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!

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.

Inchcape’s InSane sailors shine at Eton Dorney

A TEAM from Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) the world’s leading maritime services provider based in Chafford Hundred, has raised £3,642 for the Sailors’ Society in a special dragon boat race at Olympic rowing venue, Dorney Lake, near Windsor. Supported by colleagues and family, the ten-strong team, entered the Sailors’ Society Dragon Boat Challenge to raise funds to support the vital work carried out by the charity. As Shipping Agents, ISS deals with merchant seafarers on a daily basis and knows just how important the Sailors’ Society is in enriching and enhancing the wellbeing of the 1.3 million seafarers throughout the world.

Food book launch to help Foodbank

AN exciting new book which celebrates Thurrock Food will go on sale at a public launch at the Thameside Theatre, Orsett Rd, Grays on Saturday 15th June, 2-4 pm. Thurrock Food Now And Then combines local food history with local mouth-watering recipes. The book, written by Ann Hart Billingham and Jonathan Catton has been produced in support of Thurrock foodbank and all proceeds from book sales will go towards supporting this invaluable local charity.

Foodbank busy at Sainsburys

THE STAFF AT the Thurrock foodbank were once again out and about in the borough collecting food and other goods. The staff took up position at the front of Sainsburys in Chafford Hundred last Saturday. The collection was the culmination of a week of activities by the dedicated and hardworking Foodbank team.

Thameside lacemakers weave magic in Chafford

THAMESIDE Lacemakers holds a lace day from 10am to 4pm at Chafford Hundred Hall, in Drake Road on Saturday, March 2. The event is free to visit, although it is £5 if you wish to stay for the day.In attendance will be representatives of Makit Lace and there will be a talk by Celia Reed in the afternoon.

Chafford Hundred Community Cook Book launched

NEARLY a year since the venture started and on Saturday 6th October the final product was revealed. The event that was meant to start at 2pm at the Chafford Nature Park was forced to start early due to high demand. In addition to buying the cook book you could also buy samples of the cakes from the recipe collection (after trying Renee’s Chocolate Cake I can’t wait to have a go myself); various homemade jams and raffle tickets.

The Chafford Hundred Cookbook (and a 190 recipes)

Ann wanted to raise money to help the Essex Wildlife Centre in Drake Road. She also wanted to re-ignite her culinary skills so Ann started to ask friends for different recipies. When the idea of the book, came aboutl she wanted to see if she could get to a hundred. As you can see from the headline, Ann broke through that barrier, with ease.