May 2019 • Vision RCL

In March 2019 it was announced that Vision’s outdoor arts programme in Ken Aston Square had partnered with England’s biggest network of outdoor arts festivals, Without Walls.

The outdoor arts programme will run once a month from Saturday 8 June to Saturday 21 September in Ken Aston Square, Barkingside High Street. All shows will be completely free for all ages to take part in and enjoy.

Please find below the programme taking place during the summer months.

Saturday 13 July

Arts and Crafts 10am-5pm

Arts and craft activities & stalls on the square and in Fullwell Cross Library.

Theatre for One Ensemble 11am-3pm

Experience a surprising or unexpected puppetry moment… A selection of 3-minute performances by various artists each performed to only one person at a time (plus curious onlookers). A most intriguing and then exclusive mini theatre experience. Which will you choose?

Theatre for One Ensemble has been supported by Without Walls, and commissioned by Just So Festival.

Saturday 17 August

Arts and Crafts 10am-5pm

Arts & crafts activities & stalls on the square and in Fullwell Cross Library.

Urban Astronaut 11am & 3pm

Urban Astronaut provides a glimpse of a future that might be…where problems surrounding air pollution have grown to a crisis point, is there anyway back? The answer is found in a simple encounter with a young girl who provides the one thing the astronaut has lost… hope.

Urban Astronaut has been supported by Without Walls, and commissioned by Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts.

Saturday 21 September

Arts and Crafts 12 noon-7pm

Arts & crafts activities & stalls on the square and in Fullwell Cross Library.

The Band at the End of the World

Arriving in a cloud of raucous brass heavy music, driving their home made, flaming and smoking battle-church. Dressed in punk marching band attire & existing within their very own miniature apocalyptic microclimate.

The Band at the end of the World! has been supported by Without Walls, and commissioned by Without Walls, Brighton Festival, Just So Festival and Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts. Supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space & The Invisible Circus. Developed at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space, The invisible Circus Creation Space & OnSet.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email To learn more about our partner, please visit the Without Walls website.

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £4.2 million to Redbridge Council to restore the forest to its former natural and wild state and help threatened species thrive, including eleven species of bat.

Among them, the rare Barbastelle bat which was spotted there in 2017, the first time it had been seen in London for 50 years, with further recordings in 2019.

The sighting proved just how important Hainault is for wildlife. Surrounded by rapidly increasing and diverse communities it is also a vital green space, with 500,000 visits projected to the Forest every year.

However, its habitats and species are in decline, its historic buildings are at risk of dereliction and the connection to the forest is being lost.

Martin Solder, Chair of Vision Board of Trustees, said:
“As Chairman of Vision – Redbridge Culture & Leisure, I am delighted that Redbridge has been successful in its application to The National Lottery Heritage Fund to secure £4.247m to restore Hainault Forest. It is a site with so much potential as a regional visitor attraction but also not forgetting the heritage and health value for those that live in the borough. With a growing population, the value of open space is of primarily importance and this investment will create a lasting legacy for the site and future generations.”

People from the community will play a central role in restoring their forest to its former wild glory.

Apprentices, trainees and volunteers will develop qualifications and skills in everything from forestry and orchard management to catering and horticulture. Woodland Trust, Capel Manor College, London Wildlife Trust, Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL), London and Essex Bat Groups and the Orchard Project will provide training on caring for veteran trees and woods, species-identification and ecological survey techniques.

Workshops, events and celebrations for people of all ages will also help to create a connection and sense of pride and ownership for the forest.

Three currently derelict historic listed barns will be restored with space for community, education and commercial events. Families will be able to use The Main Barn to play and discover the stories of the forest and farm.

Foxburrow’s Farm will get a major upgrade and animals telling the story of the site’s natural history will be introduced including black fallow deer, dormice and a rabbit warren.

Some of the species the project will help survive and thrive are:

  • Eleven species of bat, including rare Barbastelle
  • Barn, Tawny and Little owls
  • Misletoe
  • Badgers
  • Great crested newts
  • Veteran trees, including hornbeam and oak
  • Fallow deer
  • Hawfinch
  • Marsh sow thistles
  • Common toads
  • Hedgehogs
  • Stag beetles
  • Nightingales

From our Home Library Service to our Virtual Library options, we have always been proud to be able to make our library service as accessible as possible.

Over the last few months in partnership with 2cqr Limited, we have launched our Smallest Library service, one of the first of it’s kind in the UK!

This innovative service now allows our customers to access the library service and borrow books from Mayfield Leisure Centre & Orchard Children’s Centre. We know that Libraries are great for mind, body & soul and that is why we strive to make books as accessible as possible to our community.

To borrow books you will need to be a member of Redbridge Libraries.
If you’re not a library member yet, why not join now!

Check out the video below to see how it all works!