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Redbridge Museum’s On The Move Exhibition

Redbridge Museum’s summer exhibition On The Move is coming to an end this weekend, so I thought I would go along and see what it was all about!  The theme is transport related and showcases a variety of different modes of transport.  As a first time visitor to the Museum exhibition, I wasn’t really aware of what to expect, and I was surprised that everything was extremely interactive providing lots of things for children to do.

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As you walk inside the exhibition space, there are lots of colours and signs drawn on the walls which are actually road signs. There are many huge structures which the children can climb on including a plane with seating for a pilot and co-pilot, a boat which children can climb aboard, and for children that love to dress up, there are costumes which they can wear. There was a train with lots of seats inside, so multiple people could sit and watch a video showing a drivers view of the London underground. The exhibition also includes other types of transport including wheelchairs, bicycles and scooters.

There is an assistant who is very hands on and keen to help all the children, explaining to them how things work, as she did this she explained how real versions of the exhibits would work too and the children were so mesmerised by her and you could really tell that they were interested in what she had to say.

The exhibition offers educational benefits because next to all the interactive activities there are fact sheets that described what it represented and for some pieces it described the history about it so that the children were learning and having a good time. The interactive activities included many puzzles, things they could build and games, including a variation of whack-a-rat.

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The atmosphere in the exhibition was entirely happy and the sounds of laughing and playing was very clear, a young boy called Charlie summed up his visit by saying “it’s fun!” and another young boy called Louis, when asked what he liked the most exclaimed “all of it!”. A grandparent of children playing also told me that she had brought her grandson once and he loved it so much that she brought him and his cousin back again! This proves that this exhibition is not one that should be missed!

Exhibition closes on Saturday 2 September, so hurry if you wish to experience the fun. Entry is FREE.

For more information visit the website

Guest Author: Kate Beard

 

 

 

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Celebrating Healthy Families in Redbridge in Loxford Park!

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure and NELFT Healthy Eating Team hosted a celebration with families in Loxford Park on Monday 24 August. It was a celebration to mark a fantastic year for the MEND, Little Dudes and Active Stars weight management programme; becoming healthier through healthy eating and physical activity.

Despite an unfortunate forecast and a very wet morning, it was a pleasure to see so many families turn up to Loxford Park to celebrate being a healthy family in Redbridge. There was plenty of fun to be had and activities for all ages to enjoy, in particular the beach volleyball session and healthy food tasters! The turn out proved the determination of the healthy families, a bit of rain never hurt anyone!

Beach volleyball

There were a variety of stalls from providers for families to enjoy. Vision RCL Sport and Health Team had a stall with information of all the physical activity options the Sport and Health Team provide. They also had information on other activities in the borough provided by outside organisations. For updates from the Sport and Health Team, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Everyone enjoyed the healthy snacks, activities and information about healthy food from NELFT healthy eating team. Also popular was the ISS education stall. ISS education came in full force with plenty of healthy ingredients for everyone to try out such as pea pate and a delightful spinach, banana, mango and pineapple smoothie – created on the smoothie bike! The smoothie bike attracted a lot of attention. Encouraging physical activity, the smoothie bike creates a smoothie from the energy produced riding and pedalling! Your efforts are rewarded with a delicious healthy drink afterwards!

Smoothie bike

Find out more information about what services NELFT Healthy Eating Team and ISS education provide.

Fit for Fun, School Nursing Team & Infant Feeding Team and the local Children’s Centres all had a stall providing information on the local services and activities they have to offer.

See what is going on at your local Children’s Centre in Redbridge and find more information of Free Fit for Fun exercise classes.

Sport & Health Team Tent in Loxford park

There are a number of Healthy Workshops throughout the year, so if you are looking for some support with healthy eating or increasing physical activity in your family, please do not hesitate to contact the Healthy Weight Teams today. View more information on Healthy Kids in Redbridge & Weight Management Support.

For more information on how to get involved in any of our healthy eating sessions contact: nem-tr.eatwell@nhs.net or for active stars contact the team on activestars@redbridge.gov.uk.

Post Author: Eleanor Wilkinson


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Physical Fun and Friendly Furious: my intro to Handball

I’ve heard of Handball’s popularity in other parts of Europe with my Swedish and Hungarian friend very keen on the sport. I had never seen it or played it before myself. I’m always looking to take on a new challenge so thought I would give it a go.

