Sunday, January 12, 2014

Raising a Glass to 2014

And in a packed programme we have a variety of events for you to look forward to and note in your diary or mark on your kitchen calendar.

At 7pm on Thursday March 6th 2014 we will be hosting the Redbridge Police Community Engagement Group meeting in the Aldborough Room, Fullwell Cross Library. This meeting is open to the public and is your chance to feed back on the new policing model implemented back in September.

At 7:30pm on Monday 28th April 2014 we have our Annual General Meeting also in the Aldborough Room, Fullwell Cross Library. As usual this is followed by a Public Meeting starting at 8pm and, following the success of our London Assembly hustings in 2012, this year we are hoping to hold Hustings for the local elections. This presents some logistical difficulties as we cover more than one ward and each of the main parties have 3 candidates in each of them. We could of course invite the party leaders, but to be honest we already know who they are. We want to hear from the candidates we don’t already know, the emerging talent, tomorrow’s movers and shakers who will drive Redbridge forward into a new age of sustainable prosperity and mom’s apple pie.

We have written to the 3 party leaders asking them to nominate a representative who will be standing in an Ilford North constituency ward and who is not already a councillor and has never been a councillor. So far we have had a positive reply from Labour but have not heard anything at all from the Liberal Democrats or Conservatives. Other parties will also be considered if and when they emerge. The current crop of Independents are of course ineligible as they are already councillors.

And so to Coffee Mornings
Our first round of three are thus:

Tuesday 28th January 2014
Building Soils & Communities
With Toni Dipple
From Organic Ilford

Tuesday 25th February 2014
Redbridge Crimestoppers
With Mark Glazer
Co-chair Redbridge NHW

Tuesday 25th March 2014
The Future of Nature Reserves on Fairlop Plain
Patrick Hart

These are all held in the Hainault Room, Fullwell Cross Library
9:45am for 10:00am – 11:45am

These events are free and are open to anyone and everyone. We do tea and biscuits too and it’s all Fairtrade

The dates for our next two rounds of three in 2014 are:

Tuesday 27th May 2014
Tuesday 24th June 2014
Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Tuesday 28th October 2014
Tuesday 25th November 2014

One subject we are trying to line up a speaker for relates to Barkingside being home to an uncommonly high number of Taxi Drivers whom (even those without an MBE) apparently have an enlarged Hippocampus – the bit of the brain that deals with memory and spatial awareness. As part of this we may also learn a a little more about conservatives having “primitive” brains
A study at University College London in the UK has found that conservatives’ brains have larger amygdalas than the brains of liberals. Amygdalas are responsible for fear and other “primitive” emotions. At the same time, conservatives’ brains were also found to have a smaller anterior cingulate — the part of the brain responsible for courage and optimism.
I rather suspect that the use of the terms “conservative” and “liberal” here do not necessarily relate to the names of political parties …


  1. NeighbourhoodWatcher5:08 pm, January 15, 2014

    Is the meeting on March 6th. the Safer Neighbourhood Board?



    it states

    "Note – the establishment of a Safer Neighbourhood Board should be considered as an entirely new endeavour rather than simply a re-branding of the existing CPEG mechanism. This is an opportunity to reconsider and to develop new, more efficient ways of working and the administration and support requirements should be developed on that basis."

    The funding available for SNBs from MOPAC per Borough is £100 per week.

    1. We have been asked to host a meeting of RPCEG and that is what we have agreed to do.

      The question of progress on migrating the RPCEG to a SNB is probably better directed to one of the two co-Chairs of the Redbridge NHW.

    2. Neighbourhood Watcher7:56 pm, January 15, 2014

      There is no "migration" from CPEGs to SNBs.
      A SNB may amalgamate functions from former CPEGs and other engagement groups in order to fulfil its designated role.

      SNBs are intended to be in place by April 2014

    3. The meeting is scheduled for March, which according to my calendar comes *before* April.