BY the age of 19, Stan Franks had completed 31 missions over Germany during the Second World War. At 88 years old, Stan Franks was found dead in his Fobbing, where he lived alone. He was found after his neighbours became concerned about his welfare and they had asked for police to inquire about his well being.
THE THURROCK community came together to pay tribute to all those ho gave their lives on defence of their country. From white doves released in Aveley to poppies in the sky at Stanford, the borough, once again, showed respect and admiration for the men and women.
MEMBERS of the Stanford community have joined forces to help restore the Stanford-le-Hope war memorial.
Stanford West councillor Shane Hebb, Stanford community forum chair, Terry Piccolo as well as ex-serviceman Luke Seeley and a number of others have made a pledge and started a restoration fund to give the memorial a complete overhaul so that it is ready for 2014, which will mark the centenary of the Great War.
THURROCK COUNCIL are set to announce their plans for four years of commemorations in respect of The Great War.The plans will be discussed and voted upon at a meeting of the full council next Wednesday (Oct 23rd). The proposed plans will include. Saturday 2 August – 4 August 2014 – A significant event based at one of the Borough’s key military heritage sites. To incorporate learning about the period, community engagement and participation. This event will also include the key Civic event for remembering the beginning of World War One, officially recognised as 4 August 1914.
Thurrock Council are working with the Heritage Lottery, speaking with local residents of Thurrock, about your memories of the park. The Council will use the information they collect to ask for lottery funding to improve the park in the future. Your views are valuable to them and they would like to create ‘Friends of Grays Park Group’ to help generate interest in the project.
THE Shaftesbury took boys from the age of 12 to 15, who were sent there to learn a trade: seamanship. The book includes events such as, the night the ship broke its moorings and ran aground in a wintery storm, the day when the Duke of York, who later became George V came to Grays to visit the ship and the tragedy that took place on that day and the discovery of a large fraud by an officer, who absconded leaving a Grays tradesman going to the Assizes wrongly accused.
AS WE do on this day and have done since we began, we pause for a moment for Neil Robin Wright. Neil went from Tilbury to New York City to work for Cantor Fitzgerald. Neil perished in the South Tower.
LIFE will never be the same without you, you’re absolutely irreplaceable, and the day you passed away was a day which I just never thought would come. I cry whilst writing this, but know this Grandad, we knew how much you adored us, and you knew how much we adored you. The last time I saw you, you could barely speak, you took my hand and gripped it tight, it was your way of saying how much you loved me, and I’ll never forget that. You were one of a kind and it absolutely pains me that I’ll never be able to see you again and have a conversation with you again. I know, though, that you’re up in Heaven now, looking down on us and you’ll guide us through our lives. It was an absolute honour being your Grandson, Grandad. Thank you for 19 and a half years of unconditional love. You’ll always live on in our hearts.
THE first of a new series of local history books is about to be published. It covers the history of Thurrock’s Great War Memorials. Author Steven Cape was born in Stanford-le-Hope in 1960 and following a brief visit to the former Western Front in 2005, became hooked on the subject of the First World War and decided to research the names found on his home town’s memorial.
THE original 1955 bronze plaques bearing the names of 69 Bata employees who lost their lives in the Second World War will be replaced by new black granite plaques and will have the names of 81 Bata employees who have now been traced. Paving around the Memorial will be replaced and work will also take place on the immediate garden area. The 1955 plaques will eventually be permanently located in St Catherine’s Church, East Tilbury.
IN the summer of 1914 the dark cloud of war fell over Europe. Despite the belief that it would be “all over by Christmas” the First World or Great War destroyed lives until November 1918 and beyond.
DON’T forget to see the premier next week of the DVD ‘The Story Behind the Roads’. This tells the history of the street names of Tilbury town featuring voice overs from June Brown, Peter Hewitt MBE , Les Morgan, Sue Yates, Jack Doodes, George and Shelia Ridges and project manager Annie O’Brien.
