Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

Former grammar school pupils score with Hammers’ legend and Beatles’ hits

MORE than 50 former pupils and teachers from a variety of years at the former Plaistow Grammar School came together for a remarkable reunion on Saturday. And this year they were joined by West Ham […]

St Mary Magdalene – the sparkling diamond in East Ham’s manor

Calling St Mary Magdalene Church the jewel in Newham’s crown is a massive understatement. It is the sparkling diamond in our manor. It’s hard to think of anything that predates it that is in such […]

Charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve to open second base for young people

Charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve is to open a new centre in Stratford later this month. The charity has been helping disabled and disadvantaged children in Newham, from its first base The Terence Brown Arc In […]

Aug, 16

Celebration of Newham’s heritage planned for November

The dates for the third celebration of Newham’s history and heritage have been confirmed. Newham Heritage Week will take place between November 8 and 18. The key themes this year are Women’s Suffrage and the […]

Aug, 15

My word! Phrases and sayings that are part of our community…

I’ll have to be very careful with this look back at the phrases and sayings that have been part of life in and around the Royal docks community since well before I was a twinkle […]

Jul, 05

Campaigning for the community for 50 years – happy birthday Newham Recorder

Happy birthday to the Newham Recorder, which celebrates the milestone of 50 years of existence today. I was asked to write a piece marking the anniversary today for a special supplement in the paper. And […]

Jun, 13

Memories of East Ham Co-op – over 60 years of magic for young and old

It was a store that had a magical excitement back in the day – for both adults and children. The Co-op in East Ham evokes memories of all that was best in shopping. It was […]

Jun, 12

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