Soham Town Rangers 1 v 2 Grays Athletic

VERY long grass and a bumpy pitch does not make for champagne football but goals by Ishmael Welsh and Simon Thomas were enough to secure a first round FA Trophy win for the Blues. The ball seemed to get stuck underneath the players boots and one touch flowing football was nigh on impossible.

Coryton protest: update

Protest group spokesperson Terri Orchard, who is taking part, said: “We don’t have a hope of tackling climate change if we don’t find a way to start moving beyond oil. But Big Oil is relentless. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic to the Canadian tar sands, oil companies are devastating local environments, trampling the rights of local communities, and pushing us over the edge to catastrophic climate change.

Eco protest group chained to lorries on Manorway

THERE are reports of several eco-protestors who have chained themselves to petrol tankers on the Manorway in Corringham.

Police appear to be prepared for a major protest with dozens of police vans parked in Stanford-le-Hope, roads blocked off and helicopters flying overhead. Police are at Fenchurch Street preventing protestors getting to Stanford-le-Hope station.

Is there a “crime spree” in South Ockendon

What we do notice is the high number of appeals for information regarding crimes in South Ockendon. The robbery at Tesco Express, assaults outside pubs, delivery driver robbed, asbo for teenagers, purge on youths in Dilkes Park, arson attack in Quince Tree Close. The list appears to be endless (and that is just the last two months!).

Bulphan Community Forum News

Arranged for a member of Thurrock Community Safety Partnership to address the Forum on the subject of irresponsible dog-owners who fail to clear up after their pets (if you wish to report this, ‘phone Jim Coote on 01375 652597 with details and his team will take action) * Included a planning page on the website (

Your Voice: Anna Winn

ONE of the key assets for the Your Voice sessions is for the singing teachers at Thurrock Music Services to be able to sit down with their students and have a look at the films and assess their work.

To the untrained ear, they all sound great but staff will be able to pick up on every nuance and inflection in order to ensure the singers are getting better and better.

Union warns 400 jobs could go as Basildon and Thurrock hospital

Overall, health workers union UNISON have warned as many as 600 jobs stand to be lost. The move has come after NHS South West Essex Primary Care Trust – the body in charge of allocating healthcare funding for Brentwood, Basildon and Thurrock – admitted it was now in “extreme financial difficulty” after a two-year overspend.

Another fatal crash on the M25

Police are in attendance at a crash on the clockwise track of the M25 between junction 29 and 30. The crash happened at about 05.40 am this morning, (October 15, 2010) and involved at least 3 vehicles.

Baroness Smith on Bloody Sunday

In conclusion, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Saville, and his team have done more than present an exceptional report on Bloody Sunday; they have reinvigorated the quest for truth. Governments, in setting up the inquiry and in the way that they have responded, have helped to create confidence in the process of truth and investigation. The challenge now is to ensure that everything possible is done to maintain economic and political stability for the whole of the community, and that the way forward meets the needs of the future and does not ignore, but properly deals with, the issues of the past.

Your Voice: Jessica Hale

JESSICA is already well under way with her chosen career: she is studying photography at Harlow College. There are clearly many other strings to this young ladies bow as she take to the stage at the Your Voice sessions.

Government abolish Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation

The government has officially announced the abolition of the DC in a a huge cull of quangos. It is a move it says will improve accountability and cut costs. It will axe 192 of the public bodies – such as the Film Council and the Audit Commission – while 118 will be merged. The future of some bodies is still under consideration but 380 will definitely be kept, the list says.

Thurrock Cycle Marathon presentation

The Rotary Club would like to thank Thurrock Council for its grant of £1,150 that went towards advertising, and refreshments for the marathon, and Decathlon in Lakeside retail park, which donated a racing bike for the prize draw that was won by Ben Reece, 23, from Grays.

Save a life in Grays with the ambulance service

Volunteers take it in turn to be ‘on call’ and carry basic first aid equipment and a simple-to-use automated external defibrillator (AED). The emergency operations centre sends them to the scene of category A (immediately life threatening) 999 calls. First Responders are dispatched at the same time as the ambulance crew, but often arrive beforehand because they are based so locally. The responder then provides care until the ambulance arrives, usually only a few minutes later.