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Last Man Stands Match Report 23 July

Division one

In the latest round of matches Eight Indians outplayed The Black Eagles to move to 3rd place in division one. Batting first the Indians smashed 175 for 6 with Manohar (32) top scoring. The Eagles came out on a high with skipper Naveed hitting a quick 42, but no other batsman manage to sustain the chase eventually folding on 125. In the only other division 1 match Chakwal Stars (179) stroll  pass Kerry Packer Clique (102) for an easy win. For Chakwal, Aumer made 65 not out and Mubashir fell one short of his 50. Chakwal maintain the top spot on 72 points with East London Eagles second (61). The Eight cruise into 3rd spot and appear to be making a late run for the title on 53 points with 5 games remaining.

Division two

In division 2 Ilford Scorchers (104) lost to Neighbours Barkingside Burners in a close match. Despite chasing a low Scorchers total, the Burners appear to be cruising before 3 quick wickets saw them just got up to win with 5 balls to spare. For the Scorchers Ahmar scored 42 and Husnain took 3 wickets for 14 runs off 3 overs. Tahir hit an impressive 54 not out when the Burners batted to see the team home. Lankan Stars played out their skins to beat  Jamia East London Boys in the other Division 2 fixture. The Boys batted first and posted a competitive 152 with Yasir 51 not out. For the Lankans Syed was left not out on 49 and Iyaz took 3 wickets to secured the win. There were no changes in the top of the table with Ilford Knightriders (54) maintaining the top spot, followed by Jamia Boys (43) and Ilford Scorchers (41).


The Cup competition has reached its semi final stages and will see Traditional Corsairs take on Chakwal Stars this Thursday, while The Black Eagles will play Kerry Packer Clique for a place in the finals.

The Plate

In the Semi finals of the Plate PAK Warriors from Division 2 upset East London Eagles (Div 1) to secure a place in the final. Batting first the Eagles a respectable 158 for 3 wickets with Ayaz hitting 50 not out. The Warriors made a strong reply losing only 2 wickets to win in the first ball of the 18th over with Sajjad hitting 50. The the other semi Brothers United failed to turn out a team, forfeiting the game to Ilford Knightriders who will meet PAK Warriors in the September 3 final.

LMS Regional Competition

The draw has been made for the regional and as previously notified the top team from LMS Redbridge will play the competition on 31 August in Barnes, South West London. All teams pushing for the top spot should take note and be ready to play the regional with the winner going to the nationals and a chance to win £5,000 towards Barbados 2015 World Champs.

Post Author: Ian Selby Manager Last Man Stands – Redbridge 


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Object of the week – 22 to 26 July

At the heart of Redbridge Museum is a unique collection of over 7000 objects, oral history and film. Once a week we will be selecting one object from Redbridge Museum’s collection to share with you online.

This week we are thrilled that our family fun exhibition Super Science is now open! Our exhibition is filled with fun science facts including the science behind light, optics and astronomy. This fantastic summer exhibition also includes interactive games, puzzles and objects from Redbridge’s past.

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One of these objects from the past to be displayed is this 1950s radio. It was presented to the Borough of Ilford as a gift by the electronics manufacturing company Plessey.  The company became one of the largest manufactures in its field; by 1955 it employed 15,000 workers. Plessey was based in Ilford’s Cottenham Road from early 1919; it then relocated to Vicarage Lane where it remained until 1992.  To find out more you can visit our Super Science exhibition until 6 September, see below for opening times.

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Title – Plessey Radio

Associated Dates 1950s

Location– First Floor, Super Science Exhibition, Redbridge Central Library

Opening times – 22 July – 06 September 2014

Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

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East London girls win national accolade at national street cricket awards

A girls’ cricket project in Redbridge, East London, was recognised for its success as part of the inner-city cricket initiative, StreetChance supported by Barclays, last week (Thursday 3 July).

