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Fun day activities at Valence House in Barking

Around 3,000 people flocked to Valence House yesterday for a free community fun day that was arranged as part of the council’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Children enjoyed a street dance lesson at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club

Cricket, athletics and street dance were just some of the activities that youngsters enjoyed at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club this week as part of a half term initiative.

(left to right) Elaine Toogood, from the Mineral Products Association, Barking & Dagenham College students Leon Webb and David Brent and Tony Carruthers, curriculum manager for construction at the college

A pair of bricklaying students have been rewarded as the special guests of a major UK trade association, after helping them out at a prestigious exhibition.

Yesterday, 18:02
The River Club and resturant has lost its 24-hour licence to serve alcohol

The council slashed six operating hours a day from the River Club after nearby fights involving snooker cues, baseball bats and knives.

Yesterday, 17:03
The new development at Barking Riverside

Barking and Dagenham is struggling to build enough homes, new statistics have revealed.

Yesterday, 16:30
Two new train strikes are planned for June 4 and June 9  (Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images)

Network Rail workers are to stage two strikes next month after a new pay offer was rejected.



Latest news from the Essex FA

West Indies Chris Gayle is set for his Somerset debut in the Natwest T20 Blast against Essex (pic: John Walton/EMPICS)

West Indian set for Somerset debut in T20 Blast

Yesterday, 17:00
Kevin Mitchell speaks at a press conference (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

World title hopeful in victory claim

Yesterday, 16:30
May & Baker celebrate after winning the Essex President's Shield to complete a league and cup double (pic: Rob Stanbridge).

Andy Yarrow already planning pre-season games against strong opposition

Yesterday, 15:15
Nine Tigers JFC members have been rewarded for their volunteering efforts

Youngsters helped organise training sessions at club

Yesterday, 14:57
Kevin Mitchell celebrates defeating Ghislain Maduma at Wembley Stadium (pic: Peter Byrne/PA)

Dagenham fighter ready for war

Yesterday, 14:00
Essex have won the South East England Schools FA under-18s Corinthian Casuals Trophy Final

Pupils from across the county combine for glory


Tue, 12:52

A Barking born artist is back in London for the first time in 30 years for three shows next week.

Tue, 12:02
Bobby Moore holds aloft the World Cup as his teammates celebrate around him

Acclaimed Times football writer Matt Dickinson looks at the life of football hero Bobby Moore at the Barking Learning Centre tomorrow evening (Wed).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Searchers on stage at Theatre Royal Wakefield.

Sing along to the iconic sixties classics which propelled The Searchers to fame as they return to perform at The Broadway.

Monday, May 11, 2015
The Simon and Garfunkel Story

A leading West End actor is taking his story of Simon & Garfunkel on tour.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Kast off Kinks performing live

Their songs defined the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s and now some of the former members of The Kinks are back to play out some of their most popular classics.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Lee Nelson performing on stage

Cheeky chappy Lee Nelson definitely delivered on his promise of “proper giggles” when he performed at the Broadway Theatre, writes Rebecca Cushway.

Monday, April 27, 2015
Steve Halliday as Elvis

Forget forking out on a summer break, simply dig out your flipflops, don your sunhat and head down to the Barking Broadway theatre on Saturday for the Ultimate Beach Party. uniting neighbours in Barking & Dagenham

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