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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
OCKENDON mum Julie Earle was, for years, like many people, who knew that they had “a book in them”. For most people, it stops there, but not for Julie. Julie was inspired by her father and by childrens’ authors such as JK Rowling to write a childrens novel. We sat down with Julie to hear about the Magical Gate.
DOZENS of organisations from across the borough raised thousands of pounds by taking part in the world’s biggest coffee morning on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Care.
Wendy Higginson and her team raised £290 at the Holy Cross church coffee morning in South Ockendon. We then crossed over to the very busy Ockendon hub where the lads from HW Wilson were very busy serving coffee and tea to the assembled throng.
A HARDWORKING bricklayer from South Ockendon is busy planning a secure future for himself and his two daughters after he matched five numbers and one Lucky Star in the EuroMillions draw on Tuesday 17 September 2013, banking a very welcome £256,130.20.
A LOCAL building firm will be providing a helping hand for the Macmillan Cancer Support ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ on Friday 27 September. The South Ockendon Centre in Derry Avenue is hosting a coffee morning with a twist as local builders HW Wilson – the firm which carried out the refurbishment of the centre earlier this year – have volunteered to serve the drinks and homemade cakes to everyone who comes along on the day.
The Mayor, councillor Tony Fish, attended Destiny Chapel’s 5th Anniversary Celebrations at The Culver Centre on Saturday 14th September and also the special Thanksgiving Service held on Sunday 15th September at 10.30am, also at The Culver Centre. Destiny Chapel is a multicultural church being part of the community of South Ockendon and Thurrock which meets […]
DESTINY Chapel is a multicultural church which meets each Sunday at The Culver Centre (Main Hall), Daiglen Drive, South Ockendon, Essex RM15 5RR. It is holding a two-day Thanksgiving and Celebration to mark 5 years of being part of, and contributing to, the community of South Ockendon and the wider community of Thurrock.
SOUTH Ockendon residents had a chance to have their say about future learning opportunities in the area – and have some fun at the same time.
The South Ockendon Centre in Derry Avenue, hosted the Community Learning Fair which proved a big hit (around 2,000 people came through the doors) providing holiday activities for children and information about learning for all ages.
A FESTIVAL near to Aveley left local residents with a sleepless night in Thurrock. The One Love Festival is billed as the number one reggae and dub festival in the UK. But there was not a lot of love in the room in Aveley, South Ockendon and even as far as Kent as residents complained about the levels of noise.
Courtney-Lee is also keen to raise more money for charity during her reign. She has raised money so far for Clik Sargent, Puffin Ward at Basildon Hospital, Treetops school and Essex Air Ambulance. She has taken part in a 5 hour and 7 hour dance-a-thon for St Lukes Hospice and most recently a 6 hour dance-a-thon raising £205 for the Follow Your Dreams charity in just three days.
THE first of Thurrock Council’s “hubs” has been so successful it attracted over 36,000 people in its first 15 weeks. The council’s community portfolio holder, Cllr Lynn Worrall, told Wednesday (24 July) evening’s meeting of the council: “Over 20 partner organisations are using the centre on a regular basis to provide services from health checks to foot care and information and advice supporting a wide range of needs in the area.”
COME DOWN to Dilkes Park this weekend for a great community celebration event.
The event will be from Noon to 3pm. Participating organisations include: South Ockendon Community Forum, Veolia, Thurrock Council, Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions. Various members of the community will be holding stalls.
FIRE CREWS were called to South Ockendon on Monday after reports of a car on fire.
On attendance in Dent Close, South Ockendon, crews found that the car was well-alight. The fire was put out soon after. Police and fire service are conducting an investigation
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THIS summer, Mardyke Woods in South Ockendon is hosting fun, free activities for the whole family to enjoy, with the help of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Veolia North Thames Trust.
For a fun afternoon with your little ones, bring a picnic and favourite teddy to a Teddy Bears Picnic on Thursday 15th August 12pm – 3pm by the Cherwell Grove playground. Activities will include meeting farm animals, giant garden games, face painting and a soft play area.
The proceeds will got to Essex Air Ambulance will receive £1,000; Help for Heroes : £1,000; Basildon Neo-natal : £600.The remaining money will go to Spectrum Brass, Cancer Research Uk, St Mary’s Church Organ Fund, and the Village Hall.
Kaleigh Osborne, 25, has a rare intestinal disorder which means she cannot leave her bed and has to be fed by a machine. The J’s Hospice recognised that intu Lakeside’s Personal Stylist service could provide the kind of support that Kaleigh needed as going shopping at the centre for an outfit to wear to the wedding would be impossible. Home visits aren’t normally offered for free but on this occasion an exception was gladly made and Personal Stylist Angela Poplett conducted a series of visits with rails full of clothes and accessories to find her the right look.