Beware the bogus workmen

THURROCK Council’s Trading Standards team is warning people to beware of cold-calling odd-job merchants this spring. People are being reminded to always be wary when someone they don’t know knocks at the door.

North to cycle south for charity

A FORMER Thurrock resident is cycling from Hartlepool to Thurrock in order to raise funds and awareness for HIV. Karen North is now a Sunderland University student, who has made Hartlepool her home but she originally hails from Thurrock.

Don’t say neigh to horse passport checks in Tilbury

TRADING Standards in Thurrock have been busy checking every horse in the borough has the correct paperwork – a horse passport – and is in good health.
On Wednesday, 30 April, the council’s team, working with Redwing and Remus horse sanctuaries and the RSPCA will be holding a passport/chipping clinic between 10am and 5pm on the site of the old St Chad’s School, in St Chad’s Road Tilbury.

Beard for Blu…comes off!

SEVERAL months ago, Gary Borley, the owner of Headroom hair salon in Lodge Lane, Grays, decided to grow a beard. It was a combination between going to see our very own Scroobius Pip in concert and wanting to do something for Blu Hill. Blu Hill, suffers from cerebral palsy and his family hope to have the pioneering Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy operation which will ease his mobility problems, but this costs around £50,000.

Fire in scrapyard in Bulphan

THE location of the fire was Brentwood Road in Bulphan. The fire has also spread to two out-buildings measuring 20 metres by 30 metres. At 19:28hrs the incident commander reported that crews had the fire surrounded.

Princes Trust pass with flying colours

THE 12-week courses see participants carry out voluntary work in the community, raise funds, have a week’s residential course and secure a series of qualifications in Food and Hygiene, First Aid, and Health and Safety, as well as the Prince’s Trust national Certificate Level 1 Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.

Bata war memorial set for re-dedication service

THE Bata War Memorial was restored to its former glory in the latter part of 2013 in time for the Remembrance Day services. This involved a complete deep clean, repointing of the granite blocks, new paving and steps as well as new granite plaques. These plaques show the names of 81 Bata employees who died during the Second World War.

Eggs-citing effort for Little Haven’s by council partners

The staff – who all work at the Civic Offices in Grays for Adecco and Serco – got terribly egg-cited when they were asked to scramble for cash in their pockets to shell out and donate chocolate eggs to Little Haven’s Children’s Hospice and Collins House, the council’s adult residential home in Corringham.

Thoroughly Thurrock a thorough success

THE audience, many from the car industry, were pleased to hear Nick speak about the Ford strategy for bringing cars to market with a record ten being introduced in the next year. He also described the challenge of manufacturing an affordable green car for today’s price conscious consumer and discussed the thorny issue of how green an electric car was with recycling considerations. Colin Rate, Chairman of RatesFord also spoke at the event and easily demonstrated why RatesFord are such a successful Ford dealership not just locally but nationally as they place innovation and customer care at the heart of their business. It perhaps then unsurprising to learn they had won the Ford Chairman’s Award for customer service for 9 consecutive years and are one of only 5 dealerships in the UK to running the Quick Lane scheme using the latest equipment and technology available.

Come and see The Show-Offs!

A BRAND new improvised comedy show, performed by a troupe of highly talent professional actors and musicians is coming to the Thameside Theatre in Grays.
The Show-Offs is shaped and modelled on “Whose Line Is It Anyway” but there is a difference as the whole show is suggested by the audience.

Apostleship caring for seafarers in Tilbury this easter

WOJCIECH Holub, Apostleship of the Sea’s port chaplain for Tilbury and Thames is aware that for seafarers any festive period is much like any other working day – the only difference being that their separation from family and friends and from their faith can be even more difficult to bear than usual.

More volunteers needed for Thurrock Foodbank

FEEDING of the 5,000. THURROCK foodbank is growing fast and in the last twelve months has provided food for over 4,250 local people in crisis. There is already a great team in place but because the work continues to expand we now need more volunteers to make things happen and ensure we can supply food to those who need it within our borough.

Has mystery Malaysian businessman bought The Pegasus Club?

A SPOKESPERSON for The Pegasus said: “The Club is in the process of being bought by a Malaysian businessman. At this moment we have no idea of his intent for the Peg. Our lease expires on May 31st. We are fulfilling our engagements to the end of April. We are holding a farewell weekend over Mayday Bank Holiday.

