Bomb squad called after suspected bomb found in Aveley

AN AREA of Aveley has been evacuated after a suspected device was found. YT understands that the area in question is the building site development near to the Aveley by-pass.

Strong leadership praised as Kenningtons Primary in Aveley rated as “Good”

EDUCATION bosses were buoyed this week after it was revealed that Kenningtons Primary in Aveley has been rated as Good by Ofsted. The report is full of praise for all aspects of the school but makes particular mention of the headteacher.

Police probe arson attacks near to caravans in Aveley

THE first fire was extinguished by 22:45 hrs on Thursday May 15th. The other three 23:09 hrs. Crews then spent time turning over and damping down to ensure the fires were fully out. A Pinzgauer, off road firefighting unit was used to assist crews in reaching the fires due to difficult access.

Popular Aveley Community Forum moves venue

AVELEY Village Community Forum is moving its monthly meetings. With attendances at the meetings getting bigger and the Centre busier, it has been decided to move the meetings to the Aveley Christian Centre and change the date from the 3rd Tuesday to the 3rd Wednesday.

Triumph after triumph for Aveley Community Forum!

PROJECT Manager of AVCF, Ray Munro-Crump said: “These awards and grants are a fantastic gift for the future of Aveley. But is also an acknowledgment of what the Forum has done and is doing. Not many people know that there have been a group of about 15-20 people who have battled to get the best for Aveley.

Howard Tenens agree to lorry route to by-pass Aveley

THURROCK Council has come to a legal agreement with Howard Tenens in South Ockendon restricting the routes lorries can take to the site. It restricts HGV drivers to using the A13 Wennington, Sandy Lane, Aveley by-pass to the site and vice versa.

Flooding in the Mardyke: As seen from the air

YOU MIGHT have spotted a drone hovering around Thurrock recently. No, it had not gone astray from Helmand Province but is the latest piece of technology being used by the most progressive of companies in the borough, Pixelwork.

New housing advice surgery in Aveley

THEY sometimes say it’s not WHAT you know but WHO you know that is important. And when you have a problem or a question it helps to know just who to talk to. It is even better if the answer is right on your doorstep. The Information and Advice Service at the Aveley Youth & Community Centre is always trying to add new services to help their local residents.

Aveley Danny’s Countdown performance becomes a Twitter smash!

AN AVELEY man took on the world of consonants and vowels as he competed in an episode of popular Channel 4 quiz show, Countdown. Danny Davey took on a very skilful Bobby Banerjee who had already won a couple of rounds.

Aveley store has licence suspended after under-age sale

The council’s licensing sub-committee, meeting on Wednesday (11 December), was considering the case of Pradip Kantilal Sedani the licensee and Designated Premises Supervisor at Aveley Supermarket, trading as Londis, in Romford Road, Aveley. Members were told that on the afternoon of Friday, 2 August this year, a 15-year-old girl – volunteering with Thurrock Council’s trading standards team – visited six stores, but at Aveley Supermarket she managed to buy a 275ml bottle of Smirnoff Ice.

MP questions “Integrity” over Aveley homes decision

THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price has called on planning minister Eric Pickles to veto controversial plans for 501 new homes on the site of the former London Fire Brigade sports and social club at Aveley reports the Thurrock Enquirer. The application was approved, against the advice of officers, by a narrow majority of councillors at last month’s planning meeting. Those councillors who backed it said they were doing so primarily because of the community benefits including a £500,000 donation to Treetops School, contributions to new school places in the Borough, a £1m contribution to Aveley Community centre and provision of news sports pitches and changing rooms at Belhus Park.

Christmas starts in Aveley!!

THE celebrations continue on Sunday 1st December between 11am and 3pm when our Christmas Spectacular takes place in the High Street. With a wide range of market stalls to buy your Christmas Presents from there is also lots to enjoy. Visit Santa in his Grotto, Try your hand at riding a Christmas Pudding, go snowboarding or watch the Sumo Santas plus lots more. INCLUDING The Media Mayhem Christmas Show. This is where our young people are showcasing their entertainment talents. There will be solo spots, groups and performances from the Ormiston Park Academy Glee Club and Cinderella Flash Mob

Children in Need not just a piece of cake for Aveley youth centre

IT seems like the young people at the Aveley Youth Centre have been baking cakes for weeks. They have held two fund raising events with homemade cakes as the centre point. At the first they made cakes at home and brought them into the centre to sell and raise money for McMillan Cancer Support. Then it was the turn of Children in Need.

