Jon Cruddas MP visited Dagenham’s The Golden Fish on Friday and handed over a bottle of champagne to the owners and staff to celebrate their being named best chip shop in the whole of the South East of England.   

The Golden Fish is a family-run business, the present owner Jason Aiken took over from his father-in-law Jim Plows who started the business over forty-six years ago. It has long been a Dagenham landmark offering quality fish and chips to over five thousand customers a week.

At a ceremony on Friday 28th February, Jon Cruddas MP proudly presented the Freedom of the Borough of Barking and Dagenham to Ms Glenda Paddle and Mr Daniel O’Sullivan. Their selfless dedication to help and improve the lives of others within the borough has seen the two clock up nearly 70 years of service.   

The club has now secured a new Sponsor in REDS10 - a London Olympic Legacy Corporation which offers apprenticeship, training and employment opportunities.

Subject to the new 21 year lease being completed in time, we are currently awaiting the outcome of an 'Inspired Facility Grant' of nearly £50k, which will be used to update and refurnish the clubs aging facilities. We hope to have a new sports floor fitted, new Air Conditioning Units, New Fire doors and Fire alarm, refitted Changing rooms and CCTV in and around the club.

Community:

It’s that time of year again and I would like to take this opportunity to wish every family, community and neighbourhood in Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. 

I know that for many in the constituency, 2013 was a year of hard times. With government cuts introduced in April, and the cost of living rising above wages my office has been working to make sure people don’t fall through the cracks, helping as many as we can.

Local services under threat

Jon Cruddas' monthly Barking and Dagenham Post column outlined the pressing issues that currently face the local area in terms of services.


Community Focus: RAGS

RAGS provide help and support for families whose lives are touched by Autism. We believe that every person with autism has potential to fulfil, and we enable this by supporting the entire family - parents, siblings and the individual with autism.

Community:

Beam County Primary school is well on its way to becoming an eco-school. Over the past year their garden project has really grounded its roots in the local community and in the everyday lives of the pupils.

Recently Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by a local resident who brought this story to his attention regarding a local woman and her battle against cancer. Jon is in full support of the family and hopes that even in these hard times people will do all they can to help the them.

Here is Lauren Dixon's story:

Growing Communities Dagenham Starter Farm

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