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Sunday, December 8, 2019

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

Everything seems bigger and better in America.

In the 60s, my sister and I looked forward to with eager anticipation to Saturday afternoons!

As Autumn turns the trees to an oxidised red and the leaves drop to the ground like the end of Adam and Eve's date night, we all know what happens next. Our hopes of a Sunday morning lie-in are ruined by some fussy neighbour and their leaf blower.

Newham boasts a remarkable emblem of human ingenuity.

Whilst we are in the middle of another huge national political moment, I am pleased to be able to give you an update about more local matters - the future of the former plant nursery beside West Ham Park.

One year ago, we celebrated the launch of the Players' Project, which we believe is the most ambitious and integrated community programme ever created by a Premier League Club.

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

It's that time of the year where many students are preparing their UCAS applications for university. There are a number of things to consider when applying to university: courses, qualifications and references to name a few.

I recently visited the SKS Swaminarayan Temple in Green Street to join local councillors, Stephen Timms MP and the mayor of Newham to celebrate Diwali.

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

There has been a lot of discussion in the media about the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and measles cases rising across the UK.

The current mayor's planning applications from London City Airport in Custom House and MSG Sphere in Stratford have both triggered vociferous campaigns.

In parliament, over the past few years, so much effort has been consumed by Brexit. It's clear why: bad deals like Boris Johnson's will hit the poorest hardest. A No Deal Brexit is unthinkably worse.

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

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

Ex-West Ham and England striker Carlton Cole recently joined me at Chelsea FC to help launch the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee's report on hate crime, where he discussed his own experiences of dealing with racial abuse on and off the pitch.

A young life ended, a future destroyed and a family heartbroken. He was a pupil from St Bonaventure's Secondary School in Forest Gate and the school community is also grieving.

Over the last few weeks, towns and cities across the UK have been welcoming students for their first term at university, or welcoming back current students.

That great English patriot, Rudyard Kipling, who wrote 'If', and 'Kim', and 'the Jungle Book', once suggested that we cannot know ourselves as a nation until we have seen what we look like from the perspective of others.

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

Welcome to my first column as chairman of the City Corporation's West Ham Park Committee.

Last week I visited Dublin with the Brexit Select Committee, led by our chairman, Hilary Benn.

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

Over the summer the University of East London has been designing an innovative new programme based around the theme of mental wealth to enable our students to develop professional fitness.

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Meet NewVIc alumni Anastasija as she reflects on her journey from sixth form to her first year at university.

"Newham Music is the award-winning Music Education Hub for Newham, striving to ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to make music," says Jill Meredith, Development and Communications Officer at Newham Music Academy.

"Don't underestimate the importance of what a musical education can do for your child. Music creates a positive, vibrant culture for young people in schools and communities and is a great way of celebrating their abilities and achievements, as well as supporting and enhancing their learning" added Jill as she explains how taking part in musical activities can help children develop socially and exposes them to a host of opportunities they wouldn't find elsewhere.

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