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.

Headroom boss says: “Back the Beard for Blu!”.

AS YOU can see, it is quite a beard already. Owner of the headroom hair salon in Lodge Lane, Grays, Gary Borley has been growing the beard since he went to see Scroobius Pip in concert. Since then it has been part homage and part charity challenge on behalf of four-year-old Chadwell boy, Blu Hill, […]

Grays woman fined for poor state of back garden

ON Friday (21 February) Magistrates at Basildon fined a Grays woman because she had failed to clear up her council house back garden. Terrie King, of Lenthall Avenue, admitted failing “to remove an accumulation of rubbish in her garden that was causing harbourage and attraction to vermin” and not acting on a notice by Thurrock Council’s environmental protection team.

Have you seen a 6ft 8 inch bogus police officer?

THE first man is described as white, 6ft 8ins tall, with short black hair, was unshaven, wearing black trousers, a black shirt and black coat. He spoke with a northern accent and was aged in his 20s. The second was also white, stocky, 5ft 6ins tall, with short ginger hair, wearing black trousers, a navy jacket and was about 24-years-old.

Family of boy murdered in Grays pay moving tribute

“OUR family is devastated by the loss of our beloved Breck David LaFave Bednar. He was a kind, intelligent, thoughtful boy with a good sense of humour and was a dedicated student at St. Bede’s School in Redhill and extremely gifted in computing, electronics, and engineering. He was a member of the Air Cadets with the 135 Squadron in Redhill, and a member of St. John the Evangelist C. of E. Church in Caterham.

Veoila boost for Grays Town Park

A RANGE of initiatives will benefit from the £566,244 funding distribution including sports clubs, community centres, historic buildings and environmental projects.
Thurrock Council received £17,758 for external gym equipment at Grays Town Park following its public consultation at last year’s “Big Lunch”. Equipment has been installed in other local parks and members of the public indicated they would like to see similar apparatus at the park which is well-used by the community.

Teen dies, teen arrested as murder investigation launched in Grays

DETECTIVES from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have launched a murder enquiry after a male teenager received serious injuries following an incident at premises off Roseberry Road, Grays this morning (February 17). Police were called at about 11am to a flat where they found the victim with knife wounds and gave immediate first aid, however he was declared deceased by medical staff a short while later.

Key event for Big Local in Grays

YOU are invited to attend an event on Saturday 29th March 2014 at Thurrock Adult Community College main hall, 9.30am for 10am start, finishing at 1pm and followed by a buffet lunch. They will be looking at how they can use the £1milion of lottery funding in the Riverside Community area (see BL poster for a map) with a particular focus on supporting and investing in our community. To book a place, please email or call Jan on 01376 574337

Beetle Drive at St Mary’s

COME to a beetle drive! It is just the thing to cheer up a damp and dismal day in February. There is fun for all the family. The beetle drive will be on Friday 28th February at 7.30 in St Mary’s Hall, Dock Road, Little Thurrock. £3.50 per ticket and £8 per family.

Stroke survivors to undertake charity cycle

STROKE survivors and carers from The Stroke Club are undertaking a charity cycle challenge. To be held on ‘fixed’ bikes at Blackshots Leisure Centre in Grays on Saturday 22nd February, the participants aim to cycle an ambitious 100km between them – no mean feat as most have varying degrees of disability following their stroke.

South Essex College Thurrock Campus: It’s taking shape!

WE SHAPE our buildings and then our buildings shape us” Famous words by Sir Winston Churchill. So it is a delight to see the Thurrock campus of South Essex College take shape. YT went on a tour of the building to see how far they had got. One of things that struck us was the iconic and aesthetic quality of the architecture.

Big Local to hit the streets of Grays

VOLUNTEERS from Riverside Community, Big Local Grays will be out and about on Feb 15th asking residents of the Big Local area how best the £1.000.000 that has been awarded can be used to make a lasting difference for the lives of local residents in the area.

Two arrested over arson attempt at Little Thurrock car showroom

TWO men have been arrested in connection with an arson attempt on a car dealership in Grays in January. A 61-year-old man from Grays was arrested on January 23 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson and was released on police bail pending further enquiries until February 21.

South Essex College: what a difference eight months makes!

IT WON’T be long now until the Thurrock campus of South Essex College will open. If it keeps to its timetable (and knowing the Skanska team they will) then it will open in September.

Call to remove zebra crossing in Southend Road, Grays

THE traffic problems at Southend Road, Grays has been well-documented. The main problem seems to be the number of cars reversing from the car parks at the Tesco and Co-Op onto the main road. For many residents it is a serious or perhaps fatal road traffic collision waiting to happen.

Woolmer Philharmonic coming to the Civic Hall

THE WOOLMER Philharmonic Orchestra (WPO) will be performing at the Civic Hall in Grays on Thursday February 20th. This event is a revolutionary undertaking, the sole premise being that music and dining can be merged and in fact enhance one another.

Lightship café opens up for a new season

PROJECT Team Leader Beverley Hoyte said, “The vision for the project includes not just serving food, but also encouraging involvement, learning new skills, creating a sense of purpose, and promoting a healthy lifestyle”. The project’s motto of “Run for the community, by the community” says it all.

Coffee Morning at St Mary’s

COME to a Coffee Morning at St Mary’s Church Hall, Dock Road, Little Thurrock, on Saturday 25th January from 10-12 noon. There will be books, cakes and a bring and buy stall as well as a raffle.

Fears after river levels rise in Grays

THURROCK’S motto may be: “From the Thames to the peoples of the world” However on Saturday afternoon it seemed to be that the Thames was making life treacherous to the people of Argent Street in Grays as the water levels rose above the wharf and onto “dry” land. One of the residents of Argent Street, […]

Christmas spirit at Grays market

THE Christmas spirit came to Grays market when the fruit and veg stall donated a wonderful basket of fruit to Thurrock Community Business Radio’s Steve Langsdale. Steve said: “It’s great that people in Thurrock are so generous. I’m going to donate this basket to Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions as sadly, not all the disabled people they […]

Young Palmer’s writers have stories published

FOUR A-level English students have recently had their stories published after winning a national young writer’s competition, run by the Young Writers organisation. 
 The students took part in a competition run by the Young Writers organisation. Their challenge was to retell a familiar story, adding their own plot twist. Furthermore, they had to do […]

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