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I like to think that death is our next adventure

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Many people find death hard to talk about especially if you have suffered from a bereavement which still lays heavy on the heart. When a loved one passes over we can only use our own imaginations to envisage what comes after death.

Since my Dad passed away I take comfort in thinking he has gone to a better place and he is no longer suffering.  Although this is what I believe, it still scares me to lose any more of my loved ones and of course the inevitable, that one day I will not be here myself to look after my family and friends. But this is all “mind over matter”, and “what will be, will be” as my wise old Dad used to say.

How does death make you feel? What are your thoughts on dying?

This spring Redbridge Libraries will be hosting The Final Party: Dying Matters Festival, in the hope to break down some of these barriers and fears associated with the end of life. A range of events have been organised to engage conversation and discussions about life and death and embrace the celebration of life.

The first event takes place tomorrow evening where coffee and cake will be served for free in the cosy surroundings at Wanstead Library. So drop in at The Travelling Light Death Café (Friday 6 April) between 6pm-7.30pm for a friendly and informal chat on anything you want to in relation to death and dying, life and living. It’s good to talk or  just listen if you prefer, all conversations are confidential.

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Please note this is not a grief support or counselling session and is not suitable for anyone recently bereaved. This event will also be taking place at Redbridge Central Library on Friday 18 May, 6pm-8pm. For more information or to book a place email or call 020 8989 0493.

Travelling Light Death Cafes are offered in partnership with Compassionate Funerals following the Death Café model

See here for a complete list of events taking place throughout May for The Final Party: Dying Matters.

Post Author: Toni Driscoll


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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.


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.


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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Help needed at ‘Mulching Bonanzas’!

In February 2014 The Nature Conservation Rangers, in partnership with Trees for Cities, undertook a project to plant 7,500 new trees atBroadmead Recreation Ground. With the help of hundreds of volunteers all of the trees were successfully planted! However, this was the easy part…

The next step is to spread wood chip (also known as mulch) around the base of all these trees in order to stop weeds growing – a mammoth task indeed! We are looking for volunteers to help us on these workdays – and it really is a case of ‘the more the merrier!’ We already have some ‘Mulching Bonanza’ dates scheduled for Summer:

  • Tuesday 6 May
  • Thursday 3 July
  • Thursday 17 July
  • Thursday 7 August 
  • more dates to be confirmed

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We provide all of the tools, tea and coffee, and of course lots and lots of biscuits! The events last from 10am to 2.30pm and we will meet at Broadmead Recreation Ground, the entrance on the corner of Navestock Crescent and Broadmead Road. The site is near Woodford Underground Station and free parking is available in the area.

We would also be interested in hearing from corporate groups who would like to give time to this good cause – so please spread the word!

For more information please contact the Nature Conservation Rangers on 0208 559 2316 or email

Post Author: Tess Pettinger

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Splosh! Children’s Theatre for Under 5’s


Pull up a bath mat and join Little Lost Duck, Syd the Sponge and the rest of the Bathtub Gang for the bubbliest birthday party anyone has ever thrown, ever!

It’s Mr Bath’s Birthday and you are invited to his Splishy, Splashy, Sploshy party. But first, his friends are treating him to a very special bath of his own to make him look spick and span as shiny as a rainbow fish!

Splosh! is so much more than entertaining fun for the family!

Splosh! supports the Early Years Curriculum in encouraging children’s language skills through play and empowering families to develop communication at home – found by the EY Curriculum to promote child development, social and academic achievement. It is recommended for children aged 2-5 years and their families. The show lasts 30 minutes and uses multi-sensory design, music and puppetry to help children and families explore communication play at bath time

All grown ups attending will receive a copy of the Little Book of Fun, a small booklet that includes 10 ideas for creative communication play at bath time.

Performance 30 minutes, plus 10 minutes playtime

Thursday 13 March

1.30pm & 5pm

Redbridge Drama Centre

South Woodford E18 2RB

Saturday 15 March

11am & 2pm

Churchill Room, Wanstead Library

Spratt Hall Road, WansteadE11 2RQ

£5 all tickets

Box Office 020 8708 8803

The Splosh! Webpages have now officially gone live!

Post Author: Sam Goodey

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Broadmead Recreation Ground – Volunteers needed!

The Rangers, in partnership with Trees for Cities, are planning to plant over 7,000 trees at Broadmead Recreation Ground – and we need your help!

Tree planting opportunities run from the 5th – 27th of February. Come and join the team and help with planting week- days between 11am – 3pm Monday – Thursday.

Learn some new skills, meet new people and help improve your local community!

If you are interested please sign up at:

There is also a grand Community Planting Event on Saturday 22nd February. There will be live music, art and craft activities for the children and refreshments to keep you going through the day.

Time: 11am – 3pm


Where? Broadmead Recreation Ground, Navestock Crescent, IG8 0AG

For more information contact: or

Go on take part! Help us keep Redbridge green 🙂

Post Author: Tess Pettinger

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‘Consequences’ – A poem by Andrew Diamond


Throw a pebble in the river

Spreading circles to the shore

Rippling outwards from the centre

Disappearing till no more.

So our actions, like the pebble,

Send their ripples, make their waves;

Intermingling all our circles

From our cradles to our graves.

No one knows what’s coming next

Unaware of the effects.

Will this lead to our destruction,

Will salvation be our end?

There’s one thing of which I’m certain;

I will never know, my friend!

Poet: Andrew Diamond

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Free School Sessions for Redbridge Schools

Would you like to explore life in a pond from a Frog’s point of view?  Then come and join us for ‘Life Under the Surface’, an exciting craft workshop that celebrates the variety of wildlife living in UK ponds.

Learn about the importance of biodiversity through a fun filled talk with questions, games and videos. Then put what you have learnt into action building giant pond creatures! Your work will be used to create an amazing underwater themed exhibition to help visitors to the centre more about the weird and wonderful animals living in ponds.

School sessions run daily: 11th-14th, and 18th-21st March 2013. Morning sessions: 10.30am-12pm, Afternoon session: 1pm-2.30pm. Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested!

Suitable for Key stages 1&2

Run by Froglife, a national wildlife charity committed to the conservation of frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards – and saving the habitats they depend on.

To book your FREE session please contact the Nature Conservation Rangers on 0208 5592316 or

Post Author: Tess Pettinger