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Charity fundraiser Nina Wade speaks about making Newham her home, a chance encounter with Richard Attenborough CBE and the importance of tackling gang violence

View from the Assembly: Campaign against police cuts continues

Jodie Fink is an A-level tutor at Newham Sixth Form College in Plaistow. She spoke about education funding, opportunities, inspiring students and her family’s long association with the borough

Can you imagine how you would feel if a loved one popped out to the shops and never returned?

It is a real pleasure to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the best possible New Year.

The world is in turmoil, those in charge are struggling to keep on top of things, and the rest of us are feeling hard-done-by. What better time could there be to remember what Christmas is all about?

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Throughout this autumn and winter, the south meadow area of West Ham Park, which is managed by the City of London Corporation, is being re-landscaped with funding from the GLA’s Community Grant Scheme.

Omer Bashir is a teacher and former student at Rokeby School in Canning Town.

I recently attended the launch event of the Players Project by West Ham United at the London Stadium.

The prime minister has published her draft withdrawal agreement with the European Union.

I received my first Christmas catalogue in August, before I went on holiday, but now the decorations are up in the High Streets and advertisements are urging us to prepare for the great material feast of Christmas.

Having taken part in the London Legacy Development Corporation’s free Creative Opportunity Programme for young people who want a career in the creative and cultural sector, Tobi Bolanle is now following his dream of working in the film industry.

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Last week, the United Nations came to Newham. They were here to listen to charities and local people give evidence about the effect of record levels of extreme poverty that blight our society.

Please forgive a note of personal triumph. This year I completed my 250th Parkrun, and I’ve got the shirt to prove it.

Mouhssin Ismail, principal of Newham Collegiate Sixth Form College, recently won the GG2 Leadership Award, which recognises high achievers within black, asian and ethnic minority groups.

The power of sport remains unrivalled in its ability to inspire change, improve lives and unite communities.

Remembrance Day services are always moving and especially so with this year marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

As I arrive at NewVIc for another day of hearing about funding cuts, staffing shortages and spiders, I see a large group of students being very loud, perhaps some would describe as intimidating, hanging outside the front entrance on Prince Regent Lane.

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It’s six months since I stepped into office, there’s still a lot to do but progress is being made in key areas. That’s the reason I stood to become mayor: to deliver for residents and deliver positive change through targeted action.

Maryam Ali, from East Ham learning centre, Into University, discusses apprenticeships, the merits of further education and the inspiration behind her work

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The prime minister declared it is over, the chancellor has said it is coming to an end, and whilst this may sound like a circular argument, the only way to end austerity is to continue with it.

Last week, I had the chance to thank former East Ham councillors who stepped down in May.

German stand-up comic Alice Frick speaks to reporter Alex Shaw about hidden canals, her inspirations and male-dominated comedy clubs.

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Every year, I attend a service at West Ham Parish Church to celebrate Black History Month.

The growing numbers of local residents either increasing their awareness of and/or their direct involvement in Newham’s long and rich heritage, is welcome and greatly encouraging for all those, like myself, who believe that understanding our past helps us to understand today and improve the future for all.

Jonathan Eldridge is the co-founder of Fossil Free Newham, an environmental action group which is lobbying to stop Newham Council investing in fossil fuels.

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I recently attended a meeting organised by members of the Maryland Residents Association to discuss crime in their community, along with Mayor of Newham and local councillors.

One of the great things about east London is its open spaces.

Newham Bookshop worker John Newman speaks about his favourite authors, speed limits and accessibility in Newham as the shop prepares to relocate after four decades in Upton Park.

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As the trees start to transition in colour this autumn, the gardens at West Ham Park are beginning to look absolutely stunning.

I recently went to see Legacy, a play which explores the impact of the Olympic legacy on communities, focusing on the lives of residents on Stratford’s Carpenters Estate.

Rose Small, founder of Community Cares at Keir Hardie Methodist Church in Canning Town, speaks about supporting the borough’s young people in schools and the wider community

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At this time of year a university is very focussed on those new students joining our ranks - known in the trade as Freshers.

In September, I was on the parliamentary committee scrutinising the Offensive Weapons Bill.

October is Black History Month and, for the first time in 10 years, Newham will be officially celebrating the occasion. Eastside Community Heritage, which archives the memories of Newham’s residents, is running a number of exhibitions to mark the event.

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