Ockendon mother-of-three jailed over children’s truancy

A 40-year-old South Ockendon mother appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on Tuesday (8 April) admitting the poor school attendance of her three children. The mother, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, received a 52-day prison sentence in respect of the two older children – aged 15 and 16 years.

Literacy boost in South Ockendon

The older students from the Erriff Drive school talked to the younger children about their favourite books and guided them through the quizzes and games. Prizes were awarded for the highest marks in the book quiz and all the Bonnygate students left with stickers, bookmarks, pens, and a range of information for parents to help them improve their reading.

Literacy boost with ‘Reading rocks 4 U”

THE Ockendon Academy and the South Ockendon Centre are getting together to promote a new and innovative way of reading aimed at ten- to 13-year-olds. “Reading rocks 4 U” will be held at the Derry Avenue, South Ockendon centre at 1.30pm on Thursday, 20 March.

Ockendon girl selected for International Beauty Pageant

SOUTH OCKENDON teenager, Brogan Priscilla Price has her hopes set on competing in an international beauty pageant being held in Disneyland Paris!
Brogan (18) has been chosen by the Face Of The Globe organisation to compete at a regional heat being held at the famous Elstree Studios in August.

HW Wilson out on the streets

SOUTH OCKENDON building company, HW Wilson spent a night out on the streets of Southend and all for a very noble cause. Staff were participating in a charity event called the Southend SleepEasy, raising money for the Southend YMCA for youth homelessness.

Ockendon to collate memories of World War One

LOVERS of local history and creative art are being invited to join the community art project South Ockendon Reflects. It is being organised by art tutor Pat Wakefield, and community worker Maggie Pollock, to commemorate this year’s centenary of the First World War.

Inquest date set after death of young mum

AN INQUEST is set to take place to examine the circumstances surrounding the death of a South Ockendon woman last year. Paige Williams, of Nicholas Close, South Ockendon, died on July 2nd last year after reportedly inhaling her own vomit after falling ill in the night.

Howard Tenens agree to lorry route to by-pass Aveley

THURROCK Council has come to a legal agreement with Howard Tenens in South Ockendon restricting the routes lorries can take to the site. It restricts HGV drivers to using the A13 Wennington, Sandy Lane, Aveley by-pass to the site and vice versa.

Flooding in the Mardyke: As seen from the air

YOU MIGHT have spotted a drone hovering around Thurrock recently. No, it had not gone astray from Helmand Province but is the latest piece of technology being used by the most progressive of companies in the borough, Pixelwork.

RSPCA issue warning after cats poisoned in South Ockendon

THE RSPCA have warned pet owners to be on their guard after two cats were poisoned by drinking anti-freeze in South Ockendon. The two cats arrived home after being out all night and appeared lethargic, were experiencing fits and struggling to stand.

Volunteer morning set for South Ockendon

NGAGE, the Community Organisation and Volunteer Centre for Thurrock, has organised a drop in volunteer morning on Tuesday 11th February between 9.30 -12pm at the South Ockendon Community Hub in Derry Avenue. The aim of the event is to promote the VCLocal project and there will be free cakes and refreshments available, aswell as someone to talk to regarding volunteering and the local area.

Ockendon residents asked to look out for vulnerable man

RESIDENTS in South Ockendon are urged to be on the look-out for a man missing for several days from west Suffolk. Gary Aris has not been seen for the past week or made contact with his family.

Deborah continues to raise funds for Dream Factory

OCKENDON resident, Deborah Awe has continued her fundraising efforts for The Dream Factory charity by organising an event at her school. Brentwood prep, year 4 pupil Deborah, eight, was first struck by the work of the charity when she met a new friend who had an incurable condition. She felt so moved that she decided to do something to help and was keen to involve her fellow pupils to arrange a charity day with a difference.

Ockendon Elvis fan “all shook up” after scooping a million on lottery!