Disgust as yobs vandalise army land rover belonging to fallen war hero’s father

THE AVELEY community were left disgusted at the weekend after mindless yobs vandalised a land rover that belongs to the father of fallen war hero, Nicky Mason. Dennis Mason had parked the khaki coloured Land Rover on Aveley High Street on Saturday night, close to the war memorial, in preparation for the remembrance service on Sunday.

Thrifty Aveley welcomes Essex Savers

IN TODAY’S economic situation every penny is vital but if you live in Aveley getting to a bank is not always easy. To help out local people Aveley Village Community Forum have partnered up with Essex Savers to bring their services to the Village. Essex Savers is a savings and loans co-operative who help people to save money and provides loans at an affordable rate. It can also help with budget planning, issue pre-paid debit cards or set up special accounts for housing benefits plus many other services.

Aveley’s NEW Christmas Spectacular!

AVELEY might be a village but it’s going to town this Christmas. Their regular Christmas Market is now a Christmas Spectacular!. So what makes it so special? Well this year local young people will be showing off what they can do.

Indian Village Garden opened in Aveley

FAMILIES from Aveley and Ockendon enjoyed an afternoon of celebration at the official opening of the Indian Village garden at Aveley Children’s Centre recently. Cllr Tony Fish, Mayor for Thurrock, was at the event and was introduced to all who had made this project possible, including the parents, carers and volunteers who donated homemade cakes for this fun filled Garden Tea Party.

Ormiston Park Academy building nearing completion

RECENTLY, we were invited, along with local residents and councillors, for a tour of the Ormiston Park Academy building. You can tell how excited principal Tess Walker and deputy principal Huw Derrick are as they show us around the building.

One Love “Peace Festival” gives Thurrock a sleepless night

A FESTIVAL near to Aveley left local residents with a sleepless night in Thurrock. The One Love Festival is billed as the number one reggae and dub festival in the UK. But there was not a lot of love in the room in Aveley, South Ockendon and even as far as Kent as residents complained about the levels of noise.

Courtney dazzles as Miss Lil Lady

Courtney-Lee is also keen to raise more money for charity during her reign. She has raised money so far for Clik Sargent, Puffin Ward at Basildon Hospital, Treetops school and Essex Air Ambulance. She has taken part in a 5 hour and 7 hour dance-a-thon for St Lukes Hospice and most recently a 6 hour dance-a-thon raising £205 for the Follow Your Dreams charity in just three days.

Aveley FC map out plans for the future

The club’s vision is to create a purpose built facility to cater for the football club and wider community, made possible through the development and sale of their current ground at Mill Field. This will release value that can be invested in new, sustainable sports facilities. Mill Field had previously been identified by Thurrock Council as a suitable site for new housing, allowing proposals to comply with their emerging planning policy framework.

A fun summer down at Mardyke Woods

THIS summer, Mardyke Woods in South Ockendon is hosting fun, free activities for the whole family to enjoy, with the help of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Veolia North Thames Trust.

For a fun afternoon with your little ones, bring a picnic and favourite teddy to a Teddy Bears Picnic on Thursday 15th August 12pm – 3pm by the Cherwell Grove playground. Activities will include meeting farm animals, giant garden games, face painting and a soft play area.

Heavy police presence at Kennington’s sports day (for the relay!)

KENNINGTONS primary academy sports day made national headlines last month after the Aveley school decided to ban parents from sports day as it was a “very stressful occasion”. But we are glad to report that the sports day has, according to sources, taken place without incident.

Suspected illegal immigrant arrested in Aveley

A MAN suspected of being an illegal immigrant was arrested in Aveley on Friday afternoon. A member of public alerted police at just after 2.50pm after a number of men were seen to leave a lorry near to Hall Avenue.

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