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Phil’s Blog: Big C ain’t so big…….but scratch your balls lads

I’M 31, fairly typical- beautiful wife and two gorgeous daughters. I’m in shape, I look healthy- I run, I circuit train and from time to time I shift some weight. I eat well 90-ish% of the time. And yet this month, I learned that I’ve got a bit of testicular cancer.

Benyon Primary welcomes Scrambles the Chick

FOLLOWING an agonising 21 days of eager anticipation, the Benyon Nursery are pleased to welcome Scrambles the Chick into their classroom. The children have learnt about the incubation and hatching process. They were extremely delighted when they saw the first cracks appear on Thursday morning and had to wait until the following morning to meet their new friend.

Clampdown on anti-social behaviour in South Ockendon

FOLLOWING the success of a campaign targeting anti-social behaviour and irresponsible use of alcohol in Corringham last year, a second scheme is set to be launched in South Ockendon. The Corringham Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) involves various Thurrock Council departments – including trading standards and licensing – Essex Police, and local off-licence retailers.

Benyon primary are kings and queens of the castle

YEAR 2 teacher Natasha Moore explained: “Mountfitchet Castle offered a unique experience for the children to travel back in time 900 years, to witness life in a Norman Motte and Bailey castle and village. In a fun and imaginative way, the children discovered and learnt about the lives of Norman people by exploring the many houses and exhibits reconstructed as they were during the Norman times.”

Ockendon scouts open new extension

THE Ockendon Scout and Guide recently celebrated the opening of their £80,000 extension to their Tamarisk Road, Ockendon Headquarters. The extension has added a large Garage for the Group’s canoe trailer and activity equipment together with a purpose built Committee Room above for Meetings and Activities.

Teenager with serious head injuries after hit and run in South Ockendon

POLICE are appealing for information after a 19-year-old man was struck by a vehicle in the early hours of this morning. The vehicle then left the scene, leaving the victim with head injuries. He is currently in a serious condition at Basildon Hospital.

Ockendon teacher in Queen’s Birthday honours

A former primary teacher at Bonnygate Primary School, in South Ockendon, her colleagues say she is convinced that any child, irrespective of their home circumstances, can thrive if shown love, trust and belief. She put this into practice by spending countless hours before, during and after school, coaching young people and building up their confidence and self-esteem.

Tragedy as dog dies in Ockendon lake

FIRE CREWS were called to a dog reported to be trapped in the reeds around the lake at the Marley Fishing Club in Stifford Road, South Ockendon. Fire crews deployed a boat to the lake and used a rescue path to search for the missing Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Somers Heath making good progress say Ofsted

A THURROCK primary school said to be requiring improvement in February is already making considerable progress, says the schools inspectorate Ofsted.
An inspector paid a monitoring visit to Somers Heath in Foyle Drive, South Ockendon, on 22 May – the first visit since Ofsted were there during the “focus” on Thurrock.

Update: Missing South Ockendon teenager Reece Loft found

Reece Loft,16, who was missing from his home in South Ockendon has been found safe in Northamptonshire. He is being brought home after being discovered in Wellingborough last night, Saturday May 10.

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.

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