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Redbridge is commemorating the centenary of the First World War with a programme of events taking place across the Borough.

Lights Out

We are taking part in the UK-wide Lights Out event on Monday 4 August. Lights out is an invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August. The event is to mark 100 years since Britain declared war on Germany, at 11pm on 4 August 1914. Lights out image

Local organisations, businesses and community groups are being encouraged to take part and register their buildings for the event by 10 July 2014. Residents can also take part by turning all lights off between 10pm and 11pm in the evening, leaving just a single light or flame.

The following Council and Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure buildings are confirmed to be taking part in Lights Out, more will be added soon:

  • Council offices at 17-23 and 22-26 Clements Rd, Ilford
  • Ley St depot, Ley Street Rd, Ilford
  • Queen Victoria House, Cranbrook Road, Barkingside
  • Council Offices at 852 Cranbrook Rd, Barkingside
  • Redbridge Cycling Centre, Forest Rd, Hainault
  • Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre, Forest Rd, Hainault
  • Redbridge Town Hall, High Rd Ilford
  • Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge
  • Orchard Housing Offices, Broadmead Rd, Woodford Green
  • Allan Burgess Centre, Grove Park, Wanstead
  • Centre for Independent and Inclusive Living Redbridge, South Park Drive, Ilford
  • Community Care Advice Centre, Aldborough Rd North, Newbury Park
  • Elderberries Day Centre, Broadmead Rd, Woodford Green 
  • Kielder Close Day Centre, Kielder Close, Ilford 
  • Council Offices, 19 Mansfield Road, Ilford 
  • Mildmay Community Options Centre, Albert Rd, Ilford 
  • Woodbine Club, Woodbine Place, Wanstead 
  • Link Place, Bramston Close, Hainault 
  • Living Well Resource Centre, Chadwell Heath Lane, Chadwell Heath

Find out more about Lights Out here.

Organisations and communities can also register a building to take part .

Events in July

Events in August

 

Poppy Fields

Poppies are being planted in prominent places in the Borough.  Existing summer wild flower meadows in parks and open spaces are being over sowed with an enriched poppy mix to provide a strong poppy theme.Poppies in Ray Park

Below is a list of sites:  

  • Goodmayes Park
  • Elmhurst Gardens
  • South Park
  • Roding Valley Park, Roding Lane South
  • Ray Park (Picture to the right)
  • Clayhall Park
  • Valentines Park
  • Redbridge Recreation Ground

Big Red Read

Sean McMeekin's 'July 1914' is one of the books we are reading as part of the Big Red Read 2014. This book is an account of the events between the assassination of the heir to the Austrian throne in Sarajevo in June to the break out of First World War in August.

First World War - can you help?

2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Redbridge is commemorating this significant milestone in world history with a programme of events taking place across the Borough, a major exhibition and a school education programme.

We will also share snapshots of the Borough’s memories, people and events to shine a light on the legacy of the First World War in Redbridge.

Redbridge Museum would like to hear from local people about their family stories. This can include information about people living in Redbridge at the time of the War or from people who have a connection with the borough today.

As they are unrepresented in the Museum's records, we are particularly keen to hear from those from an African, Caribbean or south Asian background whose ancestors may have fought in the War.

Contact: redbridge.museum@visionrcl.org.uk or call 020 8708 2317.

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