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New Members / New members please
« on: 20 January, 2019, 10:07:01 PM »
No I am not a new member. I was just heartily sick of seeing that spammer on the page.

There are lots of reasons for joining, here are some:

1/ Millions of people around the world have a Newham ancestry.
2/ A great sporting history. Football, Speedway, Boxing, to name just some.
3/ A significant history relevant to both world wars, especiallly the blitz.
4/West Ham was at the forefront of the Labour movement, the first Labour M.P. Kier Hardy.
5/ We are unique, we are East Londoners and we are Essex, a wealth of heritage.

There is I am sure much more, come on have your say. be a part of this rich history.

About the Forums / Irrelevant Rambling
« on: 01 January, 2019, 10:35:23 PM »
Sorry to start off the New Year with a moan but...

I was going to reply to Linda's Christmas Greeting but in the end I lost interest. There were eleven replies to this post and only two of them had anything to do with the subject. I have had posts here hijacked in the past and my feelings have ranged from insulted to fuming at the bad manners.

I am perfectly sure that no offence was intended, and I am equally sure that many potential members find it a turn off.

Happy New Year to all.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Sparrows
« on: 25 March, 2018, 09:08:18 AM »
I have seen a sparrow three times this month. Twice in West Ham Park and once by West Ham Station.
I would love these little birds to make a comeback, I was told last year that they were facing extinction.

Historical Newham / The Great Fire of London
« on: 20 September, 2017, 01:41:13 PM »
Yes I know Newham was not touched by the fire. Newham was not part of London then. But I bet the people stood outside at night and watched the red glow across the sky. Probably some refugees from the fire settled here. I for one had ancestors who were there, in old London, when it started, and I am sure many others here did too.

So it is part of our history, and bearing that in mind I thought that perhaps some members here might enjoy this animation of what that London looked like.

Historical Newham / Makes You Proud
« on: 24 July, 2017, 08:47:39 PM »
It is not often that I associate local government with feelings of pride, but...... I am reading the book 'The People' by the historian Selina Todd.

 Selina comes from solid working class stock. Her studies gave rise to feelings that conventional history largely ignores the working people. Her book goes some way to remedying this situation. It is a study of the British working class from 1910 - 2010.

She covers the 1930's very well. It was a time of high unemployment and terrible poverty. At one point the mortality rate of new mothers was rising. Among the working class districts, West Ham had the lowest mortality rate for new mothers. The tories made much of this, claiming that it was proof that poverty was not a factor. West Ham was a very poor area at that time.

However the truth finally emerged that West Ham council was giving the best care for pregnant women in need out of all working class boroughs and this was what kept so many alive.

Well done West Ham Council.

Historical Newham / East London History
« on: 10 July, 2017, 08:07:12 PM »
While this site was out of service I looked around for other forums and sources of info. is a very interesting website, well worth checking out.

About the Forums / Welcome Back
« on: 06 July, 2017, 10:43:43 PM »
Hi all

I found out yesterday that the forum is back. Great news. Nice to see a couple of the old faces are still here. I hope others will return soon.

About the Forums / Fake Members
« on: 30 April, 2016, 08:10:45 PM »
This site seems to be under bombardment from nutters, adverts and assorted other low life. Believe me it could get a much much worse.

I was once a member of another forum which dealt with the matter very well. They introduced trial membership. For a short period a new member could not write direct to the forum but their message would be reviewed prior to posting. Trial members had to submit a minimum of two messages which showed genuine interest in the site, with no complaints from other members. It usually took about a week, longer if the second post took a while to be sent.

It certainly cut out the weirdos and left only genuine items on the forum.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Green Buses?
« on: 08 March, 2016, 11:15:07 PM »
As a child in the early 60's I remember green buses traveling along Romford road. Does anybody else remember these?

Newham memories and nostalgia / East London or Essex
« on: 15 February, 2016, 08:47:47 PM »
As a small child in Stratford in the early 1960's my grandmother gave me a badge of the Essex coat of arms. I collected badges but I remember how she emphasized that this was special, "we are Essex people". I don't think she ever considered herself a Londoner despite her mother coming from a long line of Limehouse residents. If ever anyone was going west to shop or for a social occasion she always called it "going to London"

Years later as a postman in East Ham in the late 1980's I came across elderly people who still gave their address as Essex rather than London E6.

I wonder how common was this attitude and why did they cling to an Essex identity?

Newham memories and nostalgia / The East London Forum
« on: 30 January, 2016, 12:34:15 PM »
Hello all
The East London Forum is a very nice website. It has many things which will be of interest to our Newham Forum members. The site is struggling at the moment, very few people are posting there. I think it would be a great shame to let it die, please join and give it a chance, we are, after all, East Londoners.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Cart and Horses, Maryland
« on: 06 March, 2015, 02:56:26 PM »
I wonder if any other people here used the Cart and Horses in Stratford during the mid 70's. It was a great place for live music.
Two of my favourite bands were The Stranglers (who became famous) and Dogwatch.

Looking for a lost friend or relative / Park School - 1960's
« on: 20 April, 2013, 09:12:31 PM »
Hi All

I was wondering if there are any other ex Park scholars from the 60's on this forum.

In the infants I was taught by Miss Venables. In the juniors there were, among others, Mr Wyatt and Mr Perryman. The Headmaster was Mr Whykes.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Knees up Mother Brown
« on: 15 April, 2013, 10:39:48 PM »
Not long ago I was involved in a conversation in which somebody asked "when was the last time people at a party danced to this song"?

For me personally it was at a Christmas Party at least fifty years ago. Can anyone get a bit more recent?

Historical Newham / Dental Surgery in West Ham Lane?
« on: 08 April, 2013, 11:49:46 PM »
Does anybody know if there was a Dental Surgery in West Ham Lane at any time in the period between the wars? My Father had been told that his Grandfather, a dentist, used to run special clinics for WWI veterans there. I believe this meant the treatment was either free or at reduced price.

I don't know why he would have chosen West Ham, although he lived here for a year or two around 1906, as he lived and worked for most of his life in Croydon.

Any info at all would be very welcome.


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