THE MAYOR of Thurrock, cllr Tony Fish, has sent a letter of congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son George, prince of Cambridge. The announcement was made at full council after Stanford West councillor, Shane Hebb, called for the chamber to send their congratulations regarding the happy event, which took place on Monday, July 22nd.
THE BELLS of St Peter and St Paul’s church rang out last night to announce and celebrate the arrival of the prince of Cambridge, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The baby boy was born at 4.24pm on Monday afternoon.
A GROUP of people interested in the history and heritage of Thurrock (Essex, UK) have started a national campaign that aims to ensure the preservation of the gardens and house built by Alfred Russel Wallace in Grays Thurrock. The campaign has been welcomed by Dr. George Beccaloni of the Natural History Museum who said “The Dell is historically very important because it is the only one of the three homes that Wallace built which still survives.
“I PAY tribute to the Windrush generation and praise their fortitude and determination in overcoming those difficult challenges. Younger generations are rightly very proud of those early pioneers, and while some social issues still need to be tackled, I strongly believe that our country today is an overwhelmingly fair and tolerant one. And this is in part down to the people from the Caribbean and around the world who settled here.
ESSEX Fire Museum in Grays is looking to recruit a team of volunteers to help capture the history of fire fighting in the County. Volunteers will meet, interview and record the living memories of people who served in Essex County Fire and Rescue Service as part of a project to create an oral history of our organisation.
Pipe fitter and jazz fan John Graham jumped from a 75ft gantry at the Coryton refinery over fears of a visit from VAT officers, his widow told an inquest. Mr Graham was contacted by VAT officers who had been informed about his sideline in selling records, posters and pictures at concerts and festivals. Although he put a lot of effort into the ‘business’, it was actually more of a hobby and barely covered his expenses.
ALL of 818 years ago on 11 June Henry de Grey, a Norman knight, acquired the Parish of Thurrock from King Richard the Lion Heart. On Tuesday this year Thurrock Council marked the first step in the creation of a town named Grays with a Thurrock Heritage Plaque.
A WORLD War II veteran from Chadwell St Mary has become the first-ever recipient of PETA’s Compassionate Dad Award for a lifetime of encouraging kindness and empathy for animals. Sidney Pledger, who turns 90 in October and was born in Ireton Place in Grays, was nominated by daughter Sharen for his progressive views and always helping animals in need, having rescued many homeless, sick and injured animals over the course of his life.
THIS year a series of events are being planned to mark the 65th anniversary of the ship carrying 492 West Indians, the first wave of Caribbean migrants to work in Great Britain – starting this nation’s multi-cultural society.
Saturday, 22 June marks the anniversary of this iconic voyage and a celebration is planned which will involve a number of national partners culminating that weekend.
Evidence of a settlement occupied by prehistoric Man was unearthed by bulldozers at the Chafford Hundred development site. Jonathan Catton, Thurrock Council museum assistant, followed bulldozers working on the site on the west side of Hogg Lane, sifting through the earth for articles of historical significance.
Wandworth detectives started the search for a woman’s body at Mucking Tip near Tilbury on 27 April.
Sandra Midlane, 23, failed to return to her Chiswick home following a visit to her husband’s Fulham flat, prompting the hunt for her body.
Initial searches of the areas surrounding their homes bore no fruit so the police switched their focus to Mucking, where a new consignment of domestic refuse arrived from London on 27 April.
AS WE dip into the news from 25 years ago, we find stories about mould and benefit changes…How times have changed…Detectives stepped up their hunt for a dangerous sex pervert dressed in drag who attempted to abduct two young schoolboys in a three day period. Pupils got a chance to meet Thurrock’s Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr John Dunn and wife Mary, during their official visits to three local schools. Members of Springhouse Co-operative Women’s Guild undertook a six-mile sponsored walk, despite the rain, to raise funds for Philip Ward and Barry Stafford from Stanford.