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.

Easter treats at Basildon hospital

JO Fear, Volunteer Coordinator at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals, said: “We appreciate the support that ASDA give us throughout the year. It is kind of them to think of our patients who need to be in hospital over the Easter holiday.”

Eggs-citing effort for Little Haven’s by council partners

The staff – who all work at the Civic Offices in Grays for Adecco and Serco – got terribly egg-cited when they were asked to scramble for cash in their pockets to shell out and donate chocolate eggs to Little Haven’s Children’s Hospice and Collins House, the council’s adult residential home in Corringham.

Thoroughly Thurrock a thorough success

THE audience, many from the car industry, were pleased to hear Nick speak about the Ford strategy for bringing cars to market with a record ten being introduced in the next year. He also described the challenge of manufacturing an affordable green car for today’s price conscious consumer and discussed the thorny issue of how green an electric car was with recycling considerations. Colin Rate, Chairman of RatesFord also spoke at the event and easily demonstrated why RatesFord are such a successful Ford dealership not just locally but nationally as they place innovation and customer care at the heart of their business. It perhaps then unsurprising to learn they had won the Ford Chairman’s Award for customer service for 9 consecutive years and are one of only 5 dealerships in the UK to running the Quick Lane scheme using the latest equipment and technology available.

Come and see The Show-Offs!

A BRAND new improvised comedy show, performed by a troupe of highly talent professional actors and musicians is coming to the Thameside Theatre in Grays.
The Show-Offs is shaped and modelled on “Whose Line Is It Anyway” but there is a difference as the whole show is suggested by the audience.

Politicians invited to debate the future of adult social care in Thurrock

THE THURROCK Coalition is hosting an upcoming public “hustings” event, entitled the “Commitment to Care in Thurrock” on Thursday 24th April 2014 from 6:30pm for a 7pm start to 8:30pm at The Beehive, West Street, Grays.

Thurrock Coalition follows the Social Model of Disability and aims to improve the lives of disabled and older people living in Thurrock by seeking to remove environmental, attitudinal and physical barriers that exist in society

Apostleship caring for seafarers in Tilbury this easter

WOJCIECH Holub, Apostleship of the Sea’s port chaplain for Tilbury and Thames is aware that for seafarers any festive period is much like any other working day – the only difference being that their separation from family and friends and from their faith can be even more difficult to bear than usual.

Man cautioned over theft by finding in Aveley

A 42-year-old man has been cautioned for the theft of a wallet left by a passenger on a bus in Aveley. The man, from Aveley, attended Grays police station on Friday, April 11, after police released a CCTV image. He was cautioned after admitting the theft which happened at around 5pm on March 29, on the No. 22 bus.

Funky Voice are coming to Purfleet!

WITH over 800 singers, Funky Voices is Essex and Suffolk’s largest modern community choir singing modern music that can be enjoyed by everyone by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Queen, Michael Jackson and more. The 800 strong community choir perform to entertain and help raise funds for charities in the local community and worldwide on a regular basis throughout the year and have helped to raise over £260,000 so far. The choir are honoured to have had the opportunity to help and make a difference to all of the charities they have worked with since 2007.

More volunteers needed for Thurrock Foodbank

FEEDING of the 5,000. THURROCK foodbank is growing fast and in the last twelve months has provided food for over 4,250 local people in crisis. There is already a great team in place but because the work continues to expand we now need more volunteers to make things happen and ensure we can supply food to those who need it within our borough.

BA landing: Thurrock Council bosses praise over 1000 jobs coming to Thurrock

A YEAR ago that same government failed to help another important component of our industry, Tilbury power station which ironically was using re-useable energy fuel. “We have continued to work hard to attract new investment to our borough so today’s announcement that British Airways and Solena Fuels will be creating a world’s first unique facility at Coryton is great news.

British Airways announce green fuel plant on former Petroplus site in Corringham

WILLIE Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG, said: “We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and thisfirst-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry. The construction of the GreenSky London fuel facility at Thames Enterprise Park will lay the foundations for British Airways to reduce its
carbon emissions significantly. The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”

Development Corp duo agree to pay back £66,000

THURROCK Council has come to an agreement with two former Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation (DC) employees about the return of outstanding money. Niall Lindsay – the former chief executive – and Sean O’Donnell, the director of finance, have agreed terms with the council to repay the full £66,000, money which had been paid them in lieu of notice and other incidental expenses and including costs of around £6,000.

