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Have you spotted the Start Thurrock D-Day bus?

20 June 2024
You might have seen the special D-Day Start Thurrock bus, wrapped with the winning entries from the recent Thurrock Museum D-Day art competition around Thurrock.
The bus is on the 44, 73 and 83 routes, driving from Lakeside to Grays, Tilbury and Chadwell St Mary and is part of our D-Day 80th anniversary commemorations.

Voting by post for the General Election 2024

19 June 2024
Applications for postal votes are now closed but if you have applied for a postal vote, it is important you post your vote as soon as possible to make sure it is counted.  Proxy votes can be accepted until 5pm on 26 June. 

Join us for a community-powered week

19 June 2024
Thurrock Council is proud celebrate Refugee Week, the world’s largest arts and culture festival celebrating the contributions, creativity, and resilience of refugees and those seeking sanctuary.

Thurrock celebrates its children in care

13 June 2024
A special awards ceremony celebrated the achievements of young people living in care in Thurrock.
Cllr Kairen Raper, Mayor of Thurrock, attended the heartwarming ceremony on Friday 31 May at Orsett Hall, presenting awards to all nominated children in care.
The event was made possible through the generous support and funding from four local businesses:

Services in Thurrock to overcome loneliness

13 June 2024
Loneliness is a normal human emotion, but it can often feel overwhelming and out of our control. When loneliness is severe or lasts a long time, it can have a negative impact on our health and well-being. 
Often, people may be worried about being lonely, but it is far more common than people may think. In fact, 45% of adults in England feel occasionally, sometimes, or often lonely. 
Fortunately, there are several resources and places to visit that may help residents in Thurrock to overcome loneliness and make new connections. 
Chatty Cafe Scheme 

Get cycling for Bike Week

13 June 2024
Cycling offers a range of benefits, from helping the environment by reducing the number of cars on the road to improving the health and wellbeing of the riders.
While cycling can make people happier, healthier, greener, and more connected to their community, some residents may face barriers to getting started. Thurrock Council offers several initiatives to support residents in gaining the confidence they need to start riding.

Thurrock and Basildon candidates for the 2024 general election

12 June 2024
General election nominations have officially closed and the names of all candidates standing to serve the Thurrock constituency and the South Basildon and East Thurrock constituency on Thursday 4 July have been released.
For details of candidates standing in both constituencies, go to www.thurrock.gov.uk/elections
Polling cards will start being delivered to eligible electors from Monday 10 June. Poll cards will contain each registered voter's voting details, polling station, voter ID requirements and how to apply for a postal or proxy vote.

Volunteering opportunities in Thurrock

12 June 2024
Volunteering is a rich and rewarding way to contribute to the community. Many volunteering opportunities offer the chance to improve the environment and support locals, making their lives a little easier in the process.
It also comes with a range of personal benefits such as making new friends, developing skills and building confidence. Whether you are looking to develop professionally or simply give back, volunteering is a fulfilling option to explore.

Thurrock remembers the 80th anniversary of D-Day

7 June 2024
A series of events took place across the borough as Thurrock commemorated the 80th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday 6 June.
Cllr Kairen Raper, the Mayor of Thurrock, was joined by veterans – many of whom fought in World War II, as she raised a commemorative flag at the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays.
The Mayor then attended a touching remembrance service at the Grays War Memorial. The service was organised by the Grays Thurrock branch of the Royal British Legion and led by their chairman, Rod Oakley. Reverend David Peterson supported the service with prayers.

Volunteers' Week 2024

6 June 2024
Volunteers' Week celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK.
The celebration starts on the first Monday in June every year. It's a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK's incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector and society as a whole.
This year we met with some of our incredible volunteers in Thurrock. They shared their stories, telling us why they volunteer and what it is about being a volunteer that makes them feel such a sense of pride and purpose.