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Hazel tree planted in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

3 February 2023
A hazel tree gifted to Thurrock from the Tree of Trees that formed the Queen's Platinum Jubilee sculpture has been planted in South Ockendon during a special ceremony.
On Friday 3 February, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex, joined Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet Member for Environment, to help plant the special tree under the Queen's Green Canopy initiative on the grounds of Brandon Groves Community Club.

Film collaboration highlights the dangers of gangs

26 January 2023
Thurrock Council's School Wellbeing Service has collaborated with N-Act Theatre Company to produce a film about young people and the affect that gang involvement can have on members, family and friends.
Nearly 30 school staff and services watched the film 'The Line' at a VIP screening on Tuesday 24 January at Thames Park Secondary School. N-Act Theatre Company worked with young people from local schools before the COVID-19 pandemic to find out their views on the main topics that schools should discuss with young people.

New government directions on intervention

24 January 2023
Proposed new directions on the government intervention at Thurrock Council have been received by the authority as it moves into the next phase of its recovery from serious financial difficulties.
The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has today (24 January) said he is "minded" to give Commissioners additional responsibilities for the management and governance of the council.
There will now be a 10-day "period of representation" when the council and local people can make comments and help shape the council's plans.

Remember and reflect on Holocaust Memorial Day

19 January 2023
Communities across Thurrock are invited to a special memorial service in Grays to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day featuring tributes read by schoolchildren and councillors.
On Friday 27 January, the annual memorial event, hosted by Thurrock Council, will be held at the Herbert E. Brooks Memorial Rest Garden, Grays, RM17 6RU, at 11am.

Community fridge and pantry open at Purfleet hub

17 January 2023
Deputy Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Sue Little, joined local councillors and members of the community to officially open the Purfleet Community Hub community fridge and pantry.
From Tuesday 17 January 2023, residents across Thurrock can benefit from donated food items and surplus stock that may have otherwise gone to landfill at the borough's first community fridge in a community hub.
All items are free to take home. The fridge and pantry at Purfleet-on-Thames, run by hub volunteers, are open to all residents on:

Local businesses donate thousands to Mayor's charity

16 January 2023
Thurrock businesses have so far donated £17,900 to the chosen charities of the Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr James Halden, helping to save lives, support vulnerable people and those in need.
The Mayor named the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Basildon University Hospital as his main charity when he was elected in May last year, alongside focusing on charities that provide help for refugee children, families and those who support them.

Thurrock’s Next Top Boss launches with c2c

10 January 2023
The Thurrock's Next Top Boss programme for 2023 launched today (Tuesday 10 January).
This year c2c has partnered with Thurrock Council's Inspire Youth Hub to set a business challenge for 11 schools and 1 college in Thurrock.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "Now in its 13th year, Thurrock's Next Top Boss provides young people in Thurrock with a great opportunity to work with local employers on real business challenges.

Wi-Fi print-and-collect service launched at libraries

5 January 2023
A new Wi-Fi printing service has launched that lets residents print documents from their personal device and collect them at their local library.
Anyone with a library card can upload files they wish to print from their phone or computer to a Thurrock Council website. They can then visit any Thurrock library within 24 hours and use a self-service system to print the files, paying a small fee for each printed item.

Thurrock Enterprise Week returns in March 2023

22 December 2022
Thurrock Enterprise Week (#TEW2023) will return from Monday 6 March to Friday 10 March 2023 with a series of interactive workshops, networking opportunities, panel discussions and talks from industry experts, to support local businesses, inspire entrepreneurship and promote growth across the borough .
Throughout the week-long series of events, businesses will have the opportunity to explore themes such as: