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Purfleet charity receives cash boost

A TWO-YEAR project in Thurrock has received a £35,917 funding boost to help give local youngsters a safe place to socialise. St Stephen’s Community Trust, a charity based in Purfleet-on-Thames, will use the cash investment to set-up a weekly youth club for 11-19-year-olds. Young people attending the club will have access to a variety of […]

Breaking News: Roof blown off block of flats in Purfleet

FIRE CREWS have been called to a roof blown off of a two storey block of flats in Bridgland Road, Purfleet . Fire crews report four residents have been made homeless, crews are currently dealing with the incident.

Guilty plea to callous thief who left driver in Purfleet “for dead”

LEONARD Willsher, aged 41 from Basildon, has today pleaded guilty to several offences that left a 58 year old delivery driver fighting for his life.
David Fletcher from Upminster was making deliveries in Wood Avenue, Purfleet on July 9, 2013 when two men jumped into his lorry and attempted to drive off. Mr Fletcher chased after the lorry, but was pushed in the face by the driver, and fell to the ground. His lorry then drove over him, leaving him with serious multiple injuries.

Appeal after rare breed of dog found in “pitiful condition” in Purfleet

THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a rare breed dog was found in an appalling condition, chained to a large lump of concrete in Purfleet. RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor was called to the garages off Sussex Terrace, Purfleet, after a local resident spotted the distressed dog chained inside a derelict garage with the door missing.

Residents anger as dumped waste bales remain in field

IN APRIL, three men were arrested after a number of agencies swooped on a field in Purfleet, where masses of household and business waste was illegally dumped on open land and camouflaged as plastic-wrapped hay bales. Now, six months later, residents near to the field on the Arterial Road in Purfleet are complaining that the […]

The Backstage Centre “Highly Commended” at BCI awards

THE Backstage Centre, a production and rehearsal venue in Purfleet, was “Highly Commended” at the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards. The BCI Awards are an established industry accolade recognising excellence in the delivery of building and civil engineering infrastructure projects.

P&G give generously to Seafarers’ Christmas Parcel Appeal

“THE people of Thurrock always show their immense generosity to the guys on the ships at this time of year,” says Paul. “For the past couple of years, we’ve been able to hand out over a thousand parcels to Filipinos, Chinese and other nationalities who find themselves spending Christmas berthed at Tilbury Docks or the Purfleet jetties. I would like to thank Paul Wilson at P&G for the company’s very generous donation.”

Purfleet Community Fun Day this weekend

PURFLEET Community Fun Day on Sunday 18th August, 11am to 3pm. On the riverfront, Centurian Way, Purfleet. There will be Bouncy Castles, Hot Food, Stalls, Ice-Cream, Tombola, Face Painting

Kimberly’s experience in Ethiopia

PURFLEET-based Kimberly MacKinnon went over the Ethiopia as part of the voluntary services overseas (VSO). It was clearly a deeply emotional experience and a fascinating one as well. Ethiopia is a country of contrast.We went to see Kimberly and asked her what were her lasting impressions of Ethiopia.

Two fires in Purfleet

FIRE crews tackled two fires in Purfleet on Saturday afternoon. Crews from Grays were called to a machinery fire at Foster Yeoman, in Jurgens Road, at about 12.15pm.

RSPB graffiti clean up

The Purfleet Marshes site had been a victim of graffiti tagging and as one of the borough’s most visited areas the council assisted the clear-up, without charge. Terry Robinson, the RSPB’s office manager said: “It’s rare we get graffiti here and we are really grateful that the council were able to help us out on this occasion.

Community cafe opens up to community in Purfleet

THERE is always a strong sense of community in Purfleet. Some say it is a little like a part of the borough that feels a little bit neglected. Plans to build a new town centre will surely correct that. However, residents have built up a nice sense of community at the community cafe in River Court.

Purfleet footballers run rings round the police

The game was organised by Tom Hopkins, a Youth Worker with Thurrock Council who explained: “The match was part of a project which includes weekly Friday night football sessions for young people on the Garrison estate. The aim is to use football as an engagement tool to break down social barriers, provide young people with a positive activity and work at reducing anti social behaviour.

Kent asks: “What is that noise coming from Thurrock?”

A MYSTERY ‘metallic banging noise’ which echoed across north Kent last night was caused by emergency repairs to a jetty in Purfleet. Reports say the noise, which became noticeable shortly after 8pm on Tuesday night and continued for around an hour, could be heard as far east as Greenhithe and as far west as Crayford […]

Purfleet ‘Love to Plant day’ is a success!

NGAGE, the community organisation and volunteer centre for Thurrock, recently held two ‘Love to plant days’ in partnership with Thurrock Council on the Garrison Estate in Purfleet. Local residents and volunteers were asked to get involved in the events which coincided with Valentine’s day, to help with the planting of 500 new trees for the estate and were able to name a tree for the one they loved.

Flood warning for Purfleet and North Stifford area

“River levels are expected to start falling over the next 12 hours (0800 hrs on Dec 23rd) although levels will remain high. No significant rainfall is expected until the early hours of Monday morning.” This is the second time this month that a flood warning has been issued for this area.

Purfleet to celebrate being part of One Thurrock

PURFLEET celebrates its community at a special event to highlight the diversity of cultures which work and live together. Purfleet Primary School hosts the “One Thurrock” event on Thursday November 29th where community groups will join members of the school community to celebrate the differences of the area and borough as a whole.

Purfleet ‘Make a difference day’

ngage, the community organisation and volunteer centre for Thurrock held a ‘Make a Difference Day’ event to support the CSV national make a difference day, which is the UK’s largest day of volunteer action. Residents and volunteers joined ngage and council staff to help clear the estate of litter and encourage residents to clear unwanted items from their home or front or back gardens.

Housing surgeries in Purfleet and Stanford

A PROGRAMME of monthly housing surgeries has been rolled out in Purfleet and Stanford to replace the closure of the local offices in those areas.
These surgeries are part of the council’s aim to deliver a more personalised and flexible service for tenants as well as to lessen the amount of time housing staff spend in the office, so that more time can be spent with tenants on the estates and in their homes.

Calling all Garrison Estate residents and volunteers.

NGAGE, the community organisation and volunteer centre for Thurrock are organising a ‘Fun Autumn Clear Up Day’ in partnership with Thurrock Council on Saturday 27th October, between 10am-2pm and are inviting local residents and volunteers to come along and help make a difference.

Family fun day at St Stephen’s in Purfleet

THE NEWLY launched St Stephen’s Community Trust are holding a family fun day this Saturday at St Stephen’s church hall in London Road, Purfleet.

Ballion’s Crake filmed at RSPB in Purfleet

HUNDREDS OF twitchers descended on Purfleet at the weekend to catch a rare glimpse of the Baillons Crake.
A sighting is rare enough but this was a juvenile. Chafford ornithologist, David Darrell-Lambert went down to the site and captured the rare bird on film.

Twitchers head to RSPB after Ballions Crake spotted

HUNDREDS of birdwatchers have descended on the RSPB site in Purfleet after a rare sighting of a Ballion’s Crake. The small waterbird is according to twitchers a rare sight in the UK.

Pooches are the stars of shows in Purfleet and Ockendon

TWO events promoting responsible dog ownership in Purfleet and South Ockendon were very well attended and 77 dogs were micro chipped in total. All the chips were donated by the Dogs Trust with Gemini Kennels providing the chipping, dog tags and some general advice to dog owners. Some breeds of dog even qualified for free spaying and goodie bags containing advice leaflets dog mess bags and dog treats were given out.

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