Woohoo! Christmassy market and wreath workshops at Ilford pop up green market 9 December

We are delighted to be ending 2017 with a fabulous, cosy, friendly and slightly different Pop Up Green market in the Centre of Ilford, Salvation Army, 15 Clements Rd, IG1 1BH.

Opening at 10am, the Ilford Recycles bike team will be selling and mending bikes for a while before dressing up as Santas and going off for a Santa bike ride at 12.45.¬† ūüôā See flyer below

Stalls: From 10-2pm there will be crafts/home-made stalls,  Mel Organics home made beauty products, recycled goods, bric a brac and more.

Food: Throughout, delicious, wintry, warm veggie food, cakes and drinks.

Ongoing workshops: The Commonwealth Gardeners will be running wreath making workshops¬†and selling wreaths.¬†We will also have ongoing repairs from our intrepid duo Hamant and Dilip who will try their best to mend your stuff, so you don’t need to buy another.

At 11am we have a Do December Differently workshop for an hour or so with ideas about how to make your Christmas (and festivals generally) less consumerist.  It will be hands on.

Warm welcome guaranteed and probably more workshops and activities too!

Please do help us promote this, and bring friends and family along.  For more info contact Ilford Transition Town: email hannunna@yahoo.com or text/ring 07957 534908 or 07985 540786.


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November Ilford Green Pop Up market and cafe ‚Äď workshops galore!

Ilford’s funky community environmental hub every 2nd Saturday

  • Saturday 11th November 10-2pm
  • Ilford Recycles, Salvation Army, 15 Clements Road, IG1 1BH

Come along to support some fabulous local green businesses, crafts people, community stalls, start up businesses….: Ilford Recycles,  Skillademy and the Ilford Transition community cafe.

Join and enjoy Redbridge skill sharing and workshops:

  • Bring your broken bits & bobs and electricals and see if Hament¬† and Dilip can mend them¬† (free) or get your bike repaired/serviced by Ilford Recycles

Other workshops/activities on offer (times to be confirmed and updated here)

  • 11am: making bird seed balls and how to look after winter birds with Commonwealth Gardeners
  • 12pm: Making sturdy shopping bags with cardboard! Led by Catherine Daniel, a campaigner against plastic bags
  • 1pm: Up cycling crafts with Habiba of Give and Take stall
  • Youtube clip of the month with Sobia.

And of course enjoy the market and cafe  …..


  • Browse the stalls:¬† natural cosmetics, jewelry,¬† upcycled crafts, cards, plants, bric a brac, bikes‚Ķ
  • And buy homemade cakes, healthy veggie meals and fresh Ilford herb teas from the community cafe.
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Celebrate and taste Social Enterprise Saturday at Ilford Green Pop Up market 14 Oct 10-2 pm

2016-06-16-PHOTO-00000032Ilford’s monthly community and environmental hub, market & cafe is leading on Redbridge celebrations of¬† Social Saturday 2017.

Come along to support some fabulous, local not for profit businesses: Ilford Recycles,  Organic Ilford, Skillademy and the Ilford Transition community cafe.

Join and enjoy Redbridge skill sharing and workshops:

  • Bring your broken bits & bobs and electricals and see if Hament¬† and Dilip can mend them¬† (free) or get your bike repaired/serviced by Ilford Recycles
  • Planting winter veg /making paper pots¬† with¬† Commonwealth Gardeners
  • 11.30¬† am:¬† YouTube clips with Sobia Mahmud on solutions to the plastic problem including ‘the boy who saved¬† the¬† oceons’
  • 12.30 pm: Fermenting vegetables (from Organic¬† Ilford) with Begonia of Ilford Transition Town
  • 1 pm:¬† How to hair braid with Therese¬† of¬† Skillademy

And of course enjoy the market and cafe¬† …..


  • Browse the stalls:¬† natural cosmetics, jewelry,¬† upcycled crafts, cards, plants, bric a brac, bikes…
  • And buy homemade cakes, healthy veggie meals and fresh Ilford herb teas from the community cafe.

social saturday 2017

Come along on Saturday 14th October to the Ilford Green Pop Up Market, celebrate Social Saturday, join in, enjoy,¬† eat and bring¬† your friends ūüôā¬†Ilford Recycles, Salvation Army, 15 Clements Road, IG1 1BH.

For more info contact Begonia of Ilford Transition Town  on hannunna@yahoo.com or  07985 540786.

