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                                            June 2010
                                                           go for gold
     BECKTON                                               When it comes to sporting greats, Newham has its

       IN FOCUS                                            fair share. From the footballing talents of Martin
                                                           Peters to the speedy sprints of Christine Ohuruogu,
                                                           there’s no shortage of inspirational residents who
                                                           have achieved great sporting success.

       Two young people who are raising the bar in gymnastics          Tap into your own sporting prowess by checking out the
     are Imani Pobi da Silva, nine, from Stratford; and Tyesha       many sports activities and clubs the council runs. Right
     Mattis, ten, from Ilford.                                       on your own doorstep, East London Gym is running free
       Both show serious dedication in training with Imani           parkour classes (also known as free-running). Parkour
     putting in 22 hours a week and Tyesha training for an           teaches participants how to use the urban landscape
     average of 24-hours a week.                                     as their gym and, thanks to the council, it won’t cost
       They have been scooping up awards at regional, national       participants a penny.
     and international competitions. Their talent is a combination     The classes are for eight to 21-year-olds, every
     of good old-fashioned hard work and possibly a genetic          Monday from 8-9pm until 19 July. Places are
     advantage - Imani’s mother, Christina, and Tyesha’s mother,     limited and you need to book in advance. For more
     Charmaine, were both members of the England national            information email or call
     squad and trained at East London Gym, where Imani               Jamie on 020 7511 4488.
     started his training and Tyesha continues to train.               For details of all the free activities provided by the
       It’s even more of a family affair at the gym as Christina’s   council visit and search for
     mother, Barbara, also coaches there, having caught the bug      sport, or check out the What’s On listings in the back
     herself thanks to her daughter’s interest in gymnastics.        pages of the Newham Mag every fortnight.

On the bars: aspiring Olympic hopefuls Imani (9)
and Tyesha (10), (standing) coach Lorraine and
sitting (l-r) Christina, Barbara and Charmaine
Keep your
house safe
from burglars
this summer
Beckton Safer Neighbourhoods
Team (SNT) work tirelessly to keep
your area safe but you can do your
bit by making sure your house is
  Here are a few handy tips:
                                                                                              Keepin’ em’ lean and mean - (front)
  • make sure you close all windows                                                           boxing instructor Perry Holland
     when you go out
  • avoid leaving ground floor or
     accessible windows open at
                                           Punch your way
  • if you are going away on holiday,
     ask someone you trust to visit
     your home. If you’re going away
                                           to a fitter lifestyle
     for a longer period remember to       Hop, skip and punch your way to a fitter and healthier you in a new fitness
     cancel any regular deliveries, e.g.   class launched by Newham Council at Beckton Community Centre.
     milk, post                              The fitness classes are based on training methods used in boxing. In the
  • make sure you have window              one-hour classes expect to do some pad work – where one person wears
     locks on all windows                  a pad while the other practices punching; and shadow boxing – trying out
  • if you are installing new doors or     boxing moves by yourself with an imaginary opponent. You’ll also be learning
     windows they should be certified      some pretty fancy footwork.
     to British Standard BS 7950             As well as boosting your fitness levels, you will improve your hand and eye
     (windows) or PAS 24/1 (doors)         coordination and balance. Classes are taught by qualified boxing instructors
  • don’t leave valuables on display       from the Amateur Boxing Association of England.
     e.g. laptops visible from outside       The classes are totally free and are for all ages and abilities. They run
  • install automatic lights that          every Monday until 16 August, 4-5pm in Beckton Community Centre,
     switch on inside and outside the      East Ham Manor Way, E6. There’s no need to book, just drop-in. For
     house.                                more information contact the centre on 020 7511 1214.
  If you have any concerns or
questions contact your Beckton
SNT on 020 8721 2040 or email                 Local football team
                                              do Beckton proud

                                            A local football team did Beckton proud recently when they competed in
                                            the finals of a national football league.
                                               In April, In Focus reported how Beckton Athletic had beat 1,024 entrants
                                            in the Lucozade Cup – a football league that gives amateur football teams
                                            from across the country a chance to compete on a national level.
                                               The team battled it out on the training grounds of Manchester United
                                            Football Club. In a tense match against Bourne Town from Lincolnshire,
                                            Beckton Athletic almost stole the show but in the final minutes, Bourne
                                            Town scored a goal, with the end result being 1-0.
                                               Local lad and founder of the football team, Tony Varghese said: “It was
                                            a devastating blow for us. We had come so close to the ultimate prize.
                                            Nevertheless it was fantastic to play in a tournament of this magnitude and
                                            it’s an amazing achievement for our team.”
                                               As part of the runners-up prize, the team were presented with medals
                                            and VIP tickets to a Premier League game next season.
                                               If you want to play with the team, or to sponsor them, call Tony on
                                            07958 140 630.
 Funtastic Festival
 in the Park

  Entertainer Mr Mojo whipped the crowd
  into a frenzy at last year’s Playday

 Make a date with fun and join us for a special FREE          sessions; food growing workshops; a pampering area
 council-organised event in New Beckton Park on               and live music and choir performances.
 Saturday 31 July, from 12noon-4pm.                             There’ll be plenty of action for the little ones with art
   Mark it in your diary now to make sure you don’t miss      and crafts sessions, trampolines and other fun activities
 out on this massive festival. Help us celebrate three        to keep them out of mischief!
 great combined events in one - the official opening of the     Beckton Summer Festival, Saturday 31 July,
 new funky play area in the park; Love your Parks Week;       12noon-4pm, New Beckton Park, Savage Gardens,
 and a Playday for youngsters.                                E6. For more information call freephone 0800 519
   On the day you can enjoy: dance classes; sports            4015 or email
 tasters and fitness checks; arts and crafts; self-defence    Read your next issue of In Focus for more details.

