Thursday, June 28, 2012

July Onwards

Next Sunday it will be July and what a summer we are having. So many things to do and places to go, but don’t forget your wellies and umbrella – this is England.

So, now that the hosepipe ban has been lifted and the wettest drought in history is over you may like to find out a bit more about where our water comes from at The Big Drip on Tuesday 3rd July. Ray Lagden from Thames Water is the guest speaker.

The big July event is the Fairlop Fair on Friday and Saturday 6-7 July at Fairlop Waters. Watch out for the boat procession from Ilford Town Centre. We know that the H’penny brewery company will be there with their latest brew ‘London Stone’ which I’m quite looking forward to. While there you can also check out the Stone Monolith which replicates nature’s noises. These two items are not connected, you understand.

We then have a weeks respite where we can get in the provisions to last us through that period when all the roads are closed and the Public Transport system is overloaded due to some event down the road in Stratfield which, from what I can gather, has something to do with beefburgers.

Having battened down the hatches we can relax and pop along to the Area Committee 3 meeting on Wednesday 18th July and tell our councillors how much we appreciate their efforts on our behalf and how we value Area Committees.

You also have a chance, on the following day, to speak to the Council Leader, Keith Prince, at our coffee morning – Thursday 19th July.

The following Sunday 22nd July, in the early hours, a Torch will be paraded through the borough to light up the night. It leaves the Redbridge Cycling Centre, goes through Fairlop Waters and then Barkingside High Street before disappearing into the distance. The Fairlop Oak’s application for an extended licence was, apparently, refused but some of the High Street Traders will be open to pick up trade from the TOWIEs on their way home from the local nightclubs.

A few days later it all kicks off, on 27th July. Loads of sporting events which normally attract one man and a dog as spectators will start with huge crowds expecting the “O” factor and the sponsors counting the “£” factor.

If that doesn’t hit your buttons then you could get out your bike for the Fairlop Oak Charity Bike ride on Sunday 5th August.


Saturday 14 July
Claybury Woods Guided Walk
Join the nature conservation ranger for a free guided walk around Claybury Woods. Families are welcome but the route has some steep climbs and is not generally suitable for pushchairs.
10:30am – 12:30am
Meet at: Claybury Park, entrance on Roding Lane North, junction of Vicarage Road

Saturday 21 July
Friends of Elmhurst Gardens - Fun in the Park
An afternoon of fun, fun, fun!! Come and join in the fun and games then enjoy a walk around the stalls, arts and craft tables, rounding the afternoon off with some homemade cakes
11am to 4pm
Venue: Elmhurst Gardens park, Gordon Road, South Woodford, London E18


And another:

Maureen's annual Open Garden in aid of St Francis Hospice - 22nd July after the torch has been through the High Street.


  1. The cairn doesn't just make natural sounds. It has an African choir too. Ghastly noise. BBC News published an audio video of it:

    1. Sounds like it might be imitating the Spice Girls!

    2. Or the dirge of an ex-councillor?

    3. Oh dear - the silly little boy is out on parole again.