Thurrock pays tribute to Windrush Day

23 June 2022
Communities came together to celebrate the fifth National Windrush Day.
Marked on the 22 June each year, it recognises the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants. The Empire Windrush and other ships carried people from Caribbean countries to the UK between 1948 and 1971.

Community commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day

27 January 2022
School children, councillors and members of the Thurrock community have come together today (Thursday 27 January) to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day at a special service.

Thurrock commemorates Srebrenica Memorial Week

9 July 2021
Thurrock hosted a special event on Friday 9 July and raised the Remembering Srebrenica flag at the Civic Offices to observe Srebrenica Memorial Week.
Cllr James Halden, Deputy Mayor of Thurrock, and Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for adults and communities, joined Bosnian residents, representatives of local Muslim faith groups and South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC) to commemorate the week.

Thurrock flies the Progress flag for Pride Day

28 June 2021
Thurrock Council flew the Progress flag at the Civic Offices today, Monday 28 June, to celebrate Pride Day.
Cllr Sue Shinnick, the Mayor of Thurrock and Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for adults and communities, joined the chair and vice-chair of Thurrock Council's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Staff Network for a special ceremony.

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.