South Woodford Village Gazette May/June 2016

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Contents Local news ����������������������������������4, 6 & 8 Discover secret gardens ����������������10 Roll up �������������������������������������������������������14 Salway Singers �������������������������������������15 Faith(s) in the community ������������16 Ready for a challenge ���������������������17 DD's Woodford diary �����������������������18 EU: in or out? ����������������������������������������19 Good news and bad news �����������22 The sound of learning ��������������������24 EU: in or out? ����������������������������������������25 A mournful voice �������������������������������26 These friends are not lazy �������������28 Memorial Hall memories ��������������30 Healthy services ����������������������������������32 Photography biography ����������������34 EU: in or out? ����������������������������������������35 Community events ������������������� 36-37 Index of advertisers ��������������������������38

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About Us The South Woodford Village Gazette is published every other month with a circulation of 10,000 copies. Of these, 9,000 are delivered free to homes and businesses across the E18 postcode region and the Laings Estate. The remaining copies are available from local supermarkets, shops and public service locations. Published by Marquis Print Ltd. Founded in 1992 by Jack Lamport Mitchell. Edited from 2004 to 2015 by Ken and Sue Lees. Marquis Print Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions, or endorse companies, products or services that appear in this magazine. The views expressed in contributed articles are those of the credited authors and do not necessarily represent those of the publisher. ©2016 Marquis Print Ltd All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior consent of the publisher.


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'You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family'. A statement that is largely true in a literal sense, but also one that carries an important figurative message – to make the best of that over which you have no control. A variant of the saying could read: 'you can choose your house, but you can't choose your neighbours', and this should offer some food for thought in the context of a community magazine. This area is no stranger to rising house prices – not to mention rental rates – brought about, in no small part, by the demand among buyers wishing to live here. There are plenty of people choosing their homes in and around South Woodford and it doesn't take much research to discover that most are pleased with the selection of neighbours they find themselves sharing their streets, parks and shops with. From community champions (see page 6) to communityenhancing gardening campaigns (see page 10), inter-faith community-building initiatives (see page 16) and community choirs (see pages 15), there is no shortage of neighbourhood camaraderie and pride for those who choose to make there home here. An optimist could even see some degree of good emerge from the area's less appealing traits: parking problems, a frequently flooded playground and concerns over new developments, for example, have all bolstered neighbourly ties through campaigning. We may not get to choose our family or our neighbours, but we can choose to become friends with them all.

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Local councillors Monkhams Ward Linda Huggett ����������������������������020 8989 3315 Michael John Stark �������������������020 8708 9680 Jim O'Shea ������������������������������������07768 347 348 jim.o' Church End Ward Emma Best ������������������������������������07813 363 315 Hugh Cleaver ������������������������������020 8530 7810 Tom McLaren ������������������������������020 8708 2041 Roding Ward Sarah Blaber ���������������������������������07856 762 515 Ian Bond �����������������������������������������020 8708 2049 Gwyneth Deakins ���������������������020 8708 9087 Snaresbrook Ward Christopher Cummins �����������020 8708 9762 Suzanne Nolan ���������������������������020 8708 9609 Colin Cronin ���������������������������������020 8708 2042 Redbridge Council �������������������020 8554 5000 LOCAL MPs Chingford and Woodford Green Iain Duncan Smith MP �����������020 7219 3000 Ilford North Wes Streeting MP ���������������������020 3475 7901 Ilford South Mike Gapes MP ��������������������������020 7219 6485 Leyton and Wanstead John Cryer MP ����������������������������020 8989 5249 Leisure & Libraries South Woodford Library & Gym �����������������������������020 8708 9067 Woodford Green Library ������020 8708 9055 Wanstead Library ����������������������020 8708 7400 Odeon ����������������������������������������������0871 224 4007 Sylvestrian Leisure Centre ���020 8509 6526 Police Local Police ������������������������������������������������������������101 Church End Safer Neighbourhoods Team ���������020 8345 3637 Monkhams Safer Neighbourhoods Team ���������020 8721 2564 Roding Safer Neighbourhoods Team ���������020 8721 2565 Snaresbrook Safer Neighbourhoods Team ���������020 8721 2561 HEALTH The Shrubberies Medical Centre ���������������������������020 8530 4108 Glebelands Practice ����������������020 8989 6272 South Woodford Health Centre ������������������������������020 8491 3333 Elmhurst Practice ����������������������020 8491 3310 The Broadway Surgery ����������020 8505 3204 Southdene Surgery �����������������020 8530 3731 Southdene Surgery (evenings & weekends) ���������020 3770 1888

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The tower of St Mary's Church will be open to the public on 21 May as part of a Food and Fun Day to mark the renaming of the Memorial Hall's four rooms. The tower – which offers views of Woodford and the Thames corridor from the Dartford Crossing right up to the City and West End – will be open from 12pm to 2pm, after which the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, will formally unveil name plaques for Roberts Hall, Pankhurst Hall, Birchnall Hall and the Churchill

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Room. It follows a recent vote among local residents to rename the historic hall's rooms after local community heroes. "There will be lots to eat, drink and do at our Food and Fun Day. Just pop in for a short time, or stay for a couple of hours. It's 85 steps to the top of the tower, but well worth the climb for a fantastic view of Woodford and further afield – your only chance this year," said Revd Ian Tarrant. Food and Fun Day activities will run from 11am to 3pm (free entry; £1 to go up the tower).


