Year in Review: October, November and December

October

Thurrock does a lot for charity as illustrated by a host of MacMillan Coffee mornings.

The UKIP councillor Robert Ray continued to impress with his ward work in Aveley.

Opportunity Thurrock was a one-stop careers fair for schools which was a great success.

The Chafford Hundred Community Cookbook was launched.

The boss of the UK Studio Schools was impressed with the Ockendon Academy Studio School.

Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions continued to grow and grow. It was a pleasure to film them at the Firebreak course.

Action needed to be taken on Obesity timebomb in Thurrock.

Tony Benn spoke at the Lakeside.

Jackie Doyle Price made an emotional speech in House of Commons over Hillsborough.

November

Thurrock History Society celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.

Tory candidate, Nick Alston is voted in as Essex Police Crime Commissioner. The lowest turnout in Essex was in…..Thurrock.

An inferno at Grays Wood supplies engulfed the store.

Housing repairs giant Morrison bought out by Mears.

All the school prizegiving evenings illustrated how proud the schools are of their leavers.

Sericc, Womens Aid and Thurrock Council ran a hard hitting campaign against gender violence.

Georgia Robertson won Young Musician of the Year.

Thurrock primary schools were third from bottom of England tables for Good/Outstanding Ofsteds.

December

The woes of Basildon hospital continued.

More primary schools became academies.

The M25/A13 had a terrible couple of weeks with a number of road traffic collisions including a tragic fatal.

Kiddicare opened at Lakeside bringing 170 jobs to borough but the Health Village closed its doors on New Years Eve.

A very large hole appeared in a front garden at Blackshots.

We loved the guitar work of Grays student, Kaylen Castle.

Census reveals 1500% increase in Black population in Thurrock.

There was a wonderful production of Cinderella at the Thameside.

 

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