Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative is the biggest ever social action movement aiming to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia.

“Even in poor ex-Soviet Union countries you simply do not see the rubbish we get in the UK. It makes me ashamed.”

Here in Havering we are pretty good at celebrating our young people.

Last week I called on Havering Council to sit down with a reporter and explain what was happening with Private Sector Leasing as hundreds of households were left in fear and confusion.

Hundreds of households - maybe more than 600 - have been given a month to find new homes and most will probably have to leave the borough.

It’s hard to believe that the nightmare Alan Gowing has been living through for four years is worth just £6,000 compensation.

Most of us under the age of 60 will be shocked to read about the tragic death of young Richard White in 1967.

Readers of this paper, and our website, will be shocked and outraged this week at the despicable thief who stole £8,000 from an 83-year-old woman.

The storms at the weekend and Tuesday showed us something of the sheer power of nature.

The manoeuvrings at Havering Council on Wednesday evening underline why so many people feel that they can’t influence local politics.

A man has been charged with the murder of 85-year-old Rosina (Rose) Coleman in Romford, on Tuesday, May 15.

Each year, local newspapers celebrate their vital role and importance of trusted local journalism during Local Newspaper Week.

So, unsurprisingly, the plans for a huge housing development at Beam Park have gone to the Mayor of London’s Office for a decision.

GPs in Havering are urging people to help the NHS by using local health services wisely over the bank holiday weekend.

We celebrate some impressive achievements by our schools and their pupils and teachers this week.

Next Thursday we go to the polls to elect our council for the next four years.

A two-year-old boy is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a vehicle collided with pedestrians in Rainham earlier today.

This month is bowel cancer awareness month. And that gives us the opportunity to think about something most of us don’t give much thought to – and certainly don’t talk about.

A prolific burglar who used victims’ pillowcases to carry prized possessions out of their homes has been jailed.

The story that everyone in Havering has been talking about this week is the shooting dead of a man by police in Collier Row.

Our stories this week range from the particularly callous (stealing from children) to the heartwarming (the 82-year-old who has finally retired after 60 years working for the same company).

These are the temporary traffic lights and roadworks on roads in the borough in the coming week.

It seems every morning we wake up to news of another stabbing.

If you do the Lottery, I’m assuming you avidly check as soon as the draw is made to see whether this was your lucky week.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information after a car overturned in a collision with a lorry in New Road, Wennington, just after midnight.

Two massive redevelopments that will change the landscape of the borough have been announced this week.

Before you start your car journey, bear in mind maintenance work could mean delays in the following roads over the next few days.

If you can steer clear of these roads, you may find your journey is quicker.

With last week’s snow and freezing temperatures came the inevitable problems of burst pipes and broken boilers.

A man from Upminster has been convicted of murder following a machete attack in South Ockendon last summer.


“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

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