VOLUNTEERS have been working hard to brighten up the area around the Lightship Cafe at Grays Beach Park. Led by local resident, Tricia Nicholls, new ornamental planters have been filled with plants and flowers and work has started on maintaining other planted areas. Chair of the Lightship Cafe CIC, Tina Macklin, said;“The Lightship Cafe relies […]
KINETIKA is delighted to announce that booking opens on 18 August for the rescheduled T100 walking, talking and making festival: T100 Calling – 12- 27 September. Over the five years that T100 has taken place, each year has had a different theme. This year join Kinetika for a series of walks and picnics along the […]
Volunteers from the Orchards Forum were out on Saturday clearing rubbish from the alleyways around Benson Road, Salisbury Road, Richmond Road and Kent Road. Tina Holland, Chair of the Orchards Forum, and was one of the volunteers said; “When we started clearing local alleyways, last year, we would need six council trucks an alley to […]
POLICE forces in the East of England recorded more than 23 child sexual offences, on average, every day last year, new figures from the NSPCC reveal. There were 8579 recorded offences including rape, online grooming and sexual assault against children in 2019/20 – up 60% in the five years since 2014/15. In the UK, there […]
Community heritage and environment groups offered advice and expertise The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme has rescheduled its training programme which had to be postponed due to lockdown and now has even more to offer community groups who look after local heritage or environmental projects. The training is focussed on small charities and […]
With on-line communications becoming the new normal, Thurrock CVS in partnership with Thurrock Adult Community College (TACC) are offering residents a free session on Thursday August 13th at 2pm. Full details www.tacc.ac.uk/CVSsummer2020
THE Riverside Community Big Local has commissioned a number of benches to thank our NHS workers – and other volunteers – for all they have done to keep our communities as safe and well as possible during the Coronavirus crisis. Chair of the Riverside Community Big Local, Andy Blakey, said; “We have all been humbled […]
FROM Saturday 1 August, the Government paused shielding, and instead is advising that vulnerable residents should follow strict social distancing measures. Food parcels provided by the government, as well as the requirement for local authorities to fill any gaps, will stop. Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA), a partnership led by Thurrock Council with Stronger Together […]
NEW homes developments under construction may look like exciting places to explore, but the developer is warning children and their parents that they can be extremely hazardous. Simon Francis, Managing Director and Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames, said: “Developers like ourselves are building more new homes at sites all over the country, but […]
NEW figures released by the Bikeability Trust show a positive picture of children being offered cycling training in Thurrock. 1550 children in Thurrock took part in Bikeability cycle training from April 2019 – April 2020. The Department for Transport funded programme has been delivered to over 3.5million children in England since 2007 and proven to […]
THE Lightship Cafe is back! They are reopening this Saturday, 1st August. There will be a reduced menu and social distancing measures will be in place. They will be limiting the number of people entering the cafe at one time and request that customers eat at the benches outside the cafe. They look forward to […]
COME and join the Thurrock Bellettes. Full details on poster.
A MOTHER and daughter duo have worked together to come up with a unique way of supporting NHS workers whose mental health has been affected by the stress of dealing with Covid-19. Taaya Marjorie Griffith, a leading illustrator who lives in Chafford Hundred, Essex, and her mother, retired teacher Naomi Lumutenga, who lives in Maidstone […]
A LOCAL hospice charity is calling on families in the community to set themselves a ’30 in 30′ challenge this summer to raise money for essential hospice care. Over 500 people have already donated towards the virtual fundraising campaign, which aims to replace the charity’s public fundraising events which have had to be cancelled due […]
TRIBUTES have been paid this evening to former long time Thurrock councillor and ex mayor Barry Palmer who has passed away. Mr Palmer first became active in local politics in the seventies and was a stalwart member of the Labour Party for many years. He was first elected in 1984 and became mayor of the […]
ST. MODWEN HOMES, the housebuilder behind the 230-home Bennetts Fields development in South Ockendon, have donated £20,000 to Thurrock Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) to support vulnerable residents through the Coronavirus pandemic. Thurrock CVS have formed a partnership with Thurrock Council to establish a community response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA). […]
THURROCK council reopened Corringham Library and Grays Library on Wednesday following the reopening of Belhus Library last week. Both libraries will initially operate under temporary opening hours of 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturday. Entry to Grays Library will be via Cromwell Road, not the main entrance of the […]
MORRISONS is making it easier for its customers to feed people in need by launching food parcels that can be bought and then donated at the checkout. Food banks are often overwhelmed by products such as rice and pasta and short of other items that people actually need. The supermarket’s new ‘Pick Up Packs’ cost […]
Thurrock Council is urging residents to make sure they take part inHighways England’s latest public consultation on their Lower ThamesCrossing proposals. Running from 14 July until 12 August this is the third round ofconsultation on plans to build a major highway through Thurrock as partof a proposed new Thames river crossing. The consultation follows design […]
ROB Lay has been a well-known figure in the Thurrock community for many years for his expertise from behind the camera lens.
PEOPLE living in Stanford-Le-Hope are urging the council against approving plans which would allow HGVs moving in and out of an industrial park to be on the roads an hour earlier.
ON SATURDAY, 11th July 2020, we mark the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. In July 1995, 8,372 Muslim men and boys were massacred in and around the town of Srebrenica, solely because of their religion. Many thousands were also displaced, raped and tortured. After the Holocaust, this is the worst atrocity in Europe and we must never forget this genocide.
LAST night’s extraordinary council meeting revealed that Thurrock Conservatives have continued to invest huge sums of borrowed money, without following their own rules, confirmed they are relaxed about piling up a mountain of debt and have absolutely no idea of how they will pay it all back.
THE National Lottery is searching for your ‘hometown hero’ or ‘lockdown legend’ as part of the 2020 National Lottery Awards.