Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

All the fun (and history of) the fair!

Roll Up! Roll Up! A new booklet detailing the history of the fair at Wanstead Flats will be available soon. From their earliest days fairs have had a reputation for drunkenness, lewdness and riotous behaviour […]

Making a Home In Newham – Heritage Month is online in June

The history and diversity of people who have made Newham their home over hundreds of years of migration is the theme for Newham Heritage Month with an online programme of free activities throughout June. Past […]

VE Day celebrations: What the papers said about life in West Ham and East Ham

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.  Despite our current worldwide crisis, we are still making time to mark this landmark in our nation’s history. As the […]

May, 04

Charity provides support to vulnerable children and their families

Centres run by charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve have had to be temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But the Canning Town organisation has been providing as much support as they can to the most […]

Apr, 29

The history of our passion – and the pride in our tenpin bowling family

The coronavirus crisis has hit both professional and amateur sport hard. And removing our weekly tenpin bowling league from our sporting lives was a tough decision to make. The British Tenpin Bowling Association cancelled all […]

Apr, 02

Fantastic night of comedy as the stars come out for charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve

Absolutely blinding! The stars came out with an amazing night of comedy for Newham charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve last night. And rarely have I heard so many people on their way out saying: “My face […]

Mar, 09

Star Ricky and friends aiming to help charity in his own backyard reach new heights

It’s fitting that a comedy night to raise money for a charity that makes a big difference  to the lives of disadvantaged and disabled young people is being staged at the Backyard Comedy Club. For […]

Feb, 08

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