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Three Newham schools strike against academies – and win huge support 

20 Mar

NEU union members in east London, are showing their determination not to let more of our schools become academies...

The Newham struggle against academisation is winning 

20 Mar

School workers in east London have the council on the run...

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.

Housing campaigners hold street event over Cllr Fiaz’s selection as Newham Labour mayoral candidate 

20 Mar

Following Sir Robin Wales’ deselection as Newham’s mayor, housing group Focus E15 held a street event in Stratford on Saturday to honour new candidate, Rokhsana Fiaz.

District line drivers to strike next Wednesday 

20 Mar

Tube drivers on the district line will be striking for 24 hours next week over the treatment of one of their train crew.

Mayor of Newham slams ‘disgraceful’ watchdog rejection of £2 limit on ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines 

20 Mar

Cutting the maximum stake on the “crack cocaine” of betting machines to £30 or less “will not solve” problem gambling, the Mayor of Newham has said.

Newham man on trial for murder of Harold Hill drug addict 

19 Mar

A Newham man is one of four accused of murdering a drug addict at a block of flats in Harold Hill last year, a court heard.

Drug dealer from East Ham jailed for three years after police find car full of Class A drugs 

19 Mar

A drug dealer from East Ham has been jailed for three years after he was found with crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

River Lea oil spill: Campaign groups call on Defra to investigate ‘inadequate’ cleanup op 

19 Mar

Community groups who dealt with the fallout of what’s been dubbed the “River Lea Disaster” have called on the government to investigate the “inadequate response” of the two organisations in charge.

West Ham MP congratulates Rokhsana Fiaz as Newham Labour’s next mayoral candidate 

19 Mar

MP Lyn Brown has congratulated Councillor Rokhsana Fiaz for her selection as Newham Labour’s next mayoral candidate.

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.

Police growing concerned about 12-year-old girl who went missing in Stratford on Saturday 

19 Mar

Police are appealing for information about a 12-year-old girl who went missing in Stratford on Saturday evening.

West Ham: Karren Brady apologises for London Stadium trouble 

17 Mar

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady apologises for the scenes that marred the 3-0 defeat by Burnley.

Sixteen years as mayor of Newham: A look back at the legacy of Sir Robin Wales 

16 Mar

After 16 years in power, Sir Robin Wales’ time as Newham mayor is coming to an end.

Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz ‘privileged and humbled’ to be selected as Newham’s Labour mayoral candidate 

16 Mar

Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz has said that she feels “privileged and humbled” to be selected as Labour’s candidate for the mayoral elections.

Newham University Hospital unveils state-of-the-art MRI scanner 

16 Mar

Patients at Newham University Hospital are benefiting from a new state-of-the-art MRI scanner.

East Ham school still rated outstanding, six years after inspection 

16 Mar

A school in East Ham has maintained its ‘outstanding’ rating for six years.

Ex West Ham players to take part in charity match for Isla Caton 

16 Mar

Celebrities and former West Ham players are set to take part in a charity football match to raise funds for a three year-old girl who has a rare form of cancer.

Timeline: How Newham Labour members chose Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz over Sir Robin Wales as their mayoral candidate 

16 Mar

Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz has defeated Sir Robin Wales in a Labour vote to become the party’s mayoral candidate.

Breaking: Councillor Rokhsana Fiaz beats Sir Robin Wales to become Newham Labour’s next mayoral candidate 

16 Mar

After 16 years in the post, Sir Robin Wales will not be Newham’s next mayor.

Two escape restaurant blaze in East Ham 

16 Mar

Two men from East Ham managed a lucky escape early this morning when a fire broke out in the restaurant below their flat.

ExCeL arms fair racks up £1m policing bill 

16 Mar

Nearly £1 million from the public purse was spent policing a major international arms fair in Royal Docks.

Newham man on trial for murder of Romford drug addict 

16 Mar

A Newham man is one of four accused of murdering a drug addict at a block of flats in Romford last year, a court heard.

Crossrail fares will be in line with TfL’s tube pricing, says mayor of London 

16 Mar

All customer service and travel information on the line will be integrated with TfL’s other services, with daily fare capping for Oyster and contactless applying.