 Have your say                                                  Releasing fire hydrants
                                                                has dire consequences
 in shaping                                                    Thames Water and Newham Council are appealing to

 Beckton’s future
                                                               young people to stop letting fire hydrants off during the
                                                               summer months.
                                                                 Youngsters are opening fire hydrants and releasing
                                                               water for kicks, but this has serious consequences for
Do you want to have more of a say in how planning              people living nearby. The huge loss of water means
decisions are made to help shape Newham’s future?              that water pressure drops to a dangerously low level,
Well now you can – Newham Council wants to hear                meaning that residents cannot flush their toilet or take a
your views on how their new planning policies should           shower for days afterwards.
be shaped.                                                       It also means that if there is an emergency in the
  These planning policy documents will set out how the         area, the fire brigade may not have enough water to
borough should develop until 2027, both in your local          tackle the problem.
area and across the borough.                                     “Fire hydrants are there specifically for the fire brigade
  To hear what you have to say in response to the              to use and letting them off has serious implications,”
exciting ideas being put forward by experts and local          said Thames Water’s man in charge of fire hydrants,
residents, the council is holding a consultation from          Paul Witton-Dauris.
Monday 28 June until Saturday 31 July.                           “Not only does it waste a huge amount of water, it
  You can find out more and fill out the questionnaire         diverts our engineers away from dealing with more
to give your opinion by visiting            urgent issues and causes a hazard for drivers and
planningpolicy or you can pop into the regeneration            passers-by,” he said.
tent at the Mayor’s Newham Show on 17 and 18 July                To report any suspicious behaviour call your
and have your say there. Alternatively, you can view the       Beckton Safer Neighbourhoods Team on
document at your local library and log on there to fill in     020 8721 2040 or 07843 291 120 or email
the questionnaire.                                   

•If your group has an activity to promote please contact us on: 020 3373 2684 or email•
  SPotlight on...                                                                                    WHAT’S ON
  e6 community life coaching                                                                         Hop, skip and punch
  project                                                                                            fitness classes
                                                                                                     Mondays, 4-5pm
  Need to boost your                                                                                 Beckton Community Centre
  confidence or figure                                                                               East Ham Manor Way, E6
  out where next in
                                                                                                     (see pg 2 for details)
  your career? Then
  e6 community life
  coaching project
                                  (l-r) Christine and Patricia set
                                  about empowering Beckton                                           Mayor’s Newham Show
  could be right up                                                                                  Saturday 17 and Sunday
    your street.                                    the community,” said Patricia. It’s              18 July
     e6 is the brainchild of Patricia               also part of her research for her                12noon-6pm
  Bryce, a masters student in Coaching dissertation to find out if community
                                                                                                     Central Park
  Psychology at UEL Docklands                       coaching has a positive impact on
  campus. It’s a community based                    local communities.
                                                                                                     High Street South, E6
  voluntary project for people who                    All volunteers have received                   (see pg 8 of The Newham Mag
  live and work in Beckton that:                    coaching training and all you have to            for more details)
  ‘empowers, motivates, educates and do is call e6 to make an appointment
  supports the human spirit.’                       and a volunteer will meet you in a
     Volunteer coach and fellow student public place that is convenient for you.                     For even more things to do
  Christine Kane explains what it’s all               Local resident Lorna Stratchan                 check out the What’s On in
  about: “Life coaching is an objective             sings e6’s praises. She explains:                Newham calendar, where
  one-to-one conversation about what                “The project helped me turn my life              you’ll find listings for more
  that person wants to change in their              around. It made me realise how I had             than 6,000 events
  life; whether it’s building confidence            put up barriers to success. Coaching
  to discovering what career s/he                   showed me the importance of setting
  wants to do.”                                     and working towards goals. When I
     However: “It’s not a therapy, career started I was unemployed but within                        If your group has an activity
  or advice service,” said Patricia.                the space of a month I had a job.”               to promote please contact
  Explains Christine: “It’s about people              To book an appointment call
  coming up with their own solutions.”              020 8820 0773 or 07939 799
                                                                                                     us on 020 3373 2684 or email
     “The project is an opportunity                 078, or email info@be6ckton.           
  for me to give something back to        

Councillors out and about: If you would like a councillor to visit your community organisation, school, place of worship, meeting or
event please call 020 3373 1705 or email To email your local councillor write

                                         Ayesha Chowdhury      David Christie        Alec Kellaway

                                                             Beckton Ward
                First Friday of the month 6 - 7pm                       Every Saturday 10- 1am
                (alternating with Cllr Alec Kellaway                    (alternating with Cllr Alec Kellaway
                and Cllr David Christie)                                and Cllr David Christie)

                                Beckton Library, The Beckton Globe, 1 Kingsford Way, Beckton, E6

Need to talk to Mayor Sir Robin Wales? Being an elected mayor, Sir Robin is directly accountable to you. Look out for Question Time
times and dates in the Newham Mag, visit or call 020 3373 0437.

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