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.

Redbridge Easter Parade and Festival

Wilson Chowdhry - Monday, February 09, 2015
D-Dance Bollywood performance at Redbridge Christmas Festival.

Redbridge Easter Parade and Festival celebrates its 3rd Anniversary this year! Once again it is being event managed by the British Pakistani Christian Association and the East Ilford Betterment partnership has agreed to provide volunteers and support.

Support is for the event is growing and local School's, Christian Groups a

nd churches are being invited to join the procession and whole day festival.

This years organising panel includes the following churches:

  • Likewise Church
  • Eden Christian Centre
  • Kingdom Ministries (Urdu Fellowship)
  • ECF Tamil Church
  • Ilford Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Gateway Church
  • Holy Nations Church, Pimlico
The event is growing in popularity and we are always seeking further partnerships, so if your group is interested in joining, please contact Wilson Chowdhry on 020 8514 0861 or email admin@britishpakistanichristians.org This years event will include a 1 week market and fayre in Ilford Town Centre from 28th March - 5th April 2015. Following this a one day parade and festival will be held on Easter Monday 6th April from 12:00 - 18:00. Events will include the following;
  • Free Bouncy Castle

  • Free Arts Workshop

  • Free Music, dance and drama performances on Ilford Town Hall steps

  • Face Painting

  • Easter Egg Hunt

  • and much more.

The group are seeking stall holders for the 1 week commercial market fayre in the town centre and for the Easter Festival on Easter Monday. If you would like to obtain a stall please email Lucy Nelson at info@eastilfordbettermentpartnership.org

The first time we mixed secular performances at our event.

Volunteers from the East Ilford Betterment partnership helped steward the event.

Despite the cold attendance was extremely good.

A multicultural attendance allowed us to share the gospel widely.

Families spoke of the great joy they felt at our event.

Children brought their friends.

People clambered to the front to see what was happening.

Diana Ofori a gospel singer from Holy Nations Church, Pimlico, belted out carols and modern worship songs.

British National Acro Dancer Latasha Sinclair a practising Catholic performed a reenactment in dance, of the Birth of Jesus.

Children of Fullwood Primary School join clamour for return of Monty Mammoth!

Wilson Chowdhry - Saturday, January 17, 2015

Terry Quirke described the link between elephants and mammoths who hail from the same family.

Children of Fullwood Primary School in Barkingside cheerily soaked up a lesson on the pre-historic relics found in the borough, that have contributed so much to international studies in the world's development.

During an assembly on 15th January 2014, the East Ilford Betterment Partnership shared details of their five year campaign, to install a replica of the Mammoth skull found locally, in Ilford Town Centre.  Guest Speaker Hannah Chowdhry (10yrs), described how a trip to Redbridge Museum led to her passion for history that has since resulted in her finding a 125 million year old fossil from a holiday in the Isle of Wight and a 65 million year old fossil from Romford.  Moreover, she explained that a further trip to the National History Museum led to her challenging her father Wilson Chowdhry, to bring the mammoth skull to Ilford, and the development of this project.  She Said;

"Installing a replica in our town centre, will attract visitors and inspire young local people to learn more about the area.  I feel proud that my home town has such heritage and I share this important news with everyone."

The famed Ilford Mammoth is one of the most prized assets in the world famous Natural History Museum, of London.  On entering the main foyer the most visible relic is the diplodocus, but just to the right in a glittering glass case is the famous mammoth skull, that was until 2003 the only complete mammoth skull ever found in Britain.  

EIBP held the first ever celebration of our oldest citizen during the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the skull and many other bones, during September 2014.  Prior to this they also installed a historically correct plaque at Ilford Methodist Church, Ilford Lane, after the original plaque installed during the great exhibition of London in 1950, was stolen.

Wilson Chowdhry project manager for the "Bring Monty Home" campaign, said;

"This ancient relic is one of the most fascinating yet unknown facts about the borough.  Our borough has failed to recognise the potential to raise the profile of our small and much deprived town through embracing our earliest known resident."

The group now need to raise in the region of £15,000 for the installation of the replica in our town centre, which they are working towards in conjunction with the National History Museum.  Children of Fullwood school committed themselves to helping the cause, by organising and getting involved in fundraising activities at school.

Children at Fullwood School will now enter a mammoth quiz competition, for which the prize for four winners, will be a trip to the Natural History Museum to view  the private collection of bones found in Ilford.    The quiz questions were set by Terry Quirke an established local artist and mammoth enthusiast. He entertained the children by throwing some of his large collection of toy mammoths amongst them, for them to hug and develop a more acute sense of what they might have looked like.

Terry Quirke said;

"Mammoth remains have been discovered all around Redbridge and hundreds of bones still exist under our homes, schools, places of worship and all over the local area.  It is sad that so few people understand the huge historical importance of Ilford, and I hope the installation of the replica skull ends the paucity of knowledge."

Head Teacher of Fullwood School, Mr Danvir Visvanathan, said;

"When I heard about this project to restore our lost heritage, I wanted our school to be involved.  The installation of the mammoth skull will awaken an interest in history amongst local people and will be a great educational aid.  Moreover. I am sure it will encourage the development of young people into careers such as palaeontology and archaeology broadening the local employment landscape."


A whole school assembly with a difference - learning about mammoth bones below the foundations of their school excited Fullwood pupils.


Hannah Chowdhry spoke of her challenge that led to the development of this project.

Join us at Redbridge Christmas Festival!

Wilson Chowdhry - Tuesday, December 16, 2014


There's an opportunity for families to get together and celebrate Christmas, with some entertaining music from different backgrounds.

At this year's inaugral Redbridge Christmas Festival we  offer a family friendly environment, to ensure you have an enjoyable time. This festival is open to all ages and is free of charge and will be held on the 23rd of December in the Ilford Town Centre from 12noon-6pm.

Music will be provided by church choirs and worship groups, as well as secular music via contestants from 'The Voice UK'.

Children, can enjoy face painting, henna painting free art workshops and much more.

The event  also has 'art & crafts' to give children the chance to express themselves through their art.

There are a variety of stalls that will keep you busy for hours.   

This festival is open to all ages and is free of charge.

 To find out more about the event or to hire a stall pitch contact Wilson Chowdhry at:

admin@britishpakistanichristians.org