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Young Mayor hopefuls


issue 285 // 11 – 25 October 2013

The boy is back in town

Kenny Lynch returns to Canning Town (p24)

Outstanding teaching


Our heritage

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contents 11 October 2013 // issue 285

O October is a time when Newham celebrates its heritage – and c what a heritage we have. w Newham has been the home of reformers and philanthropists. o All kinds of musicians and A artists have been proud to call a Newham their home (p14). N We W reveall this thi year’s candidates for Young Mayor. See page 10 to find out why they think they should get the coveted role. Another former resident that Newham is proud to call one of its own is Kenny Lynch, one of Britain’s best loved all-round entertainers. You can read a little of his story on page 24. Finally, there are those that don’t take pride in Newham. See their pictures on page 23.

Regulars 04 NEWS – two pages of news from across the borough 06 MAYOR’S VIEW – news from Sir Robin Wales 20 NEWS IN PICTURES – your fortnight in photos 23 CAUGHT ON CAMERA – help us identify these people 24 WORKING LIVES – crooner Kenny Lynch tells his story 30 OUR NEWHAM – great competitions and community news 32 KIDS’ CORNER – poems, pictures and puzzles for our younger readers


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Executive member for equalities and social inclusion

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Features 08 GIVING IT AWAY – hear the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10 YOUNG MAYOR, BIG AMBITION – this year’s candidates 13 TEACHER TRAINING – Christine Alexander promotes teaching 14 HERITAGE IN NEWHAM – from the Thames Ironworks to Itchycoo Park 19 RUBBISH TALK – commercial waste collections 26 AN IMPRESSION OF DEPRESSION – Sonia Mehta on post natal depression 29 LET’S TALK – share your views with the Newham People’s Panel Find us online at For information on all Newham Council services visit


IN BRIEF // Call for hero donors A donor registration event is taking place on the lower ground floor of Westfield shopping centre in Stratford on Thursday 17 October from 10am-8pm to support the Be The Hero campaign. The campaign was set up by Roger Moore, 36, from Silvertown, who needs a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with blood cancer. Anyone can attend but residents from minority ethnic communities are particularly encouraged as there is a shortage of people from these communities on the donor register. For more information visit

Brawl nightclub closed A nightclub where a brawl involving more than 100 revellers took place has been closed by Newham councillors. The Licensing Sub-committee revoked the premises licence for Juoda Balta in Jenkins Lane, Beckton, after councillors heard that police were called to the club in July and discovered people fighting and a man being assaulted with a knife.

Parking restrictions necessary Some local parking and pedestrian restrictions will be in place in Normandy Terrace, Custom House, between 14 and 31 October while Crossrail construct a temporary station access bridge across Victoria Dock Road. Two large cranes will be involved. Residents who would like to be kept up to date with the Crossrail work should email and put “Email address for C520 CH” in the subject bar.


Cleaning up the neighbourhood Ayouda, third right, joins councillors and residents

Newham councillors joined residents as they tackled litter and flytipping on two footpaths around Beckton. They collected a total of 24 rubbish bags as well as discarded microwaves and garden rubbish during the clean-ups, which were organised by CleanupUK, a charity dedicated to tackling the problem of litter and flytipping. Beckton ward members David Christie, Alec Kellaway and Ayesha Chowdhury, and Aouda Ketrouci, a member of Newham’s Youth Council, were among those taking part. Aouda, who helped clean up Mitchall Walk, said: “I really enjoyed it. Who would have thought picking up litter could be fun with the help of other amazing people. You really start to value the act of throwing your rubbish in the bin after you’ve spent time cleaning up. I look forward to helping out with more in the future.” To find out more about future clean ups in Beckton contact Emma Harrington on

New home for boxing is knockout Newham councillors have proved a knockout with West Ham Boys’ Club after they agreed that an empty community hall can be used for boxing. Planning permission for a change of use of the hall at the former Curwen Centre in London Road, Plaistow, was granted by the Local Development Committee. The club, a self-funding charity, was established in 1922 and has always been based in a building off Plaistow High Street. The current lease on their existing premises has run out. The new club premises will be run by local volunteers, qualified coaches and club committee members. Councillor Ian Corbett, executive member for environment, said: “We’re delighted the club have a new home. We are doing everything we can to get young people involved with a sport they are good at.”

Newham Council staff help save lives Newham Council is encouraging people and businesses to follow the lead of its staff and organise blood donation Donor care supervisor Jean Jude and donor Jane Radford sessions in the are joined by Cllrs Baikie, Wilson and Hudson workplace. Newham Dockside hosted the NHS blood donation team, who were pleased with the numbers of people who gave blood, particularly those from African, Caribbean and south Asian backgrounds who have specific, rare blood groups that are vitally needed in Newham. Following the success of the donation session more are planned in the coming months. Deputy Mayor, Cllr Lester Hudson, Cllrs Neil Wilson and Andrew Baikie dropped in to encourage staff. Cllr Hudson said: “Giving blood it is vitally important. If you are aged over 17 and generally in good health you can give blood and start saving lives.” Public blood donor sessions take place regularly across Newham. The next sessions takes place from 1-3pm and 4.30-7.30pm on 15 October at Baitul Ahad Mosque, 56 Tudor Road, E6, and 23 October at Old Town Hall, Stratford, Broadway, E15. To find out more visit To register for organ donation visit

Consultation on children’s centres Newham Council is consulting with residents on proposed changes to two children’s centres. The council is looking at changing the services currently provided for children and families at the Trinity@Hathaway Children’s Centre in Manor Park, including providing some of the services at neighbouring children’s centres. The proposals will not affect afterschool and holiday playschemes at Hathaway, which are run by the community centre. Because of Crossrail projects and other Custom House redevelopment, the council also proposes to move services from the current Freemasons Outreach Centre, which is scheduled for demolition in 2015. The council intends for the play services provided at this centre to be delivered at Edith Kerrison Children’s Centre. Health services it offers will continue to be delivered across the borough’s network of children’s centres. The consultation ends on Thursday 24 October. To take part visit

Newham wedded to new business Mayor Sir Robin Wales cut the ribbon to officially open the new David’s Bridal store in Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre. Newham has become the location for the American bridal chain’s first store in the United Kingdom. The company have been serving American brides for more than six decades. Sir Robin said: “We are always pleased to welcome new businesses to our borough, especially ones who are committed to offering jobs and training opportunities for our residents.” Westfield is the launch hub of the company brand, creating more than 80 jobs. It plans to create more stores across the UK. Anyone looking for advice on relocating their business to Newham or starting up a new one can contact Newham Council’s business desk on

The Mayor helps cut the ribbon at David’s Bridal


Building was the right move Politicians often present statistics in whatever way suits their argument. The public know this, they understand it, and, more often than not, they see through it. There is a big difference, however, between using accurate figures to support a political argument and manipulating statistics to ‘prove’ a point, as the Government were rebuked for doing earlier this year by the UK’s statistics watchdog. Making statements without knowing or checking the facts is an even greater demonstration of disregard for the public. Sadly, it appears that this is the depth that certain ministers have stooped to. Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles made some ridiculous claims at the Conservative Party Conference about Newham Council wasting money. He criticised our purchase of our Newham Dockside headquarters. He took a cheap shot at a council that is actually saving money at a time when his Government is imposing savage cuts that are unfairly hitting deprived areas like Newham. Over the course of this Parliament Newham will face a like-for-like cut of £309 per head in Government funding compared to just £87 per head in leafy Richmond. We moved our back office functions to Newham Dockside in 2009 from 26 different locations, many of which were becoming unfit

for purpose and/or were expensive. Moving to a single head office has enabled us to share facilities and manage resources more efficiently. By next year we will have saved almost £50m, and we aim to make even more. It’s one of the reasons we’ve been able to absorb massive Government cuts without affecting residents too much, and continue to invest in what matters. This includes free school meals for all primary children, helping people into work (5,000 last year), teaching our children to play a musical instrument for free, cleaner streets and tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. Some of the sites we vacated are being looked at for use as much needed housing for residents. And we are investing in the Newham Town Hall campus as a place where we can see people face to face – something which was always part of our plan. The future of Newham Dockside itself

will of course depend on the council’s requirement for office space. We explore any commercial opportunities that present themselves and continue to make money by renting out office space we are not using – money we are then able to use to protect services. If somebody wants to buy the building and we can make a profit which we can use to benefit residents, I will not say no. Ill-informed cheap shots won’t stop us looking to make savings for our residents. We will continue to do our best to support people through tough times and protect the services that residents say matter to them. And we will continue to challenge Mr Pickles. Not with half baked mistruths, but with the facts of his unfair cuts and the reality of his sustained and targeted attack on the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society.

