Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

Launch of a special appeal at the heart of our community

Today sees the launch of a special community appeal that has been part of  life in Newham for the last 40 years. I was proud to be part of the first Community Links and Newham Recorder […]

Goodnight inspirational Irene – oh how we loved you

The wonderful Irene Poole has sadly passed away. I have been honoured to know some very special people in my life, and Rene was one of them. Kind, polite, a real lady and a joy to […]

Magical tales of hop-picking – songs, laughs and happy days galore

For many Royal Docks area families it was their only holiday. The working and living conditions would have today’s ‘elf and safety police up in arms. But it’s almost impossible to find anyone who never […]

Oct, 30

Stars come out for charity in a superb night of comedy

The stars came out for a special charity last night in a simply superb comedy night. A packed audience at the Backyard Comedy Club had tears in their eyes all night long as Jo Brand […]

Oct, 23

Killed in the line of duty: Twenty years on – our debt to Pc Nina Mackay

It was – and still is – one of the most shocking crimes in the history of Newham. Policewoman Nina Mackay paid with her life as she tried to help colleagues. She was the first […]

Oct, 23

Funny man Ricky’s passion for caring Canning Town charity

Comedian, actor and writer Ricky Grover is talking serious for a moment about a charity close to his heart. He has just been asked – and accepted – the role of patron of Canning Town’s […]

Oct, 18

Celebrating Newham’s heritage and history 2017

We are delighted to reveal the events so far confirmed for this year’s celebration of Newham’s heritage. The Museum for Newham Group is working with Newham Council and with a number of local individuals, groups, […]

Sep, 26

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