Saturday, March 28, 2015

Froglife Dragon Days
- coming to Redbridge in April

Dragon days in Redbridge with Froglife

Dragon Days are family-friendly events, suitable for people of all levels of experience and ability. We think that Dragon Days are a great way to enthuse people with the amazing and often unexpected wildlife that can be found in London. We hold Dragon Days all over the city, and no two are the same, but the one thing they all share is putting wildlife conservation and appreciation – especially of amphibians and reptiles, at their heart.

Friday 3 April 2015 at South Park in Ilford

Saturday 25 April 2015 at Forest Farm Peace Garden in Hainault

Doris Osen, Independent
- #IlfordNorth #GE2015

Intro: All known candidates for the Ilford North constituency in the 2015 General Election have been offered 400 words on this blog. They will be published if and when they are received. Click the GE2015 label below to see all in one view. We also have Hustings on April 18th

Doris Osen
I love Britain and am proud to be British. It is a wonderful country whose people really are hard working, friendly and hospitable.

However, I am seriously concerned about Britain's dire financial situation, its deficit and debt which I believe is the root cause of many problems faced by our citizens. I fear for the younger and future generations who are experiencing poor pay, housing difficulties and debts and am aware that there are far too many disadvantaged people who do not receive the help they need.

I want to have the opportunity to approach members of the government, ministers and heads of Departments to suggest ways to reduce public spending in all areas, including the cost of our government and to campaign for a far more effective Education Service and NATIONAL (not privatised) Health Service.

I want to see a prosperous and financially viable Britain, a better future for our children and grandchildren, a more caring society for the disadvantaged and a fairer distribution of wealth.

MPs who belong to a party have to follow the party line. As an Independent, I am offering the voters of Ilford North a positive alternative to party politicians, someone who cares passionately about this country and its people and is prepared to express her own views and those of her constituents.

Voting for an Independent means voting for someone who really cares 
and is not afraid to speak her mind..
My blog at sets out more issues 
that need to be addressed.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Witchcraft Today

On Tuesday 24th March, Ann Williams gave a talk on Pagan Witchcraft at our coffee morning.

She started by dispelling some of the myths and went on to frame the subject in the context of European history specifically noting the relationship with ‘magic’, or alchemy as it was known then, and one of its practitioners known as Sir Isaac Newton. She noted the rise of paganism and witchcraft in the 2011 census discussing the dualism of extremes in the modern western world: dogmatic religion and scientific materialism. And how this dualism leaves no room for instinct, intuition or ‘gut feelings’, formerly called ‘visions’. She brings in Carl Jung’s notion of the ‘collective unconscious’ and how for both pagans and witches everything has a soul, often known to environmentalists as Gaia.

It seemed to me to be about reconnecting with our roots, our history and ancestors (the ghosts of Halloween are our ancestors) but above all with nature. Understanding that we human beings are an integral part of the whole and not separate from it. So it is no surprise to me that Ann is a member of Friends of the Earth, the Green Party and Transition Town Redbridge.

She speaks about the cycles of time and how they are important to us and everything else: the time of day not by a clock but by the angle of the sun, the date not by a calendar but by the phase of the moon, the month by the natural cycles of growth, abundance and decay.

Ann concludes with her own practices, her three altars, the goddesses, and of course spells, which are basically just recipes of everyday things you might find in a kitchen: herbalism.

The full text of Ann’s talk is here. A highly recommended read.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fairlop at War - Event

The Fairlop Heritage Group will be commemorating years 1914 to 1915 in a Fairlop at War event at Fairlop Waters on 11th April 2015 (details). This date has been chosen as it falls half way between two significant dates in the history of Fairlop Plain. In October 1914 land by Hainault Farm was earmarked by the Admiralty as being suitable for use as a Day Landing Ground and in October 1915 the Royal Flying Corps had their first encounter with Zeppelins, but were very slow in climbing to their height, and the Zeppelins continued with their bombing of civilians in London. The Royal Flying Corps flag will be flown at this and subsequent Fairlop at War events - This flag has been handmade by the Fairlop Heritage Group treasurer, because these are not commercially available.

In WW1 Major Arthur Harris was Station Commander at Hainault Farm, (in WW2 he was known as Bomber Harris, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Bomber Command). In some quarters he is held responsible for the bombing of Dresden, when in reality he was ordered to do so by Churchill.

2015 is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden and visiting will be Hans Haenlein from Dresden. In the spirit of reconciliation, there will be an opportunity to meet Hans and former Flight Sergeant Max Bean, of 115 Squadron Bomber Command.

In Coventry and Dresden, a Cross of Nails has become a symbol of reconciliation. The Cross of Nails was made of three nails from the roof truss of the old Coventry Cathedral, which was later transferred to the new cathedral. There are over 160 Cross of Nails Centres all over the world, all of them bearing a cross made of three nails from the ruins, similar to the original. A Coventry Cross of Nails and exhibits will be on display throughout the event.

David Martin
Chairman Fairlop Heritage Group

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Philip Hyde, UK Independence
- #IlfordNorth #GE2015

Intro: All known candidates for the Ilford North constituency in the 2015 General Election have been offered 400 words on this blog. They will be published if and when they are received. Click the GE2015 label below to see all in one view. We also have Hustings on April 18th

Philip Hyde
I have decided to stand as an MP because I believe things have to be changed with the way we are governed. I feel that our current MPs have lost touch with the concerns and day to day problems that everyday people face. I am one of those people. It's about time the voice of ordinary people is heard in parliament and not the voice of career politician’s intent on party and self embellishment. I am a proud Eastender with a wife of 30 years and three fantastic daughters. I have worked in commerce and industry from the age of 16. However, I endured a 12 month spell of unemployment in the early 1990`s and as a father and husband felt the desperation that the lack of self worth can bring. Alongside my career, I am a local councillor who fights with every sinew for those in our community who have been ignored by a system which is blind to the injustices faced by those unlucky enough to have been born with little or no prospects.

Great Britain was once the envy of the world. We must be under no illusion that past glories are a sign of future prosperity. Successive governments have been guilty of breaking the back of our traditional industrial base. The revenue from the North Sea came and will soon go. Over its 40 year period thus far, it has delivered an insurmountable bounty to governments of the time. Our once prudent fiscal approach has been replaced by an attitude of ever accreting spend and tax. Thus the debt burden of both state and people is now perilously close to disaster. Our culture has been invaded by a perception that the rest of the world has a right to impose their traditional ways and values. Mass immigration has lead to bitter divides throughout the country with Social services struggling to cope. Therefore, We must have the courage to speak out against uncontrolled immigration, injustices to our young, old and less fortunate, interference by elected and non elected EU officials and wasteful government spending. In UKIP we must have the courage to listen to all sections of society and develop policies which are inclusive but most importantly, ensure that the majority view is at the heart of our consideration.

UKIP Offers a no nonsense approach to getting back control of our nation, its economy and its prospects...