December 2020 • Vision RCL

Vision Venues are planning an upgrade. Here are four upgrades coming to our Venues in 2021!

We believe in providing places where people and communities can thrive, be it through exercise classes, art clubs, music concerts and events hosted by our very own teams across Vision RCL.

From getting your business off the ground with our affordable rates to providing you a beautiful venue for a wedding, we are here to make sure you receive the best service, at the most affordable rates. Therefore, we are investing in our venues and making them ready to welcome you in 2021.

Here are some of the things we are working on behind the scenes:

  1. We are launching two brand new studio/meeting spaces for hire at Redbridge Central Library. These spaces are bright, airy and will offer everything you need to run your event, from superfast fibre WiFi to brand new kitchen facilities.
  2. We will be upgrading the Churchill Room at Wanstead Library, this will include:
    • Full refurbishment and redecoration
    • New furniture for functions, events and meetings
    • WiFi
    • Improved kitchen facilities
  3. The Kenneth More Theatre will be available for marriages and other ceremonies from Spring 2021. Look out for further details on this in the new year.
  4. Valentines Mansion, the borough’s idyllic wedding venue, has received new furniture throughout the house to ensure an authentic feel to this 300 year old piece of local history. We are taking bookings for weddings, receptions, exclusive hires and so much more!

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Look out for further announcements in the new year!

During the Christmas period our leisure centres, libraries and parks will have different opening hours. To find out more information on opening times, visit the pages below and click on your centre or library for individual opening times.

UPDATE MONDAY 21 DECEMBER: Following the most recent government announcement, London has now entered Tier 4. Due to these restrictions, all of our leisure centres have closed until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation during the holiday period. For the latest updates, please visit our impact on services page.

This year has been a difficult year for all with the Covid-19 pandemic, so it is great to focus on good news for one of Redbridge’s parks.

With funding secured from the England & Wales Cricket Board, Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure has installed a new non-turf (artificial) cricket pitch at South Park in Ilford.

The new pitch is part of the London Cricket Trust’s project to bring cricket back into parks. The London Cricket Trust is a charitable partnership between the four London County Cricket Boards to invest in non-turf pitches and nets in public parks across the capital and has driven the creation of over thirty new facilities over the past three years.

The pitch at South Park has been provided as a direct result of this project and thanks to a joint venture with the London Borough of Redbridge working in partnership with Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure, the London Cricket Trust, England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Essex Cricket in the Community. 

During these difficult times, this is an excellent achievement and the non-turf pitch will provide a new accessible pitch for the community, schools and clubs to enjoy.

The former England Cricket and Essex County Cricket Club Captain said:

“I am delighted to hear that cricket will be going back to another site through this investment from the London Cricket Trust (LCT) for a new Non-Turf Pitch (NTP) at South Park in Redbridge.

With all the hard work going on at Essex Cricket by engaging with the local community, it is apparent that demand outweighs supply. In times like this the passionate diverse local cricket loving community, who have turned to cricket to escape for their leisure time, will have an asset on their doorstep to enjoy for years ahead.

I am excited in seeing programmes and cricket projects develop at the park and well done to everyone involved in ensuring that this park, which has not been used for formal cricket in many years, can now see the sport being enjoyed once again”

Nasser Hussain

The Leader of Redbridge Council commented:

“I grew up playing cricket and football in South Park, so I know just how important it is to have quality sporting facilities on the doorstep. The new cricket pitch will make a huge difference to the park and to the thousands of local families who visit every year. Thank you to the London Cricket Trust and our council partners for making this possible.”

Cllr Jas Athwal

The Chair of Vision Trustees said:

“It is fantastic to secure more investment for parks and open spaces. Vision is incredibly proud to host cricket in South Park. It is the most popular sport in our parks, and we are excited to continue developing our partnership with the England Cricket Board to promote the game in Redbridge.”

Martin Solder

Location of other non-turf pitches in Redbridge

In addition to South Park, you will find non-turf pitches at the following locations: Loxford Park, Clayhall Park, Hainault Rec, Goodmayes Park and Seven Kings Park.

The new non-turf pitch at South Park is accessible from South Park Road (entrance adjacent to Golfe Road) or South Park Avenue, Ilford.

We are delighted to reveal that Valentines Park is one of the Ten most popular Green Flag Award-winning parks in the country, thanks to your votes!

This is the second successive year that Valentines Park have achieved a place within the People’s Choice Award Top Ten, and the sixth time since 2012. As our flagship park, this is very gratifying for staff and volunteers who work so hard to make the park a great place to visit. This year saw the extension of the outdoor gym. With 15 pieces of equipment and a total of 20 workstations, it is now one of the largest in London giving our residents and visitors even more ways to exercise.

In 2020, more people than ever have come to see the benefits of visiting our parks and green spaces and for thousands, they have been a lifeline; a place to meet friends and family safely and to escape to for some much-needed peace and quiet.

Redbridge parks, like many other parks throughout the country, saw people flocking to them over the summer months. So it is perhaps not surprising that tens of thousands of people took part in the vote to find the country’s ten best Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces.

Green Flag Scheme

The Green Flag Award scheme is the international quality standard for parks and green spaces, and this year a record-breaking 2,061 achieved the award, making our place within the top ten even more remarkable.

“For Valentines Park to be voted into the Top 10 parks in the country is a fantastic achievement and a credit to our staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to ensure that the park is a clean, safe and engaging place to use every day.

Vision is immensely proud to have achieved Green Flag accreditation for a number of parks for Redbridge as, more than ever, it is important that we have excellent green spaces for people to enjoy and to lead healthier, happy lives.”

Martin Solder – Chair of Trustees for Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure

“I would like to congratulate our ten worthy winners and thank all the thousands of parks staff and volunteers across the country who have gone the extra mile this year to ensure our country’s parks and green spaces remain such fantastic places to escape to and enjoy.”

“We know how important quality parks are to people of all ages in every corner of the UK and so, for these parks, this public recognition of just how much they are loved and valued is a real achievement.”

Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award Manager

For a full list of winners please visit the Green Flag website

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