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Grays Street Festival shines in the sun

IT WAS a lovely day for a street festival and the crowds flocked to see a variety of acts on Grays High Street. It is not very day that you see two mad professors walking down the street or a bit of medieval banter but that is the nature of a festival.

Birds of Prey to swoop on Orsett Show

IMPERIAL have a host of birds including the tiny “CHAOS”, a burrowing owl from the United States, right up to the mighty “ZEPHYR”, a female Bald Eagle, who is also the mascot for the Army Air Corps (image attached). Other birds include “HORUS”, a high flying Lannerette and “GRACE “, the amazing hovering Kestrel.

Unfurl the flags as Kinetika open at High House

KINETIKA’S launch day at the High House Production Park was well attended with the Mayor of Thurrock Cllr Steve Liddiard among the guests.

Cardiac patients donate vital equipment to Basildon hospital

CARDIAC patients have donated a piece of vital equipment to the hospital which saved their lives. Representatives from the Hearts and Minds charity returned to Basildon Hospital‟s Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) with the £7,000 automated chest compression machine.

Thurrock’s Youth Orchestra forge an entente cordiale

THIRTY young musicians from Thurrock Youth Orchestra and Thurrock Youth Big Band showed off their talents in France earlier this month.
It was as part of the Act (A Common Territory) cross-Channel partnership – an innovative collaboration between leading arts and education partners from France and England and funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Thurrock Art Society exhibition at The Swan

THE summer exhibition of the Thurrock Art Society is on at the Swan Gallery in Horndon on the Hill. The exhibition runs from July 20th to August 15th and is situated in the gallery above The Swan pub.

It is Big Lunch time again in Grays

ORGANISERS of the sixth Grays Big Lunch are planning a day of family fun at the end of the month. Wednesday, 30 July is the date, and 11am to 3pm is the time for the annual one-day get together at Grays Town Park, off Bedford Road – bring a picnic and a blanket to sit on!

Blogpost: The day I went without my phone

AS awful as it sounds to be so obsessed with a material thing, my phone is an important possession of mine; it constantly keeps me in the loop and up to date with everything, to do with my friends, family, school, and the media. If I’m not on my phone, I’ll be listening to music from it or it’ll be in my pocket. To be completely honest, I think there has probably only been a few days in the five years I’ve had a phone when I’ve gone out without it.
 Recently, I chose to go out with my family and leave my phone at home.

Classic cars coming to Corringham Village Hall

DOZENS of classic cars are coming to Corringham Village Hall (CVH) on Saturday (July 19th). It will be more Corringham Graffiti than American Graffiti as every make and model of car you can think of will be coming to the town. One of the cars owned by Derek Bye stopped by at the CVH, so […]

Hundreds raised by Rotary and Gable Hall

THE evening’s formalities were closed by Dr Sophina Asong addressing the gathering and praising the splendid work of this caring group of students who have already raised hundreds of pounds for various charities including St Lukes Hospice, The Karis May Darling foundation and Internationally a WaterAid Project.

Langdon Hills to host family-friendly bike rides

LANGDON Hills Country Park is hosting family-friendly and free bicycle rides every month until the winter offering a great way to see the countryside up close. The monthly rides are led by Thurrock Council’s Rangers and follow cycle paths across the Country Park and surrounding land.

Blog-post: Like after being a councillor….

IT was Friday, so off to my boy’s u9 cricket ‘el Classico’ Belhus v Horndon. It’s the away leg for our go-ahead Belhus club team. All the boys are brilliant. Truly entertaining fare and our team edge it by just one run. Sunday, it is an all day football tournament at st clere’s school in Stanford-le-hope. All day because my daughters u11 LTD team played in the morning and the afternoon with my Son fits in nine games for his Thurrock FC u8s. What a truly well run football tournament, the best organised that i have attended. St clere’s is a cooperative academy school and clearly the school work hard with their local community. Long may this continue.

St Clere’s student set for court to face “threats to kill and offensive weapon charges

A ST CLERE’S school pupil has been charged with taking a knife into school and threatening to kill two fellow pupils. An Essex police spokesman said: “We were contacted shortly before 9am on Wednesday, July 2nd, and asked to attend St Clere’s School, Butts Lane, Stanford-le-Hope due to reports of a boy threatening two 12-year-old children via BlackBerry Messenger.

Palmer’s students are stock market champions


PALMER’S College accounting students proved their knowledge and skills on the world’s leading trading floor by taking first prize in the national ICMA Stock Market Competition.

Fire in travellers site in North Stifford

CREWS have been called to tackle a blaze involving a rubbish pile spread across 60m x 30m on a travellers site. Firefighters arriving at the scene reported that half the mixed rubbish pile was well alight and they set to work using two hose reels to extinguish flames.

New play area to be opened at Thameside Nature Park

THE Essex Wildlife Trust is opening a new play area at its visitor centre in Thameside Nature Park on Saturday 19th July. With the play area being officially opened at 10am there’ll be plenty to do as children can climb the lighthouse, operate the diggers and slide down the jetty on this custom made play area.

Music review: Never doubt the flats!

IN the Spring of 2014, Bow Flats decided to go back into the studio to record three more songs to add to their catalogue. After recording three the year before, Bow Flats have decided to throw everything they have onto one digestible disc for your enjoyment.

Drug bust in Corringham as police swoop across South Essex

A TOTAL of 47 people have been arrested in a major police operation against organised crime in south Essex. The arrests were carried out under Operation Erasure which targeted offenders involved in Class A drug dealing, burglary and violent crime.

Footasylum heads for intu Lakeside

AS the £9 million Food Court refurbishment at intu Lakeside nears completion, designer footwear and clothing store Footasylum has joined the centre, with L’Occitane and Hugo Boss relocating and signing new leases. Footasylum has opened next to lolaandgrace on level two, L’Occitane has moved to a new location opposite the Champagne bar and Hugo Boss will re-open in its new level two location later this month.

Grays Street Festival set for this weekend

THE SECOND Grays Street Festival is set for this weekend. It is on this Saturday from 12-4pm in Grays High Street and it is all free of charge.

Treetops kids top the Beat the Street league

CHILDREN from Treetops School in Grays have walked their way to the top tier of the Beat the Street Thurrock leader board. They are now cheering on other players to make the final tally of the walking game 75,000 miles – three times the original target – when it ends on Tuesday, 22 July.

DP World break ground for new cargo facility

THE multipurpose specialist cargo handling centre will enable occupiers to share warehousing and transportation, materials handling equipment and labour. Designed to operate 24/7, it will include cross-docking, storage, distribution and multi-user ‘pay-as-you-go’ value added logistics services.

Thurrock Council launch shop front improvement scheme

THURROCK Council is helping to renovate shop fronts in four areas affected by empty premises in recent years. The Thurrock shop front improvement scheme provides grants to businesses in Aveley, Socketts Heath, Stanford-le-Hope and South Ockendon.

Harris summer fete raises thousands

THE HARRIS ACADEMY PTA summer fair took place on Saturday 12th July. It was incredibly well attended and raised a record amount of cash for the primary academy.

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