What Coronavirus like

This fella works at the London Borough of Camden. Up to a week or so ago he was fit, played football a couple of times a week. He is the head of repairs and has coronavirus 19. He wants people to know what it’s like and why we should be complying with the government advice. Please pass on so people get the seriousness of coronavirus.

I have the coronavirus also known as covid-19. My friends are worried that people are not taking it seriously. They asked me to make a video to show what the virus is like and make people aware of the signs and symptoms.

How to spot a LoanShark

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) recognise that this period may be one of high financial pressure for many people, and is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship.

The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage not only victims but also friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks. A victim of a loan shark should contact the team for help. Visit the website here for more info and support

Anyone who is feeling harassed or threatened by an illegal money lender can find out more about the different ways the team can help here.

Loan sharks are not your friends – these criminals are highly manipulative and want you under their control. Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of illegal money lending here.

You can check if a company is authorised to lend money at www.loansmart.org.uk

These links may also be useful:

Citizens Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Money Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Stepchange – Coronavirus and your finances

Next Litter pick at Grays Beach March 1st

Following on from last Saturday’s massive rubbish haul at the Concrete barges following Storm Dennis, our next event is at Grays Beach on Sunday morning.

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!

Future Events:

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.

Thursday 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

Friday 13th 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 residents.

Wednesday 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.

Wednesday 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.

Sunday 5th 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

Salisbury Rd Alley Clearance Feb 2020

Residents of the Orchard Forum area were out on Saturday morning clearing the back alleyway between Salisbury Road and Richmond Road.

Led by the Forum chair, Tina Holland, and Steve Catchpole residents collected two truck loads of rubbish that had been dumped in the alleyway.

Speaking afterwards, Tina said “thanks to all those who came out to help on Saturday – and to Thurrock Council for taking away all the rubbish we collected. Whilst still not perfect, this alleyway is much, much clearer now!

The next Orchard Forum litter pick will be on Saturday 14th of March, meeting at 9am in John Street

Dates for litter picks

Following on from a great pick around the small carpark at the Rainham RSPB centre, I’m pleased to advise our next event is at the Graffiti Wall in West Thurrock on 25th January, details below.If you have not taken a look at the graffiti wall paintings before, why not come along and have a look at them.

Saturday 25th January – meeting at old St Clements Church RM20 4AL at 10:30 to 13:30. We will be picking along the Graffiti Wall. This is a family friendly event suitable for accompanied children 8 years and older. This event will include up to 3 miles walking so comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended. This is a river based Badged Thames21 event.

Sunday 2nd February – meeting at Grays Yacht Club RM17 6JF at 10:30 to 12:00 followed by free refreshments in the café. This is the Grays Beachcombers regular monthly pick. This is a family friendly event suitable for accompanied children 6 years and older and is a river based Badged Thames21 event

Saturday 8th February – meeting in Salisbury Road RM17 6DQ at 09:00 to 12:00. This is the regular Orchard Forum back alley clean-up. All welcome especially local residents.

Saturday 8th February – meeting at RSPB Rainham Marshes Centre in Purfleet RM19 1SZ at 10:15 to 12:30. This is an RSPB organised and run event. Please make sure you register your interest with the RSPB before attending. 01708 899851 or rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk This event will especially suit young (and us older) Eco Warriors! Parents don’t forget to bring the binoculars.

Wednesday 12th February – meeting at the Wharf Hotel, Wharf Road South, RM17 5YX at 10:30 to 13:00. We will be picking rubbish from along the foreshore. This adult only event will include up to 2 miles walking so comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended.

Saturday 22nd February – meeting at the Riverside Carpark at the Concrete Barges Rainham, RM13 9YQ at 10:30 to 13:30. We will be picking rubbish from along the foreshore and the reed beds. This is a family friendly event suitable for accompanied children 8 years and older. This is a river based Badged Thames21 event.

Sunday 1st March – meeting at Grays Yacht Club RM17 6JF at 10:30 to 12:00 followed by free refreshments in the café. This is the Grays Beachcombers regular monthly pick. This is a family friendly event suitable for accompanied children 6 years and older and is a river based Badged Thames21 event.

Thurrock Nepalese Community

We were invited to attend two great events over the weekend here in Thurrock
Firstly an event on Friday night at the Civic hall from the Thurrock Nepalese Gurkha Community (TNGC) to join their Dashain-Tihar Celebration Party, together with Thurrock Mayor Terry Piccolo and TLS Ceo Neil Woodbridge & Board Director Sundeep Saini,
…and to top the weekend off, an invitation from the Thurrock Nepalese Women’s Community to their Charity Evening at Chadwell Village Hall.
At both events, we enjoyed fantastic food, great company and excellent entertainment.
I would like to thank these organisations for their wonderful hospitality and kindness.
धन्यवाद
Dhan’yavāda
Thank you

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="https://www.facebook.com/marta.woldanski/videos/10212822606339215/" width="500" height="400" onlyvideo="1"]