Council offices in the Royal Docks

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Carnival of delights I look forward to visiting young people in our schools, especially when I have something to thank them for and say a big well done. Recently I went to Maryland, North Beckton and Vicarage primary schools to present them with commemorative plaques and individual medals for taking part in the Mayor’s Newham Carnival in July. More than 2,000 children from 17 schools across the borough took part in the carnival, which involved an energetic, colourful parade of music and dance through the streets of East Ham. And this year was extra special as many of them got to wear costumes made from recycled props from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I was very impressed with the hard work and effort that the youngsters had shown. Their dedication was crucial in ensuring the event was a success and they should all be proud of themselves.

“... we will continue to invest in transforming outcomes for our youngest residents” Every school that took part will receive a plaque. I will visit as many of them as my commitments allow and those that I cannot get to will be visited by my councillor colleagues. I believe children taking part in free community events like this, that bring people together, develops their personal resilience and helps give them the best start in life by enriching them with a range of new skills and abilities. That is why we will continue to invest in transforming outcomes for our youngest residents and putting the building blocks in place for their future progress.

At Stratford’s Maryland Primary School with Cllr Quintin Peppiatt

Cllr Peppiatt at Sir John Heron Primary School

At North Beckton Primary School with Cllr Peppiatt

with Sir Robin Wales


A giveaway that hits

all the right notes If you love classical compositions this competition will be music to your ears. Mayor Sir Robin Wales has partnered with the renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) to give you the chance to win free tickets to a range of superb concerts at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington. The Mayor has secured 25 pairs of tickets exclusively for Newham residents at upcoming concerts including the Grand Opera Gala and the Best of Broadway 2013. For years, Newham residents have had the pleasure of listening to the magical melodies of the RPO for free at the annual Under the Stars outdoor concerts in Central Park. Our young people have also had the pleasure of working alongside the experts as part of the groundbreaking Newham’s Every Child A Musician programme. Now you could hear the professionals play in one of the most prestigious musical entertainment venues in the world. Tickets for these concerts can cost up to £50 but be a winner and the only notes on your mind will be of a musical kind. Here are two concerts you could be at:


The Great Classics: Grand Opera Gala, Sunday 27 October, 3pm Closing date: 12noon, Monday 21 October Enjoy a memorable afternoon devoted to some of the most popular operatic arias of all time. The concert will include such classics such as The Barber of Seville, Madame Butterfly and Carmen and will be sung by the finest classical vocalists and baritones. Best of Broadway 2013, Wednesday 6 November, 7.30pm Closing date: 12noon, Monday 28 October Scale new musical heights with songs from the cream of Broadway shows including Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Cats and Mamma Mia. There’ll also be a special tribute to the music of Les Miserables.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets visit www.newham. and fill in the online form. Tickets are distributed via a random ballot. Terms and conditions apply but you must be a Newham resident to enter the competition.





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THE X FACTOR – WHO On Wednesday 23 October thousands of young people will take to the polls to vote in this year’s election for Newham Young Mayor. Our candidates have polished their manifestos and are canvassing hard to convince us that, in the race for Young Mayor, they take pole position.




I want more activities for young people, free sports and schemes that allow them to make informed choices about their futures. Young people’s voices should be heard.

I want to continue the legacy of the Olympics, educate young people and give them a say. We all have a part to play in society and in the borough in which we live.



I will explore talents, make teenagers’ voices heard and create places for them to go. I want to work for young people so they can have promising futures.

I want to open more pathways for youth in Newham to give them the opportunity to succeed and make them believe that change can happen.



Skills, jobs and education can make a huge difference to someone’s life. I want to enhance these opportunities for all young people.

I want young people to access valuable and worthwhile opportunities and provide them with the chance to generate personal income in our borough.



I will celebrate young people’s achievements and support them to do more sports. I also want to make Newham a greener place to live.

I will strive to ensure Newham is safer and full of strong, ambitious young people who want to do better in life. I will ensure your voices are heard and responded to.



I will provide professional mentoring, summer camps and set up a youth neighbourhood hub. We can be and make the changes we would like to see together.

I want to increase success, opportunity and educational choices so young people have the chance to improve their talents and be inspired. I will also support projects that increase sport and recreational facilities.



I will motivate young people to make changes for the better, spread self-belief across the borough, liven up holidays, improve our facilities and find Newham’s first young apprentice.

I want to empower and support young people who may feel neglected, giving them access to life changing opportunities.

NATALIA KULCZYCKA I will reduce bullying in schools and motivate young people to learn. Newham will be cleaner and safer and a place where young people will be able to learn and enjoy their studies.

PELUMI AGBEDEJOBI I will remove the stereotypes associated with young people and encourage them to voice their views about Newham.

PRASHANTA RAY Violent, deprived and illiterate are some of the stereotypes that society may hold of young people. I will challenge and change this.

SABA AHMED I will ensure that Newham is a better, safer and happier borough for everyone. Every resident is entitled to their opinion; therefore their voices should be heard.

SHANA CHARLES Inspiration to achieve potential, motivation to exceed all expectations and equality for every child. These values will guide me as Young Mayor.

SHERRIAN NEWELL Every young person deserves a chance and should feel wanted. I want to ensure every young person has their own individual voice and are able to speak out.

ZAEEM ARSHAD Whether you want to work, or join a semi-professional football team, I will ensure your voice is heard and deliver what young people deserve – no more empty promises.

AOUDA KETROUCI Young people should be able to be creative and confident. Sport should be encouraged, not just to build on the Olympic legacy but also for health benefits. I will work to inspire young people so they can inspire each other.

SEEING IS BELIEVING Watch the candidate’s video manifestos online by visiting Keep up with the campaign by following the election trial via Twitter @ym_newham Aged 11 to 18? Don’t forget to vote on 23 October.


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Lifelong learning With 37 years teaching experience under her belt, there’s not much Colegrave Primary School headteacher Christine Alexander doesn’t know about education. After spending her entire teaching career in Newham she’s preparing to retire, but not before she helps recruit a new wave of teachers for the borough.

As well as being a headteacher, Christine is head of SCITTELS (School Centred Initial Teacher Training In East London Schools), a consortium of schools who work in partnership to provide initial teacher training, leading to qualified teaching status. Described by Government inspectors Ofsted as: ‘the best possible training’, SCITTELS was rated as an ‘outstanding’ provider by the inspectors in 2012. Colegrave is the lead school for the programme, and offers purpose-built onsite training for successful applicants. Christine’s reasons for teaching were clear: “I’ve always wanted to make people’s lives better. So that was via nursing, social work or teaching. When I first went into a classroom I loved it. I knew it was the right career choice for me.” It’s this instant spark and enthusiasm

that Christine is looking for in recruits: “It’s moving how passionate some people are about wanting to teach. They want to teach because they like children and want to make a difference.” There are a number of routes into teaching. SCITTELS offers successful applicants the choice of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), a school direct tuition fee funded programme or a school direct salaried programme. Christine said: “We want to attract the best candidates. We hold events to tell people what skills and qualifications they need and help them understand that training to be a teacher is a very rigorous process. It isn’t like you see on TV in Waterloo Road. We’re not rocking up with a briefcase at 9am, leaving at 3pm and going to the pub. We work hard, we also play hard, but it’s tough work.”

Want to teach? If you have a minimum 2.1 degree and a minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, maths and science, find out more about a career in teaching at a SCITTELS information event. Events will be held at Colegrave School, E15, from 4-6pm on Tuesday 22 October and Wednesday 6 November. This event is free but places are limited so you must register to attend by emailing scittels@


Heritage in Newham LON DO

In the middle of the 18th Century the Bow porcelain factory in Stratford began producing bone ash, soft-paste porcelains – what we now call bone china. Initially known for imitating Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, Bow porcelain later became known for elaborate gilded and coloured patterns. At its peak, the factory employed around 300 people, but slid into decline and closed around 1776.


