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Police probe after arson attack on car in Chafford Hundred

POLICE officers in Grays are appealing for information after a car was deliberately set alight in Hawkins Drive, Chafford Hundred on July 17 around 1.25am. The car, a black Ford Focus, was parked on the driveway; police believe a window was smashed and the interior of the car was then set on fire. The car suffered major fire damage.

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.

Chafford man incurs more costs over dog foul fine

A MAN who was fined £500 and ordered to pay over £1,000 in costs for allowing his dog to foul in a public area has withdrawn his appeal – incurring even more costs. In December at Basildon Magistrates, 31-year-old Paul Halcrow, of Plymouth Road, Chafford Hundred, was found guilty in his absence of allowing his boxer dog to foul a grassed area near his home. He was fined £500 with costs of £1,210.52, The magistrates also imposed a victim surcharge of £50.

Chafford Hundred’s Inchcape Shipping Services team conquer Britain’s highest peaks

ISS has long been an ambassador for the Sailors’ Society, whose mission it is to enrich and enhance the well-being of seafarers by visiting ships in port and providing Seafarers’ Clubs and Welfare Centres, and offering merchant seafarers practical help and welfare, pastoral and spiritual support, financial assistance and family liaison.

Chafford Hundred “celebrity hairstylist” stole more than £30,000 from Mick jagger’s daughter

A CHAFFORD HUNDRED celebrity stylist who stole more than £30,000 worth of gems from Mick Jagger’s jewellery designer daughter is facing jail. Ojuri ‘Charles’ Adesanya, 29, pocketed the bespoke jewellery from Jade Jagger after claiming it would be used for a bogus fashion shoot in women’s magazine, Harpers Bazaar China reports the Daily Mail. Adesanya […]

Bannatyes evict Gypsy Travellers from their land

BANNATYNES in Chafford Hundred are liaising with a number of agencies to remove Gypsy Travellers from their premises. The procession of over eight caravans, cars and trailers encamped onto the overflow car park in the health club just next to Sainsburys earlier this week.

Chafford man to run the London Marathon for Diabetes

A 40-year-old man from Chafford Hundred who has recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is taking on the challenge of the London Marathon to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK. Phil Cunningam, a company director, had already signed up to run the marathon but when he was diagnosed with the condition decided he would raise money for Diabetes UK.

Sainsburys in Chafford raise hundreds for Sports Relief

YOU can be sure that if it is Sports Relief then Sainsburys in Chafford Hundred will be going the extra mile to raise money for such a good cause. You can also be assured that manager, Mike Agha will be suitably attired in a wacky outfit.

One church, two services

DAVID Bareham, Lead Elder for Community Church said, “We are regularly full at our Sunday morning service so the 4:00 pm service will allow the opportunity for some of our congregation to switch to the afternoon and create some space for others to attend the morning service. We also believe that this new service will attract people who may not be able to attend on a Sunday morning. This is an exciting new season for us as a church as we will now be meeting in three services over two sites!”

Cruisers, drugs and gangs all discussed at Chafford crime forum

ESSEX Police Inspector Leigh Norris joined forces with South Chafford councillor Tunde Ojetola and Police Commissioner Nick Alston to make the concerned public feel more aware of what actions they are taking to try and solve criminal activities in Chafford Hundred.

Sax at The Oriental

THE DULCET tones of local saxophonist, Andy Webb entertained diners at The Oriental Pan-Asian restaurant in Chafford Hundred. Well known tracks played included Feelings by Morris Albert, I Just Called by Stevie Wonder, Wings Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler and many more.

One Church Two Locations..Chafford now Chadwell

THIS Sunday sees the launch of a second location for Community Church who presently meet at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred. Community Church Chadwell will meet at Chadwell Evangelical Church, Defoe Parade which was previously under the leadership of Laurie and Daphne Pumfleet.

Enter the Dragon: Chinese New Year celebrated at The Oriental

THE PAN-Asian Oriental restaurant in Chafford Hundred brought in the Year of the Horse in fine style with an exhibition from a chinese dragon. A packed restaurant witnessed a vibrant and dynamic dance from the dragon as it passed by each table.

Important conservation work at Chafford Gorges Nature Park

ESSEX Wildlife Trust will start important conservation work in February, to benefit valuable wildlife in Chafford Gorges. Grays Gorge, within Essex Wildlife Trust’s Chafford Gorges Nature Park, is officially designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – meaning that it is recognised as one of the country’s best wildlife sites – due to its array of invertebrates, which rely on there being a diversity of wild flowers.

Bedtime stories at Thurrock libraries

THREE of Thurrock Council’s libraries are running three bedtime story events for children aged four and above. Young children and their families are invited to take their pillow and teddy bears along to a bedtime story night at their local library – Blackshots Library (Friday, 28 February) Stanford-le-Hope Library (Tuesday, 4 March) and Aveley Library (Thursday, 6 March) all at 6pm.

Olivia set to wow them at the Towngate

HARRIS Academy student and Chafford Hundred resident Olivia Shepherd has made it through to the live finals of Talent At The Towngate. The live show taking place at Basildon’s Towngate Theatre February 12th, features the 12 best acts selected from applicants across the county.

Chafford Christmas Choir to perform

THE Chafford Hundred Choir are hosting a Christmas showcase tonight (Thursday). The showcase at the community centre in Drake Road, Chafford will see the choir perform a number of festive songs.

Rotary Club raise christmas cheer at Sainsbury’s

Over the weekend around 16 club members collected from the generous folk of Thurrock raising over £1,100.58, whilst Christmas Carols serenaded the shoppers.
The money raised along with funds from other ventures will be gifted to local & international charities at the club’s Annual Charity Awards event on 19th May 2014 at Langdon Hills Golf Club.

Dog poo costs Chafford man over £1,700

A CHAFFORD Hundred man will be receiving a bill for over £1,700 after allowing his dog to foul in a public area and not clear up afterwards. On Monday (9 December) at Basildon Magistrate’s Court, 31-year-old Paul Halcrow, of Plymouth Road, Chafford Hundred, was found guilty in his absence of allowing his boxer dog to foul a grassed area near his home.

Strike up the band at Sainsbury’s

SHOPPERS at Sainsbury’s at the weekend were greeted by the sounds of the Grays Town Brass Band A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: “We really think there is nothing better than a brass band playing Christmas carols on a cold and wet weekend to lift the spirits and get people thinking about a time when they’ll be with their family this holiday season.

Table top sale at Drake Road

THERE will be a Table Top sale at the Drake Road Community Centre (opposite The Sandmartin pub) on Chafford Hundred from 12.45pm to 3.15pm tomorrow (December 7th). Messy madness and face painting for the kiddies, Santa will be paying a visit too!

Burlesque dancers to trip down the aisles

BURLESQUE dancers will be tripping the light aisle seven for shoppers in Thurrock this Christmas. Burlesque Jems have classes across Essex that combine dance with a body confidence ethos.

The Ratpack at The Oriental

DUE to the success of our first live music event at The Oriental with JD Fitzgerald, AKA The Soulmachine and Kai Mckenzie as Michael Buble, they have decided to host a monthly live music evening and our next event is scheduled for Thursday 21st November 2013 with Dean Ager singing songs from The Ratpack era tracks from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr to smooth away the evening.

Chafford church has a room with a Vue

ON Sunday 3rd November, Community Church Chafford Hundred will be moving across town from Harris Academy to the Vue Cinema, Lakeside. This exciting opportunity is due to the school being closed for essential internal work.

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