In Focus Issue 208 - Manor Park - Newham

In Focus Issue 208 - Manor Park - Newham



Covering East Ham North,

Manor Park and Little Ilford

Lollipop lady, Balwinder, ensures the

safe crossing of Sheringham pupils

across Dershingham Avenue

October 2010

Hundreds of roads have been

upgraded and parks are looking

perkier as Newham Council’s

Environmental Improvement

Programme (EIP) comes to an end.

The £24m scheme to improve parks

and roads saw Little Ilford Park benefit

from a new revamped play area that

was officially launched last month.

Battered roads and footpaths were

resurfaced and some lighting was

renewed. The EIP kicked off in Manor

Park with Dersingham Avenue the first

to be given some TLC with the entire

Perkier Parks

and revamPed


road resurfaced.

Balwinder Kaur lived on Dershingham

Avenue for 10 years and works at

Sheringham Junior School as a lollipop

lady. She thinks the improvements are

great. “It’s much safer for the children

and the speed humps slow drivers

down,” she said.

Other roads that benefited included

Roseberry, Lawrence and East avenues,

Elsenham, Browning, Albany, Clarence,

Wentworth and Durham roads and

Plashet Grove and Daines Close.

Youngsters are enjoying the new play

Dershingham Avenue before

it was resurfaced

equipment in Little Ilford Park which has

a natural play area featuring two play

towers, slides, balancing steps, wobbly

platforms and a bridge.

Community lead councillor, Kay

Scoresby said: “These improvements

are part of our promise to you to

improve our roads and parks. If you

haven’t checked out the new play area

in Little Ilford Park, then I recommend

you do. The new facilities are fantastic.”

For the most up-to-date road

works information visit www.


on underage



If you’ve been selling cigarettes

to a young person aged under 18

then be warned, because Newham

Council is taking a no nonsense

approach to underage cigarette


Three shops have been found

guilty of selling cigarettes to under

18s and have been given hefty

fines. These are:

• Kapoor Millind of Geethas

Fashions in Plashet Grove - fined

£660 for selling cigarettes to an

underage test purchaser

• Selami Kose of Denstop Ltd in

Upton Lane – fined £500 for

selling cigarettes to a 15-year-old

• Gulash Geneci of Dallas

Supermarket in Romford Road,

Forest Gate – fined £500 for

selling cigarettes to a 14-year-old

test purchaser.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Andrew

Baikie said: “It is outrageous that

these sales took place. This is

unscrupulous and irresponsible

behaviour. These traders are

putting money before public health.

“We will prosecute anyone who is

found selling age restricted goods,

such as cigarettes, to underage

people, as these laws are ultimately

in place to protect young people

from harm.”

It is illegal to sell cigarettes,

cigarette paper or any other

tobacco product to anyone aged

under 18. It is also illegal to sell

single cigarettes from an open

packet to anyone.

Trading Standards are warning

retailers that they will be working

in partnership with the police

and undercover underage test

purchasers to carry out further spot

checks on traders. Officers will also

be carrying out checks on vending

machines located in pubs, clubs

and bars.


Year six students perform as part of

Black History Month celebrations

Black History Month

celebrations at Essex Primary

Year 6 students at Essex Primary School recently celebrated Black History Month

with a performance for fellow pupils and parents.

The four classes participated in a series of workshops with musician Alex


They focussed on different aspects of African American music and history

including gospel music, the civil rights movement and Mardi Gras traditions and


They then performed songs and dances based on these studies in a concert at

the Little Ilford Learning Zone.

Head teacher Rosie Cowan said: “The entire year group enjoyed the experience

of working with professional musicians and performing on stage in front of their

peers and parents.

“Working with such talented musicians really brought Black History Month alive

for the children.”

green-fingered generosity

Volunteers have once more

shown how effective they can be

by clearing the sensory garden

and overgrown areas in Plashet


Space has been cleared to

improve visibility following reports

of anti-social behaviour. Hedges

have been pruned back to make

way for more plants around the

park with bulbs being planted at

the Woodhouse Grove side of the

park, as part of the Plant for Life


Volunteers get to work

Newham Volunteers organised

the day’s activities for more than 40 employees from the London Organising

Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), the body tasked with arranging the

2012 Games.

LOCOG donated £200 to the Plashet Park Bowls Club, which provided free

sessions to volunteers involved in the clean up. It is expected the money will be

used for the club’s centenary celebrations next year.