I found it hard to grasp the hand position and grip on the ball. Growing up with netball all through school it was hard to turn off the netball technique which I’m so used to. The coach kept explaining that I needed to grip the ball in the palm of my hand and raise my arm far behind my head. A few drills later and I still couldn’t master it. She tried another approach “Think of the movement like a whip; raising your arm high with a quick swish and flicking action from your wrist. You could even try making the noise as you do it.” Surprisingly that worked! I made the whipping noise and threw the ball correctly for the first time all evening!

It was now time for a passing game, not quite ready to play Handball yet. We were divided into two teams. The first team to reach 11 passes back to back without dropping the ball won. It didn’t take us long to realise that the key to winning was short quick passes. This was a key skill to Handball.

After a few games we were ready to play the real thing. Still in the same teams but now assigned positions. I was assigned as the goalkeeper. As the goalkeeper I was the only player allowed in the scoring D. In this section the goalkeeper can also move and dribble with the ball as much as they want. Other players can only move 3 steps with the ball and dribble with a few bounces, unlike basketball where you can bounce the ball up and down as much as you like. The goalkeeper is able to leave the goal area and play on the rest of the court, even to shoot but that means leaving the goal wide open, which I learnt the hard way was not a good thing to do! Not sure if these are the exact rules as there weren’t as many players as there are on a normal team, so the coach may have adapted them.

Our technique of quick short passes worked really well for my team and we managed to win 10-6! With lots of running and sprinting, I quickly determined that Handball is a fast paced game! A great cardio workout and loads of fun! The women at the session, like me, had never played before but we were all raving about the sport by the end of it! We hadn’t met before but all vowed to go back again and play the following week. It’s a very sociable game as it’s a team sport. We all got on well and enjoyed playing as a team!

Why not give it a go? It would be great to have enough players for a full team of 7-a-side, that way I wouldn’t have to play two positions and cover the goal!

Handball is the new edition to Us Girls for the summer. Come along and try it at Wanstead Leisure Centre Tuesdays 8pm-9pm and Thursdays 6pm-7pm.

View more information on sessions this summer

Post Author: Sarah O’Brien


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Meet Miss England semi-finalist at Fairlop Fair

Miss Redbridge, Krishna Solanki, is in the running to become Miss England after securing a place in the semi-finals. Having just finished her second year studying maths at Portsmouth University, she had to juggle the pageant with revising for her exams, which she finished just a couple of days before the heats. Krishna, who is a qualified dancer and part-time model, will be appearing at the Fairlop Fair on Saturday 4 July where you can chat to her and have your picture taken.

Born and brought up in the London Borough of Redbridge, Krishna tells us her reasons behind running for Miss England and her involvement in the Redbridge community.

“I have been an advocate against discrimination since childhood. My quest to participate in the Miss England competition stemmed from my earlier experiences as a child facing prejudices within my own community; being a dark skinned South Asian girl where fair/ light skin is favoured. Miss England gives me the platform on a global scale to the raise awareness on equality and help fight all forms of discrimination and prejudices by showcasing talents and helping the underprivileged by raising money for Charity through Beauty with a Purpose, the charity for Miss World.

Last year I qualified as a Semi-Finalist of Miss England after gaining two titles; Miss Charity Essex and Miss Popularity Essex 2014 after completing a sponsored 40km walk that helped to raise £700 for Beauty With a Purpose. This year I completed a 45km walk and run and so far I have raised £660. Donations can still be made via Virgin Money Giving.

As Miss Redbridge I have been invited to take part in events within the borough. I had the privilege to open Ken Aston Square for Light Night in Barkingside, alongside the Mayor, Councillors and MPs. I also modelled hair and make-up in a fashion show held in the square for the local salon Studio MG. Studio MG are my sponsors for the Miss England Semi-Finals and I will be proudly modelling their hair and make-up for the event on Sunday 5 July.

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I am looking forward to being back at Fairlop Fair this year. I had a lot of fun last year judging the Gingerbread Man Competition and will be the judge again this year. Come and see me in the Fairlop Fair Arena.

