Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

The Christmas Toy Appeal Roll of Honour: Thank you for making a difference

Almost three thousand children will wake up to some Christmas gifts tomorrow – thanks to the joy provided by a remarkable campaign in the community. The Newham Christmas Toy Appeal met its target for the […]

A truly incredible effort against the odds – Newham Christmas Toy Appeal reaches target

Given the present struggles all of us face in our daily lives at this time we knew that this year’s Newham Christmas Toy Appeal would be the toughest ever. For the last 43 years the […]

North Woolwich pub is ‘set to re-open in the New Year’

The Henley Arms public house in North Woolwich will re-open in the New Year, pub business chiefs have revealed. And the pub in Albert Road, which closed in the summer, due to a variety of […]

Dec, 10

Sponsored swim for Newham Toy Appeal completed – now please help our campaign

I’ve done it! Absolutely cream crackered but for the 43rd year I’ve managed to complete the sponsored swim for the Newham Christmas Toy Appeal. If you feel you can support the vital campaign run by […]

Dec, 05

Our toughest ever challenge – launch of the vital annual appeal to save Christmas for local young people

It’s going to be a tough ask in these unprecedented times. Never before have we kicked off the vital appeal that has been a bit part of local life for 43 years in the middle […]

Nov, 17

Shape the future of the Royal Oak site – and tell your memories of the much-loved pub

More news from those behind the development of the Royal Oak public house site in North Woolwich – and now they want your help with the future of the project. They also want to hear […]

Nov, 17

Lift off for sponsored swim for vital appeal

I’m raising funds for a special appeal that has been part of my life in Newham for 43 years…a campaign that is right at the heart of life in East London. It was all those […]

Oct, 31

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