Heavy industry


The Royal Docks




Royal Albert, Royal Vict Victoria toria and King Geor George o ge V docks made The Royal up the largest Docks, 1935 enclosed docks in the world. With a water area of nearly 250 acres, an estate of 1,100 0 acres and d more than th 12 miles of quaysides, they specialised in the import and unloading of foodstuffs. During the first half of the 20th Century they were London’s principal docks. As well as goods from around the world, the docks brought new industries and new people from all over the world. At their height, the docks employed 20,000 people before they closed for shipping in 1981. The docks have since been reborn. Now they are home to London City Airport, the University of East London, ExCeL, the Siemens Crystal and the Emirates Air Line cable car. Most recently, Chinese developers ABP have announced their p plans to create a £1bn stateo of-the-art The Dockers business e tur sculp near district in ExCeL tthe area which will w create c 20,000 2 jjobs.




Bow Porcelain









Our rich heritage has shaped the place in which we live today and the history of Newham is something we can all be proud of. To mark Newham Heritage Week, Saturday 19 to Saturday 26 October, we glimpse into the past to unveil a vibrant, diverse deep-rooted community with shared values and respect that was born in 1965 when East Ham and West Ham amalgamated to create the Newham we know today.

In 1840 Stratford Railway Works began building trains for the Great Eastern Railway; by 1912 they employed 6,500 people. They closed in 1991 but had built 1,682 locomotives, 5,500 passenger vehicles and 33,000 goods wagons. From 1870 to 1969, Beckton Gas Works was said to be the largest such plant in the world, making gas from coal, processing pr p rroc oces esssi sing ng g almost alm mos o t 2million n tons ton of coal p per year. Towards tthe end of tthe 19th C Century Tate & Lyle were o operating Tate & Lyle Goldie the lion at sseparately, o one producing sugar cubes and the other golden syrup. In 1921 the two companies merged and by1939 the Thames sugar refinery in Silvertown was the largest in the world, producing 14,000 tonnes a week.

People The Coloured Men’s Institute opened in 1926 in The Coloured Men’s Institute Tidal Basin Road, Canning Town. wn It aimed d to bring br blackk and Asian people, who had settled around the docks after the First World War, together via social events. The Institute later become a B’n’B for seamen. During the 18th and 19th centuries Newham was closely associated with social reform and human rights campaigns. The face of the £5 note, Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) was a human rights campaigner and prison reformer





The Buxton Table

Joseph Lister (1827-1912) born J hL i t (1827 1912) was b at Upton House in Upton Lane, E7. A pioneer of antiseptic surgery, he introduced antiseptics for the treatment of wounds, disinfection for surgical instruments and the washing of hands for surgeons. At the end of the 19th and the start of the 20th centuries, Newham was a hotbed for political change. The East London Federation of Suffragettes, led by Sylvia Pankhurst, (sister of Emily) campaigned for women and working class men to have the vote. Their activities inspired Edith Kerrison (1850-1934), who became the first woman to serve on West Ham Council, and Daisy Parsons (1890-1953) who became the first female mayor of West Ham in 1936. James Keir Hardie (1856-1915) was the illegitimate son of a servant who rose from humble beginnings as a coal miner to become a union activist and the first Labour leader. In 1892 Keir Hardie was invited to stand as the Independent n nt Labour Party candidate for West Ham. He won and took his seat in parliament. In 1893 he was part of the group that att James Keir Hardie a formed the Independentt


Labour Party. In 1900 he was one of only two elected Labour MPs, which by 1906 increased to 26.




w lived in East who Ham and later in Forest Gate. Her brother Samuel Gurney (17861856) worked Elizabeth Fry on ffor the abolition te no £5 a of slavery. The Buxton, Slave Table, where the 1833 Bill B Bu xton o or on o Sla l ve T ab ble l wh h for the Abolition of Slavery was drafted, is owned by Newham Council. John Passmore Edwards (1823-1911) was a political campaigner, philanthropist and a lifelong champion of the working classes who funded a number of libraries and educational institutions in Newham.

War The First War memorial World War unveiling, Central Park, 1921 (1914-1918) 8)) had a huge impact on Newham. The War Memorial in Central Park, East Ham alone has over 2,000 names, all from East Ham. Perhaps the best known of Newham’s war dead is Jack Cornwell (1900-1916) of Manor Park. Aged 15 he joined the Navy and set sail on H.M.S. Chester. On 31 May 1916 H.M.S. Chester was hit 17 times in the Battle of Jutland. Jack’s gun was one of the first to be hit and he suffered a fatal wound to his chest. A report from the commanding officer said: “Boy (1st Class) John Travers Cornwell of the “Chester”, was mortally wounded early in the action. He nevertheless remained standing alone at a most exposed post, quietly awaiting orders till the end of the action, with the gun’s crew dead and wounded all round him.” He was buried in Manor Park Cemetery with full naval honours and posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross by King George V.

Bomb damage at Hallsville School

The Second World War (1939-1945) saw the area suffer terribly during the Blitz. More than 1,300 bombs and mines landed in the borough. (Visit to find out where.) In one incident, 73 people were killed when a bomb hit Hallsville School in Canning Town. By the end of the war more than a quarter of the houses in the borough had been destroyed; in the docks, around 85 per cent of housing was hit.


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Thames Ironworks Football Club, was founded in 1895. In 1900 they became West Ham United Football Club. The Hammers club logo is based on the hammers used for riveting the panels of HMS Warrior, the first iron warship. A player who made the transition between the two clubss was Fred Corbett (b.1883), one of Britain’s first black footballers. Since then West Ham has had a number of famous Fred Corbett black players including g Clyde Best (1951-) and Clive Charles (1951-2003). 951 5 200 003) 3 East London’s illustrious history of boxing started in 1787, when Daniel Mendoza beat Sam Martin to become the first Jewish world champion, and has continued right up to the present day. Notable exponents of the noble art in Newham include: Canning Town’s Pedlar Palmer, (1876-1949) who at age 19 was the youngest ever world bantamweight champion; Terry Spinks MBE (1938-2012) who began boxing aged nine and went wh w ho be ho b ga an bo oxxiing ga ge ged ed n on o to win a gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics O and a became the t British featherweight f champion; WBC c heavyweight champion Frank c Bruno (1961-) E Terry Spinks MB trained at the t Royal Oak in Canning Town; Lennox C i T L nnox Lewis Lewis (1 ((1965-), 96 65 ),, born in West Ham,, won gold at the 1988 Olympics (for Canada) and took his first heavyweight title in 1992 becoming the first British heavyweight champion of the Lennox Lewis 20th Century. In 1999 he became the last undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.














Music Newham has a strong musical heritage. During World War II East Ham’s Vera Lynn became me e ‘the the e Forces Sweetheart’ Sweetheart r with songs Kenny Lynch such as We’llll Meet Again, White Cliffs of Dover and There’ll Always be an England. In the 1960s Kenny Lynch K L h ((see p24) 24) 4 became Britain’s answer to Sammy Davis Jnr. Small Faces guitarists Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane grew up in Manor Park and Plaistow. Their hit Itchycoo Park was said to be inspired by the stinging nettles in Little Ilford Park. Jimmy Hendrix composed Purple Haze at the Upper Cut Club in Forest Gate and the Bridge House pub in Canning Town saw everyone from Jeff Beck, the Police and Depeche Mode perform. The 1970s saw Plaistow’s David Essex rise to fame, Mark Knopfler wrote about the Silvertown Blues and rockers Iron Maiden were born at the Coach and Horses in Stratford. Punk rockers the Cockney Rejects were formed in Custom House and best known for songs like Oi Oi Oi and I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles. Most recently, Forest Gate’s Plan B has gone global with his blend of soul and rap.

Plan B

Bloc Party’s Kele was born in Manor Park and there is a whole generation of grime and hip hop artists like Ghetts and Mumzy Stranger from Plaistow, Kano and Tempa T. from Forest Gate, as well as underground heavyweights The Newham Generals to keep the London music scene live and vibrant. Mayor Sir Robin Wales is doing his bit too with Newham’s groundbreaking Every Child a Musician programme.

Newham has left its mark on the world of film. Dame Anna Neagle who starred in Nell Gwynn and The Lady with the Lamp was born in Forest Gate. Greer Garson who starred in Goodbye Mr Chips and won an Oscar for the title role in Mrs Miniver was born in Manor Park. Terence Stamp, born in Plaistow, starred in Hollywood blockbusters like Superman and Star Wars. Plaistow schoolboy Ray Winstone went on to star in Scum, Quadrophenia, Sexy Beast and The Sweeney with Plan B. East Ham’s Idris Elba, built a career on television with HBO’s The Wire and the BBC’s Luther before switching to the big screen for major roles such as Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus. As well as being the home of rich acting talent, Newham has also starred as a location in a number of films. Stratford was the backdrop for the 1963 film Sparrows Can’t Sing, Beckton Gas Works was the setting for Full Metal Jacket and For Your Eyes Only, and the Millennium Mill featured in Derek Jarman’s Last of England. Theatre Royal Stratford East opened in 1884 and in 1972 it became a Grade II listed building.