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After some doubt over the return of the Woodford Festival in 2016, organisers have now confirmed that the biennial community event will take place from 1 to 9 October. Paul Holifield, the chaplain at South Woodford's Salvation Army centre, will be coordinating the festival's numerous activities. "We hope that many people will take part and enjoy this festival, which has become an important event in the local diary," said Paul, who is keen to hear suggestions – email

Michelle Vanlint will be hosting her annual garden party and cake sale in aid of Haven House Children's Hospice on 10 June from 11am. "Last year, with all your support, we raised over £2,800, which was fantastic but I imagine not unbeatable," said Michelle, who has organised the event at her home at 12 Derby Road for the past 10 years. "If the weather is good, I will be selling strawberries and cream in the garden." Homemade cake donations are welcome – email

Orchestra and choir's charity concert

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Woodford Symphony Orchestra will conclude their 53rd season with a charity concert on behalf of Haven House Children's Hospice on 25 June. The group – made up of players from a wide area of north and east London and southwest Essex – have staged public concerts on a regular basis ever since they formed in 1963, presenting three major concerts annually. At this year's summer event – which will be held in Roding Valley High School from 7.30pm – the orchestra will be joined by Caritatis, a vocal ensemble from Norway. The event will feature popular classics, such as Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Mozart's Paris Symphony. The choir will offer a taste of their homeland's rich choral tradition. Tickets are priced £10 (concessions: £8) – call 020 8924 9370

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Councillor Barbara White, who has been the Mayor of Redbridge since May 2015, has offered her thanks to residents and organisations in South Woodford who have helped her discover 'places and events that I never knew about'. "There is so much happening in this area, from the South Woodford Bowling Club to the Woodford Symphony Orchestra," said Councillor White. "Dare I mention Hawkey hall? Suffice to say that I attended a virtual school event there, which was excellent, plus I held a quiz night and a murder mystery evening there to raise funds for the seven charities that I am supporting… You have made me very welcome and I have learnt many things from you all. Thank you." A new Mayor of Redbridge will be elected at the Annual Council meeting on 12 May. Visit

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Schoolchildren to visit Rotary Club

A 'potpourri' of choral music will take place at St Mary's Church on 2 July as the Valentine Singers reflect on the past 90 years in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday. Visit

Helen Auty, who lives on South Woodford's Cheyne Avenue, will be opening her garden to the public on 14 August as part of the charitable National Gardens Scheme. Visit

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Marathon runners support hospice South Woodford resident Dave Smith was one of 21 runners who completed the London Marathon in aid of Haven House. Dave's time of four hours and 17 minutes raised £2,253.

Several ambassador pupils from Willow Brook Primary School in Leyton will be meeting members of the Woodford Green Rotary Club on 23 May. The children, who will be accompanied by head teacher Graham Clifford, asked to attend a Rotary meeting after the club donated several flags to the school, which were used at a previous event. The club's lunchtime meetings – which take place from 12.30pm at the Best Western Epping Forest Hotel in Woodford Green – are open to all. Call 020 8989 2701

Mayor's Award: community champs

Mayor's Award: support for children

Local resident Helen Phillips was declared a 'Community Champion' at the recent Mayor's Community Awards. Helen was nominated by the management committee of the South Woodford Muslim Community Centre, where she has been running a women's social group for senior citizens for the past four years. "Helen is able to work sensitively across different cultures, religions and languages. The decision to nominate Helen was in appreciation of this very successful and ongoing piece of work," said a spokesperson for the centre. Maybank Community Association members Brian Mazdon and Frank Collins were runners-up in the same category as Helen, honoured for being 'sounding boards for local councillors, PCSOs, council officers and others dealing with community issues'.

The leaders of a Beavers group in South Woodford were honoured at this year's Mayor's Community Awards, held at Redbridge Town Hall in March. Brian and Helen Gilman, who have been volunteering for the Scouts for 30 years, were presented with the individual award in the 'Contribution in Support of Young People' category. A statement in support of their nomination reads: "[Brian and Helen] …are patient, kind and give lots of energy (despite the fact they are in their 60s and 70s) to ensure the children have an enjoyable and educational time… They offer a safe environment, which is always fun for the children. Under their supervision they learn life skills, new skills and undertake new adventures. Helen and Brian go above and beyond their role in supporting young children."

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Singer and model releases first single

Local singer-songwriter Jennifer Castelo will be releasing her first single entitled Me, Myself and I on 16 May. Jennifer, 16, is also a dancer and has modelled for Monsoon. Visit

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Entries are invited for Redbridge Council's annual amateur gardening competition Redbridge in Bloom. To mark the Queen's 90th birthday, this year's competition asks residents to create or nominate a garden that is 'fit for the Queen'. Gardens entered must be a space that is visible from the road and categories include front gardens, pub gardens and community displays. Ullswater Court in South Woodford was voted the best residential care home garden last year. "If you have seen a gorgeous garden while walking in your neighbourhood, then please do tell us about it and we will send the householder a special letter with an application form telling them why they have been nominated and inviting them to enter," said a council spokesperson. The closing date is 11 July. Visit

Rabbi Richard Jacobi led a service documenting the history of Woodford Liberal Synagogue in April to mark the Marlborough Road building's 50th anniversary. The event was attended by members of the synagogue's congregation along with representatives of other faiths – including Revd Ian Tarrant of St Mary's Church and Fr Francis Coveney of St Anne Line – and Redbridge faith community officer Shahnaz Meah. Simon Benescher, a lifelong member of the synagogue and chairman of the Liberal Jewish Movement, commented: "Woodford has continued to play a large part in the life of Redbridge." The Woodford Liberal Synagogue was founded in 1958 and moved to its present location in 1966, prior to which services and meetings were held in members' homes. Visit

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A photograph of a field behind Camber Sands by David Nathan, 74 – who lives on Warley Road, Woodford Green – was the winning image in the recent Reg Fowkes Photography Competition. The annual event, which honours the memory of the former president of the Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society, was judged by professional photographer Geoff Wilkinson, who said: "It was difficult. There were a lot of images and some of the photographs were extremely good." It was Reg himself who originally inspired David to join a photography club. "Reg was always very passionate and innovative with his photography – he was the man to beat in club competitions," remembers David, who took up photography as a teenager and is now a member of Loughton Camera Club.

