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Chadwell Heath South Residents' Association

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Chadwell Heath South Residents' Association
The logo of the Chadwell Heath South Residents' Association
Formation13 March 2017 (7 years ago)
TypeResidents' Association
Chadwell Heath, RM6

The Chadwell Heath South Residents’ Association (CHSRA) is a constituted organisation working to promote community capacity building and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation.[1]


CHSRA was established, in March 2017, for local residents to remedy concerns relating to their neighbourhood. With the assistance of volunteers, the Association hosts regular community events throughout the year. It has a member-elected body composed of a Chairman, a Vice-Chair, a Treasurer, a Secretary and three Executive Committee members.


CHSRA's logo pays homage to Chadwell Heath's history, with emblems that represent their southern RM6 region:

  • Wangeyhall Farm[2] - Represented by a sheaf of wheat. Farmland adjacent to the now-demolished Wangey House; one of Dagenham's oldest buildings dating back to 1250.[3]
  • St. Chad's Well - This ancient well was originally thought to have medicinal properties; the special properties of the water were supposed to be beneficial to the eyes.[4] Photographs of the well, from 1907, show that it was protected by an alcove of brickwork, which may have been built as long ago as the 18th Century.[5] The water originates from Thames terrace gravel, at its junction with the London Clay. All traces of the well were swept away during 20th century road widening.
  • The Old Mill - A number of mills were located in Chadwell Heath during the 18th and 19th centuries.[6] Three post mills had once formed a triangle, close to the eastern entrance of St. Chad's Park.
  • The Embassy Cinema - A former art deco cinema, built by Harry Weston in 1934.[7] The building is situated right on the border of Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham, in the Chadwell Heath District Centre.
  • The White Horse Public House - A 400-year old former coaching inn, on the London-Colchester Roman Road.[8] The entrance was once opposite St. Chad's Church, but switched back-to-front due to road widening issues.[9] Stables and a large garden are still present.[10]
  • Whale - In 1658, whale bones were discovered in Chadwell Heath.[11] The bones are believed to be from the lower jaw of a Common Greenland Whale, also known as a Bowhead Whale, which is a member of the Baleen Whale group.[12] Though the exact origins of the bones are unknown to this day, Daniel Defoe claimed in the early 18th century that one of two massive jaw bones had been washed up on the night that Oliver Cromwell died; after a great storm raged on the Thames on 3 September 1658.[13] The bones were kept over a toll gate and an octagonal toll house, which had been built after 1721, at the crossroads between Chadwell Heath High Road and what is now called Whalebone Lane.[14] They are now safely housed in Valence House Museum, Becontree.[15]
  • Blackheath Common & Chadwell Arms Public House - The name Chadwell ('cold spring'), first recorded in 1254, was applied to a hamlet along the London-Colchester road, on the ancient boundary between Barking (later Ilford) and Dagenham parishes.[16] The main part of the original settlement was on the Ilford side, called Chadwell Street. East of the street lay Blackheath Common, which became known as Chadwell Heath after settlements merged in the 17th century;[17] represented by the black diamonds in the volkskrone. The Chadwell Arms was another one of Chadwell Heath's oldest public houses, built in the 1800s; represented by the fleur-de-lys in the volkskrone, that had once featured on the pub's sign.


Membership is open to all residents living in Chadwell Heath.


The Embassy Cinema Restoration Project[edit]

On 8 August 2017, CHSRA successfully listed 'The Embassy Cinema' as an Asset of Community Value.[18] The Residents' Association then launched The Embassy Cinema Restoration Project, with the goal of restoring the building back into a repertory cinema that can incorporate film, theatre, live music and dance.[19]

London Borough of Culture 2019 & 2020 Campaigns[edit]

On 9th October 2017, Redbridge Council launched its bid to become the 'London Borough of Culture' for 2019 or 2020.[20] CHSRA showed their support by publicly backing Redbridge's bid.[21] The Residents' Association featured heavily in the Council's final promotional video.[22]

Community Events[edit]

On 10 February 2018, CHSRA hosted a 'Movie Night' at Chadwell Heath's former Embassy Cinema.[23] It was the first time since 1966 that a film was screened in its auditorium.[24] Titanic (1997) was chosen mainly due to Chadwell Heath's historic ties to the 1912 sinking, through the surviving Eva Hart.[25]

Members of CHSRA represented their town and supported Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club's '#SaveTheDaggers' charity match[26], against West Ham United, on 21 March 2018.[27]

Other activities, that the Residents' Association have participated in, include hosting an Easter-themed community bake-off.[28]



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  2. "Wangeyhall Farm, Wangey House (Place) located in the Settlement of Ilford, The Historical Gazetteer of England's Place Names".
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  6. "Chadwell Heath, Local Windmills, by Raymond Small and Elaine Wiltshire".
  7. "Odeon Chadwell Heath, Cinema Treasures Guide".
  8. "Heartbreak over 400-year-old Chadwell Heath pub closure, Barking & Dagenham Post". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  9. "White Horse, Chadwell Heath, Closed Pubs".
  10. "White Horse, Chadwell Heath, WhatPub".
  11. "Why Is Chadwell Heath So Obsessed With Moby Dick?, Londonist".
  12. "These bones of contention, Barking & Dagenham Post". Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  13. "Tracing the remains of a missing whale, East London & West Sussex Guardian". Retrieved 20 February 2006.
  14. "The Presence of Whales in Britain".
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  17. "The Eva Hart, Pub Histories, Wetherspoon".
  18. "Assets of community value (successful nominations), London Borough of Redbridge".
  19. "The Embassy Cinema Restoration Project, Facebook".
  20. "Back Redbridge's bid to be named London Borough of Culture, Ilford Recorder". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  21. "Hidden Gem, This Is Redbridge, Facebook".
  22. "This Is Redbridge Promotional Video".
  23. "Inaugural Movie Night, Facebook".
  24. "Rekindling an old flame: Historic former cinema in Redbridge hosts Valentine's movie night, Ilford Recorder". Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  25. "A romance revived: historic former Redbridge cinema hosts Valentine's movie night, Ilford Recorder". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  26. "West Ham United edge past Dagenham & Redbridge in fundraising friendly, Barking & Dagenham Post". Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  27. "#SaveTheDaggers, Twitter".
  28. "Historic former cinema in Chadwell Heath hosts Easter bake-off, Ilford Recorder". Retrieved 21 March 2018.


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