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Christmas closures set to cause disruption to east London’s travel network 

15 Dec

If you’re planning to visit loved ones over the Christmas period, you might want to think twice about using public transport.

School in Forest Gate raises cash for charity set up in memory of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen 

15 Dec

Staff and pupils at St Bonaventure’s donned their craziest and most colourful knits in memory of a teenager who was murdered almost a decade ago.

Charity delivers Christmas food bags to elderly residents in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets 

15 Dec

A charity based in the Isle of Dogs has delivered tasty festive gifts to elderly residents who face spending Christmas alone.

Stoke City v West Ham United 

15 Dec

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

West Ham players serve food to families at Stratford Circus Arts Centre 

15 Dec

West Ham stars visited Stratford Circus Arts Centre to meet families supported by the Full Hearts Full Tummies scheme.

Dash through the snow on a giant East Village slide 

15 Dec

Daredevils can dash down a giant snow hill on a rubber ring for two days only.

Met Police issue advice to protect homes from Christmas burglaries 

14 Dec

The Metropolitan Police is reminding people to protect their homes from burglary during the Christmas period.

Watch this weekend’s weather forecast: Frosty, cold, but mostly dry 

14 Dec

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Stormzy and Idris Elba play Santa for Newham University Hospital patients 

14 Dec

Two very special Santas paid a visit to Newham University Hospital in the shape of actor Idris Elba and musician Stormzy.

Stratford man denies murder of Plaistow teen Nico Ramsay 

14 Dec

A Stratford man charged with murdering a teenager from Plaistow is set to face trial next year.

c2c trains to roll out new trains with 20 per cent more seats 

14 Dec

Rail operator c2c is to roll out new carriages with more seats and standing room – but it will take up to four years.

Stratford and Ilford men sentenced after admitting their part in £167,000 charity fraud 

14 Dec

A Stratford man has been jailed for three years after admitting fraudulently collecting money for charity.

London Stadium naming rights deal ‘not unreasonable’, Olympic Park boss says 

14 Dec

Obtaining a £4m naming rights deal for the London Stadium is “not unreasonable” despite discussions with two companies falling through, a City Hall committee has heard.

West Ham embroiled in seating dispute with London Stadium owners 

14 Dec

Thousands more fans could watch matches at the London Stadium if a dispute between West Ham and the ground’s owners is resolved, a City Hall committee has heard.

Detectives name two men wanted in connection with Jordan Ajobo killing in North Woolwich 

14 Dec

Detectives are warning the public not to approach two men they want to question about the killing of 21-year-old Jordan Ajobo in North Woolwich.

Toy Appeal: Mayor of Newham ‘delighted’ to continue support 

13 Dec

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales has added his support to our Christmas Toy Appeal (again).

Newham pupils take part in immersive nativity experience 

13 Dec

Churches across the borough have opened their doors to give primary school pupils an insight into the nativity story.

Royal Docks Community School staff strike over academisation plans 

13 Dec

Staff at Royal Docks Community School have gone on strike today over plans for it to become an academy.

Newham pupils to create opera based on life of child refugee who went from jail to university 

13 Dec

A child refugee who spent time in prison before earning a first-class degree is to have an original opera made of his life.

Backlash over YouTube video of gang ‘glamorising’ knife violence on streets of Forest Gate 

13 Dec

A YouTube video filmed in Forest Gate that shows balaclava-clad hoodies rapping about gang violence has been criticised for apparently glorifying knife and gun crime.

Knife crime: Ex-gang member lifts lid on Newham youth violence as stabbings soar 

13 Dec

A former gang member who has seen friends shot and murdered has spoken out about the devastating impacts of youth violence in Newham - as the Recorder today launches a special series of reports.

Ibis opens new Canning Town hotel 

13 Dec

A new 196-bed hotel has opened in Canning Town as part of a £600million development project.

Two dangerous drivers face jail after pedestrian killed as they raced down the A12 from Stratford 

13 Dec

Two dangerous drivers are facing jail after an elderly man was knocked down and killed as they raced at nearly 80mph down the A12 from Stratford.

Pulling punches: The North Woolwich boxing club steering kids away from violence 

13 Dec

On a Monday evening in North Woolwich, a party was buzzing.

Newham trampoline park to host London’s largest indoor snowball fight 

13 Dec

A trampoline park in East Ham is marking Christmas Eve with London’s biggest indoor snowball fight.

Newham youth group wins award for services to the community 

13 Dec

A borough youth group has been honoured at the Houses of Parliament for helping young people with housing and recreational clubs.

District Line suspended between Wimbledon and Parsons Green for emergency works 

13 Dec

If you’re heading into in central London from Wimbledon this morning, there are problems on the District Line affecting the commute for many passengers.

West Ham: Why has London Stadium move been so problematic? 

12 Dec

It was supposed to take them to the next level but West Ham have struggled since their London Stadium move.

Ofsted report reveals decline in good or outstanding secondary schools in Newham 

12 Dec

The number of secondary schools in Newham to be rated good or outstanding by Ofsted has decreased in the past year.

Council leader’s column: Plenty to celebrate despite a year of tragedy 

12 Dec

Today I’ll be reminding my grandchildren that there’s just nine more sleeps until Christmas.

