Colin Grainger

Colin Grainger

Help us spread Christmas joy to those who need it most

Since I wrote about the difficult times communities have faced 12 months ago, there have been some reasons to be cheerful but many to give us the view of continuing challenging times. Just when the […]

Nov, 10

Reflections of the past- dock follies

Over the years many stories have emerged about thefts from the docks inNorth Woolwich, Silvertown, Canning Town and Custom House. Here are two from over 100 years ago – from the old East Ham Recorder […]

Sep, 01

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

We’ve done it again – Newham Christmas Toy Appeal hits target

FOR the last 42 years a remarkable campaign in the community in Newham has spread much needed joy to children who need it most. And I am happy to report today that the Newham Christmas […]

Dec, 24

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 […]

Jun, 13

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

Former pupils meet up to mark school’s 90th anniversary

Ex-pupils of a former Newham Grammar School are organising a reunion next month…to mark the school’s 90th anniversary. Plaistow Grammar School in Prince Regent Lane closed in 1972. It is now the home of NewVic […]

Apr, 23

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