A WOMAN from South Ockendon is celebrating a very very happy New Year after she won £1million on the lottery. Said to be an avid Elvis fan, the woman clearly did it her way as she was one of 25 people to win a million pounds in the Euromillions Millionaire Raffle on New Years Eve.

Former US Presidential candidate spends Christmas in Ockendon

A US POLITICIAN who has stood for president in 2004 and 2008 spent Christmas in North Ockendon. Former congressman Dennis Kucinich is married to former North Ockendon resident, Elizabeth Kucinch. Mrs Kucinch was brought up in the village, before going onto to carve out a career for herself in the field of humanitarian aid. The […]

Benyon: Library visit spurs students to read

THE children at Benyon Primary School enjoyed a visit from our local library, to receive their free Book Start packs. Sally from the library showed the children how easy it is to become a member of the library. She then enjoyed sharing the Charlie and Lola book as the children read along with their own copy of the book.

Bonnygate gets green light to expand

PLANS to expand a Thurrock primary school are set to go ahead after Thurrock Council’s cabinet agreed the move on Wednesday (13 November) evening. Following a consultation which showed most people were in favour of doubling the intake of Bonnygate Primary in South Ockendon from one form of entry (30 pupils) to two, members backed the £1.8 million plan.

Police invite you to come to South Ockendon and have your say

THE NEXT Police and Crime Commissioner public meeting discussing crime and policing issues will be the second event in Thurrock and will take place on Friday November 22, 2013, starting at 5pm, in South Ockendon. The PCC aims to hold a public meeting in every district of Essex twice a year, working with colleagues from Essex Police, Community Safety Partnerships, district and unitary councils, partner organisations and the voluntary sector. These are important events for everyone who cares about the way their community is policed and who wants to know the facts about crime in their area.

Council promise free parking permits for residents close to South Ockendon

PEOPLE living close to the railway station on the Flowers Estate in South Ockendon will be receiving free parking permits for up two to vehicles by the end of this year says Thurrock Council. A lengthy process – including two inconclusive consultations and an equally inconclusive public meeting – showed that people living in one part of the estate were keen on the permits, while others were not.

Ockendon resident saved from house fire

FIRE CREWS were called to a fire in a mid terrace property in Mayflower Close, South Ockendon.
Crews reported that the fire was at the rear of the boiler, firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used one hose reel to extinguish the fire by 21:21hrs (Nov 9th).

Community make a difference day in South Ockendon

NGAGE, the community organisation for Thurrock held a ‘Make a difference day’ event at the Foxglove estate in South Ockendon. The day was organised in October to support the CSV’s national ‘Make a difference’ the UK’s biggest month of voluntary action. Princes Trust volunteers helped out with the ‘make a difference day’ as part of a community project. Annette Lewis, community worker for ngage said: “We had such a fabulous day and were overwhelmed with what was achieved. As well as giving the centre rose bushes a much needed pruning and weeding the giant tubs, volunteers litter picked the estate which included a Halloween litter pick scavenger hunt.

Community clean up set for South Ockendon

VOLUNTEERS and residents of South Ockendon are being asked to take part in a ‘Community Clean Up’ day on the Foxglove Estate on Friday 31st October from 10am to 2pm. The clean-up has been organised by ngage to support the UK’s biggest annual volunteering event which has been expanded to take up all of October in 2013.

Go wild in the woods this half term at Mardyke Woods

GET on your bike at a Cycle Clinic on Tuesday 29th October, 1pm – 4pm, where you can get a free bike MOT, join skills training sessions and make a smoothie by bike power! For more experienced young bikers aged 10-14, mountain bike rides are taking place on Friday 1st November between 11am – 4.30pm. Book your free place with the Community Ranger on 01708 642964 or at

Family fun day at Davy Down

DAVY Down is hosting another of its successful family activity days on Sunday October 13th from 1 pm to 5 pm. You just turn up at Stifford Pumping Station on Back Lane and join in any of the free giant garden games. Snakes and ladders, draughts, Jenga, Connect 4, basketball and soccer games are there for the asking, with volunteers to show you how to play.

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