Has mystery Malaysian businessman bought The Pegasus Club?

A SPOKESPERSON for The Pegasus said: “The Club is in the process of being bought by a Malaysian businessman. At this moment we have no idea of his intent for the Peg. Our lease expires on May 31st. We are fulfilling our engagements to the end of April. We are holding a farewell weekend over Mayday Bank Holiday.

A touch of the Andrews sisters at the Bulphan WI

BULPHAN WI went back 60 years in time at their 85th birthday celebration which had a wartime theme. In the village hall which was set out like a street party, festooned with bunting and with jamjars of wild flowers decorating the tables, 40 members and 32 guests entered into the spirit of the evening by dressing up in uniform (all the forces were represented) appearing in crossover pinafores with “turban” headscarves or transforming themselves into evacuees, complete with gas mask box. The few who hadn’t dressed up were happy to pay a £1 fine, which was sent with this month’s box of donated food to the local foodbank.

E-fit released after cop assaulted following burglary

A MAN was seen at 4.55pm to climb over a fence and force open conservatory doors. Police were contacted and the suspect was seen in Watts Crescent and chased in to Watts Woods. The suspect assaulted the police officer and made off. He dropped a rucksack containing some of the items stolen in the burglary, although some remain outstanding including gold Gerrad watch, a silver Ebel watch and some jewellery.

Large fire near Brentwood Road in Bulphan

FIRE CREWS are tackling a large rubbish fire on the Brentwood Road in Bulphan.

The incident commander reports that a pile of mixed waste covering an area of 50 metres by 50 metres is completely alight. Crews are using two ground monitors to control the blaze.

UPDATE: Eight Romanians charged after £1.2 million heist at Lakeside

EIGHT men have been charged with aggravated burglary following a break in at a jewellers in the Lakeside shopping centre where goods totalling £1.2m were stolen. The Romanian nationals will be appearing before magistrates in Basildon on Monday, April 14, each charged with one count of aggravated burglary.

Violent robbery in First Avenue, Grays

DETECTIVES in Grays are appealing for information following a robbery in First Avenue. A man in his 40s from Grays was approached by two black men as he walked to his car parked at the junction of First Avenue and London Road, at 8.50pm on Friday, April 11.

Brave Sarah set to run London in memory of her dad John Scowen

AS WE reported on Monday, the chair of Thurrock Arts Society, John Scowen passed away on Monday after succumbing to Motor Neurone Disease. John was one of the borough’s favourite sons.

Tilbury thug escapes jail after caught on cctv choking dog

A THUG from Tilbury, who was caught on camera holding his dog in the air as he throttled it has been spared jail. Bradley Robertson, 27, of Tilbury, Essex, was investigated after CCTV footage emerged of him suspending his Yorkshire terrier Scamp (who has since been re-homed) in the air by its neck.

Two arrested following shooting in Chafford Hundred

DETECTIVES in Grays are appealing for information after an incident in Lions Gorge in Chafford Hundred where a 13-year-old boy was injured by an air weapon.
It happened at around 6.15pm yesterday (Thursday, April 10) in the fishing lakes area near Devonshire Road.

Petchey Award x 3: The amazing James triplets!

WILLIAM, who has autism, has been recognised for the role he has played as Head Boy this year at Treetops School, and his success in the performing arts. A drama and music enthusiast, William has performed in a range of song, dance and theatrical performances and spent the £200 he received for winning the award on Treetop’s drama department. William is determined that his disability doesn’t hold him back and this autumn will attend South Essex College in his efforts to pursue a career in music production.

Ockendon hub celebrates first year

SOUTH Ockendon was celebrating in style as the South Ockendon Centre marked its first birthday. The centre is a three-way partnership between Thurrock Council, the South Ockendon Community Forum and the Thurrock Council for Voluntary Service. Based in the former library building in Derry Avenue, the centre has proved a huge hit with local people […]

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