T-Fest 2011: Better than ever!

“It gives local talent the chance to shine on the same stage as national and international celebrities and it’s marvellous that the council’s diversity team has been able to find the external funding to ensure 2011 will be bigger, better and more fun than ever before.”

Tender for council adverts

Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: “The council has to continue making significant spending cuts over the next few years. By packaging up the amount we spend on advertising — such as statutory public notices — and putting this out to competitive tender, we have been able to reduce costs by more than £60,000.

Get Into Retail

You will also develop effective customer service and communication skills; gain up-to-date qualifications in literacy and numeracy; build skills in time management, productivity and assertiveness and ultimately get the chance to apply for a job with a major retailer.

School building in Thurrock on the march!

Around £2 million is to be spent on a new dedicated early years and foundation stage block at Stifford Primary in Parker Road, Grays. The development also includes three new classrooms to bring the school up to the required amount of teaching room for its published numbers and provide an enclosed courtyard as safe, outside learning space for Year 1 children.

Council reveals list of top earners

Local authorities have always published lists of top earners in their annual accounts, but the government wants more detail made public. The list of 19 includes the Chief Executive, directors and heads of service, giving their name, job title, service area and – in all but one case – the salary within a £5,000 range.

Asbo served on Thurrock dentist

Stanford-le-Hope dentist given asbo after neighbours “sick to the back teeth” of behaviour for years. The ASBO bans her from talking to her neighbours, trespassing on their property including littering and interfering with the fence. It also prevents her making any noise which can be heard next door between 11pm and 6am. If any of the conditions are broken it could lead to arrest, prosecution and a prison term.

February Half Term – Youth Activities

CHILDREN and young people will be kept busy this month, with a range of activities taking place in the half term across Thurrock.

If it’s football you’re looking for, Chelsea FC Foundation is running a soccer school at William Edwards for ages from three to15. Another soccer school will be taking place at Quarry Hill Primary School, run by Star Sports and Soccer.

Apprenticeship week launch at Park Inn

To book your FREE place, please email your contact details to: jellery@thurrock.gov.uk or call 01375 413015. This event is an informal opportunity to find out about how an apprentice for your organisation can enable your company to build your workforce for the future. A 16-18 year old apprentice would cost your business £95per week and the training is free.

Classy fundraising event

On Friday the school helped raise funds as Oliver has been accepted for an operation in the United States where he would have to stay for around a month. Pupils came to class dressed as everything from cowboys to nurses. Oliver’s family is trying to raise £40,000 before April for the trip and op which will release the tension in his legs so that he may not need a wheelchair as he grows older.

Computer Love

A film commissioned last year by Thurrock Council with money from the Government’s Local Area Agreement has been acclaimed at an international film festival. Computer Love, a dance film by Southend-based video artist David Valentine won a special mention by the judges at the IDN festival in Barcelona – the world’s biggest digital dance festival.

Council: Let’s talk in Tilbury

Tilbury is hosting the third Thurrock’s Future — Let’s Talk evening where residents can talk with and question senior politicians and officers of the council. The event will be held at Lansdowne School in Lansdowne Road, starting at 7pm sharp and running for 90 minutes on Thursday, 3 March.

Leaders link to fight crossing plan

“The proposal as it stands would see marshland and countryside of international scientific importance sacrificed and rural life threatened on both sides of the river. I am very pleased that we can stand alongside Thurrock Council to fight the scheme. This is an issue which transcends mere party politics because it is about defending local communities and goes to the very heart of the Localism Agenda itself. The views of the people most affected and their elected representatives must be sought and taken fully into account.”

Transport plan moving forward

The Strategic Environmental Assessment for Thurrock‘s first Local Transport Plan Implementation Plan, aims to: Identify alternative options for delivering sustainable transport improvements in Thurrock; Identify and describe the environmental, social and economic effects of alternative options.

Get the feel good factor!

Choose from a range of activities on the day – pedal up your own healthy snack on the Smoothie Bike, relax with a free reflexology taster with Holistic Therapist Maureen Huelin, join in with Thurrock’s own Wii Fit club and even borrow and chat to a Living Book – a real person with a real experience of a particular mental health issue.

Thurrock Fostering Information Evening

Being a carer for Thurrock means you will be fully supported from the time of enquiry and throughout your fostering career. There are lots of opportunities for training and a great selection of courses. Carers also have the full support of their own social worker on a day to day basis and access to a duty team for out of hours enquiries as well as the support foster carers provide to each other.