pm at Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill. t 07834 206562 e BUMPS AND BABIES GROUP (organised by Havering NCT and sponsored by Soft Play Essex) at Mothercare Romford, Rom Valley Way, Romford, RM7 0AF Thursdays from 1.30-3pm t 07910 217605 e parentsupport.havering@nct. CRICKET COACHING SESSIONS Colt Coaching Sessions (aged 5+) are organised by Havering-atteBower Cricket Club, Broxhill Road, Romford, RM4 1QH t 07718 944051 uk/colts  |  JULY 2018  |  41

BIRDS OF PREY EVENING Learn about a number of Birds of Prey and see them up close and in flight. Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, RM4 1QH Thursday 26 July, 6-8pm Cost: £7 Adults, £5 children (age 7+) e ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST To book your place on any of the events at the Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre in Hornchurch Country Park call 01708 520364. Free Buggy Walks Every Tuesday 1.30-2.15pm Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. . Meet outside Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre. Little Badgers Parent and Toddler Group Every Tuesday and Friday 10.30am-12 noon Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with parents and carers. £6 per child per session JUNIOR TABLE TENNIS COACHING Tuesdays 7-9pm The Havering Table Tennis Club run junior sessions (9+) at the Coopers' Company & Coborn School, St. Marys Lane, Upminster KIDS BIRDWATCHING CLUB Join the RSPB to explore the Rainham Marshes nature reserve, watching and learning about the birds that visit and live there. Held once a month at RSPB Rainham Marshes New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ between 9.30am and 12.30pm e

MOTHER AND BABY YOGA CLASS Buddha Babes mother and baby yoga/massage class for ages 6 weeks+. Every Friday 12 noon-1pm St Andrews Church Hall, 222 High Street, Hornchurch RM12 6QP Cost: £9.50 e MINIATURE TRAINS Dockland & East London Model Engineering Society will be running miniature trains by the picnic area at Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, Aveley between 1 and 4pm on the first Sunday of August, September and October (weather permitting).Parents are welcome to bring their children and ride with them. t 222658 WIGGLE AND GIGGLE A lively session of action songs and rhymes for children aged 2-4. Term time only. Free Event. Elm Park Library – Wednesday 11.30am-12noon 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

COLLIER ROW BRIDGE CLUB Thursdays, 7-10.30pm COLLIER ROW HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AND ALLOTMENTS ASSOCIATION Saturdays and Sundays 10am-12.30pm t 756005 Tree Nursery Sunday Group First Sunday of each month from 10am. Join volunteers helping to manage the newly renovated community tree nursery and the Forest Centre grounds. Free. COLLIER ROW TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD First and third Tuesday of the month, 1.30 -4pm e CRAFTY ARTS KNIT AND NATTER GROUP Tuesdays, 10am -12noon e CRANHAM ENGAYNE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE Second Monday of each month t 228119


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

ANTIQUES AND CRAFT MARKET Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am-4pm Romford Shopping Hall, Market Place, Romford. Tables £20 each Call Michelle on 740492 to book. BRITISH CACTUS & SUCCULENT SOCIETY, HAVERING BRANCH Third Saturday of the month, 7-10pm t 447778

DARTS LEGENDS VISIT Saturday 13 October, 11am-1pm Darts Legends John Lowe, Keith Deller, Dennis Priestley and Andy Fordham will all be at Worldwide Signings, Romford Shopping Hall.

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DIABETES UK – HAVERING GROUP Third Monday of each month (except August and January) North Street Halls, Hornchurch t 935779 www.havering.diabetesukgroup. org EAST OF LONDON FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY First Saturday of the month, 11am-4pm e FAMILY HISTORY Havering Branch of the East of London Family History Society Genealogy help and advice on tracing your family history. The first Saturday of every month, 11am-4pm, Trinity Church, Station Road, Upminster, RM14 2JS e FAIRKYTES ACCORDION CLUB First Wednesday of month, 7.30pm e FUNKY VOICES Every Monday 8-10pm GADABOUTS A social club for single/widowed/ divorced people age 40-70. Meet at Harrow Lodge Bowls Club, Hornchurch on the first Tuesday of each month at 8pm. e