West Ham threatened with playing behind closed doors if London Stadium crowd trouble continues 

16 Mar

West Ham could be forced to play matches behind closed doors if the disorder which marred their game against Burnley continues.

Preparation work to remove cladding from three Newham tower blocks to start next week 

15 Mar

Preparation work to remove cladding from three of Newham’s tower blocks is set to start next week...

Fire brigade calls for more sprinkler systems after 12 fires in Newham’s care homes in 2017 

15 Mar

There were twelve fires in Newham’s care homes last year – and no sprinklers installed in any of them.

UEL lecturer to make boxing debut age 50 for charity 

15 Mar

A lecturer at the University of East London is stepping into the boxing ring for charity.

More than 100 patients in Newham treated by London’s Air Ambulance in 2017 

15 Mar

Newham was the second busiest borough for London’s Air Ambulance last year.

East Ham couple fined £86,000 after turning office block into illegal flats 

15 Mar

A couple from East Ham who illegally turned an office block into 14 flats have been fined £86,000.

Revealed: The 10 most crime-ridden streets in Newham 

14 Mar

More than 110 crimes were reported in Newham on average each day at the start of the year, police data reveal.

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.

West Ham want life bans for London Stadium pitch invaders 

14 Mar

West Ham seek life bans from the courts for fans involved in the pitch invasions during Saturday's defeat to Burnley.

West Ham MP Lyn Brown comes out in support of Rokhsana Fiaz as Newham’s mayor 

14 Mar

Lyn Brown has reluctantly come forward to pledge her support for one of Newham Labour’s mayoral candidates.

Royal Docks Academy pupils witness democracy firsthand in trip to Parliament 

14 Mar

Students from the Royal Docks Academy visited Parliament as part of their citizenship lessons.

West Ham fans face life bans after London Stadium pitch invasions 

14 Mar

West Ham fans who invaded the London Stadium pitch during Saturday’s match face being banned for life.

Nursery reopens after years of leaking rooves, door to door petitions and destroyed furniture 

14 Mar

A nursery which closed down three years ago has finally been reopened, thanks to the help of MP Stephen Timms.

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.

Beckton crash: police appeal for information after driver confirmed dead 

13 Mar

Police have confirmed that a 31-year-old man from Ilford has died following a four car collision near the Gallion Reach shopping centre in Beckton.

Retired East Ham woman given citizen prize at Met Police ceremony 

13 Mar

A woman in East Ham was recognised at the Met Police’s annual awards ceremony on Friday.

Q&A: My borough 

13 Mar

Fresh fish stallholder Thishan speaks about his passion for the borough and how everyone should invest in their community...

Recorder letters: Madison Square Garden Company Sphere, youth services, organ donations and plastic waste 

13 Mar

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

View from the house: Time to get on with shock collar ban 

13 Mar

Last week the environment secretary, Michael Gove, finally admitted he wants to ban shock collars for dogs and cats.

View from the community: Church first to pay tribute to women 

13 Mar

There’s lots of publicity about women’s issues just now – the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote, International Women’s Day and the #MeToo movement.

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.

Police ‘increasingly concerned’ over man missing from Newham 

13 Mar

Police are growing “increasing concerned” for the welfare of a man who went missing from Newham.

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.

West Ham fans to vote on whether to hold protest march against owners 

12 Mar

A leading West Ham supporters' group will vote this month on whether to reinstate plans for a protest march against the club's owners.

Newham police sergeant with MS recognised at Met Police award ceremony 

12 Mar

A sergeant from Newham’s police force who was diagnosed with MS has been recognised for his outstanding work in staff support, management, and tackling the borough’s gambling problem.

Special school in East Ham gets £11.7 million refurb with zen garden, therapy rooms and 22 extra places 

12 Mar

A special school in East Ham is undergoing an £11.7 million regeneration.

Parsons Green bombing suspect told mentor 'it's my duty to hate Britain', court hears 

12 Mar

The Parsons Green bombing suspect said it was his duty to hate Britain before he planted a bomb on a rush-hour District line train, a court heard.