Redbridge Libraries are inviting local authors to take part in a new initiative to discuss their experiences of getting published. Book Signing Saturday will launch at South Woodford Library on 21 May from 12pm to 2pm and writers of all genres and for all ages are welcome. Jane Grell – a poet, singer and teacher from Aldersbrook – and Usha Chudasama – a psychotherapist, spiritual healer and author from South Woodford – are among those confirmed to be taking part and organisers are keen to hear from others by 14 May. At the event – which is free to attend – the authors will give short introductions to their books followed by a discussion with audience members about their experiences. A similar event is also being planned for Wanstead Library in September. Call 020 8708 2409

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The very first national Elmer Day will be launched on 28 May, a celebration of David McKee's series of children's books about a patchwork elephant. Over 1,000 bookshops and libraries across the country will be taking part – including Woodford Green Library from 10am and South Woodford Library from 2pm – with storytelling, crafts and games aimed at three- to nineyear-olds. The first Elmer story was published in 1989 and there have been 23 additional stories produced since. "The stories have positive messages promoting the importance of friendship and family, inclusivity and helping others… Children are invited to come dressed in their brightest colours and will enjoy a great day of elephant-themed activities," said Eve Warlow from Andersen Press. Events are free (booking required). Call 020 8708 9067

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The Bressey Townswomen's Guild are inviting local residents to join them for their May meeting, which is open to non-members, including men. The group, which celebrated its 63rd anniversary in April, will be welcoming Dr Leo Cheng as their speaker for the event at St Mary's Church in South Woodford on 17 May from 7.45pm (booking required). The surgeon and his wife, Hilary, have recently returned from working on the world's largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. The ship is operated by Mercy Ships, a charity that offers free healthcare to some of the world's poorest people. "So many of the patients I meet on board are trapped behind facial tumours and, from my experience, the healing process begins when you show them a bit of human contact and acceptance," said Dr Cheng. Call 020 8505 0135

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aven House Children's Hospice is set within 18 acres of protected woodland next to Epping Forest, making it a perfect backdrop to enjoy a glorious summer's day. Our beautiful location is one of the reasons why Haven House is such a magical place for our children, families and staff. Having the opportunity to experience an outdoor environment is important for our children as it can help make for an inclusive childhood and improve quality of life. Our sensory garden, located behind the Holistic Care Centre, is a haven for wildlife, with plants and flowers designed to attract insects for wildlife hunts and

Has your vegetable patch produced a surplus? games. It also has a water feature, loungers and sensory equipment designed to make music. Everything in the garden is designed to appeal to the five senses and we encourage our children to touch and feel the natural world around them. This area is also used by families staying with us in our family flat as it is tranquil, peaceful and private. Our playground, situated on the main lawn, has a wheelchairaccessible pirate ship, a wheelchair swing, a sunken trampoline, a basket swing and lawn games. The surrounding area is fully accessible with an allweather surface, which ensures children can have the benefits of fresh air and fun throughout the year.

Having recently held an Open Gardens Launch event to enable the public to experience the hidden joys of Haven House Children's Hospice, Mike Palfreman, chief executive of the Woodford Green charity, is now inviting residents to open up their own gardens in June to help raise funds for the hospice

Maintaining our grounds and gardens is a very big job and requires a continuous army of volunteers. Their commendable time and energy meant that last year we were lucky enough to receive a gold medal in the small garden category of the London Hospices Garden Awards. During our Open Gardens Launch, we were able to showcase to the public more of what makes Haven House so special to our community. And now that we have proudly presented our own gardens, we are handing the mantle over to you, as we invite green-fingered members of the local community to open up their own gardens and show them off to the public on 25 June. Do you have a floral display you are particularly proud of? Why not share the view with others and help support the work of your local children's hospice? Has your vegetable patch produced a surplus of carrots? Why not sell a few and help us continue to help local, life-limited children? We know there are plenty of amazing gardeners out there and we hope they will enjoy sharing the fruits of their labour for a good cause.

Local residents are invited to open their gardens to the public on 25 June in support of Haven House Children's Hospice. Guests will have the opportunity to buy a £5 day ticket to all open gardens or to pay £2 at the entrance to each. For more information, call 020 8506 3637 or visit The Haven House Summer Fayre will take place on 10 July in the grounds of the hospice on High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 9LB.

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The club has about 85 members of all abilities, from beginners to county players. All are very friendly and come from all walks of life. The club has an excellent, competitively priced bar for members' use based in our beautiful clubhouse and a very active social programme that includes wine tastings, quizzes, live bands, race nights and more. Throughout May we will be holding learn-to-bowl sessions at the club. These are completely free, and the club's qualified coaches will be on hand to show you the rudiments of the game and introduce you to this great sport. So why not put on some flat shoes and pop along to give it a try? The club will provide all the equipment you will need. So there you are. How about dipping your foot in the water and joining us for a free taster session? The club is situated next to the Broadway shops by Woodford Tube station. Come down and meet the gang. You are guaranteed to have a great time.

Woodford Bowling Club is located on Kings Avenue, Woodford Green, IG8 0JA. Learn-to-bowl sessions – which are free to attend – will take place on 18 and 25 May from 10am to 12pm. For more information, call 020 8505 6002 or visit

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The game is played on a grassed area, approximately 40m square, called the 'green'. This is divided into six 'rinks', enabling six games to be played at the same time. The objective is to roll a ball called a 'bowl' (or 'wood') towards a smaller ball called a 'jack', situated at the other end of the rink. The winner is the person who gets closest to the jack. The tricky part is that the bowls do not travel in a straight line, but curve as they progress towards the jack. It may sound complicated, but is actually quite easy with a bit of practice!

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Bowls is a game for all ages, from teenagers to grandparents. Indeed, some of the best bowlers in the UK are in their 20s and 30s. It is a game that is very easy to start, with no special aptitude or fitness requirement. The only equipment needed to get started is a pair of flat-soled shoes. Like any pastime worth pursuing, your skills will build with practice.

The bowling season runs from mid-April to the end of September. We play in several leagues, take part in mixed friendly games against other clubs and also have a series of in-house competitions. On top of this, we hold friendly matches at weekends where teams are drawn based on a handicap system.

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Ahead of their annual summer concert in Woodford Green, Jim Bell sings the praises of the Salway Singers, a mixed voice choir with members drawn from a variety of local churches



he Salway Singers is a mixed voice choir that practises and performs at Salway Evangelical Church in Woodford Green. It has a membership of about 25, who are drawn from over 10 local churches. The choir was formed during the 1960s, when a group of ladies at Salway Church began singing whilst preparing a meal. Lois Loynes, a local music teacher and member of Salway Church, was invited to teach the ladies about singing.

