Monday, 25 June 2012

Give and Take Day a huge success despite rain!

A slow start caused by abysmal spells of rain.

The local community gathered together to enjoy food and fellowship with one another!

Hot burgers and hot dogs Halal and Non-Halal made a lovely treat.

The Swap Shop had its largest attendance of any previous event.

Punjabi music got the crowd dancing.

Stirling above engaged young children in football activities.

Music of all varieties catered for everyone.

Eastern European Communities the new migrants to Redbridge enjoyed opportunity for better integration.

The sun came out!

It was hard work but the caterers really enjoyed themselves.

All food was consumed by the end of the day.

Clementswood Ward celebrated Redbridge Recycling Week in style 24th June 2012.  A fun packed day on the Car Park of the Prince of Wales pub from 11:30 - 17:30.  A Give and Take Swap Shop was the busiest of the week, with over 200 visitors and numerous exchanges.  This was recycling in a manner never before seen in our area and local residents were pleased to be part of an event that could help them through the current economy whilst preserving local resources.  

At least 600 people came to the fun day that involved a free barbecue, Football penalty competition and face painting.  Music was played throughout the duration of the event and revellers could be seen dancing till the end of the event.  

Sania Satwat Chair of the East Ilford Betterment Partnership (EIBP) said;

"It was good to see so many people of different cultures coming together and enjoying fellowship with one another. In particular groups of the newest migrants of Eastern European backround joined us and helped with the set-up and de-construct - a real sense of community in partnership was fostered."

Wilson Chowdhry secretary of the EIBP said;

"We have held several street barbecues before and attendance seems to be growing. When Habiba from Enterprise Group - contracted to Redbridge Council, contacted us to assist with their swap shop at our community centre, I suggested an outdoor event instead hoping to benefit form the recent good weather.  When rain was predicted I thought the worst, however the level of attendance despite the rain proves people are becoming more interested in getting to know their local neighbours.  I simply cannot wait till the next event."

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Give and Take Day - Community Swap Shop!

Take Something home for free!

The East Ilford Betterment Partnership and the Prince of Wales Pub have collaborated with Redbridge Recycling to bring a Give and Take day to Clementswood Ward.   

A Give and Take event facilitates an opportunity to exchange old unwanted goods in good condition for something more needed.  Moreover their is no charge for the exchange.  Events such as these have become very popular and in a society with diminishing resources permits local people to held preserve our way of living by reducing waste.

Please bring along in safe working order:

CDs, DVDs, books, sports gear, bric-a-brac, clean clothes, kitchenware, homeware, toys and games.   We cannot accept any electrical items.

Date:             Sunday 24th June 2012
Time:            11:30 - 18:00
Venue:          Prince of Wales Car Park
Location:      63 Green Lane, Ilford, IG1 1XJ

We will be playing live music, holding a community barbecue and face painting Henna Stall.  A free Basketball workshop for children will be provided by Spartans Basketball.