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.

Bulphan in Bloom set to tidy the village

ON Sunday the 6th April, Bulphan in Bloom are meeting at the Village Hall to “Tidy the Village” yet again! Turn up between 9:30am and 1:30pm to volunteer some time no matter how little.

Bulphan WI: Style, panache and colour!

IF you’ve noticed lots of extra-stylish ladies around Bulphan lately, it’s down to our talk by Elaine Smith, an image and style consultant, who shared the secrets of transformation, helping us to feel good inside and out! We were given useful tips on how to decide if we need winter or summer cool, blue-based colours – or spring or autumn warm, yellow-based colours.

Friday Night is Orsett Hall Night!

THE next Friday Night Live event is on Friday March 7th featuring Essex’s finest Columbia Coverband, who are Essex’s Finest Cover Band, playing chart hits from the last six decades; including The Kinks, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Jacksons and even Dolly Parton right through to today’s classics such as Katy Perry, Oasis, Maroon 5, Take That and Kings Of Leon delivering every song with their own trademark style.

Bulphan WI: Say it with flowers….

FLOWERS, friends and yummy home-made cake: what more could Bulphan WI members ask for? Our February meeting had a Valentine’s Day theme, as clever Shirley Perkins produced five beautiful flower arrangements, whilst passing on useful tips, and sharing amusing family anecdotes.

Coffee morning for Breast Cancer in Horndon

A spokesperson said: “We have an exciting year of fundraising planned which includes a Burlesque for Breasts night, a Barn Dance, a stall at the Horndon Feast & Fayre, a team at the Horndon 10k, Dog Walk, Party in Pink and a London Trekathon!”

Spring clean in Bulphan

THE Bulphan in Bloom clean up will take place this Sunday (February). Meet at the Village Hall for 9:30am and work until approx 1:30

Cars stolen after burglary in Orsett

BURGLARS struck at a house in Orsett and made off with two cars. The burglary in The Green, Orsett happened between 11pm on Friday January 10th and 6.45am on Saturday January 11th.

Bulphan WI: Auction time at the WI

JUNE Ward, vivacious ex-Essex WI chairman, turned into an accomplished auctioneer at Bulphan WI’s January meeting. A very wide variety of items had been donated by members: they included a “cupcake” teapot, microwaveable slippers, toiletries, picture frames, books, bags, a “Call the Midwife” jigsaw and a lovely handmade Advent calendar.

Fire crews called to fire in Bulphan

FIRE CREWS had extinguished the blaze by 11:17hrs. The fire spread from the garage into the house. Crews used three hose reel jets and three main jets to tackle the fire. An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the fire.

Report judges Orsett primary as ‘Outstanding’

HEADTEACHER, Lallie Godfrey, commented on the report stating, ‘Last year we had an OFSTED Inspection under the new and rigorous Framework and our school was judged to be Good with Outstanding for Behaviour and Safety and Leadership and Management. Since then everyone in our school has worked relentlessly to improve still further and this report, which judges us to be Outstanding overall, is a reflection of the success of the improvements that we have made and we are determined to continue to improve still further.’

Christmas report from Bulphan WI

EVERY member had contributed a plate of festive food to the supper table – delicious – and we finished with jolly songs, accompanied by the accordion and many percussion instruments. Our January meeting will be a fun auction, with ex-Essex WI chairman June Ward as our auctioneer.

Police name victim in “family related incident” Orsett shooting

POLICE have named a man found dead at his home address in Hemley Road, Orsett, on December 3 2013 as 61-year-old Robert Heaven. A post mortem was carried out on December 5 2013 with an initial cause of death given as a single gun-shot wound to the head.

Nativity play takes place at Orsett Pound

IT IS one of the great traditions in Thurrock. The Nativity play in Orsett took place at the Pound on Tuesday night. The play always has a look that it has remained untouched for many years. The play is the work of the Orsett church working closely with Orsett primary.

Update: Orsett shooting: Police guard at man’s bedside

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.

ID now needed to use Linford waste site

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.

Horndon primary making progress say Ofsted

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.

Bulphan WI: November report

THE meeting on Wednesday, 11th December will be a festive occasion: we start at 7.30pm and members and visitors are asked to bring a plate of party food to share; we will have wine/juice flowing and most of the evening will be devoted to interactive games, where we will get a chance to demonstrate our team spirit. All will have a Christmas theme. As well as having a good time, we will be thinking of those we may be able to help, with an opportunity to make a donation to Thurrock Women’s Refuge.

Horndon mums trek Grand Canyon and raise £11,500 for Breast Cancer Campaign

TWO friends return from an epic trek through one of America’s most inhospitable terrains.

Nancy Smith & Andrea Nunnery both from Horndon on the Hill have just returned from a trek into the Grand Canyon in aid of charity Breast Cancer Campaign.
The journey took them into the centre of the canyon, through the Havasupai Reservation at its base and then ascending all the way up on the last day of their hike.

Bulphan women come face-to-face with a Chillington Hoe

Brian Carline brought along his basic tool set, which, together with a wheelbarrow, would be all we would need to garden effectively.  He did admit later that a power washer was also an asset, used with discretion, especially on greenhouses where you could break the glass.

Bulphan clean up this weekend

IT IS that time of year when the good people of Bulphan need you help to clean up the village. Bulphan in Bloom is having their autumn planting day this Saturday.

Orsett Show hits the heights!

WELL, the weather stayed of (just) and there was a wonderful day of activities for everyone at the 2013 Orsett Show. It really is one of the pleasures of the Thurrock year, to do the slow lap of the show (it takes us about three hours!) and take in all there is.

Orsett Show set to take off!

A THURROCK summer is not a Thurrock summer unless you top it off with a visit to the Orsett Show. Set in 30 acres of countryside, the annual Orsett Show is a great day out with plenty for all the family to see and do. It’s one of the oldest one-day Country Shows in England, […]

Hundreds of lorry tyres dumped in Fen Lane, Orsett

FEN LANE, Orsett has been blocked after well over three hundred lorry tyres were found dumped in the lane. The tyres lay strewn cross the lane around 400 metres from the Orsett entrance.

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