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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Local historian Prof Ged Martin tells how an unstable fantasist took advantage of religious paranoia in the 17th century

With an early summer following the July heatwave here are some of the activities families can enjoy over the next few weeks.

A Hornchurch charity that cares for children with special needs is inviting the public to join their last Tasty Treats fundraising event this summer.

A Hornchurch resident went out of her way to ensure that her guests could also enjoy her special day celebrating her 100th birthday.

As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday, Prof Ged Martin looks at health care pre-NHS

More than 600 Havering residents could be forced to move out of the borough after the council decided to give their homes back to private landlords.

A man has been charged with arson following a fire in a block of flats in Gidea Park.

Firefighters who have responded to a number of garden fires and grass fires in the borough are asking residents to take extra precautions during the summer heatwave.

After the death of her Aunt and discovery of a box of memorabilia in her attic, a woman is appealing for help to learn more about her grandmother who worked in a First World War camp in Gidea Park.

Residents fled a block of flats following a fire in Southend Arterial Road.

This week’s column by Prof Ged Martin is about five unexpected local oddities

A Hornchurch man has been sentenced to six years in prison after stealing a car, leading police on a high-speed chase, crashing into six vehicles and injuring an officer.

A Havering law firm is aiming to raise thousands of pounds through several events for dementia charity Tapestry in Hornchurch this year.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

What’s happening in Havering this half-term?

Lemon drizzle, red velvet and carrot cake were some of the many options available to Gidea Park residents attending a special bake sale held in memory of a teenager who died suddenly of a suspected heart problem.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

As Prince Harry and Meghan prepare for their nuptials today, Prof Ged Martin looks back at a Victorian royal wedding

Two men from Essex have been charged with attempting to steal lead roofing from Norfolk churches.

Charges have been brought against two men from east London in connection with four burglaries in the Brentwood area.

A care home which has been found to have “systemic failings” has been put into special measures by inspectors.

More than 50 cyclists braved the wind and wet weather at a special bike ride fundraiser to support a hospital charity.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

A hundred years ago plans for a chemical company could have changed Gidea Park forever, as Prof Ged Martin discovers


“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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