Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

Events celebrate the history of our Royal Docks – and you can be part

Two events are being staged as part of a special festival to celebrate the history of the Royal Docks. And local people with a passion for history are being given the chance to not only […]

Madrid 2019: The Good, Bad, downright Ugly … the Brilliant and Shambolic!

We lived the dream, but fell at the final hurdle. No one can ever take away from us that we made it to the Champions League Final in Madrid. The glory of the last season […]

New ferries will soon capture the hearts of the local community

OUT with the old and in with the new. History was made a few weeks ago as the two new Woolwich Ferries began operations ferrying passengers and vehicles back and forth across Old Father Thames. […]

Apr, 08

Fascinating new book turns the spotlight on West Ham Fire Brigade

Local history enthusiast, Peter Williams, has written a beautifully illustrated book on West Ham and its fire service. This book looks at the development of West Ham as part of the wider East London area, and how […]

Apr, 02

Sleighed by your kindness – remarkable campaign reaches its target for the 41st year in a row

EVERY 12 months for the last 41 years a campaign in the community in Newham has spread much needed joy to children who need it most. And I am happy to report on this lovely […]

Dec, 24

Launch of a vital appeal to ensure no child goes without this Christmas

It’s that time of year when those in the community in Newham and surrounding areas have a chance to prove how much they do care for those less fortunate than themselves. The Community Links and […]

Nov, 13

Revealed: Touching World War One Armistice story from Silvertown 100 years ago

As the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War draws near, it is my pleasure to reveal a touching story from a century ago – and also paint a vivid picture […]

Nov, 07

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