Saturday, 9 January 2010

Our all party, multi-agency demonstration against reductions to King George Hospital - a great success!

Campaigning is a serious process, however, it was great to be able to get people to have a jolly in the cold weather.
MP's, Councillors, the leader of the Council and Kajul Pahl our Carnival Queen challenged local people to sign the petition.

Cold weather could not stop the demonstration!

Just look at the ice on the floor! We refused to leave until the day was complete!

Over 50 people attended the vent we just could not squeeze them into our camera. Sorry!

As with any event things are not always as organised as they would seem from photos. The event, however, was a great success!

Today to the fore of Ilford Town Hall, the Green Party organised what has to be recorded as a pivotal moment for the campaign against potential termination of Accident and Emergency Facility and Maternity Facility, at King George Hospital.

The all party event, put together by our own Ilsa Martin, Juliet Chowdhry, Rajeshri Chouhan, Chris Connelly and of course Wilson Chowdhry, was a great success. Over 500 signatures were collected and many people learnt about the dastardly Redbridge PCT plans, for the first time.

Visitors to the event included:

Leader of the Council Cllr Keith Prince
Mike Gapes MP
Lee Scott MP Cllr Balvinder Saund
Cllr Lorraine Sladden (Redbridge Mayor 2008)
Cllr John Tyne
Kajul Pahl - Redbridge Carnival Queen
Mark Dawes - Redbridge and Waltham Forest Green Party Co-ordinator
Bob Archer -Hope Not Hate

and several other councillors......

Thank you to all that joined us - we will be arranging more keep watching this space!
Do sign our on line petition (click here).

Read what the the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian said (click here)

Mayors Parade 2010

Beaming faces at the end of a great parade!
A picture before the start of the procession - Redbridge should be proud!

Rajeshri Chouhan (Carnival Chaperones), Kajul Pahl (Redbridge Carnival Queen) and Wilson of course! The three of us led the procession from the front our Queen has been a real Ambassador for Redbridge this year!

This years Mayors parade event was much better than last years. The organisation failed last year and only Redbridge Carnival ended up supporting the event, however I cajoled the Dover Carnival court into joining us on our float and we attained 8th position.
This year brimming with confidence we were supported by the following groups (in my recollection):
  • The Jam Dancers
  • The Jive Academy
  • Redbridge Carnival
  • 241 Squadron Air Cadets
  • Police Cadets
  • Redbridge Scouts
  • St John's Ambulance Cadets
  • Sikh Gataka Sword Fighters
  • Dholl Academy
  • A Jazz Band - sorry did not get their name.

Our borough produced the most eclectic provision of talent of any of the participating London Borough's and we attained a very commendable 7th position.

Personally, I thought we should have won it - but hey I make it no secret that I have a bias for the borough I love!

Here is what the Ilford Recorder said (click here)

Here is a link to the video of the event (click here)

There are more pictures on the Redbridge Carnival Blog (click here)

Our thanks to the incumbent Mayor Councillor Chan who made the event a very participative one and encouraged ownership of the event, through his interpersonal relationship with everyone involved!