THE Thurrock Community Safety Partnership is warning people that thieves enjoy Christmas shopping too. Between the end of October and mid-November thieves stole eight handbags, nine sat navs, and eight mobiles phones left in plain sight in parked cars.
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THE OPENING of a new ward at Basildon Hospital was celebrated on Friday 6 December, just four months after planning permission was granted. The 28 bed Burstead Ward was officially opened in a ribbon- cutting ceremony attended by John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay, Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock and Lisa Allen, Chief Nurse for Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group.
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THURROCK Council tenants at the Piggs Corner sheltered housing complex in Grays, celebrated their Christmas Party on Wednesday (4 December). Sixty tenants enjoyed a three-course meal laid on by staff and followed by fun entertainment from the Tilbury-based band No Nonsense.
THERE will be a Table Top sale at the Drake Road Community Centre (opposite The Sandmartin pub) on Chafford Hundred from 12.45pm to 3.15pm tomorrow (December 7th). Messy madness and face painting for the kiddies, Santa will be paying a visit too!
SANTA Claus will be collecting children’s wishlists at Belhus Woods Country Park in the run-up to Christmas Day. The Belhus Christmas Grotto will be open on 20, 21 and 22 December, between 11am and 3pm.
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THE benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, organised the donation through the Thurrock office of the Essex Chambers of Commerce. Sharon Saunders, Thurrock Office Manager, delivered 70 bears to the children’s wards at Basildon Hospital, and another 20 to the children’s outpatient clinic at Orsett Hospital.
Sharon said: “The teddies were given by a member of the Chamber of Commerce who has an import and export business.
BY the age of 19, Stan Franks had completed 31 missions over Germany during the Second World War. At 88 years old, Stan Franks was found dead in his Fobbing, where he lived alone. He was found after his neighbours became concerned about his welfare and they had asked for police to inquire about his well being.
THE centre will welcome shoppers for even longer from Monday 2nd December, remaining open from 9am to 11pm on weekdays and from 9am to 10pm on Saturdays. Longer opening hours mean intu Lakeside shoppers can visit the centre’s 250+ shops, cafes and restaurants (including Debenhams, House of Fraser, Apple, Superdry and Primark) truly at their convenience, while enjoying new ones such as 360 Champagne & Cocktails and Lakeland, too.
ON Friday (29 November) the first of this year’s Thurrock Council free recycling bag giveaways was held at the Sainsbury’s supermarket, Chafford Hundred. The free blue plastic bags are being given away to residents so they can recycle more this festive season There are 12 supermarket giveaway days across the borough, but if you cannot make it to an event near you, you can collect the bags from your local library or area office, the Civic Offices in Grays or from the Orsett Village Store and Bulphan Village Store ahead of Christmas.
BURLESQUE dancers will be tripping the light aisle seven for shoppers in Thurrock this Christmas. Burlesque Jems have classes across Essex that combine dance with a body confidence ethos.
“ALL the leaders here are pleased their work to improve the service has been recognised and they will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the improvements accelerate as a result of the inspection.” While the report recognises the service’s strengths, it says work still needs to be done in some areas of teaching standards, lesson planning, absence management, and publishing information online.”
POLICE are at the bedside of a man who received gunshot wounds in an incident in Orsett on Tuesday afternoon. The man was rushed to a London hospital after another man was found dead in Hemsley Road.
A MAN HAS BEEN found dead in a property in Hemley Road, Orsett this afternoon (Tuesday).
Essex Police were called to the scene at just after 3.10pm after reports of a man injured in a house. On reaching the scene, one man was found dead within the property.
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GRAYS Shopping Centre will be holding a spectacular Christmas party on Saturday 7th December, 10am -4pm. This day will see personal appearances from the very own Postman Pat and Jess the Cat! They will be appearing at intervals throughout the day and the children of Grays can meet and have their photograph taken with them. There will be plenty more to see and do during the day with a stilt walker roaming the Centre and free festive face painting.
THERE has been much talk in the media as to whether the much promised Olympic legacy that was supposed to follow last year’s games in London has indeed been delivered, with politicians apparently the most ‘exercised’ about the issue. Whether or not the country is spending more or less time building up a sweat I don’t know, nor do I really care. However the 2012 Olympic Games seem to have, quite by accident, bestowed on Thurrock a quite special gift.
THE Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Tony Fish, presented Glenda Stephens BEM with a vase on behalf of the council at last week’s council meeting (27 November). Cllr Fish said: “Earlier this week I received a visit from Glenda Stephens who received the British Empire Medal in June this year for services to hockey in the borough.
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A 36-year-old local man lost his mobile telephone near to Tesco on Southend Road at 8pm on Monday, November 25. The HTC has a security app installed and so, when the handset’s PIN was entered incorrectly a number of times, it took photographs of a man who was in possession of it.
FORMER Palmer’s student, Rebecca Whyman found her love for accounting whilst studying at Palmer’s College and has just obtained the highest mark in the world in her ACCA exams. Rebecca was awarded a 99% mark in her F5 Management and Performance paper which forms part of the ACCA exam. Local girl Rebecca is currently working as a trainee accountant whilst undertaking her ACCA exams. She said, “I was shocked that I received the highest mark in the world but at the same time was overjoyed with what I had achieved. “I owe my success to Palmer’s as the teachers were always supportive and made my lessons very interesting.
THIRTY-plus volunteers from Aveley, Grays and Ockendon gathered at Grays Beach Park Café for training on how to run a Community Café.
Some have skills to add to their experience, some just to give back to the community. The successful Lightship Café is getting ready to open its doors again in January on saturdays with permission from Thurrock Council.
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THERE are reports of a large fire in Tilbury. YT understands that it is in the Melba Gardens area of Tilbury.
THURROCK Council is to clamp down on traders illegally using the Civic Amenity site at Linford. The site only has a household waste licence and should only be used by Thurrock residents to dispose of waste from their homes. However, it has become increasingly obvious that traders are taking advantage of the situation and tipping business waste at the site.
THEY also check for the effectiveness of teacher’s marking, which remains inconsistent. The leader for literacy has noted that in some classes pupils do not have enough opportunities to develop their writing skills. Teachers’ expectations of the amount of writing pupils will complete in their lessons are not always high enough. The scrutiny of pupils’ mathematics work showed that some of it is not challenging enough for the more able pupils.
ESSEX has a huge underground music scene and many of our young live and breath music. We need to help them and advance their skills further. Our ultimate goal is to launch a legal Urban/Dance station for Essex ‘Funky FM’ which will provide a long well overdue platform for our local multicultural community. Something we have been working towards for many years.
IT ISN’T Christmas until the lights go on in Corringham! And they did on Friday as top athlete and local girl, Hayley McLean joined by Thurrock mayor, Tony Fish switched on the lights. Entertainment was provided throughout the evening by AJ the Entertainer, while the Thurrock Spectrum Band joined local singer Louis Sorrell-Wilde in playing […]