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Filmmaker seeks Custom House tower block explosion survivors 

24 Feb

Marrying and moving into your first home together is a dream come true for many, but for one young family the dream turned into a nightmare.

Newham College students enjoy working in Paris and Seville 

24 Feb

Scores of Newham College students have been gaining work experience in Paris and Seville.

School and new station links planned as part of 3,800-home West Ham development 

24 Feb

Details about a 3,800-home development close to West Ham station have been revealed as part of a public exhibition.

Changes to Newham Council’s cabinet and mayoral advisors announced 

24 Feb

Newham Council’s leadership team is taking on a different look following a cabinet reshuffle.

University of East London opens state-of-the art sports science laboratory 

24 Feb

A new state-of-the art sports science laboratory has opened at the University of East London.

Man charged after knife and drugs found in East Ham 

24 Feb

A man has been charged with being in possession of cannabis and a knife following a search of a car in East Ham.

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.

How well do you know Newham’s famous faces? Try our quiz to find out 

24 Feb

Whether you a reality TV fan or a sports whiz, why not put your knowledge to the test.

Watford v West Ham United 

24 Feb

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

Four guns found at an address in Forest Gate 

24 Feb

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

Workplace and TfL promote apprenticeships for Newham residents 

24 Feb

Apprenticeships at Transport for London (TfL) were promoted at an event at Westfield Stratford City held in cooperation with Newham Council’s Workplace service.

Man stabbed in East Ham 

24 Feb

A man in his thirties was stabbed last night.

A person under a train causes severe Jubilee line delays 

24 Feb

A person under a train has led to severe delays on the Jubilee line this morning.

Queensbury Tube station shut after woman hit by Jubilee line train 

24 Feb

A Tube station was shut and part of the Jubilee Line was suspended after a woman was hit by a train during the morning rush hour.

Serious delays on Blackwall Tunnel 

24 Feb

There are serious delays on the southbound stretch of the Blackwall Tunnel.

Netball club keen for Copper Box Arena success 

23 Feb

Despite hosting both international and league netball matches, London has never had a top flight netball team.

See best-selling author read from new Georgian crime novel at Forest Gate’s Wanstead Tap 

23 Feb

Notorious criminals often capture the public’s eye but Edgeworth Bess has been largely sidelined until now.

Storm Doris causes delays and cancellations on c2c 

23 Feb

Commuters are facing delays and cancellations on the c2c line this evening due to Storm Doris.

Young Newham fundraisers set to support Syrian refugees on humanitarian trip 

23 Feb

Two young friends who plan to give life-saving packages to Syrian children and women at refugee camps have appealed for support.

Stratford sort of does Shakespeare 

23 Feb

Door Ajar Theatre’s Thisbe tells the story of the daughter of two characters from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Helena and Demetrius.

MP proposes funding changes for £10m Lee Valley Park 

23 Feb

The funding of a 26-mile long park that passes through Stratford could change if a parliamentary bill is approved.

Have your say on 3,800-home West Ham development 

23 Feb

Proposals for a 3,800-home development in West Ham are going on display for a second time.

Storm Doris causes West Ham Park closure 

23 Feb

West Ham Park has been closed due to very high winds caused by Storm Doris.

Upper Road Medical Centre in Plaistow told to improve in three months or face closure 

23 Feb

A GP practice in Plaistow faces closure unless it improves the quality of care it offers to patients in the next three months.

Ahmadi Muslims of Newham launch 29th Charity Walk for Peace 

23 Feb

A minority Muslim group will welcome 60 charities to a launch dinner for their 29th annual Charity Walk for Peace.

c2c passengers face disruption after trespassers on tracks 

22 Feb

Passengers travelling with c2c are facing ongoing disruption after tresspassers on the tracks earlier today.

Newham had second highest number of knife injuries in London last year 

22 Feb

Newham is in the top three boroughs for knife crime in London, according to official police figures.

Missing Morgan, 16, could be in Stratford 

22 Feb

A teenage girl with links to Stratford has gone missing.

Plaistow drug dealer jailed after breaching suspended sentence 

22 Feb

A drug dealer who ran away from police officers who attempted to question him has been jailed.

Robbed by his trusted workers: Betrayed owner of Stratford butchers speaks out 

22 Feb

A shop owner who had hundreds of thousands of pounds stolen from him when he was fighting cancer has spoken out about his ordeal.

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady opens 3G football pitch in Beckton 

22 Feb

The vice-chairman of West Ham has unveiled a new all-weather 3G pitch in Beckton.

Sentenced: Men involved in ‘knife and axe’ road rage clash in Stratford 

22 Feb

Two men accused of brandishing a ‘knife and axe’ during a road rage clash in Stratford have been sentenced.

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.

Union predicts Newham education cuts will be worst in London 

22 Feb

Schools in Newham will receive the biggest cuts to education funding of any London borough by 2020, a teaching union has warned.

Secret Cinema guests fall ‘violently ill’ after eating oysters in Newham warehouse 

22 Feb

Guests at Secret Cinema, an immersive theatre and film event that is currently recreating Moulin Rouge in a Newham warehouse, have fallen violently ill after eating oysters.