GATE SALE Sale of homemade cakes, jams, marmalades and chutneys, plants and rhubarb, plus an al fresco café serving tea, coffee, bacon rolls and cakes. Stewart Avenue allotments, Upminster Saturday 21 July, 10-12 noon Saturday 18 August, 10-12 noon Saturday 15 September, 11am-2pm e GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG CLUB OF ESSEX Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm e HAROLD WOOD EVENING WI First Wednesday of each month except August, 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 BME FORUM SUMMER FUN DAY Friday 24 August 2018 12-2pm Tesco Roneo Corner, Romford. Summer fun, including kids entertainment, international food tasting and raffles. HAVERING BME FORUM COMMUNITY CULTURAL CELEBRATION Saturday 20 October 2018 12-5pm Opening by Mayor Dilip Patel At the Salvation Army 49 High Street Romford RM1 1JJ Community event, featuring kids entertainment, performers, food from various cultures. Arts and crafts, health and wellbeing stalls and more. Visit Facebook: Havering BME Forum for more details. 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

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


PRIDE MARCH Live music, market stalls, fairground rides and a march through South Street.Romford town centre, Saturday, July 28, 12noon HORNCHURCH WARGAMES CLUB RAINHAM HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Mondays, 7-11pm Tuesdays, 10am-12noon e Saturdays, 9am-12noon HUMANISTS OF HAVERING Sundays, 10am-12.30pm Second Saturday of the month 2-4pm Meet in the Community Room, Tesco, REIKI SHARE Roneo Corner Second Wednesday of the month t 442161 7-10pm e JOB SEARCHING AND COMPUTER ROMFORD AND BRENTWOOD CLASSES FOR ADULTS FOLK DANCE GROUP Free courses for beginners up to Wednesdays, 8-10pm advanced level Mardyke Community Centre, South ROMFORD DRUM AND Street, Rainham, RM13 8PJ TRUMPET CORPS Tuesdays, 2-4pm Thursdays, 7.30-9.30pm t 07951 789590 e ROMFORD EMBROIDERERS GUILD NELMES (HORNCHURCH) Second Saturday of the month, 2- 4pm WOMEN'S INSTITUTE Second Wednesday of the month ROMFORD SCRABBLE CLUB 1.45-4pm Wednesdays, 7.15-10.30pm e e NORTH OCKENDON RUSH GREEN COMMUNITY CENTRE HANDBELL RINGERS ANNUAL SUMMER FETE Tuesdays, 7.30-9.30pm Saturday 28 July, 1-5pm t 459339 Rush Green Road, Romford, RM7 0LB PARKINSON’S UK HAVERING & Free entry and fun for all the family. DISTRICT BRANCH SUPPORT Tombola, bouncy castle, crafts, raffles, MEETINGS refreshments, face painting, birds of First and third Tuesday of each prey, food and a café supporting 2nd month, 2-4pm Collier Row Scouts Group. Langtons Registry Office t 345424 RUSH GREEN FLORAL ART CLUB e Third Monday of the month, 8-10pm PASSIONE ITALIANA SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING Interactive talks on Italy. Mondays, 1.30-3.30pm Every Monday of the month, Fridays, 10-11.45am 6.30-8.30pm t 07976 438950 t 07867 726634 HORNCHURCH AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY Last Friday of the month except July, August and December, 7.15pm e  |  JULY 2018  |  43

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 UPMINSTER AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY New Windmill Hall Upminster 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

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

Rainham Library – Tuesday 2-4pm Romford Library – Wednesday 10am-12noon South Hornchurch Library – Wednesday 1.30-3.30pm Upminster Library – Wednesday 10am JEWELLERY MAKING Wednesday mornings, 9.30 – 11.30am at Harold Hill Library Booking essential. £12 t 434973 Friday mornings, 9.30 to 11.30am at Upminster Library Booking essential. £12 t 434933 JOB CLUB Hornchurch Library – Thursday 10am-1pm


LISTENING GROUP Adults listening to books on CDs Rainham Library – First Tuesday of the month 10am QUICK READS READING GROUPS (Adults reading shorter books) Harold Hill Library – First Friday of the month 11am-12noon South Hornchurch Library – Second Thursday of the month 2pm RELAX AND INDULGE SESSIONS Treatments by trained therapists include Indian head massage, neck and back massage, reflexology. The first two Saturdays in each month

ADULT CRAFT WORKSHOP Upminster Library – Craft workshop on the third Tuesday of the month 1.30-3pm. 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 HAVERING BRANCH ESSEX WILDLIFE TRUST 1st floor meeting room, Hornchurch Library Second Monday of each month, except June, July and August 8 - 9.45pm t 440297 IN STITCHES GROUPS Join a friendly knitting and sewing group (small charge for refreshments) Collier Row Library – Fridays 10.30am-12noon and 1.30-3pm Elm Park Library – Thursday 2-4pm Gidea Park Library – Thursday 2-3.30pm Harold Hill Library – Monday 1-3pm / Thursday 10am-12noon Harold Wood Library – Friday 10am-12noon Hornchurch Library – Tuesday 2.30-4pm


