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Forest Gate primary school apologises after asking pupils to dress as slaves for Black History Month 

16 Oct

A Forest Gate primary school has been forced to apologise for sending home a letter asking pupils to come into school dressed as slaves for Black History Month.

Storm Ophelia turns east London sky yellow 

16 Oct

You’d have been forgiven for thinking you were seeing the east London sky through an Instagram filter this afternoon, as Storm Ophelia turned the capital a strange shade of yellow.

Appeal to find missing 13-year-old girl from Newham 

16 Oct

Police are appealing for information to trace the whereabouts of a teenage girl from Newham who has gone missing.

Newham singer Linda Lewis celebrates 50 years in the music industry 

16 Oct

When Linda Lewis was born in Custom House she had ambitions of becoming an artist but thanks to her mum she is one of the most established black British singers.

Shoplifters and vandals may dodge justice after police say probes ‘impractical’ 

16 Oct

A senior police officer has said it is “not practical” for officers to investigate crimes such as shoplifting and criminal damage as his force bids to save £400 million.

Boy, 16, arrested on suspicion of murder after man, 20, stabbed to death in East Ham park 

16 Oct

A 20-year-old man was stabbed to death during broad daylight in a busy East Ham park in front of horrified onlookers.

Girl, 10, pens heartbreaking letter to MP about living in one room with all her family 

15 Oct

Stephen Timms MP shared the heartbreaking letter on Twitter (Picture: REX) A 10-year-old schoolgirl wrote a heartbreaking letter to her MP about living in one room with all her family.

Former EastEnders star is delighted to be named patron of a youth charity 

13 Oct

He might be making a name for himself, but comedian, actor and writer Ricky Grover is remaining true to his Newham roots.

Dementia rates in Newham among lowest in country 

13 Oct

Newham has one of the lowest propotion of people with dementia than any other area in the UK.

Heartbroken business owner’s plea: Help me find my stolen tuk-tuk last seen entering Newham 

13 Oct

A young entrepreneur has begged for the return of her beloved coffee-selling tuk-tuk after it was stolen from outside her home.

Canning Town Paralympic hopeful selected as Pride of Britain finalist 

13 Oct

A Paralympic hopeful has been selected as a finalist in the Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year Awards.

Kingsford Community School pupil named 11th young mayor of Newham 

13 Oct

A 14-year-old pupil from Kingsford Community School has triumphed in the race to become the 2018 young mayor of Newham.

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Hyperlocal »

Schwarzenegger’s on-going Romford Road legacy 

1 Oct

We publish this article as images of Arnold Schwarzenegger are about to feature prominently in a major UK government advertising campaign to persuade people to take up their rights for compensation for mis-sold PPI insurance.

Tower Hamlets and Hackney among London’s worst food hygiene hotspots 

25 Sep

Tower Hamlets and Hackney are among the worst areas for Food Hygiene Ratings in London, a new study by GMB London region has revealed.

Charles Mowbray – anarchist revolutionary and Forest Gate-unemployed champion 

17 Sep

Charles Mowbray (1856 - 1910) can lay claim to fame to be one of Forest Gate's most controversial political figures.

The Dames Road disaster – 27 July 1944 

6 Sep

We have written before about the Doodlebug bombing of Dames Road in July 1944, here and here .

Tres Bon (1) – the first 75 years of St Bonaventure’s school 

27 Aug

St Bonaventure's school celebrated its 140th anniversary on 27 August this year.

Khan cycling cuts mean Woolwich Road flyover becomes Silvertown Tunnel sticking point 

25 Aug

Cuts made by mayor Sadiq Khan to London’s cycling programmes mean the Woolwich Road flyover in east Greenwich has become a late sticking point in the planning process for the controversial Silvertown Tunnel.

Forest Gate Cycling Club, and life on the road at the end of the C19th 

19 Aug

We have covered cycling in Forest Gate at the end of the nineteenth century on this site a number of times before.

Three authors write on WW2 air raids in Forest Gate 

11 Aug

This article looks at the way in which World War 11 air raids in Forest Gate have been approached and described from three very different perspectives.

