The Larder, East Ham: Q + A

Earlier this year we produced a little guide about where you can source coffee in E6. This was in response to a few caffeine addicts who were finding the lack of this profitable drug-trade in E6 too much to handle. Little did we know that the Larder was about to come swooshing into our local…

You CAN have your cake and E6-it

‘Where there is cake there is hope’ – Dean Koontz How deep. On that topic just so happens that we now have a patisserie/cake shop/coffee joint on high street south, E6. Hooray! Here we take a look at what this place has to offer. Name/Location D and D Patisserie – some of you will recognise…

Food for thought: Bonny Downs Foodbank

It’s Wednesday lunchtime and Greatfield residents are out enjoying the sunshine, but in small office at Bonny Downs church hall, Angie Allgood, Team Leader of the Bonny Downs Community Association, is already dealing with a variety of housing issues. The Bonny Downs Food Bank has been running since 2013 on Wednesdays from 12-2pm, as one…

East Ham Village Diary: Volume II

A change is in the air.  The mood in East Ham is one of flux.  Just off High Street South, the White Horse pub has been brought crashing down; the plot will be re-developed.  I am no great drum-banger for the pub – its St George’s flags draped over all the windows gave the interior…

The East Ham Village Diary: Volume I

A new regular feature for our blog, we’ll let writer Gurdeep do the introductions… Hello, and welcome to the first instalment of the East Ham Village Diary. This is an irreverent look at the goings-on in East Ham (which is not a village, and neither is this a diary, but still). We aim to cover…

I’m in E6 and I need a fix (of caffeine)

Hi E6-ers! This post is a guide to where you can source caffeine and brunch-type menus in East Ham. We have all seen the online threads asking where you can find a decent coffee place around here. I have therefore set about reviewing those I have stumbled across in my short time in E6. This…

Gardening Thymes: a grassroots gardening project

Gardening Thymes is a fantastic grassroots programme for anyone interested in gardening and it’s right on the doorstep of Greatfield residents. It was started by Active Newham five years ago, but the volunteers were encouraged to take on the running of the group and the gardening sessions are now entirely volunteer-run. They set their own…

Discovering East Ham’s exotica with the Big Garden Bird Watch

This Sunday a small group of us braved the early morning cold to become ‘citizen scientists’ and undertake the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch in East Ham’s Central Park. The Big Garden Bird Watch invites anyone and everyone to spend an hour watching and recording the birds and other wildlife in their garden or local…

Join the next Bike from Boleyn and help keep our West Ham links alive

From Veronica Oakeshott, local councillor If you’d like to help us promote cycling and keep the link between West Ham FC and Boleyn alive, join the next Bike from Boleyn ride on 22 April! Our first ride in October 2016 was a great success. Fifty cyclists – including families with young children, our local MP…

East Ham Park Lives

For an inner London borough, Newham has never been lacking in green space and happily some of our loveliest parks are to be found in and around the Greatfield area of East Ham. Plashet Park was opened in 1891 with land taken from the former grounds of late 18th Century manor, Wood House, acquired for…

A treasure trove of local history from a dedicated East Hammer

Any East Hammer, or indeed any Newhamite who has an interest in their local area and its history will not fail to be fascinated by the work of Anil Vekaria. Inspired by memories shared with him by his neighbours, themselves lifelong residents and some from local families stretching back several generations, Anil has delved deep…