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Keeping the history of Barking and Dagenham alive

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 February 2016

An ECH archive photo showing women from the Valence Club in Dagenham around 1960 Picture: Eastside Community Heritage

An ECH archive photo showing women from the Valence Club in Dagenham around 1960 Picture: Eastside Community Heritage

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A £48,000 outreach project will bring music, dance and memories to the elderly.

Eastside Community Heritage’s (ECH) music, tea and dance scheme will host “reminiscence sessions” for elderly people in the borough throughout this year, making full use of the history group’s archives.

Executive director at ECH, Judith Garfield MBE, said the group will seek to keep local history alive in the City Bridge Trust-funded project.

“We have collected some wonderful and unique stories, photographs and powerful memories, from many people who live and used to work in Barking and Dagenham,” she said. “We are thrilled to have received funding to extend our reach and engage more local people in preserving and enjoying heritage, as

well as ensuring local history and people’s heritage is not forgotten.”

Groups that take part in the sessions will also be given “reminiscence packs”, which will include audio-visual material.

Staff at ECH will receive free training to conduct the sessions and the group is reaching out to elders societies, care homes and communities in sheltered accommodation to organise dates on which the sessions can take place.

To book a music, tea and dance session call 020 8553 3116.


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