It is Big Lunch time again in Grays

ORGANISERS of the sixth Grays Big Lunch are planning a day of family fun at the end of the month. Wednesday, 30 July is the date, and 11am to 3pm is the time for the annual one-day get together at Grays Town Park, off Bedford Road – bring a picnic and a blanket to sit on!

Thurrock school goes over to Barking and Dagenham

A THURROCK school has gone over to Barking and Dagenham. It was only a few months ago, that Conservative councillors were walking the streets of Stifford Clays, during the local and european election campaign, warning residents that the council were forging closer links with the London borough.

Punch and Judy set to star at Grays shopping centre

AS PART of the Thurrock International Celebration of Culture Festival, taking place in Grays on Saturday, 19 July, the Grays Shopping Centre has organized some traditional entertainment for families visiting the Town.

Health boss to speak to Stifford Clays forum

THE Stifford Community Forum will be holding their next open public meeting on Monday 21st July at Headon Hall, Crawford Avenue, Stifford Clays, Grays, commencing at 7-30 pm.

Man rushed to hospital after being stabbed outside Grays railway station

A MAN was rushed to hospital after being stabbed outside Grays Railway Station. Police were called to the station at just after 3.30pm this afternoon (Wed).

Police want to trace woman in “floral hijab” after elderly victim has hundred stolen at Grays ATM

THE female suspect is described as in her early 20s, of slim build with dark hair and of 5 ft 3 ins in height. She was wearing blue jeans with a dark jacket and a floral hijab. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Makin at Grays CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Illegal kebab worker in Grays jailed after assault on immigration officer

A TURKISH man who assaulted an immigration officer during an illegal working operation in Grays has been jailed for 12 months. Mehmet Tozsu, 24, of Orsett Road, was sentenced when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court. He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to charges of possession of a false ID document with intent, seeking the avoidance of enforcement action by deception and assault.

Labour candidate Polly Billington impressed with progress at Hathaway Academy

“But I am aware schools in Thurrock experience some serious challenges, not least when ministers get obsessed with structures of schools rather than the quality of learning. I am keen to meet all the headteachers of the schools in the Thurrock constituency to find out from them what would make a difference at national level to raise the ambitions and achievements of our young people here in Thurrock.”

Car bursts into flames on Grays High Street

A CAR is on fire in Grays High Street. Fire crews are in attendance and the street has been cordoned off.

Upset at wedding and sunday worship as building demolished next to Grays church

THERE were angry and upset scenes at the weekend after demolition work began at the premises next to St Peter and St Paul church in Grays. There has been many a twist and tale in the saga of 76 High Street and this looks like another turn.

Palmer’s is the new home for Thurrock Community Chorus

Conductor of the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus, Jeremy Haneman said: “It’s been so wonderful for the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus to move to Palmer’s College, a place that holds fond memories for many members of the choir who attended there or whose children went there.

Man sought after shoplifting in Crammavill Street

POLICE officers in Grays have issued a CCTV still of a man they want to question in relation to the theft of meat products worth £80 from Tescos in Crammavill Street, Grays in mid-April.

Roof collapses in house in Grays

FIRE CREWS have been called to a terraced house in Hampden Road, Grays after a roof collapsed. Crews arriving at the scene have established a cordon and await the arrival of ECFRS’ rescue dog Darcy to search the rubble for possible casualties.

Thameside Academy make big local decisions

ANDREW Blakey from the Riverside Community Big Local steering group went into Thameside Academy to explain to Shamid Ali and Michael Abebgo of the school council about what the Riverside Community Big Local were hoping to achieved. Shamid and Michael later reported to the Governing Body of the Academy as to what the council had been doing and considering, the Big local concept generated a lots of interest.

Important meeting for Thameside Community Forum

THE CHIEF executive of the South Essex College, Angela O’Donoghue CBE is set to speak at the June meeting of the Thameside Community Forum. With the new campus due to open in September, this will be a key meeting for residents to come along and ask questions. The meeting will be held at the White […]

Diabetes roadshow coming to Grays

DIABETES UK Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow in partnership with Bupa, will be visiting Grays High Street on Thursday May 29 between 9.30am and 5pm to offer a quick and confidential assessment so that people can find out if they may have, or are at risk of developing, Type 2 diabetes.

Come and audition for the Thameside Panto!

FOLLOWING the incredible success of the Pantomime JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at the Thameside Theatre last Christmas, Polka Dot Pantomimes in association with Thurrock Council are once again looking for children living within the local area to take part in this year’s festive extravaganza, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS!

Council leader delighted as post office set to return to Grays

THE LEADER of Thurrock Council has expressed his delight at the news that Grays post office is set to return to Grays town centre. Speaking on Monday (28 April) he said: “It was back in June last year that WH Smiths shut in Grays and the Post Office lost its home. I was determined that the council should provide a temporary home for the Post Office which turned out to be for ten months.

Newly qualified teachers set to flock to Hathaway Academy

NEWLY qualified teachers (NQTs) are set to flock to Hathaway Academy on Tuesday as part of a major recruitment drive at the Grays school. An intensive advertising campaign has been conducted over the last few weeks at the school that is setting about a major transformation under new principal James Howarth.

Thurrock Yacht Club boats go back in the Thames

IT is always one of the signs of spring, just like the cricket pitches across the borough being laid out. On Saturday, Thurrock Yacht Clubs boats were winched down into the River Thames for another busy spring and summer.

Beard for Blu…comes off!

SEVERAL months ago, Gary Borley, the owner of Headroom hair salon in Lodge Lane, Grays, decided to grow a beard. It was a combination between going to see our very own Scroobius Pip in concert and wanting to do something for Blu Hill. Blu Hill, suffers from cerebral palsy and his family hope to have the pioneering Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy operation which will ease his mobility problems, but this costs around £50,000.

Crime writer set to come to Blackshots

BLACKSHOTS Library’s reading group has been reading some of crime writer Ian McFadyen’s books – Little White Lies, Frozen to Death, Deadly Secrets and Lillia’s Diary for example. And on Tuesday, 29 April, they will get a chance to meet the author.

Russell Brand pays special visit to Hathaway Academy

HOLLYWOOD star Russell Brand dropped in on his old school last week as a special treat for all the students. Russell went to the school a few years ago, when it was called Grays School.

Crockett the Corringham cat makes The Incredible Journey (well to Grays)

THE Lowe family, who live in York Ave Corringham, are dedicated supporters of St. Luke’s Hospice. So when buying a new sofa for their recently decorated lounge without a second thought they donated their unwanted sofa to St. Luke’s Hospice Shops – unbeknown to them they also donated their family cat “Crockett” who was hiding inside the sofa.

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