©Theatre Royal Stratford East

Joan Littlewood

Soon to be immortalised in bronze, Joan Litttlewood took over the theatre in 1953 and established Theatre Royal’s cutting-edge reputation with productions like Oh What a Lovely War and A Taste of Honey. This reputation continued and in 2005 their production of The Big Life became the first British black musical to transfer to the West End. This success was quickly followed by one of the theatre’s most successful productions – a stage version of The Harder They Come.

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Art Madge Gill (1882-1961) is one of the foremost British outsider artists. Born an illegitimate child in East Ham, she was given to Barnardo’s orphanage. Five years later she was transported to Canada with hundreds of other juveniles to become a domestic servant. Aged 18, she succeeded in coming back to London, where she worked as a nurse at Whipps Cross Hospital. In 1919 Madge gave birth to a stillborn daughter. Shortly after she claimed she was ‘possessed’ by Myrninerest, a spirit that channelled drawings to her. Madge mostly produced ink-drawings on postcards, paper and long rolls of calico cloth. Her almost hallucinatory pictures are populated by the pale faces of women with startled expressions. For 40 years she created art with practically no audience and no thought of selling her work. After her death, her lifetime’s work remained largely intact, hoarded in the attic of her East Ham house. Some of her artwork passed into the public domain. Her son donated the remainder of her work to the local authority. Her work can be seen in public collections including the Collection de l’Art brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Aracine Collection in Lille, France.

Got a thirst for history? This is only a snapshot of Newham’s rich heritage. Share your history or find out more by visiting The Newham Archives and Local Studies Library is based at Stratford Library, E15. They can be visited by appointment. Call 020 3373 6881 for details.


Starting school If your child will have their 5th birthday between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 you need to apply for a reception class place now. The deadline for a reception class place for September 2014 is 15 January 2014. If you miss this date you will have less chance of getting the school that you prefer. Pick up a copy of the autumn 2013 edition of the Starting School guide from any Newham Council operated nursery, infant or primary school.


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Let’s talk rubbish Karachi Tandoori has become the 2,000th business to sign up to Newham’s commercial waste collection service and have won free recycling for a year. Newham Council operates an unrivalled service, with four collection rounds a day, six days a week, with 70 per cent of waste recycled or re-used. Commercial mixed recycling for businesses has just been introduced by Newham Council. Businesses using this service can save up to 37 per cent on commercial waste prices. Karachi Tandoori on Leytonstone Road, E15, specialise in authentic Punjabi cuisine. A year and a half ago they switched from the council to a private

waste company, but found the savings they thought they would make were eaten up by hidden costs and rising prices, so now they are back with the council. Owner, Khurshid Ahmed says: “The council is cheaper than the private companies and more reliable. I also trust them more than private companies.” The surprise bonus for Khurshid was

Businesses can save money Newham Council is offering all Newham businesses a free audit that tells them how much waste can be recycled and how much they could save by recycling. Call 020 8430 2000, or email for details.

Newham also offers a pre-paid bag service for commercial waste. Bags are available in batches of 52 for an all-inclusive price of £100. Buy four batches of bags in one transaction and save £25 on the full price. Call 020 8430 2000.

that he won free recycling for a year. He said: “I’m over the moon about it. Recycling is a very good idea. Mostly we will be recycling the plastic containers, empty drinks cans, tins, cardboard and paper. We want to be environmentally friendly. The private company did not offer recycling, so I’m happy with this new service.”


The law

Newham Council is determined to keep the borough clean and tidy. Businesses can be fined: • £300 for not having a Waste Transfer • Note to show that their waste is • disposed of properly • £80 for littering the highway with • rubbish and waste.



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1 Eye on the ball. Having a wicket time at the Age Concern cricket tournament in Flanders Field, E6. 2 Nice day for a white wedding. David’s Bridal flagship store opens in Westfield Stratford City. 3 A class act. New Beckton Primary School pupils are honoured as best newcomers at this year’s Mayor’s Newham Carnival. 4 Going for gold. East Ham’s Vicarage Primary School pupils proudly show off medals received for being the best primary school in the Carnival. 5 The weighting game. Jumbo sumo is a hit at the Plaistow Summer Festival.


Rubbish is ugly, unpleasant and expensive to clear up. You tell us that you want to live in a clean, tidy environment and that rubbish on the streets is one of your main concerns. Most of us know better than to drop rubbish in the street and those that do are a tiny minority. Help us stamp out littering and other forms of anti-social behaviour by identifying the people in the pictures on the right. Newham Council is determined to keep the streets clean. We will take tough action against anyone dropping litter or fly tipping in our community. The pictures on this page show people who are responsible for dropping litter and other forms of anti-social behaviour. If you recognise anyone please call 020 3373 4479 and quote the reference number beside the image.

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Mister Moonlight Singer, songwriter, actor and all-round entertainer Kenny Lynch recently returned to Newham to perform at Terry Spinks Place, Canning Town, in tribute to his friend the Olympic gold medal winning boxer. Like Terry, Kenny was raised in Newham. Kenny started his career on the stage at the Old Town Hall in Stratford and had a run of hit singles which led to a career writing songs for the likes of Cilla Black, the Everly Brothers and Small Faces. 24


Kenny grew up in Custom House. He was one of seven children and his dad worked as a stoker at Beckton Gas Works. Speaking of his childhood Kenny said: “We were an East End family and we didn’t have two bob to rub together. “My mum was the greatest royalist. She used to make us all stand up for the national anthem when it came on the radio at the end of the night. Years later I met The Queen when I did a concert and she called me Kenny! If I’d have told my mum that The Queen had called me Kenny, she’d have told me to sod off for telling fibs!”

“ We were an East End family and we didn’t have two bob to rub together” In the early days Kenny didn’t know whether he wanted to be a boxer or a singer. After leaving school aged 15 he got called up for National Service and became the featherweight champion of the Royal Army Service Corps. He said: “I ran the mile for them first, then Dave Stone, who was the best amateur boxer this country’s ever produced, told me that as an Army boxer you got to travel all round Europe. You never had to wear the uniform, you got a nice tracksuit and they fed you steak and ale and eggs. I thought: ‘I’ll have some of that!’” At the same time he was also singing semi-professionally: “I sang with Jimmy Skidmore and all the great jazzers. I got a job with Bob Miller’s band who had their own radio show. This was my apprenticeship. I sang all kinds of songs. It was great fun. I was 16, I just wanted to have a good time.”

But once he started earning more from singing than boxing that was that. His big break came when Shirley Bassey dropped in on one of his gigs. She took his number and got him a deal with EMI and he recorded Mountain of Love with them. It was a hit and he didn’t look back. In the mid-sixties Kenny began to write songs with Mort Schumann in the Brill Building in New York. “We all used to have a cubicle with a piano in it. Bobby Darin was in the cubicle next to me. Carole King was there, so too were Leiber and Stoller and Burt Bacharach and Hal David. We had a lot of fun. I wrote with Mort all day. We had 11 number one hit records. It was like winning the pools.” He still kept his hand in performing and says: “These days I’m doing more jazz. I’m going back to my roots. You can’t be a 75 year old pop star.” Even at the height of his fame Kenny still retained links with Newham: “Bobby Moore was my best friend – we were always down at West Ham United. He was the greatest man I ever met in my life. When he died, there wasn’t anyone who said anything bad about him. He had a really great sense of humour and view on life. He felt the same as me about fame: it’s a job that you do. You get the dough and then go for a beer. “I still come back occasionally – there’s a few lads down here that I know. Every time I come by I look at the front of Stratford Town Hall and now think: it’s been 60 years – how did that happen?”

