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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Good news – we’re still going ahead with this programme! Don’t worry, activities will happen online or by phone, not in person. We have suspended in-person activities for the time-being, in line with government guidelines. Instead, we will deliver learning online, and adapt content to suit your needs during these challenging times. (If you can’t access online learning, we’ll try to find another format that is accessible for you.)
Last month once again, local people across Thurrock were invited to have their business ideas turned into reality, thanks to the latest Thurrock Soup event.
Thurrock Soup events aim to help inspire social enterprise and business ideas from Thurrock residents and offer advice and support in starting a new business and in identifying funding.
Due to current restrictions, we held this event on Zoom, to ensure that it is as much fun as usual we encouraged people to wear their Halloween Costumes, pour themselves a drink of choice and get in the mood.
Usually we provide refreshments and a vote for £5, this time there was already £300 in the ‘Soup Pot’ for the winner so we were off to a flying start.
Over 25 people joined us for the evening, many of whom took us up on the challenge to wear fancy dress!
There were 5 fantastic pitches;
Richard Bonsu- wants to use Music and Media to inspire and encourage young people
Katie Sparks- wants to open a ‘0 waste’ mobile unit
Jim Graham-wants to set up a ‘Mens Shed’ in Elm Road Open Space
Tina Holland-wants to open a Community Café in Grays Town Park
Dannielle Cronin- wants to open a Community Shop in Grays
And the winner is…..Dannielle Cronin, with the great idea to set up a Community Shop in Grays which will help to reduce food waste and help people who are struggling to buy food.
As a postscript, all of those who pitched their ideas on this virtual soup have since applied for and been awarded, further funding from UnLtd in Partnership with Riverside Community Big Local, in total over £12, 000! Well done all.
This event was hosted by Riverside Community Big Local in partnership with Thurrock Council’s Economic Development team and is open to all residents, businesses and voluntary sector organisations in Thurrock.
Following on from last Saturday’s massive rubbish haul at
the Concrete barges following Storm Dennis, our next event is at Grays Beach on
Come along and earn you free bacon roll and coffee!
As always old weather appropriate clothes, sturdy footwear
and lots of enthusiasm are all you need to bring.
Meeting at Thurrock Yacht Club at 10:30 we will supply “all
the plastic rubbish you can pick” and any equipment that you will need!
Sunday 1st March – meeting at Grays Yacht Club RM17 6JF at 10:30 to 12:00
followed by free refreshments in the café. Grays Beachcombers is a monthly Thames21 River Action Group family friendly event suitable for accompanied children 6
years and older.
5th March – meeting at
Purfleet Railway Station RM19 1PP at 10:30 to 12:30. We will be picking
primarily plastic bottles on the other side of the seawall and bringing them
back to the road for collection. This event will include climbing fixed ladders over the 2m high seawall so comfortable
walking shoes/boots are essential. This is an adult only Thames21 River Action
Group event. – New Event
March – meeting at old St Clements
Church RM20 4AL at 10:00 to 14:00. We will be picking along to the QE2 Bridge
with Coca Cola employees. This event will include
up to 4 miles walking so comfortable walking shoes/boots are essential. This is
an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event. – New Event
Saturday 14th March – meeting in John Street RM17 6ED at 09:00 to 12:00. This
is the regular Orchard Forum back alley clean-up. All welcome especially local
25th March – meeting at
old St Clements Church RM20 4AL at 10:30 to 13:30. We will be picking along the
Graffiti Wall. This event will include up
to 4 miles walking so comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended. This is
an adult only Thames21 River Action Group event and forms part of the Great
British Spring Clean.
1st April – meeting at St.
Margaret’s Avenue SS17 0SH to pick Mucking Creek at 10:30 to 13:30. This is an
adult only Thames21 River Action Group event
and forms part of the Great British Spring Clean.
April – meeting at Grays
Yacht Club RM17 6JF at 10:30 to 12:00 followed by free refreshments in the
café. Grays Beachcombers is a monthly
Thames21 River Action Group family friendly event
suitable for accompanied children 6 ye