Frederick Jones and Rita Giles - local residents receive MBE

Frederick Jones MBE, Jon Cruddas MP and Rita Giles MBE

In January two long serving members of the local community; Rita Giles and Frederick Jones went to Buckingham Palace to collect MBE’s which were presented by HRH the Prince of Wales. The two were named in the Queen’s birthday honours list last year to congratulate all the work they have done over the years. 

Council Leader Liam Smith, Frederick Jones MBE and Jon Cruddas MP

Frederick JonesMBE – Fred was appointed honorary alderman in 2006, a traditional title given to long-serving councillors. Mr Jones served as a councillor for 42 years and until the May 2006 local elections he was the longest serving member, holding office since 1964. He also served a term as Mayor in the early 1990’s.

Over the years Mr Jones has dedicated himself to many causes and sits on various committees including; education committee and the libraries committee. He also volunteers his services every two weeks on a Friday for Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham. He helps in the organising and running of advice surgeries, a role that he has given his time to fill for many years.

Rita Giles MBE and Jon Cruddas MP

Rita Giles MBE – Rita has lived in Dagenham since during the war when her family home in Bow was bombed. As one of many siblings she started out her work in the community, volunteering her services where she could at the age of 14-years old.

The main focus of her work over the past 40 years has been on community issues such as; youth work, community cohesion and housing issues. She also served as Justice of the Peace for 23 years at Barking Court.

Following the presentation ceremony both Rita and Fred came to the Dagenham Civic Centre to meet with the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Liam Smith and the MP for Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas.

Jon commented: “They are a shining example of public service and everything it should be. The contributions made by both Rita and Fred are a fantastic example of the good society in practice, working closely with local residents and committees to greatly improve the area. I think it is great that they have received national recognition for all the work they have done, and continue to do in Dagenham.”