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Pitch Battle: Forest Gate choirmaster to perform on BBC talent show 

20 Jun

A choirmaster from Forest Gate is hoping to hit the right notes with celebrity judges for a new prime-time, talent singing show.


Heavy delays between Stratford and Romford after train breaks down between Manor Park and Ilford 

19 Jun

A broken down train at Ilford is causing severe delays for commuters from Stratford to Romford this lunch time.


Grenfell Tower fire: Forest Gate Islamic charity feeds and clothes victims 

16 Jun

A Muslim aid charity took food and clothing across London to help those displaced by a fire that killed 17 people.


Forest Gate councillor ‘inspired’ by time on Jo Cox Women in Leadership scheme 

15 Jun

A councillor has praised the “sisterhood” of the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme on the anniversary of the MP’s death.


Manor Park trader sold fake designer goods at Dagenham Market 

15 Jun

A trader from Manor Park has been given a suspended jail sentence for selling counterfeit designer clothing on his stall at Dagenham market.


Man arrested on suspicion of GBH after Forest Gate stabbing 

14 Jun

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of GBH after a stabbing yesterday afternoon.


Manor Park wife cleared of poisoning her cheating husband with arsenic and mercury 

9 Jun

A woman from Manor Park has been cleared of poisoning her cheating husband after he told police he took the arsenic himself because he was ashamed of having an affair.


Manor Park man charged with attending illegal cockfight 

7 Jun

A man from Manor Park is due to appear in court accused of attending illegal cockerel fights.


Mechanic from Manor Park dies in A12 motorbike crash 

1 Jun

A motorcyclist who died in a crash on the A12 in Newbury Park has been named as a mechanic from Manor Park.


‘Violent quartet brought to justice’ after robbing Upton Park pensioner 

31 May

A “violent quartet” has been sentenced to at least 24 years in jail after they subjected a pensioner to “mental scars” by robbing him in broad daylight.


Election 2017: Forest Gate law graduate calls for online voting for visually impaired voters 

30 May

Ahead of next week’s general election, a law graduate is calling for more accessible voting systems for people with vision impairments.


Four guilty of conspiracy to rob Upton Park resident 

26 May

Three people have today been found guilty of conspiring to rob a pensioner at his home in Upton Park, with a fourth person previously having pleaded guilty.


Forest Gate Community School set for expansion 

25 May

Forest Gate Community School is set to expand to cater for an additional 300 pupils.


Anti-knife crime march between Forest Gate and Stratford is postponed 

24 May

A planned anti-knife crime march that was set to take place between Forest Gate and Stratford this Saturday has been postponed.


Bishop visits Forest Gate schoolchildren 

24 May

A junior school in Forest Gate has been graced with a visit by a bishop.


Forest Gate primary school’s tribute to governor killed by speeding driver 

23 May

A man “full of love” who was killed by a speeding driver has been remembered at the school where he was a governor.


Baby taken to hospital after Forest Gate hit-and-run 

23 May

A 13-month-old baby was taken to hospital following a hit-and-run in Forest Gate.


Two fires in one hour at Manor Park and East Ham homes 

22 May

Firefighters have attended two blazes that broke out within an hour of each other.


Forest Gate Muslim to teach Hebrew at synagogue 

22 May

In an attempt to build bridges between Muslims and Jews, a mosque volunteer will teach Hebrew at a synagogue.


Forest Gate doctors’ surgery in special measures after ‘inadequate’ rating 

22 May

A doctors’ surgery in Forest Gate has been placed in special measures.


Police seeking mother after newborn baby’s body found in park 

19 May

The body was found at a park in Hampshire (Picture: Google) T he body of a newborn baby has been found in a park.


Forest Gate GP rated ‘inadequate’ by CQC twice in eight months 

18 May

A GP surgery which is already in special measures has been rated “inadequate” for the second time in less than a year.


Manor Park couple sentenced to 11 years in jail each for the death of their baby daughter 

18 May

A couple from Manor Park have been each sentenced to 11 years in jail today for causing or allowing the death of their 16-week-old daughter.


Primary school pupils are transforming Plashet Park. 

17 May

Year Three children from Sandringham School in Forest Gate are creating an “outside learning classroom” in the park in Plashet Grove.


Forest Gate man faces jail for sharing videos online glorifying ISIS 

16 May

A Forest Gate man has admitted sharing online videos which glorified ISIS b efore and after he was arrested and bailed by police.


Muslims welcome Jews to Minhaj-ul-Qur’an in Forest Gate 

16 May

A mosque hosted a Jewish student exchange in an attempt to establish interfaith dialogue.


Five people escape Forest Gate house fire 

16 May

The cause of a house fire which was tackled by 20 firefighters and officers in Forest Gate is under investigation.


Manor Park man faces jail for deliberately driving into crowd celebrating Eid in Mile End 

15 May

A Manor Park man is facing jail for deliberately driving his car into a crowd as they celebrated Eid in Mile End.


Mum of killed Champion Ganda organises Forest Gate anti-knife crime march 

12 May

The mum of a teenage boy stabbed to death in Forest Gate has organised an anti-knife crime march and said: “enough is enough.


Forest Gate gardens opening up for trail weekend 

11 May

Gardeners in Forest Gate are being encouraged to open their gardens to visitors with the first ever garden trail.


Riders filmed standing up on Drayton Manor park attraction where girl died – just days before tragic accident 

11 May

Evha Jannath, 11, died after falling from the Splash Canyon water ride during a school trip...


Hyperlocal & blogs

First motor fire engine tested on Wanstead Flats 

19 Jun

In 1908/9 West Ham Fire Brigade made the momentous decision to move from horse power to the internal combustion engine.


