In 1921, the recently elected Poplar Borough Council found itself on the wrong end of a ruling by the High Court and 30 Councillors were sent to jail for Contempt of Court.

Their crime was a refusal to collect the cross-London precept for the London County Council, the Metropolitan Police, the Metropolitan Asylums Board and the Metropolitan Water Board from their poverty stricken residents.

The Poplar 100 project was established by the George Lansbury Trust to mark the centenary of the rebellion.

This week (14-20 June 2021) is the first ever Renters' Rights Awareness Week and Generation Rent have organised a number of online events in conjunction with trade unions such as the GMB, Community and Unison and the week itself is funded by The Barrow Cadbury Trust.

Jon Cruddas MP has recently been contacted by The Silver Sunday Team regarding this years Silver Sunday which will be on Sunday 6 October. Silver Sunday is a special day in the national calendar established to celebrate older people.

The day is a chance for local businesses, charities, schools, faith and community groups to host events that champion older people and encourage other organisations to work closer with the ‘silver community'.

To mark St. George's Day this year the Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services have teamed up with the Council to co-fund events and activities across the borough that bring communities together to celebrate the patron saint of England.

The ‘Barking and Dagenham Together for St. George's Day Grant Programme' is part of a new series of community funding opportunities made available to organisations who promote cohesion and equality.

Do you live in Rainham and want to know more about the things happening across the ward? Havering Council produce monthly updates in the form of an e-newsletter letting residents know about upcoming events, local news, and updates for ongoing issues in the local area.

This month the focus is on the huge investment and development planned to transform the A1306 and its industrial surroundings. There is also a competition for budding photographers in the local area. You can also find out when the next drop in session is with your Safer Neighbourhoods Team.