Redbridge

Redbridge: Fighting for its survival or ready for a renaissance?

By Jessica Elgot, October 1, 2009

Once the natural settling place for Jews moving from their original East End homes, Redbridge Jewry is engaged in a fight for survival.

Younger members are migrating in large numbers to the major north London and Hertfordshire centres for social, family or employment reasons. Others have moved further out into Essex to the more expensive properties of Chigwell, leaving once thriving synagogues in decline. Kosher shops have shut and Jewish schools are struggling to fill places.

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BNP councillor suspended for false murder claims

By Jessica Elgot, September 25, 2009

BNP man Richard Barnbrook has been suspended as a councillor for misleading constituents over the murder figures in his borough.

He falsely claimed in a video posted on YouTube that three people were murdered in three weeks in Barking and Dagenham, and allowed the clip to remain online for four months despite being warned it was inaccurate.

Mr Barnbrook claimed he had been confused about the figures because of his dyslexia.

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Norwood’s Young People’s Focus Group

September 3, 2009

THERE WERE 40 participants in a sports day organised by Norwood’s Young People’s Focus Group at the Leonard Sainer Children and Family Centre in Barkingside. Events included football, cricket, basketball, athletics, crazy golf and short tennis. The day was open to members of Unity, Norwood’s recreational service for children and young people with learning disabilities, and the charity’s respite care service, Buckets and Spades.

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Star King Solomon student faces next test in army

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

Eran Dotan has achieved a magnificent seven at A- and AS level.

The 18-year-old King Solomon High pupil who commutes from Hendon to the Redbridge school recorded As in A-level maths, physics, chemistry and modern Hebrew, plus As in AS biology, further maths and Spanish.

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JFS pupils make the grade with record A-level results

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

JFS has reported its best-ever A-level results with 78 of its 226 pupils achieving three or more A grades.

“Results of this calibre owe much to excellent and highly focused teaching, our outstanding home–school relationships and the caring guidance and support every student receives,” JFS head Jonathan Miller said.

Emily Goldblatt achieved five A grades and six others got four — Joshua Bellman, Abie Cohen, Greg Garfield, Mark Graham, Coren Lass and Shelley de Jong.

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JLGB sets custard pie fight record

By Jessica Elgot, August 14, 2009

It took 253 people, 648 pies and 200 litres of custard to launch one world record attempt by the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade for the biggest ever custard pie fight.

The Guinness World Records board drew up 14 pages of rules for the pie fight to qualify for a world record, including specifying the pies must be edible, at least eight inches in diameter and that each person involved in the fight must throw at least two pies.

The campers, on Mersea Island in Essex, smashed the previous record of 120 people in a pie fight from Los Angeles, California, in 2008.

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Voluntary contributors

August 13, 2009

Winners of Redbridge Jewish Community Centre’s annual volunteer awards included centre stalwarts Claire and Ivor Baylin.

The Baylins have volunteered at RJCC for 10 years and are heavily involved in its daily life.

Mrs Baylin welcomes people at the door and helps out in the dining room.

Her husband runs bowls and the centre’s afternoon quiz. At this year’s Purim show, she dressed as a cheerleader, while he became a snake charmer for the afternoon.

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Huge protests set for BNP festival

By Leon Symons, August 13, 2009

Thousands of anti-fascists from all over the country will be hoping to disrupt the BNP’s annual festival in a Derbyshire village this weekend.

Unite Against Fascism has 43 coaches ready to carry supporters to Codnor, where they will confront the BNP on Saturday during its Red, White and Blue festival.

Anindya Bhattacharyya, UAF press officer, said: “We want to get as many people as possible to protest. We want to put pressure on the BNP to make it clear to anyone going to the festival that the vast majority of people in this country find their views repulsive.”

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MAL take it to the max

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2009

Defending champions MAL picked up maximum points after claiming an easy win over Chigwell.

With bonus points almost as crucial as a win in this Maccabi Sunday League clash, Chigwell won the toss and elected to bat.

Given the amount of rain during the week it was no surprise that the outfield felt heavy, but the pitch was dry and hard.

Yoav Lebens and Tony Wise bowled well with the new ball, picking up two wickets each within the first nine overs, to leave Chigwell 28-4 and struggling.

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BNP councillor's 'Nazi' number plate

By Jessica Elgot, August 10, 2009

A British National Party councillor has come under fire for driving a car with a number plate which seems to spell 'Nazi'.

Cllr. Julian Leppert, 41, who is councillor for Hainault and a close aide to BNP leader Nick Griffin, arrived at Redbridge council meetings in a black Ford Focus with the registartion number NA51 ZCY.

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