March 2024 • Vision RCL

Whether you’re seeking a blend of excitement and fun, educational enrichment, or a day out with friends and family, Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre promises an unforgettable experience.

Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre (FOAC) nestled in the heart of Fairlop Waters Country Park in Barkingside stands as a beacon of adventure and learning, boasting approvals from prestigious bodies such as the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and British Canoeing, along with licensing from the Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority. Moreover, FOAC is proud to be part of the RYA Sailability scheme, dedicated to promoting sailing opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Throughout April to October FOAC offers an array of activities for thrill-seekers and enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced adventurer, there’s something for everyone. Regular courses and activities include:

All of these activities are available to book online through the managing operator Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure.

Chair of Vision Trustees, Martin Solder said:

“Vision RCL are here to support learning and personal development through outdoor activities, FOAC’s offerings extend beyond mere recreational pursuits. The centre’s experienced and friendly staff are adept at providing assistance for educational programs such as GCSE modules, BTEC sport courses, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and Scout badges.

FOAC also offers personalised courses for those seeking a bespoke experience., if you have a specific date in mind, we can tailor a course for you and two others, ensuring a personalized adventure.”

Mark Baigent, Corporate Director of  Regeneration and Culture at Redbridge Council said:

“There’s so much to do and explore all across our borough, our council recently invested in upgrading FOAC to provide even more activities for local families looking to have fun, learn a new skill and spend time in stunning Fairlop Waters. Whatever your skill or experience level, FOAC offers something for everyone.”

Embark on your next adventure with FOAC and unlock the boundless possibilities of outdoor exploration.

For more information on sessions, memberships, or customised courses please visit the Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre page.

One of Redbridge’s most popular libraries will benefit from a significant modernisation programme after being awarded nearly £400,000 in grant funding.

Following the council’s successful bid, Fullwell Cross Library in Barkingside will receive £380,000 of capital investment from the Libraries Development Fund.

The £20.5 million Libraries Improvement Fund transforms public library services in England by helping them upgrade their buildings and improve their digital infrastructure, so they are better positioned to respond to changing user needs. Local authorities can bid for the money on behalf of their library services.

The funding will support essential upgrades to Fullwell Cross Library – such as vital repairs, renovations and the development of digital infrastructure – which will ensure it can continue to be an asset to the local community and improve the visitor experience.

The modernisation will create opportunities for local people to engage with innovative technologies, develop new audiences for the arts, offer affordable meeting and recreational spaces, provide an inspiring and inclusive children’s library suitable for all children at various stages of childhood and develop new commercial opportunities for the library.

Mark Baigent, Corporate Director of Regeneration and Culture, said: “Libraries have always been at the heart of our communities in Redbridge, and we want to continue that legacy by offering our customers the best possible experience when they step through the doors or access services remotely.

“This funding will be vital in helping to create a more modern and flexible library at Fullwell Cross, offering a range of new activities while still respecting and celebrating the heritage of this iconic building. The investment will deliver massive improvements to Fullwell Cross Library, including new digital infrastructure, better facilities for children and adults, and improved accessibility.

“The digital upgrades will support our digital inclusion and customer experience strategy, creating a better-connected community with the relevant skills and access to benefit from digital technologies and make their lives easier.

“We look forward to seeing the new library take shape and how it will offer our visitors a far more modern, comfortable, and enriching experience.”

Chair of Vision Trustees, Martin Solder, said:“Vision RCL are thrilled to embark on a journey of transformation at Fullwell Cross Library, having already delivered a number of successful library renovation projects across the borough. 

“Vision will continue to work with the Council to create an inspiring, cultural, social & educational hub for Barkingside, extending the range of services and activities that the public have come to expect from a modern library.”

