Council 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 More Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association December 2020 Bulletin now online The December 2020 edition of The Bulletin is now available online via the December 2020 link. Read More Small Business Saturday - 05 December The Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association are pleased to support Small Business Saturday this weekend. We re-launched our 'Shop Local, Hire Local' campaign at the end of lockdown and this national event, which takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, is especially important in a year when so many businesses have had... Read More Upminster Windmill It has been wonderful to see the cap and sails restored to Upminster Windmill this week, after four years of restoration work. The windmill, which the Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association adopted as their emblem many years ago, is now looking resplendent once again. For information on the history of the windmill and the restoration... Read More Havering Astronomical Society January 2021 dates Havering Astronomical Society have published their online calendar of events for January 2021 (please note the slightly earlier start time from January). Thursday 07 January 7.15 for 7.30pm - Online talk by Prof. Marc Schumann, Professor of Experimental Astroparticle Physics at the University of Freiburg. His talk, entitled ‘Exploring the Dark Universe with XENON', will... Read More Havering Council budget consultation for 2021/22 Havering Council has launched an online consultation, to let residents give their views on the council's budget setting savings proposals for the financial year 2021/22. It also gives people the chance to highlight what sections of the council's financial responsibilities they value most and what they would reduce spending on, if necessary. The consultation is... Read More Ongoing & New Planned Roadworks For the latest updates on new and planned roadworks in the Upminster and Cranham area visit – www.havering.roadworks.org . Please note that due to roadworks in South Ockendon, access to and from the Lakeside area via Clay Tye Road and Ockendon Road is subject to a long diversion, until 02 December. Read More No District Line services this weekend The District Line will again be closed between Upminster and Tower Hill this Saturday and Sunday (28 and 29 November). Replacement bus service DL8 will be running between Upminster and Barking. There will also be no Hammersmith and City Line running between Barking and Hammersmith on the same days. For full details of current status and... Read More Government local restriction tiers details The Government has published guidance on the new tier system that will be in place from 02 December 2020, to control the current coronavirus pandemic. This guidance does not give information on which tier any specific area will be in, as this will be decided later. However, it will act as a quick reference guide... Read More Advice re bonfires Whilst many people have the occasional bonfire to dispose of garden rubbish, repeated bonfires or burning items which give off noxious fumes can be a nuisance. Whilst Havering Council discourage bonfires, they are not banned. However, they give the following advice - Only garden waste should be burnt - definitely no household rubbish You should... Read More ACT counter terrorism website As part of the Home Office Prevent anti-terrorism campaign, a new Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) website has been launched, to give advice to people who are worried that someone close to them is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead them to harming themselves or others. The website address is actearly.uk/#sel  . You can also... Read More Update from Upminster Cricket Club Upminster Cricket Club are an important part of our local community. Their 6th XI Captain, Paul Middlemiss, has sent us an update of what has been happening at the club in this turbulent year. Despite the situation over the last nine months, a reduced club cricket season was able to take place during the summer,... Read More Lower Thames Crossing Development Consent Order application withdrawn With reference to our previous post concerning the Development Consent Order process for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, Highways England have announced today that they have withdrawn their recent application. The full text of their announcement reads as follows - A Highways England spokesperson said: "We’ve withdrawn the Development Consent Order application for the Lower... Read More No District Line services this weekend TfL have announced that the District Line will be closed between Upminster and Tower Hill this Saturday and Sunday (21 and 22 November). Replacement bus service DL8 will be running between Upminster and Barking. There will also be no Hammersmith and City Line running between Barking and Hammersmith on the same days. For full details of... Read More Encouraging safe cycling routes in and around Upminster and Cranham Havering Cyclists have produced a guide to quiet routes, using less busy roads, to encourage both cyclists and walkers to get out and about. During the summer months there was a noticeable increase in cycling around our streets. Although the weather now is less attractive, it is still something that can be enjoyed. A list... Read More Havering Emergency Assistance Scheme Havering Council have an emergency fund, the Havering Emergency Assistance Scheme, which can assist people who are most in financial need. This can include help with paying heating bills and providing essential goods and food. There are a number of other ways that Havering can provide assistance and help, which are available via the Havering... Read More Send a 'Message to the World' Upminster Baptist Church have asked us to highlight that they are inviting people to send message to the world this Christmas. Let's send a positive message to the world at this difficult time. This Christmas there will be a wooden nativity scene at Upminster Baptist Church, made by the MenShed and placed outside the church.... Read More Brookside Theatre's Christmas Musical The Brookside Theatre in Romford have asked us to highlight their forthcoming production of the Wizard of Oz. We are delighted to do so, but the its staging is obviously subject to any coronavirus restrictions in place at the time. 