Look out for upcoming events happening at Terry Spinks Place, E16. For details visit


A mother nurtured Having a child can be the one of the most magical times in a woman’s life but what happens when your dream of becoming a mother becomes a nightmare experience? Six months after the birth of her daughter, Sonia Metha, from Stratford, was diagnosed with post natal depression (PND). She said: “I had a unique set of circumstances that probably led to PND; it didn’t just suddenly happen, there was a build up.” Sonia had a successful career in the arts industry but was made redundant when the funding for her post was cut. Shortly after, she got married and within months fell pregnant. She said: “I was 38. People said it was going to be harder to conceive. When it happened so suddenly I was shocked.” Sonia found being a parent difficult. With her family in Liverpool and her husband’s in Jamaica, she had very little support: “I hadn’t been coached or prepared to be a mum. There were indicators that I wasn’t doing too well. I’d flip out over silly things like not being able to iron my clothes or have a shower. I was sleep deprived and felt useless, tired and emotional.”

“ You can only parent with other parents; you can’t parent on your own when you’ve never done it before.” Sonia’s daughter was taken into hospital shortly after she was born. She explained: “The midwife said my baby had lost quite a bit of weight. They do normally lose their birth weight, but she’d lost more so we took her to hospital. I was really calm. I said I’m probably not [breast] feeding her properly because I don’t know how to.” Sonia’s daughter’s sodium levels were dangerously high. Born three weeks early, she wasn’t fully developed so found it difficult to breastfeed, becoming hungrier more quickly. Sonia said: “I was told to feed her every two hours, even through the night, to make sure she’s getting enough milk. I’d always been told it was the most natural thing in the world but I couldn’t do it and that’s what led to my feelings of inadequacy. “I’d always held things together and suddenly I couldn’t even look after a helpless child. I thought: I’m just a crap mother, I can’t do this.” Things became so bad that Sonia found it difficult


to leave the house. She even convinced herself that her daughter would be better off being adopted. Her feelings of inadequacy became worse: “I never hated her, I hated myself. I wanted to curl up and die. I’d be scared by these thoughts so I went to the doctor and said I felt I’d be better off dead. I wasn’t traumatised by the idea of dying. That would be better. My daughter would be fine because she’d have better parents and my husband wouldn’t have useless me as an extra burden.” Sonia’s GP diagnosed her with PND and arranged for her to receive talking therapy. During this time a friend suggested she went to the Big Scream, baby-friendly film screenings at Stratford Picturehouse. It was there were she was introduced to Newham NCT (National Childbirth Trust). She said: “I was in a new community of friends who were all going through the same thing. “Now I’ve met the NCT mums, the saying: it takes a village to raise a child, really rings true. You can only parent with other parents; you can’t parent on your own when you’ve never done it before. “If I’d known about the NCT when I fell pregnant I don’t think I would have had PND because I would have had that support network. “I can’t talk about the NCT highly enough – they saved my life, my child’s life and my relationship.” If you think you might be suffering from PND speak to your GP or midwife.

Give the NCT a push NCT Newham is organising The Big Push, a 5km sponsored walk around Central Park, E6, on Sunday 20 October to raise money to combat loneliness in new parents. The Big Push is open to all. To join in, meet at 10.30am at the Kitchen Table Café in the park. Take part by donating £1 per km or ask friends and family to sponsor you. For more details email Marsha at or call 07956 451 012. Find out more about NCT Newham by visiting

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Let’s Get the Party Started Holding a community event is the perfect way to bring people together and the council could support you with up to £250 funding – in exceptional cases it may be more – through our Let’s Get the Party Started grants. You can organise any type of celebration anywhere in the borough.

To find out more call 020 3373 6019 or visit:

What do you think? Sign up to the Newham People’s Panel and tell Newham Council what you think about a range of services. What’s more, by joining the panel you can be paid for attending discussion groups or earn points that can be exchanged for great rewards by completing online surveys. The council wants to ensure that the services and facilities it provides are what residents and visitors want. By joining the Newham People’s Panel you can give your thoughts on subjects like: • jobs • leisure • the cleanliness and safety of our streets • how Newham has benefited from the 2012 Games. The Newham People’s Panel is a way for people with an interest in Newham to have their say, and get their views heard.

How the panel works As a panel member, you will be asked to participate in surveys. Most of these take between five and ten minutes to complete and you can pick and choose which you want to do. You receive points for completing surveys and these can be exchanged for rewards. Also, if you volunteer to take part in focus groups, you can be paid up to £30 for your opinion.

Sign up To become a member of Newham People’s Panel you have to be aged over 16. To find out more visit

What Panel members say: “I did one recently. I think it’s very good. It’s a good way to get your voice heard.” Roy Graves, Silvertown. “I’ve been really interested in it since I joined a couple of years ago. I’ve done online surveys on housing and contact with the council – those are the recent ones. It gives you a good idea about what the council is thinking about and it’s a good way for them to get a cross section of what the residents are thinking.” Denise Payne, Plaistow. “I think it’s a really good thing. It gives someone like me, who wouldn’t go along to a council meeting, a way to air their views. It’s an easy way to feel part of the community.” Deborah Vialls, East Ham.



WIN tickets to Crowning Glory Discover the tangled world of wigs, weaves, hair products and the desire for western beauty in a new play at Theatre Royal Stratford East, E15. From 17 October to Saturday 19 November, an all-female cast take to the stage to ask how women see themselves in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world, resulting in a set of monologues that are as thought-provoking as they are funny. We have two pairs of tickets to see the show before 27 October and signed programmes to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: Who sang the 1993 dancehall hit The Wig? Email your answer with your name, age, address and telephone number to or send it to Newham Mag, Newham Dockside, 1000 Dockside Road, London, E16 2QU, before Monday 14 October. To buy tickets or find out more visit

Royal Docks Shop and Drop If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re aged over 60 and need a helping hand with your shopping get in touch with Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre (RDLAC). Based on Albert Road, E16, RDLAC provide a free minibus service for local residents from their centre to Asda Beckton or Gallions Reach Shopping Park. Every Wednesday at 10.15am, the minibus, supported by funding from Newham Council, London City Airport and Crossrail, takes happy shoppers to get their retail fix and drops them back to Woodman Street, Pier Road or Manwood Street, E16, by 12.30pm. The project is supported by young volunteers who assist older residents load and unload shopping, as well as assisting shoppers if they need help. To find out more or to book your place call 020 7476 9922.

A towering art exhibition Memorial Community Church in Plaistow has created a gallery that is a stairway to artistic heaven. The Tower Galley is held in collaboration with Rosetta Art Centre and showcases the work of 16 artists in the stairwells of the East Tower in the church. The first exhibition, Art Arising, is at 395 Barking Road, E13, and open Tuesday to Friday from 11am-2pm, Saturdays, 1-3pm and the first Thursday of the month, 6-8, until 20 December. There are more than 60 pieces of original artwork to appreciate or buy, with prices starting from £40. Entry to the exhibition is free. As the exhibition is housed within a stairwell there is no step-free access. To find out more email

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Winning the fight for success The efforts and achievements of 18 outstanding young people were recognised at Fight For Peace’s (FFP) annual awards ceremony. FFP, based in North Woolwich, combines martial arts with education and personal development. Awards were given for outstanding academic achievement and outstanding contribution to boxing, as well as others. Luke Dowdney, founder and director of FFP, said: “I’d like to congratulate the award winners and every single one of our 1,000 members who have shown tremendous levels of hard work and dedication, not only in training sessions, but also in the classroom.” For more information about Fight for Peace visit

Enjoy a coffee and some craft work at new textile and paper classes. Held every Friday in the coffee bar at St Mark’s Church, 218 Tollgate Road, E6, from 10.30am-12noon, the classes are for people of all creative abilities and cost £3, which includes materials and refreshments. Call 020 8471 2656 for more information or to book your space.

Share your memories of Canning Town Canning Town’s the Hub is looking for contributors to help shape an exhibition that uncovers the lives of seamen and others who came to Newham in the 1920s and 30s. They are particularly interested in stories and memories from Caribbean, African or Asian visitors or settlers who lived in the E16 area. If you have any photos, documents, newspaper cuttings, memorabilia or stories to share contact Chiara McKenzie by calling 020 7474 6376 on Thursdays or Fridays.


PLEASE SEND YOUR DRAWINGS, JOKES AND POEMS TO: KIDS’ CORNER, WEST WING 4TH FLOOR, NEWHAM DOCKSIDE 1000 DOCKSIDE ROAD, LONDON E16 2QU OR EMAIL THEM TO Don’t forget to write your name, age, address and daytime contact telephone number on the back of your entry

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Win free membership at Stratford Picturehouse This issue’s winner receives free annual family membership at Stratford Picturehouse, which includes free tickets and discounts on films. To be in with a chance of winning this or another great prize send your pictures, jokes and poems to Kids’ Corner, West Wing, Fourth Floor, Newham Dockside, 1000 Dockside Road, London E16 2QU. Don’t forget to write your full name, age, address and daytime contact telephone number on the back of your entry. Good luck! Visit to see what’s on.

