North East London hyperlocal portal Saturday 26 May 2018

Forest Gate & Manor Park news

Boleyn Tavern: Former favourite West Ham pre-match pub in Upton Park has been sold 

22 May

A 118-year-old Upton Park pub synonymous with West Ham has been sold to another chain.

Worshippers take action after mosque in Forest Gate is sold 

21 May

Worshippers from Forest Gate protested outside the headquarters of the Charity Commission after discovering the site of their current mosque has been sold.

School building in Forest Gate given architectural award for excellence 

17 May

A school building in Forest Gate has been branded a piece of architectural excellence.

Hundreds attend public meeting to tackle youth violence in Forest Gate following killing of Sami Sidhom 

15 May

Hundreds of Forest Gate residents came to a public meeting last night which was held in response to rising levels of youth violence and the killing of 18-year-old university student Sami Sidhom.

Hundreds attend public meeting to tackle youth violence in Forest Gate following killing of Sami Sidhom 

15 May

Hundreds of Forest Gate residents came to a public meeting on Monday night which was held in response to rising levels of youth violence and the killing of 18-year-old university student Sami Sidhom.

Faith groups hold ‘peace conference’ in Upton Park mosque 

14 May

Religious leaders gathered in Upton Park on Saturday evening for an “interfaith peace conference”.

Forest Gate residents to hold public meeting to devise anti-violence action plan after killing of Sami Sidhom 

11 May

A public meeting has been organised by neighbours of Sami Sidhom and parents in Forest Gate to discuss the recent spate of violence which has blighted the community.

Iconic family-run Upton Park pie and mash shop to close after 80 years in business 

10 May

An iconic Upton Park pie and mash shop is to close after more than 80 years in business.

Sir Ian McKellen and cast of new movie spotted on set in Forest Gate 

9 May

Forest Gate has become the set for a new film starring Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren.

Charity commission launches investigation into governance of Forest Gate private school 

9 May

The charity commission has launched an investigation into the running of a Forest Gate private school - and has suspended the bank account of the charity that runs it.

Burglars’ angle grinders spark fire in bungled break-in in Manor Park 

9 May

Burglars breaking into an electrical shop in Manor Park last night ended up having to flee the scene after their angle grinders inadvertently sparked a fire that set the building alight as they attempted to force their way into the building.

Jailed: Forest Gate scaffolder who helped smuggle 12million cigarettes in £3.6m tax swindle 

4 May

A scaffolder from Forest Gate has been jailed for his role in a £3.6million tax swindle where 12 million cigarettes were smuggled into the UK.

Missing: 17-year-old known to frequent Stratford, Forest Gate and Ilford 

3 May

Police are appealing for information about a missing 17-year-old known to frequent Stratford, Forest Gate and Ilford.

Jailed: Plaistow man who stabbed boy, 16, in ‘despicable’ Upton Park brawl 

3 May

A Plaistow man has been jailed for stabbing a 16-year-old man in a mass brawl in Upton Park.

Primary school in Forest Gate gets modern pre-school and arts facilities 

3 May

A rundown nursery in Forest Gate has been replaced with a state-of-the-art building.

Forest Gate GP surgery faces closure following ‘inadequate’ rating 

2 May

A GP surgery in Forest Gate faces closure unless it improves the care offered to its patients within six months.

Temple run: Break-in reported at Manor Park religious centre 

1 May

A burglary was reported early this morning at a Manor Park temple.

Two women taken to hospital after Manor Park flat fire 

1 May

A woman was rescued from a first floor flat early this morning after a kitchen fire in Manor Park.

Jailed: Forest Gate killer who bludgeoned victim with baseball bat 

1 May

A man who beat his victim to death with a baseball bat during a mass brawl in Upton Park has been jailed for 14 years.

Tributes paid to Forest Gate stabbing victim Sami Sidhom during peace walk 

30 Apr

Events and tributes dedicated to Sami Sidhom, the teenager killed in Forest Gate, have taken place in the last week.

Anti-academisation protestors demonstrate outside show promoting academies at ExCel arena 

30 Apr

Parents from an anti-academisation group in Forest Gate staged a protest outside a show promoting academies on Wednesday.

Peace march held over Forest Gate teen death 

29 Apr

Sami Sidhom was attacked while walking from a West Ham game on 16 April.

West Ham supporters plan minute’s applause for fan Sami Sidhom who was killed in Forest Gate 

27 Apr

West Ham fans are planning to hold a minute’s applause in memory of supporter Sami Sidhom, who was killed on his way home from a game.

Old Manor Park Library opens its doors to the public 

26 Apr

The Old Manor Park Library is hosting an open day on Saturday.

Forest Gate murder: Police open book of condolences in memory of Sami Sidhom 

26 Apr

Police officers have paid tribute to a teenager stabbed to death near his home in Forest Gate.

Forest Gate killer guilty after baseball bat brawl 

25 Apr

A man who bludgeoned his victim to death in an “alarming, sudden attack” in Upton Park has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Primark accused of ‘rewarding’ racist customer at Westfield Stratford City 

25 Apr

A Forest Gate mother has accused Primark of “rewarding” a racist customer accused of refusing to be served by “black people”.

Windrush generation grandmother loses job with Manor Park charity helping migrants 

24 Apr

A Windrush generation grandmother lost her job with a charity helping migrants because she couldn’t prove her right to work.

Forest Gate murder: Killers condemned as ‘cowards’ 

23 Apr

Sami Sidhom was stabbed to death near his home while on his way home from a West Ham game.

MURDER APPEAL: Detectives return to scene of Sami Sidhom’s stabbing in Forest Gate 

23 Apr

Detectives return to the murder scene in Forest Gate today where 18-year-old law student Sami Sidhom was stabbed to death exactly a week ago.