'Britain’s Got Talent star, Becky O’Brien is to take on the role of ‘The Wicked... Read More Lower Thames Crossing Development Consent Order process Highways England submitted their application for the Lower Thames Crossing scheme to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on 23 October 2020. PINS now have to decide whether to accept the application for examination. They must do this by no later than 20th November. Local Authorities were invited to submit a representation on the adequacy of consultation... Read More No Upminster to Romford line again this Sunday TfL have announced that once again there will not be any trains running on the Upminster to Romford line this Sunday (15 November). No replacement bus service will be provided. For the latest information on TfL services visit their Status updates webpage. Read More Ongoing & New Planned Roadworks For the latest updates on new and planned roadworks in the Upminster and Cranham area visit – www.havering.roadworks.org . Read More Rapid testing update - Havering now included Contrary to the previous announcement from the DHSC detailed in our earlier post, it has been confirmed that Havering WILL now be included in the areas offered mass testing. Please see the Havering Council rapid testing web page for further details. Read More Havering not included in mass testing roll-out Yesterday (10 November 2020), the government's Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced that another 67 areas in England would be offered mass coronavirus testing, including the majority of London Boroughs. However, the list does not include Havering, even though last week we had the highest rates of COVID-19 in London and all... Read More Lest we forget The sun was shining on Sunday 8th November, as this year’s Remembrance Services were replaced with socially distanced small gatherings. Upminster Royal British Legion held a small service at the Memorial in Corbets Tey Road at 11.00am, requesting societies and organisations wanting to lay a wreath, did so after 12.00. This was necessary due... Read More Friends of the Secret Blind Garden Havering Volunteer Centre, in partnership with the Friends of the Secret Blind Garden, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to improve the only outdoor recreational space within the London Borough of Havering for the visually impaired. The space, which is in Harrow Lodge Park near to the new leisure centre, has been lovingly tended to for... Read More Light up Havering - Keep your home safe Our local police Safer Neighbourhood Teams have urged residents to 'Light up Havering' and reduce crime. If you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use timer switches to automatically turn lights and a radio on when it gets dark. Consider fitting door and window alarms. These can be cheap to buy and simple... Read More Gangs and exploitation awareness course for parents and carers DC Anoushka Dunic of the Metroplitan Police East Area Gangs Unit has asked us to advertise the following online course - 'This commended FREE course is now available online for ALL parents and carers in Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge! The course is 3 weeks long, with a 2 hour ONLINE session per week. This... Read More Lockdown information on waste collection and parking Ward councillors have received a briefing this evening (04 November) from Havering Council officials, regarding the forthcoming new national lockdown. The council will be releasing information in the near future on the effect on local services. However, three points of immediate interest to residents were highlighted - Weekly waste collection services will proceed as... Read More Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association November 2020 Bulletin now online The November 2020 edition of The Bulletin is now available online via the November 2020 link.   Read More Saint Francis Hospice OrangeLine Saint Francis Hospice have asked us to publicise their confidential helpline service, OrangeLine. It is open to anyone, regardless of whether they have had contact with the hospice or not. Their specially trained team are there to listen and support people who may be bereaved, isolated or lonely and in need of a friendly ear... Read More

Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association Recent News

  • Council car parks - Free weekend parking for five weeks
    Council 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...
    Read more
  • Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association
    December 2020 Bulletin now online
    The December 2020 edition of The Bulletin is now available online via the December 2020 link....
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  • Small Business Saturday - 05 December
    Small Business Saturday – 05 December
    The Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association are pleased to support Small Business Saturday this weekend. We re-launched our ‘Shop Local, Hire Local’ campaign at the end of lockdown and this national event, which takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, is especially important in a...
    Read more
  • Upminster Windmill
    Upminster Windmill
    It has been wonderful to see the cap and sails restored to Upminster Windmill this week, after four years of restoration work. The windmill, which the Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association adopted as their emblem many years ago, is now looking resplendent once again. For information on...
    Read more