Consider adopting in Thurrock

23 January 2020
An upcoming information event will offer residents a chance to find out about adopting a child or young person in Thurrock.
Taking place on Monday 27 January at the Orsett Hall Hotel, the evening session will bring together social workers from the service to speak to those who may be interested in adoption. The team will be able to answer any questions and talk through the process of adoption and what's involved. The free event will take place between 6:30pm and 8:30pm, with a short presentation and light refreshments available.

Thurrock Civic Awards finalists announced

23 January 2020
39 finalists, from more than 140 nominations made across 8 award categories, have been shortlisted and revealed for the Thurrock Civic Awards 2020.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "The Civic Awards are a wonderful way to recognise the borough's stars who go above and beyond to help our communities. The awards acknowledge those who have made a special contribution to our borough with categories including: creative, healthy living, environmental, sports and young achiever.

Wicked Wednesday cinema

22 January 2020
Wicked Wednesdays are returning to Thameside Theatre in Grays, offering a fantastic family film deal this February half-term.
This exciting scheme offers 2 free adult tickets for every child ticket purchased, with child tickets priced at just £5. To make the offer even more tantalising, each child also receives popcorn and a drink.
The offer is available for the following films:

Standing together for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

22 January 2020
Residents in Thurrock can come together and commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day at a free public event.
On Monday 27 January, an hour-long service will be held at Palmer Memorial Gardens in High View Avenue, Grays, starting at 11am, to remember those who suffered in the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides. A number of borough schools will give readings and prayers, alongside councillors, Reverend Canon Darren Barlow, Stephen Silverman from Campaign Against Antisemitism and Elliott Porte from the East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue.

Two new Cabinet members in Thurrock

21 January 2020
Two councillors are set to join Thurrock Council’s Cabinet in the new portfolios of Health and Air Quality, and Education.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies will take on the role of Cabinet member for Education while Cllr Allen Mayes will join Cabinet heading up the Health and Air Quality portfolio.

Foster carers honoured

20 January 2020
On Saturday 18 January, Thurrock foster carers were honoured at a celebration event for the inspirational work they do helping children and young people in the borough.
Cllr Terry Piccolo, Mayor of Thurrock and Dan Jones, manager of the Fostering, Adoption and Placements Service, presented awards to our Foster Carers who had attained 5, 10 and 20 years of fostering children and young people in Thurrock. Foster carers who have supported our recruitment of new foster carers throughout 2019 were also acknowledged.

The best of Queen

16 January 2020
Thameside Theatre opens its doors to a special one-night-only performance of Queen’s biggest hits on Saturday 22 February.
The Bohemians will showcase some of the band's greatest tracks including Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, I Want To Break Free and many more.
The band formed in 1996 and have since travelled the world, wowing audiences with their astounding ability to recreate Queen live on the stage.

More money for social care, the environment and tackling anti-social behaviour

16 January 2020
Thurrock Council's Cabinet has recommended a modest increase in next year's council tax with the additional funding to be used to tackle anti-social behaviour, improve the borough's environment and fund social care.
The medium-term financial strategy update presented at this week's Cabinet meeting proposes for 2020/21:

Mid-year performance report shares successes of 2019

16 January 2020
Timely bin collections, an increase in the number of apprenticeships undertaken at the council and increased satisfaction with housing services were just some of the headline successes for Thurrock Council in 2019.
A mid-year performance report presented at Cabinet last night, Wednesday 15 January, showed that nearly three quarters (74%) of all key performance indicators achieved their targets at the end of September 2019.
Other indicators highlighted in the report include:

Cabinet member for environment commits to air quality improvement plans

14 January 2020
Thurrock Council's cabinet member for environment and sports and leisure, Cllr Aaron Watkins, has renewed his commitment to Thurrock's air quality agenda by announcing detailed air quality monitoring for 2020 to kick start a year of change to air quality and greener improvements.