Now - Community

Now - Community

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Becoming rapidly forgotten - 3 Aug 2014
A survey of the war memorials in Forest Gate and the sorry state of neglect of some of them.

Booming Woodgrange Road - 12 Jun 2013
An account of the current shopping experience on Woodgrange Road.

Crossrail and Forest Gate - 5 Jan 2015
A look at what can be expected when this major railway project comes to Forest Gate in 2019.

Councillor/landlord interests in Forest Gate - 9 October 2015
A small number of local Labour councillors hold extensive portfolios of local rented properties.  This post identifies the individuals and properties concerned.

Don't dump it, donate it! - 26 Nov 2013
A great way to move on unwanted furniture, without dumping it, call Quaker Social Action, who will relocate it to local families who could use it.

Durning Hall story - 23 Feb 2015
Durning Hall on the junction of Earlham Grove and Woodgrange Road has a long history as a settlement and philanthropic organisation in Forest Gate and beyond.  This is a potted history.

Eighteen full international footballers grace Wanstead Flats - 14 Aug 2013

A look at the remarkable Senrab football club, that plays on Wanstead Flats, which has produced 18 full international footballers, including 10 who have represented England.

End of an era - wood turners Brettell's leaves Chestnut Avenue - 16 October 2015
A Huguenot family's wood turners' business, with a history stretching back to the 1830s in Hackney, closes its doors in Forest Gate for the last time.

Fire guts famous gym - 17 April 2013
A fire gutted 353 Romford Road, known as "Muscle Mansion", home and gym of Wag Bennett and his guest in 1966, Arnie Schwarzenegger, in his build up to becoming Mr Universe.  Plenty of photos of Arnie, Wag and the gym.

Food for thought from Forest Gate restaurants - 15 Oct 2014
The Food Standards Agency ratings for each of Forest Gate's restaurants and takeaways.

Food hygiene in Forest Gate - the good the bad and the urgh (1), food shops - 26 Sept 2014
The Food Standards Agency ratings for each of Forest Gate's food shops.  Some uncomfortable reading.

Food hygiene in Woodgrange Road - 30 Oct 2013
Using Food Standards Agency judgments, this post records the FSA star rating for all food establishments on Woodgrange Road.

Forest Gate - a local anthem! - 1 Jan 2014
Details of those performing at the Upper Cut club in the two Decembers in which it was open - 1965 and 1966, together with details of Lester Sterling's record: "Forest Gate rocks".

Forest Gate's first Polish community - 5 February 2017
Forest Gate's first Polish community were refugees fleeing persecution from Nazis and communists, at the end of WW2.  This post examines ther roots they established in the area.

Forest Gate's first £2m house? - 13 November 2015
The first local house put on the market for £2m is featured here.

Forest Gate food hygiene 2014 (2): schools, health and social care - 3 Oct 2014
The FSA hygiene ratings for public sector agencies handling food in Gorest Gate.

Forest Gate health check (1) - poor General Practice - 31 August 2016
Health watchdog references for the dozen Forest Gate GP practices are examined here.

Forest Gate good (and not so) pub guide; past and present - 30 Aug 2013
The first Forrest Gate pub guide - with a unique Stellarometer, indicating drink prices at local hostelries.  History of now-closed pubs, too.

Forest Gate good booze guide 2015 - 15 Aug 2015
This website's second local drinking guide.  Huge changes, in a short period from the previous survey.  Cider features large!

Forest Gate is short changed - 20 May 2015
An account of the indolence of the £6k p.a. "Mayoral Advisor on Forest Gate", Cllr Rohima Rahman, who was sacked soon after this article was posted.

Forest Gate's listed buildings (1) - 18 December 2015
First of two part series on the English Heritage listed buildings within Forest Gate.

Forest Gate's listed buildings (2) - 9 January 2016
Second of two part series on the English Heritage listed buildings within Forest Gate.

Forest Gate pubs guide: 2014 - 18 Aug 2014
The site's second local pub guide, featuring new and lost drinking holes in the area.

Forest Gate's very own radio station - 17 May 2014
NuSound 92 FM broadcasts from Durning Hall - hear about bike building in Forest Gate here!

Forest Gate's 12 MPs - 13 Feb 2015
A brief biography of each of the 12 MP's who have represented what is now recognisably Forest Gate.

Forest Gate swings - 16 Oct 2014
Swing Patrol's inspiration, Scott Cupit is a Forest Gate resident.  This is an interview with him, and a look at the successes, locally, nationally and internationally of the organisation he founded.

Forest Gate; the chic and the shabby - 11 Feb 2014
A look at the dilapidation some of the area's most historic buildings are experiencing, while the area is experiencing "gentrification".

Forest Gate: the new Hollywood? - 18 Feb 2014
Four of Holywood's greatest talents have firm Forest Gate connections - and Alfred Hitchcock was born not too far away!

From famine to feast in E7 - 23 February 2016
An account of the remarkable transformation in the local cafe/restaurant offer in Forest Gate over a short two-year period.


An interview with former British heavyweight boxing champion, Billy Walker about his Forest Gate connections, including ownership of the Upper Cut club.




Kenny Johnson and the Lotus Club - 17 Sept 2014
The Upper Cut ran for a year. Kenny Johnson ran the Lotus Club, directly opposite it for around 50 years.  It had its highs and lows, but a great set of line ups in the 1960's.  Kenny talks about his days here.

Life in a Forest Gate week - 16 November 2016
An listing of all weekly, organised, social events taking place in Forest Gate.

Mosques of Forest Gate - 22 January 2017
A look at the 13 mosques in Forest Gate - origins, backgrounds and traditions.

Murdergate (1) - 12 July 2016

The first of two posts, examining 18 murders in and related to Forest Gate over the last 15 years.

Murdergate (2) - 8 August 2016The second of two posts, examining 18 murders in and related to Forest Gate over the last 15 years.

New season approaches for the Tons - 20 Jul 2013
A preview of 2013/14 football season for Clapton FC.

Newham Heritage Week (24 Oct - 30 Oct) and Rabbits Road library launch (22 Oct) - 12 October 2016
A timetable of the many events taking place during Newham's first Heritage week.

Offshore Forest Gate - 13 Sept 2015
Using a great Private Eye-produced inter-active map, this post traces the Forest Gate properties owned in overseas tax havens.

Plan B for excluded kids - 8 May 2013
Forest Gate's Ben Drew, otherwise known as Plan B launches his own charity Each One, Teach One, aimed at kids, who like himself struggled with authority in schools.

Princess Alice - gone but not forgotten - 11 December 2015
After almost 150 years as a drinking hole, the Princess Alice and its later re-incarnations closes, and is replaced by a chain pharmacy.  Gone - but not forgotten.

Public art in Forest Gate - 14 May 2016
The origins and history of the few pieces of public art of distinction within E7.

Public monuments in Forest Gate - 6 May 2016
The origins and history of the few public monuments of distinction within E7.


Radio E7! - 9 April 2014
NuSound 92 FM broadcasts from Durning Hall - hear about it here!

Railway hits the buffers - 2 May 2013
Records the closure of the Railway Tavern on Forest Lane, before its acquisition by Antic and transformation into the Forest Tavern.

Residential Parking Zone: Claremont and Windsor Roads - 24 Jun 2013
Introduction of the first Residential Parking Zone in North Forest Gate.

Save the Old Spotted Dog petition - 23 Aug 2013
Join the campaign to help save this historic, listed, but closed public house, on Upton Lane.

Schools' report part 1 - 21 Oct 2013
A look at the Ofsted judgments of Forest Gate's primary schools (state and independent).

Secondary schools report - 14 Nov 2013
A look at the Ofsted judgments of Forest Gate's secondary schools (state and independent).

Spotted Dog; still under threat - 15 May 2013
A history of Upton Lane's 16th century pub, The Old Spotted Dog, and the threat to its continued existence, since closure.

St Antony's tops Forest Gate's junior school 2014 league table - 12 Dec 2014
A look at the Ofsted judgments of Forest Gate's secondary schools (state and independent).

Struggle for Wanstead Flats 1946-47 - 3 December 2016
How popular resistance prevented Wanstead Flats being taken over for housing East Enders bombed out of their homes during World War 2.

Suspended Coffee - 8 May 2013
Report by Lloyd Jeans on the introduction of the Suspended Coffee scheme to CoffeE7 on Sebert Road.

They lie amongst us - 26 Jun 2013
The history and residents of Forest Gate's 5 cemeteries, part 1.

They lie amongst us; part 2 - 11 Oct 2013
The history and residents of Forest Gate's 5 cemeteries, part 2.

Two years and counting - 17 April 2015
A second annual report from this blog, looking at what have been most and least popular articles featured.

Underneath the Arches - Sub- trainian Forest Gate! - 26 April 2016
The Chimney Pot Line, or Goblin (Gospel Oak to Barking) train line was built after much of its route was densily populated.  Much of the line was built overhead, supported by railway arches.  These have traditionally been unused or used as car repairers.  

This post adds details to previous blogs, as a result of subsequently recived information, or changes in circumstances since the original post.

Very poor food hygiene practice in Forest Gate (2015) - 4 November 2015
A look at the Food Standards Agency ratings for Forest Gate food shops and restaurants.

Wag Bennett's gym exhibition - 7 Jun 2013
Notice of an exhibition celebrating Wag Bennett's famous Romford Road gym.

What's in a name? local street names - 10 Dec 2013
A brief look at the origins of the many perplexing street names in Forest Gate.





140 -150 Earlham Grove - regeneration plans - 8 November 2016

An on-going thread on plans for the redevelopment of a brownfield site at the junction of Earlham Grove and Woodgrange Road.

24-hour Forest Gate gourmet trail - 9 April 2014
A 24-hour trip around interesting Forest Gate eateries.

39a - 49a Woodgrange Road- regeneration plans - 22 March 2016
An on-going thread on plans for the redevelopment of 10 shops and the accommodation above them in Woodgrange Road.

7Es of E7 - 19 Oct 2014
A round up of Education, Ecology, Energy, Entertainment, Epicurian delights, Engine and End in Forest Gate.

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