South Essex College celebrate new campus

GRAYS town centre came alive this weekend with South Essex College’s Celebration Day event, to mark the opening of the new Thurrock Campus.

Fields of fire near former South Essex College site in Grays

FIRE CREWS tackled a large fire involving six acres of grassland alight near the South Essex College campus in Grays. Crews used four hose reel jets, six beaters and two backpack sprayers to fight the blaze.

Man wounded by air weapon in Grays

DETECTIVES in Grays are investigating after a man was wounded with a pellet from an air weapon as he walked along Seabrook Rise towards Grays town centre on July 22, around 8.45pm.

Hollywood star Russell Brand takes another trip to Grays

RUSSELL Brand made an unannounced visit to Grays yesterday and as usual garnered a great deal of attention. The Hollywood star and former Grays resident didn’t explicitly say why he was visiting but sources have suggested that he was scouting for a location for the launch of his next book.

Grays Street Festival shines in the sun

IT WAS a lovely day for a street festival and the crowds flocked to see a variety of acts on Grays High Street. It is not very day that you see two mad professors walking down the street or a bit of medieval banter but that is the nature of a festival.

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.

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