Boundary Commission publish new draft recommendations
Havering is currently going through a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, which will result in changes to ward boundaries and councillor numbers from the Local Elections in 2022. The LGBCE previously held two public consultations, the latest of which resulted in the publication of their new draft recommendations on 11...
Read MoreMessages from NHS
The NHS has asked groups and associations, such as ourselves, to highlight the following messages regarding the current severe pressure they are under –
Covid19 cases are increasing in London and the NHS is under enormous pressure. Please help the NHS by only calling 999 for life-threatening emergencies. For urgent medical help when it’s not an...
Read MoreNo Upminster to Romford trains this weekend
Transport for London (TfL) have advised that, once again, the Upminster to Romford ‘push and pull’ rail line will be closed on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January
For details of services and planned closures visit the TfL Status Updates webpage.
Read MoreUCRA website is back!
As some people will have noticed, our website was unavailable for most of this week. This was caused by an issue outside of our control but we are glad to be back now!Read MoreGerpins Lane Recycling Centre update
The East London Waste Authority (who run the Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre) have announced that although the centre will remain open with the normal opening hours of 7.30am-5.30pm Monday-Sunday, residents should only attend if the trip is essential and you cannot store the waste at home or have it collected.
For further information...
Read MoreSaint Francis Hospice Christmas tree recycling cancelled
With reference to our previous post regarding Saint Francis Hospice offering a free Christmas tree recycling service this weekend (09 and 10 January 2021), they have announced that unfortunately this has had to be cancelled due to the current government lock-down restrictions.
Read MoreUpminster Library closed due to pandemic
Havering Council have announced that Upminster Library, as well as all other libraries in the borough, will be closed from now until at least mid-February. This is due to the ongoing pandemic. The click and collect service for libraries is also suspended.
The council will give further updates when they have them on the Havering...
Read MoreClearing snow or ice from a path or road
Just before Christmas, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published a list of 12 popular myths concerning what people and businesses are not allowed to do. For anyone interested, it can still be found on their website hse.gov.uk .
Although many were obvious, one that does come up on a regular basis is whether it...
Read MoreCOVID-19 vaccination scam alert
Unfortunately fraudsters have started to contact people concerning the NHS COVID-19 vaccine, to con them out of money or steal their bank or other personal details. The NHS and police have called on people to be vigilant and provided the following information -
We are aware that some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text...
Read MoreNational Theatre at Home
Like most of us who have interests outside the home, for the many people who enjoy visiting the theatre, the last year has been extremely frustrating.
The National Theatre have recently launched their 'National Theatre at Home' streaming service, which shows live recordings of their shows. It is a paid for service, either yearly, monthly...
Read MoreMissed rubbish collections and New Year collection dates
Most households in Upminster and Cranham are due to have their waste and recycling bags collected today (Monday 04 January 2021). The amount collected after Christmas is normally double what it would be on a normal week and consequently the collection lorries need to go to be emptied more often. This can lead the...
Read MoreKeys found near to Branfil School
A set of keys were found at around 3pm on Saturday 02 January, along the path by the Ingrebourne river, near to Branfil school.
If anyone has lost these keys, please let us know by filling out a Contact form and we will put you in touch with the person who found them.
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Read MoreCalling all young astronomers!
Havering Astronomical Society are launching a new Young Astronomers section. Initially with online meetings, they will move to in person sessions as well when it is safe.
The meetings will be held regularly on the 4th Thursday of each month, with the first one on Thursday 28st January at 7pm.
Ages 8-16 are welcome to join. If your...
Read MoreJanuary 2021 Bulletin now online
Happy New Year to everyone, whether you live locally or are one of our many expat readers, keeping track of events in Upminster and Cranham from all over the globe!
The January 2021 edition of The Bulletin is now available online via the January 2021 link .
Delivery of the paper edition of the Bulletin is...
Read MoreNo Upminster to Romford trains from 01-03 January
Transport for London (TfL) have advised that the Upminster to Romford ‘push and pull’ rail line will be closed from New Year's Day (Friday) until Sunday 03 January.
For details of services and planned closures visit the TfL Status Updates webpage.
Read MoreFree Christmas tree recycling from Saint Francis Hospice
Saint Francis Hospice is once again inviting Havering residents to take part in its free Christmas Tree Recycling Collection initiative. Over the weekend of Saturday 09 and Sunday 10 January, the charity’s volunteers will come and collect real Christmas trees and take them away for recycling.