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Over the following years it became a mixed voice choir and Lois Loynes continued to lead it until 2013 when Ruth Williams, another local music teacher, became the conductor. Our accompanist and deputy conductor is Andrew Gaudian, a Major in the Salvation Army, who was until recently based at South Woodford and now works in Enfield. We sing a wide variety of Christian, classical and contemporary music and we rehearse on Thursday evenings at Salway Church during term times.

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The choir consists of people from a variety of backgrounds, who enjoy singing together and practices are always a mixture of hard work and fun. The choir performs three concerts a year: one at Christmas, one at Easter and one in the summer. The Christmas concert in particular is always a great event, with plenty of audience participation. Groups from the choir also sing at retirement homes and other local church meetings. In the last five years the concerts have raised approximately £10,000 and have supported a number of local and international charities. Recent charity recipients have included Mercy Ships, Syrian Refugees and Local Street Pastors. This year's summer concert, which is a very informal occasion,

will include the songs From a Distance and Rhythm of Life, with instrumental pieces integrated in the programme as well. The choir likes to encourage young musicians, and over the years, several young people who are studying music have been invited to perform at our summer concerts. Some of these young people have gone on to become professional musicians or have developed a teaching career. One of our long-standing members, Lyn Clargo, said: "There has always been a caring and supportive atmosphere among the choir members… Although it is good to have a break during the holidays, we all miss not meeting together and are glad when practices recommence. We have great leadership in Ruth and Andrew, who encourage and bring out the best in the choir."

The Salway Singers' summer concert, which is free to attend, will take place at Salway Evangelical Church – located on Forest Approach in Woodford Green – on 30 June from 7.30pm. For more information, call 020 8504 5620 (new members welcome).

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Faith(s) in the community The South Woodford Muslim Community Centre is keen to promote good relations between people of different faiths and has an open door policy for Muslims and non-Muslim alike. Here, members of the Mulberry Way venue offer some insight into their aims and objectives


he South Woodford Muslim Community Centre (Qur'ani Murkuz Trust) resumed its services after an arson incident in 2000. We have since expanded our initial services while maintaining our original aims and objectives, which were to meet the religious educational needs of the Muslim community and to promote and develop good relations with the whole of the local community, creating an inclusive centre to facilitate sharing and learning. Over the last 15 years the centre has adhered to achieving these objectives through several strands of practical activities and services. The religious educational needs of young people, boys and girls, are met by offering classes with qualified

these are quite limited due to the restricted space that is available within the community centre. A social group is held every week for older ladies; this includes a session of chair-based exercises. At the same time a mother and toddler group is run in the adjoining room. Again, ladies from the community are welcome to join these sessions, which take place on Thursday mornings at 11am. Some sports facilities are also available for young people.

The centre is part of the Three Faiths Forum, which includes Jewish, Christian and Muslim members… and experienced teachers. These classes are held Monday to Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Learning groups are also held for adults (women) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. To facilitate general learning, seminars are organised and speakers invited to discuss and debate issues at Question and Answer sessions. Everyone from the community is welcome to attend these events. There are also leisure activities available for both women and children, although

Another very important – and popular – service provided at the community centre is the marriage service. The centre holds a license from Redbridge Council, so along with the religious ceremony, marriage registration can be carried out, supervised by a representative of the borough. We ensure the participation and involvement of everyone attending the centre in decisionmaking and service provision, regardless of age and gender, according to the teachings of our religion.

The community centre is an active member of the Three Faiths Forum, which includes members of Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. Meetings are held alternately at synagogues, churches and mosques, including at the South Woodford Muslim Community Centre. The aims of these meetings are to discuss cultural and religious aspects of each religion and appreciate the differences and similarities of each community. The Three Faiths Forum also organise trips to the Holy Land on an annual basis. We are also members of: the Woodford Festival committee; the Campaign for Peace and Justice; and RIAG, an advisory group to the police, participating in meetings and offering advice on religious issues. Several charity events have been held at the centre to raise

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funds and contribute towards various appeals, both locally and internationally. We also make monthly charity donations of food and other goods to RAMFEL (Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London). Our future aim is to increase and expand our resources by improving and extending our centre. This will enable us to continue to meet our original aims and objectives. The South Woodford Muslim Community operates an open door policy and we welcome any suggestions for improved interaction within the local community.

The South Woodford Muslim Community Centre is located at 10-14 Mulberry Way, South Woodford, E18 1ED. For more information, call 020 8989 4759 or visit

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suppose it was very wrong of me to enjoy it – very politically incorrect – when I presented myself at the fish counter in Sainsbury's over Easter and relished the greeting from the hygienically behatted gentleman who had filleted my salmon. "Hello, darling! Come for your fish?" This with a huge smile of welcome. Darling! Should I have shrunk back? Should my hackles have risen (or whatever it is they do)? What are hackles anyway? No, I loved it. Of course, a younger man would have behaved in a more seemly fashion. He might even have called me Madam! But we – the fish filleter and I – perfectly understood at our age the language of camaraderie, the oiling of the wheels of that particular morning, on our separate journeys into the day's routines. Are we becoming addicted to fault-finding? And equally to the fear of offending someone? Please don't hesitate to hold open a door for me or offer me a seat on the Tube. I won't scowl. I won't feel I'm being patronised. I'll accept gratefully. And oh, how wonderful it would be. What a spring there would be in my step if some roofer or bricklayer (almost certainly someone who had missed his appointment at Specsavers) were to herald me with a shameless wolfwhistle. I had another encounter with a man in a hat last week. I was heading north – to Durham – by

train, with a friend, to attend a big university dinner. King's Cross Station was heaving. At last, our train was called. Seats located. Newspapers spread on the table. Departure time was 1.30pm. "We're off!" Always a really satisfying moment. "But it's only twenty past one." A moment of realisation. "We're on the wrong train!" Where were we heading? All sorts of possible, impossible destinations hurtled through our minds, along with the indelible recollection of the repeated announcements: "If you do not have the correct ticket the full fare will be demanded." Massive expense and no dinner to show for it seemed inevitable. I set off through the train immediately with our tickets and senior rail cards to find the train manager. He had just started checking tickets in the last carriage. I blurted out my folly. "I'm on the wrong train. I've never done it before. I want to get to Durham!" "Look, whatever your problem is, I'll just finish here, OK?" I waited in the gap between the carriages. Was I in tears? Almost. He arrived. Scanned our tickets. "Right, well, you need to get out at York, our first stop. Stay on the platform and the train you should have been on will arrive about 15 minutes later." What relief! At least we would get the dinner. "Of course, this'll cost you another £200." But on his face a huge smile!