Forest Gate-born Bryan Forbes recalls his local origins 

31 Jul

One of Britain's cinematic greats, Bryan Forbes, was born and brought up in Forest Gate, as this site recalled, when it marked his death in 2013 (see here ).

Forest Gate and 20th Century Penny Dreadfuls 

20 Jul

This article is the second of two looking at how the Independent Police News covered serious crime in Forest Gate during its existence (1867 - 1938).

Teen denies committing Hackney acid attacks 

18 Jul

Police arrive at one of the attacks in Clapton Pic: @999London Twitter A Croydon teen has denied his involvement in last week’s acid attacks in Hackney and Islington.

Forest Gate, and Victorian Penny Dreadfuls (1) 

11 Jul

The Illustrated Police News was a strange, weekly, newspaper, which lasted from 1867 until 1938, and for a while was described as "the worst newspaper in England".

Police and mayor move to reassure Muslims in Tower Hamlets after acid attacks spark hate crime fears 

7 Jul

Resham Khan was attacked in Beckton on June 21 Pic: Daniel Mann – Go Fund Me A series of acid attacks in East London has renewed concerns among the Muslim community in Tower Hamlets over their safety and the spread of Islamaphobia Fears have been ...

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Comment »

Man overboard 

11 Oct

Council CEO Kim Bromley-Derry has been re-arranging the executive deckchairs at Newham Dockside: A few weeks back I announced my new executive leadership arrangements which took effect immediately.

Less than zero 

9 Oct

West Ham United has yet to hand over a penny in business rates for its London Stadium home, according to a report in London freesheet City AM .

Resigning matters 

25 Sep

Forest Gate North councillor Rachel Tripp has resigned from cabinet .

Spot the Difference (part 94) 

25 Sep

The draft Statement of Accounts originally published in July, which set off a furore once people spotted the words ‘written-off’ in the section dealing with the Olympic Stadium loan: The version being considered by the Audit Board/Investment and ...

Stadium latest 

11 Sep

A stone’s throw from the Olympic stadium...

Not just a river in Egypt 

8 Sep

My blog post yesterday prompted a flurry of media interest, which resulted in the following statement being issued (my emphasis added): A Newham Council spokesperson said:  “The Council’s draft accounts for 2016/17 were first published on our ...

Down the drain 

7 Sep

Sir Robin Wales is about to flush £40 million of council taxpayers’ money down the toilet.

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Politicians »

While in Dancing Dick’s Lane – White Notley to Witham walk 

15 Oct

Definitely off message but today Gill and I went for a linear walk from White Notley station to Witham station (Essex).

Newham Labour Councillor Candidate Selection for 2018 

14 Oct

Got email last night from London Region "Dear candidate, Many thanks for attending your interview last weekend.

Black History Month Event – London City Hall, Friday 27 October 2017 

13 Oct

PROGRAMME OF THE DAY Black History Month 2017 9:30 Coffee and Registration 10:00 Welcome and Introductions – Stephanie Thomas 10:20 Margaret Greer - National Black members Officer 11:00 Alim Kamara – Entertainment (Story Story activity ) 11:30 ...

Workplace pensions work: but we are going backwards not forwards 

12 Oct

Pensions for many have improved over the years but we are now in danger of going backwards not forwards.

Stratford Skyline 

11 Oct

Picture from the balcony of East Thames (now LQ) Housing headquarters in Stratford, Newham, London before a UNISON branch meeting.

World Mental Health day #WMHD 

10 Oct

Some useful stuff from ACAS and UNISON .

Walk from Forest Gate to Chingford 

8 Oct

Off message but a lovely walk today from the People's Republic to Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge at Chingford.

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Features »

Ophelia please darken my door 

16 Oct

Well the old neighbourhood just ain't the same.

A momentary lapse 

15 Oct

It had been a wonderful morning on Wanstead Flats - two Short-eared Owls , a couple of Brambling and stacks of other great viz-mig.

Abiding memory of confiding 

14 Oct

I nearly considered going on a twitch this weekend.

