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

Last Friday, you may have noticed the flag of the Commonwealth of Nations proudly flying from Havering Town Hall.

People say, “Age is nothing but a number.”

This week’s edition of the Recorder carries with it the sad news that the operators of The Retailery - a much loved shared space in Romford Market Place - will be closing the venue in January next year.

Violent moped and motorbike-related crime is a scourge on our streets.

People seem to enjoy getting angry at the news these days. I really shouldn’t help, but here’s a story you might find annoying.

I want to take you back to 2011, the summer of the riots.

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

We all know that London is experiencing a violence epidemic, with knife crime up by 50 per cent since September 2015.

In recent weeks we have brought you the stories of families who have found a lifeline in Hornchurch charity First Step.

I like science fiction. I grew up wearing glasses so I didn’t have much say in the matter.

We’re filming the latest series of The Mash Report in Pinewood Studios, so now I think I’m up there with Harry Potter and James Bond. My bank manager disagrees.

The story that warmed my heart most this week is that of pensioner Alan Whitehead who has created his own, amazing, war memorial

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

“Austerity is coming to an end but discipline will remain” were the memorable words from the chancellor during the government’s 2018 Autumn Budget.”

This week Chancellor Philip Hammond produced his last budget before we exit the European Union. There were plenty of tricks in his Red Box.

Men are dying six years earlier than women. For reasons that are largely preventable.

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

Housing has dominated my postbag as an issue since my election last year, as constituents share with me concerns abour rising rents, access to social homes or the ability of grown-up children to get on the housing ladder and stay close by.

It’s been an interesting time for equality. Kleenex renamed their man-sized tissues after complaints that it was sexist.

This week we are appealing to readers to help catch the lowlife who stole a Help for Heroes charity collection tin from a pub.

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to residents in a local park when a woman came running towards us, shouting that she needed a defibrillator urgently.

I’m not normally one to buy into conspiracy theories, they’re only put out there to keep us too busy to think about the real things that are going on.

It’s unfortunate that way back in the 1960s a well-meaning gesture to honour a Battle of Britain hero, went a little awry.

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

Gallows Corner has been an ongoing headache for the people of Romford, Harold Hill, Harold Wood and Hornchurch for decades!

When I perform at stand up comedy clubs I have one rule: use the gents before the gig.

“The most despicable crime one can imagine” – when a court court judge says that it must be bad.

Letters from Romford Recorder readers this week

The magnificent RAF100 flypast across London in July, featuring Spitfires, Tornadoes and Red Arrows, was the perfect celebration of our Royal Air Force in its centenary year.

Making bombs in the prison craft shop?

Book lovers will be excited by news that Havering is to have its first literary festival in November

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

The well-publicised delay to the Crossrail project will have come as frustrating news to many residents in our part of London.

Most days we’re told we are too fat, too lazy and we have to do something about it. And that’s just from my friends.

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.

With historically low crime rates in Havering, we have been fortunate compared to our neighbouring boroughs.

The news that Havering Council has successfully negotiated a deal to keep Hornchurch Police Station operational is, as a number of councillors and residents have pointed out this week, a win for everyone in Havering.

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

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