At Gidea Park Library.10.20am-3pm Cost: £9 per 20 minute session t 434978 e READING GROUP FOR ADULTS Collier Row Library – First Wednesday of the month 11am / Thursday 7-7.30pm Elm Park Library – First Thursday of the month 6.30pm / First Friday of the month 10.30am Gidea Park Library – Second Thursday of the month 6.45-7.45pm (every other month) Harold Wood Library – Thursday 6.30pm (approx. every 4 weeks)

Hornchurch Library – First Monday of the month 2.15pm / First Thursday 7.30pm / First Friday 2.15pm Rainham Library – Last Monday of the month 6.30pm Romford Library – First Thursday of the month 2-3pm Upminster Library – Last Monday of the month 2-3pm / First Thursday 6-7pm

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

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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 – Monday 10.30am-12.30pm / Tuesday 10am-12noon / Thursday 10am-12noon / Fridays 1.30-4.30pm (booking required). Harold Wood Library – Wednesday 10.30am-12.30pm / Thursday 2.30-4.30pm (booking required).


50+ EXERCISE MOVEMENT AND DANCE An Exercise, Movement & Dance Class to help keep you flexible, mobile and improve strength Every Wednesday during school term time. 2-3.30pm St Laurence Church Hall Corbets Tey Road, Upminster First class is free. e chrisbannister104@btinternet. com CRANHAM OVER 60s CLUB Cranham Social Centre Every Thursday, 1-3pm Entertainment, dancing and more. t 020 8593 5625 Hornchurch Library – First Tuesday FRIENDSHIP CLUB of the month 2-4pm For over 55s Every Thursday 10-11am Romford Shopping Hall 43 Market Place, Romford RM1 3AB. t 740492 HAVERING OVER 50S FORUM Second Tuesday of the month 10.30am-12.30pm OVER 50s CLUB KingsHeart Church, 262 Pettits Lane North, Rise Park, Romford. Every other Thursday from 2-4pm. Games, quizzes and more. t 733724 Rainham Library – Last Wednesday of the month 10.30am-12.30pm OVER 55s FRIENDSHIP CLUB Every Thursday, 10 – 11am Romford Library – Romford Shopping Hall, Market Wednesday 10am-12noon / Place, Romford Saturday 10am-12noon Free cup of tea for all visitors South Hornchurch Library – RGCA CHAIR ZUMBA Alternate Saturdays 1.30-3.30pm Thursdays, 2-2.45pm Upminster Library – Thursday 10.30am-12.30pm (booking required, other appointments by arrangement.) SENIOR CITIZENS PILATES CLASSES VICTIM SUPPORT DROP-IN SESSION Emerson Park Community Assembly Hall, Slewins Lane, Hornchurch Gidea Park Library – Monday 11am to 12noon Friday 10am-12noon Hornchurch Conservative Club YOUNG AT HEART GROUPS North Street Hornchurch Collier Row Library – Tuesday 9.30-10.30am Thursday 2-4pm Friday 10.30-11.30am Elm Park Library – Tweedway Hall Last Wednesday of the month Tweedway Rise Park 2.30-3.30pm) Wednesday 10.30-11.30am Harold Hill Library – Last Tuesday of t 07722174210 the month 11am-12noon e Harold Wood Library – TAPESTRY – WALKING FOOTBALL Second Wednesday of the month Mondays, 12 noon-1pm 11am-12noon Thursdays, 7-8pm Rainham Library – First Tuesday of the month 2-4pm

TEA DANCE Every Thursday at the New Windmill Hall, Upminster, 1.30-3.30pm £3 or £6 with a lesson from 12.45-1.15pm t 433768 e TUESDAY GROUP (OVER 50s LGBT+) Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Tapestry, HOPWA House, Inskip Drive, Hornchurch, RM11 3UR. t 07757 122749 www.romfordtuesday.simplesite. com 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 at Havering Road Methodist Church Hall, Rise Park, Romford, RM1 4YD t 01708 728448 e


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 FAMILY FUN SOCIAL CYCLE RIDES Explore the RSPB Rainham Marshes Riverwall by bicycle, and discover the wildlife and amazing views. Saturday 28 July and Saturday 25 August 2-4pm. Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ e 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