Coaches Saba Nasim and Hannah Newman received the Outstanding Youth Project award from former England cricketer, Ebony Rainford-Brent, at the StreetChance Annual Achievement Awards, held at the world-famous cricket Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The judges praised the coaches for their dedication in getting the project off the ground by running taster session at 18 sites. Essex County Cricket Board have supported the project and delivered a ‘Coach Support Workers’ course to teach the girls to umpire, score and coach. They have also introduced workshops on First Aid and also arranged a visit from Olympic hockey Bronze medallist, Chloe Rodgers.

They were also impressed how lead coaches Hannah and Saba have acted as role models and mentors for the girls, passing on advice regarding education, career plans an exam stress.  Some of the girls from StreetChance pictured below:

Girls Cricket Streetchance

Speaking at the awards, Saba said, “It is a great achievement for the project, us as coaches, and girls cricket in general. Hannah and I wouldn’t give up, numbers weren’t great to start with but we stayed there, went to more schools and kept pushing the project. To win this award is a great feeling. It feels absolutely fantastic.”

Hannah added, “It’s amazing to know that the hard work has paid off. I never thought when I came to the StreetChance awards a year ago, and was inspired by the winners that day, that I’d be back picking up an award a year later. It’s absolutely incredible and is a great feeling.

“StreetChance has helped me massively and coaching has really helped my confidence. Throughout my Level Two course my feedback was always that I could be a bit louder. It’s been something that has gradually developed and I’ve become more comfortable as a coach.”

Attended by special guest, England cricketer Ravi Bopara, the evening was hosted by the BBC’s cricket and football presenter, Manish Bhasin and brought together participants from all seven StreetChance cities – London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Hull and Dewsbury.

StreetChance is an inner-city cricket initiative run in partnership between the Cricket Foundation and Barclays which works towards positive experiences for young people: playing cricket leading to training, volunteering or secured employment. It aims to provide a diversionary activity that engages young people in communities affected by youth crime and anti-social behaviour and also break down barriers between diverse communities which have previously struggled to integrate.

Since 2004, Barclays has invested over £40m in sports facilities and sports programmes that support young people and local communities. Barclays’ support for StreetChance is part its wider ambition to build 5 Million Young Futures – a commitment to give millions of young people a platform to achieve their goals through access to enterprise, employability and financial skills.

Talking about the evening, Ravi said, “It’s been great fun. I’ve got a lot out of it and I hope the kids did too. That’s the key, it is all for the kids and bringing up the future of English cricket.”

Speaking from the event, Cricket Foundation Chief Executive, Wasim Khan MBE said, “The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and hard work of everyone involved in StreetChance and highlight the positive impact cricket can have on the lives of young people.

“It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to look back at what we’ve achieved over the last year and look forward to the future.”

Mike Saul, Managing Director, Hospitality & Leisure at Barclays Corporate, said, “Barclays has been investing in community sports for the past decade, working with partners like the Cricket Foundation to harness the passion young people have for sport and using it to help them develop the skills they need to be successful in later life. The StreetChance Awards recognise the remarkable achievements of these young people, many of whom have overcome significant challenges and are now role models for other young people in their communities.”

Find out more about Cricket in Redbridge here.


Post Author: Jenni Sheehan

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Object of the week – 8 to 12 July

At the heart of Redbridge Museum is a unique collection of over 7000 objects, oral history and film. Once a week we will be selecting one object from Redbridge Museum’s collection to share with you online.

This week we would like to thank all the Redbridge residents who came out and supported the Tour De France passing through the Borough of Redbridge on Monday 7 July.

This event reminds us of another historic cycling event that started on the 23 June 1883 in Woodford named the ‘Woodford Cycle Meet’.

Hundreds of cyclists in elaborate costumes on decorated bikes rode through the streets of Woodford and Wanstead, cheered on by thousands of local people. At this time, cycling was hugely popular with both men and women joining in the new craze.

The Woodford Cycle Meet aimed to raise money for local charities and hospitals. It continued to run every year until 1914, the year the First World War started.

