Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Redbridge Community Awards

Our Redbridge Community Awards aim to recognise outstanding community work and extraordinary achievement by individuals, groups and communities in our Borough.
Nominations for the awards for this year have now opened with a deadline of the 29th October 2012 for completed returns. We'll be writing to those who have been successful shortly after this date. Nominations must be made by another party; self-nominations will not be accepted.

Remember these are Community Awards so simply being good at sports or music is not enough.  There must be a valid contribution to the local community!

Independent Judges include:

Anja Beinroth - East London Community Foundation
Kevin Todd - Yellow Advertiser
Chief Inspector Elaine Casey
Richard Firth - Wanstead and Woodford Guardian
A representative from Redbridge Faith Forum
Dareen Trippick - Redbridge Sports Development

A special reception with late night celebratory music event will be held on Friday 9th November 2012 for all successful nominations at Ilford Town Hall. Nominees will be provided with a free ticket,  tickets for other visitors will be sold an a priority basis.
Live entertainment on the Night will include:

Electropop band Ooberfuse 
Redbridge School Of Gymnastics
Shin Cobra - Punjabi Singer formerly with 80's London Punjabi Band Cobra
Shpresa Albanian Dancers
Dholl Academy

Download the Application here:


Or for a word version which can be electronically submitted email  wilson@aasecurity.co.uk for an application.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

images of Redbridge Carnival 2012

Redbridge School of Gymnastics drew a large crowd!

Their death defying stunts drew much attention!

Striking poses as they balanced on one another...

RSG had a great presence in our procession their ribbons and cartwheels were stunning to watch.

Trophy winners for the second year - team leader Stephanie Thomas smiles with her girls!

All day Stephanie from RSG held a free Gymnastics workshop!

Winning is great!

Spartans Basketball Club won best Sports Participant Trophy!

An All female Basketball team showed real glamour exists in their sport!

Averley Twirlers showed off their massive collection of trophies!

The Spartan girls bossed the procession!

A packed Ilford was provided with info on the clubs successes..

Showing off the Spartans T-Shirt!

Shpresa girls at Carnival

It was all about Spartans for these girls!

Our Carnival Queen with the mascots..


An all day basketabll workshop was provided by Spartans free of charge for young children both days of Carnival.

The event was literally packed while these girls simply enjoyed themselves...

The Carnival Queen keeps the mascots warm with a big hug.

Shpresa Albanian Dance Group won two trophies!  Best dance Group [in procession] and the Dance competition!

This group knows how to celebrate!

Shpresa illustrated how current culture can be!

If you participated at Carnival please send us other pics to add to this post.  Thank You RSG.

Carnival trophy winners at our 2012 event!

Stephanie Thomas and the girls from Redbridge School of Gymnastics.

Another pose from a terrific team - Steph and her Girls illustrated how high the bar is for talent in Redbridge!

The Girls from Spartans Basketball Team.

Gorgeous girls show sports can be for everyone despite what the critics say!

The Yellow Advertiser sponsored Redbridge Carnival drew over 7000 visitors to Ilford Town Centre 4th - 5th March 2012.  The event which was moved backwards by 4 months to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee was the biggest so far under the reign of the existing committee - who revived carnival in the borough during 2007.
Winning participants in the carnival procession were awarded trophies this week and include;
Redbridge School of Gymnastics - "Best Walking Group"  

Chairman of Carnival Wilson Chowdhry said; "The Judges were impressed with their cartwheels and flips and the use of large gymnastics ribbons in jubilee colours"

Spartans Basketball Academy - "Best Sports Group"  

Wilson added "Spartans fielded the only female squad of Basketball players in the borough - they were well organised, I saw the girls play and they could challenge most boys to a good game and would probably win!"

Shpresa Albanian Dance Group "Best Dance Group"  

Wilson said "They also won our Dance competition trophy against stiff competition and have proven to be one of the best local dance groups in the borough for the second year"

Avely Twirlers "Best Majorettes Group" They also won the Twirler competition. 

