Police notice about acid attacks!

Wilson Chowdhry - Thursday, July 20, 2017

Please find below some information on the Met's position on acid attacks across London. The reported offences where acid was used within Redbridge Borough during 2017 are extremely low. We are not aware of any race hate crimes involving the use of acid in Redbridge during the past 12 months.

• The Met police will not tolerate any attack using corrosive and noxious substances on anyone and will bring offenders to justice.
• We are working in partnership with forces nationally, the government and key industry stakeholders to reduce the opportunity of these offences being committed.
• We will engage with the CPS and the judiciary to shape any future changes to regulations, legislation and policy.
• We recognise the lasting impact on victims of corrosive attacks, and are improving our response through training, investment and joint working.
• We would appeal to all parents, teachers and other agencies who work with young people to challenge those they think may be carrying corrosive substances, and work to divert them from committing a serious offence or being injured themselves.
• We would encourage anyone who has been a victim of a corrosive attack to report it with confidence that you will be fully supported.

As always, if you have any concerns or information about acid attacks on Clementswood ward or the borough more generally please do not hesitate to contact the team on the details below.

PC 198 Jennifer Lang
Email - Clementswood.snt@met.police.uk
Tel - 020 8721 2027

Together Stronger - Redbridge fights back at extremism!

Wilson Chowdhry - Friday, June 23, 2017

Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and other people of faith and no faith came together too stand defiant against the extremism and hatred that has shocked and stunned Londoners over the the last four months.

Terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge, Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Finsbury Park have highlighted an unfortunate increase in polarisation within British society.

A public meeting was organised by the British Pakistani Christian Association and East Ilford Betterment Partnership in the aftermath of the London Bridge Attack, and saw over 30 local people in attendance. Visitors spoke of concern over Police raids in Ilford and several arrests of suspects who may have aided the London Bridge terrorist trio. They explained that news that the former Ummah Gym in Ilford was visited by the three terrorists has created fear and anxiety amongst local people. They feared that those with an extremist ideology may still be at loose in their midst and also that Muslims in the local area may be targeted due to an unwarranted guilt by association.

Wilson Shared details of the Police Prevent Strategy Anti Terrorism Hotline:0800 789 321 and also details of Tell MAMA a campaign to tackle rising islamophobia: https://tellmamauk.org/

It was agreed that a multifaith peace vigil would be held in Ilford Town Centre to show a public display of unity and to condemn the brutal attacks that were perpetrated by warped evil minds that used religion as a tool for mindless unwarranted violence.

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the East Ilford Betterment Partnership, said:

"It is hard to believe the violence of recent months has occurred in our beautiful city where most people hold very cosmopolitan views. But it has nevertheless and the people of Redbridge have come out fighting and will continue to challenge for improved solidarity. We simply will not be cowed by bullies or extremists."

Sheikh Khalid, Imam for the Al Bayan Welfare Centre, Green Lane, said:

"To eradicate hate in the world we must show love. Today at this vigil we sent out a clear message that you can have different colours, cultures and faiths but you will still share one common aspect and that is your humanity. If people realised this simple truth we would have a stronger society."

Darshan Lal Choda, Chairman of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Temple, Cleveland Road, said:

"We condemn all kinds of terrorism and stand united with our brothers and sisters of all faiths. It was not a duty but a pleasure to join with Christian, Muslim, Sikh and other citizens of Redbridge. The thugs who commit these awful killings are not of any faith they are simply warped individuals."

Shaheen Zar, leader of Ilford Asian Church, which meets at St Andrews Church, The Drive, said:

"The vibrant multifaith and multicultural communities of Redbridge have been living in harmony for so long; nobody can change that. Together we can defy any attempt to shatter our peace by visibly organizing events such as this vigil which promotes social cohesion."

During the event visitors heard talks from several Religious leaders including all the above. A message received from the Redbridge Faith Forum, who supported the event and helped promote it. The trustee statement read as follows:

"Terrorism and hate crime has no place in our society.

