2011 Year in Review: March

Faith

We conducted our first interview in the run-up to Rock Thurrock. We have been and continue to be impressed by the works of faith groups all over the borough. If they don’t then who will?

We spoke to Rev John Guest whose son was stranded in Japan after the Tsunami.

Politics

There was a good old dust-up in the council chamber when cllr Amanda Arnold was incensed by a ‘sicknote” inference by the leader of Thurrock Council, cllr John Kent. A few months later, cllr Arnold announced she would be standing down at the next election.

The Tories were keen on scrutinising the process by which the Essex Enquirer had won the advertising contract from the council. That contract will be back on the table soon.

This was followed by the Tory “last minute” amendments to the budget proposals which somehow managed to upset a lot of people, gave Labour some great campaign material and provided us with some headlines. What it did for the people of Thurrock, heaven knows.

Aveley councillor Wendy Herd continued to scrutinise every planning application that threatened the green belt.

And the lorry park at Oliver Road continued to rumble on with “residents” causing scenes in the public gallery at meetings.

Jackie Doyle Price continued to support local businesses and ran a number of surgeries in the foyer of local supermarkets.

Sport

Olympic boxing hopeful Nina Smith was training in Moscow. It will be fascinating to follow Nina’s progress in the run up to London 2012.

East Thurrock were still on course for promotion.

Education

Quarry Hill had its first assembly as a primary school. The school has flown out of special measures due to the remarkable leadership talents of head, Martin Cowpland.

Our schools continued to be a rich source of news. Gable Hall held a bush tucker trial for Red Nose day. There was a great Eistedford at Gateway and Chafford Hundred edged closer to being an academy as Lord Harris visited the school. St Clere’s students engaged in a political debate with MP Stephen Metcalfe.

Crime

Police warned of a fake electricity credit scam.

Business

Thurrock Network Group for small businesses celebrated its first year.

Our good friends at Pixelwork launched their mobile explorer at Coalhouse Fort

Health

We filmed a piece on Every Day is a caring day at Bluebell Court Care Home but a few weeks later, the council suspended all their clients residing there.

We met Max Crompton from Little Thurrock who put the experience of a new heart in a self penned memoir called “A change of heart.”

Entertainment

Our rappers and grime artists were putting together some good work on video as they collaborated by emerging director, Smivadee.

Us

Oh and we passed a million views on our youtube channel www.youtube.com/yourthurrockfilms

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