'Tis the season to #GiveAGift

31 October 2019
It's official, Thurrock Council's award-winning Give a Gift is back in November to help give presents to children in need in Thurrock this Christmas.
From Monday 25 November through to Sunday 8 December, a tree decorated with over 2,000 stars – each one representing a child for whom the council has corporate parental responsibility – will be placed in the Give a Gift unit returning to intu Lakeside.
Give a Gift relies on generous contributions from local businesses, members of the public and volunteers from the council.

Memorial plaques restored in time for Remembrance Sunday

29 October 2019
Thurrock Council has teamed up with local community groups to replace plaques stolen from the War Memorial in Purfleet during March 2019.
The plaques are inscribed with the names of the town’s fallen World War 1 heroes and will be unveiled on Remembrance Sunday after being shamefully stolen from St Stephen's Church.
Community groups – including St Stephen’s Church, Purfleet on Thames Community Forum and Purfleet Heritage Centre – worked with the council to make sure the monument was restored in time for Remembrance events.

Rock for Heroes

29 October 2019
Rock 'n' Roll is coming to Thameside Theatre this November to help raise money for wounded veterans across the country.
The 'Rock for Heroes' show will take place at the theatre on Saturday 9 November and promises a fun-filled evening of music made famous by your favourite rock and pop artists including Queen, David Bowie, Spandau Ballet, Bryan Adams, Elton John, AC/DC and more.

Prime Minister and Home Secretary pay their respects

28 October 2019
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel visited Grays today (Tuesday 28 October) to pay their respects to 39 victims of the tragic incident discovered in Eastern Avenue, Grays, on Wednesday, 23 October.

Council update regarding major police incident

25 October 2019
Eastern Avenue, Grays, is now re-open following the cordon put in place by Essex Police on Wednesday 23 October.
A book of condolence and an area for floral tributes has been set up in the reception of the Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL, for those wishing to pay their respects to the 39 victims of the tragic incident discovered in Eastern Avenue on Wednesday 23 October.

Cleaner, greener and healthier Thurrock

24 October 2019
'Clean It, Cut It' continues to excel across Thurrock, while sports and the environment are at the forefront of upcoming change.
Achievements outlined by Cllr Aaron Watkins, Cabinet member for environment, sport and leisure, in his report to Council on Wednesday 24 October, include:

Council statement regarding major police incident

24 October 2019
The following statement was given by Cllr James Halden, Acting Leader for Thurrock Council, at 1pm on Thursday 24 October 2019, during a media photo call with Essex Police writing in the book of condolence:
"The major incident that has unfolded in Thurrock, where 39 dead bodies were tragically found on the morning of Wednesday 23 October is devastating.
"Let us be clear, this is a terrible crime.

Book of condolence at Thurrock Civic Offices

23 October 2019
Thurrock Council has arranged for a book of condolence to be opened for members of the public to share their sympathies following the tragic incident in Eastern Avenue, West Thurrock on Wednesday 23 October. The book will be available for 2 weeks in the reception area of the Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL.
The Civic Offices are open from 8am to 5:15pm, Monday to Thursday, and from 8am to 4:45pm on Fridays.

Halloween events take over borough parks this half-term

23 October 2019
There will be spooky goings-on in Thurrock's parks this October half-term with a fun-packed programme of Active Parks activities.
Thurrock Council has organised a number of free games and activity sessions from Monday 28 October to Thursday 31 October to boost residents' connection with nature, the great outdoors and the borough’s parks. All events, which take place from 10:30am to 12:30pm, are subject to weather conditions and demand on the day. Activities will be held at: