How fostering could change your life

16 May 2024
It's no secret that there is a need for more foster carers and while many people may not have considered being a foster parent, those who do can help change a child’s life.
Foster carers offer a loving home to local children and young people while their parents are unable to look after them. It can be an enriching journey as you create an environment for children to flourish in, with the hope that where possible they can be reunited with their families.

Cllr Andrew Jefferies resigns as Leader of Thurrock Council

14 May 2024
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Leader of Thurrock Council’s Conservative group, has resigned as Leader of the Council. The resignation will take effect from 22 May 2024.
Cllr Jefferies said: "It has been an honour to lead Thurrock Council over the last 12 months and I and colleagues have worked hard to help the council on its journey to recovery. We have had to make some difficult decisions, but we have always strived to put the people of the borough first.

D-Day Art Competition winners

10 May 2024
The results for the D-Day 80 Art Competition winners are finally in!
With over 150 submissions it was a tough call, but 3 winners stood out.
Chosen for their outstanding artworks, congratulations to:

Fun Palace at the libraries

10 May 2024
Join the fun and learn a skill this Saturday at Thurrock library Fun Palaces.
Fun Palace events are taking place on Saturday 11 May at:
Chadwell library from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Grays Library from 9:30am to 12:30pm
The fun palace is a free community event where you can pick up new skills such as pebble painting, glass painting, badge making, chess, crochet, musical instruments, Zumba and much more. Last year's Fun Palace was bustling with vibrancy as residents shared their skills in Mandarin, music, and gymnastics.

How to become a Foster Carer

10 May 2024
If you’ve ever been curious about becoming a foster carer, Foster Care Fortnight is the perfect opportunity to find out more.
Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign and aims to showcase the positive impact foster care and the need more foster carers.
This year, Foster Care Fortnight will run from Monday 13 May until Sunday 26 May.

Set sail to Treasure Island at Thameside Theatre

3 May 2024
Do you think pantomimes are too much fun to just be a once a year event?
We agree! That is why the Thameside Theatre is bringing the lively family atmosphere and audience participation of a panto back for the May half-term school holiday. Oh yes we are!
So avast me hearties and hop on board the Jolly Roger for a swashbuckling panto adventure at Thameside Theatre, Grays on Friday 24 May and Saturday 25 May.

2024 local election results announced

3 May 2024
The results of Thurrock Council's elections have been announced.
There were elections in 17 of the borough’s 20 wards. Following the count, these are the results:
27 Labour – held 4, gained 8, lost 0
13 Conservative – held 1, gained 0, lost 10
9 Independent – held 2, gained 2, lost 0
For a full list of results, go to

Nearly all primary pupils to attend one of their top choice schools

16 April 2024
The vast majority of children across Thurrock will start their school journey in September 2024 at one of their parent or guardians top 3 primary school choices.
From 2,350 applications, over 97% of children will have been offered one their top 3 places. 89% of applicants this year have been offered their first choice of primary school.

Candidates announced for local elections 2024

5 April 2024
Local election nominations have officially closed and the names of all candidates standing for election in Thurrock on Thursday 2 May have been released.
Details of candidates running can be found at
In this year's elections, only a third of councillors in the borough stand, which means some 2-councillor wards will not be contested this time.

Poll cards for elections on Thursday 2 May 2024

22 March 2024
With elections taking place on Thursday 2 May 2024, make sure you look out for your poll card.
Starting on Friday 22 March and through the following week, poll cards are being delivered to the homes of registered voters.
There is still time for you to register to vote, if you have not already done so – go to GOV.UK: Register to vote.
The poll card will let you know: