The Newham Recorder and Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal, now in its fifth decade, has been running almost as long as the newspaper itself. Its co-founder, Kevin Jenkins OBE, reflects on 40 years of helping the borough’s disadvantaged youngsters.
The minor industrial action at the giant Ford motor works in Dagenham didn’t grab the local newspaper headlines at first, just another dispute that I covered in 1968 as a young reporter on the old Romford Times newspaper that summer.
As women march the streets of London for gender equality and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage gets ever closer, the East End Women’s Museum, which aims to “balance the history books”, starts to take shape in.
One way of discovering local history – and what I promised readers I’d bring in my ‘Looking back…’ series – is interviewing an expert, a researcher, a resident, a witness. That normally requires for both the interviewer and the interviewee to be alive.
On the 30th anniversary of the Docklands Light Railway, emeritus professor of transport strategy at The Open University, Stephen Potter, considers the history and impact of one of the busiest transport systems in the UK.
Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.