New book turns spotlight on West Ham and its fire brigade

Local history enthusiast, Peter Williams, has written a beautifully illustrated book on West Ham and its fire service. This book looks at the development of West Ham as part of the wider East London area, and how West Ham’s position influenced the development of its fire brigade, writes Colin Grainger. From haphazard arrangements under the old parish vestry … More New book turns spotlight on West Ham and its fire brigade

How the jewel in Newham’s crown helps charity 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 place is a gift from heaven – and it’s not just because it is housed in the former St Mark’s … More How the jewel in Newham’s crown helps charity make a difference and change lives of young

How two close friends took centre stage as the First World War ended

As the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the The Great War  draws near, it is my pleasure to reveal a touching story from a century ago – and also paint a vivid picture of how life was back then and in the times that followed in our part of East London. One of … More How two close friends took centre stage as the First World War ended

Heritage Week – events staged by childrens’ charity, music hall, history cub and the ‘cathedral of sewage!’

The Heritage Newham: People, Places, Progress group would like to give an extra mention to some events being staged as part of Heritage Week 2018. These need to be booked through group founder Kevin Jenkins, or will actually feature Kevin or a representative of the group, Thursday November 8 Young People’s Heritage Day (primary school … More Heritage Week – events staged by childrens’ charity, music hall, history cub and the ‘cathedral of sewage!’