A touch of the Andrews sisters at the Bulphan WI

BULPHAN WI went back 60 years in time at their 85th birthday celebration which had a wartime theme. In the village hall which was set out like a street party, festooned with bunting and with jamjars of wild flowers decorating the tables, 40 members and 32 guests entered into the spirit of the evening by dressing up in uniform (all the forces were represented) appearing in crossover pinafores with “turban” headscarves or transforming themselves into evacuees, complete with gas mask box. The few who hadn’t dressed up were happy to pay a £1 fine, which was sent with this month’s box of donated food to the local foodbank.

Yewande is the pride of Tilbury after completing the London Marathon

TILBURY resident Yewande Kannike has done the town proud by completing the 26.2 mile London Marathon last Sunday.

The 46 year old, dubbed ‘Superwoman’ by friends, took 7 hrs and 1 min to complete the race, all in aid of charity. Yewande said: “I knew it was going to be hard but I really wanted to raise money for One Community, a local charity here in Tilbury. Theirs isn’t a cause that immediately pulls at your heartstrings, but they make such a difference to people’s lives by always being there, happy to help and giving people the confidence , skills and information to make things better for themselves and their families.

“Unsung” services at Basildon hospital praised

STAFF who work behind the scenes to ensure that hospital services can run effectively and efficiently have been recognised in the latest Trust staff awards.
Mark Thomas, who works as a specialist technician in the Medical Equipment Management Service (MEMS), received the employee of the month accolade for staying on after his working day and into the early hours of the morning to repair and replace a theatre display system.

Crime writer set to come to Blackshots

BLACKSHOTS Library’s reading group has been reading some of crime writer Ian McFadyen’s books – Little White Lies, Frozen to Death, Deadly Secrets and Lillia’s Diary for example. And on Tuesday, 29 April, they will get a chance to meet the author.

Update: Romanians remanded as Lakeside jewellery theft rises to £2 million

DETECTIVES are also appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity of Lakeside at around 3am on Saturday to contact them, including any drivers who may have been disrupted by any of the barricades which had been set up around the shopping centre which are believed to have been planned as a distraction. They also want to hear from anyone who saw any vehicles acting suspiciously during the same time frame.

Free Easter concert with the Grays Town Band

GRAYS Town Band will be holding an Easter Concert on Saturday 19th April 2014 at 7pm, at the Scout Hut, Waterson Road, Chadwell St Mary. Dave Honeywell, the Musical Director, said “Instead of our usual themed concert the programme contains some traditional brass band
arrangements together with some more modern ones, so there is something for everyone.”

Thurrock heroes complete the London Marathon

FIRST mention must go to the daughter of John Scowen, Sarah Baxter who completed the course in 6 hrs and 45 mins. Sarah ran for Motor Neurone Disease, an illness that took the life of community champion, John a week ago. Once again, Thurrock Harrier, Pat Dobbs completed the marathon. Pat, 76, has completed every London Marathon since 1981. A truly truly remarkable feat. Pat’s time was 4 hrs 47 mins.

Palmer’s College celebrate league triumph

PALMER’S College and the Essex County FA are reflecting on the success of the latest completed ‘Team Nineteen’ League during the 2013/14 academic year, a competition which forms part of a project with The FA to help address the drop off in football participation for 16-19-year-olds.

Ockendon mother-of-three jailed over children’s truancy

A 40-year-old South Ockendon mother appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on Tuesday (8 April) admitting the poor school attendance of her three children. The mother, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, received a 52-day prison sentence in respect of the two older children – aged 15 and 16 years.

Chadwell Community Forum set to hold AGM

VOLUNTEER-opportunities are available for anyone interested in joining the Forum’s Committee; please call 07926-361002 or email if you are interested in joining the local team or if you want to find out more about the Forum.”

Men sought after cash grab from Tescos in Tilbury

POLICE in Grays want to speak to two men captured on CCTV about the suspected theft of a small sum of cash from Tesco Express in Calcutta Road, Tilbury on February 26 around 6pm. Two men were using a self service till and are believed to have taken cash from an open compartment door.

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