Thursday, 12 November 2009

Pink day

Its the rinky dink panther, the pinky pink panther...
Wilson looks a bit peturbed in his new hat?!
When I became Chairman of Redbridge Carnival I promised to the committee present before me, that I would make Carnival and its representatives intrinsic, to as much of what is fun and important in Redbridge, as was possible.

It was hence a real delight and pleasure to be invited by the incumbent Mayor Cllr Chan to be invited to the Pink Day event held at the Town hall last Tuesday. Our Carnival Princesses and Mascot attended the vent with great aplomb and looked glorious in their regalia and shimmering pink dresses. The day had a serious tone in that it was organised to promote Women's Breast Cancer Awareness day and a collection was made for the Cancer Research Fund. Being a part of such an important day was a privilege for all involved with Carnival and I know that the girls were impeccable with their timing and with their attitude on the day.

These girls have committed themselves to charitable work with Redbridge Carnival throughout the year and have already distributed programmes at the Area 5 Festival, collected money for St Johns Ambulance and participated in the recent sponsored Walk held by Joe Browne and the Ilford Athletics Club and here again they have proved to be great ambassadors for the Borough. The Mayor has asked our court to attend various other events in the Year (so do look out for them!)and they will be present on the New Years Day Parade Float too!

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Redbridge Sponsored Walk 2009

Joe Browne (Sponsored Walk Organiser) MP Lee Scott, Jessica baker 1st Princess, Katie Woolnoth 2nd Princess, Leader of the Council Keith Prince and Rajeshri Chouhan (Carnival Chaperone) registering for Sponsored Walk.
Wilson Chowdhry preparing to enter the 5k Run even though suffering with the Flu- Did quite well too even though he was in excruciating pain by the end.
Cllr Keith Prince, MP Lee Scott and MP Mike Gapes - opening the Sponsored Run

Almost ready to go!
Were off! That's Wilson in the Black T Shirt just behind Joe Browne's beaming face.
Could there possibly be a more Glamorous Carnival Court in the UK - even in walkwear!
From Left Kajul Pahl (Carnival Queen), Katie Woolnoth (2nd Princess) Jessica Baker (1st princess) and Anum Khan (Deputy)
All smiles before the walk
Deputy Mayor Lambert in the centre of Picture

Always the coolest - Wilson after his awesome run - well not that great but he did have flu!
The deputy Mayor addressing the gathering before starting the main event (sponsored walk)
Another angle and much clearer image

Almost ready to go now!

It did start but we have no images sorry!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Area 5 Festival - Our Queens and Princesses are real Ambassadors!

These are probably the best images you will find of the Area 5 Festival held in Chadwell Heath on the 20th september 2009. I was on the organising committee and suggested they use our girls as ambassadors for the event. Unanimously, all the committee agreed. Our girls met and greeted as many visitors as possible and handed out free programmes. They did Redbridge proud and our Carnivals reputation increased reciprocally. All who attended wanted a picture with the glamour girls and though our princesses could not make it Kajul Pahl and Deputy Anum Khan did a miraculous job!

The Local Sikh sword fighters providing a ring of protection around our valuable girls!

The young pretender -Jesse Boucher a prospective Liberal Candidate (well not so young and he seems to only be pretending to be Chris Evans)

Cllr Gary Staight of the Liberal Party (Chadwell)

That's me with a sword - heh heh!

PCSO Steve (the one with the big head) Sgt Marl Lowrie from Chadwell Safer Neighbourhood A lady who will be providing acts for next years carnival.

The Queen and Deputy introducing themselves to the gathering.

I introduced the crowd to the Court and informed them about next years event.

Rt Hon Mike Gapes MP Ilford South (Labour) with Queen Kajul Pahl and Rajeshri Chouhan our Chaperone.

Full image of the event stage

The rest of the Chadwell SNT

Councillor Balvinder Saund from Seven Kings with a group of People at the South East Gurdwara stall that wa sproviding free frood and drinks all day. Mr Gurdip Singh Hundal in the blue turban is General secretary of the Gurdwaras South East.

Early on when only one member of the Chadwell SNT was around.

Our Worshipful Mayor Cllr Chan (Conservative) with his wife (Madam Mayor)

Cllr Scott from the Liberal Party Chadwell Ward.

Take Action For Seven Kings Stall with Leaders Ali Hai and Chris Connelly

The local Churches group with Father Fr Benjamin J Rutt-Field centre (black clothes) and another Father and far left Danny O'Brien from "Miles not Knives".
A local residents association group receiving a programme from our Kajul
Cllr Bob Littelwwood (Labour) Seven Kings ward

Cllr Stuart Bellwood (Labour) Seven Kings Ward and Cllr Staight (Liberal) Chadwell Ward

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Redbridge Carnival Award Ceremony 2009

"Reporter of the Year" Dominic Wiggan - Ilford Recorder
"Youth Group of the Year - Redbridge Youth Services"

"Redbridge Carnival Community Champion" Phil Walby -Redbridge ASBO Team

Redbridge Carnival held a post event award ceremony at the Ilford Recorder Building on the 11th September 2009. Our thanks go to the wonderful Ilford Recorder team who made the event a special occurrence.
As main sponsors of the Award ceremony and the Carnival event itslef we asked Chris Carter to present the an award to Phil Walby who won the "Community Champion Award based on his ongoing committment to reducing antiscoial behviour in the borough, including helping with the initiation of 7 Neighbourhood watches and encouraging other officers to attend NHW's to gather intelligence. Phil Walby in particular has been involved in several Antisocial behaviour contracts in Chadwell Ward that has restored much community peace.
Our Princess Jessica Baker presented the Redbrideg Carnival Youth Organisation trophy to Redbridge Youth Services. She presented the trophy to a fellow colleague fo Woodford County High ......who represented the team at the event. Redbrideg Youth service arranged two days of entertainement via a seperate marquee on our field and a 1 our extravanganza on the main stage, including rock, dance and other performances. they also designed costumes and participated in our main procession.
Finally my favourite Award went to Dominic wiggan and often enigmatic and at other times innovative reporter. His article in the Ilford Recorder dominate the front pages are informative and accurate and written in a manner that is both stimulating and didactic. His genius has elevated him to a role as sub editor in without a doubt Redbridge's strongest paper.
Our thanks to Chris Carter again and his wonderful team for their sterling efforts to make the award ceremony a success and for favouring carnival from it's outset.

Friday, 11 September 2009