Plot to smuggle 6,000 litres of booze into UK foiled at port of Tilbury

AN attempt to smuggle almost 6,000 litres of Nigerian spirits into the UK – which would have cost the Government more than £68,000 in lost revenue – has been stopped by Border Force officers at the Port of Tilbury.

Sun shines on East Tilbury community day

THE EAST Tilbury community fun day was held on Saturday July 12th. The fun day brought the East Tilbury, Linford and Stanford-le-Hope communities together for a family day out. There was a variety of stalls including falconry, tractors and dance acts on the main stage.

Author praises work of Seafarers ahead of Sea Sunday

BRITISH author and maritime industry commentator Rose George has lauded the role of seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) and praised seafarers for the work they do ahead of the annual Sea Sunday celebrations on July 13. George who wrote the book “Deepsea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Brings You 90% of Everything” says Sea Sunday is a great opportunity to publicly appreciate the work of seafarers and the vital work they do.

Port of Tilbury welcome new Black Sea route

PORT of Tilbury’s London Container Terminal (LCT) welcomes the CMA CGM Group’s FEMEX service this month. Starting the weekly call on the 9th July with the arrival of the Santa Bettina, the service will call at the London port as part of the North Europe, Mediterranean trade route.

Art exhibition at Gateway Academy

THE BRILLIANT art work from the students at Gateway Academy will be on display on Tuesday July 8th at the Tilbury school. Go down and have a look. You will be amazed.

West Tilbury WI: July report

GUESTS from other institutes in the Thames Group were invited to enjoy the sumptuous buffet that was prepared by members. Guests were given a picture quiz to solve, and then everyone enjoyed the entertainment given by Kay (Dynamite) with her melody of songs that had the ladies joining in the singing and dancing.

Hundreds enjoy family weekend at Tilbury cruise terminal

THE weekend opened with a rousing performance from Tilbury Brass Band on Saturday morning, followed by performances from the Jacqui Couves School of Dance and a local gospel choir. On Sunday morning, the Tilbury Majorettes performed whilst welcoming visitors to the Cruise Terminal and Thurrock Golden Voices sang a medley of war-themed songs. Visitors got involved with flag-waving and singing along, making it a real highlight of the weekend.

St Catherine’s East Tilbury Village fete

ST Catherine’s church are set to host their summer fete in East Tilbury. The fete will take place in the church grounds on Princess Margaret Road (next to Coalhouse Fort) on Saturday June 29th between 1pm and 4pm.

East Tilbury community disgusted at state of Bata war memorial

EAST TILBURY residents have spoken of their shock and dismay at the state of the paving stones that surround the Bata War Memorial. A number of stones appear to have been torn up and smashed.

West Tilbury Womens Institute: June report

THE UKIP leader Nigel Farage wasn’t the only one to have a bottle of wine from the New Hall Vineyard recently as the ladies of West Tilbury WI enjoyed a visit there with lunch and wine tasting on their day out to Purleigh near Maldon. In this setting in the unspoilt Essex countryside, grapes grown here are bought by other wineries and winning wines are produced.

East Tilbury ladies clean up town!

THEY ARE a very community minded lot down in East Tilbury. To re-inforce the point, Vicki Reed Webb and her team of ladies who don’t litter went down to Gobions Field to clear up what litter had been left and also to speed up the disposal of refuse put in bags by recent visitors.

East Tilbury residents anger after travellers move in near Coronation Avenue.

A NUMBER of East Tilbury residents have expressed their “concerns” after Gypsy-Travellers moved into the East Tilbury area. A large number of caravans moved in at just before the weekend near to Coronation Avenue.

Re-dedication service at Bata war memorial

THE Bata War Memorial was restored to its former glory in the latter part of 2013 in time for the Remembrance Day services. This involved a complete deep clean, repointing of the granite blocks, new paving and steps as well as new granite plaques. These plaques show the names of 81 Bata employees who died during the Second World War.

Go for a riverside ramble down in Tilbury

RIVERSIDE Ramble is the next FREE heritage guided walk provided by the Tilbury Riverside Project. The walk takes place on Thursday 1st May at 10.30am.

Veoila send East Tilbury scouts up the wall!

GROUP Scout leader, Richard Scruby, said, “With the Trust’s help we have managed to complete our climbing wall and use it safely with very little effort and less supervision than would be required without that piece of equipment. It has brought into use something that would have been used very little to something used quite regularly by many children now.”

Bata war memorial set for re-dedication service

THE Bata War Memorial was restored to its former glory in the latter part of 2013 in time for the Remembrance Day services. This involved a complete deep clean, repointing of the granite blocks, new paving and steps as well as new granite plaques. These plaques show the names of 81 Bata employees who died during the Second World War.

Yewande is the pride of Tilbury after completing the London Marathon

TILBURY resident Yewande Kannike has done the town proud by completing the 26.2 mile London Marathon last Sunday.

The 46 year old, dubbed ‘Superwoman’ by friends, took 7 hrs and 1 min to complete the race, all in aid of charity. Yewande said: “I knew it was going to be hard but I really wanted to raise money for One Community, a local charity here in Tilbury. Theirs isn’t a cause that immediately pulls at your heartstrings, but they make such a difference to people’s lives by always being there, happy to help and giving people the confidence , skills and information to make things better for themselves and their families.

Tilbury Martial Arts Academy opens

A NEW Martial Arts academy, accessible to all, was opened by the deputy mayor of Thurrock on Friday. Deputy Mayor, cllr Wendy Curtis, joined by a host of civic dignitaries at the Civic Square gym.

Fortified sites reveal their ‘hidden treasures’

‘HIDDEN treasures’ is the theme of the 11th Euroregional Days of Fortified Sites – taking place at three visitor attractions in Essex and Medway on the weekend of 26th-27th April 2014. Festive and fun programmes of activities will create a fresh understanding of fortified heritage at 30 sites in four northern European regions: Nord-Pas-de-Calais, the Province of West Flanders in Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK.

Gateway Primary Free School buck trend with “Good” Ofsted

THE GATEWAY ACADEMY Free School in Tilbury has received a “Good” grade in its first ever Ofsted inspection. The school opened in September 2013 and is part of the Gateway Learning Community (GLC). The report, bucks a trend, which has seen (since May 2013) nine Thurrock primary schools receive a “Requires Improvement” grade, one placed in special measures and just one other (Arthur Bugler Junior) receive a “Good” grade.

Tilbury charity aids Ukranian seafarers

Wojciech Holub, AoS’ port chaplain in Tilbury provided encouragement to the only Ukrainian seafarer who was onboard a Russian ship with a full Russian crew. The ship arrived at the port on Ash Wednesday. “In times like these it is important to be ambassadors of reconciliation,” he said.

Quilt makers looking for blanket coverage

THE Community Dump Quilters Family ( Community Dump Quilters, Daughters of the Dump Quilters and Grand Daughters of the Dump Quilters) hold varied events open to the public throughout the year in addition to their weekly and monthly group sessions.

Council praise Ensign Bus Company for coming to the rescue

THURROCK Council’s transport portfolio holder has thanked a local bus firm for “rescuing” people trapped by the shutting down of the Tilbury Ferry last week. Cllr Andy Smith explained: “There was a problem with the gangway to the ferry at the Tilbury side of the crossing on Friday last week (28 February).”

Tilbury Riverside Project looking for treasurer

THE Tilbury Riverside Project’s volunteer treasurer is retiring in April after many years. We are now looking for a new treasurer who would be able to volunteer for approx six hours a month which would include attending a management meeting every second Tuesday of the month.

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