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Eastlondonlines is shutting down over the festive period so we can get our fill of mince pies and mulled wine

Eastlondonlines is shutting down over the festive period so we can get our fill of mince pies and mulled wine

The Eastlondonlines team would like to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year. We would also like to thank you all for following this site over the past year. From today, we will be taking a break and spending time with…

ELL’s guide to a happy, healthy and hopefully stress-free Christmas so you can sit back and enjoy the holidays

ELL’s guide to a happy, healthy and hopefully stress-free Christmas so you can sit back and enjoy the holidays

Christmas can be a magical time but it can also be a very stressful one, particularly if things go wrong. Whether it’s forgetting the cranberry sauce or something a little more serious this guide to the borough’s key services will help.…

ELL’s favourite festive flicks to keep you and your family entertained for all those frosty nights and lazy days

ELL’s favourite festive flicks to keep you and your family entertained for all those frosty nights and lazy days

‘Tis the season to lounge around in cosy socks and sweatpants with a steaming mug of hot chocolate (marshmallows and cinnamon on top, of course) and watch endless amounts of Christmassy films! Indulge in the best time of the year with ELL’s Top 10 Christmas Films. 1. The Holiday Start…

“Major concern” for Tower Hamlets’ white British school children

“Major concern” for Tower Hamlets’ white British school children

Ofsted have revealed that white school children’s results in Tower Hamlets are of “major concern”. The report discloses white British students are under achieving in at least five good GCSEs, including English and Mathematics, by five percentage points compared to the rest of England. This is in spite of the…

Tower Hamlets schoolgirl stopped by police at Heathrow

Tower Hamlets schoolgirl stopped by police at Heathrow

A plane carrying a 15-year-old girl from Tower Hamlets thought to be travelling to join the Syrian conflict, was stopped by police on a runway at Heathrow earlier this month. It was reported yesterday that the girl, who was returned to her family, had saved money and bought a ticket…

ELL boroughs worse hit in next years budget

ELL boroughs worse hit in next years budget

Eastlondonlines boroughs are to be among the worst affected by next year’s budget cuts for local authorities. The Government has announced that on average local council’s in England will have their funding cut by 1.8 per cent from 2015. Croydon will face the average cut rate, Tower Hamlets’ spending will…

Mayor Lutfur Rahman stripped of key powers by “takeover squad”

Mayor Lutfur Rahman stripped of key powers by “takeover squad”

The commissioners of the Government’s “takeover squad”  moved into Tower Hamlets Council today under orders  to strip the Mayor Lutfur Rahman of key powers. Two commissioners, appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, entered the council headquarters to meet Rahman and his officials for…

ELL Guide to Christmas: volunteering in your community

ELL Guide to Christmas: volunteering in your community

It’s the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. But for many living in Eastlondonlines boroughs, “visions of sugar-plums” are ousted by the prospect of another night on the streets or the memories of absent family. Preoccupied with thoughts of…

Arts organisations in ELL boroughs receiving Arts Council funding opt into new plans to champion diversity

Arts organisations in ELL boroughs receiving Arts Council funding opt into new plans to champion diversity

Beneficiaries of Arts Council funding in Eastlondonlines boroughs and beyond have made commitments to appeal to wide-ranging communities by opting into the council’s new plans to champion diversity. Arts organisations in Eastlondonlines boroughs and elsewhere in the UK have pledged their support for diversity within the industry by signing up…

Croydon van driver Ben Haenow drives his way to victory at X-Factor final…and Christmas number one?

Croydon van driver Ben Haenow drives his way to victory at X-Factor final…and Christmas number one?

  Croydon van driver Ben Haenow tonight won The X Factor after a well-received performance to a packed Wembley Arena. 29-year-old Haenow defeated fellow Londoner Fleur East, a 27-year-old fitness model from Walthomstow, to the prize of a recording contract with Syco. Haenow has been performing in rock bands since…

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