ILFORD MARKET: It will be a big one

Ilford – VIJAY SHAH via ELLENA CRUSE and Ilford Recorder A new covered market is planned for Ilford in the next few years at the site of the car park near the High Road and the Kenneth More Theatre in the town’s centre. Now, the official planning application for the market suggests that it will be a large one, with an expected 800-person capacity, according to material seen by local paper, the Ilford Recorder. The 800-person capacity refers not to the amount of traders that will be operating in the market, but the maximum number of shoppers the market will … Continue reading ILFORD MARKET: It will be a big one

HAINAULT STABBINGS: One dead, one injured in Essex violence

Ilford – VIJAY SHAH via ELLENA CRUSE and Ilford Recorder A person has been knifed to death and another has suffered critical injuries in a violent incident in the Ilford district of Hainault, local newspaper the Ilford Recorder has reported. Local residents told the paper that the deceased was stabbed in their throat in the incident, which occurred late yesterday evening. Police were called to reports of two men found stabbed in Hainault’s Manford Way. Ambulance crews were also in attendance. One man died from his injuries at the scene, while the other was taken away to hospital by paramedics … Continue reading HAINAULT STABBINGS: One dead, one injured in Essex violence

SUPPORTING ENGLAND DESPITE THE HATERS: Shop manager stands up against football racists

Ilford – VIJAY SHAH via ELLENA CRUSE and Ilford Recorder A shop owner of Indian heritage, who was allegedly abused by racists and warned off his show of support by a fellow Indian after adorning his business with the flag of St. George in support of the England World Cup football team has vowed to fight back against the prejudice he suffered by increasing the number of flags flying at his shop, the Ilford Recorder newspaper reported today. The unnamed owner of GMS Heating & Plumbing Spares, Ilford Lane, in the London-Essex town of Ilford, a Sikh Punjabi, declared his backing … Continue reading SUPPORTING ENGLAND DESPITE THE HATERS: Shop manager stands up against football racists

MINI MAYOR: Ilford boy becomes London’s first ‘children’s mayor’

Ilford – VIJAY SHAH via ELLENA CRUSE and Ilford Recorder Mayor of London Sadiq Khan beware, there’s a new kid on the block, and yes, he is actually a child. In a first for the city, London has witnessed the swearing into office (unofficially) of its first ‘children’s mayor’ – as part of a promotional campaign by a new kid-friendly theme park. Kishan Shah (no relation to the reporter), aged nine, and hailing from the upmarket Ilford suburb of Chigwell, has been elected mayor for youngsters with the help of children’s activity centre KidZania, his local newspaper the Ilford Recorder … Continue reading MINI MAYOR: Ilford boy becomes London’s first ‘children’s mayor’

VIJAY’S VIRASAT: Restaurant with a familiar name

Those of you who have been following this blog since the earliest days will now that the editor/blogger/journalist (i.e. me) who runs the blog is named Vijay. Those who know me in real life also know of my reputation as a bit of a foodie. So the next bit will be quite interesting. I live in Ilford, just east of the big smoke in the United Kingdom they like to call London, and within a 5 or so mile radius from my home are three establishments involved in the food industry that bare my name. First, there’s Vijay’s Chawalla, a … Continue reading VIJAY’S VIRASAT: Restaurant with a familiar name

RELOCATION, RELOCATION, RELOCATION: HEM News Agency moves office

This May Bank Holiday Monday, HEM News Agency writes to our beloved fans and readers from a new home office in Ilford, only a short walking distance from the town centre, after four years in the Plaistow area of east London. For those of you not familiar with Ilford, it is a suburban district which sits just to the east of London. Traditionally part of Essex, Ilford is today considered an outer stretch of Greater London. Home to hundreds of homes, offices and shops (including the great Ilford Exchange shopping centre), the area is becoming increasingly popular with people looking … Continue reading RELOCATION, RELOCATION, RELOCATION: HEM News Agency moves office

WELCOMING 2017: Ilford’s Ashgrove restaurant launches NYE night

Ilford, UNITED KINGDOM VIJAY SHAH     Popular Ilford based Indian gastropub the Ashgrove Restaurant has formally announced a special New Year’s Eve night to welcome in 2017 for local partygoers to come and enjoy great music and traditional and contemporary Punjabi, Indian continental and Chinese fare, great music and visual entertainments. The restaurant, a short walking distance from Seven Kings town centre, will have music entertainment on the night provided by DJ Kash of local outfit Kash Events, which provides party and other event planning services as well as boasting a wide music portfolio from the Bollywood, bhangra, RNB … Continue reading WELCOMING 2017: Ilford’s Ashgrove restaurant launches NYE night