“We’re working in partnership with JustHelping to bring you this...
Read MoreHavering Mind recruiting trustees
Would you be interested in becoming a trustee for Mind in Havering, Barking and Dagenham?
They are looking for representatives from the local community and beyond to join their Board of Trustees in 2021, as their projects grow and new services are developed.
The board's activities are varied and challenging and their trustees carry out a...
Read MoreNo Upminster to Romford trains from 25-28 December
Transport for London (TfL) have announced that the Upminster to Romford 'push and pull' rail line will be closed from Friday 25 until Monday 28 December.
TfL services will run throughout Christmas and New Year, but planned works and service changes will affect some public transport and road travel.
Some Tube and Rail services are...
Read MoreRubbish collection dates
The refuse collection dates for Christmas and the New Year are detailed below, together with the opening times for the Gerpins Lane recycling centre.
Rubbish collection days can also be found on Havering Council's Bank Holiday Rubbish webpage.
Read MoreHousing Strategy consultation
Havering Council's Housing Services department has launched a new Housing Strategy, to shape their services for the next five years. As part of this, they have started a public consultation (which runs until 07 March 2021) to encourage residents to give their views on the following aims -
Deliver more genuinely affordable homes that meet...
Read MoreGrants for Tree Planting
Schools and Community groups within the UK are currently able to apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 from the Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund, which is open from now until March 2021. The initiative is intended to get communities and young people (up to the age of 21) involved in tree and hedge...
Read MoreCOVID in Havering - Reality and Hope
It is clear, that like the rest of the country, local people in Cranham and Upminster have differing opinions on the current pandemic and the level of restrictions that should be in place. As a community, we need to support both local businesses and the health of local people, which is a difficult thing...
Read MoreLocal Government Association's Clarence Barrett Award
The Local Government Association's (LGA) Independent Group, which is for all elected local councillors outside of the three main national political parties, recently held their annual conference.
During the conference, several awards were given to councillors from across England and Wales, including their most prestigious, the Clarence Barrett Award, presented in memory of our dearly...
Read MoreHornchurch and Upminster Rotary Club fundraising for First Step
Rotarians are renowned for their charity and community activities. However this year things have been very different. The Hornchurch and Upminster Rotary Club have not been able to hold the annual Fete on the Green, Big Band night, Sponsored Walk, the annual Christmas Float road collections, their static collection in Upminster, or their Christmas...
Read MoreOngoing & New Planned Roadworks
For the latest updates on new and planned roadworks in the Upminster and Cranham area visit – www.havering.roadworks.org .
Read MoreThames Chase creating new woodland
Over the next few months, Thames Chase will be one of ten Community Forests across England planting trees as part of the Government's Trees for Climate plan. They will benefit from a portion of the £12.1 million provided to help deliver the English portion of the commitment to increase tree planting to 30,000 hectares...
Read MoreB&Q Community Reuse Scheme
DIY store B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment.
The types of material includes:
Wood, including off cuts and single use...
Read MoreFull Council Meeting 15 December 2020
The next Full Council Meeting will be on Tuesday 15 December 2020 at 7.30pm. Due to the present restrictions, the meeting will be held via video link. To see the full agenda and reports pack for the meeting, see the Council - Tuesday 15 December 2020 link. To watch the meeting (either live or at...
Read MoreCouncil car parks - Free weekend parking for five weeks
Havering Council have announced that all council car parks in the borough will have free parking on every Saturday from tomorrow (05 December), up to and including 02 January 2021. Sunday parking is already free.
This welcome news, which Residents' Association councillors have previously called for, will help to support our local shops and businesses...
Read MoreDecember 2020 Bulletin now online
The December 2020 edition of The Bulletin is now available online via the December 2020 link.
Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association Recent News
Havering is currently going through a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, which will result in changes to ward boundaries and councillor numbers from the Local Elections in 2022. The LGBCE previously held two public consultations, the latest of which resulted in the publication...
The NHS has asked groups and associations, such as ourselves, to highlight the following messages regarding the current severe pressure they are under – Covid19 cases are increasing in London and the NHS is under enormous pressure. Please help the NHS by only calling 999 for life-threatening...
Transport for London (TfL) have advised that, once again, the Upminster to Romford ‘push and pull’ rail line will be closed on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January For details of services and planned closures visit the TfL Status Updates webpage....