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This week in history – 60, 40 and 20 years ago.

Tracy Giddings is celebrating her 50th birthday year by undertaking a number of physical activities

Getting older can be daunting for many women but a mother-of-two has taken it in her stride as she gets fit for 50.

SYM Sailing Club's event for the Royal Yachting Association's Push the Boat Out initiative

The sun streamed down on the tranquil scene of Russell’s Lake, as sail boats drifted across the clear waters.

Hornchurch High Street is a lot quieter since new parking regulations have been put in place

Independent high street shops are still in jeopardy because of increased parking charges, according to businesses.

Locations the Kent earthquake was felt

The 4.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Kent this morning was felt in a ninth floor apartment in Romford.

Richard Binder from Romford flew to Nepal to help with the rescue efforts. Picture: London Fire Brigade

A firefighter says he was “humbled” by the scene of destruction and the camaraderie he encountered while on a rescue mission in earthquake-hit Nepal.

Latitude, one of the festivals in our big ticket giveaway. Picture Dan Wilton

We’re giving away a free Summer Festivals Guide with every copy of today’s Recorder.

Kim Merry, provides support for people in our community that have become homeless, maybe on release from prison, maybe with addiction.
Kim with Elliott Carr, Nick Redwood, Tom Robertson, and Nick Overall.

Charity workers are warning of an impending homelessness crisis as new figures reveal Havering Council has drastically missed its housing targets.

Hampstead rugby girl and Recorder reporter, Harriet Orrell, carrying a tyre during the 5km Spartan Sprint for First Step

Months and months of fundraising and training in all kinds of weather had led to this moment.

Crime & Court

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The cousin of a woman who was found dead at her home along with her daughters admitted this week the family had “issues”.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
CCTV images of the incident at the Ferry Lane roundabout in Rainham. Picture: Essex Police

A man has been jailed after he admitted ramming a police officer on a motorcycle who tried to stop him speeding in a stolen car.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Paul Wickerson. Picture: Essex Police

A festival-goer who had taken cocaine, ketamine and LSD was dumped in a field by two security staff “for sport”, a jury has heard.

Health

Monday, May 18, 2015

The chief executive of the trust which runs Queen’s Hospital has said initial planning for how it will take the strain as King George’s A&E department is downgraded will start in the next “six to nine months”.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Care worker Mary Bell

A senior care worker believes “proper training” for staff will stop elderly patients filling hospital beds.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The Royal Mail team at St Francis Hospice

A team of Royal Mail trainers swapped letters for paint and brushes to support St Francis Hospice.

Environment

Friday, May 22, 2015

The 4.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Kent this morning was felt in a ninth floor apartment in Romford.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Kim Merry, provides support for people in our community that have become homeless, maybe on release from prison, maybe with addiction.
Kim with Elliott Carr, Nick Redwood, Tom Robertson, and Nick Overall.

Charity workers are warning of an impending homelessness crisis as new figures reveal Havering Council has drastically missed its housing targets.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The team collected 20 bags of rubbsh

Green-fingered litter pickers took to the streets of Harold Hill last week to rid it of rubbish.

Politics

Friday, May 22, 2015

Charity workers are warning of an impending homelessness crisis as new figures reveal Havering Council has drastically missed its housing targets.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Cllr Brian Eagling

Last night’s annual meeting of the council saw Cllr Brian Eagling be elected as the new Mayor of Havering.

Monday, May 18, 2015
The building which was to become Havering's first micropub, Upminster Tap Room. Picture: Google Maps

Beer aficionados waiting patiently for Havering’s first micropub will have to wait a little longer to fill their glasses.

Education

Monday, May 18, 2015

The parties went head to head after a gruelling campaign before the electorate took to the ballots to vote for who they thought would represent them best.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Demi Parker. Picture: James O Jenkins

A 12-year-old’s design has been hailed as the best in Havering and been pinned up in City Hall.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Abbs Cross Academy. Picture: Google Maps

An academy headteacher who has been absent since September will leave his post this summer.

Heritage

Yesterday, 15:00

This week in history – 60, 40 and 20 years ago.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Recorder, May 13 1955

This week in history – 60, 40 and 20 years ago.

Friday, May 15, 2015
Upminster players huddle together before one of their matches (Pic: Alex Fisher)

A rugby club’s senior coach has got the go-ahead to have floodlights installed at the club’s ground after an 18-month battle with objectors.

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Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

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