New Thurrock Heritage Plaques As part of the Thurrock Local History Society’s HLF funded project, there will be new Thurrock Heritage plaques voted for by the public. An extensive “long list” of possible candidates nominated by various individuals, was whittled down to a short list of five by a panel of three people – Hazel […]
Thurrock Local History Society Gardens in Essex by Linda Holdaway AT our March meeting we had a delightful talk by Linda Holdaway about the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). Volunteers recruit gardeners to open up their plots to the general public in aid of various charities. The scheme was formed 91 years ago and there are […]
TODAY (Sunday April 1st) is the hundredth anniversay of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Ten years ago, we interviewed Squadron Leader Ian Blair DFM. His act of bravery was remarkable. What was as remarkable was how self-effacing he was. During the war, he was on board a Blenheim Bomber when the pilot was killed. Ian […]
BACK in 1985, the Thurrock Gazette reported on this fascinating news item. In some ways, it harks back to another time and in other ways, has clear links with the news at present. “A RUSSIAN Shipping Boss and friend of the Mayor of Thurrock has been accused of being a Russian spy by a man […]
THURROCK Museum Volunteers are presenting a free exhibition exploring the Right to Vote this April at the Thameside Complex in Grays.
FOR our February meeting we welcomed back Linda Rhodes, now retired from her post at Valence House. She gave a detailed and interesting illustrated talk on Creekmouth, a village two miles south of Barking where the River Roding (aka Barking Creek) meets the Thames.
US evangelist Billy Graham – one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century – has died aged 99.
IN the year that marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, a pop-up art exhibition at the Coalhouse Fort takes a fresh look at the theme of ‘defence’.
THURROCK Council, in consultation with the Royal British Legion Society (RBLS) and the World War One Commemorative Events Committee, will be replacing two trees near the Grays Cenotaph with new lower level planting.
LAYING THE KEEL WORKSHOPS Be part of the Tilbury Cruise Terminal story: Celebrating the Past, Imagining the Future. Join for a series of workshops organised by Kinetika and the Tilbury on the Thames Trust, and funded by the HLF ‘Resilient Heritage’ grant programme to shape the long term plans for Tilbury Cruise Terminal and the […]
Thurrock Local History Society 15 January 2018 – Curious Essex by Susan Yates Report by Norma Leach WE began the year with an illustrated talk on Essex Curiosities by our Chairman, Susan Yates, with sad and hilarious stories. In April 1884 the most devastating earthquake in 400 years took place at Colchester, most of the […]
SINCE March 2014, we have been dipping into the Grays and Tilbury Gazette to look at life in the area we know now as Thurrock between 1914 and 1918. January 1918 WEST THURROCK WEDDING – A pretty wedding was solemnised at West Thurrock Church, on Christmas Day; the consenting parties being, Mr. Frederick James Dorrington, […]
Thurrock Local History Society 15 December 2017 – Christmas meeting Report by Nicola Leach Our December meeting celebrated the Society’s 65th anniversary. Our Christmas party went with a swing when the local singing duo Sentimental Journey provided the entertainment. Members joined in the singing and some even danced in the aisles. There was good food […]
A HOLOCAUST survivor who has taught hundreds of Thurrock students about the horrors of the Nazi death camps has been awarded an MBE.
THE Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has delivered an early Christmas present for the residents of East Tilbury! Thanks to a £65,500 HLF grant, the priceless Bata artefacts which were damaged in a devastating fire earlier this year will be restored during 2018.
Thurrock Local History Society A-Z of Thurrock History by Kevin Diver By Norma Leach AT our November meeting we were taken on an A-Z history tour of Thurrock by local historian Kevin Diver. He started at Aveley where a mammoth was discovered in 1964. This was followed by various bridges, including the WW1 pontoon bridge […]
THURROCK Council’s Museum volunteers are presenting a free exhibition at the Thameside Complex in Grays called ‘Christmas 1917’ this December.
Christmas at the Tilbury Cruise Terminal. Full details on poster.
EAST OF ENGLAND WAR MEMORIALS LISTED The East of England’s war memorials are among hundreds listed over the last year through Historic England’s pledge to protect 2,500 memorials by 2018, marking the centenary of the First World War. Built by communities in the years following the conflict, these memorials are a poignant, physical reminder […]
FROM Stanford to Aveley and from Lakeside to Grays, residents of Thurrock gathered together to pay tribute to all who served for their country. All the ceremonies had a great representation from the public, from politics, from the uniformed services and the churches. On Remembrance Sunday, people gathered at events in 14 towns and villages […]
PEOPLE of Purfleet as well as local dignitaries turned out to remember those who gave their lives in conflicts. The mayor of Thurrock, cllr Tunde Ojetola, former Thurrock MP, Andrew Mackinlay, the leader of the Thurrock Labour group, cllr Oliver Gerrish were present as people mustered at the Purfleet Heritage Centre before walking to St […]
Thurrock Local History Society 21 October 2017 The Poor Law – how we treated our poor, by Martyn Lockwood At our October meeting ex policeman Martyn Lockwood enlightened us on how we have treated the poor in the past. The Reformation in 1534 meant that the poor could no longer receive help from the monasteries […]