Forest Gate restaurant a finalist for London Curry Awards top prize 

20 Apr

A Forest Gate eatery is in the running for the top prize at the inaugural London Curry Awards.

Hyperlocal & blogs

Barry’s Meat Market: as one door closes, two open! 

24 May

Saturday 26 May will see Barry's Meat Market, the mainstay of Woodgrange Road's retail offer, close its doors for the last time - but other portals are opening soon! As a thank you present to his loyal local customers, Barry will have a marquee at ...

8 random facts about the 2018 election 

21 May

Turnout in Newham was down for the second election in a row, although the number of registered voters was the highest ever 1.

Time Out sees error of its ways 

14 May

Time Out has belatedly realised that Wanstead is not part of Forest Gate, following complaints from two Wansteadium readers.

And then there were 59 

11 May

Someone has learned how to use the airbrush tool in Photoshop Well, that didn’t take long.

What IS Time Out’s problem with Wanstead? 

9 May

Results of one Forest Gate category Sadly no Wanstead establishments made it to the Time Out Love London Awards 2018.

William Edward Wright – Forest Gate Edwardian photographer 

5 May

We were contacted a while ago by Chris Roach, the Great Granddaughter of prominent Victorian and Edwardian Forest Gate photographer, William Edward Wright.

They are us 

3 May

West Ham MP Lyn Brown spoke in yesterday’s Windrush debate in parliament : I want to talk about trust and how it has been violated, and I want to start with the cases of my constituents Gem and Jessica, both of which I raised in Monday’s debate ...

Foxes, UKIP Switchers & New Eastenders – Forest Gate North Labour Canvass 

30 Apr

After my Mobike UK adventure I joined comrades in Forest Gate North on #labourdoorstop.

Heading for the exit 

27 Apr

Sir Robin has emailed local Labour members (or at least those on the last list he got from the party before being deselected): “As you know, after 16 years, my tenure as Labour Mayor of Newham comes to an end in May.

Tollgate or not Tollgate? 

27 Apr

The origins of our district's name are fairly obvious and well known - the details, less so.

Avenue Primary School Anti-Academies Strike 

26 Apr

My picture from yesterday's strike picket by teachers and lobby by parents against the proposed academination of Avenue Primary School in Manor Park, Newham.

A survivor’s tale – 1941 bombing of the Princess Alice 

20 Apr

One of the delights of running this website is that sometimes articles can prompt replies and memories that can add colour and flavour to our understanding of the past.

Ninth Avenue 

20 Apr

When planners run out of inspiration for street names, they turn to ordinal numbers .

Classes over the Early May Bank Holiday 

19 Apr

May is the month of bank holidays! Check out the list below to find out which classes are open over the Early May bank Holiday.


16 Apr

Yesterday in Canning Town South… The Co-op Party’s first ever canvass in Newham drew a rather larger group of campaigners than the Conservatives managed.

Your 2018 candidates 

11 Apr

Mayor of Newham Rahima Khan, Conservative Rokhsana Fiaz, Labour Co-operative Gareth Evans, Liberal Democrat Chishala Kumalinga, Christian Peoples Alliance Daniel Oxley, Democrats and Veterans Party Council Beckton James Asser, Labour Ayesha ...

Fifth anniversary round up – past and future 

10 Apr

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the E7-NowAndThen blog, during which time we have published a little over 200 articles, on a ratio of about 1:2 - Now:Then.

Forest Gate North Labour Dream Team 3 May 2018 

4 Apr

This is the Labour Slate for my home ward, Forest Gate North, in the 3 May 2018 Mayoral and Council elections.

Green candidate announced 

4 Apr

The Green Party has announced its candidate for Mayor of Newham, Chidi Oti-Obihara.


4 Apr

The last remaining places on Labour’s slate of candidates for the local elections next month have been filled.

The good, the bad and criminal of Forest Gate’s Lettings Agents 

1 Apr

Newham Council became the first in the country to publish a ratings scheme for residential lettings agencies, last autumn - with agents being awarded from zero to five stars, depending on their performance.

Last chance saloon 

27 Mar

Last week Sir Robin’s cabinet approved a loan to Red Ventures, the council-owned property company, of £28.9 million to buy a property in north London.

#Labourdoorstop Weekend – Mayoral Candidate Rokhsana Fiaz & Lyn Brown MP lead West Ham Campaign teams (& an evening off with Nina Simone) 

25 Mar

Photo collage of a busy weekend for West Ham Labour.

Rejecting Lakminism 

23 Mar

Motion passed by West Ham Labour Party last night: “Whether or not a political candidate has children is never an issue for men and nor should it be for women.

Liberal candidate selected 

22 Mar

Newham and Barking Dagenham Liberal Democrats have selected Gareth Evans as their mayoral candidate for the election in May.

Uncle Joe knew where you lived! 

22 Mar

A timely post, as the media is awash with stories of Russian spies.

Generous to the last 

20 Mar

Picture via @NewhamLabourWTF A few months ago a set of new signs appeared in West Ham, directing people towards the Memorial Recreation Ground, home of the East London Rugby Club.

The Ballad of Mas Patel 

19 Mar

In good Sir Robin’s golden time, when loyalty no harm meant, A zealous Walesite councillor was I, and so I gained preferment.

Our Day Out 

16 Mar

Seniors from Leyton and Forest Gate did the journey across London to a place near Penge and New Cross and Rotherhithe, all places far away.

Trainer out 

16 Mar

Small beer compared to today’s other big news , but Douglas Trainer has left Newham Council.

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