Wilson said "Winning two trophies in a year is difficult but for two consecutive years nigh on impossible, yet Aveley Twirlers have proven they are the best in the business"

Newcomer Gateway Apostolic Church won  "Best Youth Group"
This years Community Champion was Muhammed Shoaib a local Business man who has given 5 years service to Redbridge Carnival.

Here is what the recorder said:

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Free spray Paint art workshop with Matt Ryan aka MYCO at this years Carnival.

Matt Ryan aka: "MYCO" will be running free spray-paint art workshops at Redbridge Carnival 4th and 5th June 2012. Matt is a London born artist and spray paint tutor since 2004 with a huge portfolio of public and private commissions including; brand material for companies such as SKY1, MTV, NHS, Titan Sounds records ad Big Dada records.

Matt has Developed and Delivered OCN accredited courses in spray art for local councils and other organisations across London and the UK including; Connexions, NHS, Home Office, Disability charities and many other organisations     

Mr Ryan's work has been displayed (for purchase) as part of gallery exhibitions at London Hip Hop festival, Brighton Hip-Hop festival, "Cans" festival,  Stolenspace Gallery; London,  One Deco; London,  "Upmarket" London.

The workshops will be directed towards young people from the ages 13+ and will be a great opportunity for first time spray art enthusiasts or more accomplished artists seeking experience and additional skills

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Army takes part in Redbridge Carnival for first time!

The Territorial Army (TA) 240 Transport Squadron, part of the 151 London Transport Regiment, will be joining us at this years  Redbridge Carnival.  They will be bringing their latest vehicle along to join our procession and will use the day to recruit for new personnel.
The Ilford Recorder reported on the their participation this year:

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Redbridge Carnival 2012 set to be boroughs biggest Queens Jubilee event!

Image of last years "London Peace Week Celebration in Ilford Town Centre managed by Redbridge Carnival on behalf of the East Ilford Betterment Partnership

Redbridge Carnival returns this year  on the 4th and 5th June corresponding with the Queens Diamond Jubilee, during what is a landmark year with the Olympics just around the corner.  

This years event will not be in Valentines Park but in Ilford Town Centre for which we have already attained a temporary event notice.   We have planned to have face-painting, clay and art workshops, Eco workshops, spray paint workshops and bouncy castles in the town centre during the celebrations surrounding our queens 60th Year in power.  

During HRH Queen Elizabeth II's reign Britain has gone through a cultural enrichment, due to the more diverse mix of people living here.  No more evident than here in Redbridge! It is time to celebrate our ecclectic culture and fashions, in a manner only we know how!  So make sure you come out and join us for the party of a lifetime.

In particular this year we are seeking Schools participation as we have changed the date to fit in with the school calendar.  If you attend a local school as a pupil or staff please do get your educational establishment involved.

The event is set to be bigger then any previous years and we invite groups who are interesting to participate in;
  • Our procession 
  • Holding a Food, Other Commercial or charity stall
  • Participate on stage as a performer in dance, drama singing or other entertainment types!
If you would like to get involved with Carnival or would like to join our committee please come to our planning meetings held at 57 Green Lane, Ilford, Essex IG1 1XG from 19:30 on Thursdays.

Video of Aidan Davies (5th Place in Britain's Got Talent 2010 and presenter on CBBC Friday Night Download) at Carnival last year:


Our procession this year will start with a foot procession leaving from the town Centre at 12:00 Monday 4th June 2012, this will travel along the High Road into the former Seven Kings Swimming Baths.  From here a mixed vehicle and foot procession will travel back up the High Road, Along Winston Way, down Riches Road back onto the High Road, where it will travel the length of Clements Road and re-enter the High road from TSB Bank.

Here is a video clip of Sofia Hayat performing at our 2010 Carnival:



Aiden Davies at Carnival 2011: