Gymnasts 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.newham.gov.uk 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 secure. 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 night 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.newham.gov.uk/ 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. email@example.com •If your group has an activity to promote please contact us on: 020 3373 2684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org• SPotlight on... WHAT’S ON BECKTON 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 www.newham.com 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. email@example.com for me to give something back to co.uk MEET YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLOR 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To email your local councillor write email@example.com 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 www.newham.gov.uk/mayor or call 020 3373 0437.