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Valentine singers Added 5 Feb 2016

Valentine singers is a group of choral singers who work hard and have fun preparing and performing high quality concerts in and around the Ilford area. We rehearse each Friday evening at Gearies Primary School in Gants Hill. We give four main concerts each year, sing at various events by invitation and tour every summer. In summer 2016 we will be singing at the Edinburgh Festival. See our website for more details or contact us by

LIPA 4:19 Wanstead

LIPA 4:19 is a part-time Performing Arts Academy based at Wanstead High School. Affiliated to the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), it offers the very best tuition in Acting, Dance and Singing to young performers aged 4 to 19.

Our classes are fun and stimulating and are carefully designed to reflect the correct stage of performing arts development. All classes provide challenging, inspiring lessons structured around technique and performance skills.

For further information, call 020 8472 8845 or contact

2nd Ilford North Beaver-Scout Colony

Would you like your children to be more healthy and more active? Beaver-Scouts gives children aged 6-8 the opportunity to try new activities in a safe and fun environment. From wall-climbing, go-karting and grass sledging to parachute games, team games and crafts - Beavers has it all! We meet every Monday evening in Newbury Park. (Close to Barkingside and Newbury Park central line tube stations.)

For more information please phone Phil on 07986 821 247 or take a look at our website.

Strides Badminton Club

New Members Welcome, aged 18 years and over. Sunday’s 3:30 pm, Wanstead Leisure Centre, Redbridge Lane West. For all levels, includes beginners, average & advanced players. For More Information and for Joining Details: Tel: Mark 020-8598-8435.

Shelter Redbridge Action Group

Hundreds of thousands of people across the UK are trapped in housing that is temporary, overcrowded or dangerous because they cannot afford to buy or rent a decent home. In Redbridge alone there are over 11,000 households on the council house waiting list.

We are looking for friendly, active people from Redbridge who believe in more affordable housing for their community and are passionate about lifting local children and families out of homelessness and bad housing.

You will be crucial in the urgent fight to ensure affordable housing is delivered in your area.
This is a fantastic opportunity to develop and share your skills and confidence, whether your interests lie in designing posters, chairing meetings, face to face petitioning or eye-catching publicity stunts.
You can give as much time as you're willing to give and a dedicated Shelter staff member will provide assistance and training to ensure your campaign stands out and makes a difference.

Our first meeting is on 13th October at 6.30pm Please or phone Abi on 0844 515 1170 for venue details and to find out more. Everyone is welcome!

Friends of the Earth Ilford

Globally, Friends of the Earth is one of the strongest environmental organisations, working to encourage clean, just and constructive solutions for the future. Nationwide, our network brings together around 102 000 people, diverse, yet inspired by a common cause.

You can now be part of this network.

We are a group of environmentally-minded people with a desire to come together and do something for our community and beyond. If you are passionate, curious, concerned or want to have a say in environmental problems, find out more at the group's webpage and join us on our mailing list.

Rascals Theatre School

Street Dance, Drama, Pop Singing & Musical Theatre classes. For children & young adults of all abilities. Lessons after school & Saturday mornings. Also Over 16's & Adult Street Dance classes on Thursdays at Fairlop Waters, Barkingside. Venues in Barkingside, Chadwell Heath & Gants Hill. Established since 1997. Friendly, qualified, professional staff. Shows in local & West End Theatres.

Our classes are fun, educational, motivating, creative and character building. We will inspire and encourage your child. They will gain in confidence and character, improve co-ordination, balance, rhythm and flexibility, develop social skills and make new friends and be able to express themselves more easily. Most of all, we care about our students and the work that we do.

First class FREE when you quote this website ''. For more details Tel: 01376 331543, or visit website.

Cobra Self Defence

Small friendly Self Defence classes for males & females by Insured instructor. Classes are held each Thursday at 6pm at Robert Clack Sports Centre, Dagenham, for ages 14 and upwards (under 16's MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian), cost is £3.00 per week. An easy to learn system based on Krav Maga & Rukopashnyi Bio (Israeli & Russian military martial arts), these systems are used by Police and military forces around the world and are well proven. The course includes ways to avoid confrontation as well as deal with it, and
cover Knife / Stick and Gun defence, using everyday objects as defensive weapons, how to help others who are being attacked, a great way to build confidence, get fitter and learn easy, effective ways to defend yourself.
No special clothing is neaded as we train in t-shirts and jogging bottoms/combat trousers, so that the training is more lifelike. Spaces are limited so please book early for this 10 week course, if you are unsure please feel free to come and watch.

Training also available for groups / companies and one 2 one. For more details please visit our website.

Chinese Kick Boxing

Wednesdays 8 - 9.30pm, Ilford Methodist Church Hall, Ilford Lane, Ilford
This class focuses on the fitness and sparring side of the art of Kung Fu. This involves various exercises, self-defence techniques, strikes, kicks, sweeps, throws, bag and pad work, semi- and full-contact sparring.
Students can enter competitions if they want to. Instructor is British Council of Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) approved.

Contact Serge: 07817 361812 or


EmptyHands Karate School in Ilford

Visit our Karate School 'Emptyhands' in Ilford. We hold classes every Wednesday for all age groups, male and female and provide Ad hoc teaching and private Tuition too. Emptyhands is a traditional School which owes its heritage to the Shotokan lineage.We practise Karate in the most traditional form; Kihon (basics), Kata (form), Bunkai (application), and Kumite (sparring). Instruction at the school is a bespoke service which offers one on one attention with structured teaching allowing students to grow effectively. Our classes are contained to 15 students, this allows our instructors to focus on individuals rather than group teaching. Our Head Instrutor, 'Azeem Mushtaq' is highly qualified with a proven track record and Security cleared from the Ministry of Defence and Metropolitan Police.Beginner & Intermediate Lessons: Every Wednesday; Junior class (Age 7-15) from 19:00 to 20:00; Adult class (16-Adults) from 20:00 -21:30 Open Lessons: Sunday; 13:00- 14:30pm, this is for the benefit of all students to practice with ad hoc teaching.Price per Lesson: £5

Advance Lessons and Private Tuition held on Sunday: 11:00am - 1:00pm. Further information on joining is available on our website

Essex IVC

Essex IVC is a non-profit-making social/activities club for singles/couples afed 30's-50's. We have a full and varied programme of events for every weekend and most evenings.Walks, badminton. tenpin bowling, quizzes, book-group and meals out are just some of the events members organise.
As the weather gets better we get outdoors more. Events at the races at Newmarket, Essex County Cricket Ground, a weekend at CentreParcs and rowing/ream tea at Dedham are just a few arranged annually.
We also arrange 'icebreaker' events for prospective and new members around the county.
If you are aged 31-59, single or a couple, you are welcome to join us. For details 07891 927046 or


Barkingside Sports & Leisure Group

Barkingside Sports & Leisure Group is a sports & social organization for 18-36 year olds The Group is run voluntarily by its members for its members benefit. It is non-religious, non-political, and non-profit-making. The group welcomes everyone from all backgrounds. It is part of a network of groups which are located all over Essex, Kent, London and the UK.

A wide variety of events are organised regularly by the committee for the members. Members are encouraged to put forward new ideas ensuring there is always something that appeals to everyone.

Events at Barkingside include table tennis, football, darts, 10 Pin Bowling, snooker, pool, sports competitions and on the social side there are parties, pubs, clubs, meals out, theatre, holidays, cinema, day trips, charity fund-raising events and much, much more.

Full membership is only £30 per year and weekly subs are usually £2. The first night is FREE to new members who are given a trial membership after which time they are invited by the committee to join on application.

For further details please or ring 07941493067.


Redbridge residents have a voice which will ensure public policies and services are relevant to their needs. The new community organisation, Signalise, aims to develop the capacity and skills of the diverse disadvantaged community of Redbridge in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their needs and to participate more fully in society. We got involved in the active communities arena because we passionately feel that 'every one' in
Redbridge borough, regardless of their gender, disability, age, race, religion and sexual orientation, should have equal and empowered access to services,
opportunities and decisions that affect their lives and communities.

You can contact us through our mailing address which is 3rd floor, RCVS, 16-20 Clements Road, Ilford Essex IG1 1BA or drop us an

Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club

Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club are tying to promote Mini/Midi Rugby in the local area. Only £1 per week. Available to both boys & girls. Age ranges - Under 7's (non-contact), Under 8's (non-contact), Under 9's, 10's, 11's and 12's. Sunday mornings 10:30 till 12:00
at Ilford Wanderers Rugby Club, Forest Road, Barkingside (opposite Fairlop Waters).

YOUTH CELL @ Kings Church Ilford (for secondary school yrs 7-13)

Meets every Sunday evening @ 7.00 - 9.15 pm @ the Kings Centre, Clements Lane, Ilford. Our purpose is 'Relate': Relationship with Jesus, Equipping for service, Loving one another, Adoring Jesus, Training in Righteousness and Evangelising. We do this by studying God's Word, singing worship songs, praying together, holding regular 'Awaydays' where we do acts of kindness in the community followed by fun socials; plus running our regular BUBBLE CAFE with free food, games & gospel. During the summer, we go on Christian mission trips around the UK. On Friday evenings, we hold our YOUTH CLUB at 8.00 - 9.30 pm @ the Kings Centre,
where we play games and chill out. New members at both YOUTH CELL & YOUTH CLUB are always welcome.

Please contact Dave/Gayle Sansum on 020 8518 0945 if you would like to come along.

Ilford Choral Society

Formed in 1941, the Ilford Choral Society is renowned in the local area for its wide repertoire of both classical and modern major choral works. As a society we are proud of our continual commitment to raising not only the level of performance in concerts, but also to maintaining our membership through enjoyable rehearsals and other organised social activities, which bind our choir together through friendship and the love of singing.

Rehearsals Wednesdays 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm St. Francis of Assisi Church , 144 Fencepiece Road, Hainault, Ilford IG6 2LA.

For all other information please call Pat Austin on 020 8554 9468 or visit the website.

Wing Chun Kung Fu

Ever wanted to learn a Martial Art but didn't know which one? Ever wanted to be able to defend yourself but did not know how? Ever wanted to get fit and maintain fitness throughout life? Then why not get FIT and learn to DEFEND yourself with WING CHUN KUNG FU.

A practical and effective self defence martial art which uses speed and technique. In Wing Chun you will learn to defend and attack simultaneously striking
from any position at close range.

Learn this devastating art in small groups or private sessions utilising all Wing Chun training equipment. RING ASIF ON 0774 838 5143 ILFORD

Parkside Players Drama Group

We are a friendly local amateur drama group, looking for new members of all ages. We need actors and people who are interested in backstage work. Everyone is welcome. We produce four productions a year plus a seasonal pantomime. We meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8 p.m.

Parkside Players Drama Group based at Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Goodmayes, Ilford, IG3 9PP

For more information contact or phone 07817947980.

Woodford Symphony Orchestra

Woodford Symphony Orchestra presents three concerts of major orchestral works annually in Redbridge. Further information from the Secretary: 8504 7783 or click here for our website.

Ilford Sea Rangers - S.R.S. Barnehurst

We are a voluntary Youth Organisation and a registered charity for girls: Cadets 10-12 years old and Sea Rangers 12-21.
In summer we meet at fairlop lake on friday evenings 7pm-9pm for sailing rowing and canoeing. In winter we meet at Gants Hill Methodist Church, Gants Hill Cresent, Fridays 7.30-9pm. We also go camping & do Duke of Edinbugh's Awards but mainly have fun.
Girls, come and join us. For more information, email or visit our website.

Our crew is 60 years old this year so if there are any ex sea rangers out there we would
like to hear from them.

East London Chorus

East London Chorus draws members from all over London, including the Ilford area. We are a lively, friendly group of good standard singers, performing classical choral music (Bach, Handel, Britten etc) regularly in East and Central London venues. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings, 7.30-10pm in East Building, Docklands campus, University of East London E16 2RD.

Check out our website or telephone our membership secretary Hilary on 020 8989 8131.

Rotary Club of Barkingside

The Rotary Club of Barkingside meets each Wednesday evening at Fiskardo's Restaurant, Fairlop Waters, Barkingside at 7.00pm. Club can be contacted through its website.

Ilford National Trust

Meetings - Second Tuesday of each month at 8pm (except August) at St. Andrew's Church Hall, The Drive, Ilford. New members are welcome. Non members admittance 1 pound.

If you require any further information please .

Ilford and District Aquarist & Pondkeepers Society
We hold meetings on the second Monday of each month in the Churchill room of Wanstead library. Further details can be found on our website.
Essex Singles Social Club, Romford.

Social club. Whether for romance, love, or just friendship, Meet people, in a friendly, thriving club.

At just £45.00 to join, at least six events every week, including two weekly dances, parties, coffee evenings, barbecues, week-ends away, holidays, and much, much's a real club, with real people. Why not join us?

Further details can be found on our website.

Chingford & Wanstead Shotokan Karate Clubs, Wanstead Leisure Centre.

Mondays from 7.15 to 8.15 and Saturdays from 1.00 to 2.00 pm at Wanstead Leisure Centre, Redbridge Lane West, Wanstead E11 2JZ

Just visit on any of the days and times on our "training times" page and our secretary will assist with your enrolment and answer any questions that you may have. You can start your Karate training there and then or simply watch a class in progress before you decide to start.

Costs: £35 per month for under 16, £40 per month for adults. These fees allow you to train in any classes at the Wanstead Club and also the Chingford Club. (There are 5 days per week for this payment)
Further details can be found on our website.

4F (Ilford) Sqn Air Training Corps, Newbury Park

The Air Training Corps is a voluntary youth organisation supported by the Royal Air Force. With almost 49,000 members, aged from 13 to 22 years, within over 1,000 Squadrons, the ATC is one of the country's premier youth organisations and the world's largest youth air training organisation.

Our Sqn is 4F (Ilford) Sqn based at "The Cadet Centre" 67 Horns Road, Newbury Park, Ilford, Essex, IG2 6BN.
We meet Mon and Thurs evening 7:00pm to 9:30pm (Tel. 020 8518 5540)
The list of activities that cadets can take part in are almost endless and includes, Flying, Gliding, Shooting, Hill Walking, Visits to RAF Stations, Rock Climbing, Map Reading, First Aid, Leadership, Sports, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Self Defence, Survival Training, Camping and much, much more.

As we are supported by the Royal Air Force, many of the activities are free or very cheap. All a cadet has to pay is £1 per week and is issued a uniform free of charge.

Ilford Chess Club

One of London's oldest chess clubs welcomes new members. We meet Monday evenings from 7.30 p.m. at Redbridge Social Centre, rear of 188/190 Beehive Lane, Ilford, Essex IG4 5EE

We offer players of all standards and ages: One-to-one tuition from some of the strongest players in Essex, Game analysis, Junior coaching, Handicap tournaments and the chance to represent the club in London and Essex Leagues as well as the National Club Championship.
For more information, see our website

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB)

The East of London (EOL) group of the JGSGB meets regularly at Ilford Synagogue, 22 Beehive Lane, Gants Hill, Essex.

We welcome anyone with Jewish ancestry who wants to trace his or her family tree. You don't have to be Jewish, but you do need a Jewish ancestor! For more information, visit national JGSGB website, or phone 020 8551 5168.

The JGSGB is a secular organization and registered charity which helps anyone with Jewish ancestry find out about his or her family's history.

Growth and Harmony: Wing Chun Kung Fu school

With Wing Chun Kung Fu, all the unnecessary movements of the more traditional fighting arts have been eliminated. Wing Chun is a fast, explosive art that absorbs oncoming forces and chases those that retreat.

"Growth and Harmony" was founded in 1976 by Sifu Michael Garvey who through the years since has built a warm friendly club with a clear attitude towards training and those we train with. Some of the key aspects of our training is the "attitude of humility", "self respect" and "training without anger". We learn to control our attitude towards other people and towards ourselves, an essential part of progression within the Growth and Harmony system.

Clubs at the Wanstead Leisure Centre and the Ilford Pavillion (next to Ilford Swimming Pool opposite The Cauliflower. Through the carpark - straight down). For more information visit our website.

'Legs Bums and Tums' class

'Legs Bums and Tums' class every Monday evening at 7.45pm for 1 hour in St Cedds Church Hall, off Seven Kings High Road. All for a little fee of £4. For further information please call Clare on 07841 041 429



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