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East London Mini Marathon

On Sunday 16th February 2014, a cool but dry day, 76 of Redbridge’s young people aged between 11 and 16 turned up at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to take part in the East London Mini Marathon. This is an annual event held with Waltham Forest and Newham to help select runners for the Virgin Money Giving London Mini Marathon.

Redbridge had top 3 finishers in 5 of the 6 races – with Redbridge athletes taking all 3 top spots in both the u15 boys and u15 girls races.

Trophy winners listed below:

U13 boys 3rd James Wood

U13 girls 1st Aoibheann Pearce

U15 boys 1st Usamah Patel

                2nd Yonis Farah

3rd Ahmed Abdulle

U15 girls 1st Isabella Hoy

2nd Jess Archard

3rd Lana Mawlood

U17 girls 2nd Abbie Dell

Thanks to the Mayor who presented all the trophies.

48 athletes have now been selected to run at the London Mini Marathon on the 13th April representing Redbridge.

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You Are Here: A history of Redbridge in Maps an exhibition

Exciting news for all you history buffs! Our  Museum’s Map exhibition has been extended to run until Saturday 14th June 2014! Take a journey with ‘A history of Redbridge in Maps’  back through space and time to discover over 2,000 years of local history.  The fascinating story of Redbridge is told through a range of beautiful maps. Look closely to uncover wartime bomb damage maps as well as local area plans. Each map is a unique work of art in its own right.

Complimented by archive photographs, museum objects, oral history and film, the exhibition invites you to see Redbridge in a new light. The maps on display are part of the local history collections of Redbridge Information & Heritage, Central Library, Ilford.

All ages are welcome to this wonderful historic event at Redbridge Museum, 1st Floor Exhibition Area, Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1EA. Admission is free and you can see the exhibition at the follow times: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Sat 10 am – 4 pm.

The exhibition will run from Tuesday 22 October 2013 to Saturday 1 March 2014.

If you would like to find out more please give us a ring on 020 8708 2317 or visit the Redbridge i webpage.

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Redbridge Museum – Map of the week

This week our Map of the Week takes us twelve miles round London.  This detailed map was printed and published by Fairburn’s a family firm based in London.

Between the 1790s and 1850s, they produced a vast output of map prints and popular booklets.

This circular map reaches Teddington in the south west, then (clockwise) to Norwood, Harrow on the Hill, Chipping Barnet, Dagenham, Purley and Kingston.

Title   Fairburn’s Map

Associated Dates– 1796

Location – On display – Redbridge Museum, Central Library 1st Floor

Opening times – Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

Due to popular demand our exhibition has been extended until Saturday 14 June 2014

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Frenford Falcons Wheelchair Basketball Club Win Their First Tournament!

Over the weekend Frenford Falcons Wheelchair Basketball Club had their first tournament as part of the National British Wheelchair Basketball Development League. The squad is made up of disabled and able bodied people who came together for their first proper competition yesterday. The team have two other tournament dates over the next few weeks and are hoping to do well and move up to the third division.

The results of the tournament are in, and we want to give the winning team Frenford Falcons a huge congratulations! The Falcons beat Bury Bomber 46-20 and Brixton Ballers 47-33.

Well done guys!

Find out more about the Wheelchair Basketball Club here:


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Are we a disposable generation? Team v Redbridge promote sustainability with our clothes.

As part of the charity vInspired, which aims to provide volunteering and support for young people, Team v Redbridge are a group of young volunteers from their national programme Team v. The young volunteer’s first campaign was about ‘Building a Sustainable Generation.’ Young people have often been accused of being the disposable generation and so Team v are trying to raise awareness in local communities about how to reduce waste and promote sustainable living by Upcycling unwanted clothes rather than throwing them away.

According the Marks & Spencer’s 10,000 items of clothing are thrown away every 5 minutes! So Team v set about changing that! The idea behind the campaign was to promote sustainable living, asking people to pledge a promise to be more sustainable in one simple way. Also to encourage schools to upcycle old t-shirts to make them more appealing, wearable and as if brand new and also to get the community involved learning about customising old clothes.

Team v Redbridge held two workshops at Woodford County High School for Girls trying to raise the awareness about how the UK disposes of clothes and the alternatives available. The hour-long workshops involved a short introduction, a game (involving finding out where your clothes come from), a video promoting the campaign, a short quiz, a discussion about a school’s impact on waste and a petition to be part of People & Planet’s Green Education Declaration and finally a customising session on the students’ t-shirts that they bring to the workshop.

