peace a fighting chance|
Newham is a place where lots of remarkable people are quietly
making a difference to the lives of others.
our Olympic successes|
News of our legacy successes has travelled far and the world wants
to know how we did it.
||A game of
I was so glad of the help of pupils from Ravenscroft School in
Canning Town when I was challenged to a game of chess by British
Champion Grandmaster Gawain Jones.
in the area at last
More than 1,200 people joined in the fun at the East Ham Spring
Festival, which was the first of our Active Community Team events
to be held this year.
school on track|
Together with Richard Cherry, deputy chairman of Countryside
Properties, and local councillors, I joined excited pupils from
Keir Hardie Primary School to help them lay the first foundations
for their new state-of-the-art building, which forms the heart of
the Fife Road regeneration scheme in Custom House.
honours Bobby Moore OBE|
I laid flowers at the Champions sculpture on Sunday on behalf of
the people of Newham to honour West Ham United and England legend
Bobby Moore OBE on the 20th anniversay of his death.
remembers the Holocaust|
The current edition of the Newham Mag features an article on Newham
Council's commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day, which featured
candles, poems, testimonies and readings, in remembering the six
million Jewish people who lost their lives.
in remembering the Holocaust|
I joined West Ham United officials and supporters to promote
tolerance and inclusion by marking Holocaust Memorial
Fanfare for the
In Newham we like to lead the way and it's always good to have
our work recognised, particularly by Parliament's
offer some Christmas cheer|
I visited the sheltered housing scheme at Centenary House in
Wingfield Road, Stratford, to present Christmas food hampers to the
residents on behalf of the traders at the indoor market in
Stratford Shopping Centre.
Get the Party Started hits 1,000 mark|
It was a pleasure to be able to join more than 200 people at a
Christmas tea dance for the over 50s, made extra special because it
was the 1000th Let's Get the Party Started celebration.
Quarter under way|
I was pleased to be at the start of construction work on the
Hallsville Quarter, which will be the new centre of Canning
lights up Christmas in Forest Gate|
Santa Claus was the guest of honour when he joined me to switch on
the Christmas lights in Forest Gate.
like Christmas in Stratford|
Turning on the Stratford Christmas lights from the Old Town Hall in
Broadway is always a pleasure and this year we were accompanied by
the sound of music.
is a true inspiration|
I went to Kingsford School in Beckton to officially open a memorial
garden, which commemorates lost friends and acts as a place of
inspiration, comfort and hope.
This year I have again supported the toy appeal that will see
youngsters most in need not missing out this Christmas.
lifesavers spreading the word|
It is not many young people who can say they are learning about
saving lives alongside all the other subjects they are
lights go on in East Ham|
The cold and wet weather couldn't dampen the spirit of more than
100 children who joined me in helping to switch on the Christmas
lights in East Ham.
morning raises cash to fight cancer|
We recently held a coffee morning held at the council's Newham
Dockside offices, and raised more than £650 for the charity Breast
action to tackle rogue landlords|
A landlord has been fined £1250 for forcing two pensioners to
live in this dilapidated home.
||A time to
I joined the Remembrance Sunday service at the St Luke's Memorial
in Tarling Road, Canning Town, with members of the Royal British
Legion, uniformed services and residents, to lay a wreath on behalf
of the people of the borough.
cheer and Freedom from Fear|
You can't have failed to notice that a lot of the shops have
launched their Christmas campaigns and are already stocked with
children reaching new heights|
Raising aspirations is a crucial part of the work we are doing to
build a more resilient community here in Newham.
our young people|
The running theme for 2012 has been one of celebrating achievements
here in the Olympic borough.
Ohio closes in on crime|
Tackling crime is my top priority and I was very pleased to see
first-hand how we are taking on people who commit crime or
tributes to fallen police officer|
We have a strong relationship with our colleagues in the
Metropolitan Police which together has created a very effective
partnership. We united again to remember Police Constable Nina
Mackay and lay flowers in her memory.
an inspiration to us all|
Newham and winners are becoming
a wonderfully regular occurrence in 2012 and now it's the turn of
an inspirational teacher.