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Lifelong South Woodford resident Curtis Taylor tells Ruth Adams why Britain should stay in Europe


urtis has lived his whole life (55 years) in South Woodford, originally in Derby Road and now on the Firs Estate. He is currently a manager in Hackney Council, although soon to take voluntary retirement, and he's been married to Lorraine for 29 years. They have two children, Morgan, 23, and Lloyd, 20.


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"I like the idea of a united Europe; it's a great potential solution," enthuses Curtis. "At the very least we should have one European currency, although ideally I think we should have just one currency throughout the world because I don't see why we let gamblers make money on exchange rates! When I've been on European holidays I see how close we are to Europe and I reckon we should all pull together instead of sniping. On immigration,

the whole of Europe has now woken up to the fact that we can't have fully open borders, but we do need a robust and sensible immigration policy in place. Significantly, a united Europe has been successful in stopping wars over the years and I believe we are better together. It would be good to cut waste though. European bureaucrats appear to have huge offices and enormous expense accounts, so my final thought is that I want us to stay a member of the EU but with questioning over costs."

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As the Friends of Elmhurst Gardens await the verdict from this year's Green Flag Award judging, Kathie Teahan has some good news from March but some bad news for July


espite the dull March weather and the early Easter this year, the Elmhurst Gardens Easter egg hunt and quiz was well attended. Nearly 200 children enjoyed the event and were rewarded with a visit from the Easter Bunny and eggs galore. The Easter eggs were generously donated by the South Woodford branches of Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose. Many thanks from the Friends of Elmhurst Gardens for their support. Thanks also to the volunteers who helped out on the day to ensure the smooth running and distribution of the eggs. Financial donations made to the Friends of Elmhurst Gardens funds were also gratefully received. The money will be put to good use to improve our lovely park off Gordon Road.

Elmhurst Gardens currently holds a prestigious international Green Flag Award and we hope to retain this status at the annual judging, taking place this year on 12 May. At the time of writing there is still some work to do in the park to enhance the judged area and, if you are reading this in time, we would welcome volunteers from within the community to assist in this preparation. An hour or two is all we ask – it's a great bit of exercise for a good cause! You may remember our Fun in the Park event last July, which brought the local community together to enjoy a family day of activities in the park. This was a great success and depended on volunteers from the Friends and the local community, as well as massive input from Bill, the Elmhurst Gardens park keeper. This year has been hard


for Bill as he is due to have a hip replacement and is not as sprightly as he has been in the past, and as he will be again after the operation! This, and the difficulty in engaging event volunteers locally, has meant that, regrettably, we will not be organising a similar event this year.

The Friends of Elmhurst Gardens are now particularly interested to find out from residents in South Woodford – especially those in the Maybank area – what they would like to see in the park for their enjoyment, and hopefully we can all work together to further improve this local green space and asset.

Elmhurst Gardens is located off Gordon Road, South Woodford. For more information about the Friends of Elmhurst Gardens or to put forward your suggestions, email or visit


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The sound of learning Rose Meredith reports on the Adults and Families Festival of Learning taking place in libraries across Redbridge in June, including the chance for parents and kids to 'bang out a song' in South Woodford


he Festival of Learning at Redbridge Libraries this June is building on the amazing 24-year history of Adult Learners' Week – the country's flagship celebration of adult learning since 1992. Yes, the name has been changed but it's still a great campaign, and we're all excited about the programme we have devised to encourage families and adults to come to their local libraries, have a go and learn something new. Redbridge always wants to encourage families to learn together, so we have activities that are suitable for families too. In South Woodford Library & Gym on 4 June there will be creative family fun. Come along and learn with your child – we'll be making percussion instruments from household items and then having a rattling-good time

banging your instruments, making up songs, drumming and singing. But book soon because we expect this to be popular and numbers are limited. If you haven't had the chance to get into the new gym inside South Woodford Library or if you haven't yet heard of its existence, then come along to one of our open day taster sessions on 2 and 8 June: exercise your way to health or participate in a yoga class. There's lots on offer and it really is worth a visit, plus all sessions are free. There's no need to book, just turn up. If you're interested in local history, then at Wanstead Library we will be welcoming the archivist from London's Film Archives, who will be showing films on the history of our borough. This is another free event, just turn up on 1 June

at 2pm. Participants are also invited to bring along their own stories and photographs and the archivist will help you find out what you can do with them. Stalls will also be in place at libraries across the borough during the festival, with information from local learning and educational providers. One of these providers, who will be at South Woodford Library on 3 June, will be AchieveAbility.

This is a user-led charity and they can assist with questions or concerns you may have about autism. Autism is very much in the news now, so we invite carers, parents and children to use this opportunity to find out more. Take a look in Redbridge's Do More guide (which you can pick up at any library in the borough), find out what's on and get involved. Libraries welcome everyone.

For more information on events happening at South Woodford Library & Gym, call 020 8708 9067

Adults and Families Festival of Learning Redbridge Libraries are pleased to be hosting this festival, with lots of learning opportunities and taster sessions. June is the perfect month to have a go, try something new and meet new people. Come along, be involved! This Festival of Learning is part of a UK-wide Adult Learning initiative and is part of a wider programme which supports Adults in learning and in work.

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Come and learn with your child how to build percussive musical instruments from household items. 7-10 yrs. Book in advance at the library (tel: 020 8708 9067).

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Classes will be on all day and you’ll be able to participate in a session on offer for free. These are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Contact the library for details (tel: 020 8708 9067).



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Local businessman David Dillane tells Ruth Adams why he plans to vote 'out' in the EU referendum


avid Dillane is the owner of David Anthony's Shoes on George Lane. He has been selling 'high-quality comfort shoes' in South Woodford for almost 30 years. Originally, his shop was further up George Lane, but now it's near the station.