Big Debate: Should a pay day lender banned by UEL advertise on public transport? 

22 Feb

This week we ask if it was right for the University of East London (UEL) to ban Smart-Pig.

Man who murdered his girlfriend in their East Ham home is jailed for life 

22 Feb

An “enraged and jealous” man who murdered his girlfriend in an attack that was recorded on her mobile phone has been jailed for life today.

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.

Appeal to trace man missing from Newham University Hospital 

21 Feb

Police are concerned about the welfare of a man who went missing from Newham University Hospital today.

Man guilty of murdering girlfriend in East Ham 

21 Feb

A man has today been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend at a house in East Ham.

Stratford Circus to show playwright’s sequel to popular Shakespeare comedy 

21 Feb

A sequel to one of the Bard’s most celebrated plays is set to shake up our perception of two of his star-crossed lovers.

Children kept entertained during visit to Newham City Farm 

21 Feb

Pigs, birds and ponies kept crowds of people enertained throughout the half-term at Newham City Farm.

Heathrow protestor who admitted blocking M4 motorway says living next to London City Airport was an influence 

21 Feb

A mother who blocked a motorway as part of a Heathrow expansion protest says growing up next to London City Airport had influenced her decision.

Silvertown father’s warning after cyclist’s death 

21 Feb

A father using the same route as a cyclist killed in a lorry crash has warned it could happen again.

Guitar academy set to open in Stratford’s East Village 

21 Feb

A brand new guitar school is set to rock and roll its way into East Village.

Cannabis found in ‘Bob Marley’ bags in Stratford Park 

20 Feb

Police officers discovered nine bags of cannabis during a weapon sweep in Stratford Park today.

Maryland residents anger over ‘dirty and messy’ Tesco store 

20 Feb

Angry residents in Maryland have slammed Tesco, claiming their local store is dirty and messy and the worst in the company.

Tube strike: Early morning commuters face no Central line service 

20 Feb

Commuters heading into London will not be able to use the Central line before 7am on Wednesday if the planned Tube strike goes ahead.

Five-year-old’s dreams come true after West Ham manager Super Slav takes him to meet idol Andy Carroll 

20 Feb

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic lived up to his ‘Super Slav’ nickname after giving a young Hammers fan a day he will never forget.

UEL teams up with cancer charity following diagnosis of lecturer’s daughter 

20 Feb

A year ago, University of East London lecturer Dr Stefano Casalotti’s daughter Lara was in desperate need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Newham Night Tube could face strikes as drivers balloted for action 

20 Feb

Drivers on the Night Tube will be balloted for strike action in a dispute over pay and career progression.

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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.

Cyclist dies in Tower Hamlets on cycle superhighway 2 

8 Feb

Cycle superhighway 2 on Whitechapel Road, where a cyclist was killed.

Community Links partners with Catch22 

8 Feb

The partnership sees Community Links continuing to operate with its own identity, a board of trustees, premises and charity number.

Community Links partners with Catch22 

8 Feb

The partnership sees Community Links continuing to operate with its own identity, a board of trustees, premises and charity number.

Bakerloo line extension edges closer 

6 Feb

Elephant Castle tube station, where the Bakerloo line currently ends.

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.

Community Links to deliver What Works Fund project 

31 Jan

Projects across the UK will receive new funding from the Money Advice Service, helping tens of thousands of people manage their money better.

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.

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.

Unlicensed property landlords in hot soup 

19 Jan

Pic: Melissa Fernando Rogue landlords in Croydon who rent out unlicensed properties face a crackdown by council officers who are preparing to launch prosecutions against the owners of around 30 properties.

Sadiq Khan backed Silvertown Tunnel five weeks after election – despite promising ‘joined-up review’ 

17 Jan

The A102 on a polluted day: Campaigners fear the Silvertown Tunnel will increase pollution and congestion across east and south-east London London mayor Sadiq Khan agreed to continue with Boris Johnson’s plans to build the controversial Silvertown ...

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.

East London charity helps brain injury survivors channel pain into painting 

5 Jan

Billy Mann’s artworks are displayed at Stratford Circus Centre.

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.

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.

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.

Christmas Toy Appeal: What to give and where to give it 

29 Nov

Every year, Community Links and the Newham Recorder work together to collect toys to give to underprivileged children at Christmas.

Undercover police officer knifed in gang attack outside Bow pub 

24 Nov

Bow Road.

New home for Chase and Status free school 

16 Nov

Will ‘Status’ Kennard.

Life in a Forest Gate week 

16 Nov

A recent post featured a rather special seven day period in Newham - the borough's first Heritage Week.

Christmas Toy Appeal: What to give and where to give it 

10 Nov

Every year, Community Links and the Newham Recorder work together to collect toys to give to underprivileged children at Christmas.

140 -150 Earlham Grove – regeneration plans 

8 Nov

Six months after proposals for redeveloping 39a - 49a Woodgrange Road (see here for details) comes plans for an ambitious development on Earlham Grove (between the footprint for the other development referred to, above and the boundary of the ...

