The Pen to Print Michael Feld Creative Writing Competition for Young People

Closing date: 16 April 2018, 5pm

The Writing Competition for young people is open for entries and we have an extra prize this year a set of books for the winners’ school! Don't miss this great opportunity to win a great prize for yourself and your school! The closing date for entries is 16 April 2018, and entries can be sent to or dropped off at any library in Barking and Dagenham.

On Friday 1st December Jon Cruddas MP held his seventh annual Christmas card competition presentation event at the former Dagenham Civic Centre, now Coventry University London. All of the photo's from the event can be found on Jon's Facebook page: 

Unfortunately due to a parliamentary vote, Jon was unable to attend;

“I was absolutely gutted not to be there but I had to be in Parliament to vote. I hear the cupcakes from Rainham resident Marilyn Lane were delicious!

It’s that time of year again; thousands of local children from 22 of the constituency’s schools have been designing Christmas cards for Jon Cruddas’ annual Christmas Card Competition. 23 businesses have sponsored the competition this year which means that this will be the biggest event ever, and the prizes are huge!

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging all local A-level students across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park to take part in the Political Studies Association (PSA)’s Schools’ Video Competition, now in its seventh year. 

A highlight in the PSA’s calendar of activities to engage young people in the study of politics, the annual film competition, sponsored by YouGov, is open to post-16 students who will be studying during the academic year 2017-18.

Earlier this week, a constituent contacted Jon about a fantastic opportunity for young students to express themselves and tap into their creativity by entering a writing competition entitled the Agboola Award for Creative Writing in Schools. This award encourages students to engage in the world of story-telling and allows them a chance to be inspired both by the world around them, and their own personal imaginations.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham held his sixth annual Christmas Card Competition Prize Event last Friday at the Dagenham Civic Centre. The Council Chamber was transformed into Santa’s Grotto – and was full of presents which this year for the winners and runners up included some fantastic gifts! All the prizes were presented in front of a packed chamber by Jon Cruddas MP and Father Christmas.

It’s that time of year again – the Jon Cruddas MP Dagenham and Rainham Christmas Card Competition! This year was bigger than ever with 21 local schools taking part and 21 local businesses sponsoring the event.

Yet again, this month saw the Council Chamber at the Dagenham Civic Centre turn into an explosion of colour! This year there were thousands of cards, making it harder than ever for Jon Cruddas to choose the winning design. However after much deliberation Jon finally settled on a card designed by Daniel Moorey, age 6 from Brady Primary School in Rainham.

Aviva has recently launched its annual Aviva Community Fund. The competition which is open until 11 October 2016 encourages community groups, charities and the general public to submit ideas and plans for community projects that would truly make a difference to the local area. Entrants can submit plans big and small, requesting up to Up to £1,000, £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000 worth of funding to make the project a reality.

This year’s Christmas card competition prize giving event was another huge success; with more schools and children taking part than ever before. There were also more business sponsors this year than ever which allowed Jon and his team to make the competition prizes bigger and better than ever before. The overall winner Kamila Andziulyte from Marsh Green Primary School was asked what she wanted for Christmas up to £250 – she chose a top of the range 16gb Samsung Galaxy Tablet PC.

Over the past few weeks Jon’s constituency office has been filling up with thousands of bright, creative and innovative Christmas cards designed by pupils from all over of the constituency. The standard of the cards has improved yet again this year and with such an outstanding array it has taken many days, and night’s deliberation for Jon to finally decide on a winner.