SOME months have key themes but October was packed with a variety of stories. After a two year battle, Grays School came out of special measures.
Ormiston Park Academy out on a wonderful performance of A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Thameside.
Budget cuts/savings were top of the agenda at the council as the recession started to bite deep into the public sector.
The issue of a council newspaper as part of an overhaul of the communications strategy was hotly debated but eventually the council backed down.
The council launched a radical new social housing project.
Lakeside Hammers won silverware while Mardyke Rotary ran a fine evening for all those who got on their bikes at the Thurrock Cycle Marathon.
Cllr Danny Nicklen showed them how it was done as he swept the board at the Local Democracy week at Ockendon school.
The five football teams in the borough were enjoying varying degrees of success. Grays were in the relegation zone of the Blue Square Premier, Thurrock in the play-off positions in the Conference South; Aveley see-sawing in the Ryman Premier; East Thurrock flying high in the Ryman Div One North and Tilbury coming up on the rails.
Once again, we interviewed some fascinating people at the Thameside: discussing scottish folk clubs with Richard Digance and being tortured by the South African police with Siya Twani.