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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.

Better care for stroke patients at Basildon Hospital

THE care and treatment of stroke patients at Basildon University Hospital has improved significantly over the last three years, according to the latest figures from the National Stroke Strategy. And the Trust has already begun to use the additional £1million investment, announced last month by health commissioners, to recruit more staff for stroke services and raise standards even higher.

Call Security! Anti-racism group in “meltdown” as civil war breaks out.

YT understands that anti-racism group Thurrock Racial Unity Support Taskgroup (TRUST) is holding crisis talks with Thurrock Council after internal strife has beset the group. Council bosses are set to sit down (possibly today) to try and sort out the latest problem in what has been a sorry saga over the last decade.

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 uSwitch.com.

Tory Euro candidates launch their campaign

VICKY Ford MEP said: “Our manifesto sets out a clear plan for change and offering a choice in a referendum. This manifesto was not dreamt up in the back room of a pub on a beer mat. This is the accumulation of four years of detailed work by Conservative MPs and MEPs. We believe this manifesto for real change in Europe can be delivered.”

Pop-Up Festival coming to High House

IN preparation for the festival, Pop Up has been holding weekly workshops with members of the Thurrock community and the Royal Opera House Learning and Participation and Bridge teams. Attendees have been lending their painting, sewing, dying and making skills to help make imaginative worlds a reality and create immersive story experiences.

Thurrock Writers Circle: April report

THIS month Chairman Joy Ridgewell welcomed a visitor Gary Wade. At the TWC meeting our very entertaining speaker was Peter Jones. Peter has written several books beginning as a self-publisher he has also had books published by Harper Collins but has now set up his own publishing company. Peter was very helpful with advising the best ways go about getting work published, when questions were put to him.

Elephants are heading for Lakeside!

THURROCK has had some interesting visitors over the last few weeks in the form of decorative elephant statues on their way to intu Lakeside. These beautiful hand painted elephants are part of a 30-strong herd that is making its way across Essex to the shopping centre in Thurrock.

Thurrock Yacht Club boats go back in the Thames

IT is always one of the signs of spring, just like the cricket pitches across the borough being laid out. On Saturday, Thurrock Yacht Clubs boats were winched down into the River Thames for another busy spring and summer.

Drop in session for prospective adopters

PEOPLE thinking about adoption can get essential information by calling in to the Culver Centre in Daiglen Drive, South Ockendon next Saturday (26 April).
Thurrock Council’s adoption team is hosting a drop-in session at the centre and people are invited to come along between 10am and 1pm.

Why is Thurrock Council sitting on £250K set aside to support destitute local people?

LOCAL welfare assistance  (LWS) is the social safety net for Britain’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens, intended to provide them with vital support when they face a short-term emergency or cash crisis. Introduced in April 2013, it replaced the social fund, the centrally-administered scheme abolished under the 2012 Welfare Reform Act

Sign up for ACE courses

THE new April to July 2014 ACE training programme is taking enrolments and offers FREE bitesize courses on a number of courses ranging from Computer skills and Basic emergency life support to Business support and Body Language skills. Programme Manager for ngage Jacqui Payne said: “We have some great courses in the latest ACE programme. In May, we have courses in Body Language, Dealing with conflict in the community, British Sign Language and many more. We also have a number of computer courses ranging from Absolute Beginners to Power Point and Excel.

Mayor greets gathering of the WI

The meeting was convened by West Tilbury W.I., President Joanne Phillips. The County Organiser Mrs Liz Buxton from Shenfield chaired the meeting.The Thurrock Scout and Guide Gang Show opened the meeting followed by magician Paul Clancy. A Scout and Guide Memorabilia table hosted by W.I. members showing their youthful memories before joining the Women’s Institute Organisation.

Over 3,000 calls to ambulance service over Easter

WHILE people across the country were enjoying an extended break from work this weekend, staff at the region’s ambulance service were kept busy – responding to more than 10,000 calls over the four day Easter break. In total the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received 10,013 calls and took 5,146 people to hospital over the Bank Holiday period. In contrast, the same weekend in 2013 saw 9,872 emergency calls being taken by the Trust.

Power cut hits Thurrock

THERE are reports of widespread power cuts and outages in the Thurrock area. YT has had reports from Grays, Chafford Hundred and South Ockendon. More to follow.

Egg rolling success at Langdon Hills

Despite Easter Sunday’s poor weather, 41 brave souls made their way to Langdon Hills to take part – and another 40 were on hand to support them. Prizes were awarded for the egg rolled the furthest in each age category as well as prizes for second and third places.

Tilbury’s new 70-acre London Distribution Park completes infrastructure work

LDP is the largest industrial development site closest to the M25 and the completion of the infrastructure works, which includes a new entrance road, drainage system, reservation of utilities and landscaping, now allows the building phase of the high quality distribution facilities to get underway.

Cops trying to trace jewellery dumped in Tilbury

DETECTIVES in Thurrock have been unable to identify who owns jewellery that was found dumped in the garden of a property in Quebec Road, Tilbury last month.  The items do not match any reported as stolen in burglaries, so are appealing for the owners to come forward if they recognise their property from the attached photos.

Derailed train causes Easter headache for rail-users

DERAILED freight train Ripple Lane Yard (Barking-Dagenham). Buses replace trains FROM Barking TO Grays via Rainham. London-bound unaffected.

Family escape house fire in Corringham

FIRE CREWS wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels to tackle a fire in a conservatory. Crews were originally called to a fire in a garden in Fobbing Road, Corringham at 3am but on arrival at the scene reported that the rear of the conservatory was 100 per cent alight.

Comment is free but be fair

WE always welcome the comments section on our site. In fact, we have had nearly 11,000 of them since we started in 2008. It is all part of a vibrant democracy.
With the local elections coming up, we hope that the comments continue to flow. We just wanted to put out a wee reminder as to the house rules on YT. Just keep to the matter in hand.

Thurrock News: April 1914…Vote for Charles H Seabrooke

TOWN PLANNING- The Town Planning Scheme, of which I was an advocate at the last Election, has matured and is now in its initial stages. I am anxious that the Scheme should progress for the better development of the town {also] what time such development will take place.

Police appeal after police car stolen!

MOTORISTS are asked to report sightings of a Skoda Octavia with activated blue lights to police immediately after it was stolen from outside a house in west Essex. The unmarked police car was taken from the Doddinghurst area shortly before 12:30am on Thursday, April 17. The DE12-plate blue estate car also has a two-tone sound fitted to the vehicle.

Healthwatch: Concerns over care funding in Thurrock

ALL plans for changes to services have to be agreed at Thurrock’s Health and Well-Being Overview and Scrutiny Committee, on which we hold a seat as do Thurrock Coalition. As two independent voices that represent the community, we are able to challenge decisions and gain clarity around the impact this will have on the Residents of Thurrock using services.

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