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OUR THRILLING THREE... Halloween Cake Club – the first rule of Cake Club is bring a cake to share. The second rule is bring your recipe for the Cake Club Recipe Book. Entry is free. Weds 30 Oct, 7pm at Red Door Studios, Masterman Road (rear of 120 High Street South), E6. Just Play! – Sports for women, 16+yrs, Weds, 6.308pm. No booking, just turn up and take part. NewVIc, Prince Regent Lane, E13. For more information call 07741 292 902 or email Big Draw – a day of free fun, art activities and DIY art installations. Bring your imaginations to the Timber Lodge and Tumbling Bay Playground in the north of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sat 12 Oct, 11am-5pm.

TRY SOMETHING NEW... 6-A-SIDE FOOTBALL LEAGUE A new adults’ football league has been launched at Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Lane, E13. There are two divisions – • Premier Division: Wednesdays, 7-8.25pm • Division 1: Wednesdays, 8.30-9.45pm. It costs £35 per week per team. Each team can consist of six players and up to four substitutes. If you are interested in taking part in this exciting new tournament visit or email or call 0844 414 2728.

MENTION THE MAG... You could eat out in style at The Westbridge Hotel, 335-337 High Street, E15, with 20 per cent off your food bill during lunch and dinner, when you mention the Newham Mag. Main courses include: sea bass, sirloin steak and gnocci. For lunch you can choose from wraps, paninis, sandwiches and much more. Terms and conditions apply. Offer valid until 31 October 2013. Lunchtime is 12noon-3pm and dinner is served from 6-9pm. Booking is essential, call 020 3327 4969 or visit

Indicates free sessions ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Comedy Night Mon, 8pm, Theatre Royal, Gerry Raffles Sq, E15. Visit comedy-night COMMUNITY LEARNING Do it Online Basic computer sessions. Booking essential Tues, 2-4pm, Plaistow Wed, 2-4pm, Stratford Thurs, 10am-12noon, Canning Town, The Gate and Manor Park Fri, 2-4pm, East Ham Knit & Natter Adult group


Fri, 10am-12noon, Canning Town Wed 10am-12noon, Beckton Basic Numeracy (19+yrs) Mon-Thurs, 10am-5pm and Fri, 10am-1pm, Jack Cornwell Community Centre. Call 07943 887 612 or 07507 173 272 UNDER-FIVES LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Imaginative Play Fri, 11am-12noon, East Ham Interactive Storytelling Fri, 10-11.30am, East Ham Toy Library Tues, 10am-12noon, East Ham Storytelling Mon 11am-12noon, Beckton Globe, Canning Town, Stratford Tues 11am-12noon, Custom House, Forest Gate Thurs 2-3pm, North Woolwich, Plaistow

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Fri 11am-12noon, Green St, Manor Pk, Stratford Homework Club Mon, 4-6pm, Stratford, East Ham, North Woolwich Wed, 3.30-5.30pm, Green Street, Manor Pk Thurs, 4-6pm, Custom House, Forest Gate, Plaistow Fri, 3.30-5.30pm, Beckton, Canning Town OTHER LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Over-50s Club Thurs, 10am-12noon, Beckton Globe Chess Club Thurs, 5.30-7.30pm, Stratford EXTRA ACTIVITIES Hub Art Classes 8-11yrs: Tues 4.30-6pm 7-12 yrs, Thurs 4-6pm Adults, Thurs 2-4pm The Hub, Call 020 7473 5249 Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre Mon, Employment Support sessions, by appointment only Tues, Bingo, 10am-12noon, £1 Healthy Cooking Group, 10am-12noon, £1 Parent and Toddler group, free, 10am-12noon Over-50s computer classes, 11am-1pm, £1 Weds, Coffee Morning, 9.30-11am Learn to Earn – Employment Support Drop-in,1-2pm Sewing Classes, 10am-12noon, £1 English support for Work, 12noon-1pm Shop and drop (60+)

10.15am Thurs, Tai Chi, £2, first session free, 10.30am-12noon Learn to Earn, 11.30am-1pm Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre, Albert Rd, E16. Call 020 7476 9922 Table Top Sale Sell your goods. £5 a table. Last Sat of every month, 9am2pm, Jack Cornwell Community Centre. Call 020 8553 3459 Turn up and trade Free pitches for traders. Every Sat, 9am-4pm, Rathbone Market, Barking Rd, E16. Email or call 07790 945 985 Drama Classes (8-11yrs) £3 if you book five classes. Every Tuesday, 4.30-6pm. The Hub. Call 020 7474 6376 Drama Workshops (3-5 yrs) Weds, 10-11am, £3. Grassroots, Memorial Pk, E15. Call 020 7474 6376 BOXING AND SELF DEFENCE Boxing Weds, 7pm, West Ham ABC – community boxing, 11-19yrs Olympic style amateur boxing sessions. Hathaway Community Centre Hathaway Cres, E12 Mon, Wed, Fri, 5-6pm West Ham Boys ABC 9+yrs, The Black Lion, 59-61 High St, E13. Call 020 8472 3614 Mon, Wed, 6-8pm Peacock ABC, 8+yrs, Caxton St North, E16 Call 020 7511 3799 Toy library

Mon, Wed, Fri, 6-7.45pm Newham Boys ABC 6+yrs, Old Bath House, 141 Church St, E15. Call 020 8519 5983 Fight For Peace 11+ Woodman St, North Woolwich, E16. Call 020 7474 0054 Omnibus Kids Gloves Adults and kids. Tues, 6-10pm Thurs, 8pm-12am Sat and Sun, 11am-4pm Trad TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson St, E16 Call 020 7474 3199 Punch Out (16+yrs) Tues, 5-6pm, Katherine Road Community Centre, 254 Katherine Rd, E7. Thurs, 8-9pm. Beckton Community Centre, East Ham Manor Way, E6. Email Shoujin Karate Fri, 6-7pm and 7-8pm. Sun, 10-11am. Under-15s £4, 16+yrs £6, concs £5 Wed (during term time only) 4.30-5.30pm Newham Shoujin Karate Club, Newham Leisure Centre. Call 07508 070 638 Docklands Karate Club First session free. Mon, 6.208.20pm, under-15s £4, 16+ £6, concs £5. UEL Sports Dock. Call 07766 685 869 Tang Soo Do (5+ yrs) Sat, 1-2.30pm, 7.30-8.30pm The Hub, E16. £5 – family discount available. Call 07725 948 426 or email Hop, Skip and Punch (18+yrs) Tues, 5-6pm, Katherine Road Community Centre, 254 Katherine Rd, E7 Call 020 8548 9825 Gurumu Taekwondo Mon and Wed, children 6-7.30pm, juniors and adults 7.30-9.30pm. Monega Primary School, Halley Rd, E12. Call 07931 709 140

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JFI Karate (5+ yrs) For children and teens Mon, 5-6.30pm, Wed, 5-6.30pm, The Hartley Centre. Call 07818 000 643. Kickboxing Mon, Wed and Fri, 6.30-8.30pm. Trad TKO Boxing Gym, Stephenson St, E16. Call 07944 873 927 or email eastlondonkickboxing HEALTH AND FITNESS Bootcamps Boxercise Bootcamp parent and child (7-12yrs). Tues, 6-7pm, child is free Indoor/outdoor Britannia Village Hall, 65 Evelyn Rd, E16 90 Day Boot Camp Challenge Outdoor Mon and Thurs, 7.15-8am, Tues and Thurs, 7pm, Central Park, High St South, E6. Teens Boot Camp (13+yrs), Weds, 5.30-6.30pm Thames Barrier Park, Barrier Point, E16. Email or call 07904 625 402 Bootcamp (men only) Thursdays, 7.30-9pm, £5 Langdon School Sports Centre, Sussex Rd, E6 Call 07818 000 643 Zumba classes Thurs, 7.30-8.30pm, London Tamil Sangam, 369 High St


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Zumba fitness with Jess Weds, 7.15-8pm, £3.50 Vicarage Lane Community Centre, Govier Cl, E15. Call 07759 020 955 Garden club