To find out more about volunteering call 020 8430 2000 or email

Community spirit at Hathaway open day

Almost 200 residents turned out for the recent

community event at the Hathaway Community Centre on

Hathaway Crescent.

The centre was celebrating the completion of their

National Lottery Art Project and also the first anniversary

of the A1 Judo Club.

Residents were able to have a look at the art project

which was put together by older people and children

at the centre and based on healthy living. The National

Lottery grant has also transformed the children’s play

area into a more bright, colourful and welcoming


The A1 Judo Club put on a number of presentations

and also received a bronze Clubmark accreditation from

the British Judo Association.

Lisa Beadle from the centre said: “It really was a

wonderful day out for the whole family.

“Thank you to everyone who came along, especially

former community lead councillor Pat Sheekey who has

been hugely supportive of the project from start to finish.”

thanks to francine for housing help

(l-r) Francine with

Rose in her home

Former community lead councillor

Pat Sheekey, (2nd from right) at

the unveiling of the artwork.

One of Newham Council’s housing officers has been thanked

for her hard work helping out a Manor Park resident.

Seventy six-year-old Rose Royer wrote to Mayor Sir Robin

Wales to highlight the work of private sector housing officer

Francine Benjamin.

Francine worked with Rose’s landlord for just over 12

months to make her home safer and cellar more accessible.

This involved ensuring that readers could access her

electricity meter, improving the electrical installation to make

it safe and repairing damp in the home caused by a defective


Rose wrote to the Mayor to thank Francine for her kindness

and patience.

She said: “Francine really is a wonderful woman. She

stayed with me throughout the whole process.

“With her help we have achieved all that needs to be done.

The council are doing a wonderful job helping people like

myself, OAPs.”

•If your group has an activity to promote please contact us on: 020 3373 2684 or email•

sPotligHt on...

St Winefride’S

Primary School

Students at St Winefride’s

Primary School on Church Road

in Manor Park have a huge range

of activities to choose from after

the school day ends.

From fencing for students in Years

2 and 6, to dance, Latin, computer

club and craft club, the choice seems


Those with energy to burn can also

try the keep fit club, sports club or

football. Students looking for a more

cultural option can choose choir,

drama or recorder lessons.

As one of the first schools to

host the Mayor’s ground-breaking

programme, Every Child a Musician

initiative, the whole of Year 5 are

learning to play a musical instrument.

To keep pupils concentrating

throughout the day, the school has

also started a breakfast club which is

currently attended by 32 children on

average every day.

The school also has a high take-up

of free school meals. Recent figures

show that 98 per cent are now

enjoying dinners at school, with just

six pupils bringing in a packed lunch.


Councillors out and about: If you would like a councillor to visit your community organisation, school, place of worship, meeting or

event please call 020 3373 8382 or email To email your local councillor write

Jose Alexander Firoza Nekiwala Paul Sathianesan Kay Scoresby Amarjit Singh Salim Patel Andrew Baikie Farah Nazeer Khalil Kazi

East Ham North Ward Manor Park Ward

Every Saturday (alternating)

10.30 - 11.30am

Kensington School,

Kensington Avenue,

Manor Park, E12

Photograph by Wilde Fry

Students line up for their free

school meals at St Winefride’s

This is up from 71 per cent prior to

the introduction of free dinners for all.

And the extra effort seems to be

paying off, with the school being

graded as outstanding by Ofsted in

2006 and 2009.

Head teacher Paul Underwood

said: “It’s so pleasing to see the

positive impact that our breakfast

club and free school meals are

having on pupils at St Winefride’s.

“We can teach English and maths

in the afternoon now, as the children

can actually concentrate after lunch.

They feel better in themselves, and

you can tell.”

Every Saturday (alternating)

10 - 11.30am

Manor Park Local Service Centre,

685-689 Romford Road,

Manor Park, E12



Ramgarhia Badminton Club

for advanced players

Tuesdays, 7.15-9.30pm

Little Ilford School

Browning Road

Manor Park, E13

For more information email Kilvir

Bhara on

Meet your East Ham North Safer

Neighbourhoods Team and

discuss any concerns or issues

you may have

Tuesday 23 November


Durban Court

Call your East Ham North SNT

on 020 7161 9093 or email for

more details

For even more things to do check

out the What’s On in Newham

calendar, where you’ll find listings

for more than 6,000 events visit

If your group has an activity to

promote please contact us on:

020 3373 2684 or email:

Little Ilford Ward

Every Saturday (alternating)

10 - 11am

Jack Cornwell Community Centre,

Jack Cornwell Street,

Manor Park, E12

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