October 2019 • Vision RCL

With Kanopy, Redbridge Libraries customers will have access to more than 30,000 films for free.

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free using your Redbridge Library card. Library card holders can now access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting the Kanopy website – Redbridge. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV or Chromecast.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favourites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Umbrella Entertainment, Madman Entertainment, Under the Milky Way, SND Films and thousands of independent filmmakers.

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides Redbridge Libraries customers with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

Download the app on your smartphone today to get started! To find out more about the streaming service visit the Kanopy website.

Don’t have a library card? Join Redbridge Libraries for free.

Valentines Park has beaten off tough competition to be voted as one of the best green spaces in the country for the fifth time.

Last month over 45,000 Britons voted for their favourite park as part of the People’s Choice 2019 awards with Valentines reaching the top ten.

Organised by Keep Britain Tidy, this prestigious poll finds the nation’s top 10 open spaces from almost 2,000 awarded Green Flag Award status by the environment charity. In July, eight other Redbridge parks and open spaces successfully retained their coveted Green Flag status for another year.

Running for over thirty years, the Green Flag is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has the very best facilities.

Valentines Park is one of east London’s hidden gems, with gardens, lakes, landscaped fields and historic 300-year-old country house – Valentines Mansion. In addition to the gardens and open green spaces, the facilities at the park for the public to enjoy include a children’s play area, an outdoor gym, boat hire, sports pitches and tennis courts.

Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council said:

“It’s fantastic news that Valentines Park has been voted in the top ten favourite parks in the country. We are so fortunate to have so many beautiful green spaces and playparks all around the borough and I’m really pleased that our commitment to and continued investment in providing the very best parks for our residents to enjoy has been recognised once again. This really is testament to all of the hard work of our parks team at Vision RCL, as well as volunteers and residents who contribute so much to make this park one we can all be proud of.”

Iain Varah, Chief Executive of Vision RCL added:

“We take exceptional pride in looking after the borough’s many wonderful parks and open spaces. It’s such an achievement that, for the fifth time, this park has been recognised as one of the nation’s favourites. Our staff and volunteers work incredibly hard to maintain all the parks in Redbridge, as we fully understand the value green spaces have for the health and wellbeing of the community.”

To see the full list of winners, visit the Green Flag Award website.

Find out more about park facilities and green spaces in Redbridge.

Kenneth More Theatre has found its brand new panto cast just in time for Christmas! The theatre, which has recently come under Vision’s management, will continue its tradition of putting shows for the community including the popular Christmas pantomime. This year’s panto is the much loved classic, Sleeping Beauty presented by Anton Benson productions.

We are thrilled to announce a fantastic line up this year. Headlining Sleeping Beauty is Atomic Kitten’s Kerry Katona as the evil Carabosse and the legendary star of the 1970s Bobby Crush as Dame Dolly.

Joining them on stage is X-factor finalist and CBBC presenter Lauren Platt as Princess Aurora, Krishana Parker as Fairy Starlight, Karl Greenwood as Wally and Arif Javid as the King.

Further casting announcements will be coming soon, so keep a look out on our website.

Tickets are now on sale for the show, which kicks off with preview performances on 14 and 15 December and will continue its run through December until 12 January 2020.