"In Redbridge we have an exceptionally diverse community, and we will continue standing together strong and united. Redbridge Faith Forum will continue its work to promote respect, co-operation and understanding in the borough with the support of people of all faiths and those of none.

"Redbridge Faith Forum calls for the people of Redbridge to stand together at this difficult time and to continue to be vigilant to work together for peace, compassion, understanding and hope."

During the event people linked arms as they held candles and had a 1 minute time of silence during which they were asked to think about the recent attacks and the victims and their families. This was followed by a candlelight vigil were people were encouraged to share a thought that could help open our minds to the benefits of harmony. Several individual's shared testimonies, poems and phrases during a time of soul searching that was extremely uplifting.

People linked arms as they shared testimonies, poetry and phrases during a moving time of peaceful reflection.

After the 5 minutes time of reflection people gathered on the dias above the front balcony steps of Ilford Town Hall. It was decided as the central base of authority for our community it was extremely symbolic for our shared desire for harmony to be expressed there more then anywhere. As people gathered a bagpiper play a lament for all the lives lost in the recent terror attacks in Britain. After a first lament one by one the participants followed the bagpiper to lay a candle before a wreath of flowers placed on a fore rail of the town hall. The message on the wreath read as follows:

"Together we are stronger but the lives taken should never be forgotten but should unite us against hatred."

The bizarre aspect of the extremist terror we see around the globe is that quite often family men with children are involved. They have no thought of the repercussions that their families will face. Moreover, their indiscriminate killings target people of all faiths even their own so how and why do they believe they are fighting a holy war?

There is no glory in such violence - the recent terrorists in the London Bridge terror attack were not even afforded an Islamic burial due to widespread disgust against the violence. We hope to work with all faith groups in the next few months and work together to design projects that help improve social harmony.

Anyone interested in joining our growing interfaith group of activists can email us at info@eastilfordbettermentpartnership.org or call 020 8514 0861

Peace and Reconciliation is also the topic of Redbridge Faith Forum's next network meeting on Tuesday 25th July at lunchtime in the Gloucester Room at Ilford Central Library and they will be holding their annual walk of peace through Central Ilford on Sunday, 10th September. This is an opportunity for people of all faiths and none to walk alongside each other, converse and receive a warm welcome at venues associated with the following faiths – Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh.

In blue blazer Shaheen Zar Chairman Ilford Asian Church, next to Sheikh Khalid Imam of the Al Bayan Welfare Centre, Green Lane, next to Darshan Lal Choda, Chairman of VHP Temple, Cleveland Road. Brothers from three different faiths united against hatred.

What future do we want to bring this child up in?

​Together Stronger Candlelight Vigil to Restore Peace and Unity in Redbridge

Wilson Chowdhry - Wednesday, June 21, 2017


A candlelight peace vigil will be held from 7pm outside Ilford Town Hall on Tuesday 22nd June 2017.

The event organised by the British Pakistani Christian Association and East Ilford Betterment Partnership, brings together people of all faiths and none in an attempt to restore peace in London.

A two hour unity summit took place last night at Clementswood Community Centre, after a recent spate of arrests in Ilford linked to the London terror attack and Finsbury Park Mosque attack.

Several key guests were in attendance at the meeting including, Sheikh Khalid, Imam at the Albayan Welfare Centre on Green Lane, Mark Glazer Chairman of the London Community Watch Trust, Sajid Hussain Ambassador of Peace of PEP (Peace Education Program) of Minhaj ul Quran International, Pastor Chris Gorman, Potter House Christian Fellowship Holloway Road, Bashir Choudhry from the League of British Muslims. Support was also provided by Ranbir Singh of the Hindu Human Rights Group, Pastor Charles Adoccu Likewise Church and Upkar Rai of the British Sikh Council.

Participants at the meeting felt that a robust programme was required to relieve community tensions and division and to remind people of our common humanity.

