This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Historic Royal Palaces with a fantastic opportunity for local schools and school children from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5.

Last year Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trades Union Council along with Jon Cruddas MP planted an oak tree and plaque to commemorate those killed as a result of an explosion at Rainham Chemical Works, Ferry Lane in 1916. The incident claimed the lives of seven men and wasn’t reported at the time because the factory was making munitions for the war effort.

On Saturday 18th August from 11am until 3pm the East London Women’s Museum will be hosting a free family event at Dagenham Library, celebrating women’s contribution to science, technology, engineering, maths and manufacturing.

The event will be full of inspiring talks, games, activities and demonstrations exploring then and now looking at ‘munitionettes’, the women working on the assembly line during the First World War and female scientists through the years. The organisers will also be offering information to young women about studying and working in STEM.

Recently, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham sent his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough to visit Rainham Hall to explore the grounds following their major conservation and interpretation project from October 2015. This charming early eighteenth century house is nestled in the heart of Rainham village on the far eastern fringes of London. With engaging installations and changing exhibitions, there is something for all ages. Rainham Hall has been home to a richly diverse cast of characters.

Back in June the Barking and Dagenham Post reported on possible proposals surrounding the Civic Centre which resulted in a lot of feedback from local residents. There has been a lot of rumour and speculation about the future of the building and this month Jon Cruddas MP is launching a public consultation in response to this.