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Hackney children battle ‘false’ food advertising in new exhibition 

20 Mar

Artwork by Izack from The Urswick School.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Campaigners petition London Mayor in last-ditch effort to stop bulldozing of Hackney Wick artists’ building 

30 Jan

Vittoria Wharf Pic: SaveHackneyWick More than 10,000 people have signed a petition in a final bid to stop the demolition of a Victorian warehouse, which provided affordable workspace for artists in east London, to make way for two new bridges.

Donald Hunter House, Woodgrange Road. 

27 Jan

Local historian and housing specialist, Peter Williams, relates the interesting story behind one of Forest Gate's most prominent land marks: Donald Hunter House.

Claremont Road temporary WW2 fire station 

18 Jan

During research for a book on West Ham Fire Brigade, it emerged that a temporary WW2 fire station had been constructed on Claremont Road, Forest Gate.

The criminal landlords of Forest Gate named and shamed 

7 Jan

The Mayor of London and London Assembly have recently published a list of private sector housing landlords and agents convicted of crimes related to the management of properties they own and rent, and their failure to comply with legislation aimed at...

A survivor’s tale – 1889 Forest Gate Industrial School Fire 

1 Jan

It is always a great delight to get feedback on articles that appear on this website - particularly from families of people whose stories are affected.

Paul Romane’s Upper Cut exhibition – for the record 

20 Dec

Forest Gate Arts' stalwart, Paul Romane, recently curated an excellent exhibition on the Upper Cut club, fifty years after its brief sojourn in Forest Gate, as part of the second council Heritage Week programme.

News In Brief 

14 Dec

Lewisham near bottom of national recycling rates table By Khalid Azizuddin Pic: Joshua Thorpe Lewisham was ranked in the bottom three of all local councils in England for recycling, coming in at number 348 out of 350 councils.

Unique photo and details of Earlham Grove V2 attacks 

12 Dec

We have just acquired a fascinating, captioned, photo from e.

“Barbaric” robbers who burnt victims’ faces with ammonia jailed 

11 Dec

Joshua Jordan and Sadik Kamara.

Samuel Gurney (1786 – 1856) – Forest Gate’s most influential resident 

4 Dec

We have written, in passing, frequently about Samuel Gurney - who has probably been Forest Gate's most influential (both locally and nationally) resident.

Tory mayoral candidate campaign to re-classify south Lewisham stations into cheaper zone 

1 Dec

Ross Archer, the Conservative Candidate for Lewisham Mayor 2018 Pic: Ross Archer A campaign to re-zone several railway stations in the southern part of Lewisham has been launched by the Conservative candidate for the borough Mayoral elections next ...

Offshore Forest Gate 

27 Nov

Meticulous work by Private Eye and friends has tracked down over 100,000 properties in the UK owned by companies based in overseas tax havens - usually for tax avoidance purposes.

E7 properties owned by overseas companies 

27 Nov

The Land Registry has recently made public details of foreign-owned UK properties - many of them held by companies in tax havens, where the ultimate owners can hide behind the anonymity that looser company registration regulations in those ...

London Overground set for 24-hour weekend service 

20 Nov

Night Overground Pic: London.

The journey to Forest Gate – (1) Danuta Gradosielska 

18 Nov

This is the first article in an occasional series about how significant members of various immigrant groups first found their way to Forest Gate, and made an impact here, for both the newcomers and the host community.

Silvertown Tunnel: Government asks TfL to look again at air quality 

14 Nov

Transport for London has been asked to reassess the air quality impact of its proposed Silvertown Tunnel after the Department for Transport delayed making a decision on the controversial new road for another six months.

23 Earlham Grove – an insight into the local housing crisis 

8 Nov

This article is by Peter Williams who did empty property work for Newham Council in the mid 1980s, bringing private homes back into use, often through threatening Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs).

Post-Olympic job boom in Hackney 

7 Nov

Employment rates appear to have risen since the 2012 London Olympics Some 25,000 jobs have been created in Hackney since the London 2012 Olympics, according to a new report.

Tres Bon (2) – St Bon’s illustrious alumni 

30 Oct

This is the second of two posts, celebrating St Bonaventure's school 140th anniversary.

30 Heritage Plaques for Forest Gate! 

20 Oct

London’s famous blue plaques link the people of the past with the buildings of the present.

