Spotlight on Newham’s history and heritage – date change for meeting

The Heritage Newham – People, Places, Progress group is holding a public meeting on October 29 , following a date change, In line with today’s current COVID restrictions it will be held online via Zoom. Apologies for the date change. We have had to move it from the original date due to unforeseen circumstances. It will now … More Spotlight on Newham’s history and heritage – date change for meeting

The Royal Docks History Club’s Facebook Live Talk Show

Tune in for the Royal Docks History Club’s first Facebook Live Show on to discover more on the History of the The Royal Docks. You will be able to comment with your own questions and ask guests or the host what you want, writes Colin Grainger. The event is on Thursday June 25 between 6.30 … More The Royal Docks History Club’s Facebook Live Talk Show

All the fun – and history of – the fair on the Flats

Roll Up! Roll Up! A new booklet detailing the history of the fair at Wanstead Flats will be available soon. From their earliest days fairs have had a reputation for drunkenness, lewdness and riotous behaviour – as well, of course, for fun and pleasure, writes Colin Grainger. The Wanstead Flats fair, which dates back to … More All the fun – and history of – the fair on the Flats

Spotlight on 75th anniversary of VE Day – some marvellous local memories

Some marvellous memories were gathered to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day in Newham, writes Colin Grainger. The first is from Roy Cable, who was a young boy when the Blitz started. He shares his memories of air raids, bomb shelters and VE Day street parties. Enjoy, and there are 13 other VE Day … More Spotlight on 75th anniversary of VE Day – some marvellous local memories

Heritage Lottery Fund boost for Newham – and celebration of history is planned

Newham has officially became an ‘Area of Focus’ for funding and support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It’s a boost to the borough’s history and heritage and will give locals a chance to apply for grants for projects, writes Colin Grainger. The announcement was made jointly by the Newham Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz with the … More Heritage Lottery Fund boost for Newham – and celebration of history is planned

Apologies: Heritage Newham public meeting for Thursday January 23 postponed

Profuse apologies but a public meeting being organised by Heritage Newham – People, Places, Progress for tomorrow has had to be postponed. The meeting was due to take place at the Terence Brown Arc In The Park, in Hermit Road, Canning Town, tomorrow, Thursday January 23, from 5pm. But due to illness, the meeting has … More Apologies: Heritage Newham public meeting for Thursday January 23 postponed

Heritage Newham meeting – join our bid to ensure history matters

A public meeting being organised by Heritage Newham – People, Places, Progress takes place this week. The meeting is at the Terence Brown Arc In The Park, in Hermit Road, Canning Town, on Thursday January 23, from 5pm. We hope you can join us to discuss our future projects and anything else history or heritage … More Heritage Newham meeting – join our bid to ensure history matters

Pictures of the part the Royal Docks played in the D Day landings

More than three years ago I wrote a piece that attracted a lot of interest about the part that our manor played in the D Day. Thanks to the memories of funeral boss Stan Harris I told a story that had stayed relatively unknown for generations. It is a story that changed the course of … More Pictures of the part the Royal Docks played in the D Day landings

Heritage meeting postponed – but new date fixed

Apologies, but due to circumstances beyond our control, the public meeting being organised by Heritage Newham – People, Places, Progress has had to be postponed, writes Colin Grainger. We were staging our latest public meeting at the Terence Brown at Arc In The Park, in Hermit Road, Canning Town, this coming Thursday November 28. But due … More Heritage meeting postponed – but new date fixed