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"I intend to vote that we should come out of the EU," says David. "One reason is the burden of too much red tape imposed on us from Brussels. We comply with it, but I hear that other countries don't. I chose to start my business in South Woodford because it was an affluent area. Many of my customers are local but I have regulars from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand. Usually they are visiting family in the area. They really love the shoes, boots and sandals I sell. I don't believe that we would have any problems

being able to trade with Europe in the future. They need us more than we need them and we import more than we export. Much of my stock is from outstanding German companies and I seriously doubt that I'll find it a problem to order. They won't want to lose the sales and they have offices in the UK anyway. It seems to me that too much money goes to the European community and we, as a country, don't get much back. We are supporting others to the detriment of those at home and we also need to take back control of our borders."

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A mournful voice

Ahead of a talk about turtle doves for the North East London Local Group of the RSPB, Les Edwins explains why this enigmatic annual visitor is the UK's fastest declining bird species


he gentle purring call of the European turtle dove was once a common and evocative sound of summer. However, the species has undergone a severe and rapid decline in England and throughout northwest Europe over recent decades – numbers declined by 88% in southeast England between 1995 and 2012 and it has been lost as a breeding bird in most of its former range in western and northern parts of the country.

…extinct as a breeding bird in Britain in a decade. This situation has resulted in the species achieving the dubious honour of being 'promoted' to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. At the present rate of decline, it is

highly probable that turtle doves will be extinct as a breeding bird in Britain within a decade. The reasons for decline are various, but the primary factor is considered to be that they cannot find sufficient food to get into breeding condition quickly when they return from their wintering grounds in subSaharan Africa. Traditionally, turtle doves foraged in sparsely vegetated areas with seed-rich arable plants. But with modern, intensive farming these sorts of areas no longer exist. So, instead of the three or four broods that they used to produce, they are now only able to manage one or two before it is time for them to leave and return to Africa in August. On top of that, the species also has to cope with being shot on migration, disease and agricultural intensification in their wintering grounds.

Because of this situation, Operation Turtle Dove was launched in 2012 with the mission to reverse the fortunes of this culturally significant bird. The project – a partnership between the RSPB, Natural England, Pensthorpe Conservation Trust and Conservation Grade – has three strands: zz To carry out research in the breeding grounds in the UK

to establish what the optimal habitat is for turtle doves. zz To talk to landowners and farmers about what they can do to help the species. zz To carry out research on their wintering ground habitat. It is early days as yet, but we are hopeful things can be turned around.

Les's talk will take place on 10 May from 8pm at St Mary's Church, South Woodford (RSPB members: £3; visitors: £3.50). For more information, call 020 8989 4746. For more information on Operation Turtle Dove, email or visit

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Despite control of Redbridge Drama Centre being moved away from the council earlier this year, Richard Astley of the Friends of Redbridge Drama Centre explains why their support for the South Woodford venue is as strong as ever


erhaps the word 'institution' is overused. Another word that's overused is 'unique', but in South Woodford we have a truly unique institution that has always moved forward over the last 47 years, evolving its outlook to best serve the community in which it sits. But even this cherished place has seen a lot of change in the last six months. Refreshingly, this change is for the good. Redbridge Drama Centre has thrived at providing theatre in the community for children, young people and adults since 1969. The only National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council in Redbridge, in 2015 it sold in excess of 15,000 tickets over 220 productions, both in local schools and at the Lovegrove Theatre in the centre itself. There are 300 current members, more than ever before and over

double the number in 2006, with over 6,000 people having held membership in the last five decades. Altogether, there are six full-time staff; 12 part-time teachers, actors, storytellers and

An institution that has touched so many lives‌ circus artists teaching classes; 19 professional actors, directors and producers employed on projects; seven apprentice theatre companies and three associate theatre companies. Redbridge Drama Centre also carries the name of the borough across Europe and beyond, having hosted and sent young people's touring groups to the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovenia and the USA, to name but a few. Founded in 2011, the Friends of Redbridge Drama Centre is an independent organisation

that helps the centre whenever we can and in a range of ways. Our key focus is fundraising to support the centre's work and the huge benefits it brings to children across the borough and beyond, especially by boosting confidence and social skills. So what is the big change? Earlier this year it was announced that the centre would move out of the direct control of Redbridge Council and under the remit of Vision, a charity that is responsible for managing sports, arts and library services across the borough. We have supported the centre whenever we could, by meeting with stakeholders at Vision and the council, listening to the thoughts and ideas of the staff regarding the transfer and

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offering our assistance to help make the change as smooth as possible for all involved. We now look forward to working with Vision to support the ever evolving services of an institution that has touched so many lives with a positive influence that defines the importance of drama in our education system.

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Memorial Hall memories I

have been asked by several people to provide more information on Sir John Reynold Roberts, who donated the Woodford Memorial Hall to South Woodford in memory of his brother Thomas. Digging into the archives and finding out more about both men has been enormously satisfying, and from everything I have read and researched, Sir John appears to have been a thoroughly good person. Sir John was born on 16 July 1834 and his brother was born on 10 December 1838. John was educated at Dulwich College, and upon leaving school at the age of 17, left the family home in Newington Green with Thomas and they headed to London to make their fortune. They found employment as errand boys in a drapers and after a few years managed to save enough money to open their own small draper's stall. Eventually, through hard work and making the decision to only ever deal in cash and not credit, Sir John opened a store at 96 Broadway, Stratford called JR Roberts Limited in 1870. Initially, it was a small draper's and furniture shop but within a short period he expanded the store until it became a department store covering 78102 Broadway. The store became the equivalent of Harrods in east London and, at its height, employed 500 members of staff. There are numerous reports in the papers of the day of the fashion shows at the store and it is believed that it was the first to introduce Christmas grottos into department stores. The business was also involved in supporting community projects by raising money for West Ham Hospital and arranging painting competitions for local children. In 1882 Sir John purchased Salway House, which was very run down and little more than an old farmhouse. Thousands of pounds were spent on refurbishing the property to include bars and verandahs. Cesspools were removed and a north wing was added, which accommodated a large

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library fitted with mahogany throughout. In 1884 Sir John sold his interest in JR Roberts Limited. He quickly became involved in the community, becoming the president of Woodford Golf Club around 1893 and the Roberts' Cup, which he donated to the club, is still presented to the winners of the Roberts' Challenge Cup every year.

