Thousands pay Remembrance Day respects

13 November 2017
Thousands of people across Thurrock paid their respects throughout the Remembrance Day weekend this year.
Purfleet hosted an early remembrance event on Sunday 5 November ahead of a busy weekend of 18 services which took place on 11 and 12 November.
Armistice Day, which – on 11 November each year – marks the end of the First World War, was observed at Grays High Street, intu Lakeside and the war memorials at North Stifford and Orsett.
A sombre 2-minutes silence was respected at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Alice In the Cuckoo's Nest

13 November 2017
Professional theatre company Librarian Theatre is returning to Thurrock in February with 'Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest' which re-imagines Lewis Carroll's classic story in the setting of a modern day mental institution.
Although the show is family friendly, it is a far cry from the innocent adventure portrayed by Walt Disney's 1951 film version.
"We're not shying away from the darker sides of the subject matter," said Tom Cuthbertson, Librarian Theatre Artistic Director and actor.

Harris Academy gets Planning Committee agreement

10 November 2017
Plans for a new 6-form secondary school were agreed at Planning Committee last week (Thursday 2 November) – making 1,150 new school places available in the Purfleet area.
The nearly 9,000 square foot buildings will include 250 sixth form pupils and will be built on the old Smurfit Kappa Lokfast site along London Road.
The new academic building will include a 4-storey tall teaching block and a 2-storey sports hall, and will provide around 120 full-time jobs.

Better Care Fund 'approved'

10 November 2017
In a joint effort, Thurrock Council and NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have successfully submitted – and had approved – their Better Care Fund plan.
The plan sets out the borough's intentions for:
health and social care integration
delivery of more joined-up services for the residents of Thurrock
This is the third year that Thurrock has successfully submitted the plan, which is now worth over £40m of pooled health and social care money.

Purfleet Service well attended

10 November 2017
Scores of people attended an early remembrance event last weekend in Purfleet on Sunday morning (5 November).
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Tunde Ojetola laid the first poppy wreath at the memorial, followed by MP Jackie Doyle-Price and other organisations. He said: "The morning was brilliantly put together, including a wonderful parade and my thanks go to Purfleet Heritage and Military Centre, St Stephen’s Church, Ensign Bus Company and everybody else who was involved.

Transformation of the Civic Offices

10 November 2017
Members of Thurrock Council's Cabinet approved work to fully develop an impressive refurbishment project for the Grays Civic Offices to create a better 'front door' for residents as part of the upcoming regeneration work taking place in Grays Town Centre.
The transformation of the Civic Offices has been a priority project since 2013, when internal changes started to take place and funding was earmarked for major changes to public areas on the ground floor – including the reception space.

Council continues to improve roads

6 November 2017
More than 26,000 square metres of Thurrock's roads have been improved since August.
As part of Thurrock Council's £2million investment in the borough's roads, 65,000 square metres have been upgraded over the summer in line with the council's 'clean it, cut it, fill it' initiative.
Roads in Chadwell St Mary, Corringham, Fobbing, Grays, Horndon on the Hill, Orsett and Purfleet have all been resurfaced.

Petticoats on Parade exhibition at Thameside

6 November 2017
Thurrock Museum volunteers are presenting a free exhibition called 'Petticoats on Parade' at the Thameside Complex in Grays.
The exhibition celebrates the role of women's auxiliary services in World War 1.
The Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) were set up so women could take non-combatant roles usually carried out by men in the army and navy, allowing the men to go on active service instead.
When the Royal Air Force was founded, thousands of women moved across to the join the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF).

Family concert sprinkles magical music

6 November 2017
A relaxed concert designed especially for young families and those with children with additional needs will be performed at The Ockendon Academy and Studio School in Erriff Drive, South Ockendon, on Saturday 11 November.
Families are invited to meet musicians from the award-winning orchestra Sinfonia Viva from 1:30pm and join Thurrock Music Services to try out a range of instruments before the concert 'Musical Magic' starts at 1:50pm.
Everyone can then relax on beanbags and comfortable chairs for the interactive concert by Sinfonia Viva which will also be sign interpreted.

Thurrock launches adult social care and health phone service

6 November 2017
Thurrock residents will now need only one number to call for their health and social care needs.
Thurrock First's launch event was held on Thursday (2 November 2017) and the service provides adults living in the borough with advice on social care, mental and community health.
The telephone service is available 7am to 7pm, 365 days a year.
The service, based at Thurrock Community Hospital, is jointly funded by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT), Thurrock Council and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT).