Sunday, November 29, 2015

Carry on Strictly X Factor Budget Cuts
– New Redbridge-i App where "You Choose" who suffers in the concrete Jungle

It’s that time of year again. No, not the joyous times of Christmas celebrations or even Holy Black Friday but the now annual cry of despair from our hard working Redbridge councillors having to face the realities of austerity and trying to offload the blame for the difficult decisions they have to make onto you - via a consultation that in past years has yielded a response rate of less than one quarter of a percent.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Upcycling in Barkingside

Next Thursday I’m off to meet Brenda Maguire. Brenda is part of the Sophia Hubs network of small business start-ups here in Redbridge. She is a former local teacher and is now a painter and decorator with a passion for using recycled paint and upcycling.

And upcycling is what the meeting is about. The idea is to bring together entrepreneurial people in the borough with an interest and/or some experience in upcycling with a view to exploring the possibility of developing a significant green business in Redbridge.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christians Against Poverty
– Report from our Coffee Morning

Yesterday we had Helen and Usha from Christians Against Poverty come to speak at our coffee morning and I found it quite surprising and not at all what I expected.

They are a registered charity who deal mainly with debt counselling, home budget management and helping job seekers into employment. Their strapline being “Lifting people out of debt and poverty”.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Log On for Christmas

Last week I took delivery of a Yule Log. Not the chocolate covered sponge cake variety that you might find in the local grocery store, but a real Log made of Oak wood, as the name suggests. It was a complimentary gift from Certainly Wood via their PR company Mad as a March Hare.

It seems that for centuries past, but not in recent times (?), burning a Yule Log over the Twelve Days of Christmas was an important part of the Festive celebrations. It was meant to ensure good fortune, wealth and happiness for the coming year.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Oakfields to be Nominated as an Asset of Community Value

A new group is being formed – the Save Oakfield Society

The objective: to promote the protection, preservation and enhancement of Oakfield and its amenities so as to further the social wellbeing and social interests of the local community for the public good.

The Constitution has been prepared and it is expect it to be accepted by the Charities Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). SOS will not need to register with Company’s House as a company but will nevertheless have all the advantages of incorporation.