Our Object of the Week is a 1900s collapsible cyclist’s drinking cup. It consists of five interlocking circular bands of steel which collapse inside each other so it is easy to carry. To find out more visit Redbridge Museum 2nd floor, Redbridge Central Library.

Side view of cup

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Bottom view of cup

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Title – Cyclists cup

Associated Dates 1900s

Location – On display at Redbridge Museum

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

 Author: A. Deo

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The Very Successful Labyrinth Theatre Festival Ends With A Magical Performance Of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Picnic baskets, blankets and brollies were out in full force on Sunday evening as an audience gathered in the beautiful gardens of Valentines Mansion, awaiting Oddsocks’ 25th anniversary performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

I had barely entered the gates of Valentines Park, yet it was instantly clear to me that spirits had not been dampened, despite the rain. The crowd was being entertained by some fantastic live music that echoed throughout the park, building anticipation for the imminent performance. As I settled on the grass, I didn’t even have time to worry about it being damp as I was immediately drawn to the stage. The backdrop of the wondrous Valentines Mansion and the gardens that encircled the audience, created a truly mesmerising atmosphere.

When the bellows from the director began, all sounds of chatting, shuffling and eating ceased – it was time to begin. As the actors were introduced, the liveliness of the show was immediately established. Each of them announced the trio of characters they would be playing and once this was done, the story of ‘love, magic and fairies’ ensued.

The plot of this performance, for those unfamiliar with the Shakespearean play, is centred around four lovers. Demetrius is set to marry Hermia at the request of her father, however, Hermia is in love with Lysander (who broke out into song every now and then, serenading the audience with his bright red guitar) and finally there’s Helena or ‘the queen of whining’ as her actress described her – she is besotted with Demetrius who wants nothing to do with her. That is of course until the fairies cunningly intercept these wires of crossed love. Oberon, the king of the fairies was in the most impressive costume. It gave him the height to accompany his domineering character that causes havoc when Lysander and Hermia run off to the woods in the hope that they can be together and escape the wrath of those who disapprove.

Armed with a wild flower that causes the wrong people to fall in love with each other, the fairies thoroughly stir the pot of trouble and mischief. Among all of this exhilarating drama, that was heavily lined with comedy, are the actors or mechanicals who are also in the woods preparing for a play to perform for the Duke of Athens. These scenes of the play were full of audience interaction and comic relief as the characters weaved in and out of the audience, grabbed some food along the way and stumbled over umbrellas.

Oddsocks cast Midsummer Nights Dream

The four lovers provided the perfect amount of high-energy drama, the mystical fairies in their vibrant costumes that dazzled the audience with neon reds and pinks were the source of all mischief, while the ‘mechanicals’ generated the most laughs. Physical action and comedy were not scarce at all – it was carried out flawlessly and was complemented by the abundance of jokes on stage.

The whole show was just excellent with its perfectly timed wit and engaging performances by the actors who oozed enthusiasm during every part that they played. Laughs, gasps and applause rippled throughout the audience from the hilarious hunting dogs being brought out to the magical moment that the skies above, that had only sent rain down upon us, became brighter as if it was directly responding to Helena’s dramatic plea to the skies for some comfort. The magic of the play was kept alive and burning until the final bows were taken – even though I’m sure many people including myself took the magic home with them as the performance was so memorable.

Guest Author: Raeesa Mukhtar

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Redbridge Children’s Book Award 2014

Reading for pleasure and creative writing is alive and well in our Redbridge schools.  On Thursday 26 June 2014, over 180 young readers and budding writers celebrated this year’s Redbridge Children’s Book Awards in a vibrant, exciting ceremony at Redbridge Town Hall.

Students from 17 secondary schools and 10 primary schools across Redbridge and Newham voted for their favourite children’s and teenage book published in 2013.