North, E12, £5. Call 07720 805 505 Yoga Tues, 6.10-7.10pm, Fri, 10.30-11.30am, £5.50 (£3.50 concs) The Hub Weds, 6.45-7.45pm The Unitarian Church, West Ham Ln, E15. Call 07956 808 007 or visit Qi Gong Thurs, 8pm, adults, £5, Docklands Community Boat, near ExCeL. Meet at the gates to Millennium Mill, Mill Rd, E16. Call 07930 610 275 or email lee@ Gate 7 Yoga Mon, 7pm, £5, Women only yoga, Maryland Studioz, 86 Leytonstone Rd, E15 Tues, 7pm, beginners yoga, £5. 8pm, Ashtanga yoga, £5. Forest Gate Methodist Church, Woodgrange Rd, E7 Thurs, 10am, £1.50. Ladies only keep fit and yoga, Rokeby Hub, Rokeby St, E15. Thurs, 6.30pm, £5, Play, Sow and Grow, 6 Gay Rd, E15. Call 07950 944 095 or email Twisted Pink Street Dance (7-11 yrs), Thurs, 5-6pm. Singing, Thurs, 6.157.15pm. Street Dance (12+ yrs), Fri, 6-7pm. All sessions £2. Wesley House, Herbert Rd, E12. Call 07534 513 307, visit or email Zumba Mon and Thurs, 6.30-7.30pm, £5. Plaistow Community Centre, 63 Queens Rd West, E13. Call 07916 327 541


TENNIS Sat, U-8yrs 12noon-1.30pm; Adults 16+, 12–3pm, free Tennis Courts, Canning Town Recreation Ground, Prince Regent Ln, E16. Call 07968 898 709, email Indoor Tennis (4-10 yrs), Thurs, 4.30pm, £3. The Hub, Newham Leisure Centre. Call 020 3373 9000. 50+ ACTIVITIES LGBT Community Group Third Tues of each month, 4-6pm, Community Resource Centre, 200 Chargeable Ln, E13. Call 020 7239 0447 Newham Striders Daily walking group Call 0844 414 2728 Beginners’ Ballroom Mon, 10am-12noon, St Paul’s Church Centre, Burges Rd, E6. £2.50 per session. Call 07761 209 463 Gemini Square Dance Club Mon, 8-10.30pm, Chandos Community Centre, Colegrave Rd, E15. £4 including tea and biscuits. Call 020 8529 1602 or email Nordic Walking Fri, 6.30-8pm. Meet at Balaam Leisure Centre, Balaam St, E13 Sun, 10-11.30am, Meet at East Ham Leisure Centre. GREEN Garden Club Tues, 1-3pm, Thurs, 4-7pm, Sat, 10am-4pm, Abbey Gdns, Bakers Row, E15 Gardening Thymes Gardening Club Fri, 11am-1pm, Bowling

Green, Central Park, High St South, E6 Dirty Hands Project First Sat of each month, 10am2pm, Valetta Grv, (opposite Plaistow Station) E13. Visit or call 07961 674 210 DOORSTEP CLUBS Gym & Basketball (14+yrs) Tues, 6-10pm, £2, Rokeby School, Barking Rd, E16 Athletics & Multi Sport (14+yrs) Tues, 5.30-6.30pm, Newham Leisure Centre Kicks into Athletics (5+yrs) Football and athletics. Sat, 5-8yrs 9am, 8-12yrs 10am, 12-16ys 11am, £1. West Ham Community Training Ground, 60a Albatross Cls, E6 Stunt & Tumble (14+yrs) Thurs, 7.30-9pm, £5, Talent Cheer & Dance, Gallions Reach, Armada Way, E6 FEMALE SPORTS Call 0844 414 2728 unless otherwise stated. Dare2Dance (12-16yrs) Street dance, Fri, 3.30-5.30pm, Newham Leisure Centre. Girls Spinning Sessions (11-15 yrs) Tues and Thurs, 5-5.30pm, Newham Leisure Centre Female Only Gym Sessions Tues and Thurs, 3.30-5pm. 11-15yrs. Mon, 3-4pm, 16-25yrs. Newham Leisure Centre. Female Boxfit Classes (14+yrs) Mon, 4.15-5.15pm, Balaam Leisure Centre. Call 07970 783 526 Girls Football (11-16yrs) Tues, 3.30-5.30pm, Newham Leisure Centre

Sheila’s Yummy Mummy Buggy (16+yrs) £5, Mon, 10-11.30am,

Central Park, High St South, E6 (meet outside cafe in the park) Fri, 10-11.30am, Plashet Pk, Plashet Grove, E6. Call 07908 614 958 or email

Janice’s Fitness (16+yrs) Tues and Thurs 9.30-10.30am Soca and Zumba, £5. St George and St Ethelbert Church Hall, Burford Rd, E6 Email or call 07818 000 643 Zumba, Soca and Salsa Fusion Mon, 6.45-7.45pm, £5 The Hartley Centre Call 07818 000 643 Sonia’s Circuits (16+yrs) Tues and Fri, 10-11am, £4, Ridley Christian Centre, 94 Upton Ln, E7 Call 07763 230 106 Body Blast (16+yrs) Tues, 6.30-7.15pm, £5, Weds, 12.30-1.15pm, £5, Thurs, 12.30-1.15pm, £5, Fri (miniblast), 6.30pm-7pm, £2.50. Fitness membership £30 (entitles you to come to all classes for whole month).Talent Central, Unit 27a, 3 Armada Way, Gallions Reach Shopping Pk, E6. Call 07866 612 610 Abs Blast (11-15yrs) Thurs, 5.30-6pm, £3.10. Newham Leisure Centre Women United AFC (11+yrs) Mon (term time only), 6-7.15pm, Kingsford School, E6, £1. Call 07792 932 979

Just Play (16+yrs) Wed, 6.30-8pm, multi-sport session (term-time only). NewVIc. Call 0844 414 2728 BMX

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Just Play (14-18yrs) Wed, 6.30-8pm, multi-sports (term-time only). NewVIc. Call 0844 414 2728 Get Back into Netball Tues, 6-7.30pm, juniors, 7.30-9pm, seniors. £2. Lister Community School, St Mary’s Rd, E13. Call 07717 281 529 Women’s Badminton Fri, 1-2.30pm, East Ham Leisure Centre, £2, equipment provided. Call 07930 162505 Keep Fit – Stay Fit Sat, 10-11am, £3.50. Jack Cornwell Community Centre. Call 07795 064 116 SPORTS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

Family Swims for Disabled Children and Adults Sat, 4.30-5.30pm, Newham Otters Swimming Club, Newham Leisure Centre. Call 07931 788 739 Sun, 12.30-2pm, Family Swim, Balaam Leisure Centre, £5. Call 020 7476 5274 Swim for Families dealing with Autism Wed, 4-5pm, Balaam Leisure Centre. Call 020 7476 5274 Get Fit for Free Tues, 1.30-3.30pm and Fri, 10am-12noon. Free gym use for people with learning disabilities. Newham Leisure Centre. To book an induction call 020 7511 4477 B1 Football Club Third Sun of month, 10am12noon, East Ham Leisure Centre Disabled Athletics (11-18yrs) Tues, 4.15-6.15pm, Brampton Manor, Roman Rd, E6 Thurs, 4.30-5.55pm, St Angela’s Ursuline School, 1 St George’s Rd, E7 Email cnourrice@

Ability Club (11-25yrs) Multisports for disabled young people. Weds, 4-5pm, NewVIc

10-11.30am, Memorial Park, E15, £4 (meet at car park) Call 07718 394 874

Trampolining Sessions (U19s) Fri, 5-7pm and Sat, 12noon2pm, U19yrs, Newham Leisure Centre. Call 020 7511 4477

Beckton Park Run Sat, 9am, free Beckton Park South, E16 Call 07718 394 756

Mixed Swimming Sessions for Adults and Children Wed, 10am-12noon, East Ham Leisure Centre. £1.15. Call 020 8548 5850 Wheelchair Basketball (11-19 yrs) Wed, 4-5pm, Rokeby School, Barking Rd, E16. Call 07947 401 616 Sensory Play For children under 5 with special needs, speech and language delay or physical disabilities. Term time only. Fri, 10-11.30am, Oliver Thomas Children’s Centre, Mathews Ave, E6. Email kathy.holdsworth@oliverthomas. Call 020 8821 0997 RUNNING East End Road Runners Tues and Thurs, 7pm Sun, 9am, meet on the track, coached sessions for all abilities. Newham Leisure Centre. Call 07979 261 647 Run England All sessions are £2 unless stated. Sun, 10am-12noon, Newham Leisure Centre, (meet on track) Mon, 4-5.30pm, Newham Leisure Centre (meet on track) 5.45-6.45pm, Newham Dockside, E16 (meet at reception) Tues, 6-7pm, Newham Leisure Centre (meet on track) Weds, 12noon-1pm, Newham Dockside, E16 (meet at reception) Thurs, free, 5.15-6.15pm, UEL Docklands Campus, E16 (meet at reception) Sat, 10-11.30am, East Ham Central Park, E6 (meet at the café) 10-11.30am, Wanstead Flats, E12 (meet at Harrow Rd Changing Pavilion)