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the East Ilford Betterment Partnership, said:

"Britain has suffered a torrid last 4 months with the Westminster Terrorist Attack, Manchester Bomb attack and London Bridge terrorist attack all highlighting the festering extremism that has raised resulted in Britain adopting our highest level of Terrorism threat level 'Critical' on at least two occasions.

More on UK security threat levels can be read by (clicking here)

"The recent retaliatory attack on a mosque in Finsbury Park by lone wolf attacker Darren Osbourne illustrates an alarming polarisation within British Citizens. Though Mr Osbourne was from Cardiff and not London the impact of his attack hits Londoners worst.

"Coupled with the soul searching and grief that has consumed Londoners after the Grenfell Tower blaze tragedy, it is clear to me that public confidence and morale has reached it's lowest ebb in London."

Mr Chowdhry, added:

"East london has been implicated as an area within which the trio of terrorists involved in the London Bridge terrorist attack resided. Moreover, news that terrorist Youssef Zaghba lived in Ilford since 2015 and that a video caught the terrorist trio entering Ummah Gym in Ilford where it is believed they planned and plotted their attack, has shocked our community.

"Our local community has been stirred to action we do not want our wonderful borough of Redbridge to have its reputation sullied by the acts of depravity of a few individuals.

"Intolerance of any nature is unwarranted and only serves to cause grief and anxiety. A united community is a strong community in which extremists have no power or authority. We must strive to improve the bonds between us that we can better shield ourselves from the haters.

"This is why we call people of all faiths and no faith to stand in unity with us at our vigil and oppose violence and hatred of any nature."

Sheikh Khalid, Imam of the Al Bayan Welfare Centre on Green Lane, said:

"When we are cut we are bleed the same colour. All mankind is the creation of Allah and we must put every effort into showing love and compassion to one another, as we share such a common bond.

"The recent acts of violence in the UK have served to deepen fears in our communities but by standing shoulder to shoulder we send out a defiant message that we will not be cowed by extremists."

Wilson Chowdhry, visited the site of the Finsbury Park attack only hours after the incident. Whilst there he prayed for peace to be restored in London. He also joined the multi faith peace vigil with three other volunteers later that evening and laid a wreath of flowers from the British Pakistani Christian Association.

Local printers to fund maintenance of Ilford mammoth

Wilson Chowdhry - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ex-Nihilo a new printing company in Ilford have agreed to give 10% of all their profits on sales in Redbridge, to support the ongoing maintenance charges i.e. insurances for the Replica Mammoth skull we have loaned to Redbridge Museum (click here).  Any surplus will help bring back the 'Mammoth Steppes Festival' we held in Ilford Town centre in 2014 (click here), which he hope to make an annual celebration.  So please contact them today and help us raise some funds to revive our lost heritage.Visit Ex-Nihilo at http://www.ofnothing.co.uk/or (click here)


Our Mammoth Journey is over!

Wilson Chowdhry - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Hannah Chowdhry with Former Headteacher Mrs Johnson of SS Peters and Paul's School 

Today at 6pm Hannah Chowdhry, now eleven years of age, will speak at the launch of the Ilford Ice Age Exhibition. She will share how her love for Ilford's proud pre-history led to the donation of a Mammoth Skull replica worth an estimated £50,000 from the Natural History Museum to the East Ilford Betterment Partnership (EIBP).

Hannah was inspired after seeing the real mammoth skull on a trip to the Natural History Museum when she was seven. So fascinated by the huge relic she asked her father to bring it back to Ilford - its home! Thus began the five year campaign to bring the skull (or replica) to our borough, where our heritage could be presented to local people in a comprehensible way.

Her father, Wilson Chowdhry Chairman of the EIBP, has been working with the Redbridge Museum to include the skull in their permanent display and to introduce an exhibition about the ice age and its effect on Ilford around 200,000 years ago - literally a story centuries in the making (click here).

