North East London hyperlocal portal Sunday 26 February 2017

Forest Gate & Manor Park news

Student rescues escaped dog in Forest Gate 

24 Feb

A caring student has helped reunite a dog with its owner after finding the escaped pet on his way to school.

Four guns found at an address in Forest Gate 

24 Feb

Police have seized four guns at an address in Forest Gate.

Green-fingered fitness fans clear up Upton Park 

22 Feb

Green-fingered volunteers are transforming a stretch of waste ground to avoid going to the gym.

Police failed to note medical condition of epileptic man who later collapsed in Forest Gate station and died 

22 Feb

A homeless man who died in police custody had been found fitting on the floor of a cell at the same station before, an inquest has heard.

Queen’s Market in Upton Park hosts Market Games 

16 Feb

Stunts, basketball, football and chess were all part of the fun at Queen’s Market.

The future of Upton Park: How West Ham’s former ground will look 

16 Feb

The green turf is still there, as are a pair of turrets – but no sign of the thousands of claret and blue-clad fans that cheered on their team.

Forest Gate cafe opens to keep children off the streets 

15 Feb

A new cafe opened its doors to keep children away from a life of crime.

Police criticised over handling of Forest Gate mother’s murder 

14 Feb

A pregnant mother strangled to death by her husband may be alive today if the police had not committed a “catalogue of flaws”, a report has claimed.

Forest Gate mosque makes history with first exhibition 

13 Feb

An often untold period in history is being celebrated in an exhibition claimed to be the first ever staged in a British mosque.

Upton Park family stripped of housing priority after mum dies aged 29 

13 Feb

Council chiefs have stripped a grieving father-of-two of emergency status for housing after his seriously ill wife died of pneumonia.

British Olympian visits Forest Gate school 

10 Feb

European Taekwondo Champion and Great British olympian, Lutalo Muhammad, paid a special visit to Forest Gate Community School this morning.

Manor Park parents deny murdering three-month-old daughter 

9 Feb

The parents of a baby who was found unresponsive on a bus and later died have denied murdering her.

Manor Park parents charged with baby’s murder set to enter plea 

8 Feb

The parents of a three-month-old baby who was found unresponsive on a bus and later died are set to appear at the Old Bailey today.

Man shot in Forest Gate 

8 Feb

A 30-year-old man was shot in Forest Gate last night.

West Ham memorial bricks saved from demolition 

7 Feb

Volunteers have sorted through hundreds of memorial bricks from West Ham’s former Upton Park stadium in a bid to reunite them with loved ones.

Commuters beware, severe delays between Stratford and Liverpool Street station 

6 Feb

Faulty overhead electric wires between Manor Park and Romford means trains between Stratford and Romford are being delayed by up to 25 minutes, or cancelled.

Bittersweet moment as final West Ham signs taken down at Tube station 

3 Feb

The final reminders of West Ham Football Club’s old home at Upton Park are being stripped away from the nearby station.

Forest Gate GP practice with 13,000 patients rated ‘outstanding’ 

3 Feb

Doctors have hailed their practice’s “outstanding” status as a team effort.

Forest Gate students launch refugee awareness campaign 

1 Feb

A group of students have started a campaign to raise awareness of the issues refugee families face arriving in the borough.

Forest Gate artist draws her neighbours 

1 Feb

When Eleanor Pearce moved to Forest Gate, she decided the best way to get to meet her neighbours would be to draw them.

Forest Gate Community School soars up nationwide tables 

1 Feb

A school in Forest Gate is celebrating its position amongst the top 20 in the country for GCSE results progress.

Norwegian headteachers paid Forest Gate school a visit 

31 Jan

Norwegian headteachers paid a visit to St Bonaventure’s to gain an understanding of the English education system.

Stabbing in Forest Gate leaves teenager with head injury 

27 Jan

A 16-year-old boy was stabbed yesterday.

Manor Park pupils use cardboard to explore virtual worlds 

25 Jan

Children from Avenue Primary School explored coral reefs, jungles and outer space during a day of virtual reality activites.

Cab driver opens up world war-themed cafe in Manor Park 

24 Jan

Are you a world war buff or a food fanatic? You might want to pay the Poppy Pantry a visit.

Forest Gate church to provide ‘high-energy’ service to reflect diverse demographic 

20 Jan

Worshippers looking for a “celebratory” type of service need look no further than Forest Gate.

Manor Park man among nine brawling West Ham and Arsenal fans sentenced 

19 Jan

A football fan from Manor Park was among nine sentenced for their part in a brawl between West Ham and Arsenal supporters.

Girl, 13, missing from Forest Gate 

18 Jan

Police are growing “increasingly concerned” about a 13-year-old girl who went missing yesterday.

Little Ilford volunteer meets EastEnders actress 

17 Jan

Haven House Children’s Hospice’s longest-serving volunteer, Violet Pace, had a special morning meeting EastEnders star Dame Barbara Windsor on Friday.

Members of Manor Park care home celebrate its 20th birthday 

17 Jan

Food, dancing and bubbly were on offer when residents and employees at a care home celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Forest Gate pupils promote importance of diversity at event 

16 Jan

Four pupils from Azhar Academy Girls School gave a lesson of their own when they held a special school assembly about diversity.

Hyperlocal & blogs

Sir Robin re-arranges the deck chairs 

23 Feb

Indisputably number two In an email sent to all councillors this afternoon Sir Robin Wales has set out his plan to revamp the political leadership of the council and re-structure the executive responsibilities.