Sir John was knighted by George V in 1911 In 1902 he donated Woodford Memorial Hall to South Woodford in memory of his brother Thomas, who had died at the age of 63 in 1901. He was unable to attend the opening ceremony as his mother had died just three weeks previously. He was involved in a great deal of the planning of the hall and was instrumental in pressing for the extension to be built in 1904, donating the first £100 to the Extension Building Funds. He regularly opened up Salway House to host fundraising fetes and bazaars. The architect of the hall, Mr J Kingwell Cole, was his second cousin and also had a draper's business! Documents held at the Essex Records Office inform us that Sir John purchased substantial

amounts of property in Woodford, including some 20 plots of land that were being sold at the time on the Glebe Estate in Woodford Green. He also purchased property in Forest Lane, Stratford, together with a coach yard, stable houses and gardens and two plots of land in Ingatestone Road. In 1904 he donated the Jubilee Hospital to Woodford, which served the community for over 80 years. During the same year he also purchased the old Union Church on the High Road in Woodford, which he converted into a Working Men's Club (now a snooker club). On 23 February 1911 Sir John was knighted by George V for his good works and contributions to the community. Unfortunately, he became ill in 1912 and appears to have never quite recovered. From the minutes of the trustees it is clear that he did not attend any further meetings at the hall. He died in 1917, aged 84. His estate was worth £152,465.12s.6d, which by today's standards would be more than £7m. He left £4,000 in his will for the upkeep of the hall.

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Salway House at the time of Sir John's death in 1917. The building was demolished in 1931 during the development of the Laings Estate

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Based on issues raised by local communities… Healthwatch Redbridge is an independent charity and is managed by a small team of unpaid trustees. With a small team of five staff members, Healthwatch Redbridge relies on volunteers to support its activities. We have statutory powers under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and we sit on a number of strategic boards, such as the Health and Wellbeing Board at Redbridge Council. We are also invited to be part of the council's Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meetings and the Health Scrutiny Committee meetings. Each year Healthwatch develops a programme based on issues raised by local communities and covering relevant health and social care topics. These issues are brought to the attention of local and national bodies to inform and influence service improvement for patients, carers and users of those services. Last year Healthwatch completed a number of projects reviewing

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local people's views in regards to dignity and respect in care homes and hospital wards. They carried out a number of visits to care homes and hospitals to listen to people's experiences of those services and to make recommendations on improvements. They have been particularly concerned with the closure of Heronwood and Galleon wards at Wanstead Hospital and have responded to the review of Intermediate Care services in the borough. Gathering public comments and opinions is very important, and we regularly visit libraries across the borough and attend meetings with GP practices and community organisations. Working in partnership with other Healthwatches from Barking and Dagenham and Havering, we have completed a survey regarding the use of urgent and emergency care services on behalf of local Clinical Commissioning Groups. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in admin duties and to go out into the borough and talk to the general public about the services they have used. If you would like to know more, please get in touch or visit us at South Woodford Library on 22 June. Supporting people to feel listened to has been important this year and we have been working with particular groups of people who have found it hard to have their voices heard, including deaf and hard of hearing people, rough sleepers and carers.

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Photography biography


took up photography 30-odd years ago when I bought an Olympus OM10 film camera, probably influenced by the adverts David Bailey was doing at that time in the early 1980s.

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In the fifth of a series of articles by members of the Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society, Bob Gibbons explains why those new to photography should focus on one type of subject over time I did build up a sound knowledge of photography, which in later years, when I had more time to invest, would pay dividends.

I got hooked pretty early on and decided to learn as much as I could about photography. I quickly converted my loft into a darkroom so that I could develop my own film and experience the joy and magic of black and white printing. I really had a great time working in just the light of the safe lamp, watching the image magically appear in the tray whilst listening to Benny Green on the radio, playing records from the 1940s and 1950s American Songbook and relating anecdotes of the great songwriters who contributed to it. I cherish that memory.

Every person has great potential for creativity but it does take time in most of us to develop. My advice to anybody new to photography is to join a club (preferably ours), mix with other photographers and settle on one area of interest. You may take other pictures, but major on a chosen principle area. Study the great photographers of that genre, go on courses and workshops and build a solid base. This will allow you to progress more quickly and avoid frustration. You will succeed much earlier than if you use a scatter gun approach as I did in my early days.

My business career didn't allow me as much time as I would have liked to pursue my interest, but

In 2009 my picture Waterjet Handstand was exhibited at the London Salon of Photography.

In 2014 I was awarded the distinction of Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) and, at the time of writing, I am about to submit a panel of flower photographs in order to achieve the higher distinction of Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS). [Editor's note: Bob's ARPS submission was successful.] To find out more about the Woodford and Wanstead Photographic Society – which meets weekly at Wanstead House – visit

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Reneé Bravo tells Ruth Adams why she is undecided on how to vote in the EU Referendum


eneé Bravo, 87, was born in the UK and has lived in South Woodford for 35 years. She believes she is the only female lifetime president of a synagogue as well as being a past lady golf club captain in this country! "I've lived in Redbridge since I was three," recalls Reneé. "When my parents, who were Polish immigrants, moved to Barkingside our new neighbour wrote to the council to complain and at school a classmate's parent objected to my sitting next to her son because I was a Jew." "My gut reaction to the EU referendum is to say that I do like the idea of European unity. This idea first appeared after World War Two, and we were all supposed to be white Christians together. When we talk about Europe now though, the issues



are clouded by open borders, but to me this doesn't affect the basic idea of a united Europe. Half the world would like to live in the UK if they could; at least all the poor people. I'd like fiveyear-olds to be taught where benefit money comes from!" I asked Renee how she would finally make up her mind on voting. "I'm going to listen to everything and go with my gut reaction. Trade deals can change but a united Europe is an idea."

