Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

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 […]

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 […]

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

The games we played – every night and every day

They are the games that have stood the test of time. Each generation had its own favourites and passed down the laughs and memories to the next in the Royal Docks Community. My earliest memory […]

Jun, 07

Jewel in Newham’s crown is helping charity to make a difference and change lives of young

Tears of joy, laughter and a feel-good factor second to none. Those are the emotions you have when you leave shows at Brick Lane Music Hall in Silvertown. But there’s another very important reason this […]

Jun, 05

50 years ago – how Ronan Point tragedy shaped lives of future generations

Fifty years on that sight still lives in the memory. There were no morning TV shows, nothing on the radio. The first we knew that a tower block had collapsed was when we arrived at […]

May, 16

Ambition Aspire Achieve: A film about our work

Making a difference…changing lives. A film by Marieta and Gareth Evans about charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve

May, 03

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