SPORTS London Youth Games Mon, 4.30-6pm, U14yrs, Newham Leisure Centre BMX Sun, 10am-12noon, 6-16yrs, £3/£2 members/£10 annual membership. Gooseley Playing Fields, St Albans Ave, E6 Call 07961 333 615 or email Indoor Rounders (14+yrs) Weds, 7-8pm, £1 UEL SportsDock, E16 Call 020 3373 9000 or email Indoor Cricket (8-16yrs) Weds, 6-8pm, £2, Lister Community School, St Mary’s Rd, E13, email Swimming (5-16yrs) Newham Young Britons ASC Sat, 6.15-7pm. £2, Newham Leisure Centre. Call 07956 304 518 Woodside Badminton Club Fri, 8-9.30pm, intermediate and club standard. £5 waged/£3 unwaged, Carpenters Docklands Centre, 98 Gibbins Rd, E15. Call 07958 761 676 Newham Swords (4-7yrs) Tues, 6.20-9pm Thurs, 6.20-8.20pm Fri, 7.40-10.20pm UEL SportsDock Call 07956 618 898 Table Tennis Thurs, 6.30-9pm. Beginner and intermediate adults. Stratford School, Upton Ln,

E15. Call 07976 577 716 or email ginny.harris10@ Badminton Thurs, 7-9pm (term-time only). £5 for a court and bring a racquet. Little Ilford School, Browning Rd, E12. Email or call 07944 117 263 FOOTBALL Mayor’s Football League U10yrs, U12yrs, Mon, 4.306pm, U16yrs, U18s, 6-7pm Newham Leisure Centre activeNewham Premier League (16+yrs) 6-a-side (4 subs) Weds, 7-10pm, Newham Leisure Centre. Visit WHU Kickz Football: Mon, Tues, Fri, 1215yrs, 4-5.30pm, 16-19yrs, 5.30-7pm. Girls, Mon, 4-7pm The Hub Football/Gym Session:Thursday, 6-7pm, Little Ilford Learning Zone, 1 Rectory Rd, E12 Football: Thurs, 5-6pm, Stratford MUGA Football/Athletics: Sat, 10.30am-12noon, Newham Leisure Centre Football & Multi Sports Mon, 5.30-7pm, 8-19yrs, Weds, 5-7pm, 8-19yrs, Stratford Park MUGA, West Ham Ln, E15 5-a-side Football Weds, 5-6.30pm, 8-19yrs, Fords Park, Fords Park Rd, E16


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U17/18s boys, Tues, 8-9.45pm East Ham Leisure Centre Thurs, 7-9pm, St Bonaventure’s School, E7 Fri, 6-8pm, St Angela’s School, E7. Call 07958 307 657 Basketball

Thurs, 5.30-7pm, 8-19yrs, Royal Victoria Gardens, Pier Rd, E6 First Sat of the month, 10am1pm, U12s, U14s, U16yrs, Plashet Park, Plashet Grv, E6 Football & Multi-Sports (8-19yrs) Sat, 2-3.30pm, 8-19yrs, Winsor Park Estate, Winsor School MUGA, East Ham Manor Way, E6 AIR Football (16+yrs) Tues, 1-3pm and Fri, 10am12noon, Memorial Pk, Memorial Ave, E15 Fri, 3-5pm, Beckton Powerleague, E6 Visit Ascension Football Academy £3. School years: Reception to 11yrs, Sat, 10-11.30am King George V Pk, King George Ave, E16 Call 07806 584 925 Men’s Health Football Fitness Sessions Sat, 10-11am, West Ham United Community Training Facility, 60a Albatross Cls, E6 Call 020 7473 7724 BASKETBALL Youngbloods Basketball All sessions cost £1. U12s, mixed, Sat, 1-3pm, East Ham Leisure Centre U13/14s, boys, Mon, 6-8pm, St Angela’s School, E7 Tues, 5.30-7.30pm, Newham Leisure Centre U14s, girls, Mon, 4.30-6pm, St Angela’s School, E7 Tues, 5.30-7.30pm, Newham Leisure Centre U15/16s, boys, Tues, 6-8pm, East Ham Leisure Centre Fri, 6-8pm, St Angela’s School, E7


Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) Sessions are £1 unless indicated otherwise. Weds, 4.20-6pm, U13-14 6-8pm, U16-18 8-10pm, Senior Men Thurs, 4.20-6pm U13-14 6-8pm, U16-18 8-10pm, Senior Women, £2 Fri, 4.20-6pm, U13-14 6-8pm, U16-18 8-10pm, Senior Men Run, £2 Sat, 10.20am-12.20pm, junior boys and girls, 8-14, £2 All sessions take place at UEL, Docklands Campus. Call 07703 503 995 or 07712 176 301. Visit National League Mon, 6-8pm, U13/14s, Rokeby School, Barking Rd, E16 Tues, 6-8pm, U15/16s Rokeby School, Barking Rd, E16 Thurs, 4.30-6pm, U13/14s boys, U14s girls, Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Ln, E13 6-8pm, U16s, Newham Leisure Centre, 6-8pm, U18s, Cumberland School, Oban Cls, E13 Gifted and Talented Fri, 4.15-5.30pm Cumberland School, Oban Cls, E13 Basketball Session Sat, 10am-12noon Newham Leisure Centre Senior Programme Mon, 7.30-9.30pm Division 2 Women and Division 3/4 Men. Rokeby School, Canning Town, E16 Call 07947 401 616 3v3 Basketball League Thurs, 5-7pm, 8-19s, Forest Gate Youth Centre, Woodford

Rd, E7 Fri, 7-8pm, 8-19s, Little Ilford Youth Zone, Rectory Rd, E12 3v3 Basketball Competition 2nd Sat of the month, 10am-1pm, U12s/U14s/U16s, Little Ilford Youth Club, Rectory Rd, E12 Basketball & Multi Sports Fri, 5-6.30pm, 8-19s, Snowshill MUGA, Snowshill Rd, E12 COMMITTEE MEETINGS

All meetings take place at Newham Town Hall, Barking Rd, E6, unless specified. Mon 14 Oct, 7pm, Local Development Committee, Council Chamber, Old Town Hall, Broadway, E15 Tues 15 Oct, 7pm, Strategic Development Committee, Council Chamber, Old Town Hall, Broadway, E15 Thurs 17 Oct, 5pm, Cabinet, Council Chamber Tues 22 Oct, 7pm, Overview & Scrutiny, Committee Room 1 Visit committee for updates. CONTACT THE MAYOR

Walk-in surgeries Tues 15 October, 5pm Newham Town Hall, Barking Rd, E6 Telephone surgery Weds 23 October Call 020 3373 8444 between 9.30am and 10.30am and register your query and contact details. The Mayor will then ring you back at a later time. LIBRARY CONTACTS Beckton Globe 1 Kingsford Wy, E6 Canning Town Barking Rd, E16 Custom House Prince Regent Ln, E16 East Ham High St South, E6 Green Street 337-341 Green St

The Gate 6-8 Woodgrange Rd, Forest Gate, E7 Manor Park 685-691 Romford Rd, E12 North Woolwich 5 Pier Parade, E16 Plaistow North Street, E13 Stratford 3 The Grove, E15 Archives and Local Studies (limited postal and email service only) call: 020 3373 6881 email: archiveslocalstudies@ Community Outreach Services To find out more call 020 3373 0813 CENTRE CONTACTS Balaam Leisure Centre Balaam St, E13 East Ham Leisure Centre 324 Barking Rd, E6 The Hartley Centre 267 Barking Rd, E6 The Hub 123 Star Ln, E16 Jack Cornwell Community Centre Jack Cornwell St, E12 Newham Leisure Centre 281 Prince Regent Ln, E13 New VIc Prince Regent Ln, E13 UEL Sports Dock Docklands Campus, University Way, E16

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