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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Planning for the summer? Don’t forget to include a visit to Newham City Farm on Stansfeld Road, Beckton. There’s lots to see and do.

So President Trump is finally coming to London in July. What message should we be giving the man whose favourite catch phrases include “fake news” and “America first”?

Actress Marlene Sidaway, secretary of Newham Talking Newspaper, talks to the Recorder about the “vibrant, diverse” borough she’s come to call home and how we are all responsible for taking pride in where we live

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

When Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) was created by the London Borough of Newham in 1992 it was designed as a comprehensive sixth form open to all 16-19 year-olds in Newham in order to increase participation, achievement and progression.

One of the greatest pleasures of my job is visiting local schools and meeting ambitious, active, inspiring and enquiring young people.

Troan charity founders Heminguey Van Dunem and Joaquim Tumba tell reporter Alex Shaw about aloof MPs and helping the homeless

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Recently I told you that I was leaving one radio station. Like a bad smell but in audio form, I’m hard to get rid of.

Following the recent local elections, Newham has a new mayor!

Q&A: Campaigner Frances Clarke

Friday, June 1, 2018

Frances Clarke is a former Newham councillor and avid campaigner. She cofounded Tower Blocks UK, which works to safeguard the rights of tower block residents.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

I would like to thank the voters for putting their faith and trust in me and in my vision for our borough, where genuinely affordable housing will be my number one priority, alongside the safety of our young people.

I believe interesting and potentially exciting times lie ahead for Newham over the next four years.

Q&A: Layla Conway

Friday, May 25, 2018

London Legacy Development Corporation’s Layla Conway talks about her gran, affordable housing and positive opportunities for the borough’s youngsters

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Do you remember where you were when you heard the news? The new Royal baby was born. Me neither.

Some clergy colleagues talk about summer Saturday afternoons when they have officiated at four or five weddings, one after the other; I wouldn’t want to get that busy but I’m sorry that I haven’t conducted more weddings because I just love them!

Q&A: Idgie Beau

Friday, May 4, 2018

Applecart events and hospitality manager Idgie Beau speaks about her inspirational friend, importance of recycling and love for the borough’s close-knit community

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

New figures show we Brits are looking after our health more with vitamin supplements and natural remedies.

Bigotry should be nipped in the bud wherever it raises its ugly head.

Q&A: Paul Thomas

Friday, April 27, 2018

Paul Thomas worked on the Stratford Express in the ’60s. The newspaper is no more, but he talks about the borough – and the differences he sees since 50 years ago.

As has been witnessed for over a year now, knife and gang-related crime have increased in Newham particularly among those under 25 years of age.

Q&A: Kelly Drake

Friday, April 20, 2018

Kelly Drake received NCT’s national volunteer of the year award in 2016 for her work with parents and children in Newham.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

It was disappointing to read a few weeks ago that Sir Robin Wales had been deselected by the Labour Party to stand as mayor for Newham.

I am thoroughly delighted to return to the front bench in parliament, doing a job tailor-made for me: Shadow minister for Social Inclusion and Social Mobility.

Q&A: My Newham

Friday, April 13, 2018

Shamsun Nessa (pictured left) is a Newham campaigner and key figure in Avenue Parents Group. She’s been fighting against the academisation of Newham’s schools.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Yet another tragic knife-related murder has hit our streets, this time in Stratford. So far this year, a shocking 26 people have been killed.

In just four weeks time, Newham residents 18 and over (and sadly not those 16 and over) will have the opportunity of voting for Newham’s new mayor and council to run the borough for the next four years to 2022.

Q&A: My Newham

Friday, April 6, 2018

Lorna Maffei moved to Plaistow from Italy so her dad could look after her dog, Baloo, while she was at work. After realising there wasn’t a support group for dog owners in the area, she founded the Plaistow Dog Community group

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Do you want to know the secret of happiness?

Those machines in seaside amusement arcades that we visited in our youth were not called ‘one-armed bandits’ for nothing.

Q&A: Michelle Egbe

Friday, March 30, 2018

Michelle Egbe is a Beckton mother who’s experienced the highlights of Newham’s education system. Her daughter is a graduate from and her son attends Grangewood Independent School in Forest Gate.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Degree apprenticeships are vital for east London’s future – here’s why.

A number of constituents have been in touch with me recently about the civil war in Syria. In particular, they have mentioned President Assad’s efforts to displace rebels in Eastern Ghouta. He wants to capture the area, which he regards as the final major rebel enclave in the Damascus area.

Q&A: My Newham

Friday, March 23, 2018

This week’s Q&A comes from Jessica Boatright, who founded east London arts charity Ingeenium. They recently hosted the Creative Chicks Festival at Canning Town library.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Last week the environment secretary, Michael Gove, finally admitted he wants to ban shock collars for dogs and cats. About time.

There’s lots of publicity about women’s issues just now – the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote, International Women’s Day and the #MeToo movement.

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