Waterfront festival brings the docks to life|
I was delighted that so more than 17,000 people made it down to the
Waterfront festival at the Royal Victoria Docks. It was an amazing
event that brought the community together
a million to Manor Primary School|
I was delighted to present pupils from Manor Primary School with
their plaque as a thank you for their part in the record-breaking
carnival this summer
to a working class hero|
The Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government,
Hilary Benn, came to Stratford Old Town Hall to help us mark a
significant landmark in the history of the area.
salute to The Queen's man in Newham
I was delighted to be able to lead the salute at Stratford Old
Town Hall for Colonel Mike Dudding, who has stood down as the
Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Newham after 19
cracks down on crime in the borough|
Crime is a big concern
for everyone in the borough and I've made a commitment to take
action against those who break the law.
Thank you to Eastlea pupils for carnival success|
like a lifetime ago now but this summer's Newham Carnival was the
biggest-ever and helped bring almost everyone in the borough out to
for our children's futures|
Turning to the courts is always the last option but if that's what
it takes to protect the rights of our young people, we will do
Find out what I have been doing during Games Time.
Robin welcomes Lord Sebastian Coe|
With just days to go
until the Games start, Lord Coe has a lot going on. Yet in spite of
that, he came to Newham to find out more about our preparations and
post-Games legacy plans.
I helped children from Gainsborough Primary
School to plant a free sapling of the Black Poplar tree, sent from
Buckingham Palace, in the Memorial Recreation Ground.
Diamond Jubilee weekend|
What a great weekend and thanks to
everyone who took part in the celebrations.
of The Sherwoods|
The Sherwoods - six eco-friendly family
homes within a javelin's throw of the London 2012 Games site - are
now officially open.
||Royal Docks Fun
I recently joined local residents for their bumper fun day at Royal
Docks Community School.
reading event at Foyles, Waterstones
I was delighted to join pupils of Earlham, St Francis and Colegrave
schools at a special book reading at Foyles
at Plashet School|
There are not many students who can claim that going to school
saves lives - but that is a lesson that that has become as familiar
as GCSE preparation for the girls at Plashet School in East
Opening of Stratford Library and World Book Night|
I was pleased to be able to join a night of literary delight that
marked the official re-opening of Stratford Library.
Newham Council's Annual General Meeting at the Old
Town Hall in Stratford, was a great opportunity to review the past
year and set out our agenda for the next 12 months.
Our Inspiring People awards, at the Old Town
Hall in Stratford, was one of those occasions when I was truly
I was delighted to be able to open the new early years building
at East Ham's Vicarage School and help pupils to bury a time
capsule to mark the occasion.
All the fun
of the festival
It's Spring festival season across all of our nine community
forum areas and I have been out and about getting to see as many
people as possible doing fun things together.
McIntyre turns 100|
3 May 2012
I was recently invited to celebrate the 100th
birthday of Forest Gate resident Mrs Gladys McIntyre with her
family and care staff from the Westgate Care Home.
opening of Rick Roberts Way|
18 April 2012
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, recently opened One Housing
Group's Rick Roberts Way development, a new £49 million flagship
mixed tenure scheme which will provide a range of affordable homes
in Stratford in the lead up to the Olympics.
Slumdog Millionaire director attends Young Mayor's student film
18 April 2012
Young Mayor Abraham Male and the Youth
Council have completed their first project a short film, entailing
what it is like to be a young person in Newham.
||ECaM hits a high
11 April 2012
On Wednesday 11 April children from Shaftesbury School Newham
performed with children from Birkwood Primary Schoool and
Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band from Barnsley.
Launch of Superheroes Exhibition at Discover|
1 April 2012
On Sunday 1 April I cut the ribbon to
launch the Superheroes Exhibition at Discover.
opening of UEL SportsDock|
24 March 2012
I went along to the official opening of SportsDock at
24 March 2012
I was at the Beckton Community event over
the weekend and I would like to thank everyone who came along and
made it a success.
of Beckton library 24 February 2012
Have you heard that
Beckton library is now refurbished and open again for
27 January 2012
The Mayor was privileged to attend Holocaust Memorial Day at Newham
20 January, 2012
I was delighted to open the newly refurbished Curwen School last
Friday and see for myself the improvements that have been made to
this outstanding Ofsted school.
lights switch on at Stratford Town Hall|
I was delighted to watch a performance of
carols by Carpenters Primary School Choir after the annual
Christmas lights switch on at Stratford Town Hall.