Sharon Gosling’s debut  novel, The Diamond Thief, won the Children’s category and Carnegie medal winner, Kevin Brooks won the teenage category with his novel, The Bunker Diary.

book awards 2014

We were delighted to have three of the shortlisted authors, Kevin Brooks, Sharon Gosling and Ali Sparkes, attend.  They read extracts from their books, answered in-depth questions from eager students and signed copies of their books.  In his acceptance speech, Kevin spoke about how much this award meant to him because he was voted the winner by young readers themselves.

Winners of the writing and poetry competitions were also presented with their prizes by Councillor Joyce Ryan.  The poetry competition was judged by David Fulton, lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University and the short story competition was judged by author and Head of Bancrofts Prep School, Joe Layburn

Niamh Connole from Trinity Catholic High School won the age twelve and under poetry competition with her poem, We Could Have Been Friends.  Finn Halligan from Trinity High School won the age thirteen and over category with the poem Parvulorum Veritas.

Daisy Nichols from Wanstead Church Primary won the age twelve and under short story competition with her story, Ozeozborn the Wizard: Life without Ketchup.  Jessica Phillips from Wanstead High School won the age thirteen and over category with her story, Maiden Voyage .  Winners were presented with a book token, a fiction book and a copy of this year’s anthology of all shortlisted poems and stories.  The winners read their poems and a snippet of their stories to the audience.

The book award is organised by Redbridge Schools’ Library Service and sponsored by MLS (Micro Librarian Systems).

Visit our website for more information on Children’s Book Awards, you can also download some of the finest writing from our Redbridge students from this page too!

Post Author: Nina Simone

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Tennis Charity serves up free tennis lessons for beginners in Redbridge

National sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’ has served up an ace for Redbridge by investing in a 50 week programme of free tennis lessons hoping hundreds of people across the borough can make a racket at the Borough’s Goodmayes Park courts. The charity has created a partnership with Vision – Redbridge Culture & Leisure and local tennis coach Tom Higgins to help provide free coach led tennis sessions for all the family starting on Saturday 5 July between 1pm-3pm.  You don’t even need a racket as all equipment is provided free of charge.

Professional tennis coach Tom Higgins will run the programme and welcome all ages and standards to take part.  He said: “We are giving the people of Redbridge and the surrounding area tennis for free and it doesn’t matter if you are an absolute beginner, you played at school and haven’t picked up a racket in twenty years or you haven’t been able to play on a regular basis and develop your skills.”

Our Tennis For Free sessions are all about fun and enjoyment for all the family and not about coaching the perfect forehand.  Goodmayes Park is the perfect place to start your free tennis journey and we are very proud to be providing these free sessions in partnership with Tennis For Free and Vision – Redbridge Culture and Leisure.  All you need to do is register and ‘book in’ at  every week and then just turn up…you don’t even need a racket.

Tennis For Free a registered charity founded by comedian Tony Hawks are celebrating getting over 150,000 people to hit tennis balls for free over the last 10 years since the charity began.  It aims to provide to create healthy, vibrant tennis communities on FREE public park tennis courts creating new tennis players of all ages and backgrounds, and showing that tennis can be enjoyed by all. Tennis For Free supporters include Judy Murray (mother of GB No1 Andy), BBC tennis commentator Andrew Castle and ex Grand Slam winner Pat Cash.

Tennis For Free CEO, Paul Jessop said: “Having started as a website listing free parks tennis we now have an extensive free tennis programme across the UK with Goodmayes Park being our 25th site and more in the pipeline for 2014.  With support from our sponsors, the LTA and the Tennis Foundation we are partnering with local organisations such as Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure and local tennis coaches like Tom and investing over the next three years into 50 Tennis For Free park sites across the UK helping approximately 40,000 new people to experience the TFF fun sessions.

Rachael Porsz, LTA Regional Tennis Participation Manager – London said: “We are very excited about the free activities being created for people to play tennis in Redbridge through the Tennis for Free programme.  Goodmayes Park is a wonderful park in the heart of the community and having good local easy to access park facilities where you can play informally with your family and friends is really important to encouraging people to play.”


 Post Author: Jenni Sheehan