Riverside Community Big Local were kept busy over the Christmas period in the planning and execution of our Christmas dinners for the Community!
The idea was put forward by Renae Leybourn, one of our board members, and it wasn’t long before The Fleet in Purfleet had offered to cook the 50 meals for former rough sleepers, those who are vulnerable and isolated and those who had no access to a hot meal.
But these weren’t any dinners, these are Christmas Dinners, to be delivered chilled on Christmas Eve ready to be reheated on Christmas Day. Even the bags were a gift-donated by Ghurka Kitchen in Grays and each bag included the meal with all the trimmings, a Christmas hat and a special treat-a mini Christmas Cake-made and supplied by South Essex College.
The pictures show us happy elves preparing the bags and getting ready to deliver them on Christmas Eve.
A special Thank you to all at the Fleet-Dermot, Alison and Holly.
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.
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.
We are looking to recruit a Street Ambassador for every street in the area! “What’s a Street Ambassador?”, You cry!
A Street Ambassador is someone who will work in conjunction with Riverside Community in an attempt to improve the conditions and lifestyle within their local area and to promote Riverside Community Big Local projects and connect with residents.
We will hold regular meetings of all Street Ambassadors, to discuss issues and start projects that will transform the neighbourhood.
Issues that would be identified and addressed might include:
Waste and recycling issues
Concern for vulnerable neighbours
Community Spirit and Neighbourliness
To register your interest please complete the form below and we will get in touch immediately.
Grays Riverside Big Local are launching an exciting new outdoor skills project for the young people of Grays Riverside in partnership with Forest School for All.
The weekly activities are for youngsters aged 6-19 who want to learn forest skills such as shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor cooking, camp craft and new life skills and will be on different weeknights for three age ranges.
The group are also looking for adult volunteers who would like to receive training and be involved. Organiser, Jeanette Alexander said “I often see young people transformed when they are learning practical skills outdoors, so many don’t get the regular opportunity to do these kinds of activities in a safe environment.”
To register your interest in joining one of the groups fill in the form below or as a volunteer please apply here or call Jeanette on 07788 529505
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.
Riverside Community found itself quite a draw at the recent Volunteer Recruitment Fayre hosted by ngage Thurrock, an organisation that promotes active citizenship and voluntary opportunities.
Just one of a number of organisations offering voluntary work opportunities in Thurrock, RCBL found itself in the middle of fierce competition to snag as many willing volunteers as possible during the three hour event. Rob and Anita, the recruitment team for the event, managed to charm and capture quite a high number of potential volunteers with their friendly and contagious enthusiasm for the project.
In quite a coup for the team, a whole family signed up as potential volunteers within the first hour and the people just kept on coming with ideas and offers of help for future events being planned.
As befits a project that is dedicated to building a strong and cohesive community spirit in the Grays Riverside area, the ethnic mix of the people who signed up to volunteer was fantastically broad and just what is needed to bring about a fully integrated, successful and, most importantly, great community to live in.
A 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.
There 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.