The Ship is a Christian community cafe that is based in the centre of Rainham Village. It's been open for 25 years but in the last 6 years it's also been offering help to the most in need within our local community. They offer hot home cooked meals, delicious cakes, bags of shopping, and food bank vouchers. Along with feeding the local community they welcome the elderly, lonely, bereaved, or someone who just wants to have a chat, offering a cuppa tea and a slice of cake.

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.

Helping Local Businesses

Small businesses in Dagenham and Rainham are being championed by local MP Jon Cruddas who is taking concrete steps to support and protect them. As part of his campaign Jon brokered a meeting between local florist Lisa Clark and competitor Tesco.

Jon said:

“I’m not against big business but small businesses are the backbone of our High Streets and our economy. We need a balance.