April 2021 • Vision RCL

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure are offering you the opportunity to win a free membership for Vision leisure centres.

What does membership include?

Membership includes access to gym, swimming and fitness classes at all five of our leisure centres: Fullwell Cross, Loxford, Mayfield, South Woodford and Wanstead. Membership will be free for the first 3 months after which you will have the option to cancel or sign up for a paid membership.

How do I enter the competition?

We have lots of Do More Fitness advertisements around the borough promoting our special membership offer, (similar to the image on the right) which can be found at various tube stations, banners on park railings, posters displayed on external noticeboards and buses travelling within Redbridge.

Take a picture of one of these advertisements and email to leisure.info@visionrcl.org.uk by Thursday 13 May along with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Telephone number
  • Location of advert
  • Your nearest Leisure Centre

Terms and Conditions

  1. Only one entry per person is allowed
  2. Once you have shared your picture either through Email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram we will send you a direct message requesting your personal contact information including your name and email address
  3. You agree to your image being shared on our social media channels
  4. If you win the competition, you will keep us informed on how your journey back to fitness is progressing during your free membership

The winner will be announced on Friday 14 May.

If you would like more information on the memberships available or interested in joining, you can sign up online.

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure were delighted to be able to re-open some of their leisure and cultural facilities on Monday 12 April, one step closer to bringing the Redbridge community back together.

Following the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown families can once again enjoy swimming sessions at their local leisure centre. Parents are keen to re-book swimming lessons to ensure their child does not miss development of this life skill and have already been re-booking their child’s places.

Young people are enjoying activities across our venues, including Redbridge Drama Centre, with various themes including Disney, superheroes plus our regular Film Club looking at the classic ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. Preparations are also underway for the re-opening of Kenneth More Theatre where staff, performers and patrons are ready and waiting for the green light on live performances from Monday 17 May.

Redbridge Central and South Woodford Libraries have reopened and been buzzing with families enjoying the opportunity to select their books, and dedicated study space and PC use restarting.

It has been a pleasure to see so many users returning to our athletic tracks and re-uniting with their clubs after such a lengthy period without any training or attendance to sporting events. The Cycling Centre was one of the first facilities to open in Redbridge and also offers a bike check and repair service to all.

In our parks and open spaces, our tennis courts and multi-use sport courts are available to use for groups of up to 6 people or two households. Football clubs have been able to schedule in the remaining football fixtures at Ashton Playing Fields and the cricket season will commence from Saturday 17 April.

Friends and family can use of parks and open spaces safely to meet up with family and friends. All of our play areas are open. While Foxburrow’s Farm is currently closed due to the re-development of the site included in the Hainault Forest Restoration Plan, Vision are excited for the future plans of the much-loved forest and farm.

Martin Solder – Chair of Trustees, Vision Redbridge Culture Leisure said:

“I am delighted that we are able to open some of our facilities and welcome customers back again. I fully appreciate just how important our services are to the physical and mental well-being of people in the borough. More than ever, it is important that we have excellent leisure and cultural facilities for people to enjoy and to lead healthier, happy lives.”

Cllr Kam Rai, Deputy Leader of Redbridge Council said:

“After months of lockdown rates of COVID-19 have fallen across the borough and restrictions are beginning to lift as we move into the next stage of the Government roadmap.

In Redbridge we benefit from so many wonderful leisure and culture facilities including gyms, libraries, sports grounds and our fantastic Kenneth More Theatre and I’m so pleased to see these reopening as the weather warms up. 

Local people have been patiently following the COVID-19 guidelines and keeping their friends, family members and neighbours safe. Thanks to their valiant efforts we can now begin to enjoy a return of the activities and events that make Redbridge such a great place to live and work.

I’m looking forward to a safe summer going to the outdoor cinema in Valentines Park and watching some great sport at Ashton Playing Fields. It’s been a difficult year but we are slowly coming out the other side and Redbridge Council will work closely with Vision to make sure there’s plenty to look forward to in Redbridge this summer.”

For further information on the services now available and further re-opening dates please see the latest update on phased re-opening of leisure facilities.

As Redbridge approaches step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown, we will begin to see the re-opening of local facilities.  As part of this next step, Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure are thrilled to re-open their Leisure Centres from Monday 12 April.

To welcome customers back to fitness, Vision are offering a special welcome back offer, giving new members the opportunity to save over £50 on membership fees if they sign up before 30 June. The offer includes unlimited swim, gym and fitness classes for just £30 per month (terms apply). All of our fitness classes will resume from Monday 17 May. Our membership gives you access to all five of our leisure centres giving you plenty of choice for locations across the borough. The centres included in this offer are Fullwell Cross, Loxford, Mayfield, South Woodford and Wanstead.

All leisure centres are COVID secure with adequate social distancing measures in place to ensure you can feel safe, with repositioned gym equipment and limited numbers to each session and online bookings. All centres are fully equipped with hand sanitising stations plus additional cleaning measures are also in place between classes and equipment use and in all areas of the buildings.

Whilst the centres have been closed Vision have used this opportunity to undertake some refurbishment work, this includes the installation of a brand new gym facility at Woodford Green Library and the re-development of the gym studio at Ashton Playing Fields both centres will be ready for users by summer 2021.

Iain Varah, Chief Executive, Vision RCL, said:

“Our Leisure Centres are safe and ready for our customers to use, our staff here at Vision RCL are looking forward to welcoming new and existing members back. We have introduced a fantastic offer for newcomers looking to get active again and our existing customers will be rewarded for their loyalty with some savings too.”

Matthew Essex, Director of Regeneration and Culture, Redbridge Council, said:

“We’re fortunate to have a great range of leisure facilities in the Borough which we know people have missed whilst they have been closed. We’ve used the lockdown periods productively to improve and undertake maintenance across all of our sites, and we’re looking forward to welcoming residents back next week.”

If you would like more information on the memberships available or interested in joining, you can sign up online.

Vision RCL has received a grant of £190,110 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Vision in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Vision operates and manages a range of leisure and cultural facilities in the London Borough of Redbridge in partnership with Redbridge Council. This funding will support a range of music, drama and theatre opportunities, particularly for young people across Redbridge. The grant will go a long way in supporting the reopening of our wonderful Kenneth More Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre and by facilitating the commission of several new exciting theatre pieces. Redbridge Music Service will also benefit from the funding as it will enable us to provide a range of music opportunities for the Borough’s primary school children over the summer term.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Vision was previously awarded almost £550,000 in the first round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund in October last year. The funding directly supported the work and viability of our arts and culture services to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Redbridge Council Cabinet Member for Finance, Leisure and Culture, Cllr Kam Rai, said:

“This is a fantastic achievement by Vision that will fund a range of music, drama and theatre across the borough and benefit our young people in particular as we build back our cultural programmes as the pandemic eases.”

Head of Culture & Libraries, Vision RCL, Gareth Morley said:

“The Culture Recovery Fund has been a lifeline for our arts and cultural services. This additional funding will now support our recovery and reopening over the next few months across Redbridge music, drama and theatre services. We can’t wait to welcome people back to the Kenneth More Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre to experience live performances together again, whether as an audience member or performer.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.