NEWS DIGEST 25.04.2021: Pub names and council games

Happy Sunday. Today’s news comes from InYourArea.

As pubs in the UK get ready to open as the national lockdown eases up, hyperlocal news portal InYourArea writes on the most popular public house names in the country. There are 547 pubs across the UK called The Red Lion, according to pub listings site, Pubs Galore, which tracks a number of statistics related to the industry. Next most popular pub name is The Crown, with 491, and then Royal Oak with 426. This includes pubs which are better known as an inn, hotel, pub, tavern, bar or public house, or simply include the article “The” in their names, such as The Vine Inn, for example. The naming of pubs first became common around the 12th century – a time when few of the regulars who frequented them could read the words on the signs outside. It then became law for pubs and inns to have a sign to identify them in 1393, during the reign of King Richard II. Many adopted the name “White Hart” which was the personal badge of the king. The Red Lion is probably the most popular pub name in Britain today because of a royal decree, issued more than 400 years ago – The most popular pub names across the UK revealed (InYourArea Newsroom National)

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Football team King’s Lynn Town, from England’s Norfolk county, produced one of their worst home performances of the campaign as they slumped to defeat against London-based side Dagenham and Redbridge this afternoon. First half goals from William Wright and Angelo Balanta left Lynn with a mountain to climb at the interval and it got even worse at the start of the second half after Matthew Robinson added a third for the Essex outfit. Compared to recent displays Lynn were miles off it as Dagenham and Redbridge made it three National League wins on the bounce. Lynn players paid their respects to Lee Calton and Paul Johnson – two stalwart supporters who tragically lost their lives earlier in the month. The injury woes of Cameron King continued as the playmaker was forced off with another injury in the opening quarter of the match. While King was getting treatment off the pitch and the hosts were temporarily down to ten men, the Daggers took the lead through Paul McCallum who headed home a William Wright cross from the right. It took Lynn all of 34 minutes to cause the Dagenham backline any cause for concern after Michael Gash’s deflected shot was collected by Elliott Justham – King’s Lynn Town remembers supporters on a sombre afternoon at The Walks (Lynn News)

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after he suffered life threatening injuries following a fire at a house in Ilford, East London this past Thursday. Firefighters were called to a fire at a home on Clarence Avenue in Ilford this morning. Part of the ground floor of a semi-detached house was damaged by the fire. One man was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews. A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We sent an ambulance crew, a medic in a car, an incident response officer, and an advanced paramedic…” The fire brigade was called at 10.58 and the fire was under control by 11.41 local time. Two fire engines from Ilford Fire Station were at the scene – Man fighting for his life after fire ravaged East London home (MyLondon)

Plot holders at Wanstead’s Redbridge Lane West allotments have heard energy company Cadent plans to use the land for up to two years while upgrading security at its neighbouring gasworks. A petition has been raised and residents argue the move would ‘ruin the hard work plot holders have put in’ and damage the land. The petition calls on Redbridge Council, which owns the site, to refuse to let Cadent take over the plots and has been signed more than 2,600 times in a week. Deborah Williams, co-coordinator of a project for adults with learning disabilities based at the site for the past decade, said members “will be devastated” if the take-over goes ahead. She said: “People with learning disabilities are very marginalised in our society and this allotment has given them a really good space to feel part of an inclusive community.” Deborah said plot holders were invited to a webinar with Cadent around the end of March and told they would be given an alternative site, although ‘hard and fast’ details were not confirmed. While Cadent did not respond to a request for comment, a spokesperson for Redbridge Council said it had ‘only recently been made aware’ of its intention for the land. “A meeting with Cadent has been proposed for later this month to discuss the matter as we are aware the proposals have given rise to a number of concerns from the allotment holders.” the council said – Allotments for people with disabilities in Wanstead could be destroyed to make way for car park and storage (MyLondon)

Collapsed British clothes retailer Debenhams has listed the next 27 branches that will permanently shut, with the department store chain’s final closing down sale due to finish next month. Sites in Hounslow, Ilford and Sutton are among those that will close in May. A winding down of the firm’s shops was announced in December after no rescue deal was secured for the struggling high street business. The sites are trading for a limited number of weeks until the stock in the stores is fully cleared – Debenhams lists 27 branches that will shut for good in May, as the chain’s closing down sale continues (Evening Standard)

A Redbridge (eastern Greater London) school has been accused of ‘victimising’ union members who campaigned against vulnerable staff being forced to travel into work during lockdown. In January, as reported in the Ilford Recorder local paper, Oaks Park High School in Newbury Park was accused of ‘bullying’ and putting lives at risk by refusing to let staff work remotely. After union representatives encouraged staff to exercise their legal rights to refuse unsafe work, the school changed its policy but the NEU claims these union members are now being ‘targeted and bullied’. An NEU petition in support of one representative, Keiran Mahon, states both he and his co-rep at the school ‘had allegations made against them within weeks” of the campaign. The petition stated: “The NEU believes that the real reason for the disciplinary action against Keiran is victimisation for his trade union activity.” “Kieran Mahon should be free to carry out his trade union duties without fear of victimisation. Attacks on the union reps in the school is an attack on all members’ right to be in a union.” Redbridge Council, which the school indicated would speak on its behalf, was contacted for comment on April 19 and has not yet responded at the time of writing of the original article – Redbridge school accused of ‘targeting and bullying’ union (East London & West Essex Guardian)

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