Christmas lights switch on|
Saturday 26 November
On Saturday 26 November I joined chidren from Brampton, Nelson and
Lister schools in a lantern procession leading to the Christmas
lights switch on in High Street, East Ham.
Mayor's Reading Guarantee|
Wednesday 23 November
I was delighted to visit Elmhurst
School and along with the Minister for Schools launch my Reading
5 November, 2011
Almost 30,000 residents came to Wanstead
Flats on Saturday 5 November to watch a spectacular display of
fireworks set to music at our annual event.
Mayor Elections 2011|
3 November, 2011
I was delighted to attend the Young
Mayor's election in East Ham Town Hall and congratulate the new
Young Mayor and Deputy.
||Excel Centre plays host
to the annual Worldskills competition|
It was a huge honour to welcome to the borough over 1000 young
people from across the globe, all vying for the chance to achieve
success in their chosen skill area.
The Skills Place Newham|
27 September, 2011
Newham residents can compete with
people from all over the world if they are given a chance. The
Skills Place Newham will work to provide residents with those
much-needed opportunities, which is why I was pleased to attend the
launch of this brand new initiative.
for the opening of Westfield Stratford City|
12 September 2011
On the day before its grand opening, Councillors Andrew Baikie,
Lester Hudson and Joy Lagudato joined me for a trip to Westfield
Stratford City to help out with the preparations for the big
12 September 2011
This week I went to say "thank you and well done" to Ravenscroft
Primary School in Canning Town and St Winefrides School in Manor
Park for taking part in the Newham Carnival.
to Manor Park Primary School|
7 September 2011
I popped into Manor Park Primary School
on 7 September to congratulate the staff and pupils who took part
in the carnival at my recent Newham Show.
legacy at Waitrose|
I recently met with the Newham residents
who have just landed jobs with Waitrose Stratford City, to
congratulate them and wish them all the very best in their new
7 May 2011
I'd like to congratulate all the Year 5 students who performed so
well in the Playing Together event. I hope they enjoyed the day as
much as I did and I wish them all the best as they continue to move
forward with their music studies.
breaking event at Fife Road|
It really was a pleasure to attend the opening ceremony to this
major new investment project. I'm looking forward to seeing how the
Fife Road scheme will develop over the coming months.
session at Beckton Globe|
24 January 2011
It was good to see so many residents
attend our Newham Together sessions in January and to respond in
person to the issues raised. If you were unable to attend, you can
still share your views by emailing
Visit to meet the School Council at North Beckton Primary
18 January 2011
The School Council at North Beckton School certainly kept me on my
toes during a recent question and answer session! It was such a
pleasure to meet the pupils involved and I am very grateful for the
gifts they kindly presented to me.
Ham Christmas lights switch on|
4 December, 2010
A big thank you to everyone who braved the cold and came along to
the Christmas light switch on in East Ham. I'd also like to say a
special thanks to all the young musicians and school children who
took part in the lantern procession for making the event such a
Christmas lights switch on|
3 December, 2010
The Christmas lights switch on events provide a great opportunity
to celebrate the start of the festive season, and this year it was
particularly good to see so many local businesses trading at the
craft fair in the courtyard at Stratford Town Hall.
Tour of Britain and Waterfront Festival|
18 September, 2010
The Waterfront Festival gave us the chance to welcome the Tour of
Britain to the borough as well as to have a great party in the
Docks, with food, fireworks and fun for all.
|Under the Stars|
26-29 August, 2010
When we first thought of having a music festival in Central Park
over 10 years ago, I would never have believed it would turn into
such a fantastic spectacle. This year over 42,000 of you enjoyed
this fabulous free event. Roll on next year!
|Mayor's Newham Show|
17-18 July, 2010
The Mayor's Newham Town Show is one of my favourite events of the
year. It's great to see families having fun together and enjoying
the huge range of activities on offer.