North East London hyperlocal portal Tuesday 20 March 2018

Forest Gate & Manor Park news

Forest Gate pupils sing on Peppa Pig fundraising track 

20 Mar

Young singers from a Forest Gate primary school are set to be the talk of the playground after lending their voices to one of television’s most popular characters - Peppa Pig.

Four men put in prison for driving into 16-year-old in Upton Park, leaving him hospitalised 

19 Mar

Four men have been given prison sentences after driving a car into a 16-year-old in Upton Park.

Forest Gate schoolgirls raise awareness about domestic violence and forced marriages 

14 Mar

Schoolgirls from Forest Gate went to Westfield shopping centre last week to raise awareness about honour based violence and forced marriages.

Forest Gate mosque organising hate crime discussion in response to ‘Punish a Muslim’ letter 

13 Mar

A Forest Gate mosque has said it is “appalled” at the circulation of a letter inciting violence against Muslims by encouraging participation in ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ and has planned a community discussion on hate crime.

Private school faces closure due to financial problems 

13 Mar

An independent school in Forest Gate has suddenly announced it may be closing its gates – but hasn’t told parents when.

Model who changed Miss Universe speaks at Women of the World festival 

13 Mar

Muna Jama, a model from Forest Gate and the first woman to ditch a bikini in Miss Universe Great Britain, spoke at the Southbank’s Women of the World Festival on Friday.

Further strikes planned for Manor Park’s Avenue Primary School as staff and parents fight academisation 

12 Mar

Staff at Avenue Primary School in Manor Park are entering into their eighth day of strikes against academisation on Tuesday.

Meet Luke Bennett, the Forest Gate osteopath and poet 

9 Mar

How do you mix pumping iron with pulsing prose...

Good Samaritan sixth former rewarded for returning missing wallet 

8 Mar

A Forest Gate sixth former has been rewarded for returning a wallet crammed with credit cards after spotting it in snow.

Theresa May goes back to school: Prime minister’s unexpected visit to St Edward’s in Upton Park 

6 Mar

Theresa May ditched the Brexit talks for an impromptu visit to a school in Upton Park yesterday.

Forest Gate man guilty of trying to recruit ‘army of children’ in Barking for terror attacks on London 

2 Mar

An Islamic State-inspired preacher has been found guilty of trying to recruit an “army of children” for a series of attacks on high profile London landmarks.

Manor Park couple says no to pub’s last orders 

28 Feb

A Manor Park couple are campaigning to save their beloved Earl of Essex pub in Romford Road.

Tributes paid to Bobby Moore at the Upton Park Champions Statue, 25 years after his death 

26 Feb

Tributes were paid to Bobby Moore at the Champions Statue by Upton Park on the 25th anniversary of his death on Saturday.

Jailed: Forest Gate man, 19, who launched random attack on 61-year-old rail passenger 

23 Feb

A Forest Gate man has been sentenced to six months in prison for a “random attack” on a man at Leigh-on-Sea railway station.

Q&A: My Newham 

20 Feb

As a member of Minhaj ul Quran in Forest Gate, Shahid Mahmood helps to organise the mosque’s charity work and embraces the multitude of cultures flourishing in the borough.

MEP from Forest Gate selected as interim Ukip leader 

19 Feb

A politician from Forest Gate has been selected as Ukip’s interim leader and has promised to make it a “populist party”.

Missing: Man, 26, who frequents Forest Gate and Stratford 

8 Feb

Police are appealing for help to find a missing 26-year-old who frequents Newham.

Terror trial: Teacher admits showing Islamic State video to children 

5 Feb

A teacher from Forest Gate accused of plotting a terror attack in the UK has admitted playing an Islamic State video in class to give students a “more holistic” view.

Upton Park community centre crowdfunding to provide arts and community space for Newham 

2 Feb

An Upton Park community centre is trying to raise money through grants and donations to help secure its future.

Police officer acquitted of carrying out racist attack in Forest Gate 

31 Jan

A Met police officer has been cleared of carrying out a racist attack in Forest Gate while off duty.

MISSING: Have you seen Janna Sylla, 11, from Manor Park? 

31 Jan

Police are appealing for help to find an 11-year-old girl who is missing from Manor Park in east London.

Terror trial: Police ‘found large kitchen knife hidden in car’, court hears 

29 Jan

A religious teacher from Forest Gate had a large kitchen knife stashed in his car when he was arrested for plotting Islamic State-inspired attacks on London, a court has heard.

Is this a Banksy? Mystery mural appears in Manor Park 

29 Jan

This mysterious mural has appeared overnight on a Manor Park wall.

GCSE league tables: Forest Gate Community School named sixth best in the country 

26 Jan

Forest Gate Community School is the sixth best performing school in the country, new figures have shown.

Newham Bookshop, in Barking Road, Upton Park, is displaying the sign, which reads “We are proud to sell books by authors from ‘s**t hole’ countries”. The shop’s owner, Vivian Archer, explained that she put the sign up after reports that the US president had made derogatory comments about Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations. “It’s a shop that has been in this borough for 40 years, representing all the communities living in this area,” she said. “What he allegedly said made me angry.” Vivian shared a picture of the sign on Twitter, which has attracted almost 500 likes and 180 retweets. “We’ve had a positive response from people coming into our shop and online, from all over the world.” 

24 Jan

A bookshop has hit back against alleged racist remarks by Donald Trump with a window sign.

15 adults escape Forest Gate shop fire 

22 Jan

A burning shop in Forest Gate was evacuated after a fire started by a faulty electrical connection.

