THURROCK Writers Circle Chairman Joy Ridgewell welcomed Patricia Pound to the meeting. A published author, Patricia’s first book was of the old Romford Brewery. She was asked to write a book on all the stories she had gathered from the people that worked there as they reminisced as she was working as a welfare officer at the brewery.
RESIDENTS at Carolyne House residential home in Chadwell-St-Mary braved the weather on Sunday 27th October when they undertook a sponsored walk/push to raise funds. Staff at the home, along with resident’s families and volunteers, helped the residents in their quest on the walk around Chadwell-St-Mary, and raised over £250 for the Resident’s Amenities Fund, which is used to subsidise activities within the home.
NGAGE, the community organisation and Volunteer Centre for Thurrock are encouraging people who live or work in Chadwell St Mary to take part in a survey about providing a new Community Hub or centre for the area. The Centre will provide a new way for public services and local communities to work side by side to create a new type of service delivery that puts local people in the driving seat. This will enable local people to access support and do more for themselves without relying on statutory provision.
ngage would like to encourage people to take part to ensure that they have their say on the activities they would like to see within the centre and to suggest a name.
THE next litter-pick at Aluric Field in Chadwell St Mary will be at 9.30 am on Saturday November 9th. The Chadwell community forum ask all residents and even non-residents to come along if you can spare a couple of hours.
DOZENS of organisations from across the borough raised thousands of pounds by taking part in the world’s biggest coffee morning on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Care.
Wendy Higginson and her team raised £290 at the Holy Cross church coffee morning in South Ockendon. We then crossed over to the very busy Ockendon hub where the lads from HW Wilson were very busy serving coffee and tea to the assembled throng.
VIGERONS Way OAP Complex are having a “Come and See” event on Saturday 5th October to show off their activities and raise some money. Starting 11.00am going on till 3.00pm.
THERE will be a one day exhibition in Chadwell St Mary for the plans for 350 homes in the Orsett Heath area. It will take place between 11am and 8pm on Friday October 4th at Chadwell Village Hall on Waterson Road.
ON THE 28th September, 2002, YT contributor and valued photographer, Rob Lay married Kiley. On a lovely late September morning, he would just like to wish Kiley a happy wedding anniversary. Rob said: “It has been the best eleven years of my life. Thank you Kiley.”
CHAIR Joy Ridgewell welcomed Chadwell Forum Chairman Peter Saunders and his wife Carol who presented the group with a cheque for a grant of £400. This is a very welcome addition to our funds as we are off to a writing weekend at Riskin College in Oxford this weekend and this will greatly help with our expenses. Thanks was given to Tina Thompson who has been instrumental in arranging for this weekend.
THE next Chadwell Community Forum meeting will be on Wednesday September 11th, at Herringham School starting 7.30pm. The principal speaker will be Cllr Barbara Rice on current health issues, particularly those affecting the local area; Cllr Rice will also discuss the relationship between the environment and health.
TWO kind-hearted Thurrock councillors have come to the aid of a local photographer after he had his bicycle stolen from outside his Chadwell home.
Rob Lay has, over the last year become better known by followers on Twitter as @ThurrockRob. His photos of wildlife and Thurrock scenes have featured on television as well as YourThurrock.
Thurrock Council’s youth team is organising four hours of Urban Games from noon on Thursday, 22 August. Hosted by celebrity basketball freestyler Big Fen, the free event includes everything from freestyle basketball to break dance and parkour and BMX, skateboarding and self-defence.
JULY has been a progressive month for the TWC. Chairman Joy Ridgewell thanked Cindy Barker for the excellent tasks that she has set for the group. Writing has improved and everyone is enjoying the experience. Two members went for a five day writing week to Ruskin College in Oxford and a further writing weekend is booked for September for nine more members.
THE CHADWELL patchwork and quilting group raised over £200 for St Luke’s Hospice. £220 was raised for the Basildon St Lukes Hospice, in memory of Lee Mitchelson, son of Pauline Mitchelson, a good friend of the Chadwell Quilting group.
FRIDAY was national open day at care homes throughout the country. Runwood Homes opened their four homes in Thurrock. Staff at Whitecroft worked in fancy dress whilst there was a seaside theme at Leatherland Lodge. Runwood make great stress on keeping memories alive. With that in mind, we spoke to resident Muriel, who reflected on holidays in Weston-Super-Mare in the 1930′s.
SOME PEOPLE just have a sense of style and a sense of occasion. On Thursday afternoon, former naval officer, Bernie Parsons decided to celebrate his wife Heather’s last day at Debenhams. So, the Chadwell St Mary man paraded at 1600 hours outside the Intu Lakeside store and then marched right into the lingerie section (as you do).
A WORLD War II veteran from Chadwell St Mary has become the first-ever recipient of PETA’s Compassionate Dad Award for a lifetime of encouraging kindness and empathy for animals. Sidney Pledger, who turns 90 in October and was born in Ireton Place in Grays, was nominated by daughter Sharen for his progressive views and always helping animals in need, having rescued many homeless, sick and injured animals over the course of his life.
Guest Speakers: Cllr Barbara Rice on Public Health; Kristina Jackson, Chief Executive of Thurrock CVS on Community Hubs; Al Hanagan, Sustainable Relations Ltd, on the proposed development at Heath Place
CHADWELL St Mary primary School is holding a spring fayre on Saturday, June 8. The event will be held on the school fields at Chadwell Road.
THE SITE is within the Essex Thames Growth Gateway Area, a national/regional priority area for urban regeneration within the Sustainable Communities Plan. The site falls within greenbelt land and the Core Planning Strategy Framework does not formally accommodate strategic scale releases from the greenbelt but it does make provision for limited, specific releases to accommodate new developments. Planning consents on greenbelt land have recently been granted, on appeal, by Thurrock Council. Allocating this site for development will help to address local housing needs, ensure a deliverable supply of housing sites and deliver wider community benefits.
THE ANNUAL GENERAL meeting of the Chadwell St Mary Village Hall takes place next month. A spokesperson said: “This will be a crucial meeting to discuss ways of saving our community hall in the face of Thurrock Council’s continued withdrawal of funds for repairs, maintenance, insurance, waste collection etc.
Peter Revell, head of fundraising at the NKF, said he was very happy to hear Mr Philp’s good news and he hoped it would encourage more people to sign up to the lottery, which has been helping contribute to the charity’s work for the last four years. People can find out more about how the Unity charity lottery can help them fundraise by going to join.unitylottery.co.uk
THE CHADWELL Community is hosting “Chadwell in Bloom” for the second year running. This year, local residents can enter the competition, as well as the schools and OAP complexes. Residents can enter a front-garden, a hanging-basket/floral-tub or both, and judging will take place during the week commencing July 15th.
PARENTS of a much-loved Chadwell man killed in a crash in Crete say they will never give up in their pursuit of justice for their son. Glen Daly, 24, of Chadwell St Mary, died when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a lorry on the Greek island in June 2009.