Hannah Chowdhry said:

"When I first heard about our local mammoth I was keen to learn more about one of the oldest known inhabitants of Ilford. I was surprised that there was not much known or written about such a majestic beast. There had been a plaque to the mammoth on Ilford Methodist Church which got stolen, so my dad replaced it through the British Pakistani Christian Association. Apart from humorous books about mammoths children have nothing interesting to make them think more about our ancient past. I hope the replica skull and the ice age exhibition will catch the imagination of children and young people and encourage them to learn more about this wonderful period of Ilford's history".

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the EIBP said:

"The installation of the replica mammoth skull at a centre point for education in the borough is an inspiring achievement. The Ilford Mammoth will no doubt create an interest in Earth Sciences, History and will inspire writers and artists too. Bringing this project to fruition has been a gargantuan challenge in many ways, and is a huge step to a deeper sense of identity amongst the young people of our borough, who have so much to be proud of." 

The EIBP would like to thank the following groups and individuals for their help towards making this project come to fruition:

  • Yellow Advertiser
  • SS Peters and Paul's Primary School
  • Fullwood Primary School
  • The Department of Business Innovation and Skills
  • London Community Foundation
  • Terry Quirke (Ilford Mammoth Project)
  • Geo Essex
  • Essex Field Club
  • Adrian Lister and the Natural History Museum of London
  • Redbridge Museum
  • The Geological Society
  • Fairlop Heritage Group
  • Ilford Historical Society
  • Ilford Methodist Church


Posh houses for Goodmayes ducks!

Wilson Chowdhry - Sunday, September 20, 2015

Wilson's wifeJuliet with some volunteers and children

Goodmayes ducks were given new brightly painted homes during a special community day 19th September 2015.  The homes were pre-cut by Redbridge Parks Team who also provided instruction and materials so to complete the construction.  The boxes will later be installed along the banks of the park pond for longevity to provide an unusual but most welcome biodiversity legacy.

12 teenage volunteers from the National Citizenship Scheme, supervised by our chairman Wilson Chowdhry helped coordinate free sports for the duration of the 6 hour event, games included; football, cricket and rounders.  

Habiba Ahmed of Redbridge Amey council contractors for recycling, provided a swap shop (old goods exchange point), information stall and children's activity workshops including; potting, badge making using recyclables and mask making).

The day was a great success and it is hoped that the event will be repeated next year.  


​EIBP to support The Friends of Goodmayes Park Community Day

Wilson Chowdhry - Thursday, August 13, 2015

 Duck house making and Community Day


In-conjunction with the Friends of Goodmayes Park and Amey, residents are invited to join in and celebrate this wonderful local park.

Come and help the nature conservation rangers build duck houses to give the wildfowl of Goodmayes park protection for the coming season!

Join the Recycling Team, Amey and the East Ilford Betterment Partnership for a fun day with ’Give and Take’ stall. A chance to get rid of things you don’t need any more and pick up something you do need. ALL FOR FREE!

Children’s activities like henna and face painting.

Fun for the whole family and community. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday 19 September

10 - 2.30pm

Meet at: The lakeside opposite the park keepers yard. Entrance at junction of Abbotsford Road and Hazeldean Road, Goodmayes, Ilford, IG5 9RA

For further information call Habiba Ahmed on 07980732337.

Mammoth sale of cakes for Matilda

Wilson Chowdhry - Friday, July 17, 2015

Image of Ilford Mammoth skull

Children of SS Peter's and Paul's school enjoyed a day of fun and festivity this Wednesday, selling cakes to parents, and other children as part of an event set to raise funds for the local installation of a replica mammoth skull. Hannah Chowdhry (aged 11) organised the event as founder of a project to return the skull. It was found in Ilford by Sir Antonio Brady in 1864 near Ilford Lane and is a prized asset now at the Natural History Museum London. A replica of the skull currently is being displayed in their mammalian section and the original in their main foyer.

Hannah learnt about the Ilford Mammoths during a trip to Redbridge Museum when she was seven years old and asked her father to bring it home to Ilford. Since then her interest in prehistory has led her to find a 128 million year old fossil at the Isle of Wight and a 65 million year old fossil at Romford (whilst finding suitable period gravel for the Ilford mammoth display).

