Colin Grainger

family life

Farewell to a woman with a heart of gold

It is desperately sad journey to Oxford for me today to say goodbye to a woman who had been a close friend for over 35 years. It was Jan Martin’s appointment as assistant secretary of […]

Dec, 04

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 and funnily enough I loved reading it again.  There’s […]

Jul, 22

Illegal sublet homes initiative saves £1.4 million

An initiative to bring illegally sublet council homes back into use has seen the return of 26 homes saving Newham Council more than £1.4 million.​ New legislation introduced in October last year made tenancy fraud […]

Feb, 11


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