Schwarzenegger’s on-going Romford Road legacy 

1 Oct

We publish this article as images of Arnold Schwarzenegger are about to feature prominently in a major UK government advertising campaign to persuade people to take up their rights for compensation for mis-sold PPI insurance.

Tower Hamlets and Hackney among London’s worst food hygiene hotspots 

25 Sep

Tower Hamlets and Hackney are among the worst areas for Food Hygiene Ratings in London, a new study by GMB London region has revealed.

Charles Mowbray – anarchist revolutionary and Forest Gate-unemployed champion 

17 Sep

Charles Mowbray (1856 - 1910) can lay claim to fame to be one of Forest Gate's most controversial political figures.

The Dames Road disaster – 27 July 1944 

6 Sep

We have written before about the Doodlebug bombing of Dames Road in July 1944, here and here .

Tres Bon (1) – the first 75 years of St Bonaventure’s school 

27 Aug

St Bonaventure's school celebrated its 140th anniversary on 27 August this year.

Khan cycling cuts mean Woolwich Road flyover becomes Silvertown Tunnel sticking point 

25 Aug

Cuts made by mayor Sadiq Khan to London’s cycling programmes mean the Woolwich Road flyover in east Greenwich has become a late sticking point in the planning process for the controversial Silvertown Tunnel.

Forest Gate Cycling Club, and life on the road at the end of the C19th 

19 Aug

We have covered cycling in Forest Gate at the end of the nineteenth century on this site a number of times before.

Three authors write on WW2 air raids in Forest Gate 

11 Aug

This article looks at the way in which World War 11 air raids in Forest Gate have been approached and described from three very different perspectives.

Forest Gate-born Bryan Forbes recalls his local origins 

31 Jul

One of Britain's cinematic greats, Bryan Forbes, was born and brought up in Forest Gate, as this site recalled, when it marked his death in 2013 (see here ).

Forest Gate and 20th Century Penny Dreadfuls 

20 Jul

This article is the second of two looking at how the Independent Police News covered serious crime in Forest Gate during its existence (1867 - 1938).

Teen denies committing Hackney acid attacks 

18 Jul

Police arrive at one of the attacks in Clapton Pic: @999London Twitter A Croydon teen has denied his involvement in last week’s acid attacks in Hackney and Islington.

Forest Gate, and Victorian Penny Dreadfuls (1) 

11 Jul

The Illustrated Police News was a strange, weekly, newspaper, which lasted from 1867 until 1938, and for a while was described as "the worst newspaper in England".

Police and mayor move to reassure Muslims in Tower Hamlets after acid attacks spark hate crime fears 

7 Jul

Resham Khan was attacked in Beckton on June 21 Pic: Daniel Mann – Go Fund Me A series of acid attacks in East London has renewed concerns among the Muslim community in Tower Hamlets over their safety and the spread of Islamaphobia Fears have been ...

The Forest Gate roots of controversial lesbian author, Mary Renault 

1 Jul

This article is published to co-incide with the first Forest Gayte, the local LGBT Festival, on 1 July 2017.

Thug armed with 10-inch knife jailed for stabbing police officer 

22 Jun

Andrew Beadie  Pic Met Police A man who was found guilty for stabbing an off-duty police officer in Tower Hamlets has been jailed for 12 years.

Armed thug jailed for stabbing Police Officer 

22 Jun

Andrew Beadie (Met Police Picture) A man who was found guilty for stabbing an off-duty police officer in Tower Hamlets has been jailed for 12 years.

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.

#ELLection – Labour maintains stronghold in Tower Hamlets 

9 Jun

Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushnara Ali.

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 .

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.

Forest Gate Conscientious Objectors in WW1 

15 May

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

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.

Politics and pollution: which party will save Tower Hamlets’ air? 

1 May

London is infamous for its air pollution problem           Pic: ( Wikimedia Commons ) With the general election fast approaching, Eastlondonlines spoke to representatives of the four main political parties to hear their plans for cleaner air in ...

Usain Bolt and Mo Farah will thrill crowds at London’s Olympic Park this summer 

27 Apr

The race is on: Olympic Park will host World Championships in August         Pic: Paul Nattall (flikr) The world’s best athletes are coming to London this summer to compete in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World...

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