Monday, 1 November 2010

Redbridge Community barbecue part 2!

As the barbecue was on Halloween we wanted to promote a more peaceful image for our event. Focusing on pink and fluffy as opposed to evil!

Setting up took some time out thanks to my friend DJ Def Beat (AKA Ian Dunhill), from Brighton who provided us with free DJing for the event.

Our tanks also to High Road Baptist Church for providing us with a Microphone on loan.

The Police interacted with people taking crime intelligence and warning residents of local crime.
  This couple signed up to start up a new Neighbourhood Watch....hooray!

Our local homeless people (man with hand up - many others appeared throughout the day) soon arrived and were welcomed by all and sundry.  Many stayed for the whole day.

People of wide diversities attended.

My nephew and nieces popped over in between trick or treating.  Many other families trick or treating came out and joined us with over 50 children attending the event throughout the day.

The terrible trio!

Is that an angel on Halloween? No it's not its our local police - similar in nature though...

Crime troubles were relayed to the local Police.

We were joined by people from the Eastern European community - they were a very friendly family and dispelled many on the preconceived misconceptions of their community.

The white family at the back stayed from the beginning of the event till the end - they are not linked to the RNWA.  This was a first for our barbecues - music definitely helped!

DJ Def persevered through the debilitating smoke...
By the middle of the vent people were queuing for free food - there must have been at least 50 people during our peak period.  All mingling and conversing with one another which fulfilled part of our aim to foster community cohesion.

People just kept coming.

The food was not burnt, cameras can be deceptive especially when using a flash.  People returned for food quite often.
My wife Juliet served food all day and deserves great praise.

As it got darker and colder numbers started to dissipate.

More Eastern Europenas, Asians, blacks and white people continued to enjoy the food and ambiance.
This man enjoyed his food so much....

He began to dance!

We bought a tea urn and served hot drinks - this was very welcomed by people on a cold evening.
This man provided his details to start a NHW on his road.

Lights were provided by David Christopher from the Prince of Wales Pub.  He also provided electricity for the music and gas for the barbecue when our's ran out.  We are grateful to him for the use of his Car Park.
We handed our Panic alarms to women at the event.  We provided Car Tax disc theft deterrents and UK pens to label property to all visitors.
We wanted to end on a high so we played some Punjabi music for the last hour and got everyone dancing!
The frolics continued for a while...

Change those light bulbs...
Who is that posing in this pic...?

We ended the event on a high.

The event was funded by the East London Community Foundation to whom we are eternally grateful!


  1. Is this a political blog or the Chowdhry family photograph album?

  2. Glad you like it!

  3. I know, however no one comments as ofetn as you or reads as many posts. So there must be something that attracts you again and again...

  4. There's a touch of masochism in every one of us.