Gotta Have Faith 

23 Feb

Councillors Hanif Abdulmuhit, Forhad Hussain, Idris Ibrahim and Mas Patel, were recently spotted meeting with a group of local imams in Manor Park.


17 Feb

A forest of arms raising points of order (picture via James Beckles’ account of the meeting ) Last Monday (13th February) I attended the annual general meeting of Newham Co-opertaive Party.

Visiting The Grave of Annie Chapman 

17 Feb

Annie Chapman, the second of the so-called “canonical five” victims of Jack the Ripper, was murdered on the morning of the 8th of September 1888.

The street where you live (8) – Sebert Road 

16 Feb

This is the eighth in an occasional series of articles by local historian, Peter Williams, who specialises in Newham housing, maps and local history.

Valentine’s Day 

15 Feb

Had to smile at the slightly panicky queue of men (including one women) inside my local florist in Forest Gate last night at round 7.30pm.

“On the knocker” for Labour and the NHS in Canning Town (and elsewhere) 

11 Feb

When Councillor Terry Paul (aka "Red Tel") promised on Facebook "sunshine" for this morning's Canning Town campaign session perhaps we should have looked out of the window first! A very cold and at times snowy Labour doorstep this morning in Canning ...

Forest Gate’s first Polish community 

5 Feb

The Polish Educational Society in Forest Gate was formed siixty years ago - in November 1956 - and became the first Polish organisation in East London.

Fabian update 

1 Feb

The following statement has been issued by the national Fabian Society regarding the recent mayoral trigger ballot (my emphasis added): Since early December the national Fabian Society has received a number of complaints from members regarding the ...

Looking out for Asteroids! 

1 Feb

This week the students at Forest Gate Community School were learning how to spot asteroids.

Godwin School ( boys ) log 2 – Godwin and Forest Gate pre WW1 (1900 – 1914) 

30 Jan

This is the second of a series of posts based on the school log of Godwin School, from 1883 - 1984, providing a fascinating, worms' eye view of the development of the local area.

Pizza & Politics : Broadlands UNISON AGM 1 March 

29 Jan

AGM season for the Labour Movement is in full swing.

The Graves Of Mary Nichols and Catherine Eddowes 

28 Jan

Mary Nichols and Catherine Eddowes were the first and fourth victims of Jack the Ripper respectively.

Silvertown tunnel 

25 Jan

Councillor James Beckles (Plaistow North) on his blog today : Monday 23rd January it was our first Newham Labour Group after the Christmas break.

The mosques of Forest Gate 

22 Jan

Around a quarter of Forest Gate's 30,000 population is Moslem and the district is served by 13 mosques.

Godwin School ( boys ) log 1 – 1883 – 1984, the origins 

13 Jan

We have been given access to an invaluable document that offers a fascinating insight of 100 years of Forest Gate history - and many of the people who lived here - from a worm's eye view.

Forest Gate Industrial school – The 1890 inquest and background to its 1906 closure 

2 Jan

We have written previously about one of the earliest significant institutions to built in Forest Gate: the Industrial School, on Forest Lane.

East to West Ham – through Forest Gate to Upton Park 

30 Dec

It was a tweet I saw at breakfast showing the beginnings of the demolition of Upton Park, the Boleyn Ground, that set me off across Wanstead Flats to take a final look at the iconic home of West Ham United before it was gone forever.

Timing is everything 

22 Dec

Cllr Lakmini Shah, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding, was among those who discussed the future of the Carpenters estate last week Here’s a curious tale.

Forest Gate: scene of Rock Against Racism’s first gig 

12 Dec

We have just passed the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Rock Against Racism, and its first gig at the Princess Alice pub, on Romford/Woodgrange Roads.

No Mandate 

9 Dec

The Newham Labour party Trigger Democracy campaign has sent out a powerful email to local party members, telling them that Sir Robin has no mandate to continue as the mayoral candidate without a proper, open selection.

Xmas cancelled – again 

6 Dec

The relaunch of the long-dormant Newham Fabian Society has been postponed.

Party says no 

5 Dec

After the final set of trigger ballot meetings, the score stands at eleven wards to nine in favour of an open selection for Labour’s 2018 mayoral candidate.

Mayor lost support of Newham Labour Party Branches and membership 

4 Dec

This afternoon the last Newham Labour Party branch, Green Street East held its trigger ballot meeting and voted 32 to 5 for an open selection process for the next Newham Labour Mayoral candidate.

The Struggle for Wanstead Flats 1946-47 

3 Dec

Local historian, Mark Gorman (Twitter: @Flatshistorian), celebrates a key date, and significant anniversary in the fight to keep Wanstead Flats the open space so many of us enjoy today.

God only knows 

2 Dec

After the four ward meetings last night – all of which voted No – I tweeted that the trigger ballot score stood at 9 in favour of automatically reselecting Sir Robin and 11 for an open selection.

Sunday Bloody Sunday 

30 Nov

Labour members in Green Street East received a letter yesterday cancelling their Trigger Ballot meeting on Sunday.

Stratford Votes for open selection 34-11 & Little Ilford 36-23 

25 Nov

Well done to Branch members in Stratford (the site of the 2014 Olympics and the biggest ward in Newham) and Little Ilford.

Co-op coup 

22 Nov

Picture from @james_beckles on Twitter Last night Newham Co-operative Party  said yes to democracy by voting No in the Newham mayoral trigger ballot.

As it stands 

18 Nov

After the first set of trigger ballot meetings, the score stands at nine wards to three in favour of automatically reselecting Sir Robin Wales as Labour’s candidate.

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