Some of the improvements to be delivered at Fullwell Cross Library include:

  • A redesign and refurbishment of the lending libraries with new furniture & fittings
  • A dynamic new digital makerspace called Lab FX which will enable local communities to experience innovative technologies such as Virtual Reality, Coding, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Robotics, and 3D printing.
  • An enchanted forest themed children’s library which takes inspiration from nearby Hainault Forest Country Park. This will be a magical, playful space for children of all abilities. It will include specialist SEN equipment, a gaming projector and space for families to be creative together.
  • Upgrades to digital equipment providing a mix of static desktop computers and tablets. There will also be further upgrades to WIFI; increasing current capacity and making provision for WIFI printing.
  • Specialist equipment to support people with cognitive challenges to develop their abilities through playful sensory games.
  • Full refurbishment of the library halls
  • Exhibition space
  • Dedicated study areas and space for group activities and events.

For more information on Fullwell Cross library, including opening times, please visit the centre page.

London Borough of Redbridge Swimming Club is celebrating a remarkable achievement following the conclusion of the Essex County Age Group Championship 2024 held at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With exhilarating performances and remarkable displays of skill, Redbridge swimmers have made their mark in the competitive swimming arena.

Over the course of two intense weekends of competition, Redbridge swimmers showcased their prowess, bringing home an impressive haul of medals. The team’s dedication and hard work culminated in a tally of 3 gold, 11 silver, and 7 bronze medals, along with an additional 24 top-10 finishes across various events.

Among the standout performers were Kevinas Simukauskas and Dylan Lam, who both secured placements within the top three for their respective age groups. Moreover, six Redbridge swimmers achieved automatic or consideration qualification times for the upcoming London Regional Championships, a testament to their early-season form and commitment to excellence.

The overall results reveal Redbridge’s commendable 16th place finish in Essex, underscoring the club’s competitive spirit and determination. The rankings of participating swimmers highlight the individual achievements within the team, with Kevinas Simukauskas securing a remarkable 2nd place in the 12-year-old category, followed closely by Dylan Lam in 3rd place for the 10/11-year-old division. Additionally, Ryan Man’s impressive performance earned him a respectable 7th place in the fiercely contested 14-year-old category.

Reflecting on the team’s success, Redbridge Swimming Club officials expressed their pride and gratitude towards the swimmers, coaches, and supporters whose collective efforts contributed to this outstanding achievement. The Essex County Championship 2024 served as a platform for Redbridge swimmers to showcase their talent and determination, setting the stage for further success in the upcoming season.

If you are looking to improve your fitness or interested in competitive swimming, please express your interest by emailing London Borough of Redbridge Swimming Club.

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure is thrilled to announce the return of the Redbridge Holiday Mega Mix this Easter, presenting an array of engaging and affordable activities tailored for children aged 5 to 16. All thanks to funding from Redbridge Council.

Affordable Fun:

For just £1, children can dive into an hour of swimming at Fullwell Cross, Loxford, and Mayfield Leisure Centres. Alternatively, they can enjoy cinematic delights with screenings of the latest films like “Spider Man: Across The Spider-verse,” “Trolls Band Together,” or “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie” at Kenneth More Theatre.

Diverse Learning Opportunities:

The Mega Mix goes beyond traditional fun, providing youngsters with opportunities to learn new digital skills. From interactive storytelling and Lego building to 3D modelling, coding, and electronics, there’s a workshop to captivate every young mind.

Active Adventures:

Keeping the energy levels high, children can engage in tennis coaching, dance, roller skating, and theatre sessions. All activities are designed to be inclusive, as well as the adapted sessions catering to children who may benefit from additional support, this includes cycling, water sports, and arts & crafts suitable for children aged 5 to 18 years.

Do More in Redbridge:

For those looking to enhance their swimming abilities, Swim Crash Courses are available at Fullwell Cross and Mayfield Leisure Centres. Cycling enthusiasts can enroll in courses at Redbridge Cycling Centre, while water sports camps at Fairlop Outdoor Activity promise a world of aquatic adventure. Theatre lovers can catch captivating shows like “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Three Bears,” “Musical Theatre Rocks,” and “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” at Kenneth More Theatre. Budding artists can also join theatre courses at both Redbridge Drama Centre and Kenneth More Theatre.

For more information visit our dedicated Redbridge Holiday Mega Mix page.