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The chairman of governors of a Wanstead primary school is quitting in protest of the Diocese of Brentwood’s plans to turn it into an academy.

Carolers lit candles to remember those who died homeless in the borough in the past year at a Christmas concert in Ilford town centre.

The lost stories of 54 Goodmayes parishioners who gave their lives in the First World War are set to be uncovered with the help of a £10,000 grant.

A Goodmayes playing field has been officially renamed.

Neighbours are protesting what they fear is the underhand conversion of a former South Woodford vicarage and adjoining flats into a 24-person HMO complex.

Wanstead churchgoers came together to craft hundreds of Christingles to give to senior congregation members on the 50th anniversary of the festival in the UK.

Five years on from the fatal stabbing of a Plaistow teenager in Chigwell, detectives are renewing their appeal for information.

The borough’s London Assembly Member Keith Prince took London’s Night Czar on a tour of Gants Hill’s top haunts including the library and former Valentines pub, whose futures remain unclear.

A Newbury Park primary school is being converted into an academy after being rated Inadequate by Ofsted – but more than 940 have signed a petition against the move.

An Ilford 14-year-old who overcame loneliness by writing a 700-page epic tale dealing with the subject of mental health is this week’s Young Citizen nominee.

Four of the borough’s children’s centres are facing the axe while a fifth could be “downgraded” to plug a £650,000 gap in Redbridge Council’s finances.

All rough sleepers in the borough will be offered a bed to sleep in over the Christmas period until a pioneering pop-up hostel is up and running.

A brass band and carol singers will be performing in Ilford town centre to raise money to tackle the borough’s rough sleeping crisis.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a car crash on the A12 Eastern Avenue in Redbridge.

A 64-year-old Ilford man was left requiring surgery after he was mauled by a “big and powerful” dog in the town centre.

More than 100 Ahmadiyya Muslim worshippers joined a team of more than 500 volunteers - including the Mayor of London - to plant 15,000 trees in Hainault.

“Hi, I’m Malachi - and I am interrupting your regular broadcasting to bring you this urgent message.”

A 20-year-woman was allegedly sexually assaulted at Faces nightclub in Gants Hill and at an east London hotel on the same night.

A row of stitches holding shut Kevin’s* stomach had burst open when he arrived at the door of nurse Stephanie O’Leary’s clinic for rough sleepers in Ilford.

A charity fears the latest official rough sleeping statistics – showing a dramatic reduction from 65 to 26 people – does not give a true reflection of the crisis in the borough.

The importance of fighting religious persecution will be at the forefront of many in the Jewish communities’ minds as Chanukah begins this weekend, a South Woodford Rabbi has said.

As winter once again sets in, newspapers across the nation typically turn their focus towards charity appeals for rough sleepers – and rightly so.

One of the country’s most decorated swimmers – a Commonwealth and European Gold medallist – officially opened a new Goodmayes leisure centre and sports complex.

More than 220 school pupils were told stories of the Guru Nanak Gurpurab – the first Sikh Guru – on his 549th birthday.

Hundreds paid their respects to a pregnant mother - fatally shot with a crossbow in her Newbury Park home - at a Hainault funeral service on Sunday (November 25).

An Ilford pensioner due to stand trial after denying five charges of historical child abuse has died, but a case against his wife and two of his sons – who have denied 14 charges of child cruelty between them – is set to continue.

A working definition of Islamophobia has been released by an all-party parliamentary group (APPG) co-chaired by Ilford North MP Wes Streeting.

The borough’s homeless population has grown to more than 7,100 people – an increase of 13.6pc in the last year – according to the latest figures.

A Clayhall shop fined for selling a “weird tasting” liquid disguised as Glen’s Vodka has avoided having its licence revoked by “the skin of its teeth”.

On the first day of Christmas, what did my milkman give to me? He switched on my eco-friendly tree!

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