Redbridge Rainbow Community

Telephone: Mobile - 07471 072 882 / Office - 020 8553 3116

Address - c/o ECH, Cardinal Heenan Centre, 326 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1QP

Redbridge Rainbow is a voluntary group made up of LGBT+ people who live, work, socialise or study in the London Borough of Redbridge.  We:

  • arrange meet-ups for friendship and support and any ideas you have for LGBT events.

  • provide training for local organisations on LGBT+ issues.

  • work with local council, allies and partners so that the London Borough of Redbridge meets the needs of our diverse community.

Social Events

We are planning some social events so people can just meet up.

Wanstead Flats Walk - Wednesday 14th August 2019 - 11:00 - 14:00

We are meeting up at Wanstead Station at 11:00 am to have a walk around the flats followed by lunch.

Wanstead Flats constitute the southernmost part of Epping Forest but most of the trees were cleared several centuries ago. The area was formerly known as the Lower Forest or Wanstead Heath and commoners had ‘rights of turbary’ here, which meant that they could dig peat for fuel.

In the late 18th century an annual market for cattle from Wales, Scotland, and the north of England took place from the end of February to the beginning of May.

Commoners consistently resisted attempted encroachments by neighbouring landowners and fought legal battles with Lord Mornington, Earl Cowley and others from the 1850s until the flats were preserved under the Epping Forest Act of 1878.

From later in the 19th century until the outbreak of the First World War, an Easter pleasure fair was held here.

Alexandra Pond (colloquially Alex Pond) was created in 1906–7 and named in honour of Edward VII’s queen-consort, Alexandra of Denmark.

Dames Road Pond (also known as the Model Yacht Pond) was redesigned as a conservation and wildlife feature in 2002 and renamed the Jubilee Pond. By the time of Her Majesty’s next jubilee serious problems of water loss had become evident, necessitating a further programme of enhancements that have included the installation of a new impermeable lining.

Forty fire engines and more than 225 firefighters tackled a large grass fire on Wanstead Flats in July 2018.

Here is a link for laptops and smart phones.

RSVP if you are interested.

Southend Day Out - Saturday 28th September 2019 - 10:00 - All Day

We have a day out in Southend. We plan to visit the town centre, the pier and the aquarium. The train is £18.30 from Ilford where we plan to meet at 10:00 am.

RSVP if you are interested.

If you have any other ideas about events please let us know!

For any of these events feel free to bring along friends and family.


This is the latest upcoming date:-

Our drop-in session is open to both supporters and members of the local LGBT+ community that live work, socialise or study in the London Borough of Redbridge.

This drop in is for socialising and addressing any LGBT issues or ideas for events you may have.

This is a private space in our office.

Saturday 14th September 2019 between 12 pm and 2 pm at
Eastside Community Heritage

The Parish Centre
Cardinal Heenan Centre
326 High Road

Phone: 07471 072 882

Office email:

Library Stand and Drop-ins

These are the latest upcoming dates:-

Library events involve a stall set up in a visible public space to help our LGBT community raise awareness and ask LGBT and their allies to come along to our events. You are still welcome to come along and help or just have a chat with one of our volunteers.

Please ask at reception and they will guide you to our space.

We are always open to ideas for social events and support ideas that you would like to see us provide.

Tuesday 13th August 2019 and Tuesday 10th September 2019 between 12 pm and 2 pm at

South Woodford Library & Gym

116 High Road
South Woodford
E18 2QS
Phone: 020 8708 9067 

Library email:

Gym email:

Thursday 22nd August 2019 and Thursday 19th September 2019 between 4 pm and 6 pm at
Fullwell Cross Library

140 High Street
Phone: 020 8708 9281


Thursday 29th August 2019 between 5 pm and 7 pm at

Redbridge Central Library and Museum (Ilford)

Clements Road
Phone: 020 8708 2414


Thursday 5th September 2019 between 5 pm and 7 pm at

Goodmayes Library

76 Goodmayes Lane
Phone: 020 8708 7750


Other Events

Monday 12th August 2019 between 6 pm and 9 pm at Redbridge Central Library and Museum. (York Room).

Our colleagues at Positive East are organising a film night at Redbridge Central Library - The film is Moonlight which is a look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. This will be followed by a talk by a leading representative of the BAME LGBT community.

Featured projects:

Changing Minds

Watch our short documentary Changing Minds, produced for LGBTQ+ history month in partnership with Eastside Community Heritage.

Visit the website for more information on this project addressing mental health and wellbeing in the LGBTQ+ community.

Being Civil In Redbridge

An exhibition by Eastside Community Heritage in partnership with Redbridge Rainbow Community.

Britain now has a strong record for equality; however this has not always been the case. Until 1967, same sex sexual activity was illegal and many people were imprisoned, ostracised and faced intense discrimination due to their sexual preferences. Despite the legalisation of homosexual acts in 1967, the battle for equality was only just beginning…and continues today.

Redbridge Rainbow Community, in partnership with Eastside Community Heritage, embarked on a project to document the experiences of Redbridge’s LGBT+ community on the road to equality. This touring exhibition tells these powerful personal stories and anecdotes of the campaigns for equality in the LGBT+ community from Redbridge, leading to the 2004 Civil Partnership Act and of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

Redbridge Rainbow Community 

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