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.

Two arrested after making off from crash in East Tilbury

A COLLISION between two cars in East Tilbury led to the arrest of two people suspected of taking a car without permission. The incident happened at 11am on Wednesday February 19th when a Seat car failed to stop for police officers in Linford.

Apostleship on hand after Marco Polo tragedy

SEAFARERS’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has been providing support to crew struggling to keep shipping going despite the recent storms. In Tilbury, AoS port chaplain, Wojiech Holub, expressed his concern for the crew of the cruise ship ‘Marco Polo’ following the death of an 85-year-old male passenger who died after waves crashed through a window of the cruise ship as it headed for its home port of Tilbury in Essex.

Community celebrates Diversity Day in Tilbury

RCCG Tilbury celebrated five years since their first Diversity Day with a celebration of the growing communities in Tilbury. Residents and community champions from the Tilbury area and across the borough came together to the event in the Civic Square.

Tales from the Tilbury railway platform

ANOTHER FREE event from the Tilbury Riverside Project in partnership with the Port of Tilbury and Heritage Lottery Fund. Go along, have a cuppa and hear a very interesting talk and slideshow for FREE!

West Tilbury WI: Feb report

PRESIDENT Margaret Clamp welcomed Tony Hogger from Occasions Cake Studio as our speaker this month. Tony has been designing and decorating cakes for over thirty years and he brought two of his cakes to show members the best way to decorate and how to cut it the cake without making it lopsided.

History of Tilbury talk

THURROCK historian, Jonathan Catton will be giving a talk on Tilbury next week. This is a FREE event, no need to book. The talk will be on Tuesday 14th at 2pm in the Ellis Theatre, Gateway Academy, Marshfoot Road.

Genevieve to have head shaved for Teenage Cancer

A THURROCK woman is having her head shaved as part of a charity push in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT). Genevieve Smith works for The Body shop, who are sponsors of the TCT.

Santa’s visit to East Tilbury delights youngsters

IT LOOKS like one person has no problems with the East Tilbury Crossing as Santa’s sleigh glided into East Tilbury. Dozens of youngsters were delighted as his sleigh went down Princess Margaret Road and through Coronation Avenue.

Restoration complete on Port of Tilbury skyline

THE PORT of Tilbury have invested £250,000 into restoring a historical landmark, which features prominently on the Thames skyline. The cupola, the ornate dome structure which can be seen atop the London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury, has been in situ since 1929 and has recently been taken down in order to perform essential restoration work.

Million pound lottery boost for Coalhouse Fort

OVER a million pounds is to be spent on Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury over the coming few years. The trigger for the huge funding boost was a successful bid for £790,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, supported by a further £110,000 from Veolia North Thames Trust and further cash and in-kind support from Thurrock Council, bringing the total project value to £1.25 million.

Redeemed Church announce Christmas events

THE REDEEMED Church in Tilbury have a number of events over the festive spirit that may not be good for the waist line but appear to be very good for the soul.

West Tilbury WI: Christmas report

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.

Tilbury Christmas decorations light up the night sky

ONE OF THE great traditions of the Thurrock year is the switching on of the Christmas lights at Tilbury. The crowds came, the weather held off, the choirs were wonderful and Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price came along to switch on the lights.

Trailer blazed in Melba Gardens, Tilbury

THERE are reports of a large fire in Tilbury. YT understands that it is in the Melba Gardens area of Tilbury.

ID now needed to use Linford waste site

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.

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