July 2020 • Vision RCL

We’re really disappointed to hear the latest government guidance on indoor performances.

Unlike many theatres we are in a position where it can be viable reopen. We’ve implemented thorough social distancing throughout the theatre and are confident that our standards are at the highest level beyond many sectors that have already re-opened. The Kenneth More Theatre is ready to go; staff, performers and patrons are ready to return and the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received confirms this. The theatre is not only part of our local cultural offer but a lifeline for many involved.

We were due to have our first show tomorrow but instead we will be re-opening in exactly a weeks time for screenings and cinema. We had considered live performance very carefully in our plans to ensure thorough social distancing and limited performers on stage ie: a pianist and a singer at one time with a vast distance from stage to seating.

We find the announcement today shows a lack of understanding about the sector and how it can work safely, in a controlled environment. We will not be defeated. As soon as we can, we will re-open for live performance.

We will re-open on the very first day that we are legally able to. Hopefully in the two weeks that the Prime Minister referred to today.

We have been working behind the scenes to get the theatre safe and ready for you to enjoy and have prepared a social distancing video too. We hope the wait isnt too much longer, please re-visit our Kenneth More Theatre page and follow on us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

Group of young people protesting for future makers



Bursting with big ideas, but not sure where to start?

We’re looking for young creatives bold enough to break the mould, who want to push boundaries, and shape our future.

Join us for a FREE two-week innovative on-line programme designed to build your creative skills and nurture your artistic ideas. Over two weeks you will learn, share, explore and connect with professional artists, activists, as well as other young creatives, like you, who are up for changing the world!

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Thursday 6 August.
Places will be confirmed by Friday 7 August
When: Tuesday 18 August to Friday 28 August
Commitment: 25 hours across 2 weeks.
How much: FREE
18-21 August: daily Masterclasses (10.30am-12noon)
24-27 August: daily Incubators (10.30am-1pm)
18, 20, 25, 27 August: Speakeasies (5pm-6pm)
26, 28 Aug: Gatherings (2pm-3pm & 10.30am-1pm)
Apply for Future Makers here.
This opportunity is only open to Redbridge residents aged 15-19

Masterclasses: learn new skills and develop your artistic toolkit
Incubators: in depth collaboration with professional artists
Speakeasies: eat together and discuss big topics with invited guests
Gatherings: come together to share work and connect with each other

Have questions or what to know more before applying? Get in touch with Joseph at joseph@theatre-centre.co.uk.

This project is kindly supported by Redbridge Arts Grants and The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.

Litter has become a big problem for Redbridge parks during the good weather. When the bins are full, visitors to the parks have just been leaving their litter behind. So Redbridge Council and Vision put their heads together and thought it would be a good idea to get the younger generation on board. A competition was launched asking school children to design a poster that could be used on our social media channels and around the borough asking people to clean up their parks.

The response was amazing and when the competition closed on Thursday, we had 70 entries from all over the borough.

Winning entries

We are pleased to announce that the overall winner is 8 year old Iris Wan from Redbridge Primary School. Her colourful design containing a message to all that ‘if the bin is full, take your litter home with you’ is exactly the message we want to convey. So well done to Iris whose poster will feature on poster boards around the borough, in the Council’s Redbridge Life magazine and will be used to reinforce the ‘Clean up your park’ message on social media.

“My favourite park is Clayhall Park because I like to play in the playground with my friends.”

Iris Wan

With the standard of entries so high, we selected two worthy runners-up and we are therefore also delighted to congratulate 10 year old Aidan Wan from Redbridge Primary School and 11 year old Eakaspal Kohli from Eastcourt Independent School for their amazing entries. We loved Eakaspal’s additional catchy messaging and the detail and colour in Aidan’s drawing. Our runners-up posters will also feature in our social media campaign.

“My favourite park is Valentines Park because of the wildlife and is a great place for cycling.”

Aidan Wan

“My Favourite park is Fairlop Waters because it is an incredibly beautiful huge park with scenic lakes, climbing walls, bird wildlife and lots of space for bike rides!!”

Eakaspal Kohli

Thank you to all the children that took part which showed us just how much creativity we have out there. Keep drawing everyone, and help keep your local park a clean and tidy place to visit.

The National Community Leisure UK Awards are held annually and recognise, celebrate and share the achievements of leisure and culture trusts across the UK.

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure were delighted to have finalists in three of the categories for the 2020 awards and a winner in one!

Huge congratulations go to Yashmin Harun, a truly worthy winner of the Outstanding Volunteer Award.

As Chair of the Muslimah Sports Association, Yashmin works closely with the Vision Sport & Health team supporting women and girls from the BAME background in Redbridge to improve physical and mental well-being through sport and physical activity participation.

“I feel privileged to be in a position to provide so many women an opportunity, especially from my community, to become active. The support and partnership with Vision RCL, especially Alison Burford and her team has been pivotal in achieving this. This award is a recognition of the work partnerships can achieve and I feel particularly proud to have won this one“.

Yashmin Harun BEM

Congratulations also go to our finalists in the following categories:

Runner up in the Outstanding Employee Achievement Award – Francis Castro, Nature Conservation

Francis secured significant external funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, GLA and Redbridge Council to restore Hainault Ancient Forest.

“It was an incredible honour to be put forward and then nominated for this award. The work I have been nominated for is not just about me, but the accumulation of all the positive change and improvements for Nature Conservation in Redbridge, that every single ranger and volunteer has put their heart and soul into. The Hainault Forest Project has been the icing on the cake, creating a legacy that will last hundreds of years, restoring one the UKs greatest Ancient Forests. Reflecting back on my achievements, the people I have worked with and have seen develop personally over the years, is the best reward of all!”

Francis Castro

Community Impact Award finalist – Arts, Culture and Libraries for Tech Ilford

The team behind the Tech Ilford Festival were thrilled to become finalists for the Community Impact award and this is what they had to say:

“The Tech Ilford Festival is an innovative collaboration between Vision’s Culture teams which brings together technology, science, arts and history. The festival which is led by the Library service’s LAB Central digital programme, has been running for the last 3 years. In that time, it has inspired over 3000 children and young people to enjoy a range of exciting workshops and experiences.
The aim of the festival is help local children experience new technology, participate in great arts experiences and to learn new skills that will help them later in life. Although disappointed not to win the award, we are delighted that our work has been recognised at a national level. We will continue developing the festival to inspire future generations”

Anita Luby for Tech Ilford team

Vision’s Chief Executive, Iain Varah said:

“We are proud of all of our colleagues for going that extra mile for the Redbridge community and making a difference to our borough. We are just sorry that COVID-19 deprived them of their moment to shine at this prestigious awards ceremony which would have been an exciting celebration of our sector. However, I doubt that they will ever forget this moment in time!”

Get creative! Design a unique and inspiring poster to promote picking up litter in the park and taking it home with you, if the bin is full.

Are you aged 5-11 years old and go to school in Redbridge? We need your help to design a new poster to support our summer parks litter campaign.

What do you need to do to get involved?

  • Posters must be A4 size
  • Include the slogan ‘Clean Up Your Park, Take your Litter Home’.
  • Deadline is Thursday 16 July

Enter the competition by sending a picture of your finished design by 16 July to leisure.info@visionrcl.org.uk along with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Name of your school

The winner will be announced later this month, and their poster will be printed in the Redbridge Life magazine, as well as having it shared across the borough.