Family of man who died playing beer pong gets $16m payout 

12 Dec

A fight broke out after a bet was made on the game (Picture: Getty) The family of a man who fell to his death from a fourth-floor window after a fight while playing beer pong has been awarded nearly $16 million in a lawsuit filed against three other ...

Recorder letters: Help vulnerable children and homeless, Wanstead Park and save your stamps 

12 Dec

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

West Ham United v Arsenal 

12 Dec

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

Winning Christmas card design of girl, five, to be seen by thousands across Newham 

12 Dec

The five-year-old winner of a festive art competition will see her design delivered to ten thousand homes across the borough.

Job market in five-year slump thanks to Brexit 

12 Dec

Turns out the job market has slumped to a five-year low – and yes, you guessed it, it’s all down to Brexit (Picture: Getty Images) If you’ve been struggling to find a job over the past year, it may not be entirely all down to you.

Circle and District Line delays after signal failure at High Street Kensington 

12 Dec

There are problems on the Circle, District, Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines (Picture: Getty) There’s some major disruption for commuters this morning with several lines reporting severe delays, most notably on the District and Circle lines.

Ride The Slide in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and pay with chocolate coins 

11 Dec

Looking for the ultimate sweet deal in festive fun this Christmas? Then pick up a pack of chocolate coins and head to Stratford.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt praises East London Foundation Trust during visit 

11 Dec

Jeremy Hunt has lauded a NHS mental health trust for its dedication to patient safety after it “overhauled” its way of working.

Woman, 25, jailed for 20 years for ‘frenzied’ murder of Canning Town man aged 23 

11 Dec

A woman who inflicted 32 fatal stab wounds in a jealous rage on a man she claimed was her boyfriend has been jailed for 20 years.

London City Airport evacuated after fire alarm as passengers leave terminal in freezing cold 

11 Dec

Passengers are being re-admitted to London City Airport after the terminal was evacuated due to a fire alarm this afternoon...

MP Norman Lamb speaks to Newham pupils about innovative mental health programme Headstart 

11 Dec

A former mental health minister has praised Newham pupils who are supporting their peers with better mental wellbeing.

Trial of two men accused of killing 78-year-old pedestrian on the A12 begins 

11 Dec

A BMW driver was racing another motorist at more than 79mph on his way home from work in Stratford when he knocked down and killed an elderly man on the A12 in Redbridge, a court heard.

Grooming gang based in London McDonald’s ‘raped girls as young as 13’ 

11 Dec

The Stratford Centre in east London where the grooming gang is believed to have operated from (Picture: PA) Four girls between the ages of 13 and 15 have reported being raped by a grooming gang who operate from a McDonald’s restaurant in Stratford...

East Ham shop owner who sweeps the streets celebrates 20th business anniversary 

11 Dec

A good-hearted shopkeeper who sweeps the streets near to his premises every morning has celebrated 20 years of being in business.

Disruption on trains from Liverpool Street to Shenfield 

11 Dec

Rail services going from London Liverpool Street to Shenfield have been disrupted after a train broke down in Romford this morning.

Heavy snowfall brings disruption to roads and public transport in London 

10 Dec

Weather warnings have been issued across London following heavy snowfall overnight and this morning.

Jailed: “Cowardly” Newham robbers who burnt women’s faces with ammonia 

8 Dec

Two robbers in a gang who laughed as they ran away from their burnt victims have been jailed for a total of 28 years.

Teenager airlifted to major trauma hospital after being stabbed in Forest Gate 

8 Dec

A teenager was airlifted to a major trauma hospital in a critical condition after being stabbed in Forest Gate this afternoon.

Person dies after being hit by train at Stratford station 

8 Dec

A person has died after being hit by a train at Stratford tube station.

Stratford Station security ramped up after police officers seize ‘Rambo’, samurai and machete knives 

8 Dec

Police patrols have been stepped up at Stratford Station after three teenagers were caught on the premises with three large blades.

Canning Town wheelchair dancer who lost her leg after MS diagnosis hosts Bethnal Green fundraiser 

8 Dec

A wheelchair dancer who thought she might never perform again after losing her leg is heading up a charity festive fundraiser.

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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...

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 ...

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.

E7 restaurants – food rating – March 2017 

31 Mar

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

Does Sadiq deserve his ‘Green Mayor’ reputation? 

30 Mar

City Hall.

The Home Front in WW1 Forest Gate – through the eyes of Godwin school 

21 Mar

This is the third 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.

Croydon student cycle in memory of tram crash victim 

16 Mar

Winners at last year’s festival.

The 1919 Forest Gate murders 

8 Mar

Henry Perry, aka Beckett, was executed by hanging at Pentonville jail on 10 July 1919 for the murder of four members of the Cornish family, of 13 Stukeley Road - and so became the last person judicially executed for Forest Gate-related killings.

Teenager scales Canary Wharf building 

2 Mar

Gallagher touching the pyramid on One Canada Sq.

Police hunt man wanted for fraud and theft 

1 Mar

Police are looking to identify criminal of fraud and theft.

When Godwin school went to Paris – 1912 

27 Feb

We have featured the history of Godwin school over a number of posts.

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.

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