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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Oliver Simmonds was ten when his father, the Reverend Frederick Simmonds, was appointed Romford’s Congregational Church minister in 1908.

If you’ve had your driving licence revoked because of poor eyesight, then clearly you know you are not safe to be behind the wheel of a car.

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell reflects on the gallant work of the RAF in both the past and present.

Tony Philpot of the Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Society on airship attacks, First World War heroes and keeping memories of an historic airfield alive.

This year Britain’s youngest armed service marks its centenary anniversary.

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.

Members of a triathlon club cycled hundreds of miles to pay respect to the soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War.

Hornchurch Country Park turns back the clock on Saturday, June 2 when it hosts a Military History Day.

International music acts, delicious food stalls and lots of lots of glitter - Upminster’s We Are FSTVL was a great start to the summer festival season.

Prof Ged Martin borrows from Shakespeare to celebrate a famous Havering factory

With only a few weeks left, fundraising continues for a new memorial to be installed at the site of a First World War camp in Gidea Park.

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

Fundraising has begun for a new memorial to be installed at the site of a First World War camp in Gidea Park.

To mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote on Tuesday, next week’s paper will be a special women’s edition.

To kick-start the celebrations, Hayley Anderson delves into the history of the suffragettes and their role in history.

A chilling thriller about two socially adept men who commit murder for the sake of living dangerously, is coming to Hornchurch’s Queen’s Theatre.

A new memorial will be installed at the site of a First World War camp in Gidea Park to remember the soldiers who trained there.

A hundred years ago, with many Havering men away at war, the festive season was very different reports Prof Ged Martin

Dozens of Havering residents gathered at the Hornchurch Country Park war memorial on Sunday to pay their respects to the fallen on Remembrance Day.

A special constable turned Romford footballing sensation who was killed during the First World War had a plaque unveiled in his honour at Essex Police HQ on Saturday.

Leonard Trimmer was one of many young men to directly experience the dark days of the First World War.

Soldiers past and present will be in the community’s thoughts next weekend, as a number of services are held to mark Remembrance Day.

In the second part of our feature on early 20th century footballer Arthur Jones, historians Terry Felton and Linda Rhodes tell how he went to war and died at Passchendaele.

In the latest of a series about day trip ideas for people interested in history, Prof Ged Martin looks at South Ockendon

Businessman Frederick Westgate’s 50 years in Romford made him a rich man, as Prof Ged Martin explains

WW100

This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict that cost around 10 million lives and changed forever the lives of those who experienced it at home or on the battlefields of Europe.

Throughout the year, the Romford Recorder will be retelling stirring tales of bravery from the frontline and highlighting the terrifying moments that those back home endured, worrying about their loved ones as they listened for the far-off rumble of guns from mainland Europe.

Was your grandfather a war hero? Do you have carefully preserved photos from that time?

Share your stories with reporter Bethany Wyatt.

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