WE WERE wondering what the collective noun for a series of potholes is? A purgatory of potholes, a pitstop of potholes, a puncturefest of potholes? Whatever the correct alliterative phrase, the potholes of Fairview Chase in Stanford-le-Hope have to be some of the worst in the borough. Unless of course, you know of a worse street?
THE COMMUNITY-minded people of Stanford-le-Hope have organised a litter pick on Saturday. The venue will be Hardie Park just off Scratton Road.
THERE IS something about the art work of Stanford-le-Hope artist, Roy Tyson. In many ways it reminds this reporter of the beginning of the David Lynch film Blue Velvet (youtube it) when the camera goes down into the grass roots to discover a new world entirely.
A PENSIONER was taken to hospital after being attacked by two dogs. The incident occurred at 1140 am on Monday January 21st near to Rookery Close in Corringham. The East of England Ambulance Service attended and transferred the woman to Basildon hospital.
THE Gardening Club will also receive all of the money raised through the donation of Alan Farenden and the hard work of the Stanford Knitting Nannies (although, technically, not all of us are indeed Nannies)!!! This money will be used in the future work planned to improve the Conservation Area in the school.
THEY HAVE cars big as bars, they have rivers of gold but when the wind rips right through you, it is no place for the old. Now you thought for years they were talking about Fifth Avenue in New York City but no, oh no. They are talking about Kings Street in Stanford-le-Hope!
IN December 1993 after a long interregnum, Bishop Laurie inducted Revd. John Guest as Priest in Charge of St Margaret’s Stanford le Hope with Mucking. John was one of the first priests inducted by Bishop Laurie who was also a new Bishop.
CHRISTMAS cards were exchanged and everyone received a secret Santa Present. The patrons of the Old White Horse were entertained with a rendering of Jerusalem when the group sang their well known signature tune with gusto.
THURROCK Council is to clamp down on traders illegally using the Civic Amenity site at Linford. The site only has a household waste licence and should only be used by Thurrock residents to dispose of waste from their homes. However, it has become increasingly obvious that traders are taking advantage of the situation and tipping business waste at the site.
There will be Stalls, Amusements Games and Entertainment … Celebrities..Music and FUN!! FUN!! FUN!! The Corringham Events Committe have worked extra hard to bring the Christmas Festival back to life this year and have done a fantastic job. They are also running a Raffle – Pre Tickets are on sale at Cranberries & Little Sproggs in Grover Walk £1 a strip
The closure of the Southbound on slip is to assist in the construction of the extension to the A13/A1014 Basildon facing A13 On-Slip for Thurrock Council. Motorists will be directed to the next junction at the Orsett Cock Roundabout and will return to the A13/ A1014 junction via the Southend-bound carriageway of the A13.
FIRE CREWS were called to a fire in a first floor flat in Ryde Drive, Stanford-le-Hope. The property was 100 percent smoke logged, crews wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reels to extinguish the fire by 09:48hrs on Sunday morning.
POLICE have urged for caution after reports of possible abductions and assaults in Stanford-le-Hope have been the subject of fevered social media speculation. Police state that notices posted on social networking sites about potential white van men following teenagers in the Stanford-le-Hope area should be treated with caution. Officers are investigating a handful of reports during the past few days about historic sightings of a white van but without much detail. At no stage has any teenager the subject of any attempted grab.
MEMBERS of the Stanford community have joined forces to help restore the Stanford-le-Hope war memorial.
Stanford West councillor Shane Hebb, Stanford community forum chair, Terry Piccolo as well as ex-serviceman Luke Seeley and a number of others have made a pledge and started a restoration fund to give the memorial a complete overhaul so that it is ready for 2014, which will mark the centenary of the Great War.
STANFORD community leaders are set to bid for the cash on offer to develop a community hub.
Encouraged by the success of the Ockendon hub, community spokesperson, Terry Piccolo released a statement. Mr Piccolo said: “The Stanford and Corringham and Fobbing forums, after careful consideration, have decided that they wish to take advantage of an opportunity to explore the creation of an East Thurrock Community Hub.
DVD and games rental chain Blockbuster is to go into administration for a second time, says its owner, private equity firm Gordon Brothers Europe. Blockbuster has a store in Corringham. Blockbuster collapsed for the first time in January, after losing business to online firms streaming films over the internet as well as offering rentals through the post.
THE STANFORD-LE-HOPE facebook page has almost 6,500 members. It is always full of interesting debate. Not always accurate but then again you could say the same in the House of Commons. But for all its foibles, you get a feeling that the good people care.
WE ARE always impressed with the amount of writers in Thurrock. Earlier this year, the Thurrock writers festival illustrated this and this week, we have come across another author. Stanford writer, Helen Harrod’s first novel has a fascinating title: “Pills and Shroom”.
THE PEGASUS club in Corringham has been put up for sale. The Herd Lane club has been advertised on the website for GVA, a leading commercial real estate service. The future of the club has been thrown into doubt after the demise of Petroplus last year.
THE Thurrock Community Safety Partnership has been raising awareness of crime prevention in and around Stanford-le-Hope following an increase in domestic burglaries. The day of action was supported by Essex Police, the council’s community safety and Stanford housing teams as well as members of the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
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WITH THE sun breaking through on a lovely late September day, why not take the chance to go to the Arthur Bugler Autumn fete. The fete is at St James Ave East in Stanford-le-Hope between noon and 4pm.
RESIDENTS in Stanford will soon find crossing busy Southend Road easier, thanks to a new zebra crossing. Southend Road has long concerned local residents, and a speed survey in 2011 found that over half of drivers regularly broke the 30mph limit, despite it being a residential area. The road is used regularly by residents crossing to use the bus stops, as well as children on the way to school.
“I JUST wanted to express my thanks to the wonderful Stanford couple who returned my debit card in Corringham on Saturday. The couple in question were indirectly in contact with me through the Stanford-le-Hope Facebook page and, in no time at all, I knew my card was safe and had made arrangements to collect.
A PLANNING appeal in relation to an application made by a Stanford-le-Hope demolition company Squibb will be heard on Wednesday. The inquiry, which could last two days is at the Civic Offices, New Road, Grays.