ST Luke’s Hospice has been supporting people in the local community for many years who have experienced a bereavement through their Macmillan Dove Community Counselling Service,reaching out to people within the locality of Basildon/Thurrock/Billericay & Wickford, offering emotional support, counselling and groups.
When Thurrock Council launched its six-month CCTV vehicle trial, local schools were invited to come up with a name as the car’s main aim is to try and bring an end to dangerous and thoughtless parking outside schools.The winner was eight-year-old Jodie Fullerton, from Grays a pupil at St Thomas of Canterbury primary in Ward Avenue.
FLOWERS were presented to the retiring officers of West Tilbury President Gill Morris and Secretary Nicky Nunn, who have handed their post over this month to new President Margaret Clamp and new Secretary Denise Nice.
Liz Wakefield is to take the post of Treasurer and thanks were given to Niki Garwood who has retired from this post and also the position of getting the speaker after many years. Joanne Phillips has taken over the speaker post and members enjoyed a visit to the Westcliffe Theatre to see The Full Monty that Joanne arranged.
A FUND raising afternoon was held at Piggs Corner sheltered housing and extra care complex in Grays on 21 March in aid of The MacMillan Nurses.
A big joint effort from residents and staff enabled them to raise £510 from a table top sale at the complex with refreshments and a raffle. The sale was attended by members of the public as well as some relatives of the residents.
ngage Volunteer Centre THURROCK are holding a free drop in Volunteer Recruitment Fayre to assist local residents in finding volunteering opportunities in Thurrock. The event is being held Thursday 23rd May, between 5pm – 8pm at the Beehive, West Street, Grays, Essex. (Please note: entrance to the building will be via the car park at [...]
THE ANNUAL GENERAL meeting of the Chadwell St Mary Village Hall takes place next month. A spokesperson said: “This will be a crucial meeting to discuss ways of saving our community hall in the face of Thurrock Council’s continued withdrawal of funds for repairs, maintenance, insurance, waste collection etc.
DO YOU want to be part of the most spectacular Pantomime that has ever been staged at the Thameside Theatre? Polka Dot Pantomimes and Thurrock Council are presenting a GIANT of a Pantomime for 2013/2014 in the shape of Jack and the Beanstalk – a great hit with all the family whether you are 3 or 103 years old! It runs for 53 performances between Friday 6 December 2013 to Sunday 5 January 2014.
Peter Revell, head of fundraising at the NKF, said he was very happy to hear Mr Philp’s good news and he hoped it would encourage more people to sign up to the lottery, which has been helping contribute to the charity’s work for the last four years. People can find out more about how the Unity charity lottery can help them fundraise by going to join.unitylottery.co.uk
Saturday 29th June 2013
The ultimate Beatles tribute “Imagine the Beatles” Supported by Kirsty Sweeney and late night music with our resident DJ “Wayne”. Tickets ONLY £9 Ticket Hotline 0844 561 7107 or book online www.corringhamvillagehall.co.uk
They managed to find overnight accommodation in the Knight of Aveley public house. Working with members of the British Red Cross and the Knight of Aveley, volunteers from Thurrock Council assisted the 25 people young and old who could not find alternative accommodation. Staff supplied welfare support and some goods for them as well as offering help to residents in the wider community that night and the following day – assisting a doctor’s surgery log a call to get help get their electricity supply back up and running, for example.
NATIONAL Walk to School Week starts on Monday (20 May) will sees all 40 infant junior and primary schools in Thurrock encouraging their pupils to walk and ride bikes to school.
Thurrock Council’s transport portfolio holder Cllr Andy Smith, said: “It’s well known that walking is key in fighting childhood obesity, but walking to school can be good for children in other ways; helping them learn vital road safety skills, interact with their local environment and developing independence for example.”
Two petitions were presented to the Council requesting a crossing in this area. The first requested a Zebra Crossing and this was refused due to the proximity of the bus stop.
Clr Wendy Curtis, who played a key role in the campaign with fellow Belhus councillors husband Charlie and Cllr Sue Gray, said: “A second petition prompted the Highways Dept to look at an alternative and agreed to a Pelican Crossing which we have today. “
CARNEGIE UK Trust has revealed the five winning projects of its £50,000 ‘Neighbourhood News’ initiative which was set up to help develop innovative ways of producing local news.
The winners, Port Talbot MagNet in South Wales, ‘Your Thurrock.com’ in Essex, ‘Brixton Media Ltd’ in London, WHALE Arts in Edinburgh and ‘Cybermoor Ltd’ in Cumbria, were selected from nearly 80 applications from across the UK and Ireland to become a ‘Carnegie Partner’ in the Neighbourhood News initiative.
A NUMBER of events are being held next week to mark Dementia Awareness Week (19 to 25 May). With one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six over 80 suffering a form of dementia now and a predicted increase of nearly a quarter in Thurrock by[S1] 2020, dementia is everybody’s business.
THERE WILL be an evening of live classical music on Saturday June 8th. The Windmill Quintet will play in a concert as well as a classical guitarist.
Phew! Now that the Federation of Essex WIs has moved AGM dates, we had such a lot of business to get through at our May meeting. We took time to welcome visitor Carol Moring and brand new member Dot Porter, and of course the discussion of the important matter of our wine-tasting outing to new Hall Vineyards also took priority! We will be leaving Bulphan Village Hall at 6.45pm, but places must be pre-booked with Sally. Many complimentary thank you letters were read out from visitors who had attended our birthday party Cabaret Evening last month.
Sir David brushed off the inclement weather to lavish praise on the 120 acre wildlife site calling it ”remarkable transformation” The site rests on a thick bed of rubbish and domestic waste and has piled up to form layers that are 30m thick. Sir David said: “We live in a crowded country and need to respect its limits to sustain us. Change like this must become the norm.”
THERE is always a strong sense of community in Purfleet. Some say it is a little like a part of the borough that feels a little bit neglected. Plans to build a new town centre will surely correct that. However, residents have built up a nice sense of community at the community cafe in River Court.
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THE CHADWELL Community is hosting “Chadwell in Bloom” for the second year running. This year, local residents can enter the competition, as well as the schools and OAP complexes. Residents can enter a front-garden, a hanging-basket/floral-tub or both, and judging will take place during the week commencing July 15th.
BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS and a new lift have been planted and installed as part of an upgrade to Tilbury railway station.The mayor of Thurrock, cllr Yash Gupta was joined by a host of organisations across the town of Tilbury in celebrating the day.
THE MAY meeting of Linford Women’s Institute Took place on Thursday 2nd May in St Francis Centre Somerset Road. Pam opened the meeting by welcoming two visitors for the evening. This was our Annual Meeting and Discusion of Resolutions on our New Constitution and Decline of our high streets and town centres to be debated at the National Annual General Meeting in Cardiff in June.
ST Mary’s church in Dock Road, Little Thurrock is delighted to be playing host to the Thurrock Gospel Choir once again. This time they will be bringing their familiar audio-visual worship music celebration ‘On a hill too far away’ on Saturday 11th May at 7.30 in the church.
ON Sunday 5th May, the two youngest members of Thurrock Gateway Rotary Club achieved their first ever abseil and after a nerve racking 35 minute delay the youngest Rotarian’s Claire Pavitt and Jade Abrahams took on the Church Langley Water Tower in a 110 foot abseil for Rotary charities.
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Yash Gupta, visited the Gravesend lifeboat station in April.
Joined by the Chairman of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute Thurrock Branch, Cllr Gerard Rice, the mayor met members of the committee and lifeboat staff who demonstrated how the vessel operates.