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT First and third Tuesday of the month 2-4pm Langtons Registry Office Hornchurch, RM11 1XL e  |  JULY 2018  |  45

PARKINSON’S UK HAVERING AND DISTRICT BRANCH ROMFORD BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP Meets third Thursday of each month, 7-8.30pm at YMCA, 29 Rush Green Road, Romford RM7 0PH e PHASE (Prostate Health, Advice, Support and Education) Meets last Friday of each month (except August and December) at 7pm at the Harold Wood Neighbourhood Centre in Gubbins Lane t 0203 745 7318 POSITIVE LIVING GROUP Alternate Mondays, 7.45-10pm

Romford, RM2 6DH 9:30am-12 noon Saturday 8 September Saturday 13 October Saturday 17 November. Cost: £40

SPORTS & FITNESS ATTE BOWER SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Bower Hall, Wellingtonia Avenue, Havering-atte-Bower, RM4 1QP Mondays 7.15-10pm and Thursdays at 9.15am-12noon Beginners welcome t 706833 ARDLEIGH HOUSE SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Mondays and Tuesdays, 12.302.30pm. Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-12noon t 440660 e DUKES MODERN SEQUENCE DANCE CLUB Wednesdays, 1-3pm FIVE STAR BASKETBALL ACADEMY Tuesdays, 5-6.30pm e

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

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,

FUN AND FUNKY DANCE Variety of dance classes available FUSION STREET DANCE TEAM Tuesdays, 5-8pm HARE PARK BADMINTON CLUB Thursdays, 7.30-9.30pm e 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

Yoga is for everybody With so much choice, how can you find a class that is right for you? Yoga teacher Janet Tibble, a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher who runs classes in Upminster has some advice: The last few years have seen a huge upsurge in yoga classes across the borough. There are so many different styles on offer it is difficult to know where to start. With so much variety, from vigorous Ashtanga yoga and hot Bikram to Hatha and the more gentle restorative yoga, there is bound to be something right for you. However, even when you decide which type of yoga might suit you, you will still need to find a teacher with whom you feel comfortable and inspired by. The best way to do that is to select a few options that attract you and contact the teacher to find a little more about the content and approach. They may share something about themselves, their introduction to yoga and training, for example. Then, if you get a positive vibe, just give it a try. Initial impressions seldom mislead, so you need to feel welcomed, comfortable and cared for from the start. Being able to hear and understand the teacher's instructions is important. A teacher should be mindful of your limitations or any injuries, especially if you are new to yoga, while at the same time encouraging and inspiring confidence. There are sure to be different abilities within any class, so teachers need to be inclusive, enabling accomplished students go further while supporting and helping newer practitioners. On a practical level, regular practice is essential to enjoy the benefits of yoga so choose a class that is convenient in both location and time. You know you are in the right class when you leave feeling lengthened, strengthened and totally relaxed... and cannot wait to go back next week!

i 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 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 MYPLACE COMMUNITY TABLE TENNIS CLUB myplace Centre, Dagnam Park Drive Harold Hill RM3 9EN Tuesdays 10am-12noon

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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 (£6.50 per session), Saturday 9am at Tesco Community Room, Roneo Corner (£6 per session) Beginners welcome. 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, Tweedway 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 RUSH GREEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION INDOOR BOWLS CLUB Alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.30-10pm

SYM SAILING CLUB Sundays, until 30 November, 9am-4pm

TABLE TENNIS COACHING Tuesdays, 7-9pm The Havering Table Tennis Club run junior sessions (9 years +) at the Coopers' Company & Coborn School, St. Marys Lane, Upminster t 01708 340761 TABLE TENNIS COACHING Saturdays 9am-12 noon Junior table tennis coaching from the age of 8 years . Maylands Junior Table Tennis Club, Bretons Outdoor Community Centre, The Barn, Rainham Rd, Rainham. t 0208 503 8757 or 07932 233824 e TENNIS TENNIS 4 ALL Saturdays during term time for anyone aged 13 to 25, 11am-12 noon

TENNIS 4 GIRLS For girls ages 11-18, Fridays during term time 5.30-6.30pm. Hylands Tennis Club, c/o The Albany School, Hornchurch RM12 4AJ t 07956 406874 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

Cabinet and Council meetings Cabinet and Full Council meetings are open to the public and are held on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BB. Forthcoming meeting dates are as follows: Cabinet – 8 August Full Council – 12 September Cabinet – 19 September Cabinet – 10 October Cabinet – 14 November Full Council – 21 November They can also be watched online at Dates may change, please check for latest information.

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