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  • Lindsay Lohan spotted at Upminster’s We Are FSTVL

    June 1, 2016

    Lindsay Lohan attended the We Are FSTVL in Upminster, with her fiancé Egor Tarabasov over the weekend. The Mean Girls star added a photo of herself at the festival to her Instagram account. #wearefstvl @e2505t 🙏🏻✌🏻️✌️✌🏿️✌🏾️🙏🏻 #UnitingNations A photo posted by Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) on May 29, 2016 at 4:18pm PDT

  • The Saint Francis Hospice van stolen in Upminster

    January 8, 2016

    The Saint Francis Hospice van, a white Ford Transit Luton, was stolen by thieves early on Wednesday morning from the driver’s home in Cranham. The hospice, which offers free care for people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses, uses the van to pick up donations for its charity shops. The van, which features the […]

  • Upminster Station

    Commuters unable to board C2C trains at Upminster after new timetable

    December 18, 2015

    A social media storm followed Monday’s launch of the new C2C timetable, which saw smaller trains pull into the station on the busy commuters route to Fenchurch Street in central London. Many commuters said being left standing in the rammed carriages while others were unable to board at all. The C2C new timetable, based on […]

  • Havering Rotary Santa

    Santa Claus is coming to town

    December 9, 2015

    Havering East Rotary Club Christmas Float Routes 2015 Havering East Rotary Club, with the help of Upminster 41 Club, will once again be bringing joy to young and old in Upminster and Cranham. Monies raised during this period will be donated to local charities such as First Step, St Francis Hospice, Dycourts School and Riding […]

  • Upminster Junior School

    Parents fund playground for Upminster Junior School

    December 7, 2015

    Break time just got a whole lot better for pupils of an Upminster school after the ribbon was cut on a new £50,000 play area. The Parents Association at Upminster Junior School, St Mary’s Lane, raised the money by hosting fayres, film nights and a fireworks display. Creative Play Ltd battled rain, mud and gales […]

  • Pearly King

    Upminster’s Pearly King, Arthur Rackley, has died.

    November 9, 2015

    Tributes have been paid to the Pearly King of Upminster, who died last week. Arthur Rackley, 90, of St Albans Avenue, Cranham, died in his home last week. He was discovered after concerned neighbours told the police they had not seen him for a few days. Arthur became a Pearly King in 1980 after his […]

  • Upminster Christmas Lights Switch On

    October 23, 2015

    It’s fast approaching that time of the year again already! The Upminster Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm on Thursday 26th November by the Mayor of Havering. The festive celebrations will run from 4pm to 6pm, where there will be free fairground rides at Upminster Infants and Junior School along with an appearance […]

  • Missing Girl – URGENT

    September 21, 2015

    Urgent, from the Metropolitan Police: Ciarra KELLY 16yrs missing from Upminster last seen 18 Sept, any sightings please call 101. #Missing #Romford Ciarra KELLY 16yrs missing from #Upminster last seen 18 Sept, any sightings please call 101. pic.twitter.com/LPNphaMJk4 — Havering MPS (@MPSHavering) September 21, 2015

  • Upminster Lightning Strike

    Residents help lightening struck homeowner

    August 7, 2015

    An elderly lady was forced to flee her home this week when it was struck by a freak bolt of lightening, causing the roof to catch fire. The thunder rumbles and crash from the lightening were heard all accross Upminster at around 8.15pm on Wednesday, four fire engines were sent to the two-storey property. The […]

  • Sue Gilmour

    Super Sue performs life saving CPR

    July 3, 2015

    Mum performs life-saving CPR in Upminster high street – weeks after first aid training. A heroic shop worker brought a woman back from the dead by performing CPR in a packed high street – just weeks after passing a first aid course. Mum-of-two Sue Gilmour had never used her training before, but she was called […]

  • Upminster War Huts

    Future of Second World War ‘huts’

    July 2, 2015

    Janet Davies and Patricia Flavell from the Friends of Upminster Park are looking for information on the history of the unused Second World War buildings on the edge of Upminster Park. Tucked away in a corner of Upminster Park are two unremarkable brick buildings, their green facades so worn that few passers-by will have given […]

  • Shirley's Tours

    Cranham grandmother is awarded British Empire Medal

    June 30, 2015

    A grandmother who has been organising fun trips and outings to raise funds for schools, groups and clubs for 32 years has been awarded the British Empire Medal. Trips abroad, tickets to West End shows and fun days out are just some of the fundraisers Christine Ward – better known as Shirley – has organised. […]

  • Lorry M25 Crash Upminster

    Survivor tells of his near miss in cheese lorry crash

    June 29, 2015

    A driver has spoken of the terrifying moment a lorry careered off an M25 bridge and smashed into his car on the road below. Nick Searle, 37, was driving his blue Ford Escort along St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, just after 11pm on Sunday when the articulated lorry, filled with cheese, crashed through a motorway barrier […]

  • Lorry M25 Crash Upminster

    Smoked cheese in Upminster lorry crash

    June 23, 2015

    A 45ft long lorry filled with cheese has caught alight just 12 hours after it crashed into a bridge barrier, careering off the M25 and spilling around 1,000 litres of diesel onto St Mary’s Lane, Upminster. Fire crews have returned to the scene and are battling the blaze which is spouting thick black smoke over […]

  • We are FSTVL

    People stranded after chaos at We Are FSTVL

    June 1, 2015

    Festival-goers were stranded at We Are FSTVL in what has been described as “something from a horror film” after transport systems failed on Saturday night. The festival has apologised to those caught up in the chaotic scenes, which it said were caused by a lack of taxis and safety fears after revellers decided to walk […]

  • Clarence

    Pay and display parking plans rejected

    May 18, 2015

    Proposals to introduce pay and display parking in Cranham and Upminster were rejected by Havering Council’s Highways Committee last week. The plans would have seen new restrictions placed on busy streets including Avon Road, Marlborough Gardens and Hall Lane. A 90 minute period of free parking is currently in force in the area and Cllr […]

  • Parking

    New Parking Charges – update

    April 22, 2015

    From Monday 27 April 2015 Havering Council is tidying up some of its car parking charges outside of Romford and at on-street pay and display sites (not meter tariff sites) across the borough, to extend the free parking period and reduce the cost of parking for up to two hours. The aim of having a […]

  • Micropub

    Upminster’s first Micropub

    April 17, 2015

    Havering’s first micropub was given the go ahead today. Upminster Tap Room, a small building in Sunnyside Gardens near the junction with St Mary’s Lane, will offer a selection of local ales and bar snacks. During a licensing meeting at Havering Town Hall, co-owner Caroline Sheldon told councillors the venue will be built on a […]

  • Upminster Fire

    Huge Upminster flat fire was caused by cannabis factory

    April 1, 2015

    A huge fire that ripped through a maisonette and forced residents to flee their homes was caused by a cannabis factory, detectives believe. Thirteen people could only watch as flames towered over their building in Station Road, Upminster late on March 15. The blaze, which was caught on CCTV by an onlooker, continued into the […]