THE ORGANISERS OF both the Oakley Close and Parsonage Road Neighbourhood Watches organised a summer garden party to bring the communities together.
The mayor, cllr Charles Curtis opened up proceedings on what was a sunny day.
Local councillors, PCSO’s and members of the community had a lovely day as kids played lots of games in the park.
Organiser Kay Ravenhill said: “It was a great day. The resident’s who attended all made a contribution to the event by donating food, drink, gazebo’s, a marquee, patio tables and chairs a bouncy castle, children’s games and much more.
“We had a Neighbourhood Watch cake donated by a professional cake maker and the mayor and the mayoress took time out of their Sunday afternoon for a coffee and a chat with resident’s before joining there family for Sunday dinner.
“We were also by joined by Labour Cllr’s Victoria Holloway & Oliver Gerrish, the Chairman of West Thurrock & South Stifford Community Forum Gareth Davies. The police also played a big part in our day John Martin from Corringham Police Station arrived in a mobile police unit and our local PCSO’s (from South Ockenden Police Station), who carried out a safety talk with the children and showed them the inside of a police car.
“The launch was originally planned to start at 12 noon and finish at 4pm but carried on until just gone 8pm, one member commented “thank you it was nice day, it was like going back to the old days with neighbours coming together.”