Young people come together to transform local garden area

24 October 2022
Thurrock Council teams joined participants from The Prince's Trust, local volunteers and residents this week to reopen Headon Hall garden in Grays, following a community project to transform the area
Over a period of 2 weeks, young people from The Prince's Trust helped to:

Memorial event remembers Vietnamese victims

23 October 2022
Today (Sunday 23 October) a memorial service was held at West Thurrock Memorial Ground, to remember the 39 Vietnamese people whose bodies were found on Eastern Avenue in Thurrock in October 2019, having tragically lost their lives at the hands of organised criminal gangs.
A memorial was unveiled at the event, along with 39 trees that have been planted to stand tall in the memorial ground.

National Adoption Week: You Can Adopt

17 October 2022
Today, Monday 17 October, marks the launch of National Adoption Week 2022, which this year focuses on the theme of identity.
The Adopt East Alliance, which includes Thurrock Council, supports this year's 'You Can Adopt' campaign. In the campaign, adopted people reflect on their relationships from before, during, and after they were adopted, connections to their heritage, and how this helped them develop a sense of their identity as they grew up.

Recycling fun at primary schools

14 October 2022
More than 1,000 pupils at 9 of the borough's primary schools have received a fun and engaging lesson in how important it is to recycle properly, thanks to a team from Thurrock Council and a special mobile classroom built into a waste truck.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for Environment, said: "These fun interactive lessons are a great way to let young children know just how important recycling is and teach them the best way that they can recycle waste themselves.

Council Chamber opens its doors

13 October 2022
Thurrock Council's brand-new Council Chamber has officially welcomed councillors to its seats at an Extraordinary Full Council meeting.
On Thursday 13 October, Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr James Halden was joined by his newly appointed cadet macebearer Marius McMahon and Reverend Canon Darren Barlow to give a blessing of the old Council Chamber and welcome Thurrock's 49 elected members and officers to the new Chamber in the Civic Offices building.

Thurrock Fostering joins other authorities to create new video

13 October 2022
Thurrock has joined 55 local authorities across the country to create a video that raises awareness of the importance of fostering in giving disadvantaged children access to a childhood.
The video 'Childhood' debuted at midday today, Thursday 13 October, and can be viewed at

Ongoing support for families and children

13 October 2022
Thurrock Council is continuing to help vulnerable households across the borough thanks to an additional £1.295million government funding for the Household Support Fund which will be distributed between now and March 2023.

Garden waste collections to restart from 17 October

12 October 2022
Garden waste collections are set to restart on Monday 17 October following a pause to allow a refresh and improve the service.
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for Environment, said: "I would like to thank residents for patiently bearing with us while we carried out vital work to refresh our household waste collection service over the last 2 weeks.
"Work has taken place to improve the service and we are now ready to resume brown bin food and garden waste collections from next Monday.

Family fun this October half term at the Thameside Theatre

11 October 2022
Daily shows and productions at the Thameside Theatre this October half term offer fun for everyone, with an action-packed line-up of theatre, comedy and family entertainment.
Tickets are now available for upcoming events such as:

Thurrock Fostering celebrates Foster Carers

10 October 2022
On Friday 7 October, Thurrock Foster Carers were honoured at a celebration event for the inspirational work they do, making a difference, and helping the most vulnerable children and young people in Thurrock.
Cllr James Halden, Mayor of Thurrock, presented awards to our Foster Carers who have attained 5, 10 and 15 years of fostering young people in Thurrock. Foster Carers who have supported the recruitment of new Foster Carers were also recognised with an award.