London’s weekly railway news #222 

13 Oct

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… London Underground Signal Box gets Listed Status London Underground Is Sadiq’s fares freeze behind London Underground’s falling investment in track maintenance and new trains? MayorWatch ...

I must be dreaming 

12 Oct

It has started.

13 Nice Things To Do After Work Instead Of Going Straight Home 

12 Oct

It’s been Quite A Week round here.

Today was supposed to be M&S’s day 

10 Oct

The long-awaited opening of the MS Simply Food on Wanstead High Street, which was announced as happening today, has not happened.

Box closes 

10 Oct

The box tree caterpillar, which as we reported last year had reached Wanstead on its advance northwards through the country, has knocked Wanstead’s box trees for six.

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Local sport »

Tons play London Lions in FA Vase 

14 Oct

Clapton will be playing London Lions FC on Saturday 21 October 2017 in the First Round of the The Buildbase FA Vase.

U12s secure 2nd Win in CHBL 

12 Oct

The second game of the season would see Coach Stephen return to the CHBL with a new team who are filled with passion and desire to want to play for the club.

Pioneering Away Victory for U14 Premier Boys 

12 Oct

The Lions traveled to Northwest London to face a Pioneers side that were very impressive in their first game winning by 37 points.

U14 Premier Boys off to Thunderous Start 

12 Oct

Youngbloods kicked off this season with an impressive win over Worthing Thunder 100-27.

Beckton parkrun #281 30.09.17 

8 Oct

Another fine morning at Beckton District Park.

Beckton parkrun #280 23.08.17 

8 Oct

A good turn out with 77 runners on a fine morning.


26 Sep

Wyverns get season back on track...

Beckton parkrun #279 16.09.17 

20 Sep

Good attendance with 73 parkrun participants.

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West Ham FC »

Burnley v West Ham United 

13 Oct

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Burnley and West Ham United.

Meeting scheduled: Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 12.15 pm, West Ham Park Committee 

11 Oct

West Ham Park Committee: Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 12.15 pm...

Email to Newham Executive Mayor Sir Robin Wales about impairment/write off of investment in West Ham stadium 

10 Oct

Response by Newham Borough Council to Andy Smith on 10 October 2017 .

West Ham yet to pay £2.3m London Stadium business rates bill 

10 Oct

West Ham United has not paid any business rates at the London Stadium, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed.

Less than zero 

9 Oct

West Ham United has yet to hand over a penny in business rates for its London Stadium home, according to a report in London freesheet City AM .

Community Land Trust:: Newham Co-operative Party Thursday 12 October at 8pm 

5 Oct

I will be sending the invite and agenda out tomorrow morning to all members but Newham Co-operative Party will be holding a meeting next Thursday 12 October at 8pm at the West Ham CLP HQ at 306 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 1AJ We have a ...

Stephen Timms MP tells West Ham fans to get on their bikes for football 

4 Oct

Campaigners hope West Ham fans can make the move to cycling when attending football games at the London Stadium.

Training for prospective Newham councillors – 5th & 12th October 2017 

3 Oct

Have you applied to be a council candidate? West Ham Labour Party are running short training sessions for members who have interviews to stand as Labour Party council candidates.

Agenda published: Meeting of Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 12.15 pm, West Ham Park Committee 

2 Oct

West Ham Park Committee: Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 12.15 pm...

Hope for our Country – Campaigning in Chingford & Woodford Green 

1 Oct

Yesterday, I was out canvassing next door to Newham, in Chingford Woodford Green with a strong team from West Ham Labour, led by our MP, Lyn Brown.

West Ham CLP Events & Campaign Grid (29/9/17) 

30 Sep

Campaign Events Grid Saturday 30/9/17 11am Royal Oak, Hale End Road IG8 9LN, Canvass, Alan Griffiths lead, West Ham CLP Secretary, Chingford Marginal ( It’s a Labour National Campaign Day!) Saturday 30.9.17 11-2pm Bobby Moore Statue, Central Park Rd...

West Ham United v Swansea City 

29 Sep

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between West Ham United and Swansea City.

