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

 What Was Happening ?

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

David Richards becomes Priest in Charge of St John's

Forrest Atkins becomes curate
HTTP & HTML created by Tim Berners-Lee. The World Wide Web is born.

John Major (Conservative) becomes Prime Minister

The Gulf War

Stratford Fruit and Vegetable Market Closes

Rather than a southern approach, the government decides on an eastern route through Essex to London for new international lines - with opportunities for regeneration along the way. This is advantageous to Stratford's campaign; Newham argues the case for a station and terminus on the Rail Lands even more strongly.
The Maastricht Treaty establishes the European Union

Boris Yeltsin is elected the first president of the newly independent Russia.

Maria Holmden becomes Parish Deacon
Stratford City Challenge begins. This locally led programme brings key initial improvements to Stratford, including the Regional Station, the cinema, Stratford Circus and town centre improvements.

Two key government-funded programmes help achieve regeneration: Stratford and Temple Mills SRB (Single Regeneration Budget), and Stratford Tomorrow's City SRB. Each programme lasts seven years and is managed by a new local body, the Stratford Development Partnership.
Church of England approves ordination of women to the priesthood.
William Jefferson Clinton becomes President of The United States

The government launches a competition to select locations for the stations between Ashford and St Pancras - Newham is as keen as ever for Stratford to be one of them.
The European Economic Community eliminates trade barriers and creates a European single market.

Maria Holmden becomes Curate
London and Continental Railways (LCR) submits a competition bid that includes Stratford and a commitment to regenerate the area around a new International Station on the Rail Lands - it wins.

Newham North East by-election:
Stephen Timms, Labour, elected.
The Church of England ordains 32 women priests.
The Channel Tunnel officially opens.

Nelson Mandela inaugurated as president of South Africa

Windows 95 launched

DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) invented

Maria Holmden leaves St John's for All Saints, Leyton

Modicum Okello becomes curate
The Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act is passed by Parliament. This means that the scheme led by LCR will go ahead. An agreement with the government transfers rights to the Stratford Rail Lands to LCR.
An outbreak of 'mad cow' disease leads to a crisis in the beef industry when researchers conclude it can be transmitted to humans through eating meat.

David Richards is made Vicar of St Johns

Forrest Atkins leaves St John's for a Chaplaincy in Dubai

The Archdeacon of West Ham, The Ven. Michael Fox, digs the first hole for the new church extension.
LCR runs a competition to find development partners for the regeneration of Stratford. A consortium made up of the property developers Chelsfield and Stanhope is the winner. Masterplanning architects Arup help prepare their proposal and continue to work on the scheme. An order under the Transport and Works Act secures formal government consent for the International Station.

General Election:
Stephen Timms, Labour, East Ham.
Anthony Banks, Labour, West Ham.
James Fitzpatrick, Labour, Poplar and Canning Town.
Tony Blair (Labour) becomes Prime Minister

Church extension opened by Rt Rev Roger Sainsbury, Bishop of Barking, and Stephen Timms MP.
Google, Inc. is founded in Menlo Park, California, by Stanford University PhD candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Modicum Okello leaves St John's for St Matthew's, West Ham (external link) & later Hall Green, Birmingham
Jubilee Line Extension to Stratford opens.
The Euro is introduced

The New Millennium is celebrated worldwide, a year early.

John Richardson leaves St John's for St Mary, Henham

2000 in Pictures
Local Government Act 2000 introduces the option of directly elected mayors.

George Walker Bush becomes President of The United States

Vladimir Putin is elected President of Russia.

The Victorian Theatre Royal, Stratford East, made famous by Joan Littlewood, is reopened after a £7 million refurbishment

Work begins on Section 2 of the CTRL. Ground is broken on the Stratford Rail Lands and work begins to prepare for construction of the International Station.

The Stratford City Development Partnership, which consists of Chelsfield, Stanhope and LCR, and which has been working together on plans since 1997, is formally set up.
The largest botanical garden in the world, the Eden Project, opens in Cornwall.

Terrorists hijack commercial airplanes and fly them into the World Trade centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing some 3,000 people.

Wikipedia is launched

James Maddern becomes curate at St John's

2002 in Pictures
Work begins on site to excavate deep underground railway tunnels that lead from Stratford to St Pancras and from Stratford to Dagenham. The earth from the tunnels will be used to raise the land at Stratford by 6 metres.

