St John's Church, Stratford, E15
St John's Church, Stratford, London E15


 Year
 What Was Happening ?

At St John's
In & Around Stratford
In The Church
In The World

1958
Charles Fox becomes vicar of St John's
The offices of Suffragan Bishop of Barking and Archdeacon of West Ham are separated and John Elijah Elvin became the first 'separate' Archdeacon of West Ham.
The Hula Hoop invented

Nikita Krushchev becomes the Soviet leader.

1959
General Election:
Percy Daines, Labour Co-operative, East Ham North.
Albert Edward Oram, Labour Co-operative, East Ham South.
Arthur Lewis, Labour, West Ham North.
Frederick Elwyn Jones, Labour, West Ham South.
Britain's first motorway - the M1 - opened

Fidel Castro leads the Cuban Revolution, overthrowing the Batista regime.

The Dalai Lama leaves Tibet ahead of the Chinese invasion and is offered sanctuary in India.

1960
John F. Kennedy is elected president of the United States.

The Civil Rights Bill is passed by the U.S. Senate.

Civil war breaks out in the Congo following the granting of independence from Belgium.

Start of the Vietnam War

1961
'Parish of St John with Christ Church, Stratford' created, 28th April, by joining of St John's Parish with that of Christ Church, Stratford Marsh. SEAX (external link)

Last services at Christchurch.
Proposal made to unite parishes of St James, Forest Gate and Emmanuel, Forest Gate, and the demolition of St James Church

St Thomas, Rokeby Street, closed and the parish joined with that of All Saints, West Ham

Population of West Ham 157,367
The Rev. L. J. Derritt, Vicar of East Ham - anticipating the changes in London government - suggests a new Diocese of Barking to cover the proposed five Outer London Boroughs in Essex. He receives considerable support but no official opinion was given until 1967.
The first edition of 'Private Eye', a satirical magazine appears.

Adolf Eichmann goes on trial in Jerusalem for war crimes.

US Invades Cuba (The Bay of Pigs)

1962
The structure of DNA is discovered.

Jamaica becomes independent after being a British colony for 300 years.

1963
Colin Judd becomes curate at St Johns
St Agatha's Moral Welfare Home registered as a charity, number 213882

Stratford Railway Works closed.
Sir Alec Douglas-Home (Conservative) becomes Prime Minister

U. S. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Lyndon Johnson is sworn in as president.

MP John Profumo resigns in a sex scandal.

1964
St James, Forest Gate, demolished

West Ham wins FA Cup

General Election:
Reginald Prentice, Labour, East Ham North.
Albert Edward Oram, Labour Co-operative, East Ham South.
Arthur Lewis, Labour, West Ham North.
Frederick Elwyn Jones, Labour, West Ham South.
Harold Wilson (Labour) becomes Prime Minister

Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison giving rise to international protests.

Britain's first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, begins broadcasting from the Channel, outside British waters.

1965
Colin Judd leaves St Johns for Rotherham and later Bradford
West Ham joins with East Ham, North Woolwich and Little Ilford, plus a few other minor boundary changes, and becomes the London Borough of Newham.
Capital punishment abolished.

The Greater London Council inaugurated.

1966
'Parish of St John and Christchurch, Stratford with St James, Forest Gate' formed by joining of St James, Forest Gate, to St John's
General Election:
Reginald Prentice, Labour, East Ham North.
Albert Edward Oram, Labour Co-operative, East Ham South.
Arthur Lewis, Labour, West Ham North.
Frederick Elwyn Jones, Labour, West Ham South.
First controlled moon landing made by Russian unmanned 'Luna IX' spacecraft.

The Six-Day War, Israel

1967
Bow Bridge Flyover opened.
Archbishop Ramsey's Commission on diocesan organisation in London and the south-east recommends five dioceses for the metropolitan area - including a Diocese of Barking consisting of the five Outer London Boroughs in Essex together with Hackney and Tower Hamlets. No action follows.

Church organisation made parallel with municipal, and deaneries conterminous with London Boroughs of Newham, Redbridge, etc. though not all boundaries were changed to match this, and they still remained in the diocese of Chelmsford.
Broadcast of first television programmes in colour

A breathalyzer was used on a motorist for the first time, in Somerset.

1968
New St James building opened on new site at northern end of St James Road.
St Agatha's Closes

5 people die in Ronan Point tower block explosion
The computer mouse invented by Douglas Engelbart.

Richard Nixon was elected 37th US president.

1969
The Representation of the People Act 1969 gives the vote to adults over 18.

Apollo II lands a man on the moon.

In France, Concorde 001 breaks the sound barrier during a test flight.

1970
General Election:
Reginald Prentice, Labour, East Ham North.
Albert Edward Oram, Labour Co-operative, East Ham South.
Arthur Lewis, Labour, West Ham North.
Frederick Elwyn Jones, Labour, West Ham South.
The Bishop of Chelmsford designates the Suffragan See of Barking as a separate Episcopal Area - the Suffragan Bishop to have considerable autonomy. Suggestions that this Area might come within the London diocese or that the Newham Deanery might transfer within the Stepney Suffragan See meet with no enthusiasm at all.
Edward Heath (Conservative) becomes Prime Minister

Jimi Hendrix, rock guitar hero, dies from a drug overdose in London.

A state of emergency, the first in over 40 years, is called by Heath as dock workers go on strike.

1971
Introduction of decimal currency.

By a margin of 112 votes, the House of Commons backed Prime Minister Heath's decision to apply for EEC membership.

1972
Richard Nixon is re-elected president of the United States.

Britain establishes relations with East Germany.

1973
Value Added Tax (VAT) replaced Purchase Tax and Selective Employment Tax

Greece becomes a republic.

1974
Forest Gate Hospital renamed Newham Maternity Hospital

Stratford Centre Shopping Mall opened.

General Election (February):
Reginald Prentice, Labour, Newham North East.
Arthur Lewis, Labour, Newham North West.
Frederick Elwyn Jones, Labour, Newham South.

General Election (October):
Reginald Prentice, Labour, Newham North East.
Arthur Lewis, Labour, Newham North West.
Frederick Elwyn Jones, Labour, Newham South.

Newham South by-election:
Nigel Spearing, Labour, elected.
Harold Wilson (Labour) becomes Prime Minister.

Nixon resigns the office of the president of the United States, Gerald R. Ford assumes the presidency.

1975
Christchurch demolished. Land purchased for redevelopment by Newham Council but never used.
The Bishop of Chelmsford commences a five-year trial of a new system of Episcopal Areas under which all three Suffragans (instead of just Barking) has a measure of autonomy under his overall jurisdiction and also has the responsibility for special areas of work throughout the diocese.
Margaret Thatcher became the first woman leader of a British political party.

Vietnam War finishes

1976
James Callaghan (Labour) becomes Prime Minister

Jimmy Carter is elected president of the United States.

An Air France Airbus is hijacked by six Palestinian terrorists with 288 passengers aboard. They fly to Entebbe.

1977
Elvis Presley dies

Queen Elizabeth marks her 25th year on the throne with a Jubilee Celebration.

1978
VisiCalc, the first computer spreadsheet, published.

The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz spills its contents on the coasts of Brittany, covering about 180 miles of shoreline in oil.

David Driscoll becomes vicar of St John's


 
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