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Ilford Food Fest 16 Sept 2017… harvesting local food and food knowledgeable

img_0144The second Ilford Food Fest to celebrate Urban Food Fortnight will be happening ¬†on Saturday 16th September. It’s an opportunity to harvest food and food knowledge on the Commonwealth Estate and nearby ūüôā ¬†It’s being organised by Ilford Transition Town in partnership with AMEY, Commonwealth Gardeners, Cranbrook Baptist Church and local residents.

  • Saturday 16th September 12-3pm
  • Fold cafe, Cranbrook Baptist Church, Wellesley ¬†Road, IG1 4JT

So what’s planned?

  • Pressing local fruit juices (apples, pears, ¬†plums)
  • Making a community vegetable soup from surplus veg (some donated by local Turkish shop)
  • Cooking & demos: cheese, yogurt, fermenting, pickling, soda bread, veg curry, chapatis, Polish pear compot and more,
  • Planting/harvesting winter veg – beetroot, chard, lettuce, radishes – pot and take away
  • Fresh herb teas, Somalian coffee and tea, chai, English breakfast
  • Allotment and growing info and displays, cut up a pumpkin and harvest the seeds…
  • Give & Take stall¬†
  • Bring and share home made cakes with fruit or veg ingredients

Final timed programme to be put here a couple of days before

The cafe is a lovely space and there’s plenty of room and opportunity for other recipes, skills, activities if anyone wants to join in.

How can I get involved?

urban-food-fortnight-logoThis is about involving as many people, cultures and food knowledge as possible.   We want to celebrate the small pots of coriander growing on window sills, fruit trees, garden veg, allotments as well as all the knowledge about tasty recipes, preserving food and ways to reduce food wastage.   So, just make contact with us and we will incorporate your ideas and suggestions!

love-food-hate-waste-logoRing/text Ros (07957 534908) or Olcay (07588 504822).  Email: shilpapatelinbox@gmail. com or ruthmusgrave52@gmail.com. Facebook message on https://www.facebook.com/TransitionIlford

Please Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and pass on the electronic flyer

Here’s some pics from last year ūüôā

¬†With thanks to…

Cranbrook Baptist Church for the lovely venue and Habiba Ahmed of Amey  Ltd.

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Yay! Mini Redbridge Green Fair Saturday 24 June in Barkingside Town Square

Redbridge Green Fair bannerGood news! ¬†The Redbridge Green Fair Directors have decided to run a mini green fair as part of this year’s Midsummer Music Fest. The Midsummer Music Fest weekend has now been running for 10 years (Redbridge Music Lounge and Green Fair) and in recent years has been held on the award winning Barkingside Town Square on the Saturday.

  • Saturday 24 June, 11-5
  • Ken Aston Square, ¬†Barkingside (by the Leisure Centre)
  • Music, craft and green stalls, community art with Darcy Turner

Stalls are £15

The main Redbridge Green Fair runs in Valentines Park on alternate years and we’ve just decided to complement the Midsummer Music Fest with a mini green fair. It’s been a late decision. ¬†Please contact us about stalls. ¬†Olcay Aniker, ¬†Director

For  info on stalls email redbridgegreenfair@gmail.com or  ring  07588 504822 or 07957 534908.  Flyer to be added  here later.

Help needed to promote this and get some good environmental and  craft stalls  in.  They are not taking religious or political stalls for this event although they will be invited to the main event in 2018. The mini green fair  is partly a way of helping Barkingside Town Square build up experience  of running stalls under the arches to become a key Redbridge destination for markets in the future.

MusicFest 2017

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Important Redbridge green event on Weds 28th June. Please help to promote

Redbridge and Ilford Transition Town/s are keen to support ‘The business of greening Redbridge’ event by passing on the word.

Wednesday 28th June, 6-9pm… tickets ¬£10…. ¬†stalls ¬†¬£15….¬†

Sophia Hubs Redbridge has forged a partnership with local business woman Nnenna Anyanwu who is passionate about the circular economy and Redbridge Institute of Adult Education that has excellent environmental credentials.

Sophia Hubs is actively recruiting businesses that run in an environmentally conscious way and businesses that want to.   Redbridge Transition Town would like to make sure  that environmental  community groups and individuals go along too to ensure the  success of this cross sector networking event.

The flyer is below.   Please contact Ros, Begona or Jenny all of whom are part of Ilford Transition Town and Sophia Hubs if you can help with promotion: Ros.Southern@Sophiahubs.com, hannunna@yahoo.com (Begona), J.Coverdale@virgin.net.

If you can attend the event, book your ticket here.

If you want a stall you can pay for it here. ¬†It’s ¬£15.

For more information about the  event and Sophia Hubs

An Exploration - The business of greening Redbridge flyer final

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