She challenged Fulwood Primary school to help raise funds earlier this year and they raised over £200. It is hoped a similar amount will be raised via the cake sale at SS Peters and Paul's.

The skull replica is now to be donated to the East Ilford Betterment Partnership, who will be loaning it to Redbridge Museum located in Redbridge Central Library, for local people to view. However in able to do this the group needs to raise a further £2600 for the installation and launch event.

Hannah Chowdhry said:

"I have dreamed of this day for ages. I am so glad the Natural History Museum is giving us the replica skull that was made from the original bones as it feels like part of 'Matilda' is coming with us."

Proud father Wilson Chowdhry said:

"I am so impressed with Hannah's dedication to this project. She has travelled across London to museums and schools to talk about our project and has recruited two local schools to join our fund raising campaign for this important piece of our local history. The skull when installed in Redbridge Museum will galvanise pride in our prehistoric past and inspire the next generation."

Mammoth Market trading in Ilford

Wilson Chowdhry - Friday, July 17, 2015

Market to raise funds for Ilford Mammoth

For the first time ever Redbridge will hold a traders market and fayre to raise funds for the Ilford Mammoth.  Our event starts on the 2nd August 2015 and will comprise of seven days of market trading in our town centre with a difference.

Our intent is to help small businesses, new start-ups, community groups and charities compete with more established businesses. This is not an opportunity for stalls from across the country to ply their trade in our high street selling items we do not need or are irrelevant - not at all!

This will be an opportunity for local people to try out new ideas in the high street for a short period to see if their local knowledge of our needs as a community were correct. So hopefully you should see items for sale, or information distributed that is both relevant locally and beneficial.

Give us a try and help raise money to install a £50,000 replica mammoth skull of the one found here in 1864 by Sir Antonio Brady.  The mammoth is being donated to us by Natural History Museum London and is currently displayed in their mammalian section at the museum.  The real skull is in the main foyer of their building and will remain there as one of their most prized assets.

The Mammoth Fayre will be held in Ilford town centre on the following days:

  • Sunday       2nd August 2015 from 09:00 - 18:00
  • Monday       3rd August 2015 from 09:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday      4th August 2015 from 09:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday 5th August 2015 from 09:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday     6th August 2015 from 09:00 - 18:00
  • Friday          7th August 2015 from 09:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday      8th August 2015 from 09:00 - 18:00

Come out and support local business. Look out for the family activities that include: face-painting, henna art and children's art activities.

For more details or to hire a pitch call Wilson Chowdhry on 020 8514 0861 or email info@eastilfordbettermentpartnership.org.   For an application form (click here)


Iford Mammoth Skull

Impression of a Woolly Mammoth

Join us at Redbridge Easter Fayre

Wilson Chowdhry - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

For the first time ever Redbridge will hold an Easter Fayre.  The event will compliment an Easter Parade and festival that will be held on the 6th April and comprises three days of market trading in our town centre with a difference.

Our intent is to help small businesses,new start-ups, community groups and charities compete with more established businesses.  This is not an opportunity for stalls from across the country to ply their trade in our high street, selling items we do not need or are irrelevant - not at all!

This will be an opportunity for local people to try out new ideas in the high street for a short period to see if their local knowledge of our needs as a community were correct.  So hopefully you should see items for sale, or information distributed that is both relevant locally and beneficial.

Give us a try and then pop along for Redbridge Easter parade to celebrate a wonderful Easter holiday.

The Easter Fayre will be held in Easter town centre on the following days:
  • Sunday 2nd August 2015 from 09:00 - 18:00
  • Monday 4th August 2015  from 09:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday 5th August 2015  from 09:00 - 18:00
  • Wedensday 6th August 2015 from 9:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday 7th August 2015 from 9:00 - 18:00
  • Friday 8th August 2015 from 9:00 - 18:00

Come out and support local business.  Look out for the family activities that include; face-painting, henna art and children's art activities.

For more details or to hire a pitch call claret on 020 8514 0861 or email info@eastilfordbettermentpartnership.org.