Great Newham Get Together – In Honour of Jo Cox 

18 Jun

This afternoon I went to the Newham Woodcraft Kids Zone and Big Lunch Picnic in Wanstead Flats next to the Golden Fleece pub.


E7 food shops – FSA ratings, April 2017 

5 Jun

This is the third summary of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) cleanliness ratings for Forest Gate food shops; for others, 2014 and 2015, see here and here .


Less than 2 weeks to Go! Forest Gate & Ilford North 

28 May

Picture collage from yesterday in Forest Gate and Ilford North with our West Ham Parliamentary candidate, Lyn Brown.


Value for money? 

24 May

By Iain Aitch Is £4m per job good value for our money, Sir Robin? The recent raids by HMRC at the London Stadium (Olympic Stadium in old money) may have had some Newham residents worrying about their £40m investment in West Ham’s new ground.


An appreciation of Forest Gate artist Eric Dawson 

24 May

Last year's Newham Heritage Week paid a rare local tribute to Forest Gate artist, Eric Dawson, by displaying some of his original works at The Gate, and elsewhere in Newham.


Campaigning in Forest Gate North & Ilford North 20 May 2017 

21 May

Yesterday morning I started off campaigning in Forest Gate North with local Councillor, Anamul Islam and activists.


“Why fossil fuel divestment isn’t the answer” 

19 May

Last month I went to a well attended public meeting on this topic in Forest Gate Coffee7 and a Chatham House rules seminar in the City.


Re-electing Lyn Brown in Custom House & Forest Gate 

17 May

A great collage of photos from recent campaigning.


Forest Gate Conscientious Objectors in WW1 

15 May

T his article is posted to commemorate International Conscientious Objectors' Day, on 15 May 2017.


25 Days until UK General Election: On the knocker in Forest Gate & Ilford North 

14 May

Yesterday started with my Newham Councillor surgery in Vicarage Lane Community Centre, West Ham.


Election 2017 – your candidates 

12 May

The lists of candidates standing in the general election for the two Newham constituencies have been published.


Re-electing Lyn Brown – Forest Gate, West Ham & Canning Town 

11 May

Picture collage from canvass in Forest Gate North on Tuesday evening, West Ham ward on Wednesday evening and a Labour stall outside the busy West Ham Station tonight (which is confusingly not in West Ham ward but Canning Town North).


Introducing our candidate for West Ham! 

11 May

Meet Newham Green Party treasurer Michael Spracklin, our candidate for West Ham.


Stand up to racism – public meeting 

10 May

From Stand Up to Racism Newham: PUBLIC MEETING Defend EU Migrants – Keep Racism Out of the Election! Tuesday, 16 May at 19:00–20:45 Stratford Advice Arcade, 107-109 The Grove, London, E15 1HP (nr Morrisons car park) Speakers: Wiktor Moszczyń...


Re-electing Lyn Brown in Green Street & Forest Gate 

9 May

College is from Sundays morning canvass in Green Street West and the afternoon session in Forest Gate North.


West Hammers at Home and Away (Ilford North) 

7 May

Picture collage from yesterday's (Saturday) Labour campaigning in West Ham and Ilford North.


Godwin School ( boys ) log 4 – Godwin and Forest Gate between the wars (1919 – 1939) 

3 May

This is the fourth 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.


#GE17 West Hammers playing at home 

1 May

Yesterday I was pounding the mean streets of Forest Gate North again with a team led by local Councillor, Anamul Islam.


40 days to go – Campaigning in Forest Gate North & Ilford North 

29 Apr

Yesterday we ordered our first West Ham CLP freepost leaflet (the relief).


Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway – 1894 – 2017 

25 Apr

by local historians, Peter Williams and Mark Gorman We have covered aspects of the Barking Gospel Oak line (sometimes popularly known as the Goblin, or Chimney Pot line) on this website before (see here , in particular) but never in a comprehensive ...


Up close and personal 

25 Apr

A recent Freedom of Information request to Newham council From your Constitution, it states: 15.


May Day Bank Holiday – 1st May 

24 Apr

Find out whether your class is open on the May Day Bank Holiday on Monday the 1st May below: Bethnal Green – closed Camden – classes running as normal Clapham Junction – closed Embankment – closed Forest Gate – closed Greenwich – classes ...


GE2017: West Hammers in Forest Gate South & Ilford North 

23 Apr

After a week in North Wales celebrating my Mum's 76th, visiting family (and sneaked in a couple of hill walks) I drove back to London yesterday and today started campaigning in the Ilford North marginal then met up with West Ham CLP officers to agree...


Why Twitter & Facebook do little or nothing about racist and bigoted trolls? 

20 Apr

Last night I watched a report on the BBC One Show about the abject failure of super rich social media companies Twitter and Facebook to really tackle online trolling by racists and other bigots.


A four year retrospective 

18 Apr

We've reached the fourth anniversary of this website/blog, so a retrospective account seems in order.


“The most interesting personality in the borough of West Ham” (1896) 

10 Apr

This was Forest Gate Weekly News ' description of Gustav Pagenstecher.


Far From the Western Front: South Asian Stories of the First World War 

8 Apr

After a Labour Party canvass session in Forest Gate last month, Councillor Anam Islam took Councillor John Whitworth and I to this exhibition in theMinhaj-Ul-Quran Cultural centre in Romford Road.


FAIRS, FILMS AND MUSICAL DOGS – LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT IN FOREST GATE ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO 

4 Apr

I really regret that I cannot attend this presentation due to meeting clash but look forward to someone posting an account on it.


Broken promise 

4 Apr

The mayor’s 2014 manifesto The Newham Recorder reports : Free school meals for some primary school children in Newham could be under threat, a headteachers’ union has warned.



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