Community Links regrettably closes its project Play, Sow & Grow 

31 Oct

It is with huge sadness that Community Links announces that it has closed its project Play, Sow Grow.

Community Links regrettably closes its project Play, Sow & Grow 

31 Oct

It is with huge sadness that Community Links announces that it will close its project Play, Sow Grow this week.

A nod at our neighbours: Abbey Mills pumping station. Stratford 

30 Oct

Newham's first Heritage Week is over and early impressions were that it was a great success.

Crime drop on Overground trains 

17 Oct

Pic: Wikimedia Commons Londoners’ safety on Overground trains has improved according to figures released by Transport for London.

Palace fever triggers season ticket changes 

17 Oct

Pic: Wikimedia Commons Fans of Crystal Palace FC seeking to buy a season ticket have been told to join a waiting list for the first time in the club’s 111 year-old history – a testament to the club’s rise in fortunes and recent signing of ...

Residents urged to be ‘cancer aware’ 

15 Oct

Pic: Wikimedia Commons Tower Hamlets residents’ knowledge of potential cancer symptoms is lower than people living in any other borough in the capital according to research published recently.

Newham Heritage Week (24 Oct – 30 Oct) and Rabbits Road library launch (22 Oct) 

12 Oct

Newham Heritage Week is being jointly staged by Newham Council and the Museum for Newham group.

Planned Thames road tunnel “not green enough” 

5 Oct

Pic: Policy Exchange, Flickr Campaigners have attacked Sadiq Khan’s decision to give the green light to a new road tunnel under the Thames  in east London– which he is hoping to open in 2023 to help tackle increasing congestion and pollution.

Edwardian Forest Gate – a photographic essay (2) – community life 

30 Sep

This is the second half of a two part photographic essay of life in Edwardian Forest Gate.

The street where you live (7) – Sprowston Road 

20 Sep

This is the seventh in an occasional series of articles by Forest Gate resident, Peter Williams, who specialises in Newham housing, maps and local history.

Edwardian Forest Gate – a photographic essay (1) – street life 

10 Sep

The Edwardian era (1901 - 1910) was a fascinating one - wedged between the end of Victorian Britain and the outbreak of World War 1.

Forest Gate health check (1) – poor Gerneral Practice 

30 Aug

The NHS has become far more responsive to patient feedback, and in communicating key performance data about many parts of the health service in Britain, over recent years.

Fires and drought on Wanstead Flats – a reflection 

19 Aug

This August is a significant anniversary month for Wanstead Flats; the fortieth since drought dried area up, and the tenth since it encountered a major fire.

Murdergate (2) 

8 Aug

This is the second of two posts examining the eighteen murders that have been committed in Forest Gate since 2003.

The street where you live (6): Capel Road 

31 Jul

This is the sixth in an occasional series of articl es by Forest Gate resident, Peter Williams, who specialises in Newham housing, maps and local history.

An Upton introduction 

21 Jul

This website has focused almost exclusively on Forest Gate north of Romford Road and neglected the fascinating history of the part of E7 located south of that main road - SoRo, as the hipsters would have it - Upton.

Murdergate (1) 

12 Jul

We have recently come across a website dedicated to providing details of every reported murder in London since the time of Jack the Ripper (www.

Community Links welcomes new Chief Executive 

8 Jul

We are delighted to welcome Arvinda Gohil as our new Chief Executive, who has joined the organisation this week.

A nod at our neighbours (3) – The Bridge House, Canning Town 

1 Jul

Regular readers will know that we have featured a number of spectacular music venues in Forest Gate (The Upper Cut and Lotus Club, both on Woodgrange Road and the Earlham Grove Music Academy) on this blog on a number of occasions.

From Forest Gate to Irish Taoiseach, via the Easter rising 

21 Jun

This is a follow-up post to last week's account of Forest Gate and Irish Independence.

News in Brief 

17 Jun

Lewisham Southwark College which was previously rated “inadequate” has gone up a rating by Ofsted.

Forest Gate and Irish Independence 

9 Jun

From its mid nineteenth century development into a busy metropolitan suburb, Forest Gate has embraced a thriving Irish community (see here for details of early Irish settlements in the area and here for details of early Irish immigrant-inspired ...

The street where you live (5): Earlham Grove 

31 May

This is the fifth in an occasional series of articl es by Forest Gate resident, Peter Williams, who specialises in Newham housing, maps and local history.

The story of St Angela’s school 

23 May

Forest Gate's growing mid-nineteenth century population was added to by an influx of Irish economic refugees, fleeing the potato famine (see here for examples).

Huge blaze tackled by nearly 100 firefighters 

18 May

Fire in Wapping can be seen from miles away.

Double shooting leaves boy, 13, and man, 20, in hospital 

16 May

Quick response team to the fire arms call.

Public art in Forest Gate 

14 May

This post should be read in conjunction with the immediately previous one, on monuments in Forest Gate, that looked at; The Gurney Memorial in Stratford, the cairn in West Ham Park, The Joseph Fry water fountain on the corner of Capel Road and ...

News in Brief 

13 May

A London Food Festival, like that to be seen in Croydon this year.

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