Thurrock’s Fake Fest is the real thing!

THE FIRST ever Thurrock Fake fest has proven to be the real thing! A host of acts paying tribute to the real mccoys entertained hundreds of fans over a twelve hour festival at Blackshots.

Ofsted full of praise for Grays Baptist pre-school

OFSTED has delivered a glowing report on the Grays Baptist pre-school in Orsett Road, Grays.

THE pre-school felt that a report last year that put them in special measures was a harsh judgement but since then they have worked tirelessly to address the recommendations in the 2013 report.

Mobile phone app boosts new path from Tilbury to Hadleigh

A MOBILE phone app which explains the history and wildlife of a new 29-mile footpath along the Thames Estuary linking Tilbury to Leigh-on-Sea has just been launched. The app was launched when the Thames Estuary Footpath was formally opened by Essex County Council deputy cabinet member, Cllr Ray Howard, who has lived by the Thames Estuary for the whole of his life.

Thurrock Writer’s Circle: July report

THIS months’ speaker at the Thurrock Writer’s Circle was a children’s author, Julie Earl. This lady has a great personality and as she told of her journey into getting her book The Magical Gate published her talk became more enthusiastic. With fairies and Trolls the trilogy that is hitting the bookshops is bound to be a best seller for the Christmas stocking market.

Coffee morning at St Mary’s church hall

COME to a coffee morning at St Mary’s Church Hall, Dock Road, Little Thurrock, on Saturday 9th August from 10-12 noon. There will be books, cakes and a bring and buy stall as well as a raffle.

Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt lights up T Fest!

IF IT is to be the final T Fest then it certainly went out with a bang as a host of acts lit up the festival. It has always been a simple but effective idea. One stage, two days, free entry, a sprinkling of local and national acts and away they go.

South Essex College celebrate new campus

GRAYS town centre came alive this weekend with South Essex College’s Celebration Day event, to mark the opening of the new Thurrock Campus.

Investigation after fire in flats in Chadwell St Mary

FIRE CREWS were called to a fire on the 13th floor at flats on Godman Road in Chadwell St Mary. The fire was in the bin chute room and crews quickly extinguished the fire by 19:45hrs.

Woman wanted after wedding ring stolen at Primark

THE theft happened at the tills in Primark, Lakeside, at around 8.40pm on July 11. The female suspect picked up a wedding ring that had been left behind on the till, before placing it in her handbag and leaving the store.

Inn on the Green in Stanford-le-Hope have licence extension bid refused

MEMBERS of Thurrock Council’s licensing sub-committee turned down a bid to extend opening hours at a Stanford-le-Hope pub on three successive Fridays in August. The sub-committee met on Thursday (24 July) evening to consider whether a temporary event notice should be granted for the Inn on the Green.

Outbreak of WW1 to be remembered at Tilbury Fort

ONE of the most momentous days in British history will be commemorated at Tilbury Fort on Monday (4 August) – the 100th anniversary of Britain’s declaration of war.

Towie stars Jessica Wright and Ricky Rayment come to Grays salon

TOWIE stars Jessica Wright and Ricky Rayment took time off from their busy filming schedules to pop into The Salon in Southend Road, Grays. The glamorous duo were at the popular Grays salon as part of Jessica Wright’s pop up shops.

Residents lose as Friends of Hardie Park get licence for booze

Sub-committee chair, Cllr Mike Stone, appealed to the Friends of Hadie Park – who were at the meeting – to engage with local people after a 39-name petition was received. Speaking afterwards, he said: “We felt the enthusiasm of the Friends to create something new and exciting for their local area deserved support, but it is equally important that local people are not upset by the proposals.

Dance fitness classes in Brandon Groves

THERE are dance fitness classes at Brandon Groves in South Ockendon. Fitness instructor, Vicky Carr is holding classes every Wednesday at 7pm at the Brandon Groves Community Club in South Ockendon.

Primary schools learn road safety skills with Kerbcraft

ON Friday 18 July, the volunteers, who help training the children, were invited to a Thank You presentation and coffee morning at the council’s Civic Offices in Grays, where they were presented with certificates for taking part in the scheme.

St Clere’s student pleads guilty to threats to kill at school

A ST CLERE’S school pupil pleaded guilty to making threats to kill at the Stanford-le-Hope school. The 12-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Basildon magistrates court this week.

Fields of fire near former South Essex College site in Grays

FIRE CREWS tackled a large fire involving six acres of grassland alight near the South Essex College campus in Grays. Crews used four hose reel jets, six beaters and two backpack sprayers to fight the blaze.

Man wounded by air weapon in Grays

DETECTIVES in Grays are investigating after a man was wounded with a pellet from an air weapon as he walked along Seabrook Rise towards Grays town centre on July 22, around 8.45pm.

Police probe after arson attack on car in Chafford Hundred

POLICE officers in Grays are appealing for information after a car was deliberately set alight in Hawkins Drive, Chafford Hundred on July 17 around 1.25am. The car, a black Ford Focus, was parked on the driveway; police believe a window was smashed and the interior of the car was then set on fire. The car suffered major fire damage.

Fake Fest set for his weekend

A TORNADO of tribute acts are heading to Blackshots this weekend. Amongst the tribute acts are: Oasish (Oasis). The Noel and Liam Gallagher impersonators are widely regarded as the best Oasis tribute act in Europe and so are headlining the Thurrock Fake Festival.

Plot to smuggle 6,000 litres of booze into UK foiled at port of Tilbury

AN attempt to smuggle almost 6,000 litres of Nigerian spirits into the UK – which would have cost the Government more than £68,000 in lost revenue – has been stopped by Border Force officers at the Port of Tilbury.

Mayor praises Proctor and Gamble for Beat the Street effort

A TEAM of 55 staff at the Purfleet based company have regularly walked into the top ten of the game’s leader board. The company also donated over £2,000 worth of hampers containing Procter & Gamble products as prizes.

Hollywood star Russell Brand takes another trip to Grays

RUSSELL Brand made an unannounced visit to Grays yesterday and as usual garnered a great deal of attention. The Hollywood star and former Grays resident didn’t explicitly say why he was visiting but sources have suggested that he was scouting for a location for the launch of his next book.

Help find Gillie the yorkshire terrier

HIS name is Gillie and he is 13 years old. He has been my grandad’s constant companion since my nan passed away two days before Christmas. He is absolutely heart broken

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