News in Thurrock

Stephen Metcalfe.

OUTGOING East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe has once again organised his annual Christmas appeal - and children at Basildon Hospital will benefit.

Mr Metcalfe, who is standing for the Conservatives in the South Basildon and East Thurrock ward, says: "For most of us Christmas is a time for happy family celebrations and getting together with friends.

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Sean blows the judges away

By Neil Speight

4th Dec 2019 | Local News

Sean Corrigan

THE talents of a young musician have seen him crowned best in the borough and now he goes on to a regional final.

Sean Corrigan was the overall winner of this year's Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock's "Young Musician 2019" which was held at the Gateway Academy.

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GRAYS-based Bright & Beautiful, an ethical and eco-friendly professional housekeeping franchise business, celebrated Christmas early this year by hosting a party to bring its elderly clients together to help reduce their social isolation and loneliness.

Together with volunteers from locally-based charity Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) guests were invited to the Beehive Community Resource Centre in Grays to enjoy an afternoon of festivities - a sumptuous tea, gifts and entertainment from a couple of talented singers - Hollie-Blue and Richard Gillbody.

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Friends of Essex and London Homeless volunteers

A CHARITY established by a Thurrock couple was honoured with a top award from a county-wide media organisation - and a borough student also picked up an accolade.

The Friends of Essex and London Homeless is a charity that originally worked solely in London, but now hosts a regular soup kitchen and meeting point in Grays.

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Orsett firefighter Ben Whateley-Harris is getting behind Orchid Male Cancer Support by taking on as many events, competitions and races as possible.

Ben will complete a range of challenges during the remainder of 2019, following various half marathons and 10 kilometre races.

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CONCERN has been raised over what appears to be a possible change of policy by Thurrock Council in dealing with a threat to the health of horses grazing on flooded land in the borough.

For many years, the sight of bedraggled horses struggling to cope with living of waterlogged meadows alongside the Mar Dyke River in Thurrock, has worried animal lovers.

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