Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

Face to face with the horrors of war as a young man in the Royal Docks

My father Bill Grainger passed away in hospital earlier this summer at the age of 94 – and his funeral was held after a six week delay. Just a few days after his funeral I […]

Tenpin bowlers strike out for charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve

The Sunday Doubles League at Rollerbowl, Romford, drew the curtain down on their season on Sunday night – and though 12 bowlers picked up honours, charity was the winner. The league was raising money for […]

Lift off for charity’s Easter appeal – and how you can help

Charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve launched its sixth annual Easter Appeal to spread a little joy to youngsters on Monday (March 14). The appeal was launched by actor, comedian and writer Ricky Grover at the charity’s […]

Mar, 12

Simply the best: The final days of our Christmas Toy Appeal – and our Roll of Honour

Oh Oh Oh, it’s magic. You know. Thank you to all those who contributed to the forty fourth Christmas Toy Appeal for youngsters who would otherwise have gone without. We could not have done it […]

Dec, 29

Sleighed by your kindness! Appeal shows the true spirit of Christmas

Sleighed by your kindness! The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Newham as the appeal at the heart of our community reached its target last night. The Kevin Jenkins OBE Newham Christmas Toy […]

Dec, 22

Reflections of the past: Silvertown and Canning Town from the sky

Picture Post: This view of Silvertown Way was captured in 1938 and shows how the area looked before the Second World War began a year later. The pictures is part of the Britain From Above […]

Dec, 07

Help us spread Christmas joy to those who need it most

Since I wrote about the difficult times communities have faced 12 months ago, there have been some reasons to be cheerful but many to give us the view of continuing challenging times. Just when the […]

Nov, 10

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