Beachcombers – cleaning up our riverside.

Take a walk along any beach or riverside, anywhere, and you can’t help but notice the amount of plastic waste that has been washed up on the shore

Over eight million tonnes of plastic debris ends up in our seas every year, polluting lands, rivers, coasts, beaches, and seas – that is, about, five shopping bags full of plastic for every foot of coastline in the world.

Plastic debris kills an estimated 100,000 marine mammals annually, as well as millions of birds and fishes.

The river Thames is no exception to this problem so once a month the Grays Beachcombers, led by Steve Catchpole, meet by Thurrock Yacht Club and spend a couple of hours collecting discarded plastic – mainly single use drinks bottles.

In the last six months of 2017 they collected 350 sacks of rubbish and, so far, this year they have collected over 150 sacks of rubbish including more than a thousand plastic drinks bottles.

If you want to help, the Beachcombers meet on the first Sunday of each month at 10.30 by Thurrock Yacht Club. We finish by 12 noon and have a well-deserved cup of coffee and bacon roll (vegetarian alternative available) courtesy of the Lightship Café.

LOVE GRAYS: GRAYS IN BLOOM – Princes Trust win public vote for best planter

Several parts of Grays Town Centre were cheered up this summer with the first ever Grays in Bloom competition.  5 local Voluntary Groups took part in designing the displays and keeping them looking nice throughout the summer.  A vote was held on Facebook for the best display and the winners were Princes Trust with their planter in George Street near the State Cinema.

Riverside Community Big Local provided the trophy and Griffin Residential provided other prizes.

Tribe by the Thames – New Youth Group started with a flourish

Our newly launched youth group has named itself “Tribe by the Thames” and we quite like it!

The youngsters from the Grays Riverside area drew several logos to reflect their new name.

The first couple of weeks have been indoors and have given the young people a chance to get to know one another and their volunteer leaders.

There are still plenty of spaces in the groups, different age groups meet on different nights as follows:

Ages 8-11 Tuesdays 4-6pm, Ages 12-15 Thursdays 5-7pm and Ages 16-19 Mondays 6-8pm the meeting place is the Inspire Youth Hub, Orsett Road, opposite Thameside Theatre.[fbvideo link="" width="500" height="400" onlyvideo="1"]










Falconwood Pocket Park – Exciting outdoor project for the whole community


Do you recognise this place in Grays?

It is an oft-missed piece of woodland at the juncion of Bridge Road/Manorway and Argent Street and by early 2017 it will belong to the community of Grays through the work of Riverside Community Big Local.

Once the title has been transferred we will be undertaking some tree surgery work and rebuilding the wall with railings to secure the park at night.

A group of nearby residents are leading on the project and will be talking to the wider community about the possibilities of the pocket park once these works have been completed.

To get involved with this exciting project please complete our volunteer application form

Grays Beach Litter Pick – Wow what a difference!

grays-beach-litter-pick-beforeA brief report from Emma Harrington of Thames 21 about the recent Grays Beach Litter Pick.

Firstly a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who gave their time to help last Saturday. It was a really great turn out and great to see that everyone was so enthusiastic.

grays-beach-litter-pick-afterThere were about 60 of us out there and as well as removing 18 trolleys, we managed to fill nearly 140 bags; I am so impressed that half of these were filled with plastic bottles and cans that will be recycled and not sent to landfill.

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Thurrock Council for helping with the supply of bags and taking the rubbish away on Monday and to  Thurrock Yacht Club for providing facilities and offering somewhere to warm up!

The artist Michelle was also able to take away a couple of bags of litter that she will be making into an art sculpture. This should be on view at the Totally Thames Festival which takes place in September. And Viktor managed to take away a bag full of plastic lids that will be moulded into toys with young people at the Edinburgh Science Festival in April.

Precisamos de voluntários – ajudem Thames 21 a limpar Grays Beach

Grays Beach Litter Pick_Feb 2016Thames 21, uma organização não governamental  para o meio ambiente, selecionou Grays beach  para realizar um trabalho de limpeza nas margens do rio Thames  e estão procurando voluntários para colaborar.

Emma Harrington, gerente de desenvolvimento,  disse para Grays Riverside Community  Big Local que eles estão procurando idealmente por 40 voluntários para ajudar por 3 horas  e já  receberam o  apoio doThurrock yacht club  para o uso do espaço do clube.

Se você está interessado por favor preencha o formulário para se registrar.

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Grays Beach Litter Pick_Feb 2016Ile iṣẹ ore-aanu fun Environmental, Thames 21 ti yan Grays Beach ni agbegbe Thames fun itọju idọọti ati pe wọn wa ẹniti o fẹ ṣiṣẹ laigba owo ni adugbo lati ran wọn lọwọ.

Emma Harrington, Oluṣakoso Idagbasoke sọ fun Grays Riverside Community Big Local ni pe wọn wa eniyan ogoji (40) ti wọn ma ṣiṣẹ laigba owo fun wakati mẹta (3). Thurrock Yacht Club ma jẹ ki wọn lo ohun elo wọn.

Bi o ba nifẹ lati ṣe iranlọwọ, jọwọ fọwọsi fọọmu yi lati forukọsilẹ

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Potrzebni wolontariusze- pomóż Thames21 posprzątać Plaże Grays.

Grays Beach Litter Pick_Feb 2016Środowiskowa akcja charytatywna Thames21 poszukuje wolontariuszy do pomocy w sprzątaniu śmieci i odpadków obszaru wzdłuż Tamizy.

Emma Harrington, Development Manager poinformowała wspólnotę Grays “Big Local” że poszukuje do pomocy 40 wolontariuszy na 3 godziny. Otrzymała również wsparcie od Thurrock Yacht Club do wykorzystania ich obiektów.

Jeśli jesteś zainteresowany proszę wypełnij poniższą formę aby się zarejestrować.

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Grays Beach Litter Pick_Feb 2016Labdaringa aplinkos apsaugos organizacija “Thames 21″ pasirinko Grays Beach, kaip vietą šalia Thames upės šiuksliu rinkimui, ieško savanorių kurie padėtu.

Emma Harrington, plėtros vadybininkė, pranešė Grays Riverside Community Big Local, kad ieško apie 40 savanorių 3 valandom, kurie galėtu padėti. Gavo paramą iš Thurrock Jacht Klubo, galimybę naudotis jų patalpomis.

Jei Jūs susidomėjote, prašau užpildyti šią registracijos formą.

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