Colin Grainger

Colin Grainger

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

Tenpin bowlers strike out for Newham charity

Tenpin bowlers rolled plenty of strikes to support a special Newham charity in a night of fun and action at the City Pavilion in Collier Row. Members of the Sunday Trios League who play at […]

Jul, 22

Poppies at the Tower … and feeling good to be British

It was an honour and a privilege to be part of the de-installation of the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London today. Six weeks ago, it was also great to be part of the […]

Nov, 24

Real East End life: Launch of vital Friends of Community Links group

  It was an honour to be part of the launch of Friends of Community Links group last night at the headquarters of the group in Barking Road, Canning Town. Celebrities Ricky Grover and Perry […]

Sep, 18

A story that captured the nation’s heart – and why our history must be kept alive

 It gives me great pleasure to include something on my website that I wrote 31 years ago.  It has re-surfaced on a great website called newhamstory.com and funnily enough I loved reading it again.  There’s […]

Jul, 22

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