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Community Events Haven House Open Gardens Launch

Redbridge means business A business expo bringing together hundreds of local business owners and decision-makers. Date: Thursday 19 May Time: 9am to 5pm Venue: Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford Cost: Free Enquiries:

Including a tour of the grounds and a gardening workshop. Date: Saturday 7 May Time: 12pm to 4pm Venue: Haven House, Woodford Green Cost: £2 Enquiries: 020 8506 3638

Food & fun day at st Mary's church

RSPB talk: Operation Turtle Dove

Enjoy food and games and climb the church tower (12pm to 2pm; £1) for a unique view. Date: Saturday 21 May Time: 11am to 3pm Venue: St Mary's Church, South Woodford Cost: Free entry Enquiries: 020 8505 3000

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Speak to local authors about their books and their experiences of getting published. Date: Saturday 21 May Time: 12pm to 2pm Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8708 2409

Date: Wednesday 11 May Time: 1.15pm Venue: Sir James Hawkey Hall, IG8 0BG Cost: £5 Enquiries: 020 8708 3044

iPad Workshop: handson tips and tricks Practical advice for beginners to help you get to grips with your iPad. Booking required. Date: Wednesday 11 May Time: 2pm Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

eMagazines workshop at south woodford library Learn how to download free digital magazines to your phone, tablet or computer. Booking required. Date: Thursday 12 May Time: 11.30am Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

Dementia Friends Training Session Learn more about what it is like to live with dementia. Booking required. Date: Monday 16 May Time: 10am to 12pm Venue: Woodford Green Library, IG8 0DX Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8708 9055

Flower arranging: Holiday in the sun The Woodford and District Floral Arrangement Group welcome guest demonstrator Yvonne Tan. Date: Monday 16 May Time: 7.30pm Venue: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road Cost: £5 Enquiries: 020 8530 2427

Mercy Ships: Floating hospitals A talk by Dr Leo Cheng about his work with Mercy Ships, a charity that operates a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations. A Bressey Townswomen's Guild event, open to men and women. Booking required. Date: Tuesday 17 May Time: 7.45pm Venue: St Mary's Church, South Woodford Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8505 0135

Haven House Volunteer Committee quiz night A quiz night to raise funds for the hospice. Date: Saturday 21 May Time: 7pm Venue: South Woodford Scout Hut, E18 2QS Cost: £7.50 Enquiries: 07989 305 687

Woodford Green Rotary Club To be attended by pupils from Willow Brook Primary School. Visitors welcome; includes a three-course lunch. Date: Monday 23 May Time: 12.30pm Venue: Best Western Epping Forest, IG8 9NY Cost: £15 Enquiries: 020 8989 2701

iPad Workshop: how to stay in contact Learn how to stay in touch with family and friends. Booking required. Date: Wednesday 25 May Time: 10.30am Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

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Half-term Holiday Fun At south woodford library Date: Wednesday 1 June Time: 2pm to 3pm Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

Fitness for all taster sessions Take part in a range of taster gym sessions for free, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Booking required. Date: Thursday 2 and Wednesday 8 June Venue: South Woodford Library & Gym Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

Talk to the experts: dyslexia Speak to representatives of AchieveAbility, a user-led charity that helps dyslexic adults achieve their full potential. Date: Friday 3 June Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS Cost: Free Enquiries:

The Gruffalo in south woodford Five- to seven-year-olds are invited to meet the Gruffalo in this workshop designed to improve literacy skills. Booking required. Date: Friday 3 June Time: 1.30pm to 2.30pm Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

Redbridge Drama Centre: Daughter Of The Forest A blend of puppetry, dance and traditional music. Suitable for children aged six and over. Date: Thursday 26 and Friday 27 May Time: 1.30pm and 5pm Venue: Redbridge Drama Centre, E18 2RB Cost: £7 Enquiries: 020 8708 8800

Astrosaurs in south woodford Six- to nine-year-olds can design their own alien at this Explore Learning workshop. Booking required. Date: Friday 3 June Time: 3.30pm to 4.30pm Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

Elmer day in south woodford Children aged three to nine years are invited to join in the celebrations for Elmer Day with elephant-themed activities. Booking required. Also at Woodford Green Library from 10am. Date: Saturday 28 May Time: 2pm to 3pm Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

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May / June 2016 Wanstead and woodford wea centenary film club A screening of Wild (2014). Date: Monday 6 June Time: 12pm Venue: Odeon, South Woodford Cost: The cinema's usual charges will apply Enquiries:

Woodford Green Rotary Club A talk by Pat Liddiard, speaking about her work with the Queen's Charities. Date: Monday 6 June Time: 12.30pm Venue: Best Western Epping Forest, IG8 9NY Cost: £15 Enquiries: 020 8989 2701

Lawrence of Arabia: Excavating a Legend A talk by Neil Faulkner for the Wanstead and Woodford U3A. Date: Tuesday 7 June Time: 10am Venue: Woodford Memorial Hall, E18 2PA Cost: Members only Enquiries:

Healthwatch redbridge information stall Date: Tuesday 7 June Time: 11am to 1pm Venue: Woodford Green Library, IG8 0DX Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8553 1236

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Open your garden and support Haven House See page 10. Date: Saturday 25 June Time: 9am to 6pm Venue: Various locations in the community Cost: £5 day ticket Enquiries: 020 8506 3637

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A summer exhibition of students' art work. Date: Saturday 25 June Time: 10am to 4pm Venue: Bedford House, 4 Westbury Road Enquiries: 020 8504 6668

Children aged five to seven will learn how to use ScratchJr to code a story of characters that move, race and dance. If you can, bring a tablet with the ScratchJr app installed. Up to two children per adult. Booking required. Date: Friday 10 June Time: 4pm to 5.30pm Venue: South Woodford Library, E18 2QS Cost: Free Enquiries: 020 8708 9067

WOODFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT In aid of Haven House Children's Hospice. Date: Saturday 25 June Time: 7.30pm Venue: Roding Valley High School, IG10 3JA Cost: £10 Enquiries:

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An illustrated talk for the North East London Local Group of the RSPB about climate change and the growing use of renewable energy sources. Date: Tuesday 14 June Time: 8pm Venue: St Mary's Church, South Woodford Cost: £3.50 Enquiries: 020 8989 4746

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