Hunt to find mother of ‘Baby M’ killed hours after she was born 

15 Jan

Police are trying to trace these two figures (Picture: PA) Detectives are hunting down the mother of a baby girl who was beaten to death and left in a park just hours after being born.

Two men stabbed in Manor Park street 

14 Jan

A police investigation has been launched after two men were stabbed in Manor Park yesterday.

Award winning Manor Park comedian to launch comedy sitcom pilot 

12 Jan

An award winning Manor Park comedian is set to launch a pilot for her new comedy sitcom.

Story of Manor Park rock band Small Faces to be told in West End show 

12 Jan

A former EastEnders star is bringing the turbulent true story of one of east London’s most famous rock bands to the West End.

Hunt for man accused of sexually assaulting girl, 12, on London bus 

11 Jan

He is wanted in connection with the incident (Picture: Metropolitan Police) Police are hunting for a man after a child was allegedly sexually assaulted on board a bus.

Hyperlocal & blogs

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.

Redevelopment proposals for Woodgrange Methodist Church 

15 Mar

The congregation and pastors of Woodgrange Methodist church, together with the national hierarchy of the Methodist tradition have been working, for about 5 years, on redevelopment plans for the site.

Party of one 

13 Mar

Last Friday Newham council held what was billed as an event to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.

Vile and insulting 

8 Mar

Remember how Andrea Leadsom torpedoed her own bid for the Tory leadership when she said being a mother gave her “a very real stake in the future of our country,” in contrast to the childless Theresa May? Even Tory MPs described the remarks as “...

Minnie Baldock’s active suffragette life in letters and photos 

8 Mar

This article is published on International Women's Day, one hundred years after women first achieved the parliamentary vote in Britain.

The vision thing 

7 Mar

Sir Robin’s vision for Newham in 1997 (my emphasis added): There are too many people, those currently living in Newham and those attracted from other London boroughs, who survive on low incomes or who present themselves as homeless.

Academy antics 

7 Mar

Councillors are so opposed to academies they are paying millions of pounds for this one to expand Last Monday Newham council passed a motion , proposed by Cllrs Mas and Salim Patel, declaring itself opposed to local schools converting into academies.


2 Mar

I’ve written before bemoaning the shoddy state of record-keeping and a generally lax attitude to quality assurance at Newham council.

Happy birthday, Newham Bookshop! 

1 Mar

The familiar frontage - it is what it says on the fascia board Today is World Book Day, and the beginning of the month in which Newham Bookshop - managed by Forest Gate stalwart, Vivian Archer - celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Newham council 2018 -22 (probably) 

26 Feb

The Forest Gate North candidates and their supporters Over the past two weekends Labour members in Newham have been selecting the 60 candidates that will contest May’s local elections.

Forest Gate North Labour selects Sasha, Anamul & Rachel 

25 Feb

A great picture from the end of last night's Labour Party selection meeting, where local members voted overwhelmingly to return their existing Councillors, Rachel Tripp and Anamul Islam, as candidates for the local elections in May.


24 Feb

Details of the mayoral selection hustings have been announced: Dear member, As part of the process to select Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Newham, we will be holding two hustings meetings for you to hear from the candidates and ask them questions.

Generous to a fault 

24 Feb

By Alan Combe If he fails to win the nomination this year, Sir Robin will miss the hospitality almost as much as wearing the mayoral collar.

Head to head 

21 Feb

Out with old, in with the new? The Labour Party has written to local members to confirm the shortlist for the mayoral selection: Last night, the selections panel for the process to select Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Newham interviewed ...

Street guide to E7 food hygiene ratings – 2018 

17 Feb

This is our 2018 summary of the food ratings awarded to almost 200 Forest Gate food retailers, restaurants and hotels, by Newham Council's inspectorate - working to Food Safety Agency guidelines.

And another one 

17 Feb

This time it’s Cllr Frances Clarke: Dear All I have decided not to stand again as a councillor.

Standing down 

17 Feb

Beckton Cllr David Christie is standing down.

Newham Councillor Selection Meetings – East Ham 17/18 Feb & West Ham 24/25 Feb 

15 Feb

East Ham 17/18 February at East Ham Town Hall, 328 Barking Road, London E6 2RP Ward Name AWS Day Date Time Manor Park 1 Saturday 17-Feb-18 10.30am Little Ilford 1 Saturday 17-Feb-18

Over and out? 

15 Feb

Councillor Forhad Hussain is not seeking re-selection as a candidate for the elections in May.

Going LOBO 

13 Feb

Newham are, by some distance, top of the LOBO league.

Open sesame! 

13 Feb

The Labour Party has announced details for the selection of its candidate to be the directly elected mayor of Newham.

What’s Next? 

12 Feb

On Twitter, Kevin Blowe asks the obvious question : If Sir Robin Wales is ousted as Mayor of Newham, what happens next? Ideas please for unraveling the legacy of hard-right Labour council.

London stadium enquiry 

12 Feb

At the Council meeting on 4th December, Sir Robin announced a review of the decisions that led to the “investment” of £40m into the former Olympic Stadium, which part-funded its transformation into a new home for West Ham United.

Who lived in Claremont Road in 1891? the census returns 

7 Feb

We've written, here , before about the inhabitants of Claremont Road in 1881 - the first census taken after the start of construction of the Woodgrange estate.

Data warning 

7 Feb

Selection meetings for the 20 ward Labour parties to select their candidates for the council elections in May have been confirmed for 17/18 and 24/25 February.

You need wheels 

4 Feb

When Lutfur Rahman was swanking around Tower Hamlets in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes Benz, Sir Robin took great satisfaction in pointing out that he drove his own car – a used Toyota.

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