Thurrock marks International Women's Day and commits to Remember Srebrenica

8 March 2021
Thurrock Council is using this year's International Women's Day (IWD) not only to highlight the achievements of women around the world but also to make an official commitment to 'Remember Srebrenica'.
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "On Monday 8 March we proudly celebrate IWD and this year's theme of #ChooseToChallenge, which asks us to continue challenging gender bias and inequality in the community whilst celebrating women's achievements to help create a fully inclusive world.

Tributes of remembrance for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

27 January 2021
Thurrock Council will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January with online tributes from school children, councillors and the Thurrock community.
A special pre-recorded video will be shared on the council's social media channels to enable Thurrock to come together virtually and pay respects to those who suffered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Thurrock observes Srebrenica Memorial Week

8 July 2020
Srebrenica Memorial Week sees communities across the UK commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide where over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were murdered, simply because of their faith, on 11 July 1995.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "I would like to ask residents to reflect on the genocide and how their actions can have an impact on our communities. The theme for this year is every action matters and seeks to show how the action of one individual does matter, however small it may initially appear.

Thurrock acknowledges Empire Windrush anniversary

22 June 2020
Today, Monday 22 June, is the 72nd anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush to Tilbury Docks and is the third National Windrush Day – a day dedicated to encouraging communities across the country to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "For Thurrock, the heritage of the Windrush story is one of many examples of our motto in action – 'By Thames to all the Peoples of the World' – our commitment as a council to celebrate and recognise all within our diverse communities."

Thurrock flies the rainbow flag for Essex Pride

19 June 2020
Thurrock Council proudly flew the rainbow flag today, Friday 19 June, to celebrate Essex Pride and recognise the amazing diversity of its community.
The ceremony saw the Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Terry Piccolo, join Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, to lead a private flag raising ceremony outside the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays. Members of the Thurrock Council Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Plus (LGBT+) Network were also in attendance, whilst adhering to social distancing.

Thurrock to celebrate #EachForEqual for International Women's Day

20 February 2020
Thurrock Council is once again celebrating International Women’s Day with a series of events at the Civic Offices in Grays on Monday 9 March 2020.
This year’s theme of #EachForEqual will see a number of local providers come together to promote their services and the positive action for change that women can take. Taking place from 1pm to 4pm in Committee Rooms 2 and 3 at the Civic Offices, partners due to attend include Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Solutions, South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC), Changing Pathways and Essex Police amongst others.

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.

Thurrock memorial flame to feature in Holocaust anniversary exhibition

5 December 2019
A memorial flame created by an East Tilbury stone masonry company in partnership with Thurrock Council will appear in a national art exhibition to mark 75 years of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Madstone Ltd, which designed and installed the Holocaust Memorial in Palmers Rest Gardens, Grays, put together the successful submission chosen as one of 75 flames to represent each year since the liberation of Auschwitz. The flames will be displayed in an exhibition and unveiled at the UK ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day in London on Monday 27 January 2020.