Man arrested in Whitechapel following rush hour incident at West Ham station 

29 Sep

A man has been arrested in Whitechapel following reports of a man with a knife at West Ham station during the evening rush hour.

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Events »

Features: The Hartlepool Monkey: How a set can tell its own story 

14 Sep

The show opens in Stratford ahead of a UK tour...

World Taekwondo Grand Prix and World Para Taekwondo Championships at Copper Box Arena 

4 Sep

Taekwondo returns to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with four days of world-class action.

Elrow Town London at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 

28 Jul

Step into an eccentric world of music, games and performances at this quirky two-day festival.

Review: Review: Summer in London (Theatre Royal Stratford East) 

19 Jul

Rikki Beadle-Blair's latest show stars an all-trans cast...

Get 20% off Summer In London tickets from 8-21 July 

5 Jul

Summer in London Theatre Royal Stratford East 8-29 July | Times Vary | £10-£25 Book Tickets “A hilarious new romcom play – think The Inbetweeners meets a modern A Midsummer Night’s Dream – with an all trans cast” Join four cheeky lads ...

The Who’s Tommy at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Theatre review 

15 Jun

This disappointing rendition of The Who’s famous rock opera is probably one to be avoided for most but may hold some important lessons for others.

Theatre News: Nadia Fall appointed artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East 

14 Jun

The director will take over from Kerry Michael who leaves the position at the end of this year...

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LocalGov »

Please provide the actual expiry date of Premises Licence 16/01336/LAVAR 

16 Oct

Response by Newham Borough Council to Robert Skedgell on 16 October 2017 .

Contracts information 

16 Oct

Response by Newham Borough Council to Nicola Holmwood on 16 October 2017 .

Cycle highway CS2 

16 Oct

Response by Newham Borough Council to John Kinble on 16 October 2017 .

Suppliers and Vendors (Cyber) 

13 Oct

Response by Newham Borough Council to Harry Jones on 13 October 2017 .

One Oracle review 

13 Oct

Response by Newham Borough Council to Darryl Chamberlain on 13 October 2017 .

Planning Data 

12 Oct

Follow up sent to Newham Borough Council by Mr Wilde on 12 October 2017 .

Adult Social Care in Newham 

11 Oct

Response by Newham Borough Council to Jamie Wake on 11 October 2017 .

Agency Staffing Agreement 

11 Oct

Request sent to Newham Borough Council by Michael Coles on 11 October 2017 .

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“There is no such thing as a Fireman” says Brigade Chief 

16 Oct

London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton is urging the nation to stop using the outdated term ‘Fireman’ as part of a drive to encourage more women to become firefighters.

Statement on incident in South Kensington 

7 Oct

Peter McKenna, Deputy Director of Operations, said: "At just after 2.20pm today, (7 October), we received reports of an incident at Cromwell Road, South Kensington...

Brigade ‘butts’ into vaping campaign 

29 Sep

The Brigade welcomes Public Health England’s support for e-cigarettes as a key way to help smokers quit tobacco smoking to help reduce the number of smoking related fire deaths.

Medics reunited with premature twins they helped to safely deliver 

28 Sep

Medics from London Ambulance Service who helped deliver premature twins have been reunited with the baby boys.

Brigade trials light blocking solution for solar panel fires 

26 Sep

The Brigade is the first fire service in the world to trial a specially designed light blocking coating to tackle emergencies involving solar panels.

Brigade backs national fire safety door campaign 

25 Sep

We are reminding landlords and tenants about the crucial role played by fire safety doors after new statistics reveal the shocking extent to which this potentially life saving piece of engineering is being misused.

Deadly delay in calling 999 warns new Brigade report 

21 Sep

The Brigade was called immediately in only two of the 39 accidental fatal dwelling fires last year...

Don’t turn your back on fridge fire risk warns Brigade 

21 Sep

Fridges and Freezers must have fire resistant back...

Airport arrest for Finchley restauranteur brought to book for fire safety offences 

20 Sep

A Finchley restaurant owner who ‘put lives at risk’ by persistently failing to address fire safety failings has been handed a six month suspended prison sentence following a successful prosecution by London Fire Brigade.

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