Remembering Marks Gate and North Chadwell Heath
Eastside Community Heritage is happy to announce a new oral history project ‘Remembering Marks Gate and North Chadwell Heath’ that aims to collect local people’s stories for an exhibition about their memories of the area. 
Marks Gate has a rich history - the name originally referring to the entrance or gate into Hainault Forest located near the medieval manor of ‘Marks’ which stood on what is now Warren Hall Farm.

Eastside Community Heritage will be at the North Meets South Fun Day, on July 24th in Marks Gate. We are hoping to meet people with memories to share about the local area, who would like to be interviewed for our upcoming project.  

“My first impression when I got there before I even got into the school and when we arrived and from the bus and walked along the road it was the fresh air; it smelt of the country side and the air seemed so much fresher.”

                                                                           Rosemary Rodgers, Marks Gate
                 The Becoming Becontree website is now live  
The Becoming Becontree website is now live. In order to celebrate the centenary of the first residents moving into the Becontree Estate in 1921, we carried out oral history interviews with current and former residents.

Often referred to as Britain's largest council estate, Becontree started out as a Utopian concept. To provide decent housing, and a good quality of life for returning service men and young families. At the time it was promoted as "Homes for Heroes", and many have talked about the delight of moving into a better standard of housing with community facilities. Please
 click here to view the website. 
Draw Up A Chair: Poster competition winners have been announced
Throughout April and May Primary Schools in Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Newham participated in our Draw Up A Chair project, which was based on the award-winning book, The Boy at the Back of the Class by the author Onjali Q Raúf. Students designed posters that communicated compassion towards refugees, conveyed empathy and stood up to intolerance and hatred. 

The three winning designs all came from Downshall Primary School. Well done to all the participating schools and congratulations to the winners. There will be an exhibition of the short listed and winning posters, coming to local libraries soon.  

Windrush Day Blog

Encyclopedias, my family and me: Growing up under the loving eaves of Windrush

Please click the link below to read our Windrush Day blog. Sandra shares up her experiences of growing up in the 1960's and 1970's in Ilford, as a child living in a Windrush household.
- Chinese Fortunes

- Memories of Marks Gate and North Chadwell Heath

- Faith To Faith


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