Robin Wales elected as Mayor of Newham
Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people.

The US and an international coalition of forces attack Afghanistan.

The Euro enters circulation

The Stratford City Development partners submit their outline planning application - a huge document that needs a van to carry it - to the London Borough of Newham, surrounding boroughs and other planning bodies. Planning Aid for London helps local people and organisations interpret and feed back on the detail of one of the largest planning applications ever in the UK!
Invasion of Iraq by troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland.

Record heatwaves kill tens of thousands in Europe

MySpace is launched

James Maddern, St John's Curate, marries Katie Pearce at St John's.

2004 in Pictures
Newham Council, The Government Office for London and the Mayor of London approve the Stratford City planning application.

London wins its bid for the 2012 Olympics.
Indian Ocean earthquake leaves 230,000 dead

30 St Mary Axe, the "Gherkin" or the Swiss Re Building, opens

Facebook launches.

The Ubuntu operating system is first released.

James Maddern leaves St Johns for a cross country mission to South Africa & later Vicar of Brize Norton

2005 in Pictures
The Agreement between the Stratford City Development Partners and the London Borough of Newham is signed. This guarantees the developers will build 4,850 homes, 30 per cent of which will be affordable or key worker housing. They will put £120 million towards community benefits such as education, training and employment, health, leisure, transport and the environment. A joint venture is also set up between the LDA and Stratford City to create the Olympic Village together. The Stratford City Development Partners submit their masterplan for Zone 1 (the Town Centre District).

General Election:
Stephen Timms, Labour, East Ham.
Lyn Brown, Labour, West Ham.
Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1965.

Terrorist explosions occur on the London Underground network and on a London Bus.

YouTube is launched

Darren McIndoe becomes curate at St John's

2006 in Pictures
Enabling works begin on the Stratford City site, towards the construction of Phase 1 (Town Centre Extension).
Twitter is launched.

The new Channel Tunnel Rail Link route becomes operative.
Gordon Brown (Labour) becomes Prime Minister

The biggest earthquake in the UK for nearly 25 years, 5.2 magnitude, shakes homes across large parts of the country, particularly at the epicentre near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire.

Boris Johnson unseats Ken Livingstone as Mayor of London

UK house prices show their biggest annual fall since the Nationwide began its housing survey in 1991, while the US government steps in to save Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country's two largest lenders

Barak Obama becomes President of The United States

Dmitry Medvedev is elected president of Russia

Darren McIndoe leaves St John's to take up the position of Associate Minister at Emmanuel, Forest Gate & later Rector of Burslem and Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent.

2009 in Pictures
Angel Cottage in Windmill Lane, one of the oldest buildings in Stratford, is illegally demolished by a property developer.
Icelandic government and banking system collapse, sending financial repercussions around the world.

Outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain, known as "swine flu", is deemed a global pandemic, killing some 18,000 people in 214 countries.

Stratford International Station opens but Eurostar announce that International Trains to Paris will not be stopping there.
David Cameron (Conservative) becomes Prime Minister in a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats

Protests in Tunisia & Algeria spark off the "Arab Spring"

Westfield Shopping City Opens
The "Arab Spring" continues with protests & revolutions right across the Arab world seeing the downfall of governments in Tunisia, Egypt & Libya & major changes in many other countries.

A financial crisis in the "Eurozone" sees economies across Europe struggling

Riots across many parts of London.

Japan is devastated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami

Global population reaches 7 billion

The 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games
The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is elected the 266th pope, whereupon he takes the name Francis.
A meteor explodes over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,491 people and damaging over 4,300 buildings.

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record, hits the Philippines and Vietnam, causing devastation with at least 6,241 dead.

The St. James congregation moves to St. Pauls, Stratford and the St. James area is moved from St. Johns Parish to St. Saviour, Forest Gate.

2014 in Pictures
The Scottish independence referendum is held. Scotland votes "No" to Independence with a 55% to 45% majority.

The Church of England consecrates its first female bishop, the Right Reverend Libby Lane, as Bishop of Stockport.
David Cameron (Conservative) remains as Prime Minister with a Conservative majority government

Jeremy Corbyn elected leader of the Labour Party

London Mayoral Election

European Union Referendum

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