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.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Winter Warmers – Quest for the Best

Debbie & Andrews, who make sausages, have teamed up with some bloke I’ve never heard of who is apparently a TV Chef and British food champion by the name of Andy Bates, in a quest for the best winter warmer recipes and also to find local food heroes.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Who is Andy Donald?
- The new Chief Executive of Redbridge

Here’s the Redbridge press release on the appointment of the borough’s new chief executive, due to be confirmed, as I write, at tonight’s Full Council. Andy Donald is currently one of three strategic directors at Brent Council, with specific responsibilities for regeneration and growth. So who is he and what’s his record?