Thank you and please keep showing your support by voting for me and donating towards my fundraiser! “

Krishna will be happy to pose with anybody at the Fairlop Fair but in return she would like you to Vote for her by texting – MISS SEMI46 to 63333 – texts cost 50p plus standard network rate, voting money goes to charity.

The semi-final for Miss England takes place the following day on Sunday 5 July! So get voting!

See what else is happening at Fairlop Fair on Saturday 4 July!

Post Author: Krishna Solanki


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Go Tri Duathlon comes to Redbridge

Friday 24 April saw the first Go Tri Duathlon at Cricklefields Athletic Ground. Aimed at beginners new to the sport, participants had to run 1 mile, cycle 2 miles and finish with another mile run.

Local resident Andy took part and had the following to say:

Just wanted to say thanks for putting on the Duathlon on Friday evening. Me and a group of friends decided to ride over to Ilford Athletic Club and give it a go. One or two of us were a bit nervous about the cycling part, but the marshals were so friendly and supportive, those nerves soon disappeared! The race distance was perfect too. I think people will be surprised at how much fun they’d have if they came down and gave Duathlon a go. It’s a brilliant way of getting fitter and because it’s on an athletics track, we were never more than a few strides or pedals away from the others taking part, which meant there was support and cheers at every turn. What I really enjoyed most was, no matter who finished first or last, everybody stuck around to cheer and applaud each finisher over the line. We are all definitely coming back down to the next one at Cricklefields to see if we can better our last performance and to have some fun.

Andy, South Park Terrace, Ilford.

Duathlon

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure will be hosting a series of 4 further events over the summer:
Fridays 19 June, 17 July, 21 August and 18 September. View Duathlon dates on our calender of events by selecting the summer months in the date section below the search box.
To book your place on the next Duathlon click here. Cost £5 if paid in advance/ £6 on the day. Registration opens at 6.30pm. The event is open to everyone aged 14 and over. Bikes must be in road worthy condition and a helmet worn.

Post Author: Craigie-Lee Paterson


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Tea Dance celebrates 50 years of Redbridge with 50 years of Dance

This month Redbridge is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a London borough. To mark the occasion the monthly Tea Dance at Sir James Hawkey Hall in Woodford Green, hosted its April dance with a difference including a special dance performance from The Youth Council. This talented group of dancers performed dance routines to the most popular songs of music history. The dances featured music ranging from different decades starting from the swinging sixties up to the noughties. One of the regular attendees of the Tea Dances, June Foskette, told us about her experience of the day:

“The Tea Dance is always a popular event and there was a very good turnout on Wednesday with over a hundred people. There were also some new faces which are always good to see. The Tea Dance is a very social event and is a great way to meet people and make new friends. It gives people the opportunity to get out the house for a few hours, get some exercise and have fun. The young dancers from the Youth Council were very good and everyone enjoyed seeing their performances of dance through the ages. It was an insight into the way dance has evolved and how it has changed. For the young people as well it was a chance for them to see the other side of the coin; how we dance and the music that we enjoy. I believe any encouragement of dance is good and the young group certainly inspired us. Sir James Hawkey Hall is one of the nicest places to dance and I think the Youth Council enjoyed dancing there as well.”Tea Dancers

The next Tea Dance is a special one for St George’s Day on Thursday 23 April. The dance includes an afternoon tea (with sandwiches and cake) and dancers are encouraged to wear red and/or white to celebrate England’s national day and Patron Saint. View more details on the St George’s Day Tea Dance

The regular monthly Tea Dance returns on Tuesday 19 May. View the dates for the next Tea Dances.

There also other events taking place in Redbridge to celebrate its 50th anniversary. View our website for details.

Post Author: June Foskette


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Reasons to Vote for ‘Riding the Roding’

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands strongly support the “Riding the Roding” project. This is not only for its direct aesthetic and ecological benefits but because it would complement plans for the regeneration of Wanstead Park, which are currently under development.

Redbridge and the Wanstead Park stakeholders have been working closely on both projects. In particular, the new riverside cycle path will improve local connectivity and restoration of the much-missed Coronation Bridge will make the historic landscape of Wanstead Park much more accessible to Ilford residents.

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Vote for Riding the Roding now in the Big Green Poll

Visit the Redbridge-i website for more information

Author: Richard Arnopp, Friends of Wanstead Parklands