One of the workshops was optional during lunch time and the other to a Year 10 class, which was catered to cover the sustainability section within the GCSE Graphics syllabus. The girls discussed in groups about packaging and how the design of a product can result in wasted materials when it comes to boxing up the goods. With 76 million tons of waste coming from packaging alone, that is 30% of all trash, it is vital for the future generations of designers and entrepreneurs to understand the contribution the industry has on waste.

Team v Redbridge leader Rebecca Kemal commented “We needed to ensure that what we were offering to schools was flexible and appealing so that not only were the workshops worth-while but that they also would benefit the students’ depth of knowledge within and outside of the current curriculum. Learning about upcycling and re-using our clothes could potentially solve a future waste problem, with predictions of landfill sites being filled by 2020, it is vital that people realise that within 7 years they will be facing a big problem!”

The young volunteers asked people online via twitter and Facebook to send in a pledge for sustainability using the hashtag #planetsavingpledges. In return for your promise to be more sustainable, the team offered to email you a certificate of thanks, plant a seed on your behalf for a loved one  or invited you to upcycle or swap at item of clothing at their Planet Saving Sustainability fete. The team received over 30 pledges from local citizens who pledged to be more sustainable, from making handmade gifts at Christmas, to composting food waste to recycling old cars, phones, materials and clothes, and the premise still remains open to people who wish to take part.

The final event for the team was to host a Sustainability Fete at Frenford Youth Club on the 28th November. Each member of the public were encouraged to bring at least one item of clothing to ‘swish’ or swap with others depending on the quality of the goods. Working on a token system, you could for example bring along a brand new designer t-shirt and in return get back a brand new designer jacket or equally three t-shirts for your designer goods. The more items you bring, the more tokens you have to swap with. The ‘swishing’ trend is getting bigger, with ‘swishing parties’ being held quite regularly throughout the UK. At the event there was also a stall where you could spray paint, customise and embellish items of clothing at the ‘customise & style’ stall and even cut-up your old t-shirt to make blankets for the homeless. Our own photographer volunteer gave anyone who wanted a chance to leave a #planetsavingpledge and volunteers were on hand to talk to you about alternative solutions, upcycling ideas and to take any feedback or ideas. The team were also supported by local group Barkingside21, who took some time out from turning on the Christmas lights on Barkingside High Street to support the young volunteers.

Hopefully Team v Redbridge have managed to change a few views about sustainability and local citizens are keeping their promised pledges to be more aware of our planet. One mantra that was common throughout their campaign was an encouragement of the Six Rs: Re-thinking, Re-using, Refusing, Recycling, Reducing and Repairing. Do that, then perhaps we can become the sustainable generation!

For more information about Team v Redbridge, to follow and support their next campaign or if you’re 16-25 volunteer with them, please get in touch:

Twitter: @vRedbridge



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You could leave them a #planetsavingpledge @vRedbridge or at

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Valentines Mansion inspires a new generation of origami stars!

Nothing says school holidays like a bit of arts and crafts! Children and their parents went along to the mansion to enjoy a morning of traditional Japanese art on Wednesday 19th of February.

As soon as our tutor, Alison, began her demonstration at the front of the class I heard a young girl shout excitedly, “I can see! That’s part of the head!” – I mean, that was pure talent right there, in the midst of all those baffling folds and creases, she could spot an emerging dog’s head.

It looked like the focus of the class was making animals, starting with man’s best friend. Using colourful paper, googly eyes and tons of imagination parents and children were getting stuck in and following the steps to create their animal. The whole class watched intently as Alison folded the corners down to make the dog’s floppy ears, then immediately followed her example and raced on, decorating their creations further with whiskers and funny noses.

Origami may look complex at first with all the paper aligning and symmetrical folding, but actually it’s quite relaxing once you get the hang of it, and definitely rewarding once you can see your design start coming to life. The class was full to the brim and buzzing with enthusiasm. The kids were eager to show Alison how they were getting on, ensuring that they were on the right track. After they had all cracked making a dog, there was no time to waste as a penguin was the next animal on the list. Even though Alison crafted her waddling friend out of an appropriate colour, grey, it didn’t stop the kids going for wacky colours like orange, red or yellow!

Once again, keeping careful track of all the folds and creases, the penguins began to take shape. Dotted around the room were many different origami animals, some kids made their creatures come alive as they began playing with them like miniature figures. Not ready to slow down, Alison proposed the next animal, a panda, which got a great reception “we have to do a panda!” then, just as everything was going so swimmingly, it was time for a fish.

The class were still burning with enthusiasm as the rustling of paper, entwined with the sounds of laughter and enjoyment. I meanwhile, fumbled with a bit of paper desperately trying to change my screwed up lump into what was supposed to be a panda…

Post Author: Raeesa Mukhtar

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vInspired ‘Love is..?’ Campaign Was A Great Success!

Young Redbridge Volunteers highlight Healthy Relationships for young people in their ‘Love is..?’ campaign.

The cheesy cards, love hearts and chocolate of Valentine’s Day are a gift of love, yet do many of us actually know what makes up a healthy relationship?

Team v Redbridge are a group of young volunteers from youth charity vInspired, taking part in Team v, a programme which aims to change the world one campaign at a time. Team v is a unique, nine month leadership and volunteering programme powered by young people who want to make an impact in their local communities. Every three months they work on a campaign set by vInspired staff and receive training over a weekend residential to equip them about the campaign, recruit volunteers and then create events from scratch.

113 Team v Leaders across the country have just finished their second campaign, ‘Love is…?’- a pop-up event focusing on young people aged 16-25 attempting to create discussion about what constitutes as a healthy relationship and to highlight the warning signs of abuse and services available to those who need it. Team v Redbridge, Ilford and Newbury Park partnered together to put on an event on the 15th February at Wanstead Youth Centre.

Young people were invited to come and discuss what is a healthy relationship and find out some advice of the warning signs by National Charity Tender. Each young person was asked on a scale of 1-5, 1 being unacceptable and 5 acceptable, where do you stand in the following situations:

1.      Somebody wanting to check their partner’s texts and social media posts.

2.      Somebody always wanting to hold their partner’s hand in public.

3.      Somebody getting jealous when they see their partner speaking to someone else at a party.

4.      Somebody wanting to know where their partner is all the time.

5.      Somebody telling their partner that they’re putting on weight.

6.      Somebody always forgetting their partner’s birthday.

7.      Somebody not wanting to meet their partner’s friends or family.

8.      Somebody going on a night out and not telling their partner.

9.      Somebody calling their ex all the time asking to get back to them.

There are no right and wrong answers, the idea is to create a discussion about how some of these scenarios can lead to an unhealthy relationship. Although healthy relationships charity Tender does provide some expert thoughts on each scenario which can be accessed through the online questionnaire:

With Sex and Relationship Education out-of-date and not compulsory in schools it seems obvious why so many young people struggle to know what to look for in a potential partner. According to NSPCC figures, out of the 75% of girls and 50% of boys who have experienced some form of emotional or physical abuse from their partners, only 19% have sought help. Therefore part of Team v’s national campaign was to raise awareness amongst young people about the services available for them in their local communities.

The young volunteers contacted various organisations to see who could come to their event and provide expert support and advice to any young person who may need it. Local charity Redbridge Rainbow Community, who support LGBT people in Redbridge, came and provided a stall with various exhibitions about their work and also showed their new documentary film featuring personal accounts, demonstrations and marches from Redbridge citizens in their own words. Young People Friendly also came to support the event, providing various information and advice with a stall. Other organisations helped the young volunteers by providing leaflets and posters to ensure that a young person could access the relevant support they needed. These included: Redbridge Action against Domestic Abuse, Redbridge Victim Support, Childline, Get Connected, Karma Nirvana, London Bubble Theatre Company, This is Abuse, Sexual Advice Association and Phoenix Counselling Service.

Young people also had a chance to listen to some great music by local Redbridge artists, performing their own original songs and also covering songs that brought the topic alive. As well as a chance to write down their opinions on a love heart and provide feedback to the young volunteers about the event.

Rebecca Kemal, Team v leader for Redbridge, says: “Many young people do not receive adequate relationship education about what makes up a healthy relationship. Some people think that if your partner doesn’t hit you then their relationship is healthy, but psychological manipulation and emotional abuse can do a lot of damage. We hope that the ‘Love is’ campaign will allow young people to discuss and debate what they think makes a relationship healthy and to become more aware of any warning signs and support services that are available in Redbridge.”

Namrah Arfan Team v leader for Ilford said: “Abuse is an issue that affects people of all ages, but many young people don’t recognise what is happening to them.  And even fewer know they can find help. We hope that the event and going in to youth centres will open some people’s eyes to think differently about future relationships and inspire them to seek help if ever they need it.”

Throughout the campaign, Team v leaders created a buzz online using the social network Twitter promoting a Q&A with National charity Tender using the hashtag #loveis. Early estimates of the campaign state that the twitter Q&A on the 15th reached nearly 500,000 twitter accounts allowing young people to ask questions, find out about local services and explore what a healthy relationship is with the online questionnaire.

If you would like to find out more about Team v Redbridge, to volunteer with them or to support them in their new and final campaign please get in touch:

Email Rebecca Kemal at

Follow Team v Redbridge @vRedbridge or

Watch our Love Is..? video explaining more:

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