Residents lose as Friends of Hardie Park get licence for booze

Sub-committee chair, Cllr Mike Stone, appealed to the Friends of Hadie Park – who were at the meeting – to engage with local people after a 39-name petition was received. Speaking afterwards, he said: “We felt the enthusiasm of the Friends to create something new and exciting for their local area deserved support, but it is equally important that local people are not upset by the proposals.

St Clere’s student pleads guilty to threats to kill at school

A ST CLERE’S school pupil pleaded guilty to making threats to kill at the Stanford-le-Hope school. The 12-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Basildon magistrates court this week.

Help find Gillie the yorkshire terrier

HIS name is Gillie and he is 13 years old. He has been my grandad’s constant companion since my nan passed away two days before Christmas. He is absolutely heart broken

St Clere’s student set for court to face “threats to kill and offensive weapon charges

A ST CLERE’S school pupil has been charged with taking a knife into school and threatening to kill two fellow pupils. An Essex police spokesman said: “We were contacted shortly before 9am on Wednesday, July 2nd, and asked to attend St Clere’s School, Butts Lane, Stanford-le-Hope due to reports of a boy threatening two 12-year-old children via BlackBerry Messenger.

New play area to be opened at Thameside Nature Park

THE Essex Wildlife Trust is opening a new play area at its visitor centre in Thameside Nature Park on Saturday 19th July. With the play area being officially opened at 10am there’ll be plenty to do as children can climb the lighthouse, operate the diggers and slide down the jetty on this custom made play area.

Rotary of Corringham Thameside elect youngest ever president

THE Rotary Club of Corringham Thameside is pleased to announce that they have been successful in obtaining a grant from the National Lottery of £5,000. The money will be spent on replacing a number of items of equipment to help the club to raise its profile within the community and to attract new members.

Weekend of fun as crowds flock to Stanford Festivals

THE WEATHER held off as hundreds of residents flocked to the Stanford Music Festival on Saturday and Stanford Street Festival on Sunday. The whole weekend was testament to both the hard work undertaken by the organising committees as well as the sense of community in Stanford-le-Hope.

All roads lead to the Stanford Festival

THE WONDERFUL Stanford Festival is set fair for Sunday. Thousands are set to flock to the event on King Street and surrounding area in what is a wonderful event.

Stanford Music Festival this weekend

FROM 1pm on Saturday until 1030 at night, it is non stop music with a line up of local talent that is second to none. From the reliable The Heaters to old school No More Heroes and great singer, Louisa Johnson, there is something for everyone.

A small moment of respect in Stanford-le-Hope for those who gave their lives

IT WAS a small but significant moment of respect that one of our roving reporters captured at the weekend. A young family were passing by the Stanford memorial, a memorial that is cherished by the residents

Stanford-le-Hope community keep the home fires burning

THE STANFORD-LE-HOPE community have once again turned to the medium of film to entertain, educate and inform the local community. This time they have recognised the sacrifices made by the men who went off to fight for their country in the Great War of 1914-18.

Stanford pensioners duped of a thousand pounds by heartless conman

AROUND midday on Wednesday, June 11th a man using the name of Jonathan Roberts attended the home address of an elderly vulnerable couple and convinced them they needed some work doing to their roof. They couple paid the man £1,000 to fix their roof, which he was due to do the following day, but he never returned.

Stanford war memorial group appeal to residents

STANFORD residents who will have noticed the recent restoration works completed on the war memorial on The Green, can now begin to look forward to Phase Two of the restoration beginning on their beloved war memorial. Following the deep steam clean by local businessman and wife team, David and Marie Adamson, residents will soon start to see some more of the work which is being planned to commemorate the beginning of The Great War, now commonly known as World War One.

89-year-old suffers from smoke in Stanford-le-Hope fire

FIRE CREWS were called to a fire in a ground floor flat in Thors Oak in Stanford-le-Hope. Crews extinguished the fire by 13:05hrs, the flat was lightly smoke logged.

Two “Good” primaries receive seal of approval by Ofsted

THE SEAL of approval may be that they will leave you alone for a couple of years but we are sure that there are a number of hard-working teachers at both Abbots Hall primary and Arthur Bugler infants who are happy with that.

London Gateway announce second major client for logistics park

SIMON Moore, Chief Executive at London Gateway, said: “I’m delighted to be able welcome a leading developer of industrial real estate to DP World London Gateway. I’m confident that this partnership will deliver a great development and I’m looking forward to seeing the building work start very soon.”

Stanford-le-Hope street is the slowest in Britain (for Broadband)

TO put these speeds into perspective, it would take residents in these two streets an average 15.2 hours to download an HD-quality film. And roads in Essex feature six times in the list of the UK’s 50 slowest streets – more than any other county – according to the latest consumer speed test data collected by comparison site

Police would like to meat this man

It is alleged he went into the store in the High Street at 4pm on Monday, January 6, took the items from the display and left without making any attempt to pay for them. If you can help officers with any information please contact Pc Dominic Greenham at Grays Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Bugler trumpet Ofsted triumph!

ARTHUR BUGLER Junior School were in celebratory mood after receiving a “Good” grading from government watchdog, Ofsted. Their last inspection told them that they “Required Improvement” and that is exactly what they did!

The potholes of Fairview Chase in Stanford-le-Hope

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?

Community litter pick in Hardie Park

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.

In praise of Roy’s people

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.

Corringham women in hospital